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COVID's Asymptomatic Transmission
Almost half the people who carry the novel coronavirus but show no or very mild symptoms can spread it. Another reason to stay vigilant. Read more >

Guys with Dolls
Pretend parenting with a baby doll is a good way to figure out which dads-to-be could use help with their fatherhood skills. Read more >

Gay-Straight Alliances Nip Bullying in the Bud
The risk an LGBTQ student will be bullied and face serious health problems goes down if their school has a GSA. Read more >

Late Dinners Help Pack on the Pounds
Eating dinner late can raise your risk of weight gain and diabetes. It's about your metabolism. Read more >

A Hard Knock Story
You don't have to have had a concussion to exhibit worrying brain changes; repeated hits will do it, a study of rugby players shows. Read more >

A Nutritional Balancing Act
The interplay between vitamin B12 and folate has implications for seniors' cognitive function. New guidelines from an Irish study. Read more >

Sleep Helps the Heart
A lack of sleep stimulates inflammation and stiffens your arteries. There are ways to get more Z's. Read more >

If at First You Don't Succeed, Try Different
You are more likely to succeed if you are willing to try a different approach when a problem arises. This strategic mindset can be learned. Read more >

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

Kids and Empty Calories
Over a quarter of the calories that kids and teens eat have no nutritional value. That's not good for growth and development. Read more >

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

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

Self-Quarantine's Payoff
Staying home reduces the transmission of COVID-19. Here's a view of how much it helps. Read more >

Doctors Weigh in on Chloroquine
As a treatment for COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine is questionable and a danger to some. And then there are the lupus patients who need it. Read more >

Coming to a Convenience Store Near You
Suppose sodas and other sugary drinks carried warning labels the way alcohol and cigarettes do. Would obesity rates go down? Read more >

Hey Kids, Show This to Your Parents
Yes, video games can disrupt kids' attention and socializing, but the long-term effects aren't too bad. Read more >

How Ketamine Combats Depression
Ketamine is known to help many with treatment-resistant depression. Now we know more precisely why that is. It's a little surprising. Read more >

Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters
Picky eaters can make mealtime a battleground. The more parents push, the harder they dig in. A lighter touch is better. Read more >

Newbie Exercisers Beware
Don't believe everything, or maybe anything, you read on the Web when it comes to exercise. Few sites reflect current guidelines. Read more >

Stay on the Sunny Side of COVID-19
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. A deficiency seems to put people at greater risk of contracting Coronavirus. Read more >

Unmasked Marauders
It's hard to believe that some people don't feel masks are necessary. A new study makes clear just how far COVID spreads when people talk. Read more >

Try to Find Comfort Somewhere Else
So-called comfort foods that are high in saturated fat make it harder to pay attention. Something to consider before you indulge. Read more >

Rebellious Teenage Dogs
A study of seeing eye dogs finds that around eight months of age many, if not most, dogs become difficult. Don't worry, it's just a phase. Read more >

Progress on Parkinson's
In a breakthrough, researchers cultivated stem cells to trigger a Parkinson's patient's brain to produce dopamine, easing his symptoms. Read more >

The Appeal of E-Cigarettes
Call it vaping or juuling, more and more teens are using e-cigs even though they know they're bad for their health. Here's why. Read more >

Time for a Change
With schools closed, many teens have been able to wake up later. That's a difference worth carrying forward into the next academic year. Read more >

Telemedicine: The Doctor Will See You Online
Telemedicine could free up hospital staff and offer a safer way for patients to see their doctors during the pandemic and beyond. Read more >

The "Why" Chromosome
Kids like books that help them understand the world better. So they prefer stories with plenty of explanation over those with few details. Read more >

An Anti-Alzheimer's Diet
Eating certain foods reduces your risk of developing Alzheimer's -- by a lot. Know which, and how much of these foods you need in your diet. Read more >

Learning New Tricks
Don't let self-quarantine lead to a lack of exercise. It could make it harder to learn new physical skills later on. Read more >

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

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

Obesity Builds a Sluggish Brain
Being overweight or obese is bad for your health; there's no news there. But what it does to your brain may surprise you. Read more >

You Can't Fool Kids
Baby foods that add fruit to vegetables to get kids to accept veggies don't seem to do the trick. Here's how to get kids on board. Read more >

The Downside of Prince Charming
When boys subscribe to the idea that girls need protecting, they run the risk of developing less benevolent attitudes down the road. Read more >

Turning Kids into Savvy Consumers
You can make screen time a learning experience. Show kids the marketing tricks behind the ads they see. It could change their eating habits. Read more >

Thanks for the Memories
Eating certain foods together seems to raise the risk of dementia. Here's a chance for young adults to protect their brains. Read more >

Kids These Days
Screen time can be a problem, but that doesn't mean it's all bad. In fact, it can advance some aspects of development. Read more >

Breastfeeding's Anti-Viral Effect
Breastfeeding, even a little, reduces the accumulation of dangerous viruses in babies' digestive tracts. Read more >

News You'd Rather Not Hear
No one likes unwelcome news, but your tolerance for it can make the difference between being informed or misinformed. Read more >

A Cure for Hangovers...and More?
The hangover remedy, DHM, can reduce the unpleasant effects of a night of too much drinking, but it does something even more important. Read more >

Pets and COVID-19
Cats are susceptible to coronaviruses, but they don't appear to transmit them to humans. Protect your pet as you would any family member. Read more >

Not Yet On the Road Again
Travel restrictions really help reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Shelve your dreams of travel. For the time being, stay close to home. Read more >

Your Priorities for a Healthy Old Age
There's one risk factor for chronic disease that out-weighs most others. Can you guess what it is? Read more >

An Emotional Rescue
The way you give emotional support matters. Do it right and you make others feel better; do it wrong and it has the opposite effect. Read more >

Loosening Depression's Grip
Ninety percent of the people suffering from intractable depression who tried this form of brain stimulation reported relief. Read more >

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

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

Don't Let Retirement Become too Retiring
Continuing to set goals and pursue interests seems to keep seniors sharp when they no longer go to work. But men and women are different. Read more >

Help for Anxious Kids
Children with anxiety do better when parents help them face what they fear rather than protecting them from what scares them. Read more >

Getting Food to Seniors and the Poor
The poor and elderly need to be able to buy food online and have it delivered, too, especially during emergencies like the COVID crisis. Read more >

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

Protein Reminders Can Improve Muscle Mass
Most seniors fear the loss of strength that comes with aging. Adjusting diets a little can help the body remember to produce muscle tissue. Read more >

Help for Shrinking Brains
It doesn't take much to keep your brain volume from dwindling. Modest exercise, like dancing or doing chores, is protective. Read more >

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

Neighborhoods that Make You Younger
Certain communities can shorten your lifespan, while others extend it. Which do you live in? Read more >

A Different Kind of Contagious
Cynicism is on the rise; so is disrespect. Studies show they form a vicious cycle. Read more >

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

Sexual Orientation and Teen Doctor Appointments
Doctor appointments can be tricky for teens who see themselves as non-binary. Most prefer for providers to bring up gender identity. Read more >

Curbing COVID-19
Scientists are looking at the best ways to curtail the spread of the current novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Here's what seems to have worked. Read more >

Vaping And Cancer Risk
Vaping can cause chemical alterations in a person's DNA that damage cells. few see it as a risk-free alternative to tobacco any longer. Read more >

Sound Helps Seniors Keep Their Balance
Many falls among the elderly can be prevented by being able to hear background noise. Sounds in the environment stabilize them. Read more >

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

The Upside of Stress
Yes, stress has some benefits. Knowing what they are can make it a little easier to cope with. Read more >

Why You Probably Don't Need a Medical Mask
It's natural, but not necessarily wise to think of using a mask for protection from the COVID-19 virus. Here's who should -- and shouldn't. Read more >

Infant Rivalry
Jealousy can become intense when a new baby arrives and gets lots of attention. Even less needy spouses are at risk. Read more >

RDNs, Allies in the War on Weight
For people who just can't lose the weight they need to, expert help from a registered dietitian nutritionist can make a big difference. Read more >

Acne Treatment Lags for Non-Whites
People of color get acne, too. You might never know it, though, looking at the data on prescriptions for acne medications. Read more >

Inflammation and the Unborn
Diabetes, obesity and hypertension create low-grade, chronic inflammation that can cause neurodevelopmental problems in the unborn. Read more >

Ping Pong for Parkinson's
A friendly table tennis match can improve the tremors and instability that can accompany Parkinson's disease. Read more >

Copying Dad at the Dinner Table
Fathers have a big role to play when it comes to inspiring young kids to eat fruits and especially veggies. Step up and set an example. Read more >

Helping Out is Child's Play
Kids as young as 19 months seem to know what altruistic behavior is even if not all of them engage in it. Read more >

Drive By the Drive-In
Fast food is like a drug for preschoolers. It's a major contributor to the rise in child obesity. Read more >

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

Teens Don't Feel So Good
Researchers surveyed 21,000 high schoolers about how they felt. This is what they learned. Read more >

Risky Business: Crossing While Texting
Pedestrians who cross the street while on their phones put themselves at risk in at least five ways. Read more >

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

Pregnant Women Never Drink Alone
Drinking alcohol while you are carrying a child -- any amount at any time -- is a risk. Take a #Drymester. Read more >

Sitting and Depression
Sitting, whether in front of a screen or in a class, lowers kids' moods. Luckily, a little activity and less sitting can prevent this. Read more >

Daylight Savings Time, An Accident Waiting to Happen
Daylight Savings Time begins soon. Accidents occur when clocks are set ahead. Help your body adjust to the change. Read more >

Put Down that Toddler Drink
Toddler drinks are a new market, meant to transition kids from formula or breastmilk to regular milk. They're really full of added sugar. Read more >

PTSD in Military Men and Women
Vulnerability doesn't come naturally to most soldiers. They may need extra encouragement to open up in therapy. Read more >

Treating Kids' Burns at Home
Children's skin is vulnerable to burns from scalding or hot surfaces. Cut the chances a skin graft will be needed by doing this immediately. Read more >

Pack a Lunch; Eat In
Eating out is a primary driver of weight gain and diabetes. On average, Americans get one of every five calories from restaurant meals. Read more >

Marijuana and HIGHway Driving
More and more people are smoking pot regularly. It can affect their driving even when they're not stoned. Read more >

Putting Popular Diets to the Test
The best diet is one you will stick to, as long as it helps you lose weight. Here's how three of the most popular diets stack up. Read more >

A Primer on Coronavirus
The outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China is a budding public health emergency. Travelers have brought it to the U.S. and other countries. Read more >

The Power of Praise
It's easy to see why teachers faced with disruptive students forget to praise good behavior enough. But it's their secret weapon. Read more >

Sleep Now to Prevent Alzheimers Later
Young adults don't usually think about Alzheimer's, but sleep deprivation, even in young adulthood, can set the stage for the disease. Read more >

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

Parents Don't Always Know Best
Parents can be a bit delusional when it comes to how much time their teen spends gaming. But there's good news, too. Read more >

Pick Three -- or Four
Five lifestyle factors have been found to lead to a disease-free old age. The more of them you put into practice, the better your odds. Read more >

The Truth about Testosterone Treatments
Men looking to improve their sex lives are easy prey for the testosterone supplements industry. The ACP has some guidelines. Read more >

Mind Food
There is evidence that what you eat has an effect on your mental health. But the exact connection can be hard to pin down. Read more >

Unnecessary Pediatric Care
Taking a child to the doctor for a cold or mild fever is an example of low value healthcare. It's usually a waste of healthcare resources. Read more >

The Paperwork Driving Healthcare Costs
Americans know they pay way more for healthcare than Canadians do, but they may be surprised to learn what's driving up the costs. Read more >

Flame Retardants Breed Reading Problems
PBDEs have been banned for a while, but they persist in the environment, disrupting brain development. Kids pick them up in the womb. Read more >

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

Nutraceuticals for Fertility? Think Again
Men with low sperm counts often try zinc and folate supplements to give semen a boost. Not only do they not help, they may fracture DNA. Read more >

The Tau Factor
An accumulation of tau protein may serve as an early sign of Alzheimer's progression. It could also suggest a treatment. Read more >

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

Plant Therapy
Companies trying to retain employees and keep workers happy might want to consider the stress-reduction benefits plants offer. Read more >

The Promise of E-Books
When parents read with their kids, it's interactive. E-books can take that engagement to another level. Read more >

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

How to Life Coach Your Kids
Some preteens need more guidance than others when it comes to dealing with peers. Here's how parents can figure out what their kid needs. Read more >

The Secrets of Financial Infidelity
Couples don't always see eye to eye when it comes fo spending money, and some resort to hidden cash purchases and hidden accounts. Read more >

Life's Lessons for the Self-Absorbed
Narcissism is a compelling, but not an endearing, quality. A little rejection -- think jobs, relationships -- can help. Read more >

She Works Hard for the Money
Being employed is not just good for a woman's wallet. It improves her physical and emotional health -- even when it's stressful. Read more >

Sidestepping Food Allergies
Exposing babies to foods like eggs, peanuts, shellfish, and milk early on makes kids less likely to go on to develop food allergies. Read more >

Do It for Your Retinas
Age-related macular degeneration is a consequence of aging, but also, it appears, diet. Here's a meal plan for keeping your eyes younger. Read more >

Truth Decay
People at both ends of the political spectrum have stopped relying on real data and analysis to form an opinion. Read more >

A Possible Treatment for Alzheimer's
A leaky blood-brain barrier may be what enables Alzheimer's to cause the damage it does. It also suggests a fix. Read more >

A Nutrient to Replace Ritalin?
For some children with ADHD, raising their levels of EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid, can make a big difference in their symptoms. Read more >

Parents, Make a Media Plan
Toddlers spend an average of two hours a day in front of a screen by age three. That's way more than guidelines recommend. Read more >

Prehab to Avoid Rehab
If you are older and facing surgery, consider getting in shape before the big day. It could help you avoid rehab and speed recovery. Read more >

Breathe Easier in Two Days!
When air quality improves, the benefits for health -- especially breathing issues like asthma -- are nearly instantaneous. Read more >

Escape From the Food Desert
Online grocery shopping can be more than a convenience. It can be a way to get fresh, foods to people who live far from a supermarket. Read more >

Sex After 60
It's not uncommon for older women to experience a loss of libido, but it may have as much to do with their male partners as hormones. Read more >

High Protein Diet Danger
Too much protein is hard on your kidneys. If they are impaired by disease, a low carb, high protein diet can cause irreversible damage. Read more >

Before You Buy that Activity Tracker...
As well-meaning as a fitness monitor gift might be, there are some things about the recipient that you need to consider. Read more >

The Breakfast Rush Hour
Mornings are busy, but kids who regularly eat breakfast average scores that are two letter grades higher than kids who don't. Read more >

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

Trash-Talking Robots
See what happens to performance if a digital assistant starts throwing some shade. Read more >

Poor Diets Contribute to Depression
A large Canadian study finds that a good diet can help protect you from depression and may aid in treating it. Read more >

Preventing Dementia
People over 60 worry a lot about losing their minds. There is more they can do than solve puzzles and play video games. Read more >

Sugar Goes Undercover
Babies and toddlers get way more sugar than most parents realize. Here's where it's all hiding and how to avoid most of it. Read more >

An Acetaminophen-ADHD/Autism Link
When a pregnant woman takes acetaminophen or gives it for a baby's fever, she triples the child's risk of autism and attention deficits. Read more >

The Foods You Can't Stop Eating
Certain ingredients -- think things like chips and bacon -- spark our appetites. Here's how to break the cycle. Read more >

Oral Health's Impact on the Body
Gum disease and cavities are bad news for more than your mouth. They can release bacteria that put seniors' health in danger. Read more >

Formula to Rival Breast Milk
Adding a component of milk lost in homogenization back in can make formula more like breast milk. Read more >

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

Diagnosis by Social Media
Social media sites like Reddit are being used to “crowd-diagnose” STDs. What does this say about the healthcare system? Read more >

Neighborhoods that Make You Fat
Where you live has a big effect on your -- and your kids' -- weight. Here are some things you can do to fight back. Read more >

A Time-Change Rebellion Brewing?
In the fall, it seems like a gift; in the spring, changing your clock to daylight savings time can be a health hazard. Read more >

Timing Is Everything
When you take blood pressure medications may make a big difference in your risk of heart problems or stroke. Read more >

A Different Deep State
Sleep re-boots your brain. People who don't get enough quality sleep are nearly a third more prone to anxiety. Read more >

A Sweet Media Connection
Teens screen time and sugar consumption seem to go together. There is one exception, however. Read more >

Move It or Break It
A broken hip can be deadly and is often the result of osteoporosis. Being sedentary puts you at risk, so get walking. Read more >

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

A Raw Deal for Pets
Raw diets are popular, but are they safe? A study found high levels of bacteria present in raw pet foods, endangering pets and their owners. Read more >

The Write Way to Help Preschoolers
Kids write to communicate even when they don't know any or many letters. Preschool teachers need to emphasize writing beyond penmanship. Read more >

Your Weight Over the Years
People who maintain a relatively stable weight over their lives tend to live longer than those who gain -- or lose -- too much. Read more >

Job Hunting Exposes the Advantages of Class
People hiring others come to some pretty quick judgments about candidates, and they aren't based on resumés. Read more >

Breastfeeding Helps Mothers' Health, Too
Breastfeeding seems to help balance some of the metabolic problems pregnancy can bring, reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Read more >

Mistakes Were Made (And that's Good)
You can't learn to be persistent if you don't face failure. So why are we so focused on success? Read more >

E-Scooter Injuries Rise
E-scooters are becoming popular, especially in cities. Head and facial injuries -- and surgeries -- are also up. Protect yourself. Read more >

The Nudge You Probably Need
Who doesn't need a nudge when it comes to exercise? There's an app for that. Read more >

Foods to Lift Your Mood
When depressed students were encouraged to eat a healthier, Mediterranean diet, they felt happier, even weeks after the shift. Read more >

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

Jumping Jack Class, It's a Gas
The quickest way to help kids learn may be to get them to exercise right at their desks. Their gains could put them ahead a semester. Read more >

A Nutty Diet Plan
People who ate nuts regularly were far less likely to become obese over the years. What the nuts help keep them from eating is part of it. Read more >

A United Front Against E-Cigs
E-cigarettes are dangerous, especially for teens. Schools, parents and taxes can play a role in reducing their availability and allure. Read more >

The Perils of Party Food
Eating with others puts you at risk for overeating. With the holidays coming, it pays to have a plan for social eating. Read more >

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

Get Sleep, Get Good Grades
Researchers have figured out why women do better than men on tests in certain science classes. Sleep is a big part of it. Read more >

When First Sexual Encounters Are Coerced
For too many young women their first sexual experience is not consensual, and that can have lasting repercussions. Read more >

Sweet Chipotle-Glazed Carrots: Selling Healthy Foods
Some menus make your mouth water. When the foods being marketed are healthy, so much the better, as long as the taste is there, too. Read more >

The Way to Go More Vegetarian
To encourage college kids to eat more vegetables: add another vegetable-based meal to the cafeteria offerings. Read more >

Social Media and Teens' Mental Health
Many teens spend time on social media each day, but only some develop mental health problems. Others gain community. Read more >

What If Doctors Prescribed Food?
When healthcare providers "prescribe" fruits and veggies and the means to obtain them to patients in need, health improves dramatically. Read more >

Empty Stomach, Bad Decisions
It doesn't matter if it involves choices about food, money or music -- being hungry makes you impulsive. Read more >

Mom's Anemia Can Lead to Behavior Problems in Kids
Anemia early in a woman's pregnancy can spell trouble for fetal brain development, raising the risk of attention deficits and autism. Read more >

A Marital Battle Plan
Couples can waste a lot time and energy on conflict. Happy couples know that it's smarter to choose your battles. Read more >

Big Gulp, Shorter Life
Soft drink consumption averages 39 gallons per person in the U.S. Bigger drinkers, even of diet sodas, tend to have shorter lives. Read more >

The Power of Positive Moments
Positive experiences have an impact on kids that can last into adulthood, protecting them from adversity. And it doesn't take much. Read more >

To Avoid Frailty, Fortify Your Body Now
Even a minor illness can derail the health of seniors if they don't have reserves of important nutrients. Don't wait to adjust your diet. Read more >

Concussions Hit Men Below the Belt
The memory problems head injuries can cause are now well known. But there appear to be sexual side-effects as well. Read more >

Low-Fat Is Not a Fad
It's easy to become confused about diet claims, but if you needed proof of the value of a low-fat diet to health, here it is. Read more >

Would You Throw Your Grandmother in the Garbage?
When older, bruised and not-so-pretty vegetables are viewed in a more human light, it's easier to avoid wasting them. Read more >

Even Your Fat Gets Old
Most of us gain weight as we age, and now we know why this is: fat cells don't turnover the way they used to. One thing works. Read more >

Long Live Optimists
Try to buck up. Not only do people who are more optimistic feel happier, they live longer. Read more >

A Furry Shoulder to Cry On
Losing a loved one is terrible. The unconditional love a pet -- any pet -- can offer helps ease the pain. Read more >

Stop Fridge Food Waste
Those expiration dates on your food? Ignore them. They don't mean what you think they do. Read more >

New Relationship, Same Old Problems
Being in a new relationship doesn’t mean old problems won’t follow you. Better to deal with them. Read more >

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

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

Hospital Stays Can Bring Blood Pressure Problems
People who are sent home on higher doses of blood pressure meds after a hospital stay are at far great risk for readmission -- and fainting. Read more >

Poor Marks for Hospital Rating Sites
Hospital ranking sites are not as reliable as patients think. Many received extremely low grades when a group of doctors rated them. Read more >

Unraveling a Diet Mystery
What kind of diet is better for your heart -- low carb or low fat? Neither, it turns out. Something else matters more. Read more >

Malnourished Young Men
Too many young men don't eat enough fruits and veggies. Cooking is one issue; shortsightedness about health is another. Read more >

Twitter as Research Tool
Looking at the tweets of park-goers, researchers learned something about what nature does for your mood. It's almost like Christmas. Read more >

Virtual Freud
Virtual reality is proving to be a useful way to deliver therapy. It's the perfect way to see yourself in a new light. Read more >

Red Wine, Chocolate, Berries, Nuts
Flavonoids are compounds that cut the risk of cancer and heart disease. It's easy to add them to your diet. Read more >

The Lonelyhearts Club, Online Edition
Some singles who use dating apps can't stop looking and swiping. Feeling lonely doesn't help. Read more >

What's Keeping You Up at Night
Alcohol, nicotine and caffeine can all interfere with sleep, but one seems far worse than the others. Read more >

Go on a Cell Phone Diet
How much time do you spend on your phone? It can add up to as much as a sedentary day a week, with predictable effects on your weight. Read more >

Getting Serious About Gun Violence
Gun violence kills nearly as many youth as automobile accidents do. A special issue on gun violence offers proven ways to reduce the danger. Read more >

Zombie Eating
Mindless munching as you watch TV or scroll your phone is a recipe for weight gain. Focus on your food. Read more >

Resistance Denied
There are two new antibiotics around -- one fights a well-known respiratory bacteria, and another targets malaria. Resistance is futile. Read more >

Parents, Teach Your Kids about Sex
It turns out that parents do a pretty good job of educating their kids about sex -- if they are willing to make the effort. Read more >

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

Golden Retrievers to Go
Spending time with animals can reduce stress in as little as 10 minutes. Call it fur power. Read more >

Preventing Peanut Allergies
Exposing infants to peanut proteins early is a good way to reduce their risk of an allergic reaction. Here's how to do it. Read more >

Infidelity: From Bedroom to Boardroom
From policemen to CEOs, men who pursue extramarital relationships are also more likely to have broken the rules in their professional lives. Read more >

Snack Strategies
A study of kids' snacking found two easy ways parents can help overweight kids take in fewer calories. Read more >

Mental Illness, Physical Illness
The medications to relieve the symptoms of psychiatric disorders tend to raise the risk of obesity and heart problems. Treat these, too. Read more >

Genetics and The Risk of Dementia
If you have a parent with dementia or Alzheimer's, you probably worry about your own risk. You can do more than you may think. Read more >

Baseball Players Lead in Longevity
MLB players tend to live longer than the rest of us. Early fitness and ongoing exercise and diet discipline may be the reason. Read more >

Asking the Right Questions
For preschoolers, story time is not just about books and reading; when parents and teachers ask the right questions, it's a teachable moment Read more >

The Risks of E-Cig Regulation
Limiting the appeal of e-cigarettes could increase traditional cigarette use among young adults. Read more >

Behind the Failure to Launch
Can't shake your grownup kids? Parents may be partly to blame when adult children don’t move out of the house. Read more >

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

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

A Year of Birth Control Pills Cuts Unplanned Pregnancies
When veterans were given a year's supply of oral contraceptives, instead of 90 days, the risk and costs of unplanned pregnancies went down. Read more >

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

Nudges Can Make a Difference
We often know what we should do to be healthier, but we don't always do it. That's when a well-crafted nudge can help. Read more >

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

You Are Not Alone
The distractions of social media can be a cause for concern, but by nurturing personal relationships, it also eases psychological distress. Read more >

Doctors Arguing for a Single-Payer System
Processing billing and insurance for a typical doctor visit takes up so much time it amounts to 12 percent of your insurance premiums. Read more >

Chew on This
If you can't chew well, you can't eat well. Tooth problems can lead to heart problems and poor nutrition. Read more >

Food Phobic
Food neophobia is an extreme form of picky eating and can lead to chronic health problems. Read more >

The Super T Myth
Testosterone-boosting supplements are big business. Too bad most of them don't contain any ingredients known to do the job. Read more >

The Secret to Eating for Two
A good diet is crucial for moms-to-be -- and their children. Some women over-supplement; others eat too many empty calories. Read more >

Dieters, Grab a Cup to Go
There's something in coffee that revs up the energy-burning brown fat in your body. It may even bring blood sugar under better control. Read more >

Beer Belly? Beware
Having a lot of belly fat, fat that surrounds your organs, increases a man's risk of prostate cancer, a Harvard study found. Read more >

Dogs Feel Our Stress
If you're stressed-out, chances are your dog is, too. One reason we may not be dogs' best friends. Read more >

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

How News of Racial Injustice Affects Kids
News stories of racial bias, violence and social injustice can affect kids deeply, sowing the seeds of depression and PTSD. Read more >

Suicide Rates Are Surging Among Adolescents
Kids live in their own social worlds -- online and off. This makes it harder for parents to know where to find any suicidal warning signs. Read more >

It's Hard Being a Night Owl
Night owls are out of step with the 9 to 5 world, and may pay a price professionally. Changes to your routine could make the difference. Read more >

Park It
The amount of time you need to spend in nature to get real health dividends. Read more >

Good Job, Dad
Dads get criticized a lot -- mostly by their spouses. Such comments don't tend to lead to improved parenting, however. Read more >

Old at Heart
Most of us think of heart disease as an adult problem, but the arteries of kids tell a different story. Read more >

Stay on the Sunny Side
Vitamin D helps keep memory sharp and bones strong. Yet nearly 25% of older adults are deficient in it. Sun and a few foods help. Read more >

The EPA Goes Easy on Pesticides
Pesticides banned in Europe, Brazil and China are often still legal and in use in the U.S. Why's that? Read more >

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

Cell Phone Snoops
Looking at the messages on someone's cell phone is a major breach of trust. Not every relationship survives it. Read more >

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

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

Money Management as a Screening Tool for Dementia
As memory becomes impaired with age, seniors may have trouble with basic financial tasks like making change or balancing their checkbooks. Read more >

Stop Vacation Weight Gain
You don't want to come home from your summer vacation with extra pounds. Here's a proven way to prevent that from happening. Read more >

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

How Fighting Obesity Helps Fund Schools
Philadelphia’s tax on unhealthy beverages helps locals in more ways than one. Read more >

Give Your Kid a Nature Vaccine
Kids who grow up spending time in nature -- it doesn't matter where -- have better mental health as adults. Read more >

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

How to Win Over Picky Eaters
Make these two changes to help expand your child's food repertoire and improve his or her nutrition. Read more >

Plants' Infection-Fighting Promise
Plants used to help wounded soldiers during the Civil War show promise when it comes to drug-resistant bacteria. Read more >

Fine Young Moralists
Kids as young at three know what's right, and they aren't afraid to stand up for it. Read more >

Food Vouchers Offer Improved Nutrition
The quality of the food offered through WIC program vouchers has gotten better. That has made a difference in children's development. Read more >

Late Nights in Front of the TV
Parents may think time in front of the TV before bed helps kids settle down. But it really just robs them of sleep. Read more >

It Pays to Be Tenacious
Cognitive behavior therapy teaches mental skills like remaining persistent and optimistic in the face of difficulties. They really do help. Read more >

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

Do-Nothing Diet Drinks
Kids who drink artificially-sweetened beverages end up consuming more calories than kids who don't. Read more >

Teen Suicide
Teen suicide rates are rising, particularly for girls. A team of researchers offers a picture of the problem and advice for parents. Read more >

Runners' High: Cannabis and Exercise
Many people who are now able to use pot legally find it's a helpful part of their exercise programs. It seems to increase motivation. Read more >

Guacamole Power
Avocados may be one of the best ways to cut calories, satisfy your appetite and lower cholesterol at the same time. Read more >

Protein Shakes Can Bring You Down
Protein supplements often provide only a single type of amino acid, one that interferes with serotonin and can lead to depression. Read more >

What We Gossip About
Gossip is incredibly common, but it may surprise you to learn who does more of it and why. Read more >

Helping Caregivers of Dementia Patients
Burnout and depression are common among those caring for people with dementia. Enjoying positive moments, however fleeting, makes it better. Read more >

Eat As Much As You Want
Primates following this diet ate as much as they wanted -- and they still didn't gain weight. Read more >

A Teachable Moment for Health
The best way to help kids develop healthy eating habits is to start explaining why they matter early on. Read more >

Not Alzheimer's
There are many forms of dementia. This may not matter to caregivers, but it could make a difference to treatment. Read more >

Water Boys -- And Girls
Some kids don't drink any water in a day, preferring sweetened drinks. This can add a pound a month. Read more >

You Forgot to Ask...
People often forget what they meant to ask their doctors. An app can help you make the most of your doctor visit. Read more >

Operating at a Loss
Gastric bypass surgery can work wonders. But it's not magic. A study looked at what helped people keep the weight off and what didn't. Read more >

The Hard Work of Empathy
There's a way to make feeling empathy less emotionally and mentally taxing. It's pretty simple. Read more >

Fat-Shaming, Celebrity Edition
Comments about celebrites' weight gain harm the body image of the rest of us. Read more >

The Sleep Myths Keeping You Up at Night
Sleep is one of the best ways to safeguard your health, but our mistaken ideas about it can stand in the way of those benefits. Read more >

Making Old Brains Young Again
Electrical brain stimulation helped seniors perform just as well on a memory task as their 20-something counterparts. Read more >

Fertility Tracking Via App
To conceive or not to conceive: By plugging in information about their monthly cycles, women can plot when fertility is at a peak. Read more >

A Closer Look at Kids' Appetites
Some believe kids should be allowed to eat freely, to make sure they are adequately nourished. It's more complicated than that. Read more >

Dodging the Periodontist
Inflammation goes down and gum health improves when dentists take the time to give patients strategies for oral care. Read more >

The Dirt on Lead Exposure
Kids are exposed to lead in soil as well as pipes, especially if they live near major roads. Attention and memory problems are the result. Read more >

Take a Nature Pill
Spending 20 or 30 minutes just sitting in nature lowers stress levels so effectively that doctors should probably be prescribing it. Read more >

Choose Foods, Not Supplements
Nutritional supplements have some concerning associations with heart disease, cancer and health in general. Buy good food instead. Read more >

Sensing Seizures Before They Happen
Dogs can detect whether someone with epilepsy is going to have a seizure. It's all in the nose. Read more >

The Difference Between Solitude and Loneliness
Being alone is not the same as being lonely. Taking a little me-time is a sign of mental health. Read more >

A Picture Book is Worth a Million Words
Reading to kids exposes them to thousands, even millions, more words than kids whose parents don't do story time. Read more >

For Mothers-to-Be: An Anti-ADHD Diet
A child's chances of developing attention deficits goes up when their mothers had the wrong balance of these nutrients prenatally. Read more >

Go Team, Get Happy
Kids who play team sports are happier than those involved in less structured activities, at least if you believe their brain scans. Read more >

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

Feel in Control; Feel Younger
When seniors grow to feel more in control of their lives, they feel younger, too. Read more >

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

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

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

A Traffic Cop for Your Diet
Choosing foods that are healthy and better for the environment is a lot easier when signs point the way. Read more >

Bye Bye Beta Amyloid
Sound and light delivered at a certain frequency can break up the plaques involved in Alzheimer's and improve memory. Read more >

Overweight and Depressed?
Depression and obesity often occur together. Now there's a treatment that takes that into account. Read more >

Little Explorers
Kids get more out of experiences if parents are there to encourage them to explore -- but just a little. Read more >

What Do Stud Dogs and Men have in Common?
Male fertility has been declining, and so has that of male dogs used for breeding. Both have the same cause. Read more >

Mass Shootings and Gun Laws
The more permissive a state's guns laws are, the higher the likelihood a mass shooting will occur. Read more >

Eating Well for Less
It does take planning, but healthy foods are within the reach of even those on a limited budget. Read more >

Screening for Osteoporosis with Ultrasound
Ultrasounds of a bone in your heel may be a low-cost alternative to DEXA scans for osteoporosis screening. Read more >

Bad News for Egg Lovers
Eggs are the perfect protein, but eating more than three or four eggs a week is risky for your heart. Read more >

Thanks for the Memories
It's amazing how little you have to do -- gardening, needlepoint, walking -- to lower your risk of dementia. Read more >

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

Why People Hurt Themselves
Not all people who cut or otherwise injure themselves are suicidal. It is often the case that it's a way to release emotional pain. Read more >

Don't Try This at Home
Parents who wouldn't think of smoking at home or in the car seem to have a different standard when it comes to vaping. Read more >

Proof of the Munchies
Legalizing marijuana may have an unintended health consequence: a rise in munchie-driven obesity rates. Read more >

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

An Antidepressant Diet
A healthy diet can help lift depression in many people, a large study shows. No special diets needed. Anxiety may improve, too. Read more >

Parks, Your Happy Place
Parks are healthcare providers. As little as a 20-minute visit left people feeling happier, even those who couldn't easily move around. Read more >

Parents on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Having children definitely cuts into your sleep, and it goes on for years, a study finds. Read more >

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

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

Osteoporosis: Often Overlooked in Men
Thinning bones are as dangerous to men as they are in women, yet few doctors screen or treat their male patients for it. Read more >

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

Marijuana and Fertility, A Second Look
It was a surprising finding: Moderate pot smokers had higher sperm counts and testosterone levels. Read more >

The Evolutionary Roots of Our Cell Phone Obsession
Many people can’t resist picking up their smartphones -- even when they're with kids and friends . Evolution may explain why. Read more >

For Dogs, Size Really Might Matter
Big dogs have big brains, and this seems to make a difference when it comes to certain mental abilities. Read more >

Be Kind...to Yourself
When you show compassion toward yourself, you ease your body's stress response, a very good thing for mental health. Read more >

Parents Are the Key to Kids' School Performance
What kids really need to succeed in school is a parent who they know is involved and there for them. Nothing else matters as much. Read more >

Lettuce Be Happy
Fruits and vegetables can make us happier as well as healthier. Read more >

Invasion of the Belly Fat
Fat around your middle means fat is overwhelming your organs. Heart and metabolic problems are often the result. There is one cure. Read more >

Over 80? Cholesterol Might Help
High levels of "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides can actually make it more likely that people in their 80s will remain fully functional. Read more >

Clinic No-Shows
When a patient misses an appointment, it's often a sign of something far more serious than forgetfulness. Read more >

