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July 29, 2014

Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting Lifespan

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The nutrients in fruits and vegetables are vital to good health and a long life, but only up to a point. Once you've hit five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, additional daily servings don't appear to boost longevity, a new research review suggests.

Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, new research finds.

Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the bite of a brown recluse spider is poisonous, these wounds usually heal well if left alone, an expert notes.

Dieting at Young Age Often Backfires, Study Says

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dieting at a young age might set the stage for harmful health habits, including eating disorders, according to new research.

Protect Your Eyes When Hitting the Pool

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chlorine helps keep pool water clean, but it can also make swimmers more likely to develop eye infections, doctors say.

Kids Will Pass on 'Healthy' Foods

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Want young children to embrace a more healthful diet?

Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The time at which heart attack patients arrive at the hospital may affect their chances for survival, new research suggests.

Wider Face May Give You an Edge in Negotiations

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Successful negotiations may depend on more than diplomacy. When it comes to negotiating, men with wider faces may have an advantage, according to a new study.

Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking is harder for people with depression, according to a new review.

It's 'Buyer Beware' for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA Says

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Decorative contact lenses may seem like a fun accessory, but if you're not careful, they can cause serious eye damage.

Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: Study

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When most children take on a task, various brain connections fire up. But scans showed less of this neuro-boosting activity in kids with autism, according to a small new study.

Health Highlights: July 29, 2014

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

'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Treating certain adult autism patients with just a single dose of the hormone oxytocin quickly improved their ability to judge facial expressions and emotions, Japanese researchers report.

Healthy Habits May Slow Cellular Signs of Aging, Study Finds

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise, a healthy diet and good sleep can protect the body against the negative effects of stress and slow down the aging process at a cellular level, researchers report.

Health Tip: Grill Fruits and Veggies

(HealthDay News) -- Want to enjoy some warm-weather grilling while eating food that's healthy? Grill up some fresh summer fruits and vegetables for a delicious twist to your menu.

Health Tip: Encourage Kids to Exercise

(HealthDay News) -- You know you need to get your kids off the couch for some exercise, but do you know why physical activity is so essential?