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February 20, 2017

Don't Skip Veggies in Winter

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can't eat fresh, healthy foods.

Health Tip: Reducing Your Heart Disease Risk

(HealthDay News) -- If you have risk factors for heart disease, such as being overweight, eating unhealthy foods or being sedentary, take steps to lower your risk.

Health Tip: Stay Safe During Winter Sports

(HealthDay News) -- Skiing and snowboarding are fun ways to exercise and make the most of winter. But safety is still a priority.

Self-Checks Help Spot Melanoma's Return

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Self-checks by melanoma skin cancer patients play an important role in detecting a return of the most deadly form of skin cancer, new research suggests.

There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Safe, healthy fun for kids with asthma may be as near as the neighborhood pool, one respiratory specialist says.

Kids Born to Older Moms Score Higher on Thinking Tests

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to older moms today have better thinking skills than those with younger mothers, a new study suggests.

Don't Punish Pregnant Women for Opioid Use, Docs Say

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Prevention and treatment, not legal action, should be the focus when dealing with pregnant women who use opioids, a leading pediatricians' group says.

Staying Socially Active Nourishes the Aging Brain

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Socializing with lots of relatives and friends may help you stay mentally sharp as you age, a new report co-sponsored by AARP finds.

Most Parents Don't Think They're Meeting Kids' Nutritional Needs

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even though most American parents believe good nutrition is important for their children, only one-third think they're doing a good job teaching their kids healthy eating habits, a new survey shows.

Does Mercury in Fish Play a Role in ALS?

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating mercury-laden seafood may raise the risk of developing ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), preliminary research suggests.

The Short- and Long-Term Prognosis for Obamacare

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As confusing as it may be for health insurance buyers and taxpayers, the latest moves on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) don't spell its imminent collapse, according to experts who follow the law.

Kids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at Home

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A child's risk of a potentially fatal drug overdose more than doubles if a parent brings home a prescription opioid painkiller like oxycodone, codeine or morphine, a new study reports.

Same-Sex Marriage Laws Tied to Fewer Teen Suicides

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links the approval of same-sex marriage in American states to lower rates of reported suicide attempts among lesbian, gay and bisexual teens.

Health Highlights: Feb. 20, 2017

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

Stem Cell Transplants May Help Some With Multiple Sclerosis

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Stem cell transplants may halt the progression of aggressive multiple sclerosis (MS) in nearly half of those with the debilitating disease, but picking the right patients for the treatment is key, a new study suggests.

Stress Buster

(HealthDay News) -- According to an American Psychological Association Stress In America Survey, job stress is one of top causes of stress for American adults.

Tired of the Ups and Downs of Yo-Yo Dieting?

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who has been on a diet knows the real challenge comes later, when you've got to fight tooth and nail to keep from regaining the lost weight.

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