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Older cars a bad choice for younger drivers

New research warns parents that buying an older car for their teens may put their young lives at risk. More>>

Sensitive parenting may boost kids' social skills, school performance

The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates. More>>

Yoga may cut heart disease risk factors

Yoga has long been believed to improve overall health, but a growing body of evidence shows the ancient practice may also help the heart, a new review finds. More>>

'Kids' diseases' now hitting adults

Chickenpox befell Angelina Jolie this week, preventing the actress-turned-director from attending the premiere of her new film. More>>

Work steals valuable sleep time, study finds

Chronic sleep loss is rampant in America, and work commitment is a big reason why, new research suggests. More>>

When gas prices go up, so do motorcycle accidents

As gas prices rose in recent years, so did motorcyclist injuries and deaths, a new study suggests. More>>

Guinea pigs can be source of serious strep infection

In the world of infectious diseases, one worrisome phenomenon is when an illness that originated in animals jumps over into people. More>>

Vaccinating schoolkids cuts flu in communities

Giving flu shots to schoolchildren also protects others, a new study finds. More>>

Smoking may make it tougher to quit problem drinking

Smoking might hamper treatment for alcohol abuse, a new study indicates. More>>

Heart attacks rose in N.J. in Hurricane Sandy's wake

Hurricane Sandy, which pummeled much of the East Coast in 2012, also may have triggered a rise in heart attacks and strokes, a study of New Jersey residents shows. More>>

Mom, put down that smartphone at dinner

Harried mothers who want to stay close with their kids should put aside their smartphones and tablets at the dinner table, a new study suggests. More>>

The pill remains most common method of birth control, U.S

The pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms, a new report shows. More>>

Fewer bars and liquor stores, less domestic violence

Restricting the number of locations where alcohol can be sold in a community may help reduce domestic violence, researchers say. More>>

Cost of job-based health insurance outpaces family income: report

Americans who get job-based health insurance are spending a bigger chunk of their paychecks on health care than they were a decade ago, and they may be getting less financial protection for the money, a new report suggests. More>>

Many women don't lose those pregnancy pounds

Women's fears that pregnancy pounds will linger are validated by new research that suggests three-quarters of new mothers are heavier a year after giving birth than they were before becoming pregnant. More>>

Most would act if they had genetic risk for illness

Many Americans would take some type of action if they learned they had a genetic risk for a disease, even if they weren't actually ill, a new study finds. More>>

Public restrooms no germier than your home

Many people envision public restrooms as filthy and crawling with nasty germs, but they're actually as healthy as the average room in your home, a new study reports. More>>

Women can outperform men in financial negotiations

Although people often think of men as better negotiators, new research suggests that women are more effective than men in certain types of financial negotiations. More>>

Use your space heater safely

The arrival of cold weather means many people are using space heaters to help keep their homes warm. The devices are safe when used properly, but misuse can result in burns and fires. More>>

Nearly one-third of kids in U.S. cities live in poverty

About one-third of children in large U.S. cities live in poverty, a new report finds. More>>

Flu shot may offer less protection this winter

This flu season looks like it could be worse than usual, due to an aggressive strain of influenza virus that might flout the protection provided by this year's vaccine, U.S. health officials warned Thursday. More>>

Study links running to lower Alzheimer's death risk

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Running more than 15 miles a week may reduce the risk of dying from Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. More>>

Humans' taste for booze may go back millions of years

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Raise a glass of holiday cheer to this: New genetic research suggests that humans and their ape forebearers may have been relishing alcohol for 10 million years. More>>

Nearly 1 in 12 Americans struggles with depression

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Almost 8 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were moderately to severely depressed during 2009 to 2012, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. More>>

Fatal ODs from narcotic painkillers have tripled in U.S.

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The epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse continues to take a deadly toll in the United States, with fatal overdoses involving drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin tripling over a decade, a new report shows. More>>

Tips for finding affordable health insurance


There is some good news for those on a budget, however. The ACA provides more insurance options than before. More>>

Scooters leading cause of toy-linked injuries in kids

Here's a sobering statistic to ponder before buying holiday gifts for your kids: A new study shows that a child with a toy-related injury is treated in a U.S. emergency department every 3 minutes. More>>

Holiday overindulgence risky for people with Type 2 diabetes

Overindulging in holiday food can pose serious risks for people with Type 2 diabetes, an expert warns. More>>

Rx for better health care: Kindness and compassion

Want to give health care a boost? Try a little kindness, experts say. More>>

10 tips to fight Thanksgiving Day food coma

After consuming mass quantities of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie during a feast, it's no mystery why people just plop on the couch and pass out. However, there are ways to avoid the Thanksgiving Day food coma, if you're up to it.


Obesity tied to half a million cancers worldwide

Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. More>>

Early puberty linked to increased risk of depression in teens

Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests. More>>

Study uncovers vultures' gastronomical secrets

Vultures have developed highly specialized ways of dealing with the toxic bacteria they ingest when eating dead animals, researchers report. More>>

Yogurt every day may help keep diabetes away

Eating a serving a day of yogurt may lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. More>>

Childhood obesity brings host of health problems, researchers report

Obese children are at increased for liver disease, high blood pressure and heart disease, a new study warns. More>>

Restroom hand dryers spread more germs than paper towels

Those air-blown hand dryers in public restrooms may spread far more germs than conventional paper towels, a new study suggests. More>>

Some newly insured under 'Obamacare' may have trouble finding doctors

Millions of Americans bought health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act in the past year. Now, several shortcomings in the system have been discovered. More>>

Flu season off to a slow start ... for now

This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says. More>>

Many people who drink a lot aren't alcoholics

Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says. More>>

Tips on the health insurance marketplace/exchange

Whatever your political views of the Affordable Care Act of March 2010 (ACA) – better known as Obamacare – there's good news if you need to buy health insurance for yourself or your family for 2015. More>>

A bad marriage burdens an aging heart

A bad marriage increases an older adult's risk of heart trouble, and that's particularly true for women, a new study contends. More>>

1 in 5 U.S. adults dealt with a mental illness in 2013

Nearly one in five American adults -- 43.8 million people -- had a diagnosable mental illness in 2013, federal officials reported Thursday. More>>

Get ready for the Great American Smokeout

The third Thursday of November is almost here, and that's a key annual date for many health advocates -- the Great American Smokeout. More>>

Alcohol taxes may give boost to public health, economy

Some may believe that raising taxes on alcohol products will cost jobs in the service sector, but a new study suggests that's made up for by job creation elsewhere. More>>

Parents want children in day care to be vaccinated

Three-quarters of American parents would consider removing their children from day care if other kids did not have all the recommended vaccinations. More>>

Nearly 3 in 10 Americans with diabetes don't know it

Almost 8 million Americans have diabetes but don't know it, a new study shows. More>>

Certain heart attacks are deadlier in hospital

A new study finds that patients are more likely to die of a certain type of heart attack if they suffer it in a hospital while being treated for non-cardiac conditions. More>>

Exercise, physical therapy may help ease pain of arthritis

Regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis, new research suggests. More>>

Young children, energy drinks a dangerous mix

The potential dangers of energy drinks, those highly caffeinated beverages that promise to stave off sleepiness, are well known, but a new study suggests that even young children are at risk. More>>

Time to enroll, or re-enroll, in an 'Obamacare' health plan

The "Obamacare" marketplaces are now gearing up for a new challenge: persuading Americans who slogged through last year's troubled open enrollment to renew their coverage. More>>

Weight gain doesn't have to be part of Thanksgiving

Many people gain weight at Thanksgiving because they eat too much and don't get enough exercise. But, a few simple steps can help you keep your weight under control while still enjoying the holiday, an expert says. More>>

More than one-fifth of high school students smoke

More than a fifth of American teens smoke or use tobacco in some way, which means that millions of them are putting themselves at risk for early death, a federal government study warns. More>>

Undiagnosed sleep problems may be common among firefighters

Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, shift work disorder and restless leg syndrome are common among firefighters, new research shows. More>>

Medical bills pricey for Americans, even with private insurance

Many Americans may believe that private insurance can keep major medical bills at bay. But a new survey finds that one-fifth of people with private plans still spend at least 5 percent of their income on out-of-pocket health care costs. More>>

Protect yourself in icy temperatures, heavy snow

As the winter's first big snowstorm hits the Midwest and an Arctic blast barrels toward the East Coast this week, experts are offering tips on how to deal with the cold and snow. More>>

Many smokers quick to accept plainly packaged cigarettes

In an attempt to make smoking less attractive, Australia recently mandated that cigarette packs there be sold in plain wrappers with large, graphic health warnings. More>>

