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Kids still getting too much 'screen time'

U.S. teenagers are still spending hours in front of the TV and computer every day -- despite years of expert advice that kids' "screen time" should be limited, a new government study finds. More>>

Teens drawn to heavily advertised alcohol brands

The brands of alcohol favored by underage drinkers are the same ones that are heavily advertised in magazines read by young people, a new study reveals. More>>

Guard your kids against bug bites this summer

Children love being outdoors during the summer, but they need to be protected from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas and the diseases they may carry, experts warn. More>>

Injuries, violence are leading causes of death for young Americans

Nearly 80 percent of deaths of Americans age 30 and younger result from injury or violence, U.S. health researchers reported Tuesday. More>>

Childhood vaccines vindicated once more

Parents worried about getting young children vaccinated against infectious diseases have fresh cause for reassurance, researchers say. More>>

A laptop may boost a hospitalized child's recovery

A hospital can be a lonely and stressful place for a sick child recuperating from a serious illness, but researchers say relief from boredom and isolation is just a mouse click away. More>>

Your stomach bug may well be norovirus

Norovirus, the highly contagious stomach bug dubbed the "cruise-ship virus," accounts for about one-fifth of all cases of gastroenteritis worldwide, according to a new study. More>>

Chronic migraines affect the whole family

When a spouse, partner or parent has chronic migraines, the whole family suffers, a new study found. More>>

Natural conception later in life tied to longer life for women

Women who naturally have babies after age 33 tend to live longer than those who had their last child before age 30, a new study finds. More>>

Pediatrics group wants parents to read to their children every day

All pediatricians should encourage parents to read out loud to their children every day, beginning in infancy, to promote literacy and strengthen family ties. More>>

Your smartphone carries your personal bacteria

Your smartphone is personalized in a surprising way: It carries the same types of bacteria you have on your body, which suggests the devices could be used as bacterial and health sensors, a new study says. More>>

Too many U.S. babies still delivered early without medical need

More than three percent of U.S. babies are delivered early without a medical reason, a new study finds. More>>

Kids on tight schedules may lose out

Which approach to parenting is best: tiger mom or free range? More>>

Hurricane season has begun: are you ready?

As Hurricane Arthur threatens the East Coast of the United States, people are getting an important reminder about safety preparations they need to make for hurricane season. More>>

iPads may help boost speaking skills in kids with autism

Adding access to a computer tablet to traditional therapy may help children with autism talk and interact more, new research suggests. More>>

Dad's ethnicity may influence baby's birth weight

A father's ethnic background might influence how much his baby weighs at birth, a new study suggests. More>>

'Sexting' linked to sex in middle school

Middle school students who send sexually explicit text messages and photos to one another are more likely to have sex than those who don't "sext," a new study finds. More>>

Sounds of summer may threaten your hearing

Some of the most common sounds of summer -- such as outdoor concerts, fireworks and construction -- can pose a threat to your hearing if you don't take steps to protect yourself, an expert warns. More>>

Summer's a great time for tonsil removal

Summer is the perfect time for children to have their tonsils removed, according to an expert. More>>

1 in 10 U.S. beaches fails bacteria test

Swimmers, take heed: Ten percent of water samples taken from U.S. coastal and lake beaches fail to meet safety standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a new report finds. More>>

Fruits, veggies not a magic bullet for weight loss

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is often recommended as a way to lose weight, but doing so may not help you shed excess pounds, according to researchers. More>>

Diets high in dairy might boost colon cancer survival, a bit

A diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend the lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer, a new study suggests. More>>

Tips for keeping that bounce house safe

Inflatable bounce houses may be fun for kids, but only if they're used correctly, experts caution. More>>

Indoor tanning leads to early skin cancer

Teens and young adults who engage in indoor tanning risk developing skin cancer at an early age, a new study finds. More>>

Hypnosis may help improve deep sleep

A short session of hypnosis might lead to a better night's sleep, says a team of Swiss researchers. More>>

Teen 'sexting' has a double standard

While explicit "sexting" doesn't appear common among American teenagers, a small new study suggests girls may face a double standard.

U.S. health snapshots: Insurance coverage expands, but gaps remain

Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Job loss tougher for Americans than Europeans

Getting a pink slip is never uplifting, but a new study suggests it's a bigger downer for Americans than for Europeans. More>>

Number of induced labors falling in U.S.

