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More measles cases seen in January than in typical year

The United States has seen more cases of measles in January than it usually does in an entire year, federal health officials said Thursday. More>>

Teens, young adults most likely to go to ER after car accidents

In a finding that won't surprise many parents, a new government analysis shows that teens and young adults are the most likely to show up in a hospital ER with injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. More>>

Liberals, independents win life span sweepstakes

Liberals are in luck when it comes to longevity, new research contends. More>>

Binge-watching tv may be sign of depression, loneliness

Binge-watching television is linked with feeling lonely and depressed, a new study suggests. More>>

Soda habit may prompt early puberty in girls

Girls who consume a lot of sugary drinks may enter puberty earlier than girls who don't, Harvard researchers report. More>>

Ebola threat diminishing in West Africa, officials say

West Africa's Ebola epidemic has slowed significantly, but health officials are hesitant to say the lethal virus is no longer a threat. More>>

Don't become a blizzard casualty

The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns. More>>

How to stay safe when riding out a blizzard

As a potentially record-breaking blizzard pummels the U.S. Northeast, there are steps residents should take to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, doctors say. More>>

78 people now infected in U.S. measles outbreak

The number of people infected with measles linked to the outbreak at Disney amusement parks in southern California now stands at 78, health officials reported Friday. More>>

Watch out for falling icicles

Icicles may be beautiful, but they can also be dangerous, an emergency medicine doctor warns. More>>

Most Americans have access to 'exercise opportunities,' study finds

More than three-quarters of Americans live close to at least one park or recreational facility, giving many people opportunity to exercise, a new study finds. More>>

'Hidden' brain damage seen in vets with blast injuries

The brains of some veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who were injured by homemade bombs show an unusual pattern of damage, a small study finds. More>>

Use of 'the pill' tied to higher risk for rare brain cancer

The risk for developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives such as the Pill, new Danish research suggests. More>>

Dealing with a hostile boss

One way of dealing with nasty bosses may be to turn their hostility back on them, a new study suggests. More>>

Researchers rethink inner-city asthma theory

A new study challenges the widely held belief that inner-city children have a higher risk of asthma simply because of where they live. More>>

Walking group a step toward better health, researchers say

Joining a walking group may be just what the doctor orders, because research suggests it is one of the best ways to improve your overall health. More>>

Rare virus discovered in common tick

A rare virus has been found in ticks that are common in the southeastern United States. More>>

Eyes wide shut: Key to a keener memory?

Got your heart set on a career as a detective? Here's a clue that may help you crack that first big case. More>>

Smoking, obesity: Weighing the financial toll

Smoking and obesity are both harmful to your health, but they also do considerable damage to your wallet, researchers report. More>>

When women think men prefer bigger gals, they're happier with their weight

When it comes to how satisfied they are with their own bodies, notions women hold of what men look for in females may be key, a new study suggests. More>>

Alcohol, pot fuel half of young driver deaths

Half of young drivers who died in crashes in nine states were under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or both at the time of the accident, a new study finds. More>>

Straight men more prone to jealousy over sexual infidelity

A woman may have the reputation of turning into a green-eyed monster when her man sleeps with someone else, but new research suggests a man gets even more jealous in the same scenario. More>>

Work hard, party harder?

Working long hours may raise the risk for alcohol abuse, according to a new study of more than 300,000 people from 14 countries. More>>

Vaccination can cut rates of common infection in infants

Rotavirus is a relatively common infection of infants and -- especially in poorer countries -- can cause sometimes fatal diarrhea and vomiting. More>>

Are seniors with diabetes overtreated?

