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Do You Still Need an Annual Doctor’s Visit?
checking blood pressure

Most doctors now say it’s time to rethink the notion of a yearly physical, a fixture in U.S. medicine since the 1940s.

'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism
Satisfaction rises with age, but growing up in

Study found it boosted ability of certain patients to read facial expressions, nonverbal cues

Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts
Finding was independent of women's other risk

HRT, hormone therapy, early hormone therapy

Heat Stroke a Greater Threat to Endurance Runners Than Heart Problems: Study
Middle-aged male runners get a lot of health

More education needed about how to prevent it, researchers say

Running Could Add 3 Years to Your Lifespan
Runners were less likely than walkers to die of

Just 5 to 10 minutes a day seems to bring benefits, study says

Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions
Findings especially relevant to social media's

Findings especially relevant to social media's obsession with 'selfies,' researchers say

Healthy 'Brown Fat' May Cut Odds for Obesity, Diabetes
Manage risk factors that lie within your control,

Study confirmed it helps regulate blood sugar levels, increases insulin sensitivity in people with more of it

'Fist Bump' May Beat Handshake for Cleanliness
U.K. researchers found it transferred a tenth of

U.K. researchers found it transferred a tenth of the bacteria that gripping hands did

Over-the-Counter Flonase Allergy Relief Approved
young woman sneezing

The FDA has approved over-the-counter Flonase Allergy Relief, or fluticasone propionate 50 mcg nasal spray, for treatment of hay fever or upper respiratory allergies, its maker GlaxoSmithKline announced.

Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults
Severe mental illness, learning difficulties

Odds are small, but family, doctors should keep possibility in mind, researchers say

2 Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola

2 Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain
Better funding is vital to improve treatments,

Study found overweight kids who had surgery were more likely to become obese within seven months

Limitations Of New Health Plans Rankle Some Enrollees

Health Plans' Limitations Rankle Some Enrollees

Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age
Accumulated knowledge helped seniors outperform

Seniors scored worse on tests than young adults, study says

Blood Thinner Doesn’t Prevent Miscarriages: Study

Injected blood thinners don’t prevent pregnancy complications in women who may be prone to blood clots, a new study shows.

Migraines: 5 Lifestyle Habits to Make
healthy lifestyle items

WebMD reports on the lifestyle habits that may help you manage your migraines.

Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb
Fewer mothers-to-be need supplementation than

By third trimester, unborn babies respond to rhymes recited by their mothers, research shows

Blood-Thinner Pradaxa: What You Should Know

When the blood-thinner drug Pradaxa (dabigatran) was FDA-approved in 2010 to prevent stroke in people at high risk, a major selling point was that it doesn't require frequent blood tests and dose adjustments like the old standby drug, warfarin.

Anal, Throat Cancers on the Rise Among Young Adults, Study Finds
Report shows it only provided 9 percent

HPV is the main culprit, but vaccination can reduce the risk, experts say

Agave: Calories, Nutrition Facts, and More

Agave has become a popular sweetener for people looking for natural alternatives to white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. But is agave really any healthier?

Help! My Kid Is a Jerk!

Your little angel can sometimes have obnoxious moments. If your kid is a jerk, find out from WebMD when it's just a phase and how you can teach better behavior.

Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says
Scientists engineer an enzyme to stop the

Researchers monitored stool samples of two people for a year

Study Links Shift Work to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Study of French retirees shows those exposed even

Researchers cite many possible reasons for the effect, including hormonal changes

Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence
Runners were less likely than walkers to die of

Doctors should be alert for pelvic floor disorders, researcher says

Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?
Yes, says study, but experts note there are

Researchers suggest women skip caffeine if they're bothered by menopausal symptoms

Too Few Teens Receive HPV Shot, CDC Says
Researchers are harnessing the body's immune

Agency urges doctors to recommend it along with other routine immunizations

5 Best Stretches for New Moms

WebMD describes 5 easy stretches for new moms.

5 Signs Your Workout Is Too Easy

Your exercise routine should challenge you. Is yours too easy? Find out at WebMD.

FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller

Targiniq ER contains naloxone, which blunts euphoria of oxycodone when tablet is crushed or broken

Sleep Loss May Boost False Memories
human brain waves

People who don't get enough sleep may find they're more likely to form false memories, researchers say.

Study: Car Interiors Reach Dangerous Temps All Year
Toddler in car seat in automobile

After a string of high-profile cases of kids being left in hot cars this year, a new study shows just how quickly heat can become a danger, even in cooler months of the year.