Why You Need a Primary Care Doctor
Health screenings and cancer prevention are just two reasons to have a doctor watching over your healthcare and advocating for you. Read more >

About that Cheeseburger You're Eating
It's a chance to do right twice: eating less meat and fat not only is good for your health, it also reduces carbon emissions. Read more >

Good Friends Are Good for Your Love Life
Teens' friendships, not their romantic relationships, are the best predictors of romantic success in their 20s. Read more >

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

Low-Cost Cold Protection
Parents give their kids vitamins, supplements and medications to prevent colds. They really should focus on something simpler. Read more >

The Post-Workout Munchies
Working out will make you hungry. What you pick to eat as you leave the gym could erase much of your hard work. Read more >

Spare the Rod? Yes, Please
Physical punishment often leads to bad behavior in adulthood. Better to find some more effective strategies. Read more >

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

The Vaccine Too Many Doctors and Parents Skip
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine prevents seven types of cancer, yet few teens and preteen receive it. Read more >

The Most Dangerous Form of Hormone Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy helps women transition to menopause. But the risks are different for patches, pills and creams. Read more >

An Exercise Snack
You don't need the gym. Nibbling at exercise works, too. A few flights of stairs will give you a cardiovascular fitness boost. Read more >

Getting Fat on Advertising
Here's an easy step you can take to reduce your child's risk of becoming overweight: Opt for ad-free TV. Read more >

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

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

The Power of Happy Memories
Remembering the good times -- not just the bad -- can help teens build resilience and avoid depression. Read more >

Does Bone Strength Begin in the Brain?
Researchers have succeeded in making bones denser and stronger in the lab. The key appears to be a protein in the brain. Read more >

The Carb Chronicles
A massive review of carbohydrate studies finds that one quality distinguishes the good carb from the bad. Read more >

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

Behind Rising Drug Prices
Drugs cost more in the U.S. Is it because they're new and better, or just more expensive? Read more >

The Attention Span of a 5-Year-Old
In kindergarteners, attention training boosts not only attention, but intelligence and brain function. Read more >

Negotiating the Minefield at the Cash Register
Snacks and candy tempt us as we wait in supermarket checkout lines. What if they weren't there? Read more >

Don't Make Screen Time Rewarding
Parents who make time on digital devices a special treat end up creating even bigger problems for themselves and their kids. Read more >

Keep Your Chromosomes Strong
Because it damages chromosomes, a folate deficiency can lead to dementia and mental disorders as well as birth defects. Read more >

Doctor Confidential
Too few doctors give young adults private, one-on-one time to discuss sensitive issues and confidentiality. Read more >

Drunk on Snapchat
Some binge drinkers like to post their partying on social media. But the platforms can be used to help problem drinkers, too. Read more >

Do App-Based Therapies Work?
Online apps can help people address the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to depression. But don't quit your current treatment. Read more >

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

What, Me Worry?
If you're over 50 yet too young for Medicare, healthcare costs and access are major sources of anxiety. Read more >

High Tech Appetite Suppression
A tiny implantable -- and removable -- device curbs hunger automatically. Read more >

Exercise Takes Years Off the Mind
Seniors who exercised and ate well had significant cognitive improvements – in as little as six months. Read more >

The High Fructose Factor
Low income people used to be thin from lack of food. That has changed. Here's why. Read more >

Sex and The Senior Citizen
Sex is good medicine as you age. It doesn't need to be world-class; closeness is what's required. Read more >

Lift Your Heart
Strength training -- lifting weight in some way or another -- is right up there with aerobic exercise when it comes to your heart. Read more >

Nature's Healing Power, Written in Your Blood
When you're stressed, it shows in your blood. Those markers improve when you spend time in greenery. Read more >

Middle Schoolers at Risk
Social issues, anxiety and conduct problems can put middle schoolers at risk of substance use. Knowing the risks, parents can take action. Read more >

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

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

Personal Care Products and Early Puberty
Many shampoos and soaps contain endocrine-disrupting compounds that mimic the action of hormones. This is not good for girls' development. Read more >

Leaving a Bad Boss Behind
Workers who have been bullied or abused by a superior often become very different managers. Read more >

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain
The holidays mean high calorie foods are everywhere -- at work, at parties and at home. You need a game plan to keep your weight in line. Read more >

Getting Closer
Even young adults enjoying casual sex say they like to experience intimacy. Read more >

Grandpa's Gun
What do you do when a senior gun owner shows signs of dementia? Some guidelines for families and doctors. Read more >

Couples Mellow Over Time
When couples reach their 70s, humor and acceptance tend to overtake bickering. Read more >

Dinnertime, Debate Time
When teens are at the table, mealtime arguments are not uncommon. But eating together still delivers lasting lessons. Read more >

Babies Up Late
One reason some babies have a hard time sleeping at night is that they don't get enough exercise. Here's one way to help them along. Read more >

Fake Fruit
When students pick juice at lunch, healthier food choices and overall nutrition suffer. Read more >

Get A Move On
Americans are sitting more. They're also less physically active. Here's how bad the picture is. Read more >

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

Eat Your Way to a Better Memory
Following a group of doctors for 20 years, researchers learned what foods most help preserve memory. Read more >

Untreated Hearing Loss Leads to Health Problems
Hearing loss makes it harder for seniors to think and socialize, and easier for them to fall. Addressing it saves healthcare dollars. Read more >

The End of Flu Season?
Researchers are zeroing in on a flu vaccine that would cover all influenza viruses and last longer, too. Read more >

Good News, Multitaskers
Sometimes multitasking can actually make you more efficient, at least up to a point. Read more >

Ending Premature Births
Certain fatty acids appear to reduce a woman's risk of giving birth early. Here's how to get them. Read more >

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

Cut Carbs Before Calories
Go easy on the stuffing: Eating fewer carbohydrates helps the body burn calories, keeps weight off. Read more >

Workplace Health, or Workplace Fat-Shaming?
Programs designed to promote employee health can backfire. But not if they're designed properly. Read more >

Good Sports
Focusing on a sport too soon is bad for kids physically, mentally, and socially. Read more >

Imaginary Friends, Imaginary Worlds
Many kids have a rich fantasy life, one they may share with other kids. Parents shouldn't worry; it's a sign of something good. Read more >

Feeding Your Wild Cat
House cats still have a bit of the jungle in them. It's important to feed them with that in mind. Read more >

Early Intervention Lasts for Years
Addressing childhood behavioral problems early can bring brain changes that persist into adulthood. Read more >

The Shape You're In
People jump to conclusions about others based on their body types. Yes, it's unfair; it's also predictable. Read more >

For Seniors, Protein Matters
Hoping to remain independent in old age? Give your body what it needs to stay strong. Read more >

Marijuana Users' Memory Issues
Marijuana can interfere with learning and memory, particularly in teens and young adults. One thing brings it back. Read more >

Let Patients Choose
When people with PTSD were able to choose which of two proven treatments they received, they did a lot better. Read more >

The Pleasure in Others' Misfortune
We all experience schadenfreude, but we don't like to think about it too much. Now researchers untangle its roots. Read more >

Anxious? Try Lavender
There's new evidence for the relaxing, anti-anxiety effects of lavender. But it only works this way. Read more >

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

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

Going to Church to Lower BP
Programs offered in churches help African American parishioners lower their blood pressure. Read more >

An Empathy Booster
Virtual reality experiences can help us become more compassionate toward people whose lives are difficult. Read more >

Nail Polish Continues to Put Fertility at Risk
Twenty years ago the risks of certain chemicals in nail polish were exposed. Little has changed. Read more >

Sleepy People Are Dangerous
Too little sleep is a problem -- especially when others' lives depend on your performance. Read more >

Tanning Outside the Law
There are laws governing who can use tanning salons and how often. But enforcement is lacking, and teens are at risk. Read more >

Multitaskers' Uninformed Opinions
Multitasking doesn't just distract you; it can disrupt your ability to make informed judgments. Read more >

Build Strong Bodies Two Ways
Bones need good nutrition and exercise to be strong, but one of these ingredients is far more important. Read more >

Nice Guys Finish Last?
Agreeable people are more likely to have money problems. The reason for this may surprise you. Read more >

Put Two Babies in Front of a Screen...
When it comes to learning language, social interaction makes a difference. infants learn better in twos. Read more >

Give Trees a Chance
Trees improve students' school performance, even in low-achieving schools. Could it hurt to plant a few? Read more >

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

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

A Lesson from the Grinch
When unpleasant, disagreeable people were asked to act kindly toward someone in their lives, something surprising happened. Read more >

An Optimistic Failure
Entrepreneurs who are highly optimistic are more likely to fail than their realistic or pessimistic counterparts. Read more >

PMS and Sexually-Transmitted Diseases
The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome can be evidence of undiagnosed STIs, making it wise for doctors to take them more seriously. Read more >

Talk About Sex...Often
An ongoing series of smaller conversations with kids about sex and staying safe works better than one awkward talk. Read more >

Self-Transcendence and the Path to Health
When we think of healthy behaviors in terms of those people and ideals we care about, it's easier to follow through with them. Read more >

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

Saving Energy: What Will the Neighbors Think?
Good things happen when people know about energy usage around their neighborhoods. Read more >

Mental Imagery Helps Diets Succeed
Dieters lost five times the weight when they imagined how it would feel and what they could do if they were thinner. Read more >

Chains Retreat from Healthier Kids' Meal Options
Fast food chains said they'd improve the nutritional quality of kids' meals, but that hasn't happened. Read more >

Brain Development, 24 Hours a Day
School is not the only place where kids' mental abilities grow. Three other areas make a big difference, too. Read more >

Help for Parents of Picky Eaters
Fussy eaters can drive parents crazy. Try these tips and maintain your sanity. Read more >

Bacteria to the Rescue!
A daily probiotic routine could reduce the need for antibiotics in the future, especially for kids. Read more >

The Demotion Lurking In Your Inbox
Managers who get bogged down answering emails often miss the chance to connect with and inspire their workers. Read more >

An In-Class Exercise Break
When kids exercise briefly in class a few times a day, their schoolwork and moods improve. They also burn calories. Read more >

Opting Out of Breast Surgery
For frail, elderly women, surgery for breast cancer may not be the best option. What to think about. Read more >

A Better Way to Measure Depression?
Depressive symptoms ease when people receive vagus nerve stimulation. Something even more important happens, too. Read more >

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

BPA All Over Again
After the endocrine disruptor BPA was banned, replacement plastics were developed. They appear to be no improvement. Read more >

Trust Your Gut? Not So Fast
Going with your gut instinct when making a choice has a certain appeal. But it can also lead to a false sense of confidence. Read more >

Teens with the Arteries of a 50-Year-Old
Teens who smoke or drink have an advantage over their adult counterparts: Their arteries can recover. Read more >

Stop Frailty Before It Starts
Simply eating foods with enough of these key vitamins can cut your risk of becoming frail by as much as 90%. Read more >

A Promising Treatment for Psychosis
Cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating component of marijuana, seems to help brain areas associated with a loss of touch with reality. Read more >

Gratitude's Double Dividends
We tend to underestimate how much people appreciate being thanked. We may also overlook how good it is for us. Read more >

Time for Breakfast
There are programs that pay for and provide breakfasts for school children. So why do so few kids take advantage of them? Read more >

The High Price of Combination Meds
When medications are combined into one pill, they can cost up to 8 times the price of the individual drugs that make them up. Read more >

It's OK Not to Be OK
Yes, most of us recover from trauma in the long run. But that doesn't change how tough the immediate aftermath is. Read more >

When Doctors and Patients Collaborate
Patients are more likely to take the necessary steps to improve their health if their doctors ask them what is and isn't working for them. Read more >

Naps' Important Brain Work
Kids who miss their naps can be a pain to be around, but there's an even bigger reason to be sure they get enough sleep. Read more >

Why You Have a Short Attention Span
It's not your fault your mind wanders. It's supposed to. That's how we knit our perception of reality together. Read more >

Older is Not Wiser
Seniors are less likely than younger generations to realize -- and admit -- an error. Read more >

A Call for New Dietary Guidelines
The American Heart Association has issued an Advisory changing the emphasis on the sorts of foods we should eat. Read more >

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

Air Pollution Enlarges the Heart
Even relatively light air pollution -- the kind most governments don't regulate -- causes the heart walls to stretch and thin. Read more >

The Key to Collaboration
Working in teams may be overrated. Collaborating works best when it happens intermittently. People need alone time. Read more >

Women's Survival Rates Better with Women Doctors
There are a number of reasons why women heart patients are more likely to die if their doctor is a man. Read more >

It's Not the Salt
Surprised researchers didn't find blood pressure problems in people around the world who ate high salt diets. Here's why. Read more >

A Fast Track to Relief from PTSD
Veterans enrolled in a shorter, more intensive therapy program designed to address their thoughts and fears improved dramatically. Read more >

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

Body Image and Snapchat
The filters on photo apps may create unrealistic physical standards and set the stage for serious body image issues. Read more >

Male Fertility in Brief
Briefs or boxers? Men who mainly wear briefs have sperm counts that are 25 percent lower than boxer-wearers. Read more >

Aspirational Dating
Have you ever been interested in someone who is far more desirable than you are? It happens all the time on online dating sites. Read more >

Distractions Cost Grades
Using phones, tablets and laptops in the classroom can have a nasty effect on grades. Read more >

Parenthood Can Be Depressing
The demands of an infant are hard on dads, too. In fact, depression is almost as common in new fathers as it is in mothers. Read more >

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

No Gains from Brain Games
Brain training does not translate into gains on similar brain tasks. There are better ways to stay sharp. Read more >

Turning Vacant Lots into Mental Health Oases
When urban communities replace trash-strewn lots with grass, good things happen to residents' mental health. Read more >

A Promising New Target for Treating Depression
People with depression are deficient in acetyl-L-carnitine, a key part of the body's energy metabolism. Read more >

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

A Solid Night's Sleep
Introducing solid food while breastfeeding and before infants are six months old can give babies and their parents sleep they need. Read more >

A Medical Bum's Rush
Too often, doctor visits are rushed affairs and patients leave feeling no one has listened to them. You have options. Read more >

Peacocks Who Drive Cars
Men are more likely to buy luxury goods when testosterone is high. It's a display thing. Read more >

Coffee as Diet Aid
Caffeine will rev your metabolism and cut your appetite, but can it help you lose weight? Read more >

Social Media as a Trigger for Attention Deficit Disorder
Kids who use social media a lot are more likely to develop ADHD. Or is it that those at risk for attention problems like social media? Read more >

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

Greenspace Is Good Medicine
Spending time in nature can protect you from diabetes and heart disease. Maybe it's time your doctor prescribed a trip to to the park. Read more >

Look for the Forest, Not the Trees
Having trouble making a big decision? Research shows that taking a few steps back can help. Read more >

Folic Acid's Brainy Effects
Pregnant women take the B vitamin folic acid to prevent spinal bifida. But it does more. Read more >

Parents, Cars and Cell Phones
Parents who use their cell phones while driving their kids around are not only endangering lives, they are setting a bad example. Read more >

Soccer Players' Balance Issues
Soccer headers can cause brain damage in some players. They also appear to affect players' sense of balance. Read more >

A Promising Alternative to the Pap Smear
Testing for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, catches cervical cancer sooner than Pap smears do. But there are other risks to consider. Read more >

Cultivate Five Habits to Protect Your Kids
Mothers who follow these five healthy habits cut their children's risk of becoming obese by as much as 80 percent. Read more >

Police Violence and the Black Community
When an unarmed black man dies at the hands of police, the damage to the community goes on long after the civil unrest has subsided. Read more >

Three-Year-Olds' Self Control
Most adults believe that 3-year-olds today are less able to wait for a reward than kids were 50 years ago, but they're wrong. Read more >

The New Normal
Being overweight is so common, many don't see how overweight they are. This also means they won't try to lose. Read more >

Is Small Talk Underappreciated?
High quality conversations that are meaningful to us make us happy. Small talk can pave the way. Read more >

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

Help for a Terrible, Very Bad Day
Parents who encourage their kids to interpret slights and hurtful moments in a non-hostile way help reduce aggressive behavior. Read more >

It's a Dad's World, Too
Most programs for new parents don't focus on fathers at all. And that is a lost opportunity. Read more >

Meditation vs. Relaxation
Mindfulness meditation and relaxation offer different benefits to the mind and brain. Read more >

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

Coffee Builds Teamwork
Caffeinated coworkers work better together and feel more satisfied. They also do a better job. Read more >

Six Foods to Fight Disease
Presentations at a nutrition meeting highlight foods you want to have as a regular part of your diet. Read more >

Access Denied
Some remarkable new drugs pretty much cure hepatitis C. Unfortunately, patients are often denied coverage for them. Read more >

The Tipping Point for Social Change
How many people does it take to set a change in motion? Fewer than you might think. Read more >

Social Media Can Bring You Down
From hurtful comments to parties you weren't invited to, social media visits can leave you feeling depressed. Time for a break? Read more >

Helicopter Parents Don't Help
Kids with over-controlling parents have a harder time managing their emotions. Here's what you can do. Read more >

Is Your Job Making You Fat?
Don't you just love it when there are donut holes in the break room? Eating at work can add up to 15 pounds a year. Read more >

A Head Start Lasts a Long Time
Pre-K programs for low-income kids don't just help them do better in kindergarten. The boost they offer lasts on into elementary school. Read more >

"If Only I Had..."
Everyone has regrets, but only certain types of regret are likely to haunt us.. Read more >

Walk Fast to Slow Aging
Walking just a little faster can bring big dividends when it comes to your lifespan and overall health. Read more >

That's Disgusting!
Disgust actually seems to serve a valuable evolutionary purpose, but that doesn't make it any easier to take. Read more >

The Mediterranean Diet, U.S. Edition
People in certain states do a better job of eating the healthy way residents of Mediterranean countries do. For others, it's an opportunity. Read more >

Flushing Out Drug Use
Cities can figure out how big a drug problem they have just by checking for drugs at a surprising location. Read more >

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

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

Two Hours a Week
It's surprising how little exercise it takes to stay sharp as you age. But you do have to keep at it. Read more >

Grandmothers and ADHD
The drug DES was banned in 1971, but it may be causing attention problems in the grandchildren of women who took it. Read more >

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

Preemies' Antibiotic Overload?
Infections are a serious risk for premature infants, but too many are given antibiotics without clear evidence of a problem. Read more >

A Protein Boost...to Your Waistline
Protein supplements can help build muscle and give bodies working hard the support they need. But when you take these supplements matters. Read more >

A Fountain of Youth for Your Heart
We all know exercise is good for us, but how much do we really need? Read more >

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

The Heart of a Woman
Given that pregnancy and menopause place extra burdens on women's hearts, OB-GYNs need to be on the front lines of women's heart health. Read more >

Find Your Inner Math Whiz
A free online course is designed to change students' and adults' self-defeating ideas about math. It seems to work. Read more >

Dating for Dollars
Women and men both make certain calculations about the relationship goals of men of ostentatious wealth. Read more >

The Daily Mile
When kids walk, jog or run a mile a day, good things happen to their stamina, attention and weight. Read more >

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

The Robot Will See You Now
A robot programmed to motivate you may be all you need to lose weight or exercise more. Some even preferred it to live coaching. Read more >

Smoke Sticks Around
Cigarette smoke lasts a long time. Even decades-old thirdhand smoke can cause problems. Read more >

Fast Food and Fertility
Too much fast food and too little fruit both delay conception and raise the odds of infertility. Read more >

The Perils of Flex-Time
It's nice to be able to work from home, but it can mean you are never off-duty. Read more >

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

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

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

Turn Up the Radio
The bonding that happens when parents and kids listen to music together pays lasting dividends. Read more >

Plastic-Eating Enzymes!
Researchers have developed an enzyme that digests plastic. Now to put it to work cleaning up our bottle-strewn beaches. Read more >

Secrets of Life Extension
People over 50 who develop these five habits tend to live years longer than those who don't. Read more >

Toxic Workplaces
Office dramas and rude coworkers can take a toll on your mental health. The trick is to find a way to leave it at the office. Read more >

C is for Cannabis
Legalized marijuana means that more babies are exposed to cannabis in the womb. The effects are not good. Read more >

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

A New Niche for Ketamine?
The mood-boosting effects that make ketamine a club drug also may make it useful for preventing suicide. Read more >

Pregnancy and Heart Failure
A woman's chances of having a heart attack go up when she is pregnant. Learn the risks and warning signs. Read more >

Brain Circuits Tied to Depression and Obesity
Brain abnormalities that make food less pleasurable and promote depression appear tied to each other. Read more >

Help for Kids with Short Fuses
Being able to control one's emotions is a life skill many struggle to master. The good news is that programs to teach it actually work. Read more >

Fitness Trackers Don't Lie
What's moderate exercise one place may not be seen as moderate somewhere else. Read more >

Head Injuries Bring Headaches
People who have had a head injury have persistent and more frequent headaches, prompting calls for a new diagnosis. Read more >

Loneliness and Loss
Losing your spouse leaves you not only grief-stricken, but lonely. Here's something that will help. Read more >

Not All Protein Is Created Equal
Get most of your protein from vegetables and legumes, and your risk of cardiovascular disease goes way down. Read more >

PCOS Raises Risk of Mental Health Issues
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can affect more than a woman's fertility. It can affect offspring, too. Read more >

The Price of a High Deductible
Health insurance plans with high deductibles cost less each month, but may end up costing more overall. Read more >

Picking Up Alzheimer's Early
European researchers develop a blood test that accurately identifies the misfolded proteins linked to ALZ. Read more >

About that Protein Shake...
Trying to fend off frailty? More than the recommended amount of protein may not help. Read more >

Self-Perception and the Gender Gap
Men tend to think they're better in science, even when they're not. Women do the opposite. Read more >

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

Class Schedules and Body Clocks
Students who are not morning people tend to get a raw deal at college. It affects their grades. Read more >

Overeating Dulls Taste
Gaining weight makes food less tasty and leads to more overeating. Just ask a mouse. Read more >

Riding the Crave
We will happily pay more for unhealthy food we crave -- like chips or candy -- than for foods that are good for us. Override the crave. Read more >

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

A Cheeseburger with a Side of Phthalates
Eating out in fast food places raises the level of these chemicals, found in plastics, in your body. The consequences aren't good. Read more >

Low-Tech Protection from Norovirus
It's behind most of the outbreaks of vomiting and diarrhea around the world. Protecting yourself from it is, actually, pretty easy. Read more >

Math Skills Begin at Home
Parents lay the groundwork for math skills simply by counting and even cooking with their kids. Read more >

Flu Fliers
Worried about catching airborne viruses when you fly? You can probably relax. Read more >

The Sad Stats on Obesity
Obesity rates are climbing in children and adults, creating a potential public health crisis. Prevention is far easier than losing weight. Read more >

"Beeting" Alzheimer's
A compound in beets may help prevent the misfolded proteins associated with the disease. Read more >

Performance Anxiety
If you tend to choke in situations where you've failed in the past, become a student of failure. Read more >

Fuggedaboutit and Feel Better
There appears to be something to be said for suppressing negative emotions. It may help reduce the risk of depression. Read more >

The Power of Touch
A study finds that when a loved one takes your hand, it can sync your brains and reduce pain. Read more >

Dieting for Two
There's a ripple effect in weight loss: If you lose weight, your partner or spouse is likely to lose some, too. Read more >

The Bottom of the Healthcare Heap
Healthcare in the U.S. costs way more than it does anywhere else, and it delivers less. Read more >

Spin Class As a Hedge Against Dementia
Women who are highly active in their 40s have a much lower risk of dementia later in life. Read more >

The Mind of a Girl, The Body of a Woman
Girls who reach puberty before their friends do can experience problems that last into adulthood. Read more >

New Worries about Calcium Supplements
Calcium supplements, with or without vitamin D, appear to up the risk of intestinal polyps associated with colon cancer. Read more >

Vaccination Nation
Parents who worry about vaccinating their kids have one less thing to be concerned about. Read more >

Overconfident Online Learners
Whether it's how to throw a curveball, sand a floor or do the moonwalk, online videos make it look easy. And that's a problem. Read more >

One Way to Reduce Healthcare Inequality
A New York City program that enabled families to earn money to pay for health and dental care could serve as a model nationwide. Read more >

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

A Depression Awareness Program for Teens
Teaching teens to spot depression is a powerful way to help kids get the counseling they may need. Read more >

What a Difference a Dollar Makes
Raising the minimum wage by just $1 an hour can reduce absenteeism by almost 10 percent. Read more >

Normal Is a Big Tent
Don't bother looking for a clear line between what's normal and what's not. When it comes to your brain, it's all part of a continuum. Read more >

When Diets Stall Out
Your body's survival mechanisms can make it hard to keep losing weight. Forewarned is forearmed. Read more >

Sugary Drinks and Infertility
When men and women drink sugar-sweetened beverages, it reduces the chances of getting pregnant by as much as a third. Read more >

Red Wine For Oral Health?
The bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease could be reduced by the polyphenols in red wine and other foods. Read more >

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

The Pizza Box Problem
Poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) are found in takeout cartons and cosmetics. They can make it hard to lose weight. Read more >

Training Better Doctors
Med schools' emphasis on science needs to shift, a piece in JAMA argues. Students' EQ is at least as important as their IQ. Read more >

Ageism and the Risk of Dementia
A person's feelings about aging may make them more likely to develop dementia. Read more >

The Sodium-Memory Connection
In seniors, low sodium levels in the blood -- from medications, heart or kidney problems -- can cause memory loss. Read more >

Dim and Dimmer
Spending time in low light can rob the brain of a chemical important to learning and memory. Read more >

Faster Relief from PTSD
Two weeks of exposure therapy relieved soldiers' symptoms of PTSD just as well as eight weeks did. Read more >

Shedding Pounds Just by Standing
In addition to the many health benefits it brings, standing can also help with weight loss. Read more >

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

Before You Buy that Toddler Drink
They are marketed as the best way parents can be sure kids get the nutrition they need. But the labels can be deceiving. Read more >

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

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

Fractured Sleep, Fractured Mind
Which comes first: sleep problems or the accumulation of proteins related to Alzheimer's? Read more >

Protect Your Preschooler
The risk sun exposure poses to nursery schoolers' skin is often overlooked. Take the opportunity to protect your kids. Read more >

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

End Diet Deprivation
Dieting? You don't have to feel deprived if you know what foods can fill you up. Read more >

Obesity Goes Viral
Obesity is like the flu -- it's contagious. You can catch it from your friends and neighbors. Read more >

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

Recipes for a Healthy Brain
A spice common to Indian, Thai and some African cuisines appears to help keep the cellular detritus associated with Alzheimer's in check. Read more >

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

Taking It to the Trees
You might think kids' attention suffers when teachers take classes outside. Not so. Read more >

Thrills and Spills on the Hill
Olympic skiers and snowboarders make it look easy. Here are a few tips to keep injuries to a minimum. Read more >

Why You May Want to Reconsider Bariatric Surgery
Weight loss surgery offers serious health benefits and extends life. Read more >

A Different Look at Willpower
Self-control isn't easy, but seeing it as difficult makes it even harder to come by. Lighten up. Read more >

A Local Global Warming Success Story
The waters of the Chesapeake Bay were an oxygen-deprived dead zone. Now they are rebounding. Read more >

A Hormone Patch for Depression
Women transitioning to menopause are at high risk for depression. An estrogen patch could help. Read more >

New Guidelines for Staying Sharp
The American Academy of Neurology has a new set of guidelines designed to keep memory problems at bay. Read more >

Genes Are No Excuse
A genetic profile that makes you gain weight easily also means that dieting can have a big effect. Read more >

Amber Waves of Sleep
There's a way to avoid the sleep-depriving effects of computer, phone, and TV screens late at night. Counteract the blue light with these. Read more >

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

What They Don't Tell You about Activity Trackers
That fitness monitor you got over the holidays can give you a false sense of security. Here's how to get the most out of it. Read more >

Lung-Repairing Nutrients
There are fruits that can improve lung function in ex-smokers, and they can also help never-smokers. Read more >

Meals Are for More than Food
The emotional atmosphere around your family table has a big impact on children's development. Read more >

Explaining "Unexplained" Infertility
For couples trying to get pregnant, fertility problems with no known cause are hard to take. Here's something new to consider. Read more >

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

Sleeping with the Fishes
Children who eat fish tend to have IQ scores that are five points higher than those who don't. Here's the reason why. Read more >

When Work Life Takes over Personal Life
Flex-hours, freelance and working from home sound great. And they can be. But you need to set some boundaries. Read more >

Holidays, Dogs, and Chocolate
Chocolate and dogs don't mix. It can cause vomiting, seizures and even death. Keep your pup safe over the holidays. Read more >

Tea Is a Feast for the Eyes
A cup a day can reduce glaucoma risk. Just make sure the tea is hot and caffeinated. Read more >

Air Pollution Shortens Lives
Air pollution does its damage behind the scenes. As it goes up, so does mortality. Read more >

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

Become a Life Saver
If you know how to stop bleeding or give CPR, you become the bystander who can make a difference. Read more >

Go for the Greens
Seniors who ate more of these vegetables had sharper memories into their 80s and beyond. Read more >

Hormone Replacement Therapy's Cloudy Record
A task force finds that hormone therapy carries more health risks than benefits, but what about short-term treatment? Read more >

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

Meat for Mental Health?
Meat can help young adults' brains deal with stress. Aging brains have different nutritional needs. Read more >

Deep Brain Stimulation's Added Parkinson's Benefits
Parkinson's patients' movement improves with deep brain stimulation. The procedure can help cognition, too. Read more >

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

The Scary Odds on Obesity
Over half of today’s kids are likely to be obese by the time they are 35 years old. Here's how parents can buck the trend. Read more >

School Daze: How Schools Rob Kids of Sleep
The quickest way to help teens get more sleep is for schools to change when classes begin. Read more >

Smartphones and Suicide
Teens, particularly girls, who spend more time on their phones are more likely to be depressed, even suicidal. Read more >

A Diet that Fits Your Genes
When it comes to losing weight, what works for one person may actually lead to weight gain in another. Genes play a role. Read more >

A Day Without A Cell Phone
People forced to go through a day without their phones made some telling discoveries. Read more >

The Supervisor's Dilemma
Some bosses are approachable; others keep more of a distance. The choice can make a difference in the kind of work that gets done. Read more >

Another Way to Support Mental Health
Apps can help people with mental health problems get the support they need. Read more >

Sugar and Spice
Cinnamon contains a compound that has the potential to amp up the body's fat-burning system. Read more >

A Cannabis-Like Drug to Treat Sleep Apnea
A CPAP device can successfully treat sleep apnea, but few use it full-time. Dronabinol works differently. Read more >

The Surest Route to Brain Health
Aerobic exercise beefs up an area of the brain tied to memory and Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

Smart Gamers
Certain video games reward memory, strategy and planning, and reflect players' IQs. Others don't. Read more >

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

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

Gobbling Puts on the Pounds
Speed eating leads to overeating and metabolic issues. Teach yourself to slow down and enjoy your meal even more Read more >

Check Your Holiday Drinkware
Painted mugs and glassware can contain dangerous levels of two chemicals. What matters is where the paint is. Read more >

Talking about Numbers Teaches Language
Working on numbers with your preschooler helps them learn language, too. Read more >

The White Working Class and Race Relations
White working class Americans feel like a lot of non-whites do -- left out of the economic progress they read about. Read more >

Paint It Blue
People under stress calm down over three times faster when they are exposed to this type of light. Read more >

Women, Up Your Game
There's walking and then there's walking. A stroll around the block is not necessarily going to yield the health benefits you want. Read more >

Dust Off Your Social Skills
Actual human interaction has benefits that texts and social media can't duplicate. Read more >

Coming to a Health Club Near You
Exercise eases depression and anxiety, so why not include fitness in mental health programs to treat depression and anxiety? Read more >

Good to Forget
Being able to suppress unwanted thoughts helps us cope with stress. Now we know more about how the brain makes this happen. Read more >

Oral Exposure
This endocrine disruptor accumulates on your toothbrush. Changing toothpaste may not help. Read more >

The Right Team for the Job
When co-workers are friendly, motivation and productivity go up. But certain kinds of work require a different dynamic. Read more >

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

The Gap in HPV Vaccination Rates
Human papilloma virus can bring on cell changes that lead to cancer. How we can raise vaccination rates. Read more >

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

The Distracting Power of Junk Food
The scent of baked goods or french fries can quickly replace any thoughts in our heads. Carrots, not so much. Read more >

Tanning and Depression
People who pursue a tan, even knowing the risk of skin cancer, may be self-treating for depression. Read more >

When Sex Goes to Pot
People who smoke pot have more sex than those who don't. Or do they just say they do? Read more >

The High Cost of Pollution
The death toll from pollution is far greater than that from war. And the young are those most affected. Read more >

More and More Teens Are Losing Sleep
The number of teens who don't get enough sleep has risen dramatically since 1991. You can probably guess why. Read more >

A Reset for Depressed Brains
Psilocybin changed the brains of people with treatment-resistant depression, helping them feel better. Read more >

Where Your Mind Goes When You Space Out
This brain network kicks in when we don't need to pay close attention, allowing our minds to wander. Read more >

Fasting's Metabolic Effects
Fasting can reset cells' metabolism, helping the body burn fat and lose weight even without dieting. Read more >

Urban Gray Matter Needs Trees
Noise, crowding and pollution all stress city dwellers' brains. But when there's a forest or park nearby, things change. Read more >

Reduce Hospital Tests, Reduce Costs
Unnecessary tests harm patients and hospitals' bottom lines. Read more >

Women, Estrogen and Alzheimer's
The hormonal changes of menopause wreak havoc on women's brains, making them twice as likely as men to develop AD. Read more >

Don't Look; Listen
We can hear the emotional content of interactions better when we aren't looking. Read more >

The High Cost of Raising the Retirement Age
Raising the retirement age for Social Security should save money, but it just brings older, sicker people into the system. Read more >

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

Life-Saving Mosquitoes
A strain of genetically-modified mosquitoes appears to prevent the spread of malaria. Read more >

Paranoid Insomniacs
Lack of sleep can leave you vulnerable to depression, paranoia and hallucinations. Online treatment seems to help. Read more >

Is Your Child an Orchid or a Dandelion?
Kids become picky eaters for a number of reasons. Genes seem to play a role...along with issues of control. Read more >

A Sniff Test for Alzheimer's
Your sense of smell is directly connected to your brain, making it a potential indicator of how well that organ is working. Read more >

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

Long-Term Iron Supplements Benefit Low Birth Weight Babies
Babies born weighing under 5 pounds often develop behavioral and cognitive problems as kids. Iron supplements can prevent these issues. Read more >

Being a Couch Potato Can Make You Sad
People who exercise one to two hours a week have a much lower risk for depression than those who are sedentary. Read more >

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

Running Away from Smoking
A Canadian program combines running and social support to help people quit. The results are impressive. Read more >

Relieve Your Worried Brain
People who are prone to worry waste a lot of mental energy. Here's a way to reboot your brain. Read more >

A New Look at HRT
Good news for women suffering from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Read more >

Making A Game Out of Sex Ed
Teens need information to make smart choices about sex. A video game may be the best way to give it to them. Read more >

What Your Difficulties Teach Your Kids
Letting your kids see you struggle turns out to be a really good way to teach them to persist. Read more >

A Mineral for Your Mind
Too much or too little of this mineral seems to promote dementia and Alzheimers' disease. Read more >

You Are Not Alone in Feeling Alone
Every year new students and new hires at various companies have to contend with the feeling that everyone knows each other -- except them. Read more >

Why You Don't Want to Tell Your Kids They're Smart
Kids praised for being smart are more likely to cheat or give up. Here's what to do instead. Read more >

Patients As Works of Art
Doctors trained to look at art tend to be better observers of the humans in their examining rooms. Read more >

