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HealthDay News - July 26, 2017

Teaching an Old Brain New Tricks

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might pride yourself on your ability to multitask. But research shows that brain health may suffer when multitasking involves many gadgets, such as surfing the web or playing a video game on your phone while you're also watching TV.

Health Tip: Encouraging Your Kids to Brush

(HealthDay News) -- Even dentists struggle to get their kids to brush and floss regularly.

Health Tip: Help Kids Sleep Better

(HealthDay News) -- Getting children to go to sleep and stay asleep may be a true challenge for parents.

Time to Catch Up on Reading, Writing … and Routine Shots

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Of all the items on your child's back-to-school checklist, getting vaccinated is probably your kid's least favorite. But those shots are essential for keeping children healthy, pediatricians say.

The Couple That Lives Together Shares Skin Bacteria Together

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While it's often said that couples start to look alike over time, new research suggests their skin bacteria may do the same.

Noninvasive Brain Test May Pinpoint Type of Dementia

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Distinguishing Alzheimer's disease from another common form of dementia may get easier using a new, noninvasive technique, researchers say.

Drug Beats Steroids for Controlling Blood Vessel Inflammation in Study

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The drug tocilizumab performs better than steroids in treating the most common form of blood vessel inflammation known as giant cell arteritis, a new study has shown.

HIV Treatment Protects Uninfected Partner From the Virus

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- HIV treatment prevented transmission of the virus in gay couples when only one partner had the virus, a new study shows.

New Surgery May Fix Tough-to-Treat Rotator Cuff Tears

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new surgical procedure can help people with shoulder injuries once considered beyond repair, a small new study suggests.

Can Suicide Tries Spread Among Soldiers?

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Troubling new study findings suggest that U.S. Army soldiers are more likely to try to kill themselves if another member of their unit has attempted suicide in the previous year.

Health Highlights: July 26, 2017

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

Senate Rejects Repeal of Obamacare Without Replacement

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In yet another blow to Republican efforts to dismantle Obamacare, the Senate on Wednesday voted down a proposal to repeal the health care reform law without an immediate replacement.

Don't Put Off Weight-Loss Surgery Till You're Heavier

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having weight-loss surgery before you become severely obese tends to achieve better results, a new study finds.

Opioid Abuse Down in Younger Americans, But Up Among Older Adults

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While opioid abuse has fallen among younger Americans, the same cannot be said for older adults, a new government report shows.

In Mice, Brain Cells Discovered That Might Control Aging

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists working with mice believe they've identified brain cells that control aging.

Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A robotic training device helped improve the walking ability of children with cerebral palsy who suffer from a condition known as "crouch gait," a small study found.

More E-Cigarettes, Fewer Tobacco Smokers?

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are giving up cigarettes, and a new study suggests electronic cigarettes may be the reason why.

Senate Rejects Broad Repeal of Obamacare

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After narrowly voting to resume debate Tuesday on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, efforts toward a sweeping repeal of Obamacare fell short in a Senate vote Tuesday night.