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HealthDay News - February 13, 2017

The Best Place to Find Your Valentine

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're still searching for your perfect Valentine, maybe you've been looking for love in all the wrong places.

Health Tip: Protect Kids in Cold Weather

(HealthDay News) -- Playing in the snow is one of the joys of winter, especially for children. But parents should take precautions to make sure little ones stay warm.

Health Tip: Keep Neck Pain in Check

(HealthDay News) -- Neck pain can be triggered or worsened by poor posture. So make sure posture is on your mind as you sit at your desk and go about your day.

Beware Heart Attack Risk From Shoveling Snow

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Shoveling is the probable reason why men are more likely to suffer a heart attack after a heavy snowfall, researchers report.

Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil a Boost to Heart Health?

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A Mediterranean diet high in virgin olive oil may boost the protective effects of "good" cholesterol, a new study suggests.

Stress Buster

(HealthDay News) -- The same system that activates the stress response in your body -- the autonomic nervous system -- also regulates other functions, including heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate. But unlike most autonomic functions, which are hard or impossible to control, you can easily take control of your breathing.

Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's still flu season, and not too late to get your flu shot. But a new study suggests that people with eczema should request the vaccine be given into the muscle, rather than just under the skin.

Needed: An 'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic Reactions

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When kids are at risk of severe allergic reactions, all their caregivers should have a written action plan and epinephrine auto-injectors readily available, according to new reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely low birth weight babies may be at increased risk for mental health problems later in life, a new review suggests.

The 'Selfie' Paradox

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Apparently the millions of people who take "selfies" live by a double standard, a new study suggests.

Tougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the Road

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In U.S. states with the toughest laws to discourage drinking and driving, fewer children and teens were killed in car crashes, a new study shows.

Health Highlights: Feb. 13, 2017

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

The Motherlode of 'Mother Love' Chemicals

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The feel-good brain chemical dopamine appears to play a role in the development of a healthy bond between a mother and baby, a new study suggests.

Gay Men Less Likely to Have Safe Sex Now: Survey

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a sign that powerful new ways to treat and prevent HIV are relaxing attitudes about safer sex, a new survey finds that gay and bisexual men are much less likely to use condoms than they were two decades ago.

Try Drug-Free Options First for Low Back Pain, New Guidelines Say

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with low back pain should try drug-free remedies -- from simple heat wraps to physical therapy -- before resorting to medication, according to new treatment guidelines.

FDA Issues Warning About Balloon Obesity Treatments

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fluid-filled balloons placed in the stomach to treat obesity have been linked to serious complications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports.

Many Seniors Take Multiple Meds That Can Affect the Brain

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a sharp rise in the number of American seniors who take three or more medications that affect their brains, a new study reveals.