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HealthDay News - March 22, 2017

Helping Cancer Caregivers Help Themselves

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When people are diagnosed with cancer, it's easy to overlook the toll the disease also takes on their caregivers, say social workers who specialize in cancer care.

Health Tip: Choosing a Baby Carrier

(HealthDay News) -- A baby carrier is a convenient way to keep your child close and comfortable.

Health Tip: Prevent Food-Safety Mistakes

(HealthDay News) -- The wrong habits in the kitchen could mean putting you and your family at greater risk for food-borne illness.

Keep Colon Cancer at Bay

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer can be treated and cured if it's diagnosed early, and a colonoscopy is one of the best ways to detect the disease, a gastroenterologist says.

ACL Surgery Usually Puts Athletes Back in Play: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most athletes who undergo reconstructive surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are able to return to sports, a new study says.

Foods Labeled 'Healthy' May Hide Unhealthy Secrets

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Food products that claim to be no-fat, no-sugar, low-fat or reduced-salt aren't necessarily healthier, researchers say.

'Heads Up' Football Program Tackles Concussion Danger in Kids

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A concussion prevention program that teaches young football players safer ways to block and tackle was tied to about a one-third lower risk of head injury, according to a new study.

Heart Drug Digoxin May Raise Death Risk for Some Patients: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The heart drug digoxin might raise the risk of death in people with a common heart rhythm disorder, and those patients should not take the drug, a new study suggests.

Brain 'Rewires' to Work Around Early-Life Blindness

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blindness at an early age triggers the brain to make new connections that enhance hearing, smell and touch, as well as memory and language, a new study suggests.

Smoking Rates Drop After Global Tobacco Treaty

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After 180 countries agreed to a global tobacco control treaty in 2005, there was a 2.5 percent decrease in smoking worldwide during the next decade, a new study shows.

Could Fading Sense of Smell Mean Death Is Closer?

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Loss of smell even in your 40s and 50s is linked to an earlier death -- and dementia isn't the culprit, a new study suggests.

House to Vote Thursday on Amended Obamacare Repeal Bill

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As a critical vote to repeal "Obamacare" looms Thursday, House Republican leaders worked furiously on Wednesday to garner enough votes to begin dismantling the landmark health care reform law.

FDA OKs Parkinson's Add-On Drug

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for Parkinson's disease.

Drug No Better Than Placebo for Lower Back, Leg Pain

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The widely prescribed pain drug pregabalin (brand name: Lyrica) may be no better than a placebo when it comes to treating the back and leg pain known as sciatica, a new clinical trial suggests.

Health Highlights: March 22, 2017

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

Suicide Often Leaves Mental, Physical Woes in Surviving Spouse

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of a spouse is never easy, but the loss of a spouse to suicide may be even more devastating, leading to a greater risk of a host of mental and physical problems, Danish researchers suggest.

'Eraser Challenge' Latest Harmful Social Media Trend for Kids

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's spreading via social media: A "dare" where kids use erasers to rub away the skin on their arms, often while reciting the alphabet or other phrases.

New Parkinson's Drug Xadago Approved

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Xadago (safinamide) tablets have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an add-on drug to treat Parkinson's patients who take levodopa or carbidopa but have instances of increased symptoms anyway, a condition doctors call "off" episodes.

Smartphone Device Sizes Up Sperm Health

WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new smartphone device has shown early promise as a convenient way for men to check the health of their sperm in the privacy of their home.