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January 30, 2017

Health Tip: Don't Be a Night Owl

(HealthDay News) -- You know it's not healthy to get too little sleep. But going to bed earlier is no cinch.

Health Tip: Is Your Toddler Eating Enough?

(HealthDay News) -- Parents may be concerned about whether their little ones are eating enough nutritious food.

Teach Your Kids to Use Media in Healthy Ways

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some pediatric health experts may have loosened the reins a bit on "screen time" for the youngest of children, but that doesn't mean parents should rely on electronic devices as babysitters, one pediatrician says.

Exercise May Help Black Americans Lower Blood Pressure Risk

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Regular sports or exercise may lower black Americans' risk of high blood pressure, a new study finds.

Stress-Busting Tips

(HealthDay News) -- Lying around your home watching TV isn't always the best way to unwind. Police dramas, the news -- even sports programming -- can be stress-inducing. Plus, it's a passive activity, and mildly addictive, and nowhere near as relaxing as many other options you can choose.

Low Back Pain Common Among Kids

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low back pain is common in school-age American children, and rates increase with age, researchers say.

Jan. 31 Is Next Deadline to Enroll for Obamacare

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just days before the Jan. 31 deadline for enrollment for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration has pulled back advertising for the controversial health care reform law.

ER Doctor Offers Tips for Safer Snow Shoveling

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a middle-aged couch potato, shoveling snow could put you at risk for a heart attack.

Could the 'Mediterranean' Diet Help Prevent ADHD?

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who follow a Mediterranean diet -- high in fruits, vegetables and "good" fats -- may be less likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a small study suggests.

Chronic Bullying Can Show Up in Report Cards

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic bullying can take a toll on kids' grades.

Smoking Costs World $1.4 Trillion a Year in Disease, Lost Productivity

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 6 percent of the world's health-care spending is tied to smoking, a new study reports.

Snowstorms May Bring Blizzard of Heart Troubles

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Snowstorms may leave more than a big mess in their wake: New research shows a sharp spike in hospital admissions for heart trouble two days after these weather events.

Health Highlights: Jan. 30, 2017

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

Busy Minds May Be Better at Fighting Dementia

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mentally stimulating activities can protect your brain against aging, even if you're genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a new study reports.

Study Suggests Newer Cholesterol Drugs Are Safe

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of drugs that drastically lowers "bad" cholesterol levels appears safe for heart patients, but whether it prevents heart attacks or strokes isn't yet known, researchers report.

Bilingual People May Have an Edge Against Alzheimer's

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who speak two or more languages appear to weather the ravages of Alzheimer's disease better than people who have only mastered one language, a new Italian study suggests.

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