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HealthDay News - August 23, 2017

Cutting Carbs and Calories at Lunch

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The choices you make during your lunch hour can make -- or break -- your "bottom" line. Picking smart carb and calorie options will help keep your weight loss efforts on track.

Have Fun at the Fair, But Don't Pet the Pigs

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You go to the fair for corn dogs and cotton candy, not an infectious swine flu.

Health Tip: Avoid Motion Sickness

(HealthDay News) -- Motion sickness is a common byproduct of summer travel. But with some preparation, it can be prevented.

Health Tip: Camping and Cooking Outdoors

(HealthDay News) -- Anyone preparing for a camping trip that involves outdoor cooking should include a meat thermometer with their camping gear, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says on its website.

Longer Prescriptions Make Opioid Abuse More Likely: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A short-term painkiller prescription is less likely to lead to opioid use disorder than a longer supply of pain pills, a new study suggests.

Confederate Submarine Crew Killed by Blast From Their Own Torpedo

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For more than 150 years, how eight crew members of a Confederate submarine dubbed the H.L. Hunley died during an attack on a Union warship has remained a mystery.

Early Rotator Cuff Surgery Helps Return to Activity

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Early surgery to fix tears in a shoulder rotator cuff muscle is a good idea because it improves strength, function and other outcomes in the long term, a new study from France finds.

Cyberbullying Weighs Heavily on Young People

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids and young adults targeted by cyberbullies appear to be twice as likely to hurt themselves or to attempt suicide than their non-bullied counterparts, a new study finds.

How Safe Is Your Drinking Water? Take a Look

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even if local health officials say it's safe, cloudy drinking water may have the potential to cause vomiting and diarrhea, a new research review finds.

Does Autism Risk Reside in Cells' Energy Engines?

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mitochondria, the power plants of human cells, may play a significant role in autism risk, new research suggests.

'Exoskeletons' May Help Kids With Cerebral Palsy Walk

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A robotic exoskeleton attached to the lower leg may someday help kids with cerebral palsy maintain the ability to walk.

Do Fewer Nightly Dreams Mean Higher Dementia Risk in Seniors?

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who spend less time each night in the dream stage of sleep may be more likely to succumb to dementia as they age, new research suggests.

Steroid Pills Usually Ineffective Against Bronchitis, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors sometimes prescribe a steroid for patients with bronchitis or other troublesome chest infections, but a new British study says the approach isn't warranted.

Health Highlights: Aug. 23, 2017

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

Supplement May Help Against Vision-Robbing Disease in Seniors

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An inexpensive over-the-counter antioxidant/zinc supplement that may help preserve vision in older people is also cost effective, a new study suggests.

More Support for Tight Blood Pressure Control

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For people at increased risk of heart disease, intensive blood pressure control may be just as safe as standard treatment, a new study finds.