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HealthDay News - March 31, 2016

Health Tip: Managing a Food Allergy at Work

(HealthDay News) -- Office lunches are a good opportunity to socialize with co-workers. But you should take precautions if you have a food allergy.

Health Tip: Prepare for a Safe Spring Break

(HealthDay News) -- If you're planning a spring break vacation that involves international travel, take time to prepare for a healthier trip.

Smoking During Pregnancy Seems to Alter Fetal DNA, Study Finds

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When a pregnant woman smokes, the fetus' DNA is altered in ways also seen in adult smokers, researchers say.

Racial Gaps in Homicide Victim Rates Changing

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overall homicide victim rates in the United States fell between 1990 and 2010, but the decrease was much larger among blacks and Hispanics than among whites, a new study finds.

Great American Smokeout Stands Out Among 'Awareness Days'

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Health-focused awareness days dot the calendar each year. There's World Health Day, World Dolphin Day, World Lupus Day and hundreds more.

Flu Shot Might Cut Stillbirth Risk

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A seasonal flu shot may reduce a pregnant woman's risk of stillbirth, according to a new study.

Right Brain Scan Could Aid in Stroke Recovery: Study

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Examining the right side of the brain might help predict speech and language recovery in people who suffer a stroke on the left side of the brain, researchers say.

Experimental Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis Shows Promise

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug to treat rheumatoid arthritis showed promise in a new six-month trial.

More Evidence Diabetes Drug Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk a Bit

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More evidence linking the diabetes drug Actos to an increased risk of bladder cancer has surfaced in a new study that also finds the risk rises with increased use.

Gene May Explain Higher Rates of Some Cancers in Black People

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A single gene variant may explain why black Americans with common cancers have shorter survival times and higher death rates than other races, a new study suggests.

Evening Snacking Might Raise Odds for Breast Cancer's Return

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients fond of midnight snacking may be at a higher risk of a breast cancer recurrence, according to new research.

Health Highlights: March 31, 2016

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