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December 23, 2015

Health Tip: Watching Calories

(HealthDay News) -- Most people know the importance of counting calories, but there are other eating factors to note.

Health Tip: Meditation May Help Your Heart

(HealthDay News) -- Meditation can help mind and body relax, and the American Heart Association says it can help your ticker.

Paid Sick Leave Can Be Crucial When Cancer Strikes

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Paid sick leave for cancer patients eases their financial struggles and helps them keep their jobs, a new study shows.

U.S. Teen Treated for Rare Rat-Bite Fever

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. teenager was diagnosed with rat-bite fever after being bitten by her pet rodent, a new report reveals.

Ebola Survivors Face Complications Months After Treatment, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some Ebola survivors develop vision and hearing problems as well as joint pain months after treatment, suggesting the virus lingers in some body fluids, new research shows.

Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes Help Smokers Consider Quitting

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Graphic images on cigarette packaging help smokers consider quitting, a new study finds.

Slight Signs of Lingering Brain Damage Seen in Young Athletes After Concussion

TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young children may suffer minor, but lingering, brain damage from a single concussion, a small study suggests.

Tiny Turtles Carry Salmonella Threat

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although they've been banned as pets in the United States since 1975, small turtles are still causing salmonella infections, mostly in children, researchers report.

U.S. Births Up, Teen and Preterm Deliveries Down: CDC

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. women having babies rose last year for the first time since 2007, while births by teens fell to a record low.

Glaucoma Patients Have False Notions of Pot's Ability to Treat Their Disease: Survey

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Glaucoma patients ask for marijuana prescriptions because they have false notions of its effectiveness in treating the eye disease, a new survey has found.

Health Highlights: Dec. 23, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Get Your Flu Shot Before the Flu Is Widespread: CDC

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although relatively few cases of flu have surfaced so far in the United States, health officials expect activity to pick up in the next few weeks, so everyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot should get one now.

Zurampic Approved for Gout

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Zurampic (lesinurad) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to control blood levels of uric acid associated with gout.

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