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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

"You've Been Misinformed"
The COVID crisis has produced a deluge of news. Not all of it is fact-based, however. 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 >

Location and Longevity
Where you live, in addition to your genes and lifestyle, has an impact on how long you live. How does your part of the U.S. stack up? 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 >

The Hunt for a COVID-19 Vaccine
A vaccine that stimulates the immune system is creating immunity to COVID-19 in mice. 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 >

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

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 >

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 >

Putting the Brakes on COVID-19
International airports have a major role to play when it comes to preventing the spread of disease. What travelers need to know. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Eight Baby Steps to a Better 2020
Here are some small steps you can take to stay on course for a happier and healthier 2020. 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 >

E-Records' Failing Grades
Electronic health records were supposed to liberate doctors, but docs gave them an "F" instead. 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 >

As Bad As New
New flame retardants appear to carry the same risks as the chemicals they are designed to replace. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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

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 >

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

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 >

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 >

Beware of Diet Blogs
Weight loss blogs can be uplifting, but the information they offer is often inaccurate and high calorie. Read more >

Save Billions in Healthcare Costs
If the US switched to pricing models used in Canada and the UK, the cost of drugs to Medicare could drop by as much as $73 billion a year. 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 >

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

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

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

Health Data Privacy Scams
Companies will pay good money for information about you. This, along with tech advances, threatens the security of health data. Read more >

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

Cut Back on Takeout
Takeout containers are overtaking our landfills and shorelines. There are other options 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 >

Nature Meets Virtual Reality
VR gives us access to sights we might not otherwise visit. It may also help protect them. 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 >

Be Honest with Your Doctor
If you withhold the truth from your doctor, you end up with a less-informed professional opinion. Some ideas to improve the conversation. 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 >

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 >

Obesity Drains the U.S. Economy
The costs related to caring for an increasingly overweight population come to over $1.7 trillion. Read more >

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

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 >

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

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Controlling Blood Pressure on a Budget
Here's what we can do to help economically-disadvantaged patients keep their BP under control. 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 >

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 >

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

A Growing Health Literacy Crisis
As medicine becomes more technical, people can have trouble understanding doctors' orders. 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 >

Hot Parked Cars
Leaving a child or a pet in a parked car can quickly become fatal. 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 >

Water Pick
Choosing a water filter for your home is trickier than you may think, but they really can make a difference. Read more >

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

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 >

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 >

The FDA's Premature Pronouncement on BPA
The FDA declared BPA to be safe, based on a yet-to-be-completed study. Scientists disagree. 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 >

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

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 >

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

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 >

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

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

More Guns, More Gun Deaths
Two studies examine the idea that gun ownership and concealed carry laws protect us from gun violence. Read more >

The Bar for High Blood Pressure Just Got Lower
The idea is to prevent cardiovascular damage before it occurs. 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 >

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

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

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

Movies, Guns and Kids
What happens when kids who have seen a film clip featuring guns find one in a drawer? Read more >

What It Really Costs to Develop New Cancer Drugs
Bringing a new drug to market is expensive, but it costs far less than we have supposed. 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 >

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 >

A GM Controversy in South Florida
The threat of dengue fever has inspired a move to genetically modify mosquitoes. But is the protection worth the risk? 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 >

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

Something Fine Is in the Air
Air pollution is down, but fine particles remain a major health threat. 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 >

Tooth Decay, Canadian Style
In Canada the costs of healthcare means limits to dental coverage. It also inspires comparisons. Read more >

It's a Not-So-Small World After All
About a third of all the people on the planet are overweight or obese. These countries have the highest average BMIs. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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

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

Bad News, Boomers
Baby boomers are supposed to have a one-time screening for hep C. So why aren't they getting it? 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 >

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 >

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 >

Paper Tiger
Chemicals in fast food wrappers can remain in your body for up to 10 years. 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 Medical Bill You Weren't Expecting
When an out-of network doctor puts you out, the bill can knock you out all over again. Read more >

The Carrot or the Steak?
The best way to get people on subsidies to buy nutritious food. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Why Environmental Regulations Are a Bargain
The health costs of toxic chemicals like pesticides and flame retardants can exceed $340 billion a year. Read more >

Medicaid Expansion Can Help Hospitals' Bottom Lines
The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — appears to have increased payments to hospitals. 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 >

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 >

Mall-Walking, Anyone?
There are lots of reasons too many people over 50 are inactive, but it's easy to build activity into your life. Read more >

Toxic Dust
A study finds carcinogens and endocrine disruptors in household dust -- all over the country. Read more >

Hidden Hearing Loss
Hearing problems like tinnitus now appear to reflect subtle noise damage routine exams often miss. Are you guilty of ear abuse? 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 >

Houseplants Clear Indoor Air Pollution
Houseplants can play an important role in air quality — as filters for common household chemicals. 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 >

Government-Subsidized Obesity
The U.S. government gives farmers subsidies to grow the crops that make us fat. Read more >

The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Less Healthcare
A Harvard study finds the rich are buying more care; the poor, less. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

In Hand or Hands-Free, Cell Phones Distract
Don't think hands-free will make you safer behind the wheel. Your brain has just so much bandwidth. 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 >

Everybody In the Pool!
The water may be fine, but pools, spas and water parks can also be havens for water-borne pathogens. 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 >

Time for Medicare for All?
Over 2,200 doctors sign a proposal for a single-payer healthcare plan. Read more >

Bedbugs Prefer Red
Believe it or not, bedbugs have color preferences. So you may want to reconsider those red sheets. 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 >

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 >

GMO Labeling Moves Ahead, For Now At Least
Many countries around the world require labeling of GMO foods. Now Vermont has a law on the books. Read more >

Enemies of the Atmosphere
The responsibility for most global warming doesn't rest with China or industry or even automobiles. Read more >

The Next Wave of Overdoses
Overdoses and deaths from anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Valium are way up. Here's why. 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 >

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 >

How To Become A Former Smoker
Nicotine patches, nicotine gum and varenicline, better known as Chantix, are tested head-to-head. 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 >

When You Don't — and Do — Need Antibiotics
Why do people go to the doctor hoping to make cold symptoms disappear when it doesn't work and can be dangerous? 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 >

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 >

The Holidays Are Hard on Pets
The holidays pose dangerous opportunity for cats and dogs. Read more >

The Politics of Food Science
You probably don't want to believe everything you read when it comes to claims about foods. Read more >

Scared To Health
Public health campaigns that use fear to spark change are controversial. But they may actually work. Read more >

The Unfulfilled Promise of Healthcare Consolidation
Hospitals’ purchase of doctors’ practices should save money. So why isn't it working? 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 >

The Angelina Effect
When celebrities come forward about health concerns, the public gets informed. 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 >

Antibacterial Soap Flunks Another Test
You'd think antibacterial soaps would at least kill germs. Nope. Not unless you wash for hours. 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 >

As Gun Laws Go, So Go Suicides
When gun licensing is enacted, suicides drop by as much as 40 percent. It's the opposite when such laws are repealed. 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 >

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 >

Abundance Tips The Scale
Obesity is a growing worldwide phenomenon. Here's one of the reasons why. 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 >

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 >

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 >

FDA Bans Trans Fats
The FDA has banned partially hydrogenated oils starting in 2018. What to look for until then. 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 >

Astronomical Hospital Mark-Ups
Some hospitals have extreme mark-ups of over 1000%. Many are in Florida; all are for-profit. Read more >

A Plan of Action for Desk Jockeys, Couch Potatoes
Guidelines for workers and employers to help get more people off their seats and on their feet. Read more >

What Noise Is Doing to Your Waistline
The more noise from trains, planes and automobiles you hear daily, the bigger your waist, and the more belly fat you are likely to have. 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 >

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 >

Doctors Weigh In on Recording Office Visits
Should you record your visit to the doctor? It's complicated. Read more >

Successful Offensives in the Battle of The Bulge
Cities have banned super-sized sodas and built bike lanes. What works? 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 >

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 >

Chasing the Money: The High Cost of Billing and Insurance-Related Activities
Billing and insurance — chasing the money — is a huge and largely unnecessary portion of healthcare costs in the U.S. Read more >

CPR Phone Coaching Saves Lives
Bystanders can save lives when 911 operators give them CPR instruction over the phone. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Patients Find Psychiatric Appointments Are Hard to Come By
Getting an appointment with a psychiatrist in some states is nearly impossible. Read more >

Preventing Racial Disparities in Health Status and Access to Health Care
African-American patients find it easier to deal with physicians whose racism is obvious. At least then they know where they stand. 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 >

Many in Long-Term Care Receive Medications of Questionable Benefit
Too many nursing home residents with advanced dementia are given medications that offer little benefit. 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 >

