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March 07, 2017

Health Tip: Attacked by Plaque

(HealthDay News) -- Regular brushing, flossing and dental cleanings help rid your mouth of plaque -- that gritty, sticky substance that's deadly for your teeth.

Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well

(HealthDay News) -- Children need carefully-fitted, sturdy shoes to support their growing feet.

Study: Gene Test Needed Before Using Alzheimer's Drug 'Off-Label'

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat Alzheimer's disease should not be prescribed to people with milder mental impairment without first giving them a genetic test, a new study urges.

Kidney Transplant Survival Up Among Babies, Kids

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Survival rates for children who get kidney transplants have improved significantly over the last half-century, a new study finds.

Study Casts Doubt on a Brain Cancer's Link to Herpes

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's no link between a common type of herpes virus and aggressive brain cancers, according to a new study that refutes earlier reports.

Would You Feel Safe in a Driverless Ambulance?

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Automated, driver-free cars and trucks may be the wave of the future. But new research suggests many Americans aren't sold on the idea of a ride in a driverless ambulance.

City Tax on Cars Cut Pollution, Kids' Asthma Risk

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A tax designed to reduce mid-city traffic in Stockholm, Sweden, was tied to a reduction in asthma attacks in children, a new study suggests.

Could Fruits and Veggies Save Hearts Worldwide?

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting people worldwide to eat more fruits and vegetables could significantly reduce disability and premature death from heart disease, researchers report.

Banishing Asthma-Inducing Mice Allergens on the Cheap

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Professional pest management may not be needed to control asthma in kids with a mouse allergy, researchers say.

Have Americans Given Up on Losing Weight?

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are overweight or obese, but many have given up on trying to lose those excess pounds, a new study shows.

Soy Safe, Even Protective, for Breast Cancer Survivors

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The pros and cons of soy for breast cancer patients have been debated for years.

Annual Death Toll From Alzheimer's Nearly Doubles in 15 Years

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Alzheimer's disease claims nearly twice as many American lives annually as it did just 15 years ago, a new report shows.

Poor Diet Tied to Half of U.S. Deaths From Heart Disease, Diabetes

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the United States are associated with diets that skimp on certain foods and nutrients, such as vegetables, and exceed optimal levels of others, like salt, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: March 7, 2017

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

More Sleep Time, Less Play Time in America's Bedrooms

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "Not tonight" seems to be an increasingly familiar refrain in America's bedrooms, according to a new study that found people are having less sex than they previously did.

Obesity in Pregnancy Tied to Cerebral Palsy Risk in Kids

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy may be increasing the chances that their baby could be born with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests.

Dining Out Can Doom a Diet

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sticking to a diet is tough enough, but eating out with friends or family may up the odds of cheating by about 60 percent, a new study suggests.

House Republicans Unveil Their Rx for Obamacare

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- House Republicans have unveiled their long-anticipated plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a stripped-down system of individual tax credits.

1 in 4 U.S. Adults Disabled by Arthritis: CDC

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Arthritis is expanding its grip on Americans, with 24 million adults limited in their everyday activities because of the debilitating joint disease, U.S. health officials say.

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