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HealthDay News - December 20, 2016

Safety First When Stringing Holiday Lights

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stringing up lights is a holiday tradition for many families, but it's important to use these and other electric decorations safely to prevent accidents and injuries, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Give Kids a Safe, Stress-Free Holiday

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With all the parties, outings and family gatherings during the holidays, it's easy for kids to get overwhelmed or lost in the shuffle, a leading group of pediatricians says.

Stay Safe, Play Safe in a Winter Wonderland

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When you're outdoors enjoying the winter weather, be sure to protect against cold temperature-related injuries, a sports medicine expert says.

Health Tip: Prepare Your Heating System for Winter

(HealthDay News) -- With the start of winter, it's important to prepare your home for the colder weather.

Health Tip: Maximizing Your Workout

(HealthDay News) -- As long as you're setting aside time to work out each day, make sure you're reaping all the benefits.

Teen Violence Can Be Contagious, Study Contends

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Violence could be contagious among teens, according to Ohio State University researchers.

'Don't Cut Yet, Doc, I Can Hear You'

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Far fewer surgical patients become conscious while under general anesthesia than previously believed, researchers report.

Baby Crib Ads Show Unsafe Practices, Study Says

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Baby crib advertisements and store displays often demonstrate unsafe sleep environments that increase an infant's risk of sudden infant death syndrome, a new study reports.

About 1.3 Million U.S. Adults Identify as Transgender: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One of the first comprehensive surveys on the subject estimates that about 1.3 million American adults currently identify as transgender.

Mouthwash Helps Kill Gonorrhea Germs in Mouth, Throat: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A commercial brand of mouthwash can help control gonorrhea bacteria in the mouth, and daily use may offer a cheap and easy way to reduce the spread of the sexually transmitted disease, a small study from Australia contends.

Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's evidence that daily low-dose aspirin may decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a new study.

Routine Testing for Genital Herpes of Little Benefit: U.S. Experts

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Routine blood test screening for genital herpes is not recommended for teens and adults -- including pregnant women -- who don't have any signs or symptoms of the sexually transmitted disease (STD), a panel of U.S. health care experts says.

Drug Overdose Deaths Climb Dramatically in U.S.

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drug overdose deaths continue to surge in the United States, with most fatalities linked to the illicit use of prescription painkillers, new government statistics reveal.

Rest May Not Be Best for Kids After Concussion

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Complete rest is a cornerstone of concussion treatment, but a new study indicates that physical activity within a week of a youth's head injury may hasten recovery.

Obamacare May Have Broadened Patients' ER Choices

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Expanding Medicaid -- the U.S. federal-state health insurance program for the poor -- gives people access to a broader array of hospital choices than they had when they were uninsured, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Dec. 20, 2016

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

Cured Meats Could Aggravate Asthma, Study Suggests

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly eating cured meats such as ham and salami might aggravate asthma, researchers report.

Mothers of Kids With Severe Birth Defects May Have Shorter Lives: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A mother raising a child with a major birth defect may face a higher risk of dying early compared with a mother whose child doesn't have a birth defect, Danish research suggests.

FDA OKs High-Tech Diabetes Device to Help Replace Fingerstick Tests

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In news that's sure to delight people with diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) can be used to make insulin dosing decisions alone, without the need for additional fingerstick tests of blood sugar levels.