Lead Exposure May Be Bigger Threat to Boys Than Girls

FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormones may explain why lead exposure is less likely to cause brain damage in girls than in boys, researchers report.

Some With Kidney Stones Might Have Calcium Buildup in Blood Vessels: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some people who develop recurring kidney stones may also have high levels of calcium deposits in their blood vessels, and that could explain their increased risk for heart disease, new research suggests.

More Evidence That Boxing Can Lead to Brain Damage

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Another study supports the notion that repeated blows to the head in boxing or the martial arts can damage the brain.

Too Much Alcohol at Midlife Raises Stroke Risk, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too much alcohol in middle age can increase your stroke risk as much as high blood pressure or diabetes, a new study suggests.

Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report.

Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When pregnant women have high blood pressure, more-intensive treatment doesn't seem to affect their babies, but it may lower the odds that moms will develop severely high blood pressure.

Following Blood Pressure Guidelines Saves Lives, Dollars: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If all Americans had their high blood pressure controlled, 56,000 fewer heart attacks and strokes would occur each year. And 13,000 fewer people would die -- without increasing health costs, a new study claims.

Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study -- this one involving patients with Parkinson's disease -- adds another layer of insight to the well-known "placebo effect." That's the phenomenon in which people's symptoms improve after taking an inactive substance simply because they believe the treatment will work.

Some Kids With Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 10 percent of preschool-age children diagnosed with autism saw some improvement in their symptoms by age 6. And 20 percent of the children made some gains in everyday functioning, a new study found.

72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Automated external defibrillators -- the kind that are installed and ready for use in many public spaces -- can save lives when needed.