After Concussion, Are Legs at Risk, Too?

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes with a history of concussions may be at increased risk for leg injuries, preliminary research suggests.

How to Keep a Diet Diary

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- To some people, keeping a food diary might seem old hat or just another busy-work task on your diet to-do list. But when done correctly (and diligently), it's a very effective tool for losing weight and keeping it off.

Health Tip: Choose Protective Sunglasses

(HealthDay News) -- It is important to protect your eyes from sun-related ultraviolet damage.

Health Tip: Suggestions For a Better Night's Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Not getting enough sleep? It's probably hurting your health.

Even Modern Care Wouldn't Have Saved RFK: Study

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The care received by Robert F. Kennedy after he was shot in the head 50 years ago this month was the best possible at the time, and his injuries were so severe that he'd still have a low chance of survival today, researchers say.

One Blood Test Might Be Enough to Diagnose Diabetes

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that a single blood test could confirm type 2 diabetes, saving patients time and health care costs.

Marriage Is Good Medicine for the Heart

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Add protection from heart disease and stroke to the health benefits of marriage, a new study suggests.

Many Young People With Autism Can Become Safe Drivers: Study

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Letting any teen behind the wheel of a car is nerve-wracking for parents, but if your teen has autism, you may wonder if driving is even possible.

Psychiatric Drug Lithium Tied to Birth Defect Risk

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Using the psychiatric drug lithium early in pregnancy may raise the risk of birth defects -- but not as much as previously thought, a large new study suggests.

U.S. Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than 14 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2017, the lowest level seen since data collection started in 1965, government health officials reported Tuesday.

Obesity Plagues Rural America

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Country folk are being hit harder by the U.S. obesity epidemic than city dwellers, two new government studies show.

Health Highlights: June 19, 2018

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

Severe Stress May Send Immune System Into Overdrive

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Trauma or intense stress may up your odds of developing an autoimmune disease, a new study suggests.

How Much Drinking Is Healthy -- or Not?

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a few drinks a week tend to live a bit longer than teetotalers do -- but even moderate drinking may raise the risk of certain cancers, a large, new study finds.

Stigma Adds to Burden of Type 1 Diabetes

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Michael Wright was just 16 when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and although his friends supported him, he always felt different.

Experts Warn of Synthetic 'Bioweapons' Danger

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The burgeoning field of "synthetic biology" research could lead to the creation of dangerous new bioweapons, and U.S. defense officials need to be alert to assess the potential threat.