Read to your baby, sing and play games. But don't waste money on programs that claim to teach infants to read, a new study suggests.
Boys, but not girls, tend to suffer more from depression and conduct disorder after moving from a poor neighborhood to a better one, a new study says.
A new study might supply another reason to keep your cool under stress. Researchers say angry outbursts may raise your odds for a heart attack or stroke in the hours after the incident.
Childhood vaccines have the potential to prevent 42,000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease among Americans born in a given year, according to a new analysis.
Medicines commonly used to control asthma may increase the risk of a potentially serious sleep problem in some people, a small, early study suggests.
Young women who spend a lot of time on Facebook tend to be more likely to be concerned about their body image and could be at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study suggests.
Sleep problems may surface for some after clocks move forward an hour Sunday morning for Daylight Saving Time because many people have difficulty changing their body clocks, a sleep expert says.
Younger siblings of children with autism may show signs of abnormal development or behavior as early as 1 year of age, according to a new study.
Husbands beware: Wives now have another reason to want you to work longer and harder. The more a male spouse works, the healthier his wife will be, new research suggests.
Hangovers don't influence when people will have their next drink, according to a new study that challenges some common beliefs.
Even if they have no symptoms, military veterans exposed to blasts from bombs, grenades and other devices may still have brain damage, a new study finds.
Some of the "sleep machines" marketed to soothe infants seem capable of generating enough noise to potentially damage a baby's hearing, a new study suggests.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally proposed Thursday updating the "nutrition facts" labels on food products to better reflect Americans' current eating habits and health concerns.
Nearly 37,000 Americans kill themselves each year, according to federal statistics. But many of those deaths might have been prevented if doctors had been better at picking up on the warning signs of suicide.
Nearly 4 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's federal and state marketplaces since October, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.
Eyelid surgery and facelifts are up. So are butt augmentations and neck lifts, according to new figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The stigma often associated with mental illness prevents many people from getting the care they need, new research shows.
A new study adds to the evidence that diabetes may boost the risk of a stroke in women but not in men.
Cat lovers have long known that the distinctive three-toned calico patterning is almost exclusively found in female felines.
Babies born to women who suffer a fever early in pregnancy may have a slightly increased risk of certain birth defects, a new review finds.
Preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms, a new study suggests.
Doctors should test middle school-age children for high cholesterol and start screening for depression at age 11, according to updated guidelines from a leading group of U.S. pediatricians.
A legal drinking age of 21 saves lives. And demands by some to lower the age limit should be ignored, a new review says.
Fitter, slimmer men are more likely to have fewer potentially dangerous germs in their nasal passages compared to heavier guys, a new study contends.
People who often remember their dreams have high levels of activity in certain areas of the brain, a new study says.
With the increased use of powerful explosive devices, men and women patrolling on foot in bomb-laced areas of combat are increasingly suffering traumatic injuries to the groin and genitals.
The mysterious workings of jazz players' brains while they improvise music are revealed in a new study.
Many U.S. hospitals don't follow rules meant to protect patients from preventable and potentially deadly infections, a new study shows.
Just a few years after its introduction, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has reduced the risk of precancerous cervical lesions among young women in Denmark, a new study finds.
Aaron Seitz, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Riverside, has created a new, publicly available app that, with repeated use, can legitimately condition users to see farther.
If you really want to motivate teens to use sunscreen, you might try appealing to their vanity.
Obese people are less likely to lose weight if they feel they're being judged by their doctor, a new study suggests.
Kids who are picked on by their peers may see lasting effects on their physical and mental well-being -- especially if the bullying is allowed to persist for years, a new study suggests.
They remind you when it's time to take your medicine, coach you through emergency medical procedures and text you their approval when you eat your veggies.
Food prices are linked to blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.
If you want to avoid the very worst of the flu, get a flu shot.
A new study suggests that a supportive spouse may be the real key to a happy and healthy heart.
Veteran TV journalist Tom Brokaw's revelation that he is battling a type of cancer that attacks white blood cells in bone marrow has triggered an outpouring of sympathy and concern.
Nearly 3.3 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the state and federal marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.
