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Generic Drugs Can Create Problems for Patients
Generic meds can confuse patients because the same drug comes in different shapes and sizes. Read more >


Organic Foods Show Clear Nutritional Benefits
Not only do organic foods offer far more polyphenols and other antioxidants, they have far fewer pesticide residues. Read more >


For Kids, Sports Are about Much More than Just Winning
For kids, winning isn’t the best part of sports. Knowing what is most important can keep them engaged — and fit. Read more >


Air Pollution Policies Lower Respiratory Disease Deaths in North Carolina
When states improve air quality, death rates from asthma, emphysema, and pneumonia drop significantly. Read more >


Eating Red Meat Increases Breast Cancer Risk
Women who regularly eat red meat from a young age have a greatly increased risk of breast cancer. Read more >


Children from Divorced Homes May Be at Risk for Weight Problems
Children of divorce are more likely to be overweight or obese. Especially boys. Read more >


Text Messages Can Help Support Smokers As They Quit
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
Eating two slices of white bread a day raises the risk of obesity by 40%. Read more >


Early Exposure to Allergens Can Boost Infant Immunity
When it comes to allergens and bacteria, early exposure may be better than no exposure. Read more >


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


Sugar Exerts Lasting Effects on the Heart
Sugar isn't just about gaining weight -- it's bad for your heart, too. Read more >


FDA Approves A New Sugar Substitute
Advantame is 20,000 times sweeter than sugar, making it potentially far safer than other sugar substitutes. Read more >


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


Sugar-Sweetened High Blood Pressure
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 >


Internet Use Can Offer Seniors Friends with Emotional Benefits
For seniors, spending more time online can be a way to stay connected socially and ward off depression. Read more >


Growing Stem Cells May Be Child's Play
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 >


Young Women Often Unaware of the Cancer Protection Offered by the HPV Vaccine
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
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
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
Almost a third of all first-time prescriptions go unfilled. Cost is the reason. There are alternatives. Read more >


Parents Have a Big Effect on Kids' Screen Time
Parents, you have more influence than you think when it comes to helping kids curb screen time. Use it. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Is A Heartbreaker, Literally
Children exposed to secondhand smoke at home had thickened artery walls as adults. There were other problems, too. Read more >


Americans May Be Getting the Nutrition Message
A survey of Americans' eating habits finds they're eating at home more. Waistlines benefit. Read more >


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


Are Saturated Fats Really The Enemy? Maybe Not
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
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 >


Study Calls Need For Yearly Mammograms Into Question
Yearly mammograms don't prevent cancer deaths. Where does this leave women over 40? Read more >


More Evidence for Bullying's Emotional Toll
Bullying casts a long shadow. There are things parents can do to reduce the emotional, physical, and psychological damage. Read more >


Down with The Good and Up with The Bad: Food Costs Fuel Obesity
When fruits and veggies cost less, people weigh less. High-priced soda helps, too Read more >


FDA Asks Physicians, Pharmacists,to Help Reduce Acetaminophen Overdoses
Because so many drugs contain the painkiller acetaminophen, it is easy to overdose. Liver damage is one result. Read more >


The Seeds of Obesity on View in Developing Economies
Economic development in poor countries offers a picture of how our obesity epidemic began. It starts with owning TVs, computers and cars. Read more >


Exercising More and Sitting Less, A Winning Combo for Heart
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
A gun in the home means a huge increase in the likelihood of suicide and homicide. Read more >


Late Night Smartphone Use Interferes with Productivity
People who use their smartphones late at night are less productive the next day. Read more >


Fever-Reducing Medicines Can Spread the Flu
Fever-reducing medication may actually spread the flu. Read more >


Tips for Avoiding Screen-Related Eye Fatigue
You can ease the strain of hours in front of a screen. Start by giving your monitor a high-five...and blinking. Read more >


Heart Disease and Stroke Are Still the Top Killers in the U.S.
Heart disease and stroke are still top killers in the U.S. And they can be largely prevented. Read more >


Music: A Roadmap to Forgotten Memories?
Some songs call up old memories. They may also help brain-injured patients remember their past. Read more >


A Cure for the Common Cold: Chicken Soup and Patience
Worried about that persistent cough? Consider patience, not medicine. Read more >


Two Studies Address Kids' Lunchroom Nutrition
Does making kids take servings of nutritious food actually improve their diets? Nope. Bribery works better. Read more >


Fewer Psychiatrists Accept Health Insurance
Obamacare promotes greater access to mental health services but few psychiatrists accept insurance. Read more >


Potentially Dangerous Fracking Chemicals Found in Ground Water
Fracking increases the levels of hormone disrupting chemicals in the water supplies near sites. Read more >


Just an Extra 2,000 Steps per Day
Simply walking an extra mile a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 10%. Read more >


Another Study Links Pesticides to Parkinson’s Disease
In the lab, exposure to pesticides caused Parkinson's. Genes matter, too. Read more >


Vitamin Supplements Offer Few, If Any, Health Benefits
We spend billions on nutritional supplements every year. Three studies say it's money down the drain. Read more >


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


Drinkers Taking Acetaminophen Risk Kidney Damage
If you are a regular drinker, taking acetaminophen can damage your kidneys as well as your liver. Read more >


Blueberries Really Are "Superfoods" for the Heart
Eating blueberries can improve cardiovascular functioning. Read more >


A Short Course in Eating Better
It takes surprisingly little to help people shop smarter and eat better. Time for a tune up. Read more >


Teens More Susceptible to Herpes Infections
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
Helmets can only help prevent injury when kids wear them. Parents need to insist. Read more >


Making Social Networks Work for Vulnerable Teens
The Internet offers troubled kids support and community. It also raises the risk of suicide. Read more >


Study Helps Dieters Choose the Best Weight-Loss Apps
Your cell phone can be a valuable diet ally. Just be sure to use apps grounded in scientific evidence. Read more >


A Meth-Like Substance Is Found in Workout Supplements
The fitness supplement, Craze, appears to have caused certain athletes to fail drug tests. Read more >


Irisin Helps Exercise Boost Body and Brain
Irisin, the magic molecule of the moment, turns bad fat into good and helps exercise boost the brain Read more >


Experts Urge Doctors to Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles Just Like a Disease
Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >


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


Social Media Like Twitter, Facebook Can Help Smokers Quit
Social media sites can offer people trying to quit smoking the community and support they need to succeed. Read more >


Two Studes Find Exercise as Good or Better Than Drugs for Fighting Disease
Studies find that exercise's effects on disease equal and sometimes surpass those of drugs. Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy Offers Little Protection from Disease
Hormone replacement therapy doesn't seem to offer many health benefits beyond easing the symptoms of menopause. Read more >


Mining Bacterial Vulnerabilities to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance
The vulnerability of resistant bacteria to other drugs presents new possibilities for improving the treatment of bacterial infection. Read more >


State Bans on Harmful Chemicals Appear to Help
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
Americans know more about the political turmoil around the ACA than about the act itself. Read more >


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


Artificial Sweeteners Increase the Brain's Sugar Cravings
That no-cal sweetener you put in your coffee may actually increase your craving for sugar. Read more >


The World Happiness Report: People Do Not Live by GDP Alone
The World Happiness Report may surprise those who think all they need is a palm tree by the sea. Read more >


3-D Video Game Improves Cognitive Control
A video game that works key brain circuits helps bring aging brains' performance up to speed. Read more >


A Sign that Doctor-Patient Continuity Still Matters
Follow-up with a doctor is important as heart patients recover, and a familiar one can make even more of a difference. Read more >


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


Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Rates Higher Near Plants That Emit Benzene
Rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma rose the closer a family lived to benzene-emitting plants. Read more >


Driving to Work Raises Diabetes Risk
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 >


High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia Risk
The higher your blood sugar, the greater your risk for dementia, whether you have diabetes or not. Read more >


Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Killing You?
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
Facebook may actually increase sadness. Be sure to make time to connect for real. Read more >


The FDA Cracks Down on Diabetes Treatment Scams
Fake diabetes treatments, from "natural" remedies to potentially dangerous drugs, are under scrutiny. Read more >


BPA and the Chlorine in Tap Water, A Bad Combination
BPA meets chlorine as water flows through plastic or PVC pipes. The combo disrupts cell signals. Read more >


Living Longer With Obesity Increases Heart Risk
The longer you remain overweight, the greater the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Weather Changes are Linked to Violence
Tempers rise with temperature, and globally, this is not good news. Read more >


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


Even Young, Healthy Smokers Show Signs of Lung Damage
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
Phthalates are found in air fresheners, toys, plastic storage containers and reduce IVF success. Read more >


Researchers Cast Doubt on The Virtues of Low-Fat Milk
Whole milk is fattening, right? Not so fast says a group from Harvard's School of Public Health. Read more >


Antibiotics Harm Bacteria...and The Machinery of Our Cells
Antibiotics can kill bacteria, but they also cause serious stress to our own cells. Read more >


How You Think About Stress Can Affect Your Heart
Not everyone feels their health is threatened by stress, but if you do, it's bad news for your heart Read more >


A Gene Behind the Body's Clock Affects Aging
Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle keeps you healthy, and may help you live longer. Read more >


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


Methane Gas Abundant in Wells Near Fracking Sites
Water from wells near the Marcellus formation has six times the methane of those farther away. Read more >


BPA Appears to Increase the Risk of Obesity in Teenaged Girls
The plastic additive BPA has been linked to obesity in teenaged girls. Read more >


AMA Diagnosis: Obesity Is A Disease
Are the obese sick? The AMA thinks so, but what do the obese think? Read more >


Vegetarian Diets Cut Risk of Death from Chronic Diseases
The risk of death from any cause is less among those whose diets are meatless. Read more >


Making Smoking Cessation Part of a Routine Health Assessment
Doctors often don't address the obvious when it comes to smokers with lung disease. But remedies exist. Read more >


Veterans with Multiple Brain Injuries Are at Greater Risk of Suicide
Veterans who sustain more than one head trauma are at much greater risk of suicide. Read more >


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


Surgeons Embrace New, Safer Route for Unblocking the Heart
The best route to your heart is through your wrist...really. Read more >


