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HealthDay News - September 20, 2016

Think Telecommuting's the Way to Go? Maybe Not for the Boss

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Telecommuting may hamper a supervisor's ability to lead co-workers, a new study suggests.

Health Tip: Be Open With Your Doctor

(HealthDay News) -- Your doctor or health care provider can be a huge help in keeping you well, as long as he or she knows your complete health history.

Health Tip: Exercise a Painful Knee

(HealthDay News) -- The thought of exercising an aching knee may sound painful, but gentle stretches can really help ease symptoms.

Annual Checkups Are Becoming Wellness Visits

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Annual medical checkups are changing so that they'll be more beneficial for patients, according to a family medicine physician.

Obamacare Tied to Rise in Mammograms

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Medicare patients getting mammograms increased slightly, but significantly, in the first three years of U.S. health-care reform, according to a new study.

Even at Cancer Centers, Finding Relief for Pain Can Be Tough

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Staff members at nearly one in 10 major U.S. cancer centers -- all of which provide palliative care services -- weren't certain such symptom-management and supportive care was actually available there, a new study reveals.

Another Mosquito-Borne Virus Moves North From the Amazon

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika, dengue, chikungunya: As if there weren't enough mosquito-borne viruses to worry about, researchers say another has been spotted for the first time in Haiti.

Surprise! Beer Makes You Happier, Friendlier

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Raise a glass of your favorite brew and toast the Swiss researchers who offer scientific proof for what you surely suspected and probably hoped.

Can Stress Lower a Woman's Fertility?

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research seems to confirm that stress lowers a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, particularly stress that occurs around the time of ovulation.

Early Introduction of Eggs, Peanuts May Cut Kids' Allergy Risk: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Introducing babies to eggs or peanuts early on may help reduce their risk of food allergies, a new analysis finds.

Close Bond Between Kids, Parents Has Long-Term Health Benefits

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A strong and loving bond with parents may help protect kids' health for decades, a new study suggests.

Obese Kids Have Different Germs in Their Gut

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obese children and teens have different types of bacteria living in their digestive tract than their normal-weight peers, a new study reports.

More Cancer Patients Gaining From Immune-Based Treatments

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A leading cancer group says more Americans are benefiting from immunotherapy -- a relatively new treatment approach that helps the immune system target and destroy cancer cells.

Stress Might Undercut Benefits of Healthy Diet for Women

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress could undo some of your healthy food choices, a new study suggests.

Shedding Light on Low Male Libido

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Light therapy, commonly used to treat seasonal depression, may restore a measure of libido to men who struggle with a low sex drive, a small study suggests.

Health Highlights: Sept. 20, 2016

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

Smoking Leaves Lasting Marks on DNA: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking cigarettes can leave a lasting imprint on human DNA, altering more than 7,000 genes in ways that may contribute to the development of smoking-related diseases, a new study says.

More Must Be Done to Fight 'Superbugs': U.S. Gov't Report

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" remain a major public health threat, and only a multipronged attack can address the problem, a new U.S. government report warns.