Psychiatric Drug Lithium Tied to Birth Defect Risk

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Using the psychiatric drug lithium early in pregnancy may raise the risk of birth defects -- but not as much as previously thought, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that women who used…

Meds Can Cut Deaths From Opioid Abuse, But Too Few Get Them

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Buprenorphine and methadone can cut the chances that someone who survives an opioid overdose will succumb to yet another one, but too few patients get the treatments, a new study shows. "We have two…

America's Poor Are Less Happy Than Ever: Study

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past two decades, poor, white Americans have become increasingly unhappy, a new report shows. The same does not appear to be true among their more well-heeled peers, the investigators noted. The…

Mom's Voice: The Sleep Secret for Babies in Intensive Care

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The soothing sound of their mother's voice may help improve sleep for babies in hospital neonatal intensive care units, researchers say. This section of the hospital, called the NICU, provides around-the-clock…

How 'Helicopter' Parenting Impedes a Child's Development

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Overcontrolling moms and dads -- so-called "helicopter" parents -- can stunt their children's emotional development, new research warns. Directing every move a toddler makes may undermine a child's…

Warning Labels Can Scare Folks Away From Sugary Drinks

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People are less likely to buy sugary drinks if they see warning labels that include graphic pictures of health consequences such as obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, researchers report. They conducted…

AHA: Big Weight Gain in 1st Pregnancy Could Boost Preeclampsia Risk

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Higher weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of preeclampsia in women giving birth for the first time, new research shows. The study explored how weight affects preeclampsia,…

Reduce Weight, Reduce the Arthritic Knee Pain

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many aging Americans are both overweight and burdened by arthritis of the knees. New research shows that shedding those excess pounds can mean shedding joint pain, too. "This study adds to the evidence…

U.S. Teens Embracing Alternative Meds. Is That a Healthy Trend?

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Alternative medicines -- such as herbal products and so-called nutraceuticals -- have soared in popularity among American youth, a new report shows. Between 2003 and 2014, the use of alternative medicines…

Pediatricians Say No to Spanking

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most U.S. pediatricians say spanking is a bad way to discipline children. "In the past couple of decades, a tremendous amount of research has come out that shows hitting children is counterproductive…

Exercise Options That Double as Stress-Busters

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is a known stress buster, and different disciplines relax and tone you in a variety of ways. So, you can pick and choose from many types of exercise to go beyond physical fitness to better mental…

Today's Sleepy Teens May Be Tomorrow's Heart Patients

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most kids don't get enough sleep, and that may put them on a path to future heart trouble, a new study finds. Young teens who slept less than seven hours a night tended to have more body fat, elevated…