Mammogram Guidelines Still Beget Confusion

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- The rules used to be simple.

A Little Pain, a Life Saved

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Sara Fought started getting mammograms at age 38, a couple of years earlier than recommended by the American Cancer Society.

Health Tip: Feed Your Toddler Enough Iron

(HealthDay News) -- Iron deficiency in toddlers can affect their physical, behavioral and mental development, and lead to anemia.

Health Tip: Living With Psoriasis

(HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis is a skin condition that occurs when immature skin cells rise too quickly above the surface of the skin. This leads to symptoms including patches of thick, red skin that itch or feel sore.

Survey Sees Gender Differences in Vision IQ

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to attitudes, habits and experience regarding eye health, it appears men really are from Mars and women are from Venus, a new survey reveals.

Gene Variations Appear Linked to Prostate Cancer, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Variations in a gene for an enzyme involved in cell energy metabolism may increase the risk of prostate cancer, say scientists.

Urging Exercise at Faith-Based Meetings May Boost Activity

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Faith-based programs can help encourage older black American women to exercise, a new study suggests.

Denser Breasts Raise Odds of Second Breast Cancer, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Women with an early form of breast cancer who have dense breasts may be at higher risk of getting a second breast cancer, particularly in the opposite breast, a new study indicates.

Do Your Genes Tilt You Toward Thrill-Seeking?

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Do your genes predispose you to thrill-seeking?

Big Waist Raises Risk of Diabetes, Analysis Suggests

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Larger waist size, rather than traditional factors such as obesity, is the major reason why the United States has a higher diabetes rate than England, researchers say.

Mother's Stress, Interference May Worsen Child's Asthma

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- A mother's negative emotions or behavior can worsen the severity of her child's asthma, new research suggests.

Most Americans Back Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Poll

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Americans overwhelmingly support embryonic stem cell research, and that backing stretches across a broad range of demographic groups, including Republicans, Catholics and born-again Christians, according to a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll.

Taking Blood Pressure Drugs at Bedtime May Boost Effectiveness

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Taking blood-pressure pills at night, rather than in the morning, may better control hypertension and significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, new research suggests.

Health Highlights: Oct. 7, 2010

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

Many Americans Plan to Skip Flu Shot This Year

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Although vaccination against influenza can protect people from illness and help prevent the spread of flu, many Americans say they and their children won't be getting a shot this coming season, new surveys reveal.

Almost One-Quarter of U.S. Adults Have Arthritis

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that 22 percent of adults in the United States -- 49.9 million people -- have been diagnosed with arthritis and that 42.4 percent of those people experience arthritis-related limitations in activity.

Small Bump Seen in Seasonal Flu Shots During H1N1 Outbreak

THURSDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the H1N1 swine flu outbreak, children's seasonal flu vaccination rates last fall and winter weren't much higher than in the previous year, U.S. researchers have found.

Clinical Trials Update: Oct. 7, 2010

(HealthDay News) -- Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of ClinicalConnection.com: