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July 20, 2017

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health initiatives typically center on diet and fitness. But the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society state that getting enough sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising.

Health Tip: Ease the Pain of a Blister

(HealthDay News) -- A blister may be painful and uncomfortable, though it's best to avoid popping it. But it's important to keep the area clean, especially if the wound pops on its own.

Health Tip: Talking in Your Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Talking in one's sleep is common. But the National Sleep Foundation says it may not be anything to worry about, except when it is attributed to or results in:

Many Terminal Cancer Patients Remain in Denial

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 10 percent of patients with terminal cancer don't want to know they're dying, which can make their final days more difficult, a new study finds.

Insured, But Still Barred From Top-Tier Cancer Centers

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Choosing a cheaper health plan could cost you access to cream-of-the-crop cancer doctors and facilities, a new study reports.

Scans May Show Consciousness in 'Comatose' Patients

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sophisticated brain scans might be able to detect consciousness in brain injury patients who appear unconscious in the intensive care unit, a new study says.

Good Diet, Exercise While Pregnant Could Cut C-section Risk

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a healthy diet and exercising during pregnancy isn't just good for the developing baby.

Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of dementia cases worldwide might be prevented by paying attention to nine risk factors throughout life, researchers say.

More Patients OK'd for Cancer Trials Under Obamacare: Study

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act has enabled more privately insured patients to enroll in clinical trials for new cancer treatments, a new study contends.

Laser Therapy Shows Promise Against Eye 'Floaters'

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A laser treatment can reduce spots in people's vision known as "floaters," a new study finds.

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Slight Increase in Autism

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In the long-standing debate over whether antidepressants are safe to take during pregnancy, a new study suggests that exposure to the drugs in the womb might bump up a child's risk of autism.

Travelers to Europe Need Measles Protection: CDC

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans traveling to Europe should take steps to protect themselves against measles, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises.

Health Highlights: July 20, 2017

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

Sen. John McCain Has Brain Cancer

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sen. John McCain, a respected longtime lawmaker, former prisoner of war and the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer.

Wider Access to Meds Cuts Global AIDS Deaths in Half

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- AIDS-related deaths worldwide have been halved since 2005 as more people were able to get lifesaving drugs, UNAIDS (a United Nations Program) says in a new report.

Senator McCain Faces a Tough Cancer Foe

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sen. John McCain faces an uphill battle fighting the aggressive cancer discovered in his brain last week, experts say.

Oxygen Therapy Revives Brain of Toddler Who Nearly Drowned

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In one of the first such confirmed cases, an Arkansas toddler who suffered severe brain injury after nearly drowning has had that brain damage reversed, using a new treatment.

What's Ahead for Health Reform in 2018?

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Republican Party's quest to undo the Affordable Care Act -- either by replacing it, repealing it or letting it fail -- is creating enormous uncertainty for millions of Americans who buy their own health insurance.

MRI Approved for Young Infants in Intensive Care

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device designed to scan the heads and brains of newborns in intensive care units has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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