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Your Healthy Skin Germs Stay Put, Despite Cleaning

Findings suggest your 'microbial fingerprint' is important to well-being

FDA Bans Underage E-Cigarette Sales
e cigarette

The FDA will bar sales of e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah tobacco to anyone under 18. WebMD has the details.

Widely Used Heart Drug Tied to Dementia Risk

Both warfarin and the atrial fibrillation it's often used to treat may raise risk, study suggests

Stay Lean, Live Longer

Researchers found slimmest people had lowest chances of dying in two studies

Race May Influence Risk for Irregular Heart Beat

Whites with heart failure more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, research finds

Sleep Apnea May Raise Heart Risks in These People

Study found the combo was linked to raised odds of irregular heartbeat

Lung Cancer Surgery Worthwhile for Older Patients

Study found those 65 and older survived longer when they had operation

Is There Gunk On Your Greens? 4 Things To Know About The Listeria Recall

The FDA issued a big recall of frozen foods this week. Here’s what you need to know about the nasty bug that’s causing all the problems.

No Statins Before Heart Surgery, Study Suggests

They don't prevent complications and may cause kidney damage, researchers report

Hep C Now Leading U.S. Infectious Disease Killer

CDC notes that nearly 20,000 Americans died in 2014 from the widespread, but treatable, illness

Could Bacteria Help Slow Zika's Spread?

Infecting mosquitoes led to lower, inactive levels of virus in their bodies, saliva

Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds

Cardiologist says they need to understand surgery not a 'cure' for their disease

Fatty Foods, Drowsy Days

Study found men who preferred fat-filled fare were more likely to be habitually sleepy

Medical Errors: A Hidden Killer

Study claims they're the 3rd leading cause of U.S. deaths, but CDC doesn't track such data

Home Radon May Be Linked to Women's Blood Cancers

Study found no connection with men, further research is needed

For ADHD, Start With Therapy, Not Drugs: CDC

Parents of hyperactive young children can help them improve through guidance, experts say

Additional Treatments for Pancreatic Cancer

Neither extra chemotherapy drug nor add-on radiation aided longevity in French trial

Healthy Hydration for Kids
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Kids need healthy drinks to fuel their growing bodies. Make a toast to good health with these smart choices from WebMD.

Infant Colds, Infections and Type 1 Diabetes Risk

Study suggests a link, but researchers still don't understand the potential mechanisms

Too Many People Still Take Unneeded Antibiotics

1 in 3 prescriptions was unnecessary, while half of respiratory infection prescriptions were inappropriate

Expectant Mom's Flu Shot Protects 2

Infants benefit when a woman gets her influenza immunization during pregnancy, study confirms

Desperate for Shut-Eye?

Physicians' group recommends cognitive behavioral therapy before drugs for insomnia

Opioid Epidemic Fueling Hospitalizations, Costs

New research sheds light on the growing costs to the health care system associated with painkiller and heroin abuse.

HS Football Players and Symptoms After Concussion

Meanwhile, youth league players most likely to return to field less than 24 hours after head injury

Non-Obese Report Better Mood, Libido After Dieting

Calorie cutters said their sleep and relationships improved, too

Could Talk Therapy Ease Chemo Memory Issues?

Researchers suggest their approach could improve survivors' quality of life

More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study

Low-income children are experiencing the biggest increases, researchers report

Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates?

But researcher said finding doesn't prove cause-and-effect connection

Seniors' Worsening Depression May Predict Dementia

Study suggests a common underlying cause in some, but not all, cases

Today's Hair Style Could Cause Hair Loss Tomorrow
Black women who prefer scalp-pulling hairdos seem

Black women who prefer scalp-pulling hairdos seem especially at risk, study indicates

16 Breakfasts Kids Will Love
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With hectic mornings, it’s easy to skimp on breakfast. Check out WebMD's tasty, healthy options your kids (and you!) won’t be able to resist.

12 Healthy Snacks Kids Will Love
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Have you run out of ideas for kids’ snacks that are both healthy and delicious? Try these creative combos from WebMD.

