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Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?
Large Norwegian study followed offspring for up

Study reinforces benefits of taking supplements during pregnancy as recommended

Pediatricians Urge Flu Vaccine for All Kids 6 Months and Older
Current vaccine is still best protection against

Nasal spray vaccine can be considered for many kids 2 to 8, doctors say

E-Cigarettes Don't Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking: Study
CDC says public health effect of device remains

Long-term safety, effectiveness of the devices still unclear, researchers caution

Tight Blood Sugar Control Doesn't Prevent Strokes in Diabetics: Study
Patients engaged in their health care do better,

But keeping blood pressure in check does, researchers say

Adults Over 45 Not Meeting U.S. Muscle Strengthening Guidelines, Study Says
Start by talking to your doctor, experts advise.

Less than one-quarter follow recommendations

Scientists Spot How Bacterial Pneumonia Damages the Heart
Researchers also found links between these

A vaccine, and the right antibiotic, may guard against a direct attack on heart cells, researchers say

FDA Approves Another Weekly Injectable Drug for Type 2 Diabetes
Patients who take the product would get no

Trulicity helps lower blood sugar levels when used alone or with other medications, agency says

More Schools Stocking Shots That Counter Serious Allergic Reactions
Advocates say one in four allergic reactions

Having epinephrine auto-injectors on hand can save lives, advocates say

For Autistic Adults, Coverage Options Are Scarce

For Autistic Adults, Coverage Options Are Scarce

New Dads: How to Bond With Your Baby

WebMD talks to experts about how new fathers can start bonding with their newborn baby.

New Dads: What to Expect After Baby Arrives
New dad and baby

WebMD discusses what new fathers can expect after their baby arrives.

Are We Too Clean? Letting Kids Get Dirty and Germy
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Should you let your kids get dirty and be exposed to germs? WebMD discusses this idea and the benefits and risks associated with it.

Helping a Child Who Is Afraid of Shots
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WebMD gives tips for helping a child who is afraid of getting a shot. Learn how parents can make the vaccine process go smoothly.

Almost Everyone Needs a Flu Shot: CDC
Report shows it only provided 9 percent

Vaccine is safe, effective for those 6 months and older, experts say

Vitamin E, Selenium Supplements Don't Seem to Prevent Cataracts
Too little evidence that test benefits adults

Nutrients also have little effect on rates of cataract removal, study involving men over 50 finds

Obama Administration Tackles Antibiotic Resistance
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The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of measures aimed at combating the threat of antibiotic resistance, which can happen when these medicines are used too often and lose their power to treat bacterial infections.

Scientists Studying Sickle Cell Trait
Study found some players still showed brain

Condition has killed 9 collegiate football players since 2000, researchers say

One Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections, Study Says
High cure rates, few side effects may make this

Researchers eventually hope to predict who will respond to a drug and who won't

Back-Related Leg Pain: Spine Manipulation Helps
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In people with back-related leg pain, spinal manipulative therapy plus home exercise and advice provided more short-term improvement in pain and ability to move than home exercise and advice alone, according to a recent study.

FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use
Advocates say AMA's move will boost resources to

Joint committee also calls for drug makers to run heart-risk tests on popular 'Low T' products

PTSD Link to Food Addiction Seen in Report
Inflammation may play a role, small study

Study finds women with worst PTSD more likely to be addicted to food, but it's not clear if one causes the other

DNA Blood Test Might Identify Status of Prostate Cancer
Elevated blood glucose may harm the brain, even

May help doctors pinpoint best treatment, researchers say

Are Migraines in Middle Age Tied to Raised Parkinson's Risk Later?
In research involving patients with migraine with

Study sees a connection, but actual risk is small; more study needed, researchers say

Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Blood Sugar?
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If you’re one of the millions of Americans for whom diet sodas and artificially sweetened desserts play leading roles in the effort to shed pounds and ward off long-term diseases such as diabetes, new research might give you pause.

The 411 on Skin Lighteners
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Want to even out your skin tone? From sun damage to acne scars, these new potions can help.

Major U.S. Food Makers Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories From Products: Report
Those more focused on good nutrition were most

16 companies exceeded pledge, but more work needed, experts say

Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics Linked to Asthma Risk in Kids
Experts list key topics to discuss for optimum

Association between phthalates and lung disorder needs additional research, study authors say

Urine Test for HPV Works Well, Analysis Finds
Research started in the late 1990s, first vaccine

It's a less invasive way to spot virus linked to cervical cancer; may increase screening rates, researchers say

Targeted Drugs Among Successes Against Cancer, Says New Report
People with overactive version of a specific

But aging population and increasing obesity threaten progress

Most Treatments for Blood Clots Appear Safe, Effective
Analysis of studies shows almost all strategies

Analysis of studies shows almost all strategies have similar outcomes, Canadian researchers report

U.S. Waistlines Keep Growing, With Women Leading the Way
Study finds higher rates of chronic disease,

Average is nearly 39 inches, CDC researchers find

Combo Therapy Best for COPD: Study
Researchers found two-drug regimen cut death,

Researchers found two-drug regimen cut death, hospitalization rates for the respiratory disease

Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC
High cure rates, few side effects may make this

Increases highest among whites, and people between 55 and 64

How to Prevent Psoriasis Flare-Ups
woman applying lotion

Lifestyle changes – including stress reduction – can help weaken your triggers.

