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December 13, 2016

Health Tip: Keep Teeth Healthy During the Holidays

(HealthDay News) -- Holiday favorite foods can wreak havoc on your teeth, so take care to protect your smile.

Health Tip: Enjoy an Active Holiday Season

(HealthDay News) -- You can enjoy the holidays without skipping exercise, overdoing it at the buffet and gaining weight.

Another Menopause Side Effect: Shortness of Breath?

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As if hot flashes and night sweats weren't enough, a new study suggests that a woman's lung function seems to decline during menopause.

Emergency Surgery Riskier for Kids in Poorer Countries

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children in poorer countries are much more likely to die after emergency abdominal surgery than those in wealthy nations, a new study finds.

Zika Still a Threat During Winter Months

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Winter doesn't necessarily mean the end of the Zika threat in the United States, a public health expert says.

Test Predicting Alzheimer's Would Be Welcome, Survey Finds

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If a test could tell them they were going to develop Alzheimer's disease, most American seniors would take it, a new study finds.

Immune-Focused Drug Shows Promise Against Lung Cancer

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An immunotherapy drug called Tecentriq (atezolizumab) extended the survival of lung cancer patients for several months longer than chemotherapy and caused fewer side effects, according to a new study.

Some Low-Income, Uninsured Patients Aren't Referred for Colonoscopy

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many low-income and uninsured patients don't have a follow-up colonoscopy after abnormal results on a colon cancer screening test -- even if they're in a "safety net" health program, a new study finds.

Fewer Babies in Poor Families Are Overweight: CDC

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of overweight babies in poor families in the United States may be on the decline, a new study suggests.

Drug Use by U.S. Teens Drops to All-Time Low

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drug use among U.S. teens is at an all-time low.

Where You Live May Determine How You Die

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People along the southern stretch of the Mississippi River are more likely to die from heart problems than anywhere else in the United States.

Cushioned Shoe Inserts Won't Guard Against Injury: Review

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The millions who run, walk or play sports may think shoe inserts that cushion the foot can help prevent injuries. But a new review challenges that notion.

Health Highlights: Dec. 13, 2016

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

Polar Vortex Takes Aim at U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A polar vortex is expected to bring extreme cold and winds to the central and eastern United States this week, and millions of Americans are being warned to guard against frostbite and hypothermia.

Obama Signs Sweeping Health Care Bill Into Law

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law sweeping bipartisan health care legislation intended to expand medical research and speed up approval of new drugs and medical devices.

The Happy Get Lucky in Their Older Years

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- "Don't worry, be happy" is not only a motto for enjoying life, it might actually help older folks live longer, researchers report.

Study Shows How Zika Attacks Infant Brain

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research paints a chilling portrait of how Zika ravages the infant brain.

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