Cataract Surgery a Plus for Someone With Dementia, Study Says

SUNDAY, July 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Along with improving vision, cataract surgery may slow mental decline in people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, a new study suggests.

Staying Active May Help Prevent Dementia

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being physically active in middle age appears to help reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, suggest the findings from two new studies.

Eye Tests Might Help ID Alzheimer's, Studies Suggest

SUNDAY, July 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eye tests could be used to identify people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, two new studies suggest.

Health Tip: Getting a Massage?

(HealthDay News) -- While massage therapy can help ease various aches and pains, it's not appropriate for everyone.

Health Tip: Giving Children Chores

(HealthDay News) -- Establishing chores for children, even young ones, can teach the importance of being part of a team and helping out. It may also build self-esteem, experts say.

Could a Simple Smell Test Help Spot Alzheimer's Early?

SUNDAY, July 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that a faltering sense of smell might signal the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, and that an inexpensive, low-tech smell test could spot who needs more extensive screening for dementia.

Can Games, Puzzles Keep Aging Minds Sharp?

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who enjoy mentally stimulating games may have bigger brains and sharper thinking skills than their peers, new research suggests.

Widowhood May Delay Dementia in Some Seniors, Study Finds

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Losing a spouse may be linked to multiple health issues, but dementia isn't one of them, according to a new study.

iPads Can Trigger Nickel Allergies in Kids

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When an 11-year-old boy in San Diego developed a nasty skin allergy, doctors traced it to the nickel in his family's iPad.

Stress May Leave You Heading to the Cookie Jar

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress can slow a woman's metabolism and lead to weight gain, new research suggests.

Bed-Sharing Linked to SIDS

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Risk factors for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) appear to change with the age of the infant, researchers say.

Spoon Measurements Behind Many Child Drug-Dosing Errors: Study

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using a teaspoon or tablespoon to administer kids' medications can often lead to medication dosing errors, a new study reports.

High Blood Pressure May Protect the Very Old From Dementia

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests high blood pressure may not be all bad. Elevated levels might help to stave off mental decline among the extreme elderly, the study suggests.

FDA Advisers Weigh Risks of Procedure for Removal of Uterine Fibroids

SATURDAY, July 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's no way to guarantee that a surgical technique used to grind up uterine growths and remove them through tiny incisions won't increase the risk of spreading cancer to other parts of a woman's body, U.S. health advisers said Friday.

Health Highlights: July 14, 2014

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