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December 14, 2016

Health Tip: Avoid Useless Calories During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- While you're pregnant, it's important to eat nutritious foods and to avoid extra calories.

Health Tip: Who Needs a Flu Shot?

(HealthDay News) -- Debating whether to get a flu shot? With few exceptions, most people will benefit and a few in particular really need the vaccine.

Bad News for Rudolph: Climate Change May Be 'Shrinking' Reindeer

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Santa may need more than nine reindeer to pull that sleigh around the world this year because reindeer are getting smaller, a new study shows.

Sniffing Out the Asparagus-Odor-in-Pee Mystery

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After eating asparagus, do you notice your urine smells funny? Your answer may depend on your genetic makeup, a new study suggests.

Child Abuse Cases in Army Families May Be Under-Reported

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Child abuse within U.S. Army families may be significantly under-reported, a new study suggests.

Smartphones Could Be a Boon to Heart Health Research

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smartphones might revolutionize cardiac research by giving instant, accurate insight into the physical activity of people using them, a new study finds.

'Epilepsy Gene Network' Identified in Brain

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they have identified a gene network in the brain that's associated with epilepsy.

Smartphones, Tablets and Weight Gain in Teens

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens glued to their tablet, smartphone or computer for hours on end may be more likely to become obese, a new study suggests.

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.

Health Highlights: Dec. 14, 2016

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

Polar Vortex Tightens Grip on U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A polar vortex is bringing 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.

A Little Training Helps Couples Ease Into Skin Cancer Checks

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Skin cancer checks between couples don't have to be a puzzle -- or embarrassing, a new study shows.

Prices Skyrocket on Drugs Widely Used by Seniors: Report

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The prices of brand-name drugs used by many older Americans rose nearly 130 times faster than inflation last year, a new study reports.

A Lengthy, Stable Marriage May Boost Stroke Survival

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke patients may have better odds of surviving if they're in a long-term stable marriage, a new study suggests.

Birth Defects From Zika More Far-Reaching Than Thought

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika's ability to damage the infant brain may be even more far-reaching and insidious than previously thought, two new studies suggest.

Women Denied an Abortion Endure Mental Health Toll: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are denied an abortion may suffer anxiety and low self-esteem, a new analysis indicates.

Lab Vaccine Shields Mice Against Zika Virus

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibodies drawn from a patient infected with Zika could form the basis of a vaccine against the notorious virus, a new animal study suggests.

Knee Cartilage Product Approved to Repair Defects

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Maci (autologous cultured chondrocytes) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to repair defective cartilage of the knee.

NYC 'Zombie' Outbreak Highlights Dangers of Synthetic Drug

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The drug misleadingly marketed as "fake pot" that triggered a "zombie" outbreak in a New York City neighborhood last summer was significantly more potent than real marijuana, investigators say.

FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Repeated or lengthy use -- longer than three hours -- of general anesthetic and sedation drugs may harm the developing brains of fetuses and children younger than 3 years old, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

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