Prejudice directed at older people results in $63 billion in excess health costs each year in the United States, a new study claims.
If you live in Maine and you've never experienced hay fever, new research predicts that climate change has an unwelcome surprise in store for you.
People with celiac disease must follow a very restrictive diet, but an experimental vaccine may offer many of them the freedom to eat more normally.
More than one-third of Americans have prediabetes, but 90 percent of them don't know they have it, medical experts say.
Head-size measurements can help screen for long-term IQ problems in very premature or very low birth weight babies, researchers say.
There's bad news for heart failure patients with dilated cardiomyopathy who'd like to stop taking their meds.
Dietary fiber is a unique component of many foods. It has no actual nutrients yet helps ward off a host of diseases and has even been associated with lower body weight.
People who have experienced either a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury are twice as likely to commit suicide than others, a new review suggests.
Cancer is expected to overtake heart disease as the leading cause of death for well-off Americans by 2020.
Eating more fish or taking a fish oil supplement can reduce your risk of a heart attack, according to a pair of Harvard-led clinical trials.
Take the stairs up to your office. Park a little further away from the grocery store. Walk your dog around the block. Carry out the trash.
If the last flu season is any indication, you need to take steps now to protect yourself against infection, an infectious diseases expert warns.
Having hearing loss and not knowing it might translate into higher medical bills and other health problems for many seniors, two new studies suggest.
A newborn can bring a sense of fulfillment to your life … and an equal amount of stress over everything from baby's health to your own parenting skills.
If it seems like everyone you know is trying yoga or meditation, you might be right. A new government survey shows that the number of Americans practicing the "mindfulness" techniques has surged in the past few years.
As stigmas surrounding mental health issues have eased, more U.S. college students are seeking help for emotional problems, a new study finds.
Driving under the influence and distracted driving are well-known hazards, but few people think twice about getting behind the wheel when feeling drowsy, a sleep expert warns.
It may be possible to use a blood test to diagnose and manage athletes' concussions, but the results could vary by race and gender, researchers report.
When people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) choose their own treatment -- be it medication or counseling -- they respond better, a new study finds.
Your life partner has a much greater influence on your longevity than the genes you inherited from your family, according to a new analysis of the family trees of more than 400 million people.
The bigger your brain, the greater your risk for a deadly brain cancer, new research from Norway suggests.
Caffeine-laden energy drinks are popular, but they might make your blood vessels less efficient, a small study suggests.
The earliest evidence of lead exposure has been discovered in 250,000-year-old teeth from the remains of two Neanderthals found in southeastern France, researchers say.
You've made the decision to meet the 150-minutes-per-week goal of cardio workouts for better health. Now use these tips to make the most of these workouts.
Trying to avoid "panic parenting" is the reason why many single women freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons, a small new study suggests.
Obese kids may have extra difficulty with schoolwork and coping under stress, a preliminary study suggests.
More men are delaying fatherhood, and new research suggests that might raise the risk of both birth complications and infant health problems.
Alzheimer's patients taking diabetes drugs may have fewer signs of dementia in their brains than similar patients not taking the drugs, new research finds.
If thinking skills aren't affected, a person with Parkinson's disease can live a normal life span, a new study suggests.
Giving trace amounts of wheat to children with wheat allergy shows promise in treating the allergy, according to new research.
When stroke patients get an infection while in the hospital, that may raise the chances they will wind up back in the hospital later, new research suggests.
Social stigma may play a large role in the depression, anxiety and other mental health woes experienced by many people with autism, a small new study indicates.
Swimmer extraordinaire Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals -- 23 of them gold. Yet, despite all those medals and the accolades that came with them, Phelps has struggled with depression and anxiety.
Rules for new drivers instituted in Massachusetts back in 2007 have led to fewer car crashes, including fewer deadly crashes, among drivers in their teens.
Diabetes is a formidable foe that can tax the bodies and the spirits of people diagnosed with the blood sugar disease.
With their keen sense of smell, dogs can track down bombs and drugs, but new research suggests they can also sniff out malaria in people.
Children may suffer delayed language skills if their mothers come in contact with common chemicals called phthalates in early pregnancy, new research suggests.
Many women living with advanced breast cancer face significant financial strains -- from paying for their care to simply covering monthly bills, a new survey finds.
Though the term "functional foods" currently has no legal definition, it's more than just a clever marketing catchphrase.
