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HealthDay News - October 19, 2016

Even for Men at High Risk, Healthy Living May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While it's well known that healthy living can lower the odds for colon cancer, a new study finds it's even true for men whose DNA puts them at high risk for the disease.

Health Tip: Ease Stress If You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

(HealthDay News) -- Taking any steps possible to relieve stress is never a bad idea, but it's especially beneficial if you have rheumatoid arthritis.

Health Tip: Manage Psoriasis

(HealthDay News) -- Managing psoriasis means learning all you can about the condition, the American Academy of Dermatology says.

Top 3 Mistakes Teen Drivers Make

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Speeding is the most common deadly mistake new teen drivers make, and parents don't do enough to help their children drive safely, traffic safety experts say.

Better Way to Treat Seniors' Ankle Fractures?

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new type of plaster cast might help older adults avoid surgery for unstable ankle fractures, researchers say.

National School Lunch Program Serving Up Healthier Fare

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. school lunch guidelines introduced a few years ago are improving students' eating habits, a new study suggests.

New Clues on How Zika Causes Brain Birth Defects

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research may shed light on how the Zika virus causes the devastating birth defect known as microcephaly.

Lasting Jump in ER Visits After Oregon Medicaid Expansion

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Oregon had a significant and lasting increase in emergency department visits after Medicaid coverage was expanded, a new study shows.

Marijuana May Blunt Bone Health

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana may be bad to the bone, a new Scottish study suggests.

'Fake Pills' May Help Ease Back Pain

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even if they know the pills are fake, chronic back pain sufferers may get relief from placebo drugs, a new study indicates.

Researchers Identify Genes Linked to Hot Flashes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some women may be genetically predisposed to suffer hot flashes before or during menopause, a new study suggests.

Having Baby Too Soon After Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risks

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Infants born to mothers who've had weight-loss surgery have a higher risk for complications, and the risks are greatest for those born within two years of the surgery, a new study finds.

Sleep Can Affect Male Fertility

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sleeping too little or too much can affect a man's ability to impregnate his partner, new research suggests.

Trauma Patients Not to Blame for Opioid Epidemic: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who survived major trauma may not be a significant factor in the U.S. opioid epidemic, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Oct. 19, 2016

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

For Overheated Viewers of Presidential Race: 'De-Escalate First'

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The bitter U.S. presidential race has led to heated arguments among many Americans, and tonight's third and final debate will likely fuel more stress.

Digestive Byproduct Tied to Meat Raises Risks for Some Heart Patients

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with peripheral artery disease -- a narrowing of the arteries in the legs and elsewhere -- who eat a lot of red meat and eggs may have increased odds of dying early, a new study suggests.

Exercise May Help People Who Already Have Memory Loss

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who have memory and thinking problems may get a slight benefit from exercise, a new study suggests.

Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When elderly adults suffer a fainting spell, a blood clot in the lungs may be the culprit more often than doctors have realized, a new study suggests.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit All-Time High: CDC

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases reached a record high in the United States in 2015, federal officials reported Wednesday.

New Treatment Approved for Soft-Tissue Cancers

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lartruvo (olaratumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with certain soft-tissue sarcomas, cancers that develop in areas such as the muscles, fat, blood vessels and tendons.