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Excess weight helps women with heart failure, hurts men

Overweight and mildly obese women with heart failure may live significantly longer than similarly heavy men with the progressive disease, a new study suggests. More>>

Early detection still key to breast cancer survival

Even with recent strides in breast cancer treatment, a woman's chances of surviving the disease still partly depend on early detection, a new study says. More>>

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs right-to-die bill into law

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed "right-to-die" legislation on Monday that will allow the terminally ill to legally end their lives. More>>

New antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' an emerging threat

A relatively new antibiotic-resistant bacteria called CRE is making inroads in some major American cities, U.S. health officials report. More>>

'Tweeners' who think pot is cool more likely to drink and drive later

"Tweeners" who think marijuana is acceptable may be more likely to drive drunk or ride with a drunk driver when they reach high school, a new study suggests. More>>

Science probes why beauty is in eye of the beholder

Think Brad Pitt is as handsome as George Clooney? Why or why not? More>>

Toppling TVs a risk to kids

Televisions topple over on thousands of toddlers each year, sometimes causing head injuries severe enough to result in death, Canadian researchers are reporting. More>>

Migrating birds may bring exotic ticks to U.S.

Ticks can travel from Central and South America to the United States by hitching rides on migratory birds, a new study reveals. More>>

Height may be linked to increased cancer risk

A study of more than 5 million Swedish men and women suggests that the taller you are, the greater your risk of cancer. More>>

'Drugged driving' on the rise in U.S.

More Americans are under the influence of drugs while they drive, even as drunk driving rates decline, new research shows. More>>

More evidence daily aspirin may fight colon cancer, other gastro tumors

Millions of Americans already take a low-dose daily aspirin to help shield their hearts. Now, a new study suggests the same inexpensive pill might extend survival for patients battling cancers of the gastrointestinal tract -- including tumors of the colon and esophagus. More>>

More than 670 illnesses reported in latest salmonella outbreak

A salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated cucumbers imported from Mexico has now caused 671 illnesses in 34 states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. More>>

U.S. combat deaths declined under 'Golden Hour Policy'

Faster helicopter transport times helped reduce deaths among U.S. soldiers who suffered serious combat injuries in Afghanistan, researchers say. More>>

Kids may be more likely to get asthma if grandma smoked while pregnant

Children whose grandmothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for asthma, even if their own mothers did not smoke, a new study suggests. More>>

More evidence high-fiber, Mediterranean diet is good for you

Numerous studies have extolled the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Now, research suggests the regimen may also boost levels of beneficial fatty acids. More>>

Lower drinking age may bring more high school dropouts

Lowering the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 might lead to a surprising consequence -- more high school dropouts. More>>

News coverage of Angelina Jolie's breast surgery boosted awareness of options

Media coverage of actress Angelina Jolie's breast removal and reconstruction improved awareness about breast reconstruction, a new study suggests. More>>

How to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs

Many people hold on to extra prescription drugs, but saving old medications is unwise, a pharmacist warns. More>>

New genetic clues to which breast cancers might return

Researchers who pinpointed genetic factors associated with the return of breast cancer say their findings might lead to improved treatments. More>>

Retirement might not agree with your health

Seniors who keep working appear healthier than those who quit the workforce, new research suggests. More>>

Paralyzed man walks using technology that bypasses spinal cord

A paralyzed 26-year-old man has walked for the first time in five years, thanks to an electrical system that connects his brain and legs, bypassing his injured spine, researchers are reporting. More>>

Antidepressants top treatment choice for severe PMS

Antidepressants are the first treatment choice for a severe type of premenstrual syndrome associated with suicidal thoughts, according to a new research review. More>>

Not all trans fats harm the heart

For years, trans fats have been viewed as bad for the heart, prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last summer to ban artificial trans fats from food products. More>>

Most Americans will experience at least 1 diagnostic error

A new report commissioned by the U.S. government contends that most Americans will encounter at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with severe consequences for their physical and mental health. More>>

