Health Tip: Should You Take Probiotics?

(HealthDay News) -- Probiotics are micro-organisms designed to help manage digestive health. Manufacturers are now including them in everything from yogurt to granola bars, the American Gastroenterological Association says.

Health Tip: Before You Begin Breast-feeding

(HealthDay News) -- There's no doubt that breast-feeding benefits baby in ways that bottled formula can't, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Breast milk is unrivaled in nutritional benefit and in its ability to help prevent infection.

Peer Support May Bring Better Control of Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Pairing people with diabetes who are struggling to control their blood sugar levels with their peers for weekly support sessions could be an effective and inexpensive way to help manage the disease, researchers say.

People With Anorexia May Risk Serious Eye Damage

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- People with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa may be at risk for potentially serious eye damage, says a small new study from Greece.

Low Testosterone May Raise Risk of Early Death: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Men with low testosterone levels may be at increased risk for premature death from heart disease and all causes, a finding that challenges the current belief that testosterone is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, according to new research.

Fatalistic Attitudes May Keep Hispanic Women From Cancer Tests

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Fatalism, a belief that life's events are predetermined, may be one reason why Hispanic women have some of the lowest cancer screening rates in the United States, new research suggests.

Genetics May Play Role in Vitamin E Levels

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have identified common genetic variations that may explain differences in peoples' ability to process vitamin E.

Some Adversity in Life Seems to Help Build Resilience

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- In life, some adversity can benefit your mental health by strengthening your adaptability and resilience, a new study suggests.

Leopard Spots, Tiger Stripes Aid Camouflage, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A new British study reveals why leopards have spots.

Americans' Salt Intake Unchanged Over 50 Years

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Americans still consume more salt than they should, despite decades of warnings linking high-salt diets with an increase in blood pressure and a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.

Teen Birth-Rate Disparities Persist Among States

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Teen birth rates in the United States have declined over the past two decades, but there are still significant variations in state rates, ranging from less than 2.5 percent to more than 6 percent, according to a federal study released Wednesday.

Some With Once-Deadly Leukemia Can Take a Break From Gleevec

TUESDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A small group of people with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who decided to stop taking the cancer drug Gleevec (imatinib) have remained cancer-free two years later, French researchers report.

New Tumor Marker May Improve Cancer Detection: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A hormone receptor normally confined to the reproductive organs has been detected in malignant tumors in many parts of the body, researchers report.

Pregnancy During Spring May Boost Kid's Risk of Food Allergies

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The chances of a child developing food allergies may be increased if that child is conceived in the early spring, a preliminary study by Finnish researchers suggests.

Animal Study Explores Potential Gene Therapy for Depression

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of animal and human research is pointing the way towards a novel gene therapy that could ultimately help in the treatment of major depression, researchers say.

Health Highlights: Oct. 20, 2010

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

Clinical Trials Update: Oct. 20, 2010

(HealthDay News) -- Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of ClinicalConnection.com:

Pradaxa Approved for Atrial Fibrillation

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help prevent stroke in people with a type of abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation.

Can Coffee, Tea Lower Brain Cancer Risk?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have discovered that coffee and tea might do more than boost your energy levels: Regular consumption of the world's two most popular beverages may also shield you against a form of brain cancer.

Pradaxa Approved to Fight Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat, Stroke

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The drug Pradaxa has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help prevent stroke in people with a type of abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation.

Home Monitoring of Blood-Thinner Use Appears Effective

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- If you're taking the blood-thinning medication warfarin, a new study suggests that you might not always need to visit the doctor to get your medication levels checked.

FDA Calls for New Warnings on Some Prostate Cancer Drugs

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday called for new warnings on the labels of widely used hormonal prostate cancer drugs because of evidence of a slight increased risk of heart disease and diabetes in the men who take them.