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HealthDay News - April 07, 2017

Outdoor Play May Foster Little Environmentalists

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who play outdoors are more likely to be concerned about protecting nature as adults, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Eat Healthy After Radiation Therapy

(HealthDay News) -- A potential side effect of radiation therapy is loss of appetite. But experts say it's important to continue to eat nutritious meals during treatment.

Health Tip: Freezing Food

(HealthDay News) -- Freezing food helps avoid the growth of germs, allowing perishables to last longer than if they were refrigerated.

How to Protect Yourself From Air Pollution

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution poses significant health risks, so you need to take steps to protect yourself, an environmental health expert says.

From Beethoven to Bieber, Music Doesn't Move Chimps

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For zoos that hope playing music might make captive chimpanzees happier, a new study suggests they are wasting their time.

Music May Soothe the 'Savage Beast' of Post-Op Pain

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients recovering from back surgery often struggle with pain and anxiety, but new research shows that music therapy may help ease their discomfort.

Rehab Services Lacking in States Hit Hard by Opioids

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid treatment programs for low-income Americans are in short supply in areas where they're needed the most, a new study contends.

Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you have surgery on your calendar, don't wait until the last minute to start preparing, especially if you're going to need anesthesia.

Is Surgery Always Necessary for Gallstones?

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gallbladder removal may not always necessary for gallstone pancreatitis, a new study suggests.

Who Really Needs All Those Heart Tests?

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes the treatment for heart problems may be more aggressive than it needs to be, according to Consumer Reports.

City Snow May Be Fouled by Pollution From Cars

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's nothing quite like taking a deep breath of the crisp, clean air right after a snowstorm in a city. But once the snow starts to melt, you may be breathing in toxins from car pollution, researchers report.

U.S. Blood Supply Safe From Zika Virus, Officials Say

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. blood banks are confident they have the tools to protect America's blood supply from possible new Zika virus outbreaks during the upcoming mosquito season.

Can Smog Raise Breast Cancer Risk?

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who live where the air is thick with pollutants may be more likely to have dense breasts, a known risk factor for breast cancer, new research suggests.

Multivitamins May Not Help Men's Hearts, Even When Diet Is Poor

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of American men pop a multivitamin each day, but new research shows the pills won't help the heart -- even if a man's nutrition is lacking.

Health Highlights: April 7, 2017

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

FDA Approves Hep C Drugs for Kids 12 and Older

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two drugs to treat hepatitis C infection in children aged 12 and older.