Enlisting Community Pharmacies to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Savings
Your local pharmacist just may be one of the best healthcare cost-containment strategies around. 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 >

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

Closing the Gap in Alcohol Treatment
Physicians don't offer counseling and AA-type programs can't offer drug therapies. The ACA may help. Read more >

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

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 >

Certain Food Environments Seem to Promote the Risk of Obesity
Is a fast food stop part of your daily commute? Count on serious weight gain. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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

FDA Begins Inquiry into The Effects of Antibacterial Soaps
The active ingredient has been found in breast milk. FDA investigates. Read more >

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

Meningitis Outbreaks Ongoing on East and West Coast
Bicoastal meningitis outbreaks at Princeton and UCSB. Read more >

Reader Beware: Study Results May Be Overstated
Scientists often overstate their findings. It's about attention. Read more >

Too Much of a Good Thing: Antibiotics Overprescribed For Sore Throats
Your throat is sore. Sure, it's terrible; but if you're an adult, it is unlikely you need an antibiotic. Read more >

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

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

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 >

Obamacare: Health Insurance Policy Costs Begin to Emerge
A running start on what's happening and what's available for individuals and families. 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 >

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 >

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

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

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 >

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

The Rising Threat of West Nile Virus
Know the symptoms. And please, use insect repellent when mosquitoes are active. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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

Liposuction, A Possible Source of Stem Cells
A lab catastrophe leads to a discovery that may give "fat farm" new meaning — stem cells from fat cells. 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 >

Soda Bans Appear to Find Their Target
So-called “soda bans” may actually help those who need it most. Read more >

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

Biases May Prompt Overweight Patients to Switch Doctors
Some doctors have conscious and unconscious biases against patients who are overweight. Read more >

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

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

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

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

Tweaking a Balkan Bed Bug Remedy
The fuzzy leaves of bean plants have been used to trap bedbugs for centuries. Read more >

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

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

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

A Shift Away from Fast Food
Americans are eating less fast food. You can guess what group eats the most. 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 >

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 >

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 >

The Patient Survival Guide: 8 Simple Solutions to Prevent Hospital and Healthcare-Associated Infections

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

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 >

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

Reframing the Debate: Gun Violence As a Public Health Issue
Successful public health campaigns are models for how to make guns safer and reduce their allure. Read more >

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

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

Health Tips to Carry Forward into 2013
New years are for fresh starts and self improvement. Here are some findings to take with you into 2013. Read more >

Cigarettes Make Hangovers Even Worse
Smoking makes hangovers worse. 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 >

Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care

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 >

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

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

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

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

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

New Research Points to Viral Acne Treatment
Despite what the infomercials say, a cure for acne remains elusive. But scientists may have found... 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 >

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 >

Genetically Modified Food: An Overview and History
In the U.S. genetically modified foods are patented and immune from scientific investigation. No wonder some feel there's a danger. Read more >

Sugary Drinks, the Obesity Epidemic, and New York City's "Soda Ban"
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 >

Ratcheting up Herbicide Use Encourages Resistant Weeds
Genetically modified crops help potent herbicides succeed. But now super weeds are taking over. Read more >

Cat Ownership Not Linked To Increased Brain Tumor Risk
You can pick up the T. gondii parasite simply through contact with contaminated soil or vegetables; direct exposure to cat feces is not... Read more >

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

The Health Care Handbook

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

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

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

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 >

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

Why Is Patient-Doctor Communication So Difficult?
Do you find it difficult to discuss medical issues or concerns with your doctor? You are not alone.. Read more >

Us or Them: Who's to Blame for Our Sugar Problem?
In the "war" against obesity, it seems that the soda industry wants to shift the blame to consumers. Read more >

Big Beverage vs. A Big Health Problem
Is the move to restrict serving sizes of soda in NYC a bad idea or a bold way to begin tackling obesity? Read more >

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

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

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 >

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 >

Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 1: Acupuncture
It's hard to know what to believe when it comes to alternative medical practices. 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 >

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

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

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

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

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 >

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

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

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

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

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 >

Government Panel Issues New Vaccination Recommendations
There are new vaccination recommendations target young men and boys, pregnant women, and diabetics. Read more >

From Sepsis to Shock: What Happens When Bacteria Invade the Body
Severe sepsis is a raging infection that shuts down organs. It is important to find it fast, but that can be tricky. 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 >

