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His and her knee injuries occur the same way

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.

Americans toss out tons of fruits and veggies

Americans may be trying to eat healthy, but they're throwing away mountains of produce in the process, a new study suggests.

Gene therapy may be cure for some with rare blood disorder

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?

Can mom-to be's' weight affect daughters' risk for early puberty?

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.

New drugs may be big advance in lung cancer care

Drugs designed to trigger a patient's immune system may help boost survival for those battling lung cancer, two new studies found.

U.S. women less likely than men to get statins after heart attack

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.

Overcoming fear of back pain may spur recovery

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.

Busting myths surrounding cancer and genetic testing

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.

Yoga can soothe anxious grade schoolers

Yoga at school might work wonders for the younger set, new research suggests.

The bad habits that lead to weight gain

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.

U.S. heart disease rates falling, but gains vary by state

The overall rate of heart disease in the United States has declined 38 percent since 1990, a new report shows.

Even when you think you're not sleepy, your car crash risk rises

You might be a drowsy driver without knowing it, and new research finds that can make you more dangerous on the road.

Brain injuries linked with dementia risk

A traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a mild one such as a concussion, may raise your risk for dementia, a new study suggests.

Eyebrow-raising finding on how human communication evolved

Highly expressive eyebrows likely played a big role in humans' evolutionary success, researchers report.

The focus shifts in Alzheimer's research

The way that Alzheimer's disease is defined for research should be based on brain changes rather than symptoms.

COPD patients may breathe easier with tai chi

People struggling with COPD might find some relief in an ancient art.

Reading to your kids might boost their social skills

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.

Sometimes, headaches can be an emergency. Here's when.

Sometimes, headaches can warn of a serious health issue. That's why it's important to know when to take action

Heart disease carries huge cost for some families

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.

Losing excess weight in childhood cuts diabetes risk

If an overweight child slims down before puberty, the risk of type 2 diabetes seems to slide away with the lost pounds.

'Magnetic pulse' device may be new way to prevent migraines

Self-administered magnetic pulses from a hand-held device may help head off debilitating migraines, researchers report.

Early promise for eye implant to fight macular degeneration

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.

Zika infection after birth may require long-term follow-up

Babies who contract Zika virus early in infancy should have long-term monitoring, a new animal study suggests.

Despite California's warning signs, coffee is still safe, experts say

Science says you can get your coffee buzz without fear of cancer, so experts say you can forget that recent controversial California law.

Red meat tied to higher colon cancer risk for women

Another study, this time in British women, finds that diets high in red meat are linked to higher odds for colon cancer.

Abandoning your workouts may bring on the blues

Before you give up on your exercise program, know that new research suggests the decision may put more than your fitness at risk.

Many grad students struggle with anxiety, depression

Depression and anxiety is nearly seven times more common among graduate students than in the general population, a new study finds.

Many pick the wrong drugs for sneezin' season

Hay fever sufferers often choose the wrong medication for their seasonal sniffles, new research suggests.

For hard-to-manage Type 1 Diabetes, transplant makes life better

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.

Childhood obesity may be driving more cancers in young adults

Obesity rates in children have been rising for years, and the consequences of that extra weight may be showing up in cancer cases.

Stroke's impact may go far beyond the physical, study finds

Even after a relatively milder stroke, people can be left with challenges that go beyond the physical, researchers say.

A 'chipped' tooth reveals what you eat and drink

Tempted to cheat on your diet? You might want to think twice.

Could coffee perk up your heart health?

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.

MRI sheds new light on brain networks tied to autism

New research suggests that a special MRI technique can spot abnormal connections in the brains of preschoolers with autism.

Finding the willpower to lose weight

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.

Hoverboard injuries speeding U.S. kids to the ER

Hoverboards may look cool, flashy and fun, but they're less safe than you might think.

Most with very high cholesterol missing out on right meds

Less than 40 percent of American adults with extremely high cholesterol levels get the medications they should, a new study finds.

New moms still wary of exposing infants to peanuts

Though doctors recommend an early introduction to peanuts, many new moms prefer to delay giving them to their babies, researchers report.

Obesity rates keep rising for U.S. adults

Obesity rates have continued to climb significantly among American adults, but the same hasn't held true for children, a new government report finds.

Millions get wrong treatment for back pain: study

Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability, but it's often treated improperly, researchers report.

The top calorie-burning exercises

When you're trying to lose weight, cutting calories counts. But so does burning them off with exercise.

