Health Tip: Is Arthritis Affecting Your Hands?

(HealthDay News) -- Arthritis can affect the many small joints in the hands, making daily tasks difficult and painful.

Health Tip: Help Stay Healthy Mentally

(HealthDay News) -- To help ensure your mental health, it's important to follow a healthy lifestyle that's good for your mind and body.

Most of World's Adults Consume Too Much Salt, Study Finds

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of adults worldwide, including many Americans, consume nearly twice the daily recommended amount of salt, according to a new study.

Child Health Experts Come Out in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Marriage for same-sex couples -- and the right for all parents, regardless of their sexual orientation, to adopt or provide foster care -- is the best way to guarantee benefits and security for their children, according to child health experts.

Suicidal Thoughts More Common in Kids With Autism: Study

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism may have a higher-than-average risk of contemplating or attempting suicide, a new study suggests.

Brain Changes Could Contribute to Gulf War Illness: Study

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Many of the soldiers who served in the first Gulf War suffer a poorly understood collection of symptoms known as Gulf War illness, and now a small study has identified brain changes in these vets that may give hints for developing a test for diagnosing the condition.

News Coverage of Shootings May Boost Stigma of Mental Illness

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Media coverage of mass shootings by people with mental illnesses may heighten the stigma that already surrounds people struggling with mental disorders, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: March 21, 2013

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

They're Cute, But Chicks Carry Salmonella Dangers

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Just in time for Easter, health officials are issuing another cautionary tale about the dangers of salmonella infection from chicks and ducklings.

Dotarem Approved for Nervous System MRIs

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a contrast agent for use in MRIs of the brain, spine and other parts of the central nervous system.