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Fewer U.S. teens using illegal drugs and alcohol, report finds

Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report. More>>

Small number of drugs behind kids' accidental poisonings

A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds. More>>

The parenting trap: Coddling anxious kids

Some parents may make things worse for their anxious kids by falling into what researchers call the "protection trap" -- reassuring them, lavishing them with attention or making the threat go away, according to the... More>>

Gov't to probe testosterone therapy claims, safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is focusing on the "Low T" fad, questioning whether the boom in testosterone replacement therapy is helping or harming the health of aging American males. More>>

Walking, biking to work seems to have mental health benefits

Trading the gas pedal for foot power or bike power to get to your job can also improve your mental health, British researchers report. More>>

Medications plus parent training may help kids with aggression, adhd

Combining two medications with parent training appears to improve anger, irritability and violent tendencies in children whose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is coupled with severe aggression, a new study... More>>

Obese people may be more vulnerable to food cues

Obese people may be more vulnerable to environmental food cues than thin people because of differences in their brain chemistry, a new study suggests. More>>

Many U.S. kids missing out on preventive care

Most adults can remember the battery of health services they endured as kids: hearing and vision tests, dental exams, regular checkups and vaccinations. More>>

Mom's response to baby's cry a matter of memory

A mother's response to her baby's crying may be influenced by her own childhood, a new study reports. More>>

Short walks can offset long stretches of sitting

Taking really short but frequent walks can counteract the harm caused by sitting for long periods of time, a new study suggests. More>>

Spotting, treating autism symptoms in infancy may prevent delays

Among infants as young as 6 months old who exhibited symptoms of autism, therapy provided by parents seemed to prevent developmental delays by age 3 in most of the tots, a small new study suggests. More>>

Sibling bullies may leave lasting effects

While a burly kid on the playground may be the stereotype of a childhood bully, a new study suggests some of the most damaging bullies are as close to home as you can get: They're siblings who tease, make fun of and... More>>

Single-dose, injected flu treatment shows promise

A new single-dose, injected drug appears safe and effective at helping ease flu symptoms, two new studies show. More>>

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Bras blameless for breast cancer risk

When it comes to breast cancer risk, women's bras are off the hook, a new study says. More>>

Obesity remains rampant across America

More than 20 states have obesity rates topping one-third of their population, and six states saw a rise in obesity rates last year, according to two new reports on America's worrisome, widening girth. More>>

Breast-feeding may help obese moms lose pregnancy pounds

Breast-feeding may help women lose their pregnancy weight and keep it off if they were obese before they became pregnant, according to new research. More>>

Females overlooked in basic surgical research, study says

Female animals or cells are rarely used in surgical research studies, even though sex differences can have a major impact on medical research, a new study finds. More>>

Farm antibiotics may be linked to food allergies

Some people may be allergic to the antibiotics used to keep pests away from fruits and vegetables. More>>

E-cigarette vapor may be less toxic than tobacco smoke

Secondhand vapor created by one brand of electronic cigarette harbors fewer hazardous chemicals than regular cigarette smoke, although the researchers report the finding doesn't leave e-cigarettes in the clear. More>>

'Pot addiction' may be real, study suggests

Many people believe that marijuana is not addictive, but a new study challenges that theory. More>>

'Spare tire' may be especially bad for your blood pressure

When it comes to excess pounds and blood pressure, all fat may not be created equal, a new study finds. More>>

Low-carb beats low-fat for weight loss, heart health

For people who want to lose weight and boost their heart health, cutting down on carbohydrates may work better than trimming dietary fat, a new study suggests. More>>

Your family's germs may move with you

Your family carries its own unique population of bacteria that accompany you when you move to a new home, a new study finds. More>>

Eye pigment may help vision in hazy conditions

Having greater amounts of yellow pigment in your eyes could boost your ability to see distant objects in hazy conditions, a new study reports. More>>

Young adults who had depression have 'hyper-connected' brain networks

Young adults who struggled with depression in adolescence appear to have "hyper-connected" networks in their brain, researchers are reporting. More>>

Overconfident folks may blind others to their real abilities

Overconfident people are better at convincing others that they're more talented than they really are, and therefore are more likely to get promotions and reach high-level positions, a new study indicates. More>>

Ban indoor use of e-cigarettes, U.N. health agency says

The United Nations' World Health Organization recommended that countries regulate electronic cigarettes and ban their use indoors until studies prove that "vaping" is harmless to bystanders. More>>

When it comes to a growing child, the brain comes first

Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends. More>>

Diet, exercise counseling urged for overweight Americans with heart risks

Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. More>>

Obama administration offers new rules for religious objections to health care law

Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan. More>>

Start school later for older kids, pediatricians urge

U.S. high schools and middle schools should start classes later in the morning to allow kids some much-needed sleep, a leading group of pediatricians is urging. More>>

Low-nicotine cigarettes may not lead to more smoking

People who use reduced-nicotine cigarettes don't smoke more to make up for the lower levels of nicotine, according to a new study. More>>

