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February 25, 2015

Health Tip: How Smoking Affects Your Heart

(HealthDay News) -- Most people realize that smoking causes cancer, but it can also wreak havoc on your heart, experts say.

Health Tip: Avoid Overdosing on Pain Medication

(HealthDay News) -- An over-the-counter pain reliever can offer relief from common aches and pains, but it's important not to exceed the dose recommended on the label.

Could a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food?

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Skipping just a single night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that seems to spark a desire to consume more fat the following day, a new study suggests.

Fluoride in Drinking Water Tied to Higher Rates of Underactive Thyroid

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A British study finds a correlation between the amount of fluoride in public drinking water and a rise in incidence of underactive thyroid.

Early Hospital Release May Hurt Broken-Hip Patients

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients with a broken hip are more likely to die after the fracture if they're discharged from the hospital early, a new study indicates.

Risk of Violent Crime Rises With Depression, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with depression might be more likely to commit a violent crime than those without depression, a new study suggests.

Three Amputees Regain Function With 'Bionic' Hands

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In what scientists say is a first, a robotic hand controlled by a patient's own muscle and nerves appears to have restored complex hand function to a trio of amputees in Austria.

Obamacare Won't Swamp Doctors, Study Contends

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The greater number of Americans with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will lead to only a slight increase in the use of medical services, and the health system can cope with the added demand, a new report states.

Taking Pill Before, After Sex Cuts HIV Infection for Gay Men: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's new evidence that gay men not infected with HIV can stay that way if they take a pill called Truvada in the days before and after a sexual encounter with an infected partner.

Health Highlights: Feb. 25, 2015

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

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