Artificial Sweeteners May Raise Blood Sugar Levels: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetics and dieters who turn to artificial sweeteners to soothe their sweet tooth may not be doing themselves any favors, a new Israeli study suggests.

 'Biospleen' Suggests New Way to Treat Blood Infection

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have developed a blood-cleansing device, called the "biospleen," that they say could potentially change the way the blood infection sepsis is treated.

 Researchers Discover How Bacteria Resist Antibiotics in Hospitals

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have uncovered a key factor to explain why antibiotic-resistant bacteria can thrive in a hospital setting.

 Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia -- even late in life, according to new research.

 Europeans Are Descendants of at Least 3 Ancient Human Groups: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Present-day Europeans are the descendants of at least three groups of ancient humans, according to a new study.

 12 States Now Reporting Severe Respiratory Illness That Targets Kids

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Twelve states now have confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illnesses that may have sickened hundreds of children, U.S. health officials report.

 Major U.S. Food Makers Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories From Products: Report

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sixteen major food and beverage companies have made good on their pledge to cut calories in their U.S. products, a new report finds.

 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

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

 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.