Can the Mediterranean diet protect against smog-related deaths?
Can the Mediterranean diet protect against smog-related deaths?

The Mediterranean diet has long been lauded as a heart-healthy eating plan that can add years to your life.

Most hospitals aren't ready for mass tragedies, ER docs say
Most hospitals aren't ready for mass tragedies, ER docs say

Nine out of 10 ER doctors say their hospitals aren't fully prepared for major disasters or mass tragedies.

A pill to protect you from the sun? Don't believe it, FDA says
A pill to protect you from the sun? Don't believe it, FDA says

If you think popping a pill will somehow keep your skin safe while you tan, think again.

Wanna look cool? Give smiling a shot
Wanna look cool? Give smiling a shot

If you want to look cool, try smiling, researchers suggest.

Screening may miss signs of autism, especially in girls: study
Screening may miss signs of autism, especially in girls: study

An important checklist used to screen for autism can miss subtle clues in some children, delaying their eventual diagnosis.

Lifelong exercise can guard heart health
Lifelong exercise can guard heart health

Exercising may keep you young at heart.

Chiropractic has role to play in easing lower back pain: study
Chiropractic has role to play in easing lower back pain: study

Chiropractic care can help ease low back pain when added to a comprehensive treatment plan, a new clinical trial has found.

Tasty, healthy alternatives to sandwich bread
Tasty, healthy alternatives to sandwich bread

Sandwiches make convenient lunches, but those two slices of bread can really eat into your day's calorie allotment. What's more, typical white bread doesn't provide much in the way of nutrients.

FDA approves first drug aimed at preventing migraines
FDA approves first drug aimed at preventing migraines

The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope -- the first drug aimed at preventing the headaches gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Thursday.

Pools, hot tubs can harbor dangerous germs
Pools, hot tubs can harbor dangerous germs

Pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds may be synonymous with summertime fun, but they also can be breeding grounds for dangerous germs that could make you violently ill.

Eat fish twice a week to ward off heart disease, experts say
Eat fish twice a week to ward off heart disease, experts say

There is more reason than ever for people to make fish a bigger part of their diets, according to the American Heart Association.

U.S. fertility rates hit record low in 2017
U.S. fertility rates hit record low in 2017

American women continue to wait longer to have children.

Can exercise help curb dementia? One study says no
Can exercise help curb dementia? One study says no

A new study suggests that moderate or even rigorous exercise won't slow mental decline in older people with dementia.

Could nonprofit drug companies cut sky-high prices?
Could nonprofit drug companies cut sky-high prices?

Generic prescription drugs should be cheap, but prices for some have soared in the United States in recent years. Now a group of U.S. hospitals thinks it has a solution: a nonprofit drug maker.

The truth about juicing
The truth about juicing

Between juice bars and high-powered home juicing machines, drinking your fruits and veggies has certainly gone mainstream.

Breast cancer patients may shorten Herceptin regimen: study
Breast cancer patients may shorten Herceptin regimen: study

For years, the drug Herceptin has helped women with an aggressive form of breast cancer beat the disease.

New Medicare perk: diabetes prevention
New Medicare perk: diabetes prevention

Millions of U.S. seniors can now take part in a Medicare program designed to prevent prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes.

Can fido fetch the fountain of youth?
Can fido fetch the fountain of youth?

Humanity's search for a fountain of youth stretches back centuries, but modern scientists hope new research in dogs might be barking up the right tree.

Scientists are targeting the common cold
Scientists are targeting the common cold

British researchers have developed a molecule they claim could make colds a thing of the past.

What causes cancer? Misconceptions abound
What causes cancer? Misconceptions abound

Many people are clueless about what can actually cause cancer, a new study finds.

Dirty air in pregnancy may raise kid's blood pressure risk
Dirty air in pregnancy may raise kid's blood pressure risk

Breathing polluted air is never wise for anyone, but pregnant women may pay an especially unwanted price.

Deadly falls on the rise among U.S. seniors
Deadly falls on the rise among U.S. seniors

The number of seniors dying from falls has increased dramatically over the past decade, U.S. health officials reported Friday.

Exercising in the great outdoors
Exercising in the great outdoors

Outdoor exercise can be invigorating and a great morale booster. But always take a few simple steps to stay safe, no matter the season.

