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Is a dangerous bird flu on the horizon?

Scientists have found new evidence that the H7N9 bird flu, currently confined to China, has the potential for a widespread outbreak.

State laws help reduce concussions in youth sports

State laws aimed at curbing an alarming rise in concussions among student athletes appear to be working.

Avoiding alcohol helps the heart beat better

The longer you refrain from drinking, the lower your risk of a common heart rhythm disorder.

HPV vaccine safe for adult women: study

Vaccines that ward off the cancer-linked human papillomavirus (HPV) are safe for adult women, according to a study of more than 3 million Scandinavians.

Could 'AI' become a partner in breast cancer care?

Machines armed with artificial intelligence may one day help doctors better identify high-risk breast lesions that might turn into cancer, new research suggests.

Who's most at risk of head injury in youth football?

Young football players are more likely to experience a brain-jarring hit to the head if they're part of a team's running and passing game or a fast-moving defender, a small study found.

With skin cancer surgery, insurance matters

Surgery is the main treatment for melanoma -- a dangerous form of skin cancer -- but a patient's insurance could affect whether or not that cancer is quickly removed, new research suggests.

Breast cancer more lethal for blacks than whites

Differences in insurance are a major reason why black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women in the United States, a new study contends.

Good lifestyle choices add years to your life

Change your lifestyle, change your life span.

Need cancer screening? Where you work matters

Waiters, contractors and other employees of America's small businesses are more likely to miss out on cancer screening, mostly because of a lack of insurance, new research shows.

Dance your way to a healthier aging brain

Dance classes may beat traditional exercise when it comes to improving older adults' balance -- and it might enhance brain areas related to memory and learning along the way.

Trump signs executive order that could undermine Obamacare

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that allows small businesses to band together and buy health insurance that flouts Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations.

Breast cancer screenings still best for early detection

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, and routine screenings remain the most reliable way to detect the disease early, a breast cancer expert says.

More hardcore smokers trying to kick the habit

More "hardcore" smokers than ever are trying to extinguish their bad habit, new research suggests.

Pump may beat shots for type 1 diabetes

In young people with type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy may offer better blood sugar control and fewer complications than daily injections of the vital hormone, new German research suggests.

Childhood obesity up worldwide almost 10-fold over 4 decades

Childhood obesity has increased more than 10-fold worldwide since 1975, a new study reports.

Another downside to college boozing: poorer job prospects

Frequent college binge drinking markedly lowers the chances of landing a full-time job upon graduation, a new study suggests.

A man's health may rely on health of his marriage

As marriage ebbs and flows, so might the health of your heart, at least for men.

Flu shot key for people with diabetes

With predictions calling for a potentially bad flu season this year, doctors are urging people -- particularly those with diabetes -- to get vaccinated.

Prenatal multivitamins linked to lower autism risk

Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child's risk of developing autism, a new study suggests.

Does a drug's high price tag cause its own side effects?

Pricey drugs may make people more vulnerable to perceiving side effects, a new study suggests -- and the phenomenon is not just "in their heads."

Antibody injections in pregnancy might shield fetus from Zika

A new antibody "cocktail" promises to provide effective, if temporary, protection against the Zika virus, a new study reports.

How breast cancer gene mutations raise risk of tumors

Scientists say they've spotted how mutations in the BRCA1 gene can trigger breast cancer.

Measles making a comeback in the United States

Over the past 15 years, measles has gained a new foothold in the United States, likely due to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, a new study suggests.

Breast cancer's decline may have saved 322,000 lives

New research finds the number of American women who've lost their lives to breast cancer has fallen precipitously in the past 25 years, with more than 322,000 lives saved in that time.

Switch from smoking to vaping could save over 6 million U.S. lives

Millions of cigarette smokers could live substantially longer if electronic cigarettes are embraced as a replacement for tobacco during the next decade, a new study contends.

U.S. gun injuries nearing $3 billion in ER, hospital costs

Nearly 705,000 people were treated for gunshot wounds in U.S. emergency departments between 2006 and 2014, at a cost of $2.8 billion a year, a new study says.

