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HealthDay News - December 15, 2016

Health Tip: Help Toddlers Develop Stronger Hands

(HealthDay News) -- Between the ages of 1 and 2, toddlers begin strengthening the muscles in their hands and using the hands in new ways.

Health Tip: Using a Food Diary

(HealthDay News) -- Keeping a food diary can help you lose weight by tracking everything you eat and then evaluating which foods you can do without.

Don't Rule Out Kidneys From Elderly Donors

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy kidneys from elderly donors are often rejected, but even kidneys from donors 80 and older can function for years after transplantation, Italian researchers report.

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.

Pokemon Go, Pokemon Gone

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For a short while, Pokemon Go seemed to capture everyone's attention. And this left public health experts wondering if the game that encouraged players to "Catch 'em all" actually got people moving more.

Beating Breast Cancer But Still Paying a Price

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who survive breast cancer often experience lingering physical and emotional symptoms that go untreated, new research suggests.

Many Early Colon Cancers Linked to Inherited Genes

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 1 in 6 colon cancer patients under the age of 50 has genetic traits that greatly boost the risk of cancer, a new study finds.

More Than 1 in 10 Pilots Suffer From Depression, Survey Finds

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-tenth of professional airline pilots may suffer from depression, and a small percentage might experience suicidal thoughts, a new survey reveals.

Subway Surveillance Video Provides Clues to Suicidal Behavior

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Real-time video surveillance could help identify people at risk of suicide attempts in subway stations, Canadian researchers report.

Could a Germ Link Gum Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis?

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A specific germ may help explain the long-noticed connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests.

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.

MRI Helps Assess Fetal Brain Abnormalities: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A follow-up MRI scan after a mid-pregnancy ultrasound could help improve diagnosis of a possible fetal brain abnormality, a new British study reports.

Angelina Jolie's Mastectomies Tied to Rise in Genetic Testing

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After actress Angelina Jolie had both breasts removed because she faced a heightened risk for breast cancer, there was a spike in the number of women who were tested for the genes that raise that risk. But, there was no corresponding increase in mastectomy rates, researchers report.

Health Highlights: Dec. 15, 2016

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

Pregnant Women Should Avoid Zika-Hit Texas Town: CDC

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women should avoid traveling to a south Texas town that sits on the state's border with Mexico, because five cases of local Zika infection have been reported there, U.S. health officials advised Wednesday.

Fewer Americans Under 70 Have Hearing Loss, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans younger than 70 may be hearing better now compared with 15 years ago, a new government study suggests.

Opioid Overdoses Burdens U.S. Hospitals: Report

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital admissions related to overdoses from heroin and other opioids rose 64 percent in the United States between 2005 and 2014, a government report shows.