7 mistakes that can boost your blood pressure reading
7 mistakes that can boost your blood pressure reading

Mum's the word the next time you have your blood pressure checked.

Sun's UV rays a threat to your eyes, too
Sun's UV rays a threat to your eyes, too

It's not just your skin that needs protection from ultraviolet rays, health experts warn.

Depression striking more young people than ever
Depression striking more young people than ever

Americans are fast becoming a very depressed lot.

Depression may dampen memory
Depression may dampen memory

Depression may do more than darken your mood, with new research suggesting it might also sap your memory.

Many parents miss speech disorders in young kids
Many parents miss speech disorders in young kids

Many parents don't recognize the signs of speech and language problems in children, or don't know that early treatment is important, a new survey finds.

Infants know real 'baby talk' when they hear it
Infants know real 'baby talk' when they hear it

Babies go gaga over other babies' goo-goos, a new study finds.

Is testing for Zika in U.S. blood supply worth the cost?
Is testing for Zika in U.S. blood supply worth the cost?

Since 2016, every blood donation in the United States has been individually tested for the Zika virus. A new study suggests it's not worth it.

Obesity might raise your risk for a-fib
Obesity might raise your risk for a-fib

Obese people are at increased risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, which can cause complications such as heart failure and stroke.

Non-opioids often underused after back surgery
Non-opioids often underused after back surgery

Spine and joint surgery patients aren't taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say.

PTSD may raise odds for irregular heartbeat
PTSD may raise odds for irregular heartbeat

For reasons that aren't yet clear, people who battle PTSD may also be at heightened risk for the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, researchers report.

Curiosity a plus in the classroom, particularly for poorer kids
Curiosity a plus in the classroom, particularly for poorer kids

Curious children do better in school, and this is especially true of youngsters from poorer families, a new study suggests.

Could mom-to-be's antidepressants have an upside for baby's brain?
Could mom-to-be's antidepressants have an upside for baby's brain?

Children who were exposed to antidepressants in the womb may score higher on certain tests of mental abilities at the age of 12, a small, preliminary study suggests.

Generic drugs don't always push prices down
Generic drugs don't always push prices down

Generic drugs tend to trigger big drops in the cost of their expensive, brand-name counterparts, but that has not been the case with the cancer drug commonly known as Gleevec (imatinib).

Expert panel highlights patient choice for prostate cancer screen
Expert panel highlights patient choice for prostate cancer screen

More men could receive PSA blood tests for prostate cancer under revised guidelines released Tuesday by the nation's leading panel on preventive medicine.

Even mild concussion tied to greater dementia risk later
Even mild concussion tied to greater dementia risk later

Concussions, even those that are mild, more than double the risk for developing dementia down the road, new research suggests.

Many teens switch from hi-cal sodas to hi-cal sports drinks
Many teens switch from hi-cal sodas to hi-cal sports drinks

Teens who were once hooked on sugary sodas may now be now turning to sugary sports drinks, a new study reveals.

Drug duo approved for aggressive thyroid cancer
Drug duo approved for aggressive thyroid cancer

Two anti-cancer drugs administered together have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat an inherited form of thyroid cancer.

Sleep-deprived kids at risk of obesity
Sleep-deprived kids at risk of obesity

Too little sleep can increase a child's risk of obesity, British researchers report.

U.S. motorcycle deaths dropped 6 percent last year
U.S. motorcycle deaths dropped 6 percent last year

Motorcycles are still deadlier than cars, but there's some good news: Nearly 6 percent fewer bikers died on U.S. roads last year than in 2016, a new report says.

Scientists probe mystery of how hair prematurely goes gray
Scientists probe mystery of how hair prematurely goes gray

How does premature graying happen? Scientists say new animal research may help clear up the mystery.

Blood type may play role in death risk after trauma
Blood type may play role in death risk after trauma

People with the most common blood type, type O, may be at higher risk of death after suffering severe injuries because they're more likely to have major bleeding, a new study suggests.

The cold truth about migraine headaches
The cold truth about migraine headaches

Early humans' ability to adapt to cold climates may have been helped by a genetic variant that's common in modern people who live in colder regions -- and is linked with migraine headaches, researchers say.

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