Want to Stay Healthy? Try Washing Your Hands

FRIDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Like "Turn out the lights" and "Don't slam the door," being told to "Wash your hands" is one of those universal instructions children hear every day.

Meet Henry the Hand: A Crusading Doctor's Right-Hand Man

FRIDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- When Dr. Will Sawyer, an infection prevention specialist, dropped off his young children at day care in the late 1980s, he saw something most parents rarely notice: germs, and lots of them.

Health Tip: Keep Nails Healthy

(HealthDay News) -- The condition of finger nails and toe nails can indicate overall health, so it's important to keep your nails neat and clean.

Health Tip: Cold Feet?

(HealthDay News) -- The term "trench foot" describes a foot injury caused by extended exposure to cold temperatures and wetness.

Truck Drivers Top List of Overweight Workers

THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Truck drivers, cleaning-service employees and mechanics are among the most obese groups of workers, new research contends.

Statin Therapy May Prevent Delirium in Critically Ill Patients

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Statins may help prevent delirium in critically ill patients who were taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs before they were admitted to hospital, a new study suggests.

Stocking Epinephrine in Schools Might Save Lives

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As a pediatrician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Denny has seen her share of the life-threatening reactions that can happen with food allergies.

Too Much Sitting May Be Harmful for Older Women

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who spend too much time sitting are more likely to die at an earlier age than highly active women, a large, long-term study says.

Vitamin D Supplements May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from the chronic pain of fibromyalgia might benefit from taking vitamin D supplements if they suffer from low levels of the vitamin, a new study from Austria suggests.

More Prisons Helping Inmates Enroll in Medicaid at Release: Survey

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some prison systems are enrolling prisoners in Medicaid to lower costs and help inmates have health care when they're released, a new study finds.

Smoking While Pregnant Raises Baby's Risk of Cleft Palate, Cleft Lip

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of having a baby with a cleft lip and cleft palate, the U.S. Surgeon General confirms in a new report.

Health Highlights: Jan. 17, 2014

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

Americans Eating Better, Cutting Calories: USDA

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American adults are eating healthier diets, making better use of nutrition information on food labels, consuming more fiber and less cholesterol, and getting fewer calories from total fat and saturated fat, a federal government report says.