You carry your 'microbial cloud' with you

In a finding that's sure to alarm germophobes everywhere, scientists say people emit a "microbial cloud" of bacteria wherever they may be. More>>

Tighter gun-control laws may lower chances that teens carry firearms

Teenagers may be less likely to tote firearms if they live in a state with strong gun control laws, a new study says. More>>

Apples are American kids' favorite fruit

Apples are the favorite fruit of U.S. kids and young people, accounting for almost 20 percent of all fruit consumed, a new study finds. More>>

Tricycle accidents send more than 9,000 tots to ER a year

The lowly tricycle can be a dangerous ride, sending more than 9,300 children to U.S. emergency rooms each year, a new study finds. More>>

Most smokers haven't considered quitting

The idea of quitting doesn't cross the minds of most smokers, and the few who do think about it don't actively try to quit. More>>

Vraylar approved for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

Vraylar (cariprazine) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat two forms of mental illness among adults, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. More>>

Childhood vaccines debate rekindled at GOP presidential debate

Some parents' long-simmering concerns over the safety of childhood vaccines received unexpected -- and, in some quarters, unwelcome -- notice during the second Republican presidential candidates' debate. More>>

This year's flu vaccine should be better match

This year's flu vaccine should be a better match than last year's for circulating flu strains, U.S. health officials said Thursday. More>>

Paxil isn't safe for teens

A controversial clinical trial of the antidepressant Paxil came to the wrong conclusion when it declared the drug safe and effective for treating troubled teenagers, according to a reanalysis of the original data more than... More>>

More than 400 illnesses reported in latest salmonella outbreak

A salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated cucumbers imported from Mexico has now caused 418 illnesses in 31 states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. More>>

Heating, cooking are top contributors to air-pollution deaths worldwide

While traffic exhaust and power plant emissions are the leading causes of air pollution deaths in the United States, that's not the case worldwide, a new study reports. More>>

Can more outside time help kids' eyesight?

More time outdoors may reduce the odds your young child will need eyeglasses, new research from China suggests. More>>

Air pollution exposure may boost risk of early death

Breathing in tiny particles of toxic chemicals from the air could lead to an increased risk of premature death, a large new study suggests. More>>

Football fans may overestimate chances of favorite NFL team

As the National Football League kicks off its 2015 season, fans across the country are certain that this is the year for their team. More>>

Peer pressure may have a silver lining

Peer pressure might not be the bad influence that parents fear it is. More>>

Seniors getting smarter

Older adults are getting smarter, but their mental health and physical fitness levels are falling, new research from Germany suggests. More>>

Soft skin of others may be an illusion

It's been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it turns out the feeling of soft skin may be just as subjective. More>>

Diet sodas may not help you lose weight

People who drink diet soda to cut back on calories may be undoing their own good intentions, a new study suggests. More>>

California right-to-die measure could soon become law

California, the nation's most populous state, is poised to approve "right-to-die" legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. More>>

FDA acts to make food safer in wake of outbreaks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced new steps Thursday to improve the cleanliness of food manufacturing plants in the wake of a string of lethal foodborne illness outbreaks. More>>

Other people's flu vaccines help shield seniors too

Getting a flu vaccine doesn't just protect you -- it may also help older folks in your community avoid the miserable illness, new research says. More>>

Obamacare likely to spur rise in chronic disease diagnoses

More Americans are getting health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which may lead to many more people getting diagnosed and treated for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, a new study contends. More>>

Rosacea caused half by nature, half by lifestyle

Millions of Americans may wonder what caused them to develop the chronic skin disease rosacea. New research suggests the reason is half environmental and half genetic. More>>

Siblings now main source of infants' whooping cough

When babies come down with whooping cough, the odds are good that a sibling is the source, new research reveals. More>>

More Americans getting knees replaced, and at younger ages

Aging baby boomers are getting bum knees replaced at a greater rate, and at a younger age, than ever before, a new U.S. study confirms. More>>

