Health Tip: Signs That an Elderly Person Isn't Eating Right

(HealthDay News) -- Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to the effects of poor nutrition when they don't eat the right foods.

Health Tip: Reading Out Loud With Your Child

(HealthDay News) -- Reading aloud to your child is a great way to spend time together, and it helps the child develop and learn.

Fitness May Help Ward Off Depression in Girls

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more fit middle-school girls are, the less likely they may be to develop symptoms of depression, according to a recent study.

Gut Bacteria May Reveal Colon Cancer, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Analyzing the composition of people's collection of gut bacteria -- also called the gut microbiome -- can help improve identification of those who are at risk for, or already have, colon cancer, according to a new study.

Is the PSA Test Worth It? Major Study Is Inconclusive

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The value of the PSA test to screen men for prostate cancer has long been debated, and a new study of 162,000 men may not resolve the issue.

New Cancer Classification System Might Boost Patient Outcomes

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changes to the way cancers are classified could lead to more accurate diagnoses and perhaps more effective treatments in about one in 10 cancer patients, new research suggests.

U.S. Hospitals See Big Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drug-related suicide attempts in the United States increased over a recent six-year period, with dramatic increases seen among young and middle-aged adults, health officials reported Thursday.

Eating Out Equals Eating More

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that people who eat out consume an average of about 200 calories more a day than when they cook at home.

Health Highlights: Aug. 7, 2014

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

CDC Raises Ebola Outbreak Response to Highest Alert Status

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday raised the level of its response to the West African Ebola outbreak to its highest alert status.

Some Home Tattoo Kits Recalled Due to Infection Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Inks in some home tattoo kits are contaminated and could cause skin infections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Orbactiv Approved for Drug-Resistant Skin Infections

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The antibacterial drug Orbactiv (oritavancin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat drug-resistant skin infections in adults, the agency said in a news release.