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HealthDay News - July 12, 2017

Weighing Portions Adds Up to Weight Loss

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Portion control is a must when you want to lose weight.

Health Tip: Battling Muscle Cramps?

(HealthDay News) -- The tight, searing pain of a muscle cramp is tough to forget. But do you know why your muscles spasm?

Health Tip: If Lifestyle Interferes With Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Your evening routine may be affecting how easily you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Taking the Stairs May Soon Get Easier

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does a long staircase leave you weak?

Does Stress Worsen Chemical Harms in Pregnancy?

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More evidence of stress's harmful effects comes from a pregnancy study.

Fewer U.S. Dollars Spent on Cardiac Arrest Research: Study

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac arrest is the third leading cause of death in the United States, yet it receives much less government funding for research than other leading causes of death, researchers report.

Walking Rates Are Key to a Country's Obesity Levels

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People of the world, step it up!

Painkiller Prescriptions More Prone to Errors If Handwritten

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mistakes are much more likely to occur with handwritten prescriptions for opioid painkillers than with electronic ones, a new study finds.

Too Few Children Get EpiPen When Needed: Study

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- EpiPens are the go-to solution when a child has a severe allergic reaction. But many kids don't get this essential treatment, U.S. researchers found.

No Sign That Antidepressants in Pregnancy Harm Kids' Brains: Study

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women battling depression, the decision over whether or not to continue their antidepressant during a pregnancy can be a difficult one.

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?

Many High School Principals Know Little About Concussions

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A survey of U.S. high school principals found only one-third had received training in how to help students with concussion return to the classroom.

Climate Change Delivers 'Double Whammy' to 4 in 10 Americans

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Four in 10 Americans live in areas where they face a climate change-linked "double whammy" of smog and high ragweed pollen levels.

Breast-Feeding May Lower Risk of MS, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a longer history of breast-feeding may be less likely to develop multiple sclerosis than mothers who skip breast-feeding or nurse for briefer periods, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: July 12, 2017

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

Better Diet, Longer Life?

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and older adults who start eating better also tend to live longer, a large new study shows.

New Test May Help Spot Pancreatic Cancer Early

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new, low-cost blood test may be an effective way to detect pancreatic cancer early, a research team says.

CT Scans Might Help Gauge Heart Attack Risk

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new CT scan analysis may allow doctors to identify blood vessel inflammation before heart problems actually crop up, researchers report.

FDA Panel OKs What May Soon Be First Gene Therapy Approved in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to what could soon be the first gene therapy to be marketed in the United States.