Medicare to cover lung cancer screening for long-time smokers

Annual lung cancer screenings for long-term smokers may soon be covered by Medicare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday. More>>

Laundry detergent pods pose poisoning risk to kids

Laundry detergent "pods" seriously sickened more than 700 U.S. children and killed at least one in a recent two-year period, a new report reveals. More>>

Holidays can trip up problem drinkers

The approaching holiday season can pose challenges for the 18 million Americans with an alcohol use disorder, an addiction specialist warns. More>>

A 'purpose in life' may extend yours

Another study finds that having a sense of meaning and purpose in your life might do more than just give you focus -- it might help you live longer, too. More>>

'Unconditional regard' buoys kids' self-esteem

Kids who believe their friends like them, no matter what, may be less prone to feeling bad about themselves when things go wrong, a new study hints. More>>

Google Glass might curb your vision

Since its initial launch in 2013, Google Glass has been touted as a revolutionary entry into the world of "smart" eyewear. More>>

Research questions link between media violence, violent behavior

Throwing another wrinkle into the ongoing debate over the effects of media violence, new research suggests that movies and video games might not deserve the blame for real-life crime. More>>

Long-term shift work may drain the brain

Working non-standard hours -- often called "shift work" -- for many years is not only hard on the body, but may also dull the mind, new research suggests. More>>

Are your heart symptoms all in your head?

Nearly three-quarters of people whose hearts are found to be healthy after being checked for coronary artery disease continue to have persistent symptoms such as chest pain, a new study finds. More>>

Mom's words matter most to newborns

Infants are exposed to more speech from mothers during their first year of life, which may be why they often pay more attention to mom, new research suggests. More>>

High school football players aren't well-educated about concussion

Despite recent efforts to create awareness about concussion among young athletes, a new study found that high school football players still don't know enough about the symptoms and consequences of this type of head injury. More>>

Make the most of this weekend's time change

A few simple steps can help make this weekend's time change easier to cope with, a sleep expert says. More>>

Almost 1 in 5 Americans plagued by constant pain

Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain, a large new survey reveals, with the elderly and women struggling the most. More>>

Would alternative payment plan cut medical bills?

New research supports replacing the traditional way of reimbursing doctors for care -- paying for each service provided -- with an alternative system that gives a set amount of money to health care organizations for patient care. More>>

Is milk your friend or foe?

Drinking lots of milk could be bad for your health, a new study reports. More>>

Is violent crime in some people's genes?

In a cutting-edge look at the biology of crime, a team of Swedish investigators has identified two specific genetic mutations that appear to be linked to a higher risk for extremely violent behavior. More>>

'Social host' laws may help curb underage drinking

"Social host" laws, which hold adults accountable for any underage drinking that takes place on their property, may help curb teenage drinking, according to the preliminary findings of a new study. More>>

Virus present at birth causes more than 10 percent of hearing-loss cases in kids

More than 10 percent of babies born with an infection called cytomegalovirus will suffer permanent hearing loss, a new study reports. More>>

More kids harmed by drinking in pregnancy than expected

Although drinking during pregnancy has long been considered taboo, new research suggests that as many as one in 20 U.S. children may have health or behavioral problems related to alcohol exposure before birth. More>>

New York, New Jersey to quarantine all travelers with Ebola contacts

On Friday, the governors of New York and New Jersey announced strict new quarantine measures for anyone returning via Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports who may have had contacts with Ebola patients. More>>

Teens who dine with their families may be slimmer adults

For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults. More>>

Airborne transmission of Ebola highly unlikely, experts say

Riding a bus or an elevator full of sniffles, coughs and sneezes is one of the more unpleasant aspects of the flu season. More>>

Teen conflicts spill over to other areas of their lives

Teens' conflicts at home increase the risk of problems at school for up to two days, according to a new study. More>>

Many Americans in debt, bankruptcy paying for cancer care

Besides the danger and worry from the disease itself, many Americans battling cancer are faced with high bills for medical care, two new reports show. More>>

Experimental infertility treatment seems effective, cheaper

A crucial part of conventional in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- the incubation of embryos in a laboratory dish -- can instead take place in a device inside the vagina, new research suggests. More>>

Binge drinking may boost blood pressure in young men

Binge drinking among young adult men may lead to increased blood pressure, according to a new study. More>>

Ebola anxiety: A bigger threat now than the virus itself

Headlines remain riveted on the three Ebola cases in Dallas. But, mental health specialists say overblown fear is a much bigger health threat to Americans. More>>

For infertility treatment, should he drink less coffee, more booze?

