2nd Possible Ebola Patient Being Monitored in Texas

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health officials in Texas are closely monitoring a potential second Ebola patient who had close contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, according to news reports.

Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2014

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

42 States Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Forty-two states and the District of Columbia now have a total of 500 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illness that has been infecting children since the summer, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

Health Tip: Choosing Mouth-Healthy Foods

(HealthDay News) -- For healthier teeth and gums, choose foods and beverages that are friendlier to your mouth.

Kids With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism are more sedentary than those without the disorder, but they're fully capable of being more active, a small study suggests.

Infant's Early Diet Doesn't Change Celiac Disease Risk, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A newborn's risk of developing celiac disease isn't reduced by breast-feeding. Nor will delaying the introduction of a protein found in wheat called gluten to an infant's diet help prevent celiac disease.

Living Near a Highway May Be Bad for Your Blood Pressure

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Living close to a major highway may raise your risk for high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

'High-Intensity' Hospitals Save More Elderly After Surgery: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals that pull out all the stops to rescue surgical patients in crisis are slightly better at saving lives, but the cost of such heroism is questionable, a new study suggests.

New Clues to How Colds Can Spur Asthma Attacks

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have pinpointed a molecule that may trigger potentially life-threatening asthma attacks brought on by colds.

CDC Monitoring Those Who Had Contact With Ebola Patient

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Federal health officials are monitoring up to 18 people who were exposed to the man being treated at a Dallas hospital for the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States.