Health Tip: Make Microwave Cooking Safe

(HealthDay News) -- Microwaving takes much of the time and effort out of cooking, but the foodsafety.gov website reminds us that we still need to heed these food-safety guidelines:

Health Tip: Popeye Wasn't Wrong About Spinach

(HealthDay News) -- Cartoon lore was correct about spinach being good for you. The green, leafy veggie is rich in essential vitamins and nutrients, and is a great source of fiber.

Many U.S. Teens Struggle With Extreme Fatigue: Survey

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Extreme fatigue is common in U.S. teens and often goes untreated, a new study finds.

Antidepressants May Hasten Bypass Recovery, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is relatively common in patients who undergo heart bypass surgery, and a new study finds that short-term use of antidepressants may aid patients' recovery.

More Than 4,000 U.S. Kids Hurt Each Year on Amusement Rides

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- More than 4,000 American children are injured on amusement rides each year, according to a new study that calls for standardized safety regulations.

General Anesthesia Not Linked to Raised Risk for Dementia

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Despite previous concerns, older people who receive general anesthesia are not at greater risk of developing long-term dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a new study says.

ER Visits Tied to Ambien on the Rise

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a dramatic increase in the number of emergency-room visits related to sleep medications such as Ambien, according to a new U.S. study.

Drug Shows Some Benefit for Kids With Autism

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug for autism did not improve levels of lethargy and social withdrawal in children who took it, but it did show some other benefits, a new study finds.

Implants May Delay Breast Cancer Detection, Raise Death Risk

TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Women with breast implants could run the risk of having breast cancer diagnosed at later stages, when survival might be worse, according to Canadian researchers.

Younger Men Biggest Consumers of Added Sugars: CDC

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Young U.S. adults are consuming more added sugars in their food and drinks than older -- and apparently wiser -- folks, according to a new government report.

Companies to Donate Prosthetic Legs to Boston Bombing Victims in Need

TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- A coalition of manufacturers has pledged to provide new prosthetic legs for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings if their health insurance won't cover the full cost of the devices.

FDA Approves 'Morning-After' Pill Without a Prescription

TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B One-Step, a version of the so-called "morning after" pill, for use as emergency contraception by girls and women aged 15 and older.

Girls With Autism May Need Different Treatments Than Boys

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- With four to five times more males affected by autism spectrum disorders than females, much less is known about girls with autism.

Health Highlights: May 1, 2013

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

Kelly the Robot Helps Kids Tackle Autism

WEDNESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) -- Using a kid-friendly robot during behavioral therapy sessions may help some children with autism gain better social skills, a preliminary study suggests.