Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar Nations

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Car crashes, shootings and drug overdoses, which cause more than 100,000 deaths a year in the United States, may explain why Americans' life expectancy is lower than in similar countries, a new study suggests.

Short Flashes of Light May Treat Jet Lag

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are working on a faster light-based therapy to prevent jet lag.

White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration is seeking $1.8 billion in emergency funds from Congress to combat the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the White House announced Monday.

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.

CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex Partners

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with a male sexual partner who has traveled to, or lives in, an area affected by active Zika virus transmission should refrain from sex or use condoms during sex until the pregnancy is over, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised on Thursday.

Health Tip: Pack Your Car With Winter Weather Essentials

(HealthDay News) -- During the unpredictable winter months, it's a good idea to pack your car with some emergency essentials -- in case you're stranded.

Red Cross Takes Steps to Keep Zika Virus Out of Blood Supply

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross on Wednesday asked potential blood donors who have traveled to areas where Zika infection is active to wait 28 days before giving blood.

When Seniors Stop Driving, Poorer Health May Be a Passenger

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who give up driving may see their mental and physical well-being decline, a new research review finds.

Texas Health Officials Report Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika Virus

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Local health officials in Texas have confirmed a case of Zika virus infection that was transmitted by sex, and not by the bite of a mosquito.

WHO: Zika Virus an International Health Threat

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The World Health Organization on Monday declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus a global health threat, based on the suspicion that the virus may be to blame for thousands of birth defects in Brazil in the past year.