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HealthDay News - January 06, 2016

Health Tip: Does Your Child Still Need a Sitter?

(HealthDay News) -- There's no standard age at which a child can safely stay home alone. It depends on the individual and his or her maturity and responsibility.

Health Tip: Mailing a Homemade Treat

(HealthDay News) -- If you're sending a package of homemade goodies to a friend or loved one, make sure you ship it properly and keep the food safe.

Can Early Menopause Trigger Depression Later in Life?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Premature menopause may increase a woman's later risk of depression, a new review suggests.

Side Effects Seen With One Method of Weight-Loss Surgery: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While most people who undergo a type of weight-loss surgery say their well-being has improved, high rates of side effects and hospitalization are also reported, a new study finds.

Financial Incentives Don't Spur Employee Weight Loss, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Financial rewards meant to encourage obese employees to lose weight don't work, a new study finds.

Study Ties Autism Risk to Prenatal Exposure to Asthma Drugs

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers took certain asthma drugs during pregnancy may have a slightly increased risk of autism, a new study suggests.

Targeted Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Kidney Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A targeted cancer drug appears to be effective against advanced kidney cancer, although its side effects may keep it from becoming widely used, researchers report.

Single Parents Struggle Most to Get a Good Night's Sleep: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Single parents -- moms in particular -- operate on fewer hours of sleep and have poorer sleep quality than adults in other types of families.

Health Highlights: Jan. 6, 2016

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