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January 23, 2017

When College Kids Surf the Web in Class, Grades Fall

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The professor may be lecturing, but too often college students aren't listening: They're using their laptops to surf the Internet instead.

Safeguards May Be Reducing Serious Catheter Infections

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Improved catheter safety measures in hospitals significantly reduce bloodstream infections and health care costs, a new study indicates.

Could Obesity Undermine Memory Training in Older Adults?

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Memory training is far less effective in older adults who are obese than those who aren't, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Ward Off Infection From Ear Piercing

(HealthDay News) -- Caring for pierced ears can help keep the piercings clean and prevent infection.

Health Tip: Choosing a Pest Control Service

(HealthDay News) -- Pests are a nuisance and may be a health hazard. But you're not doing your family any favors by using toxic chemicals inappropriately.

Gestational Diabetes a Risk Factor for Postpartum Depression: Study

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gestational diabetes and a previous bout of depression can increase a first-time mother's risk of postpartum depression, a new study suggests.

U.S. Deaths From Cervical Cancer May Be Underestimated

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of women who die from cervical cancer in the United States may be higher than previously believed, and the risk is greatest among older and black women, a new study finds.

Language Barrier May Keep Some Hispanics From Good Diabetes Care

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic-American type 2 diabetes patients who lack proficiency in English may end up with poorer care, a new study finds.

E-Cigarettes Not a Smoking Deterrent for Kids

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence that e-cigarettes are driving down teen smoking -- and, in fact, they may be drawing in kids who otherwise would never have smoked, a new study suggests.

Does 'Juvy' Confinement Jeopardize Long-Term Health?

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young people in juvenile detention or jail may suffer health effects that last well into adulthood, a pair of new studies suggests.

Early Family Deaths May Create 'Grief Gap' for Blacks

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans tend to lose a parent, other close relatives and spouses at earlier ages than whites, creating a potentially devastating "grief gap," new research suggests.

Health Highlights: Jan. 23, 2017

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

2 GOP Senators Unveil Obamacare Alternative

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Looking to make good on the GOP's longstanding vow to get rid of Obamacare, two Senate Republicans on Monday proposed a bill that would allow states to continue operating under the law if they choose to do so.

Obamacare Boosted Coverage for the Chronically Ill, Study Finds

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with a chronic illness gained health insurance coverage after the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010, a new study reports.

Exercise Rates Often Decline After Cancer Diagnosis

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can help cancer patients cope with their treatment, but as many as 75 percent reduce their physical activity after diagnosis, a new study finds.

Jet Lag a Drag on Pro Baseball Players

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Skipping across time zones might be more than just tiring for pro baseball players: The resulting jet lag may actually harm their performance on the field, a new study suggests.

When Loved One Has Breast Cancer, Partner Suffers, Too

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer can take a heavy toll on the partners of patients, too, a new study finds.

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