Health Tip: Help Prevent Liver Spots

(HealthDay News) -- Those dark patches of skin known as liver spots usually don't indicate anything dangerous. A typical sign of aging, they have nothing to do with the liver.

Health Tip: Controlling Urinary Incontinence

(HealthDay News) -- Urinary incontinence is the inability to control the urge to urinate. It tends to become more of a problem as people age.

Women Experience More Chronic Pain Than Men, Research Finds

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic pain occurs more often, is more intense and lasts longer in women than in men, a pain expert reports.

Monitoring of Kidney Health Urged for Injection Drug Users

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Injection drug users, particularly those with HIV, need to be carefully monitored for poor kidney function and considered for medical treatments when appropriate, researchers report.

Docs Shying Away From Drug That May Prevent Prostate Cancer

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Even though a major study found that the drug finasteride could reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 25 percent, it is still not being widely prescribed for that purpose, Veterans Administration researchers report.

College Campuses See Rise in Cases of Severe Mental Illness

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- More cases of severe mental illness are being reported among college students than a decade ago, as more young people with mental health issues tackle a post-secondary education and are open to getting help when they need it, a new U.S. study shows.

Spanking Remains Common, Studies Show

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Spanking and other forms of corporal punishment are still common worldwide even though 24 countries have adopted bans on physical punishment since 1979, according to recent studies.

Stomach Reduction Surgery Via Mouth a U.S. First

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who performed a stomach reduction through a patient's mouth say it's the first time this type of surgery has been done in the United States.

Burning Candle at Both Ends Harmful?

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Less than four hours of sleep on five consecutive nights may affect the brain in a way similar to that of acute total sleep deprivation, a new study suggests.

'Baby Talk' May Play Key Role in Language Acquisition

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Experience, gender and personality appear to influence the "baby talk" parents use when interacting with their infants, say Japanese researchers.

Many Patients Say 'No' to Chocolate As Medicine

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) - It sounds like a great prescription, but a new study finds that many heart patients aren't all that sweet on using chocolate as medicine.

Stress Might Interfere With Conception

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Women may have a more difficult time becoming pregnant when they're feeling stressed, according to a new study that found women were less likely to conceive when they showed elevated levels of a stress-related substance called alpha-amylase.

Health Highlights: Aug. 12, 2010

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

Clinical Trials Update: Aug. 12, 2010

(HealthDay News) -- Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of

Bond With Dad May Play Role in Whether Men 'Stress Out'

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- How a man handles everyday stressors like traffic jams and work deadlines may depend, in part, on how he felt about his dad while growing up, new research suggests.

Lax Hand Washing Helps Drive Many Foodborne Illnesses

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Poor hand washing habits by food handlers and the contamination of food by animal feces are among the prime reasons Americans get sickened by foodborne germs, according to a new government report.

One Troubled Adult Child a Drag on Parents' Mental Health

THURSDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- It may be a cliché, but it's true: Parents never stop worrying about their children's troubles, even when they're all grown up.