Health Tip: Getting Sick on a Cruise

(HealthDay News) -- Getting sick during a cruise can quickly ruin your fun. But since passengers are often confined to relatively small spaces, germs have a way of spreading quickly throughout cruise ships.

Health Tip: Choosing a Food Thermometer

(HealthDay News) -- Food thermometers are essential tools to help you cook food to the proper temperature, reducing your risk of foodborne illness.

Crystal Meth May Jump-Start Injection Drug Use, Study Says

TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who use crystal methamphetamine are at increased risk of injecting drugs, a new Canadian study finds.

Study Sees No Suicide Risk From Stop-Smoking Drugs

TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- People who take anti-smoking drugs have no higher risk of depression or suicide than those who use nicotine replacement therapies to help them quit smoking, according to a new study.

Lower Smog Levels Tied to Lower Birth Weights

TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women exposed to even low levels of air pollution are more likely to have low-birth-weight babies, a new study suggests.

Did Recession Lead to Increase in Vasectomies?

TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The financial crisis of 2008 and lingering economic woes are having an impact on men's reproductive decisions, new research suggests.

Variant of Club Drug 'K' Might Have New Life as Antidepressant

TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The veterinary tranquilizer ketamine -- perhaps better known as the illicit "club drug" Special K -- may be reformulated for use as an antidepressant, and researchers report promising early findings.

Children Benefit From Early Dose of Measles Vaccine, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Children should receive their first dose of the measles vaccine when they are between 1 year and 15 months old to best avoid the side effects of the shot, according to a new report.

Health Highlights: Oct. 15, 2013

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