High Carcinogen Levels Seen in Kids Living With Smokers

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco carcinogens were found in the urine of 90 percent of children who lived in a home where at least one parent smoked, a new study has found.

Fracture Risk Seen With Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of androgen deprivation therapy to treat prostate cancer may increase older patients' risk of broken bones, according to a new study.

Obesity Not Tied to Breast Cancer Risk in Mexican Americans

MONDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity isn't linked with breast cancer risk in Mexican-American women, a new study has found.

Silicone Implants Preferred by Mastectomy Patients: Survey

MONDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy seem to prefer silicone breast implants over saline (salt water) implants, researchers have found.

Health Tip: Buy a Safe Toy Chest

(HealthDay News) -- Toy chests, sometimes called toy boxes, can pose safety hazards if used improperly. These include the possibility of trapping a child inside, or the lid falling on tiny fingers.

Health Tip: Avoid Secondhand Smoke

(HealthDay News) -- People who don't smoke but inhale secondhand smoke are exposed to the same harmful chemicals as smokers, the American Cancer Society warns.

Smoking May Raise Risk of Death in Women With Breast Cancer

MONDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who smoke or previously smoked have a higher risk of dying than nonsmokers with breast cancer, new research finds.

Teens Waiting Longer for Sex, But Still Taking Risks: Analysis

MONDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Teenage girls in the United States are more likely than boys to have unprotected sex during their first sexual experience, new research indicates.

Housing Woes May Contribute to Poor Health

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who struggle to afford housing are at increased risk for poor health, according to a new study.

Few Young Women Getting Cervical Cancer Vaccine

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Few teenage girls and young women are getting the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), and many of those who start the regimen fail to take all three doses, new research reveals.

Scientists Use Tarantulas to Explore Human Fear

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- An experiment using humans, video footage of tarantulas and brain scans sheds new light on the many ways your mind responds to perceived danger.

Uniform Methods Urged for Grading Hospital Report Cards

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Differences in hospital surveillance methods affect the quality of public reporting of bloodstream infections on hospital report cards, researchers have found.

Higher Statin Doses Linked to Fewer Heart Attacks, Stroke

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Using high doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins appears to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke or the need for additional cardiac procedures more than regular doses of statins in people who have had a stroke or suffer from heart disease, two new studies find.

HPV Vaccinations Lead to Fewer Genital Warts: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of genital warts in Australia have decreased 59 percent in young women and 28 percent in heterosexual men since a government-funded human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program for all females aged 12 to 26 was launched in 2007, a new study shows.

Scientists Say They've Made Blood From Skin

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Canadian scientists say they have discovered how to make blood from human skin.

Lung Cancer in Smokers, Nonsmokers May Be a Different Disease

MONDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that lung cancer in people who have never smoked may be a different disease than it is in smokers.

States Urged to Fill Gap in Helping Smokers Quit

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. health care reform law offers help to the majority of smokers who are trying to quit, but states need to bridge coverage gaps to ensure that all smokers have access to smoking cessation treatments, a new American Lung Association report suggests.

Health Highlights: Nov. 9, 2010

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

Clinical Trials Update: Nov. 9, 2010

(HealthDay News) -- Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of ClinicalConnection.com:

OMG! Excessive Texting Tied to Risky Teen Behaviors

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Excessive texting and social networking may increase teens' risk for dangerous health behaviors, including smoking, drinking and sexual activity, a new study suggests.

Number of Uninsured American Adults Hits Record High

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 50 million Americans have gone without health insurance for at least part of the past year -- up from 46 million people in 2008, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Obese Teens Likely to Be Obese Adults, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Obese teenagers are 16 times more likely to become severely obese adults than teens of normal weight, new research finds.

Soy Chemicals May Lower Risk for Invasive Breast Cancer

TUESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- The more isoflavone-containing soy products a young woman eats, the lower her odds for developing invasive breast cancers, according to research slated to be presented at a meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research in Philadelphia.