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July 21, 2017

Making the Most of Childhood Wellness Visits

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born today will have about a dozen wellness visits by the time they reach age 3. At that point, these checkups typically drop to just once a year, often before kids head back to school.

Health Tip: Eat Less Sugar

(HealthDay News) -- Too much sugar makes you gain weight and can harm your health. And you have to be especially careful about how much sugar you eat if you have diabetes.

Health Tip: If Heartburn Doesn't Go Away

(HealthDay News) -- If eating the right foods and taking medication doesn't ease your heartburn, there may be a bigger issue.

An 'Active' Workstation Won't Lower Your Job Performance

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Companies needn't worry that job performance will suffer when employees use "active" workstations that come with potentially distracting treadmills, bikes or ellipticals.

Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two particular types of nerve damage -- neuropathy -- have been increasing as more and more people develop diabetes in the United States, an expert says.

Donor-Sperm Kids No Different From Their Peers: Study

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children conceived using donor sperm are no different physically or mentally from other kids, a new Australian study says.

Estrogen May Influence Women's Depression Risk

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women exposed to estrogen for longer periods of time during the reproductive years may have a lower risk of depression, a new study finds.

Can Dirty Diapers Offer Clues to the Infant Brain?

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies' diapers may hold clues to their brain development, a new study suggests.

Surgery for ACL Tear Often Successful Over Long Term

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who undergo knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can expect to stay active and maintain a high quality of life, researchers report.

High-Dose Flu Shot May Help Nursing Home Residents Avoid Hospital

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nobody wants the flu, but it can prove deadly for frail residents of nursing homes.

Here's Why a Soda With That Burger Is Especially Fattening

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Combining a sugary soda with your burger or fried chicken can really prime your body to pack on more pounds, a new study suggests.

What's Ahead for Health Care 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.

Health Highlights: July 21, 2017

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

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has Mental Illness or Drug Problem

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says.

Cows May Offer Clues to an AIDS Vaccine

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cows already give us milk, meat and leather. Now, researchers say they may also hold the key to an AIDS vaccine.

Most Murdered U.S. Women Killed By Husbands, Boyfriends, Exes

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most women murdered in the United States die at the hands of a current or former intimate partner, a new federal study reports.

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