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HealthDay News - October 20, 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: Kick Off Exercise With a Support System

(HealthDay News) -- Ready to start exercising? Be sure to build a network of friends and loved ones to support you when the going gets tough.

Health Tip: Health Tip: Manage Allergies

(HealthDay News) -- If pets make you sniffle, sneeze, itch and cough, there are things you can do that don't include getting rid of Fido or Fluffy.

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.

Troubled Childhood May Boost Bipolar Risk: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who suffered childhood abuse may be at increased risk for bipolar disorder, researchers report.

Even 6th Graders Commit Cyber Dating Abuse: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cyber dating abuse can be a problem even among sixth graders, a new study finds.

Study Counters Notion That Heart Surgery Poses More Kidney Risks to Women

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study challenges the belief that women are more likely than men to develop kidney damage after heart surgery.

Mediterranean Diet, Caffeine May Be Good for Your Eyes

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a Mediterranean diet and consuming caffeine may lower your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness, according to a new study.

'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.

Is It Really True That Chocolate May Be Good for You?

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis of existing studies provides more support for the idea that cocoa in chocolate may actually be good for you.

Some Mexican Ceramics Can Serve Up Lead Poisoning

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A charming ceramic reminder of a Mexican vacation could end up giving you lead poisoning, a new study warns.

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.

Snakebites a Rising Danger for U.S. Children

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than 1,300 U.S. kids suffer snakebites each year on average, with one in four attacks occurring in Florida and Texas, a new study reveals.

Right-Handedness Might Go Back Almost 2 Million Years

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Human's preference for using the right hand may have developed earlier than thought, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Oct. 20, 2016

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

Zika Testing for All Pregnant Women Who Have Been in Florida County: CDC

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are now recommending that all pregnant women who have recently spent time in any part of Miami-Dade County in Florida be tested for Zika infection.

Kids 14 and Younger Only Need 2 HPV Vaccine Shots: CDC

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children 14 and younger require only two doses of the HPV vaccine rather than the previously recommended three shots, U.S. health officials now say.

Monitoring, Not Treatment, May Be Better for Some Prostate Cancer Patients

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than 90 percent of men in Sweden who have very low-risk prostate cancer choose close monitoring rather than immediate treatment -- and more American men should use that option, researchers say.

Black Americans May Have Stronger Immune Response to Infections

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say that based on laboratory studies, the cells of black Americans mount a much stronger immune response to infection than those of European-Americans.

Cartilage From Nose Used to Repair Bum Knees

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Using cells from the cartilage in patients' noses, Swiss doctors have successfully made patches to treat 10 adults whose knee cartilage was damaged by injury.