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Loose Skin After Weight Loss

WebMD knows that a large weight loss can lead to loose, extra skin. Find out what you can do about it.

Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms: Study
But people at risk of gum disease need more

Periodontal problems linked to inflammation throughout the body, researcher says

Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC
Concentrations in yellowfin tuna are rising

At least 53 people in nine states have fallen ill, while 10 have been hospitalized, agency reports

Medicaid Expansion Helps Cut Rate Of Older, Uninsured Adults From 12 To 8 Percent

A study finds that in states that did not expand the health program for low-income residents, the rate of uninsurance among 50- to 64-year-olds is twice that of other states.

Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With Autism
Study found children were more talkative and

Playing with guinea pig in stressful situation was calming, study finds

‘$5 Insanity': What You Should Know About Flakka
flakka spilling out of jar

Flakka, a new designer drug, is surging in popularity. Poison control centers in states including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas are responding to an increasing number of incidents involving the drug.

Can ADHD Be a Gift?
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WebMD talks to Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, and other ADHD experts about Honos-Webb's book, The Gift of ADHD.

Coffee May Help Men Keep Impotence at Bay
Study linked lower rates of recurrence,

Study suggests caffeine may help maintain healthy blood flow and sexual function

Does Botox Actually Rejuvenate Skin?
Report on cosmetic procedures finds Botox,

Elasticity, pliability improve after toxin injections, study finds

Too Few Younger, High-Risk Americans Get a Colonoscopy: Study

Those with a family history of disease should have screening at age 40, but only 38 percent do

Persistent UTI Symptoms May Signal Bladder Cancer
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Urinary tract infection symptoms that don’t improve with time or treatment could point to bladder cancer, a new study suggests.

Quiet Activities for Sick Kids

Here are 9 restful activities for you and your sick child.

Over 4 Million Working Americans Suffer From Anxiety Disorders
Study found teams that met in rooms without

Illness can be debilitating, but treatment is available so workers can stay productive, experts say

Tests That Diagnose Psoriatic Arthritis

If you have psoriasis and joint pain, the two may be related. Talk to your doctor about psoriatic arthritis. Learn more at WebMD.

Depression Tied to Some Risk of Parkinson's Disease
'Embolization' limits prostate's blood supply,

Swedish study finds association, but overall risk is low -- only about 1 percent

Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More Than Whites

Fewer unhealthy signs are needed before black women's risk starts to rise, study finds

Flu Vaccines and Kids
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WebMD talks to CDC medical officer Lisa Grohskopf, MD, about flu vaccines for children.

ADHD Drug Holidays: Should Your Kid Take One?
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WebMD talks to experts about the pros and cons of giving kids a "drug holiday" from ADHD medication.

7 Foods for Children's Brain Development

Good nutrition is part of children's brain development. Eggs, oatmeal, apples, and fish are some of the foods that have nutrients that are good for children's brains. Find out what other foods made the list.

Family History of Breast Cancer Doesn't Worsen Patient's Prognosis: Study
Confidence, skill in managing day-to-day care

Over roughly six years, no difference seen in survival

Choosing an OTC Pain Reliever

Which pain reliever should you use? WebMD helps you sort out the differences between over-the-counter products, including how to use them safely.

Chemo Before Surgery May Boost Outcomes for Advanced Ovarian Cancer
Cause of traumatic injuries not necessarily

Shrinking the tumor beforehand seems to raise quality of life without shortening survival, study finds

More Evidence C-Sections Riskier for Moms
Risk remained for 28 days after discharge;

First-time surgeries also lower chances of vaginal delivery for subsequent births, researchers find

Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Bystanders Mild 'High'
Experiment in unventilated room found some

Experiment in unventilated room found some intoxication by those who weren't smoking marijuana

Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults
Expert advice for those facing the challenges

Statins and fibrates both drop chances by about one-third, study suggests

Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo, Study Finds
Since some classes of meds had the effect but

But taking prednisone was tied to small improvements in ability to perform daily activities

Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques May Arise Decades Before Symptoms
But predictive value of finding still needs to be

Researchers hope for opportunity to head off dementia

One-Third of Americans Have Dangerous Mix of Heart Risk Factors
People with a genetic mutation plus hypertension

Metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure and obesity, increases with age, researchers say

How to Talk to Your Child About ADHD

WebMD offers tips for parents of children who have ADHD on how to talk to their child about ADHD in a supportive, encouraging way.

