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Tougher State Laws Curb Vaccine Refusers
Researchers found that after the law went into effect, the state's overall vaccine exemption rate fell by 40 percent.
Live Close to a Gym? You're Probably a Bit Trimmer
In a new British study, middle-aged adults and seniors  who had homes close to gyms and other exercise facilities tended to be trimmer than those who didn't.
World Health Group: Pot's CBD Has Health Benefits
The World Health Organization said the marijuana derivative should not be classified as a dangerous drug.
Mom's Blood Sugar Tied To Baby's Heart Defect Odds
But new research shows that the threat may also extend to women who simply have high blood sugar levels -- not just full-blown diabetes.
Today Is the Deadline for Obamacare 2018
Dec. 15 is the last enrollment day for people living in 39 states served by the HealthCare.gov website.
New Cancer Drug Shows Promise Against Many Tumors
The preliminary trial of a drug called ulixertinib was conducted with 135 patients who had already failed treatments for one of a variety of advanced, solid tumors.
Excess Weight May Raise Rosacea Risk
Their large new study found that the risk for rosacea increases among women as weight rises.
Feeling Sexually Harassed? You're Not Alone
Among women 18 to 29 years old, 60 percent said they or a female family member had been sexually harassed.
Could a Hot Cup of Tea Preserve Your Vision?
The study of U.S. adults found that people who drank hot tea on a daily basis were 74 percent less likely to have glaucoma, compared to those who were not tea fans.
Zika Babies Facing More Health Problems With Age
Their findings come from a study of 19 Zika-infected children in Brazil, the epicenter of a Zika outbreak that began in 2015.
U.S. Teens: Vaping Up, Smoking Down, Pot Use Level
At the same time, marijuana use has held steady as it remains more popular than cigarettes and, in a piece of good news, misuse of opioid painkillers like OxyContin has actually dropped among adolescents.
Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids
Family meals yield multiple physical and mental health benefits, according to the long-term Canadian study.
Your Pets Can't Put Your Aging on 'Paws'
The British researchers pointed out that some studies have suggested that pets can improve psychological health, perhaps by easing loneliness or providing companionship.
Rain May Not Cause Achy Joints After All
The study of more than 1.5 million older Americans found that people were no more likely to visit the doctor with joint or back pain during rainy weeks than sunny ones.
Many With Early Breast Cancer Are Skipping Chemo
Fewer women with early stage breast cancer are turning to chemotherapy to fight their disease, a new study finds.
Another Legacy of Terror Attacks: Migraines
Norwegian researchers examined the aftermath of a 2011 terrorist attack on a summer camp in Norway that left 69 people dead and 33 severely wounded. Most of the dead were teenagers.
Woman's Skin Cancer Selfie Sparks Awareness
Dzierzek was a regular user of tanning beds in her youth. She was diagnosed with skin cancer at age 21.
Nearby Fracking Linked to Low Birth Weights
Newborn babies face a greater risk of health problems if they live close to a "fracking" site, a new large-scale study contends.
Ritalin During Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Heart Defect in Baby
A new study found a small increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect if Ritalin/Concerta  (methylphenidate) was taken by the mother-to-be.
Is Spice Rack Staple Turmeric a Health Star?
The common spice, found in many Indian dishes, has properties that can help fight cancer and inflammation, researchers say.
Drug May Help Surgical Patients Stop Opioids Sooner
When patients received a non-opioid medication called gabapentin before and after surgery, the need for continued opioid painkillers was reduced by 24 percent, said researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Recall: Crib Mattresses Don't Meet Fire Standards
Cribs, sold by major retailers online, did not meet federal flammability standards.
Friday Is the Deadline for Obamacare 2018
Dec. 15 is the last enrollment day for people living in 39 states served by the HealthCare.gov website.
Will 'AI' Be Part of Your Health-Care Team?
One new study suggests artificial intelligence (AI) might someday detect breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes.
Dinosaurs Dealt With Pesky Ticks, Too
Researchers say they've found a 100-million-year-old piece of Burmese amber that contained an extinct type of tick grasping a dinosaur feather.
