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HealthDay News - August 21, 2017

Wellness Visits for Better Well-being

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to stay on top of your health, no matter what your age, it's important to see your doctor for a regular wellness visit -- typically a yearly check-up that takes a head-to-toe look at you as a whole person.

Are Depressed Teens Prone to Violence?

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with depression might be more likely to commit violent crimes, a new study suggests.

A Shot of Caffeine May Speed Wake-Up After Anesthesia

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Caffeine may help patients wake up more quickly after general anesthesia, an animal study suggests.

Get Ready, Safely, for the Great American Eclipse

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One of the biggest celestial events of a lifetime -- a total solar eclipse -- is heading towards millions of Americans on Monday.

Hernia Patients May Need Fewer Opioids After Surgery, Study Finds

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hernia surgery patients may require far fewer opioid painkillers than they're prescribed, new research suggests.

Health Tip: Prevent Dehydration

(HealthDay News) -- Dehydration, a dangerous loss of body fluids, should always be on your mind during the hottest days of the summer. People who are exercising or playing outdoors are most at risk.

Health Tip: Keep Your Sponge Cleaner

(HealthDay News) -- Even microwaving a kitchen sponge won't sterilize it of all harmful bacteria, a study from the University of Furtwangen in Germany found, countering some earlier research.

Having Same-Sex Parents Won't Affect Kids' Gender Identity: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Same-sex couples are unlikely to influence the gender identity of their adoptive children one way or another, a new study finds.

Sitting Could Be Big Health Risk for Frail Folks

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After years of being told that sitting too much is deadly, a new study now suggests that being sedentary for long periods of time may not be an equal-opportunity health risk.

Majority of U.S. Parents Would Support Teen Switching Gender: Survey

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of U.S. adults surveyed would be supportive if they had a teenage child who wanted to transition to the opposite gender, a new online survey finds.

Study Supports Annual Mammograms Starting at Age 40

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How frequently should women get a mammogram? Guidelines differ, but a new study estimates thousands of U.S. lives could be saved if mammograms were done every year from age 40 to 84.

Too Many Babies Still Placed on Stomach to Sleep: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite years of public health campaigns, many American parents are still putting their babies to sleep in an unsafe position, a new study finds.

Zika Hijacks Pregnant Woman's Immune System

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus thrives in pregnant women by suppressing their already dampened immune systems and running roughshod over their body's natural defenses, which allows the virus to directly attack the fetus, a new study reports.

Health Highlights: Aug. 21, 2017

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

Lower Blood Pressure Best for Seniors' Minds

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For seniors and particularly blacks with high blood pressure, lowering it may help keep their minds sharp, a new study suggests.

Kids' Cases of High Blood Pressure May Rise Under New Guidelines

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. kids and teens are likely to be diagnosed and treated for high blood pressure because of new guidelines released Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics.