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Early Trial Promising for Ebola Vaccine
Injections appear safe, but one expert is betting on a different approach
Harm From Baseball Concussions May Linger, Study Finds
Batting skills often worse than normal after players return to sport
Too Few Americans Undergo Dementia Screening
More than half of people with the condition never had a thinking/memory test, study found
Steer Clear of Cold Meds for Babies, FDA Advises
Drugs carry serious risks, and most infants, toddlers recover with rest and extra care
U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to New Low: CDC
But certain groups, such as those below poverty level, are lighting up more
Your Dog Really Is Listening to You
Study finds canines process speech in a human-like way
'Text Neck' and Other Tech Troubles
Gift-buying season is here, and on top of the wish list for most people is the latest tech gadget or gizmo. But some experts are concerned that more tech may equal more pain for frequent users.
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Gets Heart Stent
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Gets Heart Stent
No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study
Once childhood respiratory illnesses were factored out, the pain relievers had little impact, researchers say
Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief
Study finds overweight people are less likely to have remission
Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows
Largest number of obesity-related cancers diagnosed in North America and Europe, researchers report
Most Americans With HIV Don't Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says
U.S. experts cite indifference, lack of access to care
FDA Advisory Panel Says Steroid Shots for Back Pain Can Continue
Experts disagree on whether they are effective for treating spinal inflammation
Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens
Researchers find odds raised in both boys and girls developing sooner than peers
Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?
Study suggests class of meds upset healthy balance of bacteria in the gut
Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson's Risk
Six hours a week of household chores or commuting seem protective, study finds
Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse
Study finds illicit drug use more likely after their prescribed medications run out
FDA Announces New Calorie Rules for Restaurants
The FDA announced new rules Tuesday that require chain restaurants and vending machine operators to post calories for food and drinks on their menus.
Brain Abnormality Spotted in Many SIDS Babies
But finding is too preliminary to say it causes the deadly condition, experts say
Yogurt Every Day May Help Keep Diabetes Away
Study found modest effect against the disease, but experts say overall healthy diet is still best approach
New Device May Make Mammograms More Comfortable
Less pain was reported in study, while image quality was still preserved, researcher says
Kids' Bag Lunches Not Meeting Nutrition Guidelines: Study
Second study found that providing classroom breakfast didn't improve grades, though longer-term studies are needed
Obese Employees Miss More Work, Study Finds
Additional missed days cost U.S. economy more than $8 billion a year, researchers report
Most Seniors Could Use Statins Under New Guidelines
Many eligible for cholesterol-lowering drugs based on age alone, study finds
Researchers Find Stem Cells That Help Nails Regenerate
Normal function helps with growth, but if nail is damaged, cells focus on repair
FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids
Risk of spreading unsuspected cancers prompted new warnings, agency says
HHS Formally Moves To Close Loophole Allowing Plans Without Hospital Benefits
The new proposed rule would bar such plans that had once qualified under a federal calculator.
Eczema Cases Rising Among U.S. Children: Report
For most, proper skin care and topical treatments help, experts say
Alaska Doctors Overwhelmed By New Federal Rules
The new requirements for electronic medical records and other technological upgrades can be a heavy burden for Alaska’s small medical practices and aging physician workforce.
Some Experts Dispute Claims Of Looming Doctor Shortage
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can fill some primary care gaps, but specialists say an aging population will need more intensive care.
Treating Irregular Heartbeat With Digoxin May Come With Risks
Study finds higher odds for death, hospitalization for patients with atrial fibrillation
Wall Street Is Bullish On 2015 Obamacare Enrollment
Analysts project that 11 million people will sign up in 2015 — and more will be younger and healthier.
Why Can’t I Stop Eating? How to Curb Compulsive Eating
Compulsive overeating, why it happens, and how to get it under control.
Restroom Hand Dryers Spread More Germs Than Paper Towels, Study Finds
Bacteria counts in the air around the machines far exceeded those around paper dispensers
Housecleaning Tips to Ease Allergies
Allergy and asthma symptoms getting you down? Take control with these simple cleaning strategies.
Will Moving Help My Child's Allergies?
Switching locations might be tempting, WebMD's allergy expert says, but it's not guaranteed to bring relief.
Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment So Successful in Kids That Trial Is Halted
Hydroxyurea pills worked as well as transfusions in reducing stroke risk, researchers report
Peanut Protein in Dust May Raise Allergy Risk
Babies exposed to traces of peanut protein in house dust may have a higher risk of peanut allergy, researchers say.
Weighing Growth Hormones for Short Kids
In 2003, the FDA approved synthetic human growth hormones for kids who are healthy and not low in growth hormone but might wind up shorter than 97% of their peers -- a condition termed idiopathic short stature.
Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows
Even nonsmoking bystanders had raised blood levels of the chemical, which is tied to leukemia risk
Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes
Up to one in five residents involved in unpleasant, sometimes inappropriate confrontations, N.Y. study suggests
Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now
Get vaccinated, health experts say, because it takes about two weeks for protection to kick in
A Quarter Of Uninsured Say They Can’t Afford To Buy Coverage
Poll finds that the high cost was the biggest obstacle noted by Americans who lack insurance and don’t expect to buy it next year. About half of the uninsured hope to get coverage in 2015.
Sleep Off Addiction to Cigarettes?
Bad smells during sleep may teach smokers to dislike cigarettes and help them cut back, a new study hints.
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller
Agency says it's latest step in curbing epidemic of addiction to drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin
Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar
Study suggests that about 20 percent of patients carry 'exercise-resistant' genes
Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC
But raising price of alcohol and limiting sales could help curb excessive drinking, researchers say
Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women's Sex Lives, Study Finds
Quality of relationships may have more impact on libido
Half of Adults Could be Overweight by 2030: Report
Half of Adults Could be Overweight by 2030: Report
Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure
New treatment strengthens heart walls, researchers say, but skeptics remain