Too Much Alcohol at Midlife Raises Stroke Risk, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Too much alcohol in middle age can increase your stroke risk as much as high blood pressure or diabetes, a new study suggests.

 Early Birds May Catch the Worm, but Night Owls May Snatch the Win

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Who's going to win Sunday's Super Bowl? It may depend, in part, on which team has the most "night owls," a new study suggests.

 Good Sleep Habits, Enforced Rules Help Kids Sleep: Study

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A regular bedtime and other sleep-related rules help children and teens get a good night's sleep, a new study suggests.

 Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After a rough start to the flu season, the number of infections seems to have peaked and is even starting to decline in many parts of the nation, federal health officials reported Thursday.

 Acne Gel Linked to Rare Side Effect, Doctors Warn

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For certain people, the acne treatment Aczone may be linked to a rare blood disorder, a new case study contends.

 Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A cluster of 12 Colorado children are suffering muscle weakness and paralysis similar to that caused by polio, and doctors are concerned these cases could be linked to a nationwide outbreak of what's usually a rare respiratory virus.

 Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medications if they've been diagnosed with cancer, researchers report.

 Arizona Officials Say Nearly 1,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Measles

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a development that could dramatically widen the scope of a measles outbreak that began last month at Disney parks in California, Arizona health officials said Wednesday that up to 1,000 people in that state may have been exposed to the highly infectious disease.

 Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report.

 Nearly 1 in 10 Adults Skips Meds Due to Cost, CDC Says

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in 10 American adults don't take their medications as prescribed because they can't afford to, health officials reported Thursday.

 Binge-Watching TV May Be Sign of Depression, Loneliness

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Binge-watching television is linked with feeling lonely and depressed, a new study suggests.

 Health Highlights: Jan. 29, 2015

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

 Health Tip: Using Sunscreen

(HealthDay News) -- While anyone who applies sunscreen will benefit from its protection, some people should never venture outside without it, experts say.

 Health Tip: Handling Your Child's Fears About Weight

(HealthDay News) -- What does a parent do if you hear your child lament, "I'm fat?"

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 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.