July 07, 2020
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Help for COVID's Sickest
The steroid dexamethasone is used to reduce inflammation; it can also save the lives of coronavirus patients who can't breathe. Read more >

What Your Mouth Has to Say about Vaping
Too few smokers realize how bad the habit is for your teeth and gums. Vaping's effects are no better and maybe worse. Read more >

Another Supplement Bites the Dust
The American Gastroenterological Association found only three conditions that appear to be helped by probiotics. The rest were a bust. Read more >

Poverty and Prevention
Income plays a big role in who does and doesn't get preventive heart care. Read more >

The Downward Dog Path to Migraine Relief
Yoga can reduce not just the pain, but also the frequency and treatment cost of migraines. Read more >

Diehard Fans
When local teams lose, ER admissions for heart attacks go up, suggesting a new way of looking at the agony of defeat. Read more >

Tofu is Soy Good for Your Heart
The isoflavones in tofu and other soy products can help protect you from heart disease, especially if you are a woman. Read more >

A Fix for Herniated Discs
The options for people suffering from disc pain are not miracle cures. A new method for refilling compressed discs shows promise. Read more >

Rehab with a Beat
Recovering from a stroke is often a long, tedious process involving countless repetitions. Adding music really helps. Read more >

Putting Alcoholics Anonymous to the Test
A huge study of AA's track record when it comes to helping alcoholics stay sober comes up with some impressive findings. Read more >

Soda's Shot to the Heart
You wouldn't eat a pound of bacon, but drinking soda daily may wreak havoc on your lipid levels in much the same way. Read more >

Meat and the Microbiome
As meat is digested in the gut, it breaks down into a metabolite that increases the risk of heart disease. Plant-based foods don't do this. Read more >

The Pepperoni Papers
Conflicting recommendations about eating meat have generated confusion and controversy. A massive new study makes things clearer. Read more >

Household Cleaners As Asthma Triggers
Cleaning sprays are hard on babies, especially if they are scented. They stay in the air for hours and are linked to childhood asthma. Read more >

Seeking Google-Searching Suckers
Websites promoting probiotics claim their products will cure almost whatever ails you. Don't believe them; look deeper. Read more >

Tea Time
Tea drinkers live longer and healthier lives than those who rarely drink the brew. Green tea has a particularly strong effect. Read more >

An Exercise Cancer Vaccine
A very large study makes clear just how much exercise can cut the risk of many cancers. Read more >

E-Cigs Disappoint
E-cigarettes were supposed to help smokers quit. The problem is, they often don't, leaving smokers' lungs even more damaged. Read more >

Hair Products and Cancer Risk
Cancer seems to be likelier among women who use hair coloring and hair straighteners. Black women are disproportionately at risk. Read more >

Preventing Skin Cancer --Teens Lead the Way
Warnings about sun safety seem to be working: Melanoma is on the rise -- except when it comes to teens and young adults. Read more >

Don't Fear the Bean
If you avoid legumes because they make you fart, consider what they do for your heart, weight and wallet. Read more >

Dangerously Thin
Blood thinners and certain painkillers and supplements can be a dangerous combination. Know which interactions to watch out for. Read more >

Making Bad Cholesterol Better
Avocados reduce the worst kind of bad cholesterol. Antioxidants appear to be the reason why. Read more >

Youthful Skin, Thanks to Pomegranates
The antioxidants you eat in fruits like pomegranates help defend against damage from the sun and make you look years younger. Read more >

Go Fish, Baby
Giving kids fish starting at about a year old reduces the risk of asthma and eczema. And it's easy to do. Read more >

Heart Patients and Cardiac Rehab
Heart patients benefit mentally and physically from exercise. So why is it so rarely prescribed after a heart attack? Read more >

The Cure for Digital Addiction
How often have you emerged from an online session, surprised that so much time had passed? Here's how to change your ways. Read more >

The Chemicals You Avoid by Cooking at Home
Eating out is fun; it's convenient. It also exposes you to cancer-causing chemicals. Read more >

HRT and Breast Cancer
Hormone replacement therapy can ease the symptoms of menopause, but there's a downside -- a higher risk of breast cancer. Read more >

MS Treatment Costs Skyrocket
The average cost for a year's supply of MS drugs has more than quadrupled, jumping from about $18,000 to $76,000 since 2006. Read more >

CBD, Hemp, and Marijuana
One makes you high; the othesr don't. All have a variety of health claims attached to them. Read more >

In Line at the Drug Store
Chronic diseases often mean multiple prescriptions and trips to the pharmacy. Medication synchronization programs streamline the process. Read more >

Prevent Diabetes...with Plants
Eating a plant-based diet can give your body a leg up against type 2 diabetes. But not all diets are the same. Read more >

Blood Pressure: Both Numbers Matter
Diastolic pressure, the lower number in a blood pressure reading, is often viewed as insignificant. New findings say that's far from true. Read more >

Big Tobacco's Failed Ad Campaign
When tobacco companies were ordered to pay for an ad campaign on the dangers of smoking, reaching vulnerable markets was not a priority. Read more >

Smartphones, Dependent Humans
Are you tense or impatient when you aren't able to check your smartphone? You are not alone. Read more >

A Magic Metabolic Bullet
Reducing the number of calories you take in daily unleashes a "magic" metabolic process that cuts the risk of heart disease, diabetes. Read more >

Genetic Testing and IVF
More couples undergoing in vitro fertilization are opting for genetic testing before implantation. Read more >

A Crohn's Miracle Cure?
The patient had a moderately severe form of the disease that didn't respond to treatment. He changed his diet, and his symptoms vanished. Read more >

"White Coat Hypertension"
High blood pressure readings at the doctor's office used to be seen as nothing much to worry about. Not any more. Read more >

Reconsidering Chicken
White meats like chicken and turkey may not be any better for your cholesterol levels than beef. Now what should you put on the grill? Read more >

I Can't Quit You, E-Cigarerettes
Many turn to e-cigs to quit smoking regular cigarettes, but end up hooked on vaping instead. Read more >

Cut Your Cancer Risk...with Food
Changing the way you eat could cut your risk of cancer by five percent or more, so why not consider it? Read more >

A Hedge Against A-Fib
This medication for atrial fibrillation has the added bonus of reducing anger- and stress-triggered attacks. Read more >

Cleaner Air Cuts Kids' Asthma
There was a stunning drop in childhood asthma rates in the communities around Los Angeles after air pollution regulations were put in place. Read more >

Summertime Flu? Not Likely
Our immune systems don't work so well in dry air. That's why influenza mostly takes hold in the cold. Read more >

Good and Bad News on Prescription Opioids
The number of prescriptions written for opioids is falling, but more are being written for long durations. Read more >

Eating to Ease Asthma
Certain foods lessen kids' asthma symptoms; others tend to make them worse. Read more >

Mobility Disability: The Ten Minute Solution
People with osteoarthritis who exercised just one hour a week were 85% more likely to be able to live on their own. Read more >

Colon Cancer Screening by Mail
Screening for colon cancer in your own home has real appeal, but some still need an incentive. Read more >

Inflammation Weakens Aging Bones
Inflammation helps the body fight disease, but it can also harm bones. Read more >

Low-Carb Raises the Risk of A-Fib
Cutting carbs can seem like a good diet plan, but it can raise your risk of atrial fibrillation. Know what carbs to cut. Read more >

FDA Approves Esketamine for Major Depression
The most potent form of the club drug Special K has been put on a fast track to help those with treatment-resistant depression. Read more >

Diet Soda Can Be a Heartbreaker
Drinking two or more diet beverages a day can raise the risk of blood clot-related stroke. Read more >

Nuts Lower Heart Risk Associated with Diabetes
Diabetes raises a person's risk of heart disease, but eating nuts -- in moderation -- cuts it down to size. Read more >

Insurers' Obstacles to Opioid Treatment
Buprenorphine relieves the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, yet insurance coverage for the drug is falling. Read more >

Diet Help, In Your Grocery Store
What if a dietitian was available in your local market to help you choose foods to lower blood pressure? Here's the answer. Read more >

Bug Bombs Bomb Out
A cockroach infestation is a health hazard. When it comes to exterminating the pests, one method is much more effective -- and safer. Read more >

Another Reason to Worry about Air Pollution
Counties with dirtier air have a higher risk of stroke and shorter life expectancies. There are ways to protect yourself. Read more >

An App to Prevent Overdose Deaths
Opioid overdose deaths are preventable if Naloxone can be administered quickly. That's where cell phones come in. Read more >

Lower Your Cholesterol: Eat Less at Night
Cutting your consumption of fats at night can have a big effect on your "bad" cholesterol. It's an easy way to help your heart. Read more >

A Welcome Drop in Cancer Rates
Rates for many types of cancer are down, but screening is a big issue. Read more >

Hold the Shellfish?
serious food allergies are far less common than we tend to think, but you can develop them even in adulthood. Read more >

The Heart of a Meat Eater
Eating meat raises your levels of a by-product of digestion that may be the missing link when it comes to red meat and heart disease. Read more >

Skimping on Insulin
Many Americans cut back on insulin because of its high cost, a dangerous practice. Other countries don't have this problem. Read more >

Obesity and Childhood Asthma
About a quarter of all childhood asthma diagnoses may be completely avoidable. Parents just need to take action. Read more >

CPR Training -- At the Airport
The American Heart Association has come up with a good way to spend your time when you're stuck at the airport: Learn how to save a life. Read more >

Coffee, For Your Skin
Caffeinated coffee could help keep a common skin condition in check. Read more >

A Test Strip to Prevent Drug Overdoses
Street drugs laced with fentanyl are even more deadly. Letting users test for it themselves can save lives. Read more >

Reversing Diabetes, with Fasting
Men with type 2 diabetes who fasted about three days a week were able to go off their medications. Read more >

No Safe Level of Alcohol Consumption?
More evidence that even moderate drinking may be harmful to our long-term health. Read more >

A Diet with Special Benefits for Women
Men and women both enjoyed a reduced risk of stroke when they followed its basic outlines, but women got an extra boost. Read more >

Reconsidering Daily Low-Dose Aspirin
A five-year study found no benefit and a bit of a downside to taking aspirin daily if you are generally healthy. Check with your doctor. Read more >

Some Cancers Aren't
Some cancerous growths are slow-moving and rarely life-threatening. Avoiding the term changes things. Read more >

When Kids Smoke Second-Hand
Second-hand smoke has lots of risks for kids. Rheumatoid arthritis may be another. Read more >

Diabetes and Bed Rest
Even a short period of inactivity can have serious, long-term consequences for older adults. Read more >

Protect Your Gut from Stress
Stress can make your gut "leaky" and lead to an irritable bowel. Certain foods reduce its physical and emotional impact. Read more >

Diabetes, Just Around the Corner
Even seemingly healthy people can have blood sugar spikes that creep into diabetes territory. Read more >

How Much Sunscreen is Enough?
Most of us apply too little sunscreen to get the protection we seek. DNA damage is the result. Here's a good rule of thumb. Read more >

A New Take on Full-Fat Dairy
A glass of whole milk or piece of cheese provides important fatty acids. But the calories they add are another matter. Read more >

That Pain in Your Neck
Physical therapists are seeing more neck, shoulder and back problems thanks to this tech device. Some ideas for avoiding injury. Read more >

The Lentil Solution
Blood sugar spikes are hard on your body and can lead to type-2 diabetes. Here's a good way to head them off. Read more >

A Game-Changer for Asthma
A medication approved for treating eczema appears to relieve asthma symptoms and could change the course of the disease. Read more >

Supplements Can't Help Your Heart
Taking vitamins and minerals to help your heart is a waste of money. Some can even cause harm. Eating right is a smarter plan. Read more >

Thank You for Not Driving
Commuting by car raises your risk of stroke and heart attack. Public transportation or a bike are both healthier options. Read more >

Clothes Call at the Barbecue
Chemicals -- PAHs -- from grilling not only get into your lungs and food, they get into your clothes as well. Read more >

Give Fish a Chance
Eating fish twice a week dramatically cuts your risk of heart problems. You can learn to love it. Really. Read more >

Wired for Depression?
People with diabetes and prediabetes were found to be more reactive to stress, which can lead to depression and anxiety. Read more >

Joint Effort: Avoiding Osteoarthritis
You can lower your risk of osteoarthritis and increase your chances of staying mobile and pain-free for years to come. Read more >

A Clearer Picture of Atherosclerosis
Magnetic resonance images of the cardiovascular system offer a surprising view of how early atherosclerosis starts. Read more >

A Triple-Negative Threat
Basal-like breast cancer usually affects younger women. It is highly aggressive and largely untreatable. That may be changing. Read more >

Why Immunity Fades with Age
The epigenetic effects of lifestyle factors like stress, diet and what city you live in have a bigger effect on immunity than genes do. Read more >

From the Mouths of Drinkers
People who drink alcohol have disruptions in their oral bacteria which could lead to more serious health problems. Read more >

Eat Your Broccoli
Eating vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower can prevent plaques from forming and causing strokes. Read more >

An Alternative Path to Treating Fibromyalgia
The chronic pain of fibromyalgia can be hard to bear. Tai chi may offer some relief. Read more >

Vaping's Toxic Flavors
Flavors can make vaping attractive, but they are far from harmless. They can be fine in foods, but become toxic when inhaled. Read more >

The Good Guys Living on Your Skin
Your skin is host to a form of bacteria that may help keep skin cancer and eczema at bay. Read more >

The Verdict on E-Cigarettes
They may be a good way to help die-hard smokers quit, but e-cigs pose risks for others. Read more >

A Pill for Emotional Pain
Over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and Advil can make you feel better emotionally, too. Read more >

Heart Attacks and Influenza
A respiratory infection from the flu also raises your risk of a heart attack. Another good reason to get vaccinated. Read more >

A Recovery Garden
Cancer survivors who tended vegetable gardens were less stressed, more fit and had a stronger sense of self worth. They ate better, too. Read more >

Fish Oil = Snake Oil?
The jury is still out on whether omega-3 supplements help the heart. Better to eat fish and exercise. Read more >

Infants Born to Opioid-Addicted Mothers
Deaths from opioid overdoses are alarming, but the drugs are harming newborns, too. Read more >

Don't Get Started
It's amazing how easy it is to get started smoking. Nearly 70% of those who try cigarettes end up hooked. Read more >

Diet, Inflammation, and Cancer
Diets with lots of meat and sugar, and little fiber, set the stage for inflammation and colorectal cancer. Read more >

Breastfeeding and Diabetes
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Here's why. Read more >

Painkillers and Pregnancy
Prenatal exposure to the painkiller acetaminophen has been linked to language and fertility issues. Read more >

The Heart Elastic
A heart without exercise is like a stiff, old rubber band. It can regain flexibility -- you just need to get moving.. Read more >

Hairdressers to the Rescue
Barbers, masseuses and hairdressers see your skin and scalp up close, making them valuable for early cancer detection. Read more >

Keeping MS at Bay
For people with multiple sclerosis, eating certain foods and a healthy lifestyle offer some protection from severe disability. Read more >

Easing Breast Cancer Treatment Pain with Needles
Acupuncture eases the painful side effects from drugs used to treat hormone-sensitive breast cancer. Read more >

Help for Those with Back Pain
Short bursts of radio waves relieved back pain in 90 percent of patients. Read more >

A Protection Racket for Your Heart
Nuts are seeds, so they pack a major nutritional punch, with special benefits for your heart. Read more >

Cancer As a Numbers Game
Nearly half of all cancers are the result of risk factors that we can control. Read more >

A Spicy Tale
Lowering your blood pressure doesn't have to mean food tastes blah. Cultivate a taste for spice instead. Read more >

A Heartbreaking Case of Drug Denial
There's a new cholesterol-lowering drug available, but most people's insurers won't pay for it, even when it would clearly help. Read more >

Colitis and IBS Start Where?
People who have inflammatory bowel syndromes may be focused on the wrong end of their bodies. Read more >

Heartburn Meds May Trigger Liver Disease
Common proton pump inhibitors like Nexium or Prilosec can harm gut bacteria and increase the risk of liver disease. Read more >

How Much Painkiller for that Appendectomy?
Given the opioid epidemic, doctors are re-thinking the amount of painkiller prescribed after surgery. Read more >

Turning Asthma Inside-Out
Few would have thought exposure to pets, dirt and cockroaches would reduce the threat of asthma, but it seems they do. Read more >

Saved by Fiber
You can cut your colorectal cancer risk by eating more whole grains and less of these foods. Read more >

Bright Lights, Late Nights, Breast Cancer
Your risk for breast cancer goes up with your nighttime exposure to artificial light. Shift workers are especially vulnerable. Read more >

Cancer's Unexpected Costs
As cancer patients face the toxic effects of treatment, they also face ruinous bills for care. Read more >

The Clean-Up Crew in Your Arteries
Almonds help your good cholesterol rid your body of bad cholesterol. Read more >

Treating Pain without Pills
Just one session of self-hypnosis or meditation training results in a 25 percent reduction in pain. No opioids needed. Read more >

A Parkinson's - Melanoma Connection
Parkinson's patients are nearly four times likelier to have a melanoma. Having a melanoma also raises the risk of Parkinson's. Read more >

A Big Fat Controversy
The American Heart Association's new advisory should help clear up confusion about which fats to eat and which to avoid. Read more >

Long Live Coffee Drinkers
Two big studies find that coffee's benefits know no racial or ethnic boundaries. Coffee drinkers live longer, period. Read more >

Obesity and Our Sense of Smell
A study in mice finds those with an enhanced sense of smell gained more weight; those with no sense of smell lost it. A new diet strategy? Read more >

Blood Pressure Control
Keeping hypertension under control protects your health. So why do so many fail to do it? Part 2. Read more >

Stop Weight Gain in Its Tracks
Giving overweight kids prebiotics sets them up to gain far less weight than their untreated peers -- about 10 pounds less. Read more >

An Affordable Treatment for Lower Back Pain
Yoga faces off against physical therapy as a low-cost way to treat lower back pain. The results are impressive. Read more >

Good Potato, Bad Potato
Potatoes can be good for you, but they can also send you to an early grave. How you cook them is what counts. Read more >

Visit Your Local "Farmacy"
Nutrients in fruits and vegetables contain compounds that can kill prostate and other cancer cells. Read more >

Sunburn Season
Protecting your skin from damaging UV rays begins with hats, sunglasses, and picking the right sunscreen. Read more >

A New View of Osteoarthritis
The joint damage aging often brings appears to be less the result of wear and tear and more about reversible changes at the cellular level. Read more >

Chocolate Therapy
A little chocolate every day or so can reduce your risk of atrial fibrillation. Best to be sure it's dark chocolate. Read more >

The Downside of Going Gluten-Free
The are a number of reasons to go gluten-free. Heart health is not one of them. Read more >

Stop! Before You Hand Over that Cookie
Overweight kids are much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and a variety of life-altering and expensive health problems. Read more >

Hot Peppers -- and Pot -- Calm the Gut
Marijuana and the capsaicin in hot peppers get your gut and your brain talking to each other. A very good thing. Read more >

Shifting the Blame for Heart Disease
Is our focus on reducing saturated fat blinding us to the importance of a healthier lifestyle? Some think so. Read more >

Commuting on Two Wheels
Walking to work is good for your health, but biking to work packs an even bigger health punch. Read more >

A Bombshell on Salt
What if everything we thought we knew about salt and blood pressure turns out to be wrong? Read more >

Diet Soda-Fueled Dementia?
Diet soda seems to age the brain. Both dementia and stroke risk increased with soda consumption. Read more >

Saturated Fats Damage Joints
Diets high in saturated fats actually damage cartilage and joints. Other fats appear to be protective. Read more >

Trans Fat Bans Pay Big Dividends
Heart attacks are down; so are strokes. But trans fats still lurk in some of our favorite foods. Here's how to find them. Read more >

Be Flexible: Eat Peanuts
A handful of peanuts with a meal can keep fatty deposits from sticking to your arteries. Read more >

African Americans Less Likely to Receive Statins
Competing guidelines for the use of statins in people with atherosclerosis may leave African Americans less protected. Read more >

Heart Patients Need Exercise
Too few heart attack patients exercise the way they should. Sure, they're worried, but they still need rehab. It can make a big difference. Read more >

A Remission Strategy for Type 2 Diabetes
A study proves it may be possible, with intensive therapy, to reverse type 2 diabetes. No meds necessary. Read more >

High Risk Hearts
Not eating enough food high in nutrients harms the heart as much as eating too much food high in empty calories and fat. Read more >

Youth Is No Protection
The risk of colorectal cancer is going down, except for people under 50. For them, it's going up. Read more >

The Gluten-Free Path to Diabetes
If you don't have celiac disease, forget trying to go gluten-free. It will save you money, and it's better for your health. Read more >

The Calculations of Cancer Patients
Weighing the pros and cons of treatment options is not easy for patients, particularly when they are reeling from a cancer diagnosis. Read more >

Doctors Against Nutritional Hype
Time to get smart about nutritional fads like juicing and gluten-free diets. Doctors stand up for what is and isn't proven to work. Read more >

"Take a Long Walk and Call Me in the Morning"
Being prescribed a step count can encourage patients with diabetes or high blood pressure to be more active. Just add a pedometer. Read more >

Four Unhealthy Eating Habits That Make You Gain Weight
The American Heart Association offers way to tweak your eating habits to keep the pounds off. Read more >

Making Good Cholesterol Even Better
Olive oil super-charges HDL -- good -- cholesterol, so it is even more helpful to your heart. Read more >

Is It Really Asthma?
Many people prescribed asthma medication may not need it. Make sure you have been properly tested. Read more >

Attention, Meat-Eaters
As meat consumption goes up, so does the risk of diverticulitis. A coincidence? Or a connection? Read more >

Under 50 and Under-Treated
People in their 30s and 40s can have high LDL cholesterol, too. Yet often they don't get the treatment they need. Read more >

Gum Disease Linked to Joint Disease
Your gum disease may be putting you at risk for rheumatoid arthritis. One bacteria in particular appears to play a big role. Read more >

Holiday Heart Syndrome
Don't let Holiday Heart Syndrome land you or a loved one in the ER this season. Read more >

Even Light Smokers Face Serious Health Risks
If you smoke 10 cigarettes a day, or fewer, you are still far more at risk for health problems than nonsmokers. Read more >

Magic Mushrooms Ease the Fear of Death
Psilocybin can be a wonder drug when it comes to helping cancer patients overcome the anxiety associated with their diagnoses. Read more >

How Good Is "Good" Cholesterol?
High density lipoprotein is not as bad for your heart as LDL cholesterol. But it may not be as good we think. Read more >

New Dosing Guidelines for People on Statins
Higher doses statins can significantly prolong life, even for those over 75. Read more >

Slow Food for The Heart
Food cooked over low heat does not develop the dangerous trans fats that grilled, broiled and fried foods do. Read more >

The Real Culprit in Celiac?
The cause of celiac disease and gluten intolerance may not be gluten after all. Read more >

Puff, Puff, Puff Yourself to Death
Putting graphic warnings on cigarette packs helps smokers quit and saves lives. Read more >

Get a Bike, Change Your Life
When people over 40 start bicycling — even a little — a variety of heart-protective measures improve. Read more >

For Diabetics, A Little Exercise after Every Meal
Ten minutes of exercise three times a day is way better for diabetics than one 30-minute session once a day. Read more >

Good-Hearted Chocolate Lovers
The news on chocolate keeps getting better. Now we know more about why it is so good for you. Read more >

A Double Whammy to the Heart
First heart attacks are most likely to occur when these two triggers occur together. You can bring both under better control. Read more >

Kidney Stones? Head to the Amusement Park
People with kidney stones may find they've passed after they get off this ride. Read more >

Cost Savings for Kidney Patients
A simple change in diet can greatly reduce drug costs in people with kidney disease. Read more >

Big Sugar
How the sugar industry bankrolled a Harvard professor's studies minimizing the effects of sugar on heart disease. Read more >

A Gluten-Free Hoax?
The number of people who've decided to go gluten-free without a diagnosis of celiac disease has tripled. Are they foolish? Read more >

A New and Improved War on Drugs?
The assumptions behind U.S. drug policy are sadly out of date, according to new research. Read more >

Heart Problems Plague Food Deserts
Poor neighborhoods around the country tend to lack access to fresh foods. Policy changes can help. Read more >

Surgery and the Risk of Opioid Addiction
Patients on painkillers after surgery run the risk of addiction. Read more >

Is Marijuana Addiction Real?
Over time marijuana use seems to dull the responsiveness of the reward center of the brain, making it less sensitive to pleasure. Read more >

With Sunblock, The Customer Is Not Always Right
The sunscreens we like may not give us adequate protection, depending on what we're doing outdoors. Read more >

Are We Treating Diabetes Too Aggressively?
A study finds we are over-treating type 2 diabetes especially in seniors. Read more >

Inferior Vegetarian Diets
Of course, eating more veggies is good for you, but not all vegetarian diets are equally good. Read more >

Broad Support for Physician-Assisted Death
A survey found broad (75%) support for terminal patients being given access to life-ending drugs. Read more >

The FDA vs. Frito Lay
The FDA wants snack food makers to cut the salt in their products. Good luck with that. Read more >

Everyone's Favorite Vegetable
Potatoes are vegetables, but they are starchy and can lead to high blood pressure. Read more >

Exercise's Hidden Benefits
Everyone knows exercise is good for them, but it's even better than you think. Read more >

A Second Skin to Replace Plastic Surgery?
XPL is an invisible, elastic, polymer that when applied to skin, tightens it and makes wrinkles disappear. Read more >

Silent Heart Attacks
They are more common that even doctors believed, and are likely to be missed — unless you know what to look for or check an EKG. Read more >

Butter's Bum Rap
Vegetable oils are not as heart-healthy as we thought. Read more >

Bleeding, Hearts and Aspirin
Recommendations regarding taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks have changed. Read more >

Don't Let Digestive Problems Become Kidney Problems
Certain drugs for gastric problems like GERD or ulcers can cause permanent kidney damage, especially if used for long periods of time. Read more >

Insulin Users' Sticker Shock
“Evergreening,” a process that is far less friendly than it sounds, is the reason insulin prices have tripled. Read more >

Rethinking Peanut Allergies
Exposing children to peanuts may help prevent serious allergic reactions, but talk with your pediatrician first. Read more >

Using Ultrasound to Prevent Strokes
A new non-invasive approach to finding coronary plaques that are likely to cause a stroke. Read more >

Light Therapy for Cancer Patients
It is not uncommon for cancer patients to be depressed. Light therapy can be a non-invasive treatment. Read more >

Too Many Moles?
Conventional wisdom has it that people with lots of moles need to be extra worried about skin cancer. But other factors are more important. Read more >

Tweaking Food Costs Could Save Lives
Taxing unhealthy foods like soda and chips and subsidizing the cost of fruits and vegetables would have a big impact on health. Read more >

A Sweet Way to Keep Your Blood Pressure Down
Yogurt and other dairy products can help lower blood pressure. The effect is especially strong in women. Read more >

Asthma Attacks Follow School Breaks
Children with asthma often end up in the hospital shortly after school vacations. There's a reason for this. Read more >

A Good Egg After All
Contrary to decades of advice, eggs don't appear to raise blood cholesterol. An egg a day should be fine. Read more >

Protect Your Daughters: Fiber-Ize Them
Eating a fiber-rich diet as a teenager, with plenty of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Read more >

A High Price to Pay For A Tan
Tanning salon regulars raise their risk of melanoma by 500%. Read more >

Biased Brains
Our brains like rewards — a glass of wine, a piece of cake. This can distract us from making better choices. Read more >

Good Old Garlic
Good Old Garlic Aged garlic extract can not only slow the advancement of atherosclerosis, but also reverse the early stages of heart disease Read more >

The Fats You Need For a Healthy Heart
It's better for heart health to focus on eating enough polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) than to worry about cutting out saturated fats. Read more >

Potatoes Are A Potential Pregnancy Risk
Pregnant women may want to cut down on their potato consumption. The tuber may raise the risk of gestational diabetes. Read more >

Diet and Microbial Diversity
A lack of fiber doesn't just hurt our own digestion. It imperils the intestines of generations to come. Read more >

Coming To A Beach, Park, or Ski Slope Near You
The best way to prevent skin cancer may be to make sun screen available for free wherever people go to be outdoors. Read more >

Addicted To Pain
Chronic pain affects the brain’s addiction pathways, suggesting new approaches to pain management. Read more >

Why Baby Fat Is Bad News
Infants who gain too much weight in the first months of life are far more likely to go on to develop type 1 diabetes. Read more >

More Dangerous Than Smoking
Smokeless tobacco, such as chewing tobacco, may be even worse for your health than lighting up. Read more >

It's Time for Heart Patients to Take a Stand
Sitting is, of course, bad for those with heart problems, too. Learn from the ways women over 60 are more active than men. Read more >

The New Face Of Addiction
Prescription painkillers have created a spike in opioid addiction. Women are leading the way. Read more >

The Farm — And Dog — Effect
When kids grow up with dogs (and cows or sheep), their risk of asthma is reduced. Read more >

Parents, Keep Pushing The Fruits And Veggies
What kids eat in childhood makes a big difference in what their hearts look like 20 years later. Read more >

A Vitamin To Prevent Skin Cancer
A form of vitamin B3, nicotinamide, can reduce the risk of certain skin cancers. It's also safe and inexpensive. Read more >

Breast Self-Exam? Forget It
The American Cancer Society has revised its guidelines on breast cancer. Forget self-exams. Read more >

Gut Microbes Give Babies A Leg Up On Asthma
Infants with a particular mix of microbes are less likely to develop asthma. Read more >

Managing Asthma
Asthma's symptoms and severity can change, so management is an ongoing process. Read more >

The Mediterranean Diet's Grand Slam
The Mediterranean Diet is good for the heart, metabolism, keeping our brains healthy, and at least one form of cancer. Read more >

The Damage Sugary Drinks Do To Kids’ Hearts
Soda and sports drinks don't just encourage obesity. They can raise blood fats to dangerous levels. Read more >

Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Antibiotic Use
Antibiotic use and overuse appear to either contribute to or serve as early signal for developing the most common form of diabetes. Read more >

Walking Away from Heart Failure
Would you walk 20 minutes a day to prevent heart problems? That's all it takes. Read more >

Workaholics, Overtime May Be Killing You
Working 10 to 15 hours of overtime each week greatly increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Read more >

Coffee for Colon Cancer?
Coffee may prevent the recurrence of colon cancer. Talk to your doctor. Read more >

New FDA Warning on NSAIDs
You may be taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs without knowing it. The heart complications can be serious. Read more >

Intellectual Stimulation, A Hedge Against Addiction?
“Intellectually” stimulated mice are less likely to become addicts. The same may be true for humans. Read more >

New Plastics Are As Bad As the Old
Phthalates enter the body through cans and plastic bottles,containers and wrap. Two new forms, supposed to be safer, aren't. Read more >

DDT Exposure in Utero Linked to Breast Cancer Risk Later in Life
Daughters of mothers exposed to DDT are four times more likely to develop breast cancer. Read more >

Reducing Gastric Acid, But Raising the Risk of Heart Attack
People taking certain acid-reducers for heartburn or other digestive problems may be doubling their risk of heart attack. Read more >

About That Box of Chocolates...
You may not have to restrict yourself to dark chocolate — milk chocolate appears to have heart benefits, too. But... Read more >

A Picture of Problem Drinking
Alcohol use disorders are common and often come with mental and physical health problems. Read more >

Time to Can The Soda
Simply substituting water for sugar-sweetened soda can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Cancer Screening: Tracking Costs and Benefits
A new set of guidelines to help decide when screening for cancer is —and isn't — a good idea. Read more >

The Agony and The Irony — Gluten in Probiotics
Nearly half of all major brands of probiotics contain gluten. Bad news for the celiac sufferers who take them? Read more >

Overnight Fasting Offers Big Health Dividends
The longer the period between your last food of the day and first of the next, the lower your risk of two major diseases. Read more >

Gratitude Helps the Ailing Heart
Gratitude appears to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of a second heart attack. Read more >

Antibiotic Use Appears Linked To Type 2 Diabetes
The overuse of antibiotics doesn't just lead to resistance; it is linked to another major disease. Read more >

Vegetarian Diets Appear to Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancers
Adults worried about colorectal cancer might want to think about what they eat. Read more >

An Easier Way to Quit Smoking
One simple adjustment raised would-be quitters’ success rates by 75 percent. Read more >

Skin Damage Continues After You're Out of the Sun
Exposure to the sun can cause skin damage hours after you go indoors. Read more >

Drinking Coffee Can Reduce Coronary Artery Calcium
Moderate coffee consumption is good for the heart, especially the coronary arteries. Read more >

Deficiency of Vitamin D, Not BMI, Linked to Diabetes
Even overweight people have a reduced risk of diabetes if they have adequate levels of vitamin D. Read more >

Saunas’ Benefits for The Heart Become Apparent
Heading to the sauna a few times a week offers health benefits far beyond purging toxins. Read more >

Chronic Fatigue Is Real, Not a State of Mind
Two studies put to rest the idea that chronic fatigue sufferers are malingerers or worse. Read more >

Bouts of Anger, Stress, Can Bring on A Heart Attack
Anger management may be good heart attack prevention. Read more >

Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Infants’Gut Health
Children who go on to develop type 1 diabetes have less diverse microbiota. Read more >

Dietary Guidelines for Fructose Questioned in Light of Diabetes Rise
The dietary guidelines for fructose-based sugars are way too high, researchers have discovered. Read more >

When It Comes to Lowering Cholesterol, Start Early
High cholesterol begins to take its toll at an early age. Read more >

Moderate Drinkers at Lower Risk for Heart Failure
Drinking offers health benefits, particularly for the heart, that rapidly give way to health risks if you drink too much. Read more >

Six Healthy Habits for Women’s Heart Health
Heart problems begin when you are young. Six lifestyle choices can make a difference into old age. Read more >

The Dangerous Use and Misuse of Alcohol and Alcohol Interactive Drugs
People who drink regularly could be at risk of serious alcohol and medication interactions. Read more >

How Much is Too Much When You Have a Food Allergy?
If you have a food allergy, vague warnings tell you little about the actual risks. Here's help. Read more >

Blueberries Keep Arteries Flexible and Blood Pressure Down
Go Blueberries! They even lower blood pressure in people at risk for heart problems. Read more >

Avocados Are Good for Your Bad Cholesterol
Avocados help your body process fats, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis. Read more >

Lifestyle is Key to Conquering A-Fib
People with atrial fibrillation have more control over their heart irregularity than they realize. Read more >

A Steep Rise in the Cost of Diabetes
An aging population, increasing obesity, and expanding treatment options add up to billions in costs Read more >

Discovery Paves Way for Early Detection of Blood Cancer
Two new studies identify the genetic mutations that lead to some cancers and offer hope for treating precancerous conditions early. Read more >

Heart Score Helps Predict and Protect from the Risk of Cardiac Arrest
A new online calculator from Harvard will tell you just how healthy your heart is. Read more >

Cholesterol Levels Reflect Number of Meals Eaten Away from Home
The number of meals you eat away from home has a big effect on body mass and cholesterol levels. Read more >

Grapefruit Lowers Glucose and Improves Weight Control
A compound in grapefruit lowers glucose as well as a common diabetes drug. Read more >

Rising Asthma Rates Appear Related to BPA Exposure
BPA may be behind the uptick in asthma among children. Read more >

Increasing Skirt Size Linked to Greater Breast Cancer Risk
Has your skirt size been steadily increasing over the years? If yes, so has your risk of breast cancer. Read more >

Dry Roasting May Hold the Key to Peanut Allergies
Peanut allergies are almost unknown in Asia. How they are prepared may be the reason. Read more >

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

Tea Drinkers Live Longer — Why?
Tea drinkers tend to be healthier than coffee drinkers. Read more >

Aspirin: Fever, Aches and Cardiovascular Protection
Anticoagulant drugs can cause side effects and dangerous bleeding, so for some people, aspirin is the better treatment. Read more >

Are Bacteria the Cure for Food Allergies?
Having healthy gut bacteria, part of your microbiome, may help protect against the development of food allergies. Read more >

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

Digoxin Increases Risk of Death in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation
This common drug Increases the risk of death in patients with atrial fibrillation. Luckily, there are plenty of good alternatives. Read more >

Re-Classifying Cancers to Improve Treatment
Cancer is usually identified by where it occurs. But its genetic qualities can be more important when choosing treatment. Read more >

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

Running, Even for Just Five Minutes a Day, Helps the Heart
Even just five minutes of running each day can boost heart health. Read more >

Pairing The Nicotine Patch with Medication Can Help Smokers Quit
If you’re trying to quit smoking, the nicotine patch and Chantix are more effective together than alone. Read more >

Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol Can Make You Drink More
When people mix energy drinks with alcohol, they tend to drink more. Read more >

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Appear to Ease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Saturated fats worsen the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but omega-3 fats seem to help. Read more >

Why Gum Disease Leads to Heart Disease
The link between gum disease and heart disease is clear. In fact, flossing may be as important as exercising. Read more >

Cancer “Partnership” Provides Hope for New Drug Targets
Researchers have uncovered a genetic combo that drives cancer's spread. Luckily, there also seems to be a chink in its armor. Read more >

At the Intersection of Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer
The obese suffer from chronic inflammation in fat cells. This not only can bring on diabetes, it may also promote cancer. Read more >

Dark Chocolate Shows Promise for Circulation Problems
People with peripheral artery disease were able to walk farther and faster after eating chocolate. Only certain kinds helped. Read more >

What Looks Like Depression in Type 2 Diabetes Might Be Something Else
“Depressed” people with diabetes may not be clinically depressed – they may just be reacting to having an illness. Read more >

Tomatoes Could Improve Blood Flow in Those with Heart Disease
An antioxidant found in tomatoes and red sauce may explain the heart health of people around the Mediterranean. Read more >

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

How A Dash of Olive Oil Helps Lower Blood Pressure
When olive oil is eaten with leafy greens, it sets in motion a process that lowers blood pressure. 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 >

Are You Ever Too Old for Colorectal Cancer Screening?
Colorectal cancer screening can benefit even those over 75. But it is a good idea to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor. Read more >

Fasting May Reboot the Immune System
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 >

Blood Pressure Medications Raise Macular Degeneration Risk
Lowering your blood pressure is a good idea, but some drugs appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Read more >

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

Flour Power May Lower Cholesterol and Fight Metabolic Syndrome
When a community substituted a modified form of wheat fiber for the flour in their diets, they saw a big reduction in cholesterol. Read more >

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 >

Marijuana Shows Promise as Treatment for MS
The list of marijuana's medical benefits keeps getting longer. It seems to reduce the effects of certain brain diseases. Read more >

Fiber Adds Years to Heart Attack Survivors' Lives
A cup or two of whole grain pasta may be all it takes to reduce your risk of another heart attack. Read more >

A Steep Rise in Diabetes Seen in Children and Teens in the U.S.
Kids are eating more and exercising less. The upshot is a huge increase in diabetes -- and medical costs. Read more >

Could the Risk of Diabetes Be Lowered with Coffee?
Coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes among other health benefits. Read more >

Herbal Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis As Effective As Methotrexate
Made from the root of the thunder god vine, TwHF reduced inflammation as well as drugs and worked even better when used in combination with them. Read more >

The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 2
For many people, having a heart attack is a wake-up call that sets them on a healthier path. Read more >

Insomniacs Found to Have a Far Greater Risk of Stroke
If you often have trouble sleeping, consider it a serious health risk. Read more >

The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 1
More and more people are surviving heart attacks, but follow-up care is crucial. Know your options. Read more >

Daily Coffee Fix Could Reduce Liver Cancer Risk
People who drink more coffee have a far lower risk of HCC, a common liver cancer. The more one drinks, the better. Read more >

Doctors Help Patients Compute the Risk of a Heart Attack
Find out if your lifestyle at 40 has left you with the heart of a 20-year-old or a 60-year-old. Read more >

Mephedrone Just As Dangerous, and Perhaps More Addictive, Than MDMA
Mephedrone, a newer club drug has effects similar to those of MDMA, but it appears to be more addictive. Read more >

Consistent Blood Pressure Control Cuts Risk of Second Stroke in Half
To avoid a second stroke, keep your blood pressure consistently under control. Read more >

Largely Unnecessary, Brain Scans for Headaches Reach $1 Billion
Brain scans for migraine sufferers cost $1 billion a year and are rarely useful. What needs to happen. 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 >

Raw Milk Doesn't Ease Lactose Intolerance
There may be benefits to raw milk, but easing the symptoms of the lactose intolerant isn't one of them. 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 >

New Guidelines Are First To Look At Stroke Risk in Women
Because women's risk for stroke is far greater than that for men, it is important women follow the new guidelines designed for them. Read more >

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 >

New Treatment Would Force Cancer Cells to Kill Themselves
A new treatment can trick cancer cells into killing themselves. And the success rate is nearly 100%. Read more >

Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays Lowers Blood Pressure
A little time in the sun significantly lowered blood pressure. But what about skin cancer? Read more >

Fermented Dairy Foods — Like Yogurt — Reduce Diabetes Risk
Fermented milk products like yogurt, sour cream, kefir, and lassi can reduce diabetes risk by as much as 28 percent. Read more >

New Routes to Easing Chronic Pain
Two studies shed light on the brain signals behind chronic pain and suggest new approaches to overriding them. 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 >

Yoga's Benefits for Cancer Survivors
Yoga can increase cancer survivors' energy, reduce fatigue, and lower inflammation at the cellular level. 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 >

New Blood Pressure Recommendations May Mean You Don't Need Meds After All
If you have borderline high BP, around 140/90 mm Hg, it may be better to hold off on treatment depending on your age and other factors. Read more >

BRCA Mutations and Breast Cancer, New Recommendations
Women, like Angelina Jolie, and men with BRCA gene mutations have much higher risk for breast cancer. Read more >

A Tomato-Rich Diet Can Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
A tomato-rich diet increases the levels of a hormone that improves insulin sensitivity, and reduces the risk of breast cancer. 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 >

Chemical in Grape Seed Extract Kills Prostate Cancer Cells
A compound in grape seed extract selectively kills prostate cancer cells. Read more >

The Myth of “Healthy Obesity”
It's all bad news: you can't be overweight and healthy. Period. Read more >

A Cholesterol - Breast Cancer Connection
Having high cholesterol raises the risk of breast cancer and appears to fuel its spread. 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 >

Statins Do Not Contribute to Cognitive Decline
Cholesterol-lowering statins appear to have no ill effects on mental functioning. Read more >

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

Circadian Rhythms Appear to Influence The Body's Immune Response
Sleep disruptions affecting the body's circadian rhythms may be behind autoimmune problems like irritable bowel syndrome. Read more >

Do It Yourself: Simple Chores Around the House Boost Health
Do-it-yourself work around the house can help keep the heart in shape. Read more >

Mammograms for Women in Their 40s May Be Lifesavers after All
Breast cancer tends to be more aggressive in younger women, making routine mammograms in women under 50 a good idea. Read more >

Psoriasis Drug Has Potential As Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes
Alefacept, a drug used to treat psoriasis, helped diabetics produce their own insulin. 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 >

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

New Test Could Take the Guesswork Out of Treating Prostate Cancer
A new genetic test may take the guesswork out of figuring out which prostate cancers are deadly. Read more >

Certain Fruits Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Certain fruits greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But drinking juice increases it. 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 >

Women with Certain Breast Tissue Abnormalities May Be Able to Avoid Surgery
Monitoring certain tissue abnormalities picked up by mammograms is just as effective as surgically removing them in most cases. 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 >

Breakfast May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Coronary Disease Death
Having a good breakfast reduces the risk of heart disease and can even help you lose weight. Read more >

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

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 >

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 >

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 >

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

Fat Cells Secrete Proteins Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis begins with factor D, secreted by fat cells in joints. Stop Factor D, stop RA. Read more >

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

Brain Exercises Can Help Breast Cancer Survivors with “Chemo Brain”
Cognitive exercises can help improve brain function after chemotherapy. Read more >

Pet Ownership Linked to Decreased Risk of Heart Disease
Having a pet can be good for your heart, but that's not a good enough reason to get one. Read more >

Just One Sugary Drink A Day Increases Diabetes Risk Significantly
Oh come on! How much can one little sugary drink a day up your risk for diabetes? Pretty significantly. Read more >

Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer, A Closer Look
Moderate alcohol consumption may offer some benefit to women who have had breast cancer. Read more >

The Fat-Autoimmunity Connection
What being overweight does to your immune system is not good. Read more >

Substance in Red Meat Linked to Heart Disease
TMAO, a substance found in abundance in the guts of meat eaters, has artery-clogging effects. But is meat the problem? Read more >

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

Gastric Surgery Produces Beneficial Genetic, Metabolic Changes
Gastric surgery is an extreme weight loss solution, but it can produce lasting metabolic and even genetic benefits. Read more >

Making Sure Heart Patients Get Treated for Depression
Depression is common after a heart attack. Treating it not only works, it saves lives and cuts costs. Read more >

Walking Just as Good for the Heart As Running
Walking can be just as good as running for the heart. Read more >

Vitamin D Reduces Hypertension Risk in African Americans
African Americans suffer disproportionately from hypertension. A lack of vitamin D may the cause. Read more >

Green Tea and Coffee Reduce Stroke Risk
It's not just coffee that protecta against stroke. Green tea lowers the risk by 20% or more. 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 >

Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: Definitions, Symptoms, and Treatment
Heart failure is one of the most common and life-threatening conditions in the U.S. What to do when things go from bad to worse. Read more >

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

Take a Stand: Sitting Is Linked to Diabetes
Spending less time sitting could reduce your diabetes risk as much as adding vigorous exercise to your day. Read more >

New Guidelines to Help Prevent Food Allergy in Children
New guidelines recommend babies be gradually exposed to allergenic foods early to avoid wheat, egg, and other allergies. 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 >

Confirmed: The Cardiovascular Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
Olive oil, nuts, a glass of wine, what's not to love about the Mediterranean diet? It prevents heart attacks, too. 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 >

New Class of Diabetes Drug Raises the Risk of Pancreatitis
Certain type 2 diabetes medications can double the risk of pancreatitis. The risk may be worth it, but must be weighed. Read more >

Stroke Recovery: It May Never Be Too Late
Many brain cells that have been damaged by stroke are not dead. Hyperbaric treatment helps them regenerate even years later. Read more >

Taking A Second Look at Polyunsaturated Fats
Certain kinds of polyunsaturated fatty acids appear not to offer the heart protective benefits we expect. Read more >

Vegetarians' Hearts Are Healthier than Those of Meat Eaters
A vegetarian diet lowers heart risk by a third, a huge decrease. Read more >

Exposure to Stress Interferes with Prostate Cancer Treatment
Being under stress seems to interfere with the effectiveness of cancer drugs. Beta blockers may help Read more >

Ash Borer Beetles Destroy More than Trees
Ash borer beetles have killed 100 million trees. The impact on health is also serious. Read more >

Special Flavonoids in Berries Reduce Heart Attack Risk
You can reduce plaque build-up in arteries just by eating the flavonoids found in deeply red- and blue-colored berries and vegetables. Read more >

Eating More Fast Food Is Linked to Kids' Risk for Asthma and Eczema
Eczema and asthma have been linked to fast food consumption in kids. Another reason rates are soaring. Read more >

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Confused About Omega-3s? Just Eat Fish
To eat omega-3s or not, that is the question. Read more >

Digoxin Raises Death Rate in Some Heart Patients
For patients with the heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, one heart drug is the opposite of a lifesaver. Read more >

Dietary Carotenoids Decrease Breast Cancer Risk
The pigments that give some fruits and veggies their vibrant color help protect the body from breast cancer. Read more >

Endocrine Disruptor Compounds: What We Know; What We Suspect
You can't see, smell or taste these environmental toxins. But even lose doses can cause cancer. Read more >

Aromatherapy Can Lower Heart Rate, Blood Pressure
Exposure to certain scents can lower heart rate and BP. Just don't inhale them for too long. 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 >

Deficiency of Vitamin D in Diabetics May Lead to Clogged Arteries
Good levels of vitamin D prevent the sticky buildup that causes heart problems in diabetics. Read more >

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

Too Much Java Linked to Glaucoma Risk
Three or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day significantly raises your risk for developing a ... 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 >

Molecularly Targeted Therapy for Malignant Brain Tumors
Chemotherapies for glioblastomas aim to prevent tumor cell growth or promote cell death. Read more >

The New OxyContin Spurs Heroin Use
Abuse of OxyCotin prompted a reformulation. Unfortunately, that prompted heroin use... Read more >

Omega-3 Intake Not Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk
Can taking Omega-3 fatty acids through foods or supplements help prevent heart disease? A new study casts doubt. Read more >

The Link Between Blood Type and the Risk of Heart Disease
Certain blood types carry a significant and inherent risk of CVD. If you know the risks... Read more >

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

Simple Shoe Lift Improves Stroke Patient Balance, Strength
Putting an insole in the shoe of a stroke patient on the unaffected side can improve balance and strength almost immediately. Read more >

How Red Meat (and the Way You Cook It) Can Lead to Cancer
We're learning more about why eating red meat may increase our risk for cancer. Read more >

Grapefruit Juice Could Help Reduce the Necessary Dose of Chemotherapy Drugs
Adding a glass of grapefruit juice can enhance the effect of an anti-cancer drug. And with no... Read more >

Heartburn and Cancer
Heartburn appears to be linked to esophageal cancer. The rates for both are up and it may not... Read more >

Chronic Pain Reveals Its Secrets
Pain that won't go away may actually really be all in your head... in the excessive signals... Read more >

60, 70 or 80: It's Not Too Late to Stop Smoking
Smokers over 60 have an 83% increased risk of death. 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 >

Potent, Natural Anti-Clotting Agent Found
Rutin, a flavonoid, helps block clot formation. It may provide a lower-risk alternative to Warfarin. Read more >

Popularity of Spray-On Tans Prompts Concerns about Their Safety
Spray-on tans definitely reduce chances of skin cancer, but a chemical in the sprays is not good... Read more >

Can Bees Help Fight Prostate Cancer?
Caffeic acid phenethyl ester from the substance bees use to patch their combs, stops tumor growth... Read more >

