Younger Age at First Drink, Higher Odds for Problem Drinking: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Both drinking and getting drunk at an early age are key risk factors for alcohol abuse by high school students, a new study suggests.

 Diabetes Rates Leveling Off in U.S.

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overall adult diabetes rates appear to have leveled off during the past four years in the United States, in stark contrast to the two decades prior, which saw a doubling of the chronic disease, according to a new federal study.

 Anti-Smoking Policies May Also Curtail Drinking

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette tax hikes and smoke-free policies have not only cut tobacco use in the United States, they may have led to a noticeable drop in alcohol consumption, according to a new study.

 Lung Infections May Hamper Ability to Detect Lung Cancer

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A test used to diagnose lung cancer may not be as reliable in geographic regions where certain lung infections are more common, a new analysis says.

 Kids Taking ADHD Drugs Get Little Psychotherapy: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few children who take medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also undergo behavioral therapy, and the rates vary six-fold across counties in the United States, a new study finds.

 FDA Warns Doctors of Danger From Fake Drugs

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of 'rogue' wholesale distributors selling fake or unapproved prescription drugs is growing, so doctors need to be vigilant when purchasing medicines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday.

 Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine if doctors and hospitals got paid for providing bettercare, not morecare, and consumers had better data for making informed health choices.

 Breast Milk a Risk for Spreading Common Virus to Preemies, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For babies born at very low birth weights, breast milk is more likely than a blood transfusion to lead to a potentially dangerous infection known as cytomegalovirus (CMV), a new study finds.

 Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in Months, CDC Predicts

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infections from the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone could soar to 1.4 million cases by mid-January unless the global community mounts a rapid response to the West African crisis, according to new estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 Blood Test for Yeast Infections Approved

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first blood test to detect five strains of yeast that cause rare blood infections in people with weakened immune systems has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 NIH Adds $10M to Encourage Gender Balance in Clinical Trials

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health is investing $10 million in additional funding in scientific trials to encourage researchers to consider gender in their preclinical and clinical studies.

 Job Worries Can Raise Asthma Risk, Study Says

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of losing your job can increase the risk for developing asthma, according to a new European study.

 Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Help After Certain Strokes

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People using cholesterol-lowering drugs while in the hospital for a hemorrhagic stroke -- which causes bleeding in the brain -- were more than four times more likely to survive than people who weren't taking the drugs, according to a new study.

 Health Highlights: Sept. 23, 2014

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

 Health Tip: Get Fit With a Buddy

(HealthDay News) -- If you're toning up or striving to lose a few extra pounds, working out with a partner or friend can make the job easier and more fun.

 Health Tip: Relax Daily

(HealthDay News) -- To be healthier mentally, emotionally and physically, take time each day to relax.