Health News

New Report Ranks US States for Healthiness
The United Health Foundation today released its annual state health rankings. The states varied widely, and some national measures of health saw slight improvements.
Smoking Rate Hit All-Time Low
Efforts to reduce smoking like public bans and media campaigns may be having an effect. The number of Americans who smoke may be smaller than it has ever been.
Quitting Smoking Improves Your Health
Some smokers worry about gaining weight after they quit. But new research found that the potential weight gain was well worth the long-term health benefits of quitting.
Millions of Medical Conditions Tied to Smoking
Many past studies have shown that smoking cigarettes is unhealthy and can cause illnesses like COPD and cancer. Now, a new study has highlighted the extent of these illnesses caused by tobacco.
Some Disagreed With WHO Report on E-Cigarettes
E-cigarettes are gaining popularity. But whether they are safer than conventional cigarettes is the subject of debate, even among experts.
E-Cigarettes May Not Help Cancer Patients Quit
Cancer patients trying to kick the smoking habit may reach for e-cigarettes — but do the devices help in the fight to avoid conventional cigarettes? Likely not, suggests a new study.
E-Cigarettes Could Prime Brain for Other Addictive Substances
As electronic cigarettes become more popular, the medical community is working to understand their health effects.
Teens May Be Trying E-Cigarettes First
Urging teens not to smoke has long been a concern for many parents, health experts and educators. Now, there may be a new factor in the struggle: e-cigarettes.
New Review Advocates for More Counseling to Help Smokers Quit
Finding the best way to quit smoking is not easy. But several treatments were associated with high quitting rates in a recent study.
Knowledge Gaps Found in E-Cig Safety
Electronic cigarettes are booming in popularity and sometimes touted as a helpful tool for quitting smoking. But, because they are relatively new, there is limited knowledge about their health effects.