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December 12, 2016

What You Need to Know When Prescribed an Opioid Painkiller

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There are a number of questions you should ask if a doctor or other health care provider prescribes opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, codeine and morphine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Health Tip: Trying to Unclog That Stuffy Nose?

(HealthDay News) -- Over-the-counter decongestants can spell relief from a stuffy nose, but it's important to use them properly to avoid side effects.

Health Tip: Keep Teens Safer on Social Media

(HealthDay News) -- Many teens love chatting with friends on social media, but it's up to parents to make sure these interactions are appropriate.

How to Ease the Pain of Infant Vaccinations

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Infant vaccinations are no fun. But anesthetic cream can take away some of the sting, new research suggests.

Some Bats Swinging Back at Fungal Disease

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some bats in North America appear to have developed resistance to a deadly fungal disease, researchers say.

Beta Blockers May Not Be Best Heart Drugs for Dementia Patients

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Beta blocker drugs are often the go-to medication for people who've survived a heart attack.

'Kangaroo Mother Care' May Improve Preemies' Lives Into Adulthood

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When Einat Zemach's son was born early at 32 weeks' gestation, she and her husband would snuggle him skin-to-skin upon their chests for two or three hours at a time. They did the same for their second born, a daughter delivered at 34 weeks' gestation.

Most Teen Smokers Also Turn to Alcohol, Drugs, Study Finds

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. teen smokers -- even those who only light up occasionally -- also use other drugs, a new study suggests.

Loneliness May Sabotage Breast Cancer Survival: Study

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Loneliness may impede long-term breast cancer survival, a new study suggests.

Was Football Safer Back in the Day?

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that suggests football used to be a less dangerous sport, a small study shows that men who played in high school in the 1950s and 1960s may not be at increased risk for dementia or memory problems.

Anti-Tobacco Efforts Lead to 53 Million Fewer Smokers Worldwide

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco-control programs helped 53 million people quit smoking in 88 countries between 2008 and 2014, a new study says.

Whether Statins Cut Alzheimer's Risk May Depend on Gender, Race

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Could cholesterol-fighting statins fend off Alzheimer's disease?

Health Highlights: Dec. 12, 2016

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

1 in 6 U.S. Adults Takes a Psychiatric Drug: Study

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One in six U.S. adults takes a psychiatric medication to cope with conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia, a new study finds.

Just 40 Percent of Americans Vaccinated for Flu This Season

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only about two out of five Americans had gotten this season's flu shot as of early November, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Rural Hospitals See Surge in Opioid-Dependent Babies

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Rural U.S. communities are seeing a surge in infants experiencing opioid withdrawal at birth because of widespread drug abuse by pregnant women, a new study finds.

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