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HealthDay News - January 25, 2016

Health Tip: Shopping for Healthier Foods

(HealthDay News) -- To improve your eating habits, start by shopping for healthier foods. Knowing a few key words on product labels can help you make better choices.

Health Tip: Be Mindful

(HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the moment without letting yourself be distracted.

Chickenpox, Shingles Vaccines Linked to Rare Eye Inflammation

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The vaccine for chickenpox and shingles has been linked to inflammation of the eye's cornea, but the number of such cases is small, a new study says.

Free Nicotine Patches by Mail May Help Smokers Quit

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Helping smokers quit may be as easy as mailing them free nicotine-replacement patches, even in the absence of counseling or other support, a new Canadian study shows.

Preventable Ills Cause Nearly 8 Million Childhood Deaths Globally

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most of the nearly 8 million deaths of children and teens around the world in 2013 were avoidable, a new report says.

Secondhand Smoke in Hookah Bars May Put Employees at Risk

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hookah bar employees are at risk for exposure to secondhand smoke, a new study warns.

More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer, Analysis Finds

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer rates are rising among men and women under 50, the age at which guidelines recommend screenings start, a new analysis shows.

Health Highlights: Jan. 25, 2016

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

Zika Virus Expected to Spread North Through U.S.: WHO

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has harmed thousands of babies born in Brazil, will likely spread to all but two countries in North, Central and South America, the World Health Organization warns.