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July 13, 2017

Health Tip: Learn About Pasteurization

(HealthDay News) -- Pasteurization is the process of heating milk and other dairy products to kill harmful bacteria.

Health Tip: Getting Toddlers to Try New Foods

(HealthDay News) -- Getting toddlers to try new foods may seem like an uphill battle.

Thyroid Problems May Make Things Worse for Dialysis Patients

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Poor thyroid function may diminish kidney dialysis patients' health and quality of life, a new study suggests.

Quitting Smoking Can Bring Healthier Sinuses Years Later: Study

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking can wreak havoc on your sinuses, but new research shows symptoms reverse within 10 years after quitting the bad habit.

PTSD After Head Injury May Signal Brain Changes

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report they have discovered biological differences in the brains of head injury patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Experimental Vaccines Might Shield Fetus From Zika

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two experimental vaccines might help protect human fetuses against the Zika virus, a new mouse study suggests.

Study Spots Cause of Global Outbreak of Infections Tied to Heart Surgeries

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Factory contamination of medical devices likely caused potentially fatal infections in 33 open-heart surgery patients in several countries, investigators say.

Genes May Explain Why Kids With Autism Avoid Eye Contact

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism spectrum disorders tend to avoid eye contact and look away from other people's mouths, behaviors that are likely influenced by genetics, new research suggests.

'Observation' Best Option for Most Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men with early stage prostate cancer who have surgery to remove their tumor do not live longer than those who receive no treatment at all, a long-running clinical trial has concluded.

Are Big Men More Prone to Aggressive Prostate Cancer?

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The larger a man, the greater his risk of getting and dying from aggressive prostate cancer, a new study suggests.

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.

Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a great deal of attention paid lately to the potential lasting damage of head blows suffered by professional football players. But what about other sports where repeated trauma to the head is also common?

Health Highlights: July 13, 2017

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

Ending U.S. Opioid Abuse Epidemic Will Take Years: Report

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who've developed a wide-ranging "action plan" to combat the U.S. opioid abuse epidemic warn there's no quick fix.

Painkiller Misuse Remains a Pressing Problem Across U.S.

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Abuse of prescription opioid painkillers is second only to marijuana abuse as the most common illegal drug problem in the United States, a new government report shows.

White Collar Workers at Higher Odds of Death From ALS, Parkinson's

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Typically, better-paying jobs and those that require higher education are thought more desirable, but a new study suggests white collar workers have a higher risk of death from two neurodegenerative diseases.

Revised Senate Bill Would Allow Bare-Bones Health Plans

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Navigating a thin line between compromise and gridlock, Senate GOP leaders on Thursday released a revised blueprint for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

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