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Active Commuting Offers Health — and Environmental — Benefits
Leslie Carr

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


Nature Really Does Nurture
Esther Entin, M.D.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Crowdsourcing May Help People Make Smarter Food Choices
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Are Electronic Cigarettes A Threat to Public Health?
Leslie Carr

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Smoking Increases the Risk of Suicide
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


Generic Drugs Can Create Problems for Patients
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Eating Red Meat Increases Breast Cancer Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Children from Divorced Homes May Be at Risk for Weight Problems
Alice G. Walton

Children of divorce are more likely to be overweight or obese. Especially boys. Read more >


Text Messages Can Help Support Smokers As They Quit
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Fasting May Reboot the Immune System
Alice G. Walton

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


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

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


FDA Approves A New Sugar Substitute
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Advantame is 20,000 times sweeter than sugar, making it potentially far safer than other sugar substitutes. Read more >


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

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


Preparing for A Flu Pandemic
Alice G. Walton

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


Climate Change: A Threat to Human Nutrition
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Rising CO2 levels can interfere with photosynthesis, robbing some foods of important nutrients. Read more >


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Childhood Stress Can Prematurely Age Genes
Alice G. Walton

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


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

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


Certain Food Environments Seem to Promote the Risk of Obesity
Charlotte LoBuono

Is a fast food stop part of your daily commute? Count on serious weight gain. Read more >


First-Time Prescriptions Often Go Unfilled
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


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

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


Secondhand Smoke Is A Heartbreaker, Literally
Alice G. Walton

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


Americans May Be Getting the Nutrition Message
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A survey of Americans' eating habits finds they're eating at home more. Waistlines benefit. Read more >


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

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


Are Saturated Fats Really The Enemy? Maybe Not
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


Study Calls Need For Yearly Mammograms Into Question
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


The Seeds of Obesity on View in Developing Economies
Neil Wagner

Economic development in poor countries offers a picture of how our obesity epidemic began. It starts with owning TVs, computers and cars. Read more >


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

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


Access to Guns Linked to Homicide, Suicide Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Late Night Smartphone Use Interferes with Productivity
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


Too Few Doctors Talk to Teen Patients About Sex
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Tips for Avoiding Screen-Related Eye Fatigue
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


Music: A Roadmap to Forgotten Memories?
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


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

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


Two Studies Address Kids' Lunchroom Nutrition
Neil Wagner

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


Fewer Psychiatrists Accept Health Insurance
Neil Wagner

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


Potentially Dangerous Fracking Chemicals Found in Ground Water
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


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

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


Santa Claus, Aging Successfully
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


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

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


Cell Phone Angst
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


Drinkers Taking Acetaminophen Risk Kidney Damage
Neil Wagner

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


Reader Beware: Study Results May Be Overstated
Neil Wagner

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


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

Eating blueberries can improve cardiovascular functioning. Read more >


A Short Course in Eating Better
Alice G. Walton

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


Teens More Susceptible to Herpes Infections
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


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

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


Making Social Networks Work for Vulnerable Teens
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


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

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


Irisin Helps Exercise Boost Body and Brain
Michael J. Gertner

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


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

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


The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Mining Bacterial Vulnerabilities to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


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

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


Alcohol Changes Awareness of Drunk Driving
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


Lifestyle Changes Reverse Aging in Chromosomes
Michael J. Gertner

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


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

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


3-D Video Game Improves Cognitive Control
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Poverty's Mental Toll
Leslie Carr

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


A Sign that Doctor-Patient Continuity Still Matters
Neil Wagner

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


A Flu Shot to the Heart
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


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

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


Driving to Work Raises Diabetes Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Soda Consumption and Bad Behavior
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not clear what it is in soda that brings on aggression and hostility, but the link is there. Read more >


High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia Risk
Alice G. Walton

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Weather Changes are Linked to Violence
Alice G. Walton

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


Letting Hospital Patients Sleep
Neil Wagner

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


The Rising Threat of West Nile Virus
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


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

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


Researchers Cast Doubt on The Virtues of Low-Fat Milk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Whole milk is fattening, right? Not so fast says a group from Harvard's School of Public Health. Read more >


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

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


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

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


How You Think About Stress Can Affect Your Heart
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


Social Media Improves Organ Donor Registration
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


Methane Gas Abundant in Wells Near Fracking Sites
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


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

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


Vegetarian Diets Cut Risk of Death from Chronic Diseases
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Making Smoking Cessation Part of a Routine Health Assessment
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Soda Bans Appear to Find Their Target
Alice G. Walton

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


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

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


iPods in the ICU
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


A National Map to Reveal What We Really Eat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A national project tracks what we buy and offers some bad news: the calorie counts on labels may be wrong. Read more >


Talk Therapy Helps Depression
Alice G. Walton

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


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

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


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

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


Lip Makeup May Contain Toxic Levels of Certain Metals
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Amusement Ride Injuries Rise in Summer Months
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


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

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


The Best Route to Improved Health: Change Diet and Exercise Habits Together
Charlotte LoBuono

Couch potatoes, here's the strategy you need. Read more >


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

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


Tweaking a Balkan Bed Bug Remedy
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Making Doctors More Cost-Conscious
Neil Wagner

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


Medical Breakthrough: A Better Hospital Gown!
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


Research Focuses on Treatment Ahead of Prevention
Alice G. Walton

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


Substance in Red Meat Linked to Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

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


How to Beat a Hangover
Neil Wagner

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


Public Pre-K Exceeds Its Goals
Alice G. Walton

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


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

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


CDC Study Examines Autism-Vaccine Link
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


Water Often Not Available in Childcare Centers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Childcare centers are missing the opportunity to help make children water-drinkers. Why is H2O so rarely easily available? Read more >


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

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


Mississippi Passes An "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill
Neil Wagner

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


Doctors Who Cook Give Better Nutrition Advice
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tom Colicchio won't be operating any time soon, but he and other top chefs can teach doctors and help patients. Read more >


The Bitter Truth about Sugar
Charlotte LoBuono

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


It's Healthier To Give than To Receive
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


Smartphone Apps Delay Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancer
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


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

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


Smarter Lunchrooms Help Kids Make Better Lunch Choices
Alice G. Walton

DesignChildren need to be encouraged — not forced — to eat more fruits and vegetables. Read more >


Elderly Found to Respond Differently To Flu Vaccine
Charlotte LoBuono

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


BPA Exposure Damages Male Reproductive Tissue
Neil Wagner

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


Ibuprofen Can Present Risks for Kids
Alice G. Walton

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


Homeland Security Meets Medical Education
Neil Wagner

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


FDA to Weigh in on Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


Changes in Nutrition Labeling May Improve Consumer Choices
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

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


Finding the Sweet Spot: Milk Intake, Vitamin D and Iron
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cow's milk offers vitamin D but also contributes to low iron. New research offers a guideline. Read more >


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

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


Why Did the Distracted Pedestrians Cross the Road?
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


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

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


Even Occasional Family Meals Increase Kids’ Fruit and Veggie Intake
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Don't leave kids to fend for themselves at mealtime. Eating togther improves nutrition in a big way. Of course, what you serve matters, too. Read more >


Driving Just a Little Less Can Make a Big Difference
Leslie Carr

Hang up your car keys and walk just one mile a day. The savings — on gas and healthcare — are impressive. Read more >


Cigarettes Make Hangovers Even Worse
Alice G. Walton

Smoking makes hangovers worse. Read more >


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

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


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

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


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

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


Doctors Often Misdiagnose Patient Preferences
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Inexperienced Doctors Are More Expensive
Alice G. Walton

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


Smoke-Free Laws Lead to Fewer Hospitalizations
Leslie Carr

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


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

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


Quick-Release Medical Tape Kinder to Skin
Leslie Carr

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


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

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


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

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


New Discoveries Overturn Old Assumptions about Cholesterol
Alice G. Walton

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


TMI? The Debate About Celebrities and Illness
Charlotte LoBuono

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


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

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


Dioxin's Harmful Effects Span Generations
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


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

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


BPA Linked to Obesity in Kids and Pre-Teens
Charlotte LoBuono

Children and teens with high levels of BPA were over two and a half times more likely to be obese... Read more >


Genetically Modified Food: An Overview and History
Neil Wagner

In the U.S. genetically modified foods are patented and immune from scientific investigation. No wonder some feel there's a danger. Read more >


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

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


Too Many Children Swallowing Laundry Detergent, Magnets
Neil Wagner

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


Tablet Computer Use at Night Disturbs Sleep
Neil Wagner

At night, the light from your tablet computer messes with melatonin production. This throws off the body's clock. Read more >


Ratcheting up Herbicide Use Encourages Resistant Weeds
Neil Wagner

Genetically modified crops help potent herbicides succeed. But now super weeds are taking over. Read more >


Medical Costs Often Exceed Assets Late in Life
Neil Wagner

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


Cat Ownership Not Linked To Increased Brain Tumor Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Another Black Mark Against Antibacterial Soaps and Cleansers
Neil Wagner

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


The Complicated Relationship between Alcohol and Anxiety
Alice G. Walton

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


No Nutritional Advantage to Organic Food
Neil Wagner

A large study has found organic food is not nutritionally superior. But health and environmental effects are another story. Read more >


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

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


A Link Between Antibiotics and Obesity
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


Researchers Discover A Massive "Plumbing" Network in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

We thought we knew how the brain cleans itself out. Then a completely unexpected... Read more >


Could a Culprit in Alzheimer's Disease Turn into a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
Alice G. Walton

The culprit in Alzheimer's disease, amyloid-beta, might prevent multiple sclerosis. Come Again? Read more >


Skipping the Antibiotics Could Help Address the Resistance Problem
Alice G. Walton

Antibiotics may not always be necessary for fighting infection. Reducing their use could help fight antibiotic resistance. Read more >


Online Infant Sleep Safety Information May Be Inaccurate
Charlotte LoBuono

It is unwise, and sometimes even dangerous, to trust all the health information you find through search engines. Read more >


Concern over UV from Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Neil Wagner

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


Cranberry Products May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Alice G. Walton

Cranberry products may be an effective way to preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Read more >


Eating Out May Be A Little Healthier After Menu Law
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Affordable Care Act will require that more restaurants put calorie and fat information on menus. Read more >


While Still Controversial, PSA Testing Does Save Many Lives
Alice G. Walton

New research tells us not to be so fast to drop PSA testing, as it still saves a lot of lives. Read more >


A "Polypill" Could Help Save Many Thousands of At-Risk Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Combining four medications into one pill to reduce heart disease could work wonders for the aging... Read more >


The Health Effects of Caffeine
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Could Some Dementias Be Autoimmune Diseases?
Alice G. Walton

One form of dementia may be the result of the immune system going haywire. Luckily, there might be.. Read more >


Many Patients Look to the Internet for a Medical Education
Alice G. Walton

Many people use medical websites to help them learn about their conditions, but not as a substitute for an office visit. Read more >


Why Is Patient-Doctor Communication So Difficult?
Neil Wagner

Do you find it difficult to discuss medical issues or concerns with your doctor? You are not alone.. Read more >


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

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


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

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


Big Beverage vs. A Big Health Problem
Harry A. Levy, M.D., M.P.H.

