Health Tip: Ease Cramps From Irritable Bowel

(HealthDay News) -- Modifying what and how you eat won't cure irritable bowel disease, but it can help reduce flares.

Health Tip: Help Prevent Food Poisoning

(HealthDay News) -- Seniors, many of whom have compromised immune systems, are at higher risk of acquiring food poisoning.

Stressful Middle Age Tied to Higher Alzheimer's Risk in Women

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Women who deal with a lot of day-to-day stressors in middle-age may have a somewhat higher risk of developing Alzheimer's later in life, a new study suggests.

Blood Pressure Drug Might Boost Chemo Success, Mouse Study Suggests

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- A blood pressure drug shows promise in improving the effectiveness of cancer chemotherapy, according to a new study.

More Black Women in U.S. Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, Report Finds

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- White women 40 and older have traditionally had the highest rates of breast cancer in the United States, but rising rates among blacks have narrowed the gap in recent years, according to a new American Cancer Society report.

Obamacare's Health Exchanges Up and Running

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The Affordable Care Act's new health insurance exchanges opened for business Tuesday amid the first federal government shutdown in 17 years and a push by Republicans in the House of Representatives to delay further implementation of "Obamacare."

Medicare, Medicaid To Keep Running Despite U.S. Government Shutdown

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the federal government shutdown that began Tuesday morning, U.S. officials said Medicare and Medicaid recipients and veterans will continue to receive health-care benefits.

Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After All

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some good, if preliminary, news for the millions of people who take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol: A new review of existing research finds no evidence that the medications pose a risk to brainpower.

Health Highlights: Oct. 1, 2013

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

Brintellix Approved for Major Depressive Disorder

TUESDAY, Oct. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Brintellix (vortioxetine) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with major depressive disorder, often referred to as depression.