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December 31, 2014

New Year Often Ushers in Pledge to Quit Drinking

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with drinking problems often make a New Year's pledge to stop or cut back on their drinking, but actually doing it can be a struggle, an addiction expert says.

Preventing Diaper Rash

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Diaper rash is a common problem for babies, but parents can take steps that help keep skin from getting red and inflamed.

Health Tip: Why Am I Gaining Weight?

(HealthDay News) -- Whether you gain weight depends on more than just the foods you eat, and how often.

Health Tip: Move Around on a Plane

(HealthDay News) -- When you're stuck in an airplane seat, your blood can pool in your feet, increasing the risk of developing a blood clot.

Ebola, Obamacare Top U.S. Health News for 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It started as a deadly but little-known outbreak in West Africa, but the lethal and unchecked spread of the Ebola virus dominated U.S. headlines for much of 2014, making it one of the year's top health news stories.

Exercise May Cut Fall Risk for Some Parkinson's Patients

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercises that focus on balance and leg strengthening may help some people with Parkinson's disease avoid falls, according to a new clinical trial.

Falling Cancer Death Rate Means 1.5 Million Lives Saved Over 20 Years

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Progress in the war against cancer has triggered a 22 percent drop in U.S. deaths over the past two decades, translating to about 1.5 million lives saved, a new American Cancer Society report finds.

Health Highlights: Dec. 31, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Little Change in Fast Food Calorie Counts, Salt Content

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An investigation into the nutrition offered in meals from three major fast food chains finds little change in calories, salt or saturated fat from 1996 to 2013.

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