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HealthDay News - September 02, 2016

Health Tip: Schedule a Back-to-School Dental Exam

(HealthDay News) -- A dental cleaning and exam is an important part of the back-to-school preparation that your child shouldn't miss.

Health Tip: Chatting Before Bed Can Help You Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- A little bedtime conversation can be just the time couples need to catch up and have some quiet time together, but make sure it's not wrecking your sleep.

6th-Century Skeletons Shed Light on Deadly Plague Outbreaks

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ancient skeletons have helped scientists learn more about plague, and the discoveries could prove important in future outbreaks.

Smokeless Tobacco May Contain Potentially Harmful Bacteria

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's a new concern about smokeless tobacco -- those products can harbor several species of potentially harmful bacteria, researchers warn.

Tasmanian Devils' Genes May Be Outwitting Deadly Cancer

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tasmanian devils may be evolving to resist a deadly contagious cancer, a new study suggests.

Parents Can Play Key Role in Setting Healthy Habits for Kids

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Encouraging your kids to eat right, exercise and limit screen time may not be enough to instill healthy habits. You also need to lead by example, researchers suggest.

Hungry Wolves Take More Risks Than Dogs

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dogs like a sure thing, while wolves are more willing to gamble when it comes to their next meal, a new study indicates.

Alcohol Plus Heart Rhythm Disorder Ups Stroke Risk: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Excessive alcohol consumption and age may increase risk of stroke in people with a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study finds.

Bigger Brain Just Part of the Story in Human Intelligence

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research challenges a long-held theory that human intelligence evolved from bigger brains alone.

Doctors' Decision-Making Tool Could Cut Unnecessary Antibiotic Use

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new decision-making tool for doctors may help reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in children with respiratory tract infections and cough, researchers report.

Fried, Grilled or Baked Foods? They May Affect Type 2 Diabetes Risk

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Changing the way you cook could help reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

For Pot Smokers, Ambition May Go Up in Smoke

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Are people less interested in work to make money when they're high on pot?

Health Highlights: Sept. 2, 2016

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

CDC Awards $2.4M to 5 Locales to Fight Zika

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Four major U.S. cities and one county will share $2.4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist in monitoring and dealing with Zika virus-related birth defects, the agency said Friday.

FDA Cracks Down on Antibacterial Soaps

FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is banning most antibacterial soaps and body washes currently on store shelves, arguing that the products create potential health risks but don't perform any better than plain old soap and water.