Gun Laws Make a Difference
A nationwide study in the U.S. finds that stricter gun laws reduce ER admissions and deaths. Read more >

For Seniors, TV Is Dangerous
Watching TV, especially at night, is a big reason many seniors have trouble walking. Here's why. Read more >

SNAP Falls Short
The nutrition assistance program doesn't begin to cover the cost of a diet that satisfies government guidelines. Is it good enough? Read more >

Nature Behind Bars
Good things happen when prisoners are given a chance to spend time immersed (virtually) in nature. Read more >

Back to School
If backpacks don't fit right, or weigh too much, they can cause back problems. Tips from an orthopedist. Read more >

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

Flame Retardants and Fertility
The chemicals commonly used to make furniture and baby products fire-proof can in vitro fertilization difficult to achieve. Read more >

B-Complex and Cancer
A vitamin supplement appears to raise the risk of cancer in men who smoke. Read more >

Why Teens Take Risks
It's not about their brains after all. It's about curiosity and exploration. Parents can help. Read more >

How to Fight Frailty with Protein
Seniors, don't just eat protein once or twice a day. To prevent frailty, it's better to eat some at every meal. Read more >

Bright Girls, Smarter Women
Believing you are smart and believing you can work your way to an intelligent solution are two very different things. Read more >

What Keeps Parents Up at Night
A national poll identifies 10 of the biggest fears parents have when it comes to their children's health and safety. Read more >

The Perks of Moderate Drinking?
Moderate drinkers seem to enjoy certain health benefits. But heavy drinkers are considerably less fortunate. Read more >

The Long Arm of Breakfast
Eating breakfast helps kids do better in school, and now it appears it does something even more important. Read more >

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

Mindful Drinkers
Being mindful of the urge to drink can be an excellent way to reduce your consumption. Read more >

Energy-Dense Foods and Cancer Risk
Eating foods that pack lots of nutrients in each calorie can cut your risk of cancer. Read more >

Close Protection
Having close friends, more than being part of a peer group, gives teens a hedge against self-doubt, depression and anxiety. Read more >

Preserving Food, Triggering Obesity
The chemicals that keep foods fresh and crunchy disrupt metabolism and can lead us to become overweight. Read more >

Happy Couples Take Risks
Having a spouse or partner who supports you not only encourages you to seek opportunity, it brings happiness. Read more >

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

Self Control Is Easier in the Third Person
There's a way to get your emotions under control that won't exhaust your willpower. Read more >

Bargain-Basement Body Scans
Comparison shopping is fine for electronics or groceries, but what about healthcare? Read more >

Don't Resist Your Feelings
Pushing away feelings you'd rather not have can backfire. To boost your well-being, embrace them. Read more >

A New Take on Gestational Diabetes
Pregnancy can play havoc with a woman's blood sugar, but what happens between pregnancies may be just as important. Read more >

Help for the Food Shy
Infants' temperaments tend to predict their willingness to try new foods, but that doesn't mean parents should give up trying. Read more >

Troubling Searches on Suicide
Google searches about suicide rose dramatically when the TV series, 13 Reasons Why, aired. Many clinicians are concerned. Read more >

ADHD Drugs' Protective Effects
Stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall can help people with ADHD focus. They may have other benefits, too. Read more >

Change Your Mind, Improve Your Health
It's not just about exercise. Your sense of how fit you are, or aren't, has a big effect on your health and longevity. Read more >

A Disastrous Combo Meal
Drinking a sugary beverage with a high protein meal reduces your body's ability to break down fat. And the pounds pile on. Read more >

Dining with Dad
Fathers are good for many things, but giving kids healthy food just doesn't happen to be one of them. Read more >

Do It in Your Twenties
The best way to avoid brain shrinkage in middle age is to take these steps in your 20s. Read more >

Moms' High Fat Diet Jeopardizes Kids' Mental Health
Here's another reason to watch your weight and diet when pregnant: it can leave your child vulnerable to depression. Read more >

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

Time and Happiness
Using your money to buy services that free up your time isn't lazy -- it's wise. Read more >

Small Changes, Big Progress
Want to improve your diet and health? Pick small changes you can stick with, a Harvard study finds. Read more >

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

An Artificial Sweet Tooth
Artificial sweeteners are not a free ride. They tend to make people crave sweets, leading to weight gain and worse. Read more >

Video Games to the Rescue?
When it comes to staying sharp, video games appear to work just as well as brain training. Read more >

Photos for Fake News
It's easy to doctor images and put them online. It turns out we are not very good at determining what's real and what's not. Read more >

Vegetarian Heart Problems
Not all largely vegetarian diets are especially good for you. Some plant-based diets are bad for your heart. Read more >

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

An Emotional Education
When schools help kids understand their emotions and their relationships with others better, it produces lifelong dividends. Read more >

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

That Warm and Fuzzy Feeling
Generosity -- and it doesn't take much -- makes us happier. Brain scans show how it works. Read more >

Heart Benefits for Women Who Breastfeed
Everyone knows how good breastfeeding is for babies. It may benefit moms as much as it does infants. Read more >

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

A Game to Remember
People with mild cognitive impairment tend to forget things. There's a game that seems to help. Read more >

Can Parents Be Too Supportive?
Parents can be too supportive, at least in a study of third graders. But the issue may be trickier than that. Read more >

An Alzheimer's Early Warning Signal
Scientists may have found a way to catch Alzheimer's early and reduce its effects. Read more >

A Novel Way to De-Clutter
Are you holding on to too much stuff? Here's a way to honor sentimental items of clothing or toys without succumbing to clutter. Read more >

Anxiety and Volatility in Relationships
If one member of a couple worries too much about the attachment of his or her partner, it can cause problems. Read more >

Health Insurance Saves Lives
Even skeptics who suggest that insurance doesn't improve outcomes sign up for insurance if they can get it. Read more >

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

Diaper-Free Babies!
Some parents are choosing to skip diapers altogether and using elimination communication to get their babies to go. Read more >

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

Brain Food
Two studies find that kids with higher levels of this antioxidant do better academically. Read more >

Beware the Dreaded "Dad Bod"
Marriage really does make men fatter. And then come kids. Forewarned is forearmed. Read more >

Mommy-Shaming: Fight Back
Everyone is an expert when it comes to raising kids. What's a mother to do about the criticism -- well-intentioned or not? Read more >

New Sources of an Overlooked Nutrient
It's good for the heart, seniors' bones and helps the blood. Now we know full-fat dairy is a good way to get it. Read more >

Is 19 the New 60?
Kids and teens are only about as active as the average 60-year-old, according to a new study. Read more >

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

Decadent Vegetables
When veggies sound like an indulgence -- chipotle-roasted corn, sizzling green beans -- they go over a lot better. Read more >

Batter Up Too Late?
Baseball players' reaction times improved when they got an extra hour of sleep. Stress and fatigue went down, too. Read more >

Maybe Grandpa Needs a Dog
Not everyone should be a dog owner, but seniors who have dogs get a lot more exercise than those who don't. Read more >

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

The Power of Perceptions of Control
Parents who believe their actions affect their kids have kids with fewer problems and more resilience. Read more >

Take Time to Savor
Mindless munching really packs on the pounds. Paying attention to emotional eating can be game-changing. Read more >

An Expensive Trip to the Emergency Room
People who lack health insurance and use the ER as their doctor's office often pay a huge price. Read more >

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

Swapping Beans for Beef
Worried about climate change? Simply eating beans instead of beef could reduce global greenhouse gases up to 75 percent. Read more >

White or Whole Wheat?
Whole grain bread is better, right? Not so fast. The nutritional benefits of bread are actually more individual than anyone thought. Read more >

The Myth of Teenagers' Shrinking Brains
It had been thought that teens' brains shrink during adolescence. That’s far from true. Read more >

No Juice, Baby
If you've been giving your little one juice in his or her sippy cup, it's time to reconsider. Check out the AAP's new guidelines. Read more >

Smart Toys, Worried Parents
Giving your child a toy he or she can talk to sounds ideal, until you consider privacy and hacking. Read more >

For Seniors, Protein Recommendations May Not Be Enough
Aging adults need more protein to fight illness and stay strong. Few get enough. Read more >

Fidget Toys -- Calming or Distracting?
Fiddling with hand-held toys can be therapeutic. The idea is they focus attention and reduce anxiety. But is this always the case? Read more >

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

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

The Affordable Care Act's Impact
When Harvard researchers looked at how the ACA has affected the health of low-income adults, this is what they found. Read more >

The Exercise-Mood Connection
Being active is linked to greater well-being and less depression. The real news is it doesn’t take much. Read more >

Pups Help Kids Cope
The challenges of school and growing up are much easier to handle with a dog by your side. Read more >

Hearing Aids Inspire a Rare Bipartisan Bill
Senators Warren and Grassley want to see some hearing aids sold over the counter -- much the way reading glasses are. Read more >

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

Eye Saver
Caught early, glaucoma can usually be kept at bay. A new test gives doctors a much-needed edge. Read more >

Too Much Sun Protection?
Staying out of the sun and sunblock cut your risk of skin cancer, but they can also contribute to vitamin D deficiency and celiac disease. Read more >

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

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

Noise in Nature
Noise is increasingly polluting the peace and quiet of protected areas, disturbing plant and animal life. Read more >

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

Multitasking Drains the Brain
Brain scans of people coping with fragmented attention show how much extra effort it requires. Read more >

Setting Kids Up to Stay Slender
Children who find it hard to handle their emotions are more likely to become overweight. There is a simple way for parents to help. Read more >

Beware Third-Hand Smoke
Even if you don't allow smoking around your kids, the toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke linger, affecting their health. Read more >

Hallucinogens and Higher Consciousness
The brains of people who have taken LSD, psilocybin or ketamine light up in ways that may explain these hallucinogens' effects. Read more >

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

Time for Lunch... And Recess
Kids eat more vegetables and waste more food depending on when lunch and recess are scheduled. Read more >

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

Eyeglasses that Change with Your Vision
In the works: glasses that adjust the way your eyes' natural lenses do. Read more >

A Pick-Me-Up That's Better Than Caffeine or Soda
Office workers looking for a way to banish afternoon fogginess should try this approach. Read more >

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

Salt Makes You Hungry, Not Thirsty
A set of new findings has completely changed our understanding of what too much salt does to your body. Read more >

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

Why Kids Drop Out
Life crises contribute to many kids' decision to leave school. A little help navigating these rough times could prevent it. Read more >

Smoke Screen
Bigger, more graphic, warnings on cigarette packs reduce smoking. But the U.S. tobacco industry is blocking them. The public is not pleased. Read more >

Reset Your Body's Clock
You can fix biorhythms thrown off by shift work, travel or late nights in front of a screen and lose weight at the same time. Read more >

Violent Video Games Increase Violence
There's a link between the violence that we experience virtually and the violence that we act out in reality. Read more >

The Secret to Staying Motivated Over the Long Haul
What motivates us changes as we progress toward our goals. It pays to know the difference. Read more >

Sexism and Video Games
Playing video games is significantly associated with sexist attitudes, a French study has found. It's about how women are depicted. Read more >

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

Better Schools, At No Cost
Enrichment doesn't have to cost money. Trusting, deep relationships at school can have a huge academic impact. Read more >

When Employees Lose Weight, Companies Gain
Company programs to help workers lose weight not only benefit workers' health, they add to hours on the job. Read more >

"Your" Medical Records
Why is getting a copy of your medical records so expensive? Read more >

Marathoners' Kidney Damage
Running a marathon is hard on your body, but the toll it takes on your kidneys is just being explored. Read more >

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

Vending Machines Programmed for Healthier Food Choices
If you have to wait for a your chips to drop, but can get a healthier snack more quickly, or cheaply, you might choose differently. Read more >

"A Robot Ate My Job"
Workers in both blue and white collar jobs are looking over their shoulders, worried that robots will replace them. Read more >

Why You Need to Eat at Home More
Home-cooked meals used to be prized; now they are seen as inconvenient. But the health benefits of eating at home are undeniable. Read more >

Bye Bye Bedbugs
Bedbugs' resistance to eradication is legendary. A promising new approach uses mold to stop them in their tracks. Read more >

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

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

Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, Low-Calorie, Really?
Labels promoting "low content" are best seen as marketing tactics, not as signs of healthful products. Read carefully. Read more >

Having Less Sex?
People are having sex less often. And it's not about work...or age. Read more >

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

Women, Sports, and Concussions
Women seem to be at greater risk for sports-related concussions than men are. A study starts to unpack why this is. Read more >

A Fast Track to Slowing Aging
Eating less gives your cells, especially your ribosomes, a rest and slows the aging process. Read more >

The Dieter's Dilemma
People who are really, seriously, trying to lose weight often find their willpower tested in this situation. Avoidance is one strategy. Read more >

Yoga and Breathing Ease Depression
Both high- and low-intensity courses in yoga and breathing techniques helped people suffering from depression. Read more >

Don't Give Up on Kids' Nutrition
Even though most parents know what their kids should eat, they often don't push the issue, preferring the path of least resistance. Read more >

Changing the World, One Hamburger at a Time
Reducing the amount of red meat you eat isn't just good for your health, it's good for the environment, too. Read more >

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

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

Few Parents Store Opioids Safely
Too many parents store opioid pain relievers where kids and teens can get them. Read more >

What It Takes to Go Viral
Everyone wants to know why some stories go viral. Brain scans offer an answer. Read more >

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

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

Help for Thinning Bones
Nearly 80 percent of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, putting them at risk for fragile bones as they age. Here's what helps. Read more >

Patient Surveys Change Doctors' Bedside Manners
Doctors took note when patients gave them mediocre ratings, taking steps to improve communication. Things got better. Read more >

A Cure for Glaucoma?
A study done in mice finds that niacin — vitamin B3 — not only prevents destruction of the optic nerve, it reverses it. Read more >

Over-Medicated Seniors
Seniors are being given prescriptions that can muddle their minds and cause falls. Here is how over-prescribing can be avoided. Read more >

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

It's the Behavior, Not the Vapor
Vaping, inhaling the vapor from e-cigarettes, seems safe enough, but study after study finds it's a gateway to smoking. Read more >

Pop Tarts, Froot Loops, and Red Bull
The hundreds of ads for junk food kids see every week shows in their diets and their health. Canada wants to do something about it. Read more >

The Case for A Health Tax
If taxes could buy you some disability-free years as you age, would you be willing to pay them? Read more >

My Selfie is Better than Yours
Selfies are fun when you are the one taking them. Others' selfies are another story. Read more >

Same-Sex Marriage Reduces Teen Suicide
The sexual confusion of the teen years can be brutal for teens questioning their sexuality. Legalizing same-sex marriage has helped. Read more >

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

The Vasectomy of the Future
Women take note: it's possible to plug the vas deferens so sperm can't get out. And the procedure may even be reversible Read more >

E-Cigarettes Aren't Stopping Kids From Lighting Up
Yes, smoking is down, but it has seemingly nothing to do with e-cigarettes. Read more >

Give Your Mind A Hedge Against Memory Problems
Some surprising — and fulfilling — ways to reduce your chances of cognitive impairment. Read more >

Naughty or Nice?
With kids, personality traits are pretty contagious. So it matters who their friends are. Read more >

Powered By Protein
Protein builds muscle and muscle keeps seniors on their feet. But which is better — vegetable protein or that from meat or fish? Read more >

Stop Fat Shaming
When overweight people are stereotyped as incompetent, lazy or ugly, it's bad for their mental and physical health. Read more >

Don't Know Much about Obesity
Obesity's effects on health cut across medical areas, so doctors tend not to be trained or tested about it. Read more >

The Power of Mistakes
We all make mistakes. Some of us are better about using them to good advantage, however. Here's why. Read more >

Two Ways to Crank Up Your Memory
Meditation and music both appear to help preserve memory in the aging brain. Read more >

Four Reasons to Join a Gym
If you are struggling with weight loss or fitness goals, check out the nearest gym. It could make all the difference. Read more >

A High Tech Sleep Hazard
High tech baby monitors use sensors to keep track of respiration and heart rate. They may not help and can make parents crazy. Read more >

A Cure for Fake News
You can inoculate yourself against fake news. It starts with knowing that it's out there. Read more >

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

"Really, Really Smart"
When 7-year-olds are asked to pick someone really smart, they choose differently than they did when they were five. Read more >

The Case for Taking Teen Depression Seriously
Many parents see emotional turmoil as just part of adolescence. But it may be a sign of something more serious that therapy can change. Read more >

The Carrot or the Steak?
The best way to get people on subsidies to buy nutritious food. Read more >

Childbirth Is a Dark Time for Some New Moms
The anxiety and depression that can haunt new mothers are finally receiving the attention they deserve. Read more >

Alcohol’s Effects on Memory
Alcohol may make you unable to forget. And this matters for people with PTSD. Read more >

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

The Revenge of the Weekend Warrior
If your exercise regimen is pretty much confined to weekends, don't feel too bad. You are still getting some major health benefits. Read more >

Tiny But Mighty
This micromineral helps us repair damaged DNA and makes a big difference in our health. Can you guess what it is? Read more >

For Kids with Behavior Problems — Cybercycling
The exercise that virtual reality cycling programs offer can make a big difference for kids who find it hard to deal with school. Read more >

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

A Direct Line to Your Doctor
When patients can tell their doctors about symptoms as they happen, ER visits go down and survival rates go up. Read more >

Dinner In A Box?
Yes, lots of us are short on time. But if prepared foods are your only meal plan, it's time to make a change. Read more >

France Outlaws Spanking
Fifty-two countries have laws against spanking. Not only does spanking not work, a study finds, it may bring on some undesirable behaviors. Read more >

The Bitter Truth About Artificially-Sweetened Drinks
No-cal beverages tend to trigger overeating, and they damage the environment. Tap water is a far better bet. Read more >

Preventing Miscarriage
Miscarriage is heartbreaking. For some women the end of disappointment may be in sight. Read more >

Breastfeeding? You Need to Supplement Vitamin D
Breast milk is spectacularly good for infants, but it doesn't offer enough vitamin D...unless mothers take one of these steps. Read more >

Your Brain Needs the Mediterranean
A Mediterranean diet can help keep your brain sharper, a study of people over 70 shows. Brain scans prove it. Read more >

Obesity's Bad Effect on Babies' Development
Infants born to overweight parents are at risk for developmental delays in a number of areas. Read more >

Thanks for the Memories
Lutein, an antioxidant found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, beefs up the brain — and memory. Read more >

Why We Need More Fun at Work
Managers who encourage policies that get workers to know each other have employees who learn more and faster on the job. Read more >

Someone to Tell Your Troubles To
It can be hard to get help in a country with only ten psychiatrists. That's where the Friendship Bench comes in. Read more >

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

Smartphone-Assisted Health
Fitness apps are getting better at tracking our health and activity. It's like having an MD by your side. Read more >

Grateful Dread
Not everyone finds it easy to feel grateful. For some, feeling like they owe a debt of gratitude is profoundly uncomfortable. Read more >

The Nutritional Mother Lode
Magnesium can cut your chances of a heart attack or stroke, as well as making other healthy contributions. Here's how to get it. Read more >

Maybe This Will Help You Quit
Cigarette smoke contains lots of chemicals, not just nicotine. Think ammonia, arsenic, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, lead and uranium. Read more >

Have A Bad Boss?
There are basically two types of bad bosses — those who are dysfunctional and those who are are much darker. Read more >

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

Kids Meals Are Heavy on Calories
Most meals marketed to teens and kids have way more calories than they should. What to look for. Read more >

Finding More Fun
It's more fun doing something on the fly, improvising, than following a master plan. Keep things loose. Read more >

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

Health By The Handful
Want to lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, or death by up to 25 percent? Grab some nuts. But not too many. Read more >

Ice Capades
Icy conditions can be treacherous. Some boot treads help keep you upright better than others. Read more >

Childcare's Dirty Secret
There's too little handwashing going on at many daycare sites, and kids pay the price. Read more >

Sleep-Deprived Soda Drinkers
People who drink more soda tend to sleep less — two or three hours less than those who don't. Read more >

A New Benefit of Sun Exposure
Time in the sun during childhood and adolescence seems to bring better eyesight later in life. Just don't forget the sunblock. Read more >

Men and Nuts
Why do nuts, and walnuts especially, do so much for men? They can even boost men's moods. Read more >

Autism and the Flu Vaccine
Childhood vaccinations don't cause autism spectrum disorders. But what about moms' flu vaccines? Read more >

Yogic Breathing Practices Lift Depression
People with severe depression who didn't respond to antidepressants were helped by these breathing techniques. Read more >

Whole Milk to the Rescue
Low-fat milk appears to be making kids fat, yes, fat. Read more >

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

Cell Phones Can't Keep a Secret
Even when it's locked and off, your cell phone reveals a lot about you — like what you ate, the places you've been. Read more >

Older Women and Breast Reconstruction
Women over 60 benefit from breast reconstruction just as much as younger women do. Read more >

A Quick Recovery
A drug commonly used for ADHD seems to make recovering from anesthesia much easier. Read more >

Stealth Salt
Most kids eat far more salt than they should, a CDC study says. And they have the blood pressure to prove it. Read more >

Is Your Computer Spying on You?
Not only are we more connected than ever, our own online devices may be stalking us. Read more >

Keeping Sleeping Babies Safe
New guidelines to guard against sudden infant death suggest that babies are safer in your room. Read more >

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

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

Put An Egg in It
Simply adding eggs to salads greatly increases your absorption of two key nutrients. Read more >

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

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

A Big Fat Summer Vacation
Free access to high calorie foods and hours in front of screens mean that vacation makes many kids fat. It's better at school. Read more >

Math Prejudice
In kindergarten, girls and boys are equals when it comes to math. But by second grade... Read more >

Focus on Food, Not “Nutrients”
Rather than telling people to eat less fat, the guidelines suggest foods to eat. Read more >

Raising a Reader
Many parents don't realize how easy it is to help kids learn to read, but their involvement makes a huge difference. Read more >

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

Social Media Users Live Longer
People who are active on Facebook and other networking sites tend to live longer. Coincidence? Probably not. Read more >

The Pounds on Your Body May Be Taking Points off Your Brain
Excess weight brings on inflammation inside your body. That's bad for your brain and mental abilities. Read more >

No, Really, You Look Great
Lying gets easier if you do it enough, British researchers have found. It's like any habit. Read more >

Medicaid Expansion Can Help Hospitals' Bottom Lines
The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — appears to have increased payments to hospitals. Read more >

Sleepy Kids Become Fat Kids
When children don't get enough sleep, they don't just get cranky; they eat much, much more. Read more >

Helping Bones, Harming the Heart
Many men and women take a calcium supplement to strengthen their bones, not knowing the damage they are doing to their hearts. Read more >

Meditation for Prisoners
Transcendental meditation can help prisoners confront the trauma that helps put so many behind bars. Read more >

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

Economic Uncertainty and Mental Decline
Financial hardship doesn't just affect physical health; cognitive health suffers, too. Read more >

Doctor vs. App
Online diagnosis is growing, but how good is it? A new study pits MDs against symptom checkers and comes up with an answer. Read more >

Why Combo Meals Are A Bad Deal
The “free” sodas and extras in combo meals add calories that pack on the pounds. Read more >

Taking the Guesswork Out of Depression Treatment
Finding the right treatment for depression is not easy. Researchers may have found a way. Read more >

Why You Need to Take Supplements Seriously
Liver damage from herbal and other supplements has doubled in the past decade. Read more >

Vitamin D Stimulates Stem Cells and Embryonic Development
A lack of vitamin D in umbilical cord tissue can result in fewer fetal blood stem cells and the potential for problems later in life. Read more >

The Soda Lobby's Unhealthy Influence
A new report shows how Coca Cola and Pepsi spend millions lobbying to keep soda consumption high. Read more >

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

Activity Trackers, Money and Motivation
Tracking your daily steps may not do much good — unless there’s another incentive. Read more >

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

The Outrage Diet
Appealing to teens' budding sense of social justice can undermine the allure of junk food. Read more >

Contraception and Depression
Depression is an under-appreciated side effect of hormonal contraception. Certain women are especially vulnerable. Read more >

A Spoonful of Medicine Helps the Medicine Go Wrong
When measuring doses for children, there's a right way and a way that almost guarantees you'll get it wrong. Read more >

Testosterone, No Magic Bullet
Studies of testosterone treatment paint a murky picture of what has become a billion dollar industry. Read more >

Crazy Cats
Is your cat driving you crazy? Two veterinarians and an animal behaviorist have a suggestion that should help. Read more >

The Power of Planting A Garden
Working a garden at home or at school has a profound — and profoundly beneficial — effect on eating habits. Read more >

Kids' Soccer Injuries Soar
The number of visits to the ER each year among young soccer players rose by 78%. Injuries were even more common for those over 12. Read more >

A New Take on Food Allergies
It turns out to be a good idea to expose kids to eggs, peanuts and other foods linked to allergies — even gluten. Read more >

A Pill to Improve Kids' Reading Skills
A Swedish study found children who received this supplement read faster and better. Read more >

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

Why Sex Ed Doesn't Work
Teens have some pretty good reasons for giving their sexual education programs low marks. Read more >

Try This, Baby
Parents worried about toddlers' eating habits should be aware that babies are taking in way more than food during mealtimes. Read more >

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

Fertility Plummets When Women Are Stressed
A 45% reduced conception rate is clear evidence for why women — and men — need to take stress reduction seriously. Read more >

Laser Pointers Are Not for Kids
When kids look at laser pointers, severe and lasting eye damage is often the result. Read more >

Standing Desks Go to School
Giving students standing desks to use during the school day makes a big difference in BMIs and obesity. Read more >

Help for Kids Facing Surgery
There's a surprising way to reduce kids' anxiety before surgery, no drugs required. Read more >

New Neurons, Better Memories
The brain rarely births new cells — except in one very important area. Read more >

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

Depressing Facts About Depression Treatment
Less than a third of the people in the U.S. who are depressed get treatment. Guess who's most affected? Read more >

FDA Bans Antibacterial Soaps
There's a good reason the antibacterial soaps and body washes on drugstore shelves will have to be reformulated or removed within a year. Read more >

Online Programs Improve Health
Programs and apps that set and monitor health goals can be helpful. Of course, you do have to put down your phone to use them. Read more >

Senior Serenity
Most seniors are happier than people in their 20s and 30s, making them an untapped resource for the mental health of young adults. Read more >

Child Abuse Shortens Lives
Women who were abused in childhood don't live as long as those who weren't. Men are less affected. Read more >

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

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

Good Dog!
Which pleases your dog more: praise or food? Brain scans tell a surprising story. Read more >

Houseplants Clear Indoor Air Pollution
Houseplants can play an important role in air quality — as filters for common household chemicals. Read more >

Personalized Nutrition Advice Makes A Difference
When nutrition advice is tailored to an individual's needs, it has a much bigger impact on diet and health. Read more >

Scientific American Takes On Soccer
FIFA, soccer's governing body, thought it had found a way to prevent over-age soccer players from competing. But no. Read more >

The Perks of Being a Volunteer
Volunteering, especially later in life, seems to bring health and happiness. Read more >

Why Latinos Live Longer
Latinos age more slowly and live longer than members of other ethnic groups do. It's called the “Hispanic Paradox.” Read more >

School Meals Pack on the Pounds
The meals schools serve low-income students help them learn. They also make them overweight. Read more >

Women and ADHD
Women with ADHD tend to live in poverty, suffer from anxiety and depression, and fly under the radar of mental health programs. Read more >

Menopause and Insomnia Speed Up Aging
Women's biological clocks speed up with early menopause — before age 51 — and sleep problems. Read more >

Big Waistlines, Shrunken Brains
Being overweight can age your brain 10 years. Read more >

E-Cigarettes, The Coolness Factor
Kids like e-cigarettes mostly because they seem cool. But are e-cigs safer than smoking tobacco? Read more >

A Little Quiet for Toddlers
Background noise makes it hard for toddlers to pick up language. So turn off the TV. Read more >

Good News for Bus Drivers
Some jobs require hours of sitting, and that's bad for your health. Luckily, there's an antidote. Read more >

What Saturated Fats Do to Your Brain
Saturated fats, from cheese or meat, aren't good for your heart; and they do bad things to your brain, too. Read more >

Fight Inflammation; Eat Nuts
Chronic inflammation is a killer. Nuts can help. Just don't eat too many. Read more >

Out-of-Wedlock Births Rise, Driven by the Economy
Among millennials with poor job prospects, marriage may be out of the question, but having children isn't. Read more >

Another Myth about HRT Laid to Rest
There are a lot of claims made regarding the risks and benefits of hormone replacement. A big study takes one off the list. Read more >

Your Child's “Overnight Therapy” — Sleep
Every parent knows what a tired child is like. What they may not know is that sleep problems can create emotional problems. Read more >

Government-Subsidized Obesity
The U.S. government gives farmers subsidies to grow the crops that make us fat. Read more >

It's About Turf
Many of the injuries high school football players suffer are the result of the surfaces they play on and could be avoided. Read more >

Frape — A Prank or Something More Sinister?
When a friend logs on as you and posts content to your social media account, you've been fraped. Read more >

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

How Diet Drinks Make You Fat
No-calorie sweeteners can wreak metabolic disaster. They fool the tastebuds, but not the brain. Read more >

A Recipe for Friendship and Trust
We like people who eat like us even more than we like people who look and dress like us. Read more >

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

ADHD: Exercise Helps People Focus
Short periods of exercise can help people with ADHD get motivated and stay focused. Read more >

Superheroes Dressed As Vegetables Rescue Kids' Diets
More evidence that if you market veggies like snack foods, kids will come. Read more >

Zika in Utah
The Zika virus has killed an elderly person in Utah and infected another. The CDC is investigating. Read more >

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

Early Bedtimes for Toddlers Cut The Risk of Obesity Later On
Preschoolers who go to bed around 8 pm are half as likely to become overweight teens. Read more >

The Power of A Healthy Diet — Independence
Eating well now may be what makes it possible to live on your own later in life. Read more >

Drinking and Doctor Visits
Alcohol consumption is a topic that often doesn't come up at doctor's visits, and it should. Read more >

A Smartphone App to Track Fertility
A new app to track women's monthly cycles could help you get pregnant — or avoid it. Read more >

What If Veggies Were Marketed Like Other Foods?
When healthy foods are marketed more like processed foods, shoppers buy more of them. Read more >

How Australia Ended Mass Shootings
There hasn't been a mass shooting in Australia since it enacted new gun laws in 1996. Not one. Read more >

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

Space Kadets, Take Note
The active compound in marijuana — THC — may prevent the brain detritus that causes Alzheimer's. Read more >

Women's Heart Attacks Dangerously Under-Treated
Women in cardiac arrest are 30% less likely to have an angiogram or angioplasty than men. Now the question is, why? Read more >

Walk with A Doc
We all know we should walk more, but many find it hard to do. What if your cardiologist joined you? Read more >

A Lesson in After-School Obesity
Children's food environments, especially their route home from school, can build healthy or unhealthy snacks into their diets. Read more >

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

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

The Art of Stress Relief
Making art helps reduce stress — it doesn't matter whether you are good at it or not. Read more >

Protect Your Baby's Microbial Diversity
Breastfeeding and avoiding antibiotics are two ways parents can safeguard the diversity of their children's gut microbes. Read more >

The Yuck Factor
Hospital-acquired infections can be kept under control if more workers wash their hands. That's where the Yuck Factor comes in. Read more >

Reconsidering Vitamin D
Studies showing that this vitamin improves health may be flawed, but does that mean they're wrong? Read more >

Antidepressants for Kids?
An international review study found only one antidepressant was reliably useful for those under 18. Read more >

Emotional Support for Job Seekers
Looking for for work is nobody's idea of a good time. But you can prevent yourself from sabotaging your best efforts. Read more >

Daughters' Weight Is a Parental Minefield
Parents of overweight teens may be tempted to remind/nag their children not to eat. Don't. Do this. Read more >

Junk Food Celebrities
Pop stars who promote soda and other unhealthy foods don't mean to add to the burden of teen obesity, but they do. Read more >

To Increase Activity, Keep It Local
Teens exercised an hour more a week simply by building mild exercise nearby into their daily routine Read more >

An Accident Waiting to Happen
Teenagers drive more — and cause more accidents — during the summer. Parents can do a lot to reduce the risk. Read more >

Help Your Cells Shed Fat
We only need minute amounts of this mineral, but it appears to play a huge role in our ability to burn fat. Read more >

A Healthy Reason to Love Carbs
Of all the factors researchers explored, fiber intake made the biggest difference in how well a person aged. Read more >

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

Can You Trust That Online Diagnosis?
It's easy to send a selfie of that mole or skin tag to a telehealth site, but it may not be smart. Read more >

Marital Discord, Written on the Body
The way you handle disputes with your partner can show up as health issues down the road. Read more >

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

How Economics Affects Our Ability to Delay Gratification
Resisting temptation is not always a good thing, at least not when rewards are scarce. Read more >

Gluten-Free Kids: A Bad Idea
A gluten-free diet can be life-saving if you have celiac disease, but it can cause nutritional deficiencies in others. Read more >

Would You Like a Perforated Intestine with That Burger?
Wire bristles from the brushes used to clean grills can land people in the hospital. Read more >

Mental Health Via Email
Online mental health services can help people with anxiety and depression. Read more >

What Aging Well Really Means
A good old age may not mean being free of ailments. More important are seniors' mobility and sociability. Read more >

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

Foods That Reduce Aggression
Violent, antisocial kids behaved better when their diets were rich in this nutrient. Read more >

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

Memory Problems? Go Fish
One serving of seafood a week reduced the progression of certain types of memory loss in seniors. Read more >

Global Bedtimes
Data from an app for jet lag have helped researchers develop a snapshot of global sleep patterns. Read more >

Diet Soda Can Make Your Baby Fat
Drinking artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy makes infants likelier to be overweight. Read more >

Help for the Loneliness of Dementia
A program that helps seniors with early-onset dementia suggests ways to ease loneliness. Read more >

Eat Less, Feel Great
Cutting your daily calories by as little as 12 percent can increase your energy, happiness, sex drive, and yes, weight loss. Read more >

Meat and Mortality
A Mayo Clinic study finds that eating meat regularly shortens life spans. Read more >

Formula As Good As Mother's Milk
A bacteria found in mothers' milk makes it especially good for babies' digestive health. Read more >

Time for Medicare for All?
Over 2,200 doctors sign a proposal for a single-payer healthcare plan. Read more >

Fitness In Minutes
Getting your heart rate up for intervals of just 20 seconds can offer benefits equaling those of much longer workouts. Read more >

Antidepressants Not Working?
Certain nutraceuticals — omega-3s and others — can boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. Read more >

The Attention Span of a Two-Year-Old
Children's ability to pay attention appears to be affected by the amount of attention their parents pay to things. Read more >

Hearing Aids As a Hedge Against Dementia
Hearing loss is common among seniors. Unchecked by a hearing aid, it can disconnect people from others and lead to mental deterioration. Read more >

Fertilizer for Babies
Breast milk is a complex mix of over 200 sugars that gets newborns off to a strong start. Read more >

Bedbugs Prefer Red
Believe it or not, bedbugs have color preferences. So you may want to reconsider those red sheets. Read more >

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

Do Dogs Like Hugs?
An unofficial study is garnering a lot of attention for suggesting that dogs don't like to be hugged. Read more >

Bad to the Brain
Fructose damages genes in the brain, leading to a variety of problems. Luckily, one nutrient offsets its effects. Read more >

Ease Depression, Help the Heart
Depression is not good for your cardiovascular system, but there is a way to erase the risk. Read more >

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

Time to Be Fruitful
Eating a baseball-sized serving of fresh fruit every day is the quickest way to cut your risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >

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

Patients Turn to Social Media
Social networking sites like Yelp can help you pick a hospital as well as a restaurant. Read more >

What Uncertainty Means for Stress
Would you rather know definitely that something bad is going to happen, or be unsure of it? Read more >

