More Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Fight Type 2 Diabetes

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prior research has suggested that weight-loss surgery might help people rid themselves of type 2 diabetes, and a new study finds that the effect might be long-lasting.

X-Rays, Other Scans Generally Safe in Pregnancy: Report

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Radiation from X-rays and other medical imaging tests doesn't seem to pose a risk to pregnant women or their fetuses when used properly, researchers report.

Treatments for Brain Cancer Take Heavy Toll on the Brain

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Radiation and chemotherapy can cause structural changes in the healthy brain tissue of patients with glioblastoma brain tumors, a new study finds.

West Nile Virus Most Common Mosquito-Borne Illness in U.S.

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- West Nile virus, which first appeared in the United States in 1999, continues to be the most common mosquito-borne illness in the country, federal health officials reported Thursday.

More High School Athletes Using 'Dip' and 'Chew,' CDC Finds

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High school athletes may be getting the message that cigarettes are bad for their health, but the same can't be said for smokeless tobacco, a new government report shows.

Research Spots Link Between Agent Orange, Blood Cancer in Vietnam Vets

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange have a more than doubled risk of developing abnormal blood cells that can become cancerous, a new study suggests.

Electrical Bursts to Pancreatic Cancer Cells May Help Fight Tumor

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Using tiny but powerful bursts of electricity to make holes in pancreatic cancer cells may improve survival rates for some patients, new research suggests.

Mentally Ill Inmates Prone to Violence After Release: Study

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prisoners with mental and substance-use disorders are more likely to commit violent crimes after their release than other inmates, a new study reveals.

Early Treatment With Flu Antivirals May Shorten Seniors' Hospital Stay

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early antiviral treatment for seniors with severe cases of the flu may shorten their hospital stay and reduce the need for extended care after discharge, a new government study finds.

One-Third of U.S. Kids With ADHD Diagnosed Before Age 6: Report

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost a third of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were diagnosed before the age of 6, even though there aren't many valid tests to support diagnosis in children that young, a new federal government report shows.

Needle-Exchange Program Curbed HIV Spread, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Sept. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A needle-exchange program in Washington, D.C., has prevented hundreds of new HIV infections, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Sept. 3, 2015

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

Health Tip: If Your Child Chooses Unhealthy Foods

(HealthDay News) -- If your child tends to prefer junk food over healthier fare, there are ways to break the habit.

Health Tip: Shoe Inserts May Help Pain

(HealthDay News) -- If your feet tilt inward or you have foot pain for another reason, shoe inserts may help tame discomfort.