After almost two decades of steady increases, the number of U.S. infants born early due to induced labor and C-section has declined in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and... More>>

'Walkable' neighborhoods may help cut diabetes rates

People who live in "walkable" neighborhoods are less likely to be overweight or obese and also have lower rates of diabetes. More>>

Stroke prevention for women: Start early

Stroke typically affects women in their later years, but doctors are now beginning to focus on helping them cut their risk earlier in life. More>>

E-cigarette sources soaring

Online marketing of electronic cigarettes and flavors has soared in recent years, a new study finds. More>>

Headaches during sex more common than thought

While about 1 percent of adults report having headaches -- sometimes severe ones -- during sex, an Illinois neurologist says headaches during sex may actually be much more common.

Delinquent teens more likely to die violently as adults

Delinquent youth face a significantly increased risk for a violent death when they're adults, a new study finds. More>>

Can weight-loss surgery lower cancer risk for the obese?

Weight-loss surgery may do more than lower the risk of heart problems and improve type 2 diabetes in obese patients: A new review suggests it may also lower their chances of a cancer diagnosis. More>>

Medication safety essential for seniors

Seniors need to take extra care with both prescription and over-the-counter medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. More>>

Marriage, but not cohabitation, pays health dividends -- for him

Guys, a loving spouse may save your life, U.S. health officials say. But living with a significant other doesn't appear to confer the same health benefits as marriage. More>>

Red meat may raise breast cancer risk

Women who ate the most red meat increased their risk for breast cancer by nearly 25 percent, a 20-year study of nearly 89,000 women suggests. More>>

Recession forced many families to seek Medicaid coverage

During the last economic recession, the families of many children with chronic health conditions had to turn to Illinois' Medicaid program, Chicago researchers report. More>>

Exercise may spur more varied gut microbes

Exercise can increase the diversity of bacteria found in the gut, possibly boosting the immune system and improving long-term health, British researchers report. More>>

More Americans kept awake by Fido, Fluffy

Dogs whimpering that they need to "go outside," cats with medical needs, even pets that snore -- it's all adding up to sleepless nights for many Americans, a new report finds. More>>

Measles journey highlights risk to unvaccinated kids

A measles outbreak in Minnesota offers a case study of how the disease is transmitted in the United States today: An unvaccinated person travels abroad, brings measles back and infects vulnerable people -- including including children who are unprotected because their parents chose not to vaccinate them. More>>

Did violence shape evolution of the human face?

New research suggests that the human face evolved to minimize injuries from punches during fights between males.

Spats, conflicts can raise a woman's blood pressure

It goes without saying that being aggravated, criticized, annoyed or disappointed by friends or family members can be stressful. But new research suggests that negative social interactions may actually harm your health. More>>

Too-clean homes may encourage child allergies, asthma

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but a home that's too clean can leave a newborn child vulnerable to allergies and asthma later in life, a new study reports. More>>

Yoga may not help ease asthma

Although yoga is believed to boost physical and mental health, it does not seem to help ease symptoms of asthma, a new study finds. More>>

Study disputes notion that breakfast is key to weight control

New research refutes the common belief that skipping breakfast could contribute to obesity. More>>

Scents may sway your sense of beauty

Women may be seen as more attractive if they use scented products or perfumes, a small new study suggests. More>>

Medicaid patients get worse cancer care

Medicaid patients appear to receive worse cancer care than people who can afford private insurance, a trio of new studies says. More>>

Anti-Alzheimer's drug shows promise in mice study

Researchers working with mice have identified a drug they believe holds promise as a preventive treatment for Alzheimer's disease. More>>

Hormone levels in womb tied to autism risk in boys

Some boys with autism may have been exposed to slightly elevated levels of certain hormones in the womb, a new study suggests -- though it's not clear yet what the finding means. More>>

Learning another language may help the aging brain

Speaking two or more languages helps protect your brain as you age, even if you learn new languages as an adult, new research suggests. More>>

Boston marathon bombings left psychological scars on kids

Children who witnessed the bombings at the Boston Marathon were six times more likely to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than those who didn't see the attack, new research shows. More>>

Natural blondes may have 1 gene to thank

Blondes may or may not have more fun, but one thing's now clear: They do have something special in their genes. More>>

5 or more bad sunburns while young tied to higher melanoma risk

White women who get five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 have an 80 percent increased risk for melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer, new study findings indicate. More>>

Could white bread be making you fat?

If you're watching your weight, you may have to watch your white bread consumption, too. More>>

Fast weight loss may mean muscle loss

If you lose weight too fast, you lose more muscle than when you shed excess pounds more slowly, a small study says. More>>

Abnormal lung scan may be 'teachable moment' for smokers

The more serious their lung cancer screening results, the more likely smokers are to give up cigarettes, a new study finds. More>>

Mediterranean diet may keep kids slimmer

Children who eat a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely to be overweight or obese than other youngsters, a new study suggests. More>>

1 in 5 elderly U.S. patients injured by medical care

Nearly one in five Medicare patients are victims of medical injuries that often aren't related to their underlying disease or condition, according to new research. More>>

Cancer center ads focus on emotions more than facts

TV and magazine ads for U.S. cancer centers are heavy on emotional appeal, but light on the facts that patients need to know, a new study finds. More>>

Dad's brain becomes more 'maternal' when he's primary caregiver

Fathers who spend more time taking care of their newborn child undergo changes in brain activity that make them more apt to fret about their baby's safety, a new study shows. More>>

Jump in, just don't swallow the water

Taking a dip in the water can help refresh you on a hot day, but you need to protect yourself and your family from bacteria and parasites that can lurk in water, an infectious disease expert says. More>>

The 3 simplest ways to take charge of your heart's health

Here are the first three steps toward keeping your heart healthy for years to come. More>>

Cheaper food may be fueling U.S. obesity epidemic

Cheaper food could be a major cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States, according to a new study. More>>

Sharp rise in ER visits tied to abuse of sedative

There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans being treated at emergency departments for abuse of the sedative alprazolam, best known as Xanax, federal officials reported Thursday. More>>

In elections, thin may help bring the win

For politicians, slimmer waistlines may mean more votes on Election Day, a new study finds. More>>

Good grades = bigger bucks

Good grades really do pay off, a new study suggests. More>>

Foreclosures tied to higher suicide risk in study

Losing a home to foreclosure may boost a person's suicide risk, according to a new study that looked at pre- and post-"Great Recession" data. More>>

Diet, lifestyle affect prostate cancer risk

Diet and lifestyle can play a role in lowering a man's risk of prostate cancer, according to a trio of new studies. More>>

Dogs may help spot human prostate cancers

Dogs can be trained to sniff out evidence of prostate cancer in human urine with near-perfect accuracy, Italian researchers report. More>>

Single moms' job loss may have long term impact on kids

Children of single mothers who lose their jobs can suffer significant long-term problems, a new study finds. More>>

Sports injuries can damage kidneys

A single blow to the belly or side while playing a sport can result in a significant kidney injury, a new study shows. More>>

More evidence ties poor sleep to obesity in kids

Young children who get too little sleep are more likely than others to be obese by age 7, according to a new study. More>>

Hookahs not a safe alternative to cigarettes

People who smoke hookahs inhale significant amounts of nicotine and compounds that can cause cancer, heart disease and other health problems, a new study shows. More>>

Sperm, semen defects may be linked to shorter life spans

Men rendered infertile due to defects in their semen and sperm are more likely to die early than men with normal semen, new research suggests. More>>

MERS not yet a public health emergency

The World Health Organization says that, while there's growing concern about infections caused by the MERS virus, the threat does not yet constitute a public health emergency. More>>

Two Fla. hospital workers who treated MERS patient fall ill

Two Florida hospital workers who helped treat a man with the second diagnosed case of MERS in the United States have developed respiratory symptoms, according to published reports. More>>

Prescription drug use continues to climb in US

Prescription drugs are playing an increasingly larger role in U.S. life, with nearly half of all Americans taking one or more medications. More>>

Lung cancer not on many women's radar

U.S. women still see breast cancer as a bigger killer than lung cancer, despite the fact that lung cancer kills more Americans each year -- women and men -- than any other cancer. More>>

People with mental health issues more likely to turn to e-cigarettes

People with mental health disorders are more likely to use electronic cigarettes, a new study finds. More>>

Drug therapy may lower odds that kids with ADHD will smoke

Children taking medications to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- such as Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse -- are less likely to smoke, according to a new analysis. More>>

US cervical cancer rates higher than thought

A new study finds that cervical cancer rates in the United States are much higher than previously reported, especially among women in their 60s and black women. More>>

Tips for new moms on Mother's Day

To mark Mother's Day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is offering new moms tips and advice as they begin their journey into parenthood. More>>

A fake laugh fools few

Fake laughter fools other people only about a third of the time, a new study says.

