Health Tip: Offer Kids the 5 Food Groups

(HealthDay News) -- Making sure your kids eat a variety of healthy foods can be daunting, but it helps to have a list of healthy options in each of the five basic food groups.

 Health Tip: What's Triggering Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

(HealthDay News) -- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be characterized by symptoms including abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, gas, constipation and bloating.

 Belief in Acupuncture Key to Effect on Back Pain, Study Suggests

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture for back pain is more likely to help people who believe the treatment will work, new research suggests.

 When Babies Spit Up, Don't Panic

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some babies spit up more than others, but it doesn't necessarily mean they have a problem, an expert says.

 Epilepsy Surgery Gets High Marks From Patients in Survey

THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than nine in 10 epilepsy patients who had brain surgery to try to control their seizures are happy they did so, a new survey reveals.

 ER Physician Raises Concerns About Powdered Caffeine

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The availability of both alcohol and caffeine in powdered form that can be added to food or drinks has sparked public concern, but one expert says the substances don't pose equal risks.

 Airport Screenings Miss Roughly Half of Sick Travelers: Study

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Airport screenings for infectious diseases often miss 50 percent or more of sick travelers, mostly because people do not tell the truth about their exposure to illnesses, a new study suggests.

 1 in 5 Preemies With Lung Disease Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of nicotine were found in the hair of many children with premature birth-related lung disease whose parents claimed not to smoke, a new study finds.

 In Northeast, Weather Changes May Mean More Ticks, Earlier

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ticks in the northeastern United States are showing up earlier in the spring and expanding their range because of warmer temperatures over the past two decades, experts say.

 Study Links Recession to Spike in Suicides Among Middle-Aged

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The financial stress of the last recession likely contributed to a recent increase in suicides among middle-aged Americans, researchers report.

 Hospital Design May Not Boost Patient Satisfaction, Research Suggests

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital design has little effect on patient satisfaction, according to a new study.

 Immune System Changes Tied to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome appears to be linked to specific changes in a person's immune system, particularly increased amounts of chemical messengers that regulate immune responses, researchers report.

 Seasonal Flu Vaccine Even Less Effective Than Thought: CDC

THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

 Health Highlights: Feb. 27, 2015

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

 Hepatitis C Infections in Hospitals Show Need for Tight Infection Control Practices

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two cases of hepatitis C infection that occurred during routine surgeries highlight the need for hospitals to tighten infection control to prevent more transmissions, officials said Friday.

 Global Blood Pressure Program Could Save Millions of Lives, Experts Say

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Treating half of people with uncontrolled high blood pressure could prevent 10 million heart attacks and strokes worldwide over 10 years, according to experts.