Many Kids With Medicaid Use ER as Doctor's Office: CDC

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children covered by Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for the poor, visit the emergency room for medical care far more often than uninsured or privately insured youngsters, a U.S. survey finds.

 Parents of Obese Kids Often View Them as Healthy

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of obese children often don't view their kids as unhealthy or recognize the health consequences of excess weight or inactivity, according to a new study.

 More Than 10 Million People Gained Coverage Under Obamacare, Study Finds

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study estimates that more than 10 million uninsured Americans gained health coverage over the past year due to the Affordable Care Act.

 Young Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders?

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young children with strong reading skills may be on a fast track to a brighter future, a new study suggests.

 Health Tip: Keep Youngsters Outside the Pool

(HealthDay News) -- Toddlers are so curious that they're naturally drawn to an unattended pool. That's a recipe for tragedy.

 Health Tip: Recovering After Knee Replacement

(HealthDay News) -- Recovering from knee replacement surgery takes time, and it's important to prepare your home before the operation.

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 Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even though its use is often advised by doctors, the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol -- does not help treat lower back pain, according to a new Australian study.

 Good Odds for Those Who Need Bone Marrow Donor, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most blood cancer patients in the United States who need a bone marrow transplant can find an acceptable match through the National Marrow Donor Program, a new study has determined.

 Many U.S. Male Soldiers Had Troubled Childhoods, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. servicemen are more likely to have been exposed to some form of childhood trauma than their civilian counterparts, a large, new survey suggests.

 Painful, Itchy Patches Could Be Sign of Skin Cancer

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Painful or itchy skin lesions could be a warning sign of skin cancer, researchers report.

 Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regularly checking the pulse of a stroke survivor may help prevent another stroke, researchers report.

 Gene Study Gives New Insight Into Puberty in Girls

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The timing of a girl's first menstrual period may be determined by hundreds, and possibly thousands, of gene variations, a new study suggests.

 Cystic Fibrosis Drug Combo May Be Less Effective Than Hoped

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A powerful drug combo may not be as effective against cystic fibrosis as previously thought. New lab research on human cells suggests that one of the medications might stop the other from working properly.

 Dogs Can Get Jealous, Too

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Jealousy may not be the sole domain of humans, with new research showing dogs can get downright possessive when it comes to the love of their master.

 HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C, HIV antiretroviral therapy may help control both viruses, a small study suggests.

 Zydelig Approved for Three Types of Blood Cancer

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Zydelig (idelalisib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat relapsed forms of blood cancer, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (FL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), the FDA said Wednesday in a news release.

 Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. teens are using synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) to boost their muscles and athletic ability, a new study finds.

 Parent's Death May Raise Risk of Early Death for Grown Children, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children and teens who lose a parent might face an increased risk of an early death in adulthood, a new study suggests.

 Health Highlights: July 23, 2014

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