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Experts Question Study Linking Cellphones, Cancer

Rodents exposed to phone radiation actually lived longer than unexposed animals, reviewers point out

Smoking During Pregnancy and Schizophrenia Risk

Scientists measured evidence of exposure in the womb and found an association, but not proof

It’s Mosquito Season: The 411 on Repellents
Insect Repellent

Mosquito repellents are safe, so you should use them. And there are more choices than ever. WebMD breaks down your options.

Exploring Zika's Path Through the Placenta

Researchers find the virus can replicate in immune cells

Officials: U.S. Superbug Resists All Antibiotics

Pennsylvania case suggests it's almost 'the end of the road' for these drugs

Fewer Inhaled Steroids OK for Asthmatic Kids?

Study suggests some kids don't need daily dosing, but one expert worries the strategy might have risks

FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction
Experts say steady dosing eliminates need to take

Experts say steady dosing eliminates need to take medication daily to combat heroin, powerful painkillers

How Often Should Your Pet See a Veterinarian?
vet with dog

Your four-legged friend needs wellness visits, too. Here's what to expect at each stage of life.

Healthy Living May Offset Breast Cancer Gene Risk

Behavior may matter even more when your DNA is working against you, research shows

Some Experts Question Extent of U.S. Zika Threat

They say Gulf Coast states face risk, but most other states probably don't

1.2 Million College Students Drink on Average Day

And over 700,000 use marijuana, government report says

Migraine or Sinus Headache: What's the Difference?
man with a headache

WebMD talks to headache experts about the difference between migraines and sinus headaches.

Hepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink: Study

And researchers say alcohol can worsen the chronic liver condition

What Doctors Aren't Telling Obese Young Adults

Too few warn patients of their risk for kidney disease, study says

Common Abnormal Heart Rhythm Linked to Cancer Risk

But study only found an association and doesn't prove that atrial fibrillation causes cancer

New Vision Issues Spotted in Zika-Infected Babies

Finding adds to growing understanding of damage virus causes in these infants, researchers say

Pot While Pregnant May Raise Premature Birth Risk

Experts' advice to expectant mothers on marijuana use is same as for alcohol and tobacco: Don't do it

Medicare’s Drug-Pricing Experiment Stirs Opposition

A proposal to change the way Medicare pays for some drugs has set off intense reaction and lobbying — all tied to a common theme: How far should the government go in setting prices for prescription drugs?

Most Americans Wouldn't Join a Clinical Trial

Only 40 percent had favorable view of these studies, but number rose when they received more info

After Heart Attack, New Threat: Heart Failure

1 in 4 survivors develops this serious condition within 4 years, study finds

Colon Cancer Rising in People Under 50

Incidence up more than 10 percent in 10 years among Americans, study finds

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Treat Type 2 Diabetes

45 professional groups say the procedure improves blood sugar control

High-Salt Diets May Up Kidney Patients' Heart Risk

Study found higher odds for heart attack, stroke in people who consumed more sodium daily

Balloon-in-a-Pill May Be New Weight-Loss Tool

Those using the device were nearly 7 percent lighter after six months

Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

Other uses include insomnia, pain and anxiety, researchers say

What Really Works to Help Baby Sleep

Two long-recommended methods seem effective and bring no psychological harm, study finds

Hormone May Be Linked to Teenage Obesity

Researchers suspect low levels of spexin might play contributing role

Time to Drop 'No-Eating Rule' Before Colonoscopy?

