State Laws Help Reduce Concussions in Youth Sports

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- State laws aimed at curbing an alarming rise in concussions among student athletes appear to be working.

3 Million Americans Say They Carry Handguns Every Day

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 3 million Americans carry a loaded handgun with them on a daily basis, a new survey reveals.

Lying Down After an Epidural: A Smart Idea?

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lying down after an epidural increases a first-time mother's chances of having a normal birth, a new study suggests.

Is a Dangerous Bird Flu on the Horizon?

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found new evidence that the H7N9 bird flu, currently confined to China, has the potential for a widespread outbreak.

Obamacare Widened Access to Cancer Care

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. cancer patients gained insurance they needed for their care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), new research reveals.

People Deemed Better Looking, Better Off After a Nose Job

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Is a "nose job" worth it? And if so, how much?

Could Too Much Exercise Be Bad for Men's Hearts?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to exercise, can you get too much of a good thing?

More Young Kids Spending Lots of Time on Phones, Tablets

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In recent years, young American children have gone from spending 5 minutes a day on some sort of mobile device to spending 48 minutes a day doing so, new research shows.

Gene Therapy Approved for B-Cell Lymphoma

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) --Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first form of gene therapy for a non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) form of cancer.

Most Americans Shouldn't See Big Rise in Obamacare Premiums

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans who buy health insurance through an Affordable Care Act marketplace will not pay significantly more for their coverage in 2018, despite actions by President Donald Trump that have roiled the insurance markets.

Even a Little Walking Can Lengthen Your Life

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- That evening stroll you take after dinner most nights may be doing you more good than you realize -- new research suggests even a bit of regular walking can reduce your risk of death.

Self-Harm on the Rise Among Teen Girls

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teen girls are much more likely to self-harm than boys, and the dangerous practice is on the rise.

Gung Ho for Green Tea

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether to relax, warm up or even curb your appetite, there's nothing quite like sipping a soothing cup of tea.

FDA Approves 2nd Gene Therapy

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the second gene therapy for use in the United States.

1 in 5 Young Women Who Tan Indoors Get Addicted

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 20 percent of young white women who've been to a tanning salon become addicted to tanning -- even though doing so raises their risk of deadly skin cancer and premature skin aging, a new study reports.

Does Your Dog 'Talk' to You?

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some people swear their dogs can communicate with them. A new study adds some credence to that belief.

Health Highlights: Oct. 19, 2017

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

Health Tip: Protect Yourself Against Breast Cancer

(HealthDay News) -- Family history and age are risk factors that you cannot change, but there are lifestyle choices that you can make to better control your risk of developing breast cancer.

Health Tip: Don't Spread Infectious Disease

(HealthDay News) -- While playing organized sports is a great way to get exercise, buses and locker rooms may be perfect breeding grounds for infectious disease.