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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>>

Beach sand, not water, more likely to make you sick

Heading to the beach this weekend? A new study finds that when it comes to germs, beachgoers may have more to fear from the sand they sit on than the water they swim in. More>>

FDA wants to strengthen sugar labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday it wants food labels to include more information about how much added sugar is in a product, so consumers can see more clearly how much extra sugar they are consuming every day. More>>

Well-off, active, over 50? You may be at higher risk for problem drinking

Are you over 50, making a good income, physically healthy and active? A new British study suggests you might need to be wary of one potential downside: a higher risk for excessive, problem drinking. More>>

Teen drinking, smoking on the decline

Although more American teens are using marijuana, their use of alcohol and cigarettes has decreased, a new study finds. More>>

Hormone linked to social difficulties with autism

Low levels of a certain hormone may play a role in the social difficulties that children with autism spectrum disorders experience, new research suggests. More>>

Success in dogs points to first nonsurgical cataract treatment

Eyes clouded by cataracts may one day be treated with drops rather than surgery, a new animal study suggests. More>>

High soda intake may boost diabetes risk, even without obesity

Whether you are slim or obese, if you drink lots of sugary soda or other sweetened drinks you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a new analysis reveals. More>>

Scientists test universal flu vaccine in mice

Scientists report that a universal flu vaccine in mice protected the animals against eight different flu strains. More>>

Women descend into Alzheimer's at twice the speed of men

Women with mild thinking and memory problems -- known as mild cognitive impairment -- deteriorate twice as fast mentally as men with the same condition, according to new research. More>>

Could a saliva test help spot Alzheimer's?

It's still very early, but scientists say a test based on a patient's saliva might someday help detect Alzheimer's disease. More>>

Could antibiotics raise a child's risk for juvenile arthritis?

Here's yet another reason not to overuse antibiotics: Children treated with the antibacterial drugs may face a greater risk for developing juvenile arthritis, new research suggests. More>>

Experts offer diving safety tips

It's tempting to dive into pools, lakes and other bodies of water when you're trying to cool off on a hot summer day, but it can be dangerous if you don't take proper safety precautions, experts warn. More>>

Wild mushrooms might be your last meal

A healthy 52-year-old woman who ate wild mushrooms growing in a Canadian park nearly died from her error. More>>

Many obese teens don't think they're fat

A growing number of overweight and obese American teens don't think they have a weight problem, a new study shows. More>>

Could that before-dinner drink make you eat more?

Having a drink before dinner really may make some people eat more -- by focusing the brain's attention on food aromas, a small study suggests. More>>

Consumer reports takes liquid detergent pods off 'recommended' list

Consumer Reports said Thursday that it has removed liquid laundry pods from its "recommended" list because of the dangers they pose to small children. More>>

Hospitalization rates jump near 'fracking' sites

People who live near "fracking" sites may be at increased risk for hospitalization for heart problems, neurological disorders and other conditions, new research suggests. More>>

Daily smartphone use might offer clues to depression

A new study suggests that how you use your smartphone could shed light on whether you might suffer from depression. More>>

U.S. hospitals may often miss signs of child abuse

Many U.S. hospitals may miss an opportunity to detect physical abuse in babies and toddlers, a new study reveals. More>>

Online 'symptom checkers' often miss diagnosis

Automated online "symptom checkers" that seem to offer patients a quick opportunity for self-diagnosis provide the right diagnosis in only about one-third of cases, a new analysis reveals. More>>

Hot weather safety essential for elderly

As the thermometer rises, so do serious health risks for seniors and others with chronic medical problems. More>>

Meth, coke addiction may affect brains of women more than men

In a new study, brain scans reveal that women formerly addicted to stimulant drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, have a smaller amount of a type of brain tissue known as "gray matter." More>>

Banning soccer 'headers' won't solve concussion problem

While many experts have called for a ban on "heading" the ball in youth soccer because they believe it is a leading cause of concussions, a new study suggests the body contact that often occurs during such play is to blame for most brain injuries. More>>

What's in a name? For newborns, maybe fewer medical errors

Using more specific names for newborns may reduce hospital mix-ups by roughly a third, a new study suggests. More>>