Is your brain overheating? Try yawning

Everyone does it, but just why people yawn has remained a mystery.

Frequent arguments might be the death of you

Arguing and worrying over family problems may lead to an increased risk of dying in middle age, Danish researchers report. More>>

More women delaying first pregnancy

New U.S. government data confirms the trend: the average age when women have their first babies continues to increase. More>>

Could a few beers a week cut a woman's rheumatoid arthritis risk?

Having a beer a few times a week might help women avoid painful rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests. More>>

Could climate change strip foods of some nutrients?

As carbon dioxide levels continue to rise around the globe, a new food investigation contends that many of the world's crops will lose vital nutrients. More>>

Daily aspirin regimen not safe for everyone

Taking an aspirin a day can help prevent heart attack and stroke in people who have suffered such health crises in the past, but not in people who have never had heart problems. More>>

E-cigarette vapor contains potentially harmful particles

E-cigarettes may not be as harmless as they initially seemed. New research suggests that e-cigarette vapor produces tiny particles that users suck deep into their lungs, potentially causing or worsening respiratory diseases. More>>

US task force: Doctors should give toddlers fluoride treatments

Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. More>>

Could energy drinks be wrong choice for some teens?

Teens who regularly drink energy and sports drinks tend to engage in some unhealthy behaviors, new research suggests. More>>

Nightmares may haunt bullied kids

New research suggests that kids who are bullied when they're younger may be more likely to suffer from nightmares and night terrors a few years later. More>>

In crashes that kill children, it's their driver who's often drunk

One horrific scenario typically comes to mind when thinking about a child killed in a drunk driving crash. More>>

Girls have been better students than boys for decades

Girls have earned better school grades than boys for nearly a century, according to a new study. And that includes math and science, even though it's long been believed that boys do better in those subjects. More>>

Southeastern states have highest rates of preventable deaths

People in the southeastern United States have a much greater risk of dying early from any of the nation's five leading causes of death, federal health officials reported Thursday. More>>

'In sickness and in health' isn't in the cards for many women

The marital vows to stay true "in sickness and in health" seem to apply more to wives than husbands when one of the spouses becomes seriously ill, according to novel new research.

Too much or too little sleep tied to memory problems in older women

Seniors who slept too little or too much during midlife or after are at increased risk for memory problems, as are those whose sleep habits changed over time, a new study suggests. More>>

Even routine housework may help stave off disability

Daily physical activity as light as pushing a shopping cart, vacuuming the house or strolling through a museum can dramatically reduce a person's risk of disability, a new study reports. More>>

Poor fitness in middle age tied to early death risk in study

Middle-aged people who do poorly on simple tests of physical ability may be at increased risk of early death, according to a new study. More>>

Type 2 diabetes may shrink the brain

People with type 2 diabetes may lose more brain volume than is expected as they age, new research indicates. More>>

Gastro woes more common in kids with autism

What many parents of children with autism have long suspected -- that autism and gastrointestinal complaints often go together -- is now supported by a new study. More>>

A memory aid for seniors: Laughter

Humor and laughter may help combat memory loss in the elderly, a new study suggests. More>>

Joblessness an unwanted side effect of chemo for breast cancer

Women with breast cancer who undergo chemotherapy are more likely to end up unemployed than patients who get other treatments, a new study reports. More>>

Internet may help seniors avoid depression

A basic communication tool like email can help isolated older people combat loneliness and depression, a new study suggests. More>>

Winter's polar vortex ushers in spring's 'pollen vortex'

You may have survived the worst this winter's polar vortex had to throw at you, but if you suffer from allergies, better brace yourself for its sibling -- the "pollen vortex." More>>

1 in 13 U.S. schoolkids takes psych meds

More than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows. More>>

FDA to propose e-cigarette regulations


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited regulations governing the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry. More>>

Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health

Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better. More>>

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