Phthalates in Fast Food
It's not just what's in your fast food that's bad for you; it's what your fast food is packaged in Read more >

A $.69 Cure for Blisters
Hikers and runners fear them; women in heels invite them. A simple new way to prevent most blisters. Read more >

Hormones For The Heart
Hormone replacement therapy can help reduce atherosclerosis if it is started early in menopause. Read more >

Why Being Male Can Be a Health Risk
Avoiding going to the doctor is bad for your health. Read more >

Dieters, Go For the Bean
Beans, or legumes, are filling, nutritious and low-fat, making them the perfect diet food. Don't overlook what they can do. Read more >

The Road to Fewer Ear Infections
Ear infections are down in the U.S. thanks to less smoking, more breastfeeding and some precautions all parents can take. Read more >

Mammograms Could Be Good For Your Heart
Mammograms may predict coronary arterial calcification. Read more >

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

Your Brain at A Buffet
There appears to be yet another biological mechanism behind overeating. It's a signaling problem. Read more >

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

Not All Mind-Wandering Is the Same
There's a big difference between letting your mind wander and having it take off on its own. Read more >

Vitamin C Is For Cataracts
A diet high in vitamin C-containing fruits and vegetables can cut the risk of cataracts by a third. Read more >

The Feel-Good Hormone... Until It Isn't
Oxytocin is known as the love hormone, but it may also predict new mothers' vulnerability to depression. Read more >

The Crunch Effect
Few of us really pay attention to the sound of our chewing, but it can make a big difference in how much we eat. Read more >

Targeted Ads Tell You Who You Think You Are
Online ads that follow you around the Web offer flattering identities as part of their sales pitch. Read more >

To Prevent Falls, Try Tai Chi
The fear of a fall can leave seniors housebound. But even those who have had a fall can recover balance with the help of this ancient art. Read more >

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

The Chemicals in Your Deodorant, Makeup, Shampoo
Personal care products can contain endocrine disrupting compounds. They aren't too hard to avoid. Read more >

Go Ahead, Have Another Glass
You can't really have too much water, and what it does to lower cholesterol and calorie consumption is all good news. Read more >

The Bolshoi Path to Enlightenment
It was no particular surprise when a study found meditation makes you wiser, but ballet? Read more >

Exercise Feeds Your Head
Almost any kind of exercise -- including gardening and dancing -- can help fend off cognitive impairment, even after it has begun. Read more >

You Call That Teamwork?
Everyone who works on a team tends to over-estimate their own contribution and under-estimate everyone else's. Read more >

The Ultra-Processed Food Invasion
Ultra-processed foods are just bundles of emulsifiers, salt, added sugars and calories. Read more >

Friends Don't Help Friends Lose Weight
However well-intentioned, you really shouldn't tell a friend on a diet that ice cream is a bad idea. Read more >

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

Smartphones: Not So Smart in A Crisis
Smartphones can give us physical directions, but they are pathetic at emotional support. Read more >

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

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

Enemies of the Atmosphere
The responsibility for most global warming doesn't rest with China or industry or even automobiles. Read more >

Your Partner Could Be Making You Fat
Your spouse has more of an impact on how you eat than your family history does. Read more >

What Transgender Kids Need From Their Parents
If your child feels his or her gender ldentity is different from their biological sex, your support can make a huge difference. Read more >

Being Sleep-Deprived Brings on the Munchies
The less you sleep, the more calories you tend to consume because your brain is unable to regulate appetite. Read more >

Fish As A Brain-Saving Device
Eating fish twice a week reduces the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's. Read more >

Distinctive Deaths, State-by-State
Where to go to find the most unintentional gun deaths, fatal police encounters and traffic fatalities. Read more >

The Five Percent Solution
Good news for people struggling to lose weight: even small losses can bring serious health benefits. Read more >

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

Give T A Chance
Sex lives and mood improved when older men with low T used testosterone gel. Read more >

Put Some Barley in Your Life
Barley reduces blood sugar, the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and it leaves you feeling full. Read more >

Enraged Mice
New brain research offers more insight into where rage comes from, and how it's kept in check. Read more >

A Non-Prescription Way to Fight Depression
Exercise and meditation, used together, can be an effective one-two punch for depression. Read more >

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

You Couldn't Pay Me to Exercise!
Instead of paying employees to lose weight, it may be better for companies to fine them if they don't. Read more >

Couch Potatoes' Shrinking Brains
The brains of people who are fit are bigger than those who aren't. Read more >

Assaults Plague Emergency Medical Workers
Who knew it was so dangerous to answer a call for help? Assaults on paramedics are too common. Read more >

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

The Truth about Old Dogs and New Tricks
Not only do dogs learn new tricks, they have things to teach us, too. Read more >

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

Waistlines Never Take a Vacation
People gain an average of just under a pound during a vacation. They rarely take the weight off. Read more >

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

Mothers-To-Be Need Fish
Pregnant women who eat more fish have children who grow up to be smarter. Read more >

Why “BPA-Free” May Not Mean Much
Supposedly safer, BPA alternatives like BPS still seem to disrupt our hormones. Read more >

Why Mice Don't Play Football
Mice subjected to repeated mild impacts to the head showed long-term brain damage. No, they weren't wearing helmets. Read more >

The De-Clutter Diet
Clearing your counters is a good way to cut calories. Messy kitchens promote snacking. Read more >

HIV Screening Falls Short
Patient confidentiality is a a big reason many teens and young adults avoid going for HIV testing. Read more >

Hookahs’ Hidden Dangers
The water in hookahs cools tobacco smoke, but the pipes deliver huge amounts of tar and nicotine. Read more >

Frozen in the Spotlight
Performance anxiety is all-too-familiar to many. Now scientists know why it occurs. Read more >

Better Learning Through Collaboration
Kids look at more of the angles when they solve problems and make choices if they work with others. Read more >

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

Why Eating Out Zaps Your Self Control
Eating out can make dietary self control especially difficult. Restaurant meals tend to be big, and tempt us when we are vulnerable. Read more >

Trying To Fool Your Activity Tracker?
You can trick your activity tracker, but probably not for long. Read more >

Help for Parents Hoping to Curb Sugary Drinks
Sometimes it's hard to keep kids from drinking sugary beverages. Warning labels on soft drinks can help. Read more >

Health Risks May Remain After Losing Weight
Being overweight takes a toll on your body that may last longer than we expect. Read more >

Water and Weight Loss
Something as simple as putting electronic water dispensers in city schools can help reduce obesity and improve health. Read more >

A Profile of College Drug Use
Binge drinking and marijuana use are up, but some other drug use is down on college campuses. Read more >

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

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

Fruit's Sexy Side Effect
Men who eat more fruit are at far less risk for erectile problems. It's all in the flavonoids. Read more >

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

A Litmus Test for Longevity
Subtle changes in pH balance can affect the longevity of older people — even if they are in good health. Read more >

Friends With Benefits
Having a social network of friends does good things for your health. But at certain ages quality matters more than quantity. Read more >

Your Brain, In the Zone
Understanding the neural mechanisms behind creativity may tell us the conditions under which it is most likely to arise. Read more >

It's A Game! It's An Ad! It's Advergame!
Candy companies are getting really sneaky in their efforts to get kids to eat more junk. Read more >

Mexico's Successful Sugar Tax
Mexico's tax on sugary beverages has had an impressive impact on consumption and, hopefully, health Read more >

Sixteen Years of Football; Dead at 25
The case of a football player with CTE offers a sobering portrait of what repeated head injury does to a life and a mind. Read more >

An Alternative to Mammograms?
Ultrasounds catch breast cancer early just as well as a mammogram does. And they cost far less. Read more >

Demand A Retest
If your PSA test score is high, go back and do it again. Scores can vary considerably. Read more >

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

Diets Tailored to Our Genes
They're coming — diets that take into account your body's particular way of using food and exercise. Read more >

Suffering Semen
Birth rates in the EU and other developed nations are back to the low levels of a century ago. Read more >

Pregnant? Join The Group
It's important to see a doctor when you are pregnant, but it may be even better to do it with other mothers-to-be. Read more >

No Parents Necessary
Doctor visits are a prime time for teens to take charge of their health. Parents can be obstacles. Read more >

Unpacking The Sensory Overload of Autism
The brains of children with ASD have less of a neurotransmitter that helps us filter out competing stimuli. Read more >

Don't Worry; Be Unhappy
Feeling down won't make you unhealthy. In fact, it is likely the other way around. Read more >

A One-Stop Treatment for Phobia?
Could phobias be treated in as little as one session? Research is starting to say ‘yes.’ Read more >

Does Your Child Need A Dog?
Dogs aren't for everyone, but they can help anxious kids overcome their fears. Read more >

Mushy Brains On TV
People who watch a lot of TV are less able to plan, problem-solve or process info quickly. Read more >

Attention Deficit Diagnoses Rise Sharply
Rates of ADHD have shot up 40% over the past eight years, particularly among girls. Read more >

The Size of An Order of Fries
The size of an order of fries has tripled in the past 50 years. Time to go retro. Read more >

The High Price of a Toxic Coworker
Domineering, angry workers are not good for a company's bottom line. Read more >

More Than A Meal
Programs like Meals on Wheels do more than provide nutrition. They help combat loneliness. Read more >

Reduce The Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer
Men who don't smoke, exercise and eat well can reduce their risk of prostate cancer by 70%. Read more >

You Are What Your Father Ate — Before You Were Even Conceived
Fathers' sperm help determine a child's weight long before a baby is born. Read more >

The Often-Overlooked Reason Why We Are Overweight
The emotional aspects of food and eating are often overlooked when people are trying to diet. Read more >

High Intensity Shoppers
The holidays bring out the best in those for whom shopping is a competitive sport. Read more >

Low-Carb Diets — More Good News
Elite athletes who eat a diet low in carbs burn fat at a much higher rate than those who pursue carb-loading. Read more >

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

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

A New Light on Depression
Light therapy appears to help even those with non-seasonal depression. Read more >

Parents, Dial Down the Pressure
High expectations can be good for kids. But when they are unrealistic, they can backfire. Read more >

What Millennials Do and Don't Know About Health
Millennials have grown up with fitness apps, farm shares, and online health sites. So are they healthier? Not necessarily... Read more >

The Breakfast of Academic Champions
A bit of attention to what you child eats in the morning can make a difference in their GPA. Read more >

Sex And Happiness
Having sex once a week is a good recipe for a happy relationship. Read more >

Long Live Coffee Lovers
Go ahead, have that second or third cup of joe. It seems to lead to a longer life. Read more >

A Depression-Diabetes Connection?
People who are insulin resistant and depressed may be helped by treatment with the diabetes drug, pioglitazone. Read more >

The Two Faces Of Social Media
The time teens spend on Facebook can increase stress. But there's another, beneficial, side to it. Read more >

When Work Worries Follow You Home
Having trouble disconnecting your brain from work? Some simple steps can help. Read more >

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

Shorter Days, Darker Moods
Seasonal affective disorder is often treated with light, but something else seems to work better. Read more >

Sweet Hearts
Drinking too many sugary beverages can seriously increase a man's likelihood of heart problems. Read more >

Soy May Rival Meds For Bone Health
The isoflavones in soy products — and some foods — can offer thinning bones the help they need. Read more >

Soothing With Song
If you’re trying to calm your baby, try singing. It works even better than talking. Read more >

The Low-Fat Fallacy
A review of the success rates of people on low-fat and low-carb diets comes up with some good ideas. Read more >

Low T And Fertility
It's not hard to raise testosterone levels, but keeping a man's sperm count at a reasonable range isn't easy. Read more >

Antibiotics Are Making Kids Fat
The more antibiotics a child has growing up, the likelier he or she is to be packing some extra pounds. Read more >

A Game To Help Seniors Remain At Home
Virtual Week helps sharpen seniors’ ability to perform the tasks of daily life. Read more >

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

Scared To Health
Public health campaigns that use fear to spark change are controversial. But they may actually work. Read more >

Facebook For The Fit
Finding it hard to exercise? An online buddy can really help get you out the door. Read more >

A Consolation Prize For Parents Of Moody Teens
Parents caught in the undertow of adolescent mood swings take heart: they don't last forever. But for some, problems may run deeper. Read more >

Dialing Down Medication for the Elderly
Some seniors on blood pressure and diabetes medications can end up dangerously over-medicated. Read more >

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

Accentuate The Positive?
When it comes to drug trials, study results are often misleadingly upbeat. They're also potentially and dangerously error-ridden. Read more >

The Kitchen Counter Diet
The weight of family members can be predicted by what's on the kitchen counter. Cereal? Snacks? Soda? Fruit? Read more >

You've Been Phubbed
Snubbing by cell phone — phubbing — is bad for relationships. Read more >

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

Relaxation Puts A Dent In Healthcare Costs
People who meditate or do yoga use far fewer healthcare services than those who don't. Insurers, take note. Read more >

Depressed Dads-To-Be
Men with a baby on the way can become depressed, too. And too often they are overlooked. Read more >

The Soda Tax
Berkeley, CA has decided to tax sugary-drinks in a effort to reduce consumption. Will it work? Read more >

Sex And Drugs And...
Smoking pot and drinking alcohol increase the likelihood students will have sex. More concerning is which students are having the most unprotected sex. Read more >

What Discount And Convenience Stores Are Doing To Our Health
There are good deals at wholesale food stores, but what they do to your health is not so good. Read more >

Caramel Apples’ Bad Press
It's not hard to protect your family from the bacteria that can lurk in caramel apples. Read more >

Late Bedtimes Bring Weight Gain
It doesn't matter how long they sleep — when teens stay up late, their body mass increases considerably. Read more >

Compulsive Texting And Academic Achievement
Some teens find it difficult to stop texting or ignore texts. Compulsive texting can cause academic problems. Read more >

Exercise Helps Kids Cope With Bullies
Bullying can erode victims’ mental health. But there is a way to reduce these terrible effects. Read more >

Fathers Shine At Bedtime
Dads beat Moms when it comes to reading at bedtime. Their style is best for kids’ language development. Read more >

Theater As Therapy
A theater program that pairs autism spectrum disorder children with child actors helps teach social skills. Read more >

Full Of Beans
You don't have to go hungry to be healthy. You can feel full — and satisfied — without meat. Try it for one meal a week. Read more >

The Angelina Effect
When celebrities come forward about health concerns, the public gets informed. Read more >

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

DUI: Punish Drunks, Or Safeguard The Public?
In many states a first-time DUI will land you in class with a suspended license. But this doesn't safeguard the public. There's a better way. Read more >

Where, When, and What You Eat
Try this app and you may find yourself staring at a photo of you mindlessly nibbling while pumping gas. Read more >

Fats Rise and Fall And Rise Again
There’s been a lot of flip-flopping on dietary fats in recent years. Here’s where we really are. Read more >

Antibacterial Soap Flunks Another Test
You'd think antibacterial soaps would at least kill germs. Nope. Not unless you wash for hours. Read more >

Parents And Bulimia: From Part Of The Problem To Part Of The Solution
Parents used to be viewed as a cause of bulimia. Now they are part of an effective treatment. Read more >

A Low-Cost Fix for Jaundice In Newborns
Infants with jaundice may no longer need to spend extra time in the hospital. And that's good news for new parents. Read more >

Safe Sex, The Cardio Version
Having sex if you've had heart problems is generally safe. Ask your doctor if he or she doesn't bring it up. Read more >

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

Do It For Grandma
Getting a flu vaccine does more than protect you — it prevents the virus from endangering seniors in your community, too. Read more >

Kids Eat Better At Daycare Than At Home
Amazingly, kids eat a healthier diet at day care than at home. And the extra calories they get at home are a major source of weight gain. Read more >

The Best and Worst Places for Older People to Live
What countries are the best places to grow old? It depends on a how far pensions go, the social fabric, and some other intangibles. Read more >

Endocrine-Disrupting Phthalates Linked to Miscarriage
Endocrine disrupting phthalates have been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage. Read more >

Short School Lunch Times Mean Less Nutrition
Many school children don't have enough time to eat a decent lunch, even if they want to. They need 25 to 30 minutes. Read more >

Social Media's Emotional Costs
The pressure to keep up with social media, particularly at night, does not do anything good for teens’ mental health. Read more >

You Snooze, You Win
Lowering blood pressure may be as simple as taking a nap. It's good for your heart, too. Read more >

Emotional Stories Make Emotionally-Savvy Kids
When kids understand emotions better they can manage their own emotions and behavior better, too. Read more >

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

Kids, School and Headaches
Back-to-school brings headaches for many kids. The stress and change of schedule are two reasons. Read more >

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

Caught On Camera: Kids Behaving Normally
Cafeterias are putting more fruit and veggies on kids’ trays. But are they eating them? Read more >

Back to School? Keep Moving
Kids sit for hours and hours a day. Breaking up that time with a little activity can make a big difference. Read more >

It's Not About The Calories
Our rising obesity rates have led us to equate food with calories. But we really should be counting nutrients. Read more >

A Folk Remedy To Disarm Deadly MRSA
Chestnut leaf extract shows promise as a treatment for dangerous methicillin-resistant staph infections. Read more >

What Makes You, You?
Your moral compass is a key part of what makes you, you. Read more >

An Easy Change Reduces Falls Among The Elderly
Falls are a big problem for seniors. They can mean the end of independence. Good nutrition can cut the risk in half. Read more >

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

It’s What You Eat, Not How Much You Eat
It's good to watch your weight, but there is something even more important to your health. Read more >

High Protein Breakfasts Help Kids Lose Weight
Kids eat less later when they eat more early in the day. Give your kid an egg for breakfast. Read more >

Good Housekeeping: Ridding the Brain of Junk
Younger brains are better at clearing away Alzheimer’s proteins than older brains. Is there anything we can do? Read more >

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

Helping Kids Develop A Healthy Relationship with Food
Some children love the taste and smell of food. This isn't bad, as long as parents help them learn to know when to stop. Read more >

Don't Blame The Egg...
Age-related Infertility may have less to do with eggs than the environment in which they live, suggesting a new route to IVF success. Read more >

The Dark Side of Perfectionism
It's fine to want to do a really good job, but constant perfectionistic worry about being judged can bring burnout. Read more >

The MIND Diet — Keep More of Your Marbles in Play
When aging adults ate from a group of specific foods, it slowed the decline in their cognitive abilities. Read more >

Southern Food: Good, But Not Good For You
Registered dietitian Beth Fontenot knows Southern cooking...and why it's one of the tastiest and unhealthiest cuisines around. Read more >

Mindfulness Training Eases PTSD
Mindfulness-based stress reduction helped ease veterans’ symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Read more >

The Mind of A Millionaire
What makes a millionaire decide to give? Their motives aren't the same as for the rest of us, a study finds. Read more >

Sometimes Picky Eating Is Something More Serious
Lots of kids are picky eaters. But selective eating can be a sign of a more serious set of issues. Read more >

Don't Douche
Feminine hygiene products contain dangerous chemicals called phthalates. Don't bother. Your body does just fine on its own. Read more >

The Case of The Disappearing Bees
Bee colonies are collapsing worldwide. Now we may finally know why. Read more >

Overcoming the Fear of Vaccines
Parents who refuse vaccines do it to protect their kids. When they see the damage not vaccinating can do, they often reconsider. Read more >

A Not-So-Secret Weapon Against Cardiovascular Disease
Eating fruits and vegetables raises the vitamin C in your blood and reduces your risk of heart disease. Read more >

Those Lazy, Hazy, Unhealthy Days of Summer
Summer vacation used to be full of activity, but screen time has changed that. What parents should do. Read more >

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

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

Enlist Fruit in The Fight Against Weight Gain
An antioxidant in fruit helps turn white fat into brown, and that can mean good things when you step on the scale. Read more >

The Fat in Fatherhood
Fathers put on pounds, too. It's called the “fatherhood effect,” and it's under-recognized by dads — and doctors. Read more >

A Move Worse than Headers?
When kids play soccer, concussions are a worry. But parents may be looking in the wrong place to protect their kids. Read more >

Altruism Simplified
Which takes more time — deciding to be generous or selfish? Brain scans tell the story. Read more >

Abundance Tips The Scale
Obesity is a growing worldwide phenomenon. Here's one of the reasons why. Read more >

Forget How Old You Are — How Fast Are You Aging?
Biological age can be twice (or half) that of chronological age. Why some age faster. Read more >

Logging In for A Diagnosis
Symptom checkers help patients decide whether a trip to the ER or doctor is necessary. So how good are they? Read more >

There's No Place Like Home
When you eat out, you consume far more fat, calories, and salt than when you eat at home. Fast food isn't even the biggest culprit. Read more >

Fitness Food? Think Again
Protein bars that are branded as “fitness” food are anything but. Read more >

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

Low T? Not Necessarily
Testosterone may not be the answer for men with ejaculation problems. Read more >

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

The Veggie Chronicles
What's the best way to get babies to like veggies? You can try being sneaky, or you can try a different way that seems to work. Read more >

Nut Case
Eating nuts is even better for you than previously thought. But more is not better, and peanut butter may not count. Read more >

Brain Training Begins on the Field
Organized sports are one of the best ways to prepare young children for school. They help kids learn self control, among other qualities. Read more >

Clues to Obesity from the Brains of Fat Rats
What you eat can affect your gut microbes and interfere with your ability to know you are full. Read more >

Drugs Disrupt Sleep and Kids’ Brain Development
Drugs used to treat ADHD, depression and psychological problems interfere with sleep, and this is a problem for the developing brain. Read more >

The Scales of Weight Loss
It's rarely recommended, but doing this every day could help you lose weight and keep it off. Read more >

Freedom of Choice Meets Health Policy
Behavioral economists have some interesting ideas about the best ways to improve our eating habits. Read more >

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

Life in the Texting Lane
The texting lane one university installed on its stairs was all in fun, but not everyone sees it that way. Read more >

When Parents Micro-Manage
Even when parents are warm and caring, their “helicoptering” can reduce self esteem — and worse. Read more >

With Autism, Early Treatment Offers Lasting Benefits
When parents and therapists work with young children at home, one-on-one, benefits continue even after treatment has ended. Read more >

A Hack to Make Your Salad Even Healthier
Adding this ingredient to your salad helps your body take advantage of more of its antioxidants and other nutrients. Read more >

The Health Toll Air Pollution Takes — Even in Rural Areas
The EPA's air pollution standards aren't good enough to protect the health of those over 65, a Harvard study finds. Read more >

Clogged Hearts and Minds
Trans fats slow your memory just the same way they clog your heart. Read more >

One Reason You May Feel Anxious — Too Much Sitting
When you feel anxious, sitting may seem like a good idea, but it could make it worse. Read more >

Your Viral History in A Drop of Blood
What if you doctor could see every virus your body has ever encountered in one drop of blood? Read more >

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

Fertility Problems? Pain Medications May Be Responsible
Ovulation dropped by 75% and more in women taking certain over-the-counter and prescription pain meds. Read more >

Kids in U.S. Drinking Too Little Water Each Day
Inadequate hydration affects children’s physical, emotional, and mental functioning. Ideas for helping kids get enough. Read more >

Don't Malign Millennials, Mentor Them
Hey, Boomers, stop complaining. What if you had had YouTube and video streaming at age 18? Read more >

Sugary Drinks and Fatty Livers
Drunk daily, sugary beverages can bring on liver disease. Artificially-sweetened beverages are safer. Read more >

Astronomical Hospital Mark-Ups
Some hospitals have extreme mark-ups of over 1000%. Many are in Florida; all are for-profit. Read more >

Lack of Sleep Linked to A Buildup of Toxic Proteins
Poor sleep may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. But it’s not clear which comes first. Read more >

A Prescription for Death from Prostate Cancer?
Men who eat lots of meat and fatty carbs have over twice the risk of dying from prostate cancer. Read more >

Give Your Brain a Rest (Literally)
Getting good sleep helps the brain form new memories, giving you even more justification for a nap. Read more >

Singing in The Brain
Singing — or listening to singing — can help those with dementia feel better emotionally and mentally. Read more >

The Executive in Your Head Is No Friend to Creativity
The executive in your head — the planner and decider — is no friend to creativity. Read more >

When It Comes to Losing Weight, It's Good to Be a Spendthrift
Some metabolisms are thrifty — they slow down when calories are cut. This makes it really hard to lose weight. Read more >

Cynics Earn Less — In Most Countries Anyway
A multinational study finds that in most places, cynics cooperate less and earn less money than their more optimistic peers. Read more >

Don't Cut That Cord — Yet!
Waiting a little longer to clamp the umbilical cord may help neurodevelopment – especially in boys. Read more >

Segregation Is Bad for The Brain
Even today, African Americans who attended segregated schools are proof that there is no separate but equal when it comes to education. Read more >

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

Cell Phones, Boredom and Playgrounds
It is hard to avoid turning to your cell phone at the playground. But you should. Read more >

Stress Really Does Take Years Off Your Life
Post-traumatic stress doesn't just bring on emotional issues. It accelerates physical aging, too. Read more >

The Power of A List
A grocery list is a tried and true method for saving money and buying healthier food. Read more >

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

What Your Late Night Snacking Says About Your Brain
Many a diet has been done in by snacking, and late at night your brain is especially vulnerable. Read more >

Not So Happy for You: Why Bragging Backfires
Self-promotion is everywhere. But its rewards are less certain than braggarts might think. Read more >

What Your Online Dating Photo Says About You
If you photoshopped your profile photo to make yourself look better, you may want to think again. Read more >

Eat Well and Prosper: Healthy Menus Bring Restaurants More Business
You might think junk food is good business, but when menus get healthier, so does the bottom line. Read more >

A Miscarriage of Miscarriage
Miscarriage is almost never a woman's fault. Most often, it's because the fetus is not viable. Read more >

Widely Varying Calorie Counts Undo Many A Diet
It's easy to gain weight when the calories in one dish (like pizza) vary so much from slice to slice Read more >

Which Matters Most to Mental Health — Family Or Neighborhood?
Finally, an answer to the the question, Which matters most, genes or the environment? Read more >

Millennials Spearhead a Shift in Sexual Attitudes
Sexual attitudes keep changing — and changing back again. What new and what's not. Read more >

Parenthood Puts An End to Couples' Equal Workloads
When a first child arrives, couples' equal workloads go out the window. But it's not all dad's fault. Read more >

Potassium's Blood Pressure Protection Racket
The culprit in high blood pressure may not be salty foods. It may be a different mineral. Read more >

The Spark Behind Creativity May Also Ease Depression
When a mild electrical current is applied to the brain, creativity rises. Read more >

What Legalizing Marijuana Means for Adolescents and Children
Pot may be legal for adults in some states, but it's not for kids. Experts outline policies to protect developing brains. Read more >

The CAN Approach Makes Healthy Food Choices Effortless
You can easily eat well. Just make sure nutrition food is convenient, attractive and a normal part of your life. Read more >

Do You Know How Many Calories Are in That Margarita?
We should be giving alcoholic beverages the same scrutiny as sugar-sweetened sodas. Read more >

Under Pressure? Try Self-Affirmation
When we want to do a good job, self-affirmations are a good way to counteract our worries about not being able to do well enough. Read more >

The Case for Treadmill Desks
Office workers kept moving with little loss of productivity. Tell your boss. Read more >

Taking a Step Back from a Stressor May Be the First Step in Recovering from It
Taking a mental step back from a problem may be just the trick to solving it. Read more >

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

Bad Air Days Are Bad for the Brain
If you live in an area with the kind of air pollution cars and factories bring, your brain is likely shrinking faster than it should. Read more >

The Perks of Being Invisible
Special glasses tricked people into perceiving their bodies had disappeared. So did social anxiety. Read more >

Anti-Texting Laws: An Early Report Card
When states have laws that are designed to penalize texting, they help save lives. Read more >

The Unexpected Helps Babies Learn
Learning becomes almost effortless when the unexpected happens. Read more >

Leafy Greens Appear to Help Keep the Brain Sharp
Two or more servings of leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collards are an insurance marker against mental decline. Read more >

Helping Others Can Ease Social Anxiety
When teens with social anxiety help others, they come to feel more comfortable in their own skin. Read more >

Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies: A New Approach to HIV Treatment
The broadly neutralizing antibody 3BNC117 is active against over 80% of HIV strains and is well-tolerated. Read more >

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

Health Benefits Increase with Exercise Intensity
It pays to exercise as vigorously as you can. Being winded and sweaty is a very good thing. Read more >

Which Weight-Loss Programs Are Backed by Science? Just Two, Study Finds
Not many diet plans have been backed by science. A new study finds two that really work. Read more >

Late Nights Bring Belly Fat, Diabetes
Night owls — even young ones — are far more likely than early birds to develop diabetes and other metabolic problems. Read more >

In Synch: The Power of Moving Together
Singing or playing in unison fosters emotional harmony. It's a good way to get children cooperating. Read more >

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

Professional Chefs Help Improve Kids’ School Nutrition
When chefs develop the recipes used in school lunchrooms, kids eat better. But it takes time. Read more >

Fat Cats...And Dogs
The health issues for overweight pets are just as bad as they are for people. Read more >

Activating Important Memories May Make Us Forget
The act of committing something to memory may make us unable to recall other events. Read more >

Air Pollution Raises Anxiety Levels
Air pollution puts your emotional health as well as your physical health at risk. Read more >

Breakfast Is Part of a Healthy...Educational Policy
Simply feeding low-income kids a decent breakfast raised test scores 25 percent. It's one of the easiest reforms around. Read more >

Half of Parents Are Unaware of Safe Pitching Guidelines
If parents don't know about the safety guidelines designed to protect young players, how can they help their kids? Read more >

Food TV: Entertainment, or License to Indulge?
Cooking show mavens who try to duplicate TV meals at home gain more weight. Read more >

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

Aging Brings Greater Trust, Happiness
There are some, and one at least can make you happier. Read more >

Scientists Find Ways to Boost the the Health Benefits of Chocolate
Healthier chocolate? Scientists have found a way to amp up the nutritional benefits of cocoa. Read more >

Doctors Weigh In on Recording Office Visits
Should you record your visit to the doctor? It's complicated. Read more >

Diet Soda May Increase Belly Fat
Daily diet soda drinkers were far more rotund than people who drank them less often. Read more >

Depression in the Parents Can Trigger Behavior Problems in the Kids
Parents' moods are not lost on their children. A parent's depression can create behavior problems. Read more >

Being Lonely is Bad for Your Health
Loneliness can be a health hazard, just like being sedentary, or overweight. Read more >

Parents Who Share Too Much
When parents share their children's every move on YouTube or Facebook, it can create problems with privacy and identity. Read more >

Treating Depression is Good for the Heart
People who are depressed improve more than their emotional state when they seek treatment. Read more >

Use of Marijuana May Have Lasting Effects on Memory
Marijuana use in adolescence may have lasting effects on memory. Read more >

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

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

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

Matters of Size, The End of Penis Insecurity
Reassuring news for men with penis envy who worry about measuring up. Read more >

Health for Peanuts and Peanuts for Health
They're cheap, heart-healthy and provide antioxidants. Health food for the rest of us. Read more >

You Don't Need to Go to Extremes, Go Semi-Veggie
You don't have to go completely meatless to enjoy the major health benefits vegetables bring. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

Progress in The Search for the Cause of Peanut Allergy
Two studies put a dent in peanuts' reign of terror among parents of school children. Read more >

Walking The Road to Higher Learning
When a computer science teacher had his classes walk as he lectured, something interesting happened. Read more >

Simply Eating More Fiber May Be All You Need to Do to Lose Weight
Eating more fiber can help people lose weight almost as well as cutting fat and calories. Read more >

Food Safety: Home Chefs Flunk the Test
Videos of home cooks found bacteria were spread from meat to veggies by a surprising source. Read more >

For Sleeplessness, The Best Medicine May be Meditation
Before trying medication, seniors having trouble sleeping should try a short course on meditation. Read more >

Misleading Numbers on Campus Sexual Assaults
Guess what happens to the number of rapes and sexual assaults reported on campuses when legal scrutiny is lifted? Read more >

Brain Scans Can Predict Depression and Anxiety down the Road
Some of us have brains that react more vigorously to stress and fear. Knowing this could help prevent problems down the road. Read more >

Sugar-Sweetened Energy Drinks Associated With Inattention and Hyperactivity
Energy drinks can bring on attention and hyperactivity problems in children and teens that interfere with school. Read more >

Mothers’ Milk Primes Infants’ Digestion
Breastfeeding adds diversity to the microbes in babies' guts, which can make the transition to solid food easier. Read more >

Art, Nature, and Spirituality Can Help Protect Against Disease
Experiencing a sense of awe may reduce inflammation – and depression. Read more >

Children's Heart Health Begins at Home
It's not just what you feed your kids that makes them healthy adults. Intangibles like impulse control and friends have a big effect, too. Read more >

Threats to Privacy on the Internet
Those privacy policies you click on to order apps or purchase goods won't protect privacy. Read more >

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

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

Another Health Risk of Sugary Soda: Early Menstruation
Daily consumption of sugary soda can lead to early menstruation in girls. Read more >

Benadryl, Other Meds May Up Risk of Dementia
The more Benadryl and certain other anticholinergic drugs you take, the greater the risk of dementia. Read more >

Age A Factor in Sports-Related Brain Injury
Football players who started young are more likely to develop memory problems later in life. Read more >

Calorie Counts Give Parents Pause When Ordering for Their Children
When menus show calorie counts and an estimate of the exercise needed to work them off, people order smarter. Read more >

Depression Makes “Binge-Watching” Television More Likely
Binge-watching TV is riskier for your mental and physical health than it sounds. Read more >

A Simple Switch Raises Kids' Fruit and Veggie Consumption
When schools made this simple, no-cost change, kids ate more fruit and vegetables at lunch. Read more >

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

Beet Juice May Not Be So Great for Muscles after All
Beetroot juice may not help muscles during exercise quite as expected. Read more >

Too Much Milk is Bad for Kids' Waistlines
Milk is good for you, but parents may be tempted to let kids have more than is good for them. Read more >

Stand Up Routine: Sitting Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
Get up on your feet. Sitting is bad for your health, even if you are physically active. Read more >

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

A Short Walk to A Longer Life
A study has turned up some surprising findings about the quickest route to a healthier life. Read more >

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

Is That Hysterectomy Really Necessary?
Too often surgery is the first option presented to women with minor gynecological issues. Read more >

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

A Surprising Way to Heal from a Breakup
Writing or talking about a breakup can help you process the pain, but better talk with strangers. Read more >

Fast Food Can Slow Kids' Brains
Fast food can make kids fat. It doesn't do anything good for their brains, either. Read more >

Small Screens Can Be a Big Problem at Bedtime
There are some good reasons why having a phone in the room at bedtime makes kids so tired the next day. Read more >

Family Pets Improve Autistic Children's Social Skills
Cats, dogs and other pets give children with autism a way to learn how to deal with others and assert themselves. Read more >

Tricking the Body into Feeling Full
Fexaramine could be the diet drug we all have been waiting for: It tricks your body into thinking it has eaten. Read more >

Study Pinpoints the Chief Source of Gun Violence
Better screening for mental stability is not the solution to gun violence, a new study finds. Read more >

Why the Guilt-Ridden Make Good Employees
People who are prone to feeling guilty make the best workers. Read more >

Yoga's Benefits Go Straight to the Heart
Yoga doesn't get enough respect as exercise. It's not just for relaxation -- it's good for your heart. Read more >

Eating Whole Grains Lowers Mortality Rates
For every ounce of whole grains you eat, you could extend your life by 5%. Seems like a bargain. Read more >

Body Cameras Can Prevent Violence
Body cameras cut police violence by over 50% and could perhaps have saved Michael Brown's life. Read more >

Social Support, Not Criticism, Leads to More Weight Loss
People trying to lose weight don't need friends' misguided remarks. Simple acceptance helps a great deal. Read more >

Lose Fat by Breathing — Really
When you lose weight, where does it go? The answer will change the way you think about weight loss. Read more >

