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HealthDay News - August 07, 2017

Stretches: The Forgotten Exercise

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Along with aerobic and strength training, stretching is an important part of every workout routine. But many people make the mistake of skipping this key step or doing certain stretches at the wrong time.

How Preschoolers Begin Learning the Rules of Reading, Spelling

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research supports the advice that it's never too early to start reading to a child. Children start to recognize and follow some rules of reading and writing as young as age 3, study findings reveal.

'12-Step' Strategy Boosts Success of Teen Drug Abuse Program

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drug and alcohol abuse treatment for teens and young adults may be more effective when it includes a 12-step program similar to that used by Alcoholics Anonymous, a new report suggests.

What Diabetics Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Meds

SATURDAY, Aug. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It can be tough for people with diabetes to choose appropriate over-the-counter medicines for a cold, cough or headache, a pharmacist explains.

Relationship Status Impacts Health

(HealthDay News) -- How happy a person is in a relationship has a powerful influence on the person's health, a new Harvard University study finds.

Health Tip: Don't Use Sunscreen on Newborns

(HealthDay News) -- Applying sunscreen on infants aged 6 months and younger isn't a good idea, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Successful Guide Dogs Come From 'Tough Love' Moms

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Newborn puppies whose mothers let them struggle a little are more likely to succeed in guide dog training than those with doting moms, a new study suggests.

Instagram Shows How Diabetics Really Wear a Glucose Monitor

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with diabetes experiment with placement of their continuous glucose monitors and get good results, a new study finds.

Decline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal Vaccine

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- American kids' ear infections dropped threefold over 10 years, compared to the 1980s, largely due to pneumococcal vaccines that protect against one type of bacteria that causes them, a new study suggests.

Most People Not Bargain Hunters When It Comes to Health Care

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research challenges the idea that allowing Americans to price shop for health care services could help slow rising health care costs.

Angioplasty Outcomes Almost Equal Among Hospitals

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have an artery-opening procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have similar outcomes whether they're treated at so-called safety-net or non-safety-net hospitals, researchers say.

Can Video Game Playing Cost You Gray Matter?

MONDAY, Aug. 7 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests -- but doesn't prove -- that certain players of action video games may lose gray matter in a part of the brain that's linked to mental illness.

Health Highlights: Aug. 7, 2017

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

Midlife Behaviors May Affect Your Dementia Risk

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your heart health in midlife may determine your risk of developing dementia in old age, a new 25-year study suggests.

'Loneliness Epidemic' Called a Major Public Health Threat

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Loneliness may be more hazardous to your health than obesity -- and a growing number of Americans are at risk, researchers report.

Blood Pressure Fluctuations Tied to Dementia Risk in Study

MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If your blood pressure varies from day-to-day, you may be at higher risk for dementia or Alzheimer's disease, new research from Japan suggests.