Is the move to restrict serving sizes of soda in NYC a bad idea or a bold way to begin tackling obesity? Read more >


Belly Fat May Not Be All Bad
Alice G. Walton

Belly fat has a lot of negative effects, but researchers may have a found at least one benefit. Read more >


Bedbug Foggers: Save Your Money
Neil Wagner

Over-the-counter foggers are no match for most strains of bedbugs, according to new study.... Read more >


What's Waiting for You in Your Hotel Room?
Alice G. Walton

If you're staying in a hotel or motel this summer, some unwelcome "guests" may precede you. Read more >


Computer Time Could Prevent Cognitive Decline (But Don't Forget to Exercise)
Alice G. Walton

Computer time along with physical activity may prevent cognitive decline. Read more >


Significant Cost Savings Linked To Keeping Obesity Rate In Check
Charlotte LoBuono

The cost savings of better health are as astronomical as those of medical care... Read more >


A Three-Hour Therapy Session Could Treat Arachnophobia
Alice G. Walton

People so afraid of spiders that they wouldn't walk on grass were cured of their phobia with... Read more >


Better than a Diet and Easier, Too
Neil Wagner

Reducing TV time and increasing one's consumption of fruit and vegetables are two relatively painless ways to improve health. Read more >


Washing Works: Hand-Washing and School Absenteeism
Esther Entin, M.D.

When children are taught how to wash their hands in school, absenteeism goes down. Read more >


New and Controversial Recommendations on PSA Tests
Neil Wagner

For most men the risks connected with PSA tests for prostate cancer outweigh the benefits. Read more >


Text Messaging Increases Flu Vaccinations
Neil Wagner

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


Pedometers Increase Exercise
Esther Entin, M.D.

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


Positive Changes Are Coming for Healthcare Coverage
Alice G. Walton

Healthcare coverage in the U.S. today is a two-tiered system. Luckily, changes are on the way. Read more >


In-Store Nutrition Education Improves Grocery Purchases
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People make better food choices when stores label foods according to their health benefits... Read more >


Being Aware of Your Own Mortality Can Make for a Better Life
Alice G. Walton

Being aware of our mortality can actually help us live richer, fuller lives. Read more >


Puttering About Could Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Alice G. Walton

The simplest activities, even housework, can reduce your risk for cognitive decline. Read more >


Salmonella Outbreak from Raw Tuna
Neil Wagner

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


Patients' Opinion of Medical Care May Differ from Reality
Alice G. Walton

Your opinions - both good and bad - about the medical care you receive may not be reality-based... Read more >


The Happiness Dilemma
Alice G. Walton

The pursuit of happiness is not as simple as we might think. What you focus on can make a big difference to your health. Read more >


Longer Commutes, Poorer Health
Neil Wagner

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


Adolescence, A Global Health Issue
Charlotte LoBuono

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


Licorice, The Medicinal Plant of 2012
Michael J. Gertner

Licorice helps reduces blood sugar levels and prevents insulin resistance and fatty liver disease... Read more >


Vitamin D, Sunscreen and Children's Brainpower
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

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


Losing Weight May Not Change Body Image
Alice G. Walton

Losing weight may not make body image issues disappear. Read more >


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Certain brain centers are less active in chronic fatigue syndrome patients, suggesting a new... Read more >


Ladies, There's No Turning Back the Biological Clock
Alice G. Walton

Delaying motherhood may mean forgoing motherhood. But there are options if you think ahead. Read more >


Aspirin Could Significantly Cut Your Risk of Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Aspirin may reduce your risk of developing cancer. But there are some risks. Read more >


Tracking Disease Clusters in the US: Elusive Prey
Alice G. Walton

Disease clusters were made famous by Erin Brockovich, but they are harder to pinpoint than you might think. Read more >


Looking through the Eyes Helps Doctors See into the Brain
Alice G. Walton

Measuring degeneration of the eye could tell us if it is also occurring in the brain. Read more >


Concerns Raised Over Air Pollution from Gas Wells
Neil Wagner

Hydrofracking releases potentially toxic into the air as well as into water... Read more >


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

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


Who Will Divorce?
Alice G. Walton

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


Death and Taxes: Road Fatalities Rise on Tax Day
Neil Wagner

The stress of doing taxes can distract us on the road. Traffic fatalities rise every tax day... Read more >


Less Frequent Pap Testing Recommended
Susan H. Scher, MD

Pap tests save lives, but new guidelines urge women to be tested less often. It's safer. Read more >


Harmful Chemicals, Unlisted on Labels, Can Lurk in Everyday Products
Alice G. Walton

Worrisome compounds can appear in even the most "natural" household products... Read more >


Being Hungry Can Bias Your Senses
Alice G. Walton

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


Brown Rice Syrup: Trading Fructose for Arsenic?
Neil Wagner

Brown rice syrup, used in baby formulas and energy bars, contains arsenic, exceeding safe limits... Read more >


FDA Makes Plans to Correct Cancer Drug Shortage in the U.S.
Alice G. Walton

Worrying shortages of two major cancer drugs propel the FDA to find new ways to boost supplies. Read more >


More Evidence that Antibiotics in Animal Feed Threaten Human Health
Neil Wagner

ST398 started out as an antibiotic-sensitive bacterium in humans, then it spread to livestock... Read more >


The Y Chromosome May Be Responsible for the Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Men
Alice G. Walton

The Y chromosome may affect more than men's sex organs... Read more >


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

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


Rosemary Oil May Boost Brain Function
Neil Wagner

People performed better on certain math tasks when they had inhaled a little whiff of rosemary... Read more >


Parent Training Could Help Manage the Difficult Behaviors of Autism
Alice G. Walton

Training parents helps them help their children behave better.... Read more >


Bad Air Days Mean More Heart Attacks, Strokes
Neil Wagner

Air pollution can trigger heart attacks and strokes. Read more >


A Connection between Cognition and Personality
Alice G. Walton

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


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

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


The Stress-Immunity Connection
Alice G. Walton

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


Bad News for Red Meat Lovers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

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


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

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


A Sign to Take the Stairs
Neil Wagner

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


Massage Boosts the Recovery of Muscles After Exercise
Alice G. Walton

A ten-minute massage can help sore muscles heal after vigorous exercise. Read more >


One in Five Americans Suffers from Mental Health Problems
Alice G. Walton

One in five Americans suffers from mental health problems. There is no reason to feel uncomfortable about seeking help. Read more >


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

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


Why We Overeat and What We Can Do About It
Alice G. Walton

Eating should be simple: Eat when you are hungry, then stop. If only food weren't so pleasurable. Read more >


Headphones: More Powerful than a Locomotive
Neil Wagner

Headphone use can turn deadly when shutting out the world means being unaware of approaching traffic... or trains. Read more >


At The Intersection of Grief and Depression, A Controversy
Alice G. Walton

A top medical journal questions whether the move to classify grief as depression has merit. Read more >


Heart Risk Redefined: You May Not Be As Immune As You Think
Alice G. Walton

A new formula for figuring heart and stroke risk is sobering, but luckily many of the risk factors are largely within our control. Read more >


Physical Punishment Takes A Toll on Kids' Mental Health
Alice G. Walton

Physical punishment does more harm than good to a child and encourages aggressive behavior. Other methods are more effective. Read more >


Government Panel Issues New Vaccination Recommendations
Susan H. Scher, M.D.

There are new vaccination recommendations target young men and boys, pregnant women, and diabetics. Read more >


The Impact of Bad Bosses
Alice G. Walton

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


A Closer Look at Over-the-Counter Painkillers
Alice G. Walton

Turning to acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin now and then is fine, but long-term use can damage organs. Read more >


The Internet as Matchmaker
Alice G. Walton

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


Tablet Computers' Ergonomic Issues
Neil Wagner

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


Gossip Can Be Good
Alice G. Walton

Some kinds of gossip may actually benefit your health. Read more >


When Safe Playgrounds Become Boring, Kids' Health Suffers
Alice G. Walton

Out on the playground, there's a fine line between safe and boring. Read more >


Study Links PFCs to Poor Vaccination Response
Neil Wagner

Children's immune response to vaccines was greatly reduced if they had been exposed to a common... Read more >


The FDA Tackles Antibiotic Resistance, Targets Farm Animals
Alice G. Walton

The government plans to curb antibiotic use in food animals, hoping to reduce antibiotic-resistance. Read more >


Figuring The Cost-Benefit Ratio of Vaccines
Alice G. Walton

Parents in some communities have decided that the risks of vaccines are greater than the benefits. Not true. Read more >


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

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


Lead Poisoning: Proposed New Guidelines for Identification, Prevention, and Treatment
Esther Entin, M.D.

