Alcohol, Obesity Could Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking plus being overweight may be a bad combo when it comes to risks for the two most common types of esophageal cancer, a new report warns.

 'Ppl, I Have Breast Cancer'

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who communicated via social media after a breast cancer diagnosis and received information and/or support about treatment approaches were happier with their ultimate decisions, a new study finds.

 Could Slight Brain Zap During Sleep Boost Memory?

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulating a targeted area of the brain with small doses of weak electricity while you sleep may enhance your ability to remember what you learned the night before, new research finds.

 Are Unemployed Husbands Fueling Divorce Rates?

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to common belief, a new U.S. study suggests that women's growing role in the workforce is not a major factor in divorce. But a husband's ability to keep a full-time job might be.

 Adlyxin Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adlyxin (lixisenatide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat type 2 diabetes in adults, the agency said Thursday in a news release.

 Florida Investigates 2 More Possible Cases of Zika Virus Local Transmission

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Florida health officials are investigating two more unexplained cases of Zika infection, bringing to four the number of cases that don't seem to be related to travel to countries where the virus is circulating.

 What Happens When You're Hypnotized?

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Skeptics view hypnosis as a little-understood parlor trick, but a new study reveals real changes occur in the brain when a person enters an hypnotic state.

 Is It Flu, or Is It Valley Fever?

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Early diagnosis of a potentially fatal fungal infection called valley fever can help patients, but too many are misdiagnosed, experts say.

 Vision Trouble Can Dim Life's Prospects

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with vision problems may face a higher risk of unemployment, poverty and mental health problems, a new British study suggests.

 Space Travel May Pose Risks to Heart

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Former Apollo astronauts have up to five times the rate of heart-related deaths that their Earth-bound peers do, a new study shows.

 Deep Brain Stimulation Tested for Early Alzheimer's

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deep brain stimulation appears safe for people with early Alzheimer's disease -- and might even slow down memory loss in some, a preliminary study suggests.

 Health Highlights: July 28, 2016

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

 Health Tip: Keep Kitchen Surfaces Clean

(HealthDay News) -- A clean kitchen is a healthy kitchen, so make sure your countertops, cutting boards and other surfaces are clean and bacteria-free.

 Health Tip: Choosing a Pregnancy Pillow

(HealthDay News) -- Sleeping comfortably can be a struggle during pregnancy, especially in the later months. A special pregnancy pillow may help you get a better night's rest.

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 Hour of Exercise a Day May Offset Sitting's Toll on Health

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Just one hour of physical activity a day -- something as simple as a brisk walk or a bicycle ride -- may undo the increased risk of early death that comes with sitting eight hours or more on a daily basis, a new study suggests.

 Family Lifestyles May Be as Important to Health as Genes

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Shared lifestyles and surroundings may play as strong a role as genes in diseases that run in families, a new study indicates.

 Zika Now Tied to Miscarriage

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dutch researchers are reporting a case of miscarriage tied to maternal infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

 Quitting Smoking While Pregnant: What Works

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Use of nicotine patches or the drug Zyban helps pregnant women quit smoking before and after they give birth, a new study says.

 Sharing Drug 'Snorting Straws' Spreads Hepatitis C

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sharing straws to snort opioids is a major cause of hepatitis C infection, a new study finds.

 Is Pot Harder on the Heart Than Tobacco?

WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot might harm your heart health and that of the people around you -- perhaps even more than cigarettes, a new animal study suggests.