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May 24, 2017

Know the Signs of Thyroid Trouble

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When your thyroid isn't working properly, it can cause a lot of problems. It's important to understand what your thyroid does and to be aware of signs that can signal a health issue.

Health Tip: Don't Let Your Workout Get Stale

(HealthDay News) -- As with any routine, your workout may become boring and tiresome.

Health Tip: Keep Newborns Safer

(HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of babies die every year from accidents that are completely preventable.

Death Rate Drops for Americans Hospitalized With COPD

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While the number of Americans hospitalized each year for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appears to be holding steady, new research suggests the number of patients dying in the hospital over the past decade has decreased.

2 Doses of HPV Shot Enough to Prevent Genital Warts: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research supports the recent U.S. recommendation for two, rather than three, doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect against genital warts in preteens and teens.

Hospital Protocol Helps Thwart Serious Infection

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new regulation requires New York state hospitals to follow a protocol to rapidly diagnosis and treat the potentially fatal infection known as sepsis, and research suggests it's saving lives.

Could Chocolate Guard Against an Irregular Heartbeat?

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's delicious news for chocolate lovers: New research suggests the sweet might help keep a common and dangerous form of irregular heartbeat at bay.

Can Tracking Germs in One Hospital Make All Hospitals Safer?

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One hospital's germ history may help doctors curb infections in all hospitals, researchers report.

1 in 5 U.S. Kids Killed in Crashes Not Restrained Properly

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If parents need more proof that car seats and seat belts save young lives, researchers now report that one in every five children killed in car crashes in the United States was unrestrained or improperly restrained.

Zika Arrived in Florida at Least Four Different Ways

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The 2016 Zika outbreak in Florida wasn't due to a single introduction and spread of the virus, but rather at least four separate events, researchers report.

Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements for Knee Pain

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fiber helps lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and keep the bowels running smoothly, but a new study suggests it can also reduce knee pain from arthritis.

Thick Middle May Raise Risk of Some Cancers

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Where you carry extra fat may be as key to your cancer risk as how much extra fat you carry, new research suggests.

New Drug Approved for All Cancers With Genetic Marker

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Keytruda (pembrolizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat any cancer that has a certain genetic biomarker, regardless of where in the body the cancer originated.

FDA OKs First Cancer Drug by Genetic Type, Not Organ of Origin

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many new cancer drugs target genetic "biomarkers" that are specific to tumors -- wherever in the body they may appear.

Health Highlights: May 24, 2017

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

Sleepless Nights Could Pose Heart Risk Dangers

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting less than six hours of sleep a night may double the odds of dying from heart disease or stroke for people who already have risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, new research suggests.

Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer Shows Early Promise

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've developed a new blood test for identifying pancreatic cancer -- a step that might eventually allow earlier diagnosis.

Compound in Pot Eases Severe Form of Epilepsy

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A landmark clinical trial has shown that a compound in marijuana can ease life-threatening seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.

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