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HealthDay News - February 21, 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.

Scientists Shed Light on Possible Cause of Nearsightedness

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you're nearsighted or not might come down to one particular type of cell in your retina, a new mouse study suggests.

Health Tip: Take Care of Yourself

(HealthDay News) -- If you're a caregiver for a partner or family member, be sure not to forget your ownhealth and well-being.

Health Tip: Could Allergy Shots Help You?

(HealthDay News) -- If you have allergies, regular shots (immunotherapy) are designed to make you less sensitive to allergens over time.

Loneliness Often Plagues Black Women at Risk for Heart Disease

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease can be a heavy burden for anyone. But new research suggests that black women at risk for the illness are also more prone to loneliness and money worries than their white peers.

Heart Disease Linked to Anxiety, Negative Feelings

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with mild heart disease are more likely to say they have poorer health, anxiety and a negative outlook than people in the general population, a new study suggests.

Learning Issues Common in Kids With Heart Defects: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children born with heart defects seem to be at increased risk of learning problems in elementary school, a new study suggests.

Cancer Isn't 'One Size Fits All' for Hispanics

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer death rates can vary widely between different Hispanic ethnic groups in the United States, a new study finds.

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.

Exercise a Powerful Ally for Breast Cancer Survivors

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For breast cancer survivors, exercise may help lower their chances of dying from the disease more than other healthy habits, a new review suggests.

After Wives Suffer Stroke, Husbands Adapt to Caregiving Role

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Being thrust into the role of caring for a spouse or partner who's had a stroke can be terribly unsettling. But in a small study, men reported more successes than problems in their first year of caregiving.

U.S. Life Expectancy May Rise to Over 80 by 2030

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By 2030, American women will live an average of more than 83 years, while men may reach an average of 80, a new study estimates.

Scientists Probe Zika's Devastating Effect on Pregnancy

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Working with mice, researchers have learned more about how exposure to Zika virus early in pregnancy may increase the risk for miscarriage.

Testosterone Therapy May Have Benefits, But Risks Too

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Testosterone treatment can boost bone density and reduce anemia in older men with low levels of the hormone, but it might also open the door to future heart risks, a new set of trials suggests.

Many Younger Cancer Survivors Can't Afford Their Meds

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs has many U.S. cancer survivors skipping needed medications or seeking cheaper alternatives, putting their health at risk, a new study finds.

Brain Chip Helps Paralyzed 'Type' With Their Mind

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A microchip implanted in the brain helped paralyzed patients "type" on a computer via mind control, at the fastest speeds yet seen in such experiments.

No, Your Cat Isn't a Threat to Your Mental Health

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cat owners can breathe a sigh of relief: Your feline's litter box likely won't put your family's mental health at risk.

Congressional Group Gives Bipartisan Support to Vaccine Safety

TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A group of six high-ranking U.S. Senators and House members from both sides of the aisle issued a statement Tuesday supporting the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved vaccines.