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Energy Drinks Land Young Children in The ER
Neil Wagner

The amount of caffeine in energy drinks is dangerous to children. It can cause seizures and abnormal heart rhythms. Read more >


Speaking a Second Language May Keep the Brain in Good Shape
Alice G. Walton

Speaking more than one language is one of the most powerful ways to keep your mind sharp. Read more >


Microbes for Weight Control
Sami Hocine

It may be possible to adjust the microbiota in our guts to help us lose weight — or at least make it easier to keep weight off. Read more >


Immersion Blenders May Leak Toxic Chemicals into Food
Neil Wagner

Some brands of hand blenders contain toxic chemicals that may be transferred to food. Not good for kids. Read more >


The Science of Choking Under Pressure
Sami Hocine

Performing our best under pressure is not easy, and people have different reasons for choking. Read more >


Penicillin Allergies May Fade with Time
Neil Wagner

Having a rash or hives as the result of penicillin treatment does not necessarily mean you are allergic. Get tested. Read more >


More Children Are Harmed by Fetal Alcohol Exposure Than Previously Thought
Esther Entin, M.D.

When pregnant women drink alcohol, their babies drink with them. Read more >


Health is a Partnership, Not Solely Physicians' Responsibility
Neil Wagner

When a doctor tells a patient to exercise or take a medication and the patient doesn't, who is responsible? Read more >


Scratching Really Does Make Itches Worse
Sami Hocine

The urge to scratch an itch is irresistible, but it really does make the itch worse. See why. Read more >


Of All the Emotions, Sadness Lasts the Longest
Alice G. Walton

Of all the emotions, one lasts the longest. Here's why. Read more >


BPA Exposure Linked to Handling Register, Gas, and ATM Receipts
Sami Hocine

Thermal papers like register and ATM receipts can transfer the endocrine disruptor BPA to the skin, especially if skin lotions are used. Read more >


Survey Catalogues Americans' Fears
Neil Wagner

What do people fear most? A survey finds It is not always rational...or reasonable. Read more >


Cholesterol Levels Reflect Number of Meals Eaten Away from Home
Charlotte LoBuono

The number of meals you eat away from home has a big effect on body mass and cholesterol levels. Read more >


Chocolate Sharpens the Mind
Sami Hocine

Specific nutrients in chocolate stimulate brain areas associated with memory loss. But read before you indulge. Read more >


Young Pitchers' Overuse Injuries Can Interfere with Shoulder Development
Esther Entin, M.D. and Charlotte LoBuono

Too many pitches can permanently injure young shoulders, causing ongoing rotator cuff problems. Read more >


Choking on Chia Seeds
Neil Wagner

Chia seeds are nutritious, but they can also be dangerous if consumed dry. Who knew? Read more >


Researchers Find An Ingenious Way to Measure Seniors' Drinking
Neil Wagner

Ask someone how much they drink, and the answer they'll give you may not jibe with the number of bottles in the trash. Read more >


Workplace Bullies
Neil Wagner

Over a third of U.S. workers report being bullied at work. Co-workers can help and still avoid repercussions. Read more >


Osteoporosis in Men: Too Often Overlooked and Under-Treated
Charlotte LoBuono

It is time to stop branding osteoporosis as a woman's disease. It kills more men and is on the rise. Read more >


Experts Agree: Violent Gaming is Linked to Aggression in Kids
Alice G. Walton

The exact relationship between violent video games and violence and aggression among children isn't clear, but the fact they are linked is. Read more >


Patients Find Psychiatric Appointments Are Hard to Come By
Neil Wagner

Getting an appointment with a psychiatrist in some states is nearly impossible. Read more >


Weight-Loss Surgery: One Procedure Appears Better
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight-loss surgery can make a huge health difference. But is gastric bypass or banding better? Read more >


How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Alice G. Walton

Talking about that chance meeting with George Clooney or your trip to Machu Picchu may not be the social lubricant you hope. Read more >


Rising Asthma Rates Appear Related to BPA Exposure
Sami Hocine

BPA may be behind the uptick in asthma among children. Read more >


An Apple A Day May Keep Obesity at Bay
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When it comes to keeping the beneficial bacteria in your colon happy, one apple stands above the rest. It may even help keep weight off. Read more >


Multitasking Linked to Changes in the Brain
Sami Hocine

Multitasking may result in a loss of density in gray matter in a key brain area. Read more >


Curiosity Primes the Brain to Learn
Alice G. Walton

Curiosity literally makes the brain more open to learning. We may be able to use this finding in schools. Read more >


Immature Connections Among Brain Networks May Be Behind ADHD
Esther Entin, M.D.

The connections among brain networks in people with ADHD are immature. Can they be helped to develop normally? Read more >


What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

One of the best ways to guard against dementia is to protect your heart. Read more >


Increasing Skirt Size Linked to Greater Breast Cancer Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Has your skirt size been steadily increasing over the years? If yes, so has your risk of breast cancer. Read more >


HOW WE LEARN: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
Benedict Carey



A “Dimmer Switch” for Depression
Alice G. Walton

Some people react more strongly to negative life events than others. It’s all about an overactive “disappointment pathway.” Read more >


Preventing Racial Disparities in Health Status and Access to Health Care
Ruqaiijah Yearby, J.D., M.P.H.

African-American patients find it easier to deal with physicians whose racism is obvious. At least then they know where they stand. Read more >


A Blood Test to Predict Depression and Treatment Effects in Adults
Sami Hocine

Markers in the blood of people who are or will become depressed offer a step forward in early diagnosis and treatment. Read more >


Experts Recommend Getting the Flu Shot as Early as Possible
Alice G. Walton

Get the flu shot as early in the fall as possible. There are a few exceptions. Read more >


Dry Roasting May Hold the Key to Peanut Allergies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Peanut allergies are almost unknown in Asia. How they are prepared may be the reason. Read more >


Many in Long-Term Care Receive Medications of Questionable Benefit
Esther Entin, M.D.

Too many nursing home residents with advanced dementia are given medications that offer little benefit. Read more >


Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Real Metabolic Problems
Charlotte LoBuono

Artificial sweeteners may cause the problems, such as glucose intolerance and diabetes, their use was intended to prevent. Read more >


Protein Production Put on Hold During Times of Stress
Sami Hocine

The misfolded proteins that accumulate in ALS and Alzheimer's appear to be the result of cells' response to stress. Read more >


Smokers Need the Right Message to Quit
Charlotte LoBuono

Some smokers need to be scared into quitting; others do best with a gentler, more positive approach. Figuring out who needs what. Read more >


Networking: Dirty Work or Community-Building?
Alice G. Walton

Self-promotion can leave people feeling dirty. Literally. But it doesn’t have to. Read more >


The Best Medications for Osteoporosis
Esther Entin, M.D.

There is a wide range of drugs available to treat osteoporosis. How to figure out which is right for you. Read more >


Tea Drinkers Live Longer — Why?
Charlotte LoBuono

Tea drinkers tend to be healthier than coffee drinkers. Read more >


Changing A Memory’s Emotional Color and Maybe Its Impact
Sami Hocine

Events connected to strong emotions are colored by those feelings. Scientists are figuring out how to disconnect the two. Read more >


Gas Disconnects Traumatic Memories, Loosens the Grip of PTSD
Alice G. Walton

Xenon gas may be a better PTSD treatment: It helps disconnect traumatic memories from the pain that can go with them. Read more >


Aspirin: Fever, Aches and Cardiovascular Protection
Sami Hocine

Anticoagulant drugs can cause side effects and dangerous bleeding, so for some people, aspirin is the better treatment. Read more >


Biochemical Keys to Stress and Resilience Are Uncovered
Alice G. Walton

Some people seem resistant to stress, while others are susceptible to it. Researchers are starting to understand why. Read more >


Good Neighbors — and Neighborhoods — Make Good Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Good relationships with your neighbors and a feeling that you belong to a community are good for heart health. Read more >


Pruning the Hedges of Autism
Sami Hocine

“Neural pruning” helps kids' brains become more efficient. This happens less among children with ASD. Here's why. Read more >


The Health Benefits of Reducing Carbon Emissions Outweighs Their Cost
Charlotte LoBuono

The healthcare savings connected to clean air go a long way toward paying the costs of reducing carbon emissions. Read more >


Young People with Depression Have “Hyper-Connected” Brain Networks
Alice G. Walton

The brains of depressed people have different, more intense patterns of connections. What does that mean for treatment? Read more >


Junk Food Changes the Brain, But Healthy Foods Can Bring It Back
Alice G. Walton

Too much junk food may wire the brain for unhealthy choices. But you can change this. Read more >


Are Bacteria the Cure for Food Allergies?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having healthy gut bacteria, part of your microbiome, may help protect against the development of food allergies. Read more >


Severe Depression Helped by A Combo of Antidepressants and Talk Therapy
Alice G. Walton

Antidepressants and talk therapy together may be the key to overcoming severe depression. Read more >


Family Intervention Helps Prevent Psychosis in Vulnerable Youth
Esther Entin, M.D.

When family communication and dynamics improve, psychosis can be nipped in the bud. Read more >


Higher Body Mass Can Lead to Cancer
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not just about your heart. Many types of cancer are far more likely to occur as your body mass index (BMI) rises. Read more >


Certain Occupations Make Parenthood Even Harder
Alice G. Walton

Certain jobs make being a parent even more stressful. Read more >


Digoxin Increases Risk of Death in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
Charlotte LoBuono

This common drug Increases the risk of death in patients with atrial fibrillation. Luckily, there are plenty of good alternatives. Read more >


Antibiotics in Early Life — and in Utero — May Bring Obesity Risk Later On
Alice G. Walton

Early exposure to antibiotics — even prenatally — can raise the risk for obesity later in life. Read more >


Re-Classifying Cancers to Improve Treatment
Sami Hocine

Cancer is usually identified by where it occurs. But its genetic qualities can be more important when choosing treatment. Read more >


Mammograms Benefit Women Even Past Age 75
Charlotte LoBuono

Mammograms can help even women over 75 enjoy longer and cancer-free lives. Read more >


Lack of Motivation May Masquerade as Cognitive Decline
Alice G. Walton

As people age, it can be hard to tell whether memory or motivation is fading. Read more >


Enlisting Community Pharmacies to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Savings
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your local pharmacist just may be one of the best healthcare cost-containment strategies around. Read more >


Promising New Technique for Monitoring Early Brain Development in Infants
Sami Hocine

A new technique makes it possible to predict developmental delays more accurately. Read more >


Vitamin D Deficiencies Raise the Risk of Dementia
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Making sure you have enough vitamin D is one way to guard against memory loss. Read more >


Finding Narcissists is Easy
Leslie Carr

Figuring out who is a narcissist is pretty easy. All you have to do is ask. Read more >


Good News at the Wrong Time Isn’t Good News at All
Alice G. Walton

The timing of good news is almost as important as the news itself. Read more >


Are Electronic Cigarettes A Threat to Public Health?
Leslie Carr

Electronic cigarettes may help some smokers go smokeless. But kids are picking them up like they're harmless consumer products. Read more >


Stress Is a Recipe for Weight Gain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Stress can add an extra 100 calories day — even if you don't eat more. For those who are depressed, it's even worse news. Read more >


Early Lead Exposure in Children Linked to Depression and Anxiety
Alice G. Walton

In addition to harming brain development, lead exposure is also linked to emotional problems like depression and anxiety. Read more >


Ginkgo Promotes Repair Following Stroke
Sami Hocine

The herb ginkgo biloba helped mice generate new neurons after a stroke. Can it do the same for people? Read more >


Running, Even for Just Five Minutes a Day, Helps the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Even just five minutes of running each day can boost heart health. Read more >


Smoking Increases the Risk of Suicide
Charlotte LoBuono

Smoking doesn't just harm your heart and lungs. It can bring on serious depression, and make suicide more likely. Read more >


Pairing The Nicotine Patch with Medication Can Help Smokers Quit
Alice G. Walton

If you’re trying to quit smoking, the nicotine patch and Chantix are more effective together than alone. Read more >


A Gel to Fight Breast Cancer, without the Side Effects
Alice G. Walton

Treating breast cancer with a gel on the skin may be as effective as oral drugs, and without the risks. Read more >


Generic Drugs Can Create Problems for Patients
Charlotte LoBuono

Generic meds can confuse patients because the same drug comes in different shapes and sizes. Read more >


Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol Can Make You Drink More
Alice G. Walton

When people mix energy drinks with alcohol, they tend to drink more. Read more >


Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outside translates into more physical exercise. That brings better health. Read more >


Brain Patterns Predict Stock Market Bubbles
Sami Hocine

What is it that inspires some investors to leave the market before a crash? They use a different part of their brains than the rest of us. Read more >


Are Routine Pelvic Exams Unnecessary?
Charlotte LoBuono

They're sometimes painful, intrusive and now it appears they offer little benefit. The ACP comes out against routine pelvic exams. PAP smears not included. Read more >


For Kids, Sports Are about Much More than Just Winning
Alice G. Walton

For kids, winning isn’t the best part of sports. Knowing what is most important can keep them engaged — and fit. Read more >


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Appear to Ease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Saturated fats worsen the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but omega-3 fats seem to help. Read more >


Unstructured Time Helps Develop Children's “Executive” Skills
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children learn the “executive” skills that will help them run their lives best when they have unstructured time. Read more >


Details Emerge on The Link Between Stress and Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Chronic stress — the kind faced by doctors in the ICU — increases white blood cells that can cause life-threatening plaques to form. Read more >


High Cholesterol Appears Linked to Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women with high cholesterol are more likely to develop breast cancer. But there's a possible treatment. Read more >


What Stress Does to Your Memory
Sami Hocine

High levels of stress hormones reduce interconnections among cells in the brain, interfering with our ability to remember. Read more >


Skip the Hotdogs; Help Your Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Processed red meats raise the risk of heart trouble — and death — by a lot. Have a fish taco. Read more >


The Art of Cheering Up Friends
Alice G. Walton

The best way to cheer someone up may depend on how robust or fragile their self esteem is. Read more >


At the Intersection of Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer
Sami Hocine

The obese suffer from chronic inflammation in fat cells. This not only can bring on diabetes, it may also promote cancer. Read more >


Dark Chocolate Shows Promise for Circulation Problems
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People with peripheral artery disease were able to walk farther and faster after eating chocolate. Only certain kinds helped. Read more >


Air Pollution Policies Lower Respiratory Disease Deaths in North Carolina
Charlotte LoBuono

When states improve air quality, death rates from asthma, emphysema, and pneumonia drop significantly. Read more >


3D Mammography Detects More Tumors, Reduces Recalls Versus 2D Alone
Charlotte LoBuono

Breast cancer screening may soon be far more accurate and far more reassuring. Read more >


What Looks Like Depression in Type 2 Diabetes Might Be Something Else
Alice G. Walton

“Depressed” people with diabetes may not be clinically depressed – they may just be reacting to having an illness. Read more >


Low Blood Pressure in Old Age May Bring Cognitive Decline
Esther Entin, M.D.

High blood pressure in old age may not be all bad: It can mean more blood to the brain. Read more >


Synchronized Brain Waves Make Rapid Learning Possible
Sami Hocine

How are we able to shift from thinking about what's for dinner to what's happening in Iraq? It starts with humming in two brain areas. Read more >


Perimenopause, Estrogen and Mood
Esther Entin, M.D.

Estrogen levels fluctuate during the changes leading up to menopause, and this destabilizes brain chemicals linked to mood. Read more >


Sun Worshipper or Sun Addict?
Leslie Carr

Some people need the sun the way an alcoholic needs a drink. And the health risks can be just as severe. Read more >


Eating Red Meat Increases Breast Cancer Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Women who regularly eat red meat from a young age have a greatly increased risk of breast cancer. Read more >


How A Dash of Olive Oil Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When olive oil is eaten with leafy greens, it sets in motion a process that lowers blood pressure. Read more >


An Obsession with Popularity Can Handicap Teens' Social Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids obsessed with who's cool may be less popular later in life. They don't know how to make friends. Read more >


Text Messages Can Help Support Smokers As They Quit
Charlotte LoBuono

A text messaging program gives those struggling with nicotine cravings the support they need. You can even ask for help. Read more >


Early Exposure to Allergens Can Boost Infant Immunity
Esther Entin, M.D.

When it comes to allergens and bacteria, early exposure may be better than no exposure. Read more >


Researchers Dispute Claims that Supplements Offer Little or No Benefit
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Several studies find nutritional supplements provide little or no benefit. But not everyone agrees. Read more >


Are You Ever Too Old for Colorectal Cancer Screening?
Charlotte LoBuono

Colorectal cancer screening can benefit even those over 75. But it is a good idea to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor. Read more >


Fasting May Reboot the Immune System
Alice G. Walton

A couple days of fasting may help the immune system reboot. But don’t try it at home just yet. Read more >


ADHD Stimulant Treatment May Help Prevent Smoking
Esther Entin, M.D.

People with ADHD are often smokers and face serious health problems. Stimulant drugs for the disorder may reduce this risk. Read more >


Getting Active in Your 70s (or Later) Can Reduce the Risk of Disability
Alice G. Walton

Reduce your chances of landing in a nursing home -- walk a few blocks more. It may be all you need. Read more >


Sugar Exerts Lasting Effects on the Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Sugar isn't just about gaining weight -- it's bad for your heart, too. Read more >


Blood Pressure Medications Raise Macular Degeneration Risk
Leslie Carr

Lowering your blood pressure is a good idea, but some drugs appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Read more >


Discrimination and Favoritism May Be The Same Thing
Alice G. Walton

We think of discrimination as being about hate and holding certain people back. But it can be just the opposite. Read more >


Closing the Gap in Alcohol Treatment
Esther Entin, M.D.

Physicians don't offer counseling and AA-type programs can't offer drug therapies. The ACA may help. Read more >


Psilocybin Shows Potential As Treatment for Depression
Leslie Carr

Psilocybin, found in certain mushrooms, appears to help prevent depression and anxiety by enhancing mood. Read more >


Preparing for A Flu Pandemic
Alice G. Walton

Vaccinating for the flu earlier can curb a pandemic. So can washing your hands. Read more >


Stem Cells Cure Mice of MS
Sami Hocine

Mice who had been unable to even stand to eat became fully mobile after a human stem cell transplant. Read more >


Flour Power May Lower Cholesterol and Fight Metabolic Syndrome
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When a community substituted a modified form of wheat fiber for the flour in their diets, they saw a big reduction in cholesterol. Read more >


Even Seniors with High Blood Pressure Live Longer by Getting Active
Alice G. Walton

Men with high blood pressure — not to mention those with normal BP — cut their risk of death simply by walking. Read more >


The Stress of Family Conflicts Increases the Risk of Premature Death
Charlotte LoBuono

The stress of conflict in our relationships with family and friends can actually shorten our lives. Pick your battles. Read more >


Sugar-Sweetened High Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sugar-sweetened beverages have a direct effect on blood pressure. The more you drink, the higher it -- and your risk of heart attack -- go. Read more >


Apathy, Inactivity, and Brain Atrophy
Esther Entin, M.D.

The prospect of dementia haunts people over 50, but what they ought to fear is apathy and inactivity. Read more >


Stress Can Make A Bad Diet Even Worse for Your Health
Alice G. Walton

When we are stressed, the comfort foods we crave have an even worse impact on our weight and health than usual. Read more >


No Duping the Anti-Dopers
Sami Hocine

Athletes using performance-enhancing drugs have been a step ahead of the agencies meant to police them. No more. Read more >


Marijuana Shows Promise as Treatment for MS
Michael J. Gertner

The list of marijuana's medical benefits keeps getting longer. It seems to reduce the effects of certain brain diseases. Read more >


Fiber Adds Years to Heart Attack Survivors' Lives
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A cup or two of whole grain pasta may be all it takes to reduce your risk of another heart attack. Read more >


Bullying's Effects Seen in Adulthood
Charlotte LoBuono

We tend to think of bullying as schoolyard behavior, but it can affect victims even as adults. Read more >


Internet Use Can Offer Seniors Friends with Emotional Benefits
Alice G. Walton

For seniors, spending more time online can be a way to stay connected socially and ward off depression. Read more >


Herbal Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis As Effective As Methotrexate
Charlotte LoBuono

Made from the root of the thunder god vine, TwHF reduced inflammation as well as drugs and worked even better when used in combination with them. Read more >


The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 2
Richard Josephson, M.D., and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

For many people, having a heart attack is a wake-up call that sets them on a healthier path. Read more >


Insomniacs Found to Have a Far Greater Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you often have trouble sleeping, consider it a serious health risk. Read more >


Depressed Brains Boosted to a More Resilient State
Sami Hocine

Mice prone to depression became resistant to stress and depression after a jump-start. Read more >


Physicians Take on Gun Violence
Esther Entin, M.D.

Because of their special understanding of family issues, doctors can play a big role when it comes to preventing gun violence, according to a new ACP policy statement. Read more >


The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 1
Richard Josephson, M.D., and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

More and more people are surviving heart attacks, but follow-up care is crucial. Know your options. Read more >


Marijuana's Bad Effects on the Brain
Michael J. Gertner

Marijuana may ease the pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy, but it also leaves certain brain areas abnormally enlarged. Read more >


Growing Stem Cells May Be Child's Play
Michael J. Gertner

A well-known toy, one in the Toy Hall of Fame, may provide the medium for growing stem cells that help the spinal cord regenerate. Read more >


Let's Talk About It Over Dinner: When Blood Sugar Drops, Anger Levels Rise
Alice G. Walton

Couples get angrier with each other when they are hungry, and they have the voodoo dolls to prove it. Read more >


Daily Coffee Fix Could Reduce Liver Cancer Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People who drink more coffee have a far lower risk of HCC, a common liver cancer. The more one drinks, the better. Read more >


Stress Makes Allergies Worse
Leslie Carr

Stress appears to make allergies worse. Calming the mind can help. Read more >


Young Women Often Unaware of the Cancer Protection Offered by the HPV Vaccine
Charlotte LoBuono

Human papilloma virus spreads easily with sexual contact. It can make girls vulnerable to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is the answer. Read more >


Childhood Stress Can Prematurely Age Genes
Alice G. Walton

Stress in childhood can have lasting effects that can be seen in children's genes. Read more >


Milk Eases Women's Osteoarthritis
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Drinking milk every day may help reduce the joint damage of osteoarthritis. Read more >


Cholesterol Screening Offers Benefits for At-Risk Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Almost a third of children 11 and under had problems with their cholesterol levels. Luckily, such early information means they can be improved. Read more >


First-Time Prescriptions Often Go Unfilled
Charlotte LoBuono

Almost a third of all first-time prescriptions go unfilled. Cost is the reason. There are alternatives. Read more >


Too Little Salt is Bad for You
Leslie Carr

Good news, salt lovers: A huge study has found that reducing sodium intake, even to recommended levels, can be bad for your health. Read more >


Doctors Help Patients Compute the Risk of a Heart Attack
Charlotte LoBuono

Find out if your lifestyle at 40 has left you with the heart of a 20-year-old or a 60-year-old. Read more >


Parents Have a Big Effect on Kids' Screen Time
Leslie Carr

Parents, you have more influence than you think when it comes to helping kids curb screen time. Use it. Read more >


Weight Gain During and After Pregnancy Signals Serious Health Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not a problem to gain weight when you are pregnant, but you need to lose it after the baby arrives. Read more >


Mephedrone Just As Dangerous, and Perhaps More Addictive, Than MDMA
Charlotte LoBuono

Mephedrone, a newer club drug has effects similar to those of MDMA, but it appears to be more addictive. Read more >


All Joy And No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
Jennifer Senior



Consistent Blood Pressure Control Cuts Risk of Second Stroke in Half
Leslie Carr

To avoid a second stroke, keep your blood pressure consistently under control. Read more >


Violent Video Games and Aggression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Playing violent video games makes kids prone to seeing others as hostile and acting aggressively. Read more >


Stress Can Reduce a Woman's Chances of Becoming Pregnant
Alice G. Walton

Stress can greatly reduce a woman’s odds of becoming pregnant. Read more >


With Hormone Replacement Therapy, Timing and Formulation Matter
Charlotte LoBuono

Some forms of hormone replacement therapy help keep women's brain metabolism rolling. But others may cause problems. Read more >


Little League Pitching Can Do Major League Damage
Alice G. Walton

Young pitchers’ arms are prone to injuries, especially from certain types of pitches. Read more >


Largely Unnecessary, Brain Scans for Headaches Reach $1 Billion
Alice G. Walton

Brain scans for migraine sufferers cost $1 billion a year and are rarely useful. What needs to happen. Read more >


It Pays to Offer Healthy Food Options
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having a few healthy options at the concession stand can improve waistlines and still maintain the bottomline. Go team! Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Is A Heartbreaker, Literally
Alice G. Walton

Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home had thickened artery walls as adults. There were other problems, too. Read more >


New Hints at The Brain Chemistry Behind Anxiety
Michael J. Gertner

The brain chemistry of people with anxiety may make it more difficult for them to turn off activity. Luckily, there appears to be a way to change this. Read more >


Massage a Viable Treatment for Chronic Neck Pain
Alice G. Walton

Massage can be an effective treatment for chronic neck pain, but you should be treated several times a week for several weeks. Read more >


Raw Milk Doesn't Ease Lactose Intolerance
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There may be benefits to raw milk, but easing the symptoms of the lactose intolerant isn't one of them. Read more >


New Mothers Face An Increased the Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

New moms are at higher risk for having a stroke, but too often the signs go unnoticed. Read more >


Are Saturated Fats Really The Enemy? Maybe Not
Charlotte LoBuono

Several research studies say saturated fats may have gotten a bad rap. The real cardio culprits are sugars and... Read more >


Often Under the Radar, Binge Drinking May Lead to an Early Death
Alice G. Walton

Drinking five drinks twice a week is far worse for your health than drinking two drinks five times a week, even though they may seem equal. Read more >


New Guidelines Are First To Look At Stroke Risk in Women
Charlotte LoBuono

Because women's risk for stroke is far greater than that for men, it is important women follow the new guidelines designed for them. Read more >


Teens' Breakfast Behaviors Predict Metabolic Syndrome
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids who don't eat in the morning aren't just depriving themselves of nutrients, they are setting the stage for major health issues down the road. Read more >


Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Hyperactivity
Esther Entin, M.D.

Acetaminophen has some bad effects on unborn babies and may be behind the rising rates of ADHD. Read more >


Study Calls Need For Yearly Mammograms Into Question
Charlotte LoBuono

Yearly mammograms don't prevent cancer deaths. Where does this leave women over 40? Read more >


Scientists Begin to Understand Why Autism Is More Common in Boys Than Girls
Alice G. Walton

Now we know why boys are more genetically susceptible to autism. Read more >


More Evidence for Bullying's Emotional Toll
Esther Entin, M.D.

Bullying casts a long shadow. There are things parents can do to reduce the emotional, physical, and psychological damage. Read more >


Kids and Caffeine: Less Soda, But New Sources
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's hard to believe any parent who cares about their sanity would give their children caffeine. So why is it that even preschoolers tend to get a daily dose? Read more >


Video Game Improves Ball Players' Vision and Skills
Charlotte LoBuono

A video game helped baseball players improve their vision. The results were seen on the field. Read more >


In Relationships, A Good Foundation Matters More than Communication
Alice G. Walton

Conflict happens, and can even make relationships stronger. But you need one ingredient. Read more >


Can Childhood Memories Be Trusted?
Neil Wagner

Our memory for childhood events is usually modest. The details we recall are often added later. Read more >


Quitting Smoking Can Significantly Improve Mental Health
Alice G. Walton

People who smoke usually feel it helps them cope with stress and anxiety, but that's not true. It actually causes those feelings. Read more >


Life After Weight Loss Surgery
Leslie Carr

Bariatric surgery can help some lose enough weight to improve their health, but it is not problem-free. Read more >


Chronic Stress Disrupts Balance Between White and Gray Matter in the Brain
Michael J. Gertner

Chronic stress appears to alter the balance of white to gray brain matter. This may explain several mental disorders. Read more >


FDA Asks Physicians, Pharmacists,to Help Reduce Acetaminophen Overdoses
Neil Wagner

Because so many drugs contain the painkiller acetaminophen, it is easy to overdose. Liver damage is one result. Read more >


New Treatment Would Force Cancer Cells to Kill Themselves
Alice G. Walton

A new treatment can trick cancer cells into killing themselves. And the success rate is nearly 100%. Read more >


Two Studies Expand Treatment Options for Menopausal Symptoms
Esther Entin, M.D.

Women can suffer the symptoms of menopause for years, even decades. New treatments may help. Read more >


A New Brain Region Is Implicated in Anxiety
Alice G. Walton

When we are anxious a brain region long-believed to calm responsiveness actually seems to excite it. Read more >


Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays Lowers Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

A little time in the sun significantly lowered blood pressure. But what about skin cancer? Read more >


New Routes to Easing Chronic Pain
Michael J. Gertner

Two studies shed light on the brain signals behind chronic pain and suggest new approaches to overriding them. Read more >


To Ease Babies' Colic — Probiotics
Alice G. Walton

Probiotics can help reduce infants' colic, easing babies' discomfort and parents' stress. Read more >


Neurofeedback: High Tech Mind Control
Neil Wagner

What if epileptics could learn to prevent their own seizures using neurofeedback? MEG scans may make it possible. Read more >


A Possible Biological Basis for Religiosity
Michael J. Gertner

People who are religious have thicker cortices than those who aren't. So which causes what? Read more >


Exercising More and Sitting Less, A Winning Combo for Heart
Alice G. Walton

OK, guys, time to stagger away from the tube and the nachos. There are risks associated with being a sedentary man. Read more >


Access to Guns Linked to Homicide, Suicide Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

A gun in the home means a huge increase in the likelihood of suicide and homicide. Read more >


Vitamin E Could Slow Alzheimer's Progress
Neil Wagner

Vitamin E may help slow the mental decline of seniors with Alzheimer's Disease, allowing them to remain independent longer. Read more >


Yoga's Benefits for Cancer Survivors
Alice G. Walton

Yoga can increase cancer survivors' energy, reduce fatigue, and lower inflammation at the cellular level. Read more >


Caffeine's Memory-Boosting Abilities
Charlotte LoBuono

Your morning coffee doesn't just wake you up; it can help you remember things more clearly. Read more >


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnoses on The Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

More and more children are being diagnosed and treated for attention deficits. Is this a good thing? Read more >


Catching Alzheimer's Decline Before It Starts
Michael J. Gertner

Scientists have found where Alzheimer's begins in the brain. Read more >


Fever-Reducing Medicines Can Spread the Flu
Alice G. Walton

Fever-reducing medication may actually spread the flu. Read more >


Too Few Doctors Talk to Teen Patients About Sex
Charlotte LoBuono

Doctors tend not to discuss sex with their teenaged patients. What a wasted opportunity. Read more >


Heart Disease and Stroke Are Still the Top Killers in the U.S.
Alice G. Walton

Heart disease and stroke are still top killers in the U.S. And they can be largely prevented. Read more >


A Different Approach to Self-Control
Neil Wagner

Our willpower can fail us when we are tired or stressed. But how we view the problem could be the problem. Read more >


Music: A Roadmap to Forgotten Memories?
Neil Wagner

Some songs call up old memories. They may also help brain-injured patients remember their past. Read more >


Brain Training Can Help Prevent Cognitive Decline in the Years to Come
Alice G. Walton

Training sessions can protect aging brains against cognitive decline — up to a decade later. Read more >


Meditation May Help Relieve Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
Charlotte LoBuono

Don't Medicate, Meditate Read more >


A Sense of Smell Is Highly Personal
Michael J. Gertner

No two people smell the same scent the same way. The difference lies in the cocktail of amino acids your genes produce. Read more >


Preventing Diabetes with The Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cut your risk of diabetes the Mediterranean way. Read more >


A Cure for the Common Cold: Chicken Soup and Patience
Esther Entin, M.D.

