'Grey's Anatomy' Not Much Like a Real ER

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As much as you might love watching the popular TV drama "Grey's Anatomy," don't mistake it for real medicine, researchers suggest. If you do, your expectations may exceed reality if you ever find…

Facial Cancer Decimating Tasmanian Devil Population

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A contagious cancer has put Tasmanian devils at risk for extinction in the wild, researchers say. The contagious cancer, known as facial tumor disease, is found only in Tasmanian devils -- notoriously…

Herbal Drug Kratom Linked to Salmonella Illnesses, CDC Says

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The popular botanical drug kratom is already under fire from U.S. health officials as an addictive opioid, and now new reports are linking its use with salmonella poisoning. In a news release issued…

Low-Fat Diet vs. Low-Carb: And the Winner Is …

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to shedding pounds, the debate has raged about whether low-carb diets are better than low-fat ones. But new research finds little difference between the two. That conclusion comes from…

Newer Breast MRI May Be More Accurate and Easier

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that doesn't use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what's really cancer and what's likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report. In…

Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While Jailed

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An opioid addiction treatment program for Rhode Island prison inmates appears to have significantly reduced overdose deaths among those who are released, researchers say. The program screens all…

Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's some good news for expecting moms who are trying to weather a brutal flu season -- a new study shows that getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy causes no harm to newborns. Researchers…

Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates. The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985…

How to Maintain That Weight Loss

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been on a diet more than once, you know that it can be harder to maintain weight than to lose weight in the first place. In fact, many people feel that dieting is easier and that not regaining…

Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a family history of breast cancer remain at higher risk for breast cancer even after age 65, a new study suggests. The findings could influence screening recommendations for older women,…

Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and high blood pressure may play a much greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among young people than previously thought, a new study suggests. The findings highlight the need to screen for…

Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American parents are less likely to seek early dental care for their children if they don't receive guidance from a doctor or dentist, a new national survey finds. The poll of 790 parents with at…