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HealthDay News - October 24, 2016

Health Tip: Beginning Yoga

(HealthDay News) -- If you have arthritis and want to start practicing yoga, you'll need to make sure that your routine is safe and effective.

Health Tip: Six Dangerous Driving Habits

(HealthDay News) -- There are dangerous habits that teens often practice behind the wheel. If parents are aware of these habits, they can talk to their children about how to stay safer.

Many Teens Light Up to Lose Weight, Study Suggests

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many American teens may smoke to control or lose weight, a new study suggests.

Many Take Opioids Reluctantly for Back Pain: Survey

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with back pain take powerful and potentially addictive opioid painkillers. But in a new survey, many say the drugs provide only limited relief and they worry about taking them.

'Laughing Gas' May Not Ease Pain During Childbirth: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most women who choose so-called laughing gas to control pain while giving birth eventually ask for an epidural anyway, a new study finds.

Docs: Infants Should Share Parents' Room to Help Prevent SIDS

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents -- but not in the same bed -- to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise.

Brain Changes Seen in Kids After One Season of Football

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just one season of competitive football may cause changes in some young players' developing brains, even if they don't get a concussion during play, a small study found.

Smoking Still Takes Big Toll in U.S. Cancer Deaths

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-third of cancer deaths among Americans aged 35 or older are caused by smoking, and the rate is much higher in the South, a new study finds.

Pregnancy May Boost Stroke Risk in Younger Women: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy may raise the risk of stroke in younger women, when compared to their non-pregnant peers, a new study suggests.

Study: El Nino Could Boost Lyme Disease in Western U.S.

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The big shifts in rain and warmth caused by El Nino and La Nina conditions may boost Lyme disease and intestinal infections in parts of the United States, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Oct. 24, 2016

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

Stronger Muscles May Pump Up Your Memory

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting muscle strength may boost brain function in people with mild memory and thinking problems, a new study finds.

Review Says Calcium Supplements Won't Harm the Heart

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Calcium supplements, taken within recommended levels, can be considered safe for the heart, according to new guidelines.

Old Blood as Good as New for Transfusions, Study Finds

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Using the freshest blood for transfusions does not appear to boost patient survival, a new Canadian study indicates.

Women Reaching Equality in Dubious Habit: Drinking

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women have made major strides towards equality with men, but new research shows there's one way in which they are catching up that could be harmful: drinking.

Polio Nearly Vanquished: CDC

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Polio is almost a thing of the past, but it still exists in small pockets on the planet, U.S. health officials reported Monday.