Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Fewer U.S. Teens Using Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, Report Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report.

Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed, Study Finds

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians prescribe antibiotics about twice as often as they're actually needed for children with ear and throat infections, a new study indicates.

Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming too much salt may more than double a smoker's risk of developing the painful inflammatory disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds.

Many U.S. Kids Missing Out on Preventive Care, CDC Says

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most adults can remember the battery of health services they endured as kids: hearing and vision tests, dental exams, regular checkups and vaccinations.

Teens' Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Poor Outcomes

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who use marijuana on a daily basis before they reach the age of 17 are more likely to have certain long-term problems than their non-using peers, new research from Australia suggests.

Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men who smoke before becoming a parent may put their children at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests.

Smoking Banned in More Than 80 Percent of U.S. Homes: CDC

THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Four out of five U.S. homes now ban smoking inside, federal health officials reported Thursday.

10 Percent of Americans Admit to Illicit Drug Use

THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 10 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were illicit drug users in 2013, and almost 20 million said they used marijuana, making it the most widely used drug, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

E-Cigarette Vapor May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco Smoke: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Secondhand vapor created by one brand of electronic cigarette harbors fewer hazardous chemicals than regular cigarette smoke, although the researchers report the finding doesn't leave e-cigarettes in the clear.