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HealthDay News - May 16, 2017

Fido or Fluffy Can Bring You a Big Health Boost

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans love their pets and spend lots of money to keep them happy and healthy. But being a pet owner also has a lot of benefits for the human half of the relationship.

Health Tip: Are You TrulyHungry?

(HealthDay News) -- Eating for emotional reasons or simple boredom can lead to unnecessary weight gain and unneeded calories.

Health Tip: Getting an X-Ray During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- X-rays provide important insight to doctors trying to diagnose a bone problem. But there are some risks associated with exposure to radiation.

Hormone Therapy Not Advised for Preventing Disease After Menopause

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using hormone therapy to prevent chronic health issues, such as heart disease and bone loss, in postmenopausal women may do more harm than good, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says.

Smiling Adds Years, But Not in a Good Way, Study Finds

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to look younger? Don't crack a smile, a new study suggests.

For Inflamed Pancreas, Eating Right Away May Be Best Medicine

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting hospital patients with mild pancreatitis to start eating sooner may speed their recovery, a new study says.

Sunscreen 101

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people make mistakes when using sunscreen that could increase their risk of skin cancer, a new study suggests.

Angela Bassett Puts the Spotlight on Heart Health

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Actress Angela Bassett has graced film and TV screens with a wide range of award-winning performances for decades.

Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart Failure

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-dose iron pills don't improve the exercise capacity of iron-deficient patients with a certain type of heart failure, a new study finds.

Houston, You Have a 'Superbug'

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A type of bacteria that's resistant to many widely used antibiotics is unusually common among people in Houston, new research reveals.

Heart Attack Risk Spikes After Respiratory Infection, Study Finds

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of heart attack increases sharply after a respiratory infection, a new study finds.

Odds for C-Section May Depend on Hospital

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An expectant mother's biggest risk for undergoing an unnecessary C-section can be the hospital she chooses for the delivery, a new analysis contends.

Is Your Child's Day Care Center Ready for Pandemic Flu?

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The vast majority of U.S. child care centers are not fully prepared to handle the risks posed by a possible influenza pandemic, a new investigation warns.

Playgrounds Aren't Always All Fun and Games

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Playgrounds are supposed to be fun. But rusty bars, litter and poorly maintained equipment can make these seemingly kid-friendly zones downright dangerous, according to a group of emergency medicine physicians.

Heart Health Might Be a Matter of Geography

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The county you call home may have a lot to do with your chances of dying from heart disease or stroke, a new U.S. study reveals.

Forget Steroid Shots for Long-Term Relief of Arthritic Knees

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Steroid shots are a common treatment for arthritic knees. But, a new study says their long-term use is ineffective and may even reduce cartilage.

Health Highlights: May 16, 2017

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

Think You're a 'Fun Drunk?' A 'Mean Drunk?' Think Again

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maybe you think you're the life of the party after your third gin and tonic. Or maybe you worry you'll drink too much and turn into a "mean" drunk.

Your Doctor's Age Might Affect Your Care

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to popular wisdom, an older, more experienced doctor may not always be the best choice.

Mouse Gives Birth to Pups Using 3-D Printed Ovary

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In another step forward in the world of 3-D printed tissues, U.S. scientists report they've created a "bioprosthetic" ovary in a mouse using the technology -- and the mouse has given birth to healthy pups.