Back pain is a common problem in the United States, but there are ways to protect yourself, an expert says.
Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are sending U.S. college students to mental health clinics in record numbers, a new study finds.
A new gene therapy might help improve motor symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease who aren't responding to other therapies, an early study has found.
One in six American kids struggles with obesity, and minorities struggle the most, a new report shows.
Middle-aged people with higher-than-average levels of the "stress" hormone cortisol may have fuzzier memories, a new study suggests.
Children with asthma who live in areas with dirty air require emergency medical care more often than those with less exposure to air pollution, a new study finds.
Generics make up 80 percent of drug prescriptions filled in the United States and are a big cost savings for consumers.
Children with autism or developmental delays may be at increased risk for obesity, a new study finds.
Paying extra for those pricey organic fruits and vegetables might pay off: New research suggests eating them might help you dodge a cancer diagnosis.
Childhood obesity has been linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and early heart disease, but new research now ties it to a sometimes crippling hip condition.
Even after a thorough cleaning, traces of diarrhea-causing bacteria can remain on hospital bed sheets, researchers report.
In what researchers are calling a "breakthrough," two preliminary trials have found that either of two triple-drug regimens could potentially benefit 90 percent of people with cystic fibrosis.
Protein is key to your well-being and deserves a significant place in every diet. Knowing the best sources can boost your health as well as help you feel more satisfied on fewer calories.
Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that drinking coffee might be a good prescription for avoiding the unsightly skin condition known as rosacea.
A behavioral therapist could be as important as a calorie-cutting diet for folks who want to lose weight, researchers say.
You won't jump for joy when you're told you need hearing aids or cataract surgery. But get this: Both appear to slow mental decline in older adults.
Tracking pounds regained after weight-loss surgery can help predict a patient's risk for serious health problems like diabetes, a new study says.
Developing lean muscle mass is important for everyone -- it can keep you active and independent throughout your life.
"Eyeballing" emergency room patients may be better than a formal medical assessment in identifying those most in need of urgent care, a new study suggests.
Obesity surgery may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people who are severely overweight and have diabetes, a new large study suggests.
Fear of doctors is common among American preschoolers, and a trip to the pediatrician's office can cause equal anxiety for Mom and Dad.
In an attempt to head off federal regulation, America's pharmaceutical manufacturers announced Monday that they would take voluntary action to make drug prices more transparent.
People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the ID CORE XT DNA-based test to help doctors verify blood compatibility before a transfusion.
The same type of bacteria that causes stomach cancer may also increase colon cancer risk, especially in black Americans, a new study finds.
While therapy dogs can help ease anxiety for kids with cancer, they may also carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can put patients at risk for serious infections.
The flu shot reduces a pregnant woman's risk of hospitalization for flu by 40 percent, new research shows.
Living in urban areas with heavy air pollution could increase your risk for mouth cancer, a new study says.
One in four Americans 65 and older falls each year, with some ending up in hospitals or even dying. But new research suggests that it's possible to avoid some of these serious injuries.
Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can collect dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers report.
There are four common myths about breast cancer that can affect prevention and treatment of the most common type of cancer in American women, an oncologist says.
If you're gluten-sensitive, watch out: One-third of the "gluten-free" foods sold in U.S. restaurants actually contain trace levels of the substance, new research suggests.
Although clinical trials are the only way to test the mettle of new drugs and medical devices, just 1 percent of Americans participate in such trials, research experts say.
Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help.
Getting too little sleep at night? If so, your odds for a car crash are rising, new research suggests.
Every now and then you might not feel well enough to exercise and decide to skip a workout. Here's how to stay in the game
U.S. patients face numerous roadblocks when trying to access their medical records at the nation's top hospitals, a new study finds.
Getting too little or too much sleep can affect stroke risk, depending on a man's race, researchers say.
Preschoolers who quickly pack on pounds may be at particular risk of becoming obese teenagers, a large new study finds.
The impact of acne is more than skin-deep, and often disrupts sleep and well-being, scientists have found.
Americans' love affair with fast food continues, with 1 in every 3 adults chowing down on the fare on any given day.
Among the most significant advances in surgery has been the development of laparoscopic -- or minimally invasive -- procedures.
