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HealthDay News - December 09, 2016

Sleep Loss Tied to Changes in Gut Bacteria

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting too little sleep alters the balance of bacteria in the gut, a change that's linked to certain metabolic conditions, including obesity and type 2 diabetes, new research shows.

Strength Training May Prevent Side Effect of Breast Cancer Surgery

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Strength training might benefit breast cancer survivors who've undergone surgery, researchers suggest.

Health Tip: Using a Food Thermometer

(HealthDay News) -- Using a food thermometer takes the guesswork out of determining whether food is cooked completely and is safe to eat.

Health Tip: Help Kids Develop Healthy Ambition

(HealthDay News) -- Raising an ambitious child helps him or her become a successful adult.

Breast Cancer Death Rates Vary Around the World

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer death rates are falling in the United States and many other countries, but increasing in South Korea and some Latin American countries, researchers report.

Drones a Safe Way to Transport Blood: Study

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Blood products don't seem to suffer damage when transported by drones, researchers report.

Could a Computer Someday Guide Breast Cancer Care?

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An artificially intelligent computer system is making breast cancer treatment recommendations on a par with those of cancer doctors, a new study reports.

Babies' Marijuana Exposure Evident in Their Pee

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke take in THC, the primary psychoactive chemical in pot, a new study shows.

Study Sees Link Between Insomnia, Asthma

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Insomnia is common in adults with asthma and tied to worse asthma control and other health problems, a new study finds.

Certain Breast Cancer Drugs Tied to Blood Vessel Damage

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women on breast cancer drugs called aromatase inhibitors may show signs of early blood vessel damage that could lead to heart disease, a small study suggests.

For People With Mental Health Woes, Pets Can Be Invaluable

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says.

'Cold Caps' May Halt Hair Loss in Breast Cancer Patients: Study

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cooling the scalp with a specialized cap during chemotherapy sessions could help breast cancer patients avoid treatment-related hair loss, new research suggests.

Tamoxifen May Get Blamed for Unrelated Symptoms

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some high-risk women who take tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer may mistake naturally occurring nausea and vomiting for side effects of the drug and stop taking it, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: Dec. 9, 2016

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

Florida Now Zika-Free: CDC

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Florida is now Zika-free, U.S. health officials reported Friday.

Zika-Linked Birth Defects Surge in Colombia: CDC

FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The tragedy of hundreds of babies born with devastating birth defects linked to the Zika virus is no longer confined to Brazil, a new report confirms.