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HealthDay News - June 17, 2016

Depression Plagues Many With COPD

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may raise the risk of depression among patients with the incurable respiratory illness, two new studies suggest.

Health Tip: Identifying Problem Eating

(HealthDay News) -- What you eat, how much you consume and how frequently you chow down all play a part in the likelihood that you'll gain weight.

Health Tip: Osteoporosis Shouldn't Be Ignored

(HealthDay News) -- Osteoporosis occurs when the bones lose density and break more easily. Though it's a common problem, osteoporosis shouldn't be ignored.

Folic Acid Now Added to Corn Masa Flour: FDA

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adding folic acid to corn masa flour could help reduce birth defects among Hispanic babies in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Caffeine's Jolt Can Sometimes Be Short-Lived

THURSDAY, June 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Caffeine no longer improves alertness or mental performance after a few nights of sleep restriction, according to a new U.S. military study.

Puerto Ricans' Health Lags Behind Other Hispanics

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among the 54 million Hispanic adults living in the United States, Puerto Ricans fare the worst when it comes to physical and mental ills, a new review finds.

Time Zone Changes Give Edge to Athletes From West

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Traveling across several time zones can be draining for anyone. So, how do professional athletes manage to turn around and compete in games after traveling from one coast to another?

Blood Pressure May Soar if You Live Near an Airport

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Living near an airport isn't just hard on your hearing, it may also be hard on your heart, new research suggests.

Obamacare Premiums Primed to Spike in 2017

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who buy health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act could see steep premium increases in 2017, the highest since the 2014 roll-out of individual health insurance under the health law, a new analysis suggests.

Health Highlights: June 17, 2016

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

Zika Spreading Rapidly Through Puerto Rico: CDC

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus is spreading fast through Puerto Rico, placing hundreds of pregnant women at risk for delivering babies with the devastating birth defect known as microcephaly, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.