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.

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.

Simple drug packaging change could save toddlers' lives
Simple drug packaging change could save toddlers' lives

As America's opioid crisis continues, too many toddlers are accidentally overdosing on narcotic medicines. But a new study suggests that better packaging might curb the problem.

Earlier mammograms may mean less need for aggressive treatments
Earlier mammograms may mean less need for aggressive treatments

Much of the debate over when to start having mammograms has focused on lives saved, but new research suggests that early screening might also translate into smaller tumors and less aggressive breast cancer treatments.

Skin's 'good' bacteria may be promising weapon against eczema
Skin's 'good' bacteria may be promising weapon against eczema

A treatment that harnesses the power of helpful bacteria living naturally on the skin might be a breakthrough treatment for eczema, early research suggests.

Some reasons to work with a dietitian
Some reasons to work with a dietitian

Want customized diet advice to make your weight or health goals attainable? Consider working with an RD -- a registered dietitian.

What drives millennials to tan, knowing the risks?
What drives millennials to tan, knowing the risks?

Many millennials and young people continue to tan, despite warnings about the link between excess sun exposure and skin cancer, new research warns.

U.S. air quality improvements are lagging
U.S. air quality improvements are lagging

After decades of progress, the United States has seen a slowdown in reductions of two major air pollutants, a new study finds.

U.S. illnesses tied to ticks, mosquitoes are soaring
U.S. illnesses tied to ticks, mosquitoes are soaring

Diseases transmitted by biting insects -- ticks and mosquitoes in particular -- have more than tripled in the United States over the past decade, a new federal government report shows.

Mid-life stresses may be tied to late-life dementia risk
Mid-life stresses may be tied to late-life dementia risk

Anxiety during middle age might signal impending dementia, a new analysis suggests.

Even a 'bad' flu vaccine could save 61,000 lives: study
Even a 'bad' flu vaccine could save 61,000 lives: study

A truly dismal flu vaccine could still save thousands of lives, as long as roughly 40 percent of Americans got their shots, new research suggests.

Get fit to cut your diabetes risk during pregnancy
Get fit to cut your diabetes risk during pregnancy

If she's fit, a woman is less likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy, a new study contends.

End-of-life care saves money
End-of-life care saves money

Giving very ill and dying patients palliative care shortens hospital stays and lowers costs, researchers report.

Too much or too little weight may worsen rheumatoid arthritis
Too much or too little weight may worsen rheumatoid arthritis

Obesity may accelerate and amplify the crippling symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, new research suggests.

Aha: therapy dogs like Katie are good medicine after stroke
Aha: therapy dogs like Katie are good medicine after stroke

When Scott Vande Zande had a serious stroke 15 years ago, his beloved golden retriever Hollie was key to his recovery.

Soda during pregnancy may not help baby's brain
Soda during pregnancy may not help baby's brain

Pregnant women may want to skip all soft drinks while they're expecting if they want their child's learning and memory skills to be sharper, new research suggests.

Outdoor job? Skin cancer can take a hefty toll
Outdoor job? Skin cancer can take a hefty toll

Construction workers, farmers and others who work in the sun are at greater risk for skin cancer, according to researchers. And a new study reveals these job-related cancers cost nations millions in medical expenses.

Many ground zero rescue workers battling cancer years later
Many ground zero rescue workers battling cancer years later

Many of the rescue workers who flooded the ruins of the World Trade Center after 9/11 now face their own private battles for survival, a pair of new studies shows.

Hearing aids may help keep seniors out of the hospital
Hearing aids may help keep seniors out of the hospital

Hearing aids may mean fewer visits to the hospital for seniors, a new study suggests.

More U.S. kids being diagnosed with autism
More U.S. kids being diagnosed with autism

Autism rates continue to climb in the United States.

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