Because many of the effects of lead on young children are irreversible, they have troubling implications for the potential children... Read more >


The Connection Between Good Nutrition and Good Cognition Becomes Clearer
Alice G. Walton

Good nutrition and brain health go hand in hand; changing your diet can help protect your brain. Read more >


Adrenal Hormone DHEA For Menopause Symptoms
Alice G. Walton

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


Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Alice G. Walton

Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >


2011: A Health News Quiz
Leslie Carr

Test your knowledge of the health and medical discoveries making news in 2011 and learn something... Read more >


Understanding the Roots of Social Prejudice Could Help Us Counteract It
Alice G. Walton

A new look at prejudice finds it may mostly exist just because we're afraid of germs. Read more >


Important Link in the Stress Response Could Mean Better Treatment
Alice G. Walton

Researchers discover an important step in the stress response, which, if blocked, could stop... Read more >


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

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


A Better Way to Reduce Prejudice
Alice G. Walton

When people are told to be less prejudiced, they are often more so. There's a better way. Read more >


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (If You Keep Your Head about You)
Alice G. Walton

Why are the holidays responsible for so many accidents and ER visits? We count the ways and offer help. Read more >


Researchers Gain Insight into How BRCA Mutations Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Researchers discover exactly what makes BRCA mutations so dangerous for breast cancer risk... Read more >


Oh No! Not the Cookie Dough!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating raw cookie dough is a bad idea. Unbaked flour can contain bacteria that may cause foodborne illness. Read more >


Has Tooth Decay Met Its Match?
Neil Wagner

Call it a smartbomb against tooth decay, a new mouthwash targets the bacterial causing cavities... Read more >


Traffic Pollution May Increase Diabetes Risk
Alice G. Walton

A new study links traffic pollution to type 2 diabetes risk - especially in people who are healthier Read more >


Better Doctors Pay Attention to Mistakes
Neil Wagner

Much of medicine involves trial and error. For doctors, focusing on successes is less helpful... Read more >


Procedure Helps Babies Who Have Trouble Breastfeeding
Alice G. Walton

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


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

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


Women with PID May Be at Risk of Infertility
Alice G. Walton

Pelvic inflammatory disease can threaten a woman’s fertility, so it is important to have a checkup. Read more >


A Sign that Doctors Care about Their Patients
Neil Wagner

Doctors asked to take this simple precaution for their own protection ignored the request... Read more >


Navigating the Road to Health
Alice G. Walton

Don't confuse real health science with sound-bytes, or healthy lifestyles with a health obsession. Read more >


Good Nutrition Matters to Sperm
Alice G. Walton

Good nutrition and lifestyle choices improve sperm counts. Read more >


Nitroglycerin Poses Risks to the Heart... But There's a Fix
Alice G. Walton

Nitroglycerin is a century-old treatment for heart attacks, but it can make future cardiovascular events more severe. Read more >


The Hidden Costs of Not Taking a Sick Day
Leslie Carr

People who decide to come to work when they feel sick spread disease. Read more >


A Chicken Pox on Thee: Parents Get Caught for Infecting Kids with Virus
Alice G. Walton

The chicken pox vaccine is the best way of protecting your child from the virus... Read more >


Text Messaging Doubles Smokers' Quit Rate
Neil Wagner

A British study had double the quit rate thanks to support and tips delivered by cell phone... Read more >


Evaluating Healthcare in America
Alice G. Walton

A score of 64 out of 100 is not a good grade. It's also not good healthcare. Read more >


Preschoolers Learn Language From Each Other
Neil Wagner

Other children are often the best teachers when it comes to language skills. Read more >


New Research Broadens Our Understanding of Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

A new study uncovers a major surprise in the Alzheimer's puzzle. Read more >


The "Rich Clubs" Make up an Elite Network in the Brain
Alice G. Walton

"Rich Club" clusters of highly influential regions of brain cells do serious collaboration. Read more >


Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Risks As Well As Benefits
Neil Wagner

Some studies of supplements actually found they increase the risk of death. But it may depend on how you crunch the numbers. Read more >


Gestational BPA Linked to Developmental Problems in Girls, Not Boys
Alice G. Walton

Higher BPA levels during pregnancy are linked to cognitive and emotional problems in children. Read more >


Fall Back and Change the Batteries
Neil Wagner

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


Measuring Happiness Now Could Predict Death Risk Years Later
Alice G. Walton

Happiness measured at one point in time was linked to lower mortality five years later. Read more >


Are You Really Reading the Nutrition Facts?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If we read road signs as poorly as we do nutritional labels, ten car pile-ups would be commonplace. Read more >


Poverty and Mental Illness: Can the Vicious Cycle be Broken?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The economic benefits of offering mental health help to those living in poverty are enormous. Read more >


New Ways to Protect the Brain from Stroke
Alice G. Walton

Drugs to reduce the brain's immense energy needs may serve to help preserve it when its blood supply Read more >


A False Positive for Miscarriage
Alice G. Walton

When ultrasounds to diagnose miscarriage are inaccurate, healthy pregnancies may be terminated. Read more >


Publication Bias May Hinder Research
Neil Wagner

Journals are increasingly biased toward presenting positive results. This can have a chilling effect Read more >


The Power of Play
Esther Entin, M.D.

The time kids spend just playing is declining. Well-meaning parents are partly to blame. Read more >


Can Parents Complete with Clever Marketing to Kids?
Alice G. Walton

It's hard to compete with clever marketing, but you can help your kids make better food choices with consistent encouragement. Read more >


Treatment for Prion Diseases May Soon Be on the Way
Neil Wagner

The brain-wasting prion diseases are slow-growing. Two drugs seem to bring them almost to a... Read more >


Online Gamers Help Solve Mystery of Critical AIDS Virus Enzyme
Alice G. Walton

A team of online gamers helps researchers solve a critical piece of the AIDS puzzle... Read more >


Ticks and Blood Transfusions Spread Potentially Dangerous Parasite
Alice G. Walton

Blood transfusions are the cause of many cases of the parasite Babesia, which is normally spread by ticks. Read more >


Listeria Outbreak Likely Has Not Peaked
Neil Wagner

The bacterium Listeria has killed 13 people. Given its slow incubation period, this may be just the Read more >


National Drug Shortages: The Story No One's Following
Neil Wagner

Drug shortages have more than tripled. Patients in smaller hospitals suffer as less profitable... Read more >


Breastfeeding May Help Brain Development
Alice G. Walton

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


Experts Urge People to Get Flu Shot to Boost Immunity for the 2011-12 Flu Season
Alice G. Walton

Get a flu vaccination this year, even if you were vaccinated last year. Read more >


Antibiotic Resistance and The Case for Organic Meat and Poultry
Neil Wagner

Organic meat and poultry could help combat much of the antibiotic resistance we see today. Read more >


Storing Medications in High Temperatures Can Decrease Effectiveness
Alice G. Walton

When you're traveling with medications, keep them in the climate-controlled interior of the car, rather than in the hot trunk. Read more >


Serial Salmonella Outbreaks Raise Questions
Neil Wagner

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


Venus Williams Shares Her Battle with Sjogren's Syndrome
Alice G. Walton

The Grand Slam tennis player tells the world about her battle with Sjogren's syndrome Read more >


Sprained Ankles and Strained Emergency Rooms
Neil Wagner

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


Fuzzy Logic: How Healthy Behavior Can Encourage Health Risks
Neil Wagner

Too often people believe that taking vitamins will protect you from the damage from bad habits like smoking. This is not true. Read more >


Where There's Smoke, There Are Developmental Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

Secondhand smoke sharply increases the risk of a child's having neurodevelopmental disorders like learning disabilities and ADHD. Read more >


More Public Health Spending Means Fewer Deaths
Neil Wagner

A study of public health spending between, found spending a little more save money and lives... Read more >


Researchers Pin down Significant Genetic Predictor of Ovarian Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Having a faulty RAD51D gene means a 1 in 11 chance of ovarian cancer. Knowing your status can help.. Read more >


Doctor-Patient Confidentiality: How Do We Define It and When Should We Waive It?
Jessica Wilen Berg, J.D., M.P.H.

When is your health information confidential and when isn't it? Read more >


Smartphones: Dialing Down the Eye Strain
Neil Wagner

Raise the size of the type displayed on your smartphone. Your eyes will thank you for it. Read more >


Generalized Anxiety and Interpersonal Relationship Problems Deeply Intertwined
Alice G. Walton

People with anxiety often have problematic social relationships, partly as a result of their worries Read more >


Colon Cleanses Can Pose Serious Health Risks
Alice G. Walton

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


Overeating Explained by Three Neurological Processes, Not Laziness
Alice G. Walton

Overeating involves neurological processes involving impulse control and reward, not laziness. Read more >


BPA-Free Water Bottles Pass the Test, Some Aluminum Bottles Don't
Neil Wagner

It pays to do a little research to be sure that water bottle is BPA-free, especially if you plan to drink hot liquids from it. Read more >


Learning to Be Positive May Help Beat Depression
Alice G. Walton

Positive activity intervention (PAI) such as writing letters of gratitude or performing acts of kindness, may help mild depression. Read more >


Speech Processing May Be at the Heart of Dyslexia
Alice G. Walton

The root of dyslexia may be in speech processing, a surprise to researchers... Read more >


Certain Personality Traits Linked to More Weight Gain
Alice G. Walton

People who have certain personality traits, like impulsivity and cynicism, are more likely to gain weight over time. Read more >


Too Much Salt, Too Little Potassium Linked to Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating too much salt and too little potassium is an especially dangerous combination. It doubles your risk of a heart attack. Read more >


Training in Positive Thinking Helps Teens Interpret Life in Healthier Ways
Alice G. Walton

A simple computer program seems to help teens avoid negative thinking, which may help with anxiety.. Read more >


How Everyday Products Make People Sick, Toxins at Home and in the Workplace
Paul D. Blanc, M.D.



