U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to New Low: CDC

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer American adults are smoking cigarettes than ever, health officials said.

Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications are much more likely to abuse those drugs than other teens, a new study warns.

Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Close friends have more influence on teens' alcohol use than their general peer group does, a new study says.

Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene.

FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seeking to make it tougher for people to misuse prescription painkillers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new hydrocodone tablet that's designed to help thwart abuse.

Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate), an abuse-resistant, extended release form of the painkiller hydrocodone (best known as Vicodin).

Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says.

Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The third Thursday of November is almost here, and that's a key annual date for many health advocates -- the Great American Smokeout.

Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter, Scans Show

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report.

Number of Pregnant Women on Narcotic Painkillers, Heroin Doubles, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of women dependent on drugs such as narcotic painkillers or heroin during pregnancy has more than doubled in the past decade and a half, a new study finds, though it still remains below a half-percent of all pregnancies.