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.
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.
Between juice bars and high-powered home juicing machines, drinking your fruits and veggies has certainly gone mainstream.
For years, the drug Herceptin has helped women with an aggressive form of breast cancer beat the disease.
Millions of U.S. seniors can now take part in a Medicare program designed to prevent prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes.
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.
Breathing polluted air is never wise for anyone, but pregnant women may pay an especially unwanted price.
The number of seniors dying from falls has increased dramatically over the past decade, U.S. health officials reported Friday.
Outdoor exercise can be invigorating and a great morale booster. But always take a few simple steps to stay safe, no matter the season.
Spine and joint surgery patients aren't taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say.
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.
Curious children do better in school, and this is especially true of youngsters from poorer families, a new study suggests.
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 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).
More men could receive PSA blood tests for prostate cancer under revised guidelines released Tuesday by the nation's leading panel on preventive medicine.
Concussions, even those that are mild, more than double the risk for developing dementia down the road, new research suggests.
Teens who were once hooked on sugary sodas may now be now turning to sugary sports drinks, a new study reveals.
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.
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.
How does premature graying happen? Scientists say new animal research may help clear up the mystery.
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.
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.
A treatment that harnesses the power of helpful bacteria living naturally on the skin might be a breakthrough treatment for eczema, early research suggests.
Want customized diet advice to make your weight or health goals attainable? Consider working with an RD -- a registered dietitian.
Many millennials and young people continue to tan, despite warnings about the link between excess sun exposure and skin cancer, new research warns.
After decades of progress, the United States has seen a slowdown in reductions of two major air pollutants, a new study finds.
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.
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.
Giving very ill and dying patients palliative care shortens hospital stays and lowers costs, researchers report.
Obesity may accelerate and amplify the crippling symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, new research suggests.
When Scott Vande Zande had a serious stroke 15 years ago, his beloved golden retriever Hollie was key to his recovery.
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.
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 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.
If you need an emergency operation, you're in safer hands with an older surgeon, new research suggests.
Heading the ball -- not player collisions -- may lead to temporary thinking declines in soccer players, a new study finds.
Sigmoidoscopy, an alternative to colonoscopy, may help one gender more than the other, new research shows.
Fitness buffs who push themselves to the limit during workouts might slightly increase their risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests.
Yoga can make you flexible and strong, but it can also hurt you if not practiced correctly, an orthopedic expert warns.
In the wake of an E. coli outbreak that has made more than 50 people in 16 states sick, Americans are now being warned to toss out any romaine lettuce they might have bought in a grocery store.
Older adults, drink up. You need plenty of water during exercise so your brain gets the full benefits of working out, researchers say.
The United States is more ready for health disasters than it was five years ago, but certain regions still lag behind, a new report shows.
There are differences in the brains of athletes who play contact sports and those who play noncontact sports, according to researchers.
For most, playing online video games is largely a harmless hobby. But a new review finds that some fall prey to what experts call "internet gaming disorder."
If you've ever had a mild concussion, your risk of developing Parkinson's disease goes up by 56 percent, a new study of more than 300,000 U.S. veterans suggests.
Women are more likely than men to suffer a knee injury called an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But -- surprisingly -- the injury occurs the same way in both genders, a new study reveals.
Poor muscle health may be a complication of type 1 diabetes, even in young people who get plenty of exercise.
Americans may be trying to eat healthy, but they're throwing away mountains of produce in the process, a new study suggests.
Wanda Sihanath didn't like the fact that her inherited blood disorder would not allow her to travel far from Chicago to attend college, but what could she do?
If you want to eat more vegetables and less meat, but don't want to give up meat altogether, there's an alternative.
Girls whose moms were overweight or had high blood sugar during pregnancy may be more likely to enter puberty early, a large new study suggests.
Drugs designed to trigger a patient's immune system may help boost survival for those battling lung cancer, two new studies found.
Women who survive a heart attack are less likely than men to receive cholesterol-lowering statin drugs that can reduce the risk of another heart attack or stroke, a new study finds.
People with chronic back pain often try painkillers and other treatments without success. Now, a new study suggests a program of education and exercise may provide relief.
Singapore's teens are the world's best on an international test of academic performance, but they pay for it with their sleep.
While only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, genetic testing may benefit people with a strong history of family cancer, an expert in genetics suggests.
Bringing high blood pressure under control can reduce older black Americans' risk of dementia, a new study finds.
It's no secret that weight gain results from consuming too many calories. But at its core is an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy habits.
