Health Tip: Opt for Healthier Fast Food

(HealthDay News) -- As teens grow more independent, they need to make healthier food choices without depending on advice from mom and dad ... even at a fast-food restaurant.

Health Tip: Eat a Good Breakfast

(HealthDay News) -- Eating a good breakfast helps give your brain the boost it needs to stay sharp all day.

Abnormal BMI Tips Scale Toward Pregnancy Complications, Study Says

FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with a body-mass index (BMI) that is too low or too high are at increased risk for complications and additional hospitalization, according to a new Scottish study.

Carbonation May Help Artificially Sweetened Soda 'Trick' the Brain

FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Did they get your diet soda order right at the drive-thru? It may not be so easy to tell.

'Intensifed' Global Effort Needed to Further Cut Child Deaths: Report

THURSDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Even in the best-case scenario, only 15 countries are projected to meet targets to reduce child deaths by 2035, a new study says.

Women Vets May Need More Access to Breast Cancer Services

FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Women are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. veteran population, making breast cancer screening a crucial public health issue for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Deadly Respiratory Virus Has Passed Between Animals, Humans Before

FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A deadly respiratory virus in Saudi Arabia is centered around the capital city of Riyadh and has been transmitted from animals to humans more than once, genetic analyses show.

Bacterial 'Autopsy' Could Speed Antibiotic Discovery: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've found a quicker way to analyze chemicals with bacteria-killing abilities in an advance they hope will speed the development of new antibiotics.

Memory-Erasing Gene Discovered in Mice

FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A newly identified gene that plays an important role in erasing old memories could point to new ways to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers say.

Blood 'Marker' May Predict Diabetes Risk in Older Women

FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Older women's age and lifestyle habits may be associated with levels of a protein possibly linked with type 2 diabetes risk, researchers say.

U.S. Funds New Tobacco Regulation Research Centers

FRIDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A new program creating 14 first-of-a-kind research centers for tobacco regulation in the United States was announced by the federal government on Thursday.

Health Highlights: Sept. 20, 2013

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