Health Tip: Get More Bang for Your Beans

(HealthDay News) -- Beans are rich in fiber and full of valuable nutrients, while largely void of fat and cholesterol.

Health Tip: Know the Rules of Sponge Safety

(HealthDay News) -- Sponges may be a handy way to wipe up messes in the kitchen, but they can also spread germs.

Early Diabetes Signs Often Missed in Alzheimer's Patients

SUNDAY, July 14 (HealthDay News) -- Undiagnosed prediabetes and diabetes are common in people with early Alzheimer's disease, a researcher says.

Sleep Affects Concussion-Testing Results, Study Finds

SATURDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- Getting too little sleep the night before undergoing baseline concussion testing can skew results, a new study finds.

Largest-Ever Cancer Data Set Made Public

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. National Cancer Institute scientists have generated an extensive data set of cancer-related genetic variations to help researchers better understand how cancer responds to drugs and can resist treatment.

Diabetes Drug May Protect the Brain

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug metformin may do more than help control blood sugar levels: New research suggests it may also reduce the risk of dementia.

Second Cancer More Likely for Colon Cancer Survivors: Study

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Colorectal cancer survivors have an increased risk of developing subsequent cancers, according to a new study.

Putting Off Retirement May Help Stave Off Alzheimer's

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans increasingly delay retirement, a new French study indicates this scenario may have a silver lining: a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Concussion Prevention: Pass on Pricey Football Helmets, Study Suggests

SATURDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- Newer, heavier and more expensive football helmets will not lower a player's risk of concussion, new research finds.

Kids Mimic Parents' TV Viewing Habits

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- If you want your kids to spend less time parked in front of a television, you need to set the example.

Physical Punishment in Childhood Tied to Health Woes as Adults

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose parents use "harsh" physical punishment such as slapping or shoving may end up in relatively poorer physical health as adults, a new study suggests.

2 New Alzheimer's Drugs Show Promise in Early Studies

SUNDAY, July 14 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say two new drugs for Alzheimer's disease have shown promise in early experiments and will likely progress to the next round of clinical trials.

Could a Gene Help Make You Obese?

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have discovered a potential genetic explanation for why some people overeat and run a greater risk for obesity.

Cancer, Chemo May Lower Alzheimer's Risk, Study Suggests

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- If battling a deadly disease can be said to have a silver lining, this might be it: Many forms of cancer appear to lower the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

Texas Lawmakers Pass Strict Abortion Bill

SATURDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- The Texas state Senate passed an anti-abortion bill considered one of the most restrictive in the country Friday night, and Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign it into law within a few days.

Health Highlights: July 15, 2013

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

New Treatments Show Promise Against Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea

MONDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Two new promising treatments for gonorrhea may help fight the growth of drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted bacteria, according to a new U.S. government study.