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HealthDay News - October 31, 2016

Health Tip: Boost Your Teen's Self-Esteem

(HealthDay News) -- The teen years may be difficult, and self-esteem may plummet. But parents can help bolster a teen's confidence and help him or her maintain a healthy self-image.

Health Tip: Are Your Screens Causing Eye Strain?

(HealthDay News) -- Staring at your TV, computer, smart phone or tablet can cause a problem known as computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain.

Obamacare 2017: Higher Prices, Fewer Choices

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just days before the next enrollment period for health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act, many Americans were jolted by the Obama administration's announcement of a 25 percent price hike, on average, for coverage in 2017.

Obamacare 2017: A Peek Behind the Numbers

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As President Barack Obama prepares to leave the White House, his administration is gearing up for another open-enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), perhaps the hardest-fought initiative of his eight years in office.

'White Coat' High Blood Pressure May Signal Trouble in Older People

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- So-called "white coat hypertension" is mostly harmless, but in some older people it may indicate a risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

Pedal Your Way to Heart Health

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regular bicycling may lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack, two new studies find.

Nearly Two-Thirds of E-Cigarette Users Also Smoke: CDC

SUNDAY, Oct. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many American adults who use electronic cigarettes also smoke tobacco cigarettes, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey reveals.

Smartphones, Tablets Keep Kids Buzzing at Bedtime

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smartphones, tablets and other portable media devices can harm children's sleep, a new study suggests.

Every Day in the Womb Boosts Babies' Brain Development: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Carrying a baby as close to full term as possible is better for the baby's brain development, a new study suggests.

Could Zika Harm Men's Fertility?

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The mosquito-borne Zika virus harms the fertility of male mice and human studies are needed to determine if the same is true in men, researchers report.

Clean Home May Help Keep Kids' Asthma in Check

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing indoor allergens and pollutants can help control children's asthma, reducing their need for medication, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Can Facebook Friend Requests Predict Longevity?

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Facebook is a ubiquitous part of modern living, and now a new study suggests that the social media app may even provide insight into how long you'll live.

Health Highlights: Oct. 31, 2016

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

Does 'Good' Cholesterol Matter in Heart Disease Risk?

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A large new study adds to questions about whether your "good" HDL cholesterol levels really affect your risk of heart disease.

Opioid Overdoses Have Nearly Tripled Among Kids, Teens

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of young children and teens hospitalized for overdosing on opioid painkillers have spiked nearly threefold in recent years, a new study finds.

1 in 4 Seniors Doesn't Discuss End-of-Life Care

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-quarter of American seniors have never discussed end-of-life care, a new study finds.

DNA May Influence Your Reproductive Decisions

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Your DNA may influence how old you are when you become a parent and how many kids you have, a new study suggests.

When Soda Makers Fund Studies, Links to Obesity Weaken

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you come across a study claiming that sugary drinks don't cause obesity or diabetes, check to see who's paid for the research.