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HealthDay News - November 29, 2016

Fast-Food Calorie Labeling Not Working, Study Finds

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Does it help to know that a double quarter-pounder with cheese delivers 740 calories? Probably not, a new study suggests.

Scans Show Changes in Some Soldiers With Mild Brain Injuries

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Disruption of certain brain circuits may be related to depression in soldiers with brain injuries, researchers report.

Health Tip: Get the Facts About Antibiotics

(HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics aren't always what you or your child needs to get well.

Health Tip: Want Healthier Looking Skin?

(HealthDay News) -- Your skin care routine may well impact how your skin ages.

Having Trouble Hearing? Maybe It's Not Your Ears

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who struggle to make out what people are saying around the dinner table or on a noisy street may have perfectly "normal" hearing. The problem could actually be in the brain, a new study suggests.

Spiritual Experiences Seem to Trigger the Brain's Reward System

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Religious experiences may trigger the brain's reward system in much the same way that sex, gambling, drugs and music do, a small study suggests.

Insulin Prices Skyrocket, Putting Many Diabetics in a Bind

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Insulin, a life-saving medication used to treat diabetes, was discovered nearly 100 years ago, yet the price of the drug has now spiked by 700 percent in just two decades.

Doctors Should Counsel Even Low-Risk Patients on Heart Health

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care doctors should offer counseling about healthy lifestyle habits to prevent heart disease -- even to adults who have a low or average risk of developing heart troubles, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advises.

ATV Accidents Can Cause Serious Chest Injuries in Kids

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For young people who ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) without a helmet, the risk of head trauma is an established and serious concern. New research, however, finds that these vehicles may also pose a high risk for severe chest injuries.

Does a Little Daily Drinking Really Help the Heart?

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many studies have hinted that alcohol, in moderation, can do a heart good. But new research suggests that moderate drinkers are no more likely than teetotalers to have clear arteries.

Cancer Advances Demand Continual Funding, Specialists Say

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sufficient and sustained funding for cancer research should be a global priority, European and American cancer organizations said at the start of an international oncology conference in Germany on Tuesday.

New Parkinson's Gene Identified

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified a gene mutation that could be associated with early onset Parkinson's disease in white people.

Smoking Raises Heart Attack Risk 8-Fold in People Under 50

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- All smokers face a higher risk of heart attack, but the threat is particularly high among those under 50, a new study finds.

Texas Reports 1st Likely Case of Local Zika Infection

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Texas reported its first possible case of locally transmitted Zika infection on Monday. If confirmed, Texas would join Florida as the only states with local transmissions of the mosquito-borne illness linked to birth defects.

Electronic In-Hospital Prescribing: Trouble for Older Adults?

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preprogrammed doses of medications that can raise the risk of falls are often set too high for older hospital patients, new research shows.

Health Highlights: Nov. 29, 2016

Trump Picks Obamacare Critic to be Health Secretary

Tennis Anyone? It May Prolong Your Life

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to try to extend your life, a new study suggests that taking up racquet sports might help.

Scientists Spot 'Teetotaler' Gene

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've identified a gene variant that dampens the desire to drink alcohol.