Good Sleep Helps Kids Become Slimmer, Healthier Teens: Study

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Regular bedtimes and adequate sleep during childhood may contribute toward a healthy weight in the teen years, a new study finds. The study included nearly 2,200 kids in 20 U.S. cities. One-third…

People With Movement Disorders May Become Immune to Botox Therapy

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some people who receive botulinum toxin injections for disorders that cause muscle tightness and contractions develop resistance to the treatment, researchers say. The new study included nearly 600…

Opioid Overdose Deaths Triple Among Teens, Kids

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the past two decades, opioid overdose death rates among U.S. kids and teens have tripled, a new study shows. Young children have either died from accidental ingestion of narcotics or from intentional…

Could a Little Drinking Help Those With Heart Failure?

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that an occasional drink won't harm, and might even help seniors with heart failure. Heart failure patients who drank in moderation -- a drink a day for women, two for men --…

Can You Predict Your Common Cold Risk?

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- How highly you rate your health could predict how likely you are to catch a cold -- and, even more important, how healthy you'll be in later years. Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh…

Dial Down the Stress

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stress and uncertainty plague many Americans, but there are a number of steps you can take to cope, a psychiatrist suggests. "In this day and age of 'digital' perfection, the stress of daily living…

Ring in the New Year Resolved to Improve Your Health

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're thinking about making some health-related resolutions for 2019, the American Medical Association (AMA) has some suggestions. "This is the perfect time of year for each of us to consider…

Guidelines for a Healthy Pregnancy

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're pregnant you already know the importance of eating a healthful diet and taking prenatal vitamins, including folic acid and possibly B12 and iron supplements. What not to do isn't always…

U.S. Opioid Addiction Crisis Is Top Health Story of 2018

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The scourge of opioid addiction and related deaths cut through American society again in 2018, capturing headlines and making it the year's top health story. Rates of opioid-linked fatal overdoses…

Kidney Disease Risk Tied to Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who drink lots of sugar-sweetened drinks may be putting themselves at a heightened risk for kidney disease, a new study suggests. The study of more than 3,000 black men and women in Mississippi…

PTSD Drug May Do More Harm Than Good

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may actually be harmful, a new study suggests. The high blood pressure drug prazosin is sometimes used to treat PTSD-related nightmares…

Is Your State a Hotspot for Obesity-Linked Cancers?

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- What state you call home may have a great deal to do with your chances of developing an obesity-related cancer, a new report suggests. A nearly twofold difference exists between U.S. states with…