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February 19, 2016

Risk of Preemie Birth May Rise for Depressed Parents-to-Be

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's known that an expectant mother's mental and emotional health can affect her baby. New research, however, finds that depression in either the father or the mother may be linked to an increased likelihood of preterm birth.

Cervical Cancer Can Be Prevented: FDA

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although cervical cancer claims the lives of an estimated 4,000 American women every year, the disease is largely preventable, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Talk to Your Doctor About Ways to Trim Health Care Costs

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Discussing medical costs with your doctor could save you money without affecting your care, according to a new study.

Health Tip: Moms, Don't Neglect Your Health

(HealthDay News) -- With so many responsibilities, it may be difficult for moms to care for themselves.

Health Tip: Get Relief From Dry Skin

(HealthDay News) -- Dry, itchy skin can be annoying and even painful. Fortunately, it's mostly preventable.

U.S. Internet Searches Highlight E-cig's Surging Popularity

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Online searches for information about electronic cigarettes are on the rise. But, most people want to know how and where to get the products rather than the health effects of "vaping" or how to quit smoking, a new study shows.

Americans Hold Science in High Regard, Poll Finds

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans continue to hold science and scientists in high regard, new poll results indicate.

Seven Steps Toward a Healthier Heart

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for U.S. adults, but a healthy lifestyle can reduce that risk, a heart expert says.

Sufficient Sleep, Exercise May Help Keep Stroke at Bay

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who regularly exercise and get a full night's sleep may have a relatively lower risk of suffering a stroke, a large study suggests.

Add Neck Problems to Reasons Not to Smoke

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Here's yet another reason to snuff out that cigarette: Smoking can damage the cervical discs in your neck, a new study contends.

Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Beginning rehabilitation soon after a spinal cord injury seems to lead to improvements in functioning for patients, according to a new study.

Obesity Can Send Kids' Blood Pressure Soaring: Study

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children and teens who become or stay obese may quickly face up to three times the risk of developing high blood pressure compared to their slimmer peers, a new study says.

Health Highlights: Feb. 19, 2016

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

Briviact Approved for Epileptic Seizures

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Briviact (brivaracetam) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat partial onset seizures in people aged 16 and older with epilepsy.

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