Some potentially good news for folks taking opioids for chronic pain: It's possible to slowly reduce the dosage without increasing discomfort, new research suggests.
There's a good chance your doctor is in the middle of a quiet battle with professional burnout, a new study suggests.
Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests.
Just a few minutes of exercise a day -- even light workouts -- can reduce an older man's risk of early death, a new British study claims.
A new type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that doesn't use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what's really cancer and what's likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report.
If you've been on a diet more than once, you know that it can be harder to maintain weight than to lose weight in the first place.
Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates.
Obesity and high blood pressure may play a much greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among young people than previously thought, a new study suggests.
Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests.
You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn.
In what researchers call a first step toward personalized vaccines for a multitude of cancers, a vaccine made from stem cells protected mice from tumors.
Flu continues to ravage the United States in one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. And the ineffectiveness of this year's flu vaccine is partly to blame.
Many believe alcohol poses a greater danger to health than marijuana, a new study out of Oregon suggests.
Schools across the country are issuing special report cards that assess a student's weight and health -- but parents often don't believe what they're seeing, a small study shows.
The first blood test to help diagnose a concussion has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
One of the main features of Obamacare -- providing insurance for adults under age 26 through their parents' health plan -- allowed many pregnant young women to obtain prenatal care, new research shows.
For young people with autism, the leap to adulthood can feel like jumping off a cliff, but researchers may be zeroing in on a safety net.
Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as men, health officials say.
While many will be showered with flowers and candy on Valentine's Day, those who have lost loved ones may find the holiday hard to bear.
America's highways are decidedly less safe on April 20, a day when stoners publicly celebrate marijuana use.
As if preemies didn't face enough struggles, a new study finds they have more difficulty making friends, though things improve once they start school.
Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns.
A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided, federal officials report.
Only one-third of people newly diagnosed with depression start treatment quickly, and seniors and minorities are the least likely to get help in a timely fashion, a new study finds.
Losing 10 percent of your body weight appears to reduce pain related to obesity, even in non-weight-bearing areas, a new study finds.
If your child is among the 10 percent of kids with asthma, you want to do everything you can to control it.
Doctors have discovered a combination of treatments that can return color to skin that has been lightened by vitiligo -- the skin disease that turned Michael Jackson's skin white.
Fetal brain damage caused by the Zika virus can go undetected in pregnancy, and can occur even if a baby's head size is normal, research in monkeys suggests.
Lung cancer patients can halve their risk of postop complications by taking up an exercise program before their surgery, a new report suggests.
This flu season continues to be one of the nastiest in years. And it isn't helping that the flu vaccine may be less than 20 percent effective against the season's dominant strain, according to a new Canadian report.
Many U.S. veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars aren't getting needed mental health treatment for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or substance abuse, a national panel of experts says.
A goal like having a flat stomach may give you the initial impetus to start exercising, but may not be enough to keep you on track.
While the overall smoking rate has plummeted among Americans, some smokers still struggle with the habit, a new report shows.
Contrary to what many people believe, the lone star tick does not spread Lyme disease, researchers report.
For people with both atrial fibrillation and heart failure, a procedure called ablation can be life-saving, a new clinical trial shows.
Increasingly, people addicted to opioid painkillers are using dangerously high doses of the diarrhea drug Imodium (loperamide), either to get high or to help ease withdrawal.
Could the so-called Mediterranean diet boost success of infertility treatment involving in vitro fertilization?
Using fentanyl or other opioids alongside other illicit drugs could trigger possibly permanent amnesia caused by brain damage, doctors warn.
Talk therapy can be a cost-effective way to treat teens with depression who don't take or stop using antidepressants, a new study finds.
Older women who carry some extra body fat may face a heightened risk of breast cancer -- even if their weight is normal, a new study finds.
Waiting for acne to clear up on its own can be frustrating, especially for teens who are already self-conscious about their appearance.
Controversial "heat-not-burn" tobacco devices might only get limited marketing in the United States, based on recommendations issued Thursday by an influential government panel.
A procedure that plucks stroke-causing clots from blood vessels in the brain may be useful in many more patients than previously thought, new research shows.
Most American teenagers are plagued by too little sleep, which can hurt their health and their school performance, federal health officials said Thursday.
The world's first genetically identical monkey clones have been created by Chinese scientists, who say they've broken barriers to human cloning.
If you've just shed a lot of pounds, you might want to hold off on buying a new wardrobe full of "thin" clothes.
Smokers often think their habit won't have health consequences until far into the future, a small survey suggests.
In yet another example of how far-reaching the fallout from America's opioid epidemic is, researchers report that babies exposed to these narcotics while in the womb run the risk of certain head and neck abnormalities.
Men who started drinking in their teens are at increased risk for liver disease, Swedish researchers report.
Anyone worried that smoking a lot of pot could lead to a heart attack or stroke will just have to keep worrying for the time being.
Older adults are at increased risk for hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature, the U.S. National Institute on Aging warns.
A group of former National Football League greats is urging parents not to let their children play tackle football until they're at least 14 years old
It's called "hot" yoga because it's practiced in sweltering temperatures, and some research has hinted that it might improve heart health more than traditional yoga.
Chowing down on red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase your long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.
The number of American adults who smoke has decreased, but nearly 38 million still put their health at risk by using cigarettes, U.S. government data show.
Instead of getting a flu shot at the doctor's office, you might someday inhale a nasal spray vaccine at home.
Lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers are needed to eliminate drunk driving deaths in the United States, according to a new report.
Men who are avid cyclists needn't worry that hours spent on the bike will translate into problems in the bedroom or bathroom, new research claims.
Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study finds.
Electric zaps can help rewire the brains of Tourette syndrome patients, effectively reducing their uncontrollable vocal and motor tics, a new study shows.
President Donald Trump is in excellent physical health and also shows no signs of age-related cognitive decline, according to a detailed briefing Tuesday following his annual check-up.
The economic cost of asthma in the United States is nearly $82 billion a year, federal health officials report.
States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had fewer hospital closures, especially in rural areas, a new study finds.
The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds.
Time is running out for millions of American kids covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
While your dog or cat might love the taste of raw meat, a steady diet of it might be a bad idea, a new study warns.
Many parents still regularly risk their babies' lives as they put them to bed, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
High doses of vitamin D seem to keep arteries more flexible and pliable, potentially warding off future heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, preliminary research suggests.
Breakthroughs in breast cancer screening and treatment have slashed the percentage of women dying from the disease, a new analysis reveals.
Americans are being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in years, with misery now widespread across 46 states, health officials say.
Millions of women use an IUD as a safe, reliable means of birth control. But a new study finds that in rare cases where conception occurs despite IUD use, the rate of obstetric complications may rise.
As the opioid epidemic continues to grip the United States, the toll on the littlest victims -- the children of addicts -- is mounting, new research shows.
Have a child with chickenpox? Don't despair. There are a number of things you can do to care for a child with this disease.
When seriously ill hospital patients can't express their wishes about their medical care, decision-making often falls to emotionally drained family members.
A common respiratory virus that circulates in winter can pose a serious threat to children, an expert warns.
Gene therapy may have the potential to eradicate HIV in people infected with the virus, new animal research suggests.
The number of Americans who die each year from inhaling fine-particle pollutants has dropped dramatically since 1970, thanks to laws that originated from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Stem cell transplants could offer new hope for people with a severe form of scleroderma -- a debilitating and deadly condition that affects the immune system, a new study suggests.
Taking folic acid and multivitamins during pregnancy could reduce your child's risk of autism, a new study suggests.
Prepregnancy weights continue to rise in the United States, with less than half of women at a healthy size before conception, U.S. health officials report.
Developers of a new patch hope to eliminate a big barrier in type 2 diabetes treatment -- painful finger-sticks and injections.
More than half the parents in the United States start feeding their babies solid foods before they're 6 months old -- the age now recommended by health experts, a new study indicates.
As an Arctic front brings frigid temperatures to every region of the United States but the Southwest this week, a veterinarian stresses that your canine companion is also at risk in the extreme cold and snow.
A specially prepared baby formula does not protect children with a genetically high risk for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
Alcohol's effect on heart health, good or ill, may rely in part on the drinker's income, new research suggests.
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to quit smoking, there are a number of ways to improve your chances of success, an expert in tobacco treatment says.
If you're a senior who's pledging to lose weight in 2018, be sure you're shedding excess fat without losing muscle and bone.
Powerful magnetic fields created during an MRI scan were thought to play havoc with some pacemakers, but a new study says these scans are safe for people with the heart devices.
In a world full of digitally charged teens, it would be unlikely to expect parents to cut their children off from smartphone use completely.
The millions of Americans caught in the grip of an addiction to opioids -- prescription painkillers or heroin -- remained the leading health news story of the past year.
Even levels of air pollution deemed "safe" by U.S. government standards may shorten the life spans of seniors, new research suggests.
Exposing young children to a wide range of healthy foods when they're young can help instill good eating habits, researchers report.
An analysis of urine samples from roughly 300,000 California women finds that more than 7 percent used marijuana while pregnant.
The holiday blues might be a common phenomenon, but there's plenty you can do to protect your mental health this time of year.
The link between concussions and brain injury might be a hot topic in the NFL, but at the high school level? Apparently not so much.
For the tech-obsessed who use their smartphones, laptops and tablets right before bedtime, a small new study suggests that inexpensive amber-tinted glasses might guarantee sound slumber.
Seniors are wasting their time and money taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to ward off the brittle bones of old age, a new review concludes.
With a flourish of his pen, President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law the biggest revamping of the U.S. tax code in three decades. It also means the end of the Affordable Care Act's controversial individual mandate
A comprehensive survey on the widening American waistline finds that as paychecks get bigger, women's average weight tends to drop.
With a hectic holiday schedule, exercise often falls by the wayside. But finding ways to sneak in activity will help you avoid weight gain and ease some of the stress this season can bring
For smokers who've managed to quit, the road to fully repairing lungs damaged by the habit may seem like a long one.
Overweight children often become obese adults, with attendant problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
More than one in three elderly Americans describe themselves as lonely, and the holidays can be especially isolating for them, geriatric experts warn.
The opioid epidemic continues to chip away at the average American life span, federal health officials reported Thursday.
People who eat leafy green vegetables every day may maintain a sharper mind as they age, a new study suggests.
Holidays, and all of the chocolate goodies that come with the celebrations, can be particularly dangerous for dogs, researchers warn.
All things being equal, an unmarried heart patient may face a higher risk of death than a married heart patient, new research suggests.
Teens who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning (LGBQ) have a much higher risk for suicidal behavior than other teens, a new study has found.
Treatments that help people beat cancer also can cause them to age prematurely and die sooner, Mayo Clinic researchers report.
A new gene therapy to treat children and adults with a rare type of inherited vision loss has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Medical science has failed to prove that any treatment, therapy or brain exercise can help prevent dementias such as Alzheimer's disease, an extensive new review has concluded.
A grim reminder -- "Smoking Kills" -- emblazoned right on a cigarette may help young people avoid the deadly habit.
As the flu barrels across the United States, the good news is that this year's vaccine may work better than many expected.
While you revel in the decorations and good food of the holiday season, there are dangers lurking in the tinsel and treats that can pose threats to your beloved pet.
When babies are ready to eat solid foods, those who feed themselves some finger foods are no more likely to choke than babies who are spoon-fed, new research found.
Sales of antibiotics for use in U.S. livestock fell in recent years but still remain too high, according to the National Resources Defense Council.
Nearly 20 percent of older people who've sought care for chronic illness say they experienced discrimination in the U.S. health system, a new study reports.
Most children born with brain abnormalities caused by the Zika virus are facing severe health and developmental challenges at 2 years of age, a new study suggests.
Graphic anti-tobacco posters intended to deter young people from buying cigarettes might actually have the opposite effect.
Opioid painkillers after surgery can be the first step toward addiction for some patients. But a common drug might cut the amount of narcotics that patients need, a new study finds.
If you take Ritalin or Concerta for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and you plan to become pregnant, you might want to talk to your doctor about switching your medication first.
Many people insist their joints ache more when it rains. But that popular notion might be all wet, a new study suggests.
Nucala (mepolizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first remedy to treat adults with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis, a rare autoimmune disease that leads to inflammation of the blood vessels
When it comes to kids with cancer, most health care providers who care for them say they'd help their patients get medical marijuana.
Women who are exposed to air pollution right before or after they become pregnant may be more likely to have a baby with birth defects, new research suggests.
When it comes to kicking the smoking habit, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
Many studies have tried to pinpoint the best time of day to exercise for peak performance and best results. But most of these studies were designed for elite athletes.
Americans were warned repeatedly last August not to look at a highly anticipated solar eclipse with the naked eye, and now a new case study demonstrates exactly why.
It's never too late for women to lose weight to lower their breast cancer risk, a new study suggests.
Kids are more likely to develop asthma if their moms chug sugary drinks during pregnancy, a new study suggests.
Bathing in water is just as effective for the treatment of eczema as bathing in a bleach solution, a new review of previous research indicates.
When parents bring a premature baby home from the hospital, it's the dads who feel the most stress, a new study finds.
Hundreds of minor genetic mutations start to form in the cells of an embryo soon after conception, researchers have discovered.
Age can often bring a loss of hearing, and for some, mental decline in the form of dementia. But are the two linked?
Adding a new drug to standard treatment can slow the progression of advanced breast cancer in younger women, a new clinical trial has found.
Gene therapy has helped 10 men with a form of the bleeding disorder hemophilia produce a critical blood clotting factor. This could eliminate the need for tedious and costly standard treatments, researchers report.
A strong link exists between smoking and daily marijuana use, with U.S. smokers 10 times more likely to use pot every day, a new study says.
Later school start times could help teens get the amount of sleep they need, according to a new study.
With the traditional flood of holiday parties and festivities approaching, chances to drink excessively increase. So, what to do?
The e-cigarette may not be just a "healthier alternative" to smoking for teens. New research shows that teens who vape may be more apt to use tobacco cigarettes later on.
The death rate has quadrupled among people whose opioid use lands them in a hospital, a new U.S. study finds.
Add one more reason to why you should brush and floss regularly: Gum disease bacteria are now tied to higher odds of esophageal cancer.
It's been used by many people to help ease sleep apnea, but new research suggests the CPAP mask may also help ease seizures in people with epilepsy.
Even months after recovering from the flu, older people remain at increased risk for a heart attack, stroke or disability, a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases warns.
Preliminary research hints -- but cannot prove -- that men who lose their hair relatively early in life might be at heightened heart risk.
Police and federal agents cracking down on the makers of "designer drugs" like Spice are getting high from the mind-altering substances themselves, a new U.S. government report shows.
Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is not only safe for most people, it might protect against heart disease or an early death, a new review suggests.
Patients apparently are more likely to complain about younger doctors. Case in point: ophthalmologists.
The majority of children growing up in America today will be obese by age 35, a new computer analysis predicts.
Former professional football players are at increased risk for an enlarged aorta, which can lead to a life-threatening bulge in the artery, a new study reports.
Patients used to see doctors as kindly-but-firm professionals -- experts who knew what they were talking about and whose advice should be heeded, even if it wasn't necessarily welcome.
Using marijuana when you have HIV could lead to problems with brain function if you also abuse alcohol or drugs, a new study finds.
Having diabetes means keeping track of what you eat, how much you exercise, your blood sugar levels and even the condition of your feet.
Bullied teens are twice as likely to take weapons such as guns or knives to school, a new study reveals.
Fall yard work can stir up allergies, but there are ways to reduce the risk of flare-ups, an ear, nose and throat specialist says.
Don't try saying you're too or too busy to exercise, especially after that calorie-laden Thanksgiving dinner.
Texting, talking on cellphones, eating, drinking -- distractions such as these are a driving hazard, and are more likely to occur among young men, new research shows.
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