Home Health-Care Tests: Proceed With Caution

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Home pregnancy tests are commonplace, but that doesn't mean that every type of self-test for health issues is reliable. And even if results are accurate, you shouldn't forgo getting advice from…

Colleges Strain to Keep Up With Students' Mental Health Concerns

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As stigmas surrounding mental health issues have eased, more U.S. college students are seeking help for emotional problems, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from the Healthy Minds Study,…

Kratom Use in Pregnancy Spurs Withdrawal Symptoms in Newborns

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although the herbal supplement kratom is still legal and widely available, its opioid-like effects have caused significant withdrawal symptoms in at least two newborns in the United States and that…

Smartphones, Summer Birth Could Raise Kids' Odds for Nearsightedness

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kids with summer birthdays, especially those who spend long hours playing on smartphones and tablets, might be at greater risk for vision problems, a new study suggests. Nearsightedness, also called…

PTSD Patients Do Best When They Choose Their Treatment

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) choose their own treatment -- be it medication or counseling -- they respond better, a new study finds. The study included 200 adult patients,…

The Bigger the Brain, the Bigger the Tumor Risk?

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The bigger your brain, the greater your risk for a deadly brain cancer, new research from Norway suggests. It's a matter of math: A large brain means more brain cells, and more cells means more cell…

Think Genes Dictate Your Life Span? Think Again

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your life partner has a much greater influence on your longevity than the genes you inherited from your family, according to a new analysis of the family trees of more than 400 million people. "While…

FDA Takes on Flatulent Cows

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first drug to combat farting in livestock has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Yes, you read that right: When fed to beef cattle under specific conditions, Experior results…

HPV Vaccination Rates Continue to Lag in U.S.

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- HPV vaccination rates are still too low to cut cervical cancer cases as much as is possible in the United States, a new report warns. While HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination has increased in…

High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Tied to Earlier Strokes

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies suggest that when people under 40 develop high blood pressure, their risk of early heart disease and stroke go up significantly. The first study found that in a group of about 5,000…

The Sooner You Quit Smoking, the Better

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the well-known dangers of smoking, the sizable benefits of quitting may be overlooked, a new study suggests. "These findings underscore the benefits of quitting smoking within five years,…

Who Faces Big Threat From Wildfires? The Answer May Surprise You

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When wildfires strike, minority communities are especially vulnerable, a new study finds. "A general perception is that communities most affected by wildfires are affluent people living in rural…