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HealthDay News - June 28, 2017

Antibiotics Improve Treatment of Skin Abscesses

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research might change the way doctors treat skin abscesses in children and adults, medical experts say.

Even at Low Levels, Dirty Air Raises Death Risk for U.S. Seniors

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may shorten the lives of American seniors, even in areas where levels fall below national safety standards, new research indicates.

Can You Recognize the Signs of Skin Cancer?

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With skin cancer the most common type of cancer in the United States, you should learn to spot its early signs, a cancer doctor says.

Electric Brain Stimulation No Better Than Meds For Depression: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For people who battle depression and can't find relief, stimulating the brain with electric impulses may help. But a new study by Brazilian researchers says it's still no better than antidepressant medication.

Heavy Teens May Be Setting Themselves Up for a Stroke

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As more young adults are hospitalized for stroke each year in the United States, new research from Sweden hints at a reason why: Teens who become overweight during adolescence appear to face a higher stroke risk later.

New Microscope Scans Breast Tumors During Surgery

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new microscope could help surgeons remove breast tumors completely, reducing the number of women who must undergo repeat surgeries to remove cancer cells that were missed the first time.

Obamacare May Have Slashed Cardiac Arrest Rate in Oregon

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A dramatic decrease in often-fatal cardiac arrest has occurred among Oregon residents who gained access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports.

Tattoo Remorse? What You Need to Know About Erasing Your Ink

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Perhaps your neon forearm tattoo with the name of your high school girlfriend wasn't your brightest move ever.

Poor Sleep May Worsen Suicidal Thoughts

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep problems may provide early clues about worsening suicidal thoughts in at-risk young adults as well as a potential way to intervene, a new study suggests.

Wider Smiles Aren't the Most Pleasing

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Less is probably more when it comes to a convincing smile, a new study finds.

More Summer Sun Equals More Greenland Ice Melt: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Decreasing cloud cover in summertime over the last 20 years is causing the Greenland ice sheet to melt much more rapidly, new research shows.

Can an Aspirin a Day Keep a Pregnancy Complication Away?

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Something as simple as taking a low-dose aspirin every day may protect pregnant women from the life-threatening condition known as preeclampsia, new research suggests.

Popular Heartburn Meds Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs used to treat acid reflux and ulcers don't appear to boost the risk of dementia, as has been previously suspected, new research suggests.

Community Intervention May Aid Fight Against Childhood Obesity

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It has been said it takes a village to raise a child. Now, a new study suggests that it might take a community to achieve modest reductions in obesity rates among U.S. children.

Getting Kids in the Habit of Healthy Eating

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to help your kids make healthy food choices when you're not with them? Make every meal at home a lesson in good nutrition.

3 Simple Steps Might Reduce Opioid OD Deaths

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In 2015, America's opioid epidemic took the lives of more than 33,000 people, but three simple steps might cut that number by about a third, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: June 28, 2017

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

Health Tip: Manage Dry Mouth

(HealthDay News) -- Poor saliva production can lead to a dry, sticky sensation that can affect speech, chewing and swallowing.

Health Tip: Exercise to Manage Knee Pain

(HealthDay News) -- When your knees hurt, you may be tempted to rest instead of exercise. But regular exercise can help strengthen your knees and ease pain.