Generic Crestor Approved by FDA

Generic Crestor Approved by FDA

Officials Report First Zika Death in Puerto Rico

Scientists aren't sure exactly what triggered widespread infections in the Americas

Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers

Study finds even small increases in pollution raised overall odds of dying from disease by 22 percent

Avoid Food Poisoning? There's an App for That

USDA product helps consumers track expiration dates

First Commercial Zika Test Approved by FDA

First Commercial Zika Test Approved by FDA

Kids of Older Moms May Have a Leg Up on Peers

They tend to be taller, better educated, and societal changes over time may be behind trend, study suggests

Many Manly Men Avoid Needed Health Care

Gender stereotypes can have dangerous consequences, research suggests

Building Muscle Could Boost the Most Important One

People with heart disease should prioritize weight training over weight loss, study says

Coffee, Wine May Mean Healthy Gut; Sodas May Not

Study examines how food and medications affect makeup of bacteria in people's tummies

Teen Birth Rate at Record Low in U.S.

They're delaying sex, using more effective birth control, CDC researcher says

Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy

Study found risk for a leading cause of premature birth began below EPA standards

Could a Cellular Tweak 'Switch Off' Gray Hair?

Scientists spot a molecular signal controlling skin and hair color

Yellow Fever Outbreak: Is the U.S. at Risk?
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An ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Africa has global health and infectious diseases experts concerned. The virus is mosquito-borne and can be deadly. WebMD has the details.

Critics Call on FDA to Ban Concentrated Caffeine

Critics Call on FDA to Ban Concentrated Caffeine

Does Rosacea Boost Risk for Alzheimer's?

Danish study finds a correlation, but patients shouldn't worry unduly, experts say

Counterfeit Opioid Poisonings Spread To Bay Area

Vomiting, breathing problems, lethargy, unconsciousness result from pirate pills laced with fentanyl.

Hearing Aids May Help Keep Seniors' Minds Sharp

Ability to stay engaged in conversation could help ward off dementia, study suggests

Psoriasis Tied to Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

A genetic link is one theory for the possible association, researchers say


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FDA to extend tobacco regulations to e-cigarettes, other products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it will regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. Until now, the FDA could only regulate cigarettes and cigarette-related products and smokeless tobacco.

Where we stand now: E-cigarettes
New research from the prestigious medical journal BMJ finds teens who use e-cigarettes are more than three times as likely to be smoking traditional cigarettes a year later.
E-cigarettes and hookah use among kids soars
There is good news and bad news in the latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on tobacco use in middle and high school students: Although adolescents have been smoking fewer cigarettes and cigars in recent years, their use of e-cigarettes and hookahs is on the rise.
California raises smoking age to 21
California has passed legislation raising its smoking age from 18 to 21 for most of its citizens.

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What would it take to become a real-life superhero?
If watching "Captain America: Civil War" this weekend revives your childhood dreams of becoming a superhero, technology may be on your side to make it happen -- but science is a little more discouraging.
Are false memories to blame for this dispute?
In one of the most iconic images in American history, five U.S. Marines and a Navy corpsman raise a flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
Sandy Hook families can access gun makers' documents, judge rules
Sandy Hook families suing gun makers can continue to move forward in the discovery process, a Connecticut Superior Court judge ruled Thursday.

The healthiest ways to cook veggies and boost nutrition
Whether you love vegetables or not, there's one thing you know for sure: Veggies are really good for you. And you can make them even more nutritious if you prepare them in ways that maximize their benefits.
What is Percocet?
Percocet is a painkiller, all part of a family drugs known as opiods. Percocet is the brand name of a drug that mixes oxycodone and acetaminophen.
How to stop the afternoon munchies
It's 3 p.m. on a Tuesday and you'd do anything for a donut... with chocolate filling... and those rainbow sprinkles on top. Are you hungry? Bored? You may just have a case of the "sleep munchies." According to a recent study published in the journal SLEEP, a lack of zzz's stokes your appetite just like marijuana might. Seriously! When you don't get enough shut-eye, your brain lights up with the same chemicals that cause stoners to giggle over Funyuns and chomp on Twinkies.