Fewer U.S. teens using sunscreen

The number of U.S. teens using sunscreen dropped nearly 12 percent in the last decade, a new report shows. More>>

Study: Men, lesbians more likely to have orgasms

When it comes to achieving orgasms during sex with a regular partner, straight women still lag behind men and lesbian women, a new study suggests. More>>

Consumer Reports advises pregnant women to avoid tuna

In a new review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports is advising that pregnant women avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure. More>>

Want to stay slim? Leave the car at home

Leaving the car at home and getting to work by walking, cycling or public transit is good for your health, a new study indicates. More>>

When parents need care, daughters carry the burden

It's no secret that daughters seem to bear the brunt of caregiving duties for elderly parents, but a new study suggests that conscientious daughters often fill the gaps left by sons. More>>

Fitness may boost kids' brainpower

Exercise and brainpower in children may not seem closely related, but a small new study hints that fitness may supercharge kids' minds. More>>

Education linked to activity levels during the week

College-educated Americans tend to be more physically active on weekends, while adults without a high school diploma are more active on weekdays, a new study finds. More>>

Good neighbors are good for your heart

Having good neighbors may reduce your heart attack risk, new research suggests. More>>

Co-workers take dim view of women who seek flex time

Women seeking a better work-life balance are less likely than men to be viewed positively by their colleagues, a new study finds. More>>

Doctors ID new ways to get more kids vaccinated

Doctors are still struggling to find effective ways to convince wary parents of the importance of vaccinating their infant children. More>>

More employers moving to high-deductible health plans

Many Americans with job-based health insurance will face costlier deductibles next year as more large employers embrace or expand so-called consumer-directed health plans, a new survey finds. More>>

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans drinks at least 1 soda a day

A new survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17 percent drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states. More>>

Popular southern fare may harm your kidneys

The types of food that many Southerners seem to prefer -- fried foods, sweet drinks and processed meals -- may be deadly for people with kidney disease, a new study suggests. More>>

40 percent of Americans will develop diabetes

Approximately two out of every five Americans will develop type 2 diabetes at some point during their adult lives, according to new U.S. government estimates. More>>

Robin Williams' death shines light on depression, substance abuse

The apparent suicide Monday of Academy Award-winning actor and comic star Robin Williams has refocused public attention on depression, its sometimes link to substance abuse and, in tragic cases, suicide. More>>

Preemies' thinking skills may catch up by adolescence

A new Australian study offers some potentially reassuring news to parents of preemies who are worried about their child's intellectual development. More>>

Acidic drinks can damage kids' teeth permanently

High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters' teeth, a new study reports. More>>

Ethicists grapple with tough questions over release of Ebola drugs

As the number of dead in the West African Ebola outbreak nears 1,000, many people are calling for the wider production and release of untested medicines that might help patients. More>>

Exercise cuts breast cancer risk in older women

Older women intent on keeping breast cancer at bay may want to start and maintain a regular exercise regimen, a new study shows. More>>

Coffee may keep your ears from ringing

Being a coffee lover may be good for your ears, a new study suggests. More>>

Distracted teen drivers often on cellphone with parent

Up to half of teens talking on cellphones while driving are speaking with their mother or father, according to new research. More>>

U.S. hospitals see big rise in drug-related suicide attempts

Drug-related suicide attempts in the United States increased over a recent six-year period, with dramatic increases seen among young and middle-aged adults, health officials reported Thursday. More>>

Fears of U.S. Ebola outbreak unwarranted, experts say

The decision to bring two American aid workers infected with Ebola back to the United States has kicked up controversy, causing some to fear a local outbreak of the killer virus. More>>

Need to spot a narcissist? Just ask them

Self-absorbed narcissists can ruin your day, but a new study suggests an easy way to detect one: Just ask. More>>

Daily aspirin may help prevent cancer

Taking aspirin every day appears to reduce the odds of developing and dying from colon, stomach or esophageal cancer, a new study suggests. More>>

Skip the steroids for shoulder pain?

For relief of shoulder pain, physical therapy and steroid shots provide similar results, a new study finds. More>>

Preschoolers can suffer from depression, too

Depression can strike at any age, even among preschoolers, researchers report. More>>

Could a little video game play be good for kids?