A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers Worldwide: Study
Rather than easing the stress of kicking the

Global tally finds adult health toll from legal substances may exceed that from illicit drugs

Most Americans Still Not Using Sunscreen
Choosing effective sun protection should be

Women do so more than men, but still fall short of recommendations, CDC study finds

Hormone Therapy for Menopause Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Risk of a type of colitis increased somewhat for current HRT users, study found

Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo
But, experts say small study is not conclusive,

But researchers say doctors should be kept informed of dual usage

Should I Still Take Contrave?
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The new weight loss drug Contrave was in the headlines last week when researchers ended a study that looked at its safety.

It May Soon Be Possible to Easily 'Brew' Narcotics
Scientists engineer an enzyme to stop the

While breakthrough could benefit medicine, researchers warn of potential to create illegal drugs

Sleep Apnea May Boost Depression Risk in Men, Study Finds
Finnish study of obese people found the breathing

Researcher says cause and effect can't be proved, but link between the two conditions is strong

FDA Issues Warning for Type 2 Diabetes Drugs
Drugs containing hydrocodone, which include

SGLT2 inhibitors linked to potentially fatal condition called ketoacidosis

Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers
Two-thirds of underage drinking-related

Researchers also spot genetic mutation linked to impulsiveness

Many Kids With Asthma Also Sensitive to Peanuts: Study
Allergen-free foods, special diets alone cost

Parents may not realize that wheezing, shortness of breath could be allergy

Probiotic Supplements May Contain Traces of Gluten
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis disappeared for

Finding could be a problem for people with celiac disease who take these products

Botox Eases Overactive Bladder, 2 Studies Find

Botox Eases Overactive Bladder, 2 Studies Find

Men Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis, Too

Men Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis, Too

This Boosts Survival With Implanted Defibrillators

This Boosts Survival With Implanted Defibrillators

Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of AFib

Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of AFib

Sleep Amount May Up Stroke Risk for Some

Sleep Amount May Up Stroke Risk for Some

Learning Daily Skills Prepares Kids With Autism for Adult Life
Study suggests it's not a sure path from kitchen

Those who can clean house and make meals more likely to be employed, study says

CDC: 1 in 10 Children Diagnosed With ADHD
Finding from large study may be due to better

Numbers remain unchanged since 2007; boys still twice as likely to have the condition as girls

Stomach Bug Traced to Swimming in Contaminated Lake Water
Safe hygiene practices can prevent norovirus

Safe hygiene practices can prevent norovirus outbreaks, CDC says

Early Chemo May Boost Survival in Advanced Prostate Cancer
Xofigo was fast-tracked for approval and is meant

Study found combination with hormone therapy extended life by almost a year

Botox Lowers AFib Risk After Cardiac Surgery?
Testing in pigs shows it serves as platform for

Preliminary trial found the drug effective against potentially fatal atrial fibrillation