Consuming limited amount of low-fiber food day before didn't disrupt procedure, study finds

Adult Smoking Rate Sees Largest Drop in 2 Decades

Adult Smoking Rate Sees Largest Drop in 2 Decades

Men's Y Chromosome Loss Tied to Alzheimer's Risk

Study raises provocative questions, expert says

This Soothes Tough-to-Treat Colitis in Study

Eased symptoms, healed colons in 1 in 4 patients

Advanced Cancer Patients Lack Info About Disease

In study, just 1 in 20 terminally ill people understood their prognosis, researchers say

BP Swings Tied to Faster Decline in Mental Skills

Study found older adults with wide variations were more likely to show deterioration in thinking abilities

Home Remedy For Skin Cancer May Cause Damage

'Black salve' made FDA's fake cancer cures list

Extreme 'Preemies' Often Have Lifelong Challenges

Despite difficulties, study finds most live independently

Late Dinners Won't Doom Kids to Obesity

Study found eating after 8 p.m. was not linked to increased risk for weight gain

Is My Child Ready for a Cell Phone?

Younger and younger children are walking around with cell phones. Is your child ready for one? WebMD helps you figure it out.

Tai Chi: Rx for Arthritic Knees

As effective as physical therapy, study suggests, plus it might also improve depression

Could 'Star Trek'-Like Health Device Be Near?
Experimental wearable patch monitors biochemical,

Experimental wearable patch monitors biochemical, electrical signals to gauge heart, other functions

Doctors’ House Calls Saving Money For Medicare

A pilot project in which doctors provide primary care at home for very frail Medicaid beneficiaries saved $25 million in 2014, and nine of the 14 practices participating earned bonuses totaling nearly $12 million.

Updated Heart Failure Treatment Guidelines Issued

Two new drugs added to list of recommended therapies

Could a Low-Salt Diet Hurt Your Health?

Report suggests restricting sodium might backfire, but heart experts are critical of the finding

CDC Tracking 279 Pregnant Women With Zika

Two registries will track those who show lab evidence of infection, whether or not they ever had symptoms

After 20 Years, a Food Label Makeover
new food label

The nutrition facts panel on the back of food packages -- that box many of us check to see how many calories, fat, protein, and fiber are in the foods we eat -- is getting a new look. WebMD has the details.

Is My Child Being Bullied?

Think your child is being bullied? WebMD covers how find out if it’s happening and what you can do to make it stop.

Delayed Concussion Treatment May Prolong Recovery

College athletes not evaluated immediately were sidelined 5 days longer, study found

Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be as Effective as Thought?

Study authors stress women should still take the B vitamin before and during pregnancy

Elderly Benefit From Intensive BP Treatment

No greater risk of complications such as falls, fainting, study finds

Fatty Foods in Teens and Later Breast Cancer Risk

Higher amounts of unhealthy fats tied to greater breast density, researchers suggest

Some Excess Weight May Boost Colon Cancer Survival

Researchers saw an effect, but experts stress that heavier people also have higher odds of getting cancer

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Memorial Day weekend traffic could be deadly
Travelers, beware: More people drive in the summer and when the economy is good, and more drivers means more driving fatalities.

Firing up the grill? Look for this on the label of your steak
A new label on some of the steaks in your grocery store highlights a production process you may have never heard of: mechanical tenderizing.
Many sunscreens contain lower SPF than labels claim, study finds
Nearly half of sunscreen products in the United States do not live up to the SPF claim on their bottles, according to a new study.

Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Read This
Do NOT pay your next car insurance bill until you try this.

Pool party? Check the health inspection before diving in
Nothing feels quite like jumping into cool water on a hot summer day -- but before you do your best belly flop, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you check the last time that public swimming pool was inspected. You may be diving into a pool of public health violations.
Doctors, professors: Postpone or move Olympics
The summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved "in the name of public health" due to the widening Zika outbreak in Brazil, more than 100 prominent doctors and professors said Friday in an open letter to the World Health Organization.

The latest on Zika and the Olympics
All eyes are on Rio and its Zika-carrying mosquitoes as the countdown to the 2016 Olympics continues. Here is the latest on how the battle against the Zika virus is being won or lost and how that effort is affecting athletes, visitors and the success of the Games.
After years in U.S., burned Iraqi boy hopes to help others
Nearly a decade ago, 4-year-old Youssif sullenly pushed grains of rice through his lips in the kitchen of our Baghdad bureau.

