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January 20, 2016

Health Tip: Wake Up More Refreshed

(HealthDay News) -- Having trouble waking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? An irregular schedule, holidays, vacations and more can make it tough to get up with the alarm.

Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Adverse Drug Reactions

(HealthDay News) -- Over-the-counter (OTC) medications may be available without a prescription, but that doesn't mean they don't come with potential risks.

Anesthesia After 40 Not Linked to Mental Decline Later, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving general anesthesia for surgery after age 40 doesn't appear to raise the risk for mild thinking and memory problems later in life, a new study finds.

New Approach Might Boost HIV Testing Rates

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Telling people they'll be screened for HIV unless they decline to be tested -- an approach known as "opt-out" testing -- could significantly increase the number of patients who agree to be tested, new research suggests.

Small Study Sees Differences in Brains of Soldiers With PTSD

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New findings about how the brains of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) respond to angry faces might help improve diagnosis of the condition, researchers report.

Why Learning a Second Language Is Easier for Some

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research helps explain why learning a second language is easier for some adults than others.

Most U.S. Restaurant Meals Exceed Recommended Calories: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Calorie-counters beware: A new study reports that more than nine in 10 U.S. restaurants are serving meals that exceed the recommended calorie limit for a single meal.

Breast Concerns May Sideline Many Teen Girls From Sports

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers in England have discovered a surprising reason why teen girls may not play sports -- their breasts.

Irregular Heart Beat May Pose Bigger Threat to Women

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The world's most common type of abnormal heart rhythm appears to pose a greater health threat to women than men, a new review suggests.

Teens Who Tan Indoors May Be More Likely to Smoke, Drink, Use Drugs: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New survey results suggest that teenagers who go to tanning salons are more likely to smoke, drink and use illegal drugs and steroids.

Health Highlights: Jan. 20, 2016

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

Sham Acupuncture Equals Real Acupuncture for Hot Flashes: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sham acupuncture is as effective as real acupuncture in treating hot flashes in women, and the placebo effect likely plays a role in both, according to a new Australian study.

CDC Issues Zika-Virus Guidance for Docs With Pregnant Patients

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials issued guidelines Tuesday to doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to countries -- especially Brazil -- where the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to birth defects in babies.

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