Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure in the womb to household chemicals known as phthalates might increase a child's future risk of developing asthma, Columbia University researchers reported in a new study.

 Health Highlights: Sept. 17, 2014

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 Health Tip: Minimize Jet Lag

(HealthDay News) -- It's difficult to eliminate jet lag altogether, but there are things you can do to minimize symptoms of poor sleep, fatigue and difficulty concentrating.

 Health Tip: Avoiding Salmonella From Your Pet

(HealthDay News) -- Just like their owner's cuisine, a pet's food can be contaminated with nasty germs such as salmonella.

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 Urine Test for HPV Works Well, Analysis Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple urine test can routinely spot human papillomavirus (HPV), which is linked to the risk of cervical cancer, a new analysis found.

 Modern Forensics Provides Clues to Death of Richard III

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Modern forensic techniques are shedding light on a 500-year-old mystery: Which battlefield injuries might have killed King Richard III, the last English monarch to die in battle?

 Researchers Don't See Long-Term Benefits From Drug for Preemies

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although magnesium sulfate is routinely given to pregnant women at risk for very preterm delivery, new research suggests it won't provide any long-term benefits for infants.

 Most Treatments for Blood Clots Appear Safe, Effective

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost all the various treatment options for blood clots that form in veins are equally safe and effective, new research shows.

 Some Benefits of Screening Elderly Women for Breast Cancer Questioned

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Including women older than 70 in national breast cancer screening programs won't lead to a sharp reduction in advanced forms of the disease, a new study finds.

 Combo Therapy Best for COPD: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination drug therapy aimed at opening the airways and reducing inflammation appears to be the best treatment for older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially those with asthma, a new study finds.

 U.S. Waistlines Keep Growing, With Women Leading the Way

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' belt size continues to inch up, and women's waistlines are widening faster than men's, according to new government research.

 Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

 Targeted Drugs Among Successes Against Cancer, Says New Report

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, compared to just 3 million in 1971, the American Association for Cancer Research reported Tuesday.

 1 in 5 U.S. Men Admits to Violence Against Spouse, Partner

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One in five American men admits to using violence against his spouse or partner, a new survey shows.

 Movantik Approved for Constipation From Opioids

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Movantik (naloxegol) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat opioid-induced constipation, the agency said Tuesday.

 Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test is the first objective scientific way to diagnose major depression in adults, a new study claims.

 Obama to Step Up Aid to Fight Ebola in West Africa

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- On the same day that President Barack Obama was to announce a significant increase in U.S. aid to help combat West Africa's Ebola crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the window to contain the deadly virus was closing and infections could start doubling every three weeks.