Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says.

Oxygen May Not Help Heart Attack Victims

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Strapping an oxygen mask to someone suffering a heart attack might make their heart attack worse, new research suggests.

Get Ready for the Great American Smokeout

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The third Thursday of November is almost here, and that's a key annual date for many health advocates -- the Great American Smokeout.

Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of unhealthy weight gain can be a factor holding smokers back from quitting the habit. But a new study finds that even if you do add a few pounds once you quit, your post-cigarette health is still much better than if you'd kept on smoking.

Health Tip: What's Behind Your Sore Throat?

(HealthDay News) -- A sore throat has a litany of possible causes, including an allergy, air pollution, dry air or exposure to tobacco smoke.

Could Flu Raise Risk of Fatal Artery Tear?

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza is a nasty virus in its own right. But, it might also increase a person's risk of suffering a life-threatening tear in the body's most important artery, a new study suggests.

Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from asthma who have to take medication every day to control it may face an increased risk of heart attack, new research suggests.

Boston Marathon Bombing's Legacy of Hearing Damage

FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people suffered long-term ear and hearing problems after the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, a new study finds.

More Than One-Fifth of High School Students Smoke: CDC

THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than a fifth of American teens smoke or use tobacco in some way, which means that millions of them are putting themselves at risk for early death, a federal government study warns.

Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during the last trimester of pregnancy is safe for the fetus, a new study has found.