Unsung Medical Heroes: A Roll of Tape and a Cotton Swab
Neil Wagner

Two very-low tech solutions to common medical problems show how easy it can be to reduce costs... Read more >


Asthma Linked to Cockroach Exposure
Neil Wagner

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


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

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


Social Causes Kill as Many as Heart Attack, Stroke and Lung Cancer
Neil Wagner

Proof that public health must be seen in a broader light than it currently is... Read more >


CDC Calls for More Americans to Get Colon Screening
Stephen Davis, M.D., MPH

Colon cancer is almost entirely preventable. You just need to get screened starting around age 50. Read more >


Healthy Lifestyle Reduces the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

SCD is sudden cardiac death. It is the largest cause of natural death in the United States and is responsible for half of all cardiac deaths Read more >


The Latest Cell Phone - Cancer Study Finds No Link
Alice G. Walton

A new review study finds no good evidence of a cell phone-brain tumor connection... Read more >


Black Yeast: Is Your Dishwasher Trying to Kill You?
Neil Wagner

They're not exactly killers, but most dishwashers do harbor pathogens - fungi, yeast, and molds... Read more >


A Strategic Plan for a Healthier America
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A new Health Promotion Strategy aims to make citizens healthier nationwide and address disparities.. Read more >


Untreated Celiac Women Go Through Menopause Earlier
Alice G. Walton

Women with undiagnosed celiac disease go through menopause earlier than celiac women who follow a gluten-free diet. Read more >


New Clues to Turning Off Cancer Growth
Alice G. Walton

From a chance discovery, scientists develop a new way to shut down cancer growth. Read more >


Cell Phones in the Hospital May Cause Infections
Neil Wagner

Cell phones are a surprising source of disease-causing bacteria in hospitals. Read more >


Emergency Rooms: Longer Waits Lead to Poorer Outcomes
Neil Wagner

There is evidence that long waits in the emergency room are themselves a medical emergency. Read more >


Apples May Protect Muscles Against Atrophy
Alice G. Walton

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


Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Cancer - But It Depends on the Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Coffee reduces the risk for cancers — some cancers, anyway. But is coffee always good for you? Read more >


Kids' Brains Change as They Learn New Math Skills
Alice G. Walton

Children's brains change as they learn math skills. Adults' too, hopefully. Read more >


Probiotic Products and Other Dietary Supplements: Consumers Beware
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

FDA directs US Marshals to seize several probiotics because their labels made false treatment claims Read more >


USDA Lowers Recommended Cooking Temperature for Pork: Pink is OK
Neil Wagner

New USDA guidelines mean that beef, lamb, veal and now pork have the same recommended cooking temp.. Read more >


The "Best" Hospitals May Be No Better Than the One around the Corner
Alice G. Walton

Hospitals rated the best by big publications may not be any better than others. Read more >


Some Long-Held Links between Genes and Diseases Called Into Question
Alice G. Walton

Some of the connections between genes and disease that we accept as fact may not be so strong after all. Read more >


Strong Social Support Systems at Work May Lengthen Life
Alice G. Walton

Getting along well with the coworkers may lengthen your life. Getting along with the boss... not... Read more >


Swimmer's Ear Costs Too Much, May Be Prevented
Alice G. Walton

To prevent swimmers' ear, tilt your head and gently pull the earlobe in a few directions to help water escape, then dry your ears. Read more >


Third-Line Diabetes Drugs May Be Needed
Alice G. Walton

A third-line diabetes medication may help manage blood sugar when other treatments aren't enough. Read more >


FDA Panel Urges New Instructions and Dosing on Infant Pain Relievers
Alice G. Walton

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, does not appear to reduce kids' pain, just their fever. Read more >


Cutting Out Gluten May Work for Even Asymptomatic Celiac Patients
Alice G. Walton

People with celiac disease showing few or no symptoms may still benefit by going gluten-free. Read more >


Diabetes is On the Rise in Obese Dogs and Cats
Alice G. Walton

Diabetes epidemic not only in humans, but cats and dogs are developing it in record numbers. Read more >


Kids May Be Exposed to Too Much Radiation with Unnecessary CT Scans
Alice G. Walton

Kids may get unnecessary CT scans for minor head injuries, exposing them to unnecessary radiation. Read more >


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

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


Reducing Stress May Boost Success Rate with IVF
Alice G. Walton

Reducing stress can improve the odds of becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization. Read more >


Pesticide Exposure May Affect Kids' Cognitive Function
Alice G. Walton

A banned residential pesticide is linked to lower IQ in kids. Read more >


Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to More Drug-Resistant Infections
Alice G. Walton

Long-term use of antibiotics to treat acne does not make "staph" bacteria drug-resistant. Read more >


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

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


"Health Literacy" Might Predict Hospitalization, Death Risk
Alice G. Walton

The more you know about your own health, the less likely you are to be hospitalized. Read more >


FTC Urges Courts to Shut Down Fake Health Sites, Reimburse Consumers
Alice G. Walton

The FTC urges courts to crack down on fake news sites' phony claims about acai berry and weight loss Read more >


Evidence that Honey is an Effective Wound Treatment
Neil Wagner

A particular kind of honey weakens bacteria's ability to attach to tissues, providing a new line of Read more >


Doctors Would Often Choose Different Treatments for Themselves than for Their Patients
Alice G. Walton

Doctors would often choose different treatments for themselves than those they would recommend... Read more >


More Americans Using Dietary Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

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


Antibiotics in Meat Once Again Linked to Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Neil Wagner

Meat and poultry in five U.S. cities were contaminated with bacteria. Contamination is not... Read more >


Lasers Detect Skin Cancer More Accurately than Current Techniques
Alice G. Walton

A laser probe finds deadly melanomas better than current methods, potentially saving time, lives... Read more >


Long Workdays May Raise Heart Risk
Neil Wagner

Working over 11 hours a day regularly can raise your risk of heart disease significantly. Read more >


Health Care Reform: Restaurants to Post Calories
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Nutrition labeling, including calories, is now the law for big restaurant chains... Read more >


FDA Panel Votes to Reject Warning Labels on Artificially Colored Foods: Good Move?
Alice G. Walton

Some studies show a link between artificial dyes and ADHD. So why did the FDA reject warning labels? Read more >


Fitness May Predict Heart Risk Better than Weight
Alice G. Walton

For people with heart trouble, their fitness level may be a better predictor of mortality than their weight. Read more >


Are Airport Scanners Safe?
Neil Wagner

Are the full-body scanners at the airport safe? Well, it all depends. Read more >


Omega-3 Supplements May Ease PMS
Alice G. Walton

Omega-3 fatty acids supplements may help ease symptoms in women who suffer from PMS. Read more >


Stem Cells Heal Hearts Years After Damage Occurs
Alice G. Walton

Injecting stem cells into hearts reduces enlargement and scar tissue, and boosts heart function... Read more >


Chocolate: The Good, the Bad, and the... Tasty!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cocoa contains flavanols that have health benefits, but they may be lost or reduced in the commercial processing of chocolate. Read more >


High Disease Rate May Not Mean Poor Health
Neil Wagner

We tend to think a low disease rate means that doctors are doing a good job... Read more >


Can a Computer Diagnose Disease? Researchers Say We're Getting Close
Alice G. Walton

A supercomputer is turning its talents to diagnosing disease... Read more >


Oral Contraceptives: One-Year Supply Cuts Pregnancies
Neil Wagner

Oral contraceptives a one-year supply helps cut pregnancies... Read more >


Regular Exercise May Foil Salt's Effect on Blood Pressure
Alice G. Walton

Regular exercise can reduce the effect that salt has on blood pressure. Read more >


Is It Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It is entirely possible that you may be sensitive to gluten even if your doctor has ruled out celiac Read more >


Seniors Missing Out on Preventive Care
Neil Wagner

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


Ibuprofen May Stave off Parkinson's Disease
Alice G. Walton

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


US Unhealthier Than UK, But Cause Is Unclear
Alice G. Walton

Americans' health is worse than their British counterparts' in everything from asthma to angina. Read more >


Belly Fat May Not Predict Heart Disease As Once Believed
Alice G. Walton

Belly fat may not be as big a predictor of heart disease as once thought. Read more >


Parks: A Bigger Bang for the Healthcare Buck
Neil Wagner

A study has found, before cutting park budgets, legislators might want to factor in health costs... Read more >


FDA Removes Hundreds of Unapproved Cough, Cold and Allergy Medicines
Neil Wagner

Cold, allergy and cough medicines that were never submitted for FDA approval are being recalled... Read more >


Wound Cleaning May Be More Important than Antibiotics
Neil Wagner

One of the surest ways to beat infection is to clean a wound well and keep it covered. Read more >


Cancer Patients on Opioid Drugs Have More Cognitive Deficits
Alice G. Walton

Cancer patients on opioid painkillers often experience confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness. Read more >


Vitamin D: How Much Is Enough? How Much Is Too Much?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

There's more evidence that at high doses vitamin D greatly reduces cancer risk. But what about... Read more >


Obesity Alone Raises Death Risk from Heart Attack
Alice G. Walton

Obesity alone dramatically raises the risk of dying from a heart attack. Read more >


Zinc May Shorten the Common Cold
Alice G. Walton

Taking zinc at the first sign of a cold can reduce its duration. Read more >


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

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


Vegans, What's Missing from Your Diet
Neil Wagner

Vegans should be aware that their diet may mean they need to boost their B12 and omega-3 consumption. Read more >


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

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


Exercise May Be Best Bet for IBS Sufferers
Alice G. Walton

Exercise significantly reduces the severity of IBS symptoms. Read more >


Waiting Longer to Begin HRT May Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Waiting longer than five years to begin hormones after menopause may reduce the risk of breast cancer associated with HRT. Read more >


Nature and Nurture: Social Environments Influence Genetic Blueprints
Esther Entin, M.D.

