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HealthDay News - January 03, 2017

Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of cancer deaths could be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, exercising and not smoking, according to the American Cancer Society.

Over-Planning Can Take the Fun Out of Leisure Time

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Leisure time is supposed to be fun time. But, too much planning makes leisure time seem like work, researchers report.

Health Tip: Skip Winter Coats in Car Seats

(HealthDay News) -- Puffy coats or snow suits should not be worn in car seats, experts say. During an accident, this clothing is flattened by impact and may allow the seat's straps to loosen so that your child slips out.

Health Tip: 5 Things to Help You Sleep Soundly

(HealthDay News) -- If your room is too bright, noisy or full of activity when you travel, any of these could prevent you from getting needed rest.

Routine Checkup Should Assess Fitness, Too

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most people know they should have their height, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly, but an exercise expert says cardiorespiratory fitness should also be part of a routine medical exam.

Earwax There to Protect Your Hearing, Doctors Say

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Trying to remove your earwax can lead to ear damage, doctors warn.

Study Ties Alcohol Abuse to Increased Heart Risks

MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that people who abuse alcohol also boost their risk of three cardiac conditions: atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure.

Metformin Still Best as First Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Newly updated guidelines reaffirm that metformin is the first-line drug for people with type 2 diabetes, and that several other medications -- including newer ones -- can be added if needed.

Can Parents' Weight Hinder Toddlers' Development?

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have obese parents may show signs of developmental delays, such as poor social skills, by the time they're 3 years old, a new study suggests.

'Teen' Finds Minors Can Buy Bodybuilding Supplement at Health Food Stores

TUESDAY, Jan.3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. health food stores recommend the dietary supplement creatine to minors as an athletic performance enhancer, even though major medical societies discourage its use by kids under 18, a new study reports.

Why Major Zika Outbreak Is Unlikely in U.S.

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The United States' comfortable standard of living makes a large-scale outbreak of Zika virus unlikely, a new scientific paper suggests.

Research on U.S. Gun Violence Still a Low Priority, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even though the United States has the highest death rate from firearms of any developed country, gun violence gets short shrift in government research compared to other leading causes of death, a new study reveals.

Genes May Play Role in More Severe Form of PMS

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links the activity of certain genes to a premenstrual mood disorder that affects 2 to 5 percent of women of reproductive age.

New Parkinson's Drug May Combat Movement Difficulties

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that people with Parkinson's disease may achieve better and more reliable motor control by taking an experimental drug called opicapone alongside the standard medication levodopa.

Gun Violence May Be 'Contagious,' Study Suggests

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- To predict someone's risk of becoming a victim of gun violence, a new study offers a suggestion: Look at the company they keep.

Health Highlights: Jan. 3, 2017

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

FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day workshop in April to weigh the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes.