Health Tip: Understanding Gestational Diabetes

(HealthDay News) -- If you have gestational diabetes -- which develops while you're pregnant -- your goal is to keep your blood sugar at or below the same level as the average pregnant woman without the disease.

Health Tip: Power Up With an Afternoon Snack

(HealthDay News) -- Whether you need a pick-me-up at the office or your child needs an energy boost after school, a healthy snack can be just what you need to power through the afternoon.

Black Medical Students in U.S. Have Heaviest Debts, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Black medical school students are more likely to be saddled with large education-related debts than students from other racial or ethnic groups, and this discrepancy may help explain the declining number of black students in American medical schools, a new study indicates.

A Link Between Gum Disease and Alzheimer's?

TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Here's another reason to take good care of your teeth: Gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer's disease, a small new study suggests.

Second Dose of Vaccine Cuts Chickenpox Cases Even More, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Two doses of chickenpox vaccine are better than one, new research confirms.

Study Aging, Not Disease, for Real Benefits, Scientists Say

TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Research into ways to delay aging would provide better overall health and economic benefits than advances in deadly diseases such as cancer or heart disease, according to a new study.

Health Highlights: Oct. 8, 2013

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

More Deaths Among Older People During Economic Upswings: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors and middle-aged adults die more often when the economy kicks into high gear than when their nation is spiraling toward recession, a new analysis contends.

First Effective Malaria Vaccine May Be Near, Experts Say

TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Promising results from a large-scale clinical trial mean that the world's first malaria vaccine may be on the market by 2015 and could potentially save hundreds of thousands of lives a year.

Tom Hanks Has Type 2 Diabetes

TUESDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Tom Hanks, the Academy Award-winning actor, revealed Monday night that he has joined millions of Americans in a new role -- that of type 2 diabetic.