A study of children two and under shows just how much being poor restricts kids' genetic potential. Read more >


Too Much Screen Time Takes Toll on Heart
Alice G. Walton

Too much screen time is linked not only to greater risk of heart disease, but also risk of death from any cause. Read more >


Menopause Symptoms Are Linked to Reduced Breast Cancer Risk, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

Hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause may actually have a protective effect when it comes to certain cancers. Read more >


Long-Term Cell Phone Use May Increase Risk of Brain Tumors
Neil Wagner

A large-scale analysis of cell phone use finds a connection between usage and brain cancer... Read more >


Breast Cancer Success Rate May Depend on the Doctor Treating It
Alice G. Walton

Success rate in treatment is linked to the surgical skill and radiation strategy of your oncologist. Read more >


Guidelines for Treating Infectious Diseases Need Better Evidence
Neil Wagner

When it comes to treating infectious diseases, doctors rely on guidelines based on little evidence. Read more >


Women without Family History of Breast Cancer Are Still at Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women without a family history of breast cancer are still at risk: so talk to your doctor about the right time to screen. Read more >


New Antibiotics Brings Relief to IBS Sufferers
Alice G. Walton

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


Olive Oil and Leafy Greens Help Women's Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Leafy greens and olive oil help protect women from heart disease. Read more >


Researchers Are Figuring Out How to Turn Cancer Cells Off
Alice G. Walton

In certain conditions, cancer cells signal the immune system to "eat" them, leading to powerful... Read more >


Men and Medicine
Neil Wagner

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


Mediterranean Diet May Keep the Brain Young
Alice G. Walton

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet significantly slows cognitive decline in seniors. Read more >


Anti-Smoking Laws Clean Up the Air
Neil Wagner

Wisconsin passed a law banning smoking in bars and restaurants. Now the air in them is not dangerous Read more >


Anesthesia-Related Deaths During Childbirth Drop, But Still Present Risk
Alice G. Walton

The number of women who die from general anesthesia during childbirth has dropped, but epidurals... Read more >


Echinacea: Not All It's Cracked Up To Be, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

A small study finds this ancient herbal remedy doesn't cut the length or severity of a cold by much. Read more >


Beneficial Bacterial in the Gut May Prevent Autoimmune Diseases
Alice G. Walton

Beneficial bacteria stimulates the immune system, suggesting a new way to treat colitis. Read more >


Tobacco: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Neil Wagner

In Ireland, a ban on displaying tobacco products changed attitudes and didn't hurt shopkeepers'... Read more >


The Happiness of the Unemployed Rises Again
Alice G. Walton

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


New Drinks for the New Year
Neil Wagner

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


Can "Good" Cholesterol Help the Brain, Like the Heart, Stay Fit?
Alice G. Walton

In addition to helping your heart, higher levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read more >


BPA Lowers Women's Fertility in Study
Neil Wagner

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


The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >


Cytomegalovirus May Affect Newborn Health
Alice G. Walton

Many of us haven't heard cytomegalovirus, but babies can develop disabilities because of the disease Read more >


Researchers Determine Why Staph Prefers Humans
Alice G. Walton

Scientists discover why staph bacteria prefer humans over other animals: it's all in the blood. Read more >


Foodborne Illness Hits Nearly 1 in 6 Americans
Neil Wagner

Much of protecting against foodborne illness is common sense: cleaniness, proper refrigeration, cooking food thoroughly. Read more >


Scientists Make Big Strides in Understanding the Cause of Alzheimer's
Alice G. Walton

It is not that Alzheimer's brains overproduce dangerous plaques; they have trouble getting rid of... Read more >


Probiotics May Help Treat Diarrhea
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Probiotics may help shorten a bout of diarrhea. Read more >


Even A Little Smoke Poses "Immediate" Risk to the Body
Alice G. Walton

According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of cigarette smoke, even if it is secondhand. Read more >


Antidepressant Use Climbs as Talk Therapy Rates Drop - But Is Mindfulness the Key?
Alice G. Walton

More people are seeking treatment for depression. But the type of treatment they choose may not be.. Read more >


Too Clean? Chemical in Antibacterial Soap Linked to Allergies in Kids
Alice G. Walton

A chemical in antibacterial soap is linked to more allergies in kids, suggesting that a little moderation may be good. Read more >


New Recommendations for Vitamin D and Calcium
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

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


Antimicrobials and the Environment
Neil Wagner

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


Antibiotics for Children's Ear Infections?
Neil Wagner

It is often unnecessary to treat ear infections with antibiotics. They can increase bacterial resistance and cause side effects Read more >


Retirement Reverses Job-Related Fatigue, Depression
Alice G. Walton

Workers with exhaustion and depression felt significantly better after they retired... Read more >


FDA Verdict on Patient Radiation Overdoses: Operator Error
Neil Wagner

CT scans are a boon to diagnosis, but some may expose patients to way too much radiation. Read more >


New HIV/AIDS Pill Offers Big Protection When Used As Directed
Alice G. Walton

Truvada offers good protection from HIV infection. Will the CDC approve it? Read more >


Gaining a Few Pounds Significantly Ups Heart Disease Risk
Alice G. Walton

Gaining just a few pounds can up your risk for heart disease by as much as 50%. Read more >


How Big a Problem is Prescription Abandonment?
Neil Wagner

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


Cell Phones May Help Keep BP in Check
Alice G. Walton

"Telemonitoring" blood pressure via cell phone seems to help because it requires an active partnership between doctor and patient. Read more >


More Evidence That Mammograms Under 50 May Reduce Risk
Alice G. Walton

Just in: Another new study finds that early mammograms may bring big benefits to women under 50. Read more >


How Low Fat Diets Increase Heart Disease Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Having some fat in your diet is actually good for your heart. What matters is what kind of fat you eat. Read more >


Energy Drinks Linked to Alcohol Consumption in College Kids
Alice G. Walton

College kids who drink more energy drinks also consume more alcohol: coincidence or cause? Read more >


Drug Thought to Protect Kidneys During Imaging Is Ineffective
Alice G. Walton

The dye used in heart imaging can harm the kidneys. Doctors thought acetylcysteine could protect us. Read more >


Unmet Needs of the Elderly: EMS Can Help
Neil Wagner

A new program helps tighten the safety net for rural elders. Read more >


Fat Build-Up in the Eye May Signal More Than Just Eye Problems
Alice G. Walton

What can a common eye condition reveal more about our overall health? Read more >


Synthetic Marijuana Worse Than the Real Stuff
Alice G. Walton

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


When One Half of the Brain Is Damaged, the Other Half Compensates
Alice G. Walton

When part of the brain is damaged, it often gets an assist from undamaged areas to pick up the slack Read more >


Secondhand Smoke: Worse for Children
Neil Wagner

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


Study Predicts Obesity Rates Will Continue to Rise
Amy Hendel

Having obese friends raises your chances of becoming obese considerably. Read more >


Parkinson's May Be Linked to Energy Genes
Alice G. Walton

Parkinson's disease appears linked to problems in the brain's energy stores... Read more >


Scented Products Give Off Toxic Chemicals
Neil Wagner

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


Age Like a Fine Wine
Neil Wagner

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


CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
Neil Wagner

The meningococcal vaccine MSV4 doesn't last as long as anticipated. Is a booster needed to protect. Read more >


More Teens Are Reporting Hearing Loss
Alice G. Walton

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


Close Friends "Light Up" The Brain
Alice G. Walton

Close friends activate "social" areas of your brain more than strangers do. Read more >


Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk for Colon Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Low doses of aspirin may be quite effective in fighting off colon cancer in those at high risk — but how it works is still a mystery. Read more >


Paying with Cash Curbs Junk Food Spending
Alice G. Walton

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


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

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


Hormones Raise Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

Hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of developing breast cancer and of dying from it. Read more >


FDA Gives Thumbs Down to New Weight Loss Drug, Lorcaserin
Alice G. Walton

A panel of FDA experts says the risks outweigh the benefits of Lorcaserin. What's next? Read more >


How to Deal with Food Labels
Neil Wagner

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


Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?
Alice G. Walton

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


Doctors Aren't Following Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines
Neil Wagner

Doctors are over-prescribing some colon cancer screening, and ignoring other tests. Healthcare... Read more >


A Hard-Knock Life May Do You Good Down the Road
Alice G. Walton

Facing some adversity in your life may help you better cope with stress and be happier later on. Read more >


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

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


The Body Can Increase Number, Not Just Size, of Fat Cells
Alice G. Walton

In contrast to conventional beliefs, the body can actually grow new fat cells, rather than just enlarge those it already has. Read more >


Bringing Recess to the Workplace
Neil Wagner

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


Can Tooth Health Reduce Preterm Births?
Alice G. Walton

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


To Screen or Not to Screen? That is the Question
Alice G. Walton

Two new studies add to the debate about whether mammograms should be standard for women in their 40s Read more >


Can Your Job Improve Your Lifestyle?
Alice G. Walton

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


Metabolic Syndrome Seriously Raises Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

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


Bad Habits Make Bad Employees, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

People who smoke, overeat, or don't exercise take more sick days, while those who drink take fewer. Read more >


Texting to Death
Neil Wagner

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


FDA Restricts Diabetes Drug
Alice G. Walton

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


Common Cold Virus Linked to Obesity in Youngsters
Alice G. Walton

New research finds a link between childhood obesity and the common cold virus. But how? Read more >


B Vitamins Help Reduce Brain Shrinkage in the Elderly
Alice G. Walton

People taking high doses of B vitamins had less brain shrinkage than those who didn't... Read more >


Contagious Yawning Teaches Researchers About Social Development
Alice G. Walton

Contagious yawning is familiar to most. But did you know it is a form of normal social bonding... Read more >


