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October 03, 2016

Health Tip: Separate Foods

(HealthDay News) -- Raw meat can spread germs to other foods, so it's best to store and cook different foods separately.

Health Tip: Using Meds for Kids

(HealthDay News) -- Before you give your child any medication -- including one that's over-the-counter -- talk to the doctor, nurse or pharmacist who recommended it.

Hard Times May Exact a Toll on Brain Health

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Poverty may dampen mental function and lead to premature brain aging in some people, a new study suggests.

New Clues to Sleeping Sickness

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parasites that cause sleeping sickness can be found on the skin of people with no symptoms of the disease, a new study finds.

U.S. Smoking Rates Differ by County, Not Just State

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parts of the Midwest and South have the highest smoking rates in the United States, a new study finds.

Children With Diabetes Can Have Bright Future

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With proper monitoring and management, children with diabetes can live long and healthy lives, a diabetes expert says.

Some Doctors Swayed by Political Beliefs

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A doctor's political beliefs can sway his or her treatment decisions.

Pre-K Program Helps Low-Income Kids Succeed in School

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A pre-kindergarten program designed to help low-income minority children develop social and other skills appears to boost school performance, a new study shows.

Worry About Job Loss May be Linked to Diabetes Risk: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Workers who feel as if they might lose their job also seem to have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Certain Parents More Likely to Skip Kids' Flu Shot

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children who see "alternative" health providers, such as acupuncturists or massage therapists, are less likely than other kids to get their annual flu shot, a new study suggests.

Zika Causes Widespread Damage to Fetal Brain

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study shows that Zika virus causes so much varied damage throughout the fetal brain that researchers are suggesting the term "congenital Zika syndrome" be used to describe the numerous birth defects.

Health Highlights: Oct. 3, 2016

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

Some Increased Bleeding Risk Seen With Blood Thinner Xarelto Vs. Pradaxa

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The blood thinner Xarelto may pose a slightly greater risk of serious bleeding than Pradaxa in patients with the abnormal heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, new research suggests.

Is Web-Based Test for Prediabetes Faulty?

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A simple, seven-question test for prediabetes may be needlessly sending millions of healthy Americans to their physicians for follow-up blood sugar testing, a new analysis suggests.

More Research Cites Salt's Potential Health Risks

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Conventional wisdom says too much salt is bad because it can lead to high blood pressure.

Can Childhood Traumas Make You Old Before Your Time?

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood trauma might promote faster cellular aging in people, a new study suggests.

Top Zika Vaccine Candidate Moves Closer to Field Testing

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The leading Zika vaccine candidate should be ready for field testing should new outbreaks occur next year, U.S. health officials announced Monday.

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