Subscribe to health news headlines email updates.
Friday December 30, 2011
- A Life-Saving Lesson That Took Decades to Learn
- Health Care Reform Battle Tops Health News for 2011 – Debates over cellphone safety, cigarette-pack images also grabbed headlines.
- Health Tip: Dealing With Alzheimer's – Suggestions to help protect physical health.
- Health Tip: What is a Night Terror? – And what causes it?.
- Obesity, Diabetes Pose 1-2 Threat to Young Americans – The result: They could be first generation to not live as long as their parents.
- Tips to Keep Winter Sports Injury-Free – Slipping and sliding on skis and skates is fun, but can be hazardous, experts say.
Thursday December 29, 2011
- 'Silent Strokes' Linked to Memory Loss in Elderly: Study – More memory woes noted in seniors who had experienced these events, researchers say.
- Health Tip: Eat Right During Pregnancy – Here are some diet essentials.
- Health Tip: Exercising With Arthritis – What experts recommend.
- Is American Medicine Too Test Happy? – Overuse of diagnostic exams can harm patient health, inflate medical costs, some experts warn.
Wednesday December 28, 2011
- Health Highlights: Dec. 28, 2011
- Health Tip: Burned Out at Work? – Check these possible warning signs.
- Health Tip: Wear Your Seat Belt During Pregnancy – And watch where you sit.
- In the Age of Email, the Good, Old Letter Still Holds Sway – Soldiers found lasting comfort, solace -- and a shield against post-traumatic stress disorder -- in handwritten notes.
- States Crack Down on Drunk Drivers This Holiday Season – New Year's Day is among the five deadliest days on U.S. roads, sobering research shows.
Tuesday December 27, 2011
- Adversity, Trauma May Boost Mental Toughness – Living through difficulty -- up to a point -- can build resiliency, study shows.
- Eating Out Doesn't Have to Mean Excess Calories – Choose grilled over fried foods, and hold the cheese, mayo and creamy salad dressings.
- Get a Head Start on 2012 Fitness Resolutions – Tips for staying healthy through holiday travel, temptations.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 27, 2011
- Health Tip: Choose Your Day to Quit Smoking – Suggestions to help you stop.
- Health Tip: Discuss Weight With Your Child – Teach good habits and a healthy approach.
- More Schooling Might Raise IQ – Intelligence quotient isn't fixed at birth, and can increase with education, study suggests.
- Poor People May Be Quicker to Be Kind – Study suggests the more affluent face fewer obstacles, slower to recognize suffering of others.
- The Mainstreaming of Vegan Diets – Once the purview of a small group of devotees, more people -- including nutritionists -- are embracing plant-based eating plans.
- The New Face of Pet Therapy – The practice, once limited to nursing homes, is aiding people, young and old, with a range of ills.
Monday December 26, 2011
- Health Tip: Learning to Eat With Dentures – Suggestions for making the adjustment.
- Health Tip: When Children Break the Rules – Suggestions to encourage better behavior.
- How to Make Your Quit-Smoking Resolution Stick – Tips from the American Lung Association may help.
- Mother-Toddler Bond May Influence Teen Obesity – Prevention strategies should go beyond eating, exercise, study suggests.
Friday December 23, 2011
- Breast Cancer Patients Face More Imaging Tests Today – Study finds multiple visits common in pre-op period, urges better coordination.
- Fears of Divorce May Be Keeping Many Young Couples From Marriage: Study – Two-thirds of cohabitating couples said they worried about fallout from a legal split.
- Health Tip: Prevent Falls During Holiday Decorating – Suggestions to reduce your risk.
- Health Tip: Use Medications Safely – Dos and don't for giving medicine to children.
- How to Survive the Holiday Eating Season – A little thought and planning now may keep you from having to diet later.
- Scientists Ponder Santa's High-Tech Secrets – He seems to possess scientific savvy -- quantum theory, anyone? -- that lets him circle the globe in one night.
