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HealthDay News - October 21, 2016

Tips for Keeping Halloween Safe and Fun

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples and costume parties are just a few things kids love about Halloween, but holiday fun can put them at risk, health experts warn.

Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Corneal Abrasion

(HealthDay News) -- Doctors call a scratch on your eye a "corneal abrasion."

Health Tip: Supporting a Child Who Is Bullied

(HealthDay News) -- Parents have a difficult time watching a child being bullied. But what can they do?

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.

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.

State Laws May Be Key to Lowering Kids' Car Crash Deaths

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Traffic crash death rates for American children vary widely among states, and safety regulations are a major reason why, a new study suggests.

1 in 3 Young Athletes With Concussion Returns to Play on Same Day

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than a third of young athletes who suffer a concussion return to competition the same day, a new study shows.

Kids' Media Time Adds Up, Subtracts From Homework

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For parents, it's probably obvious: Plugged-in kids are less likely to get their homework done.

Bullied Teen's Suicide Didn't Spur Copycat Attempts: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Social media publicity about a teen's suicide wasn't a driving factor in the rise of emergency department visits by Canadian teens for suicidal thoughts and attempts, a new study suggests.

More Kids and Teens Heading to ER With Headaches

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of American children with headaches are being seen at pediatric emergency departments and admitted to the hospital, researchers report.

Many Adults Unaware That Using E-Cigarettes Can Hurt Kids

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans don't know that indoor use of electronic cigarettes exposes children to nicotine and leaves nicotine deposits on surfaces, a new survey shows.

Saturday, Oct. 22 Is Drug Take Back Day

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Have you ever gotten a prescription for pills that you didn't finish? Those unused medications can pose a public health risk if they're not disposed of properly.

Coffee's Impact a Matter of Genes?

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Why can some people enjoy a cup of coffee just before bed and sleep peacefully, while others lie awake for hours?

Helmets Don't Prevent Kids' Motocross Concussions

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Helmets and other required safety gear do little to ward off serious injury among young motocross racers who crash on the off-road courses, a small study warns.

Be Aware of What You Share Online About Your Kids

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents often keep a close eye on their kids' use of social media, but they also need to be mindful of their own posts, researchers warn in a new review.

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.

Pediatricians: Kids Need 'Media Use Plan' From Parents

FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children and teenagers are immersed in an environment saturated with electronic media, ranging from the TV on the wall to the tablet or smartphone in their hands.

Health Highlights: Oct. 21, 2016

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