Virtual Body-Swapping Can Help Address Unconscious Racial Biases
Virtual body-swapping may be the key to reducing racial prejudice. Read more >

How Light from E-Readers Disrupts Your Sleep
The blue light computers and other screens emit can make it hard to get a restful night's sleep. Read more >

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

Weigh Yourself Often for Better Weight Control
Getting on the scale isn't always good news, but it is a wonderful motivator and helps keep diets on track. Read more >

Social Media Helps Keep Seniors Connected
Get Mom and Dad a broadband connection. Social networks ease seniors' loneliness, too. Read more >

Semen Quality Is a Reflection of General Health
Poor semen quality and fertility problems tend to be a reflection of other health issues. Read more >

Musical Training Improves Language Processing and School Performance
Musical training can make a difference in children's ability to process language and learn in school. Read more >

Sugar, Not Salt, Intake Behind Rising Blood Pressure
When it comes to high blood pressure, sugar has an even worse effect than salt. Read more >

Prescription Meds Can Turn Teens into Drug Abusers
Teens prescribed anti-anxiety and sleep medications are more likely to abuse drugs later on. Read more >

For Younger Women, Daily Aspirin May Do More Harm than Good
For women under 65, aspirin’s risks may outweigh its benefits. Read more >

Workplace Strategies for Non-Drinkers
It can be hard to be the lone non-drinker, especially at office parties. Here are some ways to cope. Read more >

Marriage Problems Take Their Toll on the Heart
Elderly couples with marital problems are more likely to have cardiac problems as well. Counseling can help. Read more >

The Perils of the Night Shift
Shift work affects your body's ability to process energy, making it more likely you will gain weight. Read more >

Cozy, Comfy, and Dangerous
Nearly half of all infants are put to bed with bedding that poses a risk of SIDS and suffocation. Read more >

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

The Virtues of The Mediterranean Diet Show Up on Chromosomes
The Mediterranean diet works by keeping our telomeres, and so our lives, longer. Read more >

CPR Phone Coaching Saves Lives
Bystanders can save lives when 911 operators give them CPR instruction over the phone. Read more >

When You Eat May Be More Important Than How Much
When you eat may be just as important as what you eat. Eating on a schedule makes the body's metabolism run more efficiently. Read more >

Fasting Can Be Good for Many Areas of Health, Not Just Your Weight
Intermittent fasting can reduce inflammation, spur antioxidant enzymes and improve your metabolism. Read more >

Running Keeps the Cellular Engines Purring
Running improves the functioning of mitochondria in our cells, enabling them to use energy far more efficiently. Read more >

What School Lunch Guidelines Need to Work Better
The environment of school cafeterias — and the amount of time kids have to eat — can have a big effect on how well kids eat at lunch. Read more >

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

Helping Babies Learn to Love Vegetables -- The French Way
In France mothers have a trick for getting infants to like vegetables. It works wonders. Read more >

Trans Fats: As Bad for the Mind As They Are for the Body
Trans fats will make you stupid. Read more >

Vegetarian Diets Could Reduce Greenhouse Gasses Significantly
Vegetarian, pescetarian, and Mediterranean diets can do a lot to reduce greenhouse gasses. Read more >

New Insights into Why Some People Are Resistant to Stress, Depression
Some people are just not affected by stress very much. A new study suggests why and offers hope for new treatments for depression. Read more >

Reduced-Sodium Meats Pose Danger for People with Kidney Disease
People with chronic kidney disease should beware of low-salt meats and other foods because they may contain dangerous levels of potassium. Read more >

Energy Drinks Land Young Children in The ER
The amount of caffeine in energy drinks is dangerous to children. It can cause seizures and abnormal heart rhythms. Read more >

Speaking a Second Language May Keep the Brain in Good Shape
Speaking more than one language is one of the most powerful ways to keep your mind sharp. Read more >

The Green Way to Get to Work
A network of bicycle and pedestrian paths in Minneapolis is making a big difference in the number of active commuters. Read more >

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

Immersion Blenders May Leak Toxic Chemicals into Food
Some brands of hand blenders contain toxic chemicals that may be transferred to food. Not good for kids. Read more >

The Science of Choking Under Pressure
Performing our best under pressure is not easy, and people have different reasons for choking. Read more >

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

Cafeteria Food Faces Off Against Brought-From-Home
School lunches take a lot of abuse, but a new study finds that they are healthier than we think. Read more >

Health is a Partnership, Not Solely Physicians' Responsibility
When a doctor tells a patient to exercise or take a medication and the patient doesn't, who is responsible? Read more >

Scratching Really Does Make Itches Worse
The urge to scratch an itch is irresistible, but it really does make the itch worse. See why. Read more >

Of All the Emotions, Sadness Lasts the Longest
Of all the emotions, one lasts the longest. Here's why. Read more >

For Listening to Music, Old-Fashioned Hearing Aids May Be Best
You may want to leave your fancy new hearing aid at home. It can really ruin musical enjoyment. Read more >

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

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

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

Small People Can Carry a Bigger Load
Guess who can carry the heavier backpack: Fullback types or more modestly-sized adults? Read more >

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

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

How Far You Have to Walk to Work Off a Soda
It takes 50 minutes of running or five miles of walking to work off the 250 calories in a can of soda. Read more >

Restaurants Are Cutting Calories
Restaurant chains have been introducing lower-calorie items. This could help diners keep weight off. Read more >

Researchers Find An Ingenious Way to Measure Seniors' Drinking
Ask someone how much they drink, and the answer they'll give you may not jibe with the number of bottles in the trash. Read more >

Chemical in Broccoli (in High Doses) Appears to Reduce Symptoms of Autism
A chemical in broccoli, sulforaphane, reduces the social symptoms of autism symptoms. But only in h Read more >

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

Experts Agree: Violent Gaming is Linked to Aggression in Kids
The exact relationship between violent video games and violence and aggression among children isn't clear, but the fact they are linked is. Read more >

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

Patients Find Psychiatric Appointments Are Hard to Come By
Getting an appointment with a psychiatrist in some states is nearly impossible. Read more >

Weight-Loss Surgery: One Procedure Appears Better
Weight-loss surgery can make a huge health difference. But is gastric bypass or banding better? Read more >

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

Fried Food Increases Risk for Gestational Diabetes
Women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant should try to limit the amount of fried food they eat, particularly when eating out. Read more >

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

An Apple A Day May Keep Obesity at Bay
When it comes to keeping the beneficial bacteria in your colon happy, one apple stands above the rest. It may even help keep weight off. Read more >

Multitasking Linked to Changes in the Brain
Multitasking may result in a loss of density in gray matter in a key brain area. Read more >

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

Immature Connections Among Brain Networks May Be Behind ADHD
The connections among brain networks in people with ADHD are immature. Can they be helped to develop normally? Read more >

What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Brain
One of the best ways to guard against dementia is to protect your heart. Read more >

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

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

You Are What You (and Your Full-Figured Friends) Eat
Who you eat with can affect what you eat, especially if your friends are overweight. Read more >

A Blood Test to Predict Depression and Treatment Effects in Adults
Markers in the blood of people who are or will become depressed offer a step forward in early diagnosis and treatment. Read more >

Experts Recommend Getting the Flu Shot as Early as Possible
Get the flu shot as early in the fall as possible. There are a few exceptions. Read more >

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

Bariatric Surgery May Bring Surprising Benefits for the Brain
Weight loss surgery not only benefits the body, it appears to protect the brain as well. Read more >

Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Real Metabolic Problems
Artificial sweeteners may cause the problems, such as glucose intolerance and diabetes, their use was intended to prevent. Read more >

Protein Production Put on Hold During Times of Stress
The misfolded proteins that accumulate in ALS and Alzheimer's appear to be the result of cells' response to stress. Read more >

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

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

Networking: Dirty Work or Community-Building?
Self-promotion can leave people feeling dirty. Literally. But it doesn’t have to. Read more >

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

Changing A Memory’s Emotional Color and Maybe Its Impact
Events connected to strong emotions are colored by those feelings. Scientists are figuring out how to disconnect the two. Read more >

Gas Disconnects Traumatic Memories, Loosens the Grip of PTSD
Xenon gas may be a better PTSD treatment: It helps disconnect traumatic memories from the pain that can go with them. Read more >

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

Biochemical Keys to Stress and Resilience Are Uncovered
Some people seem resistant to stress, while others are susceptible to it. Researchers are starting to understand why. Read more >

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

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

The Health Benefits of Reducing Carbon Emissions Outweighs Their Cost
The healthcare savings connected to clean air go a long way toward paying the costs of reducing carbon emissions. Read more >

Brain Development Puts the Brakes on Kids’ Growth
There's a reason why toddlers' heads are too big for their bodies: Their brains are using most of what they eat. Young minds need to be fed properly. Read more >

Young People with Depression Have “Hyper-Connected” Brain Networks
The brains of depressed people have different, more intense patterns of connections. What does that mean for treatment? Read more >

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

Severe Depression Helped by A Combo of Antidepressants and Talk Therapy
Antidepressants and talk therapy together may be the key to overcoming severe depression. Read more >

Biceps, Triceps and White Matter: Exercising the Brain
The white matter in the brains of kids who are in good shape is denser and able to process information faster than those who aren't fit. Read more >

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

Certain Occupations Make Parenthood Even Harder
Certain jobs make being a parent even more stressful. Read more >

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

Epigenetic Effects Extend Prenatal Influences to Men and Across Generations
Epigenetics can affect the fetus long before pregnancy. Fathers' health plays a big role, too. Read more >

Active Commuting Offers Health — and Environmental — Benefits
Commuters who drive themselves to work weigh five to seven pounds more than those who walk or bike. Read more >

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

Antibiotics in Early Life — and in Utero — May Bring Obesity Risk Later On
Early exposure to antibiotics — even prenatally — can raise the risk for obesity later in life. Read more >

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

Mammograms Benefit Women Even Past Age 75
Mammograms can help even women over 75 enjoy longer and cancer-free lives. Read more >

Lack of Motivation May Masquerade as Cognitive Decline
As people age, it can be hard to tell whether memory or motivation is fading. Read more >

Promising New Technique for Monitoring Early Brain Development in Infants
A new technique makes it possible to predict developmental delays more accurately. Read more >

Vitamin D Deficiencies Raise the Risk of Dementia
Making sure you have enough vitamin D is one way to guard against memory loss. Read more >

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

Crowdsourcing May Help People Make Smarter Food Choices
There's a new reason to take pictures of your meals — you can use them to get support and feedback to eat better. Read more >

Good News at the Wrong Time Isn’t Good News at All
The timing of good news is almost as important as the news itself. Read more >

Are Electronic Cigarettes A Threat to Public Health?
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
In addition to harming brain development, lead exposure is also linked to emotional problems like depression and anxiety. Read more >

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

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

Kids Choose Healthier Foods When Parents Spend Time Cooking
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
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
If you’re trying to quit smoking, the nicotine patch and Chantix are more effective together than alone. Read more >

Genetic Risks for Autism Come into Focus
A large new study of the genetic underpinnings of autism finds that sudden mutations play almost no role in the disorder. Read more >

A Gel to Fight Breast Cancer, without the Side Effects
Treating breast cancer with a gel on the skin may be as effective as oral drugs, and without the risks. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details Emerge on The Link Between Stress and Heart Disease
Chronic stress — the kind faced by doctors in the ICU — increases white blood cells that can cause life-threatening plaques to form. Read more >

High Cholesterol Appears Linked to Breast Cancer Risk
Women with high cholesterol are more likely to develop breast cancer. But there's a possible treatment. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preschoolers More Likely to Recognize Unhealthy Food Brands
What parents eat has the biggest effect on kids' food choices. But it would help if carrots or apples had the branding that junk foods do. Read more >

Low Blood Pressure in Old Age May Bring Cognitive Decline
High blood pressure in old age may not be all bad: It can mean more blood to the brain. Read more >

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

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

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Pregnant women living near agricultural areas where pesticides are used have a far higher risk of having a child with ASD. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

Text Messages Can Help Support Smokers As They Quit
A text messaging program gives those struggling with nicotine cravings the support they need. You can even ask for help. Read more >

White Bread Will Make You Fat
Eating two slices of white bread a day raises the risk of obesity by 40%. Read more >

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

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

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

Environmental Influences May Be Behind Autism in Some Children
Older parents are more likely to have a child with ASD. It may be that exposure to environmental influences plays a role. Read more >

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

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

Engineering Memories with Light
Using light, researchers have been able to create, extinguish and re-create a memory. The finding may offer help people with PTSD or memory loss. Read more >

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

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

Body Fat, Obesity in Kids Linked to Getting Too Little Sleep
Kids who don't get enough sleep have more body fat and are more likely to be obese. Read more >

Discrimination and Favoritism May Be The Same Thing
We think of discrimination as being about hate and holding certain people back. But it can be just the opposite. Read more >

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

The Paleo Diet Is No Cure for Obesity, Appetite
The Paleo diet may be popular, but it does not appear to curb appetite or reduce obesity. It's not without benefits, however. Read more >

Psilocybin Shows Potential As Treatment for Depression
Psilocybin, found in certain mushrooms, appears to help prevent depression and anxiety by enhancing mood. Read more >

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

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

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

Even Seniors with High Blood Pressure Live Longer by Getting Active
Men with high blood pressure — not to mention those with normal BP — cut their risk of death simply by walking. Read more >

The Stress of Family Conflicts Increases the Risk of Premature Death
The stress of conflict in our relationships with family and friends can actually shorten our lives. Pick your battles. Read more >

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

Home Food Environment Affects the Quality of Your Diet
Some homes are like Superfund sites -- toxic to healthy eating. A few changes can make eating better a lot easier. Read more >

Children Prefer Being Helpers to Helping
If you want your children to clean up, try enlisting them as helpers, rather than asking them to help. It makes a difference. Read more >

Stress Can Make A Bad Diet Even Worse for Your Health
When we are stressed, the comfort foods we crave have an even worse impact on our weight and health than usual. Read more >

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

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

Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce If Wife Becomes Ill
When a married woman becomes ill, divorce may loom on the horizon. But the same is not true for men. Read more >

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

Bullying's Effects Seen in Adulthood
We tend to think of bullying as schoolyard behavior, but it can affect victims even as adults. Read more >

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

Hearing Loss More Common Among Musicians than Expected
Hearing loss is an occupational hazard among musicians. Read more >

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

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

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

Depressed Brains Boosted to a More Resilient State
Mice prone to depression became resistant to stress and depression after a jump-start. Read more >

Kids' Food Portions Mirror Parents' Food Portions
Avoid that "finish your dinner" fight. Young children need smaller portions. Better they ask for more than not finish. Read more >

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

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

Active Moms Raise Active Kids
Parents' own activity levels have a big effect on how active — and healthy — their children will be. Read more >

Growing Stem Cells May Be Child's Play
A well-known toy, one in the Toy Hall of Fame, may provide the medium for growing stem cells that help the spinal cord regenerate. Read more >

Exercise Reduces Risk of Hospital Readmission In Patients With COPD
If you have lung disease, you may think you should not be exercising, but nothing could be further from the truth. Read more >

Let's Talk About It Over Dinner: When Blood Sugar Drops, Anger Levels Rise
Couples get angrier with each other when they are hungry, and they have the voodoo dolls to prove it. Read more >

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

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

Young Women Often Unaware of the Cancer Protection Offered by the HPV Vaccine
Human papilloma virus spreads easily with sexual contact. It can make girls vulnerable to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is the answer. Read more >

Childhood Stress Can Prematurely Age Genes
Stress in childhood can have lasting effects that can be seen in children's genes. Read more >

Milk Eases Women's Osteoarthritis
Drinking milk every day may help reduce the joint damage of osteoarthritis. Read more >

Cholesterol Screening Offers Benefits for At-Risk Children
Almost a third of children 11 and under had problems with their cholesterol levels. Luckily, such early information means they can be improved. Read more >

First-Time Prescriptions Often Go Unfilled
Almost a third of all first-time prescriptions go unfilled. Cost is the reason. There are alternatives. Read more >

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

Aging and Macular Degeneration
Aging increases the risk of macular degeneration, but some behaviors make the risk far greater, while others reduce it. Here's what you can do. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

Stress Can Reduce a Woman's Chances of Becoming Pregnant
Stress can greatly reduce a woman’s odds of becoming pregnant. Read more >

With Hormone Replacement Therapy, Timing and Formulation Matter
Some forms of hormone replacement therapy help keep women's brain metabolism rolling. But others may cause problems. Read more >

Little League Pitching Can Do Major League Damage
Young pitchers’ arms are prone to injuries, especially from certain types of pitches. Read more >

Study Finds One Way Genes Are Affected by Lifestyle
We don't choose our genes, but as we age we make choices that can affect them, and that can make all the difference. Read more >

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

The Sweet Mystery of Chocolate Revealed
Bacteria in the gut like chocolate almost as much as we do. That's why it's so good for you. Read more >

It Pays to Offer Healthy Food Options
Having a few healthy options at the concession stand can improve waistlines and still maintain the bottomline. Go team! Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

Are Saturated Fats Really The Enemy? Maybe Not
Several research studies say saturated fats may have gotten a bad rap. The real cardio culprits are sugars and... Read more >

Often Under the Radar, Binge Drinking May Lead to an Early Death
Drinking five drinks twice a week is far worse for your health than drinking two drinks five times a week, even though they may seem equal. Read more >

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

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

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

The Road to Obesity Begins in Infancy
Overeating is so easy, even a child can do it. Parents and pediatricians can nip the tendency in the bud. Read more >

Scientists Begin to Understand Why Autism Is More Common in Boys Than Girls
Now we know why boys are more genetically susceptible to autism. Read more >

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

Kids and Caffeine: Less Soda, But New Sources
It's hard to believe any parent who cares about their sanity would give their children caffeine. So why is it that even preschoolers tend to get a daily dose? Read more >

In Relationships, A Good Foundation Matters More than Communication
Conflict happens, and can even make relationships stronger. But you need one ingredient. Read more >

Shift Work's Negative Effect on Diet, Health
Does your job have you working days and sometimes nights? That can be bad news for your diet — and your health. Read more >

Can Childhood Memories Be Trusted?
Our memory for childhood events is usually modest. The details we recall are often added later. Read more >

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

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

Chronic Stress Disrupts Balance Between White and Gray Matter in the Brain
Chronic stress appears to alter the balance of white to gray brain matter. This may explain several mental disorders. Read more >

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

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

Two Studies Expand Treatment Options for Menopausal Symptoms
Women can suffer the symptoms of menopause for years, even decades. New treatments may help. Read more >

A New Brain Region Is Implicated in Anxiety
When we are anxious a brain region long-believed to calm responsiveness actually seems to excite it. Read more >

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

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

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

Study Reaffirms the Key Roles Oxytocin and Chloride Play in Autism
Oxytocin helps babies' cells adjust to the shift from womb to world. ASD kids' cells appear to lack this transition, and that may be possible to change. Read more >

To Ease Babies' Colic — Probiotics
Probiotics can help reduce infants' colic, easing babies' discomfort and parents' stress. Read more >

Neurofeedback: High Tech Mind Control
What if epileptics could learn to prevent their own seizures using neurofeedback? MEG scans may make it possible. Read more >

A Possible Biological Basis for Religiosity
People who are religious have thicker cortices than those who aren't. So which causes what? Read more >

Exercising More and Sitting Less, A Winning Combo for Heart
OK, guys, time to stagger away from the tube and the nachos. There are risks associated with being a sedentary man. Read more >

Access to Guns Linked to Homicide, Suicide Risk
A gun in the home means a huge increase in the likelihood of suicide and homicide. Read more >

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

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

Caffeine's Memory-Boosting Abilities
Your morning coffee doesn't just wake you up; it can help you remember things more clearly. Read more >

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

Catching Alzheimer's Decline Before It Starts
Scientists have found where Alzheimer's begins in the brain. Read more >

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

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

Coupons Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Grocery store coupons are great — if you are shopping for candy, soda and chips. Read more >

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

Home Visits Help New Parents
Nurses' visits to new parents not only provide answers to questions and ease stress, they reduce healthcare costs considerably. Read more >

A Different Approach to Self-Control
Our willpower can fail us when we are tired or stressed. But how we view the problem could be the problem. Read more >

Healthy Eating May Be as Easy as Following Traffic Signals
When cafeteria food is labeled green, yellow, or red according to its nutritional value, people make healthier choices. Genius! Read more >

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

Meditation May Help Relieve Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
Don't Medicate, Meditate Read more >

A Sense of Smell Is Highly Personal
No two people smell the same scent the same way. The difference lies in the cocktail of amino acids your genes produce. Read more >

Preventing Diabetes with The Mediterranean Diet
Cut your risk of diabetes the Mediterranean way. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physical Brain Injuries Increase Likelihood of PTSD
Physical injury to the the brain also raises the risk of post-traumatic stress. Read more >

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

Student-Teacher Relationships Are Key to Early Education
Teachers' responsiveness to preschoolers' questions and needs is even more important than what's being taught. Read more >

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

Dementia, Alzheimer's, on the Decline
The rates of dementia and Alzheimer's disease are declining. Read more >

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

Brain and Behavioral Effects Seen in Offspring of Absentee Fathers
An involved father offers kids an edge in terms of the brain developments key to social behavior Read more >

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

Media Coverage of Traumatic Events and Acute Stress
It's OK to be informed, but binge-watching the news when disaster strikes can cause traumatic stress. Read more >

Men and Women's Neural Networks Reflect Sex Differences
A new kind of brain scan tells us a lot about why women are better at meetings and men at maps. Read more >

Meningitis Outbreaks Ongoing on East and West Coast
Bicoastal meningitis outbreaks at Princeton and UCSB. Read more >

Kids More Active With a Little Help From Their Friends
Peers can really affect how active -- or inactive -- a child is. Read more >

When It Comes to Milk, Organic Really May Be Better
When it comes to milk at least, organic really does seem to be better. Read more >

Another Type of Sunray Ages Skin Prematurely
Low exposure to UVA1 light can cause skin damage. And most sunscreens do not offer protection. Read more >

Sacrosine Shows Promise As a New Way to Relieve Depression
Sarcosine, found in muscles and other body tissues, improved mood better than a popular antidepressant. Read more >

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

Fitness Declining Among Children and Teens Worldwide
Kids today are slower and less aerobically fit than their parents were. It's a global problem. Read more >

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

Decision-Making Linked to Motivation, Depression
Decisions, motivation and depression all seem to reside in the same areas of the brain. Read more >

Promising New Treatment for Seizures Related to Liver Disease
A blood pressure medication already approved for human use may prevent seizures. Read more >

Vaginal Delivery Is A Viable Option Following Caesarean Birth
Women who had a C-section with their first child often are successful giving birth vaginally for the next. Read more >

Never Underestimate the Power of A Muppet
When the Muppets explain how to eat healthy and exercise, preschoolers listen. They even eat better Read more >

A Handful of Nuts Daily Lowers Heart Disease and Cancer Risk
Eating a handful of nuts regularly can cut the risk of heart attack by almost a third. Cancer, too. Read more >

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

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

Psychobiotics, A Possible New Treatment for Depression
We know probiotics are good for GI heath. They may also affect mental health. Read more >

Too Late for a Latte
Drinking coffee, even hours before bed, can rob you of sleep every night. Read more >

Gun Violence in PG-13 Movies Can Exceed That in R-rated Films
Beware the gun effect. PG-13 films are more violent than those rated R. Read more >

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

Back Injuries Common in Young Athletes
Overtraining is the main way kids injure themselves. Specializing in one sport is also a problem. Read more >

Musical Training Improves the Brain's Sensitivity to Sound, Speech
People who have studied music for a few years tend to hear better because their brains process sounds more rapidly. Read more >

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

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

Exercise During Pregnancy Can Improve Infant Brain Development
Exercise makes pregnancy and childbirth easier. It also seems to boost infant brain development. Read more >

Vitamin D Alone Does Little For Bone Health
Vitamin D may not be necessary for older women seeking to protect their bones. Read more >

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

Too Many Bike Riders Without Helmets End Up in the ER
Helmets can only help prevent injury when kids wear them. Parents need to insist. Read more >

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

Cell Phones at Meetings: Rules of Engagement for the New Civil War
Cell phones make the business world go round, but they also derail many meetings -- and careers. Read more >

A Promising New Route to Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The “hunger hormone” ghrelin may help short-circuit PTSD. A vaccine may be possible. Read more >

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

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

How Well You Cope with Rejection May Be Up to Your Brain
Painful feelings of rejection actually are rooted in the brain, and may be cured there. Read more >

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

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

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

Sleep, The Brain's Housekeeper
The cellular trash that builds up in the brain gets cleared away during sleep. Another reason to be sure you get enough. Read more >

Brief School Counseling Program Helps Teens Cope
Offering teens a couple sessions of therapy can go a long way to nipping mental health problems in the bud. Read more >

Even Light Exercise May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Walking an hour a day can cut the risk of breast cancer by a significant amount. Read more >

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

Compound in Vegetables Offers Protection from The Effects of Radiation
Good news for cancer patients -- a substance in veggies protects against the effects of radiation. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Skype Me! Social Interaction Feeds Language Development
The back-and-forth of social interaction -- gestures, eye contact and reactions -- are very important to learning language. Read more >

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

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

State Bans on Harmful Chemicals Appear to Help
Brain-damaging compounds from flame retardants have dropped significantly since PBDEs were banned. Read more >

Many Americans Still Don't Understand The Affordable Care Act
Americans know more about the political turmoil around the ACA than about the act itself. Read more >

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

New Way to Study Movement Could Yield Autism Treatments
New technology may make it possible for ASD kids to guide their own treatments. Read more >

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

Nap Time is Learning Time
Preschoolers need their naps, even, or especially, in school. Read more >

Oxytocin and The Pleasure We Get from Being Social
The hormone oxytocin helps stimulate human connection. It also appears important to experiencing ple Read more >

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

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

Girls Are Less Confident about Math Ability than Boys, but Perform Just as Well
Girls tend to be more anxious about math than boys are, but they perform just as well on tests. Read more >

Low T, Meet Low E: Scientists Begin to Unravel Factors in Male Menopause
Low T? Maybe, But it could be Low E that messing with your love life. Read more >

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

Bad Nutrition: Baby Food Is Promoted for Babies Too Young to Need It
Breastfeeding is best for babies six months old and younger. Read more >

Memory and Forgetting: It's All about the Networks
Memory and forgetting go hand-in-hand. Now we know that network coordination is more important than brain activation. Read more >

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

Lead Exposure Linked to School Suspension
Children exposed to lead are almost four times more likely to be suspended from school. Read more >

Simple Routines Help Kids Lose Weight
Just a few small changes at home help kids avoid the kind of weight gain that leads to obesity. Read more >

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

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

Even Short Bouts of High-Intensity Exercise Can Affect Weight and BMI
Forget the long hours at the gym. A short bout of intense exercise may be all you need to keep the pounds off. Read more >

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

Circumcision Rates Are Falling, Says CDC
The decision to circumcise -- or not -- is less standard procedure and more an informed parental choice these days. Read more >

Shining A Light to Turn Off Anxiety
When MIT researchers flipped the switch connecting two brain regions, anxiety vanished. Read more >

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

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

Driving to Work Raises Diabetes Risk
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 >

Appetite Hormones Appear to Malfunction in Obese People
In obese people, a hormone signaling “fullness” may no longer function properly. What’s the fix? Read more >

The Color of Light at Night's Effect on Mood
The color of light at night affects mood. Blue is depressing. Read more >

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

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

The Message of A Messy Desk
Disorderly environments can foster creativity. Read more >

Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Killing You?
Our ideas about the "right" amount of sugar in the diet may need adjusting. Weight is not the issue. Read more >

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

Facebook Use May Reduce Happiness, Not Enhance It
Facebook may actually increase sadness. Be sure to make time to connect for real. Read more >

Discovery Suggests A Surprising Culprit in Alzheimer's and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
New Alzheimer's disease discovery -- how it's "like a fire burning through the brain." Read more >

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

Certain Antihypertensive Drugs Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Certain blood pressure medications significantly raise a woman's risk for breast cancer. Read more >

Treating Post-Traumatic Stress and Alcoholism Simultaneously
Post-traumatic stress and alcoholism often go hand-in-hand. Treatments coincide, too. Read more >

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

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

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

Scientists Succeed in Creating a False Memory
It's not quite "Inception," but scientists have invaded the brains of mice and made fake memories. Read more >

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

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

Vigorous Exercise a Few Times a Week Reduces the Risk of Stroke
Exercising vigorously enough to sweat a few times a week can help you lower your risk for stroke. Read more >

A Lack of Sleep Fuels Brain's Cravings for Food
Opioid receptors in the brain produces a drug-like craving for sweet and fatty foods when it is deprived of sleep. Read more >

Even Young, Healthy Smokers Show Signs of Lung Damage
Even very early on, smoking causes changes to stem cells that set the stage for cancer. Read more >

Blood Type Diets Don't Make the Cut
There is no evidence that blood type diets improve health or make weight-loss easier. Read more >

High Phthalate Levels in Women May Reduce Fertility
Phthalates are found in air fresheners, toys, plastic storage containers and reduce IVF success. Read more >

When It Comes to Resolving Conflicts in Relationships, One Size Does Not Fit All
When couples fight, issues of disrespect or neglect may underlie the conflict. Read more >

Eczema May Make Infants Vulnerable to Food Allergies
Irritated, inflamed skin may set the autoimmune response leading to food allergies in motion. Read more >

Brain Development Appears Influenced by Regular Bedtimes
Regular bedtimes for kids are important for brain development. Read more >

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

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

Breastfeeding Promotes Brain Development
Breast milk builds the fatty covering around nerves so babies' brain circuits become superhighways. Read more >

Childhood Iron Deficiency's Long-Term Effects
Babies with low iron run the risk of a range difficulties that persist into adulthood. Read more >

Singing with Others Synchronizes Hearts and Minds
People who sing together also share changes in heart rate. Read more >

For Millenials, Global Downturn May Have A Silver Lining
If you survey high school seniors, the global downturn has had some positive, as well as negative, effects. Read more >

Kidney Dialysis in the Elderly: The Case for Grafts
How to avoid some complications when connecting elderly patients to dialysis machines. Read more >

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

Are Refined Carbs the Key to Food Addiction?
Addicted to carbs: Foods like soda and refined flour light up the brain the same way drugs do. Read more >

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

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

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

Accidents on the Rise for Pedestrians on Cell Phones
A pedestrian walks into a lamppost. Drivers distracted by cell phones aren't the only ones in the ER Read more >

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

Mannitol, A Promising Parkinson's Treatment
A substance found in sugar-free gum helps prevent the build-up of the clumps of protein key to the disease. Read more >

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

Too Much Time on Your Hands? Volunteering Reduces Hypertension Risk
Volunteering is not just good for the soul. It's good for your blood pressure. Read more >

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

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

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

Plants Get A Healthy Boost from Circadian Rhythms
Fruits and vegetables show cyclic changes in healthy phytochemicals even after being harvested. Read more >

Sensory Enhancement Helps Autistic Children Connect
Lemons and bubblewrap. Kids with autism improved with sensory focused therapy. Read more >

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

Expectant Mom's Diet May Determine Child's Bone Health
Mothers' prenatal diets appear to set the stage for children's bone development for years after birth. Supplements are not enough. Read more >

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

Artificial Sweeteners Affect Sugar Metabolism
Sucralose appears to affect insulin metabolism in people who are overweight. Read more >

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

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

Regular Sunscreen Use Reduces Aging of Skin
It's official: Exposure to the sun's rays ages your skin. But is the problem the same for all skin colors? Read more >

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

The Power of Good Habits
We all fall back on our habits; the trick is to make them healthy. Read more >

Two-Drug Combination Better for Increasing Bone Density
Combining osteoporosis drugs can increase bone mineral density. Read more >

Biases May Prompt Overweight Patients to Switch Doctors
Some doctors have conscious and unconscious biases against patients who are overweight. Read more >

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

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

Study Finds Probiotics in Yogurt Affect Brain
You really are what you eat. The probiotics in yogurt actually change the chemistry of your brain. Read more >

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

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

Restaurant Meals Could Be Wrecking Your Diet
The average restaurant meal serves up half the calories you need in a day. Read more >

Men and Women Look for Different Benefits from Relationships
Men and women value relationships for different reasons. Women value companionship; can you guess what men value? Read more >

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

Road Kill: Nearly Half of Teens Text While Driving
Half of all teens text while driving, a danger for all. Parents are the front line of defense. Read more >

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

The Genes Behind Circadian Patterns and Major Depression
If the genes behind our body's clock fall out of sync, depression can be the result. Read more >

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

In Relationships, Sacrifices Can Backfire
Doing something nice for your partner is usually good for the relationship. But not always. When to watch out. Read more >

HRT Linked to Improved Muscle Function in Postmenopausal Women
Hormone replacement therapy has risks, but what it does for women's muscles and strength is all good. Read more >

Certain Migraine Medications Should Not Be Taken during Pregnancy
When taken during pregnancy, certain migraine medications may affect a baby's mental abilities. Read more >

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

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

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

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

Kids Need Magnesium for Healthy Bones
When it comes to bone density, children need magnesium as much, if not more than calcium. Read more >

Treatment Delays and Survival Rate for Breast Cancer Differ by Race, Socioeconomic Status
Race, SES, and age are predictors of survival in women with breast cancer. Read more >

Hungry Grocery Shoppers Purchase More Calories
Weight-loss starts at the store. Eat first; shop later. Read more >

Affirming Our Priorities Helps Offset the Mental Effects of Stress
Self-affirmations can help you through periods of chronic stress. Read more >

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

Deep Relaxation Brings Immediate Genetic Changes
Meditation, yoga, and other practices that bring deep relaxation can actually alter your genes. Read more >

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

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

The Benefits of Community Gardens Go Beyond Good Food
Gardening work is good for your weight. Ask any community gardener. It's truly a hoe-down. Read more >

Prostate Screening Decisions: Have a Man to Doctor Talk
Most men don't need PSA testing. The risks are too great, the benefits too few. But you will likely need to bring it up. Read more >

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

Tweaking a Balkan Bed Bug Remedy
The fuzzy leaves of bean plants have been used to trap bedbugs for centuries. Read more >

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

Behind Obesity: Could It Be Insulin, Not Calories?
It's not calories that make us fat, argues Gary Taubes. And that's why we keep gaining weight. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Overheard Cell Phone Conversations Are So Annoying
Why that guy on the cell phone at the table next to you is so annoying. Read more >

Teens' Relationship Problems Predict Their Struggles as Adults
When parents help teens navigate peer social relationships, they improve kids' adult relationships down the road. Read more >

Certain Minerals May Reduce Symptoms of PMS
Women with good levels of a certain form of iron are less prone to PMS. Potassium is another story. Read more >

Bacteria Offer New Hope for Acne Prone
People with acne have a different mix of bacteria on their skin than those who don't. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lasting Brain Damage from Even A Single Concussion
Even a single concussion can result in reduced brain volume and impaired emotional and executive functioning. Take time to recover. Read more >

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

Aerobic Fitness Raises Scores on Reading and Math Tests
Fitness is more important to academic performance than most people realize. Read more >

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

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

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

Feeding Dairy Cows Flaxseed Makes Milk, Mozzarella, Healthier
Feeding cows flaxseed supplements raised the polyunsaturates in the milk and cheese they produced. Read more >

A Troubling Pattern in End-of-Life Care
When a person is dying, it is important to discuss hospice care with doctors to avoid unnecessary treatments and offer more hospice time. Read more >

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

It's Not How Close You Feel, It's How Close You Want to Be
Not everyone desires the same level of intimacy. What matters is whether you and your partner have the same need. Read more >

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

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

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

Vitamin D Content Varies Widely in Supplements
When you take a vitamin, each pill contains the amount listed on the label, right? Think again. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fruits and Veggies Can Improve Your Mood
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables actually seems to improve people's moods. Read more >