Thursday December 22, 2011
- As Gastric Banding Increases, So May Complications – Puzzling respiratory symptoms require investigation, researchers say.
- As Obesity Rises, More Suffer From Acid Reflux – GERD symptoms have been linked to cancer of esophagus, researchers say.
- Chorus Gives Voice to Those With Alzheimer's – In New York City, people with dementia and their caregivers come together in song.
- Chronic School Absenteeism Linked to Mental Health Problems – Children who consistently miss school are more likely to be depressed or anxious, study shows.
- Does Your Teen Constantly Challenge You? – The good news is teens' assertiveness may help them resist peer pressure, study finds.
- Frankincense Production May Be Doomed – Fires, grazing, insects threaten future of the fragrant resin linked to Christmas, scientists warn.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 22, 2011
- Health Tip: Diabetes Can Raise the Risk of Skin Infections – These bacterial infections are common.
- Health Tip: Improving Your Cholesterol – Here are some suggestions.
- Hepatitis B Vaccine Recommended for Adults With Diabetes – Shared blood glucose monitors, finger-stick devices are infection risks, experts warn.
- Most Weight Regained by Older Women Is Fat, Study Finds – Muscle-fat balance changes with yo-yo dieting, experts say.
- Noisy Toys Might Harm Kids' Hearing – If held too close to the ear, these toys might cause permanent damage, researchers say.
Wednesday December 21, 2011
- '27 Club' Debunked: Musicians Aren't Prone to Die at That Age – But, they do face a higher risk of premature death, researchers report.
- 40 Years On, the Triumphs and Challenges of America's 'War on Cancer' – In many cases, what was a death sentence is now a manageable condition, although roadblocks remain.
- Health Tip: Diabetics, Pack Smart for Holiday Travel – Don't leave home unprepared.
- Health Tip: Manage Stress – Too much can harm your heart.
- Most Sick or Disabled Seniors Want Docs to Say How Long They Have – But very few actually have that conversation, study finds.
- Timing of Aquatic Therapy After Joint Replacement Matters – Starting within days of the operation seems beneficial for those with new knees, but not hips.
Tuesday December 20, 2011
- Endometriosis Tied to Higher Risk of Crohn's, Colitis – Large Danish study suggests possibility of connection between both in women.
- Health Tip: Help Prevent Exercise Injury – Don't forget to warm up and cool down.
- Health Tip: Risk Factors for Varicose Veins – Why you may be more likely to get them.
- Making Sense of Cancer Screening Updates – It's important to discuss testing schedule with your doctor.
- Youth Exposure to Unwanted Internet Sexual Encounters Drops – But study found slight increase in online harassment.
Monday December 19, 2011
- Choosing a Toy? Think 'Kid-Powered'
- Discerning Gift-Givers Look for Toys That Offer More Than Fun – Some of the best choices spur imagination and exercise, experts say.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 19, 2011
- Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Macular Degeneration? – Common risk factors for the eye condition.
- Health Tip: Skip the Cold Medicine Before Age 4 – Here's what you can offer instead.
- Knee Pain Plagues Many Women Over 50 – Overweight, previous injury, arthritis predicted persistent discomfort, researchers found.
- Nearly 1 in 3 Young U.S. Adults Have Arrest Records: Study – At 18, the estimate is 25 percent; pediatricians can help keep kids out of trouble, researchers say.
- Obesity Linked to Lower Paychecks – Annual earnings are usually less, especially for women, study says.
Sunday December 18, 2011
- Extra Help Enhances Holidays for Older Relatives – Some thoughtful preparation can let everyone participate and celebrate.
Friday December 16, 2011
- Asthma Drugs in Pregnancy Might Pose Risk for Kids – Mothers' use of steroid inhalers could lead to some disorders in children, large study suggests.
- Blood Pressure Readings Differ When Guidelines Followed – Study compared routine measurements to method recommended by experts.