A National Map to Reveal What We Really Eat
A national project tracks what we buy and offers some bad news: the calorie counts on labels may be wrong. Read more >


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


Using the Threat of Higher Insurance Premiums to Encourage Exercise
There’s one way to get people exercising: Threaten to charge them higher insurance premiums. Read more >


Distracted Driving: Now It's the Family Dog
Driving with your dog is a pleasure...and a dangerous distraction, especially for the elderly. Read more >


Lip Makeup May Contain Toxic Levels of Certain Metals
Toxic lipstick. It's not a new band; it's about the metals found in lipstick and lip gloss. Read more >


A Game Helps Keep Older Drivers Safer on the Road
Video games designed to challenge mental abilities can help seniors reduce cognitive decline. Read more >


The Best Route to Improved Health: Change Diet and Exercise Habits Together
Couch potatoes, here's the strategy you need. Read more >


The Benefits of Community Gardens Go Beyond Good Food
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
The fuzzy leaves of bean plants have been used to trap bedbugs for centuries. Read more >


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


Medical Breakthrough: A Better Hospital Gown!
Finally, a hospital gown that doesn't leave you exposed. Why did it take so long? Read more >


Organic Food Labels Can be Deceiving
A sneaky study uncovers the organic halo effect when it comes to food. Read more >


Research Focuses on Treatment Ahead of Prevention
Researchers tend to study treatments far more frequently than prevention. Is this backwards? Read more >


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


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


CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Vaccines have not been shown to cause autistic spectrum disorders. Read more >


Water Often Not Available in Childcare Centers
Childcare centers are missing the opportunity to help make children water-drinkers. Why is H2O so rarely easily available? Read more >


Too Much Sodium in the Diet May Trigger Autoimmune Diseases
A high salt diet may trigger autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Read more >


Mississippi Passes An "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill
Good job Mississippi, no soda bans for you! The state with the highest obesity rate passes a law to protect its standing. Read more >


Doctors Who Cook Give Better Nutrition Advice
Tom Colicchio won't be operating any time soon, but he and other top chefs can teach doctors and help patients. Read more >


The Bitter Truth about Sugar
The World Health Organization reviews the global effects of sugar on obesity. Guess what they found. Read more >


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


Processed Meat Increases Risk for an Early Death
Processed meats like bacon and sausage have been found to shorten life, especially if eaten frequently. Read more >


Smartphone Apps Delay Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancer
Using a smartphone app to analyze a mole or skin lesion for melanoma is a potentially deadly mistake. Read more >


Small Reductions in Salt Intake Would Have a Big Impact on Health
Cutting our salt intake by just a few grains a day would have an enormous impact on our collective health. Read more >


No Need for Yearly Mammograms in Women 66 and Up
Yearly mammograms are unnecessary for women over 65. Worse, they are the source of frightening false-positive results. Read more >


Smarter Lunchrooms Help Kids Make Better Lunch Choices
DesignChildren need to be encouraged — not forced — to eat more fruits and vegetables. Read more >


Elderly Found to Respond Differently To Flu Vaccine
Elderly adults, with their years of exposure and aging immune systems, respond differently to the flu vaccine. Read more >


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


Ibuprofen Can Present Risks for Kids
Ibuprofen can occasionally lead to serious kidney problems in children. Read more >


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


Changes in Nutrition Labeling May Improve Consumer Choices
Nutrition labels on foods that seem to be single serving sizes often show the calories and fat for two -- giving us twice load we expect. Read more >


Why Did the Distracted Pedestrians Cross the Road?
It's really not possible to cross a busy intersection safely while multitasking. You need to pay attention. Read more >


Exercise Can Help Non-Athletes Live As Long As Olympians
Olympians do seem to live longer, but their advantage is surprisingly easy for us mere mortals to equal. Read more >


Surgical Malpractice Occurs Too Often, Costs Billions
Leaving instruments in patients or operating on the wrong body part happens too often. Read more >


Even Occasional Family Meals Increase Kids’ Fruit and Veggie Intake
Don't leave kids to fend for themselves at mealtime. Eating togther improves nutrition in a big way. Of course, what you serve matters, too. Read more >


Driving Just a Little Less Can Make a Big Difference
Hang up your car keys and walk just one mile a day. The savings — on gas and healthcare — are impressive. Read more >


Cigarettes Make Hangovers Even Worse
Smoking makes hangovers worse. Read more >


High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
If you think HFCS is just another form of sugar, think again. Read more >


Treating ADHD with Medication Reduces a Person's Risk of Criminal Behavior
Crime and medication? People with ADHD are less likely to commit crimes if they take medication. Read more >


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


Flame Retardants Affect Children's Brain Development
Flame retardants may cause delays in children’s brain development. Read more >


Tick-Borne Diseases Are Rising Sharply in Number and Variety
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
The more active you are, the longer you will likely live. Read more >


Inexperienced Doctors Are More Expensive
Young doctors cost patients far more than experienced physicians. What does this tell us about... Read more >


Smoke-Free Laws Lead to Fewer Hospitalizations
When cities or states prohibit smoking, the health benefits are immediate, enormous and not restricted to smokers. Read more >


Quick-Release Medical Tape Kinder to Skin
A new quick-release adhesive tape doesn't pull or damage skin. Where was this stuff when we were young? Read more >


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


New Spray Finds Poison Ivy, Even When It's Hiding
New spray makes the toxic oil on poisonous plants glow, offering lovers of the outdoors a way to... Read more >


New Discoveries Overturn Old Assumptions about Cholesterol
Recent discoveries about cholesterol overturn old assumptions and may lead to new treatments. Read more >


TMI? The Debate About Celebrities and Illness
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
Researchers may have found a treatment for one form of autism. Read more >


Dioxin's Harmful Effects Span Generations
Dioxin persists in the environment, and the body, for a very long time. It appears its effects can.. Read more >


Is Vitamin D The Elusive Cure For The Common Cold?
Vitamin D has not been found to prevent or reduce the severity of colds. Read more >


Giving Patients Access to Their Doctor's Notes Is A Win-Win for Everyone
What happens when patients have full access to their medical records? The OpenNotes study finds... Read more >


BPA Linked to Obesity in Kids and Pre-Teens
Children and teens with high levels of BPA were over two and a half times more likely to be obese... Read more >


Sugary Drinks, the Obesity Epidemic, and New York City's "Soda Ban"
For people predisposed obesity, drinking lots of sugary beverages "amplifies" the effects of one's genes. Read more >


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


Tablet Computer Use at Night Disturbs Sleep
At night, the light from your tablet computer messes with melatonin production. This throws off the body's clock. Read more >


Medical Costs Often Exceed Assets Late in Life
About 25% of all seniors spend more than the total value of all their assets on out-of-pocket... Read more >


Cat Ownership Not Linked To Increased Brain Tumor Risk
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 >


Another Black Mark Against Antibacterial Soaps and Cleansers
Triclosan, found in many antibacterial products, may weaken muscle function in addition to other... Read more >


The Complicated Relationship between Alcohol and Anxiety
Alcohol addiction may rewire the brain so that it can't rebound from stress. PTSD suffers may want.. Read more >


No Nutritional Advantage to Organic Food
A large study has found organic food is not nutritionally superior. But health and environmental effects are another story. Read more >


Going Online Can Help You Lose Weight, But Does It Beat Face-to-Face?
Going online to lose weight or to maintain it can be a big help. Read more >


A Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity
Antibiotics appear to fatten up kids the way they fatten up cattle. Needless to say, this is not... Read more >


Simple Ways to Increase Fitness Can Reduce the Risk of Falls
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
We thought we knew how the brain cleans itself out. Then a completely unexpected... Read more >


Could a Culprit in Alzheimer's Disease Turn into a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
The culprit in Alzheimer's disease, amyloid-beta, might prevent multiple sclerosis. Come Again? Read more >


Skipping the Antibiotics Could Help Address the Resistance Problem
Antibiotics may not always be necessary for fighting infection. Reducing their use could help fight antibiotic resistance. Read more >


Online Infant Sleep Safety Information May Be Inaccurate
It is unwise, and sometimes even dangerous, to trust all the health information you find through search engines. Read more >


Concern over UV from Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Place lamps with CFL bulbs at a distance, or put the bulbs behind glass to avoid exposure to UV radiation that can damage skin. Read more >


Cranberry Products May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Cranberry products may be an effective way to preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Read more >


Eating Out May Be A Little Healthier After Menu Law
The Affordable Care Act will require that more restaurants put calorie and fat information on menus. Read more >


While Still Controversial, PSA Testing Does Save Many Lives
New research tells us not to be so fast to drop PSA testing, as it still saves a lot of lives. Read more >


A "Polypill" Could Help Save Many Thousands of At-Risk Hearts
Combining four medications into one pill to reduce heart disease could work wonders for the aging... Read more >


Could Some Dementias Be Autoimmune Diseases?
One form of dementia may be the result of the immune system going haywire. Luckily, there might be.. Read more >


Many Patients Look to the Internet for a Medical Education
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?
Do you find it difficult to discuss medical issues or concerns with your doctor? You are not alone.. Read more >


Us or Them: Who's to Blame for Our Sugar Problem?
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
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
Belly fat has a lot of negative effects, but researchers may have a found at least one benefit. Read more >


Bedbug Foggers: Save Your Money
Over-the-counter foggers are no match for most strains of bedbugs, according to new study.... Read more >


What's Waiting for You in Your Hotel Room?
If you're staying in a hotel or motel this summer, some unwelcome "guests" may precede you. Read more >


Computer Time Could Prevent Cognitive Decline (But Don't Forget to Exercise)
Computer time along with physical activity may prevent cognitive decline. Read more >


Significant Cost Savings Linked To Keeping Obesity Rate In Check
The cost savings of better health are as astronomical as those of medical care... Read more >


A Three-Hour Therapy Session Could Treat Arachnophobia
People so afraid of spiders that they wouldn't walk on grass were cured of their phobia with... Read more >


Better than a Diet and Easier, Too
Reducing TV time and increasing one's consumption of fruit and vegetables are two relatively painless ways to improve health. Read more >


