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HealthDay News - November 18, 2016

Health Tip: Eating Healthier

(HealthDay News) -- You may have the best of intentions for healthier eating, but the holidays tempt even the most motivated people.

Health Tip: Don't Fall for Exercise Myths

(HealthDay News) -- Exercise is a great way to stay healthy and shed pounds. But don't believe everything you hear.

Amputations Due to Poor Blood Flow More Likely in Certain Groups

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Poor and black patients with narrowing of the blood vessels have a higher risk of amputation than other patients, a new study finds.

Heart Attacks Up in New Orleans Post-Katrina

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A major New Orleans hospital has seen a sharp spike in the rate of heart attacks in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, a new study reports.

Delays in Lupus Care Seen Among Minorities, Less Educated

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Delays in lupus treatment are more common among Americans who are black, Asian or are less educated, a new study finds.

Neighborhoods May Be Key to Teens' Mental Well-Being

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers living in cohesive neighborhoods -- where trusted neighbors get involved in monitoring each other's children -- experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, a new study suggests.

Depressed Women Less Likely to Get Best Breast Cancer Care: Study

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients with a history of depression are less likely to receive recommended care for their disease, a new study finds.

'Superbug' Common Among N.C. Hog Workers, Study Says

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some workers at hog production facilities in the United States have skin infections from drug-resistant "superbugs," researchers report.

Can Protein, Probiotics Help With Blood Sugar Control?

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adding protein-rich or probiotic-laden foods to your diet may help control your blood sugar levels, according to a pair of new studies.

FDA Explains Pros, Cons of Permanent Birth Control

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women need to carefully consider the benefits and risks of permanent birth control devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Smoking May Hinder Kidney Disease Drugs

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoking may decrease the effectiveness of drugs taken during early stages of chronic kidney disease, a small study suggests.

Partial Repeal of Motorcycle Helmet Law Had Unwanted Effects: Study

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Motorcycle helmet use fell and more riders suffered head injuries after Michigan repealed part of its universal helmet law in 2012, a new study finds.

New Technique Keeps Donor Lungs Viable Longer: Study

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A technique that allows lungs destined for transplants to be preserved longer works well, a new Canadian study finds.

E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarettes could be as harmful to gums and teeth as regular cigarettes are, a new study suggests.

Bagged Salads May Be Fertile Ground for Bacteria

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prepackaged salads may promote the growth of salmonella bacteria, researchers report.

FDA Scientists Develop Mouse Model for Zika Research

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A mouse strain developed by U.S. government scientists could help speed up research into vaccines and treatments for the Zika virus, researchers report.

Health Highlights: Nov. 18, 2016

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

Are You Ready for Flu Season?

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With flu season right around the corner, U.S. health officials are urging everyone to get their flu shot now so they'll be protected from the potentially serious complications of influenza.

Zika No Longer 'Global Health Emergency,' WHO Says

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause severe birth defects in the infants of infected mothers, is no longer a "global health emergency," the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) declared Friday.