Why Was This Year's Flu Shot So Weak? FDA Wants to Know

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With a nasty flu season still raging, it didn't help that this year's influenza vaccine was just 25 percent effective against H3N2, the dominant strain. So the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is…

Female Hormones May Play Part in Asthma

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There may be a link between asthma in women and changes in levels of female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, researchers report. That could help explain why asthma is more common in boys…

15 Percent of Teens Say They've Sexted

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- About 15 percent of teenagers say they've shared a sexually explicit image or video of themselves over the internet or via phone messaging, researchers say. And nearly twice as many -- about 27 percent…

Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Vapor

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you think that "vaping" is a safe alternative to smoking, new research suggests you might be inadvertently inhaling unsafe levels of toxic metals. Scientists say the tiny metal coils that heat…

Two Healthy Diets Equally Good for Your Heart

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two eating plans -- a vegetarian diet that includes eggs and dairy, and the Mediterranean diet -- protect your heart equally, a new study shows. The research included 107 healthy but overweight people,…

Bystander Use of Defib Device Doubles Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that surviving cardiac arrest may depend on a bystander quickly shocking your heart back into its normal rhythm, and that is more likely to happen if an automated external defibrillator…

Pointers for Easier Potty Training

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Are you frustrated with the way your toddler's toilet training is going? First, keep in mind that the average age for potty training is between 2 and 3 years old. While there's no link between how…

U.S. Child Obesity Levels Not Falling After All

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some promising reports in recent years, it seems the U.S. childhood obesity problem is not turning a corner. That's the finding of a study published online Feb. 26 in Pediatrics showing that…

How to Get That Perfect Shave

SUNDAY, Feb. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Guys, a perfect shave may be more about preparation and technique than the actual razor. "The perfect shave is a combination of art and trial and error," said Dr. Robert Anolik, a clinical assistant…

Summer Camp Tips for Kids With Asthma, Allergies

SATURDAY, Feb. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your children may already be looking forward to summer camp. But when it comes to kids with asthma or allergies, parents need to take extra steps in planning their outdoor experience. "Kids with…

Why Some Are Still Skeptical of Tanning Bed Risks

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The health risks are high for young people who use tanning beds, but not all parents seem to see it that way. To figure out why that is, researchers polled more than 1,200 parents of U.S. kids aged…

Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If the latest government data on doctor visits is any indication, a brutal flu season may be starting to wane. For the second week in a row, there was a drop in doctor visits for flu-like illness…