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HealthDay News - July 31, 2017

Take to the Road on 2 Wheels

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cycling is a fun fitness option at every age. It's easier on your joints than some other forms of cardio, yet it's just as efficient.

Health Tip: Worried About Lung Disease?

(HealthDay News) -- Subtle changes in your breathing may be easy to miss, but they can be important warning signs of lung disease.

Health Tip: Preparing for an Emergency

(HealthDay News) -- Whether it's a natural disaster, fire or man-made activity, you and your family should be prepared for an emergency.

Stress of Flying Doesn't Dim Abilities of Search-and-Rescue Dogs

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Search-and-rescue dogs don't let a rough flight keep them from doing their jobs, a new study finds.

Drowning Can Occur Hours After Swimming

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While it happens rarely, a person can drown on dry land hours after having been in the water.

Country Kids Less Likely to Develop Bowel Disease Than Their City Cousins

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People in rural areas may be less likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) than those in cities, Canadian researchers report.

Genetic Testing Can Help Pinpoint Epilepsy Earlier

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study supports routine genetic testing for epilepsy in young children with seizures.

7-Fold Spike Seen in Opioid-Linked Fatal Car Crashes

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In yet another sign of just how deadly the U.S. opioid epidemic has become, researchers report a sevenfold increase in the number of drivers killed in car crashes while under the influence of prescription painkillers.

Blood Proteins Linked to Severity of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome has no cure and reliable treatments remain elusive, but new research links it to changes in 17 immune-system signaling proteins called cytokines.

Earth Will Heat Up by End of Century

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether or not you believe in climate change, the Earth is going to get hotter by the turn of the century, new research predicts.

Health Highlights: July 31, 2017

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

Aspirin Safe for Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some research has raised concerns about the safety of aspirin for heart failure patients. But a new study appears to offer some reassurance.

Moving From 'Stroke Belt' Doesn't Undo Higher Dementia Risk

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health problems for people born in the so-called Stroke Belt of the United States also include a higher risk of developing dementia -- even if they move elsewhere, a new study suggests.

Netflix Series '13 Reasons Why' Sparks Uptick in Google Searches for Suicide

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After the release of the controversial Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" -- a show that depicts the suicide of a fictional teenager -- there were surges in the number of Google searches using the term "suicide," a new analysis reveals.

Climate Change May Trigger 60,000 More Premature Deaths by 2030

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If nothing is done to address climate change, tens of thousands more early deaths may occur worldwide from exposure to air pollution in the coming decades, a new study contends.

Doctors Still Overprescribing Opioids in U.S.

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than one out of three average Americans used a prescription opioid painkiller in 2015, despite growing concerns these medicines are promoting widespread addiction and overdose deaths, a new federal study shows.