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HealthDay News - June 15, 2017

Are You at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome?

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have identified a group of specific factors that increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, all of which are severe health threats.

'Couch Potatoes' May Face Higher Risk of Kidney, Bladder Cancers

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Add greater risk of kidney and bladder cancer to the long list of why a lifetime of sitting on the sofa isn't good for your health, a new study suggests.

Health Tip: Applying Sunscreen on Children

(HealthDay News) -- Sunscreen can help protect kids from the sun's harmful rays, but only if it's applied correctly.

Health Tip: Recognizing Summer Allergy Symptoms

(HealthDay News) -- Allergies can cause symptoms that go well beyond the tell-tale red eyes, runny nose, sneezing and case of the sniffles.

When Parents Focus on Smartphones, Kids' Misbehaving Can Rise

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could your smartphone prompt a toddler tantrum? Perhaps, a new study suggests.

Many Young Americans Using Snuff, Chewing Tobacco

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 3 percent of Americans age 12 and older said they'd used chewing tobacco or snuff in the past month, according to a recent federal government report.

Want a Workout for Mind and Body? Hop on Your Bike

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Riding a bike is good for your body -- and your mind.

Mission to Mars Would Double Astronauts' Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Once astronauts leave the Earth's protective magnetic field, their cancer risk would soar while traveling to Mars, new research indicates.

Centenarians Often Healthier Than Younger Seniors: Study

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who are 100 years or older have lower rates of chronic illness than younger seniors, a new study finds.

Pot Plus Booze: A Deadly Mix Behind the Wheel

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana and alcohol make a terrible mix on the road, significantly increasing a driver's chances of causing a deadly crash, a new study warns.

Healthy Dietary Fats Help Beat High Cholesterol

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Replacing saturated fats with healthier ones found in some vegetable oils can reduce cholesterol levels and heart disease risk as much as statins, a new American Heart Association (AHA) advisory says.

U.S. Hospitals Still Prescribe Too Many Antibiotics: Study

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 20 percent of U.S. hospital patients who receive antibiotics experience side effects from the drugs, researchers report.

Medical Costs Soar for U.S. Babies Born Addicted to Opioids

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. newborns hospitalized for opiate withdrawal has spiked sharply in recent years -- and so has the cost of treating them, a new study shows.

Health Highlights: June 15, 2017

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

Leading U.S. Doctors' Group Takes Aim at Rising Drug Prices

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American Medical Association is calling for more transparency in drug pricing amid skyrocketing costs that are putting some lifesaving medications out of reach for patients and communities.

Horse Therapy Could Rein In Stroke's Damage Years Later

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It may not be for everyone, but a new study suggests that the smooth stride of a gentle horse may help stroke survivors regain lost mobility and balance years after their brain attack.

Higher Pregnancy Weight Tied to Raised Odds for Birth Defects

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are overweight or obese when they become pregnant face an elevated risk of having a baby with a major birth defect, new Swedish research warns.

First Decline Seen in 'Vaping' Among U.S. Teens: CDC

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time since the U.S. government began tracking e-cigarette use among American youth, a new report shows fewer teens are vaping.