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February 06, 2017

Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Check Again

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who think they're allergic to penicillin don't really have an allergy to this antibiotic, a pediatric expert says.

For Elderly Needing Home Medical Care, Are Nurse Practitioners the Answer?

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nurse practitioners could meet the growing need for house calls to frail, elderly Americans, but restrictions in some states may get in the way, researchers say.

Health Tip: Fire Safety in the Kitchen

(HealthDay News) -- There are a few things you should keep in mind any time you are using the kitchen stove.

Health Tip: For Better Sleep, Watch What You Eat

(HealthDay News) -- Diet plays a significant role in your health, including how well you sleep.

New Flu Vaccines for Dogs Unleashed in Lab

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who created two new flu vaccines for dogs say their work could help keep people safe, too.

Stress Busters

(HealthDay News) -- Sleep experts estimate that up to 50 percent of all insomnia is caused by stress. If stress wakes you up in the middle of the night, here's what you can do to put yourself back to sleep:

For Kids, Regular Exercise Seems to Put Depression on the Run

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For generations, parents have told kids to go outside and play. Now, a new study suggests an added benefit to that advice -- physical activity may lower children's risk of depression.

Weight Loss Tied to Lower Risk of Uterine Cancer

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss may lower older women's risk of cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, a new study suggests.

U.S. Teens Lag on Recommended Vaccinations

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens are less likely than younger children to get all their recommended vaccinations, perhaps putting their long-term health at risk, according to a leading group of U.S. pediatricians.

Most Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers Enjoy Good Sexual Health

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment received in childhood to help fight cancer can have an impact on sexual health in adulthood, a new report suggests.

Hospitalizations for Common Heart Rhythm Problem on the Rise

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. patients with a common heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (AFib) are ending up in the hospital more often than before, a new study says.

1 in 4 Teen E-Cigarette Users Has Tried 'Dripping'

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One-quarter of U.S. teen e-cigarette users have experimented with "dripping" -- a new vaping method that produces thicker clouds of vapor, researchers report.

Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ER

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The flea medications and heartworm pills that millions of Americans give to their beloved pets pose poisoning risks to any children in the home, new research warns.

Undocumented Immigrants Often Face Tough Health Care Choices

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies offer insights into the medical plights facing undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Terminally Ill Obese People Less Likely to Get Hospice Care

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity affects many facets of life, and now a new study suggests that carrying a great deal of extra weight also may affect the way a person dies.

Health Highlights: Feb. 6, 2017

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

Newborn Screening Tests Approved

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A set of screening tests designed to detect four rare metabolic disorders in newborns has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

E-Cigarettes May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco, Study Suggests

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes can substantially reduce their intake of toxic chemicals and carcinogens -- but only if they completely quit smoking tobacco, a new study reports.

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