Get Active, Beat Lymphoma?
That finding comes from a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers of nearly 4,100 people with lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the white blood cells that normally help fight infection.
These Personality Traits May Help You Live Longer
While these elders had poorer physical health than younger family members, they had better mental well-being, according to the study.
Postmenopausal Women Should Still Avoid HRT
Yet again, the nation's leading authority on preventive medicine says postmenopausal women should avoid hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Memo to Motorcyclists: Beware the Full Moon
Because a full moon can be a major distraction and occurs about 12 times a year, researchers decided to investigate whether full moons might be linked to more motorcyclists'  deaths.
New Hope for Kids With Multiple Food Allergies
Almost one-third of people with a food allergy have reactions to more than one type of food.
Are Men Just 'Babies' When They Get the Flu? Maybe Not
Still another investigation indicated that in the face of both the flu and other respiratory illnesses, men face a higher risk for developing complications than women.
Often, Opioid Abuse Becomes a Family Affair
If someone is taking prescription opioids for pain, such as OxyContin, it's more likely that others living in the home will also get an opioid prescription, the researchers found.
Super Foods That May Help Prevent Cancer
Research shows that these seven foods actually help prevent cancer.
Vigorous Exercise May Help Slow Parkinson's
People with early stage Parkinson's may be able to delay a worsening of the disease through a regimen of intense exercise, new research found.
Good News, Guys: Viagra Prices to Tumble Today
One of the new generics is made by Teva Pharmaceuticals, and the other by Greenstone, a subsidiary of Pfizer, the company that manufactures Viagra.
Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress
If your hectic lifestyle has got you down, WebMD's experts say relaxation techniques can bring you back into balance -- some in 5 minutes or less. Here's what to try.
Recall Alert: Portable Generator Can Catch Fire
About 4,500 generators are being recalled. There have been several reports of the generators catching fire, although no injuries have been reported.
If Mom Has Rheumatoid Arthritis, Baby May, Too
The children born to women with the disease were almost three more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis themselves, the study found.
Window Blinds: A Silent Killer in Your Home
Researchers found that between 1990 and 2015, nearly 17,000 U.S. children younger than 6 years landed in the ER for injuries related to window blinds.
New Gene Therapy May Be Cure for 'Bubble Boy' Disease
But after decades of research, doctors now believe they have created a cure for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).
Another Gene Therapy Breakthrough Against Hemophilia
Coming just days after reports of a gene therapy that pushed the bleeding disorder hemophilia B into remission, new research suggests the same could be true for adults with the "A" form of the disease.
Recall: ALDI Chocolate Bars For Nut Risk
The bars were discovered to have pieces of almond that weren't disclosed on the packaging.
Staring at Solar Eclipse Burned Holes in Woman's Retinas
A New York woman suffered severe vision damage after looking at the sun for 21 seconds during the eclipse without protective eyewear.
Repeat Infection Likely for Men With HPV
Men infected with genital human papillomavirus (HPV) are at high risk for reinfection with the same type of HPV, researchers say.
Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health
At a recent conference, companies showed off ways they're leveraging technology to improve diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.
WebMDs 2011 Health Heroes: Meet the Honorees
WebMD's annual celebration of extraordinary Americans who met a health challenge and went on to help others in truly inspiring ways.
WebMD's 2012 Health Heroes: Meet the Honorees
WebMD's annual celebration of extraordinary Americans who met a health challenge and went on to help others in truly inspiring ways.
WebMD's 2010 Health Heroes: Meet the Honorees
WebMD’s annual celebration of extraordinary Americans who met a health challenge and went on to help others in truly inspiring ways.
WebMD's 2009 Health Heroes: Meet the Honorees
WebMD honors four everyday Americans who faced daunting challenges, persevered, and are now giving back to others in truly extraordinary ways. Meet our 2009 honorees and nominate a Health Hero for 2010.
WebMD's 2008 Health Heroes: Meet the Honorees
WebMD honors four everyday Americans who faced daunting challenges, persevered, and are now giving back to others in truly extraordinary ways. Meet our 2008 honorees and nominate a Health Hero for 2009.