Study: 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage

Study: 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage

Young Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders?
Better performance at age 7 linked to better

Study suggests link between early reading skills and later intelligence

Parents of Obese Kids Often View Them as Healthy
But national statistics contend that there's an

They're more likely to change their children's diet than encourage exercise, study finds

Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends
Study found osteopath worked better for patients

The common pain reliever, best known as Tylenol, showed no effect in Australian trial

Painful, Itchy Patches Could Be Sign of Skin Cancer
Large study found higher rates of squamous cell,

But it's likely to be the non-melanoma type, dermatologist says

Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says
Patients, relatives can get reliable results,

Patients, relatives can get reliable results, researchers find

New HIV Guidelines Released by WHO
Man holding red aids ribbon

Five groups of people are driving the global HIV epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) says in its new guidelines.

Will 3-D Printing Revolutionize Medicine?

A video and article about 3-D printing and how it's being used in medicine.

Dogs Can Get Jealous, Too
Primitive form of envy may help them protect

Primitive form of envy may help them protect their bond with their human, researchers report

Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat: CDC

Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat: CDC

HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C, Study Finds
Elevated blood glucose may harm the brain, even

For people infected with both viruses, early treatment is critical, researchers report

Cystic Fibrosis Drug Combo May Be Less Effective Than Hoped
Post-op rise in weight occurs mostly in younger,

One medication seems to partly counteract the other, suggests study on human cells

Is Butter Back? The Truth About Saturated Fats

What’s the real story on saturated fat? Can you eat red meat and butter again? WebMD tells you what you need to know.

Parent's Death May Raise Risk of Early Death for Grown Children, Study Suggests
Study found <i>both</i> victims and bullies can

Odds of dying prematurely 50 percent higher in adults who'd lost a parent in childhood, researchers report

Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens
Preoccupation with body image can lead to risky

Many young people are ordering dubious, hazardous products off of the Internet, researchers warn

Many Obese U.S. Kids Think They're Thinner Than They Are
Higher rates of ADHD, asthma and learning

They won't take steps to reach a healthy weight if they don't see the problem, experts note

Weight Loss Surgery May Help Ease Urinary Incontinence
Manage risk factors that lie within your control,

Nearly two-thirds of women had significant improvement of their symptoms, researchers report

Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids
Factors include age, disease history and weight.

