Popular Baby Media May Not Actually Advance Learning

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who want to provide their babies a learning advantage these days often turn to what's been nicknamed "baby media" -- videos specifically designed to stimulate very young minds.

Health Tip: Avoid Outdoor Allergens

(HealthDay News) -- The great outdoors is rife with allergens that make your eyes itchy, red and watery.

Health Tip: Have a Dislocated Joint?

(HealthDay News) -- A dislocation occurs when two bones that meet at a joint become separated. The ADAM Encyclopedia says this may damage nearby ligaments, nerves and blood vessels.

Elderly Tend to Drive Slower to Make Up for Reaction Time

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- One reason that elderly people tend to be slower drivers than younger people is because they have a narrower field of vision and have more difficulty seeing pedestrians, according to a new study.

Kids With Cerebral Palsy May Have Asymmetric Pelvic Bones

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Most children with severe cerebral palsy have asymmetric pelvic bones that surgeons should adjust for when they perform surgeries of the pelvis, spine and surrounding structures, say researchers.

Depression Seems to Increase Risk of Kidney Failure: Study

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Depression appears to increase the risk of kidney failure, according to a new study.

Poor Diet in Pregnancy Tied to Disease in Offspring: Rat Study

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- You may have a higher long-term risk of disease if your mother ate poorly during pregnancy, a new study in rats suggests.

Humans Age at Same Pace as Other Primates, Study Finds

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- New research challenges the belief that humans age at a slower pace than other animal species.

New Drug May Trim Insulin Injections to Just 3 a Week

WEDNESDAY, March 9 (HealthDay News) -- A preliminary study reports that people with diabetes were able to get injections of a new insulin drug just three times a week without major ill effects.

Home Genetic Tests May Need Doctor's Involvement: Report

WEDNESDAY, March 9 (HealthDay News) -- Some genetic tests sold directly to consumers that might help to predict health risks may need to be supplied through doctors, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration official said Wednesday, Bloomberg News reported.

Image, Appearance Rank High Among Social Network Users

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Women who base their self-worth on their looks tend to share more photos online and to maintain a larger number of friends on social networking Web sites, according to a new study.

Sexual Side Effects From Propecia, Avodart May Be Irreversible

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs frequently prescribed to treat hair loss or an enlarged prostate may contribute to irreversible sexual dysfunction in men, new research finds.

Animal Study May Explain Low Birth Weight-Obesity Link

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Newborns with a low birth weight due to their mother's poor nutrition during pregnancy may be "programmed" to eat more, research in animals suggests.

FDA Approves 1st New Lupus Drug in More Than 50 Years

WEDNESDAY, March 9 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave lupus patients their first new treatment option in more than 50 years when it approved Benlysta as a way to ease the painful symptoms of this debilitating autoimmune disorder.

Fat Alone, Not Where It Sits, May Be Key to Heart Problems

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that contradicts earlier research, an international study suggests that being obese boosts the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke regardless of where the excess fat is stored in the body.

Can Coffee Cut a Woman's Stroke Risk?

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have at least one cup of coffee -- or even five cups -- daily may be reducing their risk of stroke by as much as 25 percent, new Swedish research shows.

Benlysta Approved for Lupus

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Benlysta (belimumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat lupus, the first medication sanctioned for the condition in the United States since 1955.

Health Highlights: March 10, 2011

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

Almost 12 Million Cancer Survivors Living in U.S., Report Shows

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- The number of cancer survivors in the United States climbed to 11.7 million in 2007, government health officials reported Thursday.

Clinical Trials Update: March 10, 2011

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

Many Find Solace in Charlie Sheen Drama, Expert Contends

THURSDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Charlie Sheen's apparent public meltdown has all the elements of a made-for-TV drama that has riveted millions of Americans -- and that could, ironically, provide a healthy diversion for some people, at least one expert contends.