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Health Highlights: July 1, 2021

Health Highlights: July 1, 2021

Here's some of HealthDay's top stories for Thursday, July 1:

Sleep, exercise & your odds of a long life. New research shows that a history of poor sleep could shave life expectancy. But there was good news, too: regular exercise can counter the effect. Read more

Healthy diets can thwart cancer, but most don't follow one. A new study of 31,000 Americans finds the vast majority aren't eating in a way that could lower their odds for a variety of tumors. Read more

A new treatment for celiac disease? Sticking to a strict, gluten-free diet is the only way people with celiac disease can curb the illness. But an experimental drug appears to inhibit an enzyme that helps drive the condition. Read more

CDC stands behind 'no mask' guideline for vaccinated. Responding to the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, this week the World Health Organization and LA county reinstated masking advisories for all. But the CDC's director said Wednesday that masks are still not required for vaccinated Americans. Read more

Are 'designer babies' on the way? Already, fertility clinics are offering couples gene-based embryo selection that allows them to reject would-be offspring with certain traits. It could be a slippery slope, experts say. Read more

COVID & your pets. It's been well documented that household pets can contract the SARS-CoV-2 virus, even if it doesn't make them very sick. But a new study shows this human-to-pet transmission is common, especially for cats. Read more

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