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HealthDay News - March 24, 2017

Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet.

Ouch! How to Tell If You Have a Sprain, a Strain or a Tear

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sprains, strains and tears are different types of injuries, and it's important to know how they differ, a sports massage therapist says.

Teens With Autism More Likely to Land in ER, Study Finds

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. teens with autism are four times more likely to visit an emergency room than those without the disorder, a new report says.

Raccoon Parasite Not as Deadly to Humans as Thought

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A raccoon parasite that can be deadly in humans can infect people without causing symptoms, a new study indicates.

Health Tip: Kick Your Sugary Drink Habit

(HealthDay News) -- Your mouth may be loaded with bacteria just waiting to feast on sugar. And many sodas and juices contain added sugar, which can lead to tooth decay.

Health Tip: Help Teens Say No to Drinking and Driving

(HealthDay News) -- Parents should set strict rules that prevent their kids from drinking and driving.

Obesity May Not Compromise Knee Surgery Success

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Weight doesn't seem to affect whether a common type of knee surgery will be successful, a new study shows.

Physical Therapy as Good as Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Study

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery is a common approach to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. But, physical therapy may work just as well, a new study indicates.

Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older Americans on kidney dialysis have high rates of colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, but most get little benefit from the screening, a new study suggests.

Need More Zzzzz's?

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A good night's sleep is often elusive, but there are things you can do to boost the odds of getting some quality shuteye, sleep experts say.

Want Cheap and Healthy Meals? Cook at Home

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're eager to save money while eating right, stick close to your own kitchen, researchers say.

House Republican Leaders Pull Bill Aimed at Repealing 'Obamacare'

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "We just pulled it."

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.

Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on the American workplace, a new analysis shows.

What Drugs Work Best for Diabetic Nerve Pain?

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nerve pain and numbness, also known as neuropathy, is a debilitating but common symptom of diabetes.

Health Highlights: March 24, 2017

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