One Key Factor Raises Gay and Lesbian Teens' Suicide Risk

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who are gay or lesbian but engage in heterosexual sex are at higher risk of a suicide attempt, new research suggests. "These findings are a wakeup call," said lead investigator Francis Annor…

You're Less Likely to Get a Blood Transfusion Now

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are getting fewer blood transfusions, and that's good news, researchers say. "It's a win-win for everybody," said Dr. Aaron Tobian, senior author of a new study. "Fewer transfusions…

Heart-Healthy 'DASH' Diet May Also Help Lower Depression Risk

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains may lower your risk of depression, new research suggests. "Making a lifestyle change -- such as changing your diet -- is often preferred over…

Why the Flu Makes You Feel So Miserable

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unlucky enough to come down with the flu, you can blame your own body for your fever, cough, muscle aches and head-to-toe distress, experts say. Most of influenza's misery is caused by…

Your Spouse's Role in Your Job Success

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The expression "my better half" -- used to describe one's spouse -- may be more than a cliche. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis conducted a five-year study that involved nearly 5,000…

Strong Tobacco Laws May Weed Out Vapers, Too

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Along with reducing conventional smoking, anti-tobacco laws in the United States may tamp down use of electronic cigarettes, a new study suggests. New York University researchers found that states…

Success in High School, Success Later in Life

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Being a good student in high school seems to translate into a better job and higher pay down the road, a new study suggests. "Our research found that specific behaviors in high school have long-lasting…

Urine May Hold the Key to Your True Age

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A simple urine test apparently can reveal how old your body really is -- showing its biological, not chronological age. That information can then help determine your risk for age-related diseases…

Race, Insurance Key to Employment After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who leave the workforce after a breast cancer diagnosis are likely to be black or to have public health insurance or none at all, a new study finds. In fact, the study found that black women…

Wartime Bomb Blasts May Lead to Memory Problems

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans who had close calls with bomb blasts during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are now having memory problems, a new study has found. Led by researchers from the Veterans Affairs Healthcare…

Hormonal Birth Control Won't Raise Depression Risk: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence of a link between hormonal birth control and depression in women, researchers report. "Depression is a concern for a lot of women when they're starting hormonal contraception,…

Breast Cancer Radiation Not as Bad as Many Fear

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many breast cancer patients say they've heard scary stories about radiation therapy, but their actual experience is usually better, new research finds. The study of more than 300 women who underwent…