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HealthDay News - February 28, 2017

Hip Fracture's Link to Early Death May Last Years

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who suffer a hip fracture face a much higher risk of death soon after the injury, but the risk persists over the longer term, a large study indicates.

Health Tip: Talk to the Dentist About a Sealant

(HealthDay News) -- Brushing and flossing is important for children's teeth, and a sealant can offer added protection against cavities. A sealant is a resin material applied on teeth to fill in small spaces, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Health Tip: Encouraging Picky Eaters

(HealthDay News) -- Young children are notorious for being picky eaters, but parents don't have to do battle at every meal.

What Guides Docs' Sleeping Pill Picks? 'Same Old Same Old,' Study Says

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to sleeping pill prescriptions, doctors often stick to the same old routine, a new study suggests.

Valium May Be Useless for Acute Lower Back Pain

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For decades, emergency room staff often gave Valium to patients for an acute bout of bad lower back pain.

Many Smokers Switch to E-Cigs After Tobacco-Related Illness

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco-related illnesses may lead some smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes, new research indicates.

Kids Should Be Screened for Lazy Eye by Age 5

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young children should be screened at least once for lazy eye before they turn 5 years old, a U.S. panel of experts says.

Diagnostic Mammograms Find More Cancers, and More False-Positives

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Thanks to high-tech imaging, mammograms ordered when breast cancer is suspected are catching more tumors -- but the percentage of false alarms is up, too, a new study finds.

Childhood Cancer Survivors Living Longer

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children who survive cancer are living longer.

Indoor Tanning: A Big Financial Hit to U.S. Health Care

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Skin cancers linked to indoor tanning are estimated to have cost the U.S. health care system hundreds of millions of dollars in 2015, a new study says.

Study Tracks Bleeding Risk From Common Blood Thinners

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood thinners can help prevent dangerous clots, but they also come with risks for excess bleeding.

Some Hospitals May Overcharge for Hip, Knee Replacements: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some U.S. hospitals might be charging private insurers twice as much for knee and hip replacements as the implants typically cost, new research suggests.

Concussions More Likely in Female Athletes

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Female athletes appear to be more likely than men to suffer concussions during their careers on the field, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Feb. 28, 2017

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

Who's Top Dog When It Comes to 'Social Intelligence'? Kids or Pets?

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your pooch or your toddler -- who's the most "socially intelligent"? The answer could be a toss-up, a new study suggests.

Colon Cancer on the Rise Among Gen Xers, Millennials

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans in their early 50s and younger -- Gen Xers and millennials -- are experiencing significant increases in colon and rectal cancer, a new study reports.

Do Early Dental Visits Really Prevent Kids' Cavities?

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children who start seeing the dentist before age 2 may not have any lower risk of cavities later on, a new study suggests.

Youth With Type 2 Diabetes Often Face Complications

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young people with type 2 diabetes are much more likely to show signs of complications from the blood sugar disease than those who have type 1 diabetes, a new study shows.

Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Aggressive Lymphoma

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental gene therapy for aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma beat back more than a third of cancers that seemed untreatable, the therapy's developers report.