Teen bingers’ brands

A study indicates that youth binge drinking is concentrated among relatively few alcohol brands. Researchers with the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins looked at survey data on 1,000 ...

Marijuana tweets

A study says hundreds of thousands of teenagers get Twitter messages as often as several times a day that encourage use of marijuana. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reviewed eight months of tweets from one ...

Donating marrow

Bone marrow makes blood cells, and some blood diseases can be treated – even cured – with bone marrow transplants. More than 30,000 people a year are diagnosed with these diseases, but it can be difficult to get marrow or ...

Minority suicide

Researchers can see that, in some minority groups, the risk of suicide stands out. Helping to prevent suicide is one goal of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – which is July. The director of HHS’ Office of Minority Health, ...

Tens of millions on the line

Most Americans don’t use tobacco, and are healthier for it. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention checked the latest survey numbers, and it says a lot do – and put their lives on the line by doing it. ...

Seeing what smoking does

Smoking leads to lung cancer, other kinds of cancer, and heart disease. But that’s not all it does. Smoking also raises the risk of gum disease, tooth loss, and preterm birth. Those facts are buried in tobacco industry promotions. But ...

Kids watching screens

Get out and play an hour a day. That’s what experts say kids should do for fun and good health. But researchers say kids increasingly have been just sitting and looking at screens. At the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Help for mental illness

Members of minority groups are less likely to seek care for mental illness. They might not have as much access to care, might not have as much trust that a health care provider will understand their problems, and might have ...

Simple steps save lives

In a disaster, people often look around trying to figure out what to do. This can lead to the bystander effect – people figure somebody else will help those in need, so they don’t provide aid. However, HHS disaster response ...

Is that true?

There’s a lot of health information on the Web, and at least some of it is right. Having the ability to post on the Web isn’t the same as knowing what you’re talking about, so the reader has to be ...