Health Tip: Keep Battery-Powered Devices Away From Kids

(HealthDay News) -- So-called "button" batteries power many of the devices that keep little ones interested, so it's important to take steps to protect kids from ingesting these batteries.

Health Tip: Cleaning Up From a Flood

(HealthDay News) -- If your home has been flooded after a recent hurricane or rain, make sure you take precautions to avoid making yourself sick.

Kids' Attitudes Toward Disabled People Improve With Contact

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Children's attitudes toward people with disabilities improve when kids have more contact with them, according to a new study.

Gene Tweak Boosts Lifespan by 20 Percent in Mice

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- By suppressing a gene involved in metabolism and energy balance, researchers extended the average lifespan of a group of mice by about 20 percent -- thought to be one of the longest lifespan increases ever observed in mice.

Middle-Aged Health Behavior a Matter of Degrees

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged Americans with a college degree are more likely to make healthy lifestyle changes when confronted with a health problem than those who dropped out of college or never went, new research finds.

Anxiety Linked to a Need for More Personal Space

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- It might be a good idea to back off a bit when dealing with people who suffer from anxiety, according to a new study, because the disorder seems to affect the need for more personal space surrounding the body, also called "peripersonal space."

New Clues to Causes of Autism Found

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- A group of enzymes in the brain appears to be key to the activity of many genes linked to autism, a new study reveals.

Experimental Drug Shows Promise for Rare Genetic Disorder

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- A new medication appears to be highly effective in combating a heredity-based form of the organ-damaging genetic disorder known as amyloidosis, according to researchers.

Prescription Sleep Aids a Common Choice for American Insomnia

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- About 4 percent of American adults -- more than 8.5 million people -- have used a prescription sleep aid in the past month, and the use increases with age, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

Toddlers Can Die From Swallowing Parents' Drug Detox Meds

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Children are natural explorers and imitators. But, they don't have the capacity to understand the potential danger in some activities. That helps explain why among 2-year-olds, one of every 180 ends up in the emergency room due to medication poisoning every year.

Poverty May Tax Thinking Skills

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- People living in poverty may face more than a shortage of money: A new study suggests it might also drain brain power.

Health Highlights: Aug. 29, 2013

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

Hundreds of Thousands of Teens Use Pot, Alcohol Each Day: Report

THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recent gains against substance abuse by American teens, hundreds of thousands of them use marijuana and alcohol on a given day, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.