Worried about that persistent cough? Consider patience, not medicine. Read more >


New Blood Pressure Recommendations May Mean You Don't Need Meds After All
Alice G. Walton

If you have borderline high BP, around 140/90 mm Hg, it may be better to hold off on treatment depending on your age and other factors. Read more >


BRCA Mutations and Breast Cancer, New Recommendations
Esther Entin, M.D.

Women, like Angelina Jolie, and men with BRAC gene mutations have much higher risk for breast cancer. Read more >


Fewer Psychiatrists Accept Health Insurance
Neil Wagner

Obamacare promotes greater access to mental health services but few psychiatrists accept insurance. Read more >


Potentially Dangerous Fracking Chemicals Found in Ground Water
Charlotte LoBuono

Fracking increases the levels of hormone disrupting chemicals in the water supplies near sites. Read more >


FDA Begins Inquiry into The Effects of Antibacterial Soaps
Esther Entin, M.D.

The active ingredient has been found in breast milk. FDA investigates. Read more >


Just an Extra 2,000 Steps per Day
Alice G. Walton

Simply walking an extra mile a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 10%. Read more >


Physical Brain Injuries Increase Likelihood of PTSD
Neil Wagner

Physical injury to the the brain also raises the risk of post-traumatic stress. Read more >


Chemical in Grape Seed Extract Kills Prostate Cancer Cells
Charlotte LoBuono

A compound in grape seed extract selectively kills prostate cancer cells. Read more >


Student-Teacher Relationships Are Key to Early Education
Alice G. Walton

Teachers' responsiveness to preschoolers' questions and needs is even more important than what's being taught. Read more >


Santa Claus, Aging Successfully
Neil Wagner

How healthy is Santa Claus? He surely has some belly fat. But he's actually in pretty good shape. Read more >


Another Study Links Pesticides to Parkinson’s Disease
Alice G. Walton

In the lab, exposure to pesticides caused Parkinson's. Genes matter, too. Read more >


Dementia, Alzheimer's, on the Decline
Neil Wagner

The rates of dementia and Alzheimer's disease are declining. Read more >


Vitamin Supplements Offer Few, If Any, Health Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

We spend billions on nutritional supplements every year. Three studies say it's money down the drain. Read more >


Cell Phone Angst
Neil Wagner

We all love our cell phones, but they can increase anxiety and make us miserable. Read more >


Media Coverage of Traumatic Events and Acute Stress
Alice G. Walton

It's OK to be informed, but binge-watching the news when disaster strikes can cause traumatic stress. Read more >


Men and Women's Neural Networks Reflect Sex Differences
Michael J. Gertner

A new kind of brain scan tells us a lot about why women are better at meetings and men at maps. Read more >


Meningitis Outbreaks Ongoing on East and West Coast
Neil Wagner

Bicoastal meningitis outbreaks at Princeton and UCSB. Read more >


Kids More Active With a Little Help From Their Friends
Esther Entin, M.D.

Peers can really affect how active -- or inactive -- a child is. Read more >


When It Comes to Milk, Organic Really May Be Better
Alice G. Walton

When it comes to milk at least, organic really does seem to be better. Read more >


How to Keep Those Holiday Pounds Off
Neil Wagner

The holidays are a great time...to gain weight. Here are tips for ways to avoid picking up pounds. Read more >


Another Type of Sunray Ages Skin Prematurely
Alice G. Walton

Low exposure to UVA1 light can cause skin damage. And most sunscreens do not offer protection. Read more >


Sacrosine Shows Promise As a New Way to Relieve Depression
Neil Wagner

Sarcosine, found in muscles and other body tissues, improved mood better than a popular antidepressant. Read more >


The Myth of “Healthy Obesity”
Charlotte LoBuono

It's all bad news: you can't be overweight and healthy. Period. Read more >


Fitness Declining Among Children and Teens Worldwide
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids today are slower and less aerobically fit than their parents were. It's a global problem. Read more >


A Cholesterol - Breast Cancer Connection
Alice G. Walton

Having high cholesterol raises the risk of breast cancer and appears to fuel its spread. Read more >


SIDS Appears Linked to Brain Abnormalities
Alice G. Walton

Babies who die of SIDS may have brain abnormalities that make them miss signals to breathe again. Read more >


Decision-Making Linked to Motivation, Depression
Michael J. Gertner

Decisions, motivation and depression all seem to reside in the same areas of the brain. Read more >


Promising New Treatment for Seizures Related to Liver Disease
Michael J. Gertner

A blood pressure medication already approved for human use may prevent seizures. Read more >


Vaginal Delivery Is A Viable Option Following Caesarean Birth
Charlotte LoBuono

Women who had a C-section with their first child often are successful giving birth vaginally for the next. Read more >


A Handful of Nuts Daily Lowers Heart Disease and Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Eating a handful of nuts regularly can cut the risk of heart attack by almost a third. Cancer, too. Read more >


Drinkers Taking Acetaminophen Risk Kidney Damage
Neil Wagner

If you are a regular drinker, taking acetaminophen can damage your kidneys as well as your liver. Read more >


Statins Do Not Contribute to Cognitive Decline
Charlotte LoBuono

Cholesterol-lowering statins appear to have no ill effects on mental functioning. Read more >


Psychobiotics, A Possible New Treatment for Depression
Alice G. Walton

We know probiotics are good for GI heath. They may also affect mental health. Read more >


Reader Beware: Study Results May Be Overstated
Neil Wagner

Scientists often overstate their findings. It's about attention. Read more >


Blueberries Really Are "Superfoods" for the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Eating blueberries can improve cardiovascular functioning. Read more >


Back Injuries Common in Young Athletes
Neil Wagner

Overtraining is the main way kids injure themselves. Specializing in one sport is also a problem. Read more >


Musical Training Improves the Brain's Sensitivity to Sound, Speech
Charlotte LoBuono

People who have studied music for a few years tend to hear better because their brains process sounds more rapidly. Read more >


Circadian Rhythms Appear to Influence The Body's Immune Response
Michael J. Gertner

Sleep disruptions affecting the body's circadian rhythms may be behind autoimmune problems like irritable bowel syndrome. Read more >


A Short Course in Eating Better
Alice G. Walton

It takes surprisingly little to help people shop smarter and eat better. Time for a tune up. Read more >


How Couples Use Texting Can Bring Them Closer, Drive Them Apart
Charlotte LoBuono

Text messages offer lovers another way to whisper endearments. But some texts just shouldn't be sent. Read more >


Exercise During Pregnancy Can Improve Infant Brain Development
Neil Wagner

Exercise makes pregnancy and childbirth easier. It also seems to boost infant brain development. Read more >


Monkey Mind, A Memoir of Anxiety
Daniel Smith



Vitamin D Alone Does Little For Bone Health
Charlotte LoBuono

Vitamin D may not be necessary for older women seeking to protect their bones. Read more >


Teens More Susceptible to Herpes Infections
Neil Wagner

Oral sex is not the protect from STDS that many think it is. In particular, herpes is more likely to be transmitted. Read more >


Too Many Bike Riders Without Helmets End Up in the ER
Alice G. Walton

Helmets can only help prevent injury when kids wear them. Parents need to insist. Read more >


Too Much of a Good Thing: Antibiotics Overprescribed For Sore Throats
Charlotte LoBuono

Your throat is sore. Sure, it's terrible; but if you're an adult, it is unlikely you need an antibiotic. Read more >


Making Social Networks Work for Vulnerable Teens
Neil Wagner

The Internet offers troubled kids support and community. It also raises the risk of suicide. Read more >


A Promising New Route to Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Alice G. Walton

The “hunger hormone” ghrelin may help short-circuit PTSD. A vaccine may be possible. Read more >


Exercise Improves Teens' Academic Performance
Charlotte LoBuono

Teens who exercise moderately to vigorously every day do better academically. But no, running a 10K can't replace studying. Read more >


Do It Yourself: Simple Chores Around the House Boost Health
Alice G. Walton

Do-it-yourself work around the house can help keep the heart in shape. Read more >


How Well You Cope with Rejection May Be Up to Your Brain
Neil Wagner

Painful feelings of rejection actually are rooted in the brain, and may be cured there. Read more >


From Sleep Apnea to Beauty Sleep
Neil Wagner

Sleep apnea patients' looks were visibly improved when they were treated to a deeper sleep. Read more >


A Meth-Like Substance Is Found in Workout Supplements
Alice G. Walton

The fitness supplement, Craze, appears to have caused certain athletes to fail drug tests. Read more >


Brief School Counseling Program Helps Teens Cope
Neil Wagner

Offering teens a couple sessions of therapy can go a long way to nipping mental health problems in the bud. Read more >


Brain Changes Are Seen in More Ex-Football Players
Alice G. Walton

Former football players may have "pronounced" brain abnormalities, even if they do not have dementia. Read more >


Even Light Exercise May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Walking an hour a day can cut the risk of breast cancer by a significant amount. Read more >


Mammograms for Women in Their 40s May Be Lifesavers after All
Alice G. Walton

Breast cancer tends to be more aggressive in younger women, making routine mammograms in women under 50 a good idea. Read more >


Compound in Vegetables Offers Protection from The Effects of Radiation
Neil Wagner

Good news for cancer patients -- a substance in veggies protects against the effects of radiation. Read more >


Some Reassurance Regarding Mercury in Fish
Neil Wagner

Little of the mercury in our blood actually comes from fish. Go for those omega-3s! Read more >


A Parental Wake-Up Call: Yelling Doesn't Help
Esther Entin, M.D.

No parent starts out wanting to yell at his or her child. But somewhere along the line, usually in adolescence, most of us do. Read more >


Experts Urge Doctors to Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles Just Like a Disease
Alice G. Walton

Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >


Psoriasis Drug Has Potential As Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes
Charlotte LoBuono

Alefacept, a drug used to treat psoriasis, helped diabetics produce their own insulin. Read more >


The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
Neil Wagner

Medicare is running out of money. Is it misuse of benefits, or too few doctors offering services? Read more >


Social Media Like Twitter, Facebook Can Help Smokers Quit
Alice G. Walton

Social media sites can offer people trying to quit smoking the community and support they need to succeed. Read more >


Two Studes Find Exercise as Good or Better Than Drugs for Fighting Disease
Michael J. Gertner

Studies find that exercise's effects on disease equal and sometimes surpass those of drugs. Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy Offers Little Protection from Disease
Alice G. Walton

Hormone replacement therapy doesn't seem to offer many health benefits beyond easing the symptoms of menopause. Read more >


Mining Bacterial Vulnerabilities to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance
Charlotte LoBuono

The vulnerability of resistant bacteria to other drugs presents new possibilities for improving the treatment of bacterial infection. Read more >


Many Americans Still Don't Understand The Affordable Care Act
Neil Wagner

Americans know more about the political turmoil around the ACA than about the act itself. Read more >


Alcohol Changes Awareness of Drunk Driving
Neil Wagner

People need to decide before they drink that they won't drive. It's too late after they've had a few. Read more >


Oxytocin and The Pleasure We Get from Being Social
Alice G. Walton

The hormone oxytocin helps stimulate human connection. It also appears important to experiencing ple Read more >


Lifestyle Changes Reverse Aging in Chromosomes
Michael J. Gertner

When we eat right, exercise and receive emotional support, even our chromosomes look younger. Read more >


The World Happiness Report: People Do Not Live by GDP Alone
Neil Wagner

The World Happiness Report may surprise those who think all they need is a palm tree by the sea. Read more >


Celiac Disease and Lymphoma Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Celiac disease can set the stage for cancer, if inflammation in the intestine is not controlled. Read more >


New Test Could Take the Guesswork Out of Treating Prostate Cancer
Neil Wagner

A new genetic test may take the guesswork out of figuring out which prostate cancers are deadly. Read more >


Antipsychotic Use in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children taking certain antipsychotics for behavioral problems are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Memory and Forgetting: It's All about the Networks
Michael J. Gertner

Memory and forgetting go hand-in-hand. Now we know that network coordination is more important than brain activation. Read more >


Poverty's Mental Toll
Leslie Carr

Being poor robs you of mental bandwidth. The toll money worries take is roughly equal to losing 13 points off your IQ score. Read more >


Certain Fruits Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain fruits greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But drinking juice increases it. Read more >


A Sign that Doctor-Patient Continuity Still Matters
Neil Wagner

Follow-up with a doctor is important as heart patients recover, and a familiar one can make even more of a difference. Read more >


Even Short Bouts of High-Intensity Exercise Can Affect Weight and BMI
Charlotte LoBuono

Forget the long hours at the gym. A short bout of intense exercise may be all you need to keep the pounds off. Read more >


A Flu Shot to the Heart
Neil Wagner

Putting off getting a flu vaccine? Think again. They can cut the risk of heart attacks by nearly half. Read more >


Frustrated Football Fans Find Consolation in Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Win or lose, NFL teams' records affect their fans' eating patterns...for better and worse. Read more >


Shining A Light to Turn Off Anxiety
Neil Wagner

When MIT researchers flipped the switch connecting two brain regions, anxiety vanished. Read more >


Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Rates Higher Near Plants That Emit Benzene
Charlotte LoBuono

Rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma rose the closer a family lived to benzene-emitting plants. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Helps Fight Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Mediterranean diet appears to counteract the influence of genes in a healthy way. Score one for nutrition. > Read more >


The Color of Light at Night's Effect on Mood
Neil Wagner

The color of light at night affects mood. Blue is depressing. Read more >


High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia Risk
Alice G. Walton

The higher your blood sugar, the greater your risk for dementia, whether you have diabetes or not. Read more >


Women with Certain Breast Tissue Abnormalities May Be Able to Avoid Surgery
Charlotte LoBuono

Monitoring certain tissue abnormalities picked up by mammograms is just as effective as surgically removing them in most cases. Read more >


The Message of A Messy Desk
Neil Wagner

Disorderly environments can foster creativity. Read more >


NVC -- Cerebral Blood Flow and Mental Processing: The Case for Cocoa
Charlotte LoBuono

Our brains use blood the way a Formula 1 car guzzles gas. Cocoa appears to help keep blood flowing. Read more >


Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Killing You?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Our ideas about the "right" amount of sugar in the diet may need adjusting. Weight is not the issue. Read more >


The Darker Side of Oxytocin
Neil Wagner

Oxytocin has been called the love hormone. But it's long-term effects are quite different. Read more >


Facebook Use May Reduce Happiness, Not Enhance It
Alice G. Walton

Facebook may actually increase sadness. Be sure to make time to connect for real. Read more >


Discovery Suggests A Surprising Culprit in Alzheimer's and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
Michael J. Gertner

New Alzheimer's disease discovery -- how it's "like a fire burning through the brain." Read more >


The FDA Cracks Down on Diabetes Treatment Scams
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fake diabetes treatments, from "natural" remedies to potentially dangerous drugs, are under scrutiny. Read more >


Certain Antihypertensive Drugs Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain blood pressure medications significantly raise a woman's risk for breast cancer. Read more >


Preventing Drop-Outs: Keeping Kids Engaged in School
Esther Entin, M.D.

Keeping kids engaged in school is perhaps the most important thing you can do to foster success. Read more >


BPA and the Chlorine in Tap Water, A Bad Combination
Alice G. Walton

BPA meets chlorine as water flows through plastic or PVC pipes. The combo disrupts cell signals. Read more >


Breakfast May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Coronary Disease Death
Charlotte LoBuono

Having a good breakfast reduces the risk of heart disease and can even help you lose weight. Read more >


Living Longer With Obesity Increases Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The longer you remain overweight, the greater the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


When Bullying Hits Home: Sibling Rivalry or Dangerous Victimization?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Siblings will fight, but bullying happens at home, too. And the emotional impact is just as serious as when it happens at school. Read more >


Scientists Succeed in Creating a False Memory
Michael J. Gertner

It's not quite "Inception," but scientists have invaded the brains of mice and made fake memories. Read more >


Weather Changes are Linked to Violence
Alice G. Walton

Tempers rise with temperature, and globally, this is not good news. Read more >


Letting Hospital Patients Sleep
Neil Wagner

Is waking patients during the night to take vital signs more important than letting them sleep? Read more >


Vigorous Exercise a Few Times a Week Reduces the Risk of Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Exercising vigorously enough to sweat a few times a week can help you lower your risk for stroke. Read more >


A Lack of Sleep Fuels Brain's Cravings for Food
Michael J. Gertner

Opioid receptors in the brain produces a drug-like craving for sweet and fatty foods when it is deprived of sleep. Read more >


Even Young, Healthy Smokers Show Signs of Lung Damage
Neil Wagner

Even very early on, smoking causes changes to stem cells that set the stage for cancer. Read more >


The Rising Threat of West Nile Virus
Charlotte LoBuono

Know the symptoms. And please, use insect repellent when mosquitoes are active. Read more >


High Phthalate Levels in Women May Reduce Fertility
Alice G. Walton

Phthalates are found in air fresheners, toys, plastic storage containers and reduce IVF success. Read more >


When It Comes to Resolving Conflicts in Relationships, One Size Does Not Fit All
Neil Wagner

When couples fight, issues of disrespect or neglect may underlie the conflict. Read more >


Eczema May Make Infants Vulnerable to Food Allergies
Charlotte LoBuono

Irritated, inflamed skin may set the autoimmune response leading to food allergies in motion. Read more >


Brain Development Appears Influenced by Regular Bedtimes
Alice G. Walton

Regular bedtimes for kids are important for brain development. Read more >


Vaginal Changes After Menopause
Nancy A. Phillips, M.D. and Gloria A. Bachmann, M.D.

Pain during sex is a common experience among older women, but it doesn't have to be that way. Read more >


Antibiotics Harm Bacteria...and The Machinery of Our Cells
Alice G. Walton

Antibiotics can kill bacteria, but they also cause serious stress to our own cells. Read more >


Singing with Others Synchronizes Hearts and Minds
Alice G. Walton

People who sing together also share changes in heart rate. Read more >


The Right Routine for a Good Night's Sleep
Neil Wagner

Getting a good night's sleep is a pretty easy habit to get into. So why do millions not get the health-sustaining sleep they deserve? Read more >


Kidney Dialysis in the Elderly: The Case for Grafts
Neil Wagner

How to avoid some complications when connecting elderly patients to dialysis machines. Read more >


Are Refined Carbs the Key to Food Addiction?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Addicted to carbs: Foods like soda and refined flour light up the brain the same way drugs do. Read more >


How You Think About Stress Can Affect Your Heart
Neil Wagner

Not everyone feels their health is threatened by stress, but if you do, it's bad news for your heart Read more >


A Gene Behind the Body's Clock Affects Aging
Alice G. Walton

Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle keeps you healthy, and may help you live longer. Read more >


Accidents on the Rise for Pedestrians on Cell Phones
Neil Wagner

A pedestrian walks into a lamppost. Drivers distracted by cell phones aren't the only ones in the ER Read more >


Social Media Improves Organ Donor Registration
Charlotte LoBuono

Social networking turns out to be a good way to get people registering at state organ banks. Read more >


Mannitol, A Promising Parkinson's Treatment
Michael J. Gertner

A substance found in sugar-free gum helps prevent the build-up of the clumps of protein key to the disease. Read more >


Help Navigating the World of Dietary Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Consumers now have help navigating the uncharted waters of the enormous supplement market. Read more >


Methane Gas Abundant in Wells Near Fracking Sites
Neil Wagner

Water from wells near the Marcellus formation has six times the methane of those farther away. Read more >


Self-Help That Works
John C. Norcross, PhD, Linda F. Campbell, PhD, John M. Grobal, PsyD, John W. Santrock, PhD, Florin Selagea, MS and Robert Sommer



Too Much Time on Your Hands? Volunteering Reduces Hypertension Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Volunteering is not just good for the soul. It's good for your blood pressure. Read more >


AMA Diagnosis: Obesity Is A Disease
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Are the obese sick? The AMA thinks so, but what do the obese think? Read more >


Vegetarian Diets Cut Risk of Death from Chronic Diseases
Charlotte LoBuono

The risk of death from any cause is less among those whose diets are meatless. Read more >


Liposuction, A Possible Source of Stem Cells
Michael J. Gertner

A lab catastrophe leads to a discovery that may give "fat farm" new meaning — stem cells from fat cells. Read more >


Plants Get A Healthy Boost from Circadian Rhythms
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fruits and vegetables show cyclic changes in healthy phytochemicals even after being harvested. Read more >


Making Smoking Cessation Part of a Routine Health Assessment
Charlotte LoBuono

Doctors often don't address the obvious when it comes to smokers with lung disease. But remedies exist. Read more >


When Good Hikes Go Bad
Neil Wagner

Over half of all hikers are seriously under-prepared. Here are 10 items you need to bring with you — even for a short hike. Read more >


Soda Bans Appear to Find Their Target
Alice G. Walton

So-called “soda bans” may actually help those who need it most. Read more >


Veterans with Multiple Brain Injuries Are at Greater Risk of Suicide
Alice G. Walton

Veterans who sustain more than one head trauma are at much greater risk of suicide. Read more >


iPods in the ICU
Neil Wagner

Listening to music — or noise-canceling headphones — can ease patients' anxiety. Read more >


Regular Sunscreen Use Reduces Aging of Skin
Charlotte LoBuono

It's official: Exposure to the sun's rays ages your skin. But is the problem the same for all skin colors? Read more >


Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
Leslie Carr

The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >


The Power of Good Habits
Alice G. Walton

We all fall back on our habits; the trick is to make them healthy. Read more >


Biases May Prompt Overweight Patients to Switch Doctors
Neil Wagner

Some doctors have conscious and unconscious biases against patients who are overweight. Read more >


Talk Therapy Helps Depression
Alice G. Walton

Many types of talk therapy work for depression; the important thing is to get started on one. Read more >


Exercise As a Treatment for Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Exercise is a valuable treatment for depression, especially for those who have trouble with antidepressants. Read more >


Study Finds Probiotics in Yogurt Affect Brain
Michael J. Gertner

You really are what you eat. The probiotics in yogurt actually change the chemistry of your brain. Read more >


Fat Cells Secrete Proteins Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
Charlotte LoBuono

Rheumatoid arthritis begins with factor D, secreted by fat cells in joints. Stop Factor D, stop RA. Read more >


Heart Problems That Create More Heart Problems
Neil Wagner

Having a heart condition is stressful and can make heart problems worse. It looks like some antidepressants can help. Read more >


Restaurant Meals Could Be Wrecking Your Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The average restaurant meal serves up half the calories you need in a day. Read more >


Re-Tuning the Brain: Ultrasound's Effect on Mood
Neil Wagner

You can't feel or hear it, but ultrasound improved patients' pain and mood. Read more >


Brain Exercises Can Help Breast Cancer Survivors with “Chemo Brain”
Alice G. Walton

Cognitive exercises can help improve brain function after chemotherapy. Read more >


Road Kill: Nearly Half of Teens Text While Driving
Neil Wagner

Half of all teens text while driving, a danger for all. Parents are the front line of defense. Read more >


Pet Ownership Linked to Decreased Risk of Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Having a pet can be good for your heart, but that's not a good enough reason to get one. Read more >


The Genes Behind Circadian Patterns and Major Depression
Michael J. Gertner

If the genes behind our body's clock fall out of sync, depression can be the result. Read more >


Game-Changing New Report on Sodium Stirs Controversy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

While eating too much salt can be dangerous, taking in too little is perhaps even riskier. The IOM and AHA face off. Read more >


Using the Threat of Higher Insurance Premiums to Encourage Exercise
Alice G. Walton

There’s one way to get people exercising: Threaten to charge them higher insurance premiums. Read more >


In Relationships, Sacrifices Can Backfire
Neil Wagner

Doing something nice for your partner is usually good for the relationship. But not always. When to watch out. Read more >


HRT Linked to Improved Muscle Function in Postmenopausal Women
Charlotte LoBuono

Hormone replacement therapy has risks, but what it does for women's muscles and strength is all good. Read more >


Certain Migraine Medications Should Not Be Taken during Pregnancy
Alice G. Walton

When taken during pregnancy, certain migraine medications may affect a baby's mental abilities. Read more >


Distracted Driving: Now It's the Family Dog
Neil Wagner

Driving with your dog is a pleasure...and a dangerous distraction, especially for the elderly. Read more >


Eating Peppers Reduces the Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Alice G. Walton

Eating peppers regularly lowers your risk of Parkinson’s disease. Nicotine is the active ingredient. Read more >


Breast Milk and Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Esther Entin, M.D.

A breast milk appears to protect against a serious gastrointestinal problem facing babies. Read more >


Our Fear of Missing Out
Neil Wagner

The fear of missing out — we all suffer from it at times, but social media is making it worse. Read more >


Treatment Delays and Survival Rate for Breast Cancer Differ by Race, Socioeconomic Status
Alice G. Walton

Race, SES, and age are predictors of survival in women with breast cancer. Read more >


Amusement Ride Injuries Rise in Summer Months
Charlotte LoBuono

Summertime means vacation and trips to the amusement park. But before you strap yourself and your kids in, consider the safety issues. Read more >


Affirming Our Priorities Helps Offset the Mental Effects of Stress
Alice G. Walton

Self-affirmations can help you through periods of chronic stress. Read more >


A Game Helps Keep Older Drivers Safer on the Road
Neil Wagner

Video games designed to challenge mental abilities can help seniors reduce cognitive decline. Read more >


Deep Relaxation Brings Immediate Genetic Changes
Leslie Carr

Meditation, yoga, and other practices that bring deep relaxation can actually alter your genes. Read more >


Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer, A Closer Look
Charlotte LoBuono

Moderate alcohol consumption may offer some benefit to women who have had breast cancer. Read more >


The Benefits of Community Gardens Go Beyond Good Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Gardening work is good for your weight. Ask any community gardener. It's truly a hoe-down. Read more >


Prostate Screening Decisions: Have a Man to Doctor Talk
Neil Wagner

Most men don't need PSA testing. The risks are too great, the benefits too few. But you will likely need to bring it up. Read more >


The Fat-Autoimmunity Connection
Alice G. Walton

What being overweight does to your immune system is not good. Read more >


There's Earning, and Then There's Overearning
Alice G. Walton

Having more than we can possibly use can put dent in happiness. Read more >


Making Doctors More Cost-Conscious
Neil Wagner

Doctors who see what tests they order cost often cut back on them, saving money. Read more >


Medical Breakthrough: A Better Hospital Gown!
Neil Wagner

Finally, a hospital gown that doesn't leave you exposed. Why did it take so long? Read more >


Research Focuses on Treatment Ahead of Prevention
Alice G. Walton

Researchers tend to study treatments far more frequently than prevention. Is this backwards? Read more >


Substance in Red Meat Linked to Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

TMAO, a substance found in abundance in the guts of meat eaters, has artery-clogging effects. But is meat the problem? Read more >


How to Beat a Hangover
Neil Wagner

A chemist explains all you need to know about hangovers and what you can do to relieve them. Read more >


Gastric Surgery Produces Beneficial Genetic, Metabolic Changes
Leslie Carr

Gastric surgery is an extreme weight loss solution, but it can produce lasting metabolic and even genetic benefits. Read more >


Making Sure Heart Patients Get Treated for Depression
Charlotte LoBuono

Depression is common after a heart attack. Treating it not only works, it saves lives and cuts costs. Read more >


Public Pre-K Exceeds Its Goals
Alice G. Walton

Pre-K programs can help kids with school readiness and bring unexpected side benefits that last a lifetime. Read more >


Companies Help Workers Lose Weight on the Job
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Companies seeking to cut healthcare costs might want to consider offering financial incentives for weight loss. Read more >


CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Charlotte LoBuono

Vaccines have not been shown to cause autistic spectrum disorders. Read more >


Walking Just as Good for the Heart As Running
Alice G. Walton

Walking can be just as good as running for the heart. Read more >


Vitamin D Reduces Hypertension Risk in African Americans
Charlotte LoBuono

African Americans suffer disproportionately from hypertension. A lack of vitamin D may the cause. Read more >


Barefoot Running Shoes: Go Slowly
Neil Wagner

Minimalist or barefoot running shoes may be more natural, but switching to them is tricky. Stress fractures are not uncommon. Read more >


A Shift Away from Fast Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Americans are eating less fast food. You can guess what group eats the most. Read more >


Why Overheard Cell Phone Conversations Are So Annoying
Neil Wagner

Why that guy on the cell phone at the table next to you is so annoying. Read more >


Bacteria Offer New Hope for Acne Prone
Neil Wagner

People with acne have a different mix of bacteria on their skin than those who don't. Read more >


Too Much Sodium in the Diet May Trigger Autoimmune Diseases
Alice G. Walton

A high salt diet may trigger autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Read more >


Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
Joel Schilling, M.D., Ph.D.

Heart failure is one of the most common and life-threatening conditions in the U.S. What to do when things go from bad to worse. Read more >


What Texting Does to Your Neck
Neil Wagner

Sitting bent over a phone or tablet or laptop puts a huge strain on your neck. The pain has a name: text neck. Read more >


Take a Stand: Sitting Is Linked to Diabetes
Alice G. Walton

Spending less time sitting could reduce your diabetes risk as much as adding vigorous exercise to your day. Read more >


New Guidelines to Help Prevent Food Allergy in Children
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

New guidelines recommend babies be gradually exposed to allergenic foods early to avoid wheat, egg, and other allergies. Read more >


Exercise Improves Self Control, Decision-Making
Charlotte LoBuono

Exercise can help us exert more self control. It enhances the brain's ability to solve problems, plan, and make decisions. Read more >


Lasting Brain Damage from Even A Single Concussion
Neil Wagner

Even a single concussion can result in reduced brain volume and impaired emotional and executive functioning. Take time to recover. Read more >


Deep Brain Stimulation Disrupts OCD
Neil Wagner

Obsessions and compulsions are the result of excessive brain activity, not anxiety. DBS can help. Read more >


It's Healthier To Give than To Receive
Neil Wagner

Helping others isn't just a good thing to do. It's one of the best de-stressors there is. Read more >


Processed Meat Increases Risk for an Early Death
Alice G. Walton

Processed meats like bacon and sausage have been found to shorten life, especially if eaten frequently. Read more >


A Troubling Pattern in End-of-Life Care
Alice G. Walton

When a person is dying, it is important to discuss hospice care with doctors to avoid unnecessary treatments and offer more hospice time. Read more >


Smartphone Apps Delay Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancer
Charlotte LoBuono

Using a smartphone app to analyze a mole or skin lesion for melanoma is a potentially deadly mistake. Read more >


Confirmed: The Cardiovascular Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil, nuts, a glass of wine, what's not to love about the Mediterranean diet? It prevents heart attacks, too. Read more >


It's Not How Close You Feel, It's How Close You Want to Be
Neil Wagner

Not everyone desires the same level of intimacy. What matters is whether you and your partner have the same need. Read more >


Small Reductions in Salt Intake Would Have a Big Impact on Health
Charlotte LoBuono

Cutting our salt intake by just a few grains a day would have an enormous impact on our collective health. Read more >


No Need for Yearly Mammograms in Women 66 and Up
Neil Wagner

Yearly mammograms are unnecessary for women over 65. Worse, they are the source of frightening false-positive results. Read more >


New Class of Diabetes Drug Raises the Risk of Pancreatitis
Alice G. Walton

Certain type 2 diabetes medications can double the risk of pancreatitis. The risk may be worth it, but must be weighed. Read more >


Vitamin D Content Varies Widely in Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When you take a vitamin, each pill contains the amount listed on the label, right? Think again. Read more >


Helicopter Parents: When Mothering Is Smothering
Neil Wagner

College kids whose parents haven't learned to let go are prone to anxiety and depression. Support autonomy. Read more >


Bullying Leaves Long-Lasting Psychological Effects
Charlotte LoBuono

The effects of bullying can be long-lasting, especially for those who have been both bully and victim. Read more >


Stroke Recovery: It May Never Be Too Late
Neil Wagner

Many brain cells that have been damaged by stroke are not dead. Hyperbaric treatment helps them regenerate even years later. Read more >


Elderly Found to Respond Differently To Flu Vaccine
Charlotte LoBuono

Elderly adults, with their years of exposure and aging immune systems, respond differently to the flu vaccine. Read more >


BPA Exposure Damages Male Reproductive Tissue
Neil Wagner

A new study finds human fetal cells are highly sensitive to the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A. It's not just about lab animals anymore. Read more >


Taking A Second Look at Polyunsaturated Fats
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain kinds of polyunsaturated fatty acids appear not to offer the heart protective benefits we expect. Read more >


The Link Between Lifestyle and Semen Quality
Charlotte LoBuono

Exercise is an important factor in male fertility. Men who watch TV 20 hours a week have sperm counts half those of men who watch less. Read more >


Parkinson's Treatment Can Unlock Creativity
Neil Wagner

The medications Parkinson's patients take can cause a wonderful side effect — a flowering of creativity. Read more >


Ibuprofen Can Present Risks for Kids
Alice G. Walton

Ibuprofen can occasionally lead to serious kidney problems in children. Read more >


Homeland Security Meets Medical Education
Neil Wagner

One quarter of medical students get their degree outside the US. They could be the answer to doctor shortages and runaway costs. Read more >


Fruits and Veggies Can Improve Your Mood
Charlotte LoBuono

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables actually seems to improve people's moods. Read more >


Diet Drink Mixers Raise Alcohol Levels
Alice G. Walton

Mixing diet drinks with alcohol has a bigger effect on blood alcohol than using mixers or soda with sugar or no mixer at all. Read more >


Aging Brains, Disrupted Sleep, and Impaired Memory
Charlotte LoBuono

Aging disrupts slow-wave sleep and memory. But better, memory restoring sleep is possible. Read more >


Vegetarians' Hearts Are Healthier than Those of Meat Eaters
Alice G. Walton

A vegetarian diet lowers heart risk by a third, a huge decrease. Read more >


FDA to Weigh in on Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
Neil Wagner

There were 27 cases of dengue in 2009. Genetic modification may stop mosquitoes' transmission of this deadly virus. What else will it do? Read more >


Exposure to Stress Interferes with Prostate Cancer Treatment
Neil Wagner

Being under stress seems to interfere with the effectiveness of cancer drugs. Beta blockers may help Read more >


Eating Your Biggest Meal Earlier in the Day Can Boost Weight Loss
Alice G. Walton

People who eat their biggest meal earlier in the day are more successful at losing weight. Read more >


The Myth of Multitasking
Charlotte LoBuono

To the guy checking his mail as he talks on the phone: you aren't efficient; you're distracted. Read more >


Whole Grain Stamp Doesn't Tell the Whole Story
Neil Wagner

The ratio of fiber to carbs is what you want to look for when choosing whole grains. Read more >


Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Menopausal Symptoms
Charlotte LoBuono

Complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies may provide relief for women transitioning to menopause. HRT helps, too. Read more >


Yoga May Help Mental Health Disorders, from Depression to Schizophrenia
Alice G. Walton

Yoga can help ease certain mental health disorders. Read more >


Ash Borer Beetles Destroy More than Trees
Neil Wagner

Ash borer beetles have killed 100 million trees. The impact on health is also serious. Read more >


Special Flavonoids in Berries Reduce Heart Attack Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

You can reduce plaque build-up in arteries just by eating the flavonoids found in deeply red- and blue-colored berries and vegetables. Read more >


Eating More Fast Food Is Linked to Kids' Risk for Asthma and Eczema
Alice G. Walton

Eczema and asthma have been linked to fast food consumption in kids. Another reason rates are soaring. Read more >


Resource Center: Stress



Speaking Two or More Languages May Slow Cognitive Decline
Charlotte LoBuono

Attention! Atención! Achtung! More evidence that the mental challenges of our youth have long-term benefits. Read more >


Flavor Comes in Many Colors
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cocoa served in cups of a certain color tastes better. Read more >


The School Day Needs More...Recess
Neil Wagner

In Japan, schoolchildren are given a 10-15 minute break every hour. Recess is important to cognitive, physical and social development. Read more >


Reframing the Debate: Gun Violence As a Public Health Issue
Charlotte LoBuono

Successful public health campaigns are models for how to make guns safer and reduce their allure. Read more >


Surprise! You Won't Be Who You Think You Are
Alice G. Walton

As we age, we tend to think we are pretty much done changing. But the truth is there is more to come. Read more >


Why Did the Distracted Pedestrians Cross the Road?
Neil Wagner

It's really not possible to cross a busy intersection safely while multitasking. You need to pay attention. Read more >


Kindness Is a Key to Kids' Happiness and Popularity
Alice G. Walton

When kids are encouraged to be kinder, they also end up being happier and more popular. Read more >


Resource Center: Emotional Health



Exercise Can Help Non-Athletes Live As Long As Olympians
Charlotte LoBuono

Olympians do seem to live longer, but their advantage is surprisingly easy for us mere mortals to equal. Read more >


Survey Says Dietitians Can Help Physicians Treat Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What happens when physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, and other professionals work together to curb obesity? Progress. Read more >


Fructose on the Brain: How the Infamous Sugar Affects Appetite
Alice G. Walton

Fructose, the sugar in high fructose corn syrup, appears to leave the brain craving more food. Read more >


Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Moodiness is not uncommon in kids, so how do you know if your child or teen is suffering from mood swings related to this disorder? Read more >


Recovering from Head Trauma before Resuming Sports Is Critical
Alice G. Walton

A head injury requires real recovery time. Returning to activity too soon can cause brain damage. Read more >


Surgical Malpractice Occurs Too Often, Costs Billions
Alice G. Walton

Leaving instruments in patients or operating on the wrong body part happens too often. Read more >


Health Tips to Carry Forward into 2013
Leslie Carr

New years are for fresh starts and self improvement. Here are some findings to take with you into 2013. Read more >


Sedentary Nation: Too Little Walking, Too Much Sitting
Neil Wagner

Sitting too much and moving too little can shorten life. They are also easy to remedy. Read more >


Better Language Skills Help Kids Cope with Emotions
Alice G. Walton

Helping kids with language development gives them the tools to express their emotions, rather than act out. Read more >


Aerobic Exercise the Best Route to Weight, Fat Loss
Charlotte LoBuono

Aerobic exercise is superior to resistance training for losing weight and body fat. Read more >


Study Skills and Motivation More Important to Math Than Smarts
Alice G. Walton

Math is not all about smarts. Motivation and going beyond rote memorization are more important. Read more >


Pediatricians Come Out in Favor of Emergency Contraception for Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

The AAP says girls need to know emergency contraception is an option when birth control fails. Read more >


How Old is Too Old for Santa?
Neil Wagner

Concerned about telling your children about Santa? A psychologist says, back off. Read more >


Confused About Omega-3s? Just Eat Fish
Neil Wagner

To eat omega-3s or not, that is the question. Read more >


Digoxin Raises Death Rate in Some Heart Patients
Neil Wagner

For patients with the heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, one heart drug is the opposite of a lifesaver. Read more >


The Emotional Lives of Parents
Alice G. Walton

Some studies suggest parenting is linked to happiness, while others claim the opposite. A new one gets closer to the truth. Read more >


Nature Ignites a Creative Spark
Charlotte LoBuono

Spending time in nature spurs creativity. Read more >


Cigarettes Make Hangovers Even Worse
Alice G. Walton

Smoking makes hangovers worse. Read more >


Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Antidepressant-Resistant Depression
Neil Wagner

Antidepressants don't help everyone. A new study finds that one kind of psychotherapy can improve the odds. Read more >


Simply Cutting Down on Fat, without “Dieting,” Brings Weight Loss
Alice G. Walton

Cutting down on fat, without actually dieting, might be the easiest way to lose weight. Read more >


Endocrine Disruptor Compounds: What We Know; What We Suspect
Esther Entin, M.D.

You can't see, smell or taste these environmental toxins. But even lose doses can cause cancer. Read more >


Aromatherapy Can Lower Heart Rate, Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Exposure to certain scents can lower heart rate and BP. Just don't inhale them for too long. Read more >


Short Bursts of Physical Activity Can Boost Your Memory
Alice G. Walton

Short bursts of activity can help memory, for people with memory problems and those without. Read more >


Taking Early Control of Traumatic Memories May Help Treat PTSD
Alice G. Walton

A new treatment for PTSD helps prevent memory from running amok. Read more >


Tea's Many Health Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

Tea is a plant food. And much like a serving of fruit or vegetables, it provides important health benefits. Read more >


High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
Neil Wagner

If you think HFCS is just another form of sugar, think again. Read more >


Putting Shoes that Promise a Firmer Posterior to the Test
Neil Wagner

Does my butt look smaller? Can shoes make a difference? Read more >


Doctors Often Misdiagnose Patient Preferences
Charlotte LoBuono

Patients often surprise their doctors by choosing different treatments than their doctors expect. Knowing all the options helps. Read more >


How Our Brain Gets Us Motivated
Alice G. Walton

Tracking the brain circuits involved in motivation and depression. Read more >


Cheerleading: Pediatricians Call for Improving Safety
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cheerleaders should be coached and conditioned just like any athletes. Serious injuries are on the rise. Read more >


A Ball by Any Other Name: How Dogs Process Language
Alice G. Walton

When your dog hears a human word, he processes it his own way. This could be helpful for training. Read more >


Deficiency of Vitamin D in Diabetics May Lead to Clogged Arteries
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Good levels of vitamin D prevent the sticky buildup that causes heart problems in diabetics. Read more >


Even a Little Alcohol When Pregnant Puts a Child's IQ at Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Drinking alcohol while pregnant carries serious risks to a child's IQ. Read more >


Meditation: Changing the Mind for the Better
Neil Wagner

Meditation changes the brain differently, depending on the type of meditation you practice. Read more >


Kids' Generosity Needs Monitors
Alice G. Walton

Is our “ungenerosity” innate? Read more >


Antioxidant in Red Wine Could Enhance Prostate Cancer Treatment
Alice G. Walton

Dr. Tip: The antioxidant found in red wine and red grape juice could help enhance prostate cancer treatment. Read more >


Physical Activity Supports Brain Structure, Boosts Brain Power
Charlotte LoBuono

Being physically active can help prevent the brain shrinkage that accompanies aging. Read more >


Tick-Borne Diseases Are Rising Sharply in Number and Variety
Alice G. Walton

Tick-borne diseases are rising steadily. And it's not just Lyme disease anymore. Read more >


Cyberbullying in Offices is More Common Than You Might Think
Alice G. Walton

Bullying doesn't just happen at school. Cyberbullying at work can affect your mental health. Read more >


Why Teenage Fear Lingers
Neil Wagner

Problems with anxiety often show up in adolescence. A study shows why, and why it's hard for teens.. Read more >


Inexperienced Doctors Are More Expensive
Alice G. Walton

Young doctors cost patients far more than experienced physicians. What does this tell us about... Read more >


Are You Teflon or Velcro When It Comes to Stress?
Leslie Carr

Some people find it pretty easy to shed a stressful day, but for others, it lingers... Read more >


Increased Calcium Intake Reduces Risk of Hyperparathyroidism
Charlotte LoBuono

Parathyroids are only the size of grains of rice, but can cause bone loss, cancer, and depression... Read more >


Smoke-Free Laws Lead to Fewer Hospitalizations
Leslie Carr

When cities or states prohibit smoking, the health benefits are immediate, enormous and not restricted to smokers. Read more >


HPV Vaccine Does Not Change Sexual Behavior in Girls
Charlotte LoBuono

Good news for parents: protecting girls with the HPV vaccine does not encourage sexual activity. Read more >


Safety Seats? It Depends on How You Use Them
Neil Wagner

Strap your kid in and they're safe, right? Wrong. And for kids aged 4 to 8, seatbelts alone won't do it. Read more >


Quick-Release Medical Tape Kinder to Skin
Leslie Carr

A new quick-release adhesive tape doesn't pull or damage skin. Where was this stuff when we were young? Read more >


A New Weapon in the War on Listeriosis
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The leaves of the carob tree offer some encouraging news in the war on treatment-resistant bacteria. Read more >


Puzzle Interviews Unpopular with Job Applicants
Neil Wagner

As if looking for work wasn't hard enough: now interviews feature "trick" questions designed to... Read more >


Hormone Replacement Offers a Benefit When Started Soon After Menopause
Charlotte LoBuono

A new study finds HRT has protective benefits. But another study found it to be risky. Who can keep up? Read more >


Tomatoes Lower the Risk of Stroke
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Lycopene, found in tomatoes, can help prevent strokes. Read more >


Screen Media Hinders Child Development
Charlotte LoBuono

Screen time is physiologically distinct from other sedentary activities like reading or being read to. And that's a problem. Read more >


New Spray Finds Poison Ivy, Even When It's Hiding
Neil Wagner

New spray makes the toxic oil on poisonous plants glow, offering lovers of the outdoors a way to... Read more >


New Discoveries Overturn Old Assumptions about Cholesterol
Alice G. Walton

Recent discoveries about cholesterol overturn old assumptions and may lead to new treatments. Read more >


Xanax, Valium Linked to Dementia in the Elderly
Neil Wagner

When elderly people take benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Valium and Xanax, their risk of dementia goes up 50%. Read more >


New Research Points to Viral Acne Treatment
Charlotte LoBuono

Despite what the infomercials say, a cure for acne remains elusive. But scientists may have found... Read more >


Too Much Java Linked to Glaucoma Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Three or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day significantly raises your risk for developing a ... Read more >


Ketamine Research Leads to the First New Depression Drugs in Decades
Neil Wagner

Ketamine is a pediatric anesthetic, a club drug, and now, the most promising antidepressant... Read more >


Off-Label Antipsychotic Use Continues to Rise, Especially in Children
Neil Wagner

Off-label prescribing for kids is way up. So are their serious side effects. The search for... Read more >


The Effects of Social Violence in Children's TV Shows
Esther Entin, M.D.

All the gossip, rejection, teasing and excluding that goes on on shows sets the wrong tone. Read more >


Learning to Identify Negative Emotions May Be Important in Battling Depression
Alice G. Walton

Learning to identify your emotions may help with depression. It's not as easy as it sounds. Read more >


TMI? The Debate About Celebrities and Illness
Charlotte LoBuono

When Robin Roberts, Padma Lakshmi or Kylie Minogue talk about their health, they raise awareness... Read more >


Progress on Two Fronts in Our Understanding of Autism
Alice G. Walton

Researchers may have found a treatment for one form of autism. Read more >


Molecularly Targeted Therapy for Malignant Brain Tumors
Nicole A. Shonka, M.D. and Mark R. Gilbert, M.D.

Chemotherapies for glioblastomas aim to prevent tumor cell growth or promote cell death. Read more >


Is Vitamin D The Elusive Cure For The Common Cold?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Vitamin D has not been found to prevent or reduce the severity of colds. Read more >


Giving Patients Access to Their Doctor's Notes Is A Win-Win for Everyone
Alice G. Walton

What happens when patients have full access to their medical records? The OpenNotes study finds... Read more >


The New OxyContin Spurs Heroin Use
Neil Wagner

Abuse of OxyCotin prompted a reformulation. Unfortunately, that prompted heroin use... Read more >


Sugary Drinks, the Obesity Epidemic, and New York City's "Soda Ban"
Alice G. Walton

For people predisposed obesity, drinking lots of sugary beverages "amplifies" the effects of one's genes. Read more >


Too Many Children Swallowing Laundry Detergent, Magnets
Neil Wagner

Toddlers have been swallowing small packets of dishwasher and laundry detergent. Magnets, too. Parents need to keep them out of reach. Read more >


An Experimental Drug May Address the Cognitive Problems of PTSD
Alice G. Walton

Post-traumatic stress disorder is more than anxiety. A new drug may help the cognitive problems... Read more >


Omega-3 Intake Not Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Can taking Omega-3 fatty acids through foods or supplements help prevent heart disease? A new study casts doubt. Read more >


Medical Costs Often Exceed Assets Late in Life
Neil Wagner

About 25% of all seniors spend more than the total value of all their assets on out-of-pocket... Read more >


Protection from AIDS for High-Risk Heterosexuals
Neil Wagner

The CDC recommends people at high risk for heterosexual transmission of HIV consider using Truvada. Read more >


Cat Ownership Not Linked To Increased Brain Tumor Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

You can pick up the T. gondii parasite simply through contact with contaminated soil or vegetables; direct exposure to cat feces is not... Read more >


A Gene May Help Explain Happiness in Women, Not Men
Alice G. Walton

A gene previously dubbed the "warrior gene" because of its links to aggression may also be linked... Read more >


Another Black Mark Against Antibacterial Soaps and Cleansers
Neil Wagner

Triclosan, found in many antibacterial products, may weaken muscle function in addition to other... Read more >


The Link Between Blood Type and the Risk of Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain blood types carry a significant and inherent risk of CVD. If you know the risks... Read more >


Can Memories Be Strengthened During Sleep?
Neil Wagner

But don't try it in place of studying. The brain does pick up, or at least cement, information while Read more >


The Complicated Relationship between Alcohol and Anxiety
Alice G. Walton

Alcohol addiction may rewire the brain so that it can't rebound from stress. PTSD suffers may want.. Read more >


Going Online Can Help You Lose Weight, But Does It Beat Face-to-Face?
Alice G. Walton

Going online to lose weight or to maintain it can be a big help. Read more >


Simple Shoe Lift Improves Stroke Patient Balance, Strength
Neil Wagner

Putting an insole in the shoe of a stroke patient on the unaffected side can improve balance and strength almost immediately. Read more >


Relationships, Not Schoolwork, Are the Key to a Good Future
Neil Wagner

When it comes to well-being later in life, having friends is more important than good grades. Read more >


How Red Meat (and the Way You Cook It) Can Lead to Cancer
Alice G. Walton

We're learning more about why eating red meat may increase our risk for cancer. Read more >


Glial Cells
R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D.

Glia were completely overlooked until it was discovered that Einstein's brain was packed with them. Read more >


Compounds in Cocoa May Boost Brain Power
Charlotte LoBuono

Seniors who took higher concentrations of cocoa flavanols had improvements on cognitive tests... Read more >


Mindfulness Relieves Loneliness
Neil Wagner

A simple program of mindfulness mediation replaced lonely feelings with a greater appreciation... Read more >


Grapefruit Juice Could Help Reduce the Necessary Dose of Chemotherapy Drugs
Alice G. Walton

Adding a glass of grapefruit juice can enhance the effect of an anti-cancer drug. And with no... Read more >


A Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity
Neil Wagner

Antibiotics appear to fatten up kids the way they fatten up cattle. Needless to say, this is not... Read more >


The Things We Forget to Do: How to Remember Them
Neil Wagner

Forgetting to do what we intend to do is common. There are ways, however, to remember the milk... Read more >


Study of Rituals Provides Insight Into Human Logic and Reasoning
Charlotte LoBuono

Rituals tend to provide a level of comfort, a sense of control. They also tell us a bit about... Read more >


Researchers Discover A Massive "Plumbing" Network in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

We thought we knew how the brain cleans itself out. Then a completely unexpected... Read more >


Let it Shine: New Window Coating Lets in More Light
Neil Wagner

A new window coating lets in more light at the blue end of the spectrum. This shift could improve... Read more >


Newborn Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. Read more >


Could a Culprit in Alzheimer's Disease Turn into a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
Alice G. Walton

The culprit in Alzheimer's disease, amyloid-beta, might prevent multiple sclerosis. Come Again? Read more >


Heartburn and Cancer
Neil Wagner

Heartburn appears to be linked to esophageal cancer. The rates for both are up and it may not... Read more >


Skipping the Antibiotics Could Help Address the Resistance Problem
Alice G. Walton

Antibiotics may not always be necessary for fighting infection. Reducing their use could help fight antibiotic resistance. Read more >


Lying Eyes: Just a Myth?
Neil Wagner

A widely accepted method for telling if someone is telling the truth just went out the window... Read more >


Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Children and Adolescents
Jessie Hill, J.D.

Can a child or teen seek medical treatment without parental consent? Maybe. It pays to know the issues. Read more >


Online Infant Sleep Safety Information May Be Inaccurate
Charlotte LoBuono

It is unwise, and sometimes even dangerous, to trust all the health information you find through search engines. Read more >


Concern over UV from Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Neil Wagner

Place lamps with CFL bulbs at a distance, or put the bulbs behind glass to avoid exposure to UV radiation that can damage skin. Read more >


Cranberry Products May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Alice G. Walton

Cranberry products may be an effective way to preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Read more >


Eating Out May Be A Little Healthier After Menu Law
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Affordable Care Act will require that more restaurants put calorie and fat information on menus. Read more >


While Still Controversial, PSA Testing Does Save Many Lives
Alice G. Walton

New research tells us not to be so fast to drop PSA testing, as it still saves a lot of lives. Read more >


Dental Filling Material Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Fillings with a form of the chemical BPA raise the likelihood that a child will have emotional... Read more >


60, 70 or 80: It's Not Too Late to Stop Smoking
Neil Wagner

Smokers over 60 have an 83% increased risk of death. Read more >


A "Polypill" Could Help Save Many Thousands of At-Risk Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Combining four medications into one pill to reduce heart disease could work wonders for the aging... Read more >


Closer to a Pill for Long-Term Weight Loss
Leslie Carr

A new drug desensitizes cannabinoid receptors and improves the appetite-reducing action of leptin. Read more >


Vitamin C Supplementation and Smoking During Pregnancy
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you are pregnant and smoke (not a good combination), taking vitamin C can help prevent damage to the your unborn baby's lungs. Read more >


The Power of Good Deeds
Neil Wagner

When faced with uncertainty, we are more likely to believe in the power of good deeds.... Read more >


Could Some Dementias Be Autoimmune Diseases?
Alice G. Walton

One form of dementia may be the result of the immune system going haywire. Luckily, there might be.. Read more >


Hypertension on the Rise in Children and Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Hypertension in children has doubled in the past ten years. Obesity is a major factor. Read more >


Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 3: Yoga
Alice G. Walton

Yoga has some proven benefits and unproven claims. What you can, and can't, expect it to do for you. Read more >


Many Patients Look to the Internet for a Medical Education
Alice G. Walton

Many people use medical websites to help them learn about their conditions, but not as a substitute for an office visit. Read more >


Potent, Natural Anti-Clotting Agent Found
Neil Wagner

Rutin, a flavonoid, helps block clot formation. It may provide a lower-risk alternative to Warfarin. Read more >


Why Is Patient-Doctor Communication So Difficult?
Neil Wagner

Do you find it difficult to discuss medical issues or concerns with your doctor? You are not alone.. Read more >


A Brain Chemical That Makes Bad Memories Disappear
Alice G. Walton

Researchers discover why anxiety can persist for months or years after a stressful event. It's all about a brain chemical. Read more >


Cytomegalovirus, A Serious Health Risk Hiding in Plain Sight
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is responsible for roughly 20% of the hearing loss in newborns. Read more >


Can Bees Help Fight Prostate Cancer?
Neil Wagner

Caffeic acid phenethyl ester from the substance bees use to patch their combs, stops tumor growth... Read more >


Exercise May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Risk, Regardless of Age
Charlotte LoBuono

Exercising just 10 to 20 hours a week can reduce breast cancer risk by almost a third. And it doesn't have to be a hard workout. Read more >


Right Salad, Wrong Dressing?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fat-free salad dressings prevent the absorption of nutrients. But certain heart-healthy oils do not. Read more >


Give Me More Space: A Novel Strategy For Dyslexic Readers
Esther Entin, M.D.

It appears that having more space around letters and words makes it easier for people with dyslexia to understand printed text. Read more >


Dogs May Protect Against Asthma
Neil Wagner

Having a dog around the house may help children develop the microbes they need to fight off RSV... Read more >


Experience Taking: How Good Books Can Change You
Neil Wagner

Reading a book can actually change who you are, teaching you about yourself as you live through... Read more >


Feeling Respected is a Key to Well-Being
Leslie Carr

When it comes to what makes you happy, feeling respected and admired is better than money... Read more >


Calcium Supplements: Is It Time To Question Accepted Practice?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Calcium supplements cause a spike in blood calcium levels which may deposit too much of the mineral in the body at one time. Read more >


Belly Fat May Not Be All Bad
Alice G. Walton

Belly fat has a lot of negative effects, but researchers may have a found at least one benefit. Read more >


Exposure to Stress in Childhood Appears to Age Cells Prematurely
Esther Entin, M.D.

Stress, particularly violence, appears to prematurely age children at a cellular level, leaving... Read more >


Age and the Brain: Use It or Lose It
Neil Wagner

The way to keep the aging brain in shape is keep it occupied. It's as if your mind were asking "what have you done for me lately?" Read more >


What's Waiting for You in Your Hotel Room?
Alice G. Walton

If you're staying in a hotel or motel this summer, some unwelcome "guests" may precede you. Read more >


Heart Benefits of Chocolate Good for A Decade
Charlotte LoBuono

A little dark chocolate every day may actually offer some heart benefits for those with metabolic syndrome. Read more >


Oxytocin May Hold Even More Promise for Treating Symptoms of Autism
Alice G. Walton

Oxytocin, the mother-infant bonding hormone, activates the "social" areas of the brain.... Read more >


Teens Showing Ominous Signs of Cardiovascular Trouble to Come
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overweight adolescents show early warning signs of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Computer Time Could Prevent Cognitive Decline (But Don't Forget to Exercise)
Alice G. Walton

Computer time along with physical activity may prevent cognitive decline. Read more >


The Mainstreaming of Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 2: Meditation
Alice G. Walton

Meditation increases the size of brain areas associated with memory and reduces our vulnerability to stress. Read more >


Significant Cost Savings Linked To Keeping Obesity Rate In Check
Charlotte LoBuono

The cost savings of better health are as astronomical as those of medical care... Read more >


A Three-Hour Therapy Session Could Treat Arachnophobia
Alice G. Walton

People so afraid of spiders that they wouldn't walk on grass were cured of their phobia with... Read more >


Washing Works: Hand-Washing and School Absenteeism
Esther Entin, M.D.

When children are taught how to wash their hands in school, absenteeism goes down. Read more >


New and Controversial Recommendations on PSA Tests
Neil Wagner

For most men the risks connected with PSA tests for prostate cancer outweigh the benefits. Read more >


Rhythmic Neural Patterns Drive Movement
Leslie Carr

Neurons firing in the brain produce organized movement in the body. But how? It may take a neural... Read more >


Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be Rising for Young Football Players
Alice G. Walton

Fatal brain injuries in high school football players rose last year. Read more >


Why Tai Chi Makes Sense for the Elderly
Neil Wagner

Seniors need to be careful that strength training doesn't also stiffen arteries. Tai Chi can help. Read more >


Text Messaging Increases Flu Vaccinations
Neil Wagner

Text messaging is proving useful to promoting public health - as long as it isn't done while you are Read more >


Pedometers Increase Exercise
Esther Entin, M.D.

Using a pedometer can motivate seniors to walk farther and exercise longer. Read more >


Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 1: Acupuncture
Alice G. Walton

It's hard to know what to believe when it comes to alternative medical practices. Read more >


The Biology of Kindness and Well Being
Neil Wagner

Everyday experiences change the brain. Researchers consider the effects of well being and kindness.. Read more >


Positive Changes Are Coming for Healthcare Coverage
Alice G. Walton

Healthcare coverage in the U.S. today is a two-tiered system. Luckily, changes are on the way. Read more >


Antidepressants Relieve Arthritis Pain
Neil Wagner

Certain antidepressants can help relieve osteoarthritis pain. Read more >


Being Aware of Your Own Mortality Can Make for a Better Life
Alice G. Walton

Being aware of our mortality can actually help us live richer, fuller lives. Read more >


Age Lowers the Boom on Baby Boomers
Neil Wagner

As baby boomers begin to turn 65, their golden years are not looking as golden as in the past... Read more >


Managing Major Depression During Pregnancy: To Treat or Not to Treat?
Jennifer L. Payne, M.D.

Taking antidepressants while pregnant can mean choosing between a woman's mental health and potential risks to the fetus. Read more >


Patients With No Post-MI Counseling Needlessly Delay or Avoid Sex
Charlotte LoBuono

It is generally safe to resume sex after a heart attack. Don't be afraid to raise the issue with your doctor. Read more >


Puttering About Could Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Alice G. Walton

The simplest activities, even housework, can reduce your risk for cognitive decline. Read more >


Salmonella Outbreak from Raw Tuna
Neil Wagner

Nakaochi Scrape is the source of a recent salmonella outbreak. It's used in spicy tuna rolls... Read more >


Patients' Opinion of Medical Care May Differ from Reality
Alice G. Walton

Your opinions - both good and bad - about the medical care you receive may not be reality-based... Read more >


Sleeping Pills May Quadruple Death Risk
Neil Wagner

People who took even small numbers of sleeping pills were over three times more likely to die... Read more >


Social Jet Lag May Be Why You're Fatigued (And Fat)
Alice G. Walton

Our daily schedules are out of sync with our internal clocks. It started with the light bulb... Read more >


Longer Commutes, Poorer Health
Neil Wagner

Longer commutes are associated with poorer health. Prolonged sitting is partly to blame, but traffic also takes a toll. Read more >


The Happiness Dilemma
Alice G. Walton

The pursuit of happiness is not as simple as we might think. What you focus on can make a big difference to your health. Read more >


Why Babies Don't Come with a Manual
Neil Wagner

A survey of child-rearing books over the past 50 years finds many contradictions, but offer... Read more >


Adolescence, A Global Health Issue
Charlotte LoBuono

With nearly two billion adolescents worldwide. If you think that's scary, consider the health risks. Read more >


Teens, Alcohol and Benign Breast Disease
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen girls who drink have an increased risk of benign breast disease and ultimately, breast cancer.. Read more >


Low-Fat Dairy May Reduce Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating and drinking low-fat dairy products reduced the risk of stroke in a large study... Read more >


Vitamin D, Sunscreen and Children's Brainpower
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you use sunscreen to protect your child's skin, are you also preventing vitamin D synthesis... Read more >


A Snapshot of Stress Across the Generations
Alice G. Walton

The Millennial generation is more stressed than generations before. They are also less able to cope. Read more >


Injections Could Help Reduce LDL ("Bad") Cholesterol
Alice G. Walton

A new antibody injection could lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol. Read more >


Losing Weight May Not Change Body Image
Alice G. Walton

Losing weight may not make body image issues disappear. Read more >


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Certain brain centers are less active in chronic fatigue syndrome patients, suggesting a new... Read more >


No More Tears: Comforting Baby after Vaccinations
Neil Wagner

The five S's calm babies who have just felt the sting of a vaccination; it's likely they can help... Read more >


Ladies, There's No Turning Back the Biological Clock
Alice G. Walton

Delaying motherhood may mean forgoing motherhood. But there are options if you think ahead. Read more >


Aspirin Could Significantly Cut Your Risk of Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Aspirin may reduce your risk of developing cancer. But there are some risks. Read more >


How Marijuana Impairs Memory
Neil Wagner

Cannabinoid receptors are found on glial cells as well as neurons, raising new prospects for pot... Read more >


A Positive Outlook Helps the Heart
Leslie Carr

Having a positive outlook has been associated with improved cardiovascular health and recovery. It's about healthy behaviors. Read more >


Blood Test Can Reliably Diagnose Teen Depression
Michael J. Gertner

Markers found in a simple blood test reliably distinguished depressed teens from those who weren't.. Read more >


Tracking Disease Clusters in the US: Elusive Prey
Alice G. Walton

Disease clusters were made famous by Erin Brockovich, but they are harder to pinpoint than you might think. Read more >


Home Visits for Asthma: Healthcare that Works
Neil Wagner

For kids with asthma and their parents, home healthcare visits save time and money... Read more >


Looking through the Eyes Helps Doctors See into the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Measuring degeneration of the eye could tell us if it is also occurring in the brain. Read more >


Pediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, PANS
Esther Entin, M.D.

Infection can sometimes bring on sudden bizarre obsessions and compulsions in children. Knowing the signs can help. Read more >


Who Will Divorce?
Alice G. Walton

Even the happiest newlyweds can go on to divorce. But early warning signs might predict who does... Read more >


Death and Taxes: Road Fatalities Rise on Tax Day
Neil Wagner

The stress of doing taxes can distract us on the road. Traffic fatalities rise every tax day... Read more >


Harmful Chemicals, Unlisted on Labels, Can Lurk in Everyday Products
Alice G. Walton

Worrisome compounds can appear in even the most "natural" household products... Read more >


Less Frequent Pap Testing Recommended
Susan H. Scher, MD

Pap tests save lives, but new guidelines urge women to be tested less often. It's safer. Read more >


The Easiest Way to Lose Weight
Neil Wagner

Replacing your can of soda with water or a diet drink is one of the best diet strategies around. Read more >


FDA Makes Plans to Correct Cancer Drug Shortage in the U.S.
Alice G. Walton

Worrying shortages of two major cancer drugs propel the FDA to find new ways to boost supplies. Read more >


The Human Heart Can Grow New Muscle after a Heart Attack
Neil Wagner

Heart attack patients' damaged heart muscles improved after being injected with stem cells... Read more >


Failing Has Its Benefits For Kids
Alice G. Walton

Teaching kids that failing is a part of learning can give them the confidence to do well. Read more >


Endometriosis: Symptoms, Treatments, and Becoming Pregnant
Kenan Omurtag, M.D., and Amber R. Cooper, M.D., M.S.C.I.

When tissue from the lining of the uterus starts to grow outside it, fertility can be affected. Read more >


Dogs In the Workplace Can Reduce Stress
Leslie Carr

Taking your pup to work can reduce stress and may increase workers' productivity... Read more >


More Evidence that Antibiotics in Animal Feed Threaten Human Health
Neil Wagner

ST398 started out as an antibiotic-sensitive bacterium in humans, then it spread to livestock... Read more >


The Y Chromosome May Be Responsible for the Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Men
Alice G. Walton

The Y chromosome may affect more than men's sex organs... Read more >


Berries Are Beneficial To The Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Berries change the way that neurons in the brain communicate. This may prevent inflammation in the brain that can damage neurons. Read more >


Rosemary Oil May Boost Brain Function
Neil Wagner

People performed better on certain math tasks when they had inhaled a little whiff of rosemary... Read more >


Brain Cells Benefit from the Company of Others
Alice G. Walton

Brain connections that form when we learn something new are strengthened when there are friends near Read more >


Are Fried Foods Back on the Table?
Neil Wagner

The kind of oil you fry foods in has a big effect on how unhealthy it is. Read more >


Parent Training Could Help Manage the Difficult Behaviors of Autism
Alice G. Walton

Training parents helps them help their children behave better.... Read more >


Bad Air Days Mean More Heart Attacks, Strokes
Neil Wagner

Air pollution can trigger heart attacks and strokes. Read more >


Neuroethics: The Brain Sciences Pose Ethical - and Philosophical - Conundrums
Martha J. Farah, Ph.D. and Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.

Neuroethics asks, if your high test score is the work of a brain-enhancing drug, is it fair? What is neuromarketing anyway? Read more >


A Connection between Cognition and Personality
Alice G. Walton

When seniors improve their cognitive skills, their personalities also get a boost. Read more >


The Stress-Immunity Connection
Alice G. Walton

Stress can lead to reduced immune system function. Reduce stress, reduce your odds for illness. Read more >


Bad News for Red Meat Lovers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating red meat, particularly processed meats like bacon and hot dogs, is associated with a greater risk of early death. Read more >


The Body's Clock And Its Role in Health
Alice G. Walton

Jet lag and seasonal depression are just two ways our bodies remind us that we have an inner clock that affects our health. Read more >


Dietary Magnesium Cuts Stroke Risk
Esther Entin, M.D.

Being deficient in magnesium raises your risk of stroke. It's better to eat foods with this mineral than take a supplement. Read more >


The Power of Good Intentions
Neil Wagner

Food tastes better and pain hurts less when it comes from people with good intentions. Read more >


Endorphins May Explain Why Alcohol Makes Us Feel Happy
Alice G. Walton

Alcohol works by releasing "feel good" chemicals, endorphins, in the brain, which could explain its addictiveness. Read more >


A Sign to Take the Stairs
Neil Wagner

Simple reminders can improve health behavior in important ways, whether it's washing one's hands more often or taking the stairs. Read more >


Massage Boosts the Recovery of Muscles After Exercise
Alice G. Walton

A ten-minute massage can help sore muscles heal after vigorous exercise. Read more >


Little League Safety: Protecting Future All Stars
Esther Entin, M.D.

Tips to keep Little Leaguers injury-free. Learn the rules and risks and stay out of the ER. Read more >


A Second Look at Antidepressants and Suicide
Esther Entin, M.D.

Antidepressants can literally be lifesavers for people with depression. Read more >


Citrus Fruits May Have Special Benefit For Women
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A medium orange contains approximately 60 calories while a cup of orange juice contains twice that amount. Read more >


One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Problems
Alice G. Walton

One in five Americans suffers from mental health problems. There is no reason to feel uncomfortable about seeking help. Read more >


Why Brain Imaging Studies Can Be Misleading
Neil Wagner

Brain scans provide valuable information, but their meaning is often oversimplified. Read more >


Headphones: More Powerful than a Locomotive
Neil Wagner

Headphone use can turn deadly when shutting out the world means being unaware of approaching traffic... or trains. Read more >


At The Intersection of Grief and Depression, A Controversy
Alice G. Walton

A top medical journal questions whether the move to classify grief as depression has merit. Read more >


Heart Risk Redefined: You May Not Be As Immune As You Think
Alice G. Walton

A new formula for figuring heart and stroke risk is sobering, but luckily many of the risk factors are largely within our control. Read more >


Physical Activity and School Performance
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children do better in school when they have more opportunity for physical activity, not more time at a desk. Read more >


Facebook: Not for the Negative
Neil Wagner

People with heartfelt Facebook posts about what's wrong in their world may end up with less traffic. Read more >


Punch Drunk: Repetitive Brain Injury
Alice G. Walton

Chronic head injuries can cause dementia, violence and death. Helmets may not help. Read more >


Physical Punishment Takes A Toll on Kids' Mental Health
Alice G. Walton

Physical punishment does more harm than good to a child and encourages aggressive behavior. Other methods are more effective. Read more >


Government Panel Issues New Vaccination Recommendations
Susan H. Scher, M.D.

There are new vaccination recommendations target young men and boys, pregnant women, and diabetics. Read more >


For Mood Disorders, Combined Therapy Works Better
Neil Wagner

A study shows how a combination of antidepressants and therapy helps reduce memories' impact... Read more >


The Impact of Bad Bosses
Alice G. Walton

A controlling, coercive boss can take a toll on your well being. But there is more to it than that. Read more >


Keeping Infants Safe from Cronobacter Infections
Esther Entin, M.D.

To avoid introducing microbes, shake infant formula to mix it rather than stirring. Read more >


A Closer Look at Over-the-Counter Painkillers
Alice G. Walton

Turning to acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin now and then is fine, but long-term use can damage organs. Read more >


Can Overeating Cause Memory Loss?
Neil Wagner

Overeating has been linked to some forms of memory loss. Read more >


Humble People to the Rescue
Alice G. Walton

Need help? Call on your humble friends. Those who are arrogant may let you down. Read more >


The Need to Feel Connected
Neil Wagner

Our need to connect is so strong that being ignored or given the air gaze, bothers us... Read more >


From Sepsis to Shock: What Happens When Bacteria Invade the Body
Jeffrey P. Green, M.D.

Severe sepsis is a raging infection that shuts down organs. It is important to find it fast, but that can be tricky. Read more >


The Internet as Matchmaker
Alice G. Walton

Internet dating is one of the top methods for finding love, whether the pros outweigh the cons... Read more >


Tablet Computers' Ergonomic Issues
Neil Wagner

Tablet computers are popular and convenient and really bad for your back and neck, unless you know.. Read more >


More Education Improves IQ
Alice G. Walton

An extra year or two of education can raise IQ significantly, even if the students are already teens Read more >


Consequences of Insomnia Go Beyond Fatigue, Poor Performance
Susan H. Scher, MD

Insomnia is a major health risk. It erodes your quality of life. But too few doctors even ask... Read more >


The Overuse of Allergy Tests
Neil Wagner

Many allergy tests are unnecessary. It helps to know what they show and what they don't. Read more >


Gossip Can Be Good
Alice G. Walton

Some kinds of gossip may actually benefit your health. Read more >


Early Results Promising for New Alzheimer Drug
Michael J. Gertner

Different from drugs designed to clear amyloid plaques, a new compound, J147, prevents - and stops - Alzheimer's Disease Read more >


When Safe Playgrounds Become Boring, Kids' Health Suffers
Alice G. Walton

Out on the playground, there's a fine line between safe and boring. Read more >


Study Links PFCs to Poor Vaccination Response
Neil Wagner

Children's immune response to vaccines was greatly reduced if they had been exposed to a common... Read more >


For Most Heart Patients, No Need to Avoid Sex
Susan H. Scher, M.D.

Sexual activity is safe for most heart patients, like any form of moderate exercise. Read more >


Ending the Low Fat Muffin Myth
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A typical low-fat muffin may sound heart-healthy, but its downfall is its size and the sugar, sodium, and calories it contains. Read more >


The FDA Tackles Antibiotic Resistance, Targets Farm Animals
Alice G. Walton

The government plans to curb antibiotic use in food animals, hoping to reduce antibiotic-resistance. Read more >


Oxytocin Could Help Introverts Feel More Outgoing
Alice G. Walton

The mother-baby bonding hormone, oxytocin, made introverts feel more outgoing and trusting. Read more >


Indecision and Lack of Commitment Breed Unhappiness
Neil Wagner

Some people constantly doubt themselves rather than committing to their choices, no matter how small Read more >


Figuring The Cost-Benefit Ratio of Vaccines
Alice G. Walton

Parents in some communities have decided that the risks of vaccines are greater than the benefits. Not true. Read more >


Children's Powers of Positive Thinking
Esther Entin, M.D.

At what age do children learn that one can choose to see a situation in a more positive light? Read more >


Uncovering Why Marijuana Has Opposing Effects on the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Smoking pot can make people calm, anxious, or even psychotic. A study reveals the chemical culprit.. Read more >


Quitting Smoking Means a Happier New Year
Neil Wagner

Struggling with the resolution to quit smoking? It gets better: Quitters report being happier... Read more >


The Connection Between Good Nutrition and Good Cognition Becomes Clearer
Alice G. Walton

Good nutrition and brain health go hand in hand; changing your diet can help protect your brain. Read more >


Play and the Impact of Poverty
Esther Entin, M.D.

Underprivileged kids have less chance to play at school, at home, in their neighborhoods... Read more >


Adrenal Hormone DHEA For Menopause Symptoms
Alice G. Walton

The hormone DHEA sounds like a miracle: it may ease menopause symptoms and boost sexual interest. Read more >


How to Cut Down on Chocolate
Neil Wagner

A short walk, even at work, can reduce the need to nibble at your desk. Read more >


Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Alice G. Walton

Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >


Preference For Salt Shaped Early in Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When introducing solids, parents should try to avoid giving infants cereals and crackers with... Read more >


Having Trouble with Parenthood? You Are Not Alone
Alice G. Walton

Having kids interrupts your sleep, destabilizes your relationship, and costs lots of money and time. So what's the upside? Read more >


Depression: Paving the Road to Recovery
Neil Wagner

People who suffer from depression can learn to overcome their tendency to overgeneralize and ruminate about difficulties. Read more >


Understanding the Roots of Social Prejudice Could Help Us Counteract It
Alice G. Walton

A new look at prejudice finds it may mostly exist just because we're afraid of germs. Read more >


Brain Tsunamis Increase Head Trauma Destruction
Michael J. Gertner

Brain tsunamis increase head trauma destruction the way their watery counterparts wipe out homes... Read more >


Gluten-Free Diets: Reality Check
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Gluten is bad news for some people. Are you one of them? Read more >


Important Link in the Stress Response Could Mean Better Treatment
Alice G. Walton

Researchers discover an important step in the stress response, which, if blocked, could stop... Read more >


Children and Family Violence
Esther Entin, M.D.

The brains of children exposed to family violence show changes similar to those of soldiers... Read more >


Hope for Overweight Children
Neil Wagner

If obese or overweight kids lose the weight as they become adults, the associated health risks also seem to vanish. Read more >


A Better Way to Reduce Prejudice
Alice G. Walton

When people are told to be less prejudiced, they are often more so. There's a better way. Read more >


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (If You Keep Your Head about You)
Alice G. Walton

Why are the holidays responsible for so many accidents and ER visits? We count the ways and offer help. Read more >


Bad Bosses Follow You Home
Neil Wagner

Having a difficult, abusive boss can strain personal relationships at home. Read more >


Researchers Gain Insight into How BRCA Mutations Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Researchers discover exactly what makes BRCA mutations so dangerous for breast cancer risk... Read more >


Oh No! Not the Cookie Dough!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating raw cookie dough is a bad idea. Unbaked flour can contain bacteria that may cause foodborne illness. Read more >


Has Tooth Decay Met Its Match?
Neil Wagner

Call it a smartbomb against tooth decay, a new mouthwash targets the bacterial causing cavities... Read more >


Traffic Pollution May Increase Diabetes Risk
Alice G. Walton

A new study links traffic pollution to type 2 diabetes risk - especially in people who are healthier Read more >


Mid-Morning Snacks May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Snacking may be hazardous to your diet. It can be a sign of mindless eating. Read more >


Better Doctors Pay Attention to Mistakes
Neil Wagner

Much of medicine involves trial and error. For doctors, focusing on successes is less helpful... Read more >


Endometrial Cancer: The Most Common Reproductive Cancer in Women
Yevgeniya Ioffe, M.D., and Israel Zighelboim, M.D

Endometrial carcinoma can be detected early if you know what to look for. Read more >


Energy Drinks Responsible for More ER Visits
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Energy drink-fueled visits to the ER have risen 1600 percent since 2005. Read more >


Alcohol: Friend or Foe?
Alice G. Walton

Drinking offers health benefits and risks. Get help sifting through the latest findings. Read more >


Dreams Can Help Heal Mental Wounds
Alice G. Walton

REM sleep can reduce the emotional impact of traumatic memories. Read more >


Autism Spectrum Disorders Linked to a Variety of Genetic Mutations
Michael J. Gertner

Autism spectrum disorders are increasingly being linked to different genetic mutations... Read more >


Women with PID May Be at Risk of Infertility
Alice G. Walton

Pelvic inflammatory disease can threaten a woman’s fertility, so it is important to have a checkup. Read more >


A Sign that Doctors Care about Their Patients
Neil Wagner

Doctors asked to take this simple precaution for their own protection ignored the request... Read more >


Kids and Cholesterol: New Guidelines for Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Current recommendations call for children to first be screened for high LDL cholesterol between age 9 and 11. Read more >


Navigating the Road to Health
Alice G. Walton

Don't confuse real health science with sound-bytes, or healthy lifestyles with a health obsession. Read more >


A Sobering Look at Alcohol
Neil Wagner

Heavy drinking and alcoholism raise a person's risk of cancer and a host of other diseases considerably. Read more >


Nitroglycerin Poses Risks to the Heart... But There's a Fix
Alice G. Walton

Nitroglycerin is a century-old treatment for heart attacks, but it can make future cardiovascular events more severe. Read more >


Say Cheese! It May Be Good for Your Heart
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study finds cheese consumption didn't raise total cholesterol. The same was not true for butter. Read more >


The Hidden Costs of Not Taking a Sick Day
Leslie Carr

People who decide to come to work when they feel sick spread disease. Read more >


A Chicken Pox on Thee: Parents Get Caught for Infecting Kids with Virus
Alice G. Walton

The chicken pox vaccine is the best way of protecting your child from the virus... Read more >


Text Messaging Doubles Smokers' Quit Rate
Neil Wagner

A British study had double the quit rate thanks to support and tips delivered by cell phone... Read more >


An Over-Abundance of Neurons Linked to Autism
Esther Entin, M.D.

Runaway neuronal growth in the prefrontal cortex, in the brains of kids with autism. Read more >


Wider Waists May Up Colon Cancer Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Being overweight is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. Read more >


Evaluating Healthcare in America
Alice G. Walton

A score of 64 out of 100 is not a good grade. It's also not good healthcare. Read more >


New Research Broadens Our Understanding of Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

A new study uncovers a major surprise in the Alzheimer's puzzle. Read more >


Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Over-Diagnosed and Over-Treated in Infants
Esther Entin, M.D.

Generally speaking, infants with colic do not need acid-suppressing drugs, which carry a number of risks. Read more >


The "Rich Clubs" Make up an Elite Network in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

"Rich Club" clusters of highly influential regions of brain cells do serious collaboration. Read more >


Research Finds the Immune System A Key Player in Osteoarthritis
Michael J. Gertner

Osteoarthritis is a product of your immune system, not just wear and tear... Read more >


Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Risks As Well As Benefits
Neil Wagner

Some studies of supplements actually found they increase the risk of death. But it may depend on how you crunch the numbers. Read more >


Gestational BPA Linked to Developmental Problems in Girls, Not Boys
Alice G. Walton

Higher BPA levels during pregnancy are linked to cognitive and emotional problems in children. Read more >


Green Veggies Aid Immune Response in the Gut
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A lack of green vegetables turned off a chemical signal key to immune function in the gut. Read more >


Fall Back and Change the Batteries
Neil Wagner

Burning anything in a closed space puts you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, a silent killer. Get a CO detector. Read more >


Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Aids Reconstruction
Alice G. Walton

For some women, nipple-sparing surgery can help their breasts look more natural after breast cancer surgery. Read more >


Teaching Doctors Empathy
Neil Wagner

Can listening to their own encounters with patients help doctors become more responsive... Read more >


Measuring Happiness Now Could Predict Death Risk Years Later
Alice G. Walton

Happiness measured at one point in time was linked to lower mortality five years later. Read more >


Human Papillomavirus Linked to Heart Disease
Neil Wagner

The sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus raises women's risk of heart disease. Read more >


Stressful Life Events Can Up Death Risk: But There's a Limit
Alice G. Walton

Going through a string of difficult life events in middle age raises one's death risk. Read more >


Exercise Works to Decrease Migraine Headaches
Esther Entin, M.D.

Exercise can actually help reduce the frequency of migraine episodes. Read more >


Toddlers and TV: The AAP says No!
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children under two are not yet mentally equipped to learn from a screen. They benefit most from hands-on play with others. Read more >


Colon Cancer Linked to Bug
Alice G. Walton

Colon cancer tissue was infected with a specific bacterium. Could this mean a cancer antibiotic... Read more >


Antioxidants Explained
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating a wide variety of plant foods is the best way to fend off the oxidation that "rusts" our cells. Read more >


Poverty and Mental Illness: Can the Vicious Cycle be Broken?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The economic benefits of offering mental health help to those living in poverty are enormous. Read more >


New Ways to Protect the Brain from Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Drugs to reduce the brain's immense energy needs may serve to help preserve it when its blood supply Read more >


The Secret Life of Saturated Fat Exposed
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Researchers have discovered just why unsaturated fats are so heart healthy. Now to get people... Read more >


Seasonal Affective Disorder: Coming Out of the Cold
Alice G. Walton

Seasonal affective disorder occurs when a lack of sun disrupts the body's circadian and serotonin cycles. It a real form of depression. Read more >


Cartoon Viewing Reduces Children's Higher Cognitive Functioning
Esther Entin, M.D.

Fast-paced cartoons and other shows can reduce, at least temporarily, children's ability to plan and organize. Read more >


A False Positive for Miscarriage
Alice G. Walton

When ultrasounds to diagnose miscarriage are inaccurate, healthy pregnancies may be terminated. Read more >


The Brain Can Form New Connections between Cells into Young Adulthood
Alice G. Walton

Contrary to popular belief, the brain can form new connections into adulthood... Read more >


Publication Bias May Hinder Research
Neil Wagner

Journals are increasingly biased toward presenting positive results. This can have a chilling effect Read more >


Embarrassment is Linked to Dependability, Generosity
Alice G. Walton

People who become embarrassed more readily are also more dependable and generous. Read more >


New Insights into Alcohol and Brain Damage
Neil Wagner

Alcohol abuse damages precisely those areas of the brain that are also important to impulse control, making it harder to stop. Read more >


The Power of Play
Esther Entin, M.D.

The time kids spend just playing is declining. Well-meaning parents are partly to blame. Read more >


Can Parents Complete with Clever Marketing to Kids?
Alice G. Walton

It's hard to compete with clever marketing, but you can help your kids make better food choices with consistent encouragement. Read more >


Treatment for Prion Diseases May Soon Be on the Way
Neil Wagner

The brain-wasting prion diseases are slow-growing. Two drugs seem to bring them almost to a... Read more >


Impotence Can Lead to Heart Disease
Neil Wagner

Erectile dysfunction can be one of the early warning signs of heart disease. Read more >


Online Gamers Help Solve Mystery of Critical AIDS Virus Enzyme
Alice G. Walton

A team of online gamers helps researchers solve a critical piece of the AIDS puzzle... Read more >


Hormonal Contraceptives Double Risk of HIV
Neil Wagner

An African study has found that hormonal contraception doubles the risk of HIV infection and... Read more >


Omega-3s: Not So Heart Healthy?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The men in a Danish study did not seem to benefit from the fatty acids in fish. Is something else... Read more >


Ticks and Blood Transfusions Spread Potentially Dangerous Parasite
Alice G. Walton

Blood transfusions are the cause of many cases of the parasite Babesia, which is normally spread by ticks. Read more >


Study Questions Effectiveness of Stents at Preventing a Second Stroke
Neil Wagner

Brain stents are not nearly as effective as aggressively treating stroke patients' high blood pressure and cholesterol. Read more >


Tweet This: Twitter As Research Tool
Leslie Carr

The timing and emotional tenor of Twitter posts offer a picture of when we are happiest and when... Read more >


Listeria Outbreak Likely Has Not Peaked
Neil Wagner

The bacterium Listeria has killed 13 people. Given its slow incubation period, this may be just the Read more >


National Drug Shortages: The Story No One's Following
Neil Wagner

Drug shortages have more than tripled. Patients in smaller hospitals suffer as less profitable... Read more >


Researchers Show that "Paying Attention" May Distort Reality
Alice G. Walton

The mind is notorious for playing tricks, but researchers discover paying attention can mislead us.. Read more >


Everybody Thinks They're Typical
Neil Wagner

What does a typical American or European or African look like? It depends on whom you ask... Read more >


Breastfeeding May Help Brain Development
Alice G. Walton

Infants, particularly preemies, who were breastfed scored higher on reasoning and language tests at age 5. Read more >


Pressure Ulcers: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

When skin is under unrelieved pressure, it breaks down and ulcers occur. Prevention is key. Read more >


Chocolate: Good for the Heart and Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Chocolate, but not fat or sugar that so often go along with it, appears to improve cardiovascular health. Read more >


Hookah Smoking: Not Safe At All
Esther Entin, M.D.

Hookah lounges are on the rise in California and with them, tobacco use... Read more >


Experts Urge People to Get Flu Shot to Boost Immunity for the 2011-12 Flu Season
Alice G. Walton

Get a flu vaccination this year, even if you were vaccinated last year. Read more >


Antibiotic Resistance and The Case for Organic Meat and Poultry
Neil Wagner

Organic meat and poultry could help combat much of the antibiotic resistance we see today. Read more >


High Cholesterol? Maybe It's What You're NOT Eating
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Adding cholesterol-lowering foods to our diets is just as important to our hearts as reducing our intake of fat. Read more >


Storing Medications in High Temperatures Can Decrease Effectiveness
Alice G. Walton

When you're traveling with medications, keep them in the climate-controlled interior of the car, rather than in the hot trunk. Read more >


Serial Salmonella Outbreaks Raise Questions
Neil Wagner

The best protection against Salmonella and other food-borne pathogens is proper handling, storage and cooking of meat and poultry. Read more >


Venus Williams Shares Her Battle with Sjogren's Syndrome
Alice G. Walton

The Grand Slam tennis player tells the world about her battle with Sjogren's syndrome Read more >


Heavy Drinking Affects Diet Quality
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Heavy drinkers often have poor diets. A double whammy when it comes to the risk for disease. Read more >


Sprained Ankles and Strained Emergency Rooms
Neil Wagner

Sprained ankles and minor injuries clog emergency rooms, endangering people with serious problems. Read more >


How We React to Stress Influences Performance
Alice G. Walton

How you interpret your stress can influence how you perform on tests. Read more >


Fuzzy Logic: How Healthy Behavior Can Encourage Health Risks
Neil Wagner

Too often people believe that taking vitamins will protect you from the damage from bad habits like smoking. This is not true. Read more >


Spicy Foods May Reduce the Effects of a High Fat Meal
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study has found that eating fatty foods seasoned with herbs and spices can reduce triglycerides... Read more >


The Cost of the Economy: How to Recover Health and Happiness in the Face of Financial Crisis
Alice G. Walton

What you can do to cope with the stress of financial hardship – emotionally and practically. Read more >


Researchers Unravel How Stress Leads to Depression
Alice G. Walton

Stress can lead to depression, but new brain cells may be responsible for stopping the process... Read more >


Can Old-Age Memory Loss Be Reversed?
Neil Wagner

In aging brains cyclic AMP, a cytokine, weakens cell firing, slowing working memory. Blocking it... Read more >


A Nagging Problem
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids' nagging can wear down moms' resistance. But a study found some winning strategies... Read more >


Can Unexpected Panic Attacks Be Predicted?
Neil Wagner

Subtle cues precede most attacks. The trick is listening to them and preventing them. Read more >


More Public Health Spending Means Fewer Deaths
Neil Wagner

A study of public health spending between, found spending a little more save money and lives... Read more >


Parenting and Temperament: Does "Goodness of Fit" Matter?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Certain styles of parenting are more beneficial for children with difficult temperaments, such as the anxious or depressed. Read more >


Researchers Pin down Significant Genetic Predictor of Ovarian Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Having a faulty RAD51D gene means a 1 in 11 chance of ovarian cancer. Knowing your status can help.. Read more >


Doctor-Patient Confidentiality: How Do We Define It and When Should We Waive It?
Jessica Wilen Berg, J.D., M.P.H.

When is your health information confidential and when isn't it? Read more >


Generalized Anxiety and Interpersonal Relationship Problems Deeply Intertwined
Alice G. Walton

People with anxiety often have problematic social relationships, partly as a result of their worries Read more >


Colon Cleanses Can Pose Serious Health Risks
Alice G. Walton

Though they sound healthy, colon cleanses pose serious health risks. Read more >


Blue Again: Antidepressants May Lead to Future Depression
Neil Wagner

For all the good they do, antidepressants may lead to another bout of depression. Here's why... Read more >


Risk-Taking Behavior: It's Complicated
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Teens are surprisingly risk-aversive in some situations, while women are apt to take more risks... Read more >


Overeating Explained by Three Neurological Processes, Not Laziness
Alice G. Walton

Overeating involves neurological processes involving impulse control and reward, not laziness. Read more >


BPA-Free Water Bottles Pass the Test, Some Aluminum Bottles Don't
Neil Wagner

It pays to do a little research to be sure that water bottle is BPA-free, especially if you plan to drink hot liquids from it. Read more >


Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating disorder or disordered eating? The distinction is fuzzy, but stopping early is key. Read more >


Learning to Be Positive May Help Beat Depression
Alice G. Walton

Positive activity intervention (PAI) such as writing letters of gratitude or performing acts of kindness, may help mild depression. Read more >


Pets Are Good For Everyone, Not Just "Pet People"
Neil Wagner

Pet owners score higher on a variety of measures of healthy adjustment... Read more >


Speech Processing May Be at the Heart of Dyslexia
Alice G. Walton

The root of dyslexia may be in speech processing, a surprise to researchers... Read more >


How to Mess up Your Kids
Alice G. Walton

Twelve things parents do that can damage their children. How to avoid such mistakes. Read more >


Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Just Hype?
Neil Wagner

Dog dander thought to be hypoallergenic may not be as allergen-free as hoped. Read more >


Certain Personality Traits Linked to More Weight Gain
Alice G. Walton

People who have certain personality traits, like impulsivity and cynicism, are more likely to gain weight over time. Read more >


Massage Beats Conventional Treatments for Lower Back Pain
Neil Wagner

Several types of massage can be helpful in relieving back pain. Read more >


The Invisible Epidemic: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Memory and the Brain
J. Douglas Bremner, M.D.



Too Much Salt, Too Little Potassium Linked to Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating too much salt and too little potassium is an especially dangerous combination. It doubles your risk of a heart attack. Read more >


New Stroke Treatment Works by Reducing Inflammation
Neil Wagner

Alpha-B-crystallin limits damage by soaking up the toxic and inflammatory compounds that... Read more >


The Causes Of Autism: So Many Theories. So Few Answers.
Esther Entin, M.D.

What causes autism? What can parents do to avoid it? Early environments matter. Read more >


Training in Positive Thinking Helps Teens Interpret Life in Healthier Ways
Alice G. Walton

A simple computer program seems to help teens avoid negative thinking, which may help with anxiety.. Read more >


Unsung Medical Heroes: A Roll of Tape and a Cotton Swab
Neil Wagner

Two very-low tech solutions to common medical problems show how easy it can be to reduce costs... Read more >


Asthma Linked to Cockroach Exposure
Neil Wagner

A study of middle-income kids with and without asthma found that cockroaches are a factor in asthma Read more >


Eight Surprisingly Simple Ways to Boost Your Performance
Alice G. Walton

Doing your best is a balancing act involving practice, calmness and drive. What research has found. Read more >


Social Causes Kill as Many as Heart Attack, Stroke and Lung Cancer
Neil Wagner

Proof that public health must be seen in a broader light than it currently is... Read more >


CDC Calls for More Americans to Get Colon Screening
Stephen Davis, M.D., MPH

Colon cancer is almost entirely preventable. You just need to get screened starting around age 50. Read more >


Soluble Fiber Trims Belly Fat
Neil Wagner

Soluble fiber is helpful in reducing the visceral fat that accumulates around the waist and belly. Read more >


Healthy Lifestyle Reduces the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

SCD is sudden cardiac death. It is the largest cause of natural death in the United States and is responsible for half of all cardiac deaths Read more >


The Latest Cell Phone - Cancer Study Finds No Link
Alice G. Walton

A new review study finds no good evidence of a cell phone-brain tumor connection... Read more >


ADHD and The Risk of Substance Abuse
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why are kids and adolescents with ADHD prone to substance use? Read more >


Scientists Gain Clues into How Imagination Affects Actions
Alice G. Walton

New research shows how our ability to imagine affects our reactions and our ability to plan... Read more >


Broccoli, the Key to a Longer Life?
Neil Wagner

Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables - like broccoli and cauliflower - appears to be related to a longer life. Read more >


Buying Flashy Cars Does Not Marriage Material Make
Alice G. Walton

Men who engage in “conspicuous spending” (think Porsches) have one thing on their minds... Read more >


Black Yeast: Is Your Dishwasher Trying to Kill You?
Neil Wagner

They're not exactly killers, but most dishwashers do harbor pathogens - fungi, yeast, and molds... Read more >


How to Make Hand-Washing Fun
Neil Wagner

Gels that glow under black light can be used to teach kids to wash their hands more thoroughly. Read more >


A Strategic Plan for a Healthier America
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A new Health Promotion Strategy aims to make citizens healthier nationwide and address disparities.. Read more >


Untreated Celiac Women Go Through Menopause Earlier
Alice G. Walton

Women with undiagnosed celiac disease go through menopause earlier than celiac women who follow a gluten-free diet. Read more >


Beyond Conventional Stroke Therapy: A Role for Yoga
Neil Wagner

Yoga can be useful to stroke patients seeking to regain their balance and confidence. Read more >


Pediatric Mental Health Emergencies: Where are they Treated?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Too often, children with behavioral or emotional issues are taken to the ER. Read more >


Olive Oil May Offer Stroke Protection
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Olive oil's heart protective benefits are well known, and using it for cooking may also help prevent strokes. Read more >


Stressful Events Lead to Unexpected Reaction in Panic Patients
Alice G. Walton

You might think people with panic disorder would fall apart in a crisis, but that's not the case... Read more >


New Approach Increases the Usefulness of Brain Scans
Neil Wagner

A new technique enables researchers to view patterns of activity within the whole brain... Read more >


New Clues to Turning Off Cancer Growth
Alice G. Walton

From a chance discovery, scientists develop a new way to shut down cancer growth. Read more >


Cell Phones in the Hospital May Cause Infections
Neil Wagner

Cell phones are a surprising source of disease-causing bacteria in hospitals. Read more >


New Proof the Exercise Really Does Wonders for the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Even light exercise can have a significant effect on the health of your heart and blood vessels. Read more >


Emergency Rooms: Longer Waits Lead to Poorer Outcomes
Neil Wagner

There is evidence that long waits in the emergency room are themselves a medical emergency. Read more >


Patients with Stents May Benefit from Omega-3s
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the likelihood of blood clots forming in patients who have received stents. Read more >


Apples May Protect Muscles Against Atrophy
Alice G. Walton

Apples contain ursolic acid, which helps preserve muscle tissue and prevent the wasting that comes with age. Read more >


Beyond LDL: Ultra-Bad Cholesterol
Neil Wagner

Sugar seems to make bad (LDL) cholesterol worse. Read more >


Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Cancer - But It Depends on the Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Coffee reduces the risk for cancers — some cancers, anyway. But is coffee always good for you? Read more >


Kids' Brains Change as They Learn New Math Skills
Alice G. Walton

Children's brains change as they learn math skills. Adults' too, hopefully. Read more >


Probiotic Products and Other Dietary Supplements: Consumers Beware
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

FDA directs US Marshals to seize several probiotics because their labels made false treatment claims Read more >


The Roots of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Alice G. Walton

People with body dysmorphic disorder have problems in the brain's visual processing system. Read more >


At-Home Stroke Therapy: Simpler, Cheaper and Just as Effective
Neil Wagner

Working at home to recover from a stroke can be as effective as rehabilitation in a special center. Read more >


The Color Red Boosts Speed and Intensity of Performance
Alice G. Walton

Looking at the color red actually boosts the strength and speed of our physical reactions. Read more >


Violence in Cartoons Does Not Make Them More Enjoyable
Alice G. Walton

Contrary to popular belief, kids do not enjoy violent cartoons any more than nonviolent ones... Read more >


Children with Asthma Prescribed Antibiotics, Contrary to Guidelines
Neil Wagner

Nearly a million kids a year are prescribed antibiotics for asthma, another unnecessary use. But why Read more >


The "Best" Hospitals May Be No Better Than the One around the Corner
Alice G. Walton

Hospitals rated the best by big publications may not be any better than others. Read more >


Paxil and Pravachol Taken Together Raise Blood Sugar
Neil Wagner

Drug interactions can be surprising. Alone, neither Paxil nor Pravachol raise blood sugar... Read more >


Some Long-Held Links between Genes and Diseases Called Into Question
Alice G. Walton

Some of the connections between genes and disease that we accept as fact may not be so strong after all. Read more >


Strong Social Support Systems at Work May Lengthen Life
Alice G. Walton

Getting along well with the coworkers may lengthen your life. Getting along with the boss... not... Read more >


Swimmer's Ear Costs Too Much, May Be Prevented
Alice G. Walton

To prevent swimmers' ear, tilt your head and gently pull the earlobe in a few directions to help water escape, then dry your ears. Read more >


Dogs Can Make Medical Procedures Less Threatening
Neil Wagner

The presence of a therapy dog can help reduce the anxiety of patients waiting for an MRI - unless... Read more >


Third-Line Diabetes Drugs May Be Needed
Alice G. Walton

A third-line diabetes medication may help manage blood sugar when other treatments aren't enough. Read more >


The Agony of Ecstasy: Permanent Brain Changes
Neil Wagner

The club drug Ecstasy produces changes in brain chemistry. But these may not be the type of changes. Read more >


FDA Panel Urges New Instructions and Dosing on Infant Pain Relievers
Alice G. Walton

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, does not appear to reduce kids' pain, just their fever. Read more >


Cutting Out Gluten May Work for Even Asymptomatic Celiac Patients
Alice G. Walton

People with celiac disease showing few or no symptoms may still benefit by going gluten-free. Read more >


Elusive Manhood: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Neil Wagner

Little things - like being asked to hold a purse - can make men feel their manhood has been... Read more >


Diabetes is On the Rise in Obese Dogs and Cats
Alice G. Walton

Diabetes epidemic not only in humans, but cats and dogs are developing it in record numbers. Read more >


Study Finds Asthma Pills About as Effective as Inhaled Steroids
Neil Wagner

When it comes to asthma treatment, one size does not fit all. Discuss options with your doctor. Read more >


Kids May Be Exposed to Too Much Radiation with Unnecessary CT Scans
Alice G. Walton

Kids may get unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, exposing them to unnecessary radiation. Read more >


Cooperation and Guilt Linked in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Do we cooperate with others to experience positive feelings or avoid the bad ones? Read more >


Reducing Stress May Boost Success Rate with IVF
Alice G. Walton

Reducing stress can improve the odds of becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization. Read more >


Pesticide Exposure May Affect Kids' Cognitive Function
Alice G. Walton

A banned residential pesticide is linked to lower IQ in kids. Read more >


Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to More Drug-Resistant Infections
Alice G. Walton

Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne does not make "staph" bacteria drug-resistant. Read more >


Aspirin, Ibuprofen May Prevent Antidepressants from Working
Neil Wagner

Taking anti-inflammatory drugs while on SSRI antidepressants can interfere with the SSRIs' effectiveness. Read more >


ACE Inhibitors May Increase Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk
Neil Wagner

A popular blood pressure medication appears to increase the risk of recurrence among survivors. Read more >


When Neurons Nap, Mistakes are Made
Alice G. Walton

In sleep-deprived rats random brain cells take "naps" while the animal is awake... Read more >


"Health Literacy" Might Predict Hospitalization, Death Risk
Alice G. Walton

The more you know about your own health, the less likely you are to be hospitalized. Read more >


Friend or Foe? How Good Bacteria Trick the Immune System
Neil Wagner

Our body is host to a variety of beneficial bacterial bacteria. In fact, it normally recognizes them as part of us. Read more >


Alcoholism May Be Linked to Impulsivity Gene, Brain Differences
Alice G. Walton

People with alcoholism in the family tend to have a genetic variation affecting impulsivity. Environmental factors also play a role. Read more >


Evidence that Honey is an Effective Wound Treatment
Neil Wagner

A particular kind of honey weakens bacteria's ability to attach to tissues, providing a new line of Read more >


Doctors Would Often Choose Different Treatments for Themselves than for Their Patients
Alice G. Walton

Doctors would often choose different treatments for themselves than those they would recommend... Read more >


More Americans Using Dietary Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Dietary supplements can be helpful, but they cannot make up for an unhealthy diet. Read more >


Antibiotics in Meat Once Again Linked to Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Neil Wagner

Meat and poultry in five U.S. cities were contaminated with bacteria. Contamination is not... Read more >


Craving Fast Food? Skip the Coffee!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Coffee and donuts may be a bad idea. Caffeine interferes with the body's ability to clear sugars from the blood. Read more >


Lasers Detect Skin Cancer More Accurately than Current Techniques
Alice G. Walton

A laser probe finds deadly melanomas better than current methods, potentially saving time, lives... Read more >


Clues to Why Meditation Relieves Pain
Neil Wagner

A very simple form of meditation has been found to help reduce pain as well or better than morphine. Read more >


Food May Activate Same Addiction Centers in the Brain as Drugs
Alice G. Walton

Food addiction and drug addiction may activate the same reward areas of the brain. Read more >


Long Workdays May Raise Heart Risk
Neil Wagner

Working over 11 hours a day regularly can raise your risk of heart disease significantly. Read more >


Health Care Reform: Restaurants to Post Calories
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Nutrition labeling, including calories, is now the law for big restaurant chains... Read more >


FDA Panel Votes to Reject Warning Labels on Artificially Colored Foods: Good Move?
Alice G. Walton

Some studies show a link between artificial dyes and ADHD. So why did the FDA reject warning labels? Read more >


Fitness May Predict Heart Risk Better than Weight
Alice G. Walton

For people with heart trouble, their fitness level may be a better predictor of mortality than their weight. Read more >


Are Airport Scanners Safe?
Neil Wagner

Are the full-body scanners at the airport safe? Well, it all depends. Read more >


Physical and Emotional Pain Have Similar Effect on the Brain
Alice G. Walton

The emotional pain of romantic relationship break-up has the same effect on the brain as physical... Read more >


Atrial Fibrillation Can Be Prevented
Neil Wagner

More than half of all cases of atrial fibrillation, an erratic heartbeat, are preventable. Read more >


Dangerous Exposures: Sun and Skin
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence than can set the stage for skin cancers and problems later. Read more >


Omega-3 Supplements May Ease PMS
Alice G. Walton

Omega-3 fatty acids supplements may help ease symptoms in women who suffer from PMS. Read more >


Cortisol May Ease Fear of Heights
Neil Wagner

A dose of cortisol, the stress hormone secreted when we are afraid or stressed, helped acrophobics.. Read more >


Stem Cells Heal Hearts Years After Damage Occurs
Alice G. Walton

Injecting stem cells into hearts reduces enlargement and scar tissue, and boosts heart function... Read more >


Chocolate: The Good, the Bad, and the... Tasty!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cocoa contains flavanols that have health benefits, but they may be lost or reduced in the commercial processing of chocolate. Read more >


High Disease Rate May Not Mean Poor Health
Neil Wagner

We tend to think a low disease rate means that doctors are doing a good job... Read more >


Can a Computer Diagnose Disease? Researchers Say We're Getting Close
Alice G. Walton

A supercomputer is turning its talents to diagnosing disease... Read more >


Oral Contraceptives: One-Year Supply Cuts Pregnancies
Neil Wagner

Oral contraceptives a one-year supply helps cut pregnancies... Read more >


You Can Learn CPR in 60 Seconds
Neil Wagner

Learning the basics of CPR - call 911, perform 100 chest compressions a minute until EMTs arrive - can save a life. Read more >


Is It Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It is entirely possible that you may be sensitive to gluten even if your doctor has ruled out celiac Read more >


Food for Thought: What the Ultimate Organ Needs to Stay Healthy
Alice G. Walton

Some foods can help you feel, think and remember better. You may know about blueberries, but curcumin? Read more >


Seniors Missing Out on Preventive Care
Neil Wagner

If you are over 65 and on Medicare, you should take advantage of the all the free preventive health care services it provides. Read more >


Brain Areas Take On New Functions
Alice G. Walton

Brain scans show how the visual cortex of blind people is recruited by the brain to help process... Read more >


Study Finds Opioids Taken During Pregnancy Increase Birth Defects
Neil Wagner

If you are pregnant or trying to beome pregnant, check with your doctor before taking any medication — even herbal preparations. Read more >


Ibuprofen May Stave off Parkinson's Disease
Alice G. Walton

Ibuprofen appears to offer protection against Parkinson's disease. Brain inflammation may be the... Read more >


The Tomato: A Multi-Talented Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tomatoes are one of the few fruit and vegetables that are even better for you when cooked. Read more >


Alternatives to Colonoscopy
Neil Wagner

You may be able to avoid this dreaded test with fecal occult blood tests or flexible sigmoidoscopy. Read more >


US Unhealthier Than UK, But Cause Is Unclear
Alice G. Walton

Americans' health is worse than their British counterparts' in everything from asthma to angina. Read more >


Belly Fat May Not Predict Heart Disease As Once Believed
Alice G. Walton

Belly fat may not be as big a predictor of heart disease as once thought. Read more >


Parks: A Bigger Bang for the Healthcare Buck
Neil Wagner

A study has found, before cutting park budgets, legislators might want to factor in health costs... Read more >


Potassium-Rich Diet May Reduce Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A diet rich in potassium can reduce the risk of stroke, but some need to be careful. Read more >


FDA Removes Hundreds of Unapproved Cough, Cold and Allergy Medicines
Neil Wagner

Cold, allergy and cough medicines that were never submitted for FDA approval are being recalled... Read more >


The Larger the Society, the More Outstanding Its Members
Alice G. Walton

A study has found that the larger the society, the more distinctive its members tend to become. Read more >


Wound Cleaning May Be More Important than Antibiotics
Neil Wagner

One of the surest ways to beat infection is to clean a wound well and keep it covered. Read more >


Cancer Patients on Opioid Drugs Have More Cognitive Deficits
Alice G. Walton

Cancer patients on opioid painkillers often experience confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness. Read more >


Accidental Discovery Grows Hair in Bald Mice: Are People Next?
Neil Wagner

An accidental discovery has resulted in serious hair re-growth in stressed mice. If men are next... Read more >


Vitamin D: How Much Is Enough? How Much Is Too Much?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There's more evidence that at high doses vitamin D greatly reduces cancer risk. But what about... Read more >


Obesity Alone Raises Death Risk from Heart Attack
Alice G. Walton

Obesity alone dramatically raises the risk of dying from a heart attack. Read more >


Simple Febrile Seizures: Revised Practice Guidelines and Advice for Parents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Seizures that occur when a child has a fever are scary, but are they dangerous? Sometimes. Read more >


Exercise Boosts Tests Scores, Thinking Ability
Neil Wagner

Intelligence scores rose by four points with just 40 minutes of play a day... Read more >


"Talk Therapy" May Rewire the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Anxious? Cognitive behavior therapy can help. The changes it brings can be seen in the brain itself. Read more >


Can Trans-Fats Cause Depression?
Neil Wagner

Trans-fats, or hydrogenated oils seem to raise the risk of depression. Read more >


Doctors Turn to Surgical Biopsies Too Often, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Doctors are ordering surgical breast biopsies when needle biopsies would suffice. What's the cost... Read more >


Osteoporosis Drug May Extend Life
Neil Wagner

Bisphosphonates, used to prevent bone loss from osteoporosis, may actually prolong life beyond preventing fractures. Read more >


Zinc May Shorten the Common Cold
Alice G. Walton

Taking zinc at the first sign of a cold can reduce its duration. Read more >


Antioxidants May Combat Male Infertility
Neil Wagner

Antioxidants appear to improve male fertility, reducing damaging oxidative stress on sperm... Read more >


Vegans, What's Missing from Your Diet
Neil Wagner

Vegans should be aware that their diet may mean they need to boost their B12 and omega-3 consumption. Read more >


100 Innings a Year or Less for Young Arms
Neil Wagner

Pitching too much can damage young (and old) arms. It is important to limit the number of pitches to reduce the risk of injury. Read more >


Nutrition for Athletes
Lona Sandon, M.Ed., R.D.

Elite athletes can teach us all a lot about eating right. Who knew chocolate milk was the perfect recovery drink? Read more >


The Good News About Beer
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Beer really is good for you - more isn't better, but the nutritional benefits are many and real... Read more >


Exercise May Be Best Bet for IBS Sufferers
Alice G. Walton

Exercise significantly reduces the severity of IBS symptoms. Read more >


Waiting Longer to Begin HRT May Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Waiting longer than five years to begin hormones after menopause may reduce the risk of breast cancer associated with HRT. Read more >


Pencils Better Than Pixels When It Comes to Learning
Alice G. Walton

Writing by hand promotes learning far more than pressing a key. So what are we to do? Read more >


Nature and Nurture: Social Environments Influence Genetic Blueprints
Esther Entin, M.D.

A study of children two and under shows just how much being poor restricts kids' genetic potential. Read more >


Avastin May Do More Harm than Good
Neil Wagner

The cancer drug Avastin appears to reduce a person's chance of surviving when administered with certain chemotherapies. Read more >


Meditation Changes the Cells of the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Meditation changes the brain, with areas related to learning and memory expanding and areas related to anxiety, contracting. Read more >


How to Beat Test Anxiety
Neil Wagner

Writing about your anxiety may help release some of its grip and enable you to perform more in line with your ability. Read more >


Too Much Screen Time Takes Toll on Heart
Alice G. Walton

Too much screen time is linked not only to greater risk of heart disease, but also risk of death from any cause. Read more >


Antibiotics and Blood Pressure Medicines Can Be a Dangerous Mix
Neil Wagner

People on calcium channel blockers need to steer clear of certain types of antibiotics because they can cause a severe drop in BP. Read more >


Menopause Symptoms Are Linked to Reduced Breast Cancer Risk, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

Hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause may actually have a protective effect when it comes to certain cancers. Read more >


Kids' Friends May Be Big Influence on Grades
Alice G. Walton

Kids' friends may have a bigger influence on how well they do in school than parents do. Read more >


The Skinny on Fat: How to Tell the Healthy from the Harmful
Alice G. Walton

"Fats" is not just a 4-letter word. It pays to be able to tell the good from the bad. Read more >


Breast Cancer Success Rate May Depend on the Doctor Treating It
Alice G. Walton

Success rate in treatment is linked to the surgical skill and radiation strategy of your oncologist. Read more >


Guidelines for Treating Infectious Diseases Need Better Evidence
Neil Wagner

When it comes to treating infectious diseases, doctors rely on guidelines based on little evidence. Read more >


New Research Shows Us Why We Should Listen to the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Do people listen to their bodies have better instincts when it comes to making intuitive decisions? Read more >


Women without Family History of Breast Cancer Are Still at Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women without a family history of breast cancer are still at risk: so talk to your doctor about the right time to screen. Read more >


Prostate Cancer: Exercise Means a Longer Life
Neil Wagner

Men who have had prostate cancer can improve their chances of survivial considerably by being active. Read more >


New Antibiotics Brings Relief to IBS Sufferers
Alice G. Walton

A new antibiotic may bring significant relief to IBS sufferers; but will it work over the long-term? Read more >


Cancer: Quit Smoking for Pain Relief
Neil Wagner

Is it that smoking actually increases cancer pain, or that greater pain increases smoking? Read more >


New ESP Study Has Scientific Community Up In Arms
Alice G. Walton

New study reports evidence of ESP and stirs debate. Critics say we need reevaluate before believing. Read more >


Lowering Cholesterol: Statins Are a Last Resort, Not a Magic Bullet
Neil Wagner

If you are on cholesterol-lowering drugs, don't assume you can eat anything you want. Read more >


Olive Oil and Leafy Greens Help Women's Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Leafy greens and olive oil help protect women from heart disease. Read more >


Fibromyalgia: Too Tough for Mindfulness Therapy?
Neil Wagner

Can mindfulness therapy reduce the pain experienced by people with this baffling condition? Read more >


Researchers Are Figuring Out How to Turn Cancer Cells Off
Alice G. Walton

In certain conditions, cancer cells signal the immune system to "eat" them, leading to powerful... Read more >


Men and Medicine
Neil Wagner

Men tend not to go to the doctor, leaving high blood pressure and cancer untreated until they become more serious. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet May Keep the Brain Young
Alice G. Walton

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet significantly slows cognitive decline in seniors. Read more >


Anti-Smoking Laws Clean Up the Air
Neil Wagner

Wisconsin passed a law banning smoking in bars and restaurants. Now the air in them is not dangerous Read more >


Research Pinpoints Brain Site of Fear Response
Neil Wagner

The amygdala, a tiny almond-shaped structure in the brain, appears to strongly influence our fear response. Read more >


Anesthesia-Related Deaths During Childbirth Drop, But Still Present Risk
Alice G. Walton

The number of women who die from general anesthesia during childbirth has dropped, but epidurals... Read more >


Echinacea: Not All It's Cracked Up To Be, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

A small study finds this ancient herbal remedy doesn't cut the length or severity of a cold by much. Read more >


More Evidence that XMRV Does Not Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Neil Wagner

The supposed link between CFS and the XMRV virus may simply be lab contamination... Read more >


Beneficial Bacterial in the Gut May Prevent Autoimmune Diseases
Alice G. Walton

Beneficial bacteria stimulates the immune system, suggesting a new way to treat colitis. Read more >


Tobacco: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Neil Wagner

In Ireland, a ban on displaying tobacco products changed attitudes and didn't hurt shopkeepers'... Read more >


The Happiness of the Unemployed Rises Again
Alice G. Walton

If you've been laid off, take heart: new research shows that within one year, you'll be about as happy as you were before the layoff. Read more >


New Drinks for the New Year
Neil Wagner

Think before you drink. Not only is alcohol a risk factor for cancer and injury, it contains quite a few empty calories. Read more >


Can "Good" Cholesterol Help the Brain, Like the Heart, Stay Fit?
Alice G. Walton

In addition to helping your heart, higher levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read more >


The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >


Cytomegalovirus May Affect Newborn Health
Alice G. Walton

Many of us haven't heard cytomegalovirus, but babies can develop disabilities because of the disease Read more >


Whole-Grains as Effective as Medication for High Blood Pressure
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating whole grains can reduce systolic blood pressure. Read more >


The Mind Works Better When It's Happy
Neil Wagner

We tend to think more creatively and flexibly when we are happy. Read more >


Researchers Determine Why Staph Prefers Humans
Alice G. Walton

Scientists discover why staph bacteria prefer humans over other animals: it's all in the blood. Read more >


Foodborne Illness Hits Nearly 1 in 6 Americans
Neil Wagner

Much of protecting against foodborne illness is common sense: cleaniness, proper refrigeration, cooking food thoroughly. Read more >


Scientists Make Big Strides in Understanding the Cause of Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

It is not that Alzheimer's brains overproduce dangerous plaques; they have trouble getting rid of... Read more >


Can Sleep Deprivation Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Alice G. Walton

Scientists have found a way to disrupt upsetting memories of traumatic events: sleep deprivation. Read more >


Stem Cells Help Paralyzed Monkey Regain Mobility
Alice G. Walton

Researchers say that implanting stem cells allowed a paralyzed monkey to walk - and jump - again... Read more >


Probiotics May Help Treat Diarrhea
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Probiotics may help shorten a bout of diarrhea. Read more >


Even A Little Smoke Poses "Immediate" Risk to the Body
Alice G. Walton

According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of cigarette smoke, even if it is secondhand. Read more >


CT Scans or X-Rays? Lung Cancer Screening Trial Raises Some (Ethical) Dilemmas
Alice G. Walton

CT scans can detect lung cancer early and save lives, but there are risks and costs to be weighed. Read more >


Antidepressant Use Climbs as Talk Therapy Rates Drop - But Is Mindfulness the Key?
Alice G. Walton

More people are seeking treatment for depression. But the type of treatment they choose may not be.. Read more >


Worm Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases
Neil Wagner

A California man cured his colitis and avoided major surgery by eating the eggs of parasitic worms. Read more >


Daily Aspirin May Lower Cancer Risk
Neil Wagner

A study found that low daily doses of aspirin greatly reduced the risk of several types of cancer. Read more >


Too Clean? Chemical in Antibacterial Soap Linked to Allergies in Kids
Alice G. Walton

A chemical in antibacterial soap is linked to more allergies in kids, suggesting that a little moderation may be good. Read more >


Increased Risk of Heart Disease Seen in Women with High Job Strain
Neil Wagner

No surprise: women facing job stress have a greatly increased risk of heart disease. But what to do? Read more >


Antimicrobials and the Environment
Neil Wagner

Antimicrobial soaps are useful in hospitals, but their value in homes is less clear, and their effect on the environment is not good. Read more >


Antibiotics for Children's Ear Infections?
Neil Wagner

It is often unnecessary to treat ear infections with antibiotics. They can increase bacterial resistance and cause side effects Read more >


Retirement Reverses Job-Related Fatigue, Depression
Alice G. Walton

Workers with exhaustion and depression felt significantly better after they retired... Read more >


FDA Verdict on Patient Radiation Overdoses: Operator Error
Neil Wagner

CT scans are a boon to diagnosis, but some may expose patients to way too much radiation. Read more >


New HIV/AIDS Pill Offers Big Protection When Used As Directed
Alice G. Walton

Truvada offers good protection from HIV infection. Will the CDC approve it? Read more >


Gaining a Few Pounds Significantly Ups Heart Disease Risk
Alice G. Walton

Gaining just a few pounds can up your risk for heart disease by as much as 50%. Read more >


How Big a Problem is Prescription Abandonment?
Neil Wagner

How many people go to the doctor, get a prescription and either don't fill it or never pick it up? Read more >


Cell Phones May Help Keep BP in Check
Alice G. Walton

"Telemonitoring" blood pressure via cell phone seems to help because it requires an active partnership between doctor and patient. Read more >


More Evidence That Mammograms Under 50 May Reduce Risk
Alice G. Walton

Just in: Another new study finds that early mammograms may bring big benefits to women under 50. Read more >


How Low Fat Diets Increase Heart Disease Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having some fat in your diet is actually good for your heart. What matters is what kind of fat you eat. Read more >


Energy Drinks Linked to Alcohol Consumption in College Kids
Alice G. Walton

College kids who drink more energy drinks also consume more alcohol: coincidence or cause? Read more >


Drug Thought to Protect Kidneys During Imaging Is Ineffective
Alice G. Walton

The dye used in heart imaging can harm the kidneys. Doctors thought acetylcysteine could protect us. Read more >


Unmet Needs of the Elderly: EMS Can Help
Neil Wagner

A new program helps tighten the safety net for rural elders. Read more >


Fat Build-Up in the Eye May Signal More Than Just Eye Problems
Alice G. Walton

What can a common eye condition reveal more about our overall health? Read more >


Is a Wandering Mind an Unhappy Mind?
Neil Wagner

What are you thinking of right now? Was your mind wandering? Happier people tend to have minds focused on the present moment. Read more >


When One Half of the Brain Is Damaged, the Other Half Compensates
Alice G. Walton

When part of the brain is damaged, it often gets an assist from undamaged areas to pick up the slack Read more >


Secondhand Smoke: Worse for Children
Neil Wagner

Don't smoke at home. Secondhand smoke appears to affect children even more than it does adults. Read more >


Colon Cancer: The Necessity of Getting Checked
Robin Baradarian, M.D., FACG

A primer on colon cancer screening, from virtual colonoscopies to the real thing. Don't sweat it. Do it. Read more >


New Glue Speeds Recovery from Open Heart Surgery
Neil Wagner

A new bone cement called Kryptonite may be able help people recovering from open heart surgery... Read more >


Stress Not So Bad for the Belly
Alice G. Walton

Stress isn't behind as much weight gain as was previously thought, but there are sex differences... Read more >


Adding Monounsaturated Fats to Diet May Boost Heart Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Monounsaturated fatty acids in nuts, avocados, seeds and olive oil can help you raise your good — HDL — cholesterol. Read more >


Whole Grains May Reduce the Belly
Alice G. Walton

Eating more whole grains (and fewer refined grains) can help reduce belly fat, and your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Read more >


New Mothers' Brains May Grow Larger
Alice G. Walton

The thrill and pleasure of a new baby appear to stimulate brain growth, particularly in areas... Read more >


CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
Neil Wagner

The meningococcal vaccine MSV4 doesn't last as long as anticipated. Is a booster needed to protect. Read more >


Close Friends "Light Up" The Brain
Alice G. Walton

Close friends activate "social" areas of your brain more than strangers do. Read more >


Literate Mothers Boost Children's Test Scores
Neil Wagner

For young children in poor communities, having a mom who reads is a huge boost to school success. Read more >


Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk for Colon Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Low doses of aspirin may be quite effective in fighting off colon cancer in those at high risk — but how it works is still a mystery. Read more >


Paying with Cash Curbs Junk Food Spending
Alice G. Walton

Research shows that if you pay with cash instead of credit, you'll be less likely to buy junk food Read more >


Paget's Disease
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

This disorder causes bony overgrowth and problems with the bone's structure. Read more >


New Guidelines Simplify CPR
Neil Wagner

If you see someone who needs help breathing, call 911 and then start using chest compression to keep the blood flowing. Read more >


Dogs Can Ease the Stress of Autism
Neil Wagner

Having a service dog reduces undesirable behavior and eases kids' (and parents') stress. Read more >


Hormones Raise Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of developing breast cancer and of dying from it. Read more >


Vitamin B12 Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Alice G. Walton

Higher B12 levels are linked to reduced risk of cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease. Read more >


FDA Gives Thumbs Down to New Weight Loss Drug, Lorcaserin
Alice G. Walton

A panel of FDA experts says the risks outweigh the benefits of Lorcaserin. What's next? Read more >


Doctors Aren't Following Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines
Neil Wagner

Doctors are over-prescribing some colon cancer screening, and ignoring other tests. Healthcare... Read more >


A Hard-Knock Life May Do You Good Down the Road
Alice G. Walton

Facing some adversity in your life may help you better cope with stress and be happier later on. Read more >


Why Aren't People Eating Whole-Grain Foods?
Neil Wagner

Afraid you won't like whole grains? Popcorn is a whole grain. And there are many ways to eat and prepare them. Experiment. Read more >


Alcohol and Violence: An Earlier Last Call May Help
Neil Wagner

An earlier last call at bars can lower the number of assaults and other alcohol-related violence. Read more >


Taking Blood Pressure Meds at Night Before Bed Boosts Effectiveness
Alice G. Walton

Taking blood pressure meds before you go to sleep at night boosts their effectiveness by working with your body's natural rhythms. Read more >


Sports Drinks: Soda in Disguise?
Neil Wagner

Don't let the term, "sports drink" fool you. Often these drinks have nearly as many calories as soda. Reach for water instead. Read more >


Bringing Recess to the Workplace
Neil Wagner

Two quick exercise programs aim to get office workers moving, no matter what their fitness level. Read more >


Fighting Back Against Diabetes
Neil Wagner

Simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can greatly reduce the health impact of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >


To Screen or Not to Screen? That is the Question
Alice G. Walton

Two new studies add to the debate about whether mammograms should be standard for women in their 40s Read more >


Anger and Sadness Increase Pain
Neil Wagner

Anger and sadness tend to make a person's experience of pain worse. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome Seriously Raises Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

Metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, high blood pressure, blood fats and sugar) doubles the risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Magnesium Reduces Diabetes Risk
Alice G. Walton

More magnesium in your diet, such as that found in whole grains, can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Read more >


FDA Says Infant Sleep Positoners Pose Suffocation Risk
Alice G. Walton

Infant sleep positioners that are designed to hold babies in a position in their cribs may actually raise the risk of SIDS. Read more >


Been There, Done That, Didn't Happen
Neil Wagner

"Observation inflation" occurs when we think we've done something we haven't. Read more >


Modest Exercise Can Bring the Bones Big Benefits
Alice G. Walton

Just 20 minutes of exercise a day may help reduce fractures in women with bone loss. Read more >


Bad Habits Make Bad Employees, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

People who smoke, overeat, or don't exercise take more sick days, while those who drink take fewer. Read more >


Texting to Death
Neil Wagner

It has been estimated that for every 1 million new cell phone subscribers, deaths due to distracted driving rise by 19%. Read more >


FDA Restricts Diabetes Drug
Alice G. Walton

The FDA has issued restrictions on who can be prescribed the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia®... Read more >


A New Treatment for Stroke Victims
Neil Wagner

A small study has found that stroke patients recover better when they receive magnetic pulses... Read more >


Common Cold Virus Linked to Obesity in Youngsters
Alice G. Walton

New research finds a link between childhood obesity and the common cold virus. But how? Read more >


Study: No Effect from Taking Popular Arthritis Supplements
Neil Wagner

Joint supplements for arthritis have, unfortunately, not been demonstrated to help ailing joints. Read more >


Much Confusion Over Angioplasty
Neil Wagner

Opening clogged arteries with angioplasty is useful for relieving angina, but it doesn't prevent heart attacks. Read more >


B Vitamins Help Reduce Brain Shrinkage in the Elderly
Alice G. Walton

People taking high doses of B vitamins had less brain shrinkage than those who didn't... Read more >


Contagious Yawning Teaches Researchers About Social Development
Alice G. Walton

Contagious yawning is familiar to most. But did you know it is a form of normal social bonding... Read more >


Did Your Doctor Really Make a Mistake or Do You Just Think So?
Alice G. Walton

Many people think their doctors made an error. True or not, patients often switch doctors... Read more >


New Evidence that Stress Kills
Neil Wagner

Look at the hair of cardiac patients and you can see that in the months before the attack... Read more >


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Inflammation, Boost Insulin Sensitivity
Alice G. Walton

Eating omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation that's linked to diabetes. Read more >


More Young Athletes Reporting Concussions
Neil Wagner

The best medicine for concussion is rest. Young children need even more rest after a concussion than teenagers do. Read more >


The Microbial Menagerie in Your GI Tract: Friends or Foes?
John Y. Kao, M.D., Nirmal Kaur, M.D., and Vincent B. Young M.D.,Ph.D.

Gastro-intestinal distress? Could be an imbalance among the billions of microbes in your GI tract. Probiotics may help. Read more >


How Much Does Medical Malpractice Cost the Nation? Billions, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

Researchers calculate that medical malpractice and defensive medicine cost the nation billions... Read more >


Loneliness Comes from Within
Neil Wagner

Loneliness is not so much a condition as a reflection of how we see ourselves and others. Read more >


It's Quality, Not Quantity, of Sleep That's Important for New Moms
Alice G. Walton

Even though they may total enough hours at night, interrupted sleep is what hurts new moms. Read more >


Some Blood Pressure Medications May Raise Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Renin, an enzyme, may offer a way to figure out which blood pressure meds a patient may best respond Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy Makes Mammograms Hard to Read
Alice G. Walton

HRT may affect how doctors interpret the tests, leading to diagnoses diagnoses of breast cancer... Read more >


FDA Finds Disturbing Situation at Egg Farms Behind Salmonella Recall
Alice G. Walton

The FDA says Salmonella was found in chicken feed and mounds of feces on the egg farms in the recall Read more >


Marijuana: Last Resort for Neuropathic Pain?
Neil Wagner

People with chronic nerve pain found some relief by smoking marijuana in a Canadian study... Read more >


More Evidence That a Virus Plays a Role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Alice G. Walton

New evidence suggests (again) that chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to a virus - but is it... Read more >


Alcohol Disrupts the Biological Clock
Neil Wagner

Reduced messenger RNA activity appears to be behind the sleep and mood problems in drinkers. Read more >


Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Does taking this common painkiller disrupt the body's inflammatory response and provoke asthma? Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome May Be Reversible by Tweaking the Diet
Alice G. Walton

You may be able to reverse metabolic syndrome completely by making some important changes to your diet. Read more >


Luckily, Cancer Risk Does Not Depend on Personality, Researchers Find
Alice G. Walton

The idea that one's personality can contribute to cancer has not been found to be true. Read more >


Worrying About Falling May Make It Happen - So Relax!
Alice G. Walton

Seniors who worry about falling actually fall more than those who don't. Read more >


Has MRSA Met its Match?
Neil Wagner

Painting walls with a new paint killed 100% of all staph bacteria. Nanotubes helped make it possible Read more >


Think You're Safe with Just a Cigarette a Day? Think Again
Alice G. Walton

Smoking just one cigarette a day, or being around smokers, can lead to damage to your airways. Read more >


Reduce Your Anger, Reduce Your Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

Relax. Being angry may cause your arteries to thicken and increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Proteins Other Than Red Meat Are Better for Women's Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Women who get their protein from sources other than red meats have healthier hearts. Read more >


Better Blood Flow Linked to Larger Brain Size
Neil Wagner

People with hearts that pump most effectively tend to have larger brains. Coincidence? Not likely. Read more >


Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Data to Aid Decisions
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you have had a cesarean section, you may still be able to deliver a child vaginally. Read more >


Think It's OK to Gain a Few Pounds? Not for Blood Vessels, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

Losing just a few pounds, especially around your middle, may help your blood vessels work better. Read more >


Hundreds of Millions of Eggs Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak
Neil Wagner

Two Iowa farms have recalled over 380 million eggs due to possible contamination with Salmonella... Read more >


Tax Credits and Healthy Babies
Neil Wagner

Babies born to mothers who received Earned Income Tax Credits weigh more, a sign of greater health. Read more >


Women's Cholesterol Levels Affected by Time of the Month, Study Says
Alice G. Walton

Doctors testing a woman's cholesterol may want to ask when her last period was, since estrogen level Read more >


Fewer Emergency Rooms, More Patients
Neil Wagner

ERs are over-burdened with non-emergency care. Wait times are measured in hours. Why? Read more >


Cancer Cells Use Fructose to Multiply
Alice G. Walton

Cancer cells actually prefer fructose over glucose to fuel themselves and multiply. Read more >


How You See Others Says a Lot about You
Neil Wagner

How we see others says more about our own personalities than it does about theirs'. Read more >


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Affects the Brain and Gut Alike
Alice G. Walton

Researchers find that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is linked to changes in the brain as well as the gut. Read more >


Stem Cells May Help Repair Hearts After Attack
Alice G. Walton

Stem cells to the rescue. Read more >


"Clinically Proven" Beauty Products: Not Guilty, but Not Proven Either
Neil Wagner

Don't accept the term, "clinically proven" at face value. Look further to find out just what kind of study was done and by whom. Read more >


Calcium May Help the Bones, but Does It Hurt the Heart?
Alice G. Walton

Calcium supplements may strengthen the bones, but they may also raise the risk of heart attack... Read more >


The 2010-11 Flu Vaccine
Neil Wagner

Fall is the time to get a flu vaccine. Even if vaccines cannot protect one completely against all forms of the flu virus, they usually resu Read more >


Snakebite! What to Do If You're Bitten and How Treatments Work
Thomas C. Arnold, M.D., and Robert A. Barish, M.D., M.B.A.

Snake bites are rare, but some bites are lethal. Know what to look for and do -- and how to avoid bites completely. Read more >


CPR Good Enough Without Mouth-to-Mouth, Studies Find
Alice G. Walton

Chest compressions alone are just effective as CPR with mouth-to-mouth in a heart attack emergency. Read more >


People's Brains "Coupled" to Each Other in Good Conversation
Alice G. Walton

The better we understand another, the closer our brain patterns resemble theirs, neutral coupling... Read more >


PCBs Appear Linked to High Blood Pressure As Well As Cancer
Alice G. Walton

People who have higher levels of the chemicals PCBs in their bodies also seem to have higher BP. Read more >


Doctors Don't Understand Their Patients
Neil Wagner

Doctors are busy and may not listen well. It helps to come prepared with any questions you may have written down in advance. Read more >


Why Some Public Health Weight Loss Campaigns Fail
Alice G. Walton

Even well-meaning weight loss campaigns may end up turning off the people they are meant to inspire. Read more >


Being More Connected to Those Around You May Lengthen Your Life
Alice G. Walton

Having a strong social support system rivals quitting smoking in terms of the years it can add to our lives. Read more >


Putting Meditation to the Test
Alice G. Walton

Science is putting the ancient practice to the test. It appears that being mindful can change your brain and your behavior. Read more >


Practice Makes Perfect: But Only If You Mix It Up
Alice G. Walton

Changing up how you practice a new skill helps your brain learn better. Read more >


Stroking to Prevent Strokes
Neil Wagner

Researchers relieved blocked arteries in rats by stroking a whisker. Can this be applied to humans? Read more >


Sitting May Lead to Earlier Death
Alice G. Walton

Researchers find that the longer you sit, the shorter your lifespan. Read more >


Are Doctor's Notes for Patients Too?
Neil Wagner

A new study, OpenNotes, allows the patients to access their records. Read more >


A Sniff of Insulin May Help Alzheimer's Patients
Alice G. Walton

Not just for diabetics: A sniff of the hormone insulin may help recover memory in Alzheimer's... Read more >


Nasal Zinc Linked to Loss of Smell
Neil Wagner

Over-the-counter zinc nasal sprays may be damaging to your sense of smell and may even destroy it. Read more >


Don't Throw Out the Rabbit's Foot: Good Luck Charms May Just Work
Alice G. Walton

Have a good luck charm? It may actually help performance by boosting confidence Read more >


Is a Little Stress Good for The Body? New Research Shows It Might Help Fight Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Mice "stressed" by living in stimulating environments fought cancer better than those not stressed. Read more >


Doctor Arrogance and Hospital Acquired Infections
Neil Wagner

A commentary in JAMA calls out doctors who don't follow a checklist for preventing CLABSI infections Read more >


The Teenager Sleep Schedule vs. the School Bell
Esther Entin, M.D.

Starting the school day just a half hour later helps teens get the sleep they need, raising motivation. Read more >


Study Says PSA Test Saves Lives
Neil Wagner

Screening for prostate cancer may pick up small cancers that really shouldn't be treated. Read more >


The American Heart Association Reviews the Best Ways to Get Healthy, Stay Motivated
Alice G. Walton

Heart disease hits 1 in 3 people. The first step to heart health is to set realistic behavioral rather than physiological goals. Read more >


CDC Says Salsa, Guacamole Account for Too Many Restaurant-Related Illnesses
Alice G. Walton

Salsa and guacamole are major sources of restaurant-related illness. Too often, they are not refrigerated adequately. Read more >


Hospital Rounds Get a Face-Lift
Alice G. Walton

More hospitals are using the new family-centered rounds, which help keep parents in the loop. Read more >


Antibiotic May Lead to Dangerously High Potassium Levels in Seniors
Alice G. Walton

An antibiotic often prescribed for urinary tract infections can raise potassium levels dangerously.. Read more >


Beet Juice as a Natural Blood Pressure Medicine
Neil Wagner

People who drank a glass of beet juice had a maximum drop of 10.4 points systolic blood pressure. Read more >


Exceptional Human Longevity
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

Who are the oldest old – those 100 years of age and older? And what can these centenarians tell us about aging? Read more >


TV and Video Games Can Harm Kids' Attention Spans
Alice G. Walton

Limiting your child’s TV or video game time to less than two hours per day may help his or her attention. Read more >


Insulin Pump Superior to Injections in Study
Neil Wagner

If you have type 1 diabetes, consider an insulin pump. They tend to offer better blood sugar control. Read more >


Breastfeeding Means Fewer Infant Infections
Neil Wagner

Among other benefits, breastfeeding lowers babies' risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Read more >


Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Alice G. Walton

Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >


High Tea Consumption Linked to Heart Health
Alice G. Walton

A study of 37,000 people over 13 years found that drinking 3 to 6 cups of tea a day reduced the risk of heart disease by over 40%. Read more >


Age at Menopause May Predict Cardiovascular Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women who go through early menopause – before age 46 – may be at double the risk for cardio events. Read more >


Lack of Vitamin D May Aggravate Asthma
Neil Wagner

Children with insufficient vitamin D are more likely to experience severe asthma attacks... Read more >


HDL or "Good" Cholesterol May Reduce Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

HDL, the “Good” cholesterol, has been linked to lower cancer risk in addition to its contribution to heart health. Read more >


A New Look At Postpartum Depression
Neil Wagner

New mothers have elevated levels of MAO-A, an enzyme known to deactivate neurotransmitters that affect mood. Read more >


Inexpensive Injection Could Save Thousands of Trauma Victims
Neil Wagner

Using the compound TXA, which helps prevent bleeding, could save the lives of many accident victims. Read more >


New Site: Emerging Drug Problems, All in One Place
Neil Wagner

The FDA has a new website that tracks problems people have had with various prescription drugs. Read more >


Managing Obesity: A Work In Progress
Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., and Scott Kahan, M.D., M.P.H.

Two physicians discuss the risks of obesity. Learn to recognize the behavioral triggers behind overeating and overcome them. Read more >


Just 20 Minutes Outdoors Can Work Wonders
Neil Wagner

Just 20 minutes out in nature - even a small garden - can help re-energize you. Read more >


Heart Attacks in California Are Way Down
Neil Wagner

A recent study among members of a California HMO shows a huge decrease in serious heart attacks. Read more >


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a Side of Exercise Helps Fibromyalgia
Alice G. Walton

Fibromyalgia patients better manage their pain with cognitive behavior therapy and exercise. Read more >


Tiny Vacuum Removes Blood Clots from the Brain
Neil Wagner

Early studies using a tiny vacuum to remove blood clots in the brain show promise... Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Helps Hearts That Have Already Had Trouble
Alice G. Walton

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet helps protect the heart from a second attack. Read more >


Cutting: Teens Who Hurt Themselves
Esther Entin, M.D.

The medical community calls it "non-suicidal self-injury" (NSSI); the kids call it "cutting." Read more >


Immediate Removal of Inflamed Gallbladder Improves Outcome in Elderly
Alice G. Walton

It is often a good idea to remove an inflamed gallbladder sooner rather than later. Read more >


New Drugs Don't Always Beat the Old
Neil Wagner

New drugs are often prescribed over the old even if they aren't better or more cost effective. Read more >


Viagra Nation: Tracking Health Care Costs
Neil Wagner

We spend $77 billion on "medicalized" conditions like erectile dysfunction. Is this a wise use of healthcare dollars? Read more >


Less Sugar, Lower Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Drink one less serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (such as sweet tea, lemonade or soda) and you can lower your blood pressure. Read more >


Don't Forget to Brush Your Teeth - It Might Save Your Life
Alice G. Walton

One very simple way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 70% is to brush your teeth twice a day. Read more >


Who Knew? Study Shows that Fathers Experience Postpartum Depression, Too
Alice G. Walton

New fathers and fathers-to-be are at higher risk for depression than other men, particularly if their wives are depressed. Read more >


Pregnancy, Sunlight, and Multiple Sclerosis Risk
Esther Entin, M.D.

The risk of multiple sclerosis increases in parts of the world that receive less sun. Read more >


High-Fat Meals May Impair Breathing, Worsen Asthma
Neil Wagner

High fat meals appear to increase inflammation and decrease lung function. Blame immune responses. Read more >


End of Life Decisions: Defibrillators and Pacemakers
Neil Wagner

Patients with implanted heart devices like pacemakers or defibrillators may want to establish a directive for their deactivation. Read more >


High-Bran Diets May Help Diabetics Live Longer
Alice G. Walton

Eating diets high in bran may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Overtime Ups Risk of Death from Heart Disease
Alice G. Walton

People who work a great deal of overtime are at greater risk of heart-related death. Type A behavior may be partly to blame. Read more >


Food for Thought: Pesticide Exposure and ADHD Risk in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Pesticide exposure may play a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more >


Does Mozart Really Make Your Kid Smarter? New Study Says "Nein."
Alice G. Walton

There’s little evidence that exposing your child to Mozart will actually improve their IQ. Read more >


Anemia Drug Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Neil Wagner

Elderly kidney patients should not be given ESAs, or erythropoesis-stimulating agents. The drugs pose a risk of stroke and clots. Read more >


To Lower Cholesterol, Researchers Say, Go a Little Nuts
Alice G. Walton

Eating a handful of nuts every day is a good way to reduce your cholesterol and blood fat levels. Read more >


Get to a Doctor Soon after a Mini-Stroke to Avoid Having a Real One
Alice G. Walton

A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a mini-stroke, but with no lasting damage. It is often a warning sign and should be treated. Read more >


Alcohol and Adolescents: The Need to Teach our Children Well
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen drinking is not like on TV. There are real risks, like auto accidents and impaired brain development. Read more >


Warfarin and Supplements Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

Be sure to let your doctor know of the various supplements you may be taking. They can interfere with the action of many different drugs. Read more >


New Hospital Bar-Code System Significantly Cuts Down on Medication Errors
Alice G. Walton

A new bar-code system tied to patient electronic medical record (EMR) may help cut down on errors. Read more >


Depression in Children and Adolescence: Making Safe Medication Decisions
Esther Entin, M.D.

It is important to treat child and adolescent depression. Kids on medication should be monitored closely. Read more >


Magnet Therapy May Help Treat Depression When Drugs Don't Work
Alice G. Walton

Administering magnetic pulses to patients with intractable depression seems to be effective... Read more >


The Genetics of Breast and Associated Cancers
Jennifer Barrick, M.S., C.G.C., Nancie Petrucelli, M.S., C.G.C., and Michael S. Simon, M.D., M.P.H.

Genetics plays a role in breast cancer risk, so do other hereditary syndromes. Learn what to look for. Read more >


Another Benefit of Broccoli: Breast Cancer Treatment
Alice G. Walton

A compound in broccoli called sulforaphane may stop the growth of breast cancer stem cells. Read more >


Laughter May Be the Best Medicine of All
Neil Wagner

Laughter affects the body much the same way exercise does, reducing stress and pain... Read more >


New Insights on How the Body Responds to Pain
Alice G. Walton

New research suggests that targeting the OLAM compounds that activate pain receptors may block pain. Read more >


The Mere Sight of Illness Boosts the Immune System
Neil Wagner

Just seeing people who show symptoms of illness seems to stimulate the immune system. Read more >


Nerve Block May Help Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Alice G. Walton

A promising experimental treatment for intractable PTSD involves anesthetizing the nerves of the stellate ganglion. Read more >


To Boost Your Self-Esteem and Mood, Exercise in the Green, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

If you are feeling a little down, head outdoors. Just five minutes outside boosts mood and self-esteem. Read more >


Kids and Screens: Media and Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teens' screen time offers risks and rewards. How to minimize the risks. Read more >


Dancing Improves Seniors' Balance, Reduces Falls
Neil Wagner

Dancing can improve seniors' balance, walking speed and overall functioning, not to mention their spirits. Read more >


Parents, Especially Dads, Affect Teen Smoking
Neil Wagner

Father-child communication is more important than many may realize, particularly when it is about things like cigarette smoking. Read more >


Platelet-Rich Plasma Helps Tooth Extraction Sites Heal Faster
Alice G. Walton

A promising "Buffy-Coat" technique uses platelet-rich plasma to help tooth-extraction patients... Read more >


If You're Awaiting Medication, Don't Interrupt Your Nurse
Alice G. Walton

If a nurse is interrupted while preparing your medication, ask him or her to check it again to avoid a possible error. Read more >


Side Effects of Antidepressants More Common Than Previously Thought
Neil Wagner

Antidepressant medications have many side effects. Too often these go unreported by doctors and patients. Read more >


Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet May Lie in the Olive Oil
Alice G. Walton

Olive oil is a big reason why the Mediterranean diet is healthful. The phenols in it suppress genes involved in inflammation. Read more >


Earplugs and Eye Masks Help Hospital Patients Sleep Better
Neil Wagner

Patients in intensive care units often experience interrupted sleep. Finding ways to block noise and light can help. Read more >


The Money Pit: Health Insurance Executives' Pay
Neil Wagner

Health insurance executives are paid millions to ensure stock prices stay high. Patient care is not a concern. Read more >


B-Vitamins May Help Protect from Heart Disease and Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Increasing your intake of vitamin B6 and folate may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Do Brain Games Make You Smarter?
Alice G. Walton

Playing computer games may improve the specific mental skills the game calls for, but doesn't seem to improve mental capacity. Read more >


Researchers Find Way to Detect Lung Cancer Earlier
Alice G. Walton

A new approach yields cells that provide a look at a genetic marker which may predict cancer... Read more >


Weight Gain over Time Significantly Ups Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Significant weight gain (over 30-pounds) during middle-age can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer after menopause. Read more >


Walking Shelter Dogs Helps Heart Patients Recover Faster - and Makes the Pups Happy, Too
Alice G. Walton

Volunteering at their local animal shelter is one good way for cardiac patients to get the exercise they need to recover. Read more >


The Female Reproductive Cycle...Explained
Alice G. Walton

The hormonal changes surrounding ovulation are often intense. Read more >


Exercise as Mental Health Treatment
Neil Wagner

Exercise is a useful component of any mental health treatment plan. Read more >


New Study Shows Only Small Connection between Fruits, Veggies and Reduced Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

While the exact relationship between fruits, vegetables, and cancer risk has not yet been determined, it can't hurt to continue eating... Read more >


Packing up Your Troubles Really Works
Neil Wagner

Sealing up a reminder of an unpleasant experience and throwing it or putting it away may help you move on. Read more >


Don't Replace Saturated Fats with Carbs If You Want to Help Your Heart, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Replacing saturated fats with low-glycemic foods - not high-glycemic foods - may be a good way to reduce heart attack risk. Read more >


Complex Spinal Operations Rise Without Evidence of Benefit
Neil Wagner

Spinal fusion is not always the only or best way to ease the pain associated with spinal stenosis and disc problems. Read more >


Dieting Increases Stress Hormone, Makes Weight Loss Harder
Alice G. Walton

Dieting can actually make it harder to shed pounds because it raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Read more >


Blood Pressure Meds Might Reduce the Spread of Breast Cancer, Study Says
Alice G. Walton

Beta-blockers appear to help reduce the spread of cancer. Read more >


Disabilities Increasing among the Middle-Aged
Alice G. Walton

The number of people over 40 who have difficulty climbing stairs or walking a quarter mile has risen. The impact on healthcare could be... Read more >


Chocolate Cuts Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke, Lowers Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Eating the equivalent of a square of chocolate every day can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke Read more >


Asthma Medications: New Guidelines Improve Safety
Esther Entin, M.D.

Short-acting beta agonists (SABAs) act by helping the muscles in the air passages of the lungs to relax and re-expand. Read more >


A Healthy Diet and Less Alcohol May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Heavy alcohol consumption and a fatty diet raise the risk of breast cancer by up to 20%. Read more >


Stressed Out, Part II: Managing Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a fact of life, but you can learn to manage it better, both mentally and physically. Read more >


Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy
Neil Wagner

Aprepitant, already FDA approved, offered nausea relief to bone marrow transplant recipients. Read more >


Researchers Find That Antibiotic Used to Treat Acne Also Suppresses HIV
Alice G. Walton

Minocycline helps prevent the HIV virus in infected human T cells from reactivating. Read more >


Pain Medications May Increase Hearing Loss
Neil Wagner

Taking over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen may raise the risk of hearing loss, particularly in men. Read more >


Mothers' Diet Can Lower the Risk of Eczema, Wheezing in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

What a woman eats when pregnant and breastfeeding can reduce her child's chances of asthma and eczema. Read more >


An Alternative to Heart Surgery for Leaky Valves
Neil Wagner

A clothespin-like clip, inserted through a vein in the groin, is an alternative to heart surgery... Read more >


Blood Vessels Rebound After People Quit Smoking
Alice G. Walton

Quitting smoking improves FMD, or flow mediated dilation of blood vessels, a strong indicator of heart health. Read more >


Elderly Hip Fracture Patients Are Not Getting the Care They Need
Neil Wagner

A hip fracture in an elderly patient is a life-altering event. Often they receive inadequate care during the first three months. Read more >


Under Acute Stress, Higher Blood Pressure May Not Be Such a Bad Thing
Alice G. Walton

High blood pressure is not a good thing, but it does appear having high BP in times of heart stress is an advantage. Read more >


Mother-Infant Bonding Hormone Oxytocin May Help Those with Autism
Alice G. Walton

Oxytocin, a hormone, may help some autistic kids gain social skills. Read more >


Youth Sports Without All the Injuries
Neil Wagner

Sports injuries among child athletes are increasing. Many injuries can be prevented by getting proper rest, stretching after games... Read more >


Meaningful Talk May Be Linked to Happiness
Alice G. Walton

Small talk can help in some social situations, but people who engage in more substantial conversations tend to be happier. Read more >


Zen Meditation: Feeling No Pain
Neil Wagner

Research has found that Zen meditation reduces the experience of pain, seemingly by thickening the brain's gray matter. Read more >


Interrupting Blood Supply May Help Patients during Heart Attack
Alice G. Walton

Interrupting the blood flow when someone has a heart attack may help protect the heart from damage. Read more >


New Study Questions Viral Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Neil Wagner

person needs to have unexplained fatigue for at least six months plus at least four of eight other symptoms to qualify as a CFS sufferer... Read more >


Researchers Help Children Build Tolerance to Peanuts over Time
Alice G. Walton

Some children with peanut allergies can become less dangerously allergic through immunotherapy. Parents should not try this on their own. Read more >


Don't Worry, Be Active
Neil Wagner

Exercise can reduce the anxiety people may feel when living with a chronic illness. Read more >


Controversial Autism-MMR Vaccine Study Retracted by Journal: Why Did This Happen - and Can We Forget?
Alice G. Walton

Retractions don't happen often in science, but they are part of the process. Changing the public's perceptions is another matter. Read more >


New Method Predicts Kidney Failure Better than Conventional Tests
Alice G. Walton

Monitoring protein levels in the urine may be a better way to predict kidney function... Read more >


Diet and Cholesterol in Middle Age and Beyond
Neil Wagner

Even older adults, including those taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, can lower their cholesterol further by cutting down on butter and satu Read more >


Varicella Vaccine: Will It Help After You're Exposed?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The varicella vaccine for chickenpox can help reduce symptoms or even prevent infection even when given after you've been exposed. Read more >


Six Months of Nicotine Patches Work Better Than Two
Neil Wagner

Nicotine patches tend to be more effective when used for longer periods of time. Read more >


Mild Depression Should Not be Left Untreated, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

People who believe they may be depressed should not ignore the symptoms. Untreated symptoms raise the odds of full-blown depression. Read more >


Stressed Out: The Behavior and Biology of Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a feeling, but it is also a biological response that is both helpful and harmful. Read more >


Fish Oil May Help Prevent Psychosis
Neil Wagner

Study finds omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help prevent youth psychosis. Read more >


SIDS and Serotonin: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The cause of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is not yet known, but low levels of serotonin may play a role. Read more >


New HIV Drug Blocks Disease Transmission in Mice
Alice G. Walton

A new drug, Truvada, given to mice with "humanized" immune systems and exposed to HIV helped protect them from infection. Read more >


A Simple Test for Concussions
Neil Wagner

A simple measure of reaction time can provide a clue as to whether an athlete has had a concussion. Read more >


Psychiatric Drugs During Pregnancy: Benefits, Risks, Alternatives
Esther Entin, M.D.

Timing makes a difference when it comes to taking antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs while pregnant. Read more >


"Artificial Pancreas" Helps Control Nighttime Blood Sugar in Young Diabetics
Alice G. Walton

Used during sleep, the system, which calculates and administers insulin, was far more effective at preventing nighttime hypoglycemia. Read more >


Heavier Patients Need Longer Needles
Neil Wagner

People who are obese may not receive the same level of protection from a vaccine because the standard needle used may not reach the muscle. Read more >


Quitting Smoking after Early Lung Cancer Diagnosis Doubles Survival
Alice G. Walton

It's never too late to quit smoking. When people diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer quit smoking, they double their chances of survival. Read more >


Adequate Selenium in Diet May Reduce Esophageal, Stomach Cancers
Alice G. Walton

Selenium is found in meats, grains and nuts. It can be toxic if too much is taken, but adequate amounts seem to reduce cancer risk. Read more >


High Blood Pressure Associated with Dementia, Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

High blood pressure is connected to an increase in the number of white matter brain lesions connected to mental decline. Read more >


Heart Rate May Predict Heart-Related Death, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

If your heart rate at rest is over 100 beats per minute, you are at far higher risk of death from heart disease. It is not too late to act. Read more >


Taking a Break May Help You Remember What You Just Learned
Neil Wagner

Taking a break after absorbing new information may help you retain it better by making it easier to move into long-term memory. Read more >


Tiny Molecule Might Thwart HIV Transmission
Alice G. Walton

Surfen, a molecule that prevents the HIV virus from communicating with an important compound in semen, holds promise as a means of prevention. Read more >


Researchers Discover Why Apples May Actually “Keep the Doctor Away”
Alice G. Walton

It appears apples provide beneficial bacteria and a pH environment that keep the intestines healthy and the doctor away. Read more >


Antipsychotic Users Not Being Tested for Side Effects
Neil Wagner

Second generation antipsychotic drugs, like clozapine, olanzapine, and risperidone, can raise the risk of diabetes and heart problems. Read more >


Acupuncture May Reduce Hot Flashes (and Up Sex Drive) in Breast Cancer Patients
Alice G. Walton

Giving breast cancer patients acupuncture can help ease the side effects of hormone therapy and improves sex drive in some. Read more >


Children Left On the Home Front When Moms and Dads Go to War
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids and caregivers left behind during deployment have to shoulder a heavy burden. A study looks at what can help. Read more >


Controlling Depression Helps Reduce Blood Sugar in Diabetics
Alice G. Walton

When diabetics suffer from depression, treating it can lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels as well. Read more >


Blood Test Tells Baby's Sex Early in Pregnancy
Neil Wagner

A simple blood test may replace amniocentesis as the best means for determining a baby's sex early in utero Read more >


Heart Attack Survival Rate Unchanged in 30 Years
Neil Wagner

Heart attack survival rates will only improve if more bystanders know CPR and the use of devices to shock the heart increases. Read more >


Researchers Break Code for Skin, Lung Cancers
Alice G. Walton

The genetic mutations causing skin and lung cancer have been mapped, and nearly all of them are the result of exposure to sun or smoke respe Read more >


Running Shoe Design: Miles to Go
Neil Wagner

Walking in high heels increases knee torque by 20-26%. Read more >


Yoga Begins to Reveal Its Secrets
Neil Wagner

Yoga appears to help the body by reducing its inflammatory response to stress. Read more >


Better Relationships Cut Teenage Weight Gain
Neil Wagner

Negative emotions can contribute to overeating or binge eating. Therapy aimed at improving social skills can therefore help prevent weight Read more >


Researchers Harness the Power of Pomegranate to Fight Hospital Infections
Alice G. Walton

An ointment made of pomegranate rind and metal salts successfully combated MRSA, a notoriously hard-to-treat staph infection. Read more >


Prescribing Medication Safely for Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Warnings about the effects of prescription drugs on children are often not reported accurately... Read more >


Watching TV May Shorten Your Life
Neil Wagner

Spending too much time sitting in front of the TV or computer, rather than moving, raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Nanosensors May Detect Cancers Sooner, Finds Study
Alice G. Walton

The search is on to develop nanosensors that would detect biomarkers in blood or sputum to catch cancers early. Read more >


Is Green Tea an Antidepressant?
Neil Wagner

The more green tea elderly subjects drank in a day, the less likely they were to be depressed... Read more >


Researchers Identify Risk Factors to Predict Second Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Having a second stroke soon after the first makes disability much more likely, so it is important to be aware of factors that raise the risk Read more >


Kids' Mental Health Needs Often Unmet
Esther Entin, M.D.

Treating children for mental health problems can reduce the risk that the problems will get worse. Read more >


Unnecessary CT Scans and Excessive Radiation Raise Cancer Risk
Neil Wagner

CT scans have benefits, but they also have some very real cancer risks. Read more >


Milk Thistle May Help Chemo Patients with Liver Damage, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

The herb milk thistle appears to help keep levels of two key liver enzymes low during chemotherapy. Read more >


England Gets Serious about Penalty Kicks
Neil Wagner

England has lost three World Cups on penalty kicks, so researchers came up with a new strategy. Read more >


Stem Cells Help Heal Heart after Attack
Alice G. Walton

Adult stem cells may help speed patients' recovery from a heart attack by spurring the growth of new blood vessels. Read more >


Oxygen Effective at Treating Cluster Headaches
Neil Wagner

High-flow oxygen is a treatment alternative for people suffering from cluster headaches who cannot take sumatriptan or similar medications. Read more >


Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Americans' health care costs more than anywhere else in the world. Why? Read more >


Eating Soy-Rich Foods May Reduce Risk for Ovarian, Endometrial Cancers
Alice G. Walton

Soy-based foods mimic estrogen's effects and may lower women's risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers. Read more >


Well Adjusted, Over 40, and Single
Alice G. Walton

People who have never married are as basically as well-adjusted as those who are. But their autonomy has a price. Read more >


Texting and Driving Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

You should NEVER text while driving. You are six times more likely to crash. Read more >


Over-Exercising Could Lead to Osteoarthritis
Alice G. Walton

By middle age we need to be careful about how much active exercise we do. Swimming and low-impact exercise is best. Read more >


Diet, Cognitive Ability, and Heart Health Interlinked in Seniors, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables helps seniors' hearts and their cognitive function. Read more >


Eating Red Meat May Increase Risk of Ulcerative Colitis
Neil Wagner

Omega-6 fatty acids (found in certain oils and red meat) can promote inflammation while omega-3 fatty acids help reduce it. Read more >


A Reminder for New Year's Eve: Coffee Does Not Sober You Up
Neil Wagner

Coffee does not sober you up. In fact, it may impair judgment further. Read more >


Early Daycare and Childhood Asthma: Are They Related?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Daycare may actually lower the risk of developing asthma even though it may raise the risk of infection. Read more >


High-Carb and High-Protein Diets Both Effective in Maintaining Weight-Loss
Alice G. Walton

carb and high protein diets both seem equally effective at producing weight loss. Read more >


The Impact of “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol on Heart Disease
Alice G. Walton

Having high HDL, the "good" cholesterol actually seems to help reduce the chances of heart failure. Read more >


Therapy Brings More Happiness than Money, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Therapy is a more cost−effective way of finding happiness than is money. Read more >


Quitting in a Virtual World Helps Smokers Quit for Real
Alice G. Walton

A video game in which virtual smokers stomp out their cigarettes actually helped real smokers quit Read more >


Can Exercise Make You Smarter?
Neil Wagner

Aerobic exercise in adolescence has been found to raise intelligence test scores and lead to better work. Read more >


Adolescent Behavior: Expectations vs. Reality
Esther Entin, M.D.

When teenagers feel alienated from their families, they are at greater risk for sadness and depression. Read more >


Depressed Patients' Physical Ailments Often Untreated
Neil Wagner

Depressed patients' physical symptoms are often underestimated, a fact that is detrimental to their overall health. Read more >


Decision-Making Suffers in the Sleep-Deprived, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

People who are sleep-deprived cannot make quick, "gut" decisions. For first-responders like police officers, this can be dangerous. Read more >


Selenium Supplements May Increase Cholesterol
Alice G. Walton

Supplementing the diet with selenium can raise blood cholesterol as much as 8 percent. Read more >


Pneumonia Risk Higher Among Flu Sufferers
Neil Wagner

People who have had the flu are more susceptible to additional infections, such as pneumonia. Read more >


Telephone Intervention Helps Post-Surgery Heart Patients
Alice G. Walton

Phone contact with a nurse practitioner can help reduce depression and the likelihood of re−hospitalization in heart surgery patients. Read more >


A New Way to Treat Spinal Injury
Neil Wagner

An experimental approach using micelles to prevent the spread of nerve damage shows promise. Read more >


Yo-Yo Dieting May Work Like Addiction in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Yo-yo dieting may generate a withdrawal effect in the brain, increasing the likelihood of a relapse. Read more >


Heart Drug Outperformed by High-Dose Niacin in Head-to-Head Trial
Neil Wagner

A recent study found that a drug offering a high dose of the B vitamin, niacin, performed much better than the much-prescribed ezitimibe (Zetia®). Read more >


Low Cholesterol May Signal Undiagnosed Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Low cholesterol may be a sign of undiagnosed cancer. Read more >


Newly Retired Feel Younger and Healthier
Alice G. Walton

Retirement is good for your health. In fact, if your work life has been stressful, you are likely to feel much better after you retire. According to one study, it's like turning the clock back eight years Read more >


Probiotics and Fiber, What Your Digestive Tract Would Tell You
Neil Wagner

If you need to re−establish a healthy digestive tract, probiotics can be helpful, but fiber is perhaps even more important. Read more >


Where There's Smoke, There's Illness
Esther Entin, M.D.

Secondhand smoke remains a danger to children exposed to it in the home. Read more >


Diet and Exercise Stave off Diabetes Better than Meds
Alice G. Walton

Diet and exercise are the best way to prevent type 2 diabetes, even better than medication. Read more >


Cocoa May Help Keep the Heart Healthy, Study Says
Alice G. Walton

The polyphenols in cocoa — among other foods — reduce risk for heart disease and cancer. Read more >


Improving the Safety of Radiation Therapy
Neil Wagner

Researchers have found a way to protect healthy cells from radiation therapy, using a cell signaling inhibitor and making the therapy far more effective. Read more >


Acetaminophen Reduces Vaccines' Effectiveness
Esther Entin, M.D.

Using acetaminophen to prevent a fever after your child has had a vaccine may end up reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine. Read more >


Boosting Fiber May Help Thwart Belly Fat
Alice G. Walton

fat is associated with an increased risk of heart problems and diabetes. Read more >


Research Suggests Link between Autoimmune Disorders and Pesticides
Alice G. Walton

Extended contact with household pesticides such as roach or termite sprays, appears to raise the risk of autoimmune diseases. Read more >


If the Grass is Greener... People are Healthier
Esther Entin, M.D.

Living near green space seems to make people healthier, both mentally and physically. Read more >


When It Comes to Learning New Skills, A Little Stress Is Worth It
Alice G. Walton

As stressful as learning a new skill can be, the happiness we gain from our new level of competence more than makes up for it. Read more >


Researchers Uncover Why Dietary Fiber Supports Immune System Health
Alice G. Walton

Scientists have recently discovered why fiber is so good for the immune system. The answer lies in the by-products of the breakdown of fiber. Read more >


Breast Tenderness with HRT Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Hormone replacement therapy often causes breast tenderness, which appears to be associated with a higher risk of breast cancer. Read more >


Raising Safer Teen Drivers: What Works?
Esther Entin, M.D.

As a parent, one of the best ways to keep your child safe on the road is to set rules and pay attention to their activities. Read more >


Flexible Bodies, Flexible Arteries
Neil Wagner

The narrower and stiffer the artery, the faster blood flows, raising blood pressure. Read more >


Researchers Find A Way to Help Keep Heart Young
Alice G. Walton

A gene, P13K, appears to play a big role in aging in the heart, reducing thickening of heart tissue and offering better overall function... Read more >


Researchers Find No Connection between Coffee and Cognition
Alice G. Walton

Drinking coffee offers no defense against the natural decline of mental abilities as we age. But several other factors seem to be good predictors... Read more >


If Doctors Don't Understand Our Health Care System, Who Does?
Neil Wagner

We aren't talking about benefits. Just simply understanding the system is more than even new MDs feel confident about. So what are consumers supposed to do? Read more >


Whole Grains Good for Men's Heart Health
Alice G. Walton

Eating whole grains can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Read more >


MRI Scan No Cure for Lower Back Pain
Neil Wagner

About 90% of all cases of lower back pain show spontaneous improvement within four weeks. Read more >


Alcoholism, Depression, and Obesity Create Vicious Triangle in Women
Alice G. Walton

Women who obsessively replay negative events in their mind are more at risk for alcoholism, depression and obesity. Read more >


Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management
Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc.

Millions of infections occur in nursing homes each year, costing billions of dollars. Read more >


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Retrovirus, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

CFS sufferers, it is not just in your head. Researchers have discovered that a retrovirus (XMRV) is linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Read more >


High Sugar Diet Raises Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

Uric acid, produced by the breakdown of fructose, can raise blood pressure and the risk metabolic syndrome. Read more >


A Chink in the Armor of Pancreatic Cancer
Neil Wagner

Pancreatic cancer is treatment-resistant, as evidenced by the death of Patrick Swayze. New research has found a way to turn off the TAK-1 enzyme... Read more >


Jane Brody's Guide To The Great Beyond
Jane Brody

Palliative medicine is a new specialty which focuses on easing patients' symptoms and delivering humane medical care at the end of life. Read more >


Modestly Successful AIDS Vaccine Results Give Researchers Hope
Alice G. Walton

Research on a combined, "prime-boost" vaccine has yielded modest results in what was the largest study in AIDS research history. The approach... Read more >


Watchful Waiting as a Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer
Neil Wagner

Prostate cancers are classed from low to high risk based on three factors: size, location and microscopic appearance. Read more >


Yoga Eases Lower Back Pain
Neil Wagner

Exercises such as yoga can reduce back pain by strengthening muscles of the midsection. Read more >


Treating Ear Infections: Antibiotics Aren't Always the Best First Choice
Esther Entin, M.D.

All middle ear infections should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Read more >


Getting Online Support May Help College Kids Tackle Drinking
Alice G. Walton

College students who have harmful drinking patterns can be helped to rein in their drinking by receiving personalized online feedback. Read more >


Bullies and Victims Both At Risk for Future Mental Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Both bullies and the victims of bullies may suffer from mental disorders in later life. Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy May Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

There are a number of things to consider when thinking about beginning hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Read more >


Found: A New Piece in the Alzheimer's Puzzle
Alice G. Walton

In what may be a crucial finding for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, a tiny portion of a protein, called N60, appears to be... Read more >


Memory Problems? Bad Habits May Be to Blame
Alice G. Walton

There is a strong connection between bodily health and brain health. Read more >


Vaccinating for HPV May Also Prevent Breast Cancer, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Vaccinating against HPV (Human Papillomavirus) may also prevent against certain forms of breast cancer. Read more >


Multitaskers Strike Out at Mental Abilities
Neil Wagner

People who multitask – doing several things at once – tend to have trouble filtering out distractions. Read more >


Little Boy Blue: Depression in Toddlers
Esther Entin, M.D.

What does a depressed toddler look like? He may be unable to enjoy things that used to be fun or not thinking as clearly as she used to. Read more >


Doctor-Patient Communication: Race Matters
Neil Wagner

African American patients tend to have less informative communication with their healthcare providers than do whites. The good news is that patients.. Read more >


Losing Weight Helps the Heart Return to Normal
Alice G. Walton

Once a significant amount of weight is lost, the heart actually restructures into a healthier, more productive version of itself. Read more >


For This Year's Flu, Experts Say Preventative Measures Better
Alice G. Walton

It's not always possible to know for sure, but usually, a preventive flu vaccine is better than relying on anti-viral medication... Read more >


As the Waist Grows Larger, The Brain Gets Smaller
Neil Wagner

Obese and overweight people have less brain tissue than do those who are normal weight. Read more >


A Call for Improved Drug Labeling
Neil Wagner

There's a natural tendency for patients to want and doctors to prescribe the newest drug, assuming that newer is better. Read more >


Stress Rewires the Brain, Unstressed Times Bring Relief
Alice G. Walton

Stress appears to rewire the brain, making it respond in an obsessive, repetitive rather than creative fashion. The good news is... Read more >


"Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be:" Medication Sharing Among Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

It is dangerous to share prescription medication. Side effects are common. Read more >


Antidepressant Nation: A Good Thing?
Neil Wagner

Antidepressant use has doubled over the last decade according to a recent study. Is this a good thing or a sign that the drugs are being. Read more >


Optimism is Linked to Less Heart Trouble, Better Life Expectancy
Alice G. Walton

Studies show that cynical and hostile people have a higher mortality rate than those who are optimistic and trusting. Read more >


Little Lifesavers: Children Can Learn CPR
Neil Wagner

Children as young as 9 years old have been able to learn to apply CPR effectively. Read more >


Preserving Fertility in Stage I Ovarian Cancer Patients
Alice G. Walton

For women with Stage 1 ovarian cancer, it may not be necessary to remove the uterus or both ovaries, thus preserving fertility. Read more >


A New Look at the Cause of Colic
Esther Entin, M.D.

Bacteria may play a major role in causing the discomfort of colicky babies. Read more >


Celiac Disease Can Affect the Elderly, Too
Alice G. Walton

Celiac disease, usually considered a young person's disease, may develop in the elderly. Read more >


Minding Your Weight with Yoga
Neil Wagner

Being mindful of what you eat can help you shed pounds. Read more >


Aloe Vera Gel: An Alternative to Toothpaste
Neil Wagner

Not all aloe vera gel is created equal. Read more >


“Silent” Strokes May Put Seniors at Risk for Memory Loss and Cognitive Problems
Alice G. Walton

People over 60 may be at risk of experiencing "silent" strokes, those which go unnoticed... Read more >


Kids and Cholesterol: To Screen Or Not To Screen?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are starting to show dangerously high cholesterol, triglycerides and lipid levels. How to prevent life-long damage to young hearts. Read more >


Cosmetic Surgery Method May Bring Migraine Relief
Alice G. Walton

A promising new treatment using botox dramatically reduced migraines by disarming the nerves around trigger points. The procedure also gave... Read more >


Did I Take That Pill?
Neil Wagner

Older adults are more likely to incorrectly repeat a task once it has become habitual, like taking daily medication. Read more >


Eating Seafood During Pregnancy May Ward off Depression
Alice G. Walton

Depression during pregnancy not only affects the mother, but it can be damaging to the baby as well. Read more >


Vigorous Daily Exercise May Cut Cancer Risk in Half
Alice G. Walton

Working out with moderate to high intensity for at least 30 minutes per day may cut your overall risk of cancer by half. Read more >


No More Eye Drops
Neil Wagner

Contact lenses are an effective way to deliver drugs for a variety of conditions. And they are more cost effective, too. Read more >


For Veterans, the War Lingers
Neil Wagner

It is no surprise: there is an epidemic of mental disorders among veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A lack of social support... Read more >


Hints of a Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?
Neil Wagner

When PEDF, a protein released by fat cells, was neutralized in obese mice their insulin resistance vanished. Read more >


How to Turn Medicalese into Plain English
Neil Wagner

Something to prescribe for your doctor: a toolkit for turning medical jargon into language a regular person (like you) can understand ... Read more >


Vegetable Protein Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Glutamic acid, found in vegetable protein, can lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Read more >


Foods' Glycemic Index Linked to Risk of Breast Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Glycemic load is significantly correlated with estrogen receptor-positive/progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer. Read more >


Effective Schizophrenia Drug Under-Prescribed?
Neil Wagner

Clozapine, a highly effective anti-psychotic, is rarely prescribed because of its dangerous side-effects. But a new study finds...More Read more >


These Are The Good Times
Alice G. Walton

Appreciating even the smallest positive moments in your life builds emotional strength, and wards off stress and depression. Read more >


From Silent to Serious: Chlamydia Infections in Teens and Young Adults
Esther Entin, M.D.

The STD chlamydia can be diagnosed with a urine specimen and does not require a pelvic examination or vaginal or urethral culture. Read more >


Colicky Babies and Depressed Dads: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Excessive crying lasts for more than three hours a day, more than three days a week, during which a baby can't... Read more >


Caffeine Works Just as Well as Albuterol Inhaler, New Study Says
Alice G. Walton

High doses of caffeine can help prevent exercise-induced asthma. Read more >


Red Yeast Rice — Not Coming to a Town Near You
Neil Wagner

When red yeast is grown on rice, it produces an effective, natural statin that lowered cholesterol by 31 points without side effects. Read more >


Anxious People Need to Work Harder to Keep Up
Alice G. Walton

People who are anxious may have a hard time ignoring distractions. Read more >


Researchers Find Growth Factor May Reverse Alzheimer's Symptoms in Mice
Alice G. Walton

A growth factor (GCSF) often used to increase white blood cell production in the bone marrow of cancer patients may actually reverse Alzheimer‘s Read more >


Stopping Cancer from Spreading
Neil Wagner

Engineers have come up with a device that prevents cancer cells from spreading or metastasizing. It uses tiny molecular channels... Read more >


Adolescent Health: So Many Teens; So Little Care
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents may want to request that their teen‘s doctor discuss safety, diet, smoking, sexuality and other topics. Read more >


High-Glycemic Foods May Up Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Alice G. Walton

High-glycemic index carbs reduce or inhibit endothelial function, which is one of the risk factors leading to atherosclerosis. Read more >


Being Fit — Mentally and Physically — Keeps Mind Sharp with Age
Alice G. Walton

Physical fitness and a high school education are two factors that appear to decrease the risk of mental decline. Read more >


Want to Exercise? Get a Dog
Neil Wagner

Dogs make good exercise companions -- and motivators. Read more >


If You Have a Problem, Sleep on It
Alice G. Walton

If you have a problem that needs some creative problem solving, a good solid nap can be very helpful. Read more >


Revenge of the Cell Phones: Cell Phone Elbow
Neil Wagner

Cubital tunnel syndrome, or cell phone elbow, results from the compression of the ulnar nerve. Read more >


Women's Slight Cognitive Decline Early in Menopause Rebounds
Alice G. Walton

Cognitive functions do indeed seem to suffer slightly in early menopause. But these functions rebound when menopause is fully underway. Read more >


WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic
Alice G. Walton

It's official: the World Health Organization has raised the status of the H1N1 or swine flu virus to the highest level. Read more >


Exercise as Mood Enhancer
Neil Wagner

People feel good after exercising and this feeling can last up to 12 hours. Read more >


Happiness Doesn't Come from Material, "American Dream"-Type Goals, New Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Being beautiful, rich, and famous doesn't actually equate with being happy. More important are personal growth and social relationships. Read more >


Turn off the TV and Talk to Your Baby
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children do not watch TV or videos before age two years. Read more >


Nanotechnology: Faster and Better Diagnoses
Neil Wagner

It may soon be possible to diagnose many viral and bacterial infections on the spot using a portable device that reads blood or saliva samples. Read more >


Tongue and Throat Exercises Help Ease Sleep Apnea
Alice G. Walton

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the nighttime sleep disorder. Read more >


Ginger Helps Reduce Nausea from Chemotherapy
Alice G. Walton

Cancer patients suffering from ill effects of chemotherapy reported significantly less nausea if they took ginger supplements. Read more >


Brain Stimulation Helps Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Alice G. Walton

Early studies suggest that cortical brain stimulation may offer hope for people suffering from long-term depression. Read more >


Why It's So Hard to Eat a Low-Salt Diet
Neil Wagner

The best way to begin to reduce the amount of salt in your diet is to reduce your consumption of processed foods. Read more >


Improving Children's Mental Health: An Updated Agenda and a Roadmap
Esther Entin, M.D.

Resilience, the ability to thrive in the face of extreme adversity, is a reason why some children develop successfully while others fail. Read more >


Slow, Frequent Walks Better for Heart Health
Alice G. Walton

After a heart attack, longer, slower, and more frequent exercise is better for your heart than vigorous, three-times-a-week programs. Read more >


Drinking Alcohol May Lengthen Life, Ward off Dementia
Alice G. Walton

Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >


Needles Optional? Sham Acupuncture Relieves Back Pain Too
Jordana Bieze Foster

Acupuncture can help reduce back pain, but piercing the skin may not be necessary to reap its benefits. Read more >


Lowering Job Stress May Reduce Risk for Major Depression
Alice G. Walton

Job stress can raise the chances a person will experience major depression. Read more >


Researchers Home in on Why High-Fiber Diets Help Fight Colon Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Butyrate, an end-product of the breakdown of fiber in the gut, acts as an anti-cancer agent in a couple of different ways. Read more >


Vaccines: Protecting Individuals, Communities and the World
Esther Entin, M.D.

Always check with your child's physician before delaying an immunization. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Exerts Ill Effects Quickly, Researchers Say

Even a brief exposure to cigarette smoke can have a negative cardiovascular effect. Read more >


Eating Charred Meat May Up Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Heavily cooked and charred meats are strongly linked to pancreatic cancer risk. Read more >


Drinks Sweetened with Fructose May Pose Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

Fructose, in contrast to its relative, glucose, appears to have a negative effect on heart health. Read more >


Birth Control Pills May Interfere with Strength Training
Jordana Bieze Foster

Taking birth control pills can interfere with women athletes' ability to build muscle mass. Read more >


Flu Outbreak: The Early Line
Neil Wagner

The current flu outbreak is relatively mild. So what's the worry? Read more >


Omega-3's Reduce Tumors in Mice
Alice G. Walton

The more Omega-3 fatty acids mice consumed, the more their tumors shrank. Other variables also showed improvement. Read more >


Finding Fun Ways to Stay Fit
Jordana Bieze Foster

Think of play (dancing, hiking, tennis) when you think of fitness. It will help keep you motivated. Read more >


Loneliness Affects Mental and Physical Well Being
Neil Wagner

Even people who have a seemingly rich social network can still feel lonely or isolated. Read more >


3 Grams Less Saves Lives
Alice G. Walton

Limiting salt by even a half-teaspoon a day could have a significant impact. Read more >


Many Americans Lack Quick Access to Top-Quality Emergency Care
Alice G. Walton

Since time is often critical in an emergency, it is important to know whether the ER you are going to is capable of handling... Read more >


Gradual Exposure to Peanut Protein May Help Develop Tolerance to Allergy
Alice G. Walton

Giving children with peanut allergies tiny amounts of peanut protein can help build tolerance over time. Read more >


More Evidence That Broccoli Really Is Good for You
Alice G. Walton

Broccoli contains a substance, sulforaphane, that appears to protect airway cells. It may serve as the basis for a new treatment for allergies... Read more >


Diabetes May Be Caused by Common Childhood Virus
Alice G. Walton

A common enterovirus may be the tipping point in a chain of events that cause beta cells in the pancreas to stop producing insulin and diabetes... Read more >


Arthroscopy's Benefit For Knee OA Is Limited
Jordana Bieze Foster

Arthroscopy, the minimally-invasive surgical technique, appears to be of limited value for osteoarthritis of the knee... Read more >


What's Good Health Information?
Leslie Carr and Tom Gilbert

Becoming an informed consumer of health information is as important to your health as any exercise, drug or health plan. Read more >


Mood and Impulsive Behavior
Neil Wagner

One good way to curb impulsive behaviors like shopping and overeating is to find a way to delay the behavior. Read more >


Violent Video Games Dampen Players' Reaction to Others' Pain
Alice Walton

Playing violent video games and watching violent films make people insensitive to others' pain and less likely to notice others' distress. Read more >


Prostate Screening via PSA Test May Be Unnecessary
Alice G. Walton

While some forms of prostate cancer may never pose a health threat, other forms are quite malignant and can be life-threatening. Read more >


Pump Up Quads For Better Postoperative Function
Jordana Bieze Foster

Strengthening quads after a total knee replacement can improve functional performance enough to rival that of healthy older adults. Read more >


Teens, TV and Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Adolescents who watch excessive TV are more likely to show signs of depression when they become young adults. Read more >


Putting the Facts in Drug Ads How to Improve Drug Ads
Neil Wagner

Direct-to-consumer advertising needs to present the benefits of drugs, as well as side effects, so consumers can make decisions with their doctors. Read more >


Women Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Stroke Risk, Study Reports
Alice G. Walton

Coffee appears to reduce the risk of stroke in women. Read more >


Pick a Guideline, Any Guideline
Neil Wagner

Exercise guidelines differ on particulars, but in generally, they agree that 30 minutes a day, four or five days a week is the goal. Read more >


Books, Games, and Computers — but Not TV — Help Ward off Memory Loss
Alice G. Walton

Staying mentally active by reading or playing games (turn off the TV) are excellent ways to keep the brain "fit." Read more >


Helping Children Get What They Want
Neil Wagner

Researchers have developed a light-emitting headband that may soon help children who can't speak to communicate their preferences. Read more >


Quad-Cartilage Connection: Strength May Protect Against Knee OA Progression
Jordana Bieze Foster

Strong quadriceps can keep knee cartilage from crumbling. Read more >


Research Reveals Why Winter Is Flu Season
Kelli Dunham, RN, BSN

The flu virus appears to survive longest in low humidity, which is why it is more common during the winter. Read more >


Exercise is Under-Utilized in Treating Back Pain
Neil Wagner

Exercise can help reduce back pain, but tends not to be prescribed often enough. Read more >


It's Okay for Your Dog to Sleep Around
Neil Wagner

You can go ahead and let your dig lick your face as much as you'd like: he won't expose you to extra bacteria. Read more >


Can Potassium Counteract High Sodium?
Neil Wagner

Healthy 19-50 year olds should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt a day, about one teaspoon. Read more >


New Hope for Back Pain
Neil Wagner

Spinal discs are gel-filled sacs that sit between the vertebrae (bones) of the spinal column. They function as a cushion or shock absorber. Read more >


Osteoarthritis Origins: Protein Discovery Could Be Key to a Cure
Jordana Bieze Foster

A protein in cartilage appears associated with age-related articular cartilage loss, a discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for OA. Read more >


Meditation, Anxiety, and ADHD
Esther Entin, M.D.

People with ADHD have a hard time filtering out stimuli present in the environment and deciding which deserve their attention. Read more >


Kids and OTC Cold Meds Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

Roughly two-thirds of children's emergency room visits come from kids drinking OTC cold medication while unsupervised. Read more >


Salmonella in Peanut Butter: Outbreak Continues
Neil Wagner

The plant in Georgia responsible for the outbreak of salmonella has been found. What the FDA has to say about finding the peanut butter on shelves... Read more >


Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise, Says CDC
Alice G. Walton

Chlamydia can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and lead to female infertility. Read more >


A New Weapon to Lower Cholesterol Levels?
Neil Wagner

Cholesterol is carried by different transport proteins classed according to their densities. High density(HDL)is good; low (LDL)is bad. Read more >


Walking is Good Medicine for Blocked Leg Arteries
Neil Wagner

Peripheral artery disease is estimated to affect one out of every 16 adults over the age of 40, but often goes undiagnosed. Read more >


Mother-Infant Bonding: Up in Smoke
Esther Entin, M.D.

For newborns whose mothers smoke, withdrawal from nicotine occurs during the first five days after birth. Read more >


Sleep More, Live Better
Neil Wagner

Sleep deprivation may be a risk factor for many common medical problems, including weight gain, diabetes and hypertension. Read more >


Exposure to Alcohol in the Womb Leads to Altered Connections in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

It is not clear that drinking any amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Read more >


Brain Cell Starvation May Trigger Alzheimer's Disease
Neil Wagner

Alzheimer's disease may be a result of energy deprivation in the brain brought about by poor circulation causing insufficient glucose. Read more >


Happy Feet Keep Exercise Resolutions on Track
Jordana Bieze Foster

Have your feet measured before you buy athletic shoes. Exercising in tight shoes can cause a neuroma, or a pinched nerve. Read more >


Immune System Works Better at Night, New Fruit Fly Study Suggests
Alice G. Walton

The immune system (of fruit flies at least) functions better at night than during the day. Flies were more likely to survive when encountering... Read more >


Medicalese Turns Patients' Perception of Common Conditions Into Serious Diseases
Neil Wagner

Don't be frightened by "medicalese." Often medical terms aren't as serious as they sound. Read more >


Fear Reaction Different in Anxious and Depressed Adolescents and Adults
Alice G. Walton

The neurotransmitter serotonin is important in regulating the fear response. Read more >


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
Neil Wagner

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy asks people to observe their thoughts and to focus on the physical sensation of breathing. Read more >


Winning Warm-up: Soccer Injuries Nearly Halved
Jordana Bieze Foster

Warming up before exercise can greatly reduce the risk of injury. Read more >


Sugar Addiction in Rats
Neil Wagner

The American Psychiatric Association defines addiction as including three stages: craving, bingeing, and withdrawal. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Decreases Fertility in Women, New Study Reports
Alice G. Walton

Women who are exposed to secondhand smoke may have more trouble getting pregnant or, once pregnant, have increased chances of miscarriage. Read more >


Music May Be Good for the Heart, Literally
Alice G. Walton

Listening to pleasurable music helps dilate blood vessels significantly, just as blood pressure medications like statins do. Read more >


Exercise Helps Moderate Anger in Overweight Children
Alice G. Walton

Exercise appears to reduce children's anger as it increases fitness. Read more >


Risks for Metabolic Syndrome
Neil Wagner

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of factors that increases the chance of contracting heart disease, diabetes or stroke. Read more >


Far Beyond The Three R's
Esther Entin, M.D.

Social skills, such as knowing how to resist peer pressure, endure beyond childhood and support a person's success in adulthood. Read more >


Triglycerides and Stroke
Neil Wagner

As triglyceride levels go up, so does the risk of stroke. Read more >


Bad Managers Raise Risk of Heart Disease
Neil Wagner

Stress at work from a bad boss can increase your risk of heart disease. Read more >


Salmonella Cases Tied to Dog Food
Kelli Dunham, RN, BSN

What you feed your pet can have health consequences for you, as the salmonella outbreak shows... Read more >


Obese Children's Arteries Are Just as Bad as Middle-Aged Adults'
Alice G. Walton

The vascular "age" of obese children is like that of middle-aged adults, based on the amount of plaque build-up. Read more >


Ultrasound as Clot Buster
Neil Wagner

If a clot or part of it dislodges and travels to the lung and blocks an artery, a pulmonary embolism can occur. Read more >


Sleep on It: Napping Helps Form Complex Memory
Alice G. Walton

Short naps have the power to help form a complex form of memory known as relational memory. Read more >


Keeping Those Pounds Off
Neil Wagner

When it comes to maintaining weight loss, telephone counseling appears to be just as effective as face-to-face counseling. Read more >


Gulf War Illness, Unraveled
Neil Wagner

Gulf War illness was originally dismissed by many as a psychosomatic illness. Then a cause was found. Read more >


Magnetic Stimulation May Be Best Hope For Depressed Patients
Lindsay Harle, M.D.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an entirely different, FDA-approved approach for the treatment of depression. Read more >


Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Jordan Bieze Foster

The most appropriate choice of treatment for IBS may depend on which of the many symptoms associated with IBS are present. Read more >


Patients Often Misunderstand Medical Questionnaires, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Patients often misinterpret or completely misunderstand the medical questionnaires given to them at doctors' offices. Read more >


Ingredient in Red Wine May Help Fend Off Fatty Liver Disease
Alice G. Walton

The accumulation of fat in the liver can lead to such diseases as cirrhosis and fibrosis. Read more >


Study Details Adverse Effects of Chemotherapy in Women
Alice G. Walton

When healthy cells are damaged by the chemicals used in the chemotherapy, the patient may experience unwanted side-effects. Read more >


A New Way to Treat Osteoporosis?
Neil Wagner

Bones may seem like such solid, unchanging objects. In reality, they’re very dynamic. Read more >


Diabetes is Real; "Jaws" Is Just a Movie
Neil Wagner

Diabetes affects almost every organ in the body, causes severe circulatory problems and greatly increases the risk of heart attack. Read more >


Tai Chi: Good for the Knees?
Neil Wagner

Study says Tai Chi can help reduce the pain of arthritis. Read more >


Glucosamine And Chondroitin: A Joint Venture In Question
Jordana Bieze Foster

Glucosamine and chondroitin may not work as well together as we think. Read more >


Turf Wars: Artificial Surfaces Match Grass for Overall Safety
Jordana Bieze Foster

Injuries during matches played on artificial turf are more likely to be severe than match injuries played on grass. Read more >


Can Aspirin Help Prevent a First Heart Attack?
Neil Wagner

People who have diabetes are two to five times more likely to suffer from heart disease than the general population. Read more >


Safer and Tastier: Marinating Meat Reduces Suspected Carcinogens
Neil Wagner

Cooking meat at high temperatures produces suspected carcinogens. Marinating meat before cooking lowers the amount of these substances. Read more >


Location, Location, Location: Surviving Cardiac Arrest
Lindsey Harle, M.D.

When it comes to cardiac arrest, where you live that can make a difference. Read more >


Fruits and Veggies May Protect Against Flu
Alice G. Walton

Quercetin, a compound found in many fruits and vegetables may help lower susceptibility to the flu. Read more >


Take 12 Bars and Call me in the Morning: Music, Mood and Illness
Neil Wagner

Listening to music you like (it does not matter what kind) can lower anxiety, reduce pain and improve mood. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Wins Again
Neil Wagner

A Mediterranean diet is a diet that's rich in grain, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and includes a moderate amount of red wine. Read more >


Statins Do Not Protect Women from Heart Attacks
Neil Wagner

Statins are effective for men, but it is not clear they are effective for women. Read more >


The Scent of Skin Cancer Cells
Alice G. Walton

Some dogs are able to detect skin cancer because its cells emit an odor that is distinct from that of normal skin. Read more >


Salt Still Raises Blood Pressure
Neil Wagner

It is very simple: increased salt consumption increases your risk of hypertension (high blood pressure). Read more >


Sports-Related Concussions: Risks and Recovery
Jordana Bieze Foster

Concussions can be difficult to spot, especially when young athletes hide their symptoms to keep playing. Read more >


Cocoa's Memory-Enhancing Potential
Lindsey Harle, M.D

Eating more chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, and may improve memory... Read more >


ER Patients Not Clear On Diagnosis, Treatment or After-Care
Neil Wagner

When discharged from the hospital, remember to ask questions. Read more >


Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Neil Wagner

Coffee drinkers have a lower mortality rate, even from cardiovascular disease, according to a long-term study. Read more >


Melanoma's Alarming Rise
Kelli Dunham

In order to avoid melanoma, young women should wear plenty of sunscreen and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Read more >


Eating Cake May Help Children Kick an Allergy to Eggs
Alice G. Walton

Egg allergies are very common in children, but overcoming them may be as simple as exposing kids to small portions of cooked egg. Read more >


Another Reason to Avoid Beef?
Neil Wagner

Prions, the proteins that cause mad cow disease, can be transmitted by feces, a new study has found, raising questions about safe disposal.. Read more >


Fatal Medication Errors at Home on the Rise
Chris Pollock

Asking your doctor more questions and disclosing recreational drug use about your medication might help prevent a terrible accident. Read more >


Viagra® May Help Depressed Women Get Their Libido Back
Alice G. Walton

There is broad agreement that all women of childbearing age and their partners should have a reproductive plan. Read more >


Treatment Twofer: Depression, Hypertension Respond to Integrated Therapy
Jordana Bieze Foster

Depression is a risk factor for hypertension. Patients with both conditions are less likely to take their anti-hypertensive medications. Read more >


Optimism Pays Off for Heart Patients
Neil Wagner

Having a positive outlook can improve a heart patient's outcome. Read more >


Fertility Treatment Brings New Hope to Women Undergoing Chemotherapy
Alice G. Walton

A new fertility treatment for women facing cancer treatment significantly increases the odds that they will be able harvest their eggs. Read more >


Major Key to Viral Latency Discovered
Neil Wagner

Researchers have discovered the mechanism that makes the cold sore virus becomes dormant, with possible implications for other viral diseases. Read more >


Fatigue Facilitates ACL Injury
Jordana Bieze Foster

Female athletes risk of ACL injury is up to eight times greater than that of men. Fatigue is a big cause. Read more >


Focusing on Infant Pain Relief
Esther Entin, M.D.

Newborns who felt repeated pain showed changes in neurologic development and in their immediate and future behavior. Read more >


Smokers Quit in Clusters
Alice G. Walton

When people close to you quit smoking, you are more likely to quit as well. Read more >


Migraine
Richard P. Kraig, Ph.D., M.D.



Working Out with a Superbug
Tom Gilbert

In recent months, the feared "super bug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has got the attention of doctors, clinics and hospitals. Read more >


A Drink — or Two or Three — May Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tom Gilbert

Smoking increases the risk or RA, but moderate drinking seems to reduce it. Read more >


Gum Disease and Cancer Risk
Tom Gilbert

A few years ago they told us gum disease was associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >


How to Increase "Good" Cholesterol
Tom Gilbert

Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower risk of heart attack or stroke. Read more >


Virtual Reality Therapy as a Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Neil Wagner

A new study of has found a surprising use for virtual reality technology — as a therapeutic method for helping people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Read more >


Treating Heart Risk in the Obese — Pills Are Not Enough
Linda Hepler

Prevention, not handing out pills, is the key to improving risk for heart disease. Read more >


Aspirin and Hypertension
Tom Gilbert

Taking aspirin before bedtime is more effective for preventing hypertension. Read more >


Greening Cities May Reduce Childhood Asthma
Tom Gilbert

The lack of trees in urban areas may be behind the rising rates of asthma there. Read more >


Surgery? Take a Number
Tom Gilbert

There already is a shortage of general surgeons. Read more >


Using Breakfast to Stabilize Blood Sugar
Tom Gilbert

What you eat for breakfast can reduce the insulin rollercoaster and your risk for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart failure. Read more >


Good News from Fat Rats: Lipoic Acid Lowers Triglycerides
Tom Gilbert

Lipoic acid supplements lowered blood triglyceride levels by up to 60% in a study of... Read more >


Fixing the Gait
Tom Gilbert

More than 700,000 Americans have a stroke each year, many never fully recover. Read more >


"Reprogramming" Parkinson's
Tom Gilbert

Researchers in the US have successfully treated symptoms of a Parkinson's disease-like condition in adult rats by transplanting neurons from "reprogrammed" adult skin cells into the brains of fetal mice. Read more >


Reality Check: Gymnastics as Dangerous as Hockey
Tom Gilbert

Gymnastics has one of the highest injury rates of all girls' sports, according to a survey of emergency room admissions. Read more >


Green Tea Improves Effectiveness of Antibiotics
Tom Gilbert

Drinking green tea helps fight against drug resistant bacteria. Read more >


Is Softer Better for Your Back?
Tom Gilbert

Sleeping on a hard mattress may worsen back pain. Read more >


Meditation Can Reduce Reliance on Hypertension Medication
Leslie Carr

Simple relaxation and stress management techniques may make it possible for elderly people with a form of high blood pressure reduce their reliance on antihypertensive drugs, which pose certain risks for this age group. Read more >


Music Soothes the Stroke-Injured Brain
Tom Gilbert

According to fairy tales, music has the power to tame savage beasts. Read more >


CHD Patients: Exercising the Least and Needing It Most
Tom Gilbert

Medical guidelines suggest a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 days each week. Read more >


Healthcare Reform: Universal Coverage?
Tom Gilbert

There is one thing all three candidates agree on: too many Americans lack adequate health coverage. Read more >


Epithelial Ovarian Cancer
Renata Urban, M.D., and Jonathan S. Berek, M.D., M.M.S.

By the time most women seek treatment for epithelial ovarian cancer, the disease has already reached an advanced stage. Read more >


Breast Cancer Risk Remains Long After Quitting HRT
Tom Gilbert

Results suggest that any woman who have taken combination HRT should continue to have regular mammograms. Read more >


Cleaning Products and Your Child's Lungs
Tom Gilbert

Using strong cleaning products while pregnant may put your child at risk for breathing problems. Read more >


Seeing It Coming
Tom Gilbert

Many of us know one or two of the warning signs of heart attack, but few know all the symptoms or have a clear idea of what them. Read more >


U.S. Leads Europe in Strokes
Tom Gilbert

Mediterranean countries have a lower rate of stroke compared to the US, which may reflect the influence of the "Mediterranean diet." Read more >


Should We Take Multivitamins?
Tom Gilbert

Multivitamin use can create an overabundance of folic acid which may put people at risk for cancer. Read more >


Understanding Scientific Studies
Tom Gilbert

It is important to know if the information you are gathering on the Web is from a credible source. Read more >


Schizophrenia and Stress
Cheryl Corcoran, M.D., and Dolores Malaspina, M.D., M.S.P.H.



Progress Toward a Hemophilia Cure
Tom Gilbert

Raising hopes for a cure for human hemophilia, a new study has shown for the first time that transplanted cells can cure hemophilia A in animals. Read more >


Little Known but Troublesome: Prostatitis
Tom Gilbert

Prostate cancer gets the publicity, but a far less well-known prostate problem — prostatitis — affects many more men. Read more >


Getting Our Children off the Road to Heart Disease
Tom Gilbert

We spend 18 years teaching our children how to walk, talk, read and drive, but many of us drop the ball when it comes to teaching them how to eat right. Read more >


Triglycerides: the New Cholesterol?
Tom Gilbert

Triglycerides are a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease and should be routinely monitored. Read more >


A Stimulating Experience
Tom Gilbert

Once used to treat Parkinson's and other movement disorders, deep brain stimulation surgery, or DBS, may have the potential to treat a wide variety of other conditions. Read more >


The 30-Minute Solution
Leslie Carr

Add another finding to the growing list of studies telling us how important exercise is in reducing the impact of aging. Read more >


Smoking and Sleep
Tom Gilbert

Regular smokers go through nightly nicotine withdrawal, which may contribute to a restless sleep and fatigue the next day. Read more >


Infection Control and Healthcare
Keith F. Woeltje, M.D., Ph.D.



Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Ease Other Auto-Immune Disorders
Tom Gilbert

Anti-TNF compounds used to treat arthritis have a positive effect on B cells, which are involved in many autoimmune diseases. Read more >


Caffeine Reduces Ovarian Cancer Risk
Tom Gilbert

Caffeine reduces the risk of ovarian cancer; and alcohol and cigarette use had no ill effect. More Read more >


New Test for Prostate Cancer Risk
Tom Gilbert

There are five known genetic risk factors for prostate cancer. Read more >


Eat Less Or Exercise More? A Little of Either Will Help Your Heart
Tom Gilbert

The heart is not picky. Whether you eat less or exercise more, it responds to weight loss. Read more >


Calcium & Heart Attack in Older Women
Tom Gilbert

For some older women, calcium may increase the risk of heart attack. Read more >


Keeping Young Athletes' Shoulders Healthy
Tom Gilbert

A few minutes practice and exercise each day will keep a young athlete in shape, and ready to play. Read more >


A Super Drug for Super Bugs
Tom Gilbert

Thanks to the invention of antibiotics, 20th-century medicine virtually eliminated tuberculosis, polio, leprosy and many other once-common infectious diseases. Read more >


Coming Soon? Targeted Therapies for Ovarian Cancer
Frederick Sweet, Ph.D.

Frederick Sweet, Ph. Read more >


Stem Cell Breakthrough
Tom Gilbert

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in using stem cells to cure the genetic disease sickle cell anemia. Read more >


Men, Women and Aspirin
Tom Gilbert

Taking a low-dose aspirin once a day can help prevent heart attacks, but new research suggests that this may only be true for men... Read more >


Days Off
Tom Gilbert

According to a new study, American workers took over a billion days off for mental health reasons. Read more >


Not Better Left NSAID
Tom Gilbert

Be sure to tell your doctor if you routinely use ibuprofen or other NSAIDs because these can put you at risk for GI injury and bleeding. Read more >


What You Can Do to Prevent MRSA and Other Staph Infections
Leslie Carr

Recent news reports have made us all aware of the danger of drug-resistant staph infections, specifically, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA (pronounced "mer-suh"). Read more >


Malaria
Joel G. Breman, M.D.



Hot Pepper Pain Relief
Tom Gilbert

Hot peppers — the spicy kind — are part of a promising new approach to pain relief that appears to block pain without also disrupting thinking, balance or body awareness. Read more >


Asthma and College Athletes
Tom Gilbert

A significant number of athletes suffer from undiagnosed exercise-induced asthma. Read more >


Something to Lose Sleep Over — Sleep Loss and Your Health
Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Read more >


Vitamin E: Yes and No
Tom Gilbert

Vitamin E appears to help some people avoid heart disease. But it may make others more vulnerable to it. Read more >


Cure the Mosquito, Cure Malaria
Tom Gilbert

In America, you would have to be at least in your 70s or 80s to remember that parts of the country once had a problem with malaria. Read more >


Cars & Childhood Asthma

Some children are genetically predisposed to develop breathing problems when exposed to environmental toxins. Read more >


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Stephen R. Thom, M.D., Ph.D.



Pot Worse for Lungs than Cigarettes
Tom Gilbert

Of all the nonsense believed by members of the drug culture, among the most ridiculous is the idea that smoking marijuana has no effect on the lungs. Read more >


Low Cholesterol Associated with Cancer?
Tom Gilbert

Many studies show that lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol) is one of the most important things we can do to prevent heart disease. Read more >


Watch Out For Heat Stroke
Tom Gilbert

What is the major cause of heat stroke? Ignorance — of our own bodies, of the weather and of what one can do to the other. Read more >


Women and the Mid-Life Stroke
Tom Gilbert

Middle-aged women have a far greater risk of stroke than do men. Read more >


Red Wine Protects the Prostate
Tom Gilbert

In the past few years, researchers have found evidence for all sorts of healthful effects of red wine, particularly on the heart. Read more >


New Lyme Disease Guideline
Tom Gilbert

The treatment for Lyme disease is fairly straightforward — except when it isn't. Read more >


New Ideas on Allergies and Asthma
Tom Gilbert

Well-intentioned efforts to protect us from our environment may, in fact, have contributed to a modern epidemic of allergies and asthma. Read more >


What Do You Know About Stroke?
Tom Gilbert

Stroke kills over 160,000 Americans each year. Read more >


Rapid Response Key in 1918 Flu Pandemic
Tom Gilbert

The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic may be ancient history to most of us but medical researchers are still learning valuable lessons from it. Read more >


Vaccine Vs. Ear Infections
Tom Gilbert

As many parents can tell you, a small child who is prone to ear infections can make the whole family miserable. Read more >


First Evidence of Alcohol-Cancer Link
Tom Gilbert

Studies find that consuming alcohol increases your chance of rapid tumor growth. Read more >


The Children of 9/11
Tom Gilbert

Nearly 73 percent of children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center catastrophe developed a psychiatric illness in the years following the event. Read more >


Belly Fat and Disease
Tom Gilbert

As scientists learn more about the role of inflammation in diabetes, heart disease and other disorders, new research suggests that fat in the belly may be an important contributor to that inflammation. Read more >


Body Clocks and Sports Performance
Tom Gilbert

The 24-hour rhythmic cycle of our bodies, known as circadian rhythm, significantly affects athletic performance, according to just-published research. Read more >


Frequent Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk
Tom Gilbert

New data suggest that long-term and intense physical exercise may help protect women against some types of breastcancer. Read more >


Do Steroids Leave Tissues Open to Injury?
Tom Gilbert

People who get a steroid injection in their shoulder might be better off waiting a few weeks before returning to regular activities or starting physical therapy, according to a new study. Read more >


St. Valentine's Gift from Medicare
Tom Gilbert

Routine screenings can make a big difference in the early detection of aneurysms. Read more >


The Busier, The Better
Tom Gilbert

When it comes to breast-cancer surgery, a new study suggests that experience is crucial — far fewer patients die at hospitals that perform more surgeries. Read more >


USA #1 — in Treating Hypertension
Tom Gilbert

Treating hypertension early may actually save healthcare dollars by avoiding expensive procedures later. Read more >


Heart Failure: Fatter Is Better?
Tom Gilbert

There is an obesity paradox in cardiovascular health. Heavier people tend to survive health crises better, but are more at risk. Read more >


Dealing with Chronic Pain: The Mind Body Solution
Hilary Tindle, M.D., M.P.H.



A Molecular "Condom" Against AIDS
Tom Gilbert

While they are certainly better than nothing, traditional latex condoms do an imperfect job of preventing both pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS. Read more >


HIV's Effect on the Immune System Worse than Thought
Tom Gilbert

People with HIV have been living longer and better since the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (or HAART) in 1995. Read more >


Folic Acid Cuts Heart Disease Risk
Tom Gilbert

For years, mounting research has indicated that consumption of folic acid is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Read more >


Pregnant Smokers May "Program" Their Kids to Smoke
Tom Gilbert

Pregnant smokers may "program" their children to become smokers suggests the latest research. Read more >


All or Nothing at All
Tom Gilbert

Cutting down on smoking cigarettes — even by as much as 50% — will not help you live longer. Read more >


Three Ways to Lower Cancer Risk — Exercise, Aspirin Consumption and Childbirth
Tom Gilbert

We have long known that certain behaviors such as smoking and consumption of fatty foods lead to an increased risk of developing cancer. Read more >


Early Treatment Vital for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tom Gilbert

Early and aggressive use of the latest rheumatoid arthritis drugs may lead to remission of this notoriously intractable disease. Read more >


Facts and Fiction About Flu and Colds
Tom Gilbert

Despite how common they are, colds and flu are the subject of a great many fairytales and misconceptions. Read more >


Acute Pancreatitis
Stephen J. Pandol M.D.



Targeted Antibiotics Help IBS Symptoms
Tom Gilbert

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common and debilitating disease with few effective treatments. Read more >


Vaccine Gives Hay Fever Relief
Tom Gilbert

Researchers have successfully used an experimental DNA-based vaccine to protect against ragweed allergies, commonly known as hay fever, after just six injections. Read more >


Smoking, Quitting and Genetics
Eric Siu, M.Sc., Nael Al Koudsi, H.B.Sc., Man Ki Ho, H.B.Sc., Rachel F. Tyndale, M.Sc., Ph.D

Nicotine's addictive properties are a result of the activation of the special receptors in the brain. Read more >


Another Reason Not to Do Meth
Tom Gilbert

Everybody knows that methamphetamine (meth, crank, crystal and speed) is a dangerous and powerfully addictive drug. Read more >


Preventing Skin Cancer with — a Tan
Tom Gilbert

A recently released study has produced an improved understanding of the process of skin tanning, a breakthrough that may lead to a new way of protecting fair-skinned people from skin cancer. Read more >


Does Prostate Cancer Treatment Cause Diabetes and Heart Disease?
Tom Gilbert

A common treatment for prostate cancer puts men at increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Read more >


Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer: Yes or No?
Tom Gilbert

For decades, women with breast cancer have struggled with a decision — whether or not to undergo chemotherapy. Read more >


Are Menthol Cigarettes Worse for You?
Tom Gilbert

It's not that menthol cigarettes are more dangerous, it's just that — for some reason — they appear to be harder to give up than regular cigarettes. Read more >


Prostate Cancer Treatment: Too Much Too Soon?
Tom Gilbert

More than half of men with lower-risk prostate cancer received surgery or radiation treatment, when a wait-and-see approach might have been a better option, according to a new study. Read more >


Drinking and Running
Tom Gilbert

In recent years, long distance runners have been getting conflicting advice from experts about liquids. Read more >


Two Ways to Quit — One New, One Old
Tom Gilbert

In a tale of two anti-smoking drugs, two new aids to quitting smoking have emerged — one from the laboratory and one from the library. Read more >


Estrogen + Testosterone = Breast Cancer?
Tom Gilbert

Women who take a combination of estrogen and testosterone to treat the symptoms of menopause may be putting themselves at greater risk for breast cancer. Read more >


Cancer and the "Lance Armstrong Effect"
Tom Gilbert

Experts have long wondered why testicular cancer survivors like seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong do so much better than people with other advanced cancers. Read more >


It Is the Humidity
Tom Gilbert

Humidity appears to raise the risk of heart attack. Read more >


Quit Smoking. Get Fat.
Tom Gilbert

Quitting smoking can result in a substantial weight gain. Forewarned is forearmed. Read more >


Not By Breast Alone
Tom Gilbert

Giving breastfed babies a bit of solid food may help ward off food allergies. Read more >


Summer Stings and Bites
Tom Gilbert

Bees, ticks and other summertime afflictions. What to do. Read more >


No Particulate Place to Go
Tom Gilbert

Tips to help urban athletes breathe easier. Read more >


"Good" Fat Protein May Protect Blood Vessels
Tom Gilbert

Adiponectin stops white blood cells from the immune system from attaching to blood vessel walls. Read more >


Human Papilloma Virus and Cervical Cancer
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Modern medicine's battle against cervical cancer is a tale of two worlds. Read more >


Influenza and Pandemic Influenza: A Primer
Walter A. Orenstein, M.D.



Consumer-Driven Health Care: Ethical and Legal Pitfalls

With health care costs continuing to grow at a much higher rate than inflation, some policy makers have seized upon yet another technique they hope will restrain spending — "consumer-driven health care" in the form of "health savings accounts. Read more >


The Detection and Management of Osteoporosis
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Author's Note: I would like to thank Dr. Read more >


Dendritic Cell Cancer Vaccines
Woondong Jeong, M.D., Brier Rolando, M.D., and Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Woondong Jeong is a hematology/oncology fellow, Brier Rolando is an internal medicine resident and Robert G. Read more >


Suicide Assessment, Intervention and Prevention
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.



In Trials: Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

For some RA sufferers, the anti-TNF drugs are not effective. Two new drugs offer an alternative. Read more >


Road Traffic Injuries: Can We Stop A Global Epidemic?
Lauren P. Giles, B.A.; Elisabeth S. Hayes, M.B.A.; and Mark L. Rosenberg, M.D., M.P.P.

The causes of RTIs have been established: excessive speed, consumption of drugs and alcohol, failure to use seatbelts and poor road design. Read more >


Stress and Allergy
Rosalind J. Wright, M.D., M.P.H., and Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D

Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you're having a really tough day, you sneeze a lot and your skin feels itchier? It's not a coincidence, your emotions may have been the trigger. Read more >


A New Look at Stroke Prevention
Tom Gilbert

The eye is part of the brain and the same blood vessels feed both organs. Read more >


Scleroderma
Meggan Mackay, M.D., M.S., and Peter Barland



Breaking Up (Exercise) Is Good to Do
Tom Gilbert

Short bursts of intense exercise may be better for the heart than endurance training. Read more >


New RA Therapy: Immune Reeducation vs. Immunosuppression
Tom Gilbert

A promising new treatment may be able to reeducate the body's immune system to stop it from attacking healthy joint tissue. Read more >


Genetic Counseling and Breast Cancer
Dharmen Patel, M.D., Lawrence Shapiro, M.D., and Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Both women AND men can get breast cancer from inherited breast cancermutations. Read more >


Update on Fibromyalgia: A Real Pain
Tom Gilbert

For years, fibromyalgia sufferers have been telling sometimes skeptical doctors about their pain. Read more >


Killer Showers?
Tom Gilbert

Researchers find a link between showers and cancer, clear evidence shows the transfer of THM's from shower water into the blood. Read more >


Public Health and Bioterrorism: Learning the Lessons of the Anthrax Attacks
Richard E. Dixon, M.D., and David J. Sencer, M.D., M.P.H.



Anti-Heart Attack Antibiotics?
Tom Gilbert

Inflammation within the blood vessels plays a key role in the development of coronary heart disease. Read more >


Burns: From Treatment to Prevention
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Water heaters should be set below 120oF (49oC) to avoid scald injuries. Read more >


Good Health to Diet For: Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Robert M. Russell, M.D. and Paolo M. Suter, M.D.

Some people are "salt sensitive." If they increase their salt, they increase their blood pressure. Read more >


Prostate Cancer
Rami Y. Haddad, M.D.

Earky detection is important for prostate cancer. All men 50+ should havean annual digital rectal exam. Read more >


Green Tea May Protect Women From Breast Cancer
Tom Gilbert

Drinking green tea may help protect women from getting breast cancer — that's the good news from a study by researchers at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Read more >


More Sex, More Cancer?
Tom Gilbert

The more sexual partners a man has, the greater his risk of prostate cancer. Read more >


Calling It Quits

The first two weeks of any person's attempt to quit smoking are critical. Read more >


IBS: It May Not Be in Your Head
Tom Gilbert

We know a lot about the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (also known as Spastic Colon or IBS) — pain, cramps and diarrhea — but little or nothing about what causes it. Read more >


Giant Cell Arteritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

Always taper off steroid medications slowly, otherwise you risk upsetting the body's natural hormone production. Read more >


Osteoarthritis
Yusuf Yazici, M.D., and Akgun Ince, M.D.

Strengthening exercises for the quadriceps can help relieve symptoms of knee arthritis. Read more >


Less Painkiller, Less Pain?
Tom Gilbert

Consider this common scenario. Read more >


"Time is Brain": Treating Stroke as an Emergency
Morgan Campbell, M.D.

Aspirin, taken every day (81-325 mg dose), can help prevent a stroke. Read more >


A Body to Die For: The ABC's of Eating Disorders
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Recovering bulimics should protect their teeth by NOT brushing vigorously. Read more >


Less is Less: the Undertreatment of High Blood Pressure
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

If your doctor says your blood pressure is "a little high," you should betreated with anti-hypertensive drugs. Read more >


Got to Run: Travelers' Diarrhea
Gary M. Gray, M.D.

If antibiotics aren't stopping your traveler's diarrhea within three days, go see a doctor as soon as possible. Read more >


A New Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure?
Frank A. Laws, M.D., and Richard W. Smalling, M.D., Ph.D.



Sports Injuries and the Aging Athlete
John E. Morley, M.D.

Not long ago, a man named Al Hanna successfully reached the southern summit of Mt. Read more >


To Sydney and Beyond
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

If you are short of breath in the days following a long airplane trip, see a doctor ASAP. Read more >


Bioterrorism — Are We Prepared?
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

For most of us, bioterrorism seems out there with alien invaders as something likely to occur on television but not in real life. Read more >


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Gary M. Gray, M.D.

Tincture of opium may help relieve IBS symptoms when other medicines fail. Read more >


A New Way of Looking at Atherosclerosis
Felicita Andreotti, M.D., Ph.D., Ignatios Ikonomidis, M.D., Stefano Sdringola, M.D., and Petros Nihoyannopoulos, M.D.



Going With The Flow: Exercise And Healthy Blood Vessels
Tom Gilbert

The blood vessels of older athletes tend to function just as well as those younger group. Read more >


Anxiety Disorders
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Psychodynamic therapy works best with those who are curious to learn more about themselves and their inner thoughts. Read more >


More than a Little Heartburn: Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gary M. Gray, M.D.

To reduce episodes of heartburn, avoid cigarettes,late night meals and alcohol and coffee in the evening. Read more >


Drowning and Near-Drowning: Prevention and Treatment
Dipak Chandy, M.D.

If swimming or boating, avoid all drugs and alcohol. Read more >


Pancreas Transplant: A Cure for Diabetes?
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

Type 1 diabetics with kidney disease should strongly consider simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant. Read more >


Low Cholesterol and Heart Problems
Tom Gilbert

You cannot depend on your cholesterol level alone to indicate heart disease. Read more >


Of Mice and Men and Women: The Genetics of Pain
Tom Gilbert

People experience pain differently; some are more sensitive than others. Genes may be the reason. Read more >


A Fate Worse than Debt: Credit Cards and Stress
Tom Gilbert

Most Americans know from personal experience that high credit card debt is bad for their financial health. Read more >


Fibromyalgia: Real or Imaginary?
M. Nergis Alnigenis (Yanmaz), M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

A low-impact exercise program may help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Read more >


As Easy as (Cherry) Pie?
Tom Gilbert

Cherries — whether fresh, frozen, dried, or canned — are a powerful triple threat in the body's battle against cancer. Read more >


Sleep Apnea: The Noisy Killer
Ahmed Syed Ali, M.D., and John E. Morley, M.D.

If you are often sleepy during the daytime, you may have sleep apnea and should see your doctor. Read more >


The Neurobiology of Depression
Juan F. Lopez, M.D.



Coronary Heart Disease in Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Two common conditions that can produce chest pain and are frequently confused with angina are esophageal reflux disease and panic attacks. Read more >


Influenza Can Affect Your Blood Count
Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

As we all know, it is influenza season again. Read more >


Asthma in the Inner City: An Unnecessary Epidemic?
Tom Gilbert

Asthma is under-diagnosed among inner city middle school children and may require rethinking our social priorities. Read more >


Tobacco and Women: Trends and Strategies for Quitting
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, if an American woman smoked a cigarette it was considered disgraceful behavior. Read more >


How to Handle the Heat
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Our skin is the radiator of the car. It is the place where most of our cooling occurs. Read more >


The Response to Stress
Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., and Dean Krahn, M.D

What do we mean when we say we are "stressed out"? We may just be having a bad day, or feeling pressured by too many things to do and too little time to do them. Read more >


Rewards and Addictions
Dean D. Krahn, M.D.

Drug abusers, alcoholics and overeaters may appear to be out of control but, actually, it's the opposite. Their brain chemistry, thrown out of balanceby substance abuse, is strongly dictating their behavior. Read more >


What We Know about Unhealthy Behaviors and How You Can Change Them
Dean D. Krahn, M.D.

We pride ourselves on our intelligence but we still engage in many unhealthy behaviors — eating and drinking to excess, smoking, abusing drugs. Read more >


The Human Genome Project: What It Means for You
James R. Lupski, M.D., Ph.D.

A mutation can be caused by a change in a whole chromosome or involve just one base pair of a specific gene. Read more >


Why Doctors Use Echocardiography
Eddy Barasch, M.D.

Echocardiography is so sensitive that it can detect mild murmurs not otherwise heard, alerting your doctor to potential problems. Read more >


Diet and Heart Disease
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Alice H. Lichtenstein, D. Sc.

Alice H. Read more >


Testicular Cancer
Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Testicular cancer is the most common malignancy in young adult males. Read more >


Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Women: Not Just a Man's Disease
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

There is an odd perception that colorectal cancer (CRC) is a man's disease. Read more >


The Genetics of Breast Cancer
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Everyone of us has had a friend or relative concerned about their family history of breast cancer. Read more >





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