National Smoking Bans Help Everyone, Especially Nonsmokers: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- National smoking bans appear to be reducing the health harms caused by secondhand smoke, especially heart disease.

Many U.S. Women Still Smoke Before, During Pregnancy: Report

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the potential risks to their baby's health, roughly one in 10 women smoke in the three months before getting pregnant, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

Frequent Monitoring May Keep Alcohol Offenders Sober

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A South Dakota program that requires people involved in alcohol-linked crimes to stay away from booze and be closely monitored for drinking appears to reduce deaths, a new study finds.

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.

Alcohol More Harmful for People With HIV, Study Suggests

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol may be more dangerous for people infected with HIV, a new study suggests.

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.