Washing Works: Hand-Washing and School Absenteeism
When children are taught how to wash their hands in school, absenteeism goes down. Read more >


Text Messaging Increases Flu Vaccinations
Text messaging is proving useful to promoting public health - as long as it isn't done while you are Read more >


Pedometers Increase Exercise
Using a pedometer can motivate seniors to walk farther and exercise longer. Read more >


Positive Changes Are Coming for Healthcare Coverage
Healthcare coverage in the U.S. today is a two-tiered system. Luckily, changes are on the way. Read more >


In-Store Nutrition Education Improves Grocery Purchases
People make better food choices when stores label foods according to their health benefits... Read more >


Being Aware of Your Own Mortality Can Make for a Better Life
Being aware of our mortality can actually help us live richer, fuller lives. Read more >


Puttering About Could Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
The simplest activities, even housework, can reduce your risk for cognitive decline. Read more >


Salmonella Outbreak from Raw Tuna
Nakaochi Scrape is the source of a recent salmonella outbreak. It's used in spicy tuna rolls... Read more >


Patients' Opinion of Medical Care May Differ from Reality
Your opinions - both good and bad - about the medical care you receive may not be reality-based... Read more >


Longer Commutes, Poorer Health
Longer commutes are associated with poorer health. Prolonged sitting is partly to blame, but traffic also takes a toll. Read more >


Adolescence, A Global Health Issue
With nearly two billion adolescents worldwide. If you think that's scary, consider the health risks. Read more >


Licorice, The Medicinal Plant of 2012
Licorice helps reduces blood sugar levels and prevents insulin resistance and fatty liver disease... Read more >


Vitamin D, Sunscreen and Children's Brainpower
If you use sunscreen to protect your child's skin, are you also preventing vitamin D synthesis... Read more >


Losing Weight May Not Change Body Image
Losing weight may not make body image issues disappear. Read more >


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain
Certain brain centers are less active in chronic fatigue syndrome patients, suggesting a new... Read more >


Ladies, There's No Turning Back the Biological Clock
Delaying motherhood may mean forgoing motherhood. But there are options if you think ahead. Read more >


Aspirin Could Significantly Cut Your Risk of Cancer
Aspirin may reduce your risk of developing cancer. But there are some risks. Read more >


Looking through the Eyes Helps Doctors See into the Brain
Measuring degeneration of the eye could tell us if it is also occurring in the brain. Read more >


Concerns Raised Over Air Pollution from Gas Wells
Hydrofracking releases potentially toxic into the air as well as into water... Read more >


Special K Can Lead to Ongoing Bladder Problems in Its Users
The club drug Special K or Ketamine can cause serious bladder problems in the people who use it.... Read more >


Who Will Divorce?
Even the happiest newlyweds can go on to divorce. But early warning signs might predict who does... Read more >


Death and Taxes: Road Fatalities Rise on Tax Day
The stress of doing taxes can distract us on the road. Traffic fatalities rise every tax day... Read more >


Harmful Chemicals, Unlisted on Labels, Can Lurk in Everyday Products
Worrisome compounds can appear in even the most "natural" household products... Read more >


Being Hungry Can Bias Your Senses
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 >


Brown Rice Syrup: Trading Fructose for Arsenic?
Brown rice syrup, used in baby formulas and energy bars, contains arsenic, exceeding safe limits... Read more >


FDA Makes Plans to Correct Cancer Drug Shortage in the U.S.
Worrying shortages of two major cancer drugs propel the FDA to find new ways to boost supplies. Read more >


More Evidence that Antibiotics in Animal Feed Threaten Human Health
ST398 started out as an antibiotic-sensitive bacterium in humans, then it spread to livestock... Read more >


The Y Chromosome May Be Responsible for the Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Men
The Y chromosome may affect more than men's sex organs... Read more >


Hiding Veggies in Other Foods May Not Be the Best Way to Get Kids to Eat Healthy
Hiding vegetables in children's food can backfire. Read more >


Rosemary Oil May Boost Brain Function
People performed better on certain math tasks when they had inhaled a little whiff of rosemary... Read more >


Parent Training Could Help Manage the Difficult Behaviors of Autism
Training parents helps them help their children behave better.... Read more >


Bad Air Days Mean More Heart Attacks, Strokes
Air pollution can trigger heart attacks and strokes. Read more >


A Connection between Cognition and Personality
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
People who follow the Mediterranean diet do better mentally as they age. Now we know why... Read more >


The Stress-Immunity Connection
Stress can lead to reduced immune system function. Reduce stress, reduce your odds for illness. Read more >


Bad News for Red Meat Lovers
Eating red meat, particularly processed meats like bacon and hot dogs, is associated with a greater risk of early death. Read more >


Urinary Tract Infections May Be Caused By Bacteria in Food
The bacteria that cause some UTIs may come from contaminated foods. Careful food practices are essential. Read more >


A Sign to Take the Stairs
Simple reminders can improve health behavior in important ways, whether it's washing one's hands more often or taking the stairs. Read more >


Massage Boosts the Recovery of Muscles After Exercise
A ten-minute massage can help sore muscles heal after vigorous exercise. Read more >


One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Problems
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
Two simple changes help people make the smarter food choices. Now to get stores and cafeterias to... Read more >


Headphones: More Powerful than a Locomotive
Headphone use can turn deadly when shutting out the world means being unaware of approaching traffic... or trains. Read more >


At The Intersection of Grief and Depression, A Controversy
A top medical journal questions whether the move to classify grief as depression has merit. Read more >


Heart Risk Redefined: You May Not Be As Immune As You Think
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
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
There are new vaccination recommendations target young men and boys, pregnant women, and diabetics. Read more >


The Impact of Bad Bosses
A controlling, coercive boss can take a toll on your well being. But there is more to it than that. Read more >


The Internet as Matchmaker
Internet dating is one of the top methods for finding love, whether the pros outweigh the cons... Read more >


Tablet Computers' Ergonomic Issues
Tablet computers are popular and convenient and really bad for your back and neck, unless you know.. Read more >


Gossip Can Be Good
Some kinds of gossip may actually benefit your health. Read more >


When Safe Playgrounds Become Boring, Kids' Health Suffers
Out on the playground, there's a fine line between safe and boring. Read more >


Study Links PFCs to Poor Vaccination Response
Children's immune response to vaccines was greatly reduced if they had been exposed to a common... Read more >


The FDA Tackles Antibiotic Resistance, Targets Farm Animals
The government plans to curb antibiotic use in food animals, hoping to reduce antibiotic-resistance. Read more >


Shift Work: An Occupational Health Hazard?
Shift workers are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the longer you work rotating shifts, the worse it... Read more >


Lead Poisoning: Proposed New Guidelines for Identification, Prevention, and Treatment
Because many of the effects of lead on young children are irreversible, they have troubling implications for the potential children... Read more >


The Connection Between Good Nutrition and Good Cognition Becomes Clearer
Good nutrition and brain health go hand in hand; changing your diet can help protect your brain. Read more >


Adrenal Hormone DHEA For Menopause Symptoms
The hormone DHEA sounds like a miracle: it may ease menopause symptoms and boost sexual interest. Read more >


Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >


2011: A Health News Quiz
Test your knowledge of the health and medical discoveries making news in 2011 and learn something... Read more >


Understanding the Roots of Social Prejudice Could Help Us Counteract It
A new look at prejudice finds it may mostly exist just because we're afraid of germs. Read more >


Important Link in the Stress Response Could Mean Better Treatment
Researchers discover an important step in the stress response, which, if blocked, could stop... Read more >


Long Distance Running Is Hard on the Heart
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
When people are told to be less prejudiced, they are often more so. There's a better way. Read more >


Researchers Gain Insight into How BRCA Mutations Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Researchers discover exactly what makes BRCA mutations so dangerous for breast cancer risk... Read more >


Oh No! Not the Cookie Dough!
Eating raw cookie dough is a bad idea. Unbaked flour can contain bacteria that may cause foodborne illness. Read more >


Has Tooth Decay Met Its Match?
Call it a smartbomb against tooth decay, a new mouthwash targets the bacterial causing cavities... Read more >


Traffic Pollution May Increase Diabetes Risk
A new study links traffic pollution to type 2 diabetes risk - especially in people who are healthier Read more >


Better Doctors Pay Attention to Mistakes
Much of medicine involves trial and error. For doctors, focusing on successes is less helpful... Read more >


Procedure Helps Babies Who Have Trouble Breastfeeding
"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 >


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


Women with PID May Be at Risk of Infertility
Pelvic inflammatory disease can threaten a woman’s fertility, so it is important to have a checkup. Read more >


A Sign that Doctors Care about Their Patients
Doctors asked to take this simple precaution for their own protection ignored the request... Read more >


Good Nutrition Matters to Sperm
Good nutrition and lifestyle choices improve sperm counts. Read more >


Nitroglycerin Poses Risks to the Heart... But There's a Fix
Nitroglycerin is a century-old treatment for heart attacks, but it can make future cardiovascular events more severe. Read more >


The Hidden Costs of Not Taking a Sick Day
People who decide to come to work when they feel sick spread disease. Read more >


A Chicken Pox on Thee: Parents Get Caught for Infecting Kids with Virus
The chicken pox vaccine is the best way of protecting your child from the virus... Read more >


Text Messaging Doubles Smokers' Quit Rate
A British study had double the quit rate thanks to support and tips delivered by cell phone... Read more >


Preschoolers Learn Language From Each Other
Other children are often the best teachers when it comes to language skills. Read more >


New Research Broadens Our Understanding of Alzheimer's
A new study uncovers a major surprise in the Alzheimer's puzzle. Read more >


The "Rich Clubs" Make up an Elite Network in the Brain
"Rich Club" clusters of highly influential regions of brain cells do serious collaboration. Read more >


Gestational BPA Linked to Developmental Problems in Girls, Not Boys
Higher BPA levels during pregnancy are linked to cognitive and emotional problems in children. Read more >


Fall Back and Change the Batteries
Burning anything in a closed space puts you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning, a silent killer. Get a CO detector. Read more >


