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Air Pollution May Harm Healthy Young Adults, Too
Utah study suggests elderly and ill aren't the only ones hurt by dirty air
Sharp Rise in Obamacare Premiums for 2017
Feds confirm double-digit rate hikes and fewer health-plan choices, but claim affordability for low-income consumers
Medical Marijuana Not a Lure for Kids: Study
Found no change in pot use among children, but that wasn't the case for people older than 25
Birthing Pool Not the Place to Deliver: Guidelines
Immersion may help during early labor, but poses risks during delivery, ob-gyns advise
Survey: Doctor/Patient Disconnect on Cancer Prevention
A survey finds that 71% of primary care health professionals say they start conversations with patients about cancer prevention, but only 27% of patients say they've had such a talk with them.
Women Reaching Equality in Dubious Habit: Drinking
Females also closing the gender gap on health problems from alcohol consumption
Review: Calcium Supplements Won't Harm the Heart
Other physicians urge caution, however, and say these findings aren't conclusive
Polio Nearly Vanquished: CDC
But small pockets of world still have cases of crippling disease, officials add
El Nino Could Boost Lyme Disease in Western U.S.
Northeast may also experience changes in infectious diseases due to weather variations, research suggests
Stronger Muscles May Pump Up Your Memory
Seniors saw lasting changes from weight-lifting twice a week for 6 months, researchers report
Old Blood as Good as New for Transfusions: Study
Little difference seen in patient survival rates
'Laughing Gas' May Not Ease Pain During Childbirth
Nitrous oxide gaining interest among expectant mothers in the United States, researchers report
Pregnancy May Boost Stroke Risk in Younger Women
But absolute risk is very small; researchers not sure of reasons why
Smoking Still Takes Big Toll in U.S. Cancer Deaths
Habit is linked to close to one-third of fatal cancers in people 35 and older, study finds
Babies Sharing Parents' Room Reduces SIDS Risk
Sleeping nearby -- but not in same bed -- advised for first year, pediatricians' group says
Brain Changes Seen in Kids After 1 Football Season
Not yet clear if those changes are lasting or meaningful
Many Adults Unaware Using E-Cigs Can Hurt Kids
Indoor use promotes harmful nicotine exposure, researchers say
Coffee's Impact a Matter of Genes?
Study seeks to explain why some can enjoy a cup before bed and then sleep, while others can't
1 in 3 Young Athletes With Concussion Returns to Play on Same Day
But, medical recommendation is to stay out of game after head injury
Be Aware of What You Share Online About Your Kids
New review offers parents advice on how to be more careful with postings that could affect their children
Pediatricians: Kids Need 'Media Use Plan' From Parents
Suggestions include no screen time for those under 18 months, not using media as 'soothing tool'
Cartilage From Nose Used to Repair Bum Knees
In small trial, patients were able to grow new cartilage in the joint
Mediterranean Diet, Caffeine May Be Good for Your Eyes
Study found both were linked to lower risk of leading cause of blindness
Is It Really True That Chocolate May Be Good for You?
A component in cocoa seems to help control blood sugar and inflammation, but there's a caveat
Troubled Childhood May Boost Bipolar Risk: Study
Research review suggests strong link with emotional abuse
CDC Sets Florida Testing Zone for Pregnant Women
Latest recommendation covers more than the two areas in Miami-Dade where local transmission is occurring
Monitoring, Not Treatment, May Be Better for Some Prostate Cancer Patients
In Sweden, 90 percent with very low risk disease choose this option instead of immediate treatment, researchers report
Some Mexican Ceramics Can Serve Up Lead Poisoning
Canadian woman's illness highlights danger from glazes with high lead levels, doctors say
Clinton, Trump Differ on Medicare at Debate
At their final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton says she'd keep Medicare and Social Security solvent with "smarter decisions," and Donald Trump says a booming economy would preserve the programs.
'Fake Pills' May Help Ease Back Pain
Patients knew they were taking a placebo and still obtained relief, study finds
Digesting Meat Ups Risks for Some Heart Patients
Those with narrowed leg arteries and high levels of the byproduct had higher odds of dying early, study suggests
Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly
But doctors don't often suspect pulmonary embolism, researchers say
Exercise May Help People With Memory Loss
But effects only lasted as long as activity continued, study found
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit All-Time High
More prevention efforts needed, agency STD specialists say
This May Be Risky Soon After Weight-Loss Surgery
A suitable interval, plus proper nutrition, key to ensuring healthy mom and baby, study finds
Sleep Can Affect Male Fertility
Study found too little or too much shuteye linked to reduced chance of pregnancy
Researchers Identify Genes Linked to Hot Flashes
Mutations found in women of all races, ethnicities
Marijuana May Lower Bone Density
Study finds heavy users have lower bone density than cigarette smokers
Better Way to Treat Seniors' Ankle Fractures?
'Close contact casting' might help many avoid surgery, study suggests
More Low-Income Kids Need Dental Sealants: CDC
Treatments protect against most cavities -- reducing pain and dental costs
CDC Updates Spending Plans to Combat Zika
Some goals: prepare states for future outbreaks, and track virus' effects on the unborn
Mouth and Gut Germs May Be Linked to Migraines
People who get the severe headaches have more nitrate-reducing microbes, researchers say
Are Vegetarian Diets Heart-Healthier?
Study finds no significant difference in 10-year cardiovascular risk, but one expert is skeptical of research
'Ghost Pepper' Burns Hole in Man's Esophagus
San Francisco patient spent 23 days in hospital after eating super-hot pepper in contest
AFib Patients May Not Always Need Blood Thinners
If episodes of atrial fibrillation are brief, the risk of stroke is low, specialists say
Have Type 2 Diabetes? Try Walking After Eating
Study found it lowered blood sugar levels more than other exercise, particularly if done after dinner
Sleep Apnea May Boost Risk for Post-Op Problems
Certain patients should be checked for the disorder before having surgery, researchers say
Statins Often Interact With Other Heart Drugs
Doctors, patients should be aware of risky combinations, heart group says
Fewer Cervical Cancer Tests After HPV Vaccine?
Less testing could reduce risk of false positives and save money, researchers say
Obesity More Common Among Teens With Autism
Addressing problem behaviors with food or TV may combat excess weight, researchers suggest