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December 17, 2015

Health Tip: Understanding Your Baby's Vision

(HealthDay News) -- A baby's vision matures during the infant's first year.

Health Tip: Stave Off the Holiday Blues

(HealthDay News) -- The long to-do lists and busy schedules of the holidays are sources of anxiety and depression for some people.

Toothlessness a Clue to Deadly Heart Disease?

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Toothless heart disease patients are nearly twice as likely to die as those who have all their teeth, a new study suggests.

Parents Keep Too Tight a Leash on Teens' Health Care: Survey

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too much parental involvement means that many American teens aren't learning how to manage their own health care, new survey results suggest.

Horror Films Really Can Curdle Your Blood

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scary movies really are blood-curdling, researchers report.

More Than Half of U.S. States Not Well Prepared for Disease Outbreaks: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of U.S. states are poorly prepared to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, a new report says.

Are British Teeth Really Worse Than American Teeth?

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although British teeth have long been a subject of satire in the United States, a new stereotype-busting study is giving the British a little something to smile about.

Annual Blood Test Might Help Prevent Deaths From Ovarian Cancer

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An annual blood test to screen postmenopausal women for ovarian cancer could reduce deaths from this killer by 20 percent, a large British trial suggests.

Deadline Extended for Obamacare Sign-Ups

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Citing heavy last-minute demand, U.S. health officials have extended the deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act that would take effect Jan. 1.

Are You a Secret Santa or a Grinch? Brain Scans May Tell

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you spend the Christmas season decking the halls and whistling Christmas tunes, or grumbling "bah humbug" at holiday-spirited passers-by may depend largely on a particular network of nerves in your brain, a small study suggests.

Type 2 Diabetes May Raise Dementia Risk, Especially in Women: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with type 2 diabetes may be at risk of developing a type of dementia resulting from damaged or blocked blood vessels to the brain, a new research review suggests.

Health Highlights: Dec. 17, 2015

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

More U.S. Kids Have Type 1 Diabetes, But Researchers Don't Know Why

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. kids living with type 1 diabetes has increased by almost 60 percent since 2002, and experts are not sure why.

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