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HealthDay News - January 04, 2017

Coping With Sleep Loss During Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's safe to assume many new parents aren't sleeping as much as they'd like, but many pregnant women also suffer from insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Immune System Reboots During Sleep

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've gained new insight into how the immune system restores itself during sleep.

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: Order a Healthier Breakfast

(HealthDay News) -- Bacon, pastries and other unhealthy choices abound on breakfast menus. But there are healthier options if you know what to look for.

Health Tip: Caring for Psoriasis on Your Feet

(HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis causes red, scaly, itchy plaques on the skin, including the feet.

Ready Your Home for Winter's Wrath

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Winter's here. Nothing you can do about that. But, it's not too late to take steps to keep you and your home safe when frigid weather hits, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Poor Asthma Sufferers Often Stuck in Homes That Worsen Their Disease

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Poor Americans with asthma face constant challenges in managing their respiratory disease -- from dilapidated housing to neighborhood violence to depression, new research shows.

Powerful Drug for Advanced Cancers May Need Less Frequent Dosing

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of a bone cancer drug once every three months, instead of monthly, does not boost the risk of bone problems over two years, a new study finds.

Flameless Candle Batteries Pose Risk to Kids

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny button batteries that light up flameless "tea candles" pose a significant risk to children when swallowed, the National Capital Poison Center warns.

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.

Plant-Based Diets Score Big for Healthy Weight Loss

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you've resolved to eat healthy and lose weight in 2017, a new report suggests the DASH diet may be your best bet.

More Signs Mediterranean Diet May Boost Your Brain

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The heart-healthy Mediterranean diet may also help preserve brain health of older adults, new research suggests.

Does Living Near Major Roads Boost Dementia Risk?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to cut your chances for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias? A new study suggests that picking a home far from major roadways might help.

Many Young Adults With High Cholesterol Not on Statins as Recommended

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Too few Americans who need them -- especially young adults -- are getting cholesterol-lowering statin medications, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Jan. 4, 2017

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

Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis Symptoms, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could weight loss combat psoriasis?

Artificial 'Voice Box' Implant Helps Cancer Patient Speak

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An artificial "voice box" has provided long-term relief for a throat cancer patient in France