Is Daily Blood Thinner Needed for Irregular Heartbeat?

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone app might offer an alternative for certain patients with an irregular heartbeat who must take risky blood-thinning medication every day to lower their risk for stroke.

Heart Failure Risk Seems to Rise in Winter

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When there's a real chill in the air, your risk of being hospitalized for heart failure rises, a new study suggests.

Does a Deep Voice Draw Women?

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deep voices in men may not be meant to make women swoon, but rather to scare away potential rivals, a new study suggests.

Statins Might Protect People With Narrowed Leg Arteries

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statins may spare people with narrowed leg arteries from the possibility of amputation and even death, a new study suggests.

Aspirin May Help Protect Against Bile Duct Cancer: Study

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regular aspirin use may lower the risk of bile duct cancer, a new study suggests.

Portable Zika Test Shows Promise in Monkeys

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A fast, inexpensive test that detects the Zika virus in monkeys might be useful for doctors working far from hospitals, researchers say.

Young LGBT Adults Target of FDA Stop-Smoking Campaign

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hoping to reduce tobacco use by young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched an LGBT stop-smoking campaign.

HIV Decline Falls Short of U.S. 5-Year Goal

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although HIV infection and transmission rates in the United States declined over the past five years, they fell short of White House targets, a new study finds.

Zika Destroys Fetal Brain Cells, Lab Study Finds

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The terrible birth defects caused by Zika virus appear to be the result of an immune system response that triggers prenatal brain cell suicide and obstructs fetal brain development, a new lab study reports.

Babies Not Natural Mimics

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies aren't born with the ability to imitate, according to a new study that challenges previous research and beliefs.

Shortages of Lifesaving Drugs Linger in U.S.

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drug shortages remain a problem in the United States despite government legislation meant to boost availability, a new study finds.

Harsh Parenting May Harm a Child's Physical Health

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Harsh parenting may leave more than psychological scars, it might also leave lasting physical problems -- such as obesity -- even into young adulthood, new research suggests.

Walking Fido Is Doggone Good for Your Health

FRIDAY, May 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Walking the dog may be a health boon for older Americans, new research suggests.

Health Highlights: May 6, 2016

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

Health Tip: Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

(HealthDay News) -- People may turn to electronic cigarettes thinking they are a healthier alternative to smoking.

Health Tip: Is Your Child an Emotional Eater?

(HealthDay News) -- Children need nutritious food to fuel their growing bodies. But as with adults, some kids may eat for emotional reasons, rather than out of hunger.