Strategies to Avoid Sunburn

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you could protect yourself from cancer, you'd do it, right? Yet most Americans still aren't taking the easiest step to prevent the most commonly diagnosed type -- skin cancer, which will affect one…

Does Salt Water Help Your Cut? And Other Health Myths of Summer

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's often said salt water is good for cuts. Or that sunscreen isn't needed on cloudy days. But both are incorrect, says Isabel Valdez, a physician assistant and instructor of family medicine at Baylor…

Human Brain Hard-Wired to Love Fat-Carb Combo: Study

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fast food and processed foods trigger deep-seated instincts in the human brain that likely promote overeating, a new study suggests. These modern foods, high in both fat and carbohydrates, produce…

Low-Nicotine E-Cigs May Raise Toxin Risks

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ex-smokers who use low-nicotine liquid in electronic cigarettes breathe more deeply and more often when using the devices than those who use high-nicotine liquid, a small British study suggests. That…

Obesity's a Larger Problem in Rural America

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- City folks are leaner than their country cousins, a new U.S. study finds. Americans in rural areas are more likely to be obese than metropolitan-area residents, according to the report from the…

Sex, Drugs Hold Less Allure for Today's High Schoolers

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Today's teens are a much tamer lot, a new U.S. government survey finds. Fewer high school students are turning to sex or drugs, with the 2017 rates the lowest reported since the survey began in…

Lack of Paid Sick Leave Linked to Poverty

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Workers without paid sick leave are three times more likely to have incomes below the poverty line, two new studies find. Compared to adults who have the employee benefit, those without paid sick…

E-Cig Flavorings May Damage Lining of Blood Vessels

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flavorings used in e-cigarettes harm blood vessel cells in a way that could trigger future heart damage, a new study suggests. Five flavorings tested in the lab damaged the heart-protective functions…

Test-Taking Can Be Tough for Kids With Vision Problems

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A lazy eye? Crossed eyes? New research suggests that children with such vision problems may take longer to complete standardized tests. The study included 85 children, average age 10. Of those,…

Binge Drinking: A Hazard for Teen Bones?

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teen girls who regularly toss back four or five alcoholic drinks may be setting themselves up for a lifetime of lower bone density, new research suggests. The study of college women included some…

Sleepless Nights Haunt 1 in 4 Americans

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Good sleep is hard to come by for the 25 percent of Americans who experience a period of severe insomnia each year, new research suggests. There was some good news, though: Most who suffer a bout…

Who Will and Who Won't Get the Flu?

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors can't yet predict if someone exposed to the flu will become sick. But such predictions may be getting closer to reality, new research hints. Researchers at Stanford University School of…