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HealthDay News - March 17, 2017

Health Tip: Transitioning From Bottle to Training Cup

(HealthDay News) -- Between your child's first and second birthday, it's time to transition from a baby bottle to a cup. This teaches your child the important skill of sipping, versus sucking.

Health Tip: Prepare Homemade Baby Food

(HealthDay News) -- Some new parents enjoy making homemade baby food. But it's important to follow safety guidelines to help prevent food poisoning.

Serious Crash Often a Wake-Up Call for Teen Drivers

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- No matter how often teenagers are told to drive safely, some might not heed that advice until they are involved in a crash, new research suggests.

Shingles Vaccine Cuts Chronic Pain, Hospitalizations

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccination greatly reduces the risk of serious complications from shingles, a new study finds.

Pot-Laced Goodies Can Poison a Child

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cupcakes, brownies and candies containing marijuana can look irresistible to kids -- but eating even one treat might poison them, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns.

Injury Risk May Rise When Kids Play Just One Sport

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Focusing too much on playing one favorite sport probably isn't a good idea for kids under 12, researchers report.

Many College Football Players Lack Vitamin D: Study

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low vitamin D levels are common among college football players and may put them at increased risk for injuries, a new study suggests.

'I Don't Know' May Be a Powerful Point of View

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Think you know it all? You may be headed down the road to narrow-mindedness and bad decisions, new research suggests.

Eating for Two Often Doesn't Translate Into a Healthier Diet

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the well-known wisdom of eating a healthy diet while pregnant, new research shows that most American women don't.

Drinking, Drug Abuse Doubles Veterans' Suicide Risk: Study

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans with substance abuse problems have a higher risk of suicide than veterans who don't, new research suggests.

Are Blood Thinners Overused in Patients With Irregular Heartbeat?

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people living with the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation may be taking unneeded blood thinners, a new study suggests.

Remote Amazon Tribe May Have Healthiest Hearts on Earth

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A primitive Amazonian tribe appears to have the best heart health in the world, living a simple existence that inadvertently provides them extraordinary protection against heart disease, researchers report.

Health Highlights: March 17, 2017

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

New Cholesterol Drugs May Beat Statins, But Price Tag Is High

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two different injectable drugs can lower cholesterol levels even further than statins do, potentially warding off future heart attacks or strokes, new research suggests.