Acupuncture May Boost Pregnancy Success Rates

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- When a couple is trying to have a baby and can't, it can be emotionally and financially draining. But help may be available in an unexpected form: acupuncture.

Health Tip: Preparing for a Stress Test

(HealthDay News) -- A cardiac stress test gives doctors an idea of how your heart functions at rest and when it's under "stress" from activities such as treadmill exercise.

Health Tip: Manage Pain During Childbirth

(HealthDay News) -- Pain is a virtual certainty during childbirth, but there are ways to ease the discomfort without medication.

Discrimination Seems to Harm Health Regardless of Race

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Discrimination can be a threat to health, according to a new study that included both blacks and whites.

IV Acetaminophen Linked to More Child Overdoses

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Following the U.S. Food Drug Administration's approval last year of an intravenous formulation of acetaminophen for fever and pain in a hospital setting, researchers warn that use of the preparation could lead to serious overdoses, particularly among the youngest patients.

Students Report Playing Dangerous 'Choking Game'

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- The "choking game" has been played by nearly one in seven students who were surveyed at a Texas university, a new study finds.

Positive Reinforcement May Help Patients Take Their Meds

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Positive reinforcement, such as receiving small, unexpected gifts and introducing upbeat thoughts into daily routines, seems to help patients with high blood pressure take their medication as directed, according to a new study of black Americans.

Native Americans May Have Trekked From Siberia

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- The earliest Native Americans may have originated in a tiny mountainous region in southern Siberia called the Altai, according to anthropologists.

Common Gastro Disease Occurs Even With High-Fiber Diet

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a high-fiber diet does not lower a person's risk of diverticulosis, but a low-fiber diet might, according to a new study that contradicts what doctors have believed for decades.

Too Much Fructose Sweetener Tied to Heart Risks in Teens

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who consume large amounts of the food and beverage sweetener fructose show evidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk in their blood, a new study finds.

Off-Campus Party Hosts Drank Most in College Survey

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- College students who host off-campus parties drink more than their guests, according to a study, which also found that hosts tend to be males, members of a fraternity, in their sophomore year or higher and have more money to spend than other students.

Tropical Trip OK for Most With Crohn's, Colitis

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Among people with inflammatory bowel disease -- a chronic intestinal disorder that commonly takes the form of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis -- those who travel to developing nations or tropical locales do not have a greater risk of intestinal infections than other travelers, according to a new study.

Test Might Predict Risk of Lung Cancer's Return

THURSDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A new industry-funded study suggests that a molecular test can provide insight into whether patients are at high risk of a relapse after surgical treatment for a form of lung cancer.

Statins May Stave Off Liver Cancer in People With Hepatitis B

THURSDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Popular cholesterol-lowering statins may also lower risk for liver cancer among people with hepatitis B, a new study shows. Hepatitis B, an inflammation of the liver due to the hepatitis B virus, is one of the main causes of liver cancer.

People May Lie More When Texting: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Folks might fib more frequently when text messaging, a new study suggests.

Experts Offer Tips on Avoiding iPad-Linked Shoulder, Neck Strain

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- If working with your iPad or other tablet computer gives you shoulder or neck pain, there are ways around it, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Jan. 27, 2012

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

Drug Approved for Advanced Kidney Cancer

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Inlyta (axitinib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced renal cell carcinoma in people who haven't responded to another drug.

Bydureon Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Bydureon (exenatide extended release), Amylin Pharmaceuticals' long-acting version of the diabetes drug Byetta, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.