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Beloved college football coach dies after battle with Parkinson's
After a decade of battling Parkinson's disease, beloved college football coach Don Horton died Saturday morning according to his wife.
Henry Heimlich, 96, uses Heimlich maneuver for first time to save choking woman
Though he invented the technique in 1974, Dr. Henry Heimlich, now 96, used it for the first time to save a woman who was choking on a hamburger.

Get on board: The new four-wheeled sport for everyone
What is a race?
What makes a good speller (or a bad one)?
By the time he was 6 or 7 years old, Sameer Mishra was a pretty confident speller. His memory was sharp, he liked to read, and he actually enjoyed the weekly tests at school. While his parents drilled his older sister, a National Spelling Bee competitor, he'd angle for his own list of words.

Drivers Will Be Furious When This Finally Happens
If you drive less than 50 miles a day, this new rule will shock you.

Dancer: 'I am so much more than my wheelchair'
Ever since she was a young girl, Teri Westerman knew she was destined to be a dancer.
This is your brain in space
NASA has to solve the people problem before it can send humans to Mars.

Would you eat this in space?
Would you like red pepper risotto in a place where everything around you is floating in space?
Living in the shadow of Huntington's disease
Four words have haunted Matt Manzone as long as he can remember: "Should I get tested?"

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Why strong friendships are key to men's mental health
For decades this Philadelphia physician lived a life inside his head, rarely expressing himself with his heart. He says his inability to open up wasn't good for his first marriage, or his second.
Texting while driving might derail your brain's 'autopilot'
Whether it's kids squabbling in the back seat, work stress, or your phone constantly pinging, countless things can distract you when you're driving. But are certain distractions riskier than others?

Spider webs implanted into humans
Prof. Fritz Vollrath is harnessing the amazing powers of a spider's silk to regenerate human bodies for healing.
The most accurate clock in the world is redefining the second
What if everything you knew about time was wrong and time actually moved at a different rate than what your watch or the clock on your phone is telling you right now? A new study is getting us closer to a much more accurate way to keep time and that could lead to more accurate GPS, faster stock trades, and a better power grid.

Drivers Feel Stupid For Not Knowing This New Rule
Do NOT pay your next car insurance bill until you try this.

Baby born without skull in the back of his head defies odds
Even as Ben and Alyssa Riedhead were expecting their first child, they were planning for his funeral. But baby Williams proved the doctors wrong.
How to stop a kid's meltdown
In my house, we called it going boneless. That's when my girls, as toddlers, would arch their backs, screaming uncontrollably, usually in a public place (of course!) and there was nothing my husband or I could do to satisfy them.

Why some couples have more sex
If researchers seem a bit, well, voyeuristic with regard to people's sex lives, there's good reason for it: In heterosexual marriages, the happier people are with the sexual lives, the happier they are with their relationships. And if you want to know how much a newlywed couple is enjoying and having sex — and really, who doesn't — then look at their personalities.
The top 10 new species of 2016
Scientists believe that 10 million species still await discovery around the world. And every year -- on the birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, the 18th century Swedish botanist considered the father of modern taxonomy -- the International Institute for Species Exploration releases its list of the top new species (from among about 18,000 found over the previous 12 months).

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Doctor uses iPad to conduct surgery
Is one minute of exercise all you need?
If someone told you that you could get a full workout in the same amount of time it takes you to make a cup of tea or take out the trash, would you believe them?

Does your city rank among the nation's fittest?
For the third year in a row, Washington, D.C., has nabbed the top spot in the annual American Fitness Index (PDF), which ranks the 50 biggest metropolitan areas in the country.
Stopping gun homicides by paying kids not to kill
Richmond, California, has seen a dramatic drop in gun homicides in recent years after a program was introduced that allows violent youth a $1,000 stipend to stop their ways.

Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Read This
Do NOT pay your next car insurance bill until you try this.

