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HealthDay News - February 07, 2017

Health Tip: Get Active With a Jump Rope

(HealthDay News) -- Jumping rope is a great way to get your heart pumping, burn calories and have a little fun.

Health Tip: Have an Unusual Breakfast

(HealthDay News) -- A nutritious breakfast doesn't have to mean the same old morning fare.

Screening, HPV Vaccine Can Prevent Cervical Cancer: FDA

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women can reduce their risk of cervical cancer through vaccination and screening, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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.

Many Hospital Workers Are an Unhealthy Lot: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than three-quarters of workers at six Houston hospitals are overweight or obese, a new study shows.

When Counting Calories, Consider the Cream and Sugar

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Before you pour anything into your coffee cup besides coffee, heed the findings of a new study that shows a lot of extra calories come with that cream and sugar.

Winter's No Reason to Hibernate: Head Outside for Some Sports Fun

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Forget what the thermometer says: Winter is a great time for outdoor activities. But you should follow certain safety rules to reduce your risk of injury.

Know Your Heart's Numbers

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than two-thirds of Americans fret about heart disease, but few know the specific information that can help them boost their heart health, a new survey finds.

Too Many Americans Have High Blood Pressure, Doctors Warn

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A group of family physicians warns that too many Americans struggle with high blood pressure.

U.S. Vaccine Guidelines for Flu, HPV Updated

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Roll up your sleeves, America. A national advisory panel of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its 2017 advisory for recommended shots affecting adults.

U.S. Legislation Boosted Access to Autism Services, With No Added Cost to Families

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of health care services by children with autism increased modestly in the wake of a U.S. law requiring equal insurance benefits for mental and physical health. But out-of-pocket costs for their families didn't rise, a new study finds.

Too Few High-Risk Women Tested for Breast Cancer Gene: Survey

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Though testing for two genes that raise breast cancer risk has been around for decades, a new survey finds many high-risk women don't get the test, often because they aren't told to by their doctors.

Sickle Cell Trait in Blacks Can Skew Diabetes Test Results

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test commonly used to diagnose and treat diabetes may be less accurate in black people who have the sickle cell anemia trait, a new study says.

Health Highlights: Feb. 7, 2017

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

A Plug Instead of a Snip for Male Birth Control?

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new gel-based vasectomy has proven effective in a group of monkeys, raising hopes it could one day provide a permanent but easily reversible male contraceptive option in humans.

Could Night Shifts, Heavy Lifting Impair a Woman's Fertility?

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who work night shifts or do heavy physical labor may be somewhat less fertile than other women, new research suggests.

For Millions of Americans, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their Hearing

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The noise of modern life causes permanent hearing damage to many U.S. adults who don't even suspect they've experienced a loss, federal researchers reported Tuesday.