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November 01, 2016

Why You Need a Flu Shot Now

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season is just about here, and now's the time to protect yourself with a flu shot, doctors say.

Health Tip: Snacking Healthier With Diabetes

(HealthDay News) -- Just because you have diabetes doesn't mean you can't enjoy a healthier snack once in a while.

Health Tip: Skip TV Before Bed

(HealthDay News) -- If winding down with the television on is a favorite way to prep for sleep, you might be setting yourself up for a night of tossing and turning.

Stressed-Out Mate Bad for Your Weight

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Is your spouse feeling stressed? Then you may want to watch your waistline, a new study suggests.

Does Living in Poor Neighborhood Up Stroke Risk?

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People in poor neighborhoods have a higher stroke risk than those in wealthier ones, regardless of race or gender, new research suggests.

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.

Kids 6 and Older Should Be Screened for Obesity, Task Force Reaffirms

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should screen children older than 6 for obesity, and offer them behavioral therapy to help them lose weight if necessary, new guidelines reassert.

Psychiatric Drugs May Reduce Ex-Prisoners' Violent Crime Rate

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Released prisoners may be less likely to commit violent crimes if they're prescribed certain kinds of psychiatric medications, a new study suggests.

Gene Test May ID Chemo Patients at Risk of Clots: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic testing could help identify breast cancer patients at high risk for the formation of blood clots in their veins, new research suggests.

Gene Therapy May Hold Promise for Blistering Skin Disease

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gene therapy shows promise in treating a genetic skin disease that causes blistering, according to researchers.

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.

Common Vaccine Safe for Mother, Fetus

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine is safe for pregnant women who hope to pass their immunity on to their newborns, a new study shows.

Robotic Surgical Tools Tough to Keep Clean

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even with repeated cleanings, it's virtually impossible to remove all contamination from robotic surgical instruments, a new study suggests.

Food Labels on Potential Allergens May Confuse Shoppers

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Shoppers are often confused by food labels that warn of potential allergens, and the consequences can be serious, new research suggests.

Big $ Spent Marketing Not-So-Healthy Baby, Toddler Foods: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ads for baby and toddler foods often go against the nutritional advice of health experts, a new study shows.

Health Highlights: Nov. 1, 2016

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

U.S. Premature Births Rise for 1st Time in 8 Years

TUESDAY, Nov. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of premature births in the United States increased in 2015 for the first time in eight years, and rates are especially high among certain racial and ethnic groups, a March of Dimes report says.

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