Too Much Texting May Leave College Kids Sleepy

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- College students in search of a good night's sleep may want to put some distance between their pillow and their cell phone, new research suggests.

Health Tip: Soothing Pain With Cold Therapy

(HealthDay News) -- Cold therapy helps alleviate pain and swelling caused by sprains, strains and the like by reducing blood flow to the affected area.

Health Tip: Using Heat Therapy

(HealthDay News) -- Heat therapy can ease pain and stiffness, muscle tightness and spasms.

Gloomy Outlook May Be Genetic, Study Suggests

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Some people might be genetically inclined to be negative, according to a new study.

When Buying Insurance on the Exchanges, It Helps to Have Help

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- You have to wade through a lot of insurance jargon and be a skilled number-cruncher to choose the right health insurance plan on the new health exchanges, health literacy and consumer decision-making experts say.

4 of 5 Colleges Students Text While Driving: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Despite efforts to stop drivers from texting behind the wheel, new research revealed that four of five college students have used their cell phones to send or receive text messages while driving.

Occupational Hazard for Teachers?

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Teachers are much more likely than people with other jobs to be diagnosed with progressive speech and language disorders, according to a new study.

Small Efforts Can Boost Use of Public Parks

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Even small marketing efforts at parks can have an effect on the health fitness of local communities, according to a new study.

Doc Dispels Common Myths About Head Lice

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Although lice do not cause serious physical harm, they can result in a lot of emotional distress because many people still mistakenly believe they are a sign of poor hygiene, an expert explains.

California Teens Drinking More Sugary Drinks: Report

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Although younger children in California are drinking less soda and other sugary beverages, teens in the state are actually drinking more, according to a report released Thursday.

Health Highlights: Oct. 18, 2013

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