Cell phone radiation increases cancers in rats, but should we worry?
The issue of whether cell phone use could cause cancer has been mired in confusion, with some studies failing to find an increased risk of brain tumors among cell phone users, while others suggest greater risk among the most frequent of users.
FDA approves device to wean addicts off heroin
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug-emitting implant to combat addiction to heroin and other opioids killing thousands of people annually.

3.1 million Tommee Tippee Sippee cups recalled
Mayborn USA has issued a voluntary recall of 3.1 million Tommee Tippee Sippee children's spill-proof cups because of mold, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday.
A dreaded superbug found for the first time in a U.S. woman
The United States' first known case of a superbug that cannot be killed by a last resort-style kind of antibiotic was detailed in a report by the U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday.

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The abortion ruling no one knew about: Georgia's 20-week ban
For nearly seven months, it has been illegal for physicians in Georgia to provide abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy -- but almost no one knew it.
Trapped and dying: No help for terminally ill Syrian boy
A Syrian couple who fled their homes to get medical help for their son have nothing left but their children left -- now they fear losing them to illness.

House Republican says he used medical marijuana while in office
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Republican congressman from California, a senior member on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Americans are fatter than ever, CDC survey finds
The results are in from the one of the largest and broadest surveys of health in the United States. And although many of the findings are encouraging -- more Americans had health insurance and fewer smoked cigarettes in 2015 than in previous years -- the gains were overshadowed by rising rates of obesity and diabetes.

Drivers Will Be Furious When This Finally Happens
If you drive less than 50 miles a day, this new rule will shock you.