State policies can reduce alcohol-related murders

Taxes, sales restrictions and other policies aimed at alcohol control appear to reduce the likelihood that murders and other violent crimes will be alcohol-related, according to a new study.

Verzenio approved for advanced breast cancer

Verzenio (abemaciclib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat women with certain advanced forms of breast cancer, the most common cancer in the United States.

Delays in diagnosis hurt women who have heart disease

Women with heart disease aren't treated as aggressively in the operating room as men are, and delays in diagnosis may be the reason why, a new Canadian study suggests.

It's time to get your flu shot again

Flu season is fast approaching, and U.S. health officials are worried that this season could be a bad one.

High blood pressure in pregnancy may boost child's obesity risk

Having high blood pressure during pregnancy may make your child more vulnerable to obesity, a new study suggests.

Scientists spot marker for CTE in living football players

A potential marker, or warning sign, for a devastating brain disease caused by repeated concussions has been identified in living people for the first time by researchers.

STDs hit all-time high in U.S.

New cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States reached an all-time high in 2016, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Postpartum depression likely to recur with future pregnancies

Women who have suffered from postpartum depression are more likely to go through it again after subsequent pregnancies, a new Danish study shows.

Putting wine on a diet

Do you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or when unwinding at the end of a long day, but wonder how its calories are affecting your diet?

Where it's legal, one-quarter of cancer patients use medical pot

If you legalize medical marijuana, a sizable number of cancer patients will sign up, a new Washington state survey suggests.

Workers without paid sick leave suffer ill effects

Lack of paid sick leave can cause mental distress for workers when they're ill because they're afraid of losing wages or their jobs, a new study says.

Don't let the tick stick

As tick populations and the threats they pose increase across the United States, people need to know how to deal with them, a skin doctor suggests.

Lady Gaga's fibromyalgia puts illness in the spotlight

Earlier this month, superstar Lady Gaga took to social media to announce that she has long struggled with fibromyalgia.

Addictive opioids common for people on dialysis

Kidney dialysis patients in the United States have high rates of prescriptions for opioid painkillers and many also receive high doses of the potentially addictive drugs, a new study finds.

Fighting HIV on multiple fronts might lead to vaccine

A combination antibody strategy could be the key to halting the spread of HIV, according to results from two promising animal studies.

Will an e-cigarette harm your heart?

The nicotine in e-cigarette vapor may cause adrenaline levels to spike in the heart, potentially increasing risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death, a new study reports.

Opioid ODs have cut into U.S. life expectancy: CDC

Rising death rates from opioid abuse are chipping away at Americans' life expectancy, a U.S. government study finds.

Youth football ups odds of brain problems in adulthood

Kids who start playing tackle football before age 12 have a higher risk of mental and behavioral problems in adulthood than their counterparts who began playing at older ages, a new study suggests.

Minorities exposed to dirtier air, U.S. study finds

Nonwhite Americans are surrounded by more air pollution from traffic than whites are, a new study finds.

Death risk from triathlons may be higher than thought

Could some triathlon participants be pushing themselves too hard?

Nearly 25 million U.S. workers now have high-deductible health plans

The number of American workers with high-deductible health insurance plans rose by 3.2 percent in 2016 -- reaching 24.8 million, new research reports.

Selena Gomez's kidney transplant puts lupus center stage

When pop star Selena Gomez revealed Thursday that she had a kidney transplant, she put the autoimmune disease lupus in the spotlight.

Early onset of pregnancy complication may raise heart risks

Women who develop pre-eclampsia earlier in pregnancy may be at increased risk for heart problems soon after giving birth, a new study finds.

Which single behavior best prevents high blood pressure?

You probably already know that certain healthy lifestyle behaviors can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, but is any one behavior more important than the others?

Could Swine flu be linked to Type 1 Diabetes?

Young people who've been infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus may be at increased risk for type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Young Americans lead rise in suicide attempts

Although older people have the highest suicide rates in the United States, a new study finds suicide attempts by younger adults -- especially those with mental disorders and less education -- are now on the rise.