Start your hike on the right foot with proper footwear

More than 38 million people go hiking each year in the United States, but many do so without proper footwear and other gear that can reduce their risk of foot and ankle injuries, an expert says. More>>

Anti-nausea drug approved

Varubi (rolapitant) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat nausea and vomiting among adults undergoing cancer chemotherapy. More>>

Cutting calories may help you fend off age-linked disease

Want to enjoy a healthier old age? Try eating a little less each day. More>>

Naps may do a heart good

Taking a midday nap might be beneficial for your heart, new research suggests. More>>

Light from smartphones, tablets may lower sleep hormone in kids

New research offers a compelling reason for parents to ban smartphones, tablets and laptops in their children's bedrooms at night: The bright light of these devices may lower levels of melatonin, a hormone that prompts sleep. More>>

More men with breast cancer having second breast removed

There has been sharp rise in the number of American men with cancer in one breast who have surgery to remove their cancer-free breast, a new study said. More>>

Acupuncture might help ease high blood pressure

Can acupuncture benefit people with mildly or moderately elevated blood pressure? More>>

U.S. smoking rate falls to 15 percent

The U.S. smoking rate continues to decline, with just over 15 percent of adults reporting they're current smokers, a new government survey reveals. More>>

More college kids smoke pot now than cigarettes

On college campuses nationwide, daily cigarette smoking appears to be in steep decline while the rate of smoking pot each day climbs, well, higher. More>>

Proposed NYC law may trim 54 calories from kids' fast food meals

A New York City bill to improve the nutrition of children's fast food meals could reduce the average calories and improve the nutrition of these meals, a new study claims. More>>

Impulsive, agitated behaviors may be warning signs for suicide

Risky behaviors such as reckless driving or sudden promiscuity, or nervous behaviors such as agitation, hand-wringing or pacing, can be signs that suicide risk may be high in depressed people, researchers report. More>>

Household dust harbors thousands of microbial species

You've got a lot of unsuspected roommates: A new study finds that ordinary house dust contains thousands of species of bacteria and fungi. More>>

Scientists can now grow a human brain in a petri dish

Scientists believe that this impressive feat could revolutionize the study of certain neurological diseases, like Alzheimer’s. More>>

As tropical storm Erika eyes southeastern U.S., residents need to prepare

With tropical storm Erika motoring toward the southeastern United States, hurricane season is clearly under way and people who live in the paths of these dangerous storms need to be prepared. More>>

FDA approves second drug in new class of cholesterol-lowering medications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a second drug that's part of a potent new class of medications that sharply cut levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol. More>>

Gains in life spans seen around the globe


Average life expectancy among people worldwide has risen by more than six years since 1990, and healthy life expectancy has climbed by more than five years, a new report shows. More>>

Longer colonoscopy time may cut cancer risk

Don't hope for a quick colonoscopy. More>>

Oldest sister at greater risk of obesity

Firstborn girls are more likely to be overweight or obese in adulthood than their younger sisters, results of a new study suggest. More>>

Medical groups endorse early exposure to peanut products for high-risk infants

Infants at high risk for peanut allergies should be given foods containing peanuts before they reach the age of 1 year, a new consensus statement from 10 medical groups states. More>>

Teens not the only ones using cellphones while driving

Teenagers aren't the only ones prone to texting and talking while driving: A new survey finds that the vast majority of adults use their cellphones behind the wheel. More>>

Many parents put 'food pressure' on their kids

New research finds that parents of overweight kids are more likely to restrict their children's food intake -- a potentially bad idea -- if they themselves are carrying extra pounds. More>>

Many young adults think hookahs, e-cigs safer than cigarettes

Many young American adults believe electronic cigarettes and water pipes are safer than traditional cigarettes, a new study finds. More>>

Brief drop in blood sugar at birth tied to poorer school performance

Children who experience a brief drop in blood sugar right after birth may have a harder time with reading and math when they go to school, a new study suggests. More>>

