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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.
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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>>

Demi Lovato gets vocal about mental illness

Demi Lovato huddled in the back of her tour bus, eyes wet with tears as she watched a horde of fans streaming into the venue where she was about to play. More>>

Do people transmit happiness by smell?

As emotions go, happiness usually hides in plain sight: seen in a broad smile, heard in a raucous laugh, felt in a big hug. But new research suggests there may be a less obvious way to pick up on another person's positive vibes: smell. More>>

Hospice may help ease depression after loss of spouse

Hospice care may help a surviving spouse better cope with depression following the death of a loved one, a new study reports. More>>

Eight anti-aging foods to help you look younger

There are healthy and simple ways to slow down Father Time. The first place to start is in your daily diet. More>>

Miscarriage misunderstood, often leaves women with guilt

Misconceptions about miscarriages are common, and those mistaken beliefs can make the experience even more painful for those who suffer through it, a new survey reveals. More>>

Higher altitude may lead to lower weight

People who live at higher altitudes are less likely to become overweight or obese, a new study suggests. More>>

11 tips to prevent and treat insect stings

Many childhood fears seem silly in retrospect, but you should still have a healthy dose of caution when it comes to stinging insects. Here are 11 tips on how to stay out of their way, and what to do if you end up getting stung. More>>

Cold weather a bigger killer than heat

Cold weather kills 20 times more people worldwide than hot weather, a new study shows. More>>

Over 4 million working Americans suffer from anxiety disorders

A new study finds that 4.3 million Americans with full-time jobs had an anxiety disorder in the past year. More>>

Botox eases overactive bladder, 2 studies find

Although Botox has long been used to smooth aging skin, new research finds that the muscle relaxant is also a useful treatment for urinary incontinence. More>>

Many emergency room patients with chest pain can be sent home

While chest pain sends many people to the nearest hospital emergency department, most patients may not need a costly hospital stay as a result, a new study suggests. More>>

Suicide rate up among young black children in U.S.

Suicides among black American children have increased in recent years, while fewer white children are killing themselves, a new analysis finds. More>>

Sleep apnea may boost depression risk in men

Men who have the sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea appear to have a higher risk of depression, new research suggests. More>>

Preschoolers get too little physical activity in child care

Kids in daycare and preschool may not be getting enough physical activity, according to a new study. More>>

Brain differences seen in teenage heavy drinkers

Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds. More>>

Even in later life, exercise seems to pay dividends

A little exercise late in life may help men live longer, new research from Norway suggests. More>>

Too much, too little sleep may up stroke risk for those with high blood pressure

People with high blood pressure who sleep less than five hours or more than eight hours each night may have significantly higher odds of a stroke, new research suggests. More>>

Short-term debt can depress more than your finances

People with short-term debt, such as overdue bills or credit card debt, are more likely to be depressed than those who carry long-term debt through mortgages and other big loans, a new study suggests. More>>

Hand-grip strength may provide clues to heart health

Testing hand-grip strength could be a cheap and simple way of identifying people at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and premature death, according to a new study. More>>

HPV vaccination for girls may help prevent cancers in males

Males benefit indirectly when girls are immunized against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new Dutch study. More>>

Expectant mothers' lifestyle may influence child's later weight

Children whose mothers had poor health habits during pregnancy are at increased risk for obesity, a new study suggests. More>>

Antibiotic-resistant typhoid spreading across Asia, Africa

An antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria that causes typhoid fever has spread to many countries and reached epidemic levels in Africa, a new study warns. More>>

Study links celiac disease to nerve damage

People with the digestive disorder celiac disease are at increased risk for nerve damage, a new study suggests. More>>

When to ice, when to heat

Athletes aren't always sure whether to use heat or ice on injuries and aches and pains, so here is some advice from experts. More>>

Concussion may hurt school performance for a while

Children and teens recovering from a concussion may experience difficulty with school work until they fully recover, a new study suggests. More>>

Moving to a poorer neighborhood might be bad for your waistline

Packing up and moving to a poorer neighborhood may also mean packing on extra pounds, new research suggests. More>>

Glamour shots on dating sites draw more prospects

Placing enhanced photos on dating websites yields different results for women and men, a new study finds. More>>

Americans' blood triglyceride levels dropping

Americans' levels of triglycerides -- a type of fat in the blood -- have dropped significantly in the past decade, according to a new federal study. More>>

Canadian teens trying e-cigarettes as often as cigarettes

Canadian teens are trying electronic cigarettes as often as they are experimenting with tobacco cigarettes, a new study shows. More>>

Many women unaware of female-specific stroke symptoms

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women, but many are unaware of warning signs and symptoms that are unique to females, a new study says. More>>

U.S. birth rate hovers at all-time low

The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, due largely to a significant drop in teen births, new research shows. More>>

Is it a cold or an allergy?

It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their child has a cold or hay fever, but there are ways to distinguish between the two, experts say. More>>

Learn to recognize the signs of an alcohol problem

More than 17 million Americans suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. But not everyone can tell when heavy drinking crosses the line to alcoholism. More>>

Sleepwalking parents likely to have sleepwalking kids

More than 60 percent of children with two sleepwalking parents go on to develop the condition themselves, new research shows. More>>

Preteen whooping cough vaccine loses strength over time

A booster shot of the whooping cough vaccine that is given to preteens loses a large measure of effectiveness within a few years, new research reveals. More>>

Too many Americans neglect backs in skin cancer prevention

A new survey finds that many people in the United States are forgetting their backs when they try to be forward-thinking about skin cancer prevention. More>>

911 best call for heart attack victims in rural areas

Many rural residents with severe heart attacks drive or are driven to the hospital, but they have a better chance of survival if they call 911, a new study finds. More>>

Few military women seek care after sexual assault: study

Most American servicewomen who are sexually assaulted don't seek health care right away, a new study suggests. More>>

Dropping one sugary soda a day could cut diabetes risk

People who love sugary sodas and flavored milk may have a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes, regardless of their body weight, a large new study finds. More>>

FDA approves injected drug for 'double chin'

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved an injected drug to help aging Americans plagued what's commonly known as the "double chin." More>>

Half of U.S. hospitals could do more to prevent serious infections

Too few hospitals in the United States are doing everything they can to protect patients from a potentially deadly intestinal infection, a new study finds. More>>

Experimental AIDS vaccine targets hidden virus

Preliminary research suggests that an AIDS vaccine in development can ramp up the body's immune system, boosting the response to medications HIV-positive patients take. More>>

Company to destroy 265 tons of ice cream over listeria concerns

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams said Tuesday that it will destroy more than 265 tons of ice cream because of possible contamination with listeria. More>>

COPD tied to raised risk for sudden cardiac death

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is already the third leading cause of death in the world, and a new European study finds the respiratory illness might also raise a person's odds for sudden cardiac death. More>>

Pediatrics group advises doctors on how to spot child abuse

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released new guidance to help primary care doctors recognize the signs of child abuse. More>>

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