Widening waistlines may raise women's cancer risk

Excess belly fat increases older women's risk of some cancers, new research suggests.

Many may get hospice care too late

Despite a growing list of debilitating symptoms during the final months of life, most seniors never receive end-of-life hospice care -- or they delay doing so until their last few weeks of life, new research finds.

Take a stand against sitting too much

Days spent sitting for hours may increase your risk for an early death no matter how much you exercise, researchers say.

'Healthy' obese still face higher heart risks

Obese people face an increased risk of heart disease, even if they are free of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a large new study suggests.

Guinea pigs harbor a hidden health hazard

Been looking for a reason to turn down your child's pleas for a pet Guinea pig? Dutch researchers say the rodents may carry germs tied to serious pneumonia.

Football fans still loyal despite concerns about players' brains

Football remains America's favorite professional sport, even though a majority of fans admit they're concerned about brain injuries to players, according to a new survey.

Get your kids to eat smart at school

Your kids eat healthful meals at home, but what about when they're at school?

Acid reflux? Try going vegetarian

A mostly vegetarian diet may provide relief similar to widely used medications for people with acid reflux, a new study suggests.

'Cancer pen' could help surgeons spot tumor cells in seconds

A new "cancer pen" promises to help surgeons immediately detect and completely remove cancerous tumor tissue, without having to send samples off to a lab for testing while the patient languishes on the table.

Put flu shot on the back-to-school checklist

Annual flu vaccines are appropriate for everyone aged 6 months or older, the American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents.

Hate to work out? Your DNA may be to blame

If a gym visit elicits more grimaces than grins, you might be genetically predisposed to dislike exercise, Dutch researchers suggest.

Is dementia declining among older Americans?

Here's some good news for America's seniors: The rates of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia have dropped significantly over the last decade or so, a new study shows.

Take the back pain out of backpacks

Backpacks can mean backaches for schoolchildren, but an orthopedic surgeon has advice for parents and kids about how to keep soreness at bay.

Get the veggies, skip the starch

Who doesn't love a big serving of creamy mashed potatoes or a side of steamy rice with their chicken? They're delicious, but it's easy to overindulge in these starchy, higher-calorie foods while falling short on healthy vegetables

Fentanyl drives rise in opioid-linked deaths in U.S.

Fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic, is a key player in America's continuing epidemic of opioid-related overdose deaths, two new studies report.

U.S. obesity rate holding steady, but still high

Obesity rates in the United States appear to be leveling off, but Americans shouldn't think the battle of the bulge is won, health advocates say.

More evidence links the 'mono' virus to MS risk

There's more evidence that having mononucleosis may up the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), with researchers reporting that the link isn't limited to whites.

FDA OKs 1st gene therapy for use in U.S.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration broke new ground in cancer care Wednesday by approving the first gene therapy for patients in the United States.

As temperatures fall, heart attacks may rise

If the cold weather makes you shiver, your blood vessels and heart may be quivering, too -- and that may be enough to trigger a heart attack in some people, new research suggests.

Diet study suggests it's carbs, not fats, that are bad for you

A large, 18-country study may turn current nutritional thinking on its head.

Young adults may be ignoring high blood pressure

High blood pressure doesn't seem to be as much of a concern for young American adults as it is for their 40 and older counterparts, a new study finds.

More than half of Americans will need nursing home care: study

More than half of Americans will find themselves in a nursing home at some point in their lives, a new study shows.

Undiagnosed heart condition 'AFib' may be common, study suggests

Many people at risk for atrial fibrillation probably do have the irregular heart rhythm but have not been diagnosed, a new study reports.

How to fight fall allergies

People who suffer from allergies may start sneezing and wheezing in the fall, but there are things they can do to ease their seasonal misery.

Awake for aneurysm brain surgery, better results?

"Awake" brain surgery may improve treatment of brain aneurysms, researchers say.