1 in 5 U.S. Men Admits to Violence Against Spouse, Partner
Less gratitude seen among those with sleep

Acts include hitting, kicking, biting, choking, threatening with a weapon, survey finds

High-Fat Dairy May Lower Diabetes Risk

New Swedish research shows that eating and drinking high-fat dairy products is linked to a lower risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study
Early study found higher rates than in people

It's as accurate as current methods, but can also confirm recovery, researchers contend

U.S. to Lead International Effort to Stop Ebola
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The U.S. Department of Defense will send up to 3,000 personnel to Liberia in the coming weeks in an effort to boost the international response to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has claimed thousands of lives and shows no signs of slowing.

FDA to Probe Testosterone Therapy Claims, Safety
Advocates say AMA's move will boost resources to

Joint committee to consider whether 'Low T' products are overprescribed and whether treatment raises heart risks

Nonsurgical Treatments Suggested for Women's Urinary Incontinence
Some predict challenges to medical practices that

Pelvic muscle exercises, bladder training and weight loss can help, doctors say

Male Pattern Baldness Tied to Prostate Cancer, Study Suggests
But not those with a receding hairline, say

Testosterone might be the link between the two, but more research needed to prove a connection

Heart Docs Don't Recommend Routine ECGs for Young Athletes
Post-op rise in weight occurs mostly in younger,

Detailed history, examination can reveal teens' risk for sudden death, experts say

Older Patients More Likely to Fill Prescriptions for Generic Statins: Study
But one cardiologist stands by the drug,

Higher use of cheaper types of cholesterol-lowering drugs led to a lower risk of heart problems

Want to Fight Ebola? CDC to Train Health Workers
 Center For Domestic Preparedness Decontamination

The CDC is looking for a few good nurses and doctors -- but especially nurses -- to help fight the Ebola epidemic.

Chest Radiation May Help Fight Some Advanced Lung Cancers: Study
Added to chemo, it lowered recurrence rates,

Added to chemo, it lowered recurrence rates, improved survival, researchers report

Risks of Breast Cancer Screening in Women Over 70
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Including women over 70 in a national breast cancer screening program does not lead to a large decline in advanced cases, and may lead to certain consequences, a Dutch study has concluded.

Not Everyone With Alzheimer's-Linked Protein Develops Dementia: Study
DNA changes appear to rise with more years of

Some brains appear to compensate for build-up of destructive beta-amyloid plaque, research suggests

Small Number of Drugs Behind Kids' Accidental Poisonings: CDC
Reports found four psoriasis patients who took

Narcotic painkillers, addiction medications and sedatives top the list

Walking, Biking to Work Seems to Have Mental Health Benefits
Study suggests sidewalks, curbs may be key to

Active commuters less stressed, better able to concentrate than those who drive, research shows

Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed, Study Finds
Doctors can 'watch and wait' for an additional 3

