Menthol Cig Ban Didn't Spur Black Market Sales: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A ban on menthol cigarettes in one Canadian province did not trigger a rise in the sales of illegal cigarettes that was predicted by the tobacco industry, a new study shows. When Nova Scotia became…

Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that drinking coffee might be a good prescription for avoiding the unsightly skin condition known as rosacea. The finding is based on an analysis…

Scientists Closer to Drug That Cuts Nicotine Dependence

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've created an enzyme that might one day reduce nicotine cravings in smokers. The scientists gave the enzyme to nicotine-dependent rats and found it broke down nicotine in the…

AHA: Why It's So Hard to Quit Smoking

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- The science behind why it's so difficult to quit smoking is crystal clear: Nicotine is addictive -- reportedly as addictive as cocaine or heroin. Yet any adult can stroll into a drug…

AHA: No Direct Link Between Preeclampsia and Cognitive Impairment, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- While preeclampsia puts women at greater risk for stroke and high blood pressure following childbirth, a new study found that the pregnancy-related condition may not predispose them to…

Map of Mouse Hippocampus Could Be Weapon Against Alzheimer's

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A precision map of a part of the brain of the lowly mouse could be a potent new research tool against Alzheimer's, researchers say. The highly detailed look at the mouse hippocampus should provide…

Number of Autism Genes Now Tops 100

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of genes known to be associated with autism now stands at 102, researchers report. They also said that they've made significant progress in distinguishing between genes associated with…

Take 10 for Mindfulness

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Feel yourself being pulled in a million directions and losing track of what's really important? The meditative practice called mindfulness can help you get centered and re-focus on what's meaningful…

Pounds Regained After Weight-Loss Op Can Tell Your Doc a Lot

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tracking pounds regained after weight-loss surgery can help predict a patient's risk for serious health problems like diabetes, a new study says. "Clinicians and patients want to know the extent…

U.S. Birth Rates Continue to Drop as Age of New Moms Rises

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American women are having fewer children, and they're having them later in life, a new government report shows. "Overall, we saw continuing decreasing trends in total fertility," said report …

N. Carolina Sees Alarming Spike in Heart Infections Among Opioid Users

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Adding to growing alarm about America's opioid crisis, cases of a potentially deadly heart infection have jumped 10-fold among North Carolina's injection drug users, new research shows. The infection…

Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aid May Boost the Aging Brain

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You won't jump for joy when you're told you need hearing aids or cataract surgery. But get this: Both appear to slow mental decline in older adults. That's what researchers concluded after studying…