- Dengue Fever Cases Subside in Florida, But Threat Remains – Report finds no outbreak in Key West this year, but many residents may still be infected.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 16, 2011
- Health Tip: Keep Diabetes in Check During the Holidays – Prepare for the festivities.
- Health Tip: Participating in Winter Sports – Suggestions for how to stay safe.
- Life After Cigarettes Is Happier: Study – Three years later, quitters report less stress, better mood compared to smokers.
- Men Often Misread Women's Sexual Cues: Study – But ignorance might work in favor of males who overestimate their attractiveness.
- Recession Hurt Parent-Child Ties, Survey Finds – Seattle families reported less connectedness, social generosity, researchers say.
- Study Looks at Stroke Risks in Teen Football Players – Possible factors include obesity and anabolic-steroid use, researchers say.
Thursday December 15, 2011
- Experts Urge Limits on Medical Research on Chimpanzees – U.S. government-mandated report says the animals need only be used in select instances.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 15, 2011
- Health Tip: Are You Actually Hungry? – Or eating for another reason.
- Health Tip: Dealing With Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy – Suggestions to help end discomfort.
- HPV Test Spots Cervical Cancer Earlier Than Pap Smear: Study – Viral screen better at catching precancerous lesions in women over 30, Dutch researchers found.
- Low Iron Levels May Increase Blood Clot Risk – Researchers say next step is determining if treating iron deficiency wards off dangerous clots.
- Smoking Linked to Skin Cancer in Women – Non-melanoma malignancies twice as likely after 20 years of tobacco use, study finds.
- Snow Shoveling Really Does Raise Heart Attack Risk: Study – Seven percent of heart patients at Canadian hospital said symptoms started while clearing snow.
- Toy Safety Tips Help Protect Kids – Experts offer precautions for parents and gift-givers alike.
Wednesday December 14, 2011
- New data: Affordable Care Act helps 2.5 million additional young adults get health insurance
- Could Statins Help Those Hospitalized With Flu? – Preliminary study suggests they might boost survival rates.
- Drunk Driving-Related Deaths Surge During the Holidays – Alcohol affects coordination and judgment long before people appear to be intoxicated, experts say.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 14, 2011
- Health Tip: At Risk for Hip Fracture? – Factors that make it more likely.
- Health Tip: Protect Teeth From Decay – Suggestions for newborns and young children.
- Injuries Linked to Holiday Decorating on the Rise – Fires from candles, frayed electric light wires can prove deadly, experts warn.
- Med Students Need Hand Holding on Hand Washing – Too many don't know when they're supposed to wash up, study finds.
- Walking While Drunk Can Lead to Deadly Accidents: Expert – Many pedestrians struck and killed by cars have been drinking.
Tuesday December 13, 2011
- Birth Defects Seem Rare in Kids of Childhood Cancer Survivors – Findings should reassure parents, doctors say.
- Cancer Outpatients at Greater Risk for Blood Clots – In large study, only one-quarter of patients developed clots in hospital.
- Health Tip: Find Time for You – Help foster a healthier mind and body.
- Health Tip: Help Protect Against Blood Clots – Things you can do.
Monday December 12, 2011
- ADHD Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Heart Problems: Study – Earlier research indicated possible problem, but latest finding doesn't show link.
- Adult Sickle Cell Drug May Benefit Kids, Too – It was well-tolerated by children younger than 4, study finds.
- Drug for Acute Respiratory Distress May Do More Harm Than Good: Study – Trial of salbutamol was discontinued after patients using it fared worse than those without it.
- FDA Panel Cites Clot Risk From Contraceptive Patch – Advisory group recommends Ortho Evra remain available, but with warning on label.
- Gene Therapy a Boon for 6 Hemophilia Patients – Severity of the bleeding condition was reduced for men with type B disorder, study finds.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 12, 2011
- Health Tip: How to Ease Leg Cramps During Pregnancy – Suggestions include exercise, calcium-rich foods.