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Chinese boy born with 31 fingers and toes
Meet Hong Hong. He's almost 4 months old, lives in China and has 31 fingers and toes.
Venomous mammal species may have lived with dinosaurs
A creature about the size of a very large shrew may have been around when a dinosaur-killing asteroid struck Earth millions of years ago — and it survived.
New human ancestor found after Facebook callout
Lee Berger and his team of Underground Astronauts discovered Homo naledi, a new species of human ancestor, in late 2013.

Zzzzz... Lizards sleep, maybe dream, like we do, study says
In the quest to understand exactly why we sleep, scientists have gone to great lengths to study the way animals snooze.
This game can tell if you have dementia
A new mobile game, Sea Hero Quest, tracks spatial awareness among users. Doctors will use data to help diagnose dementia early.
How presidential candidates use science to get you to vote
As the presidential candidates make their final moves to come out on top in the Indiana primary, they are using more than the usual campaign speeches and grip-and-grins to get people to the polls.

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Half of teens say they're addicted to their phones
I don't have teenagers yet, but watching my 8- and 10-year-olds spend endless amounts of time on iPads during spring break makes me worried about the day -- hopefully years from now -- when they have their own devices.
The coolest grown-up I ever knew: My teacher
Ms. Belt was by far the coolest grown-up I knew as a kid. And she still is.
Air rage triggered by walking past first-class seating, study says
What is it about air travel that brings out the worst in us? We squabble for space in the overhead compartment and on the armrest. Some passengers have even been caught kicking each other and screaming at the flight crew, as YouTube videos bear witness.

Deadly disease about to be wiped out?
A vaccine against Meningitis A has dramatically reduced numbers of infections in Africa, but other strains of the disease are still present, experts warn.
Three Earth-like planets discovered orbiting dwarf star
For the first time, researchers have discovered three potentially habitable, Earth-like worlds orbiting an ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years away in another star system, according to a study published in the journal Nature.
What's causing mysterious kidney disease?
For decades, thousands of farmers in tropical hotspots across the world have been experiencing a disease that destroys their kidneys and it's cause remains a mystery.

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Mother of overdose victim: Heroin a 'death sentence'
Molly Malone still cries when she talks about her son.
Climbing Everest to shine light on PTSD
A team of veterans and acting soldiers are climbing to the top of Mount Everest to highlight issues affecting veterans once they leave combat, including PTSD and suicide.
N.C. woman who's battling cancer wins the lottery -- again
Sometimes, the person who deserves to win the lottery actually does. And sometimes, she wins it twice.

The faces of the Flint water crisis
The stories and people of Flint that have captured our attention and heartstrings along the way
Man sprayed poison in open food at grocery stores, FBI says
A man who went into multiple Michigan grocery stores and sprayed a poisonous mixture on open food is in custody, according to the FBI.
Hepatitis C deaths hit all-time high
Hepatitis C-related deaths hit an all-time high in 2014, says the CDC, while new cases doubled.

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Medical errors may be No. 3 killer in U.S.
Most medical errors that lead to death aren't recorded. If they were, we'd know for sure how big a health issue they are.
Sunflower kernels recalled for possible listeria contamination
Baseball players may want to pay attention to this recall today: SunOpta is voluntarily recalling some of its sunflower kernels over possible listeria contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Prince team sought addiction doctor's help
Prince was scheduled to discuss treatment with an eminent opioid addiction specialist's team the day he died, the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper reported.

Georgia governor vetoes campus carry bill
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed controversial "campus carry" legislation on Tuesday that would have allowed college students to carry concealed guns onto campuses with some restrictions.
Listeria prompts recall of 42 brands of frozen fruits and veggies
CRF Frozen Foods announced Tuesday that it's expanding a voluntary recall of frozen organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables because of possible health risks.
What's the tie between talc and cancer?
Johnson & Johnson has suffered its second costly court defeat in less than three months over claims its talcum powder caused cancer. And many more cases are looming.

