Does Hope Have a Dark Side?

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine suffering from a chronic illness that challenges you every single day. You have aches and pains, difficulty getting around and sometimes suffer from surprising decreases in energy. You take fistfuls of medication for relief and endure countless medical procedures to keep the illness from progressing.

Record Heat Requires Exercise Precautions

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Autumn may be waiting in the wings, but the continuing summer heat and humidity means that you need to be careful when exercising outdoors.

Health Tip: When Hip Pain Signals Bursitis

(HealthDay News) -- Hip bursitis is a painful condition that occurs when the bursa, a soft sac that cushions the hip joint, becomes inflamed.

Health Tip: Training a Toddler to Use the Toilet

(HealthDay News) -- When training your little one to use the potty, it's best to start with a plan and a few guidelines.

Bird Flu Detection Takes a Novel Turn

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Bloodhounds, you've now got some unusual company: Trained mice were able to detect bird flu in ducks, according to novel research.

Long-Term Exercise Can Reduce Vets' Muscle Pain

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A bout of exercise can worsen the aches of American military veterans suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain, a small new study shows,

Quality of Pain Counts as Much as Intensity, Researchers Say

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of pain, not its intensity, should be a key assessment tool for doctors, a new study on carpal tunnel syndrome contends.

Preexisting Health Issues Add to Problems for Disaster Survivors

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Natural and man-made disasters are difficult for any person to endure, but researchers point out that these situations are particularly tough on people with disabilities and mental disorders.

Black Rice May Be Cheap Source of Antioxidants

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Blueberries and blackberries have high levels of antioxidants, which help the body deal with potentially dangerous cellular oxidation, but scientists say they've also found a cheaper source of antioxidants for consumers: black rice.

Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2010

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

Eggs Being Produced by Recall Farms Safe, if Pasteurized, Experts Say

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Hens at the two Iowa farms at the center of the recall of more than half a billion eggs linked to salmonella are still laying millions of eggs a day. And those eggs will end up in food products ranging from salad dressings to cookie dough to cake mixes.

Clinical Trials Update: Aug. 26, 2010

(HealthDay News) -- Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of

Widely Used Plastics Chemical Linked to Testosterone Boost

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) can affect men's testosterone levels, a new study has found.

Doctors' Religious Beliefs Can Color Their Care of Terminally Ill

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who are atheist or agnostic are almost twice as likely as their religious counterparts to make medical choices that can end a terminally ill patient's life more quickly, a new British study reveals.

CDC Revises Death Estimates From Flu

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past 30 years, the number of annual flu-related deaths in the United States has ranged from a low of about 3,300 to a high of about 49,000.

Chicken Feed May Be Source of Salmonella in Egg Recall: FDA

THURSDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health investigators say they've found positive samples of salmonella bacteria in feed given to chickens at the two farm enterprises implicated in the ongoing egg recall.