Young Girl's Plea For Contact Lenses Pays Off

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- It came as no surprise to Christina Daves from Gainesville, Va., when her daughter asked for contact lenses at the age of 9.

What's Best for Kids' Eye Health? Experts Give Insight

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- For generations, countless adults have urged kids to eat carrots to protect their eyesight.

Winter Depression May Require Treatment Plan

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Feeling sluggish or moody when it's darker and cold outside is not uncommon, but it could be a sign of seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that develops during the winter.

Health Tip: Calming a Fussy Baby

(HealthDay News) -- A soothing routine can help calm your fussy baby and give you some peace.

Health Tip: Think Before You Eat

(HealthDay News) -- Mindless eating can cause the calories to add up quickly, and before you know it your pants are more snug than usual.

Some Kids Abusing Common Baking Ingredients

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Some common holiday baking ingredients -- such as cinnamon, nutmeg and marshmallows -- can be abused and lead to serious health problems and even death, an expert warns.

Today's U.S. Soldiers Fitter Than Decades Ago: Report

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan had been healthier than troops in previous wars, military researchers report.

Lifestyle Affects Outcome of Peripheral Artery Procedure: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with blocked leg arteries are less likely to suffer complications after a procedure to open their arteries if they quit smoking and take aspirin and cholesterol-lowering statins, a new study indicates.

Health Highlights: Dec. 26, 2012

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