Health Tip: Warning Signs of Social Anxiety Disorder

(HealthDay News) -- Social anxiety disorder can make seemingly simple social engagements seem like a nightmare.

Severe Obesity in Teens Tied to Possible Kidney Problems

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-fifth of severely obese teens have poor kidney function, a small new study suggests.

Smoking, Drinking Combo Raises Odds for Esophageal Cancer

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who smoke and drink are nearly twice as likely to develop esophageal cancer as those with only one of those unhealthy habits, a new study indicates.

ADHD Drug Ritalin Boosted Self-Control in Tests

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ritalin, a drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, may help people maintain self-control so they can stick to a diet or a boring project, a new study suggests.

Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn't Raise Teen Pot Use, Study Says

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens' use of marijuana doesn't increase when states approve the drug for medical use, a new study finds.

Winter's Polar Vortex Ushers in Spring's 'Pollen Vortex'

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- You may have survived the worst this winter's polar vortex had to throw at you, but if you suffer from allergies, better brace yourself for its sibling -- the "pollen vortex."

Saturday Is National Drug Take-Back Day

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you have expired, unused or unwanted drugs in your medicine cabinet, you can safely dispose of them on National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday.

Could More Coffee Lower Your Odds for Diabetes?

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking more coffee might lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, a new large U.S. study suggests.

Stem Cells Yield Lab-Grown Skin, Researchers Say

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Skin that was created from stem cells and grown in a lab could be used instead of animals to test drugs and cosmetics, and to develop new treatments for skin disorders, scientists report.

FDA Advisers: Ban Use of Behavior-Modifying 'Shock Devices'

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has recommended banning the use of "electrical stimulation devices" to modify aggressive or self-harming behavior in people with severe emotional problems or developmental disorders such as autism.

Health Highlights: April 25, 2014

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

Statin Users Eating More Bad Food Than a Decade Ago, Study Shows

FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs seem to believe they can eat plenty of unhealthy foods without suffering any consequences, a new study suggests.