Experts Predict 'Catastrophic' Ebola Epidemic in West Africa If Aid Delayed

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large influx of international aid is needed, and soon, if West Africa is to avoid tens of thousands of deaths from the widening Ebola crisis, a team of Yale University researchers predict.

 Study Finds Kidney Stones Linked to Weakened Bones

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney stone patients may be at increased risk for broken bones and may require treatment to protect their bone health, a new study suggests.

 Beware Claims That Activated Charcoal Can Cure Gut Troubles

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man who hoped to detoxify his body with a supplement known as activated charcoal may have instead triggered a case of the intestinal disorder known as colitis.

 Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict Progression in the Other

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The severity of age-related macular degeneration in one eye is associated with the risk of developing the disease and its progression in the other eye, a new study finds.

 Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter's Weight Later

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daughters of women who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant may be at increased risk for being obese later in childhood, a new study suggests.

 Gene Scan Helps Diagnose Mystery Disorders in Children

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new test that scans all of a person's genes to pinpoint a single mutation can help identify rare genetic disorders in children, a new study shows.

 Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Riding a bus or an elevator full of sniffles, coughs and sneezes is one of the more unpleasant aspects of the flu season.

 Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Babies Delivered by C-Section, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cesarean delivery was the most common inpatient surgery in the United States in 2011 and was used in nearly one-third of all deliveries, research shows.

 As Pot Use Rises, Teens' Grades May Fall: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Occasional marijuana use does not appear to affect teens' intelligence or school performance, but heavy marijuana use is associated with slightly lower exam scores, according to a new study.

 'Exposure Therapy' May Relieve Prolonged Grief Disorder

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reliving the death of a loved one may help people with prolonged grief disorder, a new study suggests.

 Health Highlights: Oct. 23, 2014

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

 Doctors Often Unaware Their Patients Have Catheters

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients often have tubes placed in their veins to deliver medication or take blood samples. But a new study suggests their doctors don't always know about it.

 Teen Conflicts Spill Over to Other Areas of Their Lives

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens' conflicts at home increase the risk of problems at school for up to two days, according to a new study.

 Health Tip: Coping With Chronic Pain

(HealthDay News) -- Chronic pain can interfere with daily life, making it difficult to assume daily responsibilities.

 Health Tip: Using a Pacifier to Soothe Baby

(HealthDay News) -- Deciding to offer a pacifier to your baby, then choosing the right one for the child, are important decisions for new parents.