Climate change will bring hotter summers to U.S.

Get ready for extreme heat. Researchers warn that climate change will soon trigger more severe summers across the United States.

Sugary sodas linked again to increased heart risks

Would that ice cold soda be as tempting if you knew that it might shorten your life?

Cutting out late night calories

Losing weight comes down to eating fewer calories than you burn.

Women may dismiss subtle warning signs of heart disease

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.

Insurance company hurdles burden doctors, may harm patients

This typical scenario may be more dangerous than you think

Male birth control pill shows early promise

An attempt to develop a safe and effective "male pill" is making headway, according to preliminary results of a small study.

Can you be obese but heart-healthy? Study says no

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.

Binge drinking rampant among Americans

Americans are on a binge drinking binge.

Birth defects affect 7 percent of Zika-exposed babies: study

A new study of pregnant women in the Caribbean further confirms that Zika virus causes birth defects, particularly if infection occurs early in pregnancy.

E-cigarettes doing more harm than good: study

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.

That motorcycle helmet just may save your spine

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.

Study confirms lifesaving value of colonoscopy

A large study has confirmed what many public health experts have long believed: Colonoscopy saves lives.

Opioid ODs outpacing other 'deaths of despair'

Though fewer Americans are dying from alcohol abuse, suicide and murder, opioid overdose deaths have risen dramatically in recent decades, a new report finds.

Three-in-one pill shows promise in beating high blood pressure

A pill that combines three blood pressure-lowering drugs improves people's chances of lowering their high blood pressure, researchers report.

Fighting a cold or flu? Beware of overdosing on Tylenol

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.

1 in 20 younger women suffers major depression

Depression is a big problem in women during and after pregnancy, but it's also a concern throughout the reproductive years.

What caregivers should know about Alzheimer's

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.

No talking while driving?

Talking while driving -- whether on a cellphone or simply conversing with a passenger -- undermines road safety, a new review claims.

Exercise an antidote for aging

If you want to counter the physical costs of getting old, regular exercise might be your best option, researchers report.

Annual eye exam is vital if you have diabetes

A yearly eye exam is a key part of diabetes treatment, experts say.

Ban menthols to help some smokers quit

After the Canadian province of Ontario banned menthol cigarettes, many smokers responded by trying to kick the habit, a new study finds.

New medication approved for drug-resistant HIV

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.

Many Americans think docs order too many tests, meds

Few older Americans believe ordering more tests and drugs is the way to better health care, a new survey finds.

Marijuana doesn't seem to harm the kidneys

As marijuana use has increased in the United States in recent years, medical experts and users alike have wondered about its health effects.

More U.S. kids landing in ICU from opioids

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.

Smoking bans may not rid casinos of smoke

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 blamed for encouraging drug use

Hip-hop music may be influencing black Americans to try the street drug molly, a new study suggests.

Nasty flu season shows more signs of slowing

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 more...

Helping your child navigate the high school years

High school is a major milestone in a teen's life.

Big outdoor temperature swings tied to heart attack risk

Many people know that extreme cold can raise your chances of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests that wild swings in temperature may do the same.

Why the flu makes you feel so miserable

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.

Diesel exhaust might raise truckers' odds for ALS

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.

Female hormones may play part in asthma

There may be a link between asthma in women and changes in levels of female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, researchers report.

Wartime bomb blasts may lead to memory problems

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 sooner type 2 diabetes arrives, the worse for your heart

A type 2 diabetes diagnosis that comes early in life carries a deadly load of health risks, new research shows.

For women, blocked arteries not the only trigger for heart attacks

Women don't need to have blocked arteries to experience a heart attack, a new study points out.

Heavy drinkers put themselves at risk for dementia

The ills that are linked to heavy drinking now include dementia, a new study warns.

Clues to Parkinson's may be shed in tears

Your tears may reveal if you are at risk of Parkinson's disease, preliminary research suggests.

Aspirin as good a clot buster as pricey drugs after joint replacement

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.

For older men, even light exercise helps

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.

How to maintain that weight loss

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.

Tobacco kills, no matter how it's smoked: study

Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates.

Pets good medicine for those battling mental ills

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.

Lung cancer one of many reasons not to smoke

You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn.

CDC says flu vaccine just 25 percent effective against leading strain

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.

Booze beats pot at being unhealthy: Oregon poll

Many believe alcohol poses a greater danger to health than marijuana, a new study out of Oregon suggests.

