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HealthDay News - February 26, 2016

Health Tip: Prepping for Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- It's important to be at a healthy weight beforeyou become pregnant.

Health Tip: Supporting a Child Who Struggles With Anxiety

(HealthDay News) -- Parents can provide lots of comfort and reassurance to a fearful child.

Pot Habit Early in Life May Alter Brain, Study Suggests

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young teens who smoke pot may wind up with brains that look strikingly different from those who start using marijuana later in their lives, a new study reports.

Many Parents Downplay Value of Flu Shot, Poll Finds

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only about half of American parents took their kids to get flu shots this season, with many believing it is less important or less effective than other vaccines, a new poll found.

Paid Family Leave Tied to Decline in Child Abuse

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Paid family leave might lead to reduced risk of abuse-related head injuries in young children, according to a new study.

Urinary Incontinence Risk Rises Slightly After Vaginal Birth, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who give birth vaginally are slightly more likely to develop urinary incontinence afterward compared to women who have cesarean sections, according to Finnish researchers.

For Transgender Kids, Support Is Key to Emotional Well-Being

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender children who feel supported seem to have no greater risk of depression and anxiety than other kids do, a new study suggests.

In Monkeys, Therapy Flushes HIV-Like Virus From Its Hiding Places

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One of the key roadblocks to a cure for HIV infection and AIDS is the fact that the virus can "hide out" in a dormant state in immune system cells, evading treatment.

Health Highlights: Feb. 26, 2016

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

Surgeons Perform First U.S. Uterus Transplant

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cleveland Clinic surgeons this week performed the nation's first uterus transplant, an experimental procedure offering women without a womb the possibility of pregnancy.