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HealthDay News - August 25, 2017

Hobbies and Your Health

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Feeling overwhelmed or stressed? Consider taking up a hobby.

Cookies, Apples or Yogurt? Not Always a Simple Choice for Kids

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids are driven mostly by food preferences -- not healthy eating -- in choosing their snacks. But some can be swayed by food brands and their own allowance, according to new research.

Health Tip: Risk Factors for Prediabetes

(HealthDay News) -- Prediabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugar that's not high enough to represent type 2 diabetes. But it does mean you're more likely than the average person to progress to full-blown diabetes.

Health Tip: Describing Hay Fever

(HealthDay News) -- During every season but winter, trees, weeds and grasses release tiny grains of pollen. If you breathe in those granules, it may trigger a type of allergy called hay fever.

Are Her Chocolate Cravings a Product of the Culture?

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While some U.S. women believe they need a dose of chocolate because their period is near, the culture they live in may be key to that impulse, new research suggests.

Parents Worried About Cyberbullies as School Starts Up

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With school bells ringing once again, 1 in 3 U.S. parents admits to worrying about bullying and cyberbullying.

Expert Tips to Avoid Accidental Poisonings at School

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- At schools and daycares, an army of sanitizers and detergents is used to keep germs at bay.

Many Migraine Sufferers Given Unecessary Opioids, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Too many people with migraines are prescribed potentially addictive opiate painkillers, while too few may be getting recommended medications, a new study suggests.

Awake for Aneurysm Brain Surgery, Better Results?

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "Awake" brain surgery may improve treatment of brain aneurysms, researchers say.

Do Flame Retardants Hinder Infertility Treatments?

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have linked higher exposure to a type of flame retardant to a greater likelihood that in-vitro fertilization won't work.

As Hurricane Harvey Targets Texas, Tips to Protect Yourself

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By 1 p.m. Thursday, the Gulf of Mexico storm dubbed Harvey had officially gained hurricane status -- and forecasters say it could deliver a devastating blow to East Texas by late Friday.

Common Treatment for Early Prostate Cancer May Carry Heart Risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Because testosterone can help prostate tumors grow, men with prostate cancer are often given hormone-suppressing treatment.

Some Newborns Don't Get Heart Defect, Hearing Loss Tests

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some newborns in the United States still aren't getting screened for hearing loss or congenital heart disease, a new report shows.

Health Highlights: Aug. 25, 2017

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