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Health Highlights: Oct. 19, 2020

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

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What's Best for Treating Bipolar Disorder?

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Combining medication with group or family-based therapy gives patients struggling with bipolar disorder their best shot at...

In Medieval Times, Plagues 'Sped Up' With Each New Outbreak

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Medieval plague outbreaks in England picked up frightening speed in the 17th century, Canadian researchers report.

Microplastics Are Seeping Out of Baby's Bottle, Study Shows

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- New parents preparing a bottle for their baby should know the infant may ingest unwanted microplastics along with the nour...

What You Need to Know About Your Colon Cancer Risk

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Early diagnosis of colon cancer is crucial to improve a patient's chance of survival, an expert says.

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Reopened Schools in New York City Not Seeing COVID Case Spikes

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Three weeks after becoming the first big urban area to reopen public schools since the pandemic began, New York City is

Newer Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Help Ease Tough-to-Treat Cases

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A recently approved rheumatoid arthritis medication appears to be an effective second-line therapy when biologic treatment...

Staying Social Can Boost Healthy 'Gray Matter' in Aging Brains

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who get together with friends, volunteer or go to classes have healthier brains, which could help them ward o...

AHA News: Persimmons Pack Plenty of Nutritional Punch

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Persimmons are low in calories and high in fiber – a combination that makes them a good choice for ...

Big Babies May Face Higher Lifelong A-Fib Risk

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Parents are usually pleased when their newborn seems big and strong, but new research suggests that large babies may be at...

Swine Coronavirus Could Jump to People, Researchers Warn

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A coronavirus strain that has plagued the swine industry in recent years may have the ability to spread to people, researc...