Many older people with diabetes may be exposed to potential harm because doctors are trying to keep overly tight control of their blood sugar levels, a new study argues. More>>

Study suggests link between e-cigarettes, respiratory infections

Vapor from electronic cigarettes may increase young people's risk of respiratory infections, whether or not it contains nicotine, a new laboratory study has found. More>>

Does he post a lot of 'selfies'? He might be a narcissist

That guy on Facebook posting dozens of "selfies" of himself -- at the beach, at work, partying -- might just be a narcissist, a new study suggests. More>>

Despite resolutions, food bills go up after New Year's

So New Year's Day has come and gone, leaving millions with resolutions to finally shed some pounds. More>>

Keeping safe in a big freeze

As a new cold snap sends temperatures plunging across much of the United States, one expert offers tips on how to stay warm and safe. More>>

New antibiotic may combat resistant bacteria

Laboratory researchers say they've discovered a new antibiotic that could prove valuable in fighting disease-causing bacteria that no longer respond to older, more frequently used drugs. More>>

Bullies and their victims may be at higher risk of suicide

A new analysis of research from around the world suggests that kids involved in bullying are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts and actions. More>>

Could quitting smoking be easier for women just after ovulation?

Women who want to quit smoking need every advantage they can get. Now, a new study finds that timing a quit attempt around certain points in the menstrual cycle may increase the chances of success. More>>

Kids with bedroom smartphones sleep less

A smartphone in a child's bedroom may undermine good sleep habits even more than a TV, new research suggests. More>>

Little change in fast food calorie counts, salt content

An investigation into the nutrition offered in meals from three major fast food chains finds little change in calories, salt or saturated fat from 1996 to 2013. More>>

Strong neighborhood bonds, less gun violence?

Strong bonds that tie people together can protect neighborhood residents from gun violence, a new study suggests. More>>

Ebola, Obamacare top U.S. health news for 2014

It started as a deadly but little-known outbreak in West Africa, but the lethal and unchecked spread of the Ebola virus dominated U.S. headlines for much of 2014, making it one of the year's top health news stories. More>>

Some blind people use echolocation to 'see'

Some people who are blind develop an alternate sense -- called echolocation -- to help them "see," a new study indicates. More>>

Some expert tips to help smokers finally quit in 2015

Quitting smoking is a common New Year's resolution, and the American Lung Association has some tips that might help smokers make 2015 the year to really kick the habit. More>>

U.S. bicyclist deaths on the rise

The number of bicyclist fatalities in the United States is increasing, particularly among adults in major cities, a recent study shows. More>>

Dealing with cold weather injuries

If exercising outdoors is on your list of New Year's resolutions, don't let the cold weather stop you, suggests the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). More>>

Your birth year could influence your odds for obesity

The year in which you're born might affect the activity of a gene that could raise your odds for obesity, a new study finds. More>>

Flu now epidemic in U.S., with 15 child deaths reported

The flu has reached epidemic levels in the United States, with 15 children dead so far this season, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. More>>

New Year's Eve dos and don'ts

To ensure that you make the right choices and end the current year on a good note, follow this guide of New Year's Eve dos and don'ts. More>>

Stay sober or be pulled over this holiday season

As the holiday season kicks into full gear, state highway officials from across the nation are warning drivers to stay off the roads if they've been drinking. More>>

'Tis the season for seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs in some people due to decreased amounts of daylight during the winter. More>>

Keeping that weight loss resolution

If you're one of the many Americans who plan to lose weight next year, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of success, an expert says. More>>

E-cigarettes less addictive than regular cigarettes

Former tobacco smokers find e-cigarettes less addictive than traditional cigarettes, new research finds. More>>

Expert offers tips for preventing holiday migraines

The holidays can be a challenge for people who suffer migraines, which can be set off by certain foods and drinks. More>>

Smartphones may charge up your thumbs

Regular use of touch screens on smartphones changes the way your fingers and brain work together, a new study reveals. More>>

Americans buying fewer sugary, pre-packaged desserts

Americans are buying fewer pre-packaged baked goods, such as pies, cakes and cookies, new research shows. More>>

Mother's depression tied to later delinquency in kids

Teens are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana -- and to do so at an earlier age -- if their mothers were depressed when the kids were in grade school, a new study says. More>>

E. coli germs found on farmers market herbs

Potentially illness-causing E. coli bacteria were found on nearly one-quarter of herbs bought at farmers markets, according to a new study. More>>

Holiday trimmings can trigger allergies

The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. More>>

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>>

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>>

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