Study questions safety of chemicals used in plastic consumer products

Two supposedly safer chemicals used to replace a known harmful one in plastic and other consumer products pose similar health risks, a new study contends. More>>

In some ways, fast food no worse for health than full-service meals

Eating on the run might not be so bad after all: A new study finds diners consume more salt and cholesterol in sit-down restaurants than they do in fast-food joints. More>>

Marijuana study counters 'gateway' theory

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Marijuana may not be the "gateway drug" some believe it to be, a new study contends. More>>

Another study sees link between antidepressants and birth defects

New research provides more evidence of a possible link between antidepressant use early in pregnancy and a small increased risk of birth defects. More>>

Deaths from high blood pressure should plummet under 'Obamacare'

U.S. deaths from blood pressure-related diseases are expected to drop substantially during the coming decades because of improved health coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. More>>

Asbestos found in kids' crayons, toy kits

Asbestos fibers have been found in crayons and other toys sold in the United States, according to a new report from an environmental health advocacy group. More>>

Colon cancer deaths falling, except in 3 U.S. regions

There's reason to celebrate declines in deaths from colon cancer in the United States -- unless you live in three areas that are still waiting for those declines, a new report finds. More>>

Heroin use on the rise among women, wealthier people

The face of heroin addiction in the United States is changing, as well-off abusers of prescription painkillers switch to illicit narcotics to feed their habit, federal officials reported Tuesday. More>>

Wide variations seen in U.S. stroke care

Americans' odds of receiving a drug that can halt strokes in progress may vary widely depending on their ZIP codes, a new study finds. More>>

Regular mammograms might lead to 'overdiagnosis' of breast cancer

Regular mammogram screening for breast cancer might be causing "widespread overdiagnosis," with some women treated for tumors that would not have caused sickness or death, a new study contends. More>>

Anti-vaccine trend has parents shunning newborns' vitamin shot

With the recent U.S. measles outbreak, the issue of vaccine refusal has received growing scrutiny. Now doctors are calling attention to a similar problem: Some parents are shunning the vitamin K shot routinely given to newborns to prevent internal bleeding. More>>

Naps may boost worker productivity

Taking a nap while on the job might help workers be more productive, new research suggests. More>>

How to avoid July Fourth allergy flare-ups

Fireworks, picnics and parades are favorite Fourth of July traditions for many people, but for those with allergies or asthma these activities could be uncomfortable or even dangerous. More>>

Summer danger: Barbecue grill brush wires causing big health woes

Before you bite into that burger on Independence Day weekend, you might want to ask the chef whether a rusty old grill brush was used to clean the barbecue. More>>

Mass killings, school shootings in U.S. may be 'contagious'

Mass killings and school shootings in the United States may be "contagious," inspiring similar killing sprees, new research suggests. More>>

Fireworks can spark bump in air pollution

Most Americans know that fireworks can injure the eyes and hands, but these Fourth of July favorites can also take a toll on the lungs, a new study finds. More>>

Many U.S. AIDS patients still die when 'opportunistic' infections strike

Even after the advent of powerful medications for suppressing HIV, a new study finds that more than one-third of people in San Francisco who were diagnosed with an AIDS-related infection died within five years. More>>

1 in 3 American adults owns a gun

Guns are owned by nearly one in three Americans. And many of those people are part of a "social gun culture" that includes hunters and gun club members, a new survey finds. More>>

A healthy body often equals a healthy brain

People who want to stay sharp as they age often turn to brain teasers, puzzles and games, figuring correctly that they'll lose it if they don't use it. But a healthy body is also key to maintaining a healthy brain, and that's something many people tend to overlook, experts say. More>>

Millennials more accepting of working moms than past generations

Young Americans are more accepting of working mothers than previous generations were, a new study finds. More>>

Parents, stop hovering: 'Risky' play may have benefits for kids

Children may benefit, physically and socially, from being allowed to play with less monitoring from mom and dad, a new research review finds. More>>

As U.S. smoking rate drops, smokers more likely to quit

As the number of smokers in the United States dwindles, those who still light up are becoming less attached to the habit and more likely to try quitting, a new study has found. More>>

