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HealthDay News - July 06, 2017

Getting Over Guilt

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you sometimes feel weighed down by guilt?

Health Tip: Are You at Risk for a Herniated Disk?

(HealthDay News) -- A herniated disk occurs when a soft pad between the vertebrae of the spine slips out, pressing against nearby nerves and causing pain.

Health Tip: Yoga Before Bed

(HealthDay News) -- Yoga, practiced just before bed, may help you wind down and prepare for sleep.

Dying May Not Be as Awful an Experience as You Think

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does the very idea of death worry and frighten you? There may be reassurance from a new study that finds those fears might be exaggerated.

Laughter May Be a Serious Evolutionary Tool

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sharing a laugh can make you feel closer to someone else, and that quick-forming social bond may have been a big evolutionary boon to human survival, a small study suggests.

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.

Opioids a Threat to Seniors With COPD

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors with COPD -- a progressive lung disease that causes breathing problems -- may increase their odds for heart-related death if they use opioid painkillers, a new study finds.

Bullying Takes Financial Toll on U.S. School Districts

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bullying can come with a hefty hidden cost for U.S. schools, a new study finds.

Many Parts of the World Lack Soap for Hand-Washing

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For many families in poor countries, soap is a luxury that they do without, a new study finds.

Could a Sweet Tooth in Pregnancy Spur Allergies in Kids?

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bingeing on chocolate, pastries and soda during pregnancy might have an unintended downside -- setting kids up for asthma and allergies, new research suggests.

Fewer Heart Failure Patients Dying of Cardiac Arrest

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure patients are much less likely now to die from sudden cardiac arrest, new research shows.

Health Highlights: July 6, 2017

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

Blood Shortage Prompts Call for Donations

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross needs your blood, and it needs it now.

Cancer Deaths Higher in Rural America, CDC Reports

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer death rates are declining overall in the United States, but they are higher and falling more slowly in rural America, a new federal government report shows.

Smoking On the Rise in Movies Aimed at Young: Study

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Progress to keep tobacco use out of kid-friendly movies is apparently going up in smoke.

Are Doctors Discarding Donor Kidneys That Could Save Lives?

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. doctors are discarding donated kidneys that could keep people alive for years, simply because the organs are not top-quality, a new study claims.

U.S. Opioid Prescriptions Fall, But Numbers Still High: CDC

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have dropped since 2010 in the United States, but the number of Americans getting the highly addictive medications is still too high, a new report shows.