Neanderthal DNA May Play Role in Modern Human Health

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Neanderthal DNA has a subtle but significant impact on modern human health, including nicotine addiction, depression and blood clotting, a new study suggests.

Study Counters Stereotypes About Native Americans and Alcohol

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study dispels the widely held belief that Native Americans have high rates of alcohol abuse.

Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Still Poorly Understood: Report

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists and doctors still lack good insight into Gulf War illness and other health problems plaguing U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, a new report says.

Study Links Child Abuse, Neglect to Earlier Onset of Bipolar Disorder

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with bipolar disorder who have a history of being abused or neglected as children may have more severe symptoms and a higher risk of suicide, new research suggests.

Health Tip: Plan Family Meals and Exercise

(HealthDay News) -- To help keep your family healthier physically and emotionally, plan to do things together.

Lasting Damage Seen in LGBT Teens Who Suffer Harassment

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens who experience severe harassment can suffer from serious mental health problems, a new study suggests.

Many U.S. Women Still Smoke Before, During Pregnancy: Report

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the potential risks to their baby's health, roughly one in 10 women smoke in the three months before getting pregnant, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

Frequent Monitoring May Keep Alcohol Offenders Sober

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A South Dakota program that requires people involved in alcohol-linked crimes to stay away from booze and be closely monitored for drinking appears to reduce deaths, a new study finds.

Doctors Should Screen Teens for Major Depression, U.S. Task Force Says

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care doctors should screen all patients between 12 and 18 years of age for major depression, but not younger children, preventive health experts say.

Poor REM Sleep May Be Linked to Higher Risk for Anxiety, Depression

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia.