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HealthDay News - July 11, 2017

How to Prevent Future Couch Potatoes

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children need between 35 and 60 minutes of exercise every day to stay lean and healthy, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Health Tip: Parenting a College Freshman

(HealthDay News) -- As your child transitions from high school to life as a college student, you can still show that you care -- from a distance.

Health Tip: Take Care of Kids Exercising in Summer Heat

(HealthDay News) -- Kids love to play, run, swim and explore -- especially during summer. But that's when parents should keep an eye on them to help guard against heat-related illness.

Pregnancy Complication Costs U.S. Billions

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication, continues to increase in the United States, exacting a significant economic toll, a new study shows.

Early Parkinson's May Prompt Vision Problems

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Changes in vision may be an early sign of Parkinson's disease, researchers report.

Viagra Might Make for a Safer, More Effective Stent

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's worked wonders for men battling erectile dysfunction, and now early research suggests that Viagra -- when added to artery-opening stents -- might cut a patient's odds for clots.

Easier Colon Exam Boosts Screening, But Insurers May Not Pay

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with insurance that covers virtual colonoscopy are nearly 50 percent more likely to get screened for colon cancer, a new study shows.

Docs Should Counsel Even Healthy People on Diet, Exercise, Experts Say

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lifestyle counseling could help protect the long-term heart health of adults who aren't yet at high risk for heart attack and stroke, a panel of medical experts says.

Do Moms Who Smoke in Pregnancy Raise Their Odds for a Troubled Teen?

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers have been warned for years to avoid cigarettes. Now researchers report another reason to follow that advice: Teens and young adults whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may be more likely to break the law and be antisocial.

Malaria Drug Protected Mouse Fetus From Zika: Study

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A malaria drug protected mice fetuses from the Zika virus, researchers report.

New Hope in Search for Vaccine Against Gonorrhea

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A vaccine to protect people from the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea may be one step closer to reality, New Zealand researchers report.

JFK's Long, Silent Struggle With Back Pain

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to his youthful, vibrant public image, former President John F. Kennedy privately battled chronic, debilitating back pain much of his life.

Health Highlights: July 11, 2017

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

Med Switch Not Always Best Choice With Tough Depression

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Switching to another antidepressant may not be the best way to help depression patients who don't respond to the first antidepressant they take, a new study indicates.

Did Grandpa's Insomnia Serve an Evolutionary Purpose?

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Trouble sleeping is a common complaint among older folks, but what if their insomnia traces back to when Grandma and Grandpa were in charge of keeping the cave safe at night?

CPAP Mask Not a Prescription for Heart Troubles

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using a breathing device to treat sleep apnea may help you get a good night's rest, but it might not lower your risk of dying from a stroke or heart condition, a new analysis suggests.