Scientists Map DNA of Deadly Fungus

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who sequenced the genome of a deadly fungus say their achievement offers a genetic map for finding weaknesses in the fungus in order to fight it.

White House: 8 Million People Signed Up for Health Insurance

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eight million Americans signed up for private health insurance during the just-concluded first enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, the White House announced Thursday afternoon.

Salmonella Cases Dip in U.S., But Food Poisoning Rates Remain High

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While the United States has seen a decline in the number of Salmonella illnesses in recent years, there's been little progress overall in reducing food poisoning outbreaks, health officials say.

FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A surgical technique used to grind up uterine growths and remove them through tiny incisions could increase a woman's risk of cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.

Tonsillectomy May Spur Weight Gain in Kids, But Won't Cause Obesity: Study

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some children gain weight after having their tonsils removed, but this weight gain is typically confined to younger, underweight children and doesn't seem to add to obesity rates, a new study finds.

FDA Approves Under-the-Tongue Hay Fever Pill

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A novel treatment for the hay fever that plagues millions of Americans every fall was approved Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Most Medical Devices Approved for Kids Only Tested on Adults: Study

THURSDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Most medical devices approved for use in children are not tested on pediatric patients before they are marketed, a new Harvard study finds.

Low Birth Weight, Lack of Breast-Feeding Tied to Inflammation Risk in Adulthood

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Years later, people who were underweight at birth, and those who were breast-fed only a short time or not at all, could be at increased risk for chronic inflammation and related health problems, a new study suggests.

Creative Pursuits Might Boost Your Job Performance

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Creative activities outside of work may help boost your job performance, a new study suggests.

Off Season May Not Be Long Enough to Recover From Football 'Hits'

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that the brains of some football players who had the usual head hits associated with the sport, but no concussions, still had signs of mild brain injury six months after the season ended.

Quarter of Prostate Cancer Patients May Abandon 'Watchful Waiting' Approach

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors often recommend no treatment at all when a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, opting instead to keep a close eye on the slow-growing tumor and acting only when it becomes aggressive.

Health Highlights: April 17, 2014

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

Scientists Find New Way to Observe 'Good' Brown Fat

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a possible advance for obesity research, an MRI scan has pinpointed "good" brown fat in a living adult for the first time.

Bacteria May Survive Longer in Contact Lens Solution Than Thought

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Bacteria that can cause serious eye infections are able to survive longer in contact lens cleaning solution than previously known, a new study finds.

Mouse Study Reveals New Secrets of Fertilization

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report they have demystified how a sperm and egg couple, with new research in mice indicating that egg cells carry a special receptor that allows sperm to attach to and fertilize eggs.

School Bans on Chocolate Milk May Backfire

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found.

Small Childbirth Change Might Help Prevent Iron Deficiency in Babies: Study

THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changing how newborns are held immediately after birth could boost the use of delayed cord clamping and potentially reduce the number of infants with iron deficiency, according to a new study.

Health Tip: Avoid Emotional Driving

(HealthDay News) -- Your emotions can hinder your ability to drive safely, so you should keep them in check while you're behind the wheel.

Health Tip: Avoid Diaper Rash

(HealthDay News) -- Diaper rash can be sore and painful for your little one, but there are things you can do to help keep diaper rash at bay.

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Misdiagnoses Common Among U.S. Outpatients: Review

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- At least 5 percent of American adults -- 12 million people -- are misdiagnosed in outpatient settings every year, and half of these errors could be harmful, a new study indicates.