Measuring Happiness Now Could Predict Death Risk Years Later
Happiness measured at one point in time was linked to lower mortality five years later. Read more >


Are You Really Reading the Nutrition Facts?
If we read road signs as poorly as we do nutritional labels, ten car pile-ups would be commonplace. Read more >


Poverty and Mental Illness: Can the Vicious Cycle be Broken?
The economic benefits of offering mental health help to those living in poverty are enormous. Read more >


New Ways to Protect the Brain from Stroke
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
When ultrasounds to diagnose miscarriage are inaccurate, healthy pregnancies may be terminated. Read more >


Publication Bias May Hinder Research
Journals are increasingly biased toward presenting positive results. This can have a chilling effect Read more >


Can Parents Complete with Clever Marketing to Kids?
It's hard to compete with clever marketing, but you can help your kids make better food choices with consistent encouragement. Read more >


Treatment for Prion Diseases May Soon Be on the Way
The brain-wasting prion diseases are slow-growing. Two drugs seem to bring them almost to a... Read more >


Online Gamers Help Solve Mystery of Critical AIDS Virus Enzyme
A team of online gamers helps researchers solve a critical piece of the AIDS puzzle... Read more >


Ticks and Blood Transfusions Spread Potentially Dangerous Parasite
Blood transfusions are the cause of many cases of the parasite Babesia, which is normally spread by ticks. Read more >


Listeria Outbreak Likely Has Not Peaked
The bacterium Listeria has killed 13 people. Given its slow incubation period, this may be just the Read more >


National Drug Shortages: The Story No One's Following
Drug shortages have more than tripled. Patients in smaller hospitals suffer as less profitable... Read more >


Breastfeeding May Help Brain Development
Infants, particularly preemies, who were breastfed scored higher on reasoning and language tests at age 5. Read more >


Experts Urge People to Get Flu Shot to Boost Immunity for the 2011-12 Flu Season
Get a flu vaccination this year, even if you were vaccinated last year. Read more >


Storing Medications in High Temperatures Can Decrease Effectiveness
When you're traveling with medications, keep them in the climate-controlled interior of the car, rather than in the hot trunk. Read more >


Serial Salmonella Outbreaks Raise Questions
The best protection against Salmonella and other food-borne pathogens is proper handling, storage and cooking of meat and poultry. Read more >


Venus Williams Shares Her Battle with Sjogren's Syndrome
The Grand Slam tennis player tells the world about her battle with Sjogren's syndrome Read more >


Sprained Ankles and Strained Emergency Rooms
Sprained ankles and minor injuries clog emergency rooms, endangering people with serious problems. Read more >


Fuzzy Logic: How Healthy Behavior Can Encourage Health Risks
Too often people believe that taking vitamins will protect you from the damage from bad habits like smoking. This is not true. Read more >


Where There's Smoke, There Are Developmental Problems
Secondhand smoke sharply increases the risk of a child's having neurodevelopmental disorders like learning disabilities and ADHD. Read more >


More Public Health Spending Means Fewer Deaths
A study of public health spending between, found spending a little more save money and lives... Read more >


Researchers Pin down Significant Genetic Predictor of Ovarian Cancer
Having a faulty RAD51D gene means a 1 in 11 chance of ovarian cancer. Knowing your status can help.. Read more >


Smartphones: Dialing Down the Eye Strain
Raise the size of the type displayed on your smartphone. Your eyes will thank you for it. Read more >


Generalized Anxiety and Interpersonal Relationship Problems Deeply Intertwined
People with anxiety often have problematic social relationships, partly as a result of their worries Read more >


Colon Cleanses Can Pose Serious Health Risks
Though they sound healthy, colon cleanses pose serious health risks. Read more >


Overeating Explained by Three Neurological Processes, Not Laziness
Overeating involves neurological processes involving impulse control and reward, not laziness. Read more >


BPA-Free Water Bottles Pass the Test, Some Aluminum Bottles Don't
It pays to do a little research to be sure that water bottle is BPA-free, especially if you plan to drink hot liquids from it. Read more >


Learning to Be Positive May Help Beat Depression
Positive activity intervention (PAI) such as writing letters of gratitude or performing acts of kindness, may help mild depression. Read more >


Speech Processing May Be at the Heart of Dyslexia
The root of dyslexia may be in speech processing, a surprise to researchers... Read more >


Certain Personality Traits Linked to More Weight Gain
People who have certain personality traits, like impulsivity and cynicism, are more likely to gain weight over time. Read more >


Too Much Salt, Too Little Potassium Linked to Heart Risk
Eating too much salt and too little potassium is an especially dangerous combination. It doubles your risk of a heart attack. Read more >


Training in Positive Thinking Helps Teens Interpret Life in Healthier Ways
A simple computer program seems to help teens avoid negative thinking, which may help with anxiety.. Read more >


Unsung Medical Heroes: A Roll of Tape and a Cotton Swab
Two very-low tech solutions to common medical problems show how easy it can be to reduce costs... Read more >


Asthma Linked to Cockroach Exposure
A study of middle-income kids with and without asthma found that cockroaches are a factor in asthma Read more >


"Late Talkers" Turn Out Just Fine
Children with language delays have no more behavioral or emotional problems as adolescents than other kids. Read more >


Social Causes Kill as Many as Heart Attack, Stroke and Lung Cancer
Proof that public health must be seen in a broader light than it currently is... Read more >


CDC Calls for More Americans to Get Colon Screening
Colon cancer is almost entirely preventable. You just need to get screened starting around age 50. Read more >


Healthy Lifestyle Reduces the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
SCD is sudden cardiac death. It is the largest cause of natural death in the United States and is responsible for half of all cardiac deaths Read more >


The Latest Cell Phone - Cancer Study Finds No Link
A new review study finds no good evidence of a cell phone-brain tumor connection... Read more >


Black Yeast: Is Your Dishwasher Trying to Kill You?
They're not exactly killers, but most dishwashers do harbor pathogens - fungi, yeast, and molds... Read more >


A Strategic Plan for a Healthier America
A new Health Promotion Strategy aims to make citizens healthier nationwide and address disparities.. Read more >


Untreated Celiac Women Go Through Menopause Earlier
Women with undiagnosed celiac disease go through menopause earlier than celiac women who follow a gluten-free diet. Read more >


New Clues to Turning Off Cancer Growth
From a chance discovery, scientists develop a new way to shut down cancer growth. Read more >


Cell Phones in the Hospital May Cause Infections
Cell phones are a surprising source of disease-causing bacteria in hospitals. Read more >


Emergency Rooms: Longer Waits Lead to Poorer Outcomes
There is evidence that long waits in the emergency room are themselves a medical emergency. Read more >


Apples May Protect Muscles Against Atrophy
Apples contain ursolic acid, which helps preserve muscle tissue and prevent the wasting that comes with age. Read more >


Kids' Brains Change as They Learn New Math Skills
Children's brains change as they learn math skills. Adults' too, hopefully. Read more >


Probiotic Products and Other Dietary Supplements: Consumers Beware
FDA directs US Marshals to seize several probiotics because their labels made false treatment claims Read more >


USDA Lowers Recommended Cooking Temperature for Pork: Pink is OK
New USDA guidelines mean that beef, lamb, veal and now pork have the same recommended cooking temp.. Read more >


The "Best" Hospitals May Be No Better Than the One around the Corner
Hospitals rated the best by big publications may not be any better than others. Read more >


Strong Social Support Systems at Work May Lengthen Life
Getting along well with the coworkers may lengthen your life. Getting along with the boss... not... Read more >


Swimmer's Ear Costs Too Much, May Be Prevented
To prevent swimmers' ear, tilt your head and gently pull the earlobe in a few directions to help water escape, then dry your ears. Read more >


Third-Line Diabetes Drugs May Be Needed
A third-line diabetes medication may help manage blood sugar when other treatments aren't enough. Read more >


FDA Panel Urges New Instructions and Dosing on Infant Pain Relievers
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, does not appear to reduce kids' pain, just their fever. Read more >


Cutting Out Gluten May Work for Even Asymptomatic Celiac Patients
People with celiac disease showing few or no symptoms may still benefit by going gluten-free. Read more >


Diabetes is On the Rise in Obese Dogs and Cats
Diabetes epidemic not only in humans, but cats and dogs are developing it in record numbers. Read more >


Kids May Be Exposed to Too Much Radiation with Unnecessary CT Scans
Kids may get unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, exposing them to unnecessary radiation. Read more >


Reducing Stress May Boost Success Rate with IVF
Reducing stress can improve the odds of becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization. Read more >


Pesticide Exposure May Affect Kids' Cognitive Function
A banned residential pesticide is linked to lower IQ in kids. Read more >


Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to More Drug-Resistant Infections
Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne does not make "staph" bacteria drug-resistant. Read more >


Taste, Price Are Bigger Influences in Food Choice than Calories
Taste and price drive food most people's food choices. Many don't even know how many calories... Read more >


"Health Literacy" Might Predict Hospitalization, Death Risk
The more you know about your own health, the less likely you are to be hospitalized. Read more >


FTC Urges Courts to Shut Down Fake Health Sites, Reimburse Consumers
The FTC urges courts to crack down on fake news sites' phony claims about acai berry and weight loss Read more >


Evidence that Honey is an Effective Wound Treatment
A particular kind of honey weakens bacteria's ability to attach to tissues, providing a new line of Read more >


Doctors Would Often Choose Different Treatments for Themselves than for Their Patients
Doctors would often choose different treatments for themselves than those they would recommend... Read more >


More Americans Using Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements can be helpful, but they cannot make up for an unhealthy diet. Read more >


Antibiotics in Meat Once Again Linked to Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Meat and poultry in five U.S. cities were contaminated with bacteria. Contamination is not... Read more >


Lasers Detect Skin Cancer More Accurately than Current Techniques
A laser probe finds deadly melanomas better than current methods, potentially saving time, lives... Read more >


Long Workdays May Raise Heart Risk
Working over 11 hours a day regularly can raise your risk of heart disease significantly. Read more >


