Health Reporter Nearly Killed by Food Poisoning

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- As a health reporter, I'd heard plenty of stories about food contamination and had taken steps to make sure my family's food was as safe as it could be. If I saw friends eating undercooked ground beef, I'd gently chide them about the possible dangers of eating food that wasn't prepared properly. Friends dubbed me the "food police."

When It Comes to Food, Be Safe Not Sorry

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping up on food safety and nutrition can be confusing: One day a food is reported as good for you, and the next a study finds that it's not so healthy after all. It also can be frightening when a foodborne illness outbreak occurs.

Hand Gestures May Help Kids Solve Problems

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Young children who use hand gestures are better at problem-solving than those who don't use gestures, a new study contends.

High-Tech Prostate Scan May Boost Cancer Detection

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- An innovative fusion of MRI and ultrasound might be a better way to detect and assess prostate cancer, while helping men avoid unnecessary biopsies, researchers say.

Health Tip: Prepare for Hiking

(HealthDay News) -- Even hiking to enjoy nature has its rules and safety precautions.

Health Tip: Preparing Food With Less Fat

(HealthDay News) -- The way you prepare food can go a long way toward cutting the amounts of fat and calories in your diet.

Sleep Apnea May Be Linked to Glaucoma, Study Says

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- People with sleep apnea are at increased risk for glaucoma and should be screened for the eye disease, a new study suggests.

Study Sees Risk of Childhood Cancer Among Those With Specific Birth Defects

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Children with certain types of major birth defects not caused by chromosome abnormalities are at increased risk for childhood cancer, according to a new study.

Using Blood Pressure Cuff Right Before Heart Surgery Cuts Heart Damage: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Inflating a blood pressure cuff on a patient's upper arm just before heart bypass surgery reduces heart damage and may improve long-term survival, according to a new study.

Mediterranean Diet May Help Thwart Type 2 Diabetes, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) -- A Mediterranean-style diet and low-carbohydrate diets may help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

Certain Beer Brands Tied to More ER Visits, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Five brands accounted for the largest amounts of beer consumed by people before they were treated for injuries at an emergency department in a large U.S. city, according to a new pilot study.

Kindergartners' Soda Intake Linked to Aggression in Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Five-year-olds who drink soda every day may have more behavior problems than kids with soda-free diets, a new study of U.S. children suggests.

Kids With Autism Outperformed Others on Math Test, Study Found

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism and average IQs consistently did better on math tests than non-autistic children in the same IQ range, according to a small new study.

Health Highlights: Aug. 16, 2013

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

Cases in Stomach Bug Outbreak Continue to Climb

FRIDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- As U.S. health officials continue to try to track down the source of a widespread stomach bug outbreak, the number of cases continues to climb, with 576 illnesses now reported in 19 states.