- Health Tip: Keep the Sport in Kids' Sports – Make sure focus isn't only on winning.
- Low-Dose Aspirin After Lung Clot Could Prevent Recurrence – Study shows benefit for patients who've already finished with stronger blood thinners.
- Radiation May Also Lead to 'Chemo Brain' – Mental fuzziness can last several years after breast cancer treatments, study finds.
- Side Effects Cause Many Older Women to Drop Breast Cancer Drugs – Problems with recurrence-preventing aromatase inhibitors may be underreported, study suggests.
- Too Much Alcohol Linked to Unsafe Sex, Study Confirms – Each drinks worsens decision-making, possibly upping HIV risk.
- World's Tiniest 'Preemies' Growing Up Healthy: Report – Two premature infants with extremely low birth weights are both leading normal lives.
Friday December 9, 2011
- British Study Suggests Mammograms Do More Harm Than Good – But U.S. experts say getting them annually, starting at age 40, saves lives.
- Broadway Strikes an Autism-Friendly Chord – Sold-out performance of 'The Lion King' was adjusted to suit needs of kids with the disorder.
- Depression, Disability Can Follow ICU Care: Study – Meals, phone calls become too difficult for some patients, study finds.
- Health Tip: Don't Let Holiday Turkey Make You Sick – Follow these food safety guidelines.
- Health Tip: Should You Still Be Driving? – Older people need to evaluate their skills, experts say.
- Preemies Infected With More Dangerous Types of Bacteria: Study – These babies also have fewer types of microbes than those born full-term, researchers say.
- Starchy Foods May Boost Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence – Women who ate more carbs, especially starches, more likely to get repeat cancer, study says.
Thursday December 8, 2011
- Avastin Boosted Survival for Type of Aggressive Breast Cancer: Study – Added to chemo treatment, the drug prolonged life an average of nearly 3 months, researchers say.
- British Screening Program Finding More Early Stage Colon Cancers – More than 1 million have been tested using kits sent to homes.
- Health Tip: Opt for a Healthy Weight-Loss Plan – Avoid fad diets.
- Hispanic Women More Likely to Die of Breast Cancer – Disparity may be explained by biological differences in tumors, researchers say.
- Obesity Linked to Worse Outcomes With Early Breast Cancer – But tamoxifen showed protective effect for heavy women, researchers say.
- Stress Early in Pregnancy Linked to Fewer Baby Boys – Women in first trimester during major earthquake gave birth earlier and had more girls, study finds.
- Two New Drug Combos May Fight Advanced Breast Cancers – Studies found disease-free survival was lengthened when two new drugs were added to standard regimen.
Wednesday December 7, 2011
- Plan B One-Step - A Statement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
- Steroids boost survival, reduce brain injury for infants born at 23 weeks
- Chimps Shed Light on How Humans Learned to Share – Their behavior seems to be affected by their environment, research suggests.
- Diabetes, Obesity After 60 May Drive Up Breast Cancer Risk – Study also finds low blood lipids linked to risk, but can't explain it.
- FDA May Ease Rules on Morning-After Pill for Teens – Change would allow those 16 and under to buy Plan B without prescription.
- FDA Panels to Weigh Safety of Newer Forms of the 'Pill' – They will consider new warning labels about increased risk of blood clots linked to contraceptives.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 7, 2011
- Health Tip: Is Your Relationship Healthy? – Possible warning signs of a bad relationship.
- Health Tip: Wind Down With Mind-Body Exercises – And enjoy these potential benefits.
- Marathons May Damage Part of Heart: Study – But this doesn't mean endurance sports are bad for you, researcher says.
- New Tests Might Better Predict Breast Cancer's Return – Information locked in tumor's genes could help guide treatment for some patients, studies find.
- Targeted Radiation May Not Be Better for Breast Cancer – Study found brachytherapy had double the risk of mastectomies, compared to radiation of entire breast.
