Genes Beat Family, Teachers for Academic Success, Study Suggests
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to factors affecting children's school performance, DNA may trump home life or teachers, a new British study finds.
Gut Bacteria Shift Quickly After Changes in Diet, Study Shows
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- If you were to switch from vegetarianism to meat-eating, or vice-versa, chances are the composition of your gut bacteria would also undergo a big change, a new study suggests.
Will Music Make Your Child Smarter?
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- If Johnny doesn't take to the violin, don't fret. A new study challenges the widely held belief that music lessons can help boost children's intelligence.
New Flu Vaccine May Provide More Protection to Kids
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A vaccine that protects children against four strains of flu may be more effective than the usual three-strain vaccine, a new study suggests.
Chemo for Advanced Breast Cancer Might Be Enough
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- After chemotherapy, surgery and radiation to treat the original tumor might not benefit women with advanced breast cancer, a new study shows.
Even Mild Hits to the Head Might Harm the Brain, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- As more research focuses on the damage concussions can cause, scientists now report that even mild blows to the head might affect memory and thinking.
Brain Injuries Tied to PTSD in Marines
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Active-duty Marines who suffer a traumatic brain injury face significantly higher risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study.
Psychiatrists Less Likely to Accept Health Insurance, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Psychiatrists are less likely than other doctors to accept insurance, which reduces the number of patients who have access to mental health care, a new study suggests.
Health Plan Enrollment Gains Ground in November
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Many more Americans signed up for a health plan in November than in the troubled first month of open enrollment through the new state and federal marketplaces created as part of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government reported Wednesday.
New Treatment for Aggressive Breast Cancer Shows Some Promise
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Women with aggressive breast cancer who receive combination targeted therapy with chemotherapy prior to surgery have a slightly improved chance of staying cancer-free, researchers say.
Probiotics Don't Prevent Childhood Asthma, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Probiotics -- friendly bacteria found in supplements and some yogurts -- don't prevent childhood asthma, but they may provide other health benefits, according to a new study.
FDA to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- As experts continue to sound alarm bells about the rising resistance of microbes to antibiotics used by humans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced it was curbing the use of the drugs in livestock nationwide.
Faster-Breeding Cockroach Taking Over in Southwestern U.S.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Most people who find a cockroach in their home won't stop to determine its species, but, just for the record, the Turkestan cockroach is rapidly gaining a foothold in the southwestern United States.
Dangerous Bacteria Can Lurk Inside Nose, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially harmful staph bacteria can lurk deep inside the nose, a small new study finds.
New Look at Past Studies Highlights Importance of Mammograms
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Often-conflicting results from studies on the value of routine mammography have only fueled the debate about how often women should get a mammogram and at what age they should start.
Health Highlights: Dec. 11, 2013
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Kids' Social Skills May Suffer When Mothers Drink During Pregnancy
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are exposed to alcohol before they are born are more likely to have problems with their social skills, according to new research.
'Obamacare' Helping Young Adults Get Health Insurance: Report
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- More young adults have health insurance now than three years ago. And many of them are getting that coverage under a provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows them to stay on their parents' health policies until they turn 26, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.
Health Tip: Go Easy on the Gravy
(HealthDay News) -- Gravy makes a savory addition to your favorite holiday foods, but it can pack a lot of unhealthy fat.
Health Tip: Relax During the Holidays
(HealthDay News) -- You may be overwhelmed with holiday stress, leaving you little energy to enjoy the season.
Obesity May Be Hard on Your Hearing, Study Says
TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Listen up: Being obese, especially if you carry those extra pounds around your waist, might be linked to hearing loss, a new study suggests.