A Little Dirt May Be a Good Thing

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Good hygiene has saved millions of lives, protecting people from countless bacterial and viral infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Talking -- or Not Talking -- Can Give Cancer Patients a Sense of Control

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Having control over how to communicate with family, friends and colleagues about their disease helps cancer patients cope with their situation, according to a new study.

Narcissists Make Horrible Bosses: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Narcissists' too-high opinion of themselves means they don't make good business or political leaders, according to a new study.

Health Tip: Dealing With Dizziness During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- It's common for women to feel dizzy during pregnancy, for reasons that include pressure on blood vessels caused by the expanding uterus, and the need to eat more food.

Health Tip: Managing Diabetic Heart Disease

(HealthDay News) -- The risk of developing diabetic heart disease (DHD) is directly related to a person's blood sugar level, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says.

When Protecting Baby Becomes an Obsession

THURSDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Many new mothers feel a bit anxious about caring for their infant. But sometimes that concern develops into an obsession over all the things that can go wrong.

Bad Body Odor May Be Caused by Metabolic Disorder

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of people with unexplained body odor may actually have an inherited metabolic disorder, a new study finds.

College Football Players Get Bigger, Stronger With Age

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- College football players show significant gains in size, strength and power over time, but smaller improvements in speed and agility, a new study says.

States Get Creative in Raising Money for Breast Cancer Programs

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Fundraising methods such as a state lottery, selling specialty license plates and offering the ability to make a donation on state income tax forms have raised millions of dollars for breast cancer research and prevention programs in the United States, a new study says.

Over Half of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitals Are Preventable: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-half of all adverse drug reactions treated in hospitals and emergency care are preventable, according to a new study.

Risk for COPD Higher Than Thought: Study

THURSDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) -- People are at much higher risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than previously thought, according to a new study.

New Approach to Treating Asthma in Pregnancy

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers in Australia have developed a new treatment plan to reduce asthma flare-ups in pregnancy while minimizing drug exposure to developing fetuses.

For Many Americans, 9/11 Worries Still Dominate

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half of all the U.S. adults who experienced physical or psychological problems in the months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks still struggle with feelings of fear and anxiety 10 years later, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found.

Children More Likely to Drink & Drive if Parents Drink: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who drink -- even moderately -- may increase the risk that their children will drive under the influence as adults, a new study has found.

FDA Advisers Call for Revised Labels for Osteoporosis Drugs

FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers recommended Friday that osteoporosis drugs such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva and Reclast come with revised labels, clarifying how long a patient should take a drug before potential health risks set in.

Health Highlights: Sept. 9, 2011

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