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December 14, 2015

Health Tip: Going Sledding?

(HealthDay News) -- Sledding is a fun winter ritual for kids and adults alike. But reckless sledding can land you in the hospital.

Health Tip: Don't Pack on Pounds During Holidays

(HealthDay News) -- If your pants always seem to be more snug after the holidays, you're not alone. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says Americans gain an average of one to two pounds from all that festive eating.

Primary Care Docs the Leading Prescribers of Narcotic Painkillers: Study

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans continue to be plagued by an epidemic of prescription narcotic painkiller abuse, and a new study finds primary care physicians are by far the biggest prescribers of the drugs.

Suspicious Pigment Spots More Common on Darker Skin

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with darker skin are about one-third more likely to have potentially dangerous pigment "spots" on their palms and soles, a new study finds.

Abuse of Prescription Painkillers, Stimulants Ups Sexual Risks for Teens

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who use abuse prescription drugs such as narcotic painkillers are more likely to have sex or to participate in risky sexual behaviors, a new study suggests.

Bodily Changes Don't Always Signal 'Precocious' Puberty in Kids

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children who develop certain signs of puberty at an early age are commonly referred to specialists for an evaluation. But most of the time it's nothing to worry about, says a new report from a leading group of U.S. pediatricians.

Genetic Abnormality May Explain Health Complications of Down Syndrome

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with Down syndrome have long been known to face a higher risk for a range of other illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and immune disorders.

Down to the Wire on Obamacare Sign-Ups

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Health officials are urging Americans considering an Obamacare health plan for 2016 to act quickly to snag coverage and avoid rising penalties for remaining uninsured.

Health Highlights: Dec. 14, 2015

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