E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Former tobacco smokers find e-cigarettes less addictive than traditional cigarettes, new research finds.

Older Cars a Bad Choice for Younger Drivers

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research warns parents that buying an older car for their teens may put their young lives at risk.

Health Tip: 12 Ways to a Healthier Holiday

(HealthDay News) -- No one wants to be sick over the holidays. So, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these 12 tips to help you stay healthier:

Health Tip: Bake a Healthier Holiday Treat

(HealthDay News) -- Baking holiday goodies doesn't have to include loads of butter and sugar.

Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study

FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who have lost all their teeth have faster decreases in memory and walking ability than people who still have at least some of their teeth, a new study says.

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Study Supports Benefit of Widely Used Glaucoma Drug

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prostaglandin analogue eye drops -- a common form of glaucoma drug -- significantly reduce the risk of vision loss in patients with the eye disease, a new study finds.

Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In what scientists say is a first, a new analysis suggests that some blood types place women at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you can't balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest.

Most States Not Ready to Handle Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Report

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola's entrance into the United States -- along with Angelina Jolie's chickenpox and the National Hockey League's mumps outbreak -- have highlighted cracks in the nation's public health defense against infectious disease, according to a new health policy report released Thursday.

Arriving Now at Gate 42: Measles

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Traveling through the same U.S. airport gate, one infected passenger transmitted the measles virus to three others within a four-hour time span, illustrating just how easily the virus can spread, a new report shows.

Scratch From Pet Rat Kills Child; CDC Warns of Risk

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The tragic death from "rat-bite fever" of a 10-year-old San Diego boy highlights the risk carried by the pet rodents, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being in good shape seems to reduce your risk of high blood pressure, researchers report.

Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests a possible link between certain menopause symptoms -- moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats -- and higher rates of hip fractures and weaker bones.

Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The flu is starting to tighten its grip on much of the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

Xtoro Approved for Swimmer's Ear

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Xtoro (finalfloxacin otic suspension) eardrops have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat swimmer's ear, clinically known as acute otitis externa.

Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Common painkillers, including ibuprofen, might slightly reduce your risk of developing a form of skin cancer, researchers say.

'Homing Signal' in Brain Helps Humans Navigate, Research Shows

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A "homing signal" in the brain tells people which way to travel, and the strength of the signal affects people's ability to navigate, researchers report.

Frail Elderly Might Benefit From High-Dose Flu Shot

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A high-dose influenza vaccine is better than the standard vaccine for frail seniors under care in nursing homes, a new study suggests.