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February 10, 2016

Health Tip: When Is the Right Time for a Nap?

(HealthDay News) -- Naps are essential for a growing baby, and they offer a needed break for busy parents. But when is the right time to let baby nap, so it doesn't interfere with bedtime?

Health Tip: If You're Not Hungry

(HealthDay News) -- Watching your calories is important if you're trying to lose weight. That makes it important to avoid eating when you're not hungry.

Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Along with reducing your flu risk, a flu shot may protect you from a common heart rhythm disorder that significantly increases stroke risk, researchers report.

National Smoking Bans Help Everyone, Especially Nonsmokers: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- National smoking bans appear to be reducing the health harms caused by secondhand smoke, especially heart disease.

Frequent Monitoring May Keep Alcohol Offenders Sober

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A South Dakota program that requires people involved in alcohol-linked crimes to stay away from booze and be closely monitored for drinking appears to reduce deaths, a new study finds.

Dogs' IQs Can Vary, Study Shows

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dogs have different levels of intelligence that can be measured, and researchers say this new finding might one day help improve understanding of the link between health and intelligence in people.

Birth Defect Tied to Zika Virus Can Leave Children With Lifetime of Health Woes

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The thousands of babies born in Brazil with abnormally small heads and brains -- believed to be caused by infection in the womb with the Zika virus -- typically face a lifetime of health challenges, doctors say.

Smog's Health Effects Persist for Decades, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later, one of the longest running air pollution studies suggests.

Horses May Know What You're Feeling, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It may come as little surprise to people who know and love horses, but the animals appear to be adept at identifying emotions on human faces.

Many U.S. Women Still Smoke Before, During Pregnancy: Report

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the potential risks to their baby's health, roughly one in 10 women smoke in the three months before getting pregnant, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

Health Highlights: Feb. 10, 2016

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