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HealthDay News - August 30, 2016

Health Tip: Reading the Label on OTC Medications

(HealthDay News) -- Knowing how to properly use over-the-counter medications can help prevent serious reactions and interactions.

Health Tip: Don't Fret About a Fever

(HealthDay News) -- Parents can get pretty worried about fevers in children, but they're not usually something to worry about.

iPads Calm Surgery-Bound Kids as Well as Sedatives

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Savvy parents probably already suspect it: iPads work as well as sedative drugs to calm anxious kids before surgery, a new study shows.

Vitamin A Compound Might Aid in Colon Cancer Fight

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Retinoic acid, a compound derived in the body from vitamin A, might have a role in suppressing colon cancer, new animal research suggests.

Study Bolsters Role of Angioplasty, Stents in Heart-Attack Survival

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who suffer a heart attack live longer now than they did before, and invasive procedures such as angioplasty, stents and bypass get a lot of the credit, a new study suggests.

Sleep Apnea Mask Treatment Fails to Curb Heart Risks

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The nighttime breathing difficulties of obstructive sleep apnea have long been linked to an increase in cardiovascular risks.

Contacts May One Day Be Used to Deliver Glaucoma Medication

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A special type of contact lens has been designed to gradually deliver medication to the eye, researchers report.

Non-addictive Painkiller Shows Promise in Animal Trials

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research in monkeys suggests that a new medication might be able to provide pain relief similar to opioid drugs such as OxyContin, but without the same potential for addiction or serious side effects.

Mediterranean Diet Shows Its Protective Powers in Heart Patients

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet may prolong the lives of heart patients.

Health Highlights: Aug. 30, 2016

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

Researchers Find Another Way Zika Can Harm Babies

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In yet another example of the damage that maternal Zika infection can inflict on a fetus during the early months of pregnancy, a new report suggests that close to 6 percent of these babies may also experience hearing loss.