Is Herbal Drug Kratom a Health Friend or Foe?

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- What's the truth about the herbal drug kratom? Is it a potentially dangerous opioid that needs to be tightly regulated, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has argued in recent months? Or…

Most Exercise, Hot Baths Should Be Safe During Pregnancy, Study Finds

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're pregnant and want to exercise in warm weather or take hot baths or short saunas, that's safe, according to new research. Australian researchers said that doing so -- within limits -- should…

Obesity to Blame for Jump in Health Care Costs

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is costing the American health care system plenty, a new study finds. Researchers report that the percentage of U.S. health spending on treatment of obesity-related illnesses in adults climbed…

Think Your Nose Is Too Big? Selfies Might Be to Blame

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you think that selfie you just took makes your nose look big, you're not alone. In fact, new research suggests that selfies might be giving Americans a distorted image of their own schnozzes…

Eating Fish Might Guard Against MS

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who eat fish regularly seem to have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis, researchers report. How much fish makes a difference? In this study, people who ate fish at least once…

Big Outdoor Temperature Swings Tied to Heart Attack Risk

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many people know that extreme cold can raise your chances of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests that wild swings in temperature may do the same. The greater the temperature change during…

Deportation Fears Putting Mental Strain on Hispanic Families

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recent U.S. immigration policy changes are causing significant mental distress for many Hispanic parents in the country, a new study finds. A "substantial proportion" of Hispanic parents surveyed…

Lasers, Freezes: Non-Surgical Fat Reducers Gaining Popularity

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fat can be easy to put on, but much tougher to remove. Now, the latest data shows Americans are increasingly turning to non-surgical means of fat reduction. The annual report from the American…

Do Women Really Need to Starve Themselves During Labor?

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After hours of grueling labor, mothers-to-be are often thirsty and hungry. But hospital nurses usually restrict them to ice chips. For about 1,200 women in a new study, however, access to food and…

Socializing Is More Fun Without This Distraction

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're out for a good time, think twice about pulling out your smartphone. Smartphones can making dining out less appetizing, a recent study revealed. And a second experiment found that people…

Step Up Your Strength Training

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Strength training is an essential part of a complete workout program. But whether you use free weights, machines or resistance bands, keep challenging your muscles by stepping up your routine as you…

Daily Aspirin Can Bring Heart Benefits, But Risks Too

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For people who have both type 2 diabetes and heart failure, new research offers a mixed message on taking a daily low-dose aspirin. The study found the daily pill can reduce the risk for heart failure-related…