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HealthDay News - November 07, 2016

Do Your Part to Stop Spreading Colds and Flu

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's easy to spread germs that cause colds, flu and other serious illnesses, including whooping cough and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Health Tip: Teach Your Family Fire Safety

(HealthDay News) -- Time is of the essence if there's a fire in your home. Make sure your family is ready to act fast in an emergency.

Health Tip: Avoid Damaging Teeth

(HealthDay News) -- Brushing and flossing are frequently touted as ways to keep your teeth healthy, but there also are habits that you should avoid to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape.

A Future Challenge for Some Cancer Survivors: Heart Disease

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The age at which cancer survivors are diagnosed with their disease may help predict their risk of death from heart disease, new research suggests.

Those Low on 'Love Hormone' May Have Less Empathy: Study

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with low levels of the so-called "love hormone" oxytocin may have less empathy for others, a new study suggests.

Second Opinions Don't Seem to Sway Prostate Cancer Patients

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Second opinions have little impact on prostate cancer patients' treatment decisions, new research suggests.

Additive in Processed Foods Tied to Colon Cancer in Mice

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An additive used in most processed foods may be linked to colon cancer in mice, a new study suggests.

Antibody Treatment Shields Fetus From Zika -- in Mice

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An antibody derived from the blood of Zika-infected people may have the potential to protect developing fetuses from the ravages of the virus, a new study with mice suggests.

Few States Have Plans for Kids Returning to Class After Concussion

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- All U.S. states have "return-to-play" laws designed to protect young athletes who've suffered a concussion. But only a handful have regulations on handling kids' return to the classroom, researchers report.

Flavored E-Cigarettes May Entice Teens to Smoke: Study

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fruit- or candy-flavored electronic cigarettes may entice American teens to start smoking tobacco, a new study suggests.

Anesthesia Before Age 4 May Have Slight Impact on Later School Performance

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new Swedish study suggests that children exposed to surgical anesthesia before the age of 4 may have slightly lower school grades and IQ scores in their late teen years.

Mouse Study Suggests Way to Stop Poison Ivy's Itch

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new method of stopping the itch caused by poison ivy worked well in mice, researchers report.

Childhood Cancer Survivors Living Longer But Not Always Better

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite three decades of advancements in treating children with cancer, patients who survive into adulthood don't report better physical or mental health than their counterparts who were treated years ago, researchers report.

Health Highlights: Nov. 7, 2016

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