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HealthDay News - April 04, 2017

Kitties Absorb Flame Retardants -- How About Your Kiddies?

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- House cats can have high levels of flame-retardant chemicals in their blood, say researchers, warning that young children might, too.

Scientists Probe Zika's Path to the Fetus

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In order for the mosquito-borne Zika virus to cause birth defects, it must first cross an infected woman's placenta to infect the fetus.

Health Tip: Understanding Angina

(HealthDay News) -- Angina is the medical term for chest pain that occurs when your heart doesn't get enough oxygenated blood.

Health Tip: Poison-Proof Your Bathroom

(HealthDay News) -- Many drugs and household products kept in the bathroom can be dangerous to children.

EpiPen Out-of-Pocket Costs More Than Doubled Over Decade

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Annual out-of-pocket costs for lifesaving EpiPens in the United States skyrocketed nearly 124 percent for many privately insured patients between 2007 and 2014, a new study finds.

Bed Bugs' Ancestors Were Creeping Near People 11,000 Years Ago

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bed bugs have been making other creatures' lives miserable a long time -- scientists report they've found the oldest known remains of relatives of bed bugs in a cave in southern Oregon.

High Thyroid Hormone Levels Tied to Stiffer Arteries

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and older folks with elevated levels of a thyroid hormone may face a higher risk of developing hardened blood vessels, a new Dutch study suggests.

Study Links Celiac Disease, Anorexia

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young women with celiac disease may face a heightened risk of being diagnosed with anorexia, a new study suggests.

Infections More Common in People With Schizophrenia

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with schizophrenia may face an increased risk for serious infections, a new study suggests.

Drug Offers Some Hope for a Deadly Lung Cancer

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The cancer drug Opdivo (nivolumab) may offer hope of a longer life for some patients with advanced lung cancer, a new small study finds.

Are There Two Forms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've found biological evidence of a second type of chronic fatigue syndrome they've dubbed "atypical."

What's the 'SuperAgers' Mental Secret?

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- At 89, Donald Tenbrunsel is a bit of a phenomenon. He surfs the internet with ease, happily converses on a broad range of timely topics, volunteers and reads regularly.

Global Warming Could Raise Temps to Levels Not Seen for 420M Years: Study

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a century or two, Earth's climate could warm to a level that last occurred hundreds of millions of years ago, some researchers predict.

Health Highlights: April 4, 2017

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

White House, GOP Lawmakers Revisit Health Care Bill

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Conservative Republicans and the White House are reportedly discussing another replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act -- one that could cut benefits for people with pre-existing conditions, according to published reports.

Birth Defects Strike 1 in 10 U.S. Pregnancies Affected by Zika

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One in 10 pregnant U.S. women with confirmed Zika infection in 2016 had a baby with virus-related birth defects, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Prolonged Antibiotic Use Tied to Precancerous Colon Growths

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking antibiotics for an extended period in early to middle adulthood might increase your risk for precancerous growths in your colon, a large study suggests.