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 >

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

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

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (If You Keep Your Head about You)
Why are the holidays responsible for so many accidents and ER visits? We count the ways and offer help. 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 >

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

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

Navigating the Road to Health
Don't confuse real health science with sound-bytes, or healthy lifestyles with a health obsession. 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 >

Evaluating Healthcare in America
A score of 64 out of 100 is not a good grade. It's also not good healthcare. 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 >

Teaching Doctors Empathy
Can listening to their own encounters with patients help doctors become more responsive... 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 >

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

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

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

Hormonal Contraceptives Double Risk of HIV
An African study has found that hormonal contraception doubles the risk of HIV infection and... Read more >

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

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

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

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 >

Antibiotic Resistance and The Case for Organic Meat and Poultry
Organic meat and poultry could help combat much of the antibiotic resistance we see today. Read more >

The Longevity Project

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 >

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

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

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 >

Medicine in Translation, Journeys with My Patients

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 >

How Everyday Products Make People Sick, Toxins at Home and in the Workplace

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 >

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 >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some Long-Held Links between Genes and Diseases Called Into Question
Some of the connections between genes and disease that we accept as fact may not be so strong after all. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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 >

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

Are Airport Scanners Safe?
Are the full-body scanners at the airport safe? Well, it all depends. 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 >

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 >

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 >

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 >

Keeping an Eye on Contact Lenses
Fit matters and is harder to achieve than you might think. Infections can happen. They're your eyes. Read on. 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 >

The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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

Can Your Job Improve Your Lifestyle?
Employers can help employees and their families get healthy with company programs and modest cash incentives. 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 >

Did Your Doctor Really Make a Mistake or Do You Just Think So?
Many people think their doctors made an error. True or not, patients often switch doctors... Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

"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 >

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 >

Snakebite! What to Do If You're Bitten and How Treatments Work
Snake bites are rare, but some bites are lethal. Know what to look for and do -- and how to avoid bites completely. 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 >

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

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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

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

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

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 >

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 >

The Money Pit: Health Insurance Executives' Pay
Health insurance executives are paid millions to ensure stock prices stay high. Patient care is not a concern. 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 >

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

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

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

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 >

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

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 >

Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?
Americans' health care costs more than anywhere else in the world. Why? Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management
Millions of infections occur in nursing homes each year, costing billions of dollars. 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 >

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 >

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

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

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 >

Little Lifesavers: Children Can Learn CPR
Children as young as 9 years old have been able to learn to apply CPR effectively. 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 >

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's Good Health Information?
Becoming an informed consumer of health information is as important to your health as any exercise, drug or health plan. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Treating the Poisoned Patient
Over two million people a year are exposed to poisonous toxins. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infection Control and Healthcare

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

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


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

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

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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

New Lyme Disease Guideline
The treatment for Lyme disease is fairly straightforward — except when it isn't. Read more >

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Influenza and Pandemic Influenza: A Primer

Consumer-Driven Health Care: Ethical and Legal Pitfalls
With health care costs continuing to grow at a much higher rate than inflation, some policy makers have seized upon yet another technique they hope will restrain spending — "consumer-driven health care" in the form of "health savings accounts. Read more >

Road Traffic Injuries: Can We Stop A Global Epidemic?
The causes of RTIs have been established: excessive speed, consumption of drugs and alcohol, failure to use seatbelts and poor road design. Read more >

Getting the Lead Out - The News About an Old Problem
Sleep disturbances, restlessness, lethargy, memory loss and irritability can be signs of lead poisoning. Read more >

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

Public Health and Bioterrorism: Learning the Lessons of the Anthrax Attacks

Burns: From Treatment to Prevention
Water heaters should be set below 120oF (49oC) to avoid scald injuries. Read more >

Giant Cell Arteritis
Always taper off steroid medications slowly, otherwise you risk upsetting the body's natural hormone production. Read more >

To Sydney and Beyond
If you are short of breath in the days following a long airplane trip, see a doctor ASAP. Read more >

Bioterrorism — Are We Prepared?
For most of us, bioterrorism seems out there with alien invaders as something likely to occur on television but not in real life. Read more >

Drowning and Near-Drowning: Prevention and Treatment
If swimming or boating, avoid all drugs and alcohol. Read more >

How to Handle the Heat
Our skin is the radiator of the car. It is the place where most of our cooling occurs. Read more >

The Human Genome Project: What It Means for You
A mutation can be caused by a change in a whole chromosome or involve just one base pair of a specific gene. Read more >

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