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HealthDay News - May 17, 2017

The Real Red Hot Chili Peppers

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Variety is often called the spice of life. Now it turns out that an actual spice -- chili peppers -- may be the key to a longer one.

It's Often Family to the Rescue During Opioid ODs

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The tragic scenario has become far too familiar: A mother, a father or a sibling discovers the lifeless body of a loved one who has overdosed on opioids.

Health Tip: Is Your Lifestyle Raising Blood Pressure?

(HealthDay News) -- If your blood pressure seems to rise continually, you should take a careful look at your lifestyle.

Health Tip: Limit a Young Child's Media Time

(HealthDay News) -- Young children are drawn to the ever-growing number of screens around the home.

Black, Hispanic Americans Less Likely to See a Neurologist

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic people are less likely than white people to make an appointment to see a neurologist, according to a new U.S. study.

'Healthy Obese' May Be a Myth

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The so-called "healthy obese" don't get off scot-free. They still have a higher risk of heart disease than normal-weight people, a new British study finds.

Is the AIDS Epidemic Winding Down in the U.S.?

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could the United States be turning the corner on the AIDS epidemic?

Obamacare a Win-Win for Poorer Adults: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low-income Americans have gained access to medical care and improved their health under the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansions, a new study says.

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.

Could a Weight-Loss Surgery Lead to Alcohol Abuse?

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After a popular type of weight-loss surgery, nearly 21 percent of patients develop a drinking problem, sometimes years later, researchers report.

Heart Disease the No. 1 Killer Worldwide

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Roughly a third of all deaths around the world are the result of heart disease and stroke, making cardiovascular disease the number one killer globally, new research finds.

This Combo Workout May Suit Obese Seniors Best

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older, obese adults need to shed weight, but dieting can worsen their frailty. A new study addresses this conundrum, suggesting seniors take up both aerobic and resistance exercise while slimming down.

Health Highlights: May 17, 2017

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

Just 2 Weeks on the Couch Can Trigger Body's Decline

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a short break from an active lifestyle may do more harm than most people might think, a new study warns.

Diabetes Drug Gets FDA Warning Due to Amputation Risk

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The type 2 diabetes prescription drug canagliflozin (brand names Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) appears to increase the risk of leg and foot amputations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Gene Therapy Might Someday Mend Badly Broken Bones

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental method that combines gene therapy, stem cells and ultrasound has healed large bone breaks in lab animals, researchers have found.

Some Lead Poisoning Tests May Be Faulty

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lead tests made by Magellan Diagnostics may yield inaccurate results for some children and adults, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday.

Nuts! Good Medicine for Colon Cancer Survivors?

WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer patients might improve their chances of survival if they eat nuts along with an overall healthy diet and regular exercise, two new studies report.