Tuesday December 6, 2011
- Medicare Gives Employers, Consumers Information to Make Better Health Care Choices
- Open Enrollment Ends Tomorrow ? People with Medicare See Significant Savings in 2011 As Time to Select 2012 Plans Draws to a Close
- Bed Bugs Can Bypass Pitfalls of Inbreeding, Studies Say – Finding means they can cause rapid infestation, may explain recent resurgence.
- Best Antidepressant May Depend on Patient: Study – Large evidence review finds newer brands work equally well.
- FDA Targets Homeopathic Weight Loss Products – Agency says there's no proof the homeopathic remedies work, and associated diet may cause harm.
- Gene Mutation Helps Clear Fats From Blood, Study Finds – But it is unknown if the beneficial effect actually cuts heart risks, researchers say.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 6, 2011
- Health Tip: Are You Disposed to the Holiday Blues? – Risk factors for holiday depression.
- Health Tip: Boost Your Brain Power – What seniors can do to help stay sharp.
- If Parents Drink and Drive, Their Kids May Too: Study – Teens' risk for motoring under the influence rose with parents' bad example, researchers found.
- Mammograms Cut Risk of Breast Cancer Death by Half, Study Finds – Echoes previous findings, supports calls for routine screening.
- Most Doctors Don't Tell Parents Kids Are Overweight – Or health care providers are speaking up, but message isn't sticking, study finds.
- Research With Worms May Shed Light on Women's Fertility – Egg cells aged earlier than body cells in roundworms, study found.
- Targeted Drugs, Lung CT Screening Top Cancer Advances in 2011 – Report from leading oncologists' group finds strides were made against tough-to-treat tumors.
- Vitamin D Levels Tied to Diabetes Risk in Obese Kids – Low levels were associated with more insulin resistance, study found.
Monday December 5, 2011
- NCI launches smoking cessation support for teens
- Statement from HHS Secretary Sebelius on International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- 3-D TV Doesn't Raise Seizure Risk for Kids With Epilepsy: Study – Researchers note that certain patterns, colors, flickering images a greater threat.
- Autistic Teens With Epilepsy Often Light-Sensitive – Incidence is roughly 30 percent among teens with both conditions, study finds
- Common Hospital Infection Lengthens Patient Stays – An estimated 10% of those infected with C. difficile will die, study finds.
- Epileptic Seizures May Worsen During Menstrual Cycle – 'Catamenial' epilepsy also associated with more seizures during pregnancy, study shows.
- Fetal Exposure to Epilepsy Drug Might Raise Autism Risk: Study – Danish researchers found it almost tripled chances of autism spectrum disorder, although risk remains small.
- Girls More Prone Than Boys to Headaches After Head Injury – They can last for months but in most cases will disappear, study finds.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 5, 2011
- Health Tip: Easy on the Holiday Buffets – Some simple suggestions to limit calories.
- Health Tip: The Risks of Smoking While Pregnant – Your baby can suffer serious complications.
- Kids With Epilepsy Should Get Screened for Autism, Developmental Delays – The conditions often occur in the same child, experts say.
- More Children Using Preventive Asthma Drugs: Study – But, minorities and uninsured had lower use of these medications, researchers say.
- More Evidence Links Specific Genes to ADHD – Future treatments might target these genetic pathways, researchers say.
- Nervous System May Hold Key to Weight Loss – People with higher 'sympathetic nerve activity' more likely to shed pounds, study finds.
- Teen 'Sexting' Might Be Less Common Than Feared – But emotional, legal fallout can still occur, studies find.
Friday December 2, 2011
- Abusive Boss May Harm Workers' Home Life, Too – But long-term partners, more kids may boost family satisfaction.
- Colon Cancer Prognosis Worse for the Obese, Type 2 Diabetics – Cancer and heart-disease deaths higher, studies find.
- Depression, Partner Conflict Raise Suicide Risk for Pregnant Women, New Moms – More than half also had a mental health diagnosis, study found.