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

Aging Brains, Disrupted Sleep, and Impaired Memory
Aging disrupts slow-wave sleep and memory. But better, memory restoring sleep is possible. Read more >

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

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

Eating Your Biggest Meal Earlier in the Day Can Boost Weight Loss
People who eat their biggest meal earlier in the day are more successful at losing weight. Read more >

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

Whole Grain Stamp Doesn't Tell the Whole Story
The ratio of fiber to carbs is what you want to look for when choosing whole grains. Read more >

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

Yoga May Help Mental Health Disorders, from Depression to Schizophrenia
Yoga can help ease certain mental health disorders. Read more >

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

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

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

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

Speaking Two or More Languages May Slow Cognitive Decline
Attention! Atención! Achtung! More evidence that the mental challenges of our youth have long-term benefits. Read more >

New York's WIC Program Makes a Dent in Childhood Obesity
The NYC WIC program plays a big role in reducing childhood obesity. Read more >

Are Women More Comfortable In Their Skin than Men?
Are the near-naked female avatars in games a sign of liberation? Read more >

Flavor Comes in Many Colors
Cocoa served in cups of a certain color tastes better. Read more >

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

Surprise! You Won't Be Who You Think You Are
As we age, we tend to think we are pretty much done changing. But the truth is there is more to come. Read more >

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

Kindness Is a Key to Kids' Happiness and Popularity
When kids are encouraged to be kinder, they also end up being happier and more popular. Read more >

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

Survey Says Dietitians Can Help Physicians Treat Obesity
What happens when physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, and other professionals work together to curb obesity? Progress. Read more >

Fructose on the Brain: How the Infamous Sugar Affects Appetite
Fructose, the sugar in high fructose corn syrup, appears to leave the brain craving more food. Read more >

Good Partners Make Good Parents
Wondering what kind of parent you will be? Certain qualities make it pretty easy to predict. Read more >

The Power of Social Media Could Help Fight Childhood Obesity
Dieting is easier when you are part of a community. The Internet is a natural place for kids and teens interested in losing weight to gather. Read more >

Recovering from Head Trauma before Resuming Sports Is Critical
A head injury requires real recovery time. Returning to activity too soon can cause brain damage. Read more >

Cell Phone App Boosts Weight Loss
Weight loss programs become much more effective when paired with an app that keeps track of your progress. Read more >

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

How Many Miles to Walk Off a Burger?
When people are faced with how long it will take them to walk off the calories they are eating, they eat less. Read more >

Sedentary Nation: Too Little Walking, Too Much Sitting
Sitting too much and moving too little can shorten life. They are also easy to remedy. Read more >

Better Language Skills Help Kids Cope with Emotions
Helping kids with language development gives them the tools to express their emotions, rather than act out. Read more >

Aerobic Exercise the Best Route to Weight, Fat Loss
Aerobic exercise is superior to resistance training for losing weight and body fat. Read more >

Study Skills and Motivation More Important to Math Than Smarts
Math is not all about smarts. Motivation and going beyond rote memorization are more important. Read more >

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

How Old is Too Old for Santa?
Concerned about telling your children about Santa? A psychologist says, back off. Read more >

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

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

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

Nature Ignites a Creative Spark
Spending time in nature spurs creativity. Read more >

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

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

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Antidepressant-Resistant Depression
Antidepressants don't help everyone. A new study finds that one kind of psychotherapy can improve the odds. Read more >

Simply Cutting Down on Fat, without “Dieting,” Brings Weight Loss
Cutting down on fat, without actually dieting, might be the easiest way to lose weight. Read more >

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

Short Bursts of Physical Activity Can Boost Your Memory
Short bursts of activity can help memory, for people with memory problems and those without. Read more >

Taking Early Control of Traumatic Memories May Help Treat PTSD
A new treatment for PTSD helps prevent memory from running amok. Read more >

Cartoons and Videos Calm Kids Headed to Surgery
The Power Rangers have a new role: easing kids' fear of surgery. Read more >

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

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

Putting Shoes that Promise a Firmer Posterior to the Test
Does my butt look smaller? Can shoes make a difference? Read more >

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

How Our Brain Gets Us Motivated
Tracking the brain circuits involved in motivation and depression. Read more >

Too Many Toxic Chemicals Making Their Way into Food
Probably the easiest way to lower acrylamide exposure is to avoid or minimize eating potato chips, tortilla chips and French fries. Read more >

Cheerleading: Pediatricians Call for Improving Safety
Cheerleaders should be coached and conditioned just like any athletes. Serious injuries are on the rise. Read more >

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

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

A Spray to Keep Your Man from Straying
A spritz of "love" hormone kept men's eyes from wandering. Is this a new form of chemical warfare or a set-up for a sitcom? Read more >

Even a Little Alcohol When Pregnant Puts a Child's IQ at Risk
Drinking alcohol while pregnant carries serious risks to a child's IQ. Read more >

Meditation: Changing the Mind for the Better
Meditation changes the brain differently, depending on the type of meditation you practice. Read more >

Kids' Generosity Needs Monitors
Is our “ungenerosity” innate? Read more >

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

Clear Expectations Mean Better Student Behavior
Bullying and disruptive behavior are big problems in schools. So why not teach kids how to behave? Read more >

Antioxidant in Red Wine Could Enhance Prostate Cancer Treatment
Dr. Tip: The antioxidant found in red wine and red grape juice could help enhance prostate cancer treatment. Read more >

Physical Activity Supports Brain Structure, Boosts Brain Power
Being physically active can help prevent the brain shrinkage that accompanies aging. Read more >

Tick-Borne Diseases Are Rising Sharply in Number and Variety
Tick-borne diseases are rising steadily. And it's not just Lyme disease anymore. Read more >

Cyberbullying in Offices is More Common Than You Might Think
Bullying doesn't just happen at school. Cyberbullying at work can affect your mental health. Read more >

Researchers See Caffeine's Effect in the Brain
Scans show just what caffeine does to the brain. It may protect us from dementia. Read more >

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

Exercise Can Add Years to Your Life — Now We Know How Many
The more active you are, the longer you will likely live. Read more >

Free Fruit for Kids = Less Junk Food
Making fruit freely-accessible is a good way to raise kids' fruit consumption, and reduce the amount of unhealthy snacks they eat. Read more >

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

Are You Teflon or Velcro When It Comes to Stress?
Some people find it pretty easy to shed a stressful day, but for others, it lingers... Read more >

What A Lack of Sleep Does to Metabolism
People who sleep too little have reduced insulin sensitivity, leading to weight gain and diabetes... Read more >

Increased Calcium Intake Reduces Risk of Hyperparathyroidism
Parathyroids are only the size of grains of rice, but can cause bone loss, cancer, and depression... Read more >

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

HPV Vaccine Does Not Change Sexual Behavior in Girls
Good news for parents: protecting girls with the HPV vaccine does not encourage sexual activity. Read more >

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

Organic Foods May Be Healthier for Kids After All
Organic fruits and veggies may be better for kids' developing brains - but any kind of fruits and veggies are better than none. Read more >

Eye Drops that Prevent Cataracts
Eye drops to prevent cataracts? They work in rats at least... Read more >

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

Puzzle Interviews Unpopular with Job Applicants
As if looking for work wasn't hard enough: now interviews feature "trick" questions designed to... Read more >

Hormone Replacement Offers a Benefit When Started Soon After Menopause
A new study finds HRT has protective benefits. But another study found it to be risky. Who can keep up? Read more >

Tomatoes Lower the Risk of Stroke
Lycopene, found in tomatoes, can help prevent strokes. Read more >

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

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

Omega-3's Slow the Aging Process
Telomeres, bits of DNA, grow shorter with age which leads to cell malfunctioning. But diets... Read more >

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

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

New Research Points to Viral Acne Treatment
Despite what the infomercials say, a cure for acne remains elusive. But scientists may have found... Read more >

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

Ketamine Research Leads to the First New Depression Drugs in Decades
Ketamine is a pediatric anesthetic, a club drug, and now, the most promising antidepressant... Read more >

Off-Label Antipsychotic Use Continues to Rise, Especially in Children
Off-label prescribing for kids is way up. So are their serious side effects. The search for... Read more >

Brain Changes in the Obese May Make it Harder to Lose Weight
Overeating changes your brain, making it more and more difficult to regulate consumption. Read more >

Learning to Identify Negative Emotions May Be Important in Battling Depression
Learning to identify your emotions may help with depression. It's not as easy as it sounds. Read more >

Peer Evaluations More Accurate than Personal Ones
Your friends know you better than you think. In fact, kids we played with in first grade are... Read more >

TMI? The Debate About Celebrities and Illness
When Robin Roberts, Padma Lakshmi or Kylie Minogue talk about their health, they raise awareness... Read more >

Progress on Two Fronts in Our Understanding of Autism
Researchers may have found a treatment for one form of autism. Read more >

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

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

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

Temper Tantrums
Nearly all preschoolers have tantrums sometimes, but perhaps surprisingly, daily tantrums are not typical behavior. Read more >

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

Why Women – and Eunuchs – Live Longer
Palace eunuchs in Korea lived longer than other men of the time. What does this say about male... Read more >

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

Big Test? Get Some Sleep
Getting less sleep before a big test is more likely to reduce your learning than improve it. Read more >

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

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

An Experimental Drug May Address the Cognitive Problems of PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder is more than anxiety. A new drug may help the cognitive problems... Read more >

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

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

Pay Attention and Eat Less
Reducing your intake of unhealthy snacks and foods begins with paying attention to what you are eating. Read more >

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

Shy Preschoolers May Be at a Disadvantage
Children who are quiet or withdrawn may not reap the same benefits of education as the outgoing ones. Read more >

Protection from AIDS for High-Risk Heterosexuals
The CDC recommends people at high risk for heterosexual transmission of HIV consider using Truvada. Read more >

Cat Ownership Not Linked To Increased Brain Tumor Risk
You can pick up the T. gondii parasite simply through contact with contaminated soil or vegetables; direct exposure to cat feces is not... Read more >

Can Walnuts Help Solve Male Fertility Problems?
The fatty acids in walnuts appear to improve the mobility and vitality of sperm. Read more >

A Gene May Help Explain Happiness in Women, Not Men
A gene previously dubbed the "warrior gene" because of its links to aggression may also be linked... Read more >

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

Metabolic Syndrome and Cognition in Adolescents
Childhood obesity can affect the brain, shrinking areas connected with memory and reducing performance on IQ and achievement tests. Read more >

The Bus Rider's Dilemma
It's common to place your coat on the bus or train seat next to you hoping for solitude... Read more >

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

Can Memories Be Strengthened During Sleep?
But don't try it in place of studying. The brain does pick up, or at least cement, information while Read more >

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

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

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

Healthy Diet Leads to Better IQ in Kids
There is strong evidence that what an infant eats from six to 24 months can have a significant effect on IQ at eight years of age. Read more >

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

Relationships, Not Schoolwork, Are the Key to a Good Future
When it comes to well-being later in life, having friends is more important than good grades. Read more >

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

Compounds in Cocoa May Boost Brain Power
Seniors who took higher concentrations of cocoa flavanols had improvements on cognitive tests... Read more >

Mindfulness Relieves Loneliness
A simple program of mindfulness mediation replaced lonely feelings with a greater appreciation... Read more >

In Denial About Your Weight?
People often underestimate their weight, which can blind them to the need to lose weight. When you see your doctor, get on the scale. Read more >

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

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

The Things We Forget to Do: How to Remember Them
Forgetting to do what we intend to do is common. There are ways, however, to remember the milk... Read more >

Simple Ways to Increase Fitness Can Reduce the Risk of Falls
By putting a little extra effort into regular movements, senirs can build enough strength and balance to reduce the risk of a fall. Read more >

Study of Rituals Provides Insight Into Human Logic and Reasoning
Rituals tend to provide a level of comfort, a sense of control. They also tell us a bit about... Read more >

Children with Food Allergies: Parents Need To Do More
Too often children with food allergies are exposed to foods that can bring on a severe reaction. Adults need to be on guard. Read more >

Researchers Discover A Massive "Plumbing" Network in the Brain
We thought we knew how the brain cleans itself out. Then a completely unexpected... Read more >

Let it Shine: New Window Coating Lets in More Light
A new window coating lets in more light at the blue end of the spectrum. This shift could improve... Read more >

Lack of Vitamin D May Increase Risk of Death In Older Adults
Weight loss of greater than 5 percent; exhaustion; decreased grip strength; slow walking; and decreased physical activity indicate frailty. Read more >

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

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

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

Lying Eyes: Just a Myth?
A widely accepted method for telling if someone is telling the truth just went out the window... Read more >

Successful Weight Loss Depends on Three Behaviors
Research has found that keeping a food journal, not skipping meals, and avoiding eating out can all help you lose weight. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dental Filling Material Linked to Behavioral Problems in Children
Fillings with a form of the chemical BPA raise the likelihood that a child will have emotional... Read more >

Influencing Flavor Preferences Begins During Pregnancy
What you eat while you are pregnant can influence your baby's food and flavor preferences. Read more >

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

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

Closer to a Pill for Long-Term Weight Loss
A new drug desensitizes cannabinoid receptors and improves the appetite-reducing action of leptin. Read more >

Vitamin C Supplementation and Smoking During Pregnancy
If you are pregnant and smoke (not a good combination), taking vitamin C can help prevent damage to the your unborn baby's lungs. Read more >

The Power of Good Deeds
When faced with uncertainty, we are more likely to believe in the power of good deeds.... Read more >

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

Could Where You Live Be Making You Fat?
Where you live and the roads on which you drive have a big impact on the likelihood you will become obese. Read more >

Long-Term Contraception More Effective at Preventing Unintended Pregnancies
Women taking the pill or patch or ring were far more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy... Read more >

Hypertension on the Rise in Children and Adolescents
Hypertension in children has doubled in the past ten years. Obesity is a major factor. Read more >

To Find the Most Skilled, Don't Look at the Top
Those who aspire to the success of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg might consider role models... Read more >

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

Can't Lose Weight? Try a Different Color Plate
The color contrast between your plate and your food can prompt you to eat more, or less... Read more >

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

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

Why Is Patient-Doctor Communication So Difficult?
Do you find it difficult to discuss medical issues or concerns with your doctor? You are not alone.. Read more >

A Brain Chemical That Makes Bad Memories Disappear
Researchers discover why anxiety can persist for months or years after a stressful event. It's all about a brain chemical. Read more >

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

Nearsightedness in Children is More Common Than Expected
Nearsightedness, not being able to see things in the distance, is affects about one in six children by age 16. Read more >

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

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

Texting Raises Truthfulness, Accuracy
People tend to be more thoughtful, honest, and accurate when texting than over the phone... Read more >

Right Salad, Wrong Dressing?
Fat-free salad dressings prevent the absorption of nutrients. But certain heart-healthy oils do not. Read more >

Give Me More Space: A Novel Strategy For Dyslexic Readers
It appears that having more space around letters and words makes it easier for people with dyslexia to understand printed text. Read more >

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

Us or Them: Who's to Blame for Our Sugar Problem?
In the "war" against obesity, it seems that the soda industry wants to shift the blame to consumers. Read more >

Experience Taking: How Good Books Can Change You
Reading a book can actually change who you are, teaching you about yourself as you live through... Read more >

Shifting When You Eat Could Shift Your Metabolism
Curbing the hours of the day during which you eat could have a big impact on your weight and health. Read more >

Feeling Respected is a Key to Well-Being
When it comes to what makes you happy, feeling respected and admired is better than money... Read more >

What Your Facebook Photo Really Says about You
What does your Facebook photo say about you? A recent study suggests it is a cultural indicator... Read more >

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

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

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

Exposure to Stress in Childhood Appears to Age Cells Prematurely
Stress, particularly violence, appears to prematurely age children at a cellular level, leaving... Read more >

Age and the Brain: Use It or Lose It
The way to keep the aging brain in shape is keep it occupied. It's as if your mind were asking "what have you done for me lately?" Read more >

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

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

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

Oxytocin May Hold Even More Promise for Treating Symptoms of Autism
Oxytocin, the mother-infant bonding hormone, activates the "social" areas of the brain.... Read more >

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

The Social Dynamics of Coffee Shops
If you frequent a coffee shop, you know what it is like to have Wi-Fi access problems or someone at your favorite table. Read more >

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

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

Touch and Hearing May Be Linked
The better a person's hearing, the better his or her sense of touch. These senses may share... Read more >

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

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

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

Rhythmic Neural Patterns Drive Movement
Neurons firing in the brain produce organized movement in the body. But how? It may take a neural... Read more >

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be Rising for Young Football Players
Fatal brain injuries in high school football players rose last year. Read more >

Why Tai Chi Makes Sense for the Elderly
Seniors need to be careful that strength training doesn't also stiffen arteries. Tai Chi can help. Read more >

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

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

The Biology of Kindness and Well-Being
Everyday experiences change the brain. Researchers consider the effects of well being and kindness.. Read more >

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

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

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

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

Age Lowers the Boom on Baby Boomers
As baby boomers begin to turn 65, their golden years are not looking as golden as in the past... Read more >

Patients With No Post-MI Counseling Needlessly Delay or Avoid Sex
It is generally safe to resume sex after a heart attack. Don't be afraid to raise the issue with your doctor. Read more >

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

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

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

Sleeping Pills May Quadruple Death Risk
People who took even small numbers of sleeping pills were over three times more likely to die... Read more >

Social Jet Lag May Be Why You're Fatigued (And Fat)
Our daily schedules are out of sync with our internal clocks. It started with the light bulb... Read more >

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

Why Babies Don't Come with a Manual
A survey of child-rearing books over the past 50 years finds many contradictions, but offer... Read more >

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

Botox Effective Treatment for Urinary Incontinence
Botox shows promise as a treatment for urinary incontinence Read more >

Teens, Alcohol and Benign Breast Disease
Teen girls who drink have an increased risk of benign breast disease and ultimately, breast cancer.. Read more >

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

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

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

A Snapshot of Stress Across the Generations
The Millennial generation is more stressed than generations before. They are also less able to cope. Read more >

Study Illuminates How We Categorize Information and Make Decisions
Quick categorization is a skill that streamlines thought. Now we know more about how it occurs. Read more >

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

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

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

No More Tears: Comforting Baby after Vaccinations
The five S's calm babies who have just felt the sting of a vaccination; it's likely they can help... Read more >

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

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

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

A Positive Outlook Helps the Heart
Having a positive outlook has been associated with improved cardiovascular health and recovery. It's about healthy behaviors. Read more >

Blood Test Can Reliably Diagnose Teen Depression
Markers found in a simple blood test reliably distinguished depressed teens from those who weren't.. Read more >

Low GI Foods: The Breakfast of Champions
Eating low glycemic index foods can help prevent blood sugar spikes and overeating throughout the day. Read more >

Print Referencing Helps Preschoolers Learn to Read
When children come to understand that the story they love is also a thing in print, it can inspire.. Read more >

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

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

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

Stand Up and Fight for Your Life
Even active people have an increased risk of death if they sit too much. Read more >

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

Tried and True Methods of Weight Loss Work Best
For the overweight, the most effective, proven weight loss strategy is eating less fat and exercising more. Read more >

Endometriosis Linked to Cancer
The risk of ovarian cancer is greater for women with endometriosis. Additional screening may be wise. Talk with your doctor. Read more >

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

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

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

The Easiest Way to Lose Weight
Replacing your can of soda with water or a diet drink is one of the best diet strategies around. Read more >

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

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

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

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

Failing Has Its Benefits For Kids
Teaching kids that failing is a part of learning can give them the confidence to do well. Read more >

Popcorn Deserves More Respect
Air-popped popcorn actually has a great concentration of antioxidant polyphenols than most fruits and vegetables. Read more >

Cooler Hands Can Help Increase Exercise
Something as simple as carrying a cold bottle of water can help you exercise longer... Read more >

Dogs In the Workplace Can Reduce Stress
Taking your pup to work can reduce stress and may increase workers' productivity... Read more >

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

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

Brain's Wiring Resembles 3D Street Map
Remarkable scans of a monkeys' brain completely change our understanding of how the brain is wired.. Read more >

Berries Are Beneficial To The Brain
Berries change the way that neurons in the brain communicate. This may prevent inflammation in the brain that can damage neurons. Read more >

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

Chocolate Lovers Are Thinner
People who eat chocolate regularly tend to weigh less, though it's not clear why. Read more >

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

Brain Cells Benefit from the Company of Others
Brain connections that form when we learn something new are strengthened when there are friends near Read more >

Are Fried Foods Back on the Table?
The kind of oil you fry foods in has a big effect on how unhealthy it is. Read more >

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

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

Kids' Sugar Consumption Down, But Not Enough
The Centers of Disease Control have released a report on sugar consumption. Read more >

A Connection between Cognition and Personality
When seniors improve their cognitive skills, their personalities also get a boost. Read more >

Tai Chi Improves Parkinson's Symptoms
Tai chi can improve Parkinson's patients' movement and balance. Read more >

More Insight into How the Mediterranean Diet Benefits Body and Mind
People who follow the Mediterranean diet do better mentally as they age. Now we know why... Read more >

One Reason Why the Rich Get Richer
Are the rich really more ethically-challenged than the rest of us? Are other factors at work? Read more >

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

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

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

The Power of Good Intentions
Food tastes better and pain hurts less when it comes from people with good intentions. Read more >

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

Testosterone: The "Me" Hormone
When women were given testosterone and asked to solve a problem, cooperation went way down... Read more >

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

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

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

A Second Look at Antidepressants and Suicide
Antidepressants can literally be lifesavers for people with depression. Read more >

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

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

Why Brain Imaging Studies Can Be Misleading
Brain scans provide valuable information, but their meaning is often oversimplified. Read more >

Healthy Food Choices May Be as Simple as Green for Go
Two simple changes help people make the smarter food choices. Now to get stores and cafeterias to... Read more >

Osteoporosis and Bone Mineral Density Testing: New Guidelines for Screening?
Do post-menopausal women and older men need BMD screening every year or two... Read more >

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

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

Teen Weight Loss Programs May Work Better Without Parents
Parents have long been key players in helping their kids lose weight. But for teens, peers may... Read more >

Heart Risk Redefined: You May Not Be As Immune As You Think
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 >

Achieving Your Goal: a Plan and a Partner Can Help
You are much more likely to stick with an exercise program and a diet if you have a partner and a plan. Read more >

Physical Activity and School Performance
Children do better in school when they have more opportunity for physical activity, not more time at a desk. Read more >

Facebook: Not for the Negative
People with heartfelt Facebook posts about what's wrong in their world may end up with less traffic. Read more >

Physical Punishment Takes A Toll on Kids' Mental Health
Physical punishment does more harm than good to a child and encourages aggressive behavior. Other methods are more effective. Read more >

Government Panel Issues New Vaccination Recommendations
There are new vaccination recommendations target young men and boys, pregnant women, and diabetics. Read more >

For Mood Disorders, Combined Therapy Works Better
A study shows how a combination of antidepressants and therapy helps reduce memories' impact... Read more >

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

Keeping Infants Safe from Cronobacter Infections
To avoid introducing microbes, shake infant formula to mix it rather than stirring. Read more >

Calories: Total Trumps Source When Dieting
When it comes to weight loss, the bottom line is calories consumed, not the type of calories consumed. Read more >

Conflict and Conversation in Relationships
Trying to figure out whether your partner is a keeper? A new study suggests where you should look. Read more >

Can Overeating Cause Memory Loss?
Overeating has been linked to some forms of memory loss. Read more >

Humble People to the Rescue
Need help? Call on your humble friends. Those who are arrogant may let you down. Read more >

The Need to Feel Connected
Our need to connect is so strong that being ignored or given the air gaze, bothers us... Read more >

"Western" Diet May Contribute to ADHD
Sugar, preservatives and allergies have been thought to contribute to attention deficits... Read more >

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

Preschool Attachment and Teen Obesity: Is There a Link?
Teens rated as less attached during infancy were almost 2.5 times more likely to become obese... Read more >

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

More Education Improves IQ
An extra year or two of education can raise IQ significantly, even if the students are already teens Read more >

Consequences of Insomnia Go Beyond Fatigue, Poor Performance
Insomnia is a major health risk. It erodes your quality of life. But too few doctors even ask... Read more >

Children May Eat More When Served Less
There is a really simple way to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables: reduce the size of their main course. Read more >

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

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

Eat Mindfully at Restaurants and Lose Weight
It can be done; you just have to know some of the tricks that make it possible, like sharing... Read more >

Early Results Promising for New Alzheimer Drug
Different from drugs designed to clear amyloid plaques, a new compound, J147, prevents - and stops - Alzheimer's Disease Read more >

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

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

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

Ending the Low Fat Muffin Myth
A typical low-fat muffin may sound heart-healthy, but its downfall is its size and the sugar, sodium, and calories it contains. Read more >

The Write Diet
Writing about your most important values may help you lose weight. Read more >

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

Oxytocin Could Help Introverts Feel More Outgoing
The mother-baby bonding hormone, oxytocin, made introverts feel more outgoing and trusting. Read more >

Indecision and Lack of Commitment Breed Unhappiness
Some people constantly doubt themselves rather than committing to their choices, no matter how small Read more >

Low Protein Diets Make For Misleading Weight Loss
A diet high in carbohydrates and fat with low protein can cause a gain in body fat that is out of proportion to the calories consumed. Read more >

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

Children's Powers of Positive Thinking
At what age do children learn that one can choose to see a situation in a more positive light? Read more >

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

Uncovering Why Marijuana Has Opposing Effects on the Brain
Smoking pot can make people calm, anxious, or even psychotic. A study reveals the chemical culprit.. Read more >

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

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

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

Play and the Impact of Poverty
Underprivileged kids have less chance to play at school, at home, in their neighborhoods... Read more >

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

How to Cut Down on Chocolate
A short walk, even at work, can reduce the need to nibble at your desk. Read more >

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

Preference For Salt Shaped Early in Life
When introducing solids, parents should try to avoid giving infants cereals and crackers with... Read more >

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

Depression: Paving the Road to Recovery
People who suffer from depression can learn to overcome their tendency to overgeneralize and ruminate about difficulties. Read more >

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

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

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

Brain Tsunamis Increase Head Trauma Destruction
Brain tsunamis increase head trauma destruction the way their watery counterparts wipe out homes... Read more >

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

Children and Family Violence
The brains of children exposed to family violence show changes similar to those of soldiers... Read more >

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

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

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

Bad Bosses Follow You Home
Having a difficult, abusive boss can strain personal relationships at home. Read more >

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

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

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

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

Mid-Morning Snacks May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts
Snacking may be hazardous to your diet. It can be a sign of mindless eating. Read more >

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

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

Energy Drinks Responsible for More ER Visits
Energy drink-fueled visits to the ER have risen 1600 percent since 2005. Read more >

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

Soccer Headers Damage the Brain's Axonal Tracts
Soccer heading, especially when done often, can damage cellular connections in the brain. Read more >

Infants' Social Reasoning Emerges Early
At 5 months babies know who is naughty or nice, by 8 months, they like to see a bit of justice done. Read more >

Vibration Device Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
Whole body vibration platforms have been marketed to prevent bone loss. Problem is, they don't work. Read more >

Dreams Can Help Heal Mental Wounds
REM sleep can reduce the emotional impact of traumatic memories. Read more >

Too Much Iron Might Be Harmful to Infants
Having a hemoglobin, or iron, level that is too high carries many of the same risks as having a level that is too low. Read more >

Autism Spectrum Disorders Linked to a Variety of Genetic Mutations
Autism spectrum disorders are increasingly being linked to different genetic mutations... Read more >

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

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

Kids and Cholesterol: New Guidelines for Screening
Current recommendations call for children to first be screened for high LDL cholesterol between age 9 and 11. Read more >

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

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

Nanomembrane Probe Provides a New Window into the Brain
A new ultra-thin probe enables scientists to gather information about brain activity without invasiv Read more >

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

Say Cheese! It May Be Good for Your Heart
A study finds cheese consumption didn't raise total cholesterol. The same was not true for butter. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

An Over-Abundance of Neurons Linked to Autism
Runaway neuronal growth in the prefrontal cortex, in the brains of kids with autism. Read more >

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

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

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

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Over-Diagnosed and Over-Treated in Infants
Generally speaking, infants with colic do not need acid-suppressing drugs, which carry a number of risks. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Aids Reconstruction
For some women, nipple-sparing surgery can help their breasts look more natural after breast cancer surgery. Read more >

Teaching Doctors Empathy
Can listening to their own encounters with patients help doctors become more responsive... Read more >

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

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

Dyslexia and IQ: Are They Related?
The same techniques that help dyslexic children decipher language can help children with low IQ.. Read more >

Stressful Life Events Can Up Death Risk: But There's a Limit
Going through a string of difficult life events in middle age raises one's death risk. Read more >

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

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

Carbonated Soda Consumption Raises Risk of Teen Violence
Heavy soft drink consumption (5+ cans a week) has been linked to an increased risk of violent behavior and alcohol consumption. Read more >

Toddlers and TV: The AAP says No!
Children under two are not yet mentally equipped to learn from a screen. They benefit most from hands-on play with others. Read more >

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

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

Can Adult Personality Change for the Better?
A small study found that one experience with the hallucinogen psilocybin created lasting changes... Read more >

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

The Secret Life of Saturated Fat Exposed
Researchers have discovered just why unsaturated fats are so heart healthy. Now to get people... Read more >

Cartoon Viewing Reduces Children's Higher Cognitive Functioning
Fast-paced cartoons and other shows can reduce, at least temporarily, children's ability to plan and organize. Read more >

A False Positive for Miscarriage
When ultrasounds to diagnose miscarriage are inaccurate, healthy pregnancies may be terminated. Read more >

Early Introduction of Solid Foods Doesn't Affect Baby's Growth
Introducing solids earlier may increase an infant's weight gain in the near term, but has little overall effect. Read more >

Movies of the Mind
Brain scans taken while researchers all watched the same film were used to reveal what they saw... Read more >

The Brain Can Form New Connections between Cells into Young Adulthood
Contrary to popular belief, the brain can form new connections into adulthood... Read more >

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

Embarrassment is Linked to Dependability, Generosity
People who become embarrassed more readily are also more dependable and generous. Read more >

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

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

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

Impotence Can Lead to Heart Disease
Erectile dysfunction can be one of the early warning signs of heart disease. Read more >

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

Hormonal Contraceptives Double Risk of HIV
An African study has found that hormonal contraception doubles the risk of HIV infection and... Read more >

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

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

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

Tweet This: Twitter As Research Tool
The timing and emotional tenor of Twitter posts offer a picture of when we are happiest and when... Read more >

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

Controlled Portions Help With Weight Loss
Restricting yourself to a lunch of 200 calories can be a fairly painless way to lose weight. Read more >

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

Researchers Show that "Paying Attention" May Distort Reality
The mind is notorious for playing tricks, but researchers discover paying attention can mislead us.. Read more >

Parks and Play: How To Get Our Children To Exercise More
Parents who want to encourage physical fitness should take their children to a playground or park with other active children. Read more >

Everybody Thinks They're Typical
What does a typical American or European or African look like? It depends on whom you ask... Read more >

College Students Fail at Good Nutrition
Most college students don't even eat one serving of fruits or vegetables a day. Guess how many... Read more >

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

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

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

Fewer Boys Being Circumcised
The decision to circumcise a newborn boy is one that is best made after looking at all the information available. Read more >

Banned Weight Loss Supplement Still in Use
The banned weight loss supplement Pai You Guo is showing up masquerading as a "natural" supplement.. Read more >

Hookah Smoking: Not Safe At All
Hookah lounges are on the rise in California and with them, tobacco use... Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stimulating Environments Helps Give White Fat the Calorie-Burning Power of Brown Fat
In mice, living in a more stimulating envronment was linked to more calorie-burning brown fat. Is the same true for humans? Read more >

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

How We React to Stress Influences Performance
How you interpret your stress can influence how you perform on tests. Read more >

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

Backpack Safety
Backpacks should be the right size, well-padded, and loaded so weight falls on the middle of the back, rather than on shoulders. Read more >

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

Researchers Unravel How Stress Leads to Depression
Stress can lead to depression, but new brain cells may be responsible for stopping the process... Read more >

Can Old-Age Memory Loss Be Reversed?
In aging brains cyclic AMP, a cytokine, weakens cell firing, slowing working memory. Blocking it... Read more >

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

For Postmenopausal Women, All Weight Loss Is Not the Same
If you are 60 or older and trying to lose weight, don't skimp on protein, or the weight you lose may be muscle. Read more >

Can Unexpected Panic Attacks Be Predicted?
Subtle cues precede most attacks. The trick is listening to them and preventing them. Read more >

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

Pack Kids' Lunches Safely
Putting an ice pack in your child's lunch box may not be enough to keep the food at a safe temperature. Other tactics may be needed. Read more >

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

Parenting and Temperament: Does "Goodness of Fit" Matter?
Certain styles of parenting are more beneficial for children with difficult temperaments, such as the anxious or depressed. Read more >

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

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

Study Links Folate to Better Grades
Folate, a B vitamin, and folic acid, its synthetic version, have been linked to better school performance. Read more >

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

Hidden Veggies Increase Kids' Intake
Including some pureed vegetables in foods your children already love is a good way to help them on the path to healthier eating. Read more >

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

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

Blue Again: Antidepressants May Lead to Future Depression
For all the good they do, antidepressants may lead to another bout of depression. Here's why... Read more >

Risk-Taking Behavior: It's Complicated
Teens are surprisingly risk-aversive in some situations, while women are apt to take more risks... Read more >

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

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

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

Pets Are Good For Everyone, Not Just "Pet People"
Pet owners score higher on a variety of measures of healthy adjustment... Read more >

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

Restaurant Calorie Counts Misleading to Dieters
Calorie counts in the menus of your favorite chain restaurant often underreport the actual values... Read more >

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

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

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

Grape Seed Extract - and Perhaps Red Wine - May Fend off Alzheimer's
Grape seed extract – and perhaps red wine – shows promise as a way to slow... Read more >

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

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

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

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

Losing Weight vs. Maintaining Weight: Different Strategies Required
Once you have lost weight, you need to have a different set of strategies for keeping it off in order to avoid gaining it back. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

Soluble Fiber Trims Belly Fat
Soluble fiber is helpful in reducing the visceral fat that accumulates around the waist and belly. Read more >

Healthy Lifestyle Reduces the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
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 >

Bad Habits Can Ruin Your Sex Life
People with drug or other substance dependence problems and those who are obese are less likely to have satisfying sex. Read more >

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

Why Rocking Yourself to Sleep Works
Break out the hammocks. Rocking to sleep is not just for babies. It offers a deeper sleep... Read more >

It's the Little Things - Like Chips - That Add the Pounds
The weight gained with aging is primarily due to dietary and lifestyle choices - like having an extra handful of chips. Read more >

Scientists Gain Clues into How Imagination Affects Actions
New research shows how our ability to imagine affects our reactions and our ability to plan... Read more >

Broccoli, the Key to a Longer Life?
Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables - like broccoli and cauliflower - appears to be related to a longer life. Read more >

Buying Flashy Cars Does Not Marriage Material Make
Men who engage in “conspicuous spending” (think Porsches) have one thing on their minds... Read more >

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

How Eating Light May Make You Heavy
Fat and sugar substitutes may not help you lose weight in the long run because the craving for lots of fat and sweets remains. Read more >

How to Make Hand-Washing Fun
Gels that glow under black light can be used to teach kids to wash their hands more thoroughly. Read more >

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

Of Mice and Men: Is a Male Contraceptive on the Way?
Research on mice has found a way to reduce male fertility without reducing libido... Read more >

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

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

Pediatric Mental Health Emergencies: Where are they Treated?
Too often, children with behavioral or emotional issues are taken to the ER. Read more >

