Healthy Diet May Mean Longer Life for Kidney Patients

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet may help people with kidney disease live longer, researchers report.

Turning to an Ancient Art to Help Ease PTSD in Veterans

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The age-old practice of Tai Chi shows promise in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, new research shows.

Teething Tips From Dental Specialists

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You've fed your baby, changed your baby, but the baby is still cranky. It's possible he or she is uncomfortable because tiny teeth are trying to push through the gums. What can you do to ease the pain?

Alzheimer's Patients' Use of Painkilling Patches Cause for Concern

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of powerful opioid painkillers may be common among Alzheimer's disease patients and could be a cause for concern, researchers report.

Could Regular Pot Smoking Harm Vision?

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot regularly may be linked to a limited degree of vision impairment, a new French study suggests.

Heart Failure Protein May Signal Early Brain Damage

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Higher blood levels of a specific heart disease protein are associated with brain damage, a new study suggests.

More Pregnant Women Getting Flu Shot, But Improvement Needed

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a flu shot during pregnancy can protect both a mom-to-be and her baby. And while the percentage of pregnant American women who got the vaccine has doubled in recent years, too many still go without the shot, researchers say.

New Drug Combo Shows Promise Curbing Tough-to-Treat Breast Cancer

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In women with a certain form of tough-to-treat breast cancer, treatment with a combination of two drugs appeared to keep the cancer at bay longer -- from about five months to 10, a new study says.

Rising Price of Opioid OD Antidote Could Cost Lives: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Escalating prices of the drug naloxone may threaten efforts to reduce opioid-related deaths across America, a team from Yale University and the Mayo Clinic warns.

Benign 'Toothlet' Tumor Found in 255 Million-Year-Old Fossil

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A fossil of a distant ancestor of today's mammals -- which include humans -- shows evidence of a benign tumor of the jaw, scientists report.

U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Crackdown on E-Cig Use in Teens

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarettes are now the most popular tobacco product among American teens, according to a new U.S. Surgeon General's report that calls for a crackdown on the devices.

Young Adults With Head Trauma May Have Higher Risk of Jail Time

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A traumatic brain injury may be linked to a young adult's higher chances of ending up in jail, a new Canadian study suggests.

Mummy of 17th Century Child May Alter the History of Smallpox

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A mummy of a child who lived in the 1600s in Lithuania could offer new insight into how smallpox developed over the millennia.

As Obama's Term Winds Down, Resistance to Obamacare Diminishes

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Public support for full repeal of Obamacare is softening, with most Americans saying they'd rather leave the law as is or have it improved by changing some parts of it, according to the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll.

Yoga Called Good Medicine for High Blood Pressure

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga may help reduce blood pressure in people who are at risk for developing hypertension, a new study finds.

With Trump in Charge, What's the Prognosis for Obamacare?

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- President-elect Donald Trump's oft-stated pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act suggests big changes lie ahead for the health insurance marketplace and Americans who rely on it.

Health Highlights: Dec. 8, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: Do Things as a Family

(HealthDay News) -- It's important that all household members gather to eat and exercise together at least a few times during the week.

Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who generally believe that good things will happen may live longer.

Health Tip: Prep Your Refrigerator for the Holidays

(HealthDay News) -- Your fridge may be overflowing with leftovers from holiday meals.