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First Decline Seen in 'Vaping' Among U.S. Teens: CDC

For the first time since the U.S. government began tracking e-cigarette use among American youth, a new report shows fewer teens are vaping. The drop was significant, falling from 3 million in 2015 to 2.2 million in 2016, according to ...

California’s kids are healthier but many are living in poverty

Ambar Garcia, who lives just north of downtown Los Angeles, said she’s thankful her two daughters have health coverage through California’s version of Medicaid, the government program for low-income people. That’s one less bill to worry about. But Garcia, a ...

Mental health organization marks 25 years of uplifting the Black community

Black folks love to congregate and break bread, and the Coalition of Mental Health Professional’s (CMHP) 25th Anniversary Celebration satisfied these primal urges as well as highlighting the timely issue of mental hygiene in metropolitan Los Angeles this past Sunday, ...

With Summer Sun Comes Heightened Skin Cancer Risk

Summer beckons, and with those sunny skies comes a warning to protect yourself from skin cancer. "Skin cancer, like all types of cancer, is capable of destroying healthy tissue and spreading to distant body sites," said Dr. C. Blake Phillips, ...

Migraine Warning Signs May Differ in Kids, Adults

Fatigue and mood changes are the most common symptoms that occur before children develop migraines, a new study finds.

Climate Change May Up Asthma Irritant, Study Says

Climate change may increase people's exposure to an outdoor fungus that can damage airway cells, leading to a rise in asthma and allergy symptoms, a new study contends.

It's Snakes to the Rescue for Heart Patients

Scary pit vipers may need an image upgrade: Their venom might end up helping human heart patients, research suggests.

Can Online Treatment Replace Your Therapist?

Many barriers can keep people from psychotherapy, such as cost or the availability of a qualified health provider. But new research suggests that online therapy programs can help some people with mild to moderate depression. The study found the results ...

Marijuana May Make Your Gums Go to Pot

Frequent pot smokers might be dooming themselves to diseased gums, a new study suggests. "It is well known that frequent tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontal [gum] disease, but it was surprising to see that recreational cannabis [pot] ...

Loneliness May Lead to Sleepless Nights

Loneliness may rob you of your sleep, British researchers report. In the study, more than 2,200 18- and 19-year-olds in England and Wales provided information about their loneliness levels and sleeping patterns. Between 25 percent and 30 percent of the ...

High blood pressure linked to racial segregation

Living in racially segregated neighborhoods is associated with a rise in the blood pressure of Black adults, while moving away from segregated areas is associated with a decrease—and significant enough to lead to reductions in heart attacks and strokes, a ...

Are All Those 'Fidget Spinners' Really Helping Kids?

Fidget spinners may be the latest must-have kids' toy, but claims that the gizmos help students pay attention aren't backed by science, experts say. Some retailers market the devices as a way to help kids with anxiety, autism or attention ...

Could Chocolate Guard Against an Irregular Heartbeat?

There's delicious news for chocolate lovers: New research suggests the sweet might help keep a common and dangerous form of irregular heartbeat at bay. The study of more than 55,000 people in Denmark found that those who favored chocolate tended ...

States have until 2022 to meet Medicaid standards of care

The Trump administration has given states three extra years to carry out plans for helping elderly and disabled people receive Medicaid services without being pushed into nursing homes. Federal standards requiring states to find ways of delivering care to Medicaid ...

Blacks More Prone to Colon Cancers That Arise Between Colonoscopies: Study

Colon cancer guidelines now recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50 for people at average risk for the disease. But a new study finds that older black Americans are far more likely than whites to develop a ...