Cured Meats Could Aggravate Asthma, Study Suggests

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly eating cured meats such as ham and salami might aggravate asthma, researchers report.

Safety First When Stringing Holiday Lights

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stringing up lights is a holiday tradition for many families, but it's important to use these and other electric decorations safely to prevent accidents and injuries, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

FDA OKs High-Tech Diabetes Device to Help Replace Fingerstick Tests

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In news that's sure to delight people with diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) can be used to make insulin dosing decisions alone, without the need for additional fingerstick tests of blood sugar levels.

Stay Safe, Play Safe in a Winter Wonderland

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When you're outdoors enjoying the winter weather, be sure to protect against cold temperature-related injuries, a sports medicine expert says.

Health Highlights: Dec. 20, 2016

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

Health Tip: Prepare Your Heating System for Winter

(HealthDay News) -- With the start of winter, it's important to prepare your home for the colder weather.

Health Tip: Maximizing Your Workout

(HealthDay News) -- As long as you're setting aside time to work out each day, make sure you're reaping all the benefits.

Some Kids' Genes Might Make Food Ads More Tempting

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with a genetic trait linked to obesity may be more likely than other kids to respond to fast-food commercials on TV, a new study suggests.

Ovarian Cancer Drug Given Fast-Track Approval

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-cancer drug Rubraca (rucaparib) has been granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced ovarian cancer.

Nicotine in E-Cigs Can Trigger Lifelong Addiction in Kids: Docs

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The earlier youngsters start using nicotine -- even in the form of e-cigarettes -- the harder it is for them to quit a habit that could last a lifetime.