The overall rate of heart disease in the United States has declined 38 percent since 1990, a new report shows.
Many Americans spend their lives with their pets -- sharing habits, walks and sometimes even the bed.
You might be a drowsy driver without knowing it, and new research finds that can make you more dangerous on the road.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a mild one such as a concussion, may raise your risk for dementia, a new study suggests.
Highly expressive eyebrows likely played a big role in humans' evolutionary success, researchers report.
The way that Alzheimer's disease is defined for research should be based on brain changes rather than symptoms.
When it comes to lowering high blood pressure, exercising is pretty much the last thing people want to do, a new survey shows.
Parents who read to their infants and toddlers may help them develop skills that pay big dividends when they start school, a new study suggests.
Americans appear to be aging slower than they used to, which may help explain recent gains in life expectancy, researchers say.
Sometimes, headaches can warn of a serious health issue. That's why it's important to know when to take action
Having a chronic heart condition is stressful enough, but new research suggests the cost of caring for the condition is also a huge financial burden for poorer families in the United States.
Contrary to popular thought, older adults' brains can churn out just as many new cells as younger brains do, a new study suggests.
If an overweight child slims down before puberty, the risk of type 2 diabetes seems to slide away with the lost pounds.
Self-administered magnetic pulses from a hand-held device may help head off debilitating migraines, researchers report.
Many adults with diabetes don't see the dentist often enough, even though they're at increased risk for gum disease, researchers say.
A new stem cell transplant might help preserve or even restore vision being lost to the dry form of age-related macular degeneration, a new pilot clinical trial has shown.
Babies who contract Zika virus early in infancy should have long-term monitoring, a new animal study suggests.
Science says you can get your coffee buzz without fear of cancer, so experts say you can forget that recent controversial California law.
An "alarming" number of weightlifting injuries occur among U.S. military personnel in combat zones, according to a new study.
Another study, this time in British women, finds that diets high in red meat are linked to higher odds for colon cancer.
A baby's risk of death from being placed in an unsafe sleeping position or location is higher when they're under the care of a baby sitter, relative or friend, a new study found.
Before you give up on your exercise program, know that new research suggests the decision may put more than your fitness at risk.
Depression and anxiety is nearly seven times more common among graduate students than in the general population, a new study finds.
Scientists who found a way to use amniotic fluid to sequence the entire genome of a fetus say the breakthrough could significantly increase detection of genetic conditions during pregnancy.
Hay fever sufferers often choose the wrong medication for their seasonal sniffles, new research suggests.
New research shows that for people with type 1 diabetes who can no longer sense when their blood sugar levels drop too low, an islet cell transplant can dramatically improve their lives.
Even though they know it's dangerous, many American drivers still talk on a cellphone or text while behind the wheel, a new survey finds.
Obesity rates in children have been rising for years, and the consequences of that extra weight may be showing up in cancer cases.
Even after a relatively milder stroke, people can be left with challenges that go beyond the physical, researchers say.
Raw fruit and vegetables provide vital nutrients and vitamins. But they may also harbor harmful germs, such as Salmonella andE. coli.
Besides staying alert, coffee lovers who drink more than three cups of java a day may lower their risk for clogged arteries, a new Brazilian study suggests.
New research suggests that a special MRI technique can spot abnormal connections in the brains of preschoolers with autism.
The human body is full of surprises. The latest: A newly identified "organ" that might affect major diseases.
Dieters sometimes chalk up their lack of weight-loss success to a lack of willpower. The truth about willpower, though, is that everyone has some.
It's thought that one-quarter of U.S. adults will develop a swallowing problem at some point. But researchers hope insight from a new study may help lead to improved treatment.
Less than 40 percent of American adults with extremely high cholesterol levels get the medications they should, a new study finds.
Quicker action to cut fossil fuel emissions and slow climate change could prevent as many as 153 million premature deaths worldwide this century, new research contends.
Though doctors recommend an early introduction to peanuts, many new moms prefer to delay giving them to their babies, researchers report.
Obesity rates have continued to climb significantly among American adults, but the same hasn't held true for children, a new government report finds.
New research finds that, for women over 60, there's a link between long-term use of antibiotics and heightened odds for heart-linked death.
Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability, but it's often treated improperly, researchers report.
When you're trying to lose weight, cutting calories counts. But so does burning them off with exercise.
Get ready for extreme heat. Researchers warn that climate change will soon trigger more severe summers across the United States.
Bacon lovers, a new study has some bad news for you: Eating a lot of processed and red meats may up your odds for a serious liver condition and insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes.
