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4 Your Health: free your sneeze; popularity of sleep apps; home health visits for kids

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Home visit programs could help prevent childhood obesity.

That's according to a new Yale University study of over 150 first time mothers. The women got regular visits from a nurse,or social worker during pregnancy, and during their babies' infant years. These children were about six times less likely to be obese by the age of two than kids who did not get home visits. 

Sleep apps for the wealthy

Smartphone apps that track sleep habits are growing in popularity, especially among the healthiest and wealthiest Americans.

A new survey shows people who make over $75,000 a year were most likely to use sleep apps. Sleep app users also tended to have between 16 and 25 other health apps on their phones.

Don't stifle your sneezes

The warning comes from ER doctors in Great Britain after treating a man who ruptured the back of his throat. It happened when he pinched his nose and clamped his mouth shut during a forceful sneeze. The man was hospitalized for seven days until the swelling and pain subsided.

Experts said throat rupture is rare but it's best not to stop a sneeze. And when you do, always cover your mouth. 

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