Health Tip: Using an Antihistamine

(HealthDay News) -- Antihistamines are medications used to prevent or treat allergy symptoms. Many of these medicines may be bought without a doctor's prescription.

Health Tip: Avoid Spreading Pinkeye

(HealthDay News) -- Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is a highly contagious infection that causes eye redness, discharge and irritation.

Depression Stigma May Be Fading: Survey

THURSDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans know what depression is and believe there is no shame in seeking treatment for the mental health condition, a new survey shows.

Healthy Lungs May Keep Brain Running Smoothly

THURSDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Good lung health may help you maintain your brain's processing speed and problem-solving abilities as you age, according to a new study.

Eye Docs Must Do More to Spot Unsafe Older Drivers: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Most eye doctors consider it their responsibility to ask older patients about driving problems, but this hit-or-miss approach may not be nearly enough to clear the roads of unsafe elderly drivers, new research suggests.

Many Seniors Overpaying for Medicare Drug Plans: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- For Medicare participants, choosing the right prescription drug plan is confusing and often leads to seniors paying hundreds of dollars more a year than they need to, a new study finds.

Another Meningitis Scare Emerges, Targeting NYC's Gay Men

THURSDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- As a nationwide outbreak of steroid-linked meningitis grabs headlines, health officials in New York City say a separate, unrelated outbreak is hitting gay and bisexual men.

Health Highlights: Oct. 11, 2012

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

Meningitis Toll Now 12 Dead, 137 Sick: CDC

THURSDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Twelve people have now died and 137 have been sickened in the national meningitis outbreak apparently linked to contaminated steroid injections, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

HIV Diagnoses Among U.S. Hispanics Vary By Region: CDC

THURSDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic Americans are diagnosed with HIV infection nearly three times as often as whites, but rates and causes differ by region, a new study finds. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.