Health Tip: Teens, Take Action to Become Healthier

(HealthDay News) -- As they age, many teens gain more control over their school activities and social lives.

Health Tip: Employing Art Therapy

(HealthDay News) -- Art therapy uses creative means to help express emotions and deal with mental and physical challenges.

Black Children, Teens More Likely to Return to Hospital for Asthma: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Financial and social hardships are the major reasons black children and teens are twice as likely as whites to be readmitted to the hospital for asthma, a new study suggests.

Babies Born to Moms Over 35 May Have Lower Risk for Certain Birth Defects

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women in their late 30s or 40s are often told that the odds of delivering a baby with a birth defect rises with age.

Epidural May Beat Patient-Controlled Painkiller for Childbirth, Study Finds

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Epidurals are better pain relievers during labor than patient-controlled doses of a fast-acting painkiller called remifentanil, new research suggests.

Different Bacteria Levels Seen in Women Who Give Preterm Birth: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Bacteria in the female reproductive tract during the late second and early third trimester of pregnancy are different in women who will ultimately give birth prematurely than in women with full-term deliveries, new research suggests.

U.S. Teens Eat Too Much Salt, Hiking Obesity Risk: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns.

Many Parents of Obese Children Underestimate Their Weight

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Half the parents of overweight or obese children don't think their kids have a weight problem, a new analysis reveals.

HPV Shot Doesn't Encourage Sexual Activity in Young Girls: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds no evidence that getting the cervical cancer vaccine will encourage young girls to engage in sexual activity or give them a false sense of security about sex.

Gay Teen Boys More Likely to Use Muscle-Building Steroids: Survey

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gay and bisexual teen boys in the United States are much more likely to have used muscle-building steroids -- and to have used them heavily -- than their heterosexual counterparts, a new study suggests.

Study Ties Home Births to Higher Infant Death Rates

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of pregnant women who elect to deliver their baby at home is increasing, but home delivery can lead to problems, researchers say.

FDA Will Review Safety of Testosterone Therapy

SUNDAY, Feb. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spurred by a recent report that popular testosterone treatments might raise men's heart risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it now plans a review of the therapies' safety.

Health Highlights: Feb. 3, 2014

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

U.S. Abortion Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since 1973: Report

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. abortion rate in 2011 was the lowest it has been since 1973, and advances in contraception methods might be part of the reason why, a new report suggests.