New Repair Option for Compression Fractures in Spine

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A tiny spinal fracture can turn an active person into a shut-in. Until now, patients with these compression fractures have had limited options, but a new procedure shows promise, researchers say.

Health Tip: Check Your Child's Playground

(HealthDay News) -- Inspecting a playground before your children start swinging and sliding can help you identify potential dangers.

Health Tip: Keep Poisons From Children

(HealthDay News) -- Poisonous or harmful substances, from medications to cleaning supplies, should be kept safely out of reach from curious children.

Many Young Males Report Unwanted Sex

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of young males reported being pressured or forced into unwanted sexual activity, according to a new U.S. study.

Overweight Teens Don't Share in Life-Expectancy Gains: Study

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gains in life expectancy don't extend to adults who were overweight or obese as teens, according to a new study.

Marriage Does Help the Heart, Study Finds

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Marriage is good for the heart, yet another study has found.

Smoking Bans Linked to Drop in Premature Births, Kids' Asthma Attacks

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Bans on smoking in public places and the workplace in North America and Europe are linked to a 10 percent drop in premature births and the number of children going to the hospital for an asthma flare-up, according to a new study.

Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Risk for Heart Attack, Death: Study

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery, such as gastric banding, can dramatically reduce the rate of heart attacks and deaths among people who are obese, a new study shows.

Lung Cancer Diagnosis Takes Toll on Patients' Sex Lives, Experts Say

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With between 40 percent and 100 percent of lung cancer patients vulnerable to some form of persistent sexual dysfunction, experts say the issue can no longer be sidelined by physicians.

Underweight Even Deadlier Than Overweight, Study Says

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's said you can never be too rich or too thin, but new research suggests otherwise. People who are clinically underweight face an even higher risk for dying than obese individuals, the study shows.

Many Kids May Have High Cholesterol, Regardless of Weight

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one of three Texas kids screened for cholesterol between the ages of 9 and 11 had borderline or high cholesterol, potentially placing them at greater risk for future cardiovascular disease, a new study has found.

Health Highlights: March 28, 2014

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

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval of At-Home Colon Cancer Test

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration experts on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of a new at-home stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy.