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Ways to Treat Depression That Aren’t Antidepressants
depressed man

There may be hope for hard-to-treat depression as scientists explore novel approaches to the often crippling condition.

Immune System Changes Tied to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Inflammation may play a role, small study

Researchers saw evidence only in first 3 years of disease, findings could lead to early test

Hepatitis C Infections in Hospitals Show Need for Tight Infection Control Practices
CDC reports on three patients who were sickened

In both cases, there were breaches in safety rules, CDC reports

Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies of COPD at Age 83

Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies of COPD at Age 83

1 in 5 Preemies With Lung Disease Exposed to Secondhand Smoke
But, overall risk of 'persistent pulmonary

22 percent were from what parents said were nonsmoking homes, study finds

5 Things to Do After a Surprise Pregnancy

There’s no need to panic with an unplanned pregnancy. Here are the first 5 things you need to do.

5 Things To Know About The Supreme Court Case Challenging The Health Law

Millions of Americans might not be able to afford insurance if the Supreme Court rules the government erred in making subsidies available in all states.

Rear End Takes a Front Seat in Plastic Surgery Offices
Technique uses liposuction, fat injections to

Men also drove up overall number of cosmetic procedures, doctors say

Could Coffee Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis?
Yes, says study, but experts note there are

Studies link several cups daily with reduced odds for the disease

Flu Vaccine Just 18% Effective This Year
flue vaccine

It’s no secret this year’s flu shots didn’t work as well as doctors had hoped. But the news got worse Thursday when the CDC revised its estimates of the flu vaccine’s effectiveness downward even further, from 23% to 18%.

Surprises in Proposed New Dietary Guidelines
eggs

Eggs are no longer bad guys. Coffee with those eggs? Go ahead, have a cup, maybe even three. Those are among the latest recommendations an expert advisory panel has made for the upcoming "2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans."

U.S. Ebola Survivor Dr. Craig Spencer Gives His Side of the Story

Former volunteer in fight against West African outbreak felt vilified by media, politicians

Women's Heart Attack Symptoms: 6 Possible Signs

WebMD talks to cardiologists about possible symptoms of heart attack in women.

For Many Middle-Class Taxpayers On Obamacare, It’s Payback Time

Hundreds of thousands of people who received subsidies under the Affordable Care Act may have underestimated their incomes in 2014 – drawing more assistance than they were entitled to. Now many owe the government money.

Supreme Court Insurance Subsidies Decision Could Trigger Price Spikes

A Supreme Court decision invalidating subsidies in 37 federal exchange states would lead to sharp premium increases and prompt many to drop coverage, say experts.

Q&A With Mariel Hemingway
mariel hemingway

The actress and author opens up about her family and how she stays happy and healthy.

Zac Posen's Designer Dogs
zac posen

Fashion designer Zac Posen may rule the runways, but his 3 dogs rule the roost.

Michael Strahan Tackles Life After the NFL
Michael Strahan

These days, 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pound Michael Strahan scares few people, and he likes it that way.

Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others
But study finding is preliminary and doesn't

Study finds gestational diabetes less likely, but smaller infants more common

Dangerous C. Difficile Germ Infects 500,000 Americans a Year: CDC
Prices varied four-fold between pharmacies, and

Overuse of antibiotics tied to rise in serious infections

ADHD May Raise Odds for Premature Death

Risk is small, but a sign the disorder is a serious problem, experts say

Viruses Increasingly Behind Child Pneumonia Cases
Odds of recovery, pain and finances are major

Bug that causes common cold, other infections often to blame, study finds

Safety Add-Ons for Football Helmets May Not Cut Concussion Risk
Games played after 8 p.m. may favor biological

Crash dummy testing found extra padding, strips and treatments didn't make much difference on impact

Long Sleep Time, Higher Stroke Risk?
People with most varied diets are also

More than 8 hours a night linked to greater odds in study, but cause-and-effect not proved

Can Supplements Give Athletes an Edge?

Trying to up your game? WebMD has the latest on the most popular sports supplements.

Additives in Processed Foods May Alter Gut Bacteria
Study suggests pathway from oral bacteria to

Study in mice suggests changes might raise risk of bowel diseases and metabolic syndrome

U.K. Approves '3-Parent Babies'
in vitro fertilization

The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve laws that allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people.

Fluoride in Drinking Water Tied to Higher Rates of Underactive Thyroid
Study found temperatures often set higher than

British study found an association, but couldn't prove cause-and-effect

Taking Pill Before, After Sex Cuts HIV Infection for Gay Men: Study
Study author suggests that stress, discrimination

Research suggests that Truvada doesn't need to be taken daily, but more study still needed

6 Things You Didn't Know About Chemo

Are you or a loved one going to get chemotherapy? WebMD breaks down some of the side effects and ways some people handle them. Find out what may help you get through it feeling as good as possible.

Could a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food?
One additional hour of shuteye reduced depressive

Study suggests it might, raising the risk for potential weight gain

Three Amputees Regain Function With 'Bionic' Hands
Devices work by sensors that get signals from

Devices work by sensors that get signals from patients' own muscles, scientists say

Colon Cancer's Location May Be Factor in Survival
Advanced colonoscope has wider range of view than

Poorer outcome seen in study when tumor began on the organ's right side

Skin Test for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Shows Early Promise
But predictive value of finding still needs to be

Higher levels of key proteins may point to disease, but more study is needed, experts say

Younger Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Attack
Finding was independent of women's other risk

Study participants, from 30 to 55 years old, said they were reluctant to trigger false alarm

Top 10 Type-2 Superfoods
strawberries and raspberries

Keep these wonder ingredients on your shopping list and in your pantry.

U.S. Officials Pinpoint Common Sources of Foodborne Illnesses
Products to avoid include veggie chips, muffins

Almost 2 million Americans fall ill each year, report notes

Certain Painkillers Ill-Advised After Heart Attack: Study
Concerns that cyclophosphamide, other meds raise

If you're taking anti-clotting drugs, you should avoid meds like ibuprofen and Celebrex, doctors say

Multiple Sclerosis: Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Questions to ask your doctor about multiple sclerosis.

2 of 3 Smokers Will Die Early If They Don't Quit, Research Shows

Findings confirm newer estimates that put toll of cigarettes much higher than previously thought

What Isn’t Your Loved One Telling You About MS?

Multiple sclerosis can cause hidden symptoms. Here’s how to help your loved one.

Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning

WebMD explains how to recognize the warning signs of dry drowning and secondary drowning, which can happen hours after your child has left the pool.

After Blowing Their Stack, a Heart Attack

Explosive anger increased risk 8-fold, study found

Use of Long-Acting Birth Control Rises Fivefold in a Decade: CDC
They have rare gene variant that keeps them from

IUDs and implants among the safest, most effective forms of contraception, experts say

Watch-and-Wait Strategy May Be Riskier for Certain Prostate Cancers
'Embolization' limits prostate's blood supply,

Study found lower survival for intermediate-risk disease, compared to low-risk cases

Aspirin 'Resistance' May Make for Worse Strokes: Study
But risk of macular degeneration doesn't outweigh

Daily dose won't prevent dangerous clotting in some people, researchers say

Measles Cases Pass 150 Mark, CDC Says
Flublok easier to produce quickly and in large

Health officials urge parents to get their children vaccinated against the disease

Sociopath vs. Psychopath: What’s the Difference?

You’ve heard the terms, but do you really know what they mean? Learn how to spot the differences in these personalities.

Babies Who Eat Peanuts Early May Avoid Allergy

Life-threatening peanut allergies have mysteriously been on the rise in the past decade, with little hope for a cure. But a groundbreaking new study may offer a way to stem that rise, while another may offer some hope for those who are already allergic.

Low Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Report says it topped $245 billion in 2012;

Association was found even when people weren't overweight, researchers said


CNN.com - Health
A science tale behind two dresses
Before you strangle your best friend who sees the colors in the now-famous dress differently than you do, please know that there's a scientific explanation.
Deadly bacteria at your doctor's
Snowed in? Here's how to beat the winter blues
Change the world, not disabled son
FDA knew for years that scopes were a problem
Poll: Majority want vaccines to be required
Less smoking = more lung cancer deaths?
Fit Nation: Down but not out in 20 seconds
Study: Eat peanuts early to avoid allergy
A new study suggests that peanut allergy can be prevented at a young age by embracing peanuts, not avoiding them.
$1 solution to clean $30,000 superbug scope
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores a trouble spot when it comes to cleaning the duodenoscope behind "nightmare" bacteria
Gerbils replace rats as prime plague suspects
For a long time, rats have taken the heat for the waves of plague that killed millions of people across Europe starting in the 14th century.
Death reveals new virus
Latest Obamacare challenge
The Obama administration's most significant legislative achievement is now, once again, teetering before the Supreme Court.
Baby born completely encased in amniotic sac
We all know that every baby is special, but Silas Philips pulled off a rare feat right out of the womb.
Bionic eye helps man see wife
A Minnesota man who got a bionic eye implant was able to see his wife for the first time in 10 years.
Deadly superbug 101
The deaths of two patients at a Los Angeles hospital are linked to the deadly bacteria CRE and more patients may have been exposed to the drug-resistant superbug.
You brave -220F to lose weight?
A subway workout goes viral
Andia Winslow is a fitness fanatic who claims you can get in a great workout anywhere - even on the subway. CNN affiliate NY1 reports.
4 reasons you should learn to cook
Cholesterol in food not a concern, new guidelines say
Fit Nation: Sweet dreams lead to better health
3 breakfast rules to follow to lose weight
9 things no one tells you about losing weight
Fit Nation: Weight loss Week 1 -- the hiccups
Meet the new Fit Nation team
They lost weight; so can you
Vaccines are a matter of fact, not opinion
Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin
Adam's story: 63 pills a day
The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication.
Chimps still stuck in research labs despite promise of retirement
Baby buried by 2010 Haiti quake: See her now
For 10 days following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, two CNN colleagues and I lived in a tent hospital run by Project Medishare. Our hearts ached as we heard the cries of the injured, as we watched surgeons performed amputations without general anesthesia, as people died in front of our eyes.
Ebola fighter coming to U.S. for nursing school
A young Liberian woman who saved three of her relatives by nursing them back to health after they contracted the Ebola virus is coming to the United States to finish her nursing degree.
The great American sleep recession
I won't take it personally if you yawn while reading this story.
6 ways to improve odds and beat heart disease
Sit smarter with yoga
Meet the mental wellness warriors
Natural family planning gets trendy
More women are saying no to hormonal birth control and yes to pregnancy prevention that sounds old-fashioned, natural family planning, also called FAM.
People who feel younger at heart live longer
Go ahead lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life.
Learn to live with it: Becoming stress-free
People the world over believe that stress comes from external sources.
5 ways to fat-proof your home, no willpower necessary
Think you're immune to temptation? Let's be honest: Even the most disciplined healthy eater will occasionally give in to "runger" (running hunger). One minute you're walking past a box of granola sitting on the kitchen counter; five minutes and 500 calories later, you probably wish you'd hidden that box in a cabinet instead.
New frontier in apples: Red or golden but never brown
Measles was no big deal -- until my daughter got it
How to really lose weight
'Twin fetuses' found inside newborn baby in Hong Kong
A team of Hong Kong doctors has described an extremely rare medical occurrence -- what appeared to be a pair of fetuses inside the body of a newborn baby girl.
How the Peace Corps continues to fight Ebola
Florida woman gives birth to 14.1-pound baby boy
'Frozen': Why kids can't 'Let It Go'
Aspirin a day may not be necessary for everyone's heart health
Man shows off his double arm transplant
A 40-year-old quad amputee was all thank yous at a news conference as he showed off his two new arm transplants.

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