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HealthDay News - March 02, 2017

Health Tip: Use Caution When Applying Hair Dye

(HealthDay News) -- Hair dye contains chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin, so you should be careful when coloring your hair.

Health Tip: Clean Your Refrigerator

(HealthDay News) -- A clean refrigerator can help prevent food-related illness.

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.

DIY Teeth-Straightening: Don't Try This at Home

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An orthodontist recalled a patient who devised her own means of straightening two wayward teeth.

Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans have eating disorders, but it can be difficult for family and friends to detect these problems in loved ones, a doctor warns.

Could Common Insecticides Be Tied to Behavior Issues in Kids?

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to a widely used group of insecticides may be at increased risk for behavioral problems, according to a new study.

Finally, Proof That Hearing Aids Help

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of older Americans are hard of hearing, but solid evidence about the value of hearing aids has been lacking -- until now.

Skin Diseases Take Big Slice Out of America's Health, Economy

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Skin diseases have a major impact on Americans and the U.S. economy, a new report finds.

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.

Some Melanoma Survivors Still Seek Out the Sun

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even after surviving the potentially deadly skin cancer melanoma, some people continue to go out in the summer sun without protection.

Hospital Room Floors May Harbor 'Superbugs'

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital room floors may be more of a "superbug" threat than many hospital staffers realize, new research suggests.

New Eczema Drug Promising in Early Trial

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may significantly reduce the itching and improve the appearance of moderate to severe eczema, a new, preliminary trial finds.

With Nips, Tucks and Fat Transplants, Americans are Reshaping Their Bodies

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From face-lifts to fat grafts, Americans are increasingly turning to cosmetic procedures to look their best.

Bad Diet in Youth Might Raise Risk of Early Breast Cancer

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A poor diet while young may do more than just make it tough to fit into a pair of jeans: New research suggests it might also raise a younger woman's risk for breast cancer.

Researchers Create Artificial Mouse 'Embryo'

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- British scientists report that they've created a kind of artificial mouse embryo using stem cells, which can be coaxed to create various parts of the body.

Health Highlights: March 2, 2017

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

FDA Approves New Treatment for Dust Mite Allergies

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new treatment for dust mite allergies has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Hearing Loss May Double in United States by 2060

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the U.S. population ages, millions more will face the prospect of losing their hearing, researchers report.

Exercise Helps Counter Cancer-Linked Fatigue

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether from the disease itself or the treatment, cancer can be exhausting, but a new review says there are ways to beat back cancer-related fatigue.

Rising Number of Kids Ill From Drinking Hand Sanitizers: CDC

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gel hand sanitizer dispensers are ubiquitous now in American homes and schools, but a new government report suggests a rise in kids getting sick after ingesting the products.

Risk of Birth Defects 20 Times Higher for Zika Moms: CDC

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women infected with the Zika virus are 20 times more likely to have a baby born with certain birth defects as mothers who gave birth before the Zika epidemic began, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.