'Tis the Season of Challenges for Those With Food Allergies

SATURDAY, Nov. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The wide variety and complexity of foods served at holiday gatherings can pose a threat for people with food allergies, an expert warns.

Restroom Hand Dryers Spread More Germs Than Paper Towels, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Those air-blown hand dryers in public restrooms may spread far more germs than conventional paper towels, a new study suggests.

Being the Boss Tied to Depression Risk for Women, But Not Men

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being the boss at work seems to raise the odds for symptoms of depression among women, but not men, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: Nov. 21, 2014

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

Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene.

Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says.

Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've mapped the genome -- the genetic "blueprint" -- of a tapeworm extracted from a British man's brain, in hopes it might help others with this very rare infection.

Health Tip: Check Stress at the Office

(HealthDay News) -- Your work environment may be stressful enough without adding your frustration to the mix.

Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals

(HealthDay News) -- Household cleaners often are poisonous and their containers may be attractive to young children.

FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seeking to make it tougher for people to misuse prescription painkillers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new hydrocodone tablet that's designed to help thwart abuse.