Health Tip: Use Resistance Tubing Safely

Resistance tubing is an inexpensive, convenient tool to help you get needed exercise -- at virtually any location.

Health Tip: Don't Despair About Your Pregnant Body

(HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy brings many changes to your body, and some women find them difficult to accept.

Chimps, Orangutans May Have Pretty Good Memories

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Chimpanzees and orangutans can remember events that occurred years ago, a new study indicates.

Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy Tied to Developmental Delays in Children

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- The children of women who take drugs to treat epilepsy during pregnancy may be at increased risk for physical and mental developmental delays early in life, a large, new study finds.

Your Smartphone May Be Making You Fat

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Smartphone users just might be the new couch potatoes.

Social Media Helps Pin Down Source of Foodborne Strep Throat Outbreak

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Social media played an important role in helping identify the source of a foodborne strep throat outbreak among people who attended a Minnesota high school dance team banquet, a case report says.

Menopausal Hot Flashes Might Be More Intense for Cancer Survivors

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors have more frequent and severe menopausal hot flashes than other women, a new study reveals.

U.S. Blacks Still Lag Whites in Life Expectancy: Study

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a significant increase in life expectancy in recent decades, black Americans still die almost four years earlier than white Americans do, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Drug Addicts, Dealers Are 'Doctor Shopping' for Pain Pills

WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- One of every 50 prescriptions for addictive prescription painkillers in the United States is filled for so-called "doctor shoppers" who obtain the drugs for recreational use or resale on the street, a new study finds.

Canadian Cold Front to Bring Relief From Heat Wave by Weekend

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Relief from the massive heat wave that has gripped the eastern half of the United States is coming, meteorologists said Thursday, but it will take a day or two before a Canadian cold front brings relief to cities along the eastern seaboard.

Health Highlights: July 18, 2013

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

Researchers Identify Genetic Link to Obesity in Mice

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- A rare genetic mutation linked to severe obesity has been identified by researchers who conducted experiments in mice and genetic analyses of people.

China's Bird Flu Might Someday Spread More Easily: Report

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- The deadly H7N9 bird flu virus has the potential to be easily transmitted from human to human, a new study suggests.

Researchers Spot Mutant Gene Behind Defects That Can Cause Kidney Failure

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've identified a genetic mutation that causes kidney and urinary tract defects.

Living Long and Healthy After 65 Depends on State: CDC

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Place and race influence healthy life expectancy at age 65, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

Texas Gov. Perry Signs Sweeping Abortion Bill

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law Friday an anti-abortion bill considered one of the most restrictive in the country.