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HealthDay News - June 21, 2017

Posture Pointers for Computer Jockeys

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you spend most of your day sitting at a computer? Being hunched over your keyboard for long periods can put stress and strain on your whole body.

Health Tip: Preventing Tick Bites

(HealthDay News) -- A bite from an infected tick can cause a number of ills, including Lyme disease. But taking precautions before going outside can help protect you.

Health Tip: Become an Active Family

(HealthDay News) -- Getting more active should be a family affair. It can even be fun if you approach it the right way.

Suicide Risk Especially High for U.S. Farmers

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two decades after the U.S. farm crisis, the suicide rate among American farmers remains much higher than among other workers, a new study finds.

Could a Monetary Perk Help Keep HIV Patients on Their Meds?

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There are mixed results from a new study on the use of monetary rewards to help boost the odds that HIV-infected patients will enter care, and take their meds as directed.

Rogue Genes May Cause Some ALS Cases

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gene mutations may cause up to 17 percent of cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in patients with no family history of the disease, a new study finds.

Do Older Dads Produce Brainy Boys?

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that might bring older Dads some peace of mind about their sons' future job prospects, a new study shows these kids are more likely to be "geeks."

Could You Raise a 'No-Diaper' Baby?

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Environmentally conscious parents have long struggled with the fact that their baby's dirty diapers wind up in landfills, but what option do they have?

Opioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid-related hospitalizations among women in the United States increased far faster than among men between 2005 and 2014, a federal government report says.

Depressed Back Pain Patients Often Get Opioids

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with low back pain who are depressed are more likely to be prescribed opioids, and to be prescribed higher doses, a new study finds.

Many Doctors Silent on Cost of Cancer Care

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer doctors are often mute when a patient asks about the cost of treatment, a new study shows.

Big Gap in Cancer Deaths Between Rich, Poor Countries

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past few decades, death rates linked to cancer and heart disease have declined in most developed nations, thanks to more effective prevention strategies, early detection and greater access to quality health care.

Head Position May Not Affect Outcome After Stroke

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research might turn conventional stroke treatment on its head.

Health Highlights: June 21, 2017

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

Extreme Heat in Southwest a Deadly Threat

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With temperatures soaring so high that some planes couldn't take off in Phoenix on Tuesday, the heat wave scorching the Southwest for the next week should be taken very seriously, one emergency doctor warns.

Breast-Feeding Tied to Lower Heart, Stroke Risk for Mom

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who breast-feed their babies may have a slightly lower risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke decades later, a large new study suggests.