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The men who wear white hats to save lives
The White Helmets, a humanitarian organization, has saved 18,000 lives in three years and recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Meet the White Helmets
Woman battling anorexia helped after social media plea
Fighting off fear with jiujitsu
Why more women are going 'Wild'
Fit Nation: 'You can do anything you put your mind to'
Free mental safe house opens in New York City
'I'm bad with names' is a real thing
Deaf doctor makes patients feel heard
Mammograms: Are they needed or not?
Is your pet going to make you ill?
Pets give us companionship and affection, but they can also give us diseases. Although it is rare to get sick from our furry and feathered friends, some outbreaks seem to crop up perennially.
Best sunscreens of 2015 you're not using
Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, but few Americans are using sunscreen despite access to sunscreen databases designed to help them choose the best options.
Fittest cities in U.S. and why
Suicide rates among young black boys on the rise
Why spring (yawn) makes us (yawn) sleepy
What 'natural,' other words on food labels really mean
'Elder orphans' of the Baby Boom generation
Nearly one quarter of Americans 65 and older have no family to help care for them. The outlook for the future is not any brighter. Based on 2012 U.S. Census data, about one third of Americans age 45 to 63 are single, and in a position to become orphans as they age.
Foods to help you get regular
How he lost 100 pounds by eating at work
At his heaviest, Lucas Weaver weighed 289 pounds. But in addition to losing weight, Weaver also shed his shyness and personal frustrations for new found confidence.
37 ways to get better sleep
11 best running camps in the U.S.
Chronic depression may increase stroke risk
Travel often? Try this to relax
Quitting smoking relies on stronger brain networks
Mother, son both fighting cancer
Frequent tanner shares grisly skin-cancer selfie
Tawny Willoughby used a tanning bed 4 to 5 times a week in high school. Now, at 27, she's dealing with painful skin-cancer treatments.
Meet CrossFit's Fittest Man on Earth
What happens in the classroom after a concussion?
When couples are out of sync about sex
Get a group of married women together and the topic of sex -- or more specifically how their partners want it more than they do -- invariably comes up.
Why you are constantly hungry
Bullying study's results surprise
Weight loss weapon: A shopping list
Meet the doctor who treats America's homeless
A better way to give birth
Midwife-attended births have better outcomes than standard hospital births, treat childbirth like natural process it is. Why aren't they common in U.S.?
Epilepsy patients need more than pot
In CNN's "Weed" series, Dr. Sanjay Gupta called for a "marijuana revolution" to help patients who are suffering from pain, seizures, and other serious medical conditions. As a mother of a daughter with Aicardi syndrome, a very rare disorder that causes hard-to-control seizures and significant physical and cognitive disabilities, I couldn't agree more.
Why you really are extra tasty to mosquitoes
Scientist say there is a real reason for it: blame your parents. For the first time, scientists discovered a possible genetic reason why some of us are mosquito magnets, at least according to a pilot study from the London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine.
The good memory diet
Risk of the lonely distance runner
How this bra could save your life
How much do you know about sleep?
We all want it, we all need it, and most of us don't get enough of it. How much do you know about sleep? Find out with our interactive quiz.
Stressed? The unexpected reasons why
Childhood sleep terrors may lead to sleepwalking
Does your little one suffer from sleep terrors? Then get ready to lock the window and doors, because they might soon sleepwalk, too. A study of nearly 2,000 children in Quebec over a 12-year period found that as many as a third of the children who had early childhood sleep terrors became sleepwalkers later.
'Alone time' is good for you
'Bubble girl' is allergic to life
Want to be an optimist? Pick up these positive habits
FDA approves new drug to eliminate double chins
Emotions run high amid cancer charity scam
Salmonella outbreak may be caused by raw tuna
Canine flu outbreak: How can I keep my dog safe?
Woman battling anorexia pleads for help on social media
Nepal quakes: Medics race to avert health crisis
Rapper helps save driver in diabetic shock
Rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony scored a Grammy with their song "Tha Crossroads," which paid tribute to loved ones they had lost. But rapper Layzie Bone may have helped save a life recently.
Runner collapses sobbing after every race
Mad Men got the smoking issue right after all
The show didn't stint on showing the negative consequences of smoking.
Sexual assault victim in India dies after 42 years in coma
Florida's Valencia College sued over forced vaginal exams