Health Care Reform: Restaurants to Post Calories
Nutrition labeling, including calories, is now the law for big restaurant chains... Read more >


FDA Panel Votes to Reject Warning Labels on Artificially Colored Foods: Good Move?
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
For people with heart trouble, their fitness level may be a better predictor of mortality than their weight. Read more >


Omega-3 Supplements May Ease PMS
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
Injecting stem cells into hearts reduces enlargement and scar tissue, and boosts heart function... Read more >


Chocolate: The Good, the Bad, and the... Tasty!
Cocoa contains flavanols that have health benefits, but they may be lost or reduced in the commercial processing of chocolate. Read more >


High Disease Rate May Not Mean Poor Health
We tend to think a low disease rate means that doctors are doing a good job... Read more >


Can a Computer Diagnose Disease? Researchers Say We're Getting Close
A supercomputer is turning its talents to diagnosing disease... Read more >


Oral Contraceptives: One-Year Supply Cuts Pregnancies
Oral contraceptives a one-year supply helps cut pregnancies... Read more >


Regular Exercise May Foil Salt's Effect on Blood Pressure
Regular exercise can reduce the effect that salt has on blood pressure. Read more >


Is It Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity?
It is entirely possible that you may be sensitive to gluten even if your doctor has ruled out celiac Read more >


Seniors Missing Out on Preventive Care
If you are over 65 and on Medicare, you should take advantage of the all the free preventive health care services it provides. Read more >


Ibuprofen May Stave off Parkinson's Disease
Ibuprofen appears to offer protection against Parkinson's disease. Brain inflammation may be the... Read more >


US Unhealthier Than UK, But Cause Is Unclear
Americans' health is worse than their British counterparts' in everything from asthma to angina. Read more >


Belly Fat May Not Predict Heart Disease As Once Believed
Belly fat may not be as big a predictor of heart disease as once thought. Read more >


Parks: A Bigger Bang for the Healthcare Buck
A study has found, before cutting park budgets, legislators might want to factor in health costs... Read more >


FDA Removes Hundreds of Unapproved Cough, Cold and Allergy Medicines
Cold, allergy and cough medicines that were never submitted for FDA approval are being recalled... Read more >


Wound Cleaning May Be More Important than Antibiotics
One of the surest ways to beat infection is to clean a wound well and keep it covered. Read more >


Cancer Patients on Opioid Drugs Have More Cognitive Deficits
Cancer patients on opioid painkillers often experience confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness. Read more >


Vitamin D: How Much Is Enough? How Much Is Too Much?
There's more evidence that at high doses vitamin D greatly reduces cancer risk. But what about... Read more >


Obesity Alone Raises Death Risk from Heart Attack
Obesity alone dramatically raises the risk of dying from a heart attack. Read more >


Zinc May Shorten the Common Cold
Taking zinc at the first sign of a cold can reduce its duration. Read more >


Starting Baby on Solids Too Soon May Pose Obesity Risk Later
Introducing solid foods too early raises the risk of obesity... Read more >


Vegans, What's Missing from Your Diet
Vegans should be aware that their diet may mean they need to boost their B12 and omega-3 consumption. Read more >


Experts Expand Guidelines for Osteoporosis Screening in Women
Drinking alcohol daily, smoking and a low body mass index all raise your risk of osteoporosis considerably. Read more >


Exercise May Be Best Bet for IBS Sufferers
Exercise significantly reduces the severity of IBS symptoms. Read more >


Waiting Longer to Begin HRT May Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
Waiting longer than five years to begin hormones after menopause may reduce the risk of breast cancer associated with HRT. Read more >


Too Much Screen Time Takes Toll on Heart
Too much screen time is linked not only to greater risk of heart disease, but also risk of death from any cause. Read more >


Menopause Symptoms Are Linked to Reduced Breast Cancer Risk, Say Researchers
Hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause may actually have a protective effect when it comes to certain cancers. Read more >


Long-Term Cell Phone Use May Increase Risk of Brain Tumors
A large-scale analysis of cell phone use finds a connection between usage and brain cancer... Read more >


Breast Cancer Success Rate May Depend on the Doctor Treating It
Success rate in treatment is linked to the surgical skill and radiation strategy of your oncologist. Read more >


Guidelines for Treating Infectious Diseases Need Better Evidence
When it comes to treating infectious diseases, doctors rely on guidelines based on little evidence. Read more >


Women without Family History of Breast Cancer Are Still at Risk
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 >


New Antibiotics Brings Relief to IBS Sufferers
A new antibiotic may bring significant relief to IBS sufferers; but will it work over the long-term? Read more >


Olive Oil and Leafy Greens Help Women's Hearts
Leafy greens and olive oil help protect women from heart disease. Read more >


Researchers Are Figuring Out How to Turn Cancer Cells Off
In certain conditions, cancer cells signal the immune system to "eat" them, leading to powerful... Read more >


Men and Medicine
Men tend not to go to the doctor, leaving high blood pressure and cancer untreated until they become more serious. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet May Keep the Brain Young
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet significantly slows cognitive decline in seniors. Read more >


Anti-Smoking Laws Clean Up the Air
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
The number of women who die from general anesthesia during childbirth has dropped, but epidurals... Read more >


Echinacea: Not All It's Cracked Up To Be, Say Researchers
A small study finds this ancient herbal remedy doesn't cut the length or severity of a cold by much. Read more >


Beneficial Bacterial in the Gut May Prevent Autoimmune Diseases
Beneficial bacteria stimulates the immune system, suggesting a new way to treat colitis. Read more >


Tobacco: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
In Ireland, a ban on displaying tobacco products changed attitudes and didn't hurt shopkeepers'... Read more >


The Happiness of the Unemployed Rises Again
If you've been laid off, take heart: new research shows that within one year, you'll be about as happy as you were before the layoff. Read more >


New Drinks for the New Year
Think before you drink. Not only is alcohol a risk factor for cancer and injury, it contains quite a few empty calories. Read more >


Can "Good" Cholesterol Help the Brain, Like the Heart, Stay Fit?
In addition to helping your heart, higher levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read more >


BPA Lowers Women's Fertility in Study
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
Many of us haven't heard cytomegalovirus, but babies can develop disabilities because of the disease Read more >


Researchers Determine Why Staph Prefers Humans
Scientists discover why staph bacteria prefer humans over other animals: it's all in the blood. Read more >


Foodborne Illness Hits Nearly 1 in 6 Americans
Much of protecting against foodborne illness is common sense: cleaniness, proper refrigeration, cooking food thoroughly. Read more >


Scientists Make Big Strides in Understanding the Cause of Alzheimer's
It is not that Alzheimer's brains overproduce dangerous plaques; they have trouble getting rid of... Read more >


Probiotics May Help Treat Diarrhea
Probiotics may help shorten a bout of diarrhea. Read more >


Even A Little Smoke Poses "Immediate" Risk to the Body
According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of cigarette smoke, even if it is secondhand. Read more >


Antidepressant Use Climbs as Talk Therapy Rates Drop - But Is Mindfulness the Key?
More people are seeking treatment for depression. But the type of treatment they choose may not be.. Read more >


Too Clean? Chemical in Antibacterial Soap Linked to Allergies in Kids
A chemical in antibacterial soap is linked to more allergies in kids, suggesting that a little moderation may be good. Read more >


New Recommendations for Vitamin D and Calcium
The daily requirements for calcium and vitamin D have been changed to avoid certain problems, but controversy remains. Read more >


Antimicrobials and the Environment
Antimicrobial soaps are useful in hospitals, but their value in homes is less clear, and their effect on the environment is not good. Read more >


Antibiotics for Children's Ear Infections?
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
Workers with exhaustion and depression felt significantly better after they retired... Read more >


New HIV/AIDS Pill Offers Big Protection When Used As Directed
Truvada offers good protection from HIV infection. Will the CDC approve it? Read more >


Gaining a Few Pounds Significantly Ups Heart Disease Risk
Gaining just a few pounds can up your risk for heart disease by as much as 50%. Read more >


How Big a Problem is Prescription Abandonment?
How many people go to the doctor, get a prescription and either don't fill it or never pick it up? Read more >


Cell Phones May Help Keep BP in Check
"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
Just in: Another new study finds that early mammograms may bring big benefits to women under 50. Read more >


How Low Fat Diets Increase Heart Disease Risk
Having some fat in your diet is actually good for your heart. What matters is what kind of fat you eat. Read more >


Energy Drinks Linked to Alcohol Consumption in College Kids
College kids who drink more energy drinks also consume more alcohol: coincidence or cause? Read more >


Drug Thought to Protect Kidneys During Imaging Is Ineffective
The dye used in heart imaging can harm the kidneys. Doctors thought acetylcysteine could protect us. Read more >


Unmet Needs of the Elderly: EMS Can Help
A new program helps tighten the safety net for rural elders. Read more >


Fat Build-Up in the Eye May Signal More Than Just Eye Problems
What can a common eye condition reveal more about our overall health? Read more >


Synthetic Marijuana Worse Than the Real Stuff
Synthetic marijuana, often legal and sold at convenience stores, can be more deadly than the real thing. Read more >


When One Half of the Brain Is Damaged, the Other Half Compensates
When part of the brain is damaged, it often gets an assist from undamaged areas to pick up the slack Read more >


Secondhand Smoke: Worse for Children
Don't smoke at home. Secondhand smoke appears to affect children even more than it does adults. Read more >


Study Predicts Obesity Rates Will Continue to Rise
Having obese friends raises your chances of becoming obese considerably. Read more >


Parkinson's May Be Linked to Energy Genes
Parkinson's disease appears linked to problems in the brain's energy stores... Read more >


Scented Products Give Off Toxic Chemicals
Many of those scented products you love actually give off toxic chemicals. Some are even "green." Read more >


Age Like a Fine Wine
Aging well has been linked to three factors: faith in your ability to exert control over your life, social support and exercise. Read more >


CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
The meningococcal vaccine MSV4 doesn't last as long as anticipated. Is a booster needed to protect. Read more >


More Teens Are Reporting Hearing Loss
Teens' hearing has gotten worse. It may be from having the iPod or MP3 up too loud. Read more >