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Foster Farms recalling chicken nuggets
Foster Farms is recalling more than 220,000 pounds of its cooked frozen chicken nuggets distributed throughout the Western United States.
Republic of Tea organic turmeric ginger tea recalled
Tea drinkers, take note: If you've got organic turmeric ginger green tea from the Republic of Tea sitting on your shelf, take a look at the label. The company is voluntarily recalling it because one lot of its organic ginger ingredient might be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.
Everything you need to know about Zika


Want better sleep, better mood, and better sex? Cut calories
Calorie restriction has some positive effects and no negative effects on health-related quality of life, according a new study.
Whole-wheat bread and other 'healthy' foods diet experts avoid
We know nutrition pros load up on wild salmon, ancient grains, and kale, but what virtuous-seeming fare will you never find on their plates? Here are the health-halo items they leave right on the shelves.
Mediterranean diet tied to lower risk of heart attack, stroke
The list of Mediterranean diet benefits is getting even longer. A new study found that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish and unrefined foods is linked to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke in people who have heart disease.

How workouts give your brain a boost
Have you ever felt like pounding the pavement or doing a couple of sun salutations seems to instantly melt your worries away? It's not your imagination — but it is your brain.
Have a 'drink'? There's no universal definition of what that is
No standard definition for what makes a "drink" among 75 countries.
Fast food serves up phthalates, too, study suggests
A new study finds that those fast food drive-thru hamburgers and take-out pizzas could increase your exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals called phthalates.

