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HealthDay News - August 16, 2017

Choosing a Gym: Exercise Your Options

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's more to choosing a gym than just a low membership cost or lots of fancy equipment.

Health Tip: Sleepiness on the Job

(HealthDay News) -- About 13 percent of all accidents that happen at the workplace are related to being sleepy on the job, the National Safety Council says.

Health Tip: Food for Fido

(HealthDay News) -- It may be difficult to resist those sad doggy eyes when they beg for a scrap from the family dinner table.

Pricey Wines Can Trick Your Brain

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you enjoy expensive wines, keep the findings of new brain research in mind: Your pleasure may have more to do with the price of the vino than its quality.

Fatal Opioid ODs on the Rise Among U.S. Teens

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of opioid drug overdose deaths among older teenagers in the United States has taken a turn for the worse, a new federal report finds.

'Herd Immunity' May Be Curbing U.S. Zika Numbers

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Zika infections has dropped dramatically in Florida this summer, and scientists say herd immunity may be the reason why.

Study Finds Options to Opioid Use After Knee Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Alternative drug-free interventions to manage pain, including acupuncture and electrotherapy, may help reduce the need for prescription painkillers after knee replacement surgery, a new review suggests.

Hospitals Not to Blame for Most Opioid Addiction: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Painkiller prescriptions that lead to prolonged opioid use tend to be written by doctors in outpatient settings, not hospitals, new research indicates.

Nearly 4 Million Worldwide Die Each Year From Asthma, COPD

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two major chronic lung diseases -- asthma and COPD -- kill nearly 4 million people worldwide annually, a new report finds.

Health Highlights: Aug. 16, 2017

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

Ouch! Americans Injuring Themselves Grooming Pubic Hair

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Should you consider trimming or shaving "down there," proceed with care -- a new study finds injuries tied to pubic hair grooming are more common than you might think.

Powerful New Cholesterol Med Won't Harm Memory, Easing Concerns

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some early concerns, a new study suggests the powerful cholesterol drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors may not cause memory problems or other mental symptoms.

FDA Announces Recall of Some Liquid Pharmaceutical Products

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of numerous liquid pharmaceutical products because of possible bacterial contamination that could cause severe infections in vulnerable patients.

Can a Blood Test Detect a Range of Cancers Earlier?

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic blood test might pave the way for detecting early stage cancers that often prove fatal when caught too late, a new study suggests.