Exercise May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Risk, Regardless of Age
Exercising just 10 to 20 hours a week can reduce breast cancer risk by almost a third. And it doesn't have to be a hard workout. Read more >

Dogs May Protect Against Asthma
Having a dog around the house may help children develop the microbes they need to fight off RSV... Read more >

Calcium Supplements: Is It Time To Question Accepted Practice?
Calcium supplements cause a spike in blood calcium levels which may deposit too much of the mineral in the body at one time. Read more >

Belly Fat May Not Be All Bad
Belly fat has a lot of negative effects, but researchers may have a found at least one benefit. Read more >

Pancreatic Cancer: Treating and Managing the Disease
The death of Steve Jobs made more people aware of pancreatic cancer, but it remains tough to treat. Read more >

Heart Benefits of Chocolate Good for A Decade
A little dark chocolate every day may actually offer some heart benefits for those with metabolic syndrome. Read more >

MicroRNAs Repair Heart Damage
MicroRNAs turned the scar tissue in damaged hearts of mice into muscle, suggesting a whole new way.. Read more >

Teens Showing Ominous Signs of Cardiovascular Trouble to Come
Overweight adolescents show early warning signs of cardiovascular disease. Read more >

New and Controversial Recommendations on PSA Tests
For most men the risks connected with PSA tests for prostate cancer outweigh the benefits. Read more >

Antidepressants Relieve Arthritis Pain
Certain antidepressants can help relieve osteoarthritis pain. Read more >

Low-Fat Dairy May Reduce Stroke Risk
Eating and drinking low-fat dairy products reduced the risk of stroke in a large study... Read more >

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

Injections Could Help Reduce LDL ("Bad") Cholesterol
A new antibody injection could lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol. 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 >

How Marijuana Impairs Memory
Cannabinoid receptors are found on glial cells as well as neurons, raising new prospects for pot... Read more >

Tracking Disease Clusters in the US: Elusive Prey
Disease clusters were made famous by Erin Brockovich, but they are harder to pinpoint than you might think. Read more >

Home Visits for Asthma: Healthcare that Works
For kids with asthma and their parents, home healthcare visits save time and money... Read more >

Less Frequent Pap Testing Recommended
Pap tests save lives, but new guidelines urge women to be tested less often. It's safer. 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 >

The Human Heart Can Grow New Muscle after a Heart Attack
Heart attack patients' damaged heart muscles improved after being injected with stem cells... Read more >

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

The Body's Clock And Its Role in Health
Jet lag and seasonal depression are just two ways our bodies remind us that we have an inner clock that affects our health. Read more >

Dietary Magnesium Cuts Stroke Risk
Being deficient in magnesium raises your risk of stroke. It's better to eat foods with this mineral than take a supplement. Read more >

Endorphins May Explain Why Alcohol Makes Us Feel Happy
Alcohol works by releasing "feel good" chemicals, endorphins, in the brain, which could explain its addictiveness. Read more >

Citrus Fruits May Have Special Benefit For Women
A medium orange contains approximately 60 calories while a cup of orange juice contains twice that amount. 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 >

A Closer Look at Over-the-Counter Painkillers
Turning to acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin now and then is fine, but long-term use can damage organs. Read more >

The Overuse of Allergy Tests
Many allergy tests are unnecessary. It helps to know what they show and what they don't. Read more >

For Most Heart Patients, No Need to Avoid Sex
Sexual activity is safe for most heart patients, like any form of moderate exercise. Read more >

New Insights into How Exercise Works
Irisin, a newly-isolated hormone appears to help raise insulin levels and burn energy... 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 >

Quitting Smoking Means a Happier New Year
Struggling with the resolution to quit smoking? It gets better: Quitters report being happier... Read more >

Possible Role for Lipid-Lowering Statins in Clearing Arteries
These lipid-lowering drugs may provide another heart-healthy benefit, according to a new study. Read more >

Hope for Overweight Children
If obese or overweight kids lose the weight as they become adults, the associated health risks also seem to vanish. 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 >

Endometrial Cancer: The Most Common Reproductive Cancer in Women
Endometrial carcinoma can be detected early if you know what to look for. Read more >

Alcohol: Friend or Foe?
Drinking offers health benefits and risks. Get help sifting through the latest findings. Read more >

A Sobering Look at Alcohol
Heavy drinking and alcoholism raise a person's risk of cancer and a host of other diseases considerably. Read more >

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

Winters are Tough on Arthritis
If you have arthritis, don't let winter reduce your activity level. Keep exercising, even if it means walking at the mall. Read more >

Chantix: The Wrong Way to Quit Smoking
Some anti-smoking drugs carry a significantly increased risk of depression, suicide, and violent behavior. 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 >

Wider Waists May Up Colon Cancer Risk
Being overweight is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. Read more >

Research Finds the Immune System A Key Player in Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a product of your immune system, not just wear and tear... Read more >

Green Veggies Aid Immune Response in the Gut
A lack of green vegetables turned off a chemical signal key to immune function in the gut. Read more >

Human Papillomavirus Linked to Heart Disease
The sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus raises women's risk of heart disease. Read more >

Exercise Works to Decrease Migraine Headaches
Exercise can actually help reduce the frequency of migraine episodes. Read more >

Colon Cancer Linked to Bug
Colon cancer tissue was infected with a specific bacterium. Could this mean a cancer antibiotic... Read more >

New Ways to Protect the Brain from Stroke
Drugs to reduce the brain's immense energy needs may serve to help preserve it when its blood supply Read more >

New Insights into Alcohol and Brain Damage
Alcohol abuse damages precisely those areas of the brain that are also important to impulse control, making it harder to stop. Read more >

Omega-3s: Not So Heart Healthy?
The men in a Danish study did not seem to benefit from the fatty acids in fish. Is something else... Read more >

Study Questions Effectiveness of Stents at Preventing a Second Stroke
Brain stents are not nearly as effective as aggressively treating stroke patients' high blood pressure and cholesterol. Read more >

Chocolate: Good for the Heart and Brain
Chocolate, but not fat or sugar that so often go along with it, appears to improve cardiovascular health. Read more >

A New Way to Study Pain
Researchers have developed a painometer - a new way to more accurately rate patients'pain... Read more >

High Cholesterol? Maybe It's What You're NOT Eating
Adding cholesterol-lowering foods to our diets is just as important to our hearts as reducing our intake of fat. 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 >

Heavy Drinking Affects Diet Quality
Heavy drinkers often have poor diets. A double whammy when it comes to the risk for disease. Read more >

Spicy Foods May Reduce the Effects of a High Fat Meal
A study has found that eating fatty foods seasoned with herbs and spices can reduce triglycerides... 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 >

Diabetes Study May Point the Way to a Better Sex Life (for All Men)
For many male diabetics weight loss is all they need to regain full sexual enjoyment. Read more >

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

Are Hypoallergenic Dogs Just Hype?
Dog dander thought to be hypoallergenic may not be as allergen-free as hoped. Read more >

Massage Beats Conventional Treatments for Lower Back Pain
Several types of massage can be helpful in relieving back pain. Read more >

New Stroke Treatment Works by Reducing Inflammation
Alpha-B-crystallin limits damage by soaking up the toxic and inflammatory compounds that... Read more >

Eating Nuts Can Help Diabetics Control Blood Sugar
Eating nuts instead of carbohydrates can help diabetics control their blood sugar. 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 >

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 >

Beyond Conventional Stroke Therapy: A Role for Yoga
Yoga can be useful to stroke patients seeking to regain their balance and confidence. Read more >

Olive Oil May Offer Stroke Protection
Olive oil's heart protective benefits are well known, and using it for cooking may also help prevent strokes. 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 >

New Proof the Exercise Really Does Wonders for the Heart
Even light exercise can have a significant effect on the health of your heart and blood vessels. Read more >

Patients with Stents May Benefit from Omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the likelihood of blood clots forming in patients who have received stents. Read more >

Beyond LDL: Ultra-Bad Cholesterol
Sugar seems to make bad (LDL) cholesterol worse. Read more >

Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Cancer - But It Depends on the Cancer
Coffee reduces the risk for cancers — some cancers, anyway. But is coffee always good for you? Read more >

Resource Center: Diabetes

At-Home Stroke Therapy: Simpler, Cheaper and Just as Effective
Working at home to recover from a stroke can be as effective as rehabilitation in a special center. Read more >

Children with Asthma Prescribed Antibiotics, Contrary to Guidelines
Nearly a million kids a year are prescribed antibiotics for asthma, another unnecessary use. But why Read more >

Paxil and Pravachol Taken Together Raise Blood Sugar
Drug interactions can be surprising. Alone, neither Paxil nor Pravachol raise blood sugar... 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 >

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 >

Study Finds Asthma Pills About as Effective as Inhaled Steroids
When it comes to asthma treatment, one size does not fit all. Discuss options with your doctor. Read more >

Teaching Old Cells New Tricks: How to Make Insulin
Researchers have turned beta cells into alpha cells. If they can do the reverse, they can create... Read more >

Diabetes Risk Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels
People with low levels of vitamin D are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >

ACE Inhibitors May Increase Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk
A popular blood pressure medication appears to increase the risk of recurrence among survivors. Read more >

Friend or Foe? How Good Bacteria Trick the Immune System
Our body is host to a variety of beneficial bacterial bacteria. In fact, it normally recognizes them as part of us. Read more >

Alcoholism May Be Linked to Impulsivity Gene, Brain Differences
People with alcoholism in the family tend to have a genetic variation affecting impulsivity. Environmental factors also play a role. 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 >

Clues to Why Meditation Relieves Pain
A very simple form of meditation has been found to help reduce pain as well or better than morphine. Read more >

Food May Activate Same Addiction Centers in the Brain as Drugs
Food addiction and drug addiction may activate the same reward areas of the brain. 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 >

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 >

Atrial Fibrillation Can Be Prevented
More than half of all cases of atrial fibrillation, an erratic heartbeat, are preventable. Read more >

The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer

Stem Cells Heal Hearts Years After Damage Occurs
Injecting stem cells into hearts reduces enlargement and scar tissue, and boosts heart function... Read more >

Heart Drug Raises Breast Cancer Risk in Women
The heart drug digitalis raises the risk of breast cancer... 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 >

Alternatives to Colonoscopy
You may be able to avoid this dreaded test with fecal occult blood tests or flexible sigmoidoscopy. 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 >

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 >

The Good News About Beer
Beer really is good for you - more isn't better, but the nutritional benefits are many and real... Read more >

Avastin May Do More Harm than Good
The cancer drug Avastin appears to reduce a person's chance of surviving when administered with certain chemotherapies. 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 >

Antibiotics and Blood Pressure Medicines Can Be a Dangerous Mix
People on calcium channel blockers need to steer clear of certain types of antibiotics because they can cause a severe drop in BP. Read more >

The Skinny on Fat: How to Tell the Healthy from the Harmful
"Fats" is not just a 4-letter word. It pays to be able to tell the good from the bad. Read more >

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

Women without Family History of Breast Cancer Are Still at Risk
Women without a family history of breast cancer are still at risk: so talk to your doctor about the right time to screen. Read more >

Prostate Cancer: Exercise Means a Longer Life
Men who have had prostate cancer can improve their chances of survivial considerably by being active. Read more >

Cancer: Quit Smoking for Pain Relief
Is it that smoking actually increases cancer pain, or that greater pain increases smoking? Read more >

Lowering Cholesterol: Statins Are a Last Resort, Not a Magic Bullet
If you are on cholesterol-lowering drugs, don't assume you can eat anything you want. Read more >

Fibromyalgia: Too Tough for Mindfulness Therapy?
Can mindfulness therapy reduce the pain experienced by people with this baffling condition? Read more >

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

Whole-Grains as Effective as Medication for High Blood Pressure
Eating whole grains can reduce systolic blood pressure. Read more >

Stem Cells Help Paralyzed Monkey Regain Mobility
Researchers say that implanting stem cells allowed a paralyzed monkey to walk - and jump - again... 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 >

CT Scans or X-Rays? Lung Cancer Screening Trial Raises Some (Ethical) Dilemmas
CT scans can detect lung cancer early and save lives, but there are risks and costs to be weighed. Read more >

Worm Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases
A California man cured his colitis and avoided major surgery by eating the eggs of parasitic worms. Read more >

Daily Aspirin May Lower Cancer Risk
A study found that low daily doses of aspirin greatly reduced the risk of several types of cancer. Read more >

FDA Verdict on Patient Radiation Overdoses: Operator Error
CT scans are a boon to diagnosis, but some may expose patients to way too much radiation. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Gout Continues to Rise
Gout is a painful inflammation of the joints caused by a build-up of uric acid. Sugary beverages increase the risk. 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 >

Colon Cancer: The Necessity of Getting Checked
A primer on colon cancer screening, from virtual colonoscopies to the real thing. Don't sweat it. Do it. Read more >

