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HealthDay News - August 09, 2017

It's Never Too Soon to Safeguard Your Bones

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bone health is literally something you build on throughout your life, not just as a child. And the efforts you put in now will keep bones strong and help prevent the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis later on, as you age.

Yoga May Boost Aging Brains

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who practice yoga may have greater "thickness" in areas of the brain involved in memory and attention, a small study suggests.

Health Tip: Mental Disorders Are Common

(HealthDay News) -- More than 43 million American adults, 18 percent of the U.S. population, had a mental disorder in the past year, the most recent surveys cited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show.

Health Tip: Childhood Obesity Can Trigger Adult Problems

(HealthDay News) -- About a third of people aged two to 19 are considered overweight or obese, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says.

For Cancer Patients in the ER, Delirium Linked to Poor Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Advanced cancer patients diagnosed with delirium in the emergency department are more likely to be hospitalized and to die earlier than those without delirium, a new study finds.

Is Ancient Bone Evidence of Cannibalistic Rite?

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Engravings on an ancient human bone may have been part of a cannibalistic ritual, researchers report.

Does Early Puberty Affect a Girl's Academic Achievement?

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who begin puberty at an earlier age may spend fewer years in school, a new study suggests.

Alcohol Use, Abuse on the Rise in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of drinking and alcohol abuse are increasing in the United States, especially among certain groups of people, a new study suggests.

Racial Gap Narrows for Survival of Hospitalized Cardiac Arrest Patients

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The gap in survival rates has narrowed between black and white patients whose hearts have stopped beating -- called cardiac arrest -- in U.S. hospitals, a new study finds.

Immunotherapy Shown Safe in Type 1 Diabetes Clinical Trial

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A small clinical trial showed an immune system therapy was safe for people with type 1 diabetes, British researchers report.

Health Highlights: Aug. 9, 2017

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

By Age 12, Poor May Show Signs of Heart Risks Ahead

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children from poor families are more likely than their richer peers to show signs of narrowing in the neck arteries -- hinting they could face a heightened risk of heart disease as adults.

Stroke Rates Drop for U.S. Men, But Not Women

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The overall rate of strokes is declining in the United States, but appears to be going down mostly in men, a new study finds.

Steep Price Hikes Led to Drop in Use of 2 Heart Drugs at U.S. Hospitals

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After steep price hikes, use of two common heart medications declined significantly in U.S. hospitals, a new study shows.

Blood Test Can Screen for Rare Sinus Cancer, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new DNA blood test can catch a rare but deadly form of cancer that occurs in the sinuses, researchers report.