While skiers, snowboarders and skaters held viewers' attention during this week's Winter Olympics, it was tough not to notice TV broadcaster Bob Costas's glaring eye infection as well.
Tom Brokaw, one of the most respected journalists in television news, is battling a type of cancer that attacks white blood cells in bone marrow.
A new study confirms there is an unspoken rule among women: Don't settle for a short man.
About one in 14 women worldwide has reported being sexually assaulted by someone other than an intimate partner, according to a new report.
Recent illness outbreaks at schools in three states have prompted the recall of 5- and 25-pound bags of Uncle Ben's Infused Rice products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.
Treating depression in its early stages might help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests.
If you feel like you have most things in your life under control, this could make you feel even more confident: New research suggests you'll probably live longer than other people.
For today's kids, caffeine in coffee, soda and energy drinks is easier to get than ever before, a new U.S. government study finds.
An episode of the TV medical drama "House" helped doctors determine the source of a patient's mysterious symptoms, a new report reveals.
As smartphones have become the must-have technology for millions of Americans, the opportunity to call, text or email is often just an arm's length away -- day or night.
It's still not too late to get a flu shot, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
People trying to lose weight should pay close attention to what they eat during the week, and not worry as much about enjoying themselves during the weekend, a new study suggests.
Watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi may inspire some to get off the couch and begin working out or playing sports, but it's important to ease into these activities, an expert suggests.
The national drug store chain CVS Caremark said Wednesday that it's phasing out the sale of tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores across the United States.
A troubling new study finds that one-third to nearly half of American teens and young adults with HIV delay treatment until their infection is advanced, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
The legalization of marijuana is an idea that is gaining momentum in the United States, but there may be a dark side to pot becoming more commonplace, a new study suggests.
Gay and bisexual teen boys in the United States are much more likely to have used muscle-building steroids -- and to have used them heavily -- than their heterosexual counterparts, a new study suggests.
Half the parents of overweight or obese children don't think their kids have a weight problem, a new analysis reveals.
Many women continue to have hot flashes for years after menopause, a new study finds.
Feeling conflicted by the push-pull of work and family life? New research suggests that regular exercise can help balance out those feelings.
Along with football, food is a major part of the Super Bowl Sunday experience -- but it's a good idea to choose what you eat wisely and avoid overindulging, experts say.
Beginning in 2015, U.S. businesses with 50 or more workers must provide health insurance to "full-time" employees, meaning workers who log at least 30 hours a week, on average.
It's the peak of flu season, and not being vaccinated can be risky for college students, a doctor warns.
Spinal cord injury rates in the United States are rising, and the leading cause now appears to be falls suffered by seniors rather than traffic crashes, according to a new study.
Managing diabetes requires a great deal of time, memory and math skills. There are carbohydrates to count, medication doses to calculate and blood sugar levels to track.
As the Northeast and mid-Atlantic joined the Midwest in dealing with yet another deep freeze on Tuesday, doctors are offering advice on dealing with frigid temperatures.
Adults with diabetes are vulnerable to flu and its complications, experts say. Now a large new study finds they're also at higher risk of being hospitalized for flu.
Different strains of the same plague bacterium probably caused two of the most devastating disease outbreaks in human history, according to a new study.
You must remember this: Men tend to forget more than women.
Gunshot wounds send about 20 children to the hospital every single day in the United States, a new study says.
Be careful when you plunk your youngster into a shopping cart on your next trip to the grocery store.
As another blast of Arctic air sends millions of Americans into a prolonged deep freeze, doctors are offering advice on dealing with dangerously frigid temperatures.
Could your warm and cozy home be hindering your weight-loss efforts?
People with fast eye movements tend to be less patient and more likely to make impulsive decisions, a new study contends.
There's more evidence that texting while walking can be risky business.
Children who experience the death of a family member are at slightly increased risk for psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia later in life, a large new study reveals.
Could a doctor's white coat or necktie help spread germs among patients?
DNA might be a key factor in excessive physical aggression in toddlers, a new Canadian study suggests.
Sleeping during the day -- a necessity for jet-lagged travelers and those who work overnight shifts -- disrupts the rhythms of about one-third of your genes, a new study suggests.