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

Stressful Events Lead to Unexpected Reaction in Panic Patients
You might think people with panic disorder would fall apart in a crisis, but that's not the case... Read more >

New Approach Increases the Usefulness of Brain Scans
A new technique enables researchers to view patterns of activity within the whole brain... Read more >

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

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

Prolonged Bottle Use Linked to Obesity
Children still being bottle-fed at two years old are 33% more likely to be obese. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Roots of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
People with body dysmorphic disorder have problems in the brain's visual processing system. Read more >

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

The Color Red Boosts Speed and Intensity of Performance
Looking at the color red actually boosts the strength and speed of our physical reactions. Read more >

MyPyramid is Out. MyPlate is In
Filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables is a good start on a healthy diet. Read more >

Violence in Cartoons Does Not Make Them More Enjoyable
Contrary to popular belief, kids do not enjoy violent cartoons any more than nonviolent ones... Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

Dogs Can Make Medical Procedures Less Threatening
The presence of a therapy dog can help reduce the anxiety of patients waiting for an MRI - unless... Read more >

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

The Agony of Ecstasy: Permanent Brain Changes
The club drug Ecstasy produces changes in brain chemistry. But these may not be the type of changes. Read more >

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

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

Elusive Manhood: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Little things - like being asked to hold a purse - can make men feel their manhood has been... Read more >

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

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

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

Cooperation and Guilt Linked in the Brain
Do we cooperate with others to experience positive feelings or avoid the bad ones? Read more >

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

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

Is That Salad Really a Salad?
Dieters, don't be fooled by healthy-sounding descriptions. A salad with meat and cheese is likely to be highly caloric. Read more >

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

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

Aspirin, Ibuprofen May Prevent Antidepressants from Working
Taking anti-inflammatory drugs while on SSRI antidepressants can interfere with the SSRIs' effectiveness. Read more >

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

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

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

When Neurons Nap, Mistakes are Made
In sleep-deprived rats random brain cells take "naps" while the animal is awake... Read more >

Bone Health: More Controversy Over Calcium and Vitamin D
Recent research suggests that taking calcium raises heart risk. But what about osteoporosis? Read more >

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

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

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

Brisk Walking Improves Brain Blood Flow at Age 70 and Beyond
You are never too old to benefit from exercise. Just walking can make a big difference in blood flow to the brain and body. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

Craving Fast Food? Skip the Coffee!
Coffee and donuts may be a bad idea. Caffeine interferes with the body's ability to clear sugars from the blood. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

Liberal or Conservative? It's All in the Head
Conservatives and liberals really are different. It's not just their beliefs. It's their brains. Read more >

FDA Panel Votes to Reject Warning Labels on Artificially Colored Foods: Good Move?
Some studies show a link between artificial dyes and ADHD. So why did the FDA reject warning labels? Read more >

Fitness May Predict Heart Risk Better than Weight
For people with heart trouble, their fitness level may be a better predictor of mortality than their weight. Read more >

High Fructose Corn Syrup De-Mystified
All sugars are basically the same, but some seem to pose a greater risk of weight gain than others. Read more >

Physical and Emotional Pain Have Similar Effect on the Brain
The emotional pain of romantic relationship break-up has the same effect on the brain as physical... Read more >

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

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

Cortisol May Ease Fear of Heights
A dose of cortisol, the stress hormone secreted when we are afraid or stressed, helped acrophobics.. Read more >

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

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

Many People Rate Themselves as Normal Even When Overweight: What's Changed?
People who are seriously overweight tend not to see themselves as being as heavy as they are... Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

You Can Learn CPR in 60 Seconds
Learning the basics of CPR - call 911, perform 100 chest compressions a minute until EMTs arrive - can save a life. Read more >

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

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

Brain Areas Take On New Functions
Brain scans show how the visual cortex of blind people is recruited by the brain to help process... Read more >

Study Finds Opioids Taken During Pregnancy Increase Birth Defects
If you are pregnant or trying to beome pregnant, check with your doctor before taking any medication — even herbal preparations. Read more >

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

The Tomato: A Multi-Talented Food
Tomatoes are one of the few fruit and vegetables that are even better for you when cooked. Read more >

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

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

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

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

Potassium-Rich Diet May Reduce Stroke Risk
A diet rich in potassium can reduce the risk of stroke, but some need to be careful. Read more >

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

The Larger the Society, the More Outstanding Its Members
A study has found that the larger the society, the more distinctive its members tend to become. Read more >

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

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

Accidental Discovery Grows Hair in Bald Mice: Are People Next?
An accidental discovery has resulted in serious hair re-growth in stressed mice. If men are next... Read more >

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

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

Exercise Boosts Tests Scores, Thinking Ability
Intelligence scores rose by four points with just 40 minutes of play a day... Read more >

"Talk Therapy" May Rewire the Brain
Anxious? Cognitive behavior therapy can help. The changes it brings can be seen in the brain itself. Read more >

Fiber For A Longer Life
A study of 400,000 people over 50 found that those who ate lots of fiber tended to live longer. Read more >

Can Trans-Fats Cause Depression?
Trans-fats, or hydrogenated oils seem to raise the risk of depression. Read more >

Doctors Turn to Surgical Biopsies Too Often, Study Finds
Doctors are ordering surgical breast biopsies when needle biopsies would suffice. What's the cost... Read more >

Osteoporosis Drug May Extend Life
Bisphosphonates, used to prevent bone loss from osteoporosis, may actually prolong life beyond preventing fractures. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

100 Innings a Year or Less for Young Arms
Pitching too much can damage young (and old) arms. It is important to limit the number of pitches to reduce the risk of injury. Read more >

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

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

Getting That Healthy Glow — With Vegetables
Carotenoids – found in certain foods – can improve skin tone with no cancer risk... Read more >

Diet and ADHD: The Debate Continues
Are kids with ADHD just exhibiting an allergic response to certain foods? Read more >

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

Helping Overweight Children by Teaching Parents
Educating parents about healthy lifestyles and nutrition is a very good way to reduce childhood obesity. Read more >

Pencils Better Than Pixels When It Comes to Learning
Writing by hand promotes learning far more than pressing a key. So what are we to do? Read more >

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

Meditation Changes the Cells of the Brain
Meditation changes the brain, with areas related to learning and memory expanding and areas related to anxiety, contracting. Read more >

How to Beat Test Anxiety
Writing about your anxiety may help release some of its grip and enable you to perform more in line with your ability. Read more >

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

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

Proposed Guidelines Will Make School Food Healthier
Updates to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program lower fat and salt and increase greens Read more >

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

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

Kids' Friends May Be Big Influence on Grades
Kids' friends may have a bigger influence on how well they do in school than parents do. Read more >

Surgeon General: End Barriers to Breastfeeding
The Surgeon General addresses the reasons women don't engage in this free, healthy practice... Read more >

Walking Slows Mental Decline
Walking just five miles a week helps reduce mental decline, even in those people who have begun to experience cognitive deficits. Read more >

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

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

New Research Shows Us Why We Should Listen to the Heart
Do people listen to their bodies have better instincts when it comes to making intuitive decisions? Read more >

Infant Formulas Are Not All the Same
When it comes to babies' weight gain, not all formulas are alike. Which is right for your baby? Read more >

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

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

High Sugar Intake in Teens May Increase Heart Disease Risk
Teens who eat a diet high in added sugars have higher "bad" LDL cholesterol and trigylcerides. Read more >

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

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

New ESP Study Has Scientific Community Up In Arms
New study reports evidence of ESP and stirs debate. Critics say we need reevaluate before believing. Read more >

Baby Fat May Predict Childhood Obesity
Don't assume a chubby baby is a healthy baby. Don't deny infants food, but when solids are introduced, make healthy choices. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anti-Smoking Laws Clean Up the Air
Wisconsin passed a law banning smoking in bars and restaurants. Now the air in them is not dangerous Read more >

Research Pinpoints Brain Site of Fear Response
The amygdala, a tiny almond-shaped structure in the brain, appears to strongly influence our fear response. Read more >

Anesthesia-Related Deaths During Childbirth Drop, But Still Present Risk
The number of women who die from general anesthesia during childbirth has dropped, but epidurals... Read more >

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

More Evidence that XMRV Does Not Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The supposed link between CFS and the XMRV virus may simply be lab contamination... Read more >

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

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

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

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

Making Changes: Resolutions You Can Stick To
There is an art to making resolutions you can actually keep and use to make changes in your life. Read more >

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

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

BPA Lowers Women's Fertility in Study
Women having trouble conceiving may want to consider their exposure to BPA and learn how to limit it Read more >

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

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

The Mind Works Better When It's Happy
We tend to think more creatively and flexibly when we are happy. Read more >

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

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

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

Everyone Needs Their Beauty Sleep
It's no surprise: people who get enough rest are rated as looking better than those who don't. Read more >

Can Sleep Deprivation Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Scientists have found a way to disrupt upsetting memories of traumatic events: sleep deprivation. Read more >

Nice Guys Don't Finish Last; They Get Married
Marriage appears to make men nicer, though it's also true nice men are more likely to marry. Read more >

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

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

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

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

Worm Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases
A California man cured his colitis and avoided major surgery by eating the eggs of parasitic worms. Read more >

Daily Aspirin May Lower Cancer Risk
A study found that low daily doses of aspirin greatly reduced the risk of several types of cancer. Read more >

Too Clean? Chemical in Antibacterial Soap Linked to Allergies in Kids
A chemical in antibacterial soap is linked to more allergies in kids, suggesting that a little moderation may be good. Read more >

Increased Risk of Heart Disease Seen in Women with High Job Strain
No surprise: women facing job stress have a greatly increased risk of heart disease. But what to do? Read more >

New Recommendations for Vitamin D and Calcium
The daily requirements for calcium and vitamin D have been changed to avoid certain problems, but controversy remains. Read more >

Antimicrobials and the Environment
Antimicrobial soaps are useful in hospitals, but their value in homes is less clear, and their effect on the environment is not good. Read more >

Reversing the Aging Process in Mice
Researchers found a gene in mice, that plays a key role in the aging process. Are humans next? Read more >

Antibiotics for Children's Ear Infections?
It is often unnecessary to treat ear infections with antibiotics. They can increase bacterial resistance and cause side effects Read more >

Retirement Reverses Job-Related Fatigue, Depression
Workers with exhaustion and depression felt significantly better after they retired... Read more >

Revamping School Nutrition from Vending Machines Up
Vending machines full of junk food? A new landmark nutrition bill is a game changer. Read more >

New HIV/AIDS Pill Offers Big Protection When Used As Directed
Truvada offers good protection from HIV infection. Will the CDC approve it? Read more >

Gaining a Few Pounds Significantly Ups Heart Disease Risk
Gaining just a few pounds can up your risk for heart disease by as much as 50%. Read more >

How Big a Problem is Prescription Abandonment?
How many people go to the doctor, get a prescription and either don't fill it or never pick it up? Read more >

Cell Phones May Help Keep BP in Check
"Telemonitoring" blood pressure via cell phone seems to help because it requires an active partnership between doctor and patient. Read more >

More Evidence That Mammograms Under 50 May Reduce Risk
Just in: Another new study finds that early mammograms may bring big benefits to women under 50. Read more >

How Low Fat Diets Increase Heart Disease Risk
Having some fat in your diet is actually good for your heart. What matters is what kind of fat you eat. Read more >

Energy Drinks Linked to Alcohol Consumption in College Kids
College kids who drink more energy drinks also consume more alcohol: coincidence or cause? Read more >

Drug Thought to Protect Kidneys During Imaging Is Ineffective
The dye used in heart imaging can harm the kidneys. Doctors thought acetylcysteine could protect us. Read more >

Unmet Needs of the Elderly: EMS Can Help
A new program helps tighten the safety net for rural elders. Read more >

Fat Build-Up in the Eye May Signal More Than Just Eye Problems
What can a common eye condition reveal more about our overall health? Read more >

Gout Continues to Rise
Gout is a painful inflammation of the joints caused by a build-up of uric acid. Sugary beverages increase the risk. Read more >

Many Kids Skipping Meals and Snacking Instead
When kids skip meals, they snack instead which raises the chance they will take in empty calories... Read more >

Synthetic Marijuana Worse Than the Real Stuff
Synthetic marijuana, often legal and sold at convenience stores, can be more deadly than the real thing. Read more >

Is a Wandering Mind an Unhappy Mind?
What are you thinking of right now? Was your mind wandering? Happier people tend to have minds focused on the present moment. Read more >

When One Half of the Brain Is Damaged, the Other Half Compensates
When part of the brain is damaged, it often gets an assist from undamaged areas to pick up the slack Read more >

Secondhand Smoke: Worse for Children
Don't smoke at home. Secondhand smoke appears to affect children even more than it does adults. Read more >

Go Online to Take Off Weight
Want to lose weight? Let your computer or cell phone help you. Online feedback can improve results. Read more >

Study Predicts Obesity Rates Will Continue to Rise
Having obese friends raises your chances of becoming obese considerably. Read more >

New Glue Speeds Recovery from Open Heart Surgery
A new bone cement called Kryptonite may be able help people recovering from open heart surgery... Read more >

Stress Not So Bad for the Belly
Stress isn't behind as much weight gain as was previously thought, but there are sex differences... Read more >

Adding Monounsaturated Fats to Diet May Boost Heart Health
Monounsaturated fatty acids in nuts, avocados, seeds and olive oil can help you raise your good — HDL — cholesterol. Read more >

Parkinson's May Be Linked to Energy Genes
Parkinson's disease appears linked to problems in the brain's energy stores... Read more >

Scented Products Give Off Toxic Chemicals
Many of those scented products you love actually give off toxic chemicals. Some are even "green." Read more >

Whole Grains May Reduce the Belly
Eating more whole grains (and fewer refined grains) can help reduce belly fat, and your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Read more >

Age Like a Fine Wine
Aging well has been linked to three factors: faith in your ability to exert control over your life, social support and exercise. Read more >

New Mothers' Brains May Grow Larger
The thrill and pleasure of a new baby appear to stimulate brain growth, particularly in areas... Read more >

CDC Panel Recommends Meningitis Booster for Teenagers
The meningococcal vaccine MSV4 doesn't last as long as anticipated. Is a booster needed to protect. Read more >

More Teens Are Reporting Hearing Loss
Teens' hearing has gotten worse. It may be from having the iPod or MP3 up too loud. Read more >

Close Friends "Light Up" The Brain
Close friends activate "social" areas of your brain more than strangers do. Read more >

Literate Mothers Boost Children's Test Scores
For young children in poor communities, having a mom who reads is a huge boost to school success. Read more >

Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk for Colon Cancer
Low doses of aspirin may be quite effective in fighting off colon cancer in those at high risk — but how it works is still a mystery. Read more >

Evidence that Violent Media Desensitizes Teenage Boys
Boys used to violent video clips have less response to them. Does this increase the likelihood... Read more >

Paying with Cash Curbs Junk Food Spending
Research shows that if you pay with cash instead of credit, you'll be less likely to buy junk food Read more >

New Guidelines Simplify CPR
If you see someone who needs help breathing, call 911 and then start using chest compression to keep the blood flowing. Read more >

AAP: Infants Should Be Screened for Iron Deficiency at 12 Months
Breastfed babies should have iron supplements beginning at four months old. All babies should be checked for iron at 12 months. Read more >

Dogs Can Ease the Stress of Autism
Having a service dog reduces undesirable behavior and eases kids' (and parents') stress. Read more >

Hormones Raise Cancer Risk
Hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of developing breast cancer and of dying from it. Read more >

Vitamin B12 Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Higher B12 levels are linked to reduced risk of cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

FDA Gives Thumbs Down to New Weight Loss Drug, Lorcaserin
A panel of FDA experts says the risks outweigh the benefits of Lorcaserin. What's next? Read more >

How to Deal with Food Labels
Don't be misled by health claims on food labels. Read the nutrition information on packages to get the full picture. Read more >

Is Morning Sickness a Good Thing?
Women who experience morning sickness are less likely to miscarry than women who do not... Read more >

Doctors Aren't Following Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines
Doctors are over-prescribing some colon cancer screening, and ignoring other tests. Healthcare... Read more >

A Hard-Knock Life May Do You Good Down the Road
Facing some adversity in your life may help you better cope with stress and be happier later on. Read more >

Why Aren't People Eating Whole-Grain Foods?
Afraid you won't like whole grains? Popcorn is a whole grain. And there are many ways to eat and prepare them. Experiment. Read more >

Too Much Screen Time Bad for Kids' Psychology
Limiting kids' TV and computer time can improve their ability to pay attention and reduce the risk of psychological problems. Read more >

Alcohol and Violence: An Earlier Last Call May Help
An earlier last call at bars can lower the number of assaults and other alcohol-related violence. Read more >

Taking Blood Pressure Meds at Night Before Bed Boosts Effectiveness
Taking blood pressure meds before you go to sleep at night boosts their effectiveness by working with your body's natural rhythms. Read more >

Sports Drinks: Soda in Disguise?
Don't let the term, "sports drink" fool you. Often these drinks have nearly as many calories as soda. Reach for water instead. Read more >

The Body Can Increase Number, Not Just Size, of Fat Cells
In contrast to conventional beliefs, the body can actually grow new fat cells, rather than just enlarge those it already has. Read more >

Bringing Recess to the Workplace
Two quick exercise programs aim to get office workers moving, no matter what their fitness level. Read more >

Can Tooth Health Reduce Preterm Births?
Taking care of gum disease while you're pregnant may reduce the risk the risk of preterm birth. Read more >

Fighting Back Against Diabetes
Simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can greatly reduce the health impact of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >

To Screen or Not to Screen? That is the Question
Two new studies add to the debate about whether mammograms should be standard for women in their 40s Read more >

Can Your Job Improve Your Lifestyle?
Employers can help employees and their families get healthy with company programs and modest cash incentives. Read more >

Anger and Sadness Increase Pain
Anger and sadness tend to make a person's experience of pain worse. Read more >

Metabolic Syndrome Seriously Raises Heart Risk
Metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, high blood pressure, blood fats and sugar) doubles the risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >

Magnesium Reduces Diabetes Risk
More magnesium in your diet, such as that found in whole grains, can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Read more >

FDA Says Infant Sleep Positoners Pose Suffocation Risk
Infant sleep positioners that are designed to hold babies in a position in their cribs may actually raise the risk of SIDS. Read more >

Been There, Done That, Didn't Happen
"Observation inflation" occurs when we think we've done something we haven't. Read more >

Modest Exercise Can Bring the Bones Big Benefits
Just 20 minutes of exercise a day may help reduce fractures in women with bone loss. Read more >

Bad Habits Make Bad Employees, Study Finds
People who smoke, overeat, or don't exercise take more sick days, while those who drink take fewer. Read more >

Texting to Death
It has been estimated that for every 1 million new cell phone subscribers, deaths due to distracted driving rise by 19%. Read more >

FDA Restricts Diabetes Drug
The FDA has issued restrictions on who can be prescribed the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia®... Read more >

A New Treatment for Stroke Victims
A small study has found that stroke patients recover better when they receive magnetic pulses... Read more >

Common Cold Virus Linked to Obesity in Youngsters
New research finds a link between childhood obesity and the common cold virus. But how? Read more >

Study: No Effect from Taking Popular Arthritis Supplements
Joint supplements for arthritis have, unfortunately, not been demonstrated to help ailing joints. Read more >

Much Confusion Over Angioplasty
Opening clogged arteries with angioplasty is useful for relieving angina, but it doesn't prevent heart attacks. Read more >

B Vitamins Help Reduce Brain Shrinkage in the Elderly
People taking high doses of B vitamins had less brain shrinkage than those who didn't... Read more >

Wisdom Teeth: Not So Useless After All
Wisdom teeth may be able to provide the same sort of flexible stem cell that bone marrow does. Read more >

Contagious Yawning Teaches Researchers About Social Development
Contagious yawning is familiar to most. But did you know it is a form of normal social bonding... Read more >

Eye Injuries from Laser Pointers
Laser pointers can damage eyesight. Parents should teach kids the risks and know the power of any pointer their child uses. Read more >

Did Your Doctor Really Make a Mistake or Do You Just Think So?
Many people think their doctors made an error. True or not, patients often switch doctors... Read more >

New Evidence that Stress Kills
Look at the hair of cardiac patients and you can see that in the months before the attack... Read more >

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Inflammation, Boost Insulin Sensitivity
Eating omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation that's linked to diabetes. Read more >

More Young Athletes Reporting Concussions
The best medicine for concussion is rest. Young children need even more rest after a concussion than teenagers do. Read more >

How Much Does Medical Malpractice Cost the Nation? Billions, Say Researchers
Researchers calculate that medical malpractice and defensive medicine cost the nation billions... Read more >

Loneliness Comes from Within
Loneliness is not so much a condition as a reflection of how we see ourselves and others. Read more >

It's Quality, Not Quantity, of Sleep That's Important for New Moms
Even though they may total enough hours at night, interrupted sleep is what hurts new moms. Read more >

Some Blood Pressure Medications May Raise Blood Pressure
Renin, an enzyme, may offer a way to figure out which blood pressure meds a patient may best respond Read more >

Hormone Replacement Therapy Makes Mammograms Hard to Read
HRT may affect how doctors interpret the tests, leading to diagnoses diagnoses of breast cancer... Read more >

Ketamine Effective at Treating Bipolar Disorder
Ketamine quickly reduced depression in some treatment-resistant bipolar patients, offering hope... Read more >

FDA Finds Disturbing Situation at Egg Farms Behind Salmonella Recall
The FDA says Salmonella was found in chicken feed and mounds of feces on the egg farms in the recall Read more >

Marijuana: Last Resort for Neuropathic Pain?
People with chronic nerve pain found some relief by smoking marijuana in a Canadian study... Read more >

Black Rice Rivals Blueberries in Antioxidant Powers
Black rice may rival blueberries in the amount of vitamin E antioxidants it contains. Read more >

Water: The Dieter's Best Friend
Drinking water before meals can increase weight loss by 40%. Read more >

Alcohol Disrupts the Biological Clock
Reduced messenger RNA activity appears to be behind the sleep and mood problems in drinkers. Read more >

More Evidence That a Virus Plays a Role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
New evidence suggests (again) that chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to a virus - but is it... Read more >

Acetaminophen Use and Asthma: Is There a Connection?
Does taking this common painkiller disrupt the body's inflammatory response and provoke asthma? Read more >

Metabolic Syndrome May Be Reversible by Tweaking the Diet
You may be able to reverse metabolic syndrome completely by making some important changes to your diet. Read more >

Luckily, Cancer Risk Does Not Depend on Personality, Researchers Find
The idea that one's personality can contribute to cancer has not been found to be true. Read more >

Worrying About Falling May Make It Happen - So Relax!
Seniors who worry about falling actually fall more than those who don't. Read more >

Has MRSA Met its Match?
Painting walls with a new paint killed 100% of all staph bacteria. Nanotubes helped make it possible Read more >

Think You're Safe with Just a Cigarette a Day? Think Again
Smoking just one cigarette a day, or being around smokers, can lead to damage to your airways. Read more >

Lose Weight Today, Feel Better Immediately
Weight loss reduces the aches and pains of being overweight. This can be a major motivator for dieters. Read more >

Reduce Your Anger, Reduce Your Heart Risk
Relax. Being angry may cause your arteries to thicken and increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >

Proteins Other Than Red Meat Are Better for Women's Hearts
Women who get their protein from sources other than red meats have healthier hearts. Read more >

Youngest Children in Their Class Most Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD
Before accepting a diagnosis of attention-deficit disorder, consider whether your child is young for his or her grade in school. Read more >

Earlier Onset of Puberty in the U.S.
More and more girls are beginning puberty between ages seven and eight. Read more >

Better Blood Flow Linked to Larger Brain Size
People with hearts that pump most effectively tend to have larger brains. Coincidence? Not likely. Read more >

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Data to Aid Decisions
If you have had a cesarean section, you may still be able to deliver a child vaginally. Read more >

Think It's OK to Gain a Few Pounds? Not for Blood Vessels, Researchers Say
Losing just a few pounds, especially around your middle, may help your blood vessels work better. Read more >

Hundreds of Millions of Eggs Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak
Two Iowa farms have recalled over 380 million eggs due to possible contamination with Salmonella... Read more >

Tax Credits and Healthy Babies
Babies born to mothers who received Earned Income Tax Credits weigh more, a sign of greater health. Read more >

Women's Cholesterol Levels Affected by Time of the Month, Study Says
Doctors testing a woman's cholesterol may want to ask when her last period was, since estrogen level Read more >

Fewer Emergency Rooms, More Patients
ERs are over-burdened with non-emergency care. Wait times are measured in hours. Why? Read more >

Cancer Cells Use Fructose to Multiply
Cancer cells actually prefer fructose over glucose to fuel themselves and multiply. Read more >

How You See Others Says a Lot about You
How we see others says more about our own personalities than it does about theirs'. Read more >

Too Much Mac-N-Cheese? Lure Your Kids to Healthy Eating With a Little Fun
Adding some fun activities to meal preparation improves kids' attitude toward fruits and vegetables. Read more >

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Affects the Brain and Gut Alike
Researchers find that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is linked to changes in the brain as well as the gut. Read more >

New Method May Replace Hysterectomy for Fibroid Sufferers
A procedure that stops blood flow to uterine fibroids may be an alternative to hysterectomy. Read more >

Stem Cells May Help Repair Hearts After Attack
Stem cells to the rescue. Read more >

"Clinically Proven" Beauty Products: Not Guilty, but Not Proven Either
Don't accept the term, "clinically proven" at face value. Look further to find out just what kind of study was done and by whom. Read more >

Calcium May Help the Bones, but Does It Hurt the Heart?
Calcium supplements may strengthen the bones, but they may also raise the risk of heart attack... Read more >

The 2010-11 Flu Vaccine
Fall is the time to get a flu vaccine. Even if vaccines cannot protect one completely against all forms of the flu virus, they usually resu Read more >

CPR Good Enough Without Mouth-to-Mouth, Studies Find
Chest compressions alone are just effective as CPR with mouth-to-mouth in a heart attack emergency. Read more >

People's Brains "Coupled" to Each Other in Good Conversation
The better we understand another, the closer our brain patterns resemble theirs, neutral coupling... Read more >

Kids Read More When They Pick the Books
Let your child choose his or her summer reading books. Reading anything helps keep those skills sharp and helps in school. Read more >

PCBs Appear Linked to High Blood Pressure As Well As Cancer
People who have higher levels of the chemicals PCBs in their bodies also seem to have higher BP. Read more >

Doctors Don't Understand Their Patients
Doctors are busy and may not listen well. It helps to come prepared with any questions you may have written down in advance. Read more >

Why Some Public Health Weight Loss Campaigns Fail
Even well-meaning weight loss campaigns may end up turning off the people they are meant to inspire. Read more >

Being More Connected to Those Around You May Lengthen Your Life
Having a strong social support system rivals quitting smoking in terms of the years it can add to our lives. Read more >

Fish for the Eyes
Eating fish rich in healthy fats may help protect the eyes. Read more >

No Evidence That Weight Loss Supplements Work
Many weight-loss supplements appear to be no more effective than a placebo. Read more >

Practice Makes Perfect: But Only If You Mix It Up
Changing up how you practice a new skill helps your brain learn better. Read more >

Stroking to Prevent Strokes
Researchers relieved blocked arteries in rats by stroking a whisker. Can this be applied to humans? Read more >

Sitting May Lead to Earlier Death
Researchers find that the longer you sit, the shorter your lifespan. Read more >

Are Doctor's Notes for Patients Too?
A new study, OpenNotes, allows the patients to access their records. Read more >

A Sniff of Insulin May Help Alzheimer's Patients
Not just for diabetics: A sniff of the hormone insulin may help recover memory in Alzheimer's... Read more >

Nasal Zinc Linked to Loss of Smell
Over-the-counter zinc nasal sprays may be damaging to your sense of smell and may even destroy it. Read more >

Don't Throw Out the Rabbit's Foot: Good Luck Charms May Just Work
Have a good luck charm? It may actually help performance by boosting confidence Read more >

Biggest Losers Do Better
Slower may not always better when it comes to weight loss. Losing a fair amount of weight quickly tends to lead to better results. Read more >

Is a Little Stress Good for The Body? New Research Shows It Might Help Fight Cancer
Mice "stressed" by living in stimulating environments fought cancer better than those not stressed. Read more >

Convenience Stores May Be Hazardous to Your Waistline
Neighborhood convenience stores may be hazardous to your waistline. The high ratio of junk food is behind the problem Read more >

Doctor Arrogance and Hospital Acquired Infections
A commentary in JAMA calls out doctors who don't follow a checklist for preventing CLABSI infections Read more >

New Weight Loss Drugs Seems Promising, But FDA Still to Rule
Lorcaserin seems to help people slim down with fewer side-effects than past drugs. Will FDA approve? Read more >

Study Says PSA Test Saves Lives
Screening for prostate cancer may pick up small cancers that really shouldn't be treated. Read more >

The American Heart Association Reviews the Best Ways to Get Healthy, Stay Motivated
Heart disease hits 1 in 3 people. The first step to heart health is to set realistic behavioral rather than physiological goals. Read more >

CDC Says Salsa, Guacamole Account for Too Many Restaurant-Related Illnesses
Salsa and guacamole are major sources of restaurant-related illness. Too often, they are not refrigerated adequately. Read more >

Why Are So Many Children Overweight?
When it comes to helping kids lose weight, exercise is very important; but reducing calories is the most important first step. Read more >

Hospital Rounds Get a Face-Lift
More hospitals are using the new family-centered rounds, which help keep parents in the loop. Read more >

Why 1990s Parkinson's Tissue Transplants Failed
In the past, Parkinson's tissue transplant patients developed jerky, uncontrolled movements. Read more >

Car Seats Should Stay in the Car to Avoid Accidents
Don't leave your baby unattended while in his or her car seat - especially outside the car. Serious injuries can happen. Read more >

Antibiotic May Lead to Dangerously High Potassium Levels in Seniors
An antibiotic often prescribed for urinary tract infections can raise potassium levels dangerously.. Read more >

Beet Juice as a Natural Blood Pressure Medicine
People who drank a glass of beet juice had a maximum drop of 10.4 points systolic blood pressure. Read more >

TV and Video Games Can Harm Kids' Attention Spans
Limiting your child’s TV or video game time to less than two hours per day may help his or her attention. Read more >

Insulin Pump Superior to Injections in Study
If you have type 1 diabetes, consider an insulin pump. They tend to offer better blood sugar control. Read more >

Ditch The Car and Hop on The Train If You Want to Shed Pounds
Leaving the car at home and taking the train can help you be more active and lose some weight. Read more >

Breastfeeding Means Fewer Infant Infections
Among other benefits, breastfeeding lowers babies' risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Read more >

Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >

Scanner Predicts Behavior Better than People Do
A study using MRI scans of subjects' brains found that scan results can predict behavior better... Read more >

High Tea Consumption Linked to Heart Health
A study of 37,000 people over 13 years found that drinking 3 to 6 cups of tea a day reduced the risk of heart disease by over 40%. Read more >

Why We Favor Fatty Over Healthy Foods
The "hunger hormone" ghrelin not only makes you hungry, it also appears to make you crave. Read more >

Age at Menopause May Predict Cardiovascular Risk
Women who go through early menopause – before age 46 – may be at double the risk for cardio events. Read more >

Lack of Vitamin D May Aggravate Asthma
Children with insufficient vitamin D are more likely to experience severe asthma attacks... Read more >

Obesity Takes Toll on Sex Life, Sexual Health
Obese individuals report reduced sex life, more STDs, sexual dysfunction, and unwanted pregnancies. Read more >

Diabetes More Likely for White Rice Eaters than Brown Rice Eaters
Eating whole grains, such as barley and brown rice lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. Read more >

HDL or "Good" Cholesterol May Reduce Cancer Risk
HDL, the “Good” cholesterol, has been linked to lower cancer risk in addition to its contribution to heart health. Read more >

Fructose May Increase Fat Cells in Kids
If fructose didn't already have a bad enough rap, now it seems to help kids' fat cells proliferate. Read more >

A New Look At Postpartum Depression
New mothers have elevated levels of MAO-A, an enzyme known to deactivate neurotransmitters that affect mood. Read more >

Inexpensive Injection Could Save Thousands of Trauma Victims
Using the compound TXA, which helps prevent bleeding, could save the lives of many accident victims. Read more >

New Site: Emerging Drug Problems, All in One Place
The FDA has a new website that tracks problems people have had with various prescription drugs. Read more >

Cartoon Characters May Sway Kids to Make Poor Food Choices
Kids say foods taste better when cartoon characters are on the label... Read more >

Pro-Anorexia, Pro-Bulimia Websites All Too Common, Study Finds
Parents should be aware that there are pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia (pro-ana and pro-mia) websites which encourage these eating disorders. Read more >

FDA Issues Warning for Parents to Measure Carefully When Giving Babies Vitamin D
Make sure your baby gets the proper amount of vitamin D Read more >

Just 20 Minutes Outdoors Can Work Wonders
Just 20 minutes out in nature - even a small garden - can help re-energize you. Read more >

Parents Should Be Cautious with Autism Sites, Researchers Say
Be cautious about what websites you use for research Read more >

Heart Attacks in California Are Way Down
A recent study among members of a California HMO shows a huge decrease in serious heart attacks. Read more >

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a Side of Exercise Helps Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia patients better manage their pain with cognitive behavior therapy and exercise. Read more >

Tiny Vacuum Removes Blood Clots from the Brain
Early studies using a tiny vacuum to remove blood clots in the brain show promise... Read more >

FDA Seizes $32,000 Worth of Tainted Chinese-Imported Honey
The FDA has found a potentially fatal drug in honey from China, adding evidence to support concerns. Read more >

Mediterranean Diet Helps Hearts That Have Already Had Trouble
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet helps protect the heart from a second attack. Read more >

Immediate Removal of Inflamed Gallbladder Improves Outcome in Elderly
It is often a good idea to remove an inflamed gallbladder sooner rather than later. Read more >

New Drugs Don't Always Beat the Old
New drugs are often prescribed over the old even if they aren't better or more cost effective. Read more >

Researchers Surprised by How the Brain and Body React to Anger-Inducing Phrases
Feelings of anger seem to make a person want to get closer to the anger-inducing stimulus... Read more >

Viagra Nation: Tracking Health Care Costs
We spend $77 billion on "medicalized" conditions like erectile dysfunction. Is this a wise use of healthcare dollars? Read more >

New Bunion Treatment Reduces Pain and Recovery Time
A new treatment for bunions is less painful and recovery is quicker. Read more >

Less Sugar, Lower Blood Pressure
Drink one less serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (such as sweet tea, lemonade or soda) and you can lower your blood pressure. Read more >

Don't Forget to Brush Your Teeth - It Might Save Your Life
One very simple way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 70% is to brush your teeth twice a day. Read more >

Who Knew? Study Shows that Fathers Experience Postpartum Depression, Too
New fathers and fathers-to-be are at higher risk for depression than other men, particularly if their wives are depressed. Read more >

Pregnancy, Sunlight, and Multiple Sclerosis Risk
The risk of multiple sclerosis increases in parts of the world that receive less sun. Read more >

High-Fat Meals May Impair Breathing, Worsen Asthma
High fat meals appear to increase inflammation and decrease lung function. Blame immune responses. Read more >

End of Life Decisions: Defibrillators and Pacemakers
Patients with implanted heart devices like pacemakers or defibrillators may want to establish a directive for their deactivation. Read more >

High-Bran Diets May Help Diabetics Live Longer
Eating diets high in bran may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Overtime Ups Risk of Death from Heart Disease
People who work a great deal of overtime are at greater risk of heart-related death. Type A behavior may be partly to blame. Read more >

Food for Thought: Pesticide Exposure and ADHD Risk in Children
Pesticide exposure may play a role in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more >

