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HealthDay News - July 05, 2017

Take A New View of Yoga

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to add strength training, flexibility, and even stress reduction to your fitness plan?

Soft Contact Lenses Safe for Kids and Teens, Review Finds

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Soft contact lenses are as safe for children and teens as they are for adults, a new review finds.

Swimming Lessons: For Starters, Watch Out for Germs in the Water

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A dip in a pool, stream or lake on a hot summer day is refreshing, but take some precautions to avoid bacteria and parasites that might lurk in the water.

Health Tip: Seek Safety From Lightning

(HealthDay News) -- If you're caught outside during a thunderstorm, go inside immediately.

Health Tip: When Summer Heat Gets Intense

(HealthDay News) -- Intense summer heat can be downright dangerous.

Why Chopping Onions Makes You Cry

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ever wonder why your eyes fill with tears when you chop an onion?

'Simple 7' Steps Can Help Improve Blood Pressure in Blacks

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just a few healthy lifestyle habits can reduce black Americans' risk of high blood pressure, researchers say.

Is Shingles Tied to Heart, Stroke Risk?

TUESDAY, July 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Shingles may be tied to an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

Do Blacks, Hispanics Get Low Quality Hospice Care?

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospice quality varies, with blacks and Hispanics often getting less desirable end-of-life care, a new study finds.

Half of Opioid Prescriptions Go to People With Mental Illness

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with mental health disorders receive a troubling percentage of the nation's opioid prescriptions, a new study finds.

Exercise Can Keep Obese Seniors on the Go

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may improve everyday life for even severely obese older adults, a new study says.

No Such Thing as Menstrual Memory Fog

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to what some have been led to believe, a woman's monthly menstrual cycle doesn't seem to dampen her thinking skills, no matter what time of the month it is.

Severe Head Injury May Raise Dementia Risk Years Later

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A severe head injury, especially during middle age, could dramatically boost the risk for developing dementia later in life, new research from Finland suggests.

A Cheaper Alternative to Hearing Aids?

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A handful of over-the-counter "personal sound amplification products" fared as well as an expensive hearing aid in helping people pick up more words in conversation, researchers report.

Health Highlights: July 5, 2017

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

FDA Widens Access to 'Cooling Cap' to Stop Hair Loss in Cancer Patients

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More cancer patients may be able to ward off hair loss during chemotherapy treatment.

Nerve Zap Unlikely to Ease Low Back Pain

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sending an electrical current directly into spinal nerves does no more than strength and mobility exercises for low back pain, a new study finds.

Sleep Problems: An Early Warning Sign of Alzheimer's?

WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Trouble getting enough sleep may be linked to a bigger risk of Alzheimer's disease for some people, new research suggests.