More U.S. teens getting vaccinated against HPV

Six out of 10 U.S. parents are choosing to get their children vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV), which is spread by sexual contact, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Supplement may help against vision-robbing disease in seniors

An inexpensive over-the-counter antioxidant/zinc supplement that may help preserve vision in older people is also cost effective, a new study suggests.

Do fewer nightly dreams mean higher dementia risk in seniors?

Seniors who spend less time each night in the dream stage of sleep may be more likely to succumb to dementia as they age, new research suggests.

Longer prescriptions make opioid abuse more likely: study

A short-term painkiller prescription is less likely to lead to opioid use disorder than a longer supply of pain pills, a new study suggests.

Could common vitamin supplements raise lung cancer risk?

Men, and especially male smokers, appear to be more likely to develop lung cancer if they take high doses of vitamins B6 and B12, new research suggests.

Are depressed teens prone to violence?

Teens with depression might be more likely to commit violent crimes, a new study suggests.

A shot of caffeine may speed wake-up after anesthesia

Caffeine may help patients wake up more quickly after general anesthesia, an animal study suggests.

Get ready, safely, for the great American eclipse

One of the biggest celestial events of a lifetime -- a total solar eclipse -- is heading towards millions of Americans on Monday.

FDA may limit 'risk info' in direct-to-consumer TV drug ads

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may shorten the list of caveats for drugs you see advertised on television.

'Weekend warriors' tend to wear white collars

Wealthier Americans are more likely than others to be sedentary for much of the week and then turn into active "weekend warriors" on Saturdays and Sundays, researchers report.

Zika may not last in semen as long as thought

Zika virus might not remain in the semen of some infected men as long as previously thought, a small study suggests.

'Herd immunity' may be curbing U.S. Zika numbers

The number of Zika infections has dropped dramatically in Florida this summer, and scientists say herd immunity may be the reason why.

Powerful new cholesterol med won't harm memory, easing concerns

Despite some early concerns, a new study suggests the powerful cholesterol drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors may not cause memory problems or other mental symptoms.

Eliminating Obamacare subsidies would up premiums by 20 percent: CBO

Americans covered under the Affordable Care Act could see their premiums jump 20 percent if President Donald Trump follows through on a promise to cut federal subsidies to insurance companies.

Heart risks may rise after cancer diagnosis

As if people newly diagnosed with cancer don't have enough to worry about, a new study suggests the diagnosis may put their hearts at risk, too.

Skeletons give clues to Americans' rising arthritis rates

Rates of knee osteoarthritis have doubled in the United States since the 1940s, but it's not just because Americans are living longer and weigh more, a new study suggests.

'Fat but fit' a myth?

No amount of extra weight is good for your heart, no matter how fit you are by other measures, new British research shows.

Pot compound alters levels of seizure drug in epilepsy patients

Scientists experimenting with the marijuana compound cannabidiol as an epilepsy treatment must evaluate any interactions with other anti-seizure drugs patients are taking, researchers report.

Calming those back-to-school jitters

Many children look forward to heading back to school, but an expert in child psychology notes that the new school year can cause anxiety for some kids.

Therapy for kids with autism pays off for moms, dads

Behavioral therapy for children with autism also benefits their parents, a new study finds.

Kidney disease may boost risk of abnormal heartbeat

People with failing kidneys are at increased risk of developing a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm, a new report suggests.

Cancer takes financial toll, even with insurance

Many cancer patients in the United States are shocked by their out-of-pocket costs for care -- with some spending one-third of their income on treatment, a new study finds.

Number of Americans with epilepsy at record level

More Americans than ever are living with epilepsy, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Steep price hikes led to drop in use of 2 heart drugs at U.S. hospitals

After steep price hikes, use of two common heart medications declined significantly in U.S. hospitals, a new study shows.

Alcohol use, abuse on the rise in U.S.

Rates of drinking and alcohol abuse are increasing in the United States, especially among certain groups of people, a new study suggests.

Deaths from colon cancer up among younger white Americans

Colon cancer is claiming the lives of more younger, white Americans, a troubling new report shows.

U.S. opioid crisis continues to worsen

Drug overdose deaths continue to climb in the United States, despite efforts to combat the nation's ongoing opioid addiction crisis, a new federal report states.

Can video game playing cost you gray matter?

A new study suggests -- but doesn't prove -- that certain players of action video games may lose gray matter in a part of the brain that's linked to mental illness.

Blood pressure fluctuations tied to dementia risk in study

If your blood pressure varies from day-to-day, you may be at higher risk for dementia or Alzheimer's disease, new research from Japan suggests.

What diabetics need to know about over-the-counter meds

It can be tough for people with diabetes to choose appropriate over-the-counter medicines for a cold, cough or headache, a pharmacist explains.

Study links moderate drinking to reduced risk of dementia

Moderate drinking may be associated with a reduced risk of dementia in seniors, a new study suggests.

Combined MRI might help predict brain damage in boxers

Brain injuries among pro football players are in the headlines, but pro fighters often suffer damaging head injuries, too.

Americans taking more prescription drugs than ever: survey

A new survey finds 55 percent of Americans regularly take a prescription medicine -- and they're taking more than ever.

Yoga may help ease depression

If you've ever taken a yoga class, you probably know that it can help relax your body and your mind. Now, several new studies suggest that practicing yoga may also ease depression.

Addiction drug underused by primary care docs in U.S.

Many doctors aren't making full use of a medication that can wean people off addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers, according to results of a new survey.

Novel procedure improves kidney transplant success

A new treatment might open the door for more patients with advanced kidney disease to get a transplant, a preliminary study suggests.

Geneticists repair mutation in human embryo

In a first-ever experiment, geneticists have successfully modified a human embryo to remove a mutation that causes a life-threatening heart condition.

Breast-feeding lowers mom's breast cancer risk: study

Breast-feeding helps protect women against breast cancer, a new report finds.

Rich, well-educated get bigger bang for buck from Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet -- rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts and whole grains -- has long been hailed as a heart-healthy eating plan. But new research suggests its health benefits may be limited to the rich...

Climate change may trigger 60,000 more premature deaths by 2030

If nothing is done to address climate change, tens of thousands more early deaths may occur worldwide from exposure to air pollution in the coming decades, a new study contends.

Doctors still overprescribing opioids in U.S.

More than one out of three average Americans used a prescription opioid painkiller in 2015, despite growing concerns these medicines are promoting widespread addiction and overdose deaths, a new federal study shows.

Generic eye drops for seniors could save millions of dollars a year

Prescribing generic drugs for seniors' eye problems could save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new study suggests.

FDA looks to reduce nicotine in cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will focus on reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to make them less addictive, while also making other nicotine products -- including patches and gum -- safer, agency officials said...

Rush hour pollution may be worse than thought

Ever wonder what you're inhaling as you idle in rush-hour traffic? New research finds air pollution levels in cars are much higher than previously believed.

Could a little alcohol lower your diabetes risk?

That glass of wine or pint of beer you enjoy with dinner every night might come with an added benefit -- a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a new Danish study contends.

Treatment costs can be another blow to cancer patients

The emotional and physical costs of cancer can be staggering. But the financial side of cancer is also a great burden, with many patients in the United States struggling to pay for treatment, new research reveals.

More e-cigarettes, fewer tobacco smokers?

More Americans are giving up cigarettes, and a new study suggests electronic cigarettes may be the reason why.

Noninvasive brain test may pinpoint type of dementia

Distinguishing Alzheimer's disease from another common form of dementia may get easier using a new, noninvasive technique, researchers say.

HIV treatment protects uninfected partner from the virus

HIV treatment prevented transmission of the virus in gay couples when only one partner had the virus, a new study shows.

Nearly all autopsied NFL players show trauma-linked brain disease

Ninety-nine percent of former NFL players who donated their brain to science turned out to have the devastating disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a new report.

Many primary care docs may miss prediabetes

Most primary care doctors can't identify all 11 risk factors for prediabetes, a small new survey finds.

