Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy women at low risk of cardiovascular disease may be able to take hormone replacement therapy soon after menopause for a short time without harming their hearts, according to a new study.

 Healthy School Lunches Get Thumbs Up From Students

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Elementary school students seem to be satisfied with the healthier school lunches being offered to them, according to a new study of school officials.

 Pacemakers Common for Those With Dementia and Irregular Heartbeats

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who have dementia and heart rhythm irregularities are more likely to get a pacemaker than people without dementia, new research has found.

 Running Could Add 3 Years to Your Lifespan

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Runners may live an average three years longer than people who don't run, according to new research.

 Heat Stroke a Greater Threat to Endurance Runners Than Heart Problems: Study

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Endurance runners are far more likely to die of heat stroke than an undetected heart condition, according to a new study.

 CDC Downplays Ebola's Threat to the United States

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The deadly Ebola virus that continues to rage throughout West Africa poses little risk to Americans, U.S. health officials stressed Monday.

 Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists know it takes humans just milliseconds to look at someone's face and judge them good-looking or trustworthy.

 FDA Expands Use of Imbruvica for Form of Leukemia

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Approved use for Imbruvica (ibrutinib) has been expanded to include people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have a deletion in chromosome 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday in a news release.

 Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors' Lives: Study

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more chronic medical conditions people have at retirement age, the shorter their life expectancy may be, a new study claims.

 Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A common inflammatory muscle disorder that causes pain and stiffness in older people may increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, new research suggests.

 'Fist Bump' May Beat Handshake for Cleanliness

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers report that an alternative to the traditional handshake might spread far fewer germs around.

 Healthy 'Brown Fat' May Cut Odds for Obesity, Diabetes

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with higher levels of brown fat have a reduced risk for obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests.

 Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born prematurely appear to have a slightly increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots that they will carry into adulthood, Swedish researchers report.

 Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tonsillectomies are commonly done to relieve sleep apnea in children, but a new study confirms that the treatment can speed kids' weight gain -- especially if they're already overweight.

 Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants and children who are at risk of contracting meningitis because of specific health problems should be vaccinated against the infection, according to updated recommendations from the largest pediatrician group in the United States.

 Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Following a healthy lifestyle may help childhood cancer survivors reduce their risk for chronic health issues, a new study indicates.

 Health Highlights: July 28, 2014

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

 Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk

(HealthDay News) -- A herniated spinal disk may cause significant pain and discomfort as the disk matter presses on a nearby nerve.

 Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Bullying

(HealthDay News) -- With the explosion of social media outlets comes the prospect of more online bullying among children and teens.