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Bath Salts and Beyond: Poison Centers Save Lives

From bath salts to laundry pods, many items can pose poisoning risks. Calls to poison control centers around the US have not only saved many people's lives, they've also identified new trends in toxic substance exposure.

E-Cigs May Zap Addiction

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, may return a bit of independence to tobacco smokers who make the switch.

E-Cigs More Common Than Tobacco Cigarettes Among Teens

Traditional cigarette smoking has been dropping among US teens for years. But there might be a new trend to consider — e-cigarettes.

Blackouts After Boozing All Too Common in Teens

Families and schools can take steps to stop the risky business of teen drinking. Teens are one of the groups most prone to binge drinking — a practice that can lead to alcohol-related blackouts.

New Treatment Helped More Patients Ditch Nicotine

If you can fight fire with fire, why not fight addiction to nicotine with another chemical?

Pill Problems: Some Patients May Not Need Anti-Anxiety Rx

They relieve anxiety and help many patients sleep, but benzodiazepines might not be the best choice for many patients — especially over the long term. Still, many older patients were taking these medications. 

E-Cigs May Help Smokers Kick the Habit

It's tough to kick the smoking habit, but electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) may help.

More Teens Puffing on E-Cigs Than Experts Thought

At the moment, electronic cigarettes are unregulated, widely advertised and readily available in the US — and they may be catching on with teens. But parents can take action to keep their kids from using nicotine products of any kind.

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.

Doctors May Hesitate to Prescribe Pain Rx

Some doctors may believe that opioids to treat pain are prescribed too often and pose a risk of abuse. That belief might have made some less likely to prescribe these medications.