Kids Who Vape Face Toxin Dangers, Study Finds

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who use e-cigarettes expose themselves to cancer-causing toxins, particularly if they choose fruit-flavored products, a new study reports. Urine tests revealed elevated levels of five different…

What Younger Women Need to Know About Heart Disease

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease used to be thought of as a man's issue, but women are unfortunately catching up. And though it's still also thought of as an older person's disease, lifestyle factors in your younger…

More U.S. Kids Landing in ICU From Opioids

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. kids are ending up in the intensive care unit after overdosing on prescription painkillers or other opioids, a new study finds. Researchers found that between 2004 and 2015,…

Trying a New Sport? Remember, You're Not (Yet) an Olympian

SUNDAY, March 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If watching the Winter Olympics made you want to try some new sports, go slow and ease into them, sports medicine experts caution. "The biggest issue we see are people who push too hard when trying…

Boosting Steroid Dose May Not Reduce Kids' Asthma Flare-Ups

SATURDAY, March 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Temporarily boosting the dose of inhaled steroids may not do much to reduce the frequency of severe asthma flare-ups in children, according to two new studies. Short-term increases in inhaled steroids…

Friends' Experiences Sway Women's Choices on Breast Cancer Care

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who've had a friend or relative die of breast cancer say they're likely to opt for aggressive prevention measures if they develop the cancer, according to new research. "The cancer of someone…

U.S. Gun Injuries Getting More Severe

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nonfatal gun injuries in the United States are becoming more severe, increasing pressure on the health care system, researchers say. Since the 1990s, the severity of nonfatal gun injuries treated…

Nasty Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The brutal flu season continues to ease its grip on the United States, with the latest government data showing that doctor visits are still dropping and less severe strains of the flu are starting to…

Global Gains in Life Expectancy Slow to a Creep

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People's chances of living longer have been increasing dramatically for decades. But, that seems to have slowed recently, a new worldwide study has found. The sharpest decline has come in countries…

For Female Soldiers, Deployment May Up Risk for Premature Birth

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American soldiers who have babies after a recent deployment are at increased risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests. The finding comes from the analysis of data on nearly 12,900 births to U.S.…

Is Herbal Drug Kratom a Health Friend or Foe?

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- What's the truth about the herbal drug kratom? Is it a potentially dangerous opioid that needs to be tightly regulated, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has argued in recent months? Or…

Calcium Supplements Tied to Higher Odds of Colon Polyps

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could the calcium supplement you take to help your bones be harming your colon? That's the suggestion from a new study that finds a link between the daily supplement and an increased risk for polyps…