Health Tip: Taking Medication to Manage Diabetes

(HealthDay News) -- Medication can help keep diabetes under control, but it's important to understand what you're taking and how to take it.

Health Tip: How Radon Gets In

(HealthDay News) -- Radon is an odorless but toxic gas that can seep into buildings, including ground-level homes.

Deep Belly Fat Could Weaken Men's Bones, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Obese men with a lot of deep belly fat are at greater risk for bone-thinning than other men, a new study finds.

Long-Term Use of Some Antipsychotics Not Warranted in Older Adults: Study

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The safety and effectiveness of four drugs commonly used to treat older adults with schizophrenia, dementia, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions are being called into question by a new study.

Certain Arthritis Patients Fare Worse After Joint Replacement: Study

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to suffer hip dislocation after hip replacement surgery than those with osteoarthritis, a new study says.

Overactive Thyroid May Raise Risk for Common Irregular Heartbeat

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) are at increased risk for a common and potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a large study suggests.

Statins Plus Exercise Best at Lowering Cholesterol, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- People who exercise along with taking statins to lower their high cholesterol levels can dramatically reduce their risk of dying, a large new study suggests.

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Tied to Later Heart Trouble

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Single-child mothers who develop preeclampsia during their pregnancy are more likely to die from heart disease later in life than mothers with multiple children who developed the blood pressure condition during their first pregnancy, a large, new study suggests.

Most Women Who Choose Double Mastectomy Don't Need To, Study Shows

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 70 percent of women with breast cancer who choose to have both breasts removed as a precaution actually have a low risk of developing cancer in the healthy breast, a new study finds.

Toxic Chemicals in Many Couches Sold in U.S.: Report

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Many couches sold in the United States contain toxic chemical flame retardants that have been linked with cancer, hormone disruption and neurological damage, according to a new study.

Depression a Key Factor in Health of Parkinson's Patients: Study

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is the most important determinant of the health status of people with Parkinson's disease, according to early findings from a large study of Parkinson's patients.

Supplements of Red Wine Antioxidant Don't Help Obese Men

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Despite showing early promise in some animal studies, supplements of resveratrol, an antioxidant found aplenty in red wine, did not improve insulin sensitivity or heart health in obese men, a small trial found.

Health Highlights: Nov. 28, 2012

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

Heart Drug Digoxin Tied to Higher Death Risk for Some Patients

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The widely used heart drug digoxin is associated with an increased risk of death in people with the common heart rhythm disorder know as atrial fibrillation, a new study finds.