Parents' Pot Use a Tricky Topic When It Comes to Their Kids

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's a classic case of parents telling their kids: Don't do as I do, do as I say.

Could Electromagnetic Fields Raise a Worker's ALS Risk?

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- On-the-job exposure to electromagnetic fields may double the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative disease of the nervous system, a new study suggests.

Got the HPV Vaccine Before You Knew You Were Pregnant? Don't Worry

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The cancer-preventing HPV vaccine does not appear to have any ill effect on babies unintentionally exposed to it in the womb, researchers report.

Cases of Zika-Linked Birth Defects Dropped in Brazil in 2016

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Brazil experienced a smaller-than-expected increase in cases of microcephaly in 2016, despite the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

'Menstrual Cycle in a Dish' Explores Intricacies of Female Body

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they have created a palm-size model of the female reproductive system that even has a period.

Healthy Gums Tied to Longer Lives for Women

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Here's another reason to get flossing: New research suggests that gum disease is linked with earlier death in older women.

Trauma as a Teen May Boost Depression Risk Around Menopause

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who suffered trauma and stress during their teens have a greater risk of depression during the years leading into menopause, a new study suggests.

Preventive Mastectomy Rates Vary by State

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In certain areas of the United States, more women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer are choosing to have the unaffected breast removed, new research finds.

Ocrevus Approved to Treat Severe Form of Multiple Sclerosis

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The injected drug Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) and relapsing forms of the disease, the agency said Wednesday in a news release.

Smokers May Be Prone to Risks From Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who smoke have an increased risk for serious long-term complications from radiation therapy, a new study finds.

When Heart Stops Beating, Survival Better at Specialized Heart Centers

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting immediate treatment at a specialized heart center -- rather than the nearest local hospital -- improves your chance of survival if your heart stops beating, a new study suggests.

Heroin Epidemic Expands Its Grip on America

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heroin use in the United States jumped fivefold over a decade, and young, white males are the epidemic's most likely victims, a new study finds.

FDA-OK'd Drug Offers Hope to Sickest MS Patients

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new multiple sclerosis drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday offers hope to patients with the most severe form of the progressive disease.

Exercising 2.5 Hours a Week May Slow Parkinson's Progression

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parkinson's disease can cause tremors, stiffness and trouble with walking. But a new study suggests that regular exercise can slow the progression of the disease.

Health Highlights: March 29, 2017

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

Health Tip: Help Your Child with Body Image

(HealthDay News) -- What you say rubs off on your children, even if you don't think they're listening. So when you're talking about body image, remember that a positive attitude is good for both of you.

Health Tip: Spring Cleaning?

(HealthDay News) -- An organized, comfortable bedroom helps you feel less stressed and helps you sleep more soundly. So if you're ready to spring clean, do your bedroom first.