Misdiagnoses Common Among U.S. Outpatients: Review

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- At least 5 percent of American adults -- 12 million people -- are misdiagnosed in outpatient settings every year, and half of these errors could be harmful, a new study indicates.

Leeches Help Save Woman's Ear After Pit Bull Mauling

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A savage pit bull attack results in the total dismembering of a teenage girl's ear. And though the ear remains fully intact, complications during the initial reattachment process raise the real risk she could lose her ear forever.

Free Drug Samples for Doctors Might Prove Costly for Patients

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dermatologists who receive free drug samples are more likely to give their patients prescriptions for expensive medicines, a new study says.

Experimental Measles Drug Shows Promise in Animal Trials

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have successfully tested in animals a new drug that might one day protect people infected with measles from getting sick, according to a new report.

Cancer 'Vaccine' for Advanced Disease Passes Early Hurdle

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report early progress in developing a treatment that might one day help the immune system defend itself against cancer.

Crunchy or Smooth? Food's Texture May Sway Perception of Calories

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Creamy butter or ice cream versus a crunchy granola bar: A new study suggests that the texture of foods influences people's dieting choices.

Health Highlights: April 16, 2014

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

Yoga Big on West Coast, Chiropractors Popular in Midwest

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains.

Health Tip: Use a Safe Stroller

(HealthDay News) -- Before taking baby for a walk, make sure your stroller is safe and your baby is well protected.

Health Tip: Preventing Stairway Falls

(HealthDay News) -- Stairways and falling down seem to go hand-in-hand, but there are things you can do to help keep you on your toes.