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HealthDay News - September 12, 2016

As Traffic Piles Up, So Does Air Pollution

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stuck in traffic? Shut your car windows and turn your ventilation system to re-circulate air, researchers advise.

Seniors Not Scared of Social Media After All

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The notion that seniors shy away from social media may be off the mark.

Health Tip: Don't Skip Flexibility Exercises

(HealthDay News) -- A flexibility exercise, such as stretching, is designed to increase the tone and flexibility of a certain muscle.

Health Tip: Osteoporosis Affects Men, Too

(HealthDay News) -- Osteoporosis, when bones thin and lead to greater risk of fracture, may be more common in women. But men also are affected.

Know the Warning Signs of Suicidal Thoughts

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Family, friends and acquaintances can play a key role in suicide prevention by being alert for signs and taking action to help someone who may be struggling, a mental health expert says.

For Teens With Leukemia, Pregnancy Tests Often Neglected

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many teen girls with leukemia aren't checked for pregnancy before they receive chemotherapy drugs that can cause birth defects, a new study finds.

Heart Docs: Never Expose Kids to Cigarette Smoke

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new American Heart Association statement recommends a "zero tolerance" approach for children's exposure to secondhand smoke.

Does Losing a Father in War Shorten a Child's Life?

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young children whose fathers are killed in war may die prematurely themselves, a new study suggests.

Rate of Youth Soccer Injuries More Than Doubled in 25 Years

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As the popularity of soccer has grown in the United States, so has the annual rate of soccer-related injuries in kids.

Dosing Errors Common With Kids' Liquid Meds

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents may give their child too much or too little medicine when dispensing liquid medication, especially if they use a dosing cup, a new study reports.

Monkey Study Shows How Zika May Harm Baby's Brain Development

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus can quickly cross the placenta during pregnancy and rapidly disrupt brain development in a fetus, according to a new study with monkeys.

Many Teens Give Sex Ed a Failing Grade

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens around the world are getting sex education in schools that fails to address their needs and concerns, researchers report.

Can Acupuncture Ease Severe Constipation?

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with severe chronic constipation may get relief from a more modern type of acupuncture, new research suggests.

Health Highlights: Sept. 12, 2016

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

Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia: How Serious, the Prognosis

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's pneumonia may have heightened questions about her overall health, but doctors say pneumonia is common and, in her case, may not be very serious.

Why Some Women Find Good Sleep Tough to Get

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some women have trouble staying asleep, and a new small study may shed light on why.

Many With Diabetes Missing Out on Statins

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all middle-aged patients with diabetes should be taking cholesterol-lowering statins, but cardiologists fail to prescribe these medications for 2 out of every 5 diabetics in their care, a new study finds.