Even a one-minute run might help a woman's bones

Just a minute or two of running every day could strengthen your bones, new research suggests.

Here's why a soda with that burger is especially fattening

Combining a sugary soda with your burger or fried chicken can really prime your body to pack on more pounds, a new study suggests.

A reminder that meds and grapefruit don't always mix

If you like grapefruit juice, you need to be aware that it can affect the way some medications work, especially those used to treat high blood pressure or an irregular heart rhythm.

Estrogen may influence women's depression risk

Women exposed to estrogen for longer periods of time during the reproductive years may have a lower risk of depression, a new study finds.

Surgery for ACL tear often successful over long term

People who undergo knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can expect to stay active and maintain a high quality of life, researchers report.

Scans may show consciousness in 'comatose' patients

Sophisticated brain scans might be able to detect consciousness in brain injury patients who appear unconscious in the intensive care unit, a new study says.

Travelers to Europe need measles protection: CDC

Americans traveling to Europe should take steps to protect themselves against measles, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises.

Good diet, exercise while pregnant could cut C-section risk

Eating a healthy diet and exercising during pregnancy isn't just good for the developing baby.

Healthy heart in 20s, better brain in 40s?

Folks with heart-healthy habits in their 20s tend to have larger, healthier brains in their 40s -- brains that may be better prepared to withstand the ravages of aging, a new study reports.

More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes: CDC

More than 100 million U.S. adults have diabetes or prediabetes, health officials say.

Easing opioid dose may improve pain and quality of life

Sometimes less really is more. New research suggests that when it comes to long-term use of opioid painkillers, cutting back on the dose of the drugs might improve pain and function, as well as boost quality of life.

Health bill flatlining as 2 more GOP senators defect

Two more Republican senators announced Monday night their opposition to the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Many Americans unaware of this year's heavy tick season: poll

Most Americans know that ticks can make them sick, and many take steps to avoid them. But few know that this summer could be a particularly bad one for tick bites, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows.

Lower back injuries plague many athletes

Back injuries are common, especially among competitive athletes.

One social hour a week can help someone with dementia

Just a slight increase in social interaction benefits older adults with dementia and lowers health care costs, a new British study suggests.

Despite warnings, kids are still dying in hot cars

On July 2, a 7-week-old baby boy died after being left in his grandmother's van for almost eight hours on a hot summer day in Mary Esther, Fla.

New diabetes treatment teaches rogue immune cells to behave

A treatment targeting wayward immune cells in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes may help even years later, a new study finds.

Boxers, MMA fighters may face long-term harm to brain: study

There's been a great deal of attention paid lately to the potential lasting damage of head blows suffered by professional football players. But what about other sports where repeated trauma to the head is also common?

White collar workers at higher odds of death from ALS, Parkinson's

Typically, better-paying jobs and those that require higher education are thought more desirable, but a new study suggests white collar workers have a higher risk of death from two neurodegenerative diseases.

FDA panel OKs what may soon be first gene therapy approved in U.S.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to what could soon be the first gene therapy to be marketed in the United States.

Better diet, longer life?

Middle-aged and older adults who start eating better also tend to live longer, a large new study shows.

Do moms who smoke in pregnancy raise their odds for a troubled teen?

Expectant mothers have been warned for years to avoid cigarettes. Now researchers report another reason to follow that advice: Teens and young adults whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may be more likely to break the law and be antisocial.

Docs should counsel even healthy people on diet, exercise, experts say

Lifestyle counseling could help protect the long-term heart health of adults who aren't yet at high risk for heart attack and stroke, a panel of medical experts says.

Viagra might make for a safer, more effective stent

It's worked wonders for men battling erectile dysfunction, and now early research suggests that Viagra -- when added to artery-opening stents -- might cut a patient's odds for clots.

Probiotic supplements failed to prevent babies' infections

Probiotic supplements may not protect babies from catching colds or stomach bugs in day care, a new clinical trial suggests.

Don't let summer strain your back

Summer is the time when everyone dives into yard work and takes family vacations. But all that time spent bending, lifting and traveling can strain your back, spine experts say.