FDA approves first blood test to detect concussions

The first blood test to help diagnose a concussion has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Obamacare helped more young women get prenatal care: study

One of the main features of Obamacare -- providing insurance for adults under age 26 through their parents' health plan -- allowed many pregnant young women to obtain prenatal care, new research shows.

The right way to weigh yourself

The scale can be your best friend -- or your worst enemy -- when you're on a diet.

Depression common in U.S., women hit hardest

Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as men, health officials say.

Driving may be risky business on 4/20 pot holiday

America's highways are decidedly less safe on April 20, a day when stoners publicly celebrate marijuana use.

Preemies get a slow start on friendships

As if preemies didn't face enough struggles, a new study finds they have more difficulty making friends, though things improve once they start school.

Hey kids, just say no to energy drinks

Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns.

FDA says U.S. will now produce critical MRI component

A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided, federal officials report.

Cancer-causing HPV can hide in the throat

Human papilloma virus (HPV) could be lurking in your throat.

Picking a new primary care doctor

There are times in life when you need to pick a new doctor, or primary care provider.

Losing weight eases obesity-related pain. but how much is enough?

Losing 10 percent of your body weight appears to reduce pain related to obesity, even in non-weight-bearing areas, a new study finds.

Easing your child's asthma

If your child is among the 10 percent of kids with asthma, you want to do everything you can to control it.

Menopause may worsen rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

Menopause may speed physical decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests.

Babies with normal head size might still have Zika-linked brain damage

Fetal brain damage caused by the Zika virus can go undetected in pregnancy, and can occur even if a baby's head size is normal, research in monkeys suggests.

Weak vaccine making flu season even tougher, CDC says

This flu season continues to be one of the nastiest in years. And it isn't helping that the flu vaccine may be less than 20 percent effective against the season's dominant strain, according to a new Canadian report.

Dog bites more common for anxious people

Maybe there's some truth in the long-standing belief that dogs can sense fear in a human.

Migraines tied to higher heart trouble risk

Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches.

Set new milestones for exercise motivation

A goal like having a flat stomach may give you the initial impetus to start exercising, but may not be enough to keep you on track.

Lone star ticks won't give you lyme, but can still make you sick

Contrary to what many people believe, the lone star tick does not spread Lyme disease, researchers report.

Procedure beats drugs for a-fib with heart failure

For people with both atrial fibrillation and heart failure, a procedure called ablation can be life-saving, a new clinical trial shows.

Responding to opioid crisis, FDA puts more restrictions on Imodium

Increasingly, people addicted to opioid painkillers are using dangerously high doses of the diarrhea drug Imodium (loperamide), either to get high or to help ease withdrawal.

A diet to boost a woman's fertility?

Could the so-called Mediterranean diet boost success of infertility treatment involving in vitro fertilization?

Talk therapy may be worth it for teen depression

Talk therapy can be a cost-effective way to treat teens with depression who don't take or stop using antidepressants, a new study finds.

Scientists zero in on better saliva-based HIV test

An experimental saliva-based HIV test shows promise, researchers report.

How to take action against acne

Waiting for acne to clear up on its own can be frustrating, especially for teens who are already self-conscious about their appearance.

Emergency services crews often unprepared for diabetic crises

If you call 911, you expect to get the medical services you need.

Expanded use of clot-removing procedure could change stroke care

A procedure that plucks stroke-causing clots from blood vessels in the brain may be useful in many more patients than previously thought, new research shows.

Sleepy U.S. teens are running on empty

Most American teenagers are plagued by too little sleep, which can hurt their health and their school performance, federal health officials said Thursday.

First monkeys cloned from process that created 'Dolly' the sheep

The world's first genetically identical monkey clones have been created by Chinese scientists, who say they've broken barriers to human cloning.

Troubling stroke trend among U.S. moms-to-be

A rare type of stroke is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study finds.

Americans finally getting a little more sleep

Are bleary-eyed Americans getting a break at last?

Tobacco's harms may come sooner than smokers think

Smokers often think their habit won't have health consequences until far into the future, a small survey suggests.

Teen drinking ups risk for liver diseases later

Men who started drinking in their teens are at increased risk for liver disease, Swedish researchers report.

Will smoking pot harm your heart? Experts weigh in

Anyone worried that smoking a lot of pot could lead to a heart attack or stroke will just have to keep worrying for the time being.

Former NFL pros push for end to kids' tackle football

A group of former National Football League greats is urging parents not to let their children play tackle football until they're at least 14 years old

'Hot' yoga is no better for your heart: study

It's called "hot" yoga because it's practiced in sweltering temperatures, and some research has hinted that it might improve heart health more than traditional yoga.

Opioid abuse rises when prescriptions are renewed

How long you take opioid painkillers after surgery is a much stronger risk factor for addiction and overdose than the dosage of the opioids you take, researchers report.

Concussion may not be needed to bring on CTE brain disease

Head impacts, not just concussions, may lead to the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to new research.

U.S. smoking rate falls, but 38 million still light up

The number of American adults who smoke has decreased, but nearly 38 million still put their health at risk by using cigarettes, U.S. government data show.

Scientists seek a better flu vaccine

Instead of getting a flu shot at the doctor's office, you might someday inhale a nasal spray vaccine at home.

Reduce legal blood-alcohol limit to cut drunk driving deaths: report

Lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers are needed to eliminate drunk driving deaths in the United States, according to a new report.

Cycling won't sabotage a man's sex life: study

Men who are avid cyclists needn't worry that hours spent on the bike will translate into problems in the bedroom or bathroom, new research claims.

Brain zaps may help curb tics of Tourette syndrome

Electric zaps can help rewire the brains of Tourette syndrome patients, effectively reducing their uncontrollable vocal and motor tics, a new study shows.

Trump in 'excellent' physical, cognitive health, doctor says

President Donald Trump is in excellent physical health and also shows no signs of age-related cognitive decline, according to a detailed briefing Tuesday following his annual check-up.

Fewer hospitals closed after Obamacare expanded Medicaid

States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had fewer hospital closures, especially in rural areas, a new study finds.

Women seem more prone to winter blues

The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds.

Mediterranean diet a recipe for strength in old age

A Mediterranean diet may make seniors less likely to become frail and help them maintain their health and independence, new research suggests.

Surgery or antibiotics for appendicitis? Here's what patients chose

Even though appendicitis often resolves with the use of antibiotics, the overwhelming majority of Americans would opt for surgery instead, a new survey finds.

FDA bans use of opioid-containing cough meds by kids

Trying to put a dent in the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday slapped strict new restrictions on the use of opioid-containing cold and cough products by kids.

As CHIP money runs out, millions of U.S. kids may lose health care

Time is running out for millions of American kids covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Tobacco's grip on U.S. veterans

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. military veterans smoke or use some form of tobacco.

Vitamin d supplements may make arteries healthier

High doses of vitamin D seem to keep arteries more flexible and pliable, potentially warding off future heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, preliminary research suggests.

Screening, treatment cuts breast cancer deaths in half

Breakthroughs in breast cancer screening and treatment have slashed the percentage of women dying from the disease, a new analysis reveals.

Conceiving despite IUD use is tied to higher odds for pregnancy complications

Millions of women use an IUD as a safe, reliable means of birth control. But a new study finds that in rare cases where conception occurs despite IUD use, the rate of obstetric complications may rise.

Blood banks need January donors

Want to make a difference right now? Consider donating some blood.

The opioid crisis' hidden victims: children in foster care

As the opioid epidemic continues to grip the United States, the toll on the littlest victims -- the children of addicts -- is mounting, new research shows.

What to do if your child has chickenpox

Have a child with chickenpox? Don't despair. There are a number of things you can do to care for a child with this disease.

Stress is tough on medical 'surrogates' when a loved one is ill

When seriously ill hospital patients can't express their wishes about their medical care, decision-making often falls to emotionally drained family members.

Respiratory virus lurks as wintertime worry

A common respiratory virus that circulates in winter can pose a serious threat to children, an expert warns.

Could gene therapy someday eliminate HIV?

Gene therapy may have the potential to eradicate HIV in people infected with the virus, new animal research suggests.

Clean Air Act may be saving more lives than thought

The number of Americans who die each year from inhaling fine-particle pollutants has dropped dramatically since 1970, thanks to laws that originated from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Prenatal vitamins tied to lower autism risk in kids, study finds

Taking folic acid and multivitamins during pregnancy could reduce your child's risk of autism, a new study suggests.

More U.S. women obese before pregnancy, experts sound the alarm

Prepregnancy weights continue to rise in the United States, with less than half of women at a healthy size before conception, U.S. health officials report.

Goodbye, needles? Patch might be the future for blood-sugar tracking

Developers of a new patch hope to eliminate a big barrier in type 2 diabetes treatment -- painful finger-sticks and injections.

Most U.S. babies start solid foods too soon

More than half the parents in the United States start feeding their babies solid foods before they're 6 months old -- the age now recommended by health experts, a new study indicates.

Special baby formula doesn't seem to prevent type 1 diabetes

A specially prepared baby formula does not protect children with a genetically high risk for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.

Booze may help or harm the heart, but income matters

Alcohol's effect on heart health, good or ill, may rely in part on the drinker's income, new research suggests.

8 small changes for a slimmer you in 2018

Small steps can make a big difference in your body and health

Seniors, lose the weight but not the muscle in 2018

If you're a senior who's pledging to lose weight in 2018, be sure you're shedding excess fat without losing muscle and bone.

Asthma worse for overweight preschoolers: study

Preschoolers with asthma may have worse symptoms if they're overweight.

Mris safe with older pacemakers, study finds

Powerful magnetic fields created during an MRI scan were thought to play havoc with some pacemakers, but a new study says these scans are safe for people with the heart devices.

Teens and their phones: what you should know

In a world full of digitally charged teens, it would be unlikely to expect parents to cut their children off from smartphone use completely.

Air pollution can be deadly for seniors

Even levels of air pollution deemed "safe" by U.S. government standards may shorten the life spans of seniors, new research suggests.

The sooner kids learn to eat healthy, the better

Exposing young children to a wide range of healthy foods when they're young can help instill good eating habits, researchers report.

Feeling sad? Here's how to beat the holiday blues

The holiday blues might be a common phenomenon, but there's plenty you can do to protect your mental health this time of year.

High school coaches, players know little about concussion

The link between concussions and brain injury might be a hot topic in the NFL, but at the high school level? Apparently not so much.

Kidney disease can lead to diabetes, not just the other way around

Kidney disease increases the risk for diabetes, a new study finds.

Seniors don't need calcium, vitamin d supplements: review

Seniors are wasting their time and money taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to ward off the brittle bones of old age, a new review concludes.

New tax law means end of Obamacare's individual mandate

With a flourish of his pen, President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law the biggest revamping of the U.S. tax code in three decades. It also means the end of the Affordable Care Act's controversial individual mandate

As income rises, women get slimmer -- but not men

A comprehensive survey on the widening American waistline finds that as paychecks get bigger, women's average weight tends to drop.

Squeezing in exercise over the holidays

With a hectic holiday schedule, exercise often falls by the wayside. But finding ways to sneak in activity will help you avoid weight gain and ease some of the stress this season can bring

Can eating fish make kids smarter?

Myth has it that fish is brain food -- but it just might be more than myth, a new study suggests.

Two foods could help ex-smokers' lungs heal

For smokers who've managed to quit, the road to fully repairing lungs damaged by the habit may seem like a long one.

Holidays can be hard on lonely seniors

More than one in three elderly Americans describe themselves as lonely, and the holidays can be especially isolating for them, geriatric experts warn.

U.S. life expectancy drops as opioid deaths surge

The opioid epidemic continues to chip away at the average American life span, federal health officials reported Thursday.

Holiday chocolates no treat for dogs

Holidays, and all of the chocolate goodies that come with the celebrations, can be particularly dangerous for dogs, researchers warn.

Marriage may make heart disease a little less dangerous

All things being equal, an unmarried heart patient may face a higher risk of death than a married heart patient, new research suggests.

Cancer survivors often face another hurdle: faster aging

Treatments that help people beat cancer also can cause them to age prematurely and die sooner, Mayo Clinic researchers report.

FDA approves gene therapy for rare form of blindness

A new gene therapy to treat children and adults with a rare type of inherited vision loss has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Stamping 'smoking kills' on cigarettes may keep teens from the habit

A grim reminder -- "Smoking Kills" -- emblazoned right on a cigarette may help young people avoid the deadly habit.

Flu vaccine could work as well as last year's shot: study

As the flu barrels across the United States, the good news is that this year's vaccine may work better than many expected.

Live close to a gym? You're probably a bit trimmer

When it comes to staying fit, research suggests it really is about location, location, location.

Spoon-feeding not necessarily safer for infants

When babies are ready to eat solid foods, those who feed themselves some finger foods are no more likely to choke than babies who are spoon-fed, new research found.

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