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HealthDay News - February 12, 2016

Reliable Weight-Loss Programs May Be Hard to Find: Study

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people who need to lose a lot of weight, it might be tough to find a program in their community that meets nationally recommended guidelines for shedding pounds, researchers suggest.

Antidepressant Effexor Linked to Postpartum Bleeding in Study

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine) appears to increase a pregnant woman's risk of excess bleeding following labor, researchers say.

Study: Global Water Crisis Worse Than Thought

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Severe water scarcity affects at least two-thirds of the world's population, or about 4 billion people, according to a new study.

A Sneeze May Be Even Ickier Than You Thought

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you think your sneezes merely emit a delicate spray of tiny droplets into the space around you, think again.

Child Abuse Costs Nations Billions of Dollars a Year: Panel

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Child abuse costs nations worldwide billions of dollars a year, experts report.

5.5 Million Die Early From Air Pollution Worldwide

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Every year, poor air quality claims 5.5 million lives prematurely worldwide -- more than half of them in China and India, two of the world's fastest-growing economies, according to new research.

Uncorrected Eye Problem Linked to Learning Issues for Preschoolers

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preschool children with uncorrected farsightedness are at risk for literacy problems, new research suggests.

Could a Lung Cancer Drug Work Better With Coke?

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with the leading form of lung cancer may be able to look to Coca-Cola Classic to solve a common medicinal challenge, new research suggests.

Study Ties Parents' Criticism to Persistent ADHD in Kids

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Constant criticism from parents reduces the likelihood that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will have fewer symptoms by the time they reach their teens, a new study suggests.

Women With Asthma May Be Prone to Fertility Problems: Study

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with asthma may take longer to get pregnant and have a lower pregnancy rate than those without the lung disease, new research suggests.

Another STD Spurs Concern

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's yet another sexually transmitted infection that doctors and patients need to watch out for -- Mycoplasma genitalium.

Gene Discovery Could Point to New Lyme Disease Test: Study

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A distinctive genetic signature in people with Lyme disease could lead to new ways to diagnose the illness, scientists report.

Researchers Probe Colombia's Claim of No Birth Defects Linked to Zika

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At first glance, it seems like a small ray of hope in the ongoing Zika epidemic hitting Latin America.

Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 2016

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

Health Tip: Set up a Safe Changing Table

(HealthDay News) -- While it may be easier to change a baby's diaper while up high on a changing table, there are risks with having baby at that height.

Health Tip: If You're a Diabetes Caregiver

(HealthDay News) -- Being a diabetes caregiver is a tough but rewarding job. Just like many responsibilities, it takes training and practice to do it well.