Health Highlights: July 7, 2015

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

More Parents See Benefits of Vaccines, Poll Finds

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American parents' views about childhood vaccines became more favorable over the past year, a new poll finds.

Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Spreading to New Regions

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mosquitoes typically found in tropical regions are expanding into new areas, including the United States, where they could transmit disease, a new study finds.

Many Doctors Work While Sick, Survey Shows

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many health care professionals work when they are sick, putting their patients at risk for serious illness or even death, new research suggests.

Keeping Fit May Halve Seniors' Heart Failure Risk

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In more good news for those who don't let aging keep them from practicing healthy habits, a new study finds the fittest seniors are half as likely as others to suffer from heart failure.

Anti-Vaccine Trend Has Parents Shunning Newborns' Vitamin Shot

MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With the recent U.S. measles outbreak, the issue of vaccine refusal has received growing scrutiny. Now doctors are calling attention to a similar problem: Some parents are shunning the vitamin K shot routinely given to newborns to prevent internal bleeding.

Health Highlights: July 6, 2015

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

Watch Out for Disease-Carrying Insects This Summer

SUNDAY, July 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who spend lots of time outdoors in the summer need to be careful about insect bites, an expert says.

Noise From Fireworks Threatens Young Ears

FRIDAY, July 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Fourth of July weekend is a time for celebrations and beautiful fireworks displays. But, parents do need to take steps to protect their children's ears from loud fireworks, a hearing expert cautions.

Many New Teen Drivers 'Crash' in Simulated Driving Task

FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Around four in 10 newly licensed teen drivers "crashed" in a simulated driving test, suggesting that many adolescents lack the skills they need to stay safe on the road, according to a new study.