Diabetes Drug May Help Kids With Autism Fight Unwanted Pounds

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug metformin may help overweight children and teens with autism slim down, a new study suggests.

Cancer on Course to Become Top Killer of Americans

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer is on track to become the leading cause of death in the United States, closing in on heart disease as America's number one killer, a new government study shows.

Cheap Face Masks Little Help Against Air Pollutants

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inexpensive cloth masks offer little protection against air pollution, a new study suggests.

Medical Marijuana's Pain Relief May Work Better for Men

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking a joint provides greater pain relief to men than to women, a new study indicates.

Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effects

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who suffer even mild head trauma are more likely to have serious issues later on, including psychiatric problems and premature death, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Aug. 24, 2016

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

Five More Cases of Local Zika Infection Reported in Florida

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Five more cases of locally transmitted Zika infection were confirmed by Florida health officials on Tuesday, including one in the Tampa Bay area.

Health Tip: Losing Hair After Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- Hormonal changes cause some new moms to lose hair after pregnancy. But there are things women can do to help their hair look fuller.

Health Tip: Explaining Circuit Training

(HealthDay News) -- Circuit training offers a fast-paced exercise regimen that moves quickly between different stations designed to work different areas of your body.

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Patent Monopolies Driving High U.S. Drug Prices: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing in the United States due in large part to government regulations, a new analysis finds.

Veterans' Painkiller Abuse Can Raise Odds for Heroin Use

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Veterans who misuse narcotic painkillers may be at high risk for heroin use, a new study cautions.

Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The use of power morcellators -- cutting tools used in minimally invasive gynecological procedures -- has dropped significantly for hysterectomies since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against their use two years ago, a new study finds.

Fast Action Can Prevent Sepsis Death: CDC

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many cases of life-threatening sepsis could be recognized and treated long before it causes severe illness or death, U.S. health officials report.

Gene Test Might Quickly ID Baby's Infection

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A quick genetic test might one day help doctors determine within hours whether a baby's fever is from a virus or a serious bacterial infection.

ADHD More Often Missed in Minority Kids

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While a higher percentage of black children show the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than white kids, they are less likely to be diagnosed or treated for the disorder, researchers report.