Study Supports Giving Kidney Donors Priority When They Need a Kidney

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney donation is one of the most selfless acts one person can do for another. And now a new study finds that former donors who find they need a kidney later in life are benefiting from policies that give them priority on the transplant waiting list.

 Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate), an abuse-resistant, extended release form of the painkiller hydrocodone (best known as Vicodin).

 FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seeking to make it tougher for people to misuse prescription painkillers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new hydrocodone tablet that's designed to help thwart abuse.

 MRI Can Be Painful, Disruptive for People With Cochlear Implants

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with cochlear implants experience pain, discomfort and problems with the implant's internal magnet when they undergo an MRI scan, a new study finds.

 U.S. Proposes Greater Public Access to Data From Clinical Trials

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two U.S. government agencies have proposed new rules that will make it easier for everyone to know whether a clinical trial was successful or not.

 Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Certain genes might prevent regular exercise from improving blood sugar control in up to a fifth of people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

 Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women's Sex Lives, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While levels of testosterone and other reproductive hormones have some effect on menopausal women's sex lives, their emotional health and quality of their relationships have a stronger influence, according to a new study.

 Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says.

 Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of diabetes care in the United States has increased 48 percent in recent years, climbing to more than $322 billion annually, a new report shows.

 Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Injecting beads of gel into the wall of a still-beating heart has the potential to improve the health of patients with severe heart failure, according to a new study.

 Laser Used to Remove Tattoos May Help Reduce Acne Scars

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The same kind of laser that is used to remove tattoos may reduce scarring from acne, a small pilot study shows.

 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Dealt With a Mental Illness in 2013

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five American adults -- 43.8 million people -- had a diagnosable mental illness in 2013, federal officials reported Thursday.

 Could Your Job Help Preserve Your Aging Brain?

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Jobs requiring intellectually challenging tasks may help preserve thinking skills and memory as workers age, a new study suggests.

 Kids Born to Overweight Moms May Face Higher Heart Risks as Adults

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight or obese women who get pregnant are much more likely to have a child who suffers from heart disease as an adult, new research suggests.

 A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A bad marriage increases an older adult's risk of heart trouble, and that's particularly true for women, a new study contends.

 Health Highlights: Nov. 20, 2014

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

 Health Tip: Change Your Skin Routine During Winter

(HealthDay News) -- Healthy skin looks radiant, but it may need a little extra TLC during the winter months.

 Health Tip: Seek Treatment for a Broken Toe

(HealthDay News) -- If you break a toe, it may not heal on its own without treatment.