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September 15, 2017

Hidden Gems in Your Health Insurance Plan

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might only think about your health insurance coverage when it's time for a doctor visit. But there may be many hidden health gems in your policy -- wellness programs.

Health Tip: Overcoming the Obesity Epidemic

(HealthDay News) -- Your chances of becoming obese are only made worse if you're a chronic couch potato.

Heath Tip: Dining Out If You Have Diabetes

(HealthDay News) -- For people who manage diabetes with insulin, eating out can be a source of stress due to the risks of fluctuating blood sugar.

Suicidal Thoughts More Common for Transgender Youth

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender youth are more likely to have suicidal thoughts, a new study finds.

Nearly 25 Million U.S. Workers Now Have High-Deductible Health Plans

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American workers with high-deductible health insurance plans rose by 3.2 percent in 2016 -- reaching 24.8 million, new research reports.

Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who develop pre-eclampsia earlier in pregnancy may be at increased risk for heart problems soon after giving birth, a new study finds.

State Laws Have Big Impact on Kids' Gun Injuries

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gun violence is more common among teens living in cities while youths in rural areas are more likely to be involved in gun-related accidents, according to new research.

Parents Getting Better at Using Car Seats Safely

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents are doing a better job of properly positioning infants and toddlers in their car seats, but older kids aren't always safely seated, a new study reports.

Young Kids With Cellphones Face a Hidden Risk

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cyberbullying starts early, and 8- and 9-year-olds with cellphones are especially vulnerable, new research finds.

Joining Your Kid on That Playground Slide? Think Again

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's a slippery slope to injury.

Increasing Salt Intake Tied to Diabetes Risk

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of salt consumption may increase an adult's risk of developing diabetes, researchers say.

Smoking, Poor Diet Lead Global Death Causes

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco caused 7.1 million deaths worldwide in 2016, and poor diet was associated with 1 in 5 deaths, according to a new report.

Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure?

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You probably already know that certain healthy lifestyle behaviors can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, but is any one behavior more important than the others?

More U.S. Kids Landing in ER With Opioid Addiction

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of children and teens are turning up in U.S. emergency departments dependent on opioids -- including prescription painkillers and heroin, a new study finds.

Surgery Can Be Trigger for Teen Opioid Abuse

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who have surgery may be at increased risk for opioid painkiller abuse, a new study indicates.

Golf Carts' Use Is Spreading, and So Is Danger to Kids

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Golf carts aren't just for golfers anymore, and their widening use means injuries for kids who want to give the vehicles a whirl, new research shows.

Skin Patch Shrinks 'Love Handles' -- in Mice

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine using a medicated skin patch to burn off areas of unwanted fat, including those "love handles."

When Hurricanes Strike, People Aren't the Only Victims

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Judi Hudek and David Clevinger braved Hurricane Irma at a friend's home in Florida rather than a shelter for one reason -- their three cats.

Health Highlights: Sept. 15, 2017

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

Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant Puts Lupus Center Stage

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When pop star Selena Gomez revealed Thursday that she had a kidney transplant, she put the autoimmune disease lupus in the spotlight.

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