Health Tip: Choose Low-Sodium Foods

(HealthDay News) -- Cutting back on sodium can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Health Tip: Protecting Babies From Whooping Cough

(HealthDay News) -- Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection that is highly contagious and can be extremely dangerous for babies.

Cohabiting Same-Sex Couples Report Worse Health Than Married Heterosexuals

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Same-sex couples who live together report having worse health than heterosexual married couples, a new study finds.

U.S. Teen Birth Rates Highest in Rural Areas, Research Shows

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- In 2010, teen births occurred at higher rates in rural counties than in suburban counties and major urban areas of the United States, new research finds.

Dog Study Raises Prospect of Biological Pacemaker for Humans

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- If your heart doesn't beat correctly, you can get an electronic pacemaker and live happily ever after -- or at least until it wears out and you need another one.

Brain Connections Differ in Children With Autism

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- A small new study has identified a distinct and unique pattern in the way brains of children with autism process information.

H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccine Tied to Sleep Disorder in British Children

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A British study finds that children and teens who were vaccinated during the 2009 swine flu outbreak are at increased risk for narcolepsy, a disorder that causes people to fall asleep during the day.

Depressed Patients May Gain From Self-Help Books, Websites

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Self-help books and websites can benefit people with severe depression and should be included as part of the first line of treatment, a new study suggests.

Niacin-Statin Combo May Cause Side Effects for Heart Patients

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Combining the vitamin niacin with a cholesterol-lowering statin drug appears to raise side effects in heart patients, a new study indicates.

Most New Mothers Skip Sex for at Least 6 Weeks After Childbirth

TUESDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Most first-time mothers wait more than six weeks after childbirth before having sex again, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: Feb. 27, 2013

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