Dogs Chase Gulls, Keep Beaches Clean

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Can dogs help keep nasty bacteria off the beaches? A new study suggests it's possible: E. coli spread by seagull droppings prompts beach closings, but dog patrols that chased the birds away did…

Pot, Opioids Now Rival Alcohol as Factor in Driver Deaths

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pot and opioids have become almost as deadly as booze for drivers, a new report shows. Forty-four percent of drivers killed in crashes tested positive for drugs in 2016, up from 28 percent 10 years…

Shorter Thanksgiving Dinners After Trump Election: Study

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Thanks to divisive politics, Thanksgiving dinner got shorter after President Donald Trump's election, a new study suggests. Americans shaved 30 to 50 minutes off the annual holiday gathering in…

AHA: Health Concerns Haunt Puerto Rico as New Hurricane Season Begins

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Hospitals and clinics in Puerto Rico are still dealing with the massive destruction Hurricane Maria left throughout the island last year. Yet even as the recovery continues -- and as…

'Face-Aging' Photos Convince Tanners to Shun the Sun

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Where fear of skin cancer has little effect, vanity may succeed. In a new study, sun worshippers who were shown computer images of how their face would age after years of ultraviolet (UV) light…

Many Poor Women Miss Out on Folic Acid Supplements During Pregnancy

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even though folic acid supplements are known to lower the risk of birth defects, poorer women rarely take them before or during pregnancy, a new study shows. "The findings are concerning because…

Who Are America's Cohabiting Couples?

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For many people, marriage is the next logical step after you've dated for a while and believe you've found "the one." But new research shows that a lot of Americans don't see marriage as the only choice. Researchers…

AI Better Than Docs at Catching Skin Cancers

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A computer can beat even highly experienced dermatologists in spotting deadly melanomas, researchers report. The study is the latest to test the idea that "artificial intelligence" can improve…

Pot Replacing Tobacco, Booze as Teens' Drug of Choice

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pot is increasingly replacing cigarettes and alcohol as the first drug of choice among young Americans, researchers have found. Boys, black Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and multi-racial…

Mindfulness Training to Help With Weight Loss

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If mindless eating can put on the pounds, it stands to reason that mindful eating can help with diet success. In fact, studies show that "eating-focused" mindfulness can bring significant changes…

There's No 'Healthy Obesity' for Women, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obese women who have been healthy for decades may still be on the path to heart problems, a new study suggests. "If you are obese, but free of disease like diabetes or hypertension, it does not…

FDA Approves 1st Artificial Iris

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave its OK to the first artificial iris -- the colored part of the eye that surrounds the pupil. The surgically implanted device can be used on…