Today's Health News

Women Reaching Equality in Dubious Habit: Drinking

Females also closing the gender gap on health problems from alcohol consumption

Smoking Still Takes Big Toll in U.S. Cancer Deaths

Habit is linked to close to one-third of fatal cancers in people 35 and older, study finds

Review Says Calcium Supplements Won't Harm the Heart

Other physicians urge caution, however, and say these findings aren't conclusive

Polio Nearly Vanquished: CDC

But small pockets of world still have cases of crippling disease, officials add

Old Blood as Good as New for Transfusions, Study Finds

Little difference seen in patient survival rates

Docs: Infants Should Share Parents' Room to Help Prevent SIDS

Sleeping nearby -- but not in same bed -- advised for first year, pediatricians' group says

Study: El Nino Could Boost Lyme Disease in Western U.S.

Northeast may also experience changes in infectious diseases due to weather variations, research suggests

Stronger Muscles May Pump Up Your Memory

Seniors saw lasting changes from weight-lifting twice a week for 6 months, researchers report

Take Meds as Directed to Boost Survival After Heart Procedures

Study finds close adherence to instructions may be especially important after angioplasty

Brain Changes Seen in Kids After One Season of Football

Not yet clear if those changes are lasting or meaningful

'Laughing Gas' May Not Ease Pain During Childbirth: Study

Nitrous oxide gaining interest among expectant mothers in the United States, researchers report

Pregnancy May Boost Stroke Risk in Younger Women: Study

But absolute risk is very small; researchers not sure of reasons why

Many Teens Light Up to Lose Weight, Study Suggests

Researchers offer new ways to discourage smoking among adolescents

Many Take Opioids Reluctantly for Back Pain: Survey

Patients worried about the potentially addictive painkillers; say they only provide limited relief

Be Aware of What You Share Online About Your Kids

New review offers parents advice on how to be more careful with postings that could affect their children

Pediatricians: Kids Need 'Media Use Plan' From Parents

Suggestions include no screen time for those under 18 months, not using media as 'soothing tool'

Kids' Media Time Adds Up, Subtracts From Homework

Interest in learning new things also shrinks with greater screen time, pediatricians find

More Kids and Teens Heading to ER With Headaches

Study finds hospital admissions for head pain also up; reasons are unclear

Many Adults Unaware That Using E-Cigarettes Can Hurt Kids

Indoor use promotes harmful nicotine exposure, researchers say

State Laws May Be Key to Lowering Kids' Car Crash Deaths

Study found more accidents happened in states with less stringent safe-driving regulations