Ban Menthols to Help Some Smokers Quit

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After the Canadian province of Ontario banned menthol cigarettes, many smokers responded by trying to kick the habit, a new study finds. Some experts suspect such a ban might help cut down smoking in the United States, too. The Ontario ban was implemented January 2017. Researchers found that…

Make Losing Weight a Family Affair

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is your family struggling with overweight or obesity? To lose weight, take a team approach. Studies show that when overweight parents shed pounds, so do their overweight kids. Parents hold the keys to positive behaviors that encourage a healthy weight, from doing the food shopping and cooking to…

Mom's Immune System May Affect Baby's Brain

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If a pregnant woman’s immune system is activated, it can affect her child’s brain development, new research suggests. A number of triggers — infections, stress, illness and allergies — can activate the immune system. This causes proteins to be released as part of an inflammatory response. Previous research…