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HealthDay News - December 23, 2016

'Uncombable' Hair? Maybe Genes Are to Blame

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's not common, but some children have ultra-frizzy hair that can't be combed normally. Now researchers say they've found genes linked to what's known as "uncombable hair syndrome."

Managing Holiday Stress

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays can be festive and fun, but they can also be stressful as families try to juggle shopping and cooking with parties and other gatherings, a leading pediatricians' group says.

Health Tip: 3 Steps to Eating Healthier

(HealthDay News) -- If you want to revamp your diet to eat healthier, focus on three basic changes, suggested by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

Health Tip: Struggling in the Morning?

(HealthDay News) -- If you're groggy in the morning despite getting enough rest, you may have to change your sleep habits.

Women Chasing Holiday Perfection May Miss Signs of Heart Trouble

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Holiday pressure can stress anybody out, but some women get so anxious about making everything perfect that they miss the signs of serious heart problems.

Head Off 'Holiday Heart Syndrome'

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overindulging over the holidays can take a toll on the heart, according to experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Don't Let Food Poisoning Ruin Your Holiday Celebration

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Party guests always seem to wind up in the host's kitchen, but too many cooks boost the risk of mistakes that could lead to food poisoning, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Blood Banks Face Seasonal Shortages, New Screening Rules

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's typically a shortage of both blood and platelets during the holiday season. But, tighter testing for a rare complication of transfusions makes the need for platelets even more urgent, experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say.

Canned Food May Boost BPA Levels in Dogs: Study

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of the chemical Bisphenol A rise sharply in dogs soon after they start eating canned food, and their exposure to BPA could have implications for human health, a new study suggests.

Christmas Cords Pose Danger to Little Ones

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While electrical burns to young children's mouths are rare, parents need to be aware that the danger is greatest during the holidays when extension cords and electrical wires are in plain sight, researchers report.

Lung-Sparing Surgery May Boost Mesothelioma Survival

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery that preserves the lung, when combined with other therapies, appears to extend the lives of people with a subtype of the rare and deadly cancer mesothelioma, a new study suggests.

Ebola Vaccine Appears Very Effective in Trial

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly effective against the deadly virus in a large trial conducted in Guinea, researchers say.

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.

Bird Flu Strain May Have Jumped From Cat to Human

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A veterinarian appears to have been infected with a strain of avian flu known as H7N2 that spread among more than 100 cats housed at New York City animal shelters. If confirmed, this would be the first known transmission of this bird flu strain from cat to human, officials said.

Health Highlights: Dec. 23, 2016

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

There's Still Time for Your Flu Shot

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flu needn't spoil the start of the new year, say U.S. health officials who urge children and adults to get vaccinated.

FDA Suggests Limits on Lead in Cosmetics

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has suggested setting a limit on how much lead can be in cosmetics ranging from lipstick and eye shadow to blush and shampoo.