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.
The potential risks of lung cancer screening are often left out when doctors and patients discuss the issue, a new report suggests.
Losing weight about 6 months after giving birth lowers a woman's risk of being overweight in the future.
People with type 1 diabetes have a much greater risk of serious heart problems and early death, especially if they were diagnosed before age 10, new research suggests.
More than half of adults who survived childhood brain and spinal cord cancers don't live fully independent lives, a new study finds.
Contrary to what doctors have thought, women who opt to have their labor induced in the 39th week of pregnancy do not face a heightened risk of cesarean section, a new clinical trial finds.
Emergency treatment rarely allows you much time to consider your options. But what about care that can be done on your timetable?
You can splurge from time to time and still lose weight when you choose foods that are lavish but also low-calorie.
If you're in your early 60s, becoming more active may reduce your risk of heart disease, researchers report.
Be sure to put vaccinations on your children's back-to-school lists, whether they're just starting school or heading off to college, experts say.
A "power gap" between doctors and nurses contributes to poor communication that puts hospital patients at risk, a new study contends.
People with diabetes face a host of expenses related to their disease, but some relief may now be available in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Women are significantly more likely to survive a heart attack if their emergency physician is a woman, new research reveals.
A new blood test can help emergency room doctors more quickly determine whether patients with chest pain are having a heart attack, a U.S. study confirms.
You eagerly await baby's first words and delight at his growing vocabulary. But that excitement may cause you to miss speech problems that should be corrected quickly.
Donji Cullenbine's young son, Alex, has autism, but when he put on a pair of Google Glass smartglasses they helped him recognize the emotions of others through their facial expressions.
People often urge moms-to-be to get plenty of sleep before the baby comes. Now, researchers report that good sleep during pregnancy might also lower the risk of premature delivery.
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in patients with the autoimmune illness lupus. Now, research suggests high-tech scans can spot cardiac issues early.
Colon cancer is treatable if caught early. And sending screening tests in the mail might boost timely detection, a new study suggests.
There's been a sharp spike in Lyme disease cases in the United States, and the tick-borne illness has now spread to all 50 states, a new report shows.
Heading soccer balls poses a much greater threat to women's brains than men's, new research suggests.
Deer ticks are scary enough. Now, scientists have linked bites from the lone star tick to about one-third of all potentially life-threatening allergic reactions around Tennessee.
People with severe depression may have particularly low blood levels of an amino acid involved in brain function, a new study suggests.
Dark chocolate is soothing and satisfying, and it may have health benefits, including some for heart health. But can it fit into a weight-loss diet?
An experimental drug reversed hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation in mice that were first fed a diet high in fat and cholesterol.
Doctors have long known that obesity raises the risk for heart disease later in life, but new research reveals it can damage even young hearts.
Giving blood plasma to seriously injured patients en route by helicopter to the hospital can improve their chances of survival, a new study suggests.
Need another reason to improve your diet and start exercising? Doing so could help ward off cancer, a new study finds.
Routine checks for breast, prostate, cervical and colon cancer save lives, but screening rates for all but colon cancer have stalled in recent years, U.S. health officials report.
There's no shortage of good diet advice, but the following tips have scientific research to support them.
Strict blood pressure control not only benefits your heart, it might also help save your brain, preliminary research suggests.
That's how long you typically have to tell your doctor what's wrong with you before he or she interrupts you and possibly sidetracks the conversation
Many people apply sunscreen too thinly, and that could mean far less sun protection than they hoped for, new research shows.
If you feel less than satisfied on a restricted-calorie diet, a protein boost just might be the answer.
If you ever wonder why you never managed to finish college, some of the explanation may lie in your DNA.
It's common for heart attack survivors to develop depression. Now a new trial has found that antidepressant treatment may help those patients avoid a second heart attack.
For heart benefits, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, beans and grains remains the way to go, according to a new research review.
The cost of treatment for early stage breast cancer can be devastating for many patients, but they get little guidance or help from their doctors, a new study suggests.
Money can't buy you love, but it can come between you and your spouse if you don't have open conversations about it.
A new study suggests that colon cancer patients who regularly drink diet sodas have a much lower risk of their tumor coming back, or of dying from the cancer.
HDL cholesterol may be known as the "good" kind, but a new study suggests high levels of it are not always a good thing for women after menopause.
People with curable cancers who try "complementary therapy" often refuse some part of standard care. And they may die as a result, researchers say.
Many family members of intensive care unit (ICU) patients are reluctant to tell medical staff of worries about their loved one's care, a new study finds.
An FDA-approved supplement reduces episodes of severe pain in people with sickle cell disease, a new clinical trial shows.
Few women consider the scary possibility that they might suffer a heart attack during or right after their pregnancy, but a new report shows it has become a more common reality in recent years.
Recently discovered remains of 14,400-year-old bread are the oldest ever found and predate the dawn of agriculture by at least 4,000 years, researchers report.
Have you reached your ideal weight? Congratulations! You're halfway to winning the weight loss battle.
Children with autism show abnormalities in a deep brain circuit that typically makes socializing enjoyable, a new study finds.