The 'Dirty Dozen' produce with the most pesticides
Pesticide residue can stay on produce even after you wash it. Here are the top 12 most contaminated.
How to reduce your caloric intake by 30%
Crunch, chomp, munch, slurp. It might not be polite to chew loudly while you eat, but science says those noises might help you avoid overeating. Hearing your own crunching could eat help you eat fewer calories, according to a new Brigham Young University and Colorado State University study. Here's why you might eat less if you listen to yourself chew — and how to avoid noisy scenarios that might overpower your sense of hearing.
Low cholesterol may not be good for you
Don't like some superfoods? Try these healthy alternatives
Can't stomach kale, or quinoa? Don't worry, you're not alone. Many of my clients aren't fans of the latest trendy superfoods. Fortunately for anyone with an aversion to chia seeds and goji berries, there are equally good-for-you alternatives. Each of the replacements below contains similar nutrients but differs in texture or flavor—so you can get the same super-healthy perks and please your palate too.
The hidden danger of grilling out
Last winter, a team of doctors at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware treated a 16-year-old girl who had a sharp pain in one spot of her abdomen. Although the doctors suspected she had swallowed something, they were surprised when they pulled out a wire bristle from a grill brush during surgery.
Vegganism: Why some vegans eat eggs
For Kristin Deiss, it's always been about the animals. She embraced a vegetarian diet after spending time with chickens at her grad school professor's house. She became a vegan after driving by a truck transporting chickens on a California highway. "They were just jammed one on top of the other. My heart broke and I started crying."
Skiing + man's best friend = skijoring, with love
Few sports start with picking the right life partner. But skijoring -- cross-country skiing aided by an additional conveyance, often a dog -- is one.
She lost 185 pounds to pursue the 'heart of a warrior'
15-year-old loses 100 pounds to reach bodybuilding dream
At 15, MacKenzie Walker has accomplished more than most people twice her age. She's written a book. She's started a business, training and coaching clients online. She's amassed nearly 60,000 Instagram followers.
How one teen began his 165-pound weight loss journey
Adam Park considers himself lucky.
Beyond the mirror: How one woman learned to love herself
Shortly after Christmas in 2012, Siha Collins was looking through pictures to post on Facebook, and she was unhappy with what she saw.
Dishwasher lost 100 pounds by eating on the job
Laying at the bottom of a skateboard pool in 2011, Lucas Weaver had -- quite literally -- reached rock bottom. He fell while working promotions at a skating competition and tore every ligament in his knee.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Women who changed my life
Vietnam, heroin and the lesson of disrupting any addiction
What happens when you go without sugar for 10 days?
Zika virus: Will this baby be OK?
Zulymaris Molina arrives at the high-risk pregnancy clinic in San Juan, Puerto Rico, shortly after dawn, excited to see her baby.
Quiz: What does your favorite music say about you?
You're at a heavy metal concert. An electric guitarist grinds out the final chords of a loud, aggressive solo and smashes the guitar. Are you thinking, "That was epic!"? Or are you just glad the music finally stopped?
When a surgeon should just say 'I'm sorry'
Patient safety advocates are encouraging hospitals and doctors to avoid lawsuits by saying 'I'm sorry' after medical mistakes.
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles' lessons from Mom
If you don't know the name Simone Biles, you most likely will once the 2016 Summer Olympics get underway in Rio de Janeiro just 100 days from now.
Arsenic, rice and your baby's diet
Ask any mom or dad to name their baby's first food. The likely answer? Rice cereal. What's a common go-to "healthy" snack for toddlers and kiddos? Rice cakes.
If parents see their kids as overweight, they're more likely to be
One way health programs today are trying to reduce the growing problem of childhood obesity in the United States is by making parents aware that their child is overweight. The thinking is they can take steps to help their child eat more healthily and exercise more.
Does parenting style say anything about a presidential candidate?
Little miracles, big decisions after infertility
From celebrating the everyday joys of being a new parent, to preparing to adopt another child, to contemplating future pregnancies, four couples who have struggled with infertility are moving forward.
When you 'come out' about infertility
I am one in eight. One in every eight couples struggles to conceive or to maintain a pregnancy. I did not realize the magnitude of that statistic, the amount of women I would meet who also are one in eight. I did not know the journey into heartbreak, heartache, sisterhood and loss that I would experience.
From '80s latchkey kid to today's helicopter parent
It used to be common for parents to leave their young kids home alone after school but not today, at a time when overparenting is more the norm. What changed?
Why letting teens sleep in could save lives
Ask parents of teenagers what they're worried about, and among the issues they're likely to bring up is their teens not getting enough sleep. So many teens stay up past midnight and get up early, especially when their school starts, in some cases, well before 8:00 a.m.
Doctor with spina bifida defies expectations
When people introduce me and say I have overcome so much to be where I am, to do what I do ... I am still surprised. Particularly at these moments, it strikes me that I am exceedingly fortunate and very lucky to have been given extraordinary opportunities.
Beating heroin is more than 12 steps; it's 18 years and going
There is a scene in the documentary "Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street" that continues to resonate with me, despite the 18 years that have passed since 25-year-old me was featured in the film. I was asking the camera, if I wasn't using drugs, "what would I do with my life?" I was pointing to the camera, showing the soft tissue infections on my skin. I was skeletal, living in a filthy hotel room with my boyfriend. I had left my apartment a few years earlier for a spring break trip to San Francisco and had never returned home.
Violinist cheats death, fulfills destiny
Chills.
Champion pool player turns pain into will to win
At 12 years old, my life changed when I was diagnosed with scoliosis.
The sky's the limit for blind pole vaulter
I take the bus to class like every other student. I walk through the dining courts like another face in the crowd. That's how I like it.
How a cat helps this 6-year-old artist with autism
Wherever 6-year-old Iris Grace Halmshaw goes, 2-year-old Thula is sure to follow.
Cancer took athlete's leg but he stayed in the game
I was a normal 11-year-old in the summer of 2007. I went to lacrosse camp at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Georgia, as I did every summer -- but this time would prove to be very different from the others.
Parkinson's patient fights disease with magic and music
For the last decade of my father's life, his hands shook uncontrollably. Normal activities like eating and reading the newspaper were challenging. I don't know whether his tremors were caused by Parkinson's disease. He didn't have any of the other typical symptoms, like difficulty initiating movements or shuffling while walking. His doctors thought he had so-called intentional tremors, which are often less problematic than Parkinsonian tremors.
After life-changing shooting, teen's spirit shines through
Abigail Kopf winces, nuzzling the side of her head into her Batman pillow. She needs relief.
The home DNA test that can predict your future
Professor Chris Toumazou left school with few qualifications but has designed a self DNA test that can reveal predispositions to a variety of diseases.
Bedbugs are drawn to certain colors, study finds
The next time you're packing for a trip, you might want to reach for your brightest-colored luggage. It could help keep bedbugs away.
From the darkness of disaster, a ray of hope in Nepal
On April 25, 2015, the Nepal earthquake changed the life of 10-year-old Maya Gurung. A few days later, a second quake altered her life's trajectory again. This time, in a way no one could have imagined.
Can this app change schizophrenia treatment?
People with schizophrenia often say the disease is an isolating one. They can struggle to connect with loved ones or to find people who understand what they're dealing with. But a new app might help them find the support they need to improve their lives.
For pro stair climbers, sky's the limit
Drug baggies of London: 'Addiction made public'
Face transplant patient speaks out five years later
The Endless Table: How recipes keep memories alive
This is your brain on LSD, literally
Scientists have for the first time visualized the effects of LSD on the human brain.
How much sex should you be having?
Did humans kill off Neanderthals?
Wig-free portraits empower women
The abortion laws you don't hear about
Why 'shelfies,' not selfies, are a better snapshot of who you are
How much caveman DNA do you have?
Postures can increase your success in online dating
Discover a child's medical destiny before they're born
DNA hiding in a mother's bloodstream could reveal all about her baby's health, including genetic conditions such as Down's syndrome, providing a non-invasive alternative to current testing methods.
Scott Kelly answers your questions about life in space, missing to Mars
Astronaut Scott Kelly has been back on Earth for about three weeks since completing his groundbreaking year in space and he's still adjusting to the sensation of having solid ground beneath his feet.
The secret Cold War origins of Sharapova's drug
The origins of meldonium, the banned drug used by Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, are shrouded in Soviet-era secrecy.
Living in shadows: A child's rare disorder
Alex Gentile wants to run with his friends on the playground. But because of a rare disease, the 8-year-old can't play in the sunlight for very long. He is one of 9 people on Earth who have been diagnosed with a condition called XLPDR.
'I'm not the Obamacare kid anymore'
Sometimes it's hard to be what you want to be when people only know you for what you used to be.
Your brain on fantasy sports
Spring training is underway, and for millions of baseball fans that means it's time to start over-analyzing players and stats to fill their not-real, totally-made-up team rosters. Welcome to a new season of fantasy baseball.
Can your address predict your premature death?
When it comes to premature death, it's all about location, location, location.
'Siri, I was raped'
Meldonium: the drug that got Maria Sharapova suspended
Is it time for football to reconsider marijuana?
The NFL and the NFL Players Association have a staunch policy prohibiting marijuana use, but some players are asking them to reconsider it, saying pot can be used for pain relief, and possibly as concussion prevention.
Rare disorder causes constant hunger
Peggy Ickenroth photographed Suzanne, a 12-year-old with Prader-Willi syndrome. The genetic disorder's most prominent symptom is an insatiable appetite -- you never feel full.
'Miracle' cells could cure blindness
It's the most common cause of blindness in the Western world and there is currently no cure.
This is what reading is like if you have dyslexia
One in five people suffer from it and famous figures from Tom Cruise to Richard Branson have spoken at length about how it has affected their lives.
Soccer icon Brandi Chastain donating brain for CTE research
U.S. women's soccer legend Brandi Chastain has promised to donate her brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for research into CTE.
'I'm an abortion travel agent'
Daytime turns to dusk as Natalie St. Clair's phone lights up with text messages. They come from clients across the vast Lone Star State.
6 ways to improve your IQ
First gray hair gene found, plucked out of research
The silver lining (pun intended) is that this may aid drug development to prevent or delay hair graying.
Tears and smiles: Angela's beautiful life
