HealthDay News - September 25, 2018

The Physician Assistant Will See You Now

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One of the key members of your health-care team might not be a doctor or a nurse, but a physician assistant.

Health Tip: Let Kids Play

(HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise has plenty of benefits for kids, too, the American Heart Association says.

Health Tip: Protect Your Pet in Cold Weather

(HealthDay News) -- Prepare for cold winter weather by making sure your pet has had a vet visit in the past year and that you are aware of all potential medical problems.

Breast Cancer Treatment Adherence Rates Vary by Race

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Black women are more likely than white women to skip important hormonal breast cancer treatments, new research indicates.

Exercise May Delay Rare Form of Alzheimer's

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise might delay a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Scientists Developing Blood Test for Drowsy Driving

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Here's a welcome alert: Scientists say they're inching closer to a blood test for drowsy driving.

Short Bout of Exercise Might Boost Your Memory

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Just a little bit of light exercise can immediately improve a person's memory, new Japanese research suggests.

Overweight in Pregnancy? Here's How to Keep Excess Pounds at Bay

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Heather Kinion never spent much time thinking about her weight. But when she got pregnant, that changed.

Genes May Control How Tough It Is to Stop Drinking

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When they give up booze, some alcoholics have more severe withdrawal symptoms than others. This discrepancy may come down to genetics, researchers say.

Consumer Reports Says Warnings About Tainted Beef Don't Go Far Enough

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- To avoid possible E. coli infection, check your freezer and toss out any ground beef bought in the United States between June 21 and July 11, food safety advocates advise.

Health Highlights: Sept. 25, 2018

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

Experimental Vaccine Shows Promise in Preventing TB

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tuberculosis remains the most lethal of infectious diseases worldwide, killing more than 1.6 million people a year. But researchers say a new vaccine might prevent half of full-blown illnesses in infected people who receive the shot.

Antibiotics May Cure Appendicitis -- No Operation Needed

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're suffering from acute appendicitis, you might be successfully treated with antibiotics and never need an operation to remove your appendix, Finnish researchers report.

Health Insurance Companies Are Prime Targets for Hackers

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hackers are targeting medical record data more than ever, and their most rewarding prey appears to be health insurance companies, a new study suggests.

Number of Infants Born With Syphilis Reaches 20-Year High: CDC

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of newborns suffering from syphilis has nearly tripled in recent years, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.