New Glue Speeds Recovery from Open Heart Surgery
A new bone cement called Kryptonite may be able help people recovering from open heart surgery... 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 >

New Guidelines Simplify CPR
If you see someone who needs help breathing, call 911 and then start using chest compression to keep the blood flowing. 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 >

Diabetes and the Nervous System: How Neuropathy Develops and How It Can Be Treated
Uncontrolled blood sugar can wreak havoc on diabetics' nervous systems. Learn the signs and symptoms. Read more >

Fighting Back Against Diabetes
Simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can greatly reduce the health impact of Type 2 diabetes. 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 >

Magnesium Reduces Diabetes Risk
More magnesium in your diet, such as that found in whole grains, can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Read more >

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

A New Treatment for Stroke Victims
A small study has found that stroke patients recover better when they receive magnetic pulses... Read more >

Study: No Effect from Taking Popular Arthritis Supplements
Joint supplements for arthritis have, unfortunately, not been demonstrated to help ailing joints. Read more >

Much Confusion Over Angioplasty
Opening clogged arteries with angioplasty is useful for relieving angina, but it doesn't prevent heart attacks. Read more >

Wisdom Teeth: Not So Useless After All
Wisdom teeth may be able to provide the same sort of flexible stem cell that bone marrow does. Read more >

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Inflammation, Boost Insulin Sensitivity
Eating omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation that's linked to diabetes. Read more >

The Microbial Menagerie in Your GI Tract: Friends or Foes?
Gastro-intestinal distress? Could be an imbalance among the billions of microbes in your GI tract. Probiotics may help. Read more >

Some Blood Pressure Medications May Raise Blood Pressure
Renin, an enzyme, may offer a way to figure out which blood pressure meds a patient may best respond Read more >

Marijuana: Last Resort for Neuropathic Pain?
People with chronic nerve pain found some relief by smoking marijuana in a Canadian study... Read more >

Alcohol Disrupts the Biological Clock
Reduced messenger RNA activity appears to be behind the sleep and mood problems in drinkers. Read more >

Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
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 >

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 >

Better Blood Flow Linked to Larger Brain Size
People with hearts that pump most effectively tend to have larger brains. Coincidence? Not likely. Read more >

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

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

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 >

Stroking to Prevent Strokes
Researchers relieved blocked arteries in rats by stroking a whisker. Can this be applied to humans? Read more >

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

Why 1990s Parkinson's Tissue Transplants Failed
In the past, Parkinson's tissue transplant patients developed jerky, uncontrolled movements. Read more >

Beet Juice as a Natural Blood Pressure Medicine
People who drank a glass of beet juice had a maximum drop of 10.4 points systolic blood pressure. Read more >

Insulin Pump Superior to Injections in Study
If you have type 1 diabetes, consider an insulin pump. They tend to offer better blood sugar control. 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 >

Lack of Vitamin D May Aggravate Asthma
Children with insufficient vitamin D are more likely to experience severe asthma attacks... Read more >

Diabetes More Likely for White Rice Eaters than Brown Rice Eaters
Eating whole grains, such as barley and brown rice lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. 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 >

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 >

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a Side of Exercise Helps Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia patients better manage their pain with cognitive behavior therapy and exercise. Read more >

Tiny Vacuum Removes Blood Clots from the Brain
Early studies using a tiny vacuum to remove blood clots in the brain show promise... Read more >

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

Pregnancy, Sunlight, and Multiple Sclerosis Risk
The risk of multiple sclerosis increases in parts of the world that receive less sun. Read more >

High-Fat Meals May Impair Breathing, Worsen Asthma
High fat meals appear to increase inflammation and decrease lung function. Blame immune responses. Read more >

End of Life Decisions: Defibrillators and Pacemakers
Patients with implanted heart devices like pacemakers or defibrillators may want to establish a directive for their deactivation. Read more >

High-Bran Diets May Help Diabetics Live Longer
Eating diets high in bran may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Overtime Ups Risk of Death from Heart Disease
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 >

Anemia Drug Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Elderly kidney patients should not be given ESAs, or erythropoesis-stimulating agents. The drugs pose a risk of stroke and clots. 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 >

The Genetics of Breast and Associated Cancers
Genetics plays a role in breast cancer risk, so do other hereditary syndromes. Learn what to look for. Read more >

Another Benefit of Broccoli: Breast Cancer Treatment
A compound in broccoli called sulforaphane may stop the growth of breast cancer stem cells. Read more >

New Insights on How the Body Responds to Pain
New research suggests that targeting the OLAM compounds that activate pain receptors may block pain. Read more >

The Mere Sight of Illness Boosts the Immune System
Just seeing people who show symptoms of illness seems to stimulate the immune system. Read more >

Parents, Especially Dads, Affect Teen Smoking
Father-child communication is more important than many may realize, particularly when it is about things like cigarette smoking. Read more >

Platelet-Rich Plasma Helps Tooth Extraction Sites Heal Faster
A promising "Buffy-Coat" technique uses platelet-rich plasma to help tooth-extraction patients... Read more >

B-Vitamins May Help Protect from Heart Disease and Stroke
Increasing your intake of vitamin B6 and folate may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >

Researchers Find Way to Detect Lung Cancer Earlier
A new approach yields cells that provide a look at a genetic marker which may predict cancer... Read more >

Weight Gain over Time Significantly Ups Breast Cancer Risk
Significant weight gain (over 30-pounds) during middle-age can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer after menopause. Read more >

New Study Shows Only Small Connection between Fruits, Veggies and Reduced Cancer Risk
While the exact relationship between fruits, vegetables, and cancer risk has not yet been determined, it can't hurt to continue eating... Read more >

Don't Replace Saturated Fats with Carbs If You Want to Help Your Heart, Study Finds
Replacing saturated fats with low-glycemic foods - not high-glycemic foods - may be a good way to reduce heart attack risk. Read more >

Blood Pressure Meds Might Reduce the Spread of Breast Cancer, Study Says
Beta-blockers appear to help reduce the spread of cancer. 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 >

A Healthy Diet and Less Alcohol May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
Heavy alcohol consumption and a fatty diet raise the risk of breast cancer by up to 20%. Read more >

Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy
Aprepitant, already FDA approved, offered nausea relief to bone marrow transplant recipients. Read more >

Mothers' Diet Can Lower the Risk of Eczema, Wheezing in Children
What a woman eats when pregnant and breastfeeding can reduce her child's chances of asthma and eczema. Read more >

An Alternative to Heart Surgery for Leaky Valves
A clothespin-like clip, inserted through a vein in the groin, is an alternative to heart surgery... Read more >

Blood Vessels Rebound After People Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking improves FMD, or flow mediated dilation of blood vessels, a strong indicator of heart health. Read more >

Under Acute Stress, Higher Blood Pressure May Not Be Such a Bad Thing
High blood pressure is not a good thing, but it does appear having high BP in times of heart stress is an advantage. Read more >

Interrupting Blood Supply May Help Patients during Heart Attack
Interrupting the blood flow when someone has a heart attack may help protect the heart from damage. Read more >

Diabetes Rising
How a rare disease became a modern pandemic, and what to do about it. Read more >

Taking the Controversy out of Stem Cell Research
Scientists have found a way of creating adaptable stem cells from adult tissue... Read more >

New Method Predicts Kidney Failure Better than Conventional Tests
Monitoring protein levels in the urine may be a better way to predict kidney function... Read more >

Six Months of Nicotine Patches Work Better Than Two
Nicotine patches tend to be more effective when used for longer periods of time. Read more >

New Studies Help Researchers Predict and Detect Pancreatic Cancers
Two studies have identified different to detect the risk and presence of pancreatic cancer early... Read more >

"Artificial Pancreas" Helps Control Nighttime Blood Sugar in Young Diabetics
Used during sleep, the system, which calculates and administers insulin, was far more effective at preventing nighttime hypoglycemia. Read more >

Quitting Smoking after Early Lung Cancer Diagnosis Doubles Survival
It's never too late to quit smoking. When people diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer quit smoking, they double their chances of survival. Read more >

High Blood Pressure Associated with Dementia, Alzheimer's
High blood pressure is connected to an increase in the number of white matter brain lesions connected to mental decline. Read more >

Heart Rate May Predict Heart-Related Death, Study Finds
If your heart rate at rest is over 100 beats per minute, you are at far higher risk of death from heart disease. It is not too late to act. Read more >

Tiny Molecule Might Thwart HIV Transmission
Surfen, a molecule that prevents the HIV virus from communicating with an important compound in semen, holds promise as a means of prevention. Read more >

Researchers Discover Why Apples May Actually “Keep the Doctor Away”
It appears apples provide beneficial bacteria and a pH environment that keep the intestines healthy and the doctor away. Read more >

Two New Oral Drugs for MS on the Way
Patients in the clinical trial had to take the medication in only two or four courses of four to five days each per year. The new drugs worked as well as injectable interferon. Read more >

Junk Food Seriously Ups Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
An occasional fast food meal is no big deal. But eating them often raises the risk of diabetes and obesity greatly. Read more >

Controlling Depression Helps Reduce Blood Sugar in Diabetics
When diabetics suffer from depression, treating it can lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels as well. 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 >

Researchers Break Code for Skin, Lung Cancers
The genetic mutations causing skin and lung cancer have been mapped, and nearly all of them are the result of exposure to sun or smoke respe Read more >

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 >

Researchers Identify Risk Factors to Predict Second Stroke
Having a second stroke soon after the first makes disability much more likely, so it is important to be aware of factors that raise the risk Read more >

Unnecessary CT Scans and Excessive Radiation Raise Cancer Risk
CT scans have benefits, but they also have some very real cancer risks. Read more >

Milk Thistle May Help Chemo Patients with Liver Damage, Study Finds
The herb milk thistle appears to help keep levels of two key liver enzymes low during chemotherapy. Read more >

Coffee - Even Decaf - Puts Diabetes at Bay, Says New Study
People who drink between three and four cups of coffee a day reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%. Read more >

Stem Cells Help Heal Heart after Attack
Adult stem cells may help speed patients' recovery from a heart attack by spurring the growth of new blood vessels. Read more >

Oxygen Effective at Treating Cluster Headaches
High-flow oxygen is a treatment alternative for people suffering from cluster headaches who cannot take sumatriptan or similar medications. Read more >

Eating Soy-Rich Foods May Reduce Risk for Ovarian, Endometrial Cancers
Soy-based foods mimic estrogen's effects and may lower women's risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers. Read more >

Spices Halt Growth of Cancer Stem Cells
Compounds in tumeric and pepper slow the growth of cancer stem cells, which can in turn prevent tumor formation. Read more >

Over-Exercising Could Lead to Osteoarthritis
By middle age we need to be careful about how much active exercise we do. Swimming and low-impact exercise is best. 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 >

The Impact of “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol on Heart Disease
Having high HDL, the "good" cholesterol actually seems to help reduce the chances of heart failure. Read more >

Quitting in a Virtual World Helps Smokers Quit for Real
A video game in which virtual smokers stomp out their cigarettes actually helped real smokers quit Read more >

Can Exercise Make You Smarter?
Aerobic exercise in adolescence has been found to raise intelligence test scores and lead to better work. Read more >

Telephone Intervention Helps Post-Surgery Heart Patients
Phone contact with a nurse practitioner can help reduce depression and the likelihood of re−hospitalization in heart surgery patients. Read more >

Heart Drug Outperformed by High-Dose Niacin in Head-to-Head Trial
A recent study found that a drug offering a high dose of the B vitamin, niacin, performed much better than the much-prescribed ezitimibe (Zetia®). Read more >

Low Cholesterol May Signal Undiagnosed Cancer
Low cholesterol may be a sign of undiagnosed cancer. Read more >

Diet and Exercise Stave off Diabetes Better than Meds
Diet and exercise are the best way to prevent type 2 diabetes, even better than medication. Read more >

Cocoa May Help Keep the Heart Healthy, Study Says
The polyphenols in cocoa — among other foods — reduce risk for heart disease and cancer. Read more >

Improving the Safety of Radiation Therapy
Researchers have found a way to protect healthy cells from radiation therapy, using a cell signaling inhibitor and making the therapy far more effective. Read more >

Protein in Blood Could Predict Heart Attack and Death, Not Stroke
The presence of high levels of a protein in the blood may predict the likelihood of a heart attack, according to a new study. C−reactive protein increases in response to infection. 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 >

Breast Tenderness with HRT Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk
Hormone replacement therapy often causes breast tenderness, which appears to be associated with a higher risk of breast cancer. Read more >

Green Tea May Help Fend off Certain Cancers
Drinking lots of green tea can reduce the risk of cancers of the blood and lymph system. Read more >

Researchers Find A Way to Help Keep Heart Young
A gene, P13K, appears to play a big role in aging in the heart, reducing thickening of heart tissue and offering better overall function... Read more >