Eye Injuries from Laser Pointers
Neil Wagner

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


Did Your Doctor Really Make a Mistake or Do You Just Think So?
Alice G. Walton

Many people think their doctors made an error. True or not, patients often switch doctors... Read more >


How Much Does Medical Malpractice Cost the Nation? Billions, Say Researchers
Alice G. Walton

Researchers calculate that medical malpractice and defensive medicine cost the nation billions... Read more >


Hormone Replacement Therapy Makes Mammograms Hard to Read
Alice G. Walton

HRT may affect how doctors interpret the tests, leading to diagnoses diagnoses of breast cancer... Read more >


FDA Finds Disturbing Situation at Egg Farms Behind Salmonella Recall
Alice G. Walton

The FDA says Salmonella was found in chicken feed and mounds of feces on the egg farms in the recall Read more >


More Evidence That a Virus Plays a Role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Alice G. Walton

New evidence suggests (again) that chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to a virus - but is it... Read more >


Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Does taking this common painkiller disrupt the body's inflammatory response and provoke asthma? Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome May Be Reversible by Tweaking the Diet
Alice G. Walton

You may be able to reverse metabolic syndrome completely by making some important changes to your diet. Read more >


Luckily, Cancer Risk Does Not Depend on Personality, Researchers Find
Alice G. Walton

The idea that one's personality can contribute to cancer has not been found to be true. Read more >


Worrying About Falling May Make It Happen - So Relax!
Alice G. Walton

Seniors who worry about falling actually fall more than those who don't. Read more >


Has MRSA Met its Match?
Neil Wagner

Painting walls with a new paint killed 100% of all staph bacteria. Nanotubes helped make it possible Read more >


Think You're Safe with Just a Cigarette a Day? Think Again
Alice G. Walton

Smoking just one cigarette a day, or being around smokers, can lead to damage to your airways. Read more >


Reduce Your Anger, Reduce Your Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

Relax. Being angry may cause your arteries to thicken and increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Proteins Other Than Red Meat Are Better for Women's Hearts
Alice G. Walton

Women who get their protein from sources other than red meats have healthier hearts. Read more >


Hundreds of Millions of Eggs Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak
Neil Wagner

Two Iowa farms have recalled over 380 million eggs due to possible contamination with Salmonella... Read more >


Tax Credits and Healthy Babies
Neil Wagner

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


Women's Cholesterol Levels Affected by Time of the Month, Study Says
Alice G. Walton

Doctors testing a woman's cholesterol may want to ask when her last period was, since estrogen level Read more >


Fewer Emergency Rooms, More Patients
Neil Wagner

ERs are over-burdened with non-emergency care. Wait times are measured in hours. Why? Read more >


Cancer Cells Use Fructose to Multiply
Alice G. Walton

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


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Affects the Brain and Gut Alike
Alice G. Walton

Researchers find that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is linked to changes in the brain as well as the gut. Read more >


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

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


Stem Cells May Help Repair Hearts After Attack
Alice G. Walton

Stem cells to the rescue. Read more >


"Clinically Proven" Beauty Products: Not Guilty, but Not Proven Either
Neil Wagner

Don't accept the term, "clinically proven" at face value. Look further to find out just what kind of study was done and by whom. Read more >


Calcium May Help the Bones, but Does It Hurt the Heart?
Alice G. Walton

Calcium supplements may strengthen the bones, but they may also raise the risk of heart attack... Read more >


Snakebite! What to Do If You're Bitten and How Treatments Work
Thomas C. Arnold, M.D., and Robert A. Barish, M.D., M.B.A.

Snake bites are rare, but some bites are lethal. Know what to look for and do -- and how to avoid bites completely. Read more >


The 2010-11 Flu Vaccine
Neil Wagner

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


CPR Good Enough Without Mouth-to-Mouth, Studies Find
Alice G. Walton

Chest compressions alone are just effective as CPR with mouth-to-mouth in a heart attack emergency. Read more >


PCBs Appear Linked to High Blood Pressure As Well As Cancer
Alice G. Walton

People who have higher levels of the chemicals PCBs in their bodies also seem to have higher BP. Read more >


Doctors Don't Understand Their Patients
Neil Wagner

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


Why Some Public Health Weight Loss Campaigns Fail
Alice G. Walton

Even well-meaning weight loss campaigns may end up turning off the people they are meant to inspire. Read more >


Fish for the Eyes
Alice G. Walton

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


Sitting May Lead to Earlier Death
Alice G. Walton

Researchers find that the longer you sit, the shorter your lifespan. Read more >


Are Doctor's Notes for Patients Too?
Neil Wagner

A new study, OpenNotes, allows the patients to access their records. Read more >


A Sniff of Insulin May Help Alzheimer's Patients
Alice G. Walton

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


Nasal Zinc Linked to Loss of Smell
Neil Wagner

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


Don't Throw Out the Rabbit's Foot: Good Luck Charms May Just Work
Alice G. Walton

Have a good luck charm? It may actually help performance by boosting confidence Read more >


Biggest Losers Do Better
Alice G. Walton

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


Doctor Arrogance and Hospital Acquired Infections
Neil Wagner

A commentary in JAMA calls out doctors who don't follow a checklist for preventing CLABSI infections Read more >


New Weight Loss Drugs Seems Promising, But FDA Still to Rule
Alice G. Walton

Lorcaserin seems to help people slim down with fewer side-effects than past drugs. Will FDA approve? Read more >


Study Says PSA Test Saves Lives
Neil Wagner

Screening for prostate cancer may pick up small cancers that really shouldn't be treated. Read more >


The American Heart Association Reviews the Best Ways to Get Healthy, Stay Motivated
Alice G. Walton

Heart disease hits 1 in 3 people. The first step to heart health is to set realistic behavioral rather than physiological goals. Read more >


CDC Says Salsa, Guacamole Account for Too Many Restaurant-Related Illnesses
Alice G. Walton

Salsa and guacamole are major sources of restaurant-related illness. Too often, they are not refrigerated adequately. Read more >


Hospital Rounds Get a Face-Lift
Alice G. Walton

More hospitals are using the new family-centered rounds, which help keep parents in the loop. Read more >


Car Seats Should Stay in the Car to Avoid Accidents
Alice G. Walton

Don't leave your baby unattended while in his or her car seat - especially outside the car. Serious injuries can happen. Read more >


Antibiotic May Lead to Dangerously High Potassium Levels in Seniors
Alice G. Walton

An antibiotic often prescribed for urinary tract infections can raise potassium levels dangerously.. Read more >


Exceptional Human Longevity
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

Who are the oldest old – those 100 years of age and older? And what can these centenarians tell us about aging? Read more >


TV and Video Games Can Harm Kids' Attention Spans
Alice G. Walton

Limiting your child’s TV or video game time to less than two hours per day may help his or her attention. Read more >


Ditch The Car and Hop on The Train If You Want to Shed Pounds
Alice G. Walton

Leaving the car at home and taking the train can help you be more active and lose some weight. Read more >


Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Alice G. Walton

Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >


High Tea Consumption Linked to Heart Health
Alice G. Walton

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


Why We Favor Fatty Over Healthy Foods
Alice G. Walton

The "hunger hormone" ghrelin not only makes you hungry, it also appears to make you crave. Read more >


Age at Menopause May Predict Cardiovascular Risk
Alice G. Walton

Women who go through early menopause – before age 46 – may be at double the risk for cardio events. Read more >


Obesity Takes Toll on Sex Life, Sexual Health
Alice G. Walton

Obese individuals report reduced sex life, more STDs, sexual dysfunction, and unwanted pregnancies. Read more >


HDL or "Good" Cholesterol May Reduce Cancer Risk
Alice G. Walton

HDL, the “Good” cholesterol, has been linked to lower cancer risk in addition to its contribution to heart health. Read more >


Fructose May Increase Fat Cells in Kids
Alice G. Walton

If fructose didn't already have a bad enough rap, now it seems to help kids' fat cells proliferate. Read more >


Inexpensive Injection Could Save Thousands of Trauma Victims
Neil Wagner

Using the compound TXA, which helps prevent bleeding, could save the lives of many accident victims. Read more >


New Site: Emerging Drug Problems, All in One Place
Neil Wagner

The FDA has a new website that tracks problems people have had with various prescription drugs. Read more >


Cartoon Characters May Sway Kids to Make Poor Food Choices
Alice G. Walton

Kids say foods taste better when cartoon characters are on the label... Read more >


FDA Issues Warning for Parents to Measure Carefully When Giving Babies Vitamin D
Alice G. Walton

Make sure your baby gets the proper amount of vitamin D Read more >


Just 20 Minutes Outdoors Can Work Wonders
Neil Wagner

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


Parents Should Be Cautious with Autism Sites, Researchers Say
Alice G. Walton

Be cautious about what websites you use for research Read more >


Heart Attacks in California Are Way Down
Neil Wagner

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


FDA Seizes $32,000 Worth of Tainted Chinese-Imported Honey
Alice G. Walton

The FDA has found a potentially fatal drug in honey from China, adding evidence to support concerns. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Helps Hearts That Have Already Had Trouble
Alice G. Walton

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet helps protect the heart from a second attack. Read more >


Immediate Removal of Inflamed Gallbladder Improves Outcome in Elderly
Alice G. Walton

It is often a good idea to remove an inflamed gallbladder sooner rather than later. Read more >


New Drugs Don't Always Beat the Old
Neil Wagner

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


Viagra Nation: Tracking Health Care Costs
Neil Wagner

We spend $77 billion on "medicalized" conditions like erectile dysfunction. Is this a wise use of healthcare dollars? Read more >


New Bunion Treatment Reduces Pain and Recovery Time
Alice G. Walton

A new treatment for bunions is less painful and recovery is quicker. Read more >


Don't Forget to Brush Your Teeth - It Might Save Your Life
Alice G. Walton

One very simple way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 70% is to brush your teeth twice a day. Read more >


Overtime Ups Risk of Death from Heart Disease
Alice G. Walton

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


Food for Thought: Pesticide Exposure and ADHD Risk in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Pesticide exposure may play a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more >


Get to a Doctor Soon after a Mini-Stroke to Avoid Having a Real One
Alice G. Walton

A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a mini-stroke, but with no lasting damage. It is often a warning sign and should be treated. Read more >


Warfarin and Supplements Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

Be sure to let your doctor know of the various supplements you may be taking. They can interfere with the action of many different drugs. Read more >


New Hospital Bar-Code System Significantly Cuts Down on Medication Errors
Alice G. Walton

A new bar-code system tied to patient electronic medical record (EMR) may help cut down on errors. Read more >


Depression in Children and Adolescence: Making Safe Medication Decisions
Esther Entin, M.D.

