Marijuana May Help Ease Nerve Pain, Review Finds

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana may be slightly effective at reducing chronic nerve pain known as neuropathy. But there's little evidence on whether or not pot helps treat other types of pain or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a pair of new studies suggests.

Skeletons Give Clues to Americans' Rising Arthritis Rates

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of knee osteoarthritis have doubled in the United States since the 1940s, but it's not just because Americans are living longer and weigh more, a new study suggests.

Air Purifiers May Help the Smog-Stressed Heart

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of air pollution can harm heart health, but air purifiers may protect against the threat, according to a small study from China.

'Fat But Fit' a Myth?

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- No amount of extra weight is good for your heart, no matter how fit you are by other measures, new British research shows.

Smoking on the Rise Among Pregnant Women With Depression

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking during pregnancy is on the rise among American women with depression, a new study finds.

Researchers ID Genes in Mice That Cause Aggressive Brain Cancer

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified specific gene combinations that can cause the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma in mice.

Zika Virus Tied to Neurological Woes in Adults

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adults infected with the Zika virus can develop a number of serious neurological conditions, a new study finds.

Taking a Stand on Staying Mobile After 80

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to stay as fit as possible well into your 80s, the answer may be as simple as standing on your own two feet.

Do Pets Really Boost Kids' Health?

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids and pets go together like peanut butter and jelly, right?

When You're the Only One on a Diet

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Dieting is tough enough. But when you're the only one at home cutting back on calories, you might face temptation every time you open the fridge.

Maybe That's Why It's Called Work

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physical and emotional strain is common among American workers, and hazards abound in the workplace, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: Aug. 14, 2017

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

ER Rates Soar as Toddlers Ingest Pot, French Study Finds

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency room admissions for toddlers accidentally intoxicated by marijuana increased 133 percent over a decade in France, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Apply Bug Spray Properly

(HealthDay News) -- Keeping you and your kids itch-free by applying bug repellant can also keep away nasty mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika and West Nile.

Health Tip: Avoid a Sure Way to Ruin Your Vacation

(HealthDay News) -- Many an overseas traveler has had a rumbling stomach and abdominal cramps, two common warning signs of traveler's diarrhea. This pesky and often dangerous menace can spoil a vacation as fast as its symptoms can creep up on you.