Does Mozart Really Make Your Kid Smarter? New Study Says "Nein."
There’s little evidence that exposing your child to Mozart will actually improve their IQ. Read more >

Anemia Drug Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Elderly kidney patients should not be given ESAs, or erythropoesis-stimulating agents. The drugs pose a risk of stroke and clots. Read more >

To Lower Cholesterol, Researchers Say, Go a Little Nuts
Eating a handful of nuts every day is a good way to reduce your cholesterol and blood fat levels. Read more >

Sex and the Elderly
It is not uncommon for sexual satisfaction to decline with age. Talking with your partner can help in many ways. Read more >

Get to a Doctor Soon after a Mini-Stroke to Avoid Having a Real One
A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a mini-stroke, but with no lasting damage. It is often a warning sign and should be treated. Read more >

Warfarin and Supplements Don't Mix
Be sure to let your doctor know of the various supplements you may be taking. They can interfere with the action of many different drugs. Read more >

New Hospital Bar-Code System Significantly Cuts Down on Medication Errors
A new bar-code system tied to patient electronic medical record (EMR) may help cut down on errors. Read more >

Depression in Children and Adolescence: Making Safe Medication Decisions
It is important to treat child and adolescent depression. Kids on medication should be monitored closely. Read more >

Researchers Find More Reasons to Get a Full-Night's Sleep
Getting a full night's sleep may help you live longer and help prevent type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Magnet Therapy May Help Treat Depression When Drugs Don't Work
Administering magnetic pulses to patients with intractable depression seems to be effective... Read more >

The Pill May Increase Women's Risk for Sexual Dysfunction
Women on the pill may suffer from lower libido than women on other forms of birth control. Read more >

Another Benefit of Broccoli: Breast Cancer Treatment
A compound in broccoli called sulforaphane may stop the growth of breast cancer stem cells. Read more >

Laughter May Be the Best Medicine of All
Laughter affects the body much the same way exercise does, reducing stress and pain... Read more >

New Insights on How the Body Responds to Pain
New research suggests that targeting the OLAM compounds that activate pain receptors may block pain. Read more >

The Mere Sight of Illness Boosts the Immune System
Just seeing people who show symptoms of illness seems to stimulate the immune system. Read more >

Nerve Block May Help Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A promising experimental treatment for intractable PTSD involves anesthetizing the nerves of the stellate ganglion. Read more >

A Simple Way to Eat Less
Keep serving platters off the table during meals and reduce calories by 20%. Read more >

To Boost Your Self-Esteem and Mood, Exercise in the Green, Researchers Say
If you are feeling a little down, head outdoors. Just five minutes outside boosts mood and self-esteem. Read more >

Dancing Improves Seniors' Balance, Reduces Falls
Dancing can improve seniors' balance, walking speed and overall functioning, not to mention their spirits. Read more >

Parents, Especially Dads, Affect Teen Smoking
Father-child communication is more important than many may realize, particularly when it is about things like cigarette smoking. Read more >

Platelet-Rich Plasma Helps Tooth Extraction Sites Heal Faster
A promising "Buffy-Coat" technique uses platelet-rich plasma to help tooth-extraction patients... Read more >

If You're Awaiting Medication, Don't Interrupt Your Nurse
If a nurse is interrupted while preparing your medication, ask him or her to check it again to avoid a possible error. Read more >

Side Effects of Antidepressants More Common Than Previously Thought
Antidepressant medications have many side effects. Too often these go unreported by doctors and patients. Read more >

Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet May Lie in the Olive Oil
Olive oil is a big reason why the Mediterranean diet is healthful. The phenols in it suppress genes involved in inflammation. Read more >

Earplugs and Eye Masks Help Hospital Patients Sleep Better
Patients in intensive care units often experience interrupted sleep. Finding ways to block noise and light can help. Read more >

B-Vitamins May Help Protect from Heart Disease and Stroke
Increasing your intake of vitamin B6 and folate may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >

Do Brain Games Make You Smarter?
Playing computer games may improve the specific mental skills the game calls for, but doesn't seem to improve mental capacity. Read more >

Researchers Find Way to Detect Lung Cancer Earlier
A new approach yields cells that provide a look at a genetic marker which may predict cancer... Read more >

Weight Gain over Time Significantly Ups Breast Cancer Risk
Significant weight gain (over 30-pounds) during middle-age can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer after menopause. Read more >

Walking Shelter Dogs Helps Heart Patients Recover Faster - and Makes the Pups Happy, Too
Volunteering at their local animal shelter is one good way for cardiac patients to get the exercise they need to recover. Read more >

Vitamin D: Are Babies Getting Enough?
When babies begin to eat solids they are particularly at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Read more >

Exercise as Mental Health Treatment
Exercise is a useful component of any mental health treatment plan. Read more >

Does Cola Lower Sperm Count?
A study of 18-year-olds found that those who drank the most cola were more likely to have low sperm Read more >

New Study Shows Only Small Connection between Fruits, Veggies and Reduced Cancer Risk
While the exact relationship between fruits, vegetables, and cancer risk has not yet been determined, it can't hurt to continue eating... Read more >

If You're Trying to Watch Your Weight: Sleep
One good way to keep from over-eating is to be sure to get enough sleep. Read more >

Packing up Your Troubles Really Works
Sealing up a reminder of an unpleasant experience and throwing it or putting it away may help you move on. Read more >

Don't Replace Saturated Fats with Carbs If You Want to Help Your Heart, Study Finds
Replacing saturated fats with low-glycemic foods - not high-glycemic foods - may be a good way to reduce heart attack risk. Read more >

Complex Spinal Operations Rise Without Evidence of Benefit
Spinal fusion is not always the only or best way to ease the pain associated with spinal stenosis and disc problems. Read more >

Dieting Increases Stress Hormone, Makes Weight Loss Harder
Dieting can actually make it harder to shed pounds because it raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Read more >

Blood Pressure Meds Might Reduce the Spread of Breast Cancer, Study Says
Beta-blockers appear to help reduce the spread of cancer. Read more >

Disabilities Increasing among the Middle-Aged
The number of people over 40 who have difficulty climbing stairs or walking a quarter mile has risen. The impact on healthcare could be... Read more >

Chocolate Cuts Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke, Lowers Blood Pressure
Eating the equivalent of a square of chocolate every day can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke Read more >

New Study Outlines Just How Active You Need To Be To Stay Trim
An hour a day of moderate exercise like walking or a half-hour of vigorous exercise like jogging can prevent weight gain. Read more >

Asthma Medications: New Guidelines Improve Safety
Short-acting beta agonists (SABAs) act by helping the muscles in the air passages of the lungs to relax and re-expand. Read more >

A Healthy Diet and Less Alcohol May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
Heavy alcohol consumption and a fatty diet raise the risk of breast cancer by up to 20%. Read more >

Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy
Aprepitant, already FDA approved, offered nausea relief to bone marrow transplant recipients. Read more >

Researchers Find That Antibiotic Used to Treat Acne Also Suppresses HIV
Minocycline helps prevent the HIV virus in infected human T cells from reactivating. Read more >

Pain Medications May Increase Hearing Loss
Taking over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen may raise the risk of hearing loss, particularly in men. Read more >

Mothers' Diet Can Lower the Risk of Eczema, Wheezing in Children
What a woman eats when pregnant and breastfeeding can reduce her child's chances of asthma and eczema. Read more >

An Alternative to Heart Surgery for Leaky Valves
A clothespin-like clip, inserted through a vein in the groin, is an alternative to heart surgery... Read more >

Blood Vessels Rebound After People Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking improves FMD, or flow mediated dilation of blood vessels, a strong indicator of heart health. Read more >

Elderly Hip Fracture Patients Are Not Getting the Care They Need
A hip fracture in an elderly patient is a life-altering event. Often they receive inadequate care during the first three months. Read more >

Under Acute Stress, Higher Blood Pressure May Not Be Such a Bad Thing
High blood pressure is not a good thing, but it does appear having high BP in times of heart stress is an advantage. Read more >

Flea Products May be Harmful to Your Pet
Those apply-between-the-shoulder-blade flea remedies are harmful to some pets, especially small ones Read more >

Mother-Infant Bonding Hormone Oxytocin May Help Those with Autism
Oxytocin, a hormone, may help some autistic kids gain social skills. Read more >

Youth Sports Without All the Injuries
Sports injuries among child athletes are increasing. Many injuries can be prevented by getting proper rest, stretching after games... Read more >

Herbs and Pregnancy: Does Natural Mean Safe?
The use of herbal preparations, in any stage of life, but particularly during pregnancy, should not be taken lightly. Read more >

Meaningful Talk May Be Linked to Happiness
Small talk can help in some social situations, but people who engage in more substantial conversations tend to be happier. Read more >

Zen Meditation: Feeling No Pain
Research has found that Zen meditation reduces the experience of pain, seemingly by thickening the brain's gray matter. Read more >

Interrupting Blood Supply May Help Patients during Heart Attack
Interrupting the blood flow when someone has a heart attack may help protect the heart from damage. Read more >

New Study Questions Viral Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
person needs to have unexplained fatigue for at least six months plus at least four of eight other symptoms to qualify as a CFS sufferer... Read more >

Researchers Help Children Build Tolerance to Peanuts over Time
Some children with peanut allergies can become less dangerously allergic through immunotherapy. Parents should not try this on their own. Read more >

Don't Worry, Be Active
Exercise can reduce the anxiety people may feel when living with a chronic illness. Read more >

High-Protein Diet May Increase Bad Cholesterol, Study Finds
You may lose weight on a high−protein, low−carb diet, but you are also likely to be raising your "bad" cholesterol. Read more >

Taking the Controversy out of Stem Cell Research
Scientists have found a way of creating adaptable stem cells from adult tissue... Read more >

New Method Predicts Kidney Failure Better than Conventional Tests
Monitoring protein levels in the urine may be a better way to predict kidney function... Read more >

Diet and Cholesterol in Middle Age and Beyond
Even older adults, including those taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, can lower their cholesterol further by cutting down on butter and satu Read more >

Varicella Vaccine: Will It Help After You're Exposed?
The varicella vaccine for chickenpox can help reduce symptoms or even prevent infection even when given after you've been exposed. Read more >

Six Months of Nicotine Patches Work Better Than Two
Nicotine patches tend to be more effective when used for longer periods of time. Read more >

Mild Depression Should Not be Left Untreated, Researchers Say
People who believe they may be depressed should not ignore the symptoms. Untreated symptoms raise the odds of full-blown depression. Read more >

Fish Oil May Help Prevent Psychosis
Study finds omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may help prevent youth psychosis. Read more >

New Studies Help Researchers Predict and Detect Pancreatic Cancers
Two studies have identified different to detect the risk and presence of pancreatic cancer early... Read more >

SIDS and Serotonin: Is There a Connection?
The cause of sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is not yet known, but low levels of serotonin may play a role. Read more >

New HIV Drug Blocks Disease Transmission in Mice
A new drug, Truvada, given to mice with "humanized" immune systems and exposed to HIV helped protect them from infection. Read more >

A Simple Test for Concussions
A simple measure of reaction time can provide a clue as to whether an athlete has had a concussion. Read more >

"Artificial Pancreas" Helps Control Nighttime Blood Sugar in Young Diabetics
Used during sleep, the system, which calculates and administers insulin, was far more effective at preventing nighttime hypoglycemia. Read more >

Heavier Patients Need Longer Needles
People who are obese may not receive the same level of protection from a vaccine because the standard needle used may not reach the muscle. Read more >

Quitting Smoking after Early Lung Cancer Diagnosis Doubles Survival
It's never too late to quit smoking. When people diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer quit smoking, they double their chances of survival. Read more >

A Little Extra Weight May Help the Elderly Live Longer
Once you are over 70, a few extra pounds may actually be beneficial and may add to longevity. Read more >

Adequate Selenium in Diet May Reduce Esophageal, Stomach Cancers
Selenium is found in meats, grains and nuts. It can be toxic if too much is taken, but adequate amounts seem to reduce cancer risk. Read more >

Oral Contraceptive Use and Bone Mineral Density
Oral contraceptives appear to lower the bone density of women using them. Age and time on the pill seem to be factors. Read more >

High Blood Pressure Associated with Dementia, Alzheimer's
High blood pressure is connected to an increase in the number of white matter brain lesions connected to mental decline. Read more >

Heart Rate May Predict Heart-Related Death, Study Finds
If your heart rate at rest is over 100 beats per minute, you are at far higher risk of death from heart disease. It is not too late to act. Read more >

Taking a Break May Help You Remember What You Just Learned
Taking a break after absorbing new information may help you retain it better by making it easier to move into long-term memory. Read more >

Tiny Molecule Might Thwart HIV Transmission
Surfen, a molecule that prevents the HIV virus from communicating with an important compound in semen, holds promise as a means of prevention. Read more >

Researchers Discover Why Apples May Actually “Keep the Doctor Away”
It appears apples provide beneficial bacteria and a pH environment that keep the intestines healthy and the doctor away. Read more >

Two New Oral Drugs for MS on the Way
Patients in the clinical trial had to take the medication in only two or four courses of four to five days each per year. The new drugs worked as well as injectable interferon. Read more >

Exercise May Prevent – and Reverse – Age−Related Cognitive Decline
Exercise helps prevent cognitive decline. Better circulation in the brain and increased brain cell production are two reasons why. Read more >

Junk Food Seriously Ups Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
An occasional fast food meal is no big deal. But eating them often raises the risk of diabetes and obesity greatly. Read more >

Antipsychotic Users Not Being Tested for Side Effects
Second generation antipsychotic drugs, like clozapine, olanzapine, and risperidone, can raise the risk of diabetes and heart problems. Read more >

Acupuncture May Reduce Hot Flashes (and Up Sex Drive) in Breast Cancer Patients
Giving breast cancer patients acupuncture can help ease the side effects of hormone therapy and improves sex drive in some. Read more >

Children Left On the Home Front When Moms and Dads Go to War
Kids and caregivers left behind during deployment have to shoulder a heavy burden. A study looks at what can help. Read more >

Controlling Depression Helps Reduce Blood Sugar in Diabetics
When diabetics suffer from depression, treating it can lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels as well. Read more >

Blood Test Tells Baby's Sex Early in Pregnancy
A simple blood test may replace amniocentesis as the best means for determining a baby's sex early in utero Read more >

Heart Attack Survival Rate Unchanged in 30 Years
Heart attack survival rates will only improve if more bystanders know CPR and the use of devices to shock the heart increases. Read more >

Researchers Break Code for Skin, Lung Cancers
The genetic mutations causing skin and lung cancer have been mapped, and nearly all of them are the result of exposure to sun or smoke respe Read more >

The Role of Ghrelin in Overeating
Blocking the action of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, just may ease that obsession with nachos. Read more >

Running Shoe Design: Miles to Go
Walking in high heels increases knee torque by 20-26%. Read more >

Toning Down on TV Helps People Tone Up
Simply turning off your TV can cut 120 calories a day, the equivalent of walking a mile. Read more >

Autism Clusters Around the Highly Educated, Study Finds
Autism appears to be more common among the children of the well-educated. But is this just the result of more frequent diagnosis? Read more >

Yoga Begins to Reveal Its Secrets
Yoga appears to help the body by reducing its inflammatory response to stress. Read more >

Better Relationships Cut Teenage Weight Gain
Negative emotions can contribute to overeating or binge eating. Therapy aimed at improving social skills can therefore help prevent weight Read more >

Researchers Harness the Power of Pomegranate to Fight Hospital Infections
An ointment made of pomegranate rind and metal salts successfully combated MRSA, a notoriously hard-to-treat staph infection. Read more >

Watching TV May Shorten Your Life
Spending too much time sitting in front of the TV or computer, rather than moving, raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more >

Nanosensors May Detect Cancers Sooner, Finds Study
The search is on to develop nanosensors that would detect biomarkers in blood or sputum to catch cancers early. Read more >

Is Green Tea an Antidepressant?
The more green tea elderly subjects drank in a day, the less likely they were to be depressed... Read more >

Researchers Identify Risk Factors to Predict Second Stroke
Having a second stroke soon after the first makes disability much more likely, so it is important to be aware of factors that raise the risk Read more >

Kids' Mental Health Needs Often Unmet
Treating children for mental health problems can reduce the risk that the problems will get worse. Read more >

Menu Labels May Mean Less Overeating
Early research suggests that putting calorie information on menus really can help reduce overeating. Read more >

Milk Thistle May Help Chemo Patients with Liver Damage, Study Finds
The herb milk thistle appears to help keep levels of two key liver enzymes low during chemotherapy. Read more >

Coffee - Even Decaf - Puts Diabetes at Bay, Says New Study
People who drink between three and four cups of coffee a day reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%. Read more >

England Gets Serious about Penalty Kicks
England has lost three World Cups on penalty kicks, so researchers came up with a new strategy. Read more >

Stem Cells Help Heal Heart after Attack
Adult stem cells may help speed patients' recovery from a heart attack by spurring the growth of new blood vessels. Read more >

Oxygen Effective at Treating Cluster Headaches
High-flow oxygen is a treatment alternative for people suffering from cluster headaches who cannot take sumatriptan or similar medications. Read more >

Eating Soy-Rich Foods May Reduce Risk for Ovarian, Endometrial Cancers
Soy-based foods mimic estrogen's effects and may lower women's risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers. Read more >

Well Adjusted, Over 40, and Single
People who have never married are as basically as well-adjusted as those who are. But their autonomy has a price. Read more >

Texting and Driving Don't Mix
You should NEVER text while driving. You are six times more likely to crash. Read more >

Spices Halt Growth of Cancer Stem Cells
Compounds in tumeric and pepper slow the growth of cancer stem cells, which can in turn prevent tumor formation. Read more >

Over-Exercising Could Lead to Osteoarthritis
By middle age we need to be careful about how much active exercise we do. Swimming and low-impact exercise is best. Read more >

Polyphenols and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Serious Brain Food
A Mediterranean diet, the LMN diet appears to enhance brain health, promoting cell growth and reducing damage. Read more >

Fight Global Warming (and Get Healthier)
Road traffic, by car and bus, accounts for about three-quarters of all travel-related carbon dioxide. Read more >

Diet, Cognitive Ability, and Heart Health Interlinked in Seniors, Study Finds
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables helps seniors' hearts and their cognitive function. Read more >

Eating Red Meat May Increase Risk of Ulcerative Colitis
Omega-6 fatty acids (found in certain oils and red meat) can promote inflammation while omega-3 fatty acids help reduce it. Read more >

If You Want to Eat Less, Work Out in the Heat
Working out in warmer conditions (think non-AC rooms) reduces hunger, thanks to peptide YY, which signals fullness. Read more >

A Reminder for New Year's Eve: Coffee Does Not Sober You Up
Coffee does not sober you up. In fact, it may impair judgment further. Read more >

Vitamins C, E May Ward off Age-Related Muscle Loss
A diet high in antioxidants, particularly vitamins E and C, may slow age-related muscle loss. Read more >

Early Daycare and Childhood Asthma: Are They Related?
Daycare may actually lower the risk of developing asthma even though it may raise the risk of infection. Read more >

High-Carb and High-Protein Diets Both Effective in Maintaining Weight-Loss
carb and high protein diets both seem equally effective at producing weight loss. Read more >

The Impact of “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol on Heart Disease
Having high HDL, the "good" cholesterol actually seems to help reduce the chances of heart failure. Read more >

Therapy Brings More Happiness than Money, Study Finds
Therapy is a more cost−effective way of finding happiness than is money. Read more >

Quitting in a Virtual World Helps Smokers Quit for Real
A video game in which virtual smokers stomp out their cigarettes actually helped real smokers quit Read more >

Can Exercise Make You Smarter?
Aerobic exercise in adolescence has been found to raise intelligence test scores and lead to better work. Read more >

Adolescent Behavior: Expectations vs. Reality
When teenagers feel alienated from their families, they are at greater risk for sadness and depression. Read more >

Depressed Patients' Physical Ailments Often Untreated
Depressed patients' physical symptoms are often underestimated, a fact that is detrimental to their overall health. Read more >

Decision-Making Suffers in the Sleep-Deprived, Study Finds
People who are sleep-deprived cannot make quick, "gut" decisions. For first-responders like police officers, this can be dangerous. Read more >

Selenium Supplements May Increase Cholesterol
Supplementing the diet with selenium can raise blood cholesterol as much as 8 percent. Read more >

Pneumonia Risk Higher Among Flu Sufferers
People who have had the flu are more susceptible to additional infections, such as pneumonia. Read more >

High Blood Sugar During Pregnancy: When and Why Should It Be Treated?
High blood sugar during pregnancy, gestational diabetes, is a major health risk for mothers and babies. Read more >

Telephone Intervention Helps Post-Surgery Heart Patients
Phone contact with a nurse practitioner can help reduce depression and the likelihood of re−hospitalization in heart surgery patients. Read more >

A New Way to Treat Spinal Injury
An experimental approach using micelles to prevent the spread of nerve damage shows promise. Read more >

Yo-Yo Dieting May Work Like Addiction in the Brain
Yo-yo dieting may generate a withdrawal effect in the brain, increasing the likelihood of a relapse. Read more >

Preterm Birth and the Risk of Autism
Being premature doesn't in itself raise the risk of autism, but complications affecting the brain do. Read more >

Heart Drug Outperformed by High-Dose Niacin in Head-to-Head Trial
A recent study found that a drug offering a high dose of the B vitamin, niacin, performed much better than the much-prescribed ezitimibe (Zetia®). Read more >

Low Cholesterol May Signal Undiagnosed Cancer
Low cholesterol may be a sign of undiagnosed cancer. Read more >

Newly Retired Feel Younger and Healthier
Retirement is good for your health. In fact, if your work life has been stressful, you are likely to feel much better after you retire. According to one study, it's like turning the clock back eight years Read more >

Probiotics and Fiber, What Your Digestive Tract Would Tell You
If you need to re−establish a healthy digestive tract, probiotics can be helpful, but fiber is perhaps even more important. Read more >

Where There's Smoke, There's Illness
Secondhand smoke remains a danger to children exposed to it in the home. Read more >

To Keep Weight off, Trade in TVs for Treadmills, Say Researchers
Your home environment is the single most important factor in losing weight and maintaining weight loss. Read more >

Diet and Exercise Stave off Diabetes Better than Meds
Diet and exercise are the best way to prevent type 2 diabetes, even better than medication. Read more >

Cocoa May Help Keep the Heart Healthy, Study Says
The polyphenols in cocoa — among other foods — reduce risk for heart disease and cancer. Read more >

Improving the Safety of Radiation Therapy
Researchers have found a way to protect healthy cells from radiation therapy, using a cell signaling inhibitor and making the therapy far more effective. Read more >

Acetaminophen Reduces Vaccines' Effectiveness
Using acetaminophen to prevent a fever after your child has had a vaccine may end up reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine. Read more >

Boosting Fiber May Help Thwart Belly Fat
fat is associated with an increased risk of heart problems and diabetes. Read more >

Protein in Blood Could Predict Heart Attack and Death, Not Stroke
The presence of high levels of a protein in the blood may predict the likelihood of a heart attack, according to a new study. C−reactive protein increases in response to infection. Read more >

Research Suggests Link between Autoimmune Disorders and Pesticides
Extended contact with household pesticides such as roach or termite sprays, appears to raise the risk of autoimmune diseases. Read more >

If the Grass is Greener... People are Healthier
Living near green space seems to make people healthier, both mentally and physically. Read more >

When It Comes to Learning New Skills, A Little Stress Is Worth It
As stressful as learning a new skill can be, the happiness we gain from our new level of competence more than makes up for it. Read more >

Researchers Uncover Why Dietary Fiber Supports Immune System Health
Scientists have recently discovered why fiber is so good for the immune system. The answer lies in the by-products of the breakdown of fiber. Read more >

Breast Tenderness with HRT Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk
Hormone replacement therapy often causes breast tenderness, which appears to be associated with a higher risk of breast cancer. Read more >

Green Tea May Help Fend off Certain Cancers
Drinking lots of green tea can reduce the risk of cancers of the blood and lymph system. Read more >

Raising Safer Teen Drivers: What Works?
As a parent, one of the best ways to keep your child safe on the road is to set rules and pay attention to their activities. Read more >

Keep Good Fats in the Diet, Researchers Urge
Fats high in omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids (like safflower oil) can lower blood sugar. Read more >

Flexible Bodies, Flexible Arteries
The narrower and stiffer the artery, the faster blood flows, raising blood pressure. Read more >

Researchers Find A Way to Help Keep Heart Young
A gene, P13K, appears to play a big role in aging in the heart, reducing thickening of heart tissue and offering better overall function... Read more >

Researchers Find No Connection between Coffee and Cognition
Drinking coffee offers no defense against the natural decline of mental abilities as we age. But several other factors seem to be good predictors... Read more >

If Doctors Don't Understand Our Health Care System, Who Does?
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 >

Universal Newborn Bilirubin Screening: An Ounce of Prevention?
Newborns' bilirubin levels are routinely monitored as a way of preventing possible brain damage... Read more >

Whole Grains Good for Men's Heart Health
Eating whole grains can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Read more >

MRI Scan No Cure for Lower Back Pain
About 90% of all cases of lower back pain show spontaneous improvement within four weeks. Read more >

Alcoholism, Depression, and Obesity Create Vicious Triangle in Women
Women who obsessively replay negative events in their mind are more at risk for alcoholism, depression and obesity. Read more >

Consuming More Folic Acid May Prevent Colon Cancer in Women
Folate or folic acid is required for the formation of nucleotides, the "building blocks" for DNA and RNA. Read more >

High Quality Day Care: An Escape Route for Children of Poverty
Daycare that offers children living in poverty a chance to learn school-readiness skills and exposure to role models helps them keep pace... Read more >

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Retrovirus, Researchers Say
CFS sufferers, it is not just in your head. Researchers have discovered that a retrovirus (XMRV) is linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Read more >

High Sugar Diet Raises Blood Pressure
Uric acid, produced by the breakdown of fructose, can raise blood pressure and the risk metabolic syndrome. Read more >

A Chink in the Armor of Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is treatment-resistant, as evidenced by the death of Patrick Swayze. New research has found a way to turn off the TAK-1 enzyme... Read more >

Vitamin D Supplements May Reduce Falls in Seniors
Taking vitamin D supplements appears to help prevent falls in older adults, perhaps by strengthening bones. Read more >

Fatty Foods Tell the Brain to Keep on Eating
Foods high in saturated fat actually change your brain's chemistry and interfere with its ability to signal that you are full. Read more >

Modestly Successful AIDS Vaccine Results Give Researchers Hope
Research on a combined, "prime-boost" vaccine has yielded modest results in what was the largest study in AIDS research history. The approach... Read more >

Watchful Waiting as a Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancers are classed from low to high risk based on three factors: size, location and microscopic appearance. Read more >

Keeping the Mind Active May Stave Off Dementia, Study Finds
Remaining mentally active and making sure you work your brain at least twice a week appears to reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >

Yoga Eases Lower Back Pain
Exercises such as yoga can reduce back pain by strengthening muscles of the midsection. Read more >

Treating Ear Infections: Antibiotics Aren't Always the Best First Choice
All middle ear infections should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Read more >

Eating Meat during Middle-Age May Promote Independence in Old Age
Eating meat in middle-age, may actually help people live independently longer in old age. Read more >

Getting Online Support May Help College Kids Tackle Drinking
College students who have harmful drinking patterns can be helped to rein in their drinking by receiving personalized online feedback. Read more >

Bullies and Victims Both At Risk for Future Mental Health
Both bullies and the victims of bullies may suffer from mental disorders in later life. Read more >

Hormone Replacement Therapy May Increase Breast Cancer Risk
There are a number of things to consider when thinking about beginning hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Read more >

What's your Highest Healthy Weight?
The Maximum Weight Limit, a simplification of the BMI, gives people what they most need -- a weight over which they should not go. The calculation... Read more >

Mediterranean Diet Helps Diabetics Stay off Blood Sugar Meds
The so−called Mediterranean diet appears to help some diabetics reduce their need for blood sugar medications. Read more >

Found: A New Piece in the Alzheimer's Puzzle
In what may be a crucial finding for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, a tiny portion of a protein, called N60, appears to be... Read more >

A Quiet Routine Makes for an Easier Bedtime
Having a consistent and peaceful nighttime routine helps babies and toddlers fall asleep more easily. Read more >

Researchers Find Link Between Sleep and Weight
According to findings presented earlier this month at the American Thoracic Society’s conference in San Diego, there may be an intimate – and somewhat complex – connection between how well one sleeps and his or her body weight. Read more >

Memory Problems? Bad Habits May Be to Blame
There is a strong connection between bodily health and brain health. Read more >

A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way
When it comes to exercise, your body has a short memory. It wants to know what you've done for it lately. Read more >

Vaccinating for HPV May Also Prevent Breast Cancer, Study Finds
Vaccinating against HPV (Human Papillomavirus) may also prevent against certain forms of breast cancer. Read more >

Multitaskers Strike Out at Mental Abilities
People who multitask – doing several things at once – tend to have trouble filtering out distractions. Read more >

Little Boy Blue: Depression in Toddlers
What does a depressed toddler look like? He may be unable to enjoy things that used to be fun or not thinking as clearly as she used to. Read more >

Doctor-Patient Communication: Race Matters
African American patients tend to have less informative communication with their healthcare providers than do whites. The good news is that patients.. Read more >

Losing Weight Helps the Heart Return to Normal
Once a significant amount of weight is lost, the heart actually restructures into a healthier, more productive version of itself. Read more >

Depression's Effect on the Brain is Visible with fMRI
The areas of the brain responsible for processing pleasure and rewards are notably inactive in depressed people. This is likely no news to them... Read more >

Can Carnitine Help Diabetics?
Adding carnitine, a nutrient essential for proper fat metabolism, to rats' diets for eight weeks restored the rats' fuel−burning ability... Read more >

For This Year's Flu, Experts Say Preventative Measures Better
It's not always possible to know for sure, but usually, a preventive flu vaccine is better than relying on anti-viral medication... Read more >

For a Good Dose of Antioxidants, Grab Some Crackers, Popcorn
Snacks like nuts, cereal, crackers or popcorn provide antioxidants to combat free radicals. Read more >

As the Waist Grows Larger, The Brain Gets Smaller
Obese and overweight people have less brain tissue than do those who are normal weight. Read more >

Researchers Find Way to Reverse Multiple Sclerosis in Mice
Scientists have found a way to reverse multiple sclerosis in mice using a hybrid protein, GIFT15. Read more >

A Call for Improved Drug Labeling
There's a natural tendency for patients to want and doctors to prescribe the newest drug, assuming that newer is better. Read more >

Stress Rewires the Brain, Unstressed Times Bring Relief
Stress appears to rewire the brain, making it respond in an obsessive, repetitive rather than creative fashion. The good news is... Read more >

"Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be:" Medication Sharing Among Adolescents
It is dangerous to share prescription medication. Side effects are common. Read more >

Four Healthy Behaviors Make Big Impact on Disease Risk
Four important lifestyle choices – never smoking, eating healthy, staying trim, and exercising – may cut the risk... Read more >

Moderate to Heavy Drinking Significantly Increases Cancer Risk in Men
Men who consumed the most alcohol in a recent study had an up to 700% increased cancer risk. Wine appeared not to be implicated, but it is too soon.. Read more >

Antidepressant Nation: A Good Thing?
Antidepressant use has doubled over the last decade according to a recent study. Is this a good thing or a sign that the drugs are being. Read more >

Coupling Mediterranean Diet and Exercise May Ward off Alzheimer's
Eating a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet is linked to significantly lower rates of Alzheimerss disease. Read more >

No Place Like Home: Premature Infants, Socioeconomic Status, and Development
As important as medical intervention is for premature infants, the home environment is just as important. Read more >

Optimism is Linked to Less Heart Trouble, Better Life Expectancy
Studies show that cynical and hostile people have a higher mortality rate than those who are optimistic and trusting. Read more >

Little Lifesavers: Children Can Learn CPR
Children as young as 9 years old have been able to learn to apply CPR effectively. Read more >

A New Look at the Cause of Colic
Bacteria may play a major role in causing the discomfort of colicky babies. Read more >

Preserving Fertility in Stage I Ovarian Cancer Patients
For women with Stage 1 ovarian cancer, it may not be necessary to remove the uterus or both ovaries, thus preserving fertility. Read more >

Celiac Disease Can Affect the Elderly, Too
Celiac disease, usually considered a young person's disease, may develop in the elderly. Read more >

Minding Your Weight with Yoga
Being mindful of what you eat can help you shed pounds. Read more >

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Fatty Acids in Red Meats and Margarines
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) appears linked to the consumption of omega 6 fatty acids found in red meat. Read more >

Aloe Vera Gel: An Alternative to Toothpaste
Not all aloe vera gel is created equal. Read more >

“Silent” Strokes May Put Seniors at Risk for Memory Loss and Cognitive Problems
People over 60 may be at risk of experiencing "silent" strokes, those which go unnoticed... Read more >

Cosmetic Surgery Method May Bring Migraine Relief
A promising new treatment using botox dramatically reduced migraines by disarming the nerves around trigger points. The procedure also gave... Read more >

Did I Take That Pill?
Older adults are more likely to incorrectly repeat a task once it has become habitual, like taking daily medication. Read more >

Eating Seafood During Pregnancy May Ward off Depression
Depression during pregnancy not only affects the mother, but it can be damaging to the baby as well. Read more >

Vigorous Daily Exercise May Cut Cancer Risk in Half
Working out with moderate to high intensity for at least 30 minutes per day may cut your overall risk of cancer by half. Read more >

No More Eye Drops
Contact lenses are an effective way to deliver drugs for a variety of conditions. And they are more cost effective, too. Read more >

For Veterans, the War Lingers
It is no surprise: there is an epidemic of mental disorders among veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A lack of social support... Read more >

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Helping Parents Change Children's Health Habits
Having confidence in your ability to change behavior even in the face of obstacles is a critical asset for an effective parent. Read more >

Xylitol Syrup: Better than a Spoonful of Sugar
Xylitol, a plant extract that prevents the growth of bacteria on teeth, reduces cavities. Read more >

Hints of a Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?
When PEDF, a protein released by fat cells, was neutralized in obese mice their insulin resistance vanished. Read more >

Teen Smoking: The Influence of Movies and Team Sports
For teens, playing team sports helps reduce the risk of starting smoking. Read more >

How to Turn Medicalese into Plain English
Something to prescribe for your doctor: a toolkit for turning medical jargon into language a regular person (like you) can understand ... Read more >

Vegetable Protein Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
Glutamic acid, found in vegetable protein, can lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Read more >

Foods' Glycemic Index Linked to Risk of Breast Cancer
Glycemic load is significantly correlated with estrogen receptor-positive/progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer. Read more >

Effective Schizophrenia Drug Under-Prescribed?
Clozapine, a highly effective anti-psychotic, is rarely prescribed because of its dangerous side-effects. But a new study finds...More Read more >

These Are The Good Times
Appreciating even the smallest positive moments in your life builds emotional strength, and wards off stress and depression. Read more >

Daily Sex Improves the Quality of Sperm
It appears that having sex more frequently prior to trying to conceive actually improves the quality of sperm. Read more >

Colicky Babies and Depressed Dads: Is There a Connection?
Excessive crying lasts for more than three hours a day, more than three days a week, during which a baby can't... Read more >

Caffeine Works Just as Well as Albuterol Inhaler, New Study Says
High doses of caffeine can help prevent exercise-induced asthma. Read more >

Red Yeast Rice — Not Coming to a Town Near You
When red yeast is grown on rice, it produces an effective, natural statin that lowered cholesterol by 31 points without side effects. Read more >

Researchers Discover How Cancers Metastasize to the Brain
Cancers that spread to the brain but originate in other parts of the body outnumber those that begin in the brain by about 10 to one. Read more >

Anxious People Need to Work Harder to Keep Up
People who are anxious may have a hard time ignoring distr