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HealthDay News - September 11, 2017

The Health Risks of Long Work Weeks

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A 40-hour work week may seem normal to some and like a vacation to others. But a study in the American Journal of Industrial Medicineshows that consistently surpassing this standard can be detrimental to your health.

Regular Weigh-Ins May Help Prevent College Weight Gain

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- No one likes looking at their weight on a scale every day, but that may be just the trick that college students need to ward off the dreaded "Freshman 15," a new study suggests.

Heath Tip: Myths About the Aging Brain

(HealthDay News) -- Scientists are uncovering new information about the human brain every day.

Heath Tip: Getting Rid of Head Lice

(HealthDay News) -- Head lice infections are common among school-age children, but with the proper treatment, you can get rid of both the bugs and their nits (eggs).

8 Ways College Women Can Protect Their Health

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The start of college means it's time for young women to take charge of their health.

Managing Pain Can Be a Puzzle After Breast Cancer

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who take opioid painkillers are more likely to discontinue an important hormone treatment that helps ensure their survival, researchers report.

Immune-Focused Drug May Be New Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that Opdivo -- a drug that works with the immune system to fight melanoma -- is more effective than the current standard of care for patients who've had surgery to remove advanced tumors.

Lupus Hits Certain Groups Harder

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There are significant ethnic and racial disparities in the rates of lupus in the United States, two new studies report.

State Laws Curb Kids' Injuries Tied to Off-Road Vehicles

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A strict new law on the use of off-road vehicles by children in Massachusetts is likely behind a drop in related ER visits by kids, a new study says.

Health Highlights: Sept. 11, 2017

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

Take a Stand Against Sitting Too Much

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Days spent sitting for hours may increase your risk for an early death no matter how much you exercise, researchers say.

'Healthy' Obese Still Face Higher Heart Risks

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people face an increased risk of heart disease, even if they are free of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a large new study suggests.

Does Study Claim a Cure? Beware of Scientific 'Spin'

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Take with a grain of salt any flashy reports from clinical trials boasting groundbreaking results, a new scientific review warns.

Do E-Cigarettes Damage Blood Vessels?

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nicotine in e-cigarettes may cause stiffened arteries, which can lead to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a small Swedish study suggests.

People Picking Up Infection From Pet Store Puppies' Poop: CDC

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bacterial infections that have sickened 39 people in seven states have been linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain, U.S. health officials say.