Low-Income Dads Are Involved With Their Kids, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that low-income, urban fathers in the United States take an active role in their children's health and encourage them to eat healthy foods and exercise.

Aggressive Drivers Often Identify With Their Vehicles

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Viewing your car as an extension of yourself can lead to aggressive driving, a new study warns.

Study Spots Early Signs of Math Disabilities in Kids

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- A number of factors associated with math disability in children have been identified by researchers.

Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Shin Splints?

(HealthDay News) -- Shin splints are a common overuse injury that causes pain and soreness in the large bone in the lower leg.

Health Tip: Help Keep Kids Safe on the Internet

(HealthDay News) -- The Internet holds vast amounts of information that can help kids with school projects and allow them to play interactive games.

Jaw Shrinks With Age, 40-Year Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- The human jaw shrinks with age and that can result in crowded front teeth among the elderly, a new study has found.

More Evidence That HPV Vaccine Shields Against Cervical Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that the Cervarix cervical cancer vaccine may provide "excellent" protection against a precancerous lesion that is often a forerunner to invasive cervical cancer.

Cavemen Knew It: Cooked Meat Offers More Energy

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Cooked meat provides more energy than raw meat and may have helped drive human evolution, according to a new study.

Money Woes May Drive Some Seniors to Smoke, Drink More

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Some older adults may turn to alcohol or cigarettes as a way to cope with financial stress, particularly men and people with less education, a new study suggests.

Doctors Might Miss Some Cases of Child Abuse

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Many cases of child abuse are not reported by primary health care providers, a new study suggests.

Experimental Drug Slims Obese Monkeys

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug that targets and kills fat cells in the blood appears to help obese rhesus monkeys lose weight, a new study suggests.

New Research Questions Wisdom of Cutting Down on Salt

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Although cutting back on salt does lower blood pressure, new research finds that it may also increase levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and other risk factors for heart disease.

Maternal Blood Test Might Spot Birth Defects More Safely

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- In what a team of scientists says is a first, the researchers appear to have successfully screened for a rare form of fetal abnormality by means of a completely noninvasive blood test.

Computer 'Pathologist' Could Help Assess Breast Cancer Survival

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- A new computer model analyzes microscopic breast cancer images and predicts patient survival better than the pathologists who do the job now, new research suggests.

Health Highlights: Nov. 9, 2011

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

New Treatment May Boost Survival in Advanced Lung Cancer Cases

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time, "epigenetic" therapy has shown promise in patients with solid tumors, in this case non-small cell lung cancers.

Brain Study Suggests Some Vegetative Patients Are Aware

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- An EEG, which measures brain activity, appears to be able to detect awareness in some patients thought to be in a permanent vegetative state, a new Canadian study finds.

Study Supports Shorter Wait Time for Alcoholics Seeking Liver Transplant

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Right now, alcoholics with seriously compromised livers are typically subject to a mandatory six-month "dry-out" period before they can receive a transplant.

Use Vanity to Reduce Young People's Sun Exposure: Task Force

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should appeal to young people's vanity to convince them to reduce their sun exposure, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in draft recommendations released Wednesday.