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December 30, 2015

Painkillers Often Gateway to Heroin for U.S. Teens: Survey

TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of U.S. high school students who use heroin first tried narcotic painkillers, a new survey reveals.

Health Tip: Sip on a Lighter Version of Hot Chocolate

(HealthDay News) -- Hot chocolate is a comforting treat to help warm you up during the chilly winter months. But it may be loaded with sugar, fat and calories.

Health Tip: Helping Your Teens Stay Safe

(HealthDay News) -- As your children reach adolescence, they'll want to head out with their friends without your supervision. As a parent, you should be prepared with some safety rules.

Chronic Drinking Plus Binge Drinking Spurs Rapid Liver Damage in Mouse Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic drinking combined with binge drinking quickly damages the liver, and is more destructive than previously thought, a new study with mice suggests.

New Rules for Mammograms, Tanning Beds Top Health News of 2015

MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While no one health story dominated in 2015, the year did mark some milestones and important trends, with news in cancer screening and prevention topping the list.

Heading to a New Year's Party? Here's How to Stay Safe

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New Year's Day is the worst day of the year for alcohol-fueled car crashes, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

ADHD Meds May Raise Risk for Psychotic Side Effects in Some Kids: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulant medications, such as those used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may raise the risk for psychotic side effects among young patients who have a parent with a history of serious mental illness, new research suggests.

It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who hasn't had a flu shot this season should make a point to get vaccinated now, U.S. health officials advise.

Health Highlights: Dec. 30, 2015

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

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