Fractures Take High Toll on High School Athletes

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Fractures account for about 10 percent of all injuries suffered by U.S. high school athletes, and can have a major physical, emotional and financial impact on the young competitors, according to a new study.

Health Tip: Make Sure Kids Get Enough Water

(HealthDay News) -- Fever, vomiting and diarrhea can all lead to dehydration, especially when under-the-weather little ones aren't interested in eating and drinking.

Health Tip: Remove a Splinter

(HealthDay News) -- Even if a splinter doesn't hurt, you should remove it properly without delay to prevent possible infection.

Teen Girls Who Smoke May Up Risk for Future Bone Disease

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Teen girls who smoke may be at greater risk for osteoporosis, according to a new study that found girls who smoke build up less bone during this critical growth period in their lives.

Study Supports Link Between Stress, Epileptic Seizures

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have long thought that stress plays a role in epileptic seizures, and new evidence suggests that epilepsy patients who believe this is the case experience a different brain response when faced with a nerve-wracking situation.

Heavy Smokers Cut Back the Most When Cigarette Taxes Rise: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting cigarettes taxes may cause heavy smokers to cut back more than lighter smokers, researchers have found.

Severe Gum Disease May Be Linked to Impotence

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a man, new research suggests that brushing and flossing regularly could have an impact on your sex life.

New Guidelines Urge Limiting Endoscopy for GERD

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Heartburn can usually be diagnosed and managed without the use of an invasive procedure called an upper endoscopy, according to new recommendations for doctors.

'Synthetic Pot' Sending Thousands of Young People to ER: Report

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- U.S emergency rooms tended to more than 11,400 cases of drug-related health complications specifically linked to the use of synthetic marijuana in 2010, a new government report reveals.

Health Highlights: Dec. 4, 2012

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