Best Ways to Quit Smoking, Cut Your Lung Cancer Risk

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While there is no sure way to avoid lung cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Smoking contributes to 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Lung Association.…

'Mountain Madness' Found to Be a Real Psychosis

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The "madness" mountain climbers often experience isn't a type of altitude sickness, as once thought, but rather an actual psychotic disorder, a new study suggests. The study authors explained that…

Stress Is Tough on Medical 'Surrogates' When a Loved One Is Ill

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When seriously ill hospital patients can't express their wishes about their medical care, decision-making often falls to emotionally drained family members. Anxiety and depression are common for these…

Hair Loss, Fibroids May Have Links in Black Women

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Black women with a relatively common form of hair loss may also face a high risk for developing fibroids, a new study suggests. Fibroids are fibrous growths that develop in the lining of the womb.…

Mom-to-Be's Immune Response May Trigger Zika Birth Defects

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Zika might not directly cause the miscarriages and birth defects that have been associated with the notorious virus, a new study in mice suggests. Instead, the ravaging effects of Zika infection…

'Facial Stretches' Could Trim Years Off Your Look

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could facial "yoga" be a new fountain of youth? A new, small study suggests it's possible. Investigators asked 27 middle-aged women (between 40 and 65) to embark on a 20-week facial exercise regimen.…

Big Strides Made in Diabetes Care

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- This past year was a busy, productive one for diabetes research and care. "2017 was a year of progress in our understanding of diabetes and its complications, the tools available to help people manage…

Medicinal Cream May Help Stop Skin Cancer's Return

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For people who've battled certain common forms of skin cancer, use of a generic cream called 5-FU may greatly reduce the odds that the disease will come back, new research shows. The study tracked…

Exercise Boosts Kids' Brain Health, Too

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A lack of exercise puts kids at risk for very adult problems, like obesity and diabetes. Now there's also research that links exercise to their cognitive development and achievement in school. Turns…

Exercise Boosts Kids' Brain Health, Too

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A lack of exercise puts kids at risk for very adult problems, like obesity and diabetes. Now there's also research that links exercise to their cognitive development and achievement in school. Turns…

Clean Air Act May Be Saving More Lives Than Thought

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who die each year from inhaling fine-particle pollutants has dropped dramatically since 1970, thanks to laws that originated from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That…

Childbirth Deaths Declining in U.S., New Report Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Improved management of excessive bleeding and high blood pressure during labor and delivery are helping to reduce the number of childbirth-related deaths in the United States, maternal health experts…