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August 10, 2017

For Drivers, Hands-free Can Still Be a Handful

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With many states having laws about not using handheld cellphones while driving, it's no wonder that 75 percent of drivers think that hands-free technology is safe to use.

Health Tip: Conserving Water During Drought

(HealthDay News) -- Drought is the most costly and far-reaching extreme weather event, the National Weather Service says, having cost the United States more than $1 billion since 1980.

The Right Shoes Can Help Prevent Falls

(HealthDay News) -- Falls are the leading cause of death among people 65 and older, government surveys show. More than 2.8 million adults were treated in the emergency room and 27,000 people died from falls in 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

Therapy for Kids With Autism Pays Off for Moms, Dads

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Behavioral therapy for children with autism also benefits their parents, a new study finds.

Obesity Slows Recovery for Heart Surgery Patients: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese heart surgery patients spend more time in intensive care and take longer to recover than those who aren't obese, a new Canadian study finds.

Artificial Sweeteners Trick the Brain: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research may help explain the reported link between the use of artificial sweeteners and diabetes, scientists say.

Certain Jobs Linked to Raised Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis, a painful disease in which a person's immune system attacks the joints, appears to be more common among people in certain types of jobs, researchers suggest.

Rotavirus Vaccine Cut Kids' Hospitalization, Medical Costs

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of thousands of cases of diarrhea in young children have been prevented since routine vaccination against rotavirus began in the United States a decade ago, a new study shows.

Is Pot Linked to Blood Pressure Deaths?

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana use may triple your risk of dying from high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

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.

Only About One-Third of Americans Use Condoms: CDC

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Condoms can help prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but only about a third of Americans use them, a new federal report shows.

Cancer Takes Financial Toll, Even With Insurance

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many cancer patients in the United States are shocked by their out-of-pocket costs for care -- with some spending one-third of their income on treatment, a new study finds.

Kidney Disease May Boost Risk of Abnormal Heartbeat

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with failing kidneys are at increased risk of developing a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm, a new report suggests.

Number of Americans With Epilepsy at Record Level

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans than ever are living with epilepsy, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration is preparing to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency.

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