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 >

A Chink in the Armor of Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is treatment-resistant, as evidenced by the death of Patrick Swayze. New research has found a way to turn off the TAK-1 enzyme... Read more >

Watchful Waiting as a Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancers are classed from low to high risk based on three factors: size, location and microscopic appearance. Read more >

Getting Online Support May Help College Kids Tackle Drinking
College students who have harmful drinking patterns can be helped to rein in their drinking by receiving personalized online feedback. Read more >

Mediterranean Diet Helps Diabetics Stay off Blood Sugar Meds
The so−called Mediterranean diet appears to help some diabetics reduce their need for blood sugar medications. 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 >

Losing Weight Helps the Heart Return to Normal
Once a significant amount of weight is lost, the heart actually restructures into a healthier, more productive version of itself. Read more >

Can Carnitine Help Diabetics?
Adding carnitine, a nutrient essential for proper fat metabolism, to rats' diets for eight weeks restored the rats' fuel−burning ability... Read more >

Researchers Find Way to Reverse Multiple Sclerosis in Mice
Scientists have found a way to reverse multiple sclerosis in mice using a hybrid protein, GIFT15. Read more >

Celiac Disease Can Affect the Elderly, Too
Celiac disease, usually considered a young person's disease, may develop in the elderly. Read more >

Cosmetic Surgery Method May Bring Migraine Relief
A promising new treatment using botox dramatically reduced migraines by disarming the nerves around trigger points. The procedure also gave... Read more >

Hints of a Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?
When PEDF, a protein released by fat cells, was neutralized in obese mice their insulin resistance vanished. Read more >

Vegetable Protein Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
Glutamic acid, found in vegetable protein, can lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Read more >

Foods' Glycemic Index Linked to Risk of Breast Cancer
Glycemic load is significantly correlated with estrogen receptor-positive/progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer. Read more >

Caffeine Works Just as Well as Albuterol Inhaler, New Study Says
High doses of caffeine can help prevent exercise-induced asthma. Read more >

Red Yeast Rice — Not Coming to a Town Near You
When red yeast is grown on rice, it produces an effective, natural statin that lowered cholesterol by 31 points without side effects. Read more >

Researchers Discover How Cancers Metastasize to the Brain
Cancers that spread to the brain but originate in other parts of the body outnumber those that begin in the brain by about 10 to one. Read more >

Can Vitamin C Halt the Damage of Diabetes?
Vitamin C administered with insulin helped end the damage to blood vessels so common in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Stopping Cancer from Spreading
Engineers have come up with a device that prevents cancer cells from spreading or metastasizing. It uses tiny molecular channels... Read more >

High-Glycemic Foods May Up Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
High-glycemic index carbs reduce or inhibit endothelial function, which is one of the risk factors leading to atherosclerosis. Read more >

Blood Fats Better Indicator of Diabetic Neuropathy, New Study Finds
Triglyceride levels can be better predictors of the risk of diabetic neuropathy than blood sugar levels. Read more >

Kidney Patients May Benefit from Slumbering through Nighttime Dialysis
For kidney patients who need dialysis, the option of undergoing treatment overnight can be an appealing alternative to daytime sessions. Read more >

Tongue and Throat Exercises Help Ease Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the nighttime sleep disorder. Read more >

Ginger Helps Reduce Nausea from Chemotherapy
Cancer patients suffering from ill effects of chemotherapy reported significantly less nausea if they took ginger supplements. Read more >

Brain Stimulation Helps Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Early studies suggest that cortical brain stimulation may offer hope for people suffering from long-term depression. Read more >

Slow, Frequent Walks Better for Heart Health
After a heart attack, longer, slower, and more frequent exercise is better for your heart than vigorous, three-times-a-week programs. Read more >

Needles Optional? Sham Acupuncture Relieves Back Pain Too
Acupuncture can help reduce back pain, but piercing the skin may not be necessary to reap its benefits. Read more >

Researchers Home in on Why High-Fiber Diets Help Fight Colon Cancer
Butyrate, an end-product of the breakdown of fiber in the gut, acts as an anti-cancer agent in a couple of different ways. Read more >

Secondhand Smoke Exerts Ill Effects Quickly, Researchers Say
Even a brief exposure to cigarette smoke can have a negative cardiovascular effect. Read more >

Eating Charred Meat May Up Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Heavily cooked and charred meats are strongly linked to pancreatic cancer risk. Read more >

Drinks Sweetened with Fructose May Pose Heart Risk
Fructose, in contrast to its relative, glucose, appears to have a negative effect on heart health. Read more >

Wristbands May Ease Nausea Associated with Radiation Therapy
Wearing a wristband during radiation therapy may lessen the nausea that often accompanies the treatment — and this may not by due to placebo effect, a new study reports. Read more >

Diabetes Drug Linked to Eye Disease
Glitazones work by increasing the sensitivity of muscle,fat and liver tissue to insulin, causing these tissues to take up more glucose. Read more >

Omega-3's Reduce Tumors in Mice
The more Omega-3 fatty acids mice consumed, the more their tumors shrank. Other variables also showed improvement. Read more >

Human Heart Cells Are Capable of Regenerating After All, Say Researchers
Heart cells can regenerate, according to a study that used a an approach more common to archeology than biology. Read more >

Gradual Exposure to Peanut Protein May Help Develop Tolerance to Allergy
Giving children with peanut allergies tiny amounts of peanut protein can help build tolerance over time. Read more >

Ozone Shot as Effective as Surgery for Herniated Discs
Rest is the initial treatment for a herniated disc. Read more >

Diabetes May Be Caused by Common Childhood Virus
A common enterovirus may be the tipping point in a chain of events that cause beta cells in the pancreas to stop producing insulin and diabetes... Read more >

Osteoarthritis Origins: Protein Discovery Could Be Key to a Cure
A protein in cartilage appears associated with age-related articular cartilage loss, a discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for OA. Read more >

A New Weapon to Lower Cholesterol Levels?
Cholesterol is carried by different transport proteins classed according to their densities. High density(HDL)is good; low (LDL)is bad. Read more >

Sleep More, Live Better
Sleep deprivation may be a risk factor for many common medical problems, including weight gain, diabetes and hypertension. Read more >

Artificial Bone Marrow Created
The function of bone marrow is the production of new blood and immune cells. Read more >

Exercise, Not Television-Watching, Reduces Type-2 Diabetes in African-American Women
A quick way to greatly reduce your diabetes risk is to turn off the TV and go for a walk. Read more >

Immune System Works Better at Night, New Fruit Fly Study Suggests
The immune system (of fruit flies at least) functions better at night than during the day. Flies were more likely to survive when encountering... Read more >

Music May Be Good for the Heart, Literally
Listening to pleasurable music helps dilate blood vessels significantly, just as blood pressure medications like statins do. 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 >

Triglycerides and Stroke
As triglyceride levels go up, so does the risk of stroke. Read more >

Ultrasound as Clot Buster
If a clot or part of it dislodges and travels to the lung and blocks an artery, a pulmonary embolism can occur. Read more >

Diabetes And Exercise: Poor Sensation Is No Contraindication
Regular exercise helps control glucose levels and improves cardiovascular mortality in patients with diabetes. Read more >

Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The most appropriate choice of treatment for IBS may depend on which of the many symptoms associated with IBS are present. Read more >

How Calorie-Dense is Your Diet?
The two most important factors that determine the calorie density of a food are fat and water content. Read more >

Study Details Adverse Effects of Chemotherapy in Women
When healthy cells are damaged by the chemicals used in the chemotherapy, the patient may experience unwanted side-effects. 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 >

Tai Chi: Good for the Knees?
Study says Tai Chi can help reduce the pain of arthritis. Read more >

Glucosamine And Chondroitin: A Joint Venture In Question
Glucosamine and chondroitin may not work as well together as we think. 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 >

Safer and Tastier: Marinating Meat Reduces Suspected Carcinogens
Cooking meat at high temperatures produces suspected carcinogens. Marinating meat before cooking lowers the amount of these substances. Read more >

Location, Location, Location: Surviving Cardiac Arrest
When it comes to cardiac arrest, where you live that can make a difference. Read more >

The Scent of Skin Cancer Cells
Some dogs are able to detect skin cancer because its cells emit an odor that is distinct from that of normal skin. Read more >

Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Coffee drinkers have a lower mortality rate, even from cardiovascular disease, according to a long-term study. Read more >

Eating Cake May Help Children Kick an Allergy to Eggs
Egg allergies are very common in children, but overcoming them may be as simple as exposing kids to small portions of cooked egg. Read more >

Treatment Twofer: Depression, Hypertension Respond to Integrated Therapy
Depression is a risk factor for hypertension. Patients with both conditions are less likely to take their anti-hypertensive medications. Read more >

Optimism Pays Off for Heart Patients
Having a positive outlook can improve a heart patient's outcome. Read more >

Fertility Treatment Brings New Hope to Women Undergoing Chemotherapy
A new fertility treatment for women facing cancer treatment significantly increases the odds that they will be able harvest their eggs. Read more >

Smokers Quit in Clusters
When people close to you quit smoking, you are more likely to quit as well. Read more >


A Drink — or Two or Three — May Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis
Smoking increases the risk or RA, but moderate drinking seems to reduce it. Read more >

Gum Disease and Cancer Risk
A few years ago they told us gum disease was associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >

How to Increase "Good" Cholesterol
Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower risk of heart attack or stroke. Read more >

Treating Heart Risk in the Obese — Pills Are Not Enough
Prevention, not handing out pills, is the key to improving risk for heart disease. Read more >

Aspirin and Hypertension
Taking aspirin before bedtime is more effective for preventing hypertension. 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 >

Using Breakfast to Stabilize Blood Sugar
What you eat for breakfast can reduce the insulin rollercoaster and your risk for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart failure. Read more >

Good News from Fat Rats: Lipoic Acid Lowers Triglycerides
Lipoic acid supplements lowered blood triglyceride levels by up to 60% in a study of... Read more >

"Reprogramming" Parkinson's
Researchers in the US have successfully treated symptoms of a Parkinson's disease-like condition in adult rats by transplanting neurons from "reprogrammed" adult skin cells into the brains of fetal mice. Read more >

Is Softer Better for Your Back?
Sleeping on a hard mattress may worsen back pain. Read more >

Music Soothes the Stroke-Injured Brain
According to fairy tales, music has the power to tame savage beasts. Read more >

CHD Patients: Exercising the Least and Needing It Most
Medical guidelines suggest a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 days each week. Read more >

Vitamin D in Childhood Lowers Diabetes Risk
Giving young children extra Vitamin D supplements may help prevent type 1 diabetes later in life, says a new study. Read more >

Breast Cancer Risk Remains Long After Quitting HRT
Results suggest that any woman who have taken combination HRT should continue to have regular mammograms. Read more >

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

Anemia Drugs Pose Possible Danger to Cancer Patients
Anemia, or a shortage of red blood cells, is a common side effect of many serious diseases, including cancer. 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 >

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 >

Progress Toward a Hemophilia Cure
Raising hopes for a cure for human hemophilia, a new study has shown for the first time that transplanted cells can cure hemophilia A in animals. Read more >

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

A Stimulating Experience
Once used to treat Parkinson's and other movement disorders, deep brain stimulation surgery, or DBS, may have the potential to treat a wide variety of other conditions. Read more >

Diabetic Muscular Infarction

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Ease Other Auto-Immune Disorders
Anti-TNF compounds used to treat arthritis have a positive effect on B cells, which are involved in many autoimmune diseases. Read more >

Caffeine Reduces Ovarian Cancer Risk
Caffeine reduces the risk of ovarian cancer; and alcohol and cigarette use had no ill effect. More Read more >

New Test for Prostate Cancer Risk
There are five known genetic risk factors for prostate cancer. Read more >

Eat Less Or Exercise More? A Little of Either Will Help Your Heart
The heart is not picky. Whether you eat less or exercise more, it responds to weight loss. Read more >

Calcium & Heart Attack in Older Women
For some older women, calcium may increase the risk of heart attack. Read more >

Stem Cell Breakthrough
For the first time, scientists have succeeded in using stem cells to cure the genetic disease sickle cell anemia. Read more >

Coming Soon? Targeted Therapies for Ovarian Cancer
Frederick Sweet, Ph. Read more >

Men, Women and Aspirin
Taking a low-dose aspirin once a day can help prevent heart attacks, but new research suggests that this may only be true for men... Read more >

Alcohol and Health: A Double-Edged Sword

Not Better Left NSAID
Be sure to tell your doctor if you routinely use ibuprofen or other NSAIDs because these can put you at risk for GI injury and bleeding. Read more >

