Liberals, Independents Win Life Span Sweepstakes, Study Claims

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Liberals are in luck when it comes to longevity, new research contends.

 Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When pregnant women have high blood pressure, more-intensive treatment doesn't seem to affect their babies, but it may lower the odds that moms will develop severely high blood pressure.

 Have Insurers Found Way Around Obamacare 'Pre-Existing Conditions' Rule?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some insurance companies may be using high-dollar pharmacy co-pays to flout the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandate against discrimination on the basis of pre-existing health problems, Harvard researchers claim.

 Following Blood Pressure Guidelines Saves Lives, Dollars: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If all Americans had their high blood pressure controlled, 56,000 fewer heart attacks and strokes would occur each year. And 13,000 fewer people would die -- without increasing health costs, a new study claims.

 Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Triggers Immune Response, U.K. Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Early results suggest an experimental Ebola vaccine triggers an immune response and is safe to use.

 Study Suggests Early Start to Football May Pose Brain Risks

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As football fans prepare to watch the 49th Super Bowl this Sunday, a new study suggests that boys who start playing tackle football before the age of 12 may face a higher risk for neurological deficits as adults.

 U.S. Measles Outbreak Now Numbers 87 Cases

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of measles cases linked to the outbreak at Disney amusement parks in southern California has reached 87, health officials are reporting.

 Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study -- this one involving patients with Parkinson's disease -- adds another layer of insight to the well-known "placebo effect." That's the phenomenon in which people's symptoms improve after taking an inactive substance simply because they believe the treatment will work.

 Some Kids With Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 10 percent of preschool-age children diagnosed with autism saw some improvement in their symptoms by age 6. And 20 percent of the children made some gains in everyday functioning, a new study found.

 Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Extensive exposure to common chemicals appears to be linked to an earlier start of menopause, a new study suggests.

 ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Among people who use illicit drugs, those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) start using them one to two years earlier in their youth than those without the disorder, a new study finds.

 72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Automated external defibrillators -- the kind that are installed and ready for use in many public spaces -- can save lives when needed.

 More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants, Experts Estimate

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Organ transplants have saved more than 2 million years of life in the United States over 25 years, new research shows.

 Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 1 in 5 Americans 80 and older has weak strength in their muscles, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Financial incentives help pregnant women quit smoking, a new study shows.

 Health Highlights: Jan. 28, 2015

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

 Health Tip: Combat a Pinworm Infection

(HealthDay News) -- Pinworms are intestinal worms that may be easily spread and are common in children.

 Health Tip: Caring for a Cut or Scrape

(HealthDay News) -- When you get a cut or scrape, proper care can help reduce the risk of infection and speed healing.

 Weight Gain or Loss Linked to Fracture Risk in Older Women

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of broken bones increases with both weight gain and loss in older women, according to a new study.