More Than One Kind of Message May Convince Smokers to Quit, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Positive messages about the health benefits of quitting smoking may help some people kick the habit, a new study suggests.

Fewer U.S. Teens Using Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, Report Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report.

Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming too much salt may more than double a smoker's risk of developing the painful inflammatory disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds.

Many U.S. Kids Missing Out on Preventive Care, CDC Says

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most adults can remember the battery of health services they endured as kids: hearing and vision tests, dental exams, regular checkups and vaccinations.

Smoking Banned in More Than 80 Percent of U.S. Homes: CDC

THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Four out of five U.S. homes now ban smoking inside, federal health officials reported Thursday.

E-Cigarette Vapor May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco Smoke: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Secondhand vapor created by one brand of electronic cigarette harbors fewer hazardous chemicals than regular cigarette smoke, although the researchers report the finding doesn't leave e-cigarettes in the clear.

Study Counters Critics of Plainer Cigarette Packaging

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Selling cigarettes in plain packages doesn't increase the use of low-cost or illegal tobacco and doesn't harm sales in small stores, according to new research from Australia.

Ban Indoor Use of E-Cigarettes, U.N. Health Agency Says

TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Joining a number of other health agencies, the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday recommended that countries regulate electronic cigarettes and ban their use indoors until studies prove that "vaping" is harmless to bystanders.

Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks

TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week.

Number of Young Non-Smokers Who Tried E-Cigs Tripled in 2 Years

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than a quarter-million middle and high school students who were non-smokers say they used an electronic cigarette last year -- a threefold increase from 2011, a new U.S. study says.