Daily jolt of java may bring longer life

Here's news to perk up your day: Drinking coffee might help you live a little longer, two new studies suggest.

2 of 3 Americans don't have 'advance directive' for end of life

Most people don't like talking about dying, especially their own death. But it's important to let your loved ones know how you'd like your medical care handled when your "time" comes.

FDA approves new drug for sickle cell disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first new drug for sickle cell disease in nearly two decades.

Health tip: When summer heat gets intense

Intense summer heat can be downright dangerous.

Is shingles tied to heart, stroke risk?

Shingles may be tied to an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

How to keep your kids out of the ER this summer

Make sure safety is part of kids' summer fun.

Eye docs debunk 5 fireworks myths

Firecrackers, sparklers and bottle rockets may seem harmless enough, but there's really no such thing as safe fireworks for consumers, eye doctors warn.

Is your child's 'penicillin allergy' real?

Many children suspected of being allergic to the inexpensive, first-line antibiotic penicillin actually aren't, new research indicates.

Health tip: Are my toddler's eating habits normal?

Parents may be worried that toddlers aren't getting enough calories or nutrients.

Health tip: Reap the benefits of intense exercise

High intensity interval training involves cardiovascular exercise in short intervals at high intensity.

Heat deaths in U.S. cities could jump 10-fold if climate change isn't slowed

America's exit from the Paris climate change agreement will lead to more punishing summer heat waves and thousands of additional heat-related deaths each year in major U.S. cities, a new report claims.

Health tip: when adults offer kids food

Well-meaning family and friends may push your children to clean the plate or offer dessert as a reward, but those aren't the messages you want to send.

Many women mistaken on 'side effects' of breast cancer drug

Many women at high risk for breast cancer do not take the drug tamoxifen to prevent the disease, often because they confuse naturally occurring symptoms with side effects from the drug.

Antibiotics improve treatment of skin abscesses

New research might change the way doctors treat skin abscesses in children and adults, medical experts say.

Is potential human life span unlimited?

Have you ever thought about what it might be like to live into your hundreds?

Bye-bye flu shot, hello patch?

An experimental flu vaccine patch with dissolving microneedles appears safe and effective, a preliminary study shows.

Fewer Americans hospitalized for heart failure

The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds.

Persistent stress may hasten death in heart patients

If you have heart disease, unrelenting stress might hasten your death, researchers report.

Senate health bill would leave 22 million more uninsured by 2026: CBO

The Senate Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Monday.

Immunizations for high flyin' travelers

Nothing spoils a trip faster than getting sick. And a good way to protect yourself is by getting certain vaccinations before you leave home.

When is an opioid safe to take?

Many people in pain are apprehensive about taking an opioid painkiller to ease their suffering, and rightfully so.

Can smartphone use bring on carpal tunnel syndrome?

People who spend lots of time on their smartphones may be scrolling, tapping and swiping their way to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful wrist and hand disorder.

Mammogram decision hinges on patient-doc talk, OB-GYN group says

As the debate continues about the best time for mammograms, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is asking women to add their voice to the discussion.

Senate Republicans reveal their replacement for Obamacare

Attempting to thread a very tight needle, Senate Republicans on Thursday released a health-care reform bill intended to undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act while still supporting the public's access to healthcare

Big gap in cancer deaths between rich, poor countries

Over the past few decades, death rates linked to cancer and heart disease have declined in most developed nations, thanks to more effective prevention strategies, early detection and greater access to quality health care.

Many doctors silent on cost of cancer care

Cancer doctors are often mute when a patient asks about the cost of treatment, a new study shows.

Could you raise a 'no-diaper' baby?

Environmentally conscious parents have long struggled with the fact that their baby's dirty diapers wind up in landfills, but what option do they have?

Could certain hair dyes, relaxers raise breast cancer risk?

The safety of hair products has been debated for years. Now, new research suggests that black women who use dark hair dyes face a higher risk of breast cancer, while chemical relaxers and straighteners boost the odds in white women

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