Close Friends "Light Up" The Brain
Close friends activate "social" areas of your brain more than strangers do. Read more >


Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk for Colon Cancer
Low doses of aspirin may be quite effective in fighting off colon cancer in those at high risk — but how it works is still a mystery. Read more >


Paying with Cash Curbs Junk Food Spending
Research shows that if you pay with cash instead of credit, you'll be less likely to buy junk food Read more >


AAP: Infants Should Be Screened for Iron Deficiency at 12 Months
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
Hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of developing breast cancer and of dying from it. Read more >


FDA Gives Thumbs Down to New Weight Loss Drug, Lorcaserin
A panel of FDA experts says the risks outweigh the benefits of Lorcaserin. What's next? Read more >


How to Deal with Food Labels
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?
Women who experience morning sickness are less likely to miscarry than women who do not... Read more >


Doctors Aren't Following Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines
Doctors are over-prescribing some colon cancer screening, and ignoring other tests. Healthcare... Read more >


A Hard-Knock Life May Do You Good Down the Road
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
Limiting kids' TV and computer time can improve their ability to pay attention and reduce the risk of psychological problems. Read more >


The Body Can Increase Number, Not Just Size, of Fat Cells
In contrast to conventional beliefs, the body can actually grow new fat cells, rather than just enlarge those it already has. Read more >


Bringing Recess to the Workplace
Two quick exercise programs aim to get office workers moving, no matter what their fitness level. Read more >


Can Tooth Health Reduce Preterm Births?
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
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?
Employers can help employees and their families get healthy with company programs and modest cash incentives. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome Seriously Raises Heart Risk
Metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, high blood pressure, blood fats and sugar) doubles the risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Bad Habits Make Bad Employees, Study Finds
People who smoke, overeat, or don't exercise take more sick days, while those who drink take fewer. Read more >


Texting to Death
It has been estimated that for every 1 million new cell phone subscribers, deaths due to distracted driving rise by 19%. Read more >


FDA Restricts Diabetes Drug
The FDA has issued restrictions on who can be prescribed the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia®... Read more >


Common Cold Virus Linked to Obesity in Youngsters
New research finds a link between childhood obesity and the common cold virus. But how? Read more >


B Vitamins Help Reduce Brain Shrinkage in the Elderly
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
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
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?
Many people think their doctors made an error. True or not, patients often switch doctors... Read more >


How Much Does Medical Malpractice Cost the Nation? Billions, Say Researchers
Researchers calculate that medical malpractice and defensive medicine cost the nation billions... Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy Makes Mammograms Hard to Read
HRT may affect how doctors interpret the tests, leading to diagnoses diagnoses of breast cancer... Read more >


FDA Finds Disturbing Situation at Egg Farms Behind Salmonella Recall
The FDA says Salmonella was found in chicken feed and mounds of feces on the egg farms in the recall Read more >


More Evidence That a Virus Plays a Role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
New evidence suggests (again) that chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to a virus - but is it... Read more >


Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
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
You may be able to reverse metabolic syndrome completely by making some important changes to your diet. Read more >


Luckily, Cancer Risk Does Not Depend on Personality, Researchers Find
The idea that one's personality can contribute to cancer has not been found to be true. Read more >


Worrying About Falling May Make It Happen - So Relax!
Seniors who worry about falling actually fall more than those who don't. Read more >


Has MRSA Met its Match?
Painting walls with a new paint killed 100% of all staph bacteria. Nanotubes helped make it possible Read more >


Think You're Safe with Just a Cigarette a Day? Think Again
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
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
Women who get their protein from sources other than red meats have healthier hearts. Read more >


Hundreds of Millions of Eggs Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak
Two Iowa farms have recalled over 380 million eggs due to possible contamination with Salmonella... Read more >


Tax Credits and Healthy Babies
Babies born to mothers who received Earned Income Tax Credits weigh more, a sign of greater health. Read more >


Women's Cholesterol Levels Affected by Time of the Month, Study Says
Doctors testing a woman's cholesterol may want to ask when her last period was, since estrogen level Read more >


Fewer Emergency Rooms, More Patients
ERs are over-burdened with non-emergency care. Wait times are measured in hours. Why? Read more >


Cancer Cells Use Fructose to Multiply
Cancer cells actually prefer fructose over glucose to fuel themselves and multiply. Read more >


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Affects the Brain and Gut Alike
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
A procedure that stops blood flow to uterine fibroids may be an alternative to hysterectomy. Read more >


Stem Cells May Help Repair Hearts After Attack
Stem cells to the rescue. Read more >


"Clinically Proven" Beauty Products: Not Guilty, but Not Proven Either
Don't accept the term, "clinically proven" at face value. Look further to find out just what kind of study was done and by whom. Read more >


Calcium May Help the Bones, but Does It Hurt the Heart?
Calcium supplements may strengthen the bones, but they may also raise the risk of heart attack... Read more >


The 2010-11 Flu Vaccine
Fall is the time to get a flu vaccine. Even if vaccines cannot protect one completely against all forms of the flu virus, they usually resu Read more >


CPR Good Enough Without Mouth-to-Mouth, Studies Find
Chest compressions alone are just effective as CPR with mouth-to-mouth in a heart attack emergency. Read more >


PCBs Appear Linked to High Blood Pressure As Well As Cancer
People who have higher levels of the chemicals PCBs in their bodies also seem to have higher BP. Read more >


Doctors Don't Understand Their Patients
Doctors are busy and may not listen well. It helps to come prepared with any questions you may have written down in advance. Read more >


Why Some Public Health Weight Loss Campaigns Fail
Even well-meaning weight loss campaigns may end up turning off the people they are meant to inspire. Read more >


Fish for the Eyes
Eating fish rich in healthy fats may help protect the eyes. Read more >


Sitting May Lead to Earlier Death
Researchers find that the longer you sit, the shorter your lifespan. Read more >


Are Doctor's Notes for Patients Too?
A new study, OpenNotes, allows the patients to access their records. Read more >


A Sniff of Insulin May Help Alzheimer's Patients
Not just for diabetics: A sniff of the hormone insulin may help recover memory in Alzheimer's... Read more >


Nasal Zinc Linked to Loss of Smell
Over-the-counter zinc nasal sprays may be damaging to your sense of smell and may even destroy it. Read more >


Don't Throw Out the Rabbit's Foot: Good Luck Charms May Just Work
Have a good luck charm? It may actually help performance by boosting confidence Read more >


Biggest Losers Do Better
Slower may not always better when it comes to weight loss. Losing a fair amount of weight quickly tends to lead to better results. Read more >


Doctor Arrogance and Hospital Acquired Infections
A commentary in JAMA calls out doctors who don't follow a checklist for preventing CLABSI infections Read more >


New Weight Loss Drugs Seems Promising, But FDA Still to Rule
Lorcaserin seems to help people slim down with fewer side-effects than past drugs. Will FDA approve? Read more >


Study Says PSA Test Saves Lives
Screening for prostate cancer may pick up small cancers that really shouldn't be treated. Read more >


The American Heart Association Reviews the Best Ways to Get Healthy, Stay Motivated
Heart disease hits 1 in 3 people. The first step to heart health is to set realistic behavioral rather than physiological goals. Read more >


CDC Says Salsa, Guacamole Account for Too Many Restaurant-Related Illnesses
Salsa and guacamole are major sources of restaurant-related illness. Too often, they are not refrigerated adequately. Read more >


Hospital Rounds Get a Face-Lift
More hospitals are using the new family-centered rounds, which help keep parents in the loop. Read more >


Car Seats Should Stay in the Car to Avoid Accidents
Don't leave your baby unattended while in his or her car seat - especially outside the car. Serious injuries can happen. Read more >


Antibiotic May Lead to Dangerously High Potassium Levels in Seniors
An antibiotic often prescribed for urinary tract infections can raise potassium levels dangerously.. Read more >


TV and Video Games Can Harm Kids' Attention Spans
Limiting your child’s TV or video game time to less than two hours per day may help his or her attention. Read more >


Ditch The Car and Hop on The Train If You Want to Shed Pounds
Leaving the car at home and taking the train can help you be more active and lose some weight. Read more >


Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >


High Tea Consumption Linked to Heart Health
A study of 37,000 people over 13 years found that drinking 3 to 6 cups of tea a day reduced the risk of heart disease by over 40%. Read more >


Why We Favor Fatty Over Healthy Foods
The "hunger hormone" ghrelin not only makes you hungry, it also appears to make you crave. Read more >


Age at Menopause May Predict Cardiovascular Risk
Women who go through early menopause – before age 46 – may be at double the risk for cardio events. Read more >


Obesity Takes Toll on Sex Life, Sexual Health
Obese individuals report reduced sex life, more STDs, sexual dysfunction, and unwanted pregnancies. Read more >


HDL or "Good" Cholesterol May Reduce Cancer Risk
HDL, the “Good” cholesterol, has been linked to lower cancer risk in addition to its contribution to heart health. Read more >


Fructose May Increase Fat Cells in Kids
If fructose didn't already have a bad enough rap, now it seems to help kids' fat cells proliferate. Read more >


Inexpensive Injection Could Save Thousands of Trauma Victims
Using the compound TXA, which helps prevent bleeding, could save the lives of many accident victims. Read more >


New Site: Emerging Drug Problems, All in One Place
The FDA has a new website that tracks problems people have had with various prescription drugs. Read more >


Cartoon Characters May Sway Kids to Make Poor Food Choices
Kids say foods taste better when cartoon characters are on the label... Read more >


FDA Issues Warning for Parents to Measure Carefully When Giving Babies Vitamin D
Make sure your baby gets the proper amount of vitamin D Read more >


Just 20 Minutes Outdoors Can Work Wonders
Just 20 minutes out in nature - even a small garden - can help re-energize you. Read more >


Parents Should Be Cautious with Autism Sites, Researchers Say
Be cautious about what websites you use for research Read more >


Heart Attacks in California Are Way Down
A recent study among members of a California HMO shows a huge decrease in serious heart attacks. Read more >


