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HealthDay News - January 12, 2017

Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Poor circulation and nerve damage leave people with diabetes at increased risk for potentially serious foot problems, especially during the cold weather, a foot and ankle specialist warns.

Wearable Sensors May Spot Illness Before Symptoms Start

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Wearable sensors to track things such as heart rate, activity and skin temperature may help you keep track of your health and warn you of impending illness, a new study suggests.

How to Spot a Common, Potentially Dangerous, Childhood Illness

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all children get respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by age 2. But just because the infection is common doesn't mean it should be taken lightly, one nursing specialist warns.

Health Tip: Help Young Children Make Healthy Changes

(HealthDay News) -- A new year means a new chance to begin healthier habits. And even preschoolers can make healthier changes as they grow.

Health Tip: Concerned About Constipation?

(HealthDay News) -- Constipation occurs when bowel movements happen infrequently or are difficult to pass. Sometimes, lifestyle changes can curb constipation, but other times the condition signals something more serious.

'Stress Ball' in Your Brain May Be Key to Heart Risks

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long known that a stressed life does no favors for the heart, and new research may help unravel why that's so.

Brain Deficits in Preemies May Start Before Birth

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Problems with brain wiring in premature babies appear to arise months before they are born, a small study suggests.

Scientists Create Mosquitoes Resistant to Dengue Virus

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they have created mosquitoes resistant to the dengue virus, which might eventually help control the spread of the disease in humans.

Most of Canada's Packaged Foods, Drinks Have Added Sugars

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of packaged foods and beverages in Canada contain at least one added sugar, a new study shows.

Could Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Blood Pressure Predict Baby's Gender?

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The gender of a woman's future child may be linked to her blood pressure six months before she becomes pregnant, a preliminary study suggests.

Sushi Lovers, Beware: Tapeworm Now Found in U.S. Salmon

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In bad news for sushi lovers, scientists have confirmed that a tapeworm known to infect salmon from the Asian Pacific is also present in fish from U.S. waters.

Doctors Describe First U.S. Case of Locally Acquired Zika in Pregnancy

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first case of locally acquired Zika virus in a pregnant woman in the United States did not result in devastating birth defects, doctors report.

Health Highlights: Jan. 12, 2017

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

Rural Americans at Higher Risk of 5 Preventable Causes of Death: CDC

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who live in rural areas have a higher risk of death from five leading causes than people who live in urban locations, a federal study reveals.

Pregnancy OK for Most Women With Congenital Heart Conditions: Report

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women with serious congenital heart defects can usually have successful pregnancies -- but they should work closely with their doctors before, during and after pregnancy, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association (AHA).

Senate Starts Obamacare Repeal Process

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate took the first step early Thursday morning of dismantling the Affordable Care Act, the controversial health reform law that has been a centerpiece of the Obama administration.

Link Seen Between Concussions and Alzheimer's

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could concussions speed up the mental decline of people already at risk for Alzheimer's disease?

U.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on Marijuana

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Current medical science has proven there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and cannabis-derived drugs, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences states.