Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis Shows Some Promise in Study

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis has for the first time shown slight but significant benefit on lung function, new British research reveals.

 Behind Many High-Achieving Children...

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Talented children who reach their potential likely have dedicated parents to thank for their success, a new study found.

 Rapid Response Guidelines May Improve Children's Stroke Care

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A rapid response plan for children who visit the emergency room with stroke-like symptoms can help doctors make a faster diagnosis, new research suggests.

 Americans' Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk that any one American will die from cancer -- the cancer death rate -- is going down, regardless of sex or race, a new government study reports.

 Migraine's Link to Higher Heart Disease Risk May Not Be Genetic

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who have migraines have a greater risk for heart disease, but their genes may not be to blame for the connection, new research suggests.

 Many Americans Trying to Cut Their Salt Intake: CDC

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Worried about links between high daily salt intake, high blood pressure and stroke, half of American adults questioned in a recent poll say they've tried to cut back on sodium.

 Mass Killings, School Shootings in U.S. May Be 'Contagious'

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mass killings and school shootings in the United States may be "contagious," inspiring similar killing sprees, new research suggests.

 Orkambi Approved for Cystic Fibrosis

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Orkambi (lumacaftor and ivacaftor) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat cystic fibrosis in patients who have inherited two copies of a specific gene mutation from their parents.

 Children with Autism Respond Differently to Smells: Study

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism spectrum disorders appear to respond to stinky smells differently from children without autism, a new study found.

 Drug Offers Hope Against Disease Where Sunlight Causes Pain

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Just a few minutes of sun exposure can cause debilitating pain for people like Savannah Fulkerson, an 11-year-old with a rare genetic disorder.

 Could Blue Eyes Raise Odds for Alcoholism?

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with blue eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics, a new study suggests.

 Naps May Boost Worker Productivity

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a nap while on the job might help workers be more productive, new research suggests.

 How to Avoid July Fourth Allergy Flare-Ups

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fireworks, picnics and parades are favorite Fourth of July traditions for many people, but for those with allergies or asthma these activities could be uncomfortable or even dangerous.

 Summer Danger: BBQ Grill Brush Wires Causing Big Health Woes

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Before you bite into that burger on Independence Day, you might want to ask the chef whether a rusty old grill brush was used to clean the barbecue.

 Health Highlights: July 2, 2015

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

 Health Tip: Help Curb Sleep Talking

(HealthDay News) -- Talking in your sleep may not be dangerous or require treatment, but it can keep your partner awake.

 Health Tip: Pack Food and Water for Camping

(HealthDay News) -- There's often no getting around packing food and water for a camping trip. But make sure you pack the right stuff properly to help prevent food-borne illness.