Mammogram Guidelines Still Beget Confusion

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The rules used to be simple.

A Little Pain, a Life Saved

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Sara Fought started getting mammograms at age 38, a couple of years earlier than recommended by the American Cancer Society.

Health Tip: Help Keep Feet Healthy

(HealthDay News) -- Your feet have a weighty responsibility, so treat them right to help keep them healthy.

Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Tetanus?

(HealthDay News) -- Tetanus infection can result from exposure to a life-threatening bacteria found in soil. It can enter the body through an open wound, blocking signals from the spinal cord that help control the muscles.

Breast-Feeding Less Common for Black Moms

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Black mothers in the United States are less likely to breast-feed their babies than other moms, and many cite a personal preference for the bottle as the primary reason, new research finds.

Bacteria Identified as New Foe for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links flare-ups of cystic fibrosis to a chronic bacterial infection, a finding that could give physicians new insight into the disease and offer a new target for medication.

Chronic Kidney Disease Might Affect Hearing

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News)-- A new study finds that older people with moderate chronic kidney disease are more likely than others their age to develop hearing loss.

Fat Cells Grow Differently in Belly Vs. Bottom

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Differences in the way body fat grows may explain why increased belly fat appears to boost the risk for certain diseases while extra pounds on the thighs and other parts of the lower body decrease the risk, a new study suggests.

More Americans Drinking More Alcohol

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Alcohol consumption is on the rise in the United States due to a number of factors, including social, economic and ethnic influences and pressures, a new study has found.

Trans Fats While Breast-Feeding May Plump Up Baby

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-fed babies are much more likely to put on excess body fat if their mother's diet is high in trans fats, finds a new study.

Motorcycles Safer Than All-Terrain Vehicles in Off-Road Crashes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Off-road motorcycles are safer than four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in riding and racing crashes on trails, sand dunes and other rough terrain, a new, large-scale study shows.

Research Suggests How Brain Compensates in the Blind

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Blind people use the visual part of their brain to heighten their senses of touch and hearing, new research has found.

Workplace Noise Tied to Heart Disease Risk

TUESDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Persistent, loud noise in the workplace more than doubles the risk for heart disease, Canadian researchers say.

Doctors' Weight Loss Talks Better When Empathetic

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- American doctors spend a lot of time discussing diet and weight with their patients, but it has little effect unless doctors have the right communication style, a new study finds.

Drink or Two a Week While Pregnant Might Not Harm Baby: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Having one to two drinks a week during pregnancy may not actually harm a developing fetus, new research suggests.

Health Highlights: Oct. 6, 2010

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

Clinical Trials Update: Oct. 6, 2010

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

Heartburn Drugs, Plavix Seem Safe to Take Together

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Heartburn drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors can safely be taken with the blood thinner Plavix, a new study indicates.

Once-Promising Heart Failure Drug Fails in Trial

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- A new experimental drug for treating patients who have acute heart failure plus kidney failure did not show any overall benefit, indicating that the future of this particular drug, called rolofylline, is over.