WHO announces changes after widespread Ebola criticism
Gupta: Amtrak engineer may have form of amnesia
Bullying at school on the decline, says new report
Fat or fit? These 'obese' sports stars tip the scales
In a sports world full of rippling torsos and shredded six-packs, these elite athletes are proud of their extra pounds -- they're the "fat guys who shouldn't have made it."
Opinion: Policy still discriminates against gay blood donors
U.S. mom gives birth in transit, finds herself in hospital predicament
Football getting safer, but there's a lot to be learned
Creed's Scott Stapp says he's bipolar
There was a time last fall when Creed lead singer Scott Stapp claimed he was "penniless," had taken to living in a Holiday Inn and was convinced his family was involved in ISIS.
What's in a disease name? WHO has recommendations
Ebola declared dead in Liberia
Mom's photo leads to horrifying discovery
San Francisco outlaws smokeless tobacco
2 babies die, dozens hospitalized after vaccination
Doctor declared free of Ebola finds virus in his eye
Beating Ebola? It's a matter of trust
The Liberian authorities need to rebuild trust to stop Ebola from happening again, writes disease specialist Chikwe Ihekweazu.
First national report on Hispanic health
'I lost my leg, but I didn't lose my drive'
Dave Goldberg's death highlights dangers of treadmills
Migraine relief through cycling and more
America's wheeziest, sneeziest Cities
What every 50-year-old needs to know
Explain it to me: Concussions
Can you tell if your child is overweight?
Want to sleep better? Skip the meds
When bills become a health hazard
Put down that energy drink!
50% increase in breast cancer cases by 2030?
Put this in their lunchbox
The quick hit history of medical marijuana
How to track your medical expenses
E-cigarette use triples among teens in one year
Your brain on weed
Your Brain on Multitasking
This surprise will help your baby learn
Does laughing make you healthier?
New study links diet soda to belly fat
Trick your brain to avoid 'portion distortion'
Quick weight loss habits for your busy day
You can stress-eat these superfoods
Stave off soreness like a pro athlete
Fuel right! 9 triathlon nutrition rules
One-minute solutions to improve your health
Cereal could be the key to long life
Stop drinking soda, for (your own) good
Sleep better with six minutes of bedtime yoga
10 nutritionists share McDonald's meals they'd order
What happens to your body by skipping the gym?
Eat this to reduce your risk of colon cancer
Yoga for triathletes
Training for a Triathlon? Yoga can help!
Coffee is a health food: Myth or fact?
A subway workout goes viral
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 challenge update: 'It's launch time!'
Partner up: The fellowship of fitness
Change up your living space to get in shape
Climbing uphill on the weight loss journey
Work-life balance and getting in shape
Want to lose weight and find romance? Start cooking
Meet the new Fit Nation team
They lost weight; so can you
Time for medical marijuana revolution
Emergency on helicopter as Nepal quake victim stops breathing
President Obama links climate change, public health
'Fearless' Ebola nurse trains at Emory University
Real 'Fault in Our Stars' couple reunited by hope
Angelina Jolie's genetic tests can help you too
Partner yoga: Double the pleasure
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.
9 ways to fall asleep faster
Unbroken: Husband, wife battle rare cancers
The lamest workout excuses trainers ever heard
Coping with infertility: Don't give up hope, and more advice
When we asked readers to share their infertility stories with us on iReport, they opened up about their personal journeys, but also provided advice for people experiencing infertility, and the families of these couples, as well.
Infertility: When adoption is not an option
Many infertile women are asked, "Why don't you just adopt?" But adoption is too costly for some women. For others, it's not right for their family.
Infertility: Causes and solutions
At a crossroads: 4 infertility journeys
Hospital gowns get fashion makeovers
Will this remove stink from body odor?
A workout for your face?
Can't fully expect when expecting? Accurate gender
What happens when instead of the little girl everyone has been expecting and buying clothes for a little boy ends up being born? Making the wrong call happens more frequently than we realize, perhaps as high as one out of ten times.
Instilling empathy among doctors pays off
This skill is increasingly considered essential to establishing trust, the foundation of a good doctor-patient relationship.
Most Alzheimer's patients aren't diagnosed
The huge Influence of 'Lunch Lady Land'
If you must smoke, do it away from the kids
Men's memories worse than women's
Loneliness increases risk of death?
Doctors claim first successful penis transplant
Child receives his own 'Iron Man' arm
How to help your hangover
Are you an e-hypochrondriac?
A billion at risk for music-related hearing loss
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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