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July 24, 2015

Health Tip: Test Your Home for Radon

(HealthDay News) -- Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can trigger lung cancer as it seeps inside a home through cracks in the floor or walls.

Health Tip: Know the Dangers of Mold

(HealthDay News) -- Mold growing inside your home can cause serious, even deadly, allergic reactions.

High School Band Classes May Boost Teen Brains

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Music training improves teens' hearing and language skills, a new study says.

Well-Off, Active, Over 50? You May Be at Higher Risk for Problem Drinking

THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Are you over 50, making a good income, physically healthy and active? A new British study suggests you might need to be wary of one potential downside: a higher risk for excessive, problem drinking.

Certain Generic Meds May Help Older Patients With Early Breast Cancer

THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's more evidence that two classes of inexpensive generic drugs reduce the risk of death in postmenopausal women with early breast cancer, a pair of new British studies find.

New Gene Test Speeds Diagnosis of Stomach Bug That Strikes Kids

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have developed a genetic test to quickly detect a respiratory virus that sickened a record number of American children last year.

Dementia Risk May Be Dropping With Generations

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that people born after 1930 may have a lower risk of developing dementia than the generation before them, adding to evidence that the incidence of dementia may be declining in the United States and elsewhere.

Medical Marijuana May Pose Risk to Teens, Study Suggests

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who have legal permission to use medical marijuana are 10 times more likely to say they're addicted than those who get the drug illegally, a new study shows.

Health Highlights: July 24, 2015

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

Test to Differentiate HIV Viruses Approved

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new diagnostic to differentiate between strains of the AIDS-causing virus has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

FDA Wants to Strengthen Sugar Labeling

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday it wants food labels to include more information about how much added sugar is in a product, so consumers can see more clearly how much extra sugar they are consuming every day.

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