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HealthDay News - September 06, 2017

Team Sports for Kids: A Winning Combo

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Team sports are a great way for kids to get exercise, make friends and have fun.

Health Tip: Prepare for a Hurricane

(HealthDay News) -- With hurricane season upon us, it's important to be prepared. The National Weather Service suggests how you can get ready:

Health Tip: Suggestions for New Moms

(HealthDay News) -- Being a new mom puts a lot of pressure on you and creates countless demands on your time.

Hate to Work Out? Your DNA May Be to Blame

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If a gym visit elicits more grimaces than grins, you might be genetically predisposed to dislike exercise, Dutch researchers suggest.

Put Flu Shot on the Back-to-School Checklist

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Annual flu vaccines are appropriate for everyone aged 6 months or older, the American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents.

Researchers Find Genes Linked to Preterm Birth

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've pinpointed gene areas linked with preterm birth -- and they said this could pave new ways to prevent the leading cause of death among children under age 5 worldwide.

Recession Took Toll on Health of Rural Young Blacks

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Great Recession of 2007-2009 may have hit black American teens in poor rural communities particularly hard, a new study suggests.

Smoking Bans Help Kids Breathe Easier

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking bans help protect the health of children's lungs, a new analysis shows.

Many Americans Getting Medical Care They Don't Need

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Unnecessary medical care is common in the United States, and a fear of malpractice seems to be a main driver for ordering unneeded tests and treatments, a new survey finds.

How a Bite of a Hot Dog Threatened -- and Saved -- a Boy's Life

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A 9-year-old boy in Turkey opened wide for a big bite of a tasty hot dog, but had no idea the simple act might almost kill him.

Harvey's Wrath Still Poses Risks to Children

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Safety measures must be a priority for children returning to Houston and other communities affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

New 'Biologic' Drug May Help Severe Asthma

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A "biologic" drug in development to treat severe asthma reduces the rate of serious attacks by about two-thirds compared to a placebo drug, according to preliminary research findings.

Health Highlights: Sept. 6, 2017

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

As Irma Aims for Florida, Residents Prepare for the Worst

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean early Wednesday, Florida residents rushed to gas stations and stores in preparation for the inevitability that the monster storm will soon take aim at their state.

Many Moisturizers Aren't What They Claim to Be

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many skin moisturizers that claim to be fragrance-free or hypoallergenic are not, and may aggravate skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema, a new study says.

Why Your Nose May Be Key to Parkinson's Risk

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Losing your sense of smell may be an early sign of an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests.

Long-Acting Inhaler May Help in Early Stage COPD, Too

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The inhaler medication Spiriva (tiotropium bromide) may help slow the progression of COPD if given in the early stages of the disease, a new study suggests.

'Cancer Pen' Could Help Surgeons Spot Tumor Cells in Seconds

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new "cancer pen" promises to help surgeons immediately detect and completely remove cancerous tumor tissue, without having to send samples off to a lab for testing while the patient languishes on the table.

Be Cautious Going Home After Hurricane Harvey

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As people return to flood-affected homes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they need to take precautions to stay safe and healthy, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) says.

Uptick in U.S. Stroke Deaths Sets Off Alarms: CDC

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Progress in preventing stroke deaths in the United States has stalled after 40 years of decline, and may even be reversing, government health officials say.