There's no need to panic if you cut yourself with a knife or broken glass, one dermatologist says, since most cuts can be treated at home.
Itching, blisters, sores and inflammation are a continuous and debilitating source of pain, shame and misery for many people who struggle with the allergic skin disease known as eczema, researchers say.
Doctors are supposed to screen young children to see if they're learning basic skills. But only 17 percent of kids get this critical testing in some places in the United States, a new study finds.
Today's young mothers-to-be may be more likely to develop depression while pregnant than their own mothers were, a new study suggests.
Need another reason to eat healthy? New evidence bolsters the notion that nutritionally rich foods might help prevent or minimize asthma.
Gaps in private insurance coverage are common among American adults with type 1 diabetes, raising their risk for health crises, a new study finds.
In a country where four out of 10 adults are obese, it's probably good news that half of U.S. adults say they've recently tried to shed some pounds.
Balance problems may be more common in soccer players who "head" the ball more often than their fellow athletes, a small study found.
A bacteria carried by dogs that haven't been neutered can produce flu symptoms in humans and potentially jeopardize a pregnancy, a new study suggests.
Here's yet another reason to get your blood pressure under control: High blood pressure later in life may contribute to blood vessel blockages and tangles linked to Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.
There's another study suggesting that the vitamin and mineral supplements bought by millions of Americans do nothing to stave off heart disease.
Stick or spray-on sunscreens are essential tools against skin cancer, but it's important to use them the right way, a dermatologist says.
Following a blood shortage triggered by the Fourth of July holiday week, the American Red Cross on Monday called for donations of all blood types, but especially type O.
An experimental HIV vaccine was safe and triggered strong immune responses in healthy adults and in monkeys, researchers report.
More than half of American doctors are burned out, a new national survey suggests, and those doctors are more likely to make medical mistakes.
So, you've made the decision to get healthier and join a gym, a great way to reach the U.S. national guideline of 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week.
Individual blood donations will no longer need to be tested for the Zika virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.
A hearing aid can set you back as much as $7,000, and that's the main reason more Americans don't use one, a new study finds.
Much of the United States has been sweltering in triple-digit heat this week, but new research finds outdoor workers can suffer fatal heat stroke from temperatures that only reach the high 80s.
It can happen when you're traveling on business, running late to an appointment, or are simply running out of time to make dinner.
Working lots of overtime may get you appreciation from the boss, but it might be bad for your health.
The risk of miscarriage and birth defects due to Zika virus infection during pregnancy may be much higher than thought, research in monkeys suggests.
British researchers are zeroing in on the genes that they believe are responsible for early onset Alzheimer's disease in people with Down syndrome.
Sticking with one primary care doctor may help you stay healthy and extend your life, according to a new British study.
Good relationships between siblings can help them cope with conflicts between their parents, a new study finds.
Weight loss might help reverse progression of a common heart arrhythmia in obese adults, a new study shows.
Student athletes who specialize in one sport year-round could lose out in academics and other fields, a new study finds.
Three-quarters of Americans are falling far short when it comes to exercise, and the South and Midwest bear the dubious distinction of having the most couch potatoes, a new government report shows.
Taking vitamin D supplements does not reduce the risk of pregnancy-related high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia, a new study finds.
Men with localized high-risk prostate cancer can slow its spread by using a cancer drug that's already on the market, a new clinical trial shows.
More than half of American parents say they've considered keeping their children out of sports over concerns about injuries, a new survey finds.
Flight attendants may face higher-than-average risks of breast and skin cancers, a new study finds -- though the reasons why aren't yet clear.
Losing weight and keeping it off comes down to making permanent changes in the way you eat. Although many eating habits are formed in childhood, it's never too late to improve
More than 2.2 million American children a year -- or about 25 an hour -- were treated in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries over a 10-year period, a new study finds.
Insomnia affects up to 15 percent of Americans, but sleeping pills aren't the only -- or the best -- answer. A good sleep routine, exercise and mindfulness are all options to get the restorative sleep you need.
For many diabetics, one of the most dreaded aspects of managing their condition is the need to inject insulin multiple times a day. But Harvard researchers have discovered a way to deliver insulin in a pill
It's important for children to socialize during their summer holidays, a family medicine and psychiatry expert says.
Mental illnesses ranging from depression to schizophrenia show a great degree of overlap in the genes that may contribute to them, a large, new study shows.
Anyone watching 2018 World Cup Soccer has to marvel at the referees' quick thinking. But slow-motion video playbacks may alter their ultimate decision, a new study suggests.
The damaging effects of a concussion are well-known, and new research finds the injuries are common among U.S. high school students.
Babies exposed to antidepressants during their mother's pregnancy may face a slightly higher chance of having problems with their motor skills, a new review suggests.
High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease and stroke, yet has no symptoms of its own
Letting any teen behind the wheel of a car is nerve-wracking for parents, but if your teen has autism, you may wonder if driving is even possible.
Michael Wright was just 16 when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and although his friends supported him, he always felt different.
Add protection from heart disease and stroke to the health benefits of marriage, a new study suggests.
