Health Tip: Packing Food for a Road Trip

(HealthDay News) -- If you're heading out on a road trip, it's a good idea to bring healthy snacks. But you should take steps to make sure you and your family don't get sick along the way.

Health Tip: Promote Fine Motor Skills in Preschoolers

(HealthDay News) -- By 3 years of age, children should master concentration skills and the muscle control necessary to make precise movements with their fingers.

Drunk Driving Not the Only Way Alcohol Leads to Teen Deaths: Study

WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Less than one-third of the 4,700 annual underage drinking-related deaths in the United States result from road crashes, according to a new study.

'Western' Diet Not the Way to Age Well

WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new British study provides further evidence that eating a so-called "Western" diet may not be good for you in the long run.

Vitamin D May Help Prevent Uterine Fibroids

WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Women with adequate levels of vitamin D are less likely to develop uterine fibroids than those with insufficient levels, a new study finds.

Exercise May Blunt Heavy Drinking's Effect on Brain

WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- New research raises the possibility that exercise may protect the brains of heavy drinkers from the damage of alcohol.

No Tie Between Light Drinking During Pregnancy, Child's Development: Study

TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- A new study casts some doubt on the notion than any level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy is harmful to a child's neuropsychological development.

Helping Children Make Sense of the Senseless

TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- It's the day after the Boston Marathon bombings and three people are dead, including an 8-year-old boy who came to cheer on friends during the race. The boy's mother and sister are both seriously injured. A nation is on edge -- again. And parents are wondering what to tell their young children and how to help them cope with the carnage.

U.S. Infant Mortality Rates Finally Dropping Again: Report

WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- After five years of leveling off, the U.S. infant mortality rate is finally on the decline again, a new government report shows.

FDA Approves 'Abuse-Deterrent' Label for New Oxycontin

TUESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- In an effort to help curb the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said it is approving new labeling for a reformulated version of Oxycontin that its maker claims will be harder to abuse.

Prepared for Trauma, Overwhelmed by Carnage

WEDNESDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- It was an uneventful early afternoon on Monday in the emergency departments at Boston area hospitals. Staffs were working purposefully, efficiently through routine caseloads.

Health Highlights: April 17, 2013

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