Hand-Washing May Have Kept Flu at Bay

THURSDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Following mothers' advice may have played a big role in averting a major health crisis.

How One Company Fought the Flu

THURSDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- As fears of a flu epidemic that could cause severe illness or death gripped much of the United States the past two winters, George Boue grappled with more fear than just his own.

'Hair Of The Dog' No Hangover Cure, Say Experts

THURSDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- During this season of good cheer and abundant holiday parties, hangovers are not uncommon. And while folk remedies abound, the only things that are truly helpful in curing the misery of a hangover the morning after are time and fluid replacement, experts say.

Health Tip: Help Ease Morning Sickness

(HealthDay News) -- Nausea and vomiting are common among pregnant women. Although these symptoms often are dubbed morning sickness, they can last all day.

Health Tip: Lift Luggage Without Injury

(HealthDay News) -- Whether you're dragging out suitcases for a vacation of your own, or hauling someone else's overstuffed bags, proper lifting techniques can protect you from a back injury.

Urban Wildlife Adopt Not-so-Healthful Human Diet, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Certain species of wildlife are adopting an urban American diet, a new study finds.

Chronic Nasal Congestion May Be Linked to Severe Asthma

THURSDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- A new Swedish study shows that severe asthma seems to be more common than previously believed. It also reports that those afflicted by it have a higher prevalence of blocked or runny noses, a possible sign that physicians should pay more attention to nasal congestion and similar issues.

For Many, Sledding Ends in Dash to the ER

THURSDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Flying down a snowy hillside may give kids a thrill, but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 74,000 injuries from sledding and related snow activities required medical treatment by U.S. health providers in 2004.

Research Sheds Light on 'Starvation Hormone'

THURSDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that they've gained insight into the workings of the "starvation hormone," which appears to play a role in how the body stores fat to protect against future hunger.

Take Steps to Avoid Winter's Indoor Allergies

THURSDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Winter does have its pluses for people who suffer from allergies: at least they're less likely to get hay fever.

ER Visits by Underage Drinkers Spike on New Year's

THURSDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- The number of emergency department visits that involved underage drinking jumped by more than 250 percent on New Year's Day two years ago, compared with other days of the year, a new U.S. study reveals.

U.S. Health Care Reform Tops Health News for 2010

THURSDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDay News) -- In a year packed with health news headlines, the pick for top spot was still easy: the passage last spring of the long-sought health care reform bill.

Health Highlights: Dec. 30, 2010

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

Clinical Trials Update: Dec. 30, 2010

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