More than 11 million prescriptions may be unnecessary, researchers say


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'Sumo wrestler' to distance runner
When Yusuke Kirimoto visited his relatives in Japan, they would jokingly say, "the sumo wrestler is back." Their comments prompted him to change his lifestyle -- and lose 102 pounds.
One dance class changed her life
Angela Baldwin can pinpoint the day she changed the course of her life.
Weight loss: What they never tell you
Shannon Britton lost 268 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery. What she's learned since then will surprise you.
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.
Mental health help: Where to turn
Americans often don't know where to turn when dealing with a loved one with serious mental illness, but experts emphsize there are resources available.
Migraines linked to Parkinson's
People who suffer from migraines with aura during middle age have double the risk of developing Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders later in life than those who do not, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology.
Could we erase signs of autism?
The majority of seven caregivers had success when using early behavioral modification techniques with their children who showed early signs of autism. Five of the seven showed no developmental problems after being a part of the study.
Low-carb or low-fat? Doesn't matter
Anyone who's ever attempted to lose weight knows the frustration of trying (and failing at) different diets. A recent study suggests any low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet can produce significant weight loss results.
Live to 100: Laugh more
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how laughing more can help us live to 100.
Eat chocolate. Yes, chocolate.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tell us how eating certain types of chocolate can help us live to 100.
Apply the right sunscreen
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how applying sunscreen every day can help you live to be 100.
Can psychedelic drugs be medicine?
Psychiatrists are now considering the benefits of LSD and other psychedelic drugs in treatment. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
Tool helps them see neurons
A Harvard chemist has received the Blavatnik Award for his work on technology to study neurodegenerative diseases.
What is 'too much' caffeine?
Carl Azuz reports on why consuming too much caffeine is not good for you.
Fit Nation triathletes ready to race!
Six CNN viewers selected for the Fit Nation challenge have transformed their bodies and minds.
Inside your mind with 'Brain Games'
Jason Silva from National Geographic's hit show "Brain Games" talks about tricks the mind plays that shape our reality.
The best way to brush
CNN's Martha Shade reports on what's the best way to brush your teeth.
Still smoking after cancer
CNN's Holly Firfer tells us that some people who have beat cancer continue to smoke.
How outbreak can start, and end
Dr. Sanjay Gupta describes how "contact tracing" could help stem the tide of an Ebola outbreak.
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.
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.
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.
Desperation grows in Ebola zone
Moses Kallie has lost 13 relatives, his parents included, to the deadly Ebola virus. His story is just one of too many in Liberia.
Power walker loses 150 pounds
In the fall of 2011, Jen Corn was the heaviest she had ever been. Her family offered to pay for weight loss surgery but she decided to lose the extra pounds on her own.
7 ways to boost your happiness
Happiness isn't just an emotional state. Science shows people who are happy live longer and healthier lives.
Violently ill, yet pregnant again
Hyperemesis gravidarum causes extreme sickness during pregnancy. Read about one mother's journey.
Schizophrenia is eight disorders
What we know -- and psychiatrists have diagnosed for decades -- as schizophrenia may really be eight separate diseases, research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggests.
I am a human guinea pig
Earlier this week, Brian Shepherd sat down in a small doctor's office in Bethesda, Maryland. A technician swabbed his arm and gave him a quick jab with a needle.
CNN reporter lands in Ebola zone
As CNN's Elizabeth Cohen arrives in Liberia, she wonders how the world goes about stopping an outbreak that's gotten so out of hand.
Power walker loses 150 pounds
In the fall of 2011, Jen Corn was the heaviest she had ever been. Her family offered to pay for weight loss surgery but she decided to lose the extra pounds on her own.
What if Ebola was airborne?
Every time the Ebola virus copies itself, it mutates. These mutations could change the way the virus behaves.
Crab's blood could save your life
Hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs are captured each year for their incredible blue blood.
The monster that took my son
A week before Cole died, I promised him he would do "something big" someday. For two years, I have been fighting to keep that promise.
Gupta: We created the heroin problem
The face of heroin abuse in America is changing. And part of the reason is that society wanted a quick fix to the prescription drug abuse problem.
Surgical 'black box' coming soon
Researchers are working on a tracking device like the ones placed in airplanes that records surgeons' movements during an operation.
700 infants exposed to TB at Texas hospital
More than 700 infants and 40 health care workers have been exposed to tuberculosis, commonly called TB, at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, according to the city's Department of Public Health.
Ebola lockdown workers find dozens of cases
One hundred thirty new cases of Ebola were identified during a three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone, Stephen Gaojia, the country's head of emergency operations, said Monday.
Why I became a human guinea pig
Earlier this week, Brian Shepherd sat down in a small doctor's office in Bethesda, Maryland. A technician swabbed his arm and gave him a quick jab with a needle.
How listening to music helps your brain
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us why music therapy is good for the brain and how it can help us live to 100.
The longer you sleep, the weirder your dreams
Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health -they look at artificial sweeteners, our expanding waistlines, teen drug use, the intensity of dreams, and a new way to detect depression.
It's time to get your flu shot!
Flu season is about to begin, the CDC says. And health officials have a few updates to their recommendations.
Helping kids kick the pain and fear out of cancer
For 12 years, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg worked at a camp for children battling cancer.
How Catholic health plans deal with birth control
Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.
Reduce your risk of dementia right now
There is some good news laid out in the sixth annual World Alzheimer's Report. For the first time, we're starting to get a clearer understanding of cause and effect when it comes to this debilitating disease.
5 ways to think yourself well
There wasn't anything that could bring singer Pharrell Williams down in his hit song "Happy." Turns out he was on to to something.
15 diseases doctors get wrong
After strange pains or mysterious digestive issues, you hope a trip to the doctor will solve your health woes. That's not always the case.
Menopause Qs you're not asking
Menopause: the permanent end of fertility (and periods!) that commonly happens to women in their late 40s and 50s. For many women, just saying the word can increase anxiety levels.
Hallucinogens to treat depression?
Psychedelic drugs are being researched as a potential treatment for conditions ranging from anxiety to tobacco and alcohol addiction.
Lack of sleep may shrink your brain
Can sleep deprivation affect the size of your brain? It's possible, a recent study published in an online issue of Neurology suggests.
10 best apps to train your brain
Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.

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