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January 26, 2017

Health Tip: Finding Help for an Overweight Child

(HealthDay News) -- A program to help your child get to and maintain a healthier weight is useless unless it succeeds.

Health Tip: Set Good Habits for Exercise

(HealthDay News) -- Exercise may seem like a chore, but there are things you can do to alleviate boredom and make you look forward to daily activity.

Lack of Exercise Might Invite Dementia

THURSDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parking yourself in front of the TV may make you as likely to develop dementia as people genetically predisposed to the condition, a Canadian study suggests.

Check Your Neck for Thyroid Abnormalities

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Regular self-exams play an important role in early detection of thyroid disease, a specialist says.

Depression Often Untreated in Dialysis Patients

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is common among kidney failure patients undergoing dialysis. But efforts to get them on antidepressants often fail, a new study finds.

Scientists Create Clothing With 'Knitted' Muscle Power

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've created a special fabric incorporating robotic techniques that one day might help provide muscle power to disabled people or seniors who have trouble getting around.

Mental Health May Affect Chances Against Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety and depression may increase the risk of death from certain cancers, early research suggests.

Should Pregnant Women Always Be Treated for Underactive Thyroid?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many women may be affected by an underactive thyroid gland, but new research suggests that treating it in pregnancy comes with benefits and potential harm.

Work Disability Benefits? Depends on the Doc

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medical professionals give widely varying opinions about whether claimants for work disability benefits should get those benefits, researchers report.

Kids' Sugary Drink Habits Start Early

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite health messages to limit sodas and other sugary beverages, most American children drink them often, new government statistics show.

Rates of Early Deaths Rise for Whites, Drop for Blacks

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Premature death rates in the United States have fallen for some groups but risen in others, a federal study says.

Gut Bacteria May Link Diet, Colon Cancer, Study Says

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers think they know why a diet high in whole grains and fiber might lower the risk of certain types of colon cancer.

1 in 4 U.S. Adults, 1 in 10 Teens Use Tobacco

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the dangers, many American adults and teens still use tobacco products, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: Jan. 26, 2017

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

Scientists Create Part-Human, Part-Pig Embryo

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It might sound like science fiction, but researchers have successfully used human stem cells to create embryos that are part-human, part-pig.

U.S. Heart Failure Rates on the Rise

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure rates are going up in the United States, according to a new report from the American Heart Association.

Docs: Kids to Suffer Under Trump's Tough Immigration Policies

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. pediatricians are taking President Donald Trump to task after he issued executive orders Wednesday that -- the doctors said -- will make the country a much less welcoming place for immigrant children.

Kids With ADHD Make 6.1 Million Doctor Visits a Year in U.S.: CDC

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder account for more than 6 million physician office visits a year in the United States, say U.S. health officials.

Risk of Death Due to Birth Defects Higher If Baby Covered by Medicaid

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Severe birth defects cause about one in every five infant deaths in the United States. Now, new research finds that the odds for one of these tragic events rise if a newborn is covered by Medicaid rather than private insurance.

Fecal Transplant Shows Early Promise Against Autism

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A small study suggests a novel treatment for kids with autism: Give these young patients a fresh supply of healthy gut bacteria via a fecal transplant.

Amnesia Affecting Some Opioid Abusers

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Short-term memory loss may be yet another price of America's opioid addiction epidemic.

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