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February 08, 2017

Gym Membership Makes Your Heart Fitter, Too

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're on the fence about joining a gym, consider this: Health club members exercise more and have better heart health, according to a new study.

Health Tip: Logging Your Exercise

(HealthDay News) -- Logging your exercise habits helps you stay committed and address any problems.

Health Tip: Trouble Flexing a Finger?

(HealthDay News) -- Trigger finger occurs when an irritated tendon prevents you from fully extending the finger, causing it to stay in a bent position.

Screening, HPV Vaccine Can Prevent Cervical Cancer: FDA

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women can reduce their risk of cervical cancer through vaccination and screening, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Smoke-Free Public Housing Cuts Secondhand Fumes

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Secondhand smoke exposure has dropped dramatically among public housing residents in Philadelphia since the introduction of a smoke-free policy, a new study finds.

Winter's No Reason to Hibernate: Head Outside for Some Sports Fun

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Forget what the thermometer says: Winter is a great time for outdoor activities. But you should follow certain safety rules to reduce your risk of injury.

E-Cigs May Be 'Bridge' to Teens' Tobacco Use

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nonsmoking teens who use e-cigarettes appear to be more likely to light up regular tobacco cigarettes, a new study suggests.

8 Ways to Help Kids Dodge Germs

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There are a number of ways parents can help give a boost to their child's immune system, a family doctor suggests.

Opioids and Alcohol a Dangerous Cocktail

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol while taking powerful opioid painkillers can trigger a potentially deadly respiratory problem, particularly in seniors, a new study warns.

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll Trigger Same Good Feelings in Brain

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you've ever turned on your favorite song to boost your mood when you're feeling down, the results of a new, small study probably won't surprise you.

Harsh Parenting Can Backfire With Bad Behavior From Teens

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "Harsh" parenting that includes frequent yelling, hitting and threats may bring out the worst in teens' behavior instead of getting them to toe the line, a new study suggests.

Could Night Shifts, Heavy Lifting Impair a Woman's Fertility?

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who work night shifts or do heavy physical labor may be somewhat less fertile than other women, new research suggests.

Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Liquid

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarette liquids can contain high levels of toxic and potentially cancer-causing metals, a new study suggests.

Drought May Beckon Bigger West Nile Outbreaks

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A parched climate might be the perfect environment for spreading West Nile virus, a new study suggests.

Whole-Grain Foods May Help You Stay Slim

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Switching to whole-grain foods might help keep your weight in check as much as a brisk 30-minute daily walk would, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Feb. 8, 2017

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

Is It Parkinson's or Something Else? Blood Test Might Tell

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Measuring a particular blood protein might help doctors easily distinguish Parkinson's disease from some similar disorders, a new study suggests.

Calcium Buildup in Young Arteries May Signal Heart Attack Risk

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults with any amount of calcified plaque in their arteries are already at risk of a heart attack, a new study finds.

Brain Differences Hint at Why Autism Is More Common in Males

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Structural differences in the male brain might explain why autism is more common in men than women, a new study suggests.

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