Warning signs of heart disease in women, such as fatigue, body aches and upset stomach, may be shrugged off as symptoms of stress or a hectic lifestyle.
An attempt to develop a safe and effective "male pill" is making headway, according to preliminary results of a small study.
With spring allergy season just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how to deal with your symptoms, experts say.
A new British study of nearly 300,000 people dismantles the "obesity paradox," a theory that claims being obese does not necessarily raise heart risks.
Coffee has been tied to many health benefits. Now, a small study suggests a daily java habit may affect the body's metabolism more extensively than thought.
A new study of pregnant women in the Caribbean further confirms that Zika virus causes birth defects, particularly if infection occurs early in pregnancy.
Electronic cigarettes do little to help smokers quit, and could actually increase the likelihood that teens and young adults will start smoking, a new study suggests.
Using two or more pain control methods after hip and knee replacement surgery rather than opioid painkillers alone reduces risks to patients, a new study finds.
A good helmet not only protects your skull if you crash your motorcycle, it can also reduce the risk of cervical spine injuries, researchers found.
A large study has confirmed what many public health experts have long believed: Colonoscopy saves lives.
"Financial toxicity" caused by high cancer drug prices is harming people's ability to fight the dreaded disease, a new report from the President's Cancer Panel warns.
Though fewer Americans are dying from alcohol abuse, suicide and murder, opioid overdose deaths have risen dramatically in recent decades, a new report finds.
A pill that combines three blood pressure-lowering drugs improves people's chances of lowering their high blood pressure, researchers report.
If you love exercise, one of the hardest parts of suffering an injury is being sidelined. But if you take the time to heal a sprain or strain correctly, you'll get back in the game faster.
A brutal flu season has had people reaching for relief in their medicine cabinet, but a new study warns that overdosing on acetaminophen (Tylenol) is more common when bugs and viruses are circulating.
Depression is a big problem in women during and after pregnancy, but it's also a concern throughout the reproductive years.
From age 50 on, most people are advised to get a colonoscopy every 10 years to screen for colon cancer. But others may need to start screening earlier due to certain risk factors, an expert says.
As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease continues to rise, the role of caregivers has become increasingly important, a dementia expert notes.
Talking while driving -- whether on a cellphone or simply conversing with a passenger -- undermines road safety, a new review claims.
Falls by older Americans have devastating medical and economic consequences, reaching $50 billion a year, a new study finds.
If you want to counter the physical costs of getting old, regular exercise might be your best option, researchers report.
Someday soon, a simple touch of a finger to a smartphone case might be enough to provide instant, accurate blood pressure readings.
After the Canadian province of Ontario banned menthol cigarettes, many smokers responded by trying to kick the habit, a new study finds.
Trogarzo (ibalizumab-uiyk) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat AIDS-causing HIV that has not responded to other antiretroviral medications.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued new guidance on managing type 2 diabetes -- including relaxing the long-term blood sugar target called hemoglobin A1C.
Few older Americans believe ordering more tests and drugs is the way to better health care, a new survey finds.
As marijuana use has increased in the United States in recent years, medical experts and users alike have wondered about its health effects.
An otherwise healthy diet isn't going to offset damage to your heart from too much salt, a new study suggests.
A growing number of U.S. kids are ending up in the intensive care unit after overdosing on prescription painkillers or other opioids, a new study finds.
Toxic residue from smoking remains on surfaces inside a casino for months after smoking has been banned there, a new study has found.
Hip-hop music may be influencing black Americans to try the street drug molly, a new study suggests.
The brutal flu season continues to ease its grip on the United States, with the latest government data showing that doctor visits are still dropping and less severe strains of the flu are starting to account for...
Two eating plans -- a vegetarian diet that includes eggs and dairy, and the Mediterranean diet -- protect your heart equally, a new study shows.
If you're unlucky enough to come down with the flu, you can blame your own body for your fever, cough, muscle aches and head-to-toe distress, experts say.
Truckers and others who are routinely exposed to diesel fumes while on the job might face a greater chance of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests.
If you think that "vaping" is a safe alternative to smoking, new research suggests you might be inadvertently inhaling unsafe levels of toxic metals.
There may be a link between asthma in women and changes in levels of female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, researchers report.
U.S. veterans who had close calls with bomb blasts during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are now having memory problems, a new study has found.
The number of uninsured American adults held steady at about 13 percent in 2017, but many more insured Americans are being presented with high deductibles, new research shows.
A type 2 diabetes diagnosis that comes early in life carries a deadly load of health risks, new research shows.
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.