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FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer
Agency also gives OK to genetic test used to identify eligible patients
CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel Apples
Outbreak has sickened 28 people in 10 states; 4 have died and 26 have been hospitalized, agency says
Half of Dr. Oz's Advice Unproven or Wrong: Study
Half of Dr. Oz's Advice Unproven or Wrong: Study
E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs
Nearly one-quarter of samples from West Coast vendors tested positive, study says
E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds
Users report fewer cravings, less irritability
Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study
Researchers say association was strongest among 60- to 74-year-olds
Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study
But experts question value of finding when so many other risk factors for disease can be changed
Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk
Inability to stand on one foot for 20-plus seconds could suggest brain vessel damage, study contends
Scratch From Pet Rat Kills Child; CDC Warns of Risk
'Rat-bite fever' also sickened 16 others in 2000-2012 in San Diego County alone, report noted
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds
But medications such as ibuprofen pose their own risks, experts say
More children in the U.S. are getting type 1 diabetes, especially kids ages 5 to 9, according to new research.
More children in the U.S. are getting type 1 diabetes, especially kids ages 5 to 9, according to new research.
No Evidence Paleo Diet Matches Early Eating Habits
No Evidence Paleo Diet Matches Early Eating Habits
Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction
Memory of correct way to use inhalers, epinephrine pens faded over time, researchers report
Flu Activity Up, Some Schools Closing
Flu season is ramping up, according to the CDC, which is reporting widespread flu activity in 14 states, including much of the U.S. mid-Atlantic region and several Southern states.
Children With Eczema: How to Stop the Scratching
Children with eczema who scratch the itchy skin can actually make the condition worse. Try these tips from WebMD to help your child stop scratching.
Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit
But cytisine isn't widely available, study authors note
Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests
The headaches were tied to a doubling of odds for the facial paralysis, researchers say
Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders
Easing federal restrictions on pot research might help get answers, doctors say
Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study
Drugs such as Xanax, Valium tied to confusion and falls, experts say
'Low-GI' Diet May Not Benefit Blood Sugar
Focus should be on eating healthy foods rather than glycemic index, experts say
Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says
Even fewer consume an amount thought to help curb heart disease, study found
Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability
Treatment must be given within 6 hours after a stroke starts, researchers say
Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests
Experts can't explain why testosterone levels of men declined early in partner's pregnancy
Teens Use E-Cigarettes More Than Cigarettes
Teens Use E-Cigarettes More Than Cigarettes
Texas Infant Dies of Legionnaires' Disease After 'Water Birth'
Though health officials couldn't confirm source of infection, they warn of dangers of practice
FDA Approves System to Make Donated Blood Safer
FDA Approves System to Make Donated Blood Safer
Nearly 2.5 Million Consumers Have Selected Health Plans On Federal Marketplace
Officials say the online site and consumer call centers were extremely busy over the weekend as people sought to buy insurance before the Dec. 15 deadline to have a policy in place for January.
Screening Test Finds Drugs That Show Promise Against Ebola
Researchers uncover 53 potential treatments; all are already FDA approved but need more study for this use
Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC
Rates of chlamydia dip for the first time in 30 years
Music Classes Boost Language Skills, Study Says
Kids who actively participate show greater thought processing gains
'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults
Doctors explain reasons behind surge in cases of chicken pox, mumps, whooping cough and the like
FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos
Ultrasound imaging, heartbeat monitoring should be left to medical professionals, agency says
Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Flexible start times, less late-night TV would help solve America's problem, experts say
Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors
Review found those who took yoga classes saw improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, weight
Vivek Murthy Confirmed as U.S. Surgeon General
Vivek Murthy Confirmed as U.S. Surgeon General
Cancer Rates Higher in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are diagnosed with more of some types of cancer -- and are more likely to die from cancer -- than people without diabetes, a new Australian study shows.
WebMD’s Top Stories of 2014
These stories engaged our readers in 2014, heightening their awareness of diseases like Ebola and enterovirus D68 and informing them on topics ranging from the state of Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention to signs of suicide after comedian Robin Williams’ death.
Alaska’s New Governