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HealthDay News - August 31, 2017

Need Help Getting Organized?

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you accumulate all kinds of "stuff" and have a hard time getting rid of things that you really don't need?

Calcium in Arteries May Best Predict Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with no calcium buildup in their arteries seem to have a significantly lower risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Prepare for Your Child's Dental Procedure

(HealthDay News) -- The American Dental Association suggests you ask these questions of your dentist before your child's office procedure.

Health Tip: Identify Bullying

(HealthDay News) -- As the school year starts, it is important for parents to recognize the signs of bullying.

Chronic Illness Can Plunge Young Adults Into Despair

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults with chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes are more than three times as likely to try to kill themselves as their healthy peers, a new Canadian study suggests.

Brain Scans Offer Clues to Why Some Teens Pile on Pounds

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How come some people can just walk on by a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, while others grab a handful as they pass?

Eating Feeds 'Feel Good' Hormones in the Brain

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating prompts the brain to release "feel good" hormones, known as endorphins, a new study shows.

Play It Smart: Stay in School for a Healthier Heart

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Higher education has been linked to better jobs, greater pay and, now, even a healthier heart.

New Clues to Why Yawns Are Contagious

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The "contagiousness" of yawns may be rooted in primitive brain reflexes, British researchers report.

6 in 10 of America's Single Guys 'Take Responsibility' for Contraception

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About six in 10 sexually active single men in the United States are taking responsibility for birth control, government health officials say.

E-Cigs May Help Smokers Quit, But …

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarettes can help smokers quit, but only if they discard tobacco in favor of vaping nearly every day, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Aug. 31, 2017

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

Will Climate Change Bring More Highway Deaths?

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's roads may become more dangerous as an unexpected consequence of climate change, a new study suggests.

New Hope From Old Drugs in Fight Against Parkinson's

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found early hints that compounds in certain asthma drugs might be able to combat Parkinson's disease.

U.S. Obesity Rate Holding Steady, but Still High

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity rates in the United States appear to be leveling off, but Americans shouldn't think the battle of the bulge is won, health advocates say.

Fentanyl Drives Rise in Opioid-Linked Deaths in U.S.

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic, is a key player in America's continuing epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths, two new studies report.