Matthew Busch documents a year in the life of Angela Klein, a mother of four who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
Facing Zika fears: Raising kids with microcephaly
Why are my hands always cold?
To say my body doesn't do well in the cold is an understatement. When the temperature drops, my fingers freeze, and often turn deep red, followed by white. On especially exciting days, they'll look a little blue. "Cold hands, warm heart," my mom used to tell me.
What does it mean to die of 'natural causes?'
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and author Harper Lee recently died of natural causes, according to most news reports. But what does that phrase mean? Or, rather, what is "unnatural" about something that happens to everyone? Is it just for the old? Does cancer count as "natural?"
Why Sandy Hook parents are suing a gun-maker
To hear Jackie Barden and David Wheeler describe their lives today is a master class in hope.
How I gave my wife Zika virus
The story of how microbiologist Brian Foy obtained Zika in Africa back in 2008 and passed it to his wife Joy when he returned home reads like a detective novel: frozen blood, false leads, a clever clue from Africa, and finally success—laboratory proof that Foy had given a mosquito-borne virus to his wife during sex.
A glove to block Parkinson's tremors?
There is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological condition that affects around seven million people globally, but a new mechanical glove could
The pee color spectrum: What it means
Did you know that looking into the toilet bowl is like looking into a crystal ball for your health? The color of your pee can change depending on how hydrated you are, what foods you've been eating, and even as a weird side effect to certain medications. Here's what your urine color says about your health — and when it could signal a serious problem.
Husband and wife never expected their Fitbit would tell them this ...
A New York husband was stumped as why his wife's Fitbit was acting funny.
Weed users found to have poorer verbal memory
People who smoked weed regularly as teenagers remembered fewer words as they entered middle age, according to a new study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.
Study finds new potential treatment for jet lag
Jet lag might be the worst part of long-distance travel, especially when it leaves you feeling tired, cranky and off-kilter for days.
CTE in the NFL: The tragedy of Fred McNeill
The night before Fred McNeill died in November, he was watching "Monday Night Football." The 63-year-old former Minnesota Viking linebacker and UCLA grad had his gold and blue slippers tucked under his bed. "He loved the game," said his youngest son, Gavin. "He was proud of what he did."
'Resting bitch face' is real, scientists say
Good news, everyone! You can now wear your mildly discontented face with some validation.
The real reason Mary Ingalls went blind
If you watched "Little House on the Prairie," chances are you remember the story of Mary Ingalls.
BPA-free plastic alternatives may not be safe as you think
Your "BPA-free" plastic product may be no safer than the product it replaced, says a new UCLA study that analyzed the impact of a common BPA alternative on zebra fish embryos. The study joins a small but growing group of similar research sounding the alarm about so called "BPA-free" alternatives.
Inside one of the world's largest sperm banks
Laerke Posselt photographed Cryos International, a sperm bank in Denmark that has served more than 80 countries.
Inside Ellis Island's abandoned hospitals
Ellis Island is a major tourist destination, attracting more than 4 million visitors a year. Still, much of the island remains off limits to all but a select few.
Gun violence not a mental health issue, experts say
Mental health advocates say federal gun law overlooks those at greater risk for gun violence, and President Obama's new executive orders won't change that.
The centenarian tide is on the rise
The number of Americans 100 years old and older has climbed by 44% since 2000.
Why your brain goes mushy over cute animal videos
Humans are instinctively attracted to beings with large eyes, chubby cheeks, big forehead. And the reason is tied to happiness and our survival.
How your smell reveals if you're sick
Your body odor can reveal how healthy you are: humans around you could smell when your body is fighting an infection.
Football's dangers, illustrated by one young man's brain
The case of college football player Michael Keck has added more fuel to the fire about whether young children should play football.
No, you haven't read this déjà vu story before
What induces déjà vu -- the funny feeling you've been here or done that before while it's happening for the first time?
New U.S. dietary guidelines limit sugar, rethink fat
Why adult coloring books are good for you
U.S. Army wants you to eat MREs for 21 days straight
Where do we stand now: E-cigarettes
Woman charged with DUI has 'auto-brewery syndrome'
The 'know thyself' weight loss resolution
Will Smith: Movie 'Concussion' touches raw nerve for NFL
Should you be aiming for 10,000 steps a day?
Health effects of red wine: Where do we stand?
Life lessons for 2016 from Sarah Silverman
Experimenting with death to save their lives
These countries hold the secret to long life
Medieval hearts give glimpse into a silent killer
Drunk off kombucha tea?
What you should know about this 'new' STD
The other 'fingerprints' you don't know about
10 deadly diseases you thought were gone
The slow crawl to designer babies
Can this pill end the AIDS epidemic?
Sick and dying at 30,000 feet
When HIV was a death sentence
Before Billy Howard had finished the intro to his photo book of HIV/AIDS portraits, 15 of the people in the book had died.
Drawing upon your own life experiments
Meet the dogs that can sniff out cancer better than some lab tests
Thanks to mastodons, we still have this
Pigeons, the next great cancer detector?
Coffee could literally be a lifesaver
Artist bioengineers replica of Van Gogh's ear
What's in your pad or tampon?
Could this test help prevent high school football deaths?
Could wearable 'artificial kidney' change dialysis?
The rare recovery of a child who shot himself in the head

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