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HealthDay News - January 13, 2017

Head for the Hills With Sled Safety in Mind

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When temperatures drop and snow falls, children are ready to reach for their hats, scarves -- and sleds.

Health Tip: Help Prevent Skin Infections

(HealthDay News) -- Skin infections are common in athletes, often triggered by sweaty equipment that rubs against skin.

Health Tip: Cutting Out Caffeine?

(HealthDay News) -- If you're not getting enough sleep, you're not alone. But you don't need to turn to caffeine to help you feel less groggy.

Heavy Kids Fare Worse in One Way After Surgery

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Here's yet another reason to watch your child's weight: Overweight and obese kids seem to be more likely than others to develop a wound infection after surgery, a new study suggests.

1 in 5 U.S. Gun Owners Avoided Background Check: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About one in five people in the United States who bought a gun in any setting in the past two years did so without a background check, new research finds.

Common Viruses a Deadly Threat at Nursing Homes

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Common viruses pose a serious threat in nursing homes, often sabotaging standard infection control measures, a new case study suggests.

Airway Differences May Explain Why Asthma Can Be More Serious for Blacks

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Differences in airway inflammation may be one reason why black people with asthma are less responsive to treatment and more likely to die from the disease than white people, a new study suggests.

Kids' Use of Artificial Sweeteners Spiked in Recent Years

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of artificial sugar by American children and adults has soared in recent years -- and the news isn't all that sweet, a new study suggests.

Many College Women Ignore Indoor Tanning's Risks

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the known dangers, many white female college students continue to tan indoors, a new study finds.

Study Questions 'Fecal Transplant' Treatment for Gut Infection

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A single fecal transplant delivered by enema is apparently no more effective than oral antibiotics in treating recurring cases of a nasty stomach bug, a Canadian study contends.

Watching Others 'Vape' May Trigger Urge to Smoke

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A type of e-cigarette called a vape pen can trigger the urge to smoke among young adults as much as seeing someone smoke cigarettes, a new study contends.

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?

Health Highlights: Jan. 13, 2017

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

House Joins Senate in Bid to Repeal Obamacare

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday afternoon to join the Senate in passing a measure to protect efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from a possible Senate filibuster.

'Superbug' Resistant to All Antibiotics Killed Nevada Woman

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A Nevada woman in her 70s who'd recently returned from India died in September from a "superbug" infection that resisted all antibiotics, according to a report released Friday.

Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The pace of flu activity continues to quicken across the United States, and probably hasn't peaked yet.