Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are more easily distracted during thinking and memory tasks than younger people, a new study finds.

 Human Brain Has Coping Mechanism for Dehydration

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The human brain can preserve oxygen to protect itself from the effects of dehydration, a new study finds.

 Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies seem to learn even before they're born, a new study suggests.

 IRS Caps Fines on Uninsured Americans at $12K for Family of 5

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. taxpayers who go without health insurance this year will face fines of up to $2,448 per individual or $12,240 for a family of five, the Internal Revenue Service says.

 Lymphoma Treatment May Harm, Halt Men's Sperm Production

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay -- Treatment for lymphoma may lower men's fertility, new research indicates.

 Genes May Be Key to Language Delay in Kids

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Twins' genes may play a greater role in language delay than their environment, according to a new study.

 Anal, Throat Cancers on the Rise Among Young Adults, Study Finds

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although cervical cancers are declining in the United States and Canada, other cancers linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) are increasing, a new study indicates.

 Most Adults Are Members of 'Clean Plate Club'

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Unlike children, the vast majority of adults finish all of the food they put on their plate at mealtime, according to a new study.

 Health Highlights: July 25, 2014

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

 The 'Hobby Lobby Ruling' and What It Means for U.S. Health Care

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage -- as mandated under the Affordable Care Act -- could lead to a legal quagmire that might allow companies to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles, some health care experts say.

 Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.

 Lift U.S. Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men, Experts Say

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

 Health Tip: Pack Safety Essentials for a Long Hike

(HealthDay News) -- If you're heading out on a trail or hike, make sure you're equipped with a few safety tools.

 Health Tip: Easing Headache Pain

(HealthDay News) -- Headache symptoms vary, from a sharp pain to a dull throb. Remedies to treat these symptoms are similarly numerous.