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HealthDay News - May 12, 2017

Try This Workout at Home

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When the weather forces your fitness routine inside, exercise machines can help you work out in climate-controlled comfort. But which ones fit your needs the best?

Health Tip: Sleep is Important for Memory

(HealthDay News) -- Want to give your memory a boost? Start by getting enough sleep, which gives your brain time to recharge.

Health Tip: Coping With Cold Sores

(HealthDay News) -- Cold sores are small blisters, triggered a herpes virus, that mostly form on the mouth.

Speed Is Key When a Stroke Strikes

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Every 40 seconds someone in America has a stroke.

America Loves Fast Food

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans love fast food -- even if they can afford meals that aren't prepackaged in grease-resistant wrappers, according to a new study.

Ransom-Seeking Hackers Targeting Hospital Data

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hackers are increasingly targeting hospitals, using viruses to lock their computer systems and hold sensitive medical data and other files hostage, according to a doctor in Great Britain.

Blood Vessel-Clearing Procedure Riskier on Weekends: Study

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although you often don't have a choice of when you get the heart procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), new research suggests that having it done over the weekend may be more risky.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Tied to Hearing Loss

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hearing loss has been linked to several factors associated with menopause, a new study says.

People With Pre-Existing Health Issues Fear Repeal-and-Replace Bill

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maureen Murphy believes she has much to lose if Republicans in Congress pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Astronauts' Blood Vessels Less Efficient on Long Missions: Study

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Astronauts' heart and blood vessel function drops during long space missions, which limits their ability to exercise, a new study finds.

Mosquito-Borne Illnesses May Not Be Limited to Tropics

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika, dengue and chikungunya can be spread in cooler temperatures than previously thought, researchers say.

Blood Thinners May Prevent Dementia in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood thinners are often prescribed to prevent strokes in people with the abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation. But a new study suggests these drugs may also help keep dementia at bay.

Can Experimental Nasal Spray Treat Common Heart Problem?

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental nasal spray helped treat a common rapid heart rate condition, researchers report.

Athletes With ADHD Favor Team Competition

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more apt to play team sports than individual sports, a new study reveals.

Could Tai Chi Ease Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors?

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For breast cancer survivors who struggle with sleep, a new study suggests that tai chi might calm their restless nights.

Health Highlights: May 12, 2017

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

New Hepatitis C Infections Hit 15-Year High: CDC

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Reports of new hepatitis C infections in the United States nearly tripled over five years, reaching a 15-year high, federal government data show.

Study Sees Link Between Porn and Sexual Dysfunction

FRIDAY, May 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young men who prefer pornography to real-world sexual encounters might find themselves caught in a trap, unable to perform sexually with other people when the opportunity presents itself, a new study reports.