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HealthDay News - January 19, 2017

Many With Mental Illness Miss Out on HIV Tests

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with severe mental illness are only slightly more likely to be screened for HIV than those in the general population, a new study finds.

Food Stamp Use Linked to Raised Early Death Risk in Study

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who use or are eligible for food stamps have a higher risk of premature death than people who aren't eligible for them, a new study finds.

Brain-Training May Help Ease Ringing in the Ears

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An online program that "trains" the brain may help people cope with the constant ringing in the ears called tinnitus, a small study suggests.

Study Ties Inflammation, Gut Bacteria to Type 1 Diabetes

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with type 1 diabetes show changes in their digestive system that aren't seen in people who don't have the autoimmune disease, a new Italian study finds.

Genital Herpes Vaccine Shows Promise in Animal Trials

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new vaccine for genital herpes could be nearing human clinical trials, researchers say.

Abortions in Texas Dropped Dramatically After Restrictions

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A Texas law -- later declared unconstitutional -- that increased travel distances to abortion clinics in the state seems to have led to fewer abortions, a new study suggests.

U.S. Health Care Costs From Birth Defects Total Almost $23 Billion a Year

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About three of every 100 U.S. newborns have a serious birth defect, and health care costs tied to these difficulties total almost $23 billion annually, new research shows.

Skin Cancer Cream Linked to 5 Dog Deaths: FDA

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Five dogs have died from exposure to a skin cancer cream prescribed for people, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Truckers' Poor Health: An Accident Waiting to Happen?

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel and often eat less-than-healthy food at roadside stops. These behaviors can raise their risk of multiple health conditions, which boost their chances of getting into a crash, a new study suggests.

Nearly Half of U.S. Men Infected With HPV, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many American men are infected with the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), but unlike women, men are more likely to stay infected throughout their lives, a new study finds.

Most Cow's Milk Baby Formulas Don't Up Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although breast milk is still considered the best nutrition for babies, a new study suggests that most cow's milk formulas don't increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

17 Million U.S. Adults May Have Tough-to-Spot High Blood Pressure

THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You get your blood pressure checked at your doctor's office, and it reads in the normal range. You're fine, right?

Health Highlights: Jan. 19, 2017

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

Forward-Thinking Tips for Back Pain

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Back pain is common but not inevitable, an orthopedist says.

Know the Risks, Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women need to be aware their risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. Half of all cases affect women age 63 or older, according to specialists at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Health Tip: Don't Waste Food

(HealthDay News) -- Your mother always warned you against the evils of wasting food.

Health Tip: Help Young Athletes Avoid Malnutrition

(HealthDay News) -- Young athletes who push themselves too hard without getting the proper nourishment risk making themselves sick.