Vacation Weight Gain Can Lead to 'Creeping Obesity,' Study Finds

SUNDAY, Feb. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Along with souvenirs, there's a good chance you'll return from your vacation with some extra weight, new research suggests.

Millions of Pregnant Women Put Their Babies at Risk With Alcohol: CDC

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking before and during pregnancy can cause lifelong physical, behavioral and mental problems for a child. Yet more than 3 million U.S. women risk exposing their baby to alcohol, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Study Casts Doubt on Effectiveness of COPD Drug

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used drug may not significantly reduce the amount of time that patients with the lung condition COPD require mechanical help to breathe, a new study suggests.

Chemical That Can Irritate Lungs Found in Flavored E-Cigarettes

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People using flavored e-cigarettes, particularly ones that taste like cherry, are likely inhaling a chemical that can irritate their airways, a new study suggests.

Mental Disorders Increasing for Younger Smokers

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although fewer Americans are smoking, the rates of psychiatric disorders among those who do -- particularly more recent smokers -- are on the rise, a new study suggests.

Appalachia Cancer Rates Higher Than Average, But Shrinking

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer rates in Appalachia remain higher than in other parts of the United States, but that gap is shrinking, a new study shows.

Smoking Lowers Breast Cancer Survival, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women diagnosed with breast cancer who continue to smoke cigarettes are less likely to survive than those who never smoked or those who quit, new research finds.

Teens Who 'Vape' May Be More Likely to Try Smoking, Too

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to switch to real cigarettes within a year, a new study suggests.

No Clear Winner Seen Among Stop-Smoking Aids in Study

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you're trying to quit smoking, using the nicotine patch, the drug Chantix, or a combination of the patch and lozenges all appear to work equally well, researchers report.

Free Nicotine Patches by Mail May Help Smokers Quit

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Helping smokers quit may be as easy as mailing them free nicotine-replacement patches, even in the absence of counseling or other support, a new Canadian study shows.