American adults are eating healthier diets, making better use of nutrition information on food labels, consuming more fiber and less cholesterol, and getting fewer calories from total fat and saturated fat.
Like "Turn out the lights" and "Don't slam the door," being told to "Wash your hands" is one of those universal instructions children hear every day.
As a pediatrician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Denny has seen her share of the life-threatening reactions that can happen with food allergies.
Older firefighters appear to develop heat resilience due to their long-term exposure to hot temperatures on the job, according to a new study.
The bill for delivering a healthy baby varies enormously among California hospitals, with new mothers facing cost differences of 8- to 10-fold depending on the hospital where they end up giving birth.
Medicine alone cannot improve the health of the nation -- not when one in five Americans lives in unsafe neighborhoods where pollution, crime and joblessness are prevalent.
Teens are notorious for taking more risks than adults, and a new imaging study suggests it's because the adolescent brain is hypermotivated when it comes to receiving rewards.
Frequent colds are a normal part of young children's lives, but sometimes a stuffy nose becomes a more severe lung infection. Now, a new study clarifies some of the factors that put certain kids at greater risk.
There's still time to enroll in a health insurance plan through one of the Affordable Care Act's new online marketplaces. And if you sign up by Wednesday, you'll have coverage starting next month.
Swarms of morning commuters clutch cups of coffee to kick-start the workday. But a new study suggests caffeine might do more for the brain than boost alertness -- it may help memory too.
Children and teenagers who are assaulted at school account for nearly 90,000 emergency-room visits in the United States each year, new research finds.
Lawrence Schmelz spent a lot of time in the gym keeping his body fit -- up to two hours a day, every day, at age 50. But that changed one morning six years ago.
The risk of death from hip- or knee-replacement surgery has dropped substantially in recent years, a large new study finds.
Americans' concerns about stomach ulcers and other stress-related health problems rose sharply during the recent recession, according to a new study.
Manufacturing problems have created a shortage of the liquid form of Tamiflu, which is designed for young children who can't swallow capsules, U.S. health officials announced Wednesday.
Major food companies are keeping their word by removing 6.4 trillion calories from the U.S. marketplace in an effort to promote healthy weight, a new report says.
People who are aerobically fit as teenagers are less likely to have a heart attack in middle age, a study of nearly 750,000 Swedish men suggests.
Although social networking sites let users keep in touch with a wide group of acquaintances, new research shows that people still put most of their efforts into communicating with a small group of friends or family members.
Hospitals might be able to coax cafeteria customers to buy healthier food by adjusting item displays to have traffic light-style green, yellow and red labels based on their level of nutrition, new research suggests.
The record-shattering cold weather that's gripping much of the United States can pose extreme health risks, doctors warned Monday.
Skiing, skating, snowboarding and sledding are great ways to stay active during the winter -- if you take proper safety precautions.
More than 20 percent of at-risk seventh graders have "sexted" and those middle schoolers were much more likely to also have engaged in some type of sexual behavior, a new study finds.
People who want to quit smoking cigarettes no longer have to suffer through cold-turkey withdrawal.
Winter sports and snowy day activities provide lots of exercise and fun, but there's also the risk of injury, an expert warns.
Teen drivers quickly move from focused to distracted while behind the wheel, and this raises their risk for accidents, a new study finds.
The latest workout trends will help you avoid the same old routine and have you hitting your goals in no time.
Here are the top 10 tips that will allow holiday revelers to tie one on responsibly.
Peer pressure might play a part in what you eat and how much you eat, a new review suggests.
Chances are that you've heard good things about yoga. It can relax you. It can get you fit -- just look at the bodies of some celebrities who sing yoga's praises.
This year's flu season may be off to a slow start nationwide, but infection rates are spiking in the south-central United States, where five deaths have already been reported in Texas.
As 2013 nears to a close, the year's top health news story -- the fumbled debut of the Affordable Care Act, often dubbed Obamacare -- continues to grab headlines.
It's not uncommon to catch a case of the blues during the winter months. Rather than letting your low mood settle in for the season, usher in some winter bliss!