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March 01, 2017

Health Tip: Dust Your Home Properly

(HealthDay News) -- Dust can be more than a nuisance. People who are allergic to dust can have trouble breathing if too much of it gathers in one place.

Health Tip: Step Training

(HealthDay News) -- Step training is a great way to burn calories and strengthen muscles and bones.

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.

Scientists Spot Signs That Predict Worsening Multiple Sclerosis

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple sclerosis (MS) is more likely to progress to advanced disease among patients who suffer from fatigue and limited use of their legs, new research suggests.

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.

How Much Melatonin Is Really in That Supplement?

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you take melatonin supplements to help you nod off, take note: Many brands are inaccurately labeled, containing much less -- or much more -- of the sleep hormone than indicated, a new study reports.

Antiviral Flu Drugs Safe in Mid-to-Late Pregnancy: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking antiviral drugs to prevent or treat flu during pregnancy doesn't appear to put the health of the fetus at risk, a new study finds.

Mildly Low Thyroid Function in Pregnancy Not a Threat: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's no benefit to treating pregnant women who have mildly low thyroid function, researchers report.

Older Bones Benefit From Dairy Plus Vitamin D

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of vitamin D supplements and certain dairy foods may protect against age-related bone loss, a new study indicates.

Nerve 'Zap' Treatment May Speed Stroke Recovery

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An implanted device that provides electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve leading to the brain enhanced arm movement in a small group of stroke patients, researchers report.

Exercise Beats Weight Loss at Helping Seniors' Hearts

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who want to give their hearts a healthy boost may want to focus on exercise first, a new study suggests.

Does TV Hinder Kindergarten-Readiness?

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One big factor holding kids back as they enter kindergarten may sit in the family living room: the television.

Another Study Ties Obesity to Certain Cancers

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Carrying extra weight increases the risk of a number of cancers, a new review reports.

Health Highlights: March 1, 2017

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

Colon Cancer Rates, Deaths Drop in Americans Over 50

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In some good news for older Americans, a new report shows that colorectal cancer rates among those over 50 fell 32 percent since 2000, while deaths from the disease fell by 34 percent.

Gene Therapy: A Breakthrough for Sickle Cell Anemia?

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are reporting early success using gene therapy to treat, or even potentially cure, sickle cell anemia.

Xermelo Approved for Tumor-Related Diarrhea

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Xermelo (telotristat ethyl) tablets have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with carcinoid syndrome diarrhea, one of a collection of symptoms related to rare carcinoid tumors.

Wireless Arm Patch May Blunt Migraine Pain

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A wireless arm patch may be a promising new treatment for migraine headaches, researchers report.

Immune Disorders Such as MS, Psoriasis May Be Tied to Dementia Risk

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with autoimmune diseases -- conditions that cause a person's immune system to turn against the body -- appear to have an increased risk of developing dementia, a new British study suggests.

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