- Genes May Make Quitting Tougher for Smokers – Your particular DNA may explain why you can't break the habit, study suggests.
- Health Highlights: Dec. 2, 2011 – Obama to Announce New Measures to Fight HIV/AIDS
- Health Tip: Watch Your Weight This Holiday Season – Suggestions to ward off weight gain.
- Kids of All Weights Benefit From Car Seats – Even overweight children safer when using the correct seat for their height and weight, study finds.
- Lung Cancer's Hidden Victims: Those Who Never Smoked – More than 32,000 Americans who never lit up will die each year, with women at higher risk, experts say.
- New Guidelines for Treating Psoriasis When Pregnant or Nursing – Try moisturizers, emollients before resorting to steroids, experts say.
- Opioids May Be Overused for Chronic Stomach Pain – Doubling of prescriptions over 10 years is cause for concern, study says.
- Police at No Greater PTSD Risk Than General Public: Study – Yet they can struggle with feelings of powerlessness, guilt after traumatic events, researchers say.
- Pressure to Be Perfect Parent Can Discourage New Moms, Dads – Study found it eroded confidence for mothers, created stress for fathers.
- Prozac Might Ease Repetitive Behaviors in Some Adults With Autism – Study found 50% saw benefit, while only 8% in placebo group did.
- Scientists ID Gene That Predicts Chances of Cold Sores – Two variants seem to raise the risk of recurrent outbreaks, while two lower the possibility.
- Sickle Cell Disease Tied to 'Silent Strokes' in Children – Anemia and high blood pressure together or alone increased the risk in study of young patients.
- Socioeconomic Status Main Predictor of Health Habits: Study – Race, ethnicity not necessarily behind disparities in weight, exercise and diet.
Thursday December 1, 2011
- NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2011 - December 1, 2011
- President Obama announces new efforts to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States
- Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on World AIDS Day - December 1, 2011
- AIDS Research Holds Promise for Reducing HIV Transmission Rates – 'Extraordinary advances' prompt some to dare to dream of a cure.
- Circle of Friends Key to Adopting Healthy Habits: Study – When people of similar age, sex, size buddied up online, they made gains, researchers say.
- Despite Advances, HIV/AIDS Still Takes Heavy Emotional Toll – Care coordinator describes alienation, financial woes and health struggles that people face.
- Experts Urge Posting Meat, Poultry Inspection Data on Web – Online information could help consumers make better choices, National Research Council says.
- First Generic Lipitor Approved
- Health Highlights: Dec. 1, 2011 – Obama to Announce New Measures to Fight HIV/AIDS
- Health Tip: Do You Have Psoriatic Arthritis? – Here are common symptoms.
- Health Tip: Spot Problems With a CPAP – Warning signs of trouble.
- How to Stay Flu-Free for the Holidays – Regular handwashing, 'air kissing' are two of several suggestions.
- Many Ignore Symptoms of Lung Disease, Study Finds – Shortness of breath, chronic coughing could indicate COPD.
- More Exercise Could Make For Better Sleep: Study – Those getting 150 minutes' activity a week were less likely to report daytime fatigue.
- Multitasking Stresses Out Working Moms More Than Dads – Mothers spend many waking hours doing at least two things at once, study finds.
- Optimism May Help Female Undergrads With Their Grades – But positive thinking seems to backfire for male students, study says.
- Self-Monitoring of Blood Thinner May Halve Clot Risk – But newer drugs may replace warfarin and the need for frequent blood tests, experts say.
- Studies in Mice May Offer Clues to Cleft Lip – Scientists corrected the birth defect in mouse embryos, study says.
- Younger Americans Face Greater Health Disparities: Study – Large gap between most and least healthy has opened up among those born after 1980.
Content last updated December 31, 2011.
A federal government website managed by the Office on Women's Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
200 Independence Avenue, S.W. • Washington, DC 20201