Trauma or intense stress may up your odds of developing an autoimmune disease, a new study suggests.
New research suggests that a single blood test could confirm type 2 diabetes, saving patients time and health care costs.
Exercise is a known stress buster, and different disciplines relax and tone you in a variety of ways. So, you can pick and choose from many types of exercise to go beyond physical fitness to better mental health.
A number of infection control measures need to be taken when giving "kangaroo care" to premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, researchers say.
More than a half million people are treated for swimming-related accidents in the United States in a given year.
Doctors can't yet predict if someone exposed to the flu will become sick. But such predictions may be getting closer to reality, new research hints.
Men and women with type 2 diabetes may face a significantly higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease later in life, new British research suggests.
Blood transfusions around the time of surgery may raise your risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers say.
Eating a Mediterranean diet rich in healthy fats from olive oil and nuts provides better protection against heart attack and stroke than a low-fat diet, a new Spanish trial has shown.
Federal, state and local health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to fruit salad mixes that has sickened 60 people in five U.S. states.
After briefly leveling off, the U.S. obesity rate may be climbing again, according to a preliminary study.
Drugs taken by more than one-third of U.S. adults have depression as a possible side effect, a new study reveals.
Service dogs may help reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol in military veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds.
Many teens and young adults in the United States -- particularly women and girls -- are physically inactive, a new study reveals.
More good news for coffee lovers: Having three or more cups of "joe" each day may help ward off serious liver ailments, new research suggests.
Researchers have developed a blood test that can predict a pregnant woman's risk of preterm delivery with up to 80 percent accuracy.
Having health insurance is essential, especially for catastrophic situations. But it's important to choose a plan carefully because your costs can go well beyond the monthly premium
Children with autism are more likely to also have a food, respiratory or skin allergy, new research suggests.
You're probably familiar with the stereotypes about people who wear glasses -- these folks are studious and spend a lot of time indoors with their noses in a book.
Parents should choose to have their children get the flu shot in the fall instead of the nasal spray flu vaccine, pediatricians say.
It's important to recognize signs of depression in yourself or a loved one, including a child, and to get help from a doctor
Eight million people in less-developed countries die needlessly each year, and that loss of life strips $6 trillion from the economies of those nations, new research calculates.
Vegan diets are hard for many people to stick with long-term, but studies show that this way of eating can translate to weight loss.
An experimental HIV vaccine protected animals from dozens of strains of HIV. And a human trial of the vaccine is expected to begin in the second half of 2019, according to U.S. researchers.
Millions of Americans may be getting the wrong treatment to prevent a heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests.
Many migraine sufferers skip recommended behavioral treatments, such as stress management and talk therapy, a new study finds.
Genetic blood testing is showing potential as a means of catching some early stage cancers, researchers are reporting.
With this year's terrible flu season a fresh memory, a new study finds that more U.S. hospitals are requiring staffers to get flu shots, but VA hospitals lag behind.
Obese women who have been healthy for decades may still be on the path to heart problems, a new study suggests.
Most people should now begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45, say new guidelines that were spurred by the rising rate of the disease among younger Americans.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday put his signature on a bill allowing terminally ill patients to try unproven treatments to fight their disease.
It's well-known that exercise benefits the brain as well as the heart and muscles, but new research pinpoints just how much -- and what types -- of exercise may promote thinking skills as you age.
Urgent care centers are popping up across the country as an option for medical treatment. But it's important to know the differences between these facilities and your local hospital emergency department.
Many doctors have internet portals to help patients manage their care. But that doesn't mean older folks will use them.
People with diabetes are the ones who end up harmed by high list prices, high out-of-pocket costs and formulary restrictions
We've all "caught" yawning from other people, but why that happens is unclear, according to a psychologist who has researched the behavior.
Lots of things grow in the spring, including your risk of severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks. So people need to take preventive measures and know when to seek medical care, an emergency physician says.
Outdoor enthusiasts: Here's a bit of good tick-fighting news just in time for Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.
One out of every three U.S. adults has high blood pressure that should be treated with medication, under guidelines recently adopted by the two leading heart health associations.
For older people, breathing in dirty air puts them at risk of being hospitalized with a dangerous respiratory disease, a new study suggests.
In a reversal of historical patterns, lung cancer is now more common among young U.S. women than men, a new study finds.
You already know that exercise is good for your health and your heart, both to prevent heart disease and, for those who already have a heart-related condition, to make managing it easier.
When you fire up the grill for your Memorial Day cookout, beware: Those tantalizing aromas hold an underestimated health risk.
The Mediterranean diet has long been lauded as a heart-healthy eating plan that can add years to your life.
Nine out of 10 ER doctors say their hospitals aren't fully prepared for major disasters or mass tragedies.
An important checklist used to screen for autism can miss subtle clues in some children, delaying their eventual diagnosis.
Chiropractic care can help ease low back pain when added to a comprehensive treatment plan, a new clinical trial has found.
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.
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.
A new study suggests that moderate or even rigorous exercise won't slow mental decline in older people with dementia.