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HealthDay News - March 30, 2017

Elite Runners, Women the First Marathoners to Lose to Father Time

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- All marathon runners eventually slow down. But a new study finds that whether a runner is average or elite, or whether they are a man or a woman, may determine at what age and how much their pace will decline.

Health Tip: Care for Your Braces

(HealthDay News) -- Wearing braces means having to watch what you eat, particularly foods that can become trapped and trigger tooth decay.

Health Tip: Store Cooking Oils Correctly

(HealthDay News) -- A heart-healthy cooking oil -- such as olive, walnut or avocado oil -- can help in preparing nutritious meals. But be careful how you store it.

This Fanged Fish Might Someday Help Ease Your Pain

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You wouldn't want the fang blenny nearby while swimming, but its venom might actually help you someday, scientists say.

Parents' Pot Use a Tricky Topic When It Comes to Their Kids

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's a classic case of parents telling their kids: Don't do as I do, do as I say.

Weight, Gender Appear to Play Part in Kidney Transplant Success

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Weight and gender differences between donors and recipients can affect the success of kidney transplants, a new study says.

Ready for Spring Allergies?

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spring routinely spells misery for allergy sufferers, but a recent survey reveals that most patients don't try to manage their symptoms until it's too late.

Drug Tied to Dementia Risk Overprescribed to Seniors: Study

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A drug linked to a raised risk of dementia is taken by millions of older Americans who have an overactive bladder, researchers say.

Most Remaining U.S. Smokers Are Poor, Less Educated

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking rates in the United States have been falling for decades. Yet, about 15 percent of adults -- more than 36 million -- continue to smoke cigarettes.

A Lonely Heart Could Worsen a Cold

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A cold is never fun, but it's even more misery for folks who feel lonely, new research suggests.

Common Post-Op Ear Drops Tied to Eardrum Perforations in Kids

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children who suffer through multiple ear infections are often candidates for ear tube surgery. But a new study finds that the use of one type of ear drops -- quinolones -- after these surgeries may raise a child's risk for a perforated eardrum.

Hepatitis Infection May Raise Risk for Parkinson's Disease

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with the liver infection hepatitis may be at heightened risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a large new study suggests.

Could Electromagnetic Fields Raise a Worker's ALS Risk?

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- On-the-job exposure to electromagnetic fields may double the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative disease of the nervous system, a new study suggests.

Climate Change May Cloud Americans' Mental Health: Report

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the Trump Administration moves to undo certain climate change policies, a leading group of U.S. psychologists has issued a report that says warming trends and related extreme weather events could wreak havoc on mental health.

Health Highlights: March 30, 2017

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

9 Out of 10 Doctors Like Their Jobs

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The next time you sit down with your doctor, it may help to know that they most likely love what they do. Nine out of 10 American doctors are happy with their choice of profession, even though they have some challenges.

U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Surged to Record Levels in 2016

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For the second straight year, U.S. pedestrian deaths are setting alarming new records.

The Saltiest Foods May Surprise You

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You probably know that Americans consume way too much salt, but a new U.S. government report points the finger at some surprising sources of salt in the diet.