Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene.

Mastectomy Rates Rising Among Women Eligible for Lumpectomy

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When confronted with early stage breast cancer, surgical removal of the tumor alone (lumpectomy) -- which conserves the breast -- can be a less drastic option than total mastectomy.

Blue-Eyed People May Face Higher Melanoma Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that genes tied to blue eyes and red hair could put people at higher risk for moles or freckling in childhood, which are often precursors to the deadly skin cancer melanoma later in life.

Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The third Thursday of November is almost here, and that's a key annual date for many health advocates -- the Great American Smokeout.

Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if you do add a few pounds once you quit, your post-cigarette health is still much better than if you'd kept on smoking.

Want to Raise Colon Cancer Screening Rates? Run a Lottery

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A lottery could be an effective means of getting people engaged in potentially lifesaving colon cancer screening, a new study suggests.

More Than One-Fifth of High School Students Smoke: CDC

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than a fifth of American teens smoke or use tobacco in some way, which means that millions of them are putting themselves at risk for early death, a federal government study warns.

Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who experience pain and swelling related to their treatment may find relief in acupuncture and exercise, new research suggests.

Guidelines Aim to Reduce 2nd Surgeries After Breast Cancer Lumpectomy

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a study of more than 240,000 women who had breast conservation surgery for breast cancer, nearly 25 percent needed a second operation, a new study finds.

Scientists Find Signs of Toxic Flame Retardants in Americans

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report that they found evidence of six kinds of toxic flame retardants in Americans.