Health Tip: Common Food Safety Mistakes

(HealthDay News) -- Making sure food is safe isn't just good practice, it can keep you from getting sick.

Heart Surgery Riskier for Blacks With Peripheral Artery Disease, Study Finds

MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Black patients with peripheral artery disease have an increased risk of death following heart bypass surgery compared to white patients, and therefore require closer follow-up, according to a new study.

Anti-Smoking Policies Will Prevent 7 Million Deaths Worldwide by 2050: Study

MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Anti-tobacco policies really do stop people from smoking and save millions of lives, a new study finds.

Can Hi-Tech Avatars Promote Real-Life Weight Loss?

MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Watching an avatar exercise and learn healthy habits in a virtual community might help people shed excess weight, a small new study suggests.

Even Younger Babies 'Prep' Themselves to Be Picked Up

MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Babies as young as 2 months know when they are about to be picked up and prepare themselves for it, according to a new study.

Collapsible Laundry Hampers May Pose Risk to Kids' Eyes

MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Collapsible laundry hampers can cause serious eye injuries to children if a sharp wire contained within the device breaks free, according to a new report.

Medicare Savings Coming for Diabetic Supplies

FRIDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) -- Starting July 1, seniors with diabetes should be able to save some money when they buy the blood sugar testing supplies they need to monitor their disease.

Blistering Heat Continues to Bake Western U.S.

MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Temperatures topping 110 and even 120 degrees Fahrenheit have much of the American West sweltering, and health officials are warning that people must do what they can to stay cool as the heat wave continues.

Health Highlights: July 1, 2013

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

Pricey New Blood Thinner Might Be Safer for Leg Clots

MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- The new pill Eliquis prevents dangerous blood clots in the legs and lungs as well as standard therapy, though with less risk of serious bleeding, a new study shows.

First Non-Hormonal Remedy Approved for Menopausal Hot Flashes

MONDAY, July 1 (HealthDay News) -- Brisdelle (paroxetine) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first non-hormonal treatment to treat hot flashes associated with menopause.