Could Oral Contraceptives Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis?

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Oral contraceptives -- also known as birth control pills -- may ease pain and improve functioning in women with rheumatoid arthritis, a small German study suggests.

Growth Hormone May Lower Odds of Fractures in Older Women

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older women with osteoporosis could get lasting benefits from a few years on growth hormone, a new, small trial suggests.

Focus on Healthy Backs for Back-to-School

SATURDAY, Aug. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With the new school year here, parents might think about measures to protect their children's spinal health, an expert says.

Preteen Football Tied to Brain Changes in Retired NFL Players: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Playing tackle football before the age of 12 may be linked to brain changes seen in pro football players who developed memory and thinking problems later in life, new research suggests.

Don't Let Backpacks Lead to Back Injury

SATURDAY, Aug. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Backpacks are convenient for students, but they can pose a threat to kids' backs, necks and shoulders if used improperly, an expert says.

1 in 4 Senior Women in U.S. Has Osteoporosis: CDC

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The weakening bones of osteoporosis greatly raise a person's odds for dangerous fractures, and a new report finds that one-quarter of all American women aged 65 or older suffer from the condition.

Health Tip: Got Athlete's Foot?

(HealthDay News) -- Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that's easily picked up in public areas such as locker rooms and pools.

Boy, Girl Newborns Show Spinal Differences: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The spines of boys and girls aren't the same size at birth, a new study shows.

Health Tip: Smoking Can Lead to Bone Injury

(HealthDay News) -- Most people know that smoking is bad for your lungs and heart, but experts say it also may take a toll on your bones and muscles.

Vitamin D Supplements Won't Strengthen Older Women's Bones: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of vitamin D do not appear to protect postmenopausal women from the dangers of osteoporosis, new research indicates.