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HealthDay News - November 22, 2016

How to Prepare That Holiday Turkey Safely

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The traditional turkey centerpiece on Thanksgiving tables may come out looking scrumptious, but cooks in the kitchen need to be concerned about preparing the bird safely to prevent the spread of foodborne illness.

Health Tip: Be Aware of Drug and Food Interactions

(HealthDay News) -- Many common medications interact with food, causing side effects or changing the way the medications work.

Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe During the Holidays

(HealthDay News) -- A host of new hazards for young children creep up during the holidays.

Imaging Studies Shed Light on Zika's Effects

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More details on how the Zika virus affects infants and adults will be presented to international researchers meeting in Chicago next week.

A Benefit of Back Pain Surgery: Better Sex

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery for back pain can often improve patients' sex lives, researchers report.

No Benefit From Routine Thyroid Cancer Screening: Task Force

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should not screen for thyroid cancer in patients who have no symptoms of the disease, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation.

U.S. Health Care Spending Up 5 Percent in 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Privately insured Americans spent nearly 5 percent more on health care last year than in 2014, largely because of escalating prices, new research shows.

Violent Media Often Give Rise to Nightmares

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Watching violent movies before bed might drag some dark images into your dreams, giving you nightmares, a new study suggests.

Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While smoking is tough enough on health, adding in diabetes boosts the risk of an early death even more, new research confirms.

'Enthusiastic' Dads May Mean Less Troubled Kids: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While quality time spent with kids is always important, new research suggests it's a man's attitude that's key to raising happy children.

Tobacco Flavors Draw in Young Folks

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flavored tobacco products attract young people who also consider them less harmful, researchers say.

Food Allergies Among Kids Vary by Race: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic children are much more likely to have corn, shellfish and fish allergies than white children, according to a U.S. study.

Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn't Extend It

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Palliative care can ease the burden that a serious illness places on both a patient and loved ones, but there's no evidence that it can extend the life of a sick person, a review of the available evidence has concluded.

2 Doses of HPV Vaccine Effective for Younger Teens

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New global research confirms that two doses of the vaccine for HPV, rather than three, can protect younger teens against the sexually transmitted virus.

Health Highlights: Nov. 22, 2016

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

These Medicines Often Send Americans to ERs

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An estimated one in 250 Americans lands in the hospital emergency department each year because of a medication-related reaction or problem, a new federal study finds.

U.S. Death Toll From Infectious Diseases Unchanged: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The war against infectious diseases -- medicine versus microbes -- has been holding steady, with the U.S. death rate from these diseases about the same now as it was in 1980, new research says.

Zika Babies May Look Normal at Birth, Display Brain Defects Later: CDC

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies exposed to the Zika virus in the womb can look normal at birth but later show signs of the devastating birth defect microcephaly and other brain abnormalities, researchers reported Tuesday.