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HealthDay News - September 21, 2016

Alcoholics May Lack Key Enzyme

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholics may lack an enzyme that would help them control their impulse to drink, a new study with rats suggests.

Health Tip: Make Time for Family Dinners

(HealthDay News) -- Getting the entire family together for dinner may be a challenge, but it's worth pursuing, experts say.

Health Tip: Climb a Ladder Safely

(HealthDay News) -- Falling off a ladder can lead to a serious, permanent injury. But in most cases, it's preventable.

Daily Baths Not a Must for Kids

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Here's welcome news for parents tired of forcing their kids to take a daily bath: Children may not need to bathe every day after all.

Why the Teen Years May Not Be Lean Years

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that children's metabolism temporarily slows during puberty -- a pattern that might help explain the current teen obesity problem.

Opioid Epidemic Costs U.S. $78.5 Billion Annually: CDC

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Abuse of powerful prescription painkillers called opioids costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion a year, according to a new government study.

Drug Shows Promise Against MS in Mouse Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug, laquinimod, appears to prevent or slow the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) in mice, according to a new study.

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.

'Obesity Gene' Doesn't Affect Ability to Lose Weight: Report

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having the so-called "obesity gene" doesn't affect people's ability to shed pounds through diet, exercise and weight-loss medications, a new study suggests.

Siblings of Schizophrenia Patients at Greater Risk for Same Diagnosis: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a brother or sister with schizophrenia are 10 times more likely to develop the mental illness, a new study out of Israel suggests.

Organ Transplants Linked to Higher Skin Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who have an organ transplant may be more likely to develop skin cancer, new research suggests.

Smoking Tied to Shorter Survival With ALS

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may speed progression of Lou Gehrig's disease and shorten the lives of those with the fatal illness, new research suggests.

Around the World, Holidays Bring Added Pounds

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- All that feasting between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day can mean widening waistlines for Americans.

More Breast Cancer Patients Should Consider Radiation, New Guidelines Say

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New guidelines issued by three leading cancer organizations suggest that more breast cancer patients should consider radiation therapy after a mastectomy.

Health Highlights: Sept. 21, 2016

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

Cat Scratch Can Sometimes Lead to Serious Illness: CDC

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If Fluffy the cat gets out of sorts and scratches you, it's possible you could get a bacterial infection called cat-scratch disease that might even land you in the hospital.

Experimental Immune Cell Rx Shows Promise for Leukemia

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental therapy that revs up the immune system's cancer-fighting ability may help treat some leukemia patients who face a grim prognosis, a small study suggests.

Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea a Growing U.S. Threat: CDC

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gonorrhea appears to be developing resistance to the two antibiotics that constitute the last available treatment option for the sexually transmitted bacteria, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday.