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Vegetarian Diets Could Reduce Greenhouse Gasses Significantly
Alice G. Walton

Vegetarian, pescetarian, and Mediterranean diets can do a lot to reduce greenhouse gasses. Read more >


New Insights into Why Some People Are Resistant to Stress, Depression
Sami Hocine

Some people are just not affected by stress very much. A new study suggests why and offers hope for new treatments for depression. Read more >


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 >


Children Eat Healthier When Parents Set Food Rules
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids become better at controlling their own eating when parents set a few rules. They whine less, too. 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 >


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 >


When It Comes to Parent-Child Communication, More Channels Can Help
Annie Sofield Reed

When kids move out, parents often struggle to find the right way to communicate. 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 >


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 >


How Far You Have to Walk to Work Off a Soda
Alice G. Walton

It takes 50 minutes of running or five miles of walking to work off the 250 calories in a can of soda. Read more >


Restaurants Are Cutting Calories
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Restaurant chains have been introducing lower-calorie items. This could help diners keep weight off. 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 >


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 >


Grapefruit Lowers Glucose and Improves Weight Control
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A compound in grapefruit lowers glucose as well as a common diabetes drug. 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 >


Minimizing Your Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Four lifestyle changes can reduce women's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy by 80%. 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 >


Fried Food Increases Risk for Gestational Diabetes
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant should try to limit the amount of fried food they eat, particularly when eating out. 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 >


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 >


You Are What You (and Your Full-Figured Friends) Eat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Who you eat with can affect what you eat, especially if your friends are overweight. 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 >


Bariatric Surgery May Bring Surprising Benefits for the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Weight loss surgery not only benefits the body, it appears to protect the brain as well. 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 >


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 >


A Growing Waistline Problem
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Waistlines have grown over an inch on average in the past ten years. This increase in belly fat is not good health news. 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 >


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 >


And the Winner of Best Weight-Loss Diet Is...
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight loss may be the new Holy Grail. But which plans really help? Pick one that is right for you. 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 >


Brain Development Puts the Brakes on Kids’ Growth
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There's a reason why toddlers' heads are too big for their bodies: Their brains are using most of what they eat. Young minds need to be fed properly. 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 >


Biceps, Triceps and White Matter: Exercising the Brain
Sami Hocine

The white matter in the brains of kids who are in good shape is denser and able to process information faster than those who aren't fit. 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 >


Active Commuting Offers Health — and Environmental — Benefits
Leslie Carr

Commuters who drive themselves to work weigh five to seven pounds more than those who walk or bike. Read more >


Nature Really Does Nurture
Esther Entin, M.D.

Mothers who spend more time in green spaces are less likely to have low birth weight babies. Read more >


Children‘s Lunch Boxes Fail Nutrition Test
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tips for sendings kids to school with healthy lunches they'll enjoy. 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 >


Crowdsourcing May Help People Make Smarter Food Choices
Charlotte LoBuono

There's a new reason to take pictures of your meals — you can use them to get support and feedback to eat better. 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 >


Kids Choose Healthier Foods When Parents Spend Time Cooking
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Time spent in the kitchen pays off in more than just good nutrition. Kids who eat mostly home-cooked meals choose healthier food when out. 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 >


The Childhood Obesity Crisis: Who Is in Denial?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids can have inaccurate ideas about their own weight. Parents, too. What helps. 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 >


Genetic Risks for Autism Come into Focus
Sami Hocine

A large new study of the genetic underpinnings of autism finds that sudden mutations play almost no role in the disorder. 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 >


Organic Foods Show Clear Nutritional Benefits
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Not only do organic foods offer far more polyphenols and other antioxidants, they have far fewer pesticide residues. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Preschoolers More Likely to Recognize Unhealthy Food Brands
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What parents eat has the biggest effect on kids' food choices. But it would help if carrots or apples had the branding that junk foods do. 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 >


Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Some foods offer more nutrition per calorie than others. A new list contains some obvious choices, but there are some surprises, too. 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 >


White Bread Will Make You Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating two slices of white bread a day raises the risk of obesity by 40%. 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 >


Kids Need Early and Repeated Exposure to Veggies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You know the best way to keep kids healthy and at a good weight is to be sure vegetables are part of their diets. Here's how to make that happen. Read more >


Body Fat, Obesity in Kids Linked to Getting Too Little Sleep
Charlotte LoBuono

Kids who don't get enough sleep have more body fat and are more likely to be obese. 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 >


Preparing for A Flu Pandemic
Alice G. Walton

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


Home Food Environment Affects the Quality of Your Diet
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Some homes are like Superfund sites -- toxic to healthy eating. A few changes can make eating better a lot easier. Read more >


Children Prefer Being Helpers to Helping
Charlotte LoBuono

If you want your children to clean up, try enlisting them as helpers, rather than asking them to help. It makes a difference. 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 >


Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce If Wife Becomes Ill
Charlotte LoBuono

When a married woman becomes ill, divorce may loom on the horizon. But the same is not true for men. 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 >


Could the Risk of Diabetes Be Lowered with Coffee?
Alice G. Walton

Coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes among other health benefits. 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 >


Kids' Food Portions Mirror Parents' Food Portions
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Avoid that "finish your dinner" fight. Young children need smaller portions. Better they ask for more than not finish. 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 >


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 >


Active Moms Raise Active Kids
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents' own activity levels have a big effect on how active — and healthy — their children will be. 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 >


Exercise Reduces Risk of Hospital Readmission In Patients With COPD
Charlotte LoBuono

If you have lung disease, you may think you should not be exercising, but nothing could be further from the truth. 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 >


Early Morning Light May Help Keep Weight under Control
Alice G. Walton

Getting some early morning sun may not only wake you up – it may help you slim down. 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 >


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 >


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



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 >


Parents' Over-Feeding Can Encourage Infants' Overeating
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overfeeding babies sets the stage for lifelong weight problems. It's easy to avoid the pitfalls. 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 >


Study Finds One Way Genes Are Affected by Lifestyle
Michael J. Gertner

We don't choose our genes, but as we age we make choices that can affect them, and that can make all the difference. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


The Road to Obesity Begins in Infancy
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overeating is so easy, even a child can do it. Parents and pediatricians can nip the tendency in the bud. 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 >


Down with The Good and Up with The Bad: Food Costs Fuel Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When fruits and veggies cost less, people weigh less. High-priced soda helps, too 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 >


Fermented Dairy Foods — Like Yogurt — Reduce Diabetes Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fermented milk products like yogurt, sour cream, kefir, and lassi can reduce diabetes risk by as much as 28 percent. 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 >


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 >


Late Night Smartphone Use Interferes with Productivity
Neil Wagner

People who use their smartphones late at night are less productive the next day. 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 >


Tips for Avoiding Screen-Related Eye Fatigue
Neil Wagner

You can ease the strain of hours in front of a screen. Start by giving your monitor a high-five...and blinking. 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 >


Coupons Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Grocery store coupons are great — if you are shopping for candy, soda and chips. 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 >


Home Visits Help New Parents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Nurses' visits to new parents not only provide answers to questions and ease stress, they reduce healthcare costs considerably. 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 >


Healthy Eating May Be as Easy as Following Traffic Signals
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When cafeteria food is labeled green, yellow, or red according to its nutritional value, people make healthier choices. Genius! 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 >


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 >


Two Studies Address Kids' Lunchroom Nutrition
Neil Wagner

Does making kids take servings of nutritious food actually improve their diets? Nope. Bribery works better. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Brain and Behavioral Effects Seen in Offspring of Absentee Fathers
Charlotte LoBuono

An involved father offers kids an edge in terms of the brain developments key to social behavior Read more >


Cell Phone Angst
Neil Wagner

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


For Teens, Sleep Is a Family Affair
Esther Entin, M.D.

Puberty wreaks havoc on teens' sleep cycles; so do teens' family and social relationships. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Never Underestimate the Power of A Muppet
Neil Wagner

When the Muppets explain how to eat healthy and exercise, preschoolers listen. They even eat better 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 >


Statins Do Not Contribute to Cognitive Decline
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Too Late for a Latte
Neil Wagner

Drinking coffee, even hours before bed, can rob you of sleep every night. Read more >


Gun Violence in PG-13 Movies Can Exceed That in R-rated Films
Charlotte LoBuono

Beware the gun effect. PG-13 films are more violent than those rated R. Read more >


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

Eating blueberries can improve cardiovascular functioning. 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 >


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 >


Cell Phones at Meetings: Rules of Engagement for the New Civil War
Neil Wagner

Cell phones make the business world go round, but they also derail many meetings -- and careers. 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 >


Young Children Behave Better When They Have a Consistent Bedtime
Esther Entin, M.D.

Young children need to go to bed at a regular, consistent time. Think of it as a miracle cure for bad behavior. 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 >


Study Helps Dieters Choose the Best Weight-Loss Apps
Alice G. Walton

Your cell phone can be a valuable diet ally. Just be sure to use apps grounded in scientific evidence. 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 >


Sleep, The Brain's Housekeeper
Michael J. Gertner

The cellular trash that builds up in the brain gets cleared away during sleep. Another reason to be sure you get enough. 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 >


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 >


Irisin Helps Exercise Boost Body and Brain
Michael J. Gertner

Irisin, the magic molecule of the moment, turns bad fat into good and helps exercise boost the brain 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 >


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 >


Severe Obesity On the Rise Among Kids and Teens
Charlotte LoBuono

The fattest kids are getting fatter. Parents and doctors need to step in to help. Read more >


Skype Me! Social Interaction Feeds Language Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

The back-and-forth of social interaction -- gestures, eye contact and reactions -- are very important to learning language. 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 >


State Bans on Harmful Chemicals Appear to Help
Alice G. Walton

Brain-damaging compounds from flame retardants have dropped significantly since PBDEs were banned. 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 >


New Way to Study Movement Could Yield Autism Treatments
Charlotte LoBuono

New technology may make it possible for ASD kids to guide their own treatments. Read more >


Artificial Sweeteners Increase the Brain's Sugar Cravings
Michael J. Gertner

That no-cal sweetener you put in your coffee may actually increase your craving for sugar. Read more >


Nap Time is Learning Time
Neil Wagner

Preschoolers need their naps, even, or especially, in school. 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 >


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 >


Low T, Meet Low E: Scientists Begin to Unravel Factors in Male Menopause
Michael J. Gertner

Low T? Maybe, But it could be Low E that messing with your love life. Read more >


Bad Nutrition: Baby Food Is Promoted for Babies Too Young to Need It
Alice G. Walton

Breastfeeding is best for babies six months old and younger. Read more >


3-D Video Game Improves Cognitive Control
Charlotte LoBuono

A video game that works key brain circuits helps bring aging brains' performance up to speed. Read more >


Lead Exposure Linked to School Suspension
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children exposed to lead are almost four times more likely to be suspended from school. Read more >


Simple Routines Help Kids Lose Weight
Alice G. Walton

Just a few small changes at home help kids avoid the kind of weight gain that leads to obesity. 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 >


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 >


Driving to Work Raises Diabetes Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Those who drive to work have a far higher risk of diabetes than those who walk or bike. Even a bus is better. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Breastfeeding Promotes Brain Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastmilk enhances the fatty covering around nerves so baby's brain circuits become superhighways. Read more >


Hand Gestures Help Kids Pick Up Language
Alice G. Walton

The more we “talk” with our hands – using gestures to express meaning – the easier it is for children to understand and pick up new words. Read more >


Omega 3s Role in Bone Health
Michael J. Gertner

Omega 3 fatty acids, found in swordfish and tuna, appear to strengthen bones. Omega 6s don't. 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 >


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 >


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 >


BPA Appears to Increase the Risk of Obesity in Teenaged Girls
Alice G. Walton

The plastic additive BPA has been linked to obesity in teenaged girls. Read more >


Expectant Mom's Diet May Determine Child's Bone Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Mothers' prenatal diets appear to set the stage for children's bone development for years after birth. Supplements are not enough. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Two-Drug Combination Better for Increasing Bone Density
Charlotte LoBuono

Combining osteoporosis drugs can increase bone mineral density. Read more >


Men and Women Look for Different Benefits from Relationships
Alice G. Walton

Men and women value relationships for different reasons. Women value companionship; can you guess what men value? 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 >


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 >


Lip Makeup May Contain Toxic Levels of Certain Metals
Charlotte LoBuono

Toxic lipstick. It's not a new band; it's about the metals found in lipstick and lip gloss. Read more >


Kids Need Magnesium for Healthy Bones
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When it comes to bone density, children need magnesium as much, if not more than calcium. 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 >


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 >


Just One Sugary Drink A Day Increases Diabetes Risk Significantly
Alice G. Walton

Oh come on! How much can one little sugary drink a day up your risk for diabetes? Pretty significantly. 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 >


Tweaking a Balkan Bed Bug Remedy
Charlotte LoBuono

The fuzzy leaves of bean plants have been used to trap bedbugs for centuries. Read more >


Behind Obesity: Could It Be Insulin, Not Calories?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not calories that make us fat, argues Gary Taubes. And that's why we keep gaining weight. Read more >


Kids with Autism Focus on the Essentials
Alice G. Walton

Kids with ASD copy the actions of others differently. This tells us a bit more about how they see things. Read more >


Organic Food Labels Can be Deceiving
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A sneaky study uncovers the organic halo effect when it comes to food. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Teens' Relationship Problems Predict Their Struggles as Adults
Alice G. Walton

When parents help teens navigate peer social relationships, they improve kids' adult relationships down the road. Read more >


Certain Minerals May Reduce Symptoms of PMS
Charlotte LoBuono

Women with good levels of a certain form of iron are less prone to PMS. Potassium is another story. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Obese and Overweight Children Face Serious Health Risks
Esther Entin, M.D.

You wouldn't let your child play near the street unsupervised; don't let him or her eat unsupervised either. 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 >


Are Women More Comfortable In Their Skin than Men?
Neil Wagner

Are the near-naked female avatars in games a sign of liberation? 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 >


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 >


Good Partners Make Good Parents
Neil Wagner

Wondering what kind of parent you will be? Certain qualities make it pretty easy to predict. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Treating ADHD with Medication Reduces a Person's Risk of Criminal Behavior
Alice G. Walton

Crime and medication? People with ADHD are less likely to commit crimes if they take medication. 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 >


Flame Retardants Affect Children's Brain Development
Alice G. Walton

Flame retardants may cause delays in children’s brain development. Read more >


A Spray to Keep Your Man from Straying
Neil Wagner

A spritz of "love" hormone kept men's eyes from wandering. Is this a new form of chemical warfare or a set-up for a sitcom? 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 >


A Backwards Approach to Weight Loss
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Before you start a diet, it can help to learn how to keep weight off first. Read more >


Clear Expectations Mean Better Student Behavior
Neil Wagner

Bullying and disruptive behavior are big problems in schools. So why not teach kids how to behave? 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 >


Exercise Can Add Years to Your Life — Now We Know How Many
Alice G. Walton

The more active you are, the longer you will likely live. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Eye Drops that Prevent Cataracts
Neil Wagner

Eye drops to prevent cataracts? They work in rats at least... 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Peer Evaluations More Accurate than Personal Ones
Neil Wagner

Your friends know you better than you think. In fact, kids we played with in first grade are... 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 >


Dioxin's Harmful Effects Span Generations
Neil Wagner

Dioxin persists in the environment, and the body, for a very long time. It appears its effects can.. 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 >


Why Women – and Eunuchs – Live Longer
Neil Wagner

Palace eunuchs in Korea lived longer than other men of the time. What does this say about male... 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 >


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 >


Shy Preschoolers May Be at a Disadvantage
Alice G. Walton

Children who are quiet or withdrawn may not reap the same benefits of education as the outgoing ones. 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 >


Can Walnuts Help Solve Male Fertility Problems?
Neil Wagner

The fatty acids in walnuts appear to improve the mobility and vitality of sperm. Read more >


Bringing Your Nutritional Makeover Home
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Planning meals is key to your nutritional makeover. Eating out? Bag some food before you begin. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Simple Ways to Increase Fitness Can Reduce the Risk of Falls
Alice G. Walton

By putting a little extra effort into regular movements, senirs can build enough strength and balance to reduce the risk of a fall. 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 >


Newborn Screening
Esther Entin, M.D.

Screening newborns for a variety of conditions saves lives. But finding care can be difficult. 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 >


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 >


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 Health Effects of Caffeine
Charlotte LoBuono

Coffee, or more generally, caffeine, offers many protective effects; except when it comes to fertility. 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 >


Long-Term Contraception More Effective at Preventing Unintended Pregnancies
Charlotte LoBuono

Women taking the pill or patch or ring were far more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy... 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 >


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 >


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 >


Iron Supplements May Help Women With Fatigue
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tired? Women diagnosed with low iron, even when it's not anemia, can benefit from iron supplements. Check with your doctor first. Read more >


Us or Them: Who's to Blame for Our Sugar Problem?
Alice G. Walton

In the "war" against obesity, it seems that the soda industry wants to shift the blame to consumers. Read more >


Shifting When You Eat Could Shift Your Metabolism
Alice G. Walton

Curbing the hours of the day during which you eat could have a big impact on your weight and health. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Touch and Hearing May Be Linked
Neil Wagner

The better a person's hearing, the better his or her sense of touch. These senses may share... 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Recess: A Learning Opportunity
Esther Entin, M.D.

Recess can be an arena for bullies or a lab for learning the social skills needed to get past conflict. 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 >


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 >


Print Referencing Helps Preschoolers Learn to Read
Neil Wagner

When children come to understand that the story they love is also a thing in print, it can inspire.. 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 >


Special K Can Lead to Ongoing Bladder Problems in Its Users
Alice G. Walton

The club drug Special K or Ketamine can cause serious bladder problems in the people who use it.... 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 >


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 >


Being Hungry Can Bias Your Senses
Alice G. Walton

When you're hungry, you respond to food-related cues more strongly than when you’re full. Reason not to shop on an empty stomach. 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 >


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 >


Hiding Veggies in Other Foods May Not Be the Best Way to Get Kids to Eat Healthy
Alice G. Walton

Hiding vegetables in children's food can backfire. Read more >


Breastfeeding as a Public Health - and Family – Issue
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastfeeding has so many health benefits, it's like a miracle drug. But work and family can be obstacles. 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 >


A Connection between Cognition and Personality
Alice G. Walton

When seniors improve their cognitive skills, their personalities also get a boost. Read more >


More Insight into How the Mediterranean Diet Benefits Body and Mind
Alice G. Walton

People who follow the Mediterranean diet do better mentally as they age. Now we know why... 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 >


Urinary Tract Infections May Be Caused By Bacteria in Food
Alice G. Walton

The bacteria that cause some UTIs may come from contaminated foods. Careful food practices are essential. Read more >


Testosterone: The "Me" Hormone
Neil Wagner

When women were given testosterone and asked to solve a problem, cooperation went way down... 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 >


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 >


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 >


Healthy Food Choices May Be as Simple as Green for Go
Alice G. Walton

Two simple changes help people make the smarter food choices. Now to get stores and cafeterias to... Read more >


Osteoporosis and Bone Mineral Density Testing: New Guidelines for Screening?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Do post-menopausal women and older men need BMD screening every year or two... Read more >


Teen Weight Loss Programs May Work Better Without Parents
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Parents have long been key players in helping their kids lose weight. But for teens, peers may... 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 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 >


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 >


Conflict and Conversation in Relationships
Leslie Carr

Trying to figure out whether your partner is a keeper? A new study suggests where you should look. 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 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 >


The Marriage Problem
Alice G. Walton

Marriage carries with it the threat of divorce. But it also offers significant health benefits. Read more >


Gossip Can Be Good
Alice G. Walton

Some kinds of gossip may actually benefit your health. 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 >


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 >


Shift Work: An Occupational Health Hazard?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Shift workers are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the longer you work rotating shifts, the worse it... 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 >


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 >


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 >


Men and Sex: The Truth Emerges
Neil Wagner

Men don't think about sex every seven seconds. It's more like 19 times a day. And many women... Read more >


Long Distance Running Is Hard on the Heart
Alice G. Walton

Long distance runners can develop temporary damage to the heart, but it doesn't mean you should quit. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Procedure Helps Babies Who Have Trouble Breastfeeding
Alice G. Walton

"Tongue-tie" or tether tongue makes it hard for babies to latch on to the breast. It can be easily diagnosed and corrected. 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 >


Eating Canned Soup Raises BPA Levels in Your Body
Alice G. Walton

Soup cans may contain BPA, a known toxin. People who ate canned soup had higher levels of this toxin in their bodies. Read more >


Vibration Device Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
Neil Wagner

Whole body vibration platforms have been marketed to prevent bone loss. Problem is, they don't work. Read more >


Alcohol: Friend or Foe?
Alice G. Walton

Drinking offers health benefits and risks. Get help sifting through the latest findings. 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 >


Good Nutrition Matters to Sperm
Alice G. Walton

Good nutrition and lifestyle choices improve sperm counts. 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 >


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 >


Wider Waists May Up Colon Cancer Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Being overweight is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Embarrassment is Linked to Dependability, Generosity
Alice G. Walton

People who become embarrassed more readily are also more dependable and generous. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Bringing Home Baby: Doctors and Parents Offer Advice on the Big Decisions
Alice G. Walton

What would new moms do differently the next time around? Reconsidering circumcision and breastfeeding are high on the list. 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 >


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 >


Impulsive Children Become Impulsive Adults
Neil Wagner

The brains of impulsive people are different from those who can delay gratification. Read more >


Fewer Boys Being Circumcised
Esther Entin, M.D.

The decision to circumcise a newborn boy is one that is best made after looking at all the information available. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Stimulating Environments Helps Give White Fat the Calorie-Burning Power of Brown Fat
Alice G. Walton

In mice, living in a more stimulating envronment was linked to more calorie-burning brown fat. Is the same true for humans? 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 >


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 >


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 >


A Nagging Problem
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids' nagging can wear down moms' resistance. But a study found some winning strategies... Read more >


For Postmenopausal Women, All Weight Loss Is Not the Same
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you are 60 or older and trying to lose weight, don't skimp on protein, or the weight you lose may be muscle. 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 >


Exercise for Seniors: Benefits, Risks, and How To Begin
Calvin H. Hirsch, M.D.

Exercise is the fountain of youth. So what are you waiting for? A plan to get you started. 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 >


Colon Cleanses Can Pose Serious Health Risks
Alice G. Walton

Though they sound healthy, colon cleanses pose serious health risks. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Grape Seed Extract - and Perhaps Red Wine - May Fend off Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

Grape seed extract – and perhaps red wine – shows promise as a way to slow... Read more >


Losing Weight vs. Maintaining Weight: Different Strategies Required
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Once you have lost weight, you need to have a different set of strategies for keeping it off in order to avoid gaining it back. Read more >


"Late Talkers" Turn Out Just Fine
Alice G. Walton

Children with language delays have no more behavioral or emotional problems as adolescents than other kids. Read more >


Bad Habits Can Ruin Your Sex Life
Neil Wagner

People with drug or other substance dependence problems and those who are obese are less likely to have satisfying sex. 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 >


Why Rocking Yourself to Sleep Works
Neil Wagner

Break out the hammocks. Rocking to sleep is not just for babies. It offers a deeper sleep... 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 >


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 >


Emergency Contraception: What You Need to Know
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

What's new in emergency contraception and how well does it work? Read more >


Of Mice and Men: Is a Male Contraceptive on the Way?
Neil Wagner

Research on mice has found a way to reduce male fertility without reducing libido... 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 >


Osteoporosis: Treating and Preventing the Most Common Bone Disorder in Women and Men
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

Osteoporosis is common among men and women, but there's progress in treatment and prevention. 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 >


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 >


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 >


The Science of Skincare: Can We Really Slow Aging?
Alice G. Walton

Skin, our body's largest organ, has simple tastes. The best products are found in the kitchen, not the bathroom cabinet. 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 >


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 >


Children and Environmental Chemicals: A Call for Better Regulation
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are small and low to the ground, leaving them more exposed to environmental toxins. 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 >


Taste, Price Are Bigger Influences in Food Choice than Calories
Alice G. Walton

Taste and price drive food most people's food choices. Many don't even know how many calories... 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 >


Bone Health: More Controversy Over Calcium and Vitamin D
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Recent research suggests that taking calcium raises heart risk. But what about osteoporosis? 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 >


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: The Most Common Hormone Disorder in Women
D.A. Dumesic, M.D., M. Goodarzi, M.D., Ph.D., G. Chazenbalk, Ph.D., D. Geller, M.D., and D.H. Abbott, Ph.D.

PCOS can interfere with fertility and make pregnancy risky. Worse, it brings long-term health problems. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Many People Rate Themselves as Normal Even When Overweight: What's Changed?
Alice G. Walton

People who are seriously overweight tend not to see themselves as being as heavy as they are... 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Antioxidants May Combat Male Infertility
Neil Wagner

Antioxidants appear to improve male fertility, reducing damaging oxidative stress on sperm... Read more >


Starting Baby on Solids Too Soon May Pose Obesity Risk Later
Alice G. Walton

Introducing solid foods too early raises the risk of obesity... Read more >


Experts Expand Guidelines for Osteoporosis Screening in Women
Alice G. Walton

Drinking alcohol daily, smoking and a low body mass index all raise your risk of osteoporosis considerably. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Surgeon General: End Barriers to Breastfeeding
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Surgeon General addresses the reasons women don't engage in this free, healthy practice... 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 >


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 >


High Sugar Intake in Teens May Increase Heart Disease Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Teens who eat a diet high in added sugars have higher "bad" LDL cholesterol and trigylcerides. Read more >


Baby Fat May Predict Childhood Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Don't assume a chubby baby is a healthy baby. Don't deny infants food, but when solids are introduced, make healthy choices. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Healthy Eaters Live Longer and Better
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Seniors who eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy live longer and better. Read more >


BPA Lowers Women's Fertility in Study
Neil Wagner

Women having trouble conceiving may want to consider their exposure to BPA and learn how to limit it 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 >


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 >


Nice Guys Don't Finish Last; They Get Married
Neil Wagner

Marriage appears to make men nicer, though it's also true nice men are more likely to marry. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Synthetic Marijuana Worse Than the Real Stuff
Alice G. Walton

Synthetic marijuana, often legal and sold at convenience stores, can be more deadly than the real thing. 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 >


Go Online to Take Off Weight
Alice G. Walton

Want to lose weight? Let your computer or cell phone help you. Online feedback can improve results. 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 >


Scented Products Give Off Toxic Chemicals
Neil Wagner

Many of those scented products you love actually give off toxic chemicals. Some are even "green." 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 >


More Teens Are Reporting Hearing Loss
Alice G. Walton

Teens' hearing has gotten worse. It may be from having the iPod or MP3 up too loud. 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 >


Evidence that Violent Media Desensitizes Teenage Boys
Neil Wagner

Boys used to violent video clips have less response to them. Does this increase the likelihood... Read more >


AAP: Infants Should Be Screened for Iron Deficiency at 12 Months
Alice G. Walton

Breastfed babies should have iron supplements beginning at four months old. All babies should be checked for iron at 12 months. 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 >


How to Deal with Food Labels
Neil Wagner

Don't be misled by health claims on food labels. Read the nutrition information on packages to get the full picture. Read more >


Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?
Alice G. Walton

Women who experience morning sickness are less likely to miscarry than women who do not... 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 >


Too Much Screen Time Bad for Kids' Psychology
Alice G. Walton

Limiting kids' TV and computer time can improve their ability to pay attention and reduce the risk of psychological problems. 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 >


Can Tooth Health Reduce Preterm Births?
Alice G. Walton

Taking care of gum disease while you're pregnant may reduce the risk the risk of preterm birth. 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 >


Can Your Job Improve Your Lifestyle?
Alice G. Walton

Employers can help employees and their families get healthy with company programs and modest cash incentives. 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 >


Easing Menopause: Estrogen For the Brain
Istvan Merchenthaler, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. and Laszlo Prokai, Ph.D., D,Sc.

Getting estrogen to your brain is the quickest route to reducing some of menopause's worst symptoms, like hot flashes and memory loss. 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 >


Eye Injuries from Laser Pointers
Neil Wagner

Laser pointers can damage eyesight. Parents should teach kids the risks and know the power of any pointer their child uses. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Earlier Onset of Puberty in the U.S.
Esther Entin, M.D.

More and more girls are beginning puberty between ages seven and eight. 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 >


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 >


Stages of Puberty and the Risk of Violent Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teen violence can de-rail young lives. A new study links it to a teen's stage of sexual development, not age. 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 >


New Method May Replace Hysterectomy for Fibroid Sufferers
Alice G. Walton

A procedure that stops blood flow to uterine fibroids may be an alternative to hysterectomy. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Breastfeeding Means Fewer Infant Infections
Neil Wagner

Among other benefits, breastfeeding lowers babies' risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Simple or Sophisticated? The Male Reproductive System... Explained
Alice G. Walton

Men's sexual systems produce erections and millions of sperm. Their complexity is often overlooked until something goes wrong. Read more >


Sex and the Elderly
Neil Wagner

It is not uncommon for sexual satisfaction to decline with age. Talking with your partner can help in many ways. Read more >


The Pill May Increase Women's Risk for Sexual Dysfunction
Alice G. Walton

Women on the pill may suffer from lower libido than women on other forms of birth control. 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 >


Kids and Screens: Media and Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Teens' screen time offers risks and rewards. How to minimize the risks. 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 >


Vitamin D: Are Babies Getting Enough?
Esther Entin, M.D.

When babies begin to eat solids they are particularly at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Read more >


The Female Reproductive Cycle...Explained
Alice G. Walton

The hormonal changes surrounding ovulation are often intense. Read more >


New Study Outlines Just How Active You Need To Be To Stay Trim
Alice G. Walton

An hour a day of moderate exercise like walking or a half-hour of vigorous exercise like jogging can prevent weight gain. 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 >


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 >


Herbs and Pregnancy: Does Natural Mean Safe?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The use of herbal preparations, in any stage of life, but particularly during pregnancy, should not be taken lightly. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Oral Contraceptive Use and Bone Mineral Density
Esther Entin, M.D.

Oral contraceptives appear to lower the bone density of women using them. Age and time on the pill seem to be factors. 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 >


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 >


Exercise: A Boost for Aging Brains and Bodies
Esther Entin, M.D.

A series of studies on exercise and aging shows that brisk walking can improve bones, heart and balance. Read more >


Exercise May Prevent – and Reverse – Age−Related Cognitive Decline
Alice G. Walton

Exercise helps prevent cognitive decline. Better circulation in the brain and increased brain cell production are two reasons why. 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 >


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 >


The Role of Ghrelin in Overeating
Neil Wagner

Blocking the action of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, just may ease that obsession with nachos. Read more >


Autism Clusters Around the Highly Educated, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Autism appears to be more common among the children of the well-educated. But is this just the result of more frequent diagnosis? 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 >


Breast Milk: The Best Food Money Can't Buy
Esther Entin, M.D.

For most babies, breast milk is the best milk, but it is important to supplement with vitamin D. 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 >


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 >


High Blood Sugar During Pregnancy: When and Why Should It Be Treated?
Esther Entin, M.D.

High blood sugar during pregnancy, gestational diabetes, is a major health risk for mother and babies. Read more >


Preterm Birth and the Risk of Autism
Esther Entin, M.D.

Being premature doesn't in itself raise the risk of autism, but complications affecting the brain do. 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 >


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 >


Consuming More Folic Acid May Prevent Colon Cancer in Women
Alice G. Walton

Folate or folic acid is required for the formation of nucleotides, the "building blocks" for DNA and RNA. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Pacifiers and Breastfeeding: Is There Really A Problem?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. 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 >


Women Who Eat Low-Glycemic Breakfasts Burn More Fat, Feel Fuller
Alice G. Walton

Low-glycemic foods, like whole grains, take longer to break down than high glycemic foods do, resulting in a slower climb in blood sugar. Read more >


Real Men Eat Vegetables
Neil Wagner

Eating vegetables (and not eating meat) raises the quality of sperm men produce. 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 >


Women Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Stroke Risk, Study Reports
Alice G. Walton

Coffee appears to reduce the risk of stroke in women. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Strong Bones for Tiny Preemies
Esther Entin, M.D.

Although premature infants' bones grow in length and circumference, the quality of the bones themselves is often poor. 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 >


Oral Bisphosphonates Linked to Jaw Disease
Neil Wagner

Let your dentist know if you are taking bisphosphonates for osteoporosis. They can bring on deterioration of the jawbone. Read more >


Diets High in Fruits and Vegetables May Help Prevent Bone Loss
Alice G. Walton

The acidity of a diet high in grains and meats may actually increase the excretion of calcium, weakening bones. 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 >


Buffering for Better Bones: Reducing Dietary Acid Can Improve Skeletal Health
Jordana Bieze Foster

Neutralizing the metabolic acidity of the typical American diet can effectively reduce bone loss in older people. 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 >


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 >


Breastfeeding and Fish Consumption Spur Early Child Development
Neil Wagner

Mothers who eat fish while pregnant and who later breastfeed their infants see better early physical and mental development. 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 >


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 >


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 >


Older Women Have Hard Time Staying Hard
Tom Gilbert

Staying in good shape is harder for older women than older men because women's bodies are less able to replace muscle that is lost naturally as they age, according to a new study. 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 >


Low Fat Diet Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Tom Gilbert

Eating low-fat dairy foods is associated with a lower risk of developing hypertension, or high blood pressure. 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 >


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 >


Calcium & Heart Attack in Older Women
Tom Gilbert

For some older women, calcium may increase the risk of heart attack. Read more >


Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.



Coming Soon? Targeted Therapies for Ovarian Cancer
Frederick Sweet, Ph.D.

Frederick Sweet, Ph. Read more >


Strong Bones, Healthy Joints
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch., and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

Your bone mineral density should be repeated after two years to determine your rate of bone loss. 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 >


Women and the Mid-Life Stroke
Tom Gilbert

Middle-aged women have a far greater risk of stroke than do men. Read more >


Women Catch a (Coffee) Break
Tom Gilbert

Popular legal stimulants coffee and tea do not increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Solving a Medical Mystery
Tom Gilbert

"High-dose cortisone is the second most common cause of osteoporosis, and we currently have no real treatment for this serious side effect," says Steven L. 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 >


Can Calcium Make Pregnancy Safer?
Tom Gilbert

Calcium supplementation during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and preeclampsia. Read more >


If You Needed a Reason to Drink Coffee
Tom Gilbert

A study finds coffee drinking is related to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Not By Breast Alone
Tom Gilbert

Giving breastfed babies a bit of solid food may help ward off food allergies. 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 >


The Detection and Management of Osteoporosis
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Author's Note: I would like to thank Dr. Read more >


Male Infertility
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

If you have a low sperm count and are trying for a pregnancy, you should avoid hot tubs and saunas. 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 >


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 >


Calling It Quits

The first two weeks of any person's attempt to quit smoking are critical. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Urinary Incontinence
John E. Morley, M.D.

Incontinence, the inability to restrain the discharge of urine, is an extremely common and highly treatable disorder. Read more >


Taking Osteoporosis Out of Your Future — A Major Challenge for Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Balance exercise, like Tai Chi, can lessen the risk of falls. 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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