Health Tip: When You're Sleep-Deprived

(HealthDay News) -- Sleep is essential for the well-being of your entire body, including brain and emotional health.

Health Tip: Temporary Tattoos Could Have Side Effects

(HealthDay News) -- A temporary tattoo may seem like a harmless alternative to the permanent option, but even a temporary tattoo has potential side effects, experts say.

Assisted Conception Not Linked to Cancer Risk in Kids, Studies Say

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Children born as the result of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other forms of assisted reproduction do not have a higher risk of cancer than those conceived naturally, two new studies have found.

Extra Brain Fluid May Predict Autism Diagnosis: Study

TUESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who have extra fluid around their brains may be more likely to be diagnosed with autism later, a new study suggests.

Pregnancy Problem, Smaller Babies Tied to Cerebral Palsy Risk in Study

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Premature and small babies born to mothers who had preeclampsia during pregnancy are at increased risk for cerebral palsy, but there is no added risk for full-term babies who are normal size, according to a new study.

5 Things Kids Should Tell Their Asthma Doctor

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Children, not their parents, should do most of the talking about their asthma symptoms when seeing an allergist, according to a new study.

No Significant Change in U.S. Women's Life Expectancy

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- There was no significant change in life expectancy for women in more than 1,400 counties in the United States over the last quarter century, while the same was true for men in 154 counties, a new study finds.

Scientists Examine New Bird Flu's Potential to Spread

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- The new strain of H7N9 bird flu virus has traits that potentially could spark a worldwide flu outbreak, according to a new laboratory study involving virus that was found in humans, then given to animals.

Exercise Up in U.S., But So Is Obesity: Report

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Although Americans are exercising more, the obesity epidemic continues to expand, University of Washington researchers report.

Smog Tied to Higher Risk of Lung Cancer, Heart Failure

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- There's more evidence that smog boosts a person's risk of both lung cancer and heart failure, with even short exposures to small amounts of pollution harming the body.

Shift Work Might Affect Women's Periods, Fertility: Study

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Shift work may raise a woman's risk of menstrual and fertility problems, and steady night shifts may boost the odds for miscarriage, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: July 10, 2013

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

U.S. Lagging Other Countries on Many Health Measures

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy has increased in the United States over the last two decades, but Americans are also spending more of their lives in poor health, a sweeping new study finds.

Development of New Diabetes Drug Halted by Maker

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- The development of what might have become a significant diabetes drug has been halted by its maker amid concerns that the medication raises the risk for fractures, kidney problems and heart failure in those taking it.

Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donations

WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross is sending out an emergency request for blood donors after a recent dip in donations.