CT scan use in kids fell over past decade

Children are receiving fewer CT scans now than a decade ago, dovetailing with a move to radiation-free MRI scans and ultrasounds, a recent study shows. More>>

Vocabulary at 2 may help predict kindergarten success

Children with a larger speaking vocabulary at age 2 are better prepared for kindergarten, a new study shows. More>>

Many parents aren't shielding babies from sun's harmful rays

Many parents aren't providing their babies with proper sun protection, a new small study finds. More>>

Eating on the run may mean eating more later

Eating "on the go" may thwart people who are watching their weight, new research suggests. More>>

Preteen football tied to brain changes in retired NFL players

Playing tackle football before the age of 12 may be linked to brain changes seen in pro football players who developed memory and thinking problems later in life, new research suggests. More>>

Jimmy Carter being treated for melanoma that has spread to brain

Displaying the grace and calm that has been a hallmark of much of his public life, former President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday that doctors have found cancer on his brain, and he plans to undergo radiation treatment... More>>

Workaholics may face higher stroke risk

Millions of workers who put in lots of overtime may be upping their odds for a stroke, a new study contends. More>>

Synthetic MERS vaccine works in animal tests

An experimental vaccine protected monkeys against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, U.S. researchers report. More>>

One or two drinks a day might boost cancer risk

Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report. More>>

Video games linked to aggression

There is a link between violent video games and higher levels of aggression in players, according to a new report from a leading group of psychologists. More>>

Quick, paper-based Ebola test may help in remote areas

A paper-based testing device can quickly diagnose Ebola among people who live in remote areas, according to a new study. More>>

How to mend a broken heart? Your gender may matter

The pain of a romantic breakup may hit women harder at first, but they recover far more quickly from the loss than men do, new research suggests. More>>

Family struggles may affect boys' brain development

Family problems early in life might raise boys' risk of depression and anxiety, which is also tied to altered brain structure in their late teens and early 20s, a new study suggests. More>>

Neglecting teen health may lead to bigger problems as adults

Nearly one in five teens has specific health care needs that are not receiving attention, and this may set them up for poorer physical and mental health in adulthood, a new study contends. More>>

Tuning into your favorite music may boost post-op recovery

Mozart, Madonna or Eminem: Whatever your taste, music may help you recover from a surgery, according to a new review of data on the subject. More>>

Vitamin D supplements little help for obese teens

Taking vitamin D supplements does not benefit obese teens and may actually harm their health, new research indicates. More>>

Type 2 diabetes linked to language problems in women

Insulin resistance, a key component of type 2 diabetes, may contribute to language problems in women that can potentially signal early dementia, new research suggests. More>>

Broader gene tests for breast, ovarian cancer might benefit some

Some women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer might benefit from a broader genetic test that includes more than 20 genes that have been found to increase cancer risk, a new study suggests. More>>

Former President Jimmy Carter has cancer

Former President Jimmy Carter announced Wednesday that he has cancer. More>>

1 in 4 senior women in U.S. has osteoporosis

The weakening bones of osteoporosis greatly raise a person's odds for dangerous fractures, and a new report finds that one-quarter of all American women aged 65 or older suffer from the condition. More>>

Vaccine combo shows promise against common, dangerous infection

Researchers report they are closer to finding a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common illness that few recognize by name but one that's a major cause of lower respiratory infection in babies and the elderly. More>>

Jury still out on whether saturated fat is bad for you

A new review suggests that saturated fats, like those found in many dairy products and meat, may not be the big contributors to heart disease or early death that many think they are. More>>

12 deaths now reported in NYC Legionnaires' disease outbreak


Two more deaths were reported Monday in the Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York City, bringing the total to 12. More>>

Frozen donor eggs may lead to fewer births than fresh ones

Infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be less likely to give birth if they use frozen eggs from donors instead of fresh donor eggs, a new study finds. More>>

Some babies may pick up 2nd language more easily

A certain type of social behavior helps babies learn a second language, a new small study suggests. More>>

Music therapy might one day help people with epilepsy

Music therapy might someday help people with epilepsy, a new study suggests. More>>

What works best to curb a preschooler's bad behaviors?

