Health Tip: Talk to Teens About Distracted Driving

(HealthDay News) -- It's all too easy for anyone, especially teens, to become distracted while driving.

Health Tip: Help Prevent a Stress Fracture

(HealthDay News) -- A stress fracture is a common injury of the lower leg and foot, involving overused muscles that become fatigued and are no longer able to protect nearby bones from stress and shock.

Some Stroke Survivors Can't Recognize Fear, Anger in Others

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Damage in some areas of the forebrain may prevent some stroke survivors from being able to recognize anger, disgust and fear, emotions that are related to assessing threats, a small study indicates.

Married Men Seek Help for Stroke Sooner Than Their Wives

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Married men with stroke symptoms are quicker to call for emergency help than married women, a new study finds.

Stroke Can Impact a Child's Language, Hand-Eye Coordination

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Lower IQs and problems with visual-motor and language skills are common among children who survive an arterial ischemic stroke, according to a new study.

Efforts to Reduce Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell Working: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Greater use of certain types of treatments for kids with sickle cell anemia may explain why black children's risk of ischemic stroke dropped significantly between 1999 and 2007, new research finds.

Pleasure in Scratching an Itch May Depend on Location

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes, there's nothing better than scratching an itch. And a new study suggests that where the itch resides is key to the pleasure derived from scratching.

Lack of Sunlight May Raise Stroke Risk

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The amount of sunlight you are exposed to might play a part in determining your stroke risk, new research suggests.

'People Pleasers' More Prone to Overeating: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A warning to certain types as those Super Bowl parties approach: People with a need to please others are more likely to eat too much in social situations, a new study suggests.

Same Genes Key to Early & Late-Onset Alzheimer's: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- People who develop Alzheimer's disease late in life may have the same gene mutations linked to the inherited, early onset form of the condition, according to a new study.

Anemia May Boost Death Risk After Stroke

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Anemia more than triples a man's risk of death after suffering a stroke, a new study suggests.

Anesthesia in Early Childhood May Be Linked to ADHD

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Children who have more than one surgery with general anesthesia by their second birthday might be at higher risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests.

Scientists May Be Closer to Developing 'Red Wine' Drug

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. researchers believe they've discovered how resveratrol -- a chemical found in red wine and other plant products -- provides health benefits.

If Your Dining Partner Overeats, So May You

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- When people share a meal together, they tend to eat as much or as little as their dining companion does, as many studies have shown.

It's 'Buyer Beware' When Getting Statins Off the Internet

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Be wary of buying the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins on the Internet, British researchers say.

'Morning-After' Pill May Be New Option to Treat Painful Fibroids

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1 (HealthDay News) -- The morning-after pill may help shrink painful fibroids and relieve excessive bleeding, new research indicates.

New Anti-Clotting Drug May Cut Brain Bleeding Risk: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A new medication that helps prevent strokes in people with the abnormal heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation poses less risk of bleeding in the brain than a commonly used drug, research comparing rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and warfarin suggests.

Health Highlights: Feb. 2, 2012

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

Pet Turtles Carry Salmonella Dangers, CDC Warns

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- The sale of pet turtles was banned three decades ago in the United States, but the small reptiles are still available and continue to infect young children with salmonella, a new report warns.

Being Fit Before Stroke May Aid Recovery

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long known that regular exercise can help lower the risk of stroke, but a new study suggests that people who are physically fit also have better odds of recovery if they do suffer a stroke.

Too Few American Adults Getting Needed Vaccinations: CDC

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, some 45,000 Americans die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines, health officials said Thursday.

Mouse Study Suggests Alzheimer's Spreads Through Brain Like an Infection

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Alzheimer's disease appears to spread through the brain, traveling from neuron to neuron in much the same way that an infection or cancer moves through the body, new research with mice suggests.

Women Wear Red on Friday to Highlight Heart Health

THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, according to the American Heart Association, but millions of women are not even aware of their risk because heart disease is often silent and misunderstood.