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HealthDay News - August 17, 2017

Could Urban Lighting Raise Breast Cancer Risk for Some Women?

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research reveals an unexpected potential risk factor for breast cancer: city lights.

Voters in Counties With Worse Life Expectancy Turned to Trump in Election

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Offering another take on the forces behind the last presidential election, a new study reveals a link between living in an area where life expectancy is lower and voting for Donald Trump.

New Treatment Approved for Deadly Blood Cancer

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration on Thursday approved the anti-cancer drug Besponsa (inotuzumab ozogamicin) to treat B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

High-Cal Foods May Raise Cancer Risk in Women, Even Without Weight Gain

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who eat a lot of high-calorie foods may face a slightly higher risk of obesity-related cancers -- even if they remain thin, a new study suggests.

6 Out of 7 Teens Slip Up on Contact Lens Guidelines: CDC

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 6 out of 7 U.S. teens with contact lenses use them improperly, upping their odds for serious eye infections, government health officials say.

Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered Survival

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who choose alternative medicine over traditional cancer treatments for curable cancers have a higher risk of dying early, researchers report.

Virtual House Calls for Speedy, Effective Parkinson's Care

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parkinson's disease patients get as much benefit from seeing a neurologist via home video conference as from seeing a local doctor in person, a new study reports.

TV Binge-Watching May Leave You Like 'The Walking Dead'

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Binge-watch a full season of your favorite television series and a night of bad sleep is bound to follow, new research suggests.

Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mom was right -- eating breakfast really is important.

Which Heart Bypass Surgery Works Best?

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Five years after heart bypass surgery, patients whose operation was done using a heart-lung pump lived longer than those whose surgeons didn't use the device, a new study finds.

Nurses Learn How to Get Patients to Say 'Yes' to Blood Thinners

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Online training for nurses increased hospital patients' use of medication that can prevent potentially deadly blood clots, a new study reveals.

4 Ways to Jazz Up Your Salad

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Salads are a diet staple for good reason -- they're low calorie and filling.

Health Highlights: Aug. 17, 2017

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

Health Tip: Throwing Out Leftover Medicine

(HealthDay News) --If your medicine cabinet is chock-full of expired or unneeded medications, you can throw them out properly without endangering your family or harming the environment.

'Herd Immunity' May Be Curbing U.S. Zika Numbers

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Zika infections has dropped dramatically in Florida this summer, and scientists say herd immunity may be the reason why.

Nearly 4 Million Worldwide Die Each Year From Asthma, COPD

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two major chronic lung diseases -- asthma and COPD -- kill nearly 4 million people worldwide annually, a new report finds.

Health Tip: Recognize Youth Violence

(HealthDay News) -- The upcoming school year casts a spotlight over the longstanding problem of youth violence, most commonly bullying. Its effects can last well into adulthood.