Health Tip: Excessively Sleepy?

(HealthDay News) -- If you frequently feel sleepy during the day and are unable to function normally, it's time to talk with your doctor.

Health Tip: Encourage Kids to Snack on Fruits and Veggies

(HealthDay News) -- Fruits and vegetables are among the healthiest snack choices, but these foods may not be kids' first choice.

Patient Education Helps Prevent Overuse of Antibiotics for Cough, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Patient education in the form of brochures and posters helps reduce the overuse of antibiotics to treat bronchitis in teens and adults, according to a new study.

Immune-Boosting Foods May Add to Flu Defense

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- As U.S. health officials recommend flu shots and frequent hand washing for protection during this season's influenza outbreak, dietitians point to another significant defense weapon: healthy foods.

PTSD Can Hamper Drug Treatment for Stroke Survivors: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder are less likely to stick with drug treatments that reduce their risk of suffering another stroke, a new study finds.

High Medical Bills Driving Some Americans to Extreme Measures

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Insured Americans with serious medical conditions say the financial stress of rising out-of-pocket health care costs is forcing them to juggle household budgets, delay or skimp on care and even run up credit cards or dodge debt collectors, a new study reveals.

Many Young Americans Plan to Own a Gun, Survey Finds

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Many young Americans say they plan to own a gun later in their lives, a new study reveals.

Businesses Should Plan for Flu Disruptions, Doctor Says

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- With flu widespread throughout the United States this season, businesses need to prepare to deal with productivity challenges, a doctor advises.

Health Highlights: Jan. 18, 2013

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

48 States Now Report Flu Activity, 29 Children Dead: CDC

FRIDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Forty-eight states are now reporting widespread flu activity, up from 47 last week, U.S. health officials reported Friday.