Artificial Turf Helps Football Players With Agility Drills

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- College football players' times on a standard agility drill were 3 percent faster on artificial field turf than on natural grass, but there was little difference in their times for the 40-yard dash, a new study has found.

Health Tip: Reduce Pesticide Use

(HealthDay News) -- Pesticides are chemicals used to repel microorganisms, rodents or insects, but they may be harmful if inhaled or absorbed by the skin.

Health Tip: Taking NSAIDs

(HealthDay News) -- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are over-the-counter or prescription drugs designed to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.

Mental Health Issues Differ for U.S. Male, Female Vets

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) --Mental health issues confronted by U.S. veterans returning from the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan differ by gender, new research suggests.

Eating Whole Grains, Fewer Refined Grains, May Help Heart

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- People who regularly eat whole grains rather than refined grains pack on less of the type of fat linked to a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

Sense of Touch 'Faster' in Those Blind From Birth

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- The sense of touch works faster in people who have been blind from birth than in those with normal vision or those who became blind later in life, a new study finds.

Parent-Only Programs Can Help Obese Kids Lose Weight: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Treatments designed to tackle childhood obesity by enrolling just the parents in nutrition and exercise education programs are as effective as those that enlist both parents and children, new research suggests.

Future Seems to Be Viewed More Harshly Than Past

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to feelings, new research suggests that the past is not always prologue. People tend to have worse and more intense views on events that might happen down the road than identical events that have already taken place.

Women Urged to Reclaim Their Life After Breast Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- With October designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness month, one expert offers breast cancer survivors some guidance on what they can do to reclaim and maintain their health.

PTSD Linked to 'Hyperactivity' in Right Brain

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) The flashbacks experienced by people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are associated with heightened activity on the right side of the brain, a new study finds.

Healthy Living Can Prevent Nearly 25% of Colorectal Cancers

TUESDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 23 percent of colorectal cancers could be prevented if people followed five simple healthy lifestyle recommendations, Danish researchers say.

Children with ADHD Symptoms at Higher Risk of Obesity

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Children with symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk for obesity in adulthood, a new study claims.

Egg Donors Happy They Helped Out: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Most women who serve as egg donors retain a positive take on their experience a year later, new research indicates.

Percentage of U.S. Adults With Hypertension Holds Steady at 30%

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Although many Americans are aware of the dangers associated with high blood pressure and many are controlling the condition, the prevalence of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, hasn't changed in a decade, health officials report.

Pancreatic Cancer Surprisingly Slow to Arise: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Pancreatic cancer takes much longer to develop than commonly thought, say researchers who found a lag time of at least a decade between the emergence of key mutations and the formation of the first cancer cells.

Health Highlights: Oct. 27, 2010

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

Clinical Trials Update: Oct. 27, 2010

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

Teens Should Get Meningitis Booster Shot: CDC Panel

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers should get a booster shot of the vaccine that protects against bacterial meningitis, a U.S. health advisory panel recommended Wednesday.

New Drug Shows Promise Against Certain Lung Cancers

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 27 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental cancer drug is proving effective in treating the lung cancers of some patients whose tumors carry a certain genetic mutation, new studies show.