Being Bullied May Alter the Teen Brain

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who are often bullied may be left with shrinkage in key parts of their brain, increasing their risk for mental illness, European researchers report. They said such shrinkage eventually appears…

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…

Could Your Apple Watch Spot Dangerous A-Fib?

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- That shiny new Apple Watch you got this holiday could potentially alert you to heart trouble you didn't know you had. The watch contains a simple electrocardiogram (ECG) that tracks your heart…

More Evidence That Abuse of Xanax, Valium Is on the Rise

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- About one in every five people who take Valium, Xanax and other benzodiazepines are misusing the potentially addictive medication, U.S. survey data show. The statistics also revealed that benzodiazepine…

Whopping Numbers on Whooping Cough

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The return of measles made headlines in recent years, but it's not the only disease that poses a particular threat to kids that has experienced a resurgence. Another is pertussis, commonly known…

Are You Overdoing Antibiotics?

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics are life-savers. But they're being overprescribed and overused, leading to antibiotic-resistant germs stronger than the drugs available to treat them. This is also creating more drug…

One Woman's Case Gives New Hope Against Disfiguring Sarcoidosis

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In very preliminary findings, an existing rheumatoid arthritis drug appeared to cure one woman of a rare but potentially life-threatening condition known as sarcoidosis. After 10 months of use,…

Kicking, Punching: Who's at Risk for a Violent Sleep Disorder?

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've probably seen movies where a veteran returns home from the horrors of war and wakes in the middle of the night yelling, punching or flailing so much that they harm themselves or a sleep partner.…

If You're Diabetic, Foot Care a Must

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Good foot care is essential for people with diabetes, a foot surgeon says. Diabetes can cause nerve damage that leads to a loss of sensation in the feet, making it difficult to feel any sores,…

Short People Fare Worse in ICUs: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Shorter patients in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) are more likely to die during treatment than taller ones, a new study suggests. Among more than 400,000 critically ill adults, the shortest…

Is Juice on School Menus a Problem?

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When given the option, students in school meal programs are more likely to choose fruit juice over more nutritious whole fruit or milk, a new study finds. "This is a problem because compared…

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released From Hospital After Lung Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been discharged from the hospital following surgery for lung cancer last week. "Justice Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital yesterday…