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HealthDay News - January 27, 2016

Health Tip: Lead a Healthier Lifestyle

(HealthDay News) -- It's easy to let work, social and family obligations keep you from getting healthier. But here are a few suggestions to help make it easier.

Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Eyes

T(HealthDay News) -- Children can get eye injuries from everyday play or exposure to harmful objects. But parents can take steps to help prevent these injuries.

Appalachia Cancer Rates Higher Than Average, But Shrinking

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer rates in Appalachia remain higher than in other parts of the United States, but that gap is shrinking, a new study shows.

Seniors Need to Take Extra Care in the Cold

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are especially vulnerable to hypothermia during cold weather because their body's response to the cold can be affected by age, medication or medical condition.

Suicide Risk Rises Among Family, Friends of Suicide Victims: Study

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Family and friends of people who commit suicide are at high risk for attempted suicide themselves, a new British study finds.

Too Sedentary? There's an App for That

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smartphone reminders about getting up and moving around may help boost people's physical activity levels and reduce their risk of cancer, a pilot study suggests.

Excess Weight Has 'Unexpected' Effect on Puberty Onset in Boys

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Excess weight can delay or speed up puberty in young boys, depending on how many extra pounds they carry, a new study suggests.

CDC Broadens Zika Virus Travel Alert for Pregnant Women

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday added two more destinations -- the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic -- to the list of places that pregnant women may want to avoid due to potential infection with the Zika virus.

New Transplant Technique Might Free Type 1 Diabetics From Daily Injections

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Using a two-pronged approach, researchers report they were able to restore normal blood sugar levels for six months in mice with induced diabetes.

Health Highlights: Jan. 27, 2016

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

Melanoma Strikes Earlier If Indoor Tanning Begins in Teens: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Using tanning beds at a young age significantly raises a woman's risk of developing melanoma before the age of 50, a new study finds.

Too Much Social Media Could Mess Up Your Sleep, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who spend too much time on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram may pay the price in poor sleep, new research suggests.