Deadliest Cancer Getting Smaller Chunk of Research Dollars

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Consider this:

Stretching Before Warm-Up Swings May Harm Golf Game

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Stretching before taking warm-up swings may hurt your golf game, a new study suggests.

Health Tip: Playtime Is Important

(HealthDay News) -- Playtime is more than a source of amusement for kids and their parents. It teaches toddlers social skills, how to pay attention and to use their imagination, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Health Tip: Diet Can Help Irritable Bowel Symptoms

(HealthDay News) -- While controlling stress and taking certain medications can help manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), monitoring your diet and eating habits can have the most significant impact, the American Dietetic Association says.

First Impressions of Attractive People Often Correct: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- People generally judge the personalities of attractive people more accurately than those of others, according to a new study.

Love of Possessions Can Run Deep, Study Shows

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- It seems that Americans really can be in love with their possessions, a new study shows.

Anesthesiologists Spreading Germs During Surgery: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- A disturbing new study finds that bacteria often contaminate the hands of those who give anesthesia to surgical patients, and those germs contribute to disease transmission during operations.

Drug Abuse Treatment Rates on the Rise: U.S. Report

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Admissions for alcohol abuse treatment have remained the same in parts of the Midwest and South while dropping elsewhere in the United States, while treatment rates for illegal drugs are increasing across the country, especially for marijuana abuse, according to a new report.

Doctors Urged to Admit Fatigue Before Performing Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- A new commentary calls on doctors to disclose when they're deprived of sleep and not perform surgery unless a patient gives written consent after being informed of their surgeon's status.

U.S. Researchers Find New Way to Gauge Rare Genetic Condition

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Federal researchers say they've gained insight into how to analyze the risks facing people with a rare immune system-weakening condition called chronic granulomatous disease, paving the way toward more personalized treatment.

Researchers Find Links Between Sleep, Anesthesia and Coma

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors can learn more about anesthesia, sleep and coma by paying attention to what the three have in common, a new report suggests.

Health Highlights: Dec. 29, 2010

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

Clinical Trials Update: Dec. 29, 2010

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

Team-Based Treatment Helps Those With Cluster of Chronic Illnesses

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- A treatment team headed by an experienced nurse improved the health of patients suffering from multiple chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and depression.

Delaying Sex Might Strengthen Marriage

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Having sex early in a relationship may lead to less satisfying marriages because couples can fail to develop important skills to communicate well and resolve conflicts, new research suggests.