Type 2 Diabetes May Be Bad for Brain Health

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Previous research has linked type 2 diabetes and memory loss. Now, new research may be closing in on some of the reasons why.

Money Pressures Mount When a Spouse Gets Cancer

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Family income can take a big hit when a wife or husband cares for a spouse with cancer, researchers report.

Opioid Use by Iraq, Afghanistan War Vets Mirrors Rest of U.S.: Study

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars use opioid painkillers at rates similar to that of the general population, a new study finds.

Repeat Teen Births Still a Problem in United States: CDC

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After having one baby and tending to the infant's dirty diapers and middle-of-the night wails, you'd think that most teens would want to wait awhile before having a second baby.

Drugs Now Involved in More Fatal U.S. Crashes Than Alcohol Alone

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In vehicle crashes that claim American lives, illicit drugs are now more likely to have played a role than the use of alcohol on its own, a new report says.

Stivarga Approved for Liver Cancer

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the anti-cancer drug Stivarga (regorafenib) has been expanded to include liver cancer, the agency said Thursday in a news release.

No Excuses: Exercise Can Overcome the 'Obesity Gene'

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even if obesity is "in your genes," regular exercise can help keep extra pounds at bay, a new study suggests.

Could Smoking in Pregnancy Affect a Grandkid's Autism Risk?

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When a woman chooses to stop smoking during her pregnancy, the potential effects to her baby are probably on her mind.

Docs May Miss Major Cause of Vision Loss in Seniors

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's the leading cause of permanent vision loss for Americans, but a condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may be going undiagnosed too often, new research suggests.

'Brain Age' May Help Predict When You'll Die

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When the brain ages faster than normal, people are at heightened risk for brain disease and impairment, as well as early death, a new British study suggests.

Science Uncovers a True Meeting of the Minds

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Students' brainwaves sync up and show similar patterns when they pay attention in class, according to a new study.

Could Germs in the Gut Give Rise to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have found differences in the gut bacteria of people with chronic fatigue syndrome versus their healthy peers.

Health Highlights: April 27, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Is Your Child Using Drugs?

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mood swings and sudden changes in behavior can be a normal part of growing up, often starting in the tween years. But they can also signal substance abuse.

Crossroads for Obamacare

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, is still the law of the land. But its fate may be sealed by Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration in the coming days, weeks and months, health policy analysts say.

April 29 Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You can safely dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 29.

Health Tip: Coping With the 'Dawn Phenomenon'

(HealthDay News) -- The "dawn phenomenon" is a natural surge in hormones in the morning that affects everyone.

Health Tip: Better Sleep, a Better Life

(HealthDay News) -- Sleep quality affects the quality of your life, both physically and emotionally.