It is important to treat child and adolescent depression. Kids on medication should be monitored closely. Read more >


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

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


If You're Awaiting Medication, Don't Interrupt Your Nurse
Alice G. Walton

If a nurse is interrupted while preparing your medication, ask him or her to check it again to avoid a possible error. Read more >


The Money Pit: Health Insurance Executives' Pay
Neil Wagner

Health insurance executives are paid millions to ensure stock prices stay high. Patient care is not a concern. Read more >


Complex Spinal Operations Rise Without Evidence of Benefit
Neil Wagner

Spinal fusion is not always the only or best way to ease the pain associated with spinal stenosis and disc problems. Read more >


Disabilities Increasing among the Middle-Aged
Alice G. Walton

The number of people over 40 who have difficulty climbing stairs or walking a quarter mile has risen. The impact on healthcare could be... Read more >


Asthma Medications: New Guidelines Improve Safety
Esther Entin, M.D.

Short-acting beta agonists (SABAs) act by helping the muscles in the air passages of the lungs to relax and re-expand. Read more >


Pain Medications May Increase Hearing Loss
Neil Wagner

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


Elderly Hip Fracture Patients Are Not Getting the Care They Need
Neil Wagner

A hip fracture in an elderly patient is a life-altering event. Often they receive inadequate care during the first three months. Read more >


Flea Products May be Harmful to Your Pet
Neil Wagner

Those apply-between-the-shoulder-blade flea remedies are harmful to some pets, especially small ones Read more >


New Study Questions Viral Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Neil Wagner

person needs to have unexplained fatigue for at least six months plus at least four of eight other symptoms to qualify as a CFS sufferer... Read more >


Controversial Autism-MMR Vaccine Study Retracted by Journal: Why Did This Happen - and Can We Forget?
Alice G. Walton

Retractions don't happen often in science, but they are part of the process. Changing the public's perceptions is another matter. Read more >


Varicella Vaccine: Will It Help After You're Exposed?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The varicella vaccine for chickenpox can help reduce symptoms or even prevent infection even when given after you've been exposed. Read more >


Heavier Patients Need Longer Needles
Neil Wagner

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


Children Left On the Home Front When Moms and Dads Go to War
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids and caregivers left behind during deployment have to shoulder a heavy burden. A study looks at what can help. Read more >


Heart Attack Survival Rate Unchanged in 30 Years
Neil Wagner

Heart attack survival rates will only improve if more bystanders know CPR and the use of devices to shock the heart increases. Read more >


The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Atul Gawande



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

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


Researchers Harness the Power of Pomegranate to Fight Hospital Infections
Alice G. Walton

An ointment made of pomegranate rind and metal salts successfully combated MRSA, a notoriously hard-to-treat staph infection. Read more >


Prescribing Medication Safely for Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Warnings about the effects of prescription drugs on children are often not reported accurately... Read more >


Watching TV May Shorten Your Life
Neil Wagner

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


Nanosensors May Detect Cancers Sooner, Finds Study
Alice G. Walton

The search is on to develop nanosensors that would detect biomarkers in blood or sputum to catch cancers early. Read more >


Unnecessary CT Scans and Excessive Radiation Raise Cancer Risk
Neil Wagner

CT scans have benefits, but they also have some very real cancer risks. Read more >


Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Americans' health care costs more than anywhere else in the world. Why? Read more >


Texting and Driving Don't Mix
Neil Wagner

You should NEVER text while driving. You are six times more likely to crash. Read more >


Fight Global Warming (and Get Healthier)
Neil Wagner

Road traffic, by car and bus, accounts for about three-quarters of all travel-related carbon dioxide. Read more >


A Reminder for New Year's Eve: Coffee Does Not Sober You Up
Neil Wagner

Coffee does not sober you up. In fact, it may impair judgment further. Read more >


Pneumonia Risk Higher Among Flu Sufferers
Neil Wagner

People who have had the flu are more susceptible to additional infections, such as pneumonia. Read more >


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

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


Where There's Smoke, There's Illness
Esther Entin, M.D.

Secondhand smoke remains a danger to children exposed to it in the home. Read more >


Acetaminophen Reduces Vaccines' Effectiveness
Esther Entin, M.D.

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


Research Suggests Link between Autoimmune Disorders and Pesticides
Alice G. Walton

Extended contact with household pesticides such as roach or termite sprays, appears to raise the risk of autoimmune diseases. Read more >


If the Grass is Greener... People are Healthier
Esther Entin, M.D.

Living near green space seems to make people healthier, both mentally and physically. Read more >


If Doctors Don't Understand Our Health Care System, Who Does?
Neil Wagner

We aren't talking about benefits. Just simply understanding the system is more than even new MDs feel confident about. So what are consumers supposed to do? Read more >


MRI Scan No Cure for Lower Back Pain
Neil Wagner

About 90% of all cases of lower back pain show spontaneous improvement within four weeks. Read more >


Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management
Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc.

Millions of infections occur in nursing homes each year, costing billions of dollars. Read more >


High Quality Day Care: An Escape Route for Children of Poverty
Esther Entin, M.D.

Daycare that offers children living in poverty a chance to learn school-readiness skills and exposure to role models helps them keep pace... Read more >


Modestly Successful AIDS Vaccine Results Give Researchers Hope
Alice G. Walton

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


Treating Ear Infections: Antibiotics Aren't Always the Best First Choice
Esther Entin, M.D.

All middle ear infections should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Read more >


Doctor-Patient Communication: Race Matters
Neil Wagner

African American patients tend to have less informative communication with their healthcare providers than do whites. The good news is that patients.. Read more >


For This Year's Flu, Experts Say Preventative Measures Better
Alice G. Walton

It's not always possible to know for sure, but usually, a preventive flu vaccine is better than relying on anti-viral medication... Read more >


A Call for Improved Drug Labeling
Neil Wagner

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


"Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be:" Medication Sharing Among Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

It is dangerous to share prescription medication. Side effects are common. Read more >


Four Healthy Behaviors Make Big Impact on Disease Risk
Alice G. Walton

Four important lifestyle choices – never smoking, eating healthy, staying trim, and exercising – may cut the risk... Read more >


Antidepressant Nation: A Good Thing?
Neil Wagner

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


No Place Like Home: Premature Infants, Socioeconomic Status, and Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

As important as medical intervention is for premature infants, the home environment is just as important. Read more >


How to Turn Medicalese into Plain English
Neil Wagner

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


The Century's Biggest Health Threat
Neil Wagner

Climate change is perhaps the biggest global health threat today. Read more >


Revenge of the Cell Phones: Cell Phone Elbow
Neil Wagner

Cubital tunnel syndrome, or cell phone elbow, results from the compression of the ulnar nerve. Read more >


WHO Declares H1N1 Pandemic
Alice G. Walton

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


Happiness Doesn't Come from Material, "American Dream"-Type Goals, New Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Being beautiful, rich, and famous doesn't actually equate with being happy. More important are personal growth and social relationships. Read more >


Nanotechnology: Faster and Better Diagnoses
Neil Wagner

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


Juices, Soda, Sports Drinks and Tooth Erosion
Neil Wagner

Dental erosion initially gives the enamel a smooth and shiny appearance. But there is only so much enamel coating a tooth. Read more >


Drinking Alcohol May Lengthen Life, Ward off Dementia
Alice G. Walton

Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >


Vaccines: Protecting Individuals, Communities and the World
Esther Entin, M.D.

Always check with your child's physician before delaying an immunization. Read more >


Flu Outbreak: The Early Line
Neil Wagner

The current flu outbreak is relatively mild. So what's the worry? Read more >


Patients' Bill of Rights: All That's Missing is the Sanity Clause
Neil Wagner

Twenty-three states offer patient bill of rights (PROR) statutes, yet almost no one can understand them. The documents raise incomprehensibility to... Read more >


Many Americans Lack Quick Access to Top-Quality Emergency Care
Alice G. Walton

Since time is often critical in an emergency, it is important to know whether the ER you are going to is capable of handling... Read more >


What's Good Health Information?
Leslie Carr and Tom Gilbert

Becoming an informed consumer of health information is as important to your health as any exercise, drug or health plan. Read more >


Putting the Facts in Drug Ads How to Improve Drug Ads
Neil Wagner

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


Research Reveals Why Winter Is Flu Season
Kelli Dunham, RN, BSN

The flu virus appears to survive longest in low humidity, which is why it is more common during the winter. Read more >


It's Okay for Your Dog to Sleep Around
Neil Wagner

You can go ahead and let your dig lick your face as much as you'd like: he won't expose you to extra bacteria. Read more >


Salmonella in Peanut Butter: Outbreak Continues
Neil Wagner

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


Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise, Says CDC
Alice G. Walton

Chlamydia can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and lead to female infertility. Read more >


Antibiotics in Vegetables
Neil Wagner

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


Medicalese Turns Patients' Perception of Common Conditions Into Serious Diseases
Neil Wagner

Don't be frightened by "medicalese." Often medical terms aren't as serious as they sound. Read more >


Secondhand Smoke Decreases Fertility in Women, New Study Reports
Alice G. Walton

Women who are exposed to secondhand smoke may have more trouble getting pregnant or, once pregnant, have increased chances of miscarriage. Read more >


Risks for Metabolic Syndrome
Neil Wagner

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


Bad Managers Raise Risk of Heart Disease
Neil Wagner

Stress at work from a bad boss can increase your risk of heart disease. Read more >


Salmonella Cases Tied to Dog Food
Kelli Dunham, RN, BSN

What you feed your pet can have health consequences for you, as the salmonella outbreak shows... Read more >


Gulf War Illness, Unraveled
Neil Wagner

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


Patients Often Misunderstand Medical Questionnaires, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Patients often misinterpret or completely misunderstand the medical questionnaires given to them at doctors' offices. Read more >


Diabetes is Real; "Jaws" Is Just a Movie
Neil Wagner

Diabetes affects almost every organ in the body, causes severe circulatory problems and greatly increases the risk of heart attack. Read more >


It's a Noisy Planet: Protect Their Hearing
Esther Entin, M.D.