FDA Seizes $32,000 Worth of Tainted Chinese-Imported Honey
The FDA has found a potentially fatal drug in honey from China, adding evidence to support concerns. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Helps Hearts That Have Already Had Trouble
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet helps protect the heart from a second attack. Read more >


Immediate Removal of Inflamed Gallbladder Improves Outcome in Elderly
It is often a good idea to remove an inflamed gallbladder sooner rather than later. Read more >


New Drugs Don't Always Beat the Old
New drugs are often prescribed over the old even if they aren't better or more cost effective. Read more >


Viagra Nation: Tracking Health Care Costs
We spend $77 billion on "medicalized" conditions like erectile dysfunction. Is this a wise use of healthcare dollars? Read more >


New Bunion Treatment Reduces Pain and Recovery Time
A new treatment for bunions is less painful and recovery is quicker. Read more >


Don't Forget to Brush Your Teeth - It Might Save Your Life
One very simple way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 70% is to brush your teeth twice a day. Read more >


Overtime Ups Risk of Death from Heart Disease
People who work a great deal of overtime are at greater risk of heart-related death. Type A behavior may be partly to blame. Read more >


Food for Thought: Pesticide Exposure and ADHD Risk in Children
Pesticide exposure may play a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more >


Get to a Doctor Soon after a Mini-Stroke to Avoid Having a Real One
A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a mini-stroke, but with no lasting damage. It is often a warning sign and should be treated. Read more >


Warfarin and Supplements Don't Mix
Be sure to let your doctor know of the various supplements you may be taking. They can interfere with the action of many different drugs. Read more >


New Hospital Bar-Code System Significantly Cuts Down on Medication Errors
A new bar-code system tied to patient electronic medical record (EMR) may help cut down on errors. Read more >


Depression in Children and Adolescence: Making Safe Medication Decisions
It is important to treat child and adolescent depression. Kids on medication should be monitored closely. Read more >


The Pill May Increase Women's Risk for Sexual Dysfunction
Women on the pill may suffer from lower libido than women on other forms of birth control. Read more >


If You're Awaiting Medication, Don't Interrupt Your Nurse
If a nurse is interrupted while preparing your medication, ask him or her to check it again to avoid a possible error. Read more >


Complex Spinal Operations Rise Without Evidence of Benefit
Spinal fusion is not always the only or best way to ease the pain associated with spinal stenosis and disc problems. Read more >


Disabilities Increasing among the Middle-Aged
The number of people over 40 who have difficulty climbing stairs or walking a quarter mile has risen. The impact on healthcare could be... Read more >


Asthma Medications: New Guidelines Improve Safety
Short-acting beta agonists (SABAs) act by helping the muscles in the air passages of the lungs to relax and re-expand. Read more >


Pain Medications May Increase Hearing Loss
Taking over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen may raise the risk of hearing loss, particularly in men. Read more >


Elderly Hip Fracture Patients Are Not Getting the Care They Need
A hip fracture in an elderly patient is a life-altering event. Often they receive inadequate care during the first three months. Read more >


Flea Products May be Harmful to Your Pet
Those apply-between-the-shoulder-blade flea remedies are harmful to some pets, especially small ones Read more >


New Study Questions Viral Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
person needs to have unexplained fatigue for at least six months plus at least four of eight other symptoms to qualify as a CFS sufferer... Read more >


Varicella Vaccine: Will It Help After You're Exposed?
The varicella vaccine for chickenpox can help reduce symptoms or even prevent infection even when given after you've been exposed. Read more >


Heavier Patients Need Longer Needles
People who are obese may not receive the same level of protection from a vaccine because the standard needle used may not reach the muscle. Read more >


Children Left On the Home Front When Moms and Dads Go to War
Kids and caregivers left behind during deployment have to shoulder a heavy burden. A study looks at what can help. Read more >


Heart Attack Survival Rate Unchanged in 30 Years
Heart attack survival rates will only improve if more bystanders know CPR and the use of devices to shock the heart increases. Read more >


Autism Clusters Around the Highly Educated, Study Finds
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 >


Researchers Harness the Power of Pomegranate to Fight Hospital Infections
An ointment made of pomegranate rind and metal salts successfully combated MRSA, a notoriously hard-to-treat staph infection. Read more >


Watching TV May Shorten Your Life
Spending too much time sitting in front of the TV or computer, rather than moving, raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Nanosensors May Detect Cancers Sooner, Finds Study
The search is on to develop nanosensors that would detect biomarkers in blood or sputum to catch cancers early. Read more >


Texting and Driving Don't Mix
You should NEVER text while driving. You are six times more likely to crash. Read more >


Fight Global Warming (and Get Healthier)
Road traffic, by car and bus, accounts for about three-quarters of all travel-related carbon dioxide. Read more >


A Reminder for New Year's Eve: Coffee Does Not Sober You Up
Coffee does not sober you up. In fact, it may impair judgment further. Read more >


Pneumonia Risk Higher Among Flu Sufferers
People who have had the flu are more susceptible to additional infections, such as pneumonia. Read more >


High Blood Sugar During Pregnancy: When and Why Should It Be Treated?
High blood sugar during pregnancy, gestational diabetes, is a major health risk for mother and babies. Read more >


Where There's Smoke, There's Illness
Secondhand smoke remains a danger to children exposed to it in the home. Read more >


Acetaminophen Reduces Vaccines' Effectiveness
Using acetaminophen to prevent a fever after your child has had a vaccine may end up reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine. Read more >


Research Suggests Link between Autoimmune Disorders and Pesticides
Extended contact with household pesticides such as roach or termite sprays, appears to raise the risk of autoimmune diseases. Read more >


If the Grass is Greener... People are Healthier
Living near green space seems to make people healthier, both mentally and physically. Read more >


If Doctors Don't Understand Our Health Care System, Who Does?
We aren't talking about benefits. Just simply understanding the system is more than even new MDs feel confident about. So what are consumers supposed to do? Read more >


MRI Scan No Cure for Lower Back Pain
About 90% of all cases of lower back pain show spontaneous improvement within four weeks. Read more >


High Quality Day Care: An Escape Route for Children of Poverty
Daycare that offers children living in poverty a chance to learn school-readiness skills and exposure to role models helps them keep pace... Read more >


Modestly Successful AIDS Vaccine Results Give Researchers Hope
Research on a combined, "prime-boost" vaccine has yielded modest results in what was the largest study in AIDS research history. The approach... Read more >


Treating Ear Infections: Antibiotics Aren't Always the Best First Choice
All middle ear infections should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Read more >


Doctor-Patient Communication: Race Matters
African American patients tend to have less informative communication with their healthcare providers than do whites. The good news is that patients.. Read more >


For This Year's Flu, Experts Say Preventative Measures Better
It's not always possible to know for sure, but usually, a preventive flu vaccine is better than relying on anti-viral medication... Read more >


A Call for Improved Drug Labeling
There's a natural tendency for patients to want and doctors to prescribe the newest drug, assuming that newer is better. Read more >


"Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be:" Medication Sharing Among Adolescents
It is dangerous to share prescription medication. Side effects are common. Read more >


Four Healthy Behaviors Make Big Impact on Disease Risk
Four important lifestyle choices – never smoking, eating healthy, staying trim, and exercising – may cut the risk... Read more >


Antidepressant Nation: A Good Thing?
Antidepressant use has doubled over the last decade according to a recent study. Is this a good thing or a sign that the drugs are being. Read more >


No Place Like Home: Premature Infants, Socioeconomic Status, and Development
As important as medical intervention is for premature infants, the home environment is just as important. Read more >


How to Turn Medicalese into Plain English
Something to prescribe for your doctor: a toolkit for turning medical jargon into language a regular person (like you) can understand ... Read more >


The Century's Biggest Health Threat
Climate change is perhaps the biggest global health threat today. Read more >


Revenge of the Cell Phones: Cell Phone Elbow
Cubital tunnel syndrome, or cell phone elbow, results from the compression of the ulnar nerve. Read more >


WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic
It's official: the World Health Organization has raised the status of the H1N1 or swine flu virus to the highest level. Read more >


Happiness Doesn't Come from Material, "American Dream"-Type Goals, New Study Finds
Being beautiful, rich, and famous doesn't actually equate with being happy. More important are personal growth and social relationships. Read more >


Nanotechnology: Faster and Better Diagnoses
It may soon be possible to diagnose many viral and bacterial infections on the spot using a portable device that reads blood or saliva samples. Read more >


Juices, Soda, Sports Drinks and Tooth Erosion
Dental erosion initially gives the enamel a smooth and shiny appearance. But there is only so much enamel coating a tooth. Read more >


Drinking Alcohol May Lengthen Life, Ward off Dementia
Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >


Flu Outbreak: The Early Line
The current flu outbreak is relatively mild. So what's the worry? Read more >


Patients' Bill of Rights: All That's Missing is the Sanity Clause
Twenty-three states offer patient bill of rights (PROR) statutes, yet almost no one can understand them. The documents raise incomprehensibility to... Read more >


Many Americans Lack Quick Access to Top-Quality Emergency Care
Since time is often critical in an emergency, it is important to know whether the ER you are going to is capable of handling... Read more >


Putting the Facts in Drug Ads How to Improve Drug Ads
Direct-to-consumer advertising needs to present the benefits of drugs, as well as side effects, so consumers can make decisions with their doctors. Read more >


Research Reveals Why Winter Is Flu Season
The flu virus appears to survive longest in low humidity, which is why it is more common during the winter. Read more >


It's Okay for Your Dog to Sleep Around
You can go ahead and let your dig lick your face as much as you'd like: he won't expose you to extra bacteria. Read more >


Salmonella in Peanut Butter: Outbreak Continues
The plant in Georgia responsible for the outbreak of salmonella has been found. What the FDA has to say about finding the peanut butter on shelves... Read more >


Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise, Says CDC
Chlamydia can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and lead to female infertility. Read more >


Antibiotics in Vegetables
The European Union banned the use of antibiotics as a food additive for livestock in 2006, citing health concerns. Read more >