Noisy neighborhoods tied to higher stroke risk

Long-term exposure to noise pollution from traffic may reduce life expectancy, a new study contends. More>>

'Overwhelming' evidence that same-sex parenting won't harm kids

There is no evidence that having same-sex parents harms children in any way, a new comprehensive review finds. More>>

In wake of high court ruling, what's next for Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act will grow stronger in the next few years, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the controversial health reform law for a second time. More>>

Many more women than men living to 100

Men are less likely than women to reach 100, but those who do tend to be healthier than their female peers, a new study finds. More>>

Same-sex marriage offers couples psychological benefits

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on whether same-sex marriage is a national right, many social scientists say an affirmative ruling in the landmark case would also deliver psychological dividends to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. More>>

Virtual reality may help alcoholics beat cravings

Virtual reality therapy may help alcoholics battle their addiction, a small study from South Korea suggests. More>>

Could a microbe in your gut help you lose weight?

It's possible that among the millions of bacteria living in your gut, at least one microbe might change how your body processes food and affect your weight, a small French study suggests. More>>

1 in 5 teens may be bullied on social media

A new review suggests that estimates of cyberbullying are all over the place, ranging as low as 5 percent and as high as 74 percent. More>>

Teens unfamiliar with harms of pot, e-cigs

Teens may have a firm grasp on the dangers of smoking cigarettes, but they appear less clear about how using marijuana or electronic cigarettes might harm their health, new research suggests. More>>

Millions of smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease

Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, a new study finds. More>>

HPV vaccination tied to drop in precancerous cervical lesions in U.S.

A new study offers more evidence that the advent of vaccines to fight human papillomavirus (HPV) could reduce cervical cancer in American women. More>>

High school football players may be at doubled risk of migraine

High school football players appear to be twice as likely to have migraines as the average person, which may be due to head injuries and concussions the athletes endure during play, two small new studies suggest. More>>

Ancient teeth show signs of indoor air pollution

Tartar from 400,000-year-old human teeth reveals the earliest evidence of man-made air pollution, according to a new study. More>>

Can too much sitting make you anxious?

People who spend much of their day sitting may be more likely to feel anxious, a new review suggests. More>>

Any added sugar is bad sugar, some experts contend

High-fructose corn syrup has long been portrayed as a major villain in the American diet. But a new school of thought contends that plain old table sugar or even all-natural honey can be just as harmful to a person's health. More>>

Many parents who smoke expose kids to fumes at home

In nearly 40 percent of U.S. homes with parents who smoke, those parents don't have smoke-free rules in place for their kids, a new study finds. More>>

Appendicitis can often be treated with antibiotics

Although surgical removal of the appendix has long been a standard treatment, a new study found that almost three-quarters of people treated with antibiotics could be spared the invasive procedure known as appendectomy. More>>

Weight-loss surgery can bring couples closer

Couples who view the weight-loss surgery of one partner as a joint effort often say they feel closer as a result, a new study suggests. More>>

U.S. birth rate records first rise in 7 years

The overall birth rate in the United States rose a bit for the first time in seven years in 2014, according to new federal government data. More>>

More research hints at chocolate's heart benefits

Eating milk chocolate or dark chocolate regularly may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests. More>>

Breast-feeding may have dental benefits

The more babies breast-feed, the less likely it is that they will develop any kind of misalignment in their teeth later on, a new study shows. More>>

U.S. hospitals seeing more kids with self-inflicted injuries

A growing number of U.S. kids are landing in the ER because of self-inflicted injuries, a new study finds. More>>

Chamomile tea tied to longer lives for Mexican-American women

Consumption of chamomile may be linked to a longer lifespan for older Mexican-American women, new research suggests. More>>

Woman gives birth using ovary tissue frozen in childhood

In what researchers are hailing as a medical breakthrough, a 27-year-old woman gave birth to a healthy baby conceived from ovarian tissue that had been surgically removed and frozen when she was a child. More>>

Smiling can lead to new relationships

A genuine smile may help you form a new friendship or romantic partnership, a new study suggests. More>>