Loud sounds damage the ear's hair cells, turning a lush "pasture" of these cells into a burned-out wasteland. Read more >


Can Aspirin Help Prevent a First Heart Attack?
Neil Wagner

People who have diabetes are two to five times more likely to suffer from heart disease than the general population. Read more >


ER Patients Not Clear On Diagnosis, Treatment or After-Care
Neil Wagner

When discharged from the hospital, remember to ask questions. Read more >


Television's Effects on Children's Attention and Play
Esther Entin, M.D.

Television distracts children from their own play, interfering with cognitive development. Read more >


Another Reason to Avoid Beef?
Neil Wagner

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


Major Key to Viral Latency Discovered
Neil Wagner

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


CDC to Beijing-Bound: Beware of Dogs
Jordana Bieze Foster

Travelers are better off worrying about more common ailments than exotic diseases. Read more >


10 Ways to Have a Healthy Vacation
Tom Gilbert

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


Pedometers: Small Changes Make a Big Health Difference
Tish Davidson

Pedometers that unobtrusively clip on a belt can vastly increased the amount of exercise you get in a day. Read more >


Working Out with a Superbug
Tom Gilbert

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


Virtual Reality Therapy as a Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Neil Wagner

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


What Parents Should Know About Coxsackievirus
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's summertime and children are gathering on playgrounds and in sandboxes and pools. Read more >


Health Illiteracy
Tom Gilbert

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


Urban Exercise? Take It Inside
Tom Gilbert

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


The Water's Not So Fine
Tom Gilbert

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


Greening Cities May Reduce Childhood Asthma
Tom Gilbert

The lack of trees in urban areas may be behind the rising rates of asthma there. Read more >


Surgery? Take a Number
Tom Gilbert

There already is a shortage of general surgeons. Read more >


U.S. Kids Under-Vaccinated
Tom Gilbert

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


More Autism or More Diagnoses?
Tom Gilbert

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


"Let Me Be Perfectly Vague"
Tom Gilbert

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


Medicaid, Medicare and the Presidential Candidates
Tom Gilbert

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


The Presidential Candidates' Proposals for Containing Health Care Costs
Tom Gilbert

Presidential candidates Obama, McCain and Clinton agree on one thing: our health care system is too expensive and getting more expensive all the time. Read more >


Healthcare Reform: Universal Coverage?
Tom Gilbert

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


Cleaning Products and Your Child's Lungs
Tom Gilbert

Using strong cleaning products while pregnant may put your child at risk for breathing problems. Read more >


Seeing It Coming
Tom Gilbert

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


Price and the Placebo Effect
Tom Gilbert

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


U.S. Leads Europe in Strokes
Tom Gilbert

Mediterranean countries have a lower rate of stroke compared to the US, which may reflect the influence of the "Mediterranean diet." Read more >


Understanding Scientific Studies
Tom Gilbert

It is important to know if the information you are gathering on the Web is from a credible source. Read more >


Triglycerides: the New Cholesterol?
Tom Gilbert

Triglycerides are a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease and should be routinely monitored. Read more >


Childhood Vaccine Not Linked to Autism
Tom Gilbert

Do vaccines given to infants and very young children somehow promote autism? This is the idea that researchers have been investigating and parents have been debating since a 1988 study of 12 children suggested such a link, provoking a wave of concern. Read more >


A Super Drug for Super Bugs
Tom Gilbert

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


What You Can Do to Prevent MRSA and Other Staph Infections
Leslie Carr

Recent news reports have made us all aware of the danger of drug-resistant staph infections, specifically, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA (pronounced "mer-suh"). Read more >


Cure the Mosquito, Cure Malaria
Tom Gilbert

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


Cars & Childhood Asthma

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


Low Levels of Air Pollution Can Kill
Tom Gilbert

Even comparatively low levels of air pollution can shorten your life, according to a new British study. Read more >


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Stephen R. Thom, M.D., Ph.D.



Killing Me Warmly
Tom Gilbert

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


New Ideas on Allergies and Asthma
Tom Gilbert

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


Rapid Response Key in 1918 Flu Pandemic
Tom Gilbert

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


Vaccine Vs. Ear Infections
Tom Gilbert

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


U.S. Child Health System a Failure?
Tom Gilbert

In February of 2007, a U. Read more >


St. Valentine's Gift from Medicare
Tom Gilbert

Routine screenings can make a big difference in the early detection of aneurysms. Read more >


USA #1 — in Treating Hypertension
Tom Gilbert

Treating hypertension early may actually save healthcare dollars by avoiding expensive procedures later. Read more >


Heart Failure: Fatter Is Better?
Tom Gilbert

There is an obesity paradox in cardiovascular health. Heavier people tend to survive health crises better, but are more at risk. Read more >


Common Drug May Cause Brain Hemorrhage

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


Echinacea: Can it Make You Sick?
Tom Gilbert

When they feel a cold coming on, many people reach for what they believe will be a safe preventative — a tea or capsule containing the herb echinacea. Read more >


A Molecular "Condom" Against AIDS
Tom Gilbert

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


HIV's Effect on the Immune System Worse than Thought
Tom Gilbert

People with HIV have been living longer and better since the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (or HAART) in 1995. Read more >


Facts and Fiction About Flu and Colds
Tom Gilbert

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


Vaccine Gives Hay Fever Relief
Tom Gilbert

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


Preventing Skin Cancer with — a Tan
Tom Gilbert

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


America Gets a 'C-' in Hand Cleanliness
Tom Gilbert

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


Grounding the Flu?
Tom Gilbert

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


Neurosurgeons Back Child ATV Ban
Tom Gilbert

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


Marry — or Die?
Tom Gilbert

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


No Particulate Place to Go
Tom Gilbert

Tips to help urban athletes breathe easier. Read more >


Summer Stings and Bites
Tom Gilbert

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


The Fight Against Diabetes
Sheryl Merkin, M.S., F.N.P., C.D.E., Sharon Movsas, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. and Joel Zonszein, M.D., C.D.E.

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


Influenza and Pandemic Influenza: A Primer
Walter A. Orenstein, M.D.



Consumer-Driven Health Care: Ethical and Legal Pitfalls

With health care costs continuing to grow at a much higher rate than inflation, some policy makers have seized upon yet another technique they hope will restrain spending — "consumer-driven health care" in the form of "health savings accounts. Read more >


Suicide Assessment, Intervention and Prevention
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.



Road Traffic Injuries: Can We Stop A Global Epidemic?
Lauren P. Giles, B.A.; Elisabeth S. Hayes, M.B.A.; and Mark L. Rosenberg, M.D., M.P.P.

The causes of RTIs have been established: excessive speed, consumption of drugs and alcohol, failure to use seatbelts and poor road design. Read more >


Getting the Lead Out - The News About an Old Problem
Sassan Farjami, M.D., Ogleh Nesheiwat, M.D., Carol Karmen, M.D., and Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Sleep disturbances, restlessness, lethargy, memory loss and irritability can be signs of lead poisoning. Read more >


Something Old and Something Flu
Tom Gilbert

Each fall we hear the same arguments for taking the flu vaccine. Read more >


The Best Weapon vs. Diabetes — Prevention
Tom Gilbert

If you understand your risk for diabetes, you have the motivation you need to change your lifestyle. Read more >


Sepsis and Its Complications
Tom Gilbert

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


Killer Showers?
Tom Gilbert

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


Public Health and Bioterrorism: Learning the Lessons of the Anthrax Attacks
Richard E. Dixon, M.D., and David J. Sencer, M.D., M.P.H.



Burns: From Treatment to Prevention
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Water heaters should be set below 120oF (49oC) to avoid scald injuries. Read more >


Giant Cell Arteritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

Always taper off steroid medications slowly, otherwise you risk upsetting the body's natural hormone production. Read more >


To Sydney and Beyond
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

If you are short of breath in the days following a long airplane trip, see a doctor ASAP. Read more >


Bioterrorism — Are We Prepared?
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

For most of us, bioterrorism seems out there with alien invaders as something likely to occur on television but not in real life. Read more >


Violence and Inner-City Kids

Think of how rattled you might be if you lived in constant fear of a gun going off. Read more >


Drowning and Near-Drowning: Prevention and Treatment
Dipak Chandy, M.D.

If swimming or boating, avoid all drugs and alcohol. Read more >


Low Cholesterol and Heart Problems
Tom Gilbert

You cannot depend on your cholesterol level alone to indicate heart disease. Read more >


Asthma in the Inner City: An Unnecessary Epidemic?
Tom Gilbert

Asthma is under-diagnosed among inner city middle school children and may require rethinking our social priorities. Read more >


The Human Genome Project: What It Means for You
James R. Lupski, M.D., Ph.D.

A mutation can be caused by a change in a whole chromosome or involve just one base pair of a specific gene. Read more >





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