Threat of respiratory disease may be up to 30 percent higher, study suggests

Obamacare Court Decisions: FAQ

Obamacare Court Decisions: FAQ

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Drops 100 pounds 'marathon' style
When Nicole Durham finally decided it was time to lose weight, she knew she had a long way to go. See her amazing transformation:
You won't believe the 'after' pics
Robert and Jessica Foster lost 160 and 120 pounds respectively after an emotional conversation. See their amazing transformation:
Lost 153 pounds, proved doc wrong
Kerry Hoffman started working out five days a week and tracking calories to go from 343 pounds to 190. See his amazing transformation.
4 common first triathlon Qs
Tackling your first triathlon? Even the best triathletes in the world started somewhere -- and made their share of rookie mistakes.
Get off the sideline, into the race
Only a few short months ago, I was a spectator.
If I can run, so can you
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be able to say, "I've run a 5K."
MERS may be airborne
The deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus may be transmitted through the air, according to a new observation paper.
Is your firefighter too fat?
More than 70% of U.S. firefighters are overweight or obese, a rate higher than the American public, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What makes me so tasty?
The colors you wear and the food you eat don't matter. We bust five common mosquito bite myths to help you stop the itch.
Natural fixes for summer hazards
Do's and don'ts for summertime sex
The weather doesn't have to be the only thing heating up this month. Summer is an excellent time to recharge and rejuvenate -- and your love life should be no exception.
Overweight kids don't see it
CNN's Andy Rose tells us that most overweight children don't perceive themselves that way.
The healthiest fish to eat?
As our oceans become more polluted, Sally Kohn sits down with Fabien Cousteau to talk about the healthiest fish to eat.
Plastic surgery gone wrong
Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif from E!'s new show "Botched" discuss the risks and complications of plastic surgery.
Ha! Laughter is the best medicine
Scott Weems, author of "Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why," speaks with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Sleep more, lose weight
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how sleeping more can actually help you feel less hungry.
Pregnant and she didn't know it
A Seymour, Connecticut, woman gave birth after being pregnant for 9 months with no idea she was carrying a baby.
Say 'Hello.' You'll live longer
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how something as simple, and as nice, as saying "hello" can help you live to 100.
Men take their health to heart
A father who lost his dad and brother to heart disease intends to avoid the same fate. CNN's Holly Firfer reports.
String may help you live to 100
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how flossing regularly not only helps prevent heart disease but can also help you live to 100.
Twin boys born 24 days apart
Due to a delayed delivery, a set of twins in Massachusetts were born 24 days apart. WCVB's Mary Saladna reports.
Is red meat really bad for you?
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Nina Teicholz, author of "The Big Fat Surprise."
This is your body on weed
Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how marijuana affects the brain and how pot can be used to treat certain conditions.
See man after 700-lb. loss
Robert Walls tipped the scales at 950 lbs. before he made a big decision that helped him shed hundreds of pounds.
Teacher eats only McDonald's
A teacher only eats McDonald's for 90 days, and LOSES 37 pounds. KCCI reports.
Selfies leading to head lice
Nurses report "selfie" posts are causing an increase in teenagers spreading lice.
World's most dangerous workout?
Is the "sport of fitness" the world's most dangerous workout? CNN's Jarrett Bellini asks CrossFitters and gives it a go.
Hear Mrs. O rap for healthy foods
First lady Michelle Obama raps about food at an event to propose limits on the types of foods advertised in schools.
Brain dead: What it is, what it isn't
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how doctors determine if a patient is brain dead.
Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone dies
A doctor who was on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak has died from complications of the disease.
10 yoga poses to beat stress
Don't let stress get the best of you! Start your day off right with this yoga sequence for beginners. These 10 yoga poses will have you feeling refreshed in no time.
Train like a lady lumberjack
Shana Verstegen started logrolling when she was 7. The sport has made her a six-time world champion and given her six-pack abs.
First impressions made in 100 ms
Making a good first impression might have more to do with your facial features than choosing the right outfit, a new study reveals.
He lost 100 pounds with this diet
For years Benji Kurtz was severely obese. He tried diet after diet. Then the solution to his weight loss problem found him.
Fist bumps beat handshakes
CNN's Adam Dunnakey looks at a new study that says high fives and fist bumps beat handshakes for hygiene.
This won't be the AIDS-free generation
He was just 18 years old when he got the news. It was the summer before his senior year in high school.
One drink. 8 cookies. Same sugar.
Vaccines are safe. Seriously.
Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period.
Heavy drinker? You'd be surprised
One in 10 deaths among working-age adults are due to excessive alcohol consumption. But what really constitutes "heavy drinking"?
Surgeon general issues skin cancer warning
Skin cancer is on the rise, according to the American Cancer Society, with more cases diagnosed annually than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer cases combined.
Young cancer victim's ashes inspire filmmaker
It was about eight months into her fight with heart cancer that 24-year-old Maire Kent knew she was going to die. The plan she made for her ashes inspired strangers and a filmmaker.
First impressions made in 100 milliseconds
Making a good first impression might have more to do with your facial features than choosing the right outfit, a new study reveals.
Fist bumps beat handshakes for hygiene
CNN's Adam Dunnakey looks at a new study that says high fives and fist bumps beat handshakes for hygiene.
Federal marijuana bill would legalize some strains
The bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exempt marijuana plants with an extremely low percentage of THC, the chemical that makes users high.
100 pounds down with plant-based diet
For years Benji Kurtz was severely obese. He tried diet after diet. Then the solution to his weight loss problem found him.
Meet the woman who built a spin empire
Would you spend $34 on an exercise class? SoulCycle co-founder Elizabeth Cutler thinks you will.
What Obamacare court decisions mean for you
Two U.S. appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies. Check out this FAQ.
5 myths about the urge to 'go'
Even though urinary incontinence affects about 25 million Americans and there are many treatment options to improve symptoms, talking about the often unexpected and always urgent need "to go" is still taboo, even with your doctor.
Cancer overtreatment must stop
Studies found that a large number of American men with prostate cancer get unnecessary and aggressive treatment, Dr. Otis Brawley says.
Can meditation slow aging?
Researchers are trying to show that meditation could help counter the aging process.
Spanking's effect on kids' brains
Researchers say physical punishment actually alters the brain -- not only in an "I'm traumatized!" kind of way, but also in an "I literally have less gray matter in my brain!" kind of way.
5 things to know about Alzheimer's
Approximately 44 million people live with dementia worldwide, according to the Alzheimer's Association. By 2050, that number is expected to more than triple to 115 million.
Science limited on the drinking age
On July 17, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which withheld a percentage of highway funds from any state that didn't raise the minimum drinking age to 21.

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