Health Tip: Are You Taking Opioids as Prescribed?

(HealthDay News) -- Opioids are powerful prescription pain medications, and great care must be taken to avoid possible overdose and addiction.

Health Tip: Stay Safe During a Thunderstorm

(HealthDay News) -- Lightning is one of nature's leading killers. As the old adage goes, "If you can hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning."

Your Feet Aren't So Evolved After All, Study Reveals

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Your feet may be less unique and evolved than once thought: A new study suggests that the mechanisms of human feet have much in common with those of great apes.

Genetic Risks for Eating Disorders, Alcoholism May Be Connected

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholism and certain types of eating disorders share common genetic risk factors, according to a new study.

'Fat Letters' Take the Stage in Childhood Obesity Debate

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- If their kids are frequently tardy, truant or failing to turn in homework, parents of U.S. schoolchildren expect to be notified. And in some districts, they might be contacted about yet another chronic problem: obesity.

Taking a Bath After a Workout? Hold the Ice, Researchers Say

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Taking an ice bath after a workout does not reduce soreness or strength loss, according to a new study.

Study Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of Delerium Drug

TUESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Haloperidol, an antipsychotic drug that's widely used in hospitals to treat delirium in critically ill patients, is no more effective than a placebo, a new study contends.

Health Highlights: Aug. 21, 2013

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

Poor Oral Hygiene Tied to Cancer-Linked Virus, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21 (HealthDay News) -- People whose teeth and gums are in poor condition may be more susceptible to an oral virus that can cause certain mouth and throat cancers, a new study suggests.