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January 24, 2017

HPV Vaccine Doesn't Eliminate Need for Pap Test

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The HPV vaccine helps prevent cervical cancer but that doesn't mean women should forgo Pap test screening, cancer experts say.

Health Tip: Stop Smoking!

(HealthDay News) -- Once you've stopped smoking, it may be a challenge to substitute healthier habits.

Health Tip: Take Care of Your Teeth

(HealthDay News) -- You've resolved to take better care of yourself during the coming year. Don't forget your teeth.

Fitter Seniors May Have Healthier Brains

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Good heart and lung fitness can benefit older adults' brains, researchers report.

Gene May Help Guide Black Patients' Opioid Addiction Treatment

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've found a genetic variant associated with opioid addiction, and it might lead to personalized treatment for the condition.

Young Thyroid Cancer Survivors May Face Long-Term Health Risks

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Younger survivors of thyroid cancer are at increased risk for certain types of health problems later in life, a new study suggests.

'Red Yeast Rice' Statin Alternative Not Harmless Either, Study Says

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A natural cholesterol-lowering supplement called red yeast rice could pose the same health risks to users as statin drugs, a new study contends.

Half Report Severe Side Effects From Breast Cancer Therapy

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About half of early stage breast cancer patients experience severe side effects from their treatment, a new study finds.

Jury Still Out on Whether to Screen All Adults for Sleep Apnea

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's not yet clear if there's any benefit to screening adults for sleep apnea when they don't have signs or symptoms of the condition, according to a U.S. government advisory panel of health experts.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Love Hormone Kisspeptin

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There may be a way to boost the activity of a hormone linked to love and sex, British researchers report.

Body Cooling Little Help to Kids When Heart Stops: Study

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Body cooling offers no advantage over normal temperature control in treating infants and children whose hearts suddenly stop beating, a new study suggests.

Could a Therapy for Irregular Heartbeat Harm the Brain?

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Catheter ablation is a common treatment for a form of irregular heartbeat known as premature ventricular contractions. Now, a small new study suggests the approach may put some patients at risk for brain injury.

Even One High-Fat Meal Can Harm Your Liver, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a high-fat meal -- say, a cheeseburger and fries or a pepperoni pizza -- disrupts liver function, a new, small study reveals.

Health Highlights: Jan. 24, 2017

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

U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Over Three Decades

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While cancer death rates have dropped 20 percent overall in the United States since 1980, high death rates persist in pockets throughout the country, a new report finds.

Study Counters Link Between Excess Pregnancy Weight and Overweight Kids

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids whose moms were overweight during pregnancy have increased odds of being overweight themselves -- but the connection may be largely genetic, a new study suggests.

High-Tech Blood Sugar Monitors May Help People With Type 1 Diabetes

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A continuous glucose monitor helps people with type 1 diabetes who need insulin shots every day manage their blood sugar levels safely, two new studies suggest.

Pediatricians Say No to Wearable Smartphone Baby Monitors

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents should think twice before buying "smart" clothing with vital signs monitors to keep tabs on their baby's health, pediatricians recommend.

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