Promise From a New Weight-Loss Drug

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The injectable drug Saxenda may be a helpful tool in the battle against excess weight and obesity, a new study suggests.

Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, as the protective effect of estrogen declines. However, in a new study, researchers found that postmenopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than did men of similar ages.

Patients with Low-Grade Brain Tumors Living Longer

WEDNESDAY, JuLY 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Survival has improved for adults with low-grade brain tumors, known as gliomas, a new study finds.

Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Parents' Genetic Similarities Could Affect Kids' Height, Intellect

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The less alike two parents are genetically, the taller and mentally sharper their kids tend to be, according to a new study of populations around the world.

Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might influence a person's aggressive behaviors, increasing or decreasing their irritability and violent tendencies, a new clinical trial suggests.

Are Too Many Young Americans Getting Antipsychotics for ADHD?

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of teens and young adults are being prescribed powerful antipsychotics, even though the medications aren't approved to treat two disorders -- ADHD and depression -- they are commonly used for, a new study shows.

Red Cross Urges Americans to Give Blood During Fourth of July

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans make plans for the Fourth of July holiday, and the American Red Cross is hoping many of them will also consider donating blood or platelets.

Extracurricular Sports May Give Kids' Academics a Boost

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Extracurricular sports may help children develop the discipline they need to succeed in the classroom, a new study suggests.

Weight-Loss Surgery May Beat Diet, Exercise as Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a small study of obese patients, weight-loss surgery was better at keeping type 2 diabetes at bay than diet and exercise alone, researchers report.

Indoor Tanning Rates Decline As Cancer Warnings Mount

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heeding warnings about increased cancer risks, a growing number of American adults are saying no to indoor tanning, a new government analysis suggests.

Many U.S. AIDS Patients Still Die When 'Opportunistic' Infections Strike

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even after the advent of powerful medications for suppressing HIV, a new study finds that more than one-third of people in San Francisco who were diagnosed with an AIDS-related infection died within five years.

Surging Food Supply Linked to Global Obesity Epidemic

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The global obesity epidemic is linked to an oversupply of food available for human consumption, a new study suggests.

Obese Teens Less Likely to Use Birth Control

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sexually active teenage girls who are obese are less likely to use birth control than teens who aren't overweight, a new study reports.

Fireworks Can Spark Bump in Air Pollution, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans know that fireworks can injure the eyes and hands, but these Fourth of July favorites can also take a toll on the lungs, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Log Symptoms in a Headache Diary

(HealthDay News) -- A headache journal can help you track symptoms and determine possible triggers for your chronic pain.

Health Tip: Massage Therapy Has Its Limits

(HealthDay News) -- Many people say there's nothing quite as soothing as a deep, penetrating massage.

Health Highlights: July 1, 2015

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