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HealthDay News - August 09, 2016

Health Tip: When it Takes Too Long to Fall Asleep

(HealthDay News) -- It's common to occasionally toss and turn while trying to fall asleep, but for some people, it's a nightly battle.

Health Tip: Exercising in the Heat

(HealthDay News) -- Exercise is important at any time of year, but the hot summer months require extra precautions to keep you from overheating.

When It Comes to West Nile, Robins Do It, Cardinals Don't

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cardinals, common backyard birds in parts of the United States, may help protect people against West Nile virus, a new study indicates.

Giving Brings a Health Dividend

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When older people devote time and effort in volunteering, better health may be their reward, new research suggests.

Task Force Calls for More Study Into Risks, Benefits of Kids' Cholesterol Screening

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's not enough evidence to determine the potential benefits or risks of screening for high cholesterol in children and teens without symptoms, signs or a known diagnosis, experts say.

Doctors Urged to Prescribe Lower Doses of Opioids, No Refills

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who are first-time users of pain-killing opioids should be prescribed a small dose without refills to reduce the risk of long-term use and possible addiction, a new study suggests.

Do Hospital ICUs Raise Costs Without Boosting Survival?

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some patients put into hospital intensive care units tend to undergo more costly and invasive procedures, often without improved outcomes, a new study finds.

What Mom-to-Be Eats Determines Bugs in Baby's Gut: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The amount of fat in a pregnant woman's diet may influence the mix of microbes in her baby's gut, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Aug. 9, 2016

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

6 Million Americans Drink Carcinogen-Tainted Water: Report

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans are exposed to unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals in their drinking water that may trigger a host of health problems, researchers report.