For Some With Alzheimer's, Occupational Therapy Can Bring Welcome Relief

FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Putting mirrors in unexpected places and keeping old photo albums handy might just make life a bit easier for people with Alzheimer's and those who live with and care for them.

Polishing the Gems Who Are Alzheimer's Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- After caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease for more than 30 years, occupational therapist Teepa Snow has gained a perspective on helping those with degenerative brain disorders that few others have.

Health Tip: Wash Produce Before You Eat It

(HealthDay News) -- It's important to wash all produce before you eat it, even those items you will peel first.

Health Tip: Grinding Your Teeth?

(HealthDay News) -- Many people grind their teeth and may not be aware of the habit, especially if it occurs during sleep.

With Insomnia, Mind May Also Wander During Day

THURSDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- People with insomnia have trouble concentrating during the day because the "wandering mind" areas of their brains may not be turned off, according to a new study.

Menthol Cigarette Use Rising Among Young Smokers

FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of young adults in the United States are smoking menthol cigarettes, a large new study finds.

Short Sleep on Work Nights Common: Poll

FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep culture seems to vary depending on where you live, according to an international survey.

Sleepy Teens Seem at Higher Risk for Pedestrian Accidents

FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep-deprived teens are at increased risk of getting hit by a vehicle while crossing the street, researchers warn.

Making Music May Encourage Teamwork in Kids

FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Making music can boost children's helpfulness, cooperation and problem-solving skills, according to a small new study.

Obesity Gene Tests May Not Hamper Weight-Loss Efforts

FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic testing for obesity risk does not discourage people from trying to lose weight -- instead, it may help reduce how much they blame themselves for their weight problems, according to a small new study.

Cataract Surgery Tied to Lower Death Risk for Patients With Vision Loss

FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Beside enjoying better eyesight, people who undergo cataract surgery may see another advantage: Those with cataract-related vision loss who have surgery to improve their sight have a lower risk of death than those who don't, a new study suggests.

Looking Sleepy Speaks Volumes, Study Says

THURSDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Every face tells a story, and when you've had too little sleep the world sees it in technicolor, a new study suggests. What's more, those red, puffy eyes and sagging eyelids likely influence what people think of you, the researchers say.

More U.S. Women Having Kids in Their 30s and 40s: Report

FRIDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- More women are waiting until later in life to have children, U.S. health officials reported Friday.

Health Highlights: Sept. 6, 2013

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