Moms' Influence on Kids' Weight Starts in Pregnancy, Study Finds

MONDAY, OCT. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Most American women underestimate their ability to prevent obesity in their children, according to a new survey.

Fizzy Drinks Activate Nasal Pain Sensors, Lab Study Finds

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- In an effort to decode the complex taste sensation of soda, researchers have uncovered evidence that fizzy drinks set off the very same nasal sensors as mustard and horseradish.

Heartbreak Puts Brakes on Heart

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Waiting for another person's opinion of you will slow your heart, and its rate will dip even further if you get rejected, a new Dutch study has found.

Health Tip: Cut Down on Sodium

(HealthDay News) -- Many foods and recipes include lots of salt (sodium), which can raise your blood pressure.

Health Tip: What Causes Corns

(HealthDay News) -- Corns are painful calluses that form on the toes from friction, making walking or wearing shoes uncomfortable.

1 in 4 HIV Patients Have Neurological Diseases: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- One in four people infected with HIV suffer from neurological complications, new Canadian research reveals.

Cancer May Run in Families of Young Breast Cancer Patients

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Highlighting the genetic underpinnings of cancer, a new Australian study reveals that close relatives of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 35 are themselves at a higher risk for developing both breast cancer and a range of other cancers.

Race Doesn't Seem to Predict Lung Cancer Survival in Blacks

SATURDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Race does not appear to play a role in how long a black patient or a white patient with lung cancer will ultimately survive the disease, researchers report.

Treat High Blood Pressure in Blacks Aggressively: Experts

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Because high blood pressure is such a serious health problem for black patients, the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB) is calling for earlier and more aggressive intervention for the black community.

Insurance, Race and Poverty Affect Cancer Care, Researchers Report

SUNDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who don't have private health insurance or are poor or black fare worse than others if they get cancer, three new studies find.

Companies Can Motivate Families to Live Healthier

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A small cash incentive from an employer might be enough to prompt healthy lifestyle changes in families, new research suggests.

Many Kids Not Getting Recommended Care: Survey

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- About 13 percent of parents with health insurance say they haven't gotten pediatrician-recommended care for their children due to costs, a new survey in Ohio finds.

Drunkenness Up Among Eastern European Teens: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- In the past, Eastern European adolescents experienced less drunkenness compared with their Western counterpartsm, but new Swiss research suggests these differences have become less relevant over the past decade.

Variety Spices Up Americans' Sex Lives, Survey Says

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are engaging in a wide range of sexual activities, including oral sex, anal sex, and partnered masturbation in addition to vaginal sex, according to the largest and latest survey of sexual behavior and sexual health in the United States.

Video May Help Predict Which Embryos Will Survive IVF

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Using time-lapsed video to watch fertilized eggs grow may offer clues about which embryos have the best chances of resulting in pregnancy when using in vitro fertilization, Stanford researchers report.

Clinical Trials Update: Oct. 4, 2010

(HealthDay News) -- Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of

Interactive Video Games Linked to Injuries

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Sports injuries are commonplace, but injuries from playing interactive video games such as Nintendo Wii are now on the rise, new research shows, with even children who are bystanders sometimes getting hurt.

Health Highlights: Oct. 4, 2010

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

New Clues to Possible Genetic Basis for ADHD

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers are likely to produce too little of the brain chemical serotonin because of gene mutations may be at higher risk of developing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life, Norwegian researchers report.

Anorexic Teens May Gain From Whole-Family Treatment

MONDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Family-based treatment for anorexic teenagers may be more effective in the long-term than individual counseling, a new study finds.