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HealthDay News - December 22, 2016

Exercise May Be Real Medicine for Parkinson's Disease

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Almost any exercise is good medicine for someone with Parkinson's disease, a new study confirms.

Serious Yoga Injuries, Though Rare, Are on the Rise

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More and more Americans have been taking up yoga in recent years -- and their rate of yoga-related injuries has also climbed, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Getting Your Child Vaccinated

(HealthDay News) -- Vaccinations are a necessary part of keeping your child healthy, but the pain and fear may be difficult to endure.

Health Tip: Preventing Tooth Discoloration

(HealthDay News) -- From the foods you eat to habits such as smoking, many factors contribute to tooth discoloration.

Chemo Drug May Combat Serious Brain Tumor After All

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some patients with a deadly brain tumor may respond to drugs previously believed to be ineffective against the cancer, a new study says.

Many Ignore Fire Safety at Home, Survey Reveals

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The holiday season can be a dangerous time of year, but many families ignore fire and burn safety tips, a new survey finds.

Celebrate the Holidays, But Not While Drinking and Driving

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- During the holidays, cocktails, eggnog and wine are always flowing, and the danger of serious or deadly car accidents soars.

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).

Past Kidney Damage Linked to Pregnancy Problems

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with prior kidney damage may have an increased risk for pregnancy complications, a new study suggests.

Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Kidney Damage in Kids

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children of mothers who smoke during pregnancy may be at increased risk for kidney damage, a new study warns.

New Approach to Concussion Diagnosis

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Testing someone's ability to process sound after a head injury may reveal whether that person has a concussion, according to a small new study.

Cardiology Still a Man's Field, Survey Finds

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most cardiologists in the United States are men, and many female cardiologists report discrimination in the workplace, a new survey finds.

New MS Drug Shows 'Breakthrough' Promise for Advanced Disease

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug slows the progress of multiple sclerosis, including an advanced form of the degenerative nerve disease for which there currently is no treatment, according to a pair of new clinical trials.

More Than Half of Brazilian Women Avoid Pregnancy Due to Zika Fear

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of young women in Brazil are forgoing pregnancy due to the ongoing Zika epidemic, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: Dec. 22, 2016

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

CDC Allocates $184 Million for Zika Protection

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly $184 million has been earmarked to protect Americans against Zika virus infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

Is Season the Reason Why Heart Deaths Spike at Christmas?

THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's not the chill of winter that causes a spike in heart-related deaths at Christmas and New Year's -- it's the holiday season itself, Australian researchers contend.