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  1. One-Third of Moms Have Kids Too Close Together

    April 16, 2015 -- About one-third of American mothers have children too close together, according to a federal government study. Experts recommend mothers wait at least 18 months between pregnancies so their body can recover and improve the chances that the next child is full-term and healthy, the A

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  2. Superbugs: What They Are and How You Get Them

    April 17, 2015 -- Imagine being sick in the hospital with a bacterial infection and doctors can't stop it from spreading. This so-called "superbug" scenario is not science fiction. It's an urgent, worldwide worry that is prompting swift action. Every year, about 2 million people get sick from a supe

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  3. Discovered Tribe’s Bacteria May Point to Our Past

    April 17, 2015 -- A tribe of Indians found in the remote mountains of Venezuela may have a lot to teach us about the connection between gut bacteria and our health. The Yanomami Indians have nearly twice as many different kinds of bacteria living in their intestines as Americans do. Researchers say

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  4. Blood Test Could Give Early Breast Cancer Warning

    April 17, 2015 -- Scientists say they’ve created a blood test that can predict whether a woman will get breast cancer several years before the disease shows up. The technique, which involves measuring compounds in the blood, is still in its early stages. But in the long run it could help people with

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  5. Still Time To Save On Health Law's Tax Penalties?

    By Michelle Andrews Even though the April 15 tax filing deadline has passed, you might be eligible for some health law-related changes that may save you money down the road. –If you owed a penalty for not having health insurance last year and didn’t buy a plan for 2015, you may still be able to sign

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  6. Higher Altitude States Have Fewer Kids With ADHD

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The thin air of America's higher-elevation regions may reduce the risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study suggests. Researchers reported that the occurrence of ADHD decreases substantially a

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  7. Boy's Death Highlights Rare Mosquito-Borne Virus

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The death from encephalitis of a 6-year-old Tennessee boy has led researchers to a better understanding of the mosquito-borne virus that killed the child. La Crosse virus, transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito

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  8. Synthetic Pot Sends Hundreds to ERs in AL, MS

    April 17, 2015 -- In the past month, more than 300 people in Alabama and Mississippi have sought emergency care after using synthetic marijuana, according to health officials. Synthetic marijuana, also called spice, is sold illegally in convenience stores. Officials said there have been 227 spice-re

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  9. Obesity and Greater Prostate Cancer Risk in Blacks

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Blacks have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer than whites, and for obese black men, their risk can quadruple as their weight goes up, a new study indicates. The findings from this large study should lead to a red

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  10. CA Measles Outbreak May Be Coming to a Close

    By HealthDay staff HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A measles outbreak that began last December at two Disney parks in California will officially be over if no new cases are reported by Friday, state health officials said. According to the California Department of Publ

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