Pain sends more people to the doctor than any other ailment. But if you don't want relief from a medicine bottle -- or when that relief isn't enough -- consider complementary and integrative health approaches
A personalized vaccine held an aggressive group of cancers in check among more than half of patients who received it in a small, preliminary trial, researchers report.
The most dangerous play in football can be rendered safer through a simple rule change, a new study out of the Ivy League suggests.
People with type 2 diabetes who are taking common drugs called diuretics may be at a significantly increased risk of losing a foot or leg, according to a new French study.
Losing weight often comes down to changing the patterns and habits that led to overeating. And that usually takes self-control, or the ability to resist temptation.
For people suffering from a cold, the severity of their symptoms may be linked to the mix of bacteria that inhabit their nose.
Wearable defibrillators do not lower the chances of dying from sudden cardiac arrest among high-risk patients who've just had a heart attack, a new investigation concludes.
Your eyes are subject to a wide variety of health conditions, from minor annoyances to serious chronic diseases and even cancer.
Promises of healthier kids' meals have drawn increasing numbers of families back to fast food restaurants, but most kids are still being served unhealthy options, a new survey finds.
Influenza killed an estimated 80,000 Americans during last winter's flu season, making it the deadliest season in more than four decades, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.
Most people carrying genes that put them at risk for cancer don't realize it, new research suggests.
If you're worried that too much "screen time" could be sapping your child's intelligence, new research suggests you might be right.
Almost $200,000 over the course of two years. That is the cost of the care that a family member typically gives a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.
If you're suffering from acute appendicitis, you might be successfully treated with antibiotics and never need an operation to remove your appendix, Finnish researchers report.
Most children who have mild to moderate reactions to a vaccine can safely receive booster shots, new research suggests.
A paraplegic man has regained the ability to move his legs and walk with assistance, thanks to an implanted electrode stimulating his spinal cord, Mayo Clinic researchers say.
Following years of decline, fatal car accidents involving teen drivers have accelerated in the United States, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns.
Breast milk from the bottle may not have as many benefits for a baby's weight as feeding straight from the breast, a new study suggests.
Flea medicines protect your pet, but some animals can have serious side effects from products containing isoxazoline, U.S. health officials warn.
As important as getting close to eight hours of sleep a night is, new research suggests that going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is just as critical for your health.
Have you ever left a doctor's appointment with only a vague idea of what was said? You're not alone: A new survey finds many Americans, and their doctors, are turning to recordings for help.
The early symptoms of ovarian cancer are often confused with less serious issues, making successful treatment less likely, a cancer expert warns.
The Mediterranean diet may do more than help you reach and maintain a healthy weight: New research suggests that women who follow it also lower their stroke risk.
1 in 7 Americans has diabetes, and many don't even know they have the blood sugar disease, a new report shows.
More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it's not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows.
Burnout affects nearly half of all resident physicians in the United States, raising their risk for serious mistakes, a new study finds.
Many American teens are sleep-deprived, and parents blame their attachment to electronics, new survey results show.
Thousands of Americans struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may have a new treatment option to help them breathe easier.
Of the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, the pain is so bad for 20 million that it keeps them from doing the daily activities of life, researchers say.
There's no shortage of creative excuses people come up with to stay stuck on the sofa, but three of them top the list.
There's disappointing news for seniors: A new trial shows that taking daily low-dose aspirin doesn't prolong healthy, independent living in otherwise healthy people aged 70 and older.
Americans continue to fatten up, with obesity rates topping 35 percent in seven states, a new report reveals.
More than one in three first-year college students around the world struggle with a mental health disorder, new research suggests.
Calling the use of electronic cigarettes a burgeoning epidemic among teens, the U.S Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the sale of Juuls and other flavored e-cigarette devices to...
Instead of visiting the doctor each fall, sitting in a waiting room filled with the sniffling, sneezing masses -- what if you could just slap on a flu vaccine "patch" sent in the mail?
There's no disputing the fact that regular colonoscopies, now suggested to start at age 45 for those with an average risk of colorectal cancer, can help prevent the disease by finding -- and removing -- precancerous growths
As if the start of a new school year isn't stressful enough, many teens may find their acne worsens when classes start, a skin doctor says.
It may seem counterintuitive, but eating bread, pasta and cereal may actually help prevent type 2 diabetes, as long as those foods are made from whole grains, new research suggests.
Is it possible that showing teenagers the real-life consequences of risky driving might make them safer drivers?
