Metformin May Not Help Obese Teens With Type 1 Diabetes

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin is the standby drug for millions of people with type 2 diabetes, but a new study finds that adding it to insulin therapy won't boost blood sugar control for overweight teens with type 1 diabetes.

 Ebola Blood Level May Predict Odds of Death, Study Says

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The levels of Ebola virus in a patient's blood can strongly predict the risk of death, a new study finds.

 Sleep Apnea Devices Lower Blood Pressure

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For those suffering from sleep apnea, the disrupted sleep and reduction of oxygen getting to the brain can contribute to high blood pressure, but the two common treatments for the condition both lower blood pressure, Swiss researchers report.

 HIV Prevention Pill May Not Need to Be Taken Daily

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that men at risk for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can benefit from a preventive medication taken before and after sex instead of every day.

 1 in 8 American Adults Still Have High Cholesterol: CDC

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About one in every eight American adults continue to have high levels of total cholesterol, while even more have low levels of "good" cholesterol, health officials reported Tuesday.

 Cracking Knuckles Sets Off 'Fireworks' on Ultrasound

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Radiologists believe they've figured out why knuckles crack, and the good news is the source of the noise does no immediate harm to your hand.

 New Diabetes Cases Among Americans Drop for First Time in Decades: CDC

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a sign that Americans may finally be turning the corner in the fight against diabetes -- and possibly obesity -- federal health statistics released Tuesday show that the number of new cases of diabetes has dropped for the first time in decades.

 Health Highlights: Dec. 1, 2015

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

 Higher Cigarette Taxes Tied to Fewer Infant Deaths

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that higher tobacco prices in the United States could save hundreds of infant lives every year by discouraging more women from smoking during and after pregnancy.

 Possible New Weight-Loss Tool: Blocking Stomach Artery

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A technique already used in the emergency room may have new potential as a minimally invasive treatment for morbid obesity, preliminary findings suggest.

 Health Tip: Use Antibiotics Wisely

(HealthDay News) -- An antibiotic can be a lifesaver if you or someone you love has a bacterial infection.

 Health Tip: Watch What You Eat

(HealthDay News) -- If you want to shed a few pounds or maintain an ideal weight, logging what you eat and drink is a great way to make sure you're not overdoing it.


 Crave Coffee Too Much? Talk Therapy May Help

MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A short round of "talk-therapy" seems to help over-consumers of caffeine dramatically cut back their intake, a small new study suggests.

 Brain Gains for Older Adults Who Start Exercising

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Beginning an exercise program may help protect older adults' brains or even reverse early mental decline, a small study suggests.

 Genes May Help Shield Seniors From Mental Decline: Study

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Humans have evolved to have gene variants that protect older adults from mental decline, new research suggests.

 Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Your Teeth

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even sugar-free sodas, sports drinks and candy can damage your teeth, a new study warns.

 Human Brains Aren't Distinctly Male or Female, Study Says

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's no such thing as a distinctly male or female brain, new research suggests.