Fidgeting may help children with ADHD to focus

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often fidget, but new research suggests intense fidgeting may actually help them focus on the task at hand. More>>

Underage drinking down in past decade

Underage drinking in the United States is declining. But, alcohol remains the most widely used substance of abuse among American children, federal researchers reported Thursday. More>>

Many U.S. men with depression, anxiety don't get treated

Close to one in 10 American men suffers from depression or anxiety, but fewer than half get treatment, a new survey reveals. More>>

Popular heartburn meds linked to higher risk of heart attack

People who use certain heartburn drugs for a long period of time may have a slightly heightened risk of suffering a heart attack, a new study suggests. More>>

Technology offers hope of better bionic legs

Scientists say they're making progress toward developing a motorized artificial lower leg that automatically adjusts to changes in movement, such as from walking to using stairs. More>>

Stroke ages brain by 8 years

A stroke robs the brain of nearly eight years, impairing memory and slowing thinking speed, a new study says. More>>

More young children exposed to marijuana

There's been a sharp increase in marijuana exposure among young children in the United States in recent years, a new study finds. More>>

Poor sleep? Eating less at night may make next day easier

Concentration and attention problems caused by sleep deprivation might be eased by eating less late at night, according to a new study. More>>

Autism linked to higher smog levels, study says

Air pollution exposure may be linked to a child's risk of autism, a recent study suggests. More>>

New moms gain no benefit from eating placenta

While some celebrity moms swear by it and have made it trendy, doctors and scientists say consuming the placenta after birth offers women and their babies no benefit. More>>

FDA panel endorses women's libido pill

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended approval Thursday of what many call the "female Viagra" pill. More>>

Sharing a bathroom with many others? Your toothbrush likely has 'fecal matter'

People using communal bathrooms with many others, beware: There could be traces of fecal matter on your toothbrush. More>>

E-cigarette users often believe devices will help them quit tobacco

E-cigarette users are much more hopeful that the devices will help them quit smoking than the general public is, including people who just smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes, according to a new French survey. More>>

Fewer young men fathering children outside of marriage

Fewer unmarried American men are becoming first-time fathers, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. More>>

Double mastectomy benefits may be overrated for some

Many breast cancer patients wrongly believe that having both breasts removed -- a double mastectomy -- will improve their chance of survival, a new study finds. More>>

3 in 10 Americans have drinking problem at some point in their lives

Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, but less than 20 percent are ever treated, a new study found. More>>

Anti-vaccine parents cluster in rich, white areas

Parents who cite "personal beliefs" to get their children exempted from routine vaccinations are typically white and well-to-do -- at least in California, a new study finds. More>>

1 in 5 younger Americans tested for HIV

Nearly one-fifth of teens and younger adults in the United States have been tested recently for HIV, federal health officials reported Tuesday. More>>

Cholesterol drugs may boost outcomes after bypass

A new study suggests that the widely used anti-cholesterol drugs known as statins may have another benefit: Cutting the odds for death in the weeks and months after heart bypass surgery. More>>

Tougher alcohol laws for adults may also lower teen drinking

New research suggests that as a state's alcohol laws get tougher, teen drinking rates drop -- even if the laws are targeting adults and not teens. More>>

Do certain medicines raise murder risk?

While media attention has swirled around a purported link between antidepressants and violence, a new European study suggests the medications have only a weak association with homicide. More>>

Murder most foul, 430,000 years ago

A 430,000-year-old skull discovered in Spain has deadly wounds that suggest one of the first known cases of murder in human history. More>>

Millennials turning their backs on religion

Millennials -- those born in the 1980s and 1990s -- are the least religious generation of Americans in the last six decades, a new study says. More>>

Marriage before college graduation tied to more weight gain

If you got married before finishing college, you might have an excuse for any extra pounds.

Organ donor rates vary widely across America

In the United States, organ donor rates are highest in the Midwest and lowest in New York state, a new study finds. More>>

Average New Yorker sits 7 hours each day

They may live in the "City That Never Sleeps," but most New Yorkers still sit around a lot -- an average of seven hours every day, a new study shows. More>>

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