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HealthDay News - December 21, 2016

Holiday Decor Can Be Hazardous

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Christmas lights, ornaments and other festive decorations are beautiful to look at, but parents need to remember that little ones are drawn to those shiny, glittering objects too, and those decorations may not always be safe to touch.

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.

Health Tip: What's Behind My Foot Arthritis?

(HealthDay News) -- The stiffness and pain that accompany arthritis are particularly noticable when they affect the feet.

Health Tip: Care for Yourself

(HealthDay News) -- In this busy world, making time to take care of yourself often falls by the wayside.

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.

Don't Forget Child Safety When Traveling for the Holidays

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of young children may leave some aspects of child safety behind when they hit the road for the holidays, a new study finds.

Child Deaths Highlight Choking Dangers Posed by Grapes

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young children can choke to death on whole grapes, warn the authors of a new report.

Delay in Clamping Umbilical Cord Benefits Babies, Doctors Say

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends waiting at least 30 to 60 seconds after birth to clamp a healthy newborn's umbilical cord, citing potential health benefits.

Better Sleep May Signal Recovery From Brain Injury

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Recovery from traumatic brain injury appears to go hand-in-hand with improvement of related sleep problems, a new study finds.

How to Ship Food Gifts Without Risk

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Homemade food gifts can make loved ones afar feel closer, but it's important to take extra safety precautions to prevent food poisoning, according to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AAND).

Short Course of Antibiotics Not Best for Kids' Ear Infections

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A shorter period of antibiotic treatment for ear infections in young children does more harm than good, a new study finds.

Vitamin E, Selenium Don't Cut Colon Cancer Risk: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin E and selenium does not appear to reduce the risk of polyps that can lead to colon cancer, a new study finds.

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.

Where Medical Pot Is Legal, Fatal Car Crashes Often Decline

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Traffic deaths have fallen in many -- but not all -- states with medical marijuana laws, a new study finds.

Mumps Cases Hit 10-Year High in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mumps cases have hit a 10-year high in the United States, and the contagious disease is especially common on college campuses, an infectious disease expert says.

Uninsured Rate Hits New Low Due to Obamacare: Report

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans now have health insurance than ever before, with the uninsured rate declining across all 50 states because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund released Wednesday.

Many With Breast Cancer Unnecessarily Choose Double Mastectomy: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many women with early stage breast cancer choose to have their healthy opposite breast removed, even when there are no medical indications that such a step is necessary, a new survey finds.

Health Highlights: Dec. 21, 2016

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

'Groundbreaking' Research Offers Clues to Cause of Dyslexia

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with the reading disability dyslexia may have brain differences that are surprisingly wide-ranging, a new study suggests.

HIV May Double Odds of Heart Attack

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As people with HIV are living longer, new concerns are cropping up, such as a risk for heart attack up to two times greater than for people without the AIDS-causing virus, a new study reports.

U.S. Melanoma Rate Is Rising, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are developing the potentially deadly skin cancer known as melanoma than in the past, new research shows.

High Pain Tolerance Tied to 'Silent' Heart Attack Risk

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who are less sensitive to pain may be at increased risk of having a "silent" heart attack, a new study hints.

Innovative Programs Help Addicts Get Off Opioids

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People trying to kick addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers often wait weeks or months before they can get into a treatment facility, putting them at continued risk for a fatal overdose.