Help Kids Breathe Easier on Halloween

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Allergy and asthma triggers lurk everywhere on Halloween, but some simple measures can keep children safe, an expert says.

Health Tip: If Your Teeth Are Sensitive

(HealthDay News) -- If you find that eating or drinking something hot or cold delivers a shooting pain to your pearly whites, you may have sensitive teeth.

Health Tip: Grill Healthier

(HealthDay News) -- Eating healthier doesn't have to mean dousing the barbeque permanently.

Poor Reading Skills Linked to Teen Pregnancy Risk

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Preteen girls' reading skills can strongly predict whether they'll get pregnant when they're teens, a new study suggests.

Fish, But Not Fish Oil Supplements, May Shield Against Stroke

TUESDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Eating fish, particularly oily fish, a couple of times a week may help protect you against stroke, but fish oil supplements don't have the same effect, a new study finds.

Junk Food Hurts Your Arteries, But Healthy Meal Might Help

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Every junk-food meal you eat damages your arteries, while Mediterranean-type meals do no harm -- and may even have a beneficial effect, according to a new study.

Common Antidepressants Too Risky During Pregnancy, Researchers Say

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take a popular class of antidepressants during pregnancy may be risking the health of their developing fetus, and the risk may outweigh any benefit to the mother, a new review of data suggests.

Health Risks Will Rise in Sandy's Wake, Experts Warn

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- The torrential rains and hurtling winds of "superstorm" Sandy are slowly passing through, along with some of the more acute health dangers such as falling trees and high flood waters.

Play-Focused Program Might Help Kids With Autism

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Laughing, giggling and making silly faces. Building a tower of blocks together and then crashing it down. Engaging young children with autism in a program that involves such fun, interactive play can affect their brain activity, making it resemble that of children without the disorder, a new study shows.

Sandy Leaves Massive Blackouts, Flood Damage in Her Wake

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- As the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. Northeast in a generation rolled toward Canada Wednesday morning, it leaves behind at least 51 dead and millions without power in the cities and towns that were unlucky enough to be in its path.

Health Highlights: Oct. 31, 2012

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