BMX biker Dave Mirra diagnosed with CTE
Iconic BMX biker Dave Mirra was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the same brain disease that has been diagnosed in a number of former professional football players, including Junior Seau and Ken Stabler. Mirra is the first extreme sport athlete to be diagnosed with the disease.
It's OK to let your baby cry himself to sleep, study finds
Many new parents long for a full night of glorious, uninterrupted sleep yet shudder at the thought of letting their baby "cry it out," the sleep training method in which parents allow babies to cry themselves to sleep. But a new study adds support to the idea that the method is effective and does not cause stress or lasting emotional problems for babies.
Health issues the candidates should be talking about
References to the Affordable Care Act -- sometimes called Obamacare -- have been a regular feature of the current presidential campaign season.
WHO boss: Zika result of 'massive' mosquito control failures
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan lashed out at family planning and mosquito control "failures" as root causes of the ongoing Zika crisis in an address to the World Health Assembly Monday.
Companies at fault in fatal French drug trial, investigation finds
The French Health Ministry has found fault with the two companies that were part of a French drug trial that went wrong in January, killing one person and hospitalizing five others.
New bill aims to help rape victims rebuffed at hospitals
She remembers leaving the neighborhood bar at closing time and walking down the street with the guy who kept an eye on her drink while she ducked into the restroom. She remembers telling him she didn't want to have sex. She remembers the pool of blood between her legs.
CNN's 'Prescription Addiction' town hall in 90 seconds.
Your food labels are going to look a lot different
The labels on the food you buy will soon look a lot different, and the government hopes the change will help you make healthier decisions.
Is it time to change how we label 'healthy' food?
The FDA is considering updating its criteria for foods to have the term "healthy" on their packaging as experts worry current requirements are misleading.
Quiz: How healthy is your diet?
Are you eating a nutritional diet? Find out with our quiz!
The benefits of yoga in schools
It's increasingly common for office workers to integrate yoga techniques into their workday as a means of countering prolonged sitting and of refreshing their ability to concentrate. But religious concerns have caused ongoing controversy about schoolchildren, who also spend many hours sitting each day, leveraging the benefits of yoga.
How to break your bad eating habits
Forget diets: the secret to healthy eating may be easier than you think.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Doctors must lead us out of our opioid abuse epidemic
Vietnam, heroin and the lesson of disrupting any addiction
What happens when you go without sugar for 10 days?
Zika: Is the U.S. ready for the fight?
If you're a mosquito and you value your life, stay away from Fort Myers, Florida.
Should you tough out pain or take painkillers?
You're in pain, and your doctor wants you to give you a heavy-duty drug like OxyContin or Vicodin or Percocet.
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?
How humor helps tackle taboo topics
If you thought peeing in your pants was just an issue for toddlers, a hilarious new video will quickly show you that is not the case.
Free-roam childhoods fading away
Tytia Habing moved back to rural Illinois so her young son could roam freely and explore nature like she once did.
Bullying is a 'serious public health problem,' report says
It's time to recognize bullying as a serious public health issue, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. But zero-tolerance policies aren't going to cut it.
Too young to vote but not too young to ...
Aditya Deo is the only senior at his New Jersey high school who won't be 18 before Election Day, which means he'll be the only one among his graduating class who can't vote during one of the most unpredictable and entertaining campaigns in modern history.
Study: Mom's voice works like a charm on your brain
Less than one second. That's how long it takes children to recognize their mother's voice. And that voice lights a child's brain up like a Christmas tree.
The most popular baby names of 2015
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.
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.
100-pound weight loss helps 'broken' man rebuild
Blind climber scaled the seven summits
Erik Weihenmayer has scaled the seven summits and braved the violent rapids of the Colorado River — in the dark.
After devastating accident, woman gets back in the saddle
From the top of a picnic table, Emily Fuggetta steadies herself against a large black horse, takes a deep breath and starts to panic.
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
Champion pool player turns pain into will to win
At 12 years old, my life changed when I was diagnosed with scoliosis.
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.
Southern charm, deadly streets
The quaint city of Savannah, Georgia, has seen a surge in gun violence, averaging a killing every 5 days this year. And despite a new initiative to stop the killings, the shootings have not abated.
Zero gravity weighs heavy on your health
After more than 50 years of human spaceflight, NASA is an expert in what happens to the human body when it's in zero gravity.
Why are humans (mostly) monogamous?
Modern culture tells us that each person has their "one" -- a perfect partner to share the rest of their lives with.
What gun violence victims can learn from Big Tobacco
Will the lawsuit against Remington follow the playbook against cigarette manufacturers and put a huge crack in an industry with near immunity from liability?
Bryan Stow, attacked for being a baseball fan, finds his new calling
In the auditorium at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, hundreds of students cheer as Bryan Stow walks on stage with the aid of crutches to the rousing guitar chords of the ultimate '80s inspiration song, "Eye of the Tiger."
Dr. robot could conduct your next surgery
Scientists have shown the first use of autonomous robots to conduct bowel surgery under supervision, paving the way for robots one day taking the lead in the operating room.
One transgender woman's long road to finding herself
It was September 2015 and I was about to tell my co-workers something huge. I was filled with tremendous anxiety, as I had been before telling my sister, my dad and my kids. "Where do I start? What do I say first? What will they think it means for them?" Questions so loud in my head, I had trouble walking, focusing on sounds and things around me.
How do astronauts handle their periods?
A team of space gynecologists discuss what it's like for women to have their periods in space and the options -- and benefits -- available to them.
NASA's Kepler discovers 1,284 planets
The Kepler mission has discovered 1,284 planets, the most exoplanets announced at one time, according to Princeton associate research scholar Timothy Morton during a NASA press conference. This more than doubles the number of previously confirmed planets from Kepler.
It terrorized millions; now one man is close to killing it
Donald Hopkins has been waging war on Guinea worm for almost four decades. The world is now down to its last 22 cases and Hopkins hopes the painful disease will be declared dead soon.
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.
Air rage triggered by walking past first-class seating, study says
What's causing mysterious kidney disease?
After life-changing shooting, teen's spirit shines through
The home DNA test that can predict your future
Bedbugs are drawn to certain colors, study finds
From the darkness of disaster, a ray of hope in Nepal
Can this app change schizophrenia treatment?
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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