Time spent reading to toddlers or having "conversations" with them helps boost their intelligence and thinking skills, even a decade later, new research shows.
Poor-quality health care results in about 5 million deaths a year in low- and middle-income countries, new research suggests.
For minor ills such as sore throats, privately insured Americans increasingly use urgent care centers rather than hospital emergency rooms, a new study finds.
New to weight loss or tired of yo-yo dieting? Learning "stability skills" first may lead to greater long-term weight loss success.
An experimental single-dose flu drug shows promise as a new way to alleviate the misery of influenza, researchers say.
Online searches about heart disease peak in the winter, a new study says. That's when deaths from heart disease top out, too.
No one looks forward to surgery, but if you're able to have an elective procedure rather than an emergency operation, taking certain steps in the weeks beforehand will lead to a better outcome and easier recovery
Taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy might translate into healthier growth in children during their first six years of life, a new study suggests.
You're much more likely to receive poor or unprofessional health care if your doctor suffers from burnout, a new analysis contends.
Two disorders that often occur together -- type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure -- may have a common link in a hormone called aldosterone, researchers suggest.
Younger women who undergo chemotherapy for lung cancer are more likely to experience early menopause, researchers have found.
Not being able to attend face-to-face meetings doesn't mean you can't get the benefits of joining an organized diet group. All you need is an internet connection.
Women need to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and see a doctor if they have them, an ob-gyn expert says.
For the first time, scientists report using gene-editing technology to halt the progression of muscular dystrophy in dogs -- suggesting a possible breakthrough for children with a form of the disease.
You risk serious injury if you consume or handle food and drink products where liquid nitrogen is added just before consumption, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday.
The number of ADHD diagnoses among children has risen dramatically in the past two decades, going from 6 percent to 10 percent, a new report shows.
Depression affects almost 20 percent of young adults with autism, new research shows, a rate that's more than triple that seen in the general population.
One sleepless night might tip the body's metabolism toward storing fat while depleting muscle, new research suggests.
Surviving breast cancer is certainly its own reward, but a new study finds that many who do are saddled with thousands in out-of-pocket expenses for years.
One of every three American teens has not read a book just for the fun of it in a year, a new study finds.
Scientists say they're researching a way to destroy cancer cells that travel to other parts of the body.
Young athletes specializing in one sport may hope it's a ticket to an athletic scholarship in college, but a new analysis suggests the practice might also doom them to overuse injuries.
Radiation therapy for the most common childhood brain tumor can cause memory problems, new research suggests.
A new method of diagnosing heart attack patients in the emergency department is more accurate and faster than current methods, researchers say.
While the total number of U.S. deaths from heart disease has declined in recent years, it has stayed the same for younger women.
Play is a child's most important work, preschool teachers like to say, and a new American Academy of Pediatrics report wholeheartedly agrees.
You've probably heard about the high-carb diet and the low-carb diet, but a new study suggests a moderate-carb diet could be the key to longevity.
Many U.S. doctors aren't telling teenaged patients and their parents about a newer vaccine for potentially deadly bacterial meningitis infections, a new study finds.
There are a number of things you can do to ensure your kids have a smooth start to the new school year.
A brain stimulation device to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has received approval for marketing Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Differences in survival rates between rural and urban cancer patients may be due to the kind of care they receive, a review of cancer clinical trials contends.
Researchers have found that having friends who gain weight -- especially friends of the same gender -- raises your chance of becoming overweight by more than 50 percent. That's far more than if your spouse gains weight.
Cellphone users blundering into signs, lampposts, other people and traffic have become a recurring sidewalk sight in many places.
The first generic version of the EpiPen was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, paving the way for more affordable versions of the lifesaving allergy emergency medication.
New insight into why women get more migraines than men could lead to better treatments, researchers say.
For women with advanced breast cancer who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, an experimental drug could improve survival, a new study suggests.
Women whose mothers lived a long and healthy life have a good chance of doing the same, a new study suggests.
A new type of genetic analysis could identify millions of Americans at high risk for five serious and common diseases, researchers report.
A low-dose three-in-one combination pill controls blood pressure more effectively than the regular medications people take, according to data from a new clinical trial.
Eating a wide variety of foods might not be good for you after all, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA).
Children born to women who got the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy have no greater risk of autism than other kids, a new study finds.
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