Health Tip: Looking for Senior Housing?

(HealthDay News) -- When looking for senior housing, whether a nursing home or assisted living facility, check for factors that will help make the home safer and more comfortable.

Health Tip: Stay Safe at the Nail Salon

(HealthDay News) -- Whether you live in a big city or small town, you'll probably find no shortage of nail salons. But before you treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure, find out if health and sanitation guidelines are being met.

High Smog Levels Tied to Serious Heart Problems

SATURDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of particulate air pollution -- commonly known as smog -- raise the risk of heart attack and other serious heart problems, according to a new study.

Single Gene May Predict Mental Decline After Heart Surgery

SUNDAY, Oct. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A certain gene appears to increase risk for mental decline after heart surgery, a new study suggests.

Gene Makeup May Help Explain Amputees' Chronic Pain

MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Soldiers with certain gene variations seem more likely than others to have chronic pain after limb amputation, a small study says.

Overweight Teen Years Tied to Later Cancer Risk

MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight teens are at increased for developing esophageal cancer later in life, new research says.

New Test May Spot Which Embryos Stand Greatest Chance of Survival

MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have unveiled a new test for determining which embryos have the best chance of survival.

Exercise May Lower Risk of Esophageal Cancer

MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Physical activity may reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, a new review finds.

Bile Protein May Help Detect Pancreatic Cancer

MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A protein "biomarker" in bile correctly identifies pancreatic cancer and may detect the cancer earlier than some markers in blood, according to a new study.

Women in Labor May Be Fine Taking in Nourishment, Study Finds

SATURDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- There may be good news for moms-to-be: A new study finds that women in labor and delivery may not have to forgo all nutrition or rely solely on ice chips to rehydrate, as is typically the case now.

Could a Neck Injection Ease Tough-to-Bear Hot Flashes?

SATURDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- A shot in the neck may curb extreme hot flashes associated with menopause, a small new study suggests.

Irregular Bedtimes Lead to Behavior Problems in Kids: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A regular bedtime might guarantee more than a good night's sleep for both kids and their parents -- it turns out that a regular bedtime can make for a better-behaved child, new research suggests.

Bullet Wounds Kill 8 Percent of U.S. Kids Treated at ERs

MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new study confirms the high danger posed by gunshot wounds in kids: Hospital statistics from several U.S. urban areas reveal that at least 8 percent of children who were shot died.

Could Your Genes Help Bring You Wedded Bliss?

MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- One of the keys to a successful marriage may lurk not in the stars but in your genes. A new study links variation in a single gene to the ability to tolerate the good times and bad times of married life.

Plastics Chemicals Tied to Reproductive Woes for Both Sexes

MONDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Two plastics chemicals -- bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates -- may reduce the reproductive ability of both men and women, according to a new pair of small, early studies.

Health Highlights: Oct. 14, 2013

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