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HealthDay News - March 08, 2017

Health Tip: Fruit and Veggies May Help Shed Pounds

(HealthDay News) -- Ditching pasta or rice in favor of fruit and vegetables can help you shed pounds and feel healthier.

Health Tip: Create an Emergency Plan for Deadly Allergy Reaction

(HealthDay News) -- An anaphylaxis emergency plan is key to protecting your child against a deadly allergic reaction -- especially at school when you're not around.

Eye Exam Might Help Spot Poor Circulation in Legs

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could a routine eye exam some day point to trouble with circulation in the legs? New research suggests it might be possible.

More Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Protect Kids From High Blood Pressure

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Higher folic acid levels during pregnancy may reduce the risk of high blood pressure in children if their mothers have heart disease risk factors, a new study suggests.

Controversial MS Treatment Seems Ineffective

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An invasive multiple sclerosis treatment called liberation therapy is not only costly, it's also ineffective, new research contends.

Toothache? Neanderthals Might Have Reached for Aspirin, Too

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Dental care was decidedly primitive back in the time of the Neanderthals.

Cholesterol's Impact on Heart Attack Risk May Change With Age

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol's impact on heart attack may differ by age, new research suggests.

Violent Video Games May Not 'Desensitize' Players, Brain Scans Suggest

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young men who play violent video games the most -- at least two hours a day -- don't appear to become desensitized to violence or to lose the ability to feel empathy, a small German study suggests.

Winter a Chilling Time for Heart Failure Patients

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies suggest that winter is a particularly precarious time for heart failure patients.

Baby Boomers Get an 'F' for Hep C Testing

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recommendations, too few American baby boomers are tested for hepatitis C, a new study reveals.

Fitbits, Other Trackers May Be Unfit to Measure Heart Rate

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fitbits and other wrist-worn fitness devices promise to keep track of your heart rate, but new research suggests they are less accurate than thought during certain exercises.

Pot + Booze = Skidding College Grades

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Too much alcohol may not do long-term damage to a college student's GPA, but adding marijuana to the mix can send grades tumbling, new research suggests.

Depression May Hasten Death in Years After Heart Diagnosis

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients who subsequently develop depression may be about twice as likely to die over the next 10 years as those without mental health troubles, 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.

Americans With High Blood Pressure Still Eating Too Much Salt

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For Americans with high blood pressure, cutting back on salt is an important way to help keep the condition under control. Yet, new research shows that these patients are getting more salt in their diet than they did in 1999.

Gleevec Keeps a Leukemia in Check for More Than a Decade: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The cancer drug Gleevec appears to keep chronic myeloid leukemia at bay a decade into treatment -- with no signs of additional safety risks, a new study finds.

Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Cut Medical Bill Worries, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People living in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are less likely to be uninsured or struggling with the strain of unpaid medical bills, a new study finds.

'Pokemon Go' Players Add 2,000 Steps a Day

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People playing Pokemon Go on their smartphone receive an unintended dose of physical activity during their quest to capture virtual critters, a new study finds.