Parents should be open to using a range of tactics for managing their preschoolers' behavior problems -- including "time-outs," a set of new studies suggests. More>>

Online program boosts hand washing, cuts infections

An online program that encourages people to wash their hands reduced the spread of cold and flu viruses within families, a new study says. More>>

Scientists spot what keeps moles from becoming melanomas

A major genetic factor that prevents moles from turning into deadly melanoma skin cancer has been pinpointed by researchers. More>>

Most U.S. schools start too early for kids to get enough sleep

Five out of six middle and high schools in the United States start the day too early, which keeps students from getting the sleep they need, a new government report finds. More>>

For endoscopes tied to serious infections, current cleaning methods not enough

Recent outbreaks of dangerous infections tied to endoscopic devices called duodenoscopes have grabbed headlines, and in March the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued strict guidelines on how best to disinfect the devices. More>>

Spicing up your meals might extend your life

Some like it hot, and a new study finds that folks who favor spicy foods might also have a lower risk of premature death. More>>

A man's meat intake might influence his fertility

Attention, men: Your favorite meats might be helping or harming your fertility, a new study suggests. More>>

More evidence that kids of gay parents do just fine

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, new research suggests that children raised by gay parents are well-adjusted and resilient. More>>

Liquid nicotine from e-cigs poses poison danger to kids

Nicotine poisoning is a growing concern for American children, but proposed U.S. federal government regulations alone aren't enough to solve the problem, an expert says. More>>

Urine test might find pancreatic cancer early


Scientists report that they have developed a urine test that may detect pancreatic cancer at an early stage. More>>

Severe 'picky eating' may point to mental health issues in kids

A kid who is a seriously "picky eater" is also likely to struggle with emotional problems like anxiety and depression, new research suggests. More>>

Mineral supplement: Wild chimps may eat clay for health

Chimpanzees in Uganda have started eating clay to supplement the minerals in their diet, researchers report. More>>

Stand, don't sit, to get healthier

Sitting too long may be hazardous to your health, even if you exercise regularly, Australian researchers report. More>>

Too much Facebook, Twitter tied to poor mental health in teens

Teens who frequently use social media are more likely to say they struggle with mental health concerns that are not being addressed, new Canadian research reveals. More>>

Stay safe when temperatures rise

Extremely hot weather can be deadly if you don't take the proper precautions, an expert warns. More>>

In rare cases, infection may be at root of back pain

People with back pain that doesn't improve with treatment could have a rare type of spine infection, new guidelines suggest. More>>

Study finds drinking may ease fibromyalgia pain, but doctors wary

Moderate to heavy drinking might cut the likelihood of disability for people with chronic widespread pain such as that related to fibromyalgia, new Scottish research suggests. More>>

Certain antibiotics linked to hearing loss

A certain class of antibiotics used to treat deadly bacterial infections puts patients at high risk for hearing loss, research in mice suggests. More>>

FDA approves 'belly balloon' device for weight loss

Obese Americans struggling to shed pounds have a new weight-loss option: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a temporary, implanted balloon device to treat obesity. More>>

Weight at first pregnancy linked to complications next time

Women with an unhealthy weight in a first pregnancy could be at greater risk for complications in their next pregnancy -- even if they're at a good weight, a new study finds. More>>

Standing all day at work? It may take toll on health

Desk jobs aren't good for your health, but working on your feet could spell trouble, too, researchers say. More>>

New moms often get poor advice on baby care

New mothers get conflicting advice from medical professionals, family members and the media when it comes to key parenting topics, a recent study found. More>>

Does Facebook lead young women to dangerous diets?

A new study provides insight into how Facebook use by young women can lead to poor body image and risky dieting. More>>

When bystanders give CPR right away, lives are saved

Many lives could be saved if more people performed CPR immediately after seeing someone go into cardiac arrest, a new study contends. More>>

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