Medicalese Turns Patients' Perception of Common Conditions Into Serious Diseases
Don't be frightened by "medicalese." Often medical terms aren't as serious as they sound. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Decreases Fertility in Women, New Study Reports
Women who are exposed to secondhand smoke may have more trouble getting pregnant or, once pregnant, have increased chances of miscarriage. Read more >


Risks for Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of factors that increases the chance of contracting heart disease, diabetes or stroke. Read more >


Bad Managers Raise Risk of Heart Disease
Stress at work from a bad boss can increase your risk of heart disease. Read more >


Salmonella Cases Tied to Dog Food
What you feed your pet can have health consequences for you, as the salmonella outbreak shows... Read more >


Gulf War Illness, Unraveled
Gulf War illness was originally dismissed by many as a psychosomatic illness. Then a cause was found. Read more >


Patients Often Misunderstand Medical Questionnaires, Study Finds
Patients often misinterpret or completely misunderstand the medical questionnaires given to them at doctors' offices. Read more >


Diabetes is Real; "Jaws" Is Just a Movie
Diabetes affects almost every organ in the body, causes severe circulatory problems and greatly increases the risk of heart attack. Read more >


It's a Noisy Planet: Protect Their Hearing
Loud sounds damage the ear's hair cells, turning a lush "pasture" of these cells into a burned-out wasteland. Read more >


Can Aspirin Help Prevent a First Heart Attack?
People who have diabetes are two to five times more likely to suffer from heart disease than the general population. Read more >


ER Patients Not Clear On Diagnosis, Treatment or After-Care
When discharged from the hospital, remember to ask questions. Read more >


Television's Effects on Children's Attention and Play
Television distracts children from their own play, interfering with cognitive development. Read more >


Another Reason to Avoid Beef?
Prions, the proteins that cause mad cow disease, can be transmitted by feces, a new study has found, raising questions about safe disposal.. Read more >


Major Key to Viral Latency Discovered
Researchers have discovered the mechanism that makes the cold sore virus becomes dormant, with possible implications for other viral diseases. Read more >


CDC to Beijing-Bound: Beware of Dogs
Travelers are better off worrying about more common ailments than exotic diseases. Read more >


10 Ways to Have a Healthy Vacation
Make a list of important health-related items to take along on vacation, including prescription meds and OTC pain relievers. Read more >


Pedometers: Small Changes Make a Big Health Difference
Pedometers that unobtrusively clip on a belt can vastly increased the amount of exercise you get in a day. Read more >


Working Out with a Superbug
In recent months, the feared "super bug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, has got the attention of doctors, clinics and hospitals. Read more >


Virtual Reality Therapy as a Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
A new study of has found a surprising use for virtual reality technology — as a therapeutic method for helping people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Read more >


What Parents Should Know About Coxsackievirus
It's summertime and children are gathering on playgrounds and in sandboxes and pools. Read more >


Health Illiteracy
Only 12 percent of America's 228 million adults qualify as health literate — that is, they have the minimum skills to manage their own health care — according to a new report from the U. Read more >


Urban Exercise? Take It Inside
We have all seen urban runners, skating and bicyclists dodging traffic or paralleling busy roads and highways, and wondered: do the benefits of being in shape outweigh the dangers of breathing all that polluted air? According to medical experts, the answer may well be no. Read more >


The Water's Not So Fine
Next time you decide to take the family to the beach or the local swimming hole — even if your local health department has not issued a health warning — you might want to leave the younger kids at home. Read more >


Greening Cities May Reduce Childhood Asthma
The lack of trees in urban areas may be behind the rising rates of asthma there. Read more >


Surgery? Take a Number
There already is a shortage of general surgeons. Read more >


U.S. Kids Under-Vaccinated
From 2003 and 2004, a time when a toddler up to 18 months old should have received about 14 shots of several different vaccines. Today, even more shots are recommended. Read more >


More Autism or More Diagnoses?
This is a question that researchers have been struggling with for decades, as developed nations such as the United States have seen an alarming rise in the number of children diagnosed as autistic. Read more >


"Let Me Be Perfectly Vague"
In previous articles, we have compared the three remaining presidential candidates' positions on dealing with the uninsured, containing drug and other costs and Medicare, Medicaid and other federal entitlements. Read more >


Medicaid, Medicare and the Presidential Candidates
Shortly after he was reelected, President Bush pushed for a reorganization of the Social Security system. Read more >


The Presidential Candidates' Proposals for Containing Health Care Costs
Presidential candidates Obama, McCain and Clinton agree on one thing: our health care system is too expensive and getting more expensive all the time. Read more >


Healthcare Reform: Universal Coverage?
There is one thing all three candidates agree on: too many Americans lack adequate health coverage. Read more >


Cleaning Products and Your Child's Lungs
Using strong cleaning products while pregnant may put your child at risk for breathing problems. Read more >


Seeing It Coming
Many of us know one or two of the warning signs of heart attack, but few know all the symptoms or have a clear idea of what them. Read more >


Price and the Placebo Effect
Price matters when it comes to what people believe will help heal them, according to a new study that has received widespread media attention. Read more >


U.S. Leads Europe in Strokes
Mediterranean countries have a lower rate of stroke compared to the US, which may reflect the influence of the "Mediterranean diet." Read more >


Triglycerides: the New Cholesterol?
Triglycerides are a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease and should be routinely monitored. Read more >


Childhood Vaccine Not Linked to Autism
Do vaccines given to infants and very young children somehow promote autism? This is the idea that researchers have been investigating and parents have been debating since a 1988 study of 12 children suggested such a link, provoking a wave of concern. Read more >


A Super Drug for Super Bugs
Thanks to the invention of antibiotics, 20th-century medicine virtually eliminated tuberculosis, polio, leprosy and many other once-common infectious diseases. Read more >


What You Can Do to Prevent MRSA and Other Staph Infections
Recent news reports have made us all aware of the danger of drug-resistant staph infections, specifically, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA (pronounced "mer-suh"). Read more >


Cure the Mosquito, Cure Malaria
In America, you would have to be at least in your 70s or 80s to remember that parts of the country once had a problem with malaria. Read more >


Cars & Childhood Asthma
Some children are genetically predisposed to develop breathing problems when exposed to environmental toxins. Read more >


Low Levels of Air Pollution Can Kill
Even comparatively low levels of air pollution can shorten your life, according to a new British study. Read more >


Killing Me Warmly
According to a frightening new study, global warming will cause more deaths from heat in future summers, but these deaths will not be offset by fewer deaths from cold in the milder winters to come. Read more >


New Ideas on Allergies and Asthma
Well-intentioned efforts to protect us from our environment may, in fact, have contributed to a modern epidemic of allergies and asthma. Read more >


Rapid Response Key in 1918 Flu Pandemic
The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic may be ancient history to most of us but medical researchers are still learning valuable lessons from it. Read more >


Vaccine Vs. Ear Infections
As many parents can tell you, a small child who is prone to ear infections can make the whole family miserable. Read more >


U.S. Child Health System a Failure?
In February of 2007, a U. Read more >


St. Valentine's Gift from Medicare
Routine screenings can make a big difference in the early detection of aneurysms. Read more >


USA #1 — in Treating Hypertension
Treating hypertension early may actually save healthcare dollars by avoiding expensive procedures later. Read more >


Heart Failure: Fatter Is Better?
There is an obesity paradox in cardiovascular health. Heavier people tend to survive health crises better, but are more at risk. Read more >


Common Drug May Cause Brain Hemorrhage
The rate of brain hemorrhages associated with blood thinning drugs quintupled during the 1990s, according to a new study. Read more >


Echinacea: Can it Make You Sick?
When they feel a cold coming on, many people reach for what they believe will be a safe preventative — a tea or capsule containing the herb echinacea. Read more >


A Molecular "Condom" Against AIDS
While they are certainly better than nothing, traditional latex condoms do an imperfect job of preventing both pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS. Read more >


HIV's Effect on the Immune System Worse than Thought
People with HIV have been living longer and better since the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (or HAART) in 1995. Read more >


Facts and Fiction About Flu and Colds
Despite how common they are, colds and flu are the subject of a great many fairytales and misconceptions. Read more >


Vaccine Gives Hay Fever Relief
Researchers have successfully used an experimental DNA-based vaccine to protect against ragweed allergies, commonly known as hay fever, after just six injections. Read more >


Preventing Skin Cancer with — a Tan
A recently released study has produced an improved understanding of the process of skin tanning, a breakthrough that may lead to a new way of protecting fair-skinned people from skin cancer. Read more >


America Gets a 'C-' in Hand Cleanliness
If not your life, then at least your health, according to the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), which issued its second Clean Hands Report Card, giving America a "C-minus" — a downgrade from 2004, when the country received a "C. Read more >


Grounding the Flu?
Researchers have long speculated that air travel plays an important role in spreading influenza and other infectious diseases. Read more >


Neurosurgeons Back Child ATV Ban
A group of neurosurgeons is renewing calls for a ban on the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) by children under age 16 after a 10-year review of injuries caused by the vehicles. Read more >


Marry — or Die?
Contrary to some popular wisdom — and quite a few ancient one-liners — people who never marry appear destined to die younger than married persons. Read more >


No Particulate Place to Go
Tips to help urban athletes breathe easier. Read more >


Summer Stings and Bites
Bees, ticks and other summertime afflictions. What to do. Read more >


Something Old and Something Flu
Each fall we hear the same arguments for taking the flu vaccine. Read more >


The Best Weapon vs. Diabetes — Prevention
If you understand your risk for diabetes, you have the motivation you need to change your lifestyle. Read more >


Sepsis and Its Complications
Every minute of every day, two people die from sepsis in the United States. Read more >


Killer Showers?
Researchers find a link between showers and cancer, clear evidence shows the transfer of THM's from shower water into the blood. Read more >


Violence and Inner-City Kids
Think of how rattled you might be if you lived in constant fear of a gun going off. Read more >


Low Cholesterol and Heart Problems
You cannot depend on your cholesterol level alone to indicate heart disease. Read more >


Asthma in the Inner City: An Unnecessary Epidemic?
Asthma is under-diagnosed among inner city middle school children and may require rethinking our social priorities. Read more >





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