Hot Pepper Pain Relief
Hot peppers — the spicy kind — are part of a promising new approach to pain relief that appears to block pain without also disrupting thinking, balance or body awareness. Read more >

Asthma and College Athletes
A significant number of athletes suffer from undiagnosed exercise-induced asthma. Read more >

Something to Lose Sleep Over — Sleep Loss and Your Health
Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Read more >

Vitamin E: Yes and No
Vitamin E appears to help some people avoid heart disease. But it may make others more vulnerable to it. Read more >

Why Stopping Smoking Does Not Always Stop Cancer
As researchers have long known, when cigarette smokers quit, they reduce their risk of developing many — but not all — smoking-related diseases. Read more >

Cancer and Color
Many fruits and vegetables get their color from chemical compounds called anthocyanins. Read more >

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

Heart Disease and Anger Mismanagement
Men who are hostile and given to fits of anger and depression may be harming their immune systems and putting themselves at risk for heart disease, as well as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Read more >

Low Cholesterol Associated with Cancer?
Many studies show that lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol) is one of the most important things we can do to prevent heart disease. Read more >

Fat Cells Can Kill Cancer
Believe it or not. Read more >

Women and the Mid-Life Stroke
Middle-aged women have a far greater risk of stroke than do men. Read more >

Smoke Cigarettes and Heal Slower
Both the Native American cultures that discovered tobacco and the first Europeans to make it a cash crop believed that tobacco had the ability to cure ailments ranging from toothache to cancer. Read more >

Red Wine Protects the Prostate
In the past few years, researchers have found evidence for all sorts of healthful effects of red wine, particularly on the heart. Read more >

New 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 >

Stem Cell Transplant and Diabetes
Stem cell transplantation can help people with type 1 diabetes mellitus get off insulin, at least temporarily, according to a new study. Read more >

The Busier, The Better
When it comes to breast-cancer surgery, a new study suggests that experience is crucial — far fewer patients die at hospitals that perform more surgeries. Read more >

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

Acute Pulmonary Embolism
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common and potentially deadly disease, which occur when arteries become blocked, PE is part of a family of diseases that occur when veins become blocked. Read more >

Type 1 Diabetes - The Latest on New Insulins and Delivery Systems

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 >

Family Size Linked to Brain Tumor Risk
Believe it or not, the number of brothers and sisters you have, especially younger ones, could predict your chances of developing a brain tumor, according to a new study. Read more >

All or Nothing at All
Cutting down on smoking cigarettes — even by as much as 50% — will not help you live longer. Read more >

Three Ways to Lower Cancer Risk — Exercise, Aspirin Consumption and Childbirth
We have long known that certain behaviors such as smoking and consumption of fatty foods lead to an increased risk of developing cancer. Read more >

Early Treatment Vital for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Early and aggressive use of the latest rheumatoid arthritis drugs may lead to remission of this notoriously intractable disease. Read more >

Acute Pancreatitis

Targeted Antibiotics Help IBS Symptoms
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common and debilitating disease with few effective treatments. 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 >

Smoking, Quitting and Genetics
Nicotine's addictive properties are a result of the activation of the special receptors in the brain. 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 >

Does Prostate Cancer Treatment Cause Diabetes and Heart Disease?
A common treatment for prostate cancer puts men at increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Read more >

Sleep Loss and Diabetes
Short or poor quality sleep is associated with high blood-sugar levels in African-Americans with diabetes, according to new research. Read more >

Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer: Yes or No?
For decades, women with breast cancer have struggled with a decision — whether or not to undergo chemotherapy. Read more >

Detecting a Killer
While lung cancer is one of the more preventable cancers — the vast majority of the 160,000 annual deaths it causes in the United States result from smoking — it is also one of the deadliest. Read more >

Are Menthol Cigarettes Worse for You?
It's not that menthol cigarettes are more dangerous, it's just that — for some reason — they appear to be harder to give up than regular cigarettes. Read more >

Prostate Cancer Treatment: Too Much Too Soon?
More than half of men with lower-risk prostate cancer received surgery or radiation treatment, when a wait-and-see approach might have been a better option, according to a new study. Read more >

Estrogen + Testosterone = Breast Cancer?
Women who take a combination of estrogen and testosterone to treat the symptoms of menopause may be putting themselves at greater risk for breast cancer. Read more >

Cancer and the "Lance Armstrong Effect"
Experts have long wondered why testicular cancer survivors like seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong do so much better than people with other advanced cancers. Read more >

It Is the Humidity
Humidity appears to raise the risk of heart attack. Read more >

Pomegranate 1, Cancer 0
Pomegranate juice greatly reduced the doubling time in prostate cancer patients. Read more >

If You Needed a Reason to Drink Coffee
A study finds coffee drinking is related to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Read more >

"Good" Fat Protein May Protect Blood Vessels
Adiponectin stops white blood cells from the immune system from attaching to blood vessel walls. Read more >

The Fight Against Diabetes
A lack of insulin or an inability to respond to insulin is known as "insulin resistance." Read more >

A New Treatment for Lupus?

Bioartificial Kidneys: Potential Application in Renal Replacement

Dendritic Cell Cancer Vaccines
Woondong Jeong is a hematology/oncology fellow, Brier Rolando is an internal medicine resident and Robert G. Read more >

In Trials: Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
For some RA sufferers, the anti-TNF drugs are not effective. Two new drugs offer an alternative. Read more >

For Seniors: What to Do About High Blood Pressure

Beyond Insulin

Treatment Options for Resistant Lymphoma
New hope for patients with treatment-resistant lymphoma. Read more >

A New Look at Stroke Prevention
The eye is part of the brain and the same blood vessels feed both organs. Read more >

Dry Another Day


Hypertension in the Elderly: Too Little, Too Late
Cut down on salt, alcohol and lose weight to help lower your blood pressure. Read more >

Fighting Fire With Fire
Viruses take aim at cancer cells. Read more >

New RA Therapy: Immune Reeducation vs. Immunosuppression
A promising new treatment may be able to reeducate the body's immune system to stop it from attacking healthy joint tissue. 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 >

A New Surprise from the Original Wonder Drug
One of the world's oldest and most popular pain killers, aspirin, has recently been shown to decrease the risk for a number of diseases, including stroke and heart attack. Read more >

Genetic Counseling and Breast Cancer
Both women AND men can get breast cancer from inherited breast cancermutations. Read more >

Erythropoietin and Progressive Kidney Disease
In a perfect world, every medical treatment would be backed up by solid science, that is, rigorous clinical trials. Read more >

Update on Fibromyalgia: A Real Pain
For years, fibromyalgia sufferers have been telling sometimes skeptical doctors about their pain. 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 >

Anti-Heart Attack Antibiotics?
Inflammation within the blood vessels plays a key role in the development of coronary heart disease. Read more >

Carotid Artery Repair: Stent Or Scalpel?
Successful carotid artery surgery can reduce the risk of stroke. Read more >

Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome (CAPS)

Reversal Therapy, a Better Treatment for Heart Disease
Cholesterol-lowering drugs are more effective than cardiac bypass surgeryfor the treatment of heart disease. Read more >

Adult Onset Still's Disease

A Narrowing Question: Do Clogged Arteries Secretly Re-Clog After Treatment?
Restenosis, the narrowing of an artery after angioplasty or other form of surgery, is all too common. Read more >

Good Health to Diet For: Blood Pressure and Nutrition
Some people are "salt sensitive." If they increase their salt, they increase their blood pressure. Read more >

Prostate Cancer
Earky detection is important for prostate cancer. All men 50+ should havean annual digital rectal exam. Read more >

Hospice and Palliative Care
Sit the terminally ill patient upright if they're having trouble breathing. Read more >

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): New Treatments for Mild and Severe
SLE sufferers should not take sulfonamide drugs. Read more >

Green Tea May Protect Women From Breast Cancer
Drinking green tea may help protect women from getting breast cancer — that's the good news from a study by researchers at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Read more >

More Sex, More Cancer?
The more sexual partners a man has, the greater his risk of prostate cancer. Read more >

Calling It Quits
The first two weeks of any person's attempt to quit smoking are critical. Read more >

IBS: It May Not Be in Your Head
We know a lot about the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (also known as Spastic Colon or IBS) — pain, cramps and diarrhea — but little or nothing about what causes it. Read more >

The Anticoagulant Heparin: A Possible New Cancer Treatment?
Heparin may be the most effective treatment for cancer patients with bloodclots in their legs. Read more >

Strengthening exercises for the quadriceps can help relieve symptoms of knee arthritis. Read more >

Less Painkiller, Less Pain?
Consider this common scenario. Read more >

"Time is Brain": Treating Stroke as an Emergency
Aspirin, taken every day (81-325 mg dose), can help prevent a stroke. Read more >

Less is Less: the Undertreatment of High Blood Pressure
If your doctor says your blood pressure is "a little high," you should betreated with anti-hypertensive drugs. Read more >

A New Treatment for Congestive Heart Failure?

Tuberculosis: The Comeback Bug
Tuberculosis, the ancient killer, once known as the "White Plague," was, at least in wealthy, medically advanced countries, on its way to extinction, thanks to antibiotics. Read more >

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Tincture of opium may help relieve IBS symptoms when other medicines fail. Read more >

A New Way of Looking at Atherosclerosis

Going With The Flow: Exercise And Healthy Blood Vessels
The blood vessels of older athletes tend to function just as well as those younger group. Read more >

More than a Little Heartburn: Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
To reduce episodes of heartburn, avoid cigarettes,late night meals and alcohol and coffee in the evening. Read more >

Pancreas Transplant: A Cure for Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetics with kidney disease should strongly consider simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant. Read more >

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

Of Mice and Men and Women: The Genetics of Pain
People experience pain differently; some are more sensitive than others. Genes may be the reason. Read more >

Traumatic Aortic Rupture
Car crash victims who have difficulty speaking or swallowing may havea torn aorta, a life-threatening medical emergency. Read more >

Fibromyalgia: Real or Imaginary?
A low-impact exercise program may help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Read more >

New Drugs for Type 2 Diabetes
Sulfonylureas are among the least costly and most effective medications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Read more >

The New COX 2 Inhibitors
Until recently, the drugs used for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), were introduced either through clinical observations or as a result of a lucky guess. Read more >

Coronary Heart Disease in Women
Two common conditions that can produce chest pain and are frequently confused with angina are esophageal reflux disease and panic attacks. 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 >

Lasering the Heart When Coronary Bypass Isn't Possible

Emerging Treatments: Combination DMARDS for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Until recently, most patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were initially treated with NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents) or low doses of corticosteroids. Read more >

What's New About Gout
Gout is a disease produced by excess uric acid, a nitrogen breakdown product, in the blood (hyperuricemia). Read more >

Emerging Treatments: Viscosupplementation for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis should no longer be considered an inevitable accompaniment of aging but rather a dynamic and largely treatable disease. Read more >

How Best to Manage Your Asthma
Though asthma medicine is not generally recommended for pregnant women, the greatest risk to the fetus is a mother's uncontrolled asthma. Read more >

PVD: A Practical Approach to Promoting Healing
Cold feet? Or are your legs often pale when elevated or red while hanging down?You may have the inadequate blood flow associated with peripheral vascular disease. Read more >

Acute and Chronic Colitis: Changing Causes and Therapies
Colitis is the irritation or inflammation of the colon. Read more >

Current Treatments for Heart Attacks
The most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain; but sometimes,the pain starts in the arm, neck or back. Read more >

Emerging Treatments: Unstable Angina
Calcium antagonists have been found to be very beneficial in preventing heart attacks inpatients with unstable angina who are unable to use beta blockers. Read more >

Why Doctors Use Echocardiography
Echocardiography is so sensitive that it can detect mild murmurs not otherwise heard, alerting your doctor to potential problems. Read more >

Can Bacteria Be Trained to Do the Kidney's Work?
In industrialized countries, peritoneal- and hemo-dialysis sustain the lives of more than a quarter of a million patients whose kidneys don't work effectively (renal insufficiency). Read more >

When Kidneys Fail in Diabetes: Therapy Options
Diabetes is a complicated and chronic disease that eventually destroys the kidneys. Read more >

Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer is the most common malignancy in young adult males. Read more >

Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Women: Not Just a Man's Disease
There is an odd perception that colorectal cancer (CRC) is a man's disease. Read more >

The Genetics of Breast Cancer
Everyone of us has had a friend or relative concerned about their family history of breast cancer. Read more >

Rewards and Addictions
Drug abusers, alcoholics and overeaters may appear to be out of control but, actually, it's the opposite. Their brain chemistry, thrown out of balanceby substance abuse, is strongly dictating their behavior. Read more >

What We Know about Unhealthy Behaviors and How You Can Change Them
We pride ourselves on our intelligence but we still engage in many unhealthy behaviors — eating and drinking to excess, smoking, abusing drugs. Read more >

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