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October 23, 2015

Health Tip: Plan for a Healthier Lifestyle

(HealthDay News) --If you want to change to a healthier lifestyle, a series of small steps each day will help you reach your goal.

Health Tip: Talking to Your Child About Safety

(HealthDay News) -- Keeping an open, honest line of communication is among the best ways to keep your child safe from strangers and familiar adults who might do the child harm.

When Anxiety Silences a Child

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- It's a little-known anxiety disorder that renders one in every 150 children speechless in certain situations.

Celiac Disease Doesn't Seem to Boost Dementia Risk: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having celiac disease does not appear to increase your risk of dementia, a new study finds.

The Long and (Financial) Short of Fixing Leg Length Differences

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The type of surgery used to correct significant leg length differences in children can affect the patient's income as an adult, a new study suggests.

Health Food Stores Urge Supplements to Underage Teens: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many health food store employees recommend muscle-building supplements to teens, even though doctors warn the products should not be used by anyone younger than 18, a new study says.

Doctors Key to Stopping Child Hunger

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians should screen all children to determine if they're getting enough to eat, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in a new policy statement.

Furry Friends May Be Stress Relievers for Kids With Cancer

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For kids battling cancer, relief from the stress of their situation may come on four legs, a new study shows.

Bullied Teens Face Roadblocks to Mental Health Services

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-third of American teens are bullied, but fewer than a quarter of them get mental health help, a new study indicates.

Study Refutes Notion That Obese Fare Better Against Chronic Ills

THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientific debate continues to simmer over the so-called "obesity paradox" -- the apparent ability of obese or overweight people to better withstand chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or heart disease, and outlive thinner people with those same maladies.

Brain Chemistry May Change to Cope With Pain

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Brain chemistry may change to help people tolerate arthritis pain, a small study suggests.

Paintball, BB Guns Can Severely Injure Kids, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Paintball, airsoft and BB guns are often considered harmless, but a new study confirms that the guns can cause severe, sometimes life-threatening injuries in children.

Health Highlights: Oct. 23, 2015

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

Illnesses, Deaths Spur FDA Warning on Hepatitis C Drugs

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Reports of deaths and illnesses occurring soon after use are prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue warnings on two drugs used to fight the hepatitis C virus.

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