Kids who spend a little time playing video games each day might be more well-adjusted than those who never play, a new study suggests. More>>

2nd Ebola patient to arrive in United States

The second of two Americans stricken with Ebola in the West African nation of Liberia will arrive in the United States on Tuesday to begin treatment, according to media reports. More>>

Women in military drink less than civilians

Women who serve in the U.S. military are less likely to drink alcohol than their civilian peers, a new study suggests. More>>

Ebola patient to be flown to U.S. for treatment

An American who is battling the Ebola virus in West Africa will be flown to the United States for treatment, according to staff at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. More>>

No TV or obesity, but ancient people still had heart disease

They may not have had fast food, TVs or cigarettes, but people of ancient times commonly developed clogged heart arteries -- and a new research review speculates on some reasons why. More>>

Extreme weather kills 2,000 in U.S. each year

Each year in the United States, at least 2,000 Americans die from extreme heat or cold, floods or lightning, health officials said. More>>

Adults who've abused alcohol may be at risk for memory problems

Middle-aged adults with a history of alcohol abuse are more than twice as likely as others to develop severe memory problems later in life, according to a new study. More>>

Wider face may give you an edge in negotiations

Successful negotiations may depend on more than diplomacy. When it comes to negotiating, men with wider faces may have an advantage, according to a new study. More>>

Healthy habits may slow cellular signs of aging

Exercise, a healthy diet and good sleep can protect the body against the negative effects of stress and slow down the aging process at a cellular level, researchers report. More>>

'Love hormone' oxytocin may help some with autism

Treating certain adult autism patients with just a single dose of the hormone oxytocin quickly improved their ability to judge facial expressions and emotions, Japanese researchers report. More>>

Doctors urge meningitis shots for vulnerable infants, children

Infants and children who are at risk of contracting meningitis because of specific health problems should be vaccinated against the infection, according to updated recommendations from the largest pediatrician group in the United States. More>>

Wives' higher education may not affect divorce rate

Couples aren't more likely to get divorced if the wife has more education than the husband, new research finds. More>>

The 'Hobby Lobby ruling' and what it means for U.S. health care Video included

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage -- as mandated under the Affordable Care Act -- could lead to a legal quagmire that might allow companies to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles. More>>

Lift U.S. ban on blood donations by gay men

The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. More>>

More than 10 million people gained coverage under Affordable Care Act

A new study estimates that more than 10 million uninsured Americans gained health coverage over the past year due to the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Parents of obese kids often view them as healthy

Parents of obese children often don't view their kids as unhealthy or recognize the health consequences of excess weight or inactivity, according to a new study. More>>

Many obese U.S. kids think they're thinner than they are

Many obese and overweight American children and teens look in the mirror and tell themselves their weight is fine, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. More>>

2 courts, 2 different decisions on key Obamacare provision

In a wild day for Obamacare, two federal appeals courts arrived at completely different conclusions Tuesday on the use of financial subsidies provided to millions of Americans who bought health insurance through the... More>>

Parents of children with autism need help, too

Most therapies for autism focus on the child, but new research suggests the child's stressed-out parents could benefit from treatments designed specifically for them. More>>

MERS virus found in air in camel barn

Genetic fragments of the deadly MERS virus were detected in the air of a barn where an infected camel was kept, a new study says. More>>

Waistlines of U.S. kids seem to be holding steady

The waistlines of America's children and teens may have stopped expanding, a new study indicates. More>>

Exercise may help counter health risks of sedentary lifestyle

Being a couch potato may have fewer long-term health consequences if you trade some of your couch time for gym time, suggests a new study. More>>

Many sexually active U.S. teens not tested for HIV

Only one in five sexually active U.S. teens has been tested for HIV, a new government report shows. More>>

Sexy Facebook photos not a hit with many young women

Teen girls and young women who post sexy photos of themselves on social media sites are viewed negatively by their peers, a new study finds. More>>

Delayed retirements may forestall predicted nursing shortage

The nation's supply of registered nurses has been growing faster than expected, largely because baby boomers in nursing are working longer than ever before, according to a new study. More>>

Scientists create 'biological pacemaker' in pig hearts

Researchers say they've found a way to transform ordinary pig heart muscle cells into a "biological pacemaker," a feat that might one day lead to the replacement of electronic pacemakers in humans. More>>

Science finds way to block booze's effect -- in worms

Scientists who created worms that can't get drunk say their research could lead to new ways to treat people with drinking problems. More>>

Genes may raise risk of cerebral palsy

New research suggests that genes may play a role in cerebral palsy, the most common cause of physical disability in children. More>>

Organic foods may be healthier

Organic produce and grains contain more protective antioxidants, less pesticide residue and lower levels of the toxic metal cadmium than food raised in traditional ways, a new review finds. More>>

Alzheimer's rate falling in the U.S.

The number of new cases of dementia has been declining in recent decades in the United States, Germany and other developed countries, a trio of new studies shows. More>>

Ipads can trigger nickel allergies in kids

When an 11-year-old boy in San Diego developed a nasty skin allergy, doctors traced it to the nickel in his family's iPad. More>>

Spoon measurements behind many child drug-dosing errors

Using a teaspoon or tablespoon to administer kids' medications can often lead to medication dosing errors, a new study reports. More>>

Brains of sex addicts may be wired like those of drug addicts, study finds

In people with sex addiction, pornography affects the brain in ways that are similar to that seen in drug addicts as they consume drugs, a new study finds. More>>

A little alcohol may not be good for your heart after all

A new study challenges the widely held belief that light drinking of alcohol may be good for your heart. More>>

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