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HealthDay News - March 23, 2017

Scientists Spot Gene for Rare Disorder Causing Deafness, Blindness

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have found the genetic cause of a rare disorder that causes children to be born with deafness, blindness, albinism and fragile bones.

Health Tip: Good Habits Prompt Healthier Eating

(HealthDay News) -- Are you guilty of skipping breakfast, drinking tons of coffee or buying junk food to eat at work? It's time to end these habits, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says.

Health Tip: Check Your Child's Temperature

(HealthDay News) -- If you think your child might have a fever, it's important to take the child's temperature correctly.

Fruit Juice for Kids: A Serving a Day OK

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians have long suggested that fruit juice may prompt weight gain in children, but a new review finds it harmless when consumed in moderation.

Exercise a Great Prescription to Help Older Hearts

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise is potent medicine for older adults with heart disease, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says.

Young Cancer Survivors Can Face Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surviving a cancer when young may leave some women with another health issue: An increased risk for certain pregnancy complications.

Vote on Obamacare Repeal Bill Is Delayed

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Efforts to pass a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act stalled on Thursday, with House leaders and the White House saying a vote could still come early Friday.

Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many young Americans with diabetes aren't getting the eye exams that medical experts say they need, new research reveals.

Fewer Patients Die During Hospital Inspection Weeks: Study

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients may be less likely to die if they are treated during weeks that inspectors are checking on the staff, a new study suggests.

Scientists Working on Solar-Powered Prosthetic Limbs

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It may be possible to use the sun's energy to power artificial limbs, U.K. researchers report.

New Technology Makes Gene Mapping Cheaper, Faster: Study

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've developed a much cheaper and faster technology for mapping the genetic makeup of a living organism.

Daily Glass of Beer, Wine Might Do a Heart Good

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a drink each day may help protect a person's heart against disease, a large-scale study suggests.

Many Talks on End-of-Life Wishes End in Confusion, Study Shows

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You've filled out a living will, and designated a surrogate to make medical decisions if you're incapacitated.

Older Mothers May Raise Better-Behaved Kids, Study Suggests

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older mothers are less likely to scold or punish their young children, and those children tend to have fewer behavioral, social and emotional problems, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: March 23, 2017

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

Most Cancers Caused by Random DNA Copying Errors

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The "Why me?" reaction that can come after a cancer diagnosis may have no easy answer, with new research showing that most tumors are caused by random genetic "mistakes."

Turning Back the Aging Clock -- in Mice

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Aging mice became more youthful following a new cellular therapy about to be tested in humans, researchers say.

Bavencio Approved for Rare Skin Cancer

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bavencio (avelumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare but aggressive form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), the agency said Thursday in a news release.