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April 24, 2017

PSA Testing Rates for Prostate Cancer Have Leveled Off

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening have leveled off after declining for a number of years in the United States, American Cancer Society researchers report.

Health Tip: Don't Let Boredom Thwart Your Workout

(HealthDay News) -- It's difficult to keep exercising day after day if you're bored with the same routine. But you can mix it up so you look forward to your workout each day.

Health Tip: Caring for Pets

(HealthDay News) -- If there's an emergency and you need to evacuate your home, your pets must go too. So be prepared.

Counting Your Way to Weight Loss

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The concept of counting calories to lose weight is based on a pound of fat being equal to 3,500 calories, so that cutting 500 calories a day means you should lose about one pound a week.

Walk Your Way to Better Brain Health?

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just put one foot in front of the other and you'll boost your brain at the same time.

Timing of Lunch, Recess May Determine What Kids Eat

SUNDAY, April 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ask kids what their favorite part of the school day is and most will say lunch and recess. But the timing of these events matters when it comes to what children eat and how much physical activity they get, researchers report.

Could Breast Milk Tests Replace Mammograms?

SATURDAY, April 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-milk analysis may someday offer an alternative to mammograms for women in their childbearing years, new research suggests.

The Top 5 Conditions That Shorten Americans' Lives -- And Are Preventable

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds.

Travelers Bring Malaria Back to U.S., With High Costs

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Malaria sickens thousands of Americans and leads to millions of dollars in health care costs each year, a new study finds.

Exercise Benefits Aging Hearts, Even Those of the Obese

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can reduce the risk of heart damage in middle-aged adults and seniors -- even in those who are obese, according to a new study.

Should Prostate Cancer Screening Start Earlier for Black Men?

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With black men at higher risk of developing -- and dying from -- prostate cancer, some researchers believe these men merit their own race-based screening guidelines.

Love Chocolate? Potato Chips? Your Genes Might Be to Blame

SUNDAY, April 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your tendency to indulge in chocolate, go heavy on salt, or eat veggies may be tied to certain gene variants, a new study suggests.

Most Patients Not Shy About Revealing Sexual Orientation

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Far more patients than expected are willing to reveal their sexual orientation when they visit the emergency room, a new study finds.

Kids Face Their Own Death Risks When a Sibling Dies

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of a sibling can take an emotional toll on a child left behind. Now, new research shows these surviving children may even face a higher risk of early death themselves.

In America's Poorest Communities, a Greater Risk of Child Abuse Deaths

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Growing up in a poor family is a well-known risk factor for child abuse, but a new analysis suggests it may also raise a young child's chances of dying from that abuse.

Mid-Life Exercise Could Jog Your Memory

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Can a new exercise regimen boost your brain health if you're over 50?

Health Highlights: April 24, 2017

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

Common Food Nutrient Tied to Risky Blood Clotting

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A nutrient in meat and eggs may conspire with gut bacteria to make the blood more prone to clotting, a small study suggests.

Waist Size, Not Weight, May be Key to Life Span

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- That spare tire you're toting around could be increasing your risk of an early death, a new study suggests.

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