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HealthDay News - April 19, 2016

Health Tip: Should You Use a Water Flosser?

(HealthDay News) -- Dentists have long preached the virtues of daily flossing for healthier teeth and gums. And if dental floss doesn't leave you smiling, a water flossing machine may just do the trick.

Health Tip: Calming a Child After a Nightmare

(HealthDay News) -- Many parents wonder what to do when their children wake up screaming after a nightmare.

After Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes, Healthy Diet May Ease Blood Pressure

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with pregnancy-related diabetes may be able to reduce their future risk of high blood pressure by eating a healthy diet, researchers report.

'Palliative Care' Gets a Bad Rap, Study Finds

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The term "palliative care" triggers negative feelings among many cancer patients, and needs "rebranding," researchers say.

Some Like It Hot! Lab Mice, in Particular

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Too-cool living conditions for lab mice could affect study results, researchers suggest.

Americans' Longer Life = Poorer Health

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are living longer, but those extra years may include poor health or a disability, a new study finds.

Obamacare Expanding Coverage for the Poor, Study Finds

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- State Medicaid expansions under Obamacare have improved low-income Americans' insurance coverage, increased their doctor visits and enhanced detection of chronic health conditions, which could lead to improvements in health, a new study suggests.

HIV Patients Now Living Long Enough to Develop Alzheimer's

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first case of Alzheimer's disease diagnosed in a person with HIV highlights the fact that long-time HIV survivors are starting to reach ages where their risk for Alzheimer's increases, researchers report.

Two-Step Ebola Vaccine Strategy Works in Early Trial

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new two-step Ebola vaccine strategy has shown some promise in early clinical trials.

More Evidence Gay Parents Raise Well-Adjusted Kids

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Straight parents or same-sex parents -- what's the difference to kids' well-being?

Drug Shows Promise Against Rare, Aggressive Skin Cancer

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A newer drug that boosts the immune system's ability to kill tumor cells may help people with a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer, a preliminary study suggests.

Health Highlights: April 19, 2016

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