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HealthDay News - December 05, 2016

Health Tip: Handle Pet Food With Care

(HealthDay News) -- Pet food can harbor bacteria that can make people sick, so it's important to handle it carefully.

Health Tip: Stop Grinding Your Teeth

(HealthDay News) -- Tooth grinding can lead to headache, jaw pain and may even crack your teeth.

Men More Likely to Use Marijuana Than Women, Study Finds

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As more American adults choose to puff at the marijuana pipe, a gender difference is becoming clear -- men are significantly more likely to smoke pot than women, a new study finds.

Scientists Discover More Clues to Stuttering

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A blend of brain circuits are altered in people who stutter, new research indicates.

New Drug Might Reduce Sickle Cell Pain Crises

SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may help reduce episodes of pain associated with sickle cell disease, a new study finds.

Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood

SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Artificial blood stored as a powder could one day revolutionize emergency medicine and provide trauma victims a better chance of survival.

Are Catholic Women Less Likely to Breast-Feed?

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Could religion play a role in breast-feeding practices?

Study Sheds Light on Safety of Driving With Epilepsy

SUNDAY, Dec. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with epilepsy who experienced longer seizures during a simulated driving test may face an increased risk for crashes while on the road, a new study suggests.

When Sibling Has Epilepsy, Kids Worry

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Brothers and sisters of children with epilepsy tend to worry and feel protective toward them, a new study finds.

11 Percent of Stroke Survivors Struggle With Epilepsy

SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in 10 stroke survivors develop epilepsy, and the greater the brain damage caused by stroke, the higher the risk of seizures, a new study reports.

Worldwide Cancer Rates Up More Than One-Third in Past Decade: Report

SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer cases rose 33 percent worldwide in the past 10 years, a new study shows.

Just 1 Cigarette a Day Can Be Deadly: Study

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Think smoking just one cigarette a day is harmless? Think again, a new study says.

Study Finds Worrisome Heart Effects Among Some Football Players

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Football players, particularly linemen, may have higher risk of elevated blood pressure and potentially harmful structural changes in the heart, a new study suggests.

Regular Drinkers, Irregular Heartbeat?

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly drinking even small amounts of alcohol may boost the risk of an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, a new research review finds.

C-Sections May Be Causing Evolutionary Changes

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Why is it so difficult and painful for human females to give birth? Researchers have developed a new theory: Evolution favored small female pelvises and large newborns for good reasons.

'Superbug' Gene Spotted on U.S. Pig Farm

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have identified a troubling new type of antibiotic resistance among U.S. farm animals.

Health Highlights: Dec. 5, 2016

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

Normal Blood Pressure in Clinic May Mask Hypertension

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's commonly believed that anxiety in the doctor's office causes patients' blood pressure to rise. But for some people, the opposite occurs: Their blood pressure is normal at their medical appointment but elevated the rest of the day.

U.S. Doctors Still Over-Prescribing Drugs: Survey

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite evidence that certain drugs aren't always necessary, doctors are still prescribing these treatments, a new survey of doctors reveals.

Pubic Grooming Tied to Higher STD Rates

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Brazilian bikini waxing and similar forms of personal grooming may be all the rage, but they come with a heightened risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease, new research suggests.