A man's love of coffee could hamper the success of a couple's infertility treatment, a small new study suggests. More>>

Ebola or not? Rapid test for the virus not here yet

"Diagnosing Ebola is very different from treating Ebola." More>>

Teens still sending naked pictures via cellphone

A large number of American teens continue to send and receive sexual images on their cellphones -- a practice dubbed sexting, according to a new study. More>>

Obama considers naming an 'Ebola czar'

President Barack Obama says he's considering appointing an "Ebola czar" to oversee the federal government's response to the small but anxiety-producing presence of the often lethal virus in the United States. More>>

Ebola nurse from Dallas transferred to Atlanta medical center

The second nurse at a Dallas hospital to be diagnosed with Ebola was transferred Wednesday night to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. More>>

Just try getting an appointment with a psychiatrist

Residents of major U.S. metropolitan areas who need a psychiatrist are often likely to come up empty-handed, regardless of ability to pay, new research suggests. More>>

For Ebola, no new drugs riding to the rescue -- for now

There's no magic bullet in the foreseeable future for the treatment of people infected by Ebola, infectious-disease experts say. More>>

Parenthood may push cancer patients to seek more treatment

Being a parent makes cancer patients more likely to seek life-extending treatments, a new study says. More>>

Exercise may not ward off teen depression

Although exercise has long been thought to help improve the symptoms of depression, teenagers may not reap these benefits, a new British study suggests. More>>

Eating disorders may start in elementary school

Eating disorders can begin before puberty and may be linked with other mental health issues, a new study shows. More>>

Even decaf coffee may help the liver

Another study suggests that coffee might actually be healthy for your liver, and that even decaffeinated coffee may have this effect. More>>

Poll: Americans increasingly anxious about Ebola

One-quarter of Americans now view Ebola as a major public health threat to the United States, with many saying they'd change their travel plans due to Ebola fears, a new Harris Poll/HealthDay survey reveals. More>>

Contact sports boost spread of 'superbug' germs

College athletes in contact sports such as football and soccer are more than twice as likely as other college athletes to carry a superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), new research finds. More>>

Rely on mom-to-be when epidural is needed

When it comes to pain relief during labor and delivery, mom probably knows best, new research suggests. More>>

Five major U.S. airports to screen travelers from West Africa for Ebola

Five major U.S. airports will begin screening travelers entering the country from the three West African nations hit hardest by the ongoing Ebola epidemic, federal health officials announced Wednesday. More>>

U.S. life expectancy hits record high of nearly 79 years

Average life expectancy in the United States reached an all-time high of 78.8 years in 2012, federal officials reported Wednesday. More>>

Chain restaurants cutting calories

Eating out might not be as bad for your waistline as you might think. More>>

Certain meds, driving can be deadly mix

Thinking about taking a drive after popping some over-the-counter medications? Better check the label first, warn experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More>>

Some people are born java junkies, study suggests

Folks who chug lots of coffee may have their genetics to thank for their java cravings, a new study says. More>>

Obama considers tighter Ebola screening for travelers from West Africa

President Barack Obama said Monday that his administration is preparing additional screening measures to prevent the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa from gaining a foothold in the United States. More>>

It's confirmed: You have parents to thank (or blame) for your height

New research confirms that you have your parents to thank for how tall or short you are. More>>

Ebola patient in Dallas hospital takes turn for worse

The first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States has "taken a turn for the worse," federal health officials said Sunday. More>>

The obese are frequent targets for cyberbullies

Cyberbullying and negative messages targeting overweight and obese people are common on social media, a new study finds. More>>

Bro alert: Too much booze may harm your sperm

The more alcohol young men drink, the lower their sperm count and quality may be, new research suggests. More>>

Most who abuse painkillers are unprepared if overdose strikes

Although teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers face a high risk of overdose, most don't know how to respond when one occurs, new research shows. More>>

Recessions may thwart a woman's motherhood plans forever

When unemployment rates climb, women tend to put the brakes on motherhood. And for many young women, that decision may turn out to be a permanent choice, new research suggests. More>>

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