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May 03, 2017

The Family That Eats Together, Benefits

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- No doubt that work, school and outside activities can make it hard to schedule regular family dinners. But research has shown that eating together on a regular basis helps to bond families and build good communication.

Health Tip: Stave Off Cold Symptoms for Better Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- When you're sick with a cold, plenty of sleep may be just what you need. But a stuffy nose and cough can prevent you from getting your rest.

Health Tip: Sandals May Cause Foot Problems

(HealthDay News) -- Sandals may be fun and fashionable during warmer weather, but your feet may pay the price.

Dental Anxiety Has Consequences Beyond Tooth Decay

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does the mere thought of a dentist's drill make you cringe in fear? Be forewarned: Dental phobia can damage more than your teeth, a new British report indicates.

Mom's Money Worries May Mean Smaller Baby

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Financial stress during pregnancy could increase the risk of having a smaller baby, a new study suggests.

Gene Mutation May Speed Alzheimer's Decline

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A gene mutation seems to speed up the loss of memory and thinking skills in people with Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

U.S. Workplaces Roiled by Post-Election Discord, Poll Finds

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Office water coolers, cubicles and boardrooms around the nation are much more fractious places to be since the presidential election, new research suggests.

Are Smartphones Helping or Harming Kids' Mental Health?

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents worry -- often rightly so -- about how much time their kids are spending in front of screens.

Eating Gluten-Free Without a Medical Reason?

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating "gluten-free" when there's no medical need to do so won't boost your heart health -- and might even harm it, a new study warns.

Is This Enzyme Making You Fat?

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've found an enzyme in mice associated with obesity and a loss of exercise capacity in midlife, suggesting that the discovery could eventually lead to new weight-loss medications.

Cheap Test Might Pinpoint Where Zika Mosquitoes Lurk

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some countries struck by the Zika virus have discussed widespread use of toxic pesticides to control virus-carrying mosquitoes. But researchers say there may be a low-tech, low-cost alternative.

Striving for Facebook 'Likes' May Not Boost Your Self-Esteem

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It stands to reason that you would feel better about yourself when fellow Facebook or Twitter users "like" your posts.

Babies Born Addicted to Opioids Often Struggle With Learning

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies exposed to opioid painkillers in the womb are more likely to need special education services by the time they reach school age, a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found.

Health Highlights: May 3, 2017

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

Too Many People Still Ignore Heart Attack Risks: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sizable numbers of adults with risk factors for heart attack -- such as smoking, obesity or physical inactivity -- aren't inclined to do anything to improve their health, a large, new study finds.

Zika Epidemic in U.S. Could Be a Costly Scenario

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in the United States could be very costly, a new study warns.

Arthritis Drug Shows Promise for Ulcerative Colitis

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis who haven't done well on other treatments may find relief with Xeljanz (tofacitinib), a drug currently used to treat arthritis.

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