Expert Panel Unclear on Whether E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An influential U.S. panel of experts says there's just not enough data to decide whether or not e-cigarettes can help smokers quit.

Diabetes Study Suggests a Little Extra Weight Tied to Longer Survival

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A controversial new study suggests that some extra weight may be linked to a longer life for people with type 2 diabetes.

Fecal Transplant Helps Fight Off Dangerous Gut Infection: Review

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Though saddled with an undeniable "yuck factor," fecal transplantation appears to be a safe and effective way to combat a serious intestinal infection, according to a new review.

Device May Pose Dangers for Patients With Irregular Heartbeat: Study

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart surgeons are making regular and potentially dangerous "off-label" use of a suturing device in patients with abnormal heart rhythms, researchers report.

Bystander CPR Linked to Better Outcomes After Cardiac Arrest

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research from Denmark finds that more cardiac arrest survivors are returning to work, because more bystanders are performing CPR.

Obesity Tied to Risk of Complications After Plastic Surgery

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people who choose to have plastic surgery are 35 percent more likely than normal-weight people to have to visit the emergency room or be admitted to the hospital within 30 days after their operation, new research suggests.

E-Health Records May Not Boost Stroke Care

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While electronic health records are touted as the holy grail of a transparent health care system, a new study finds they don't improve treatment results for some stroke patients in the United States.

ER Doctors Cautious When Prescribing Narcotic Painkillers: Study

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. emergency room doctors are cautious when prescribing narcotic painkillers that carry a high risk of abuse, a new study shows.

Sleepwalking Parents Likely to Have Sleepwalking Kids

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 60 percent of children with two sleepwalking parents go on to develop the condition themselves, new research shows.

Many Young Football Players Get Concussions at Practice, Study Says

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Most concussions among high school and college football players occur during practice, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: May 4, 2015

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

Too Many Americans Neglect Backs in Skin Cancer Prevention

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey finds that many people in the United States are forgetting their backs when they try to be forward-thinking about skin cancer prevention.

Preteen Whooping Cough Vaccine Loses Strength Over Time, CDC Finds

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A booster shot of the whooping cough vaccine that is given to preteens loses a large measure of effectiveness within a few years, new research reveals.

Health Tip: Build a Healthy Self-Image

(HealthDay News) -- It may be difficult to be happy with what you see in the mirror, but a healthy self-image will help you care for yourself.

Health Tip: Understanding Eye Injuries in Kids

(HealthDay News) -- Parents should know what to do if something gets in their child's eyes or if the child suffers an eye injury.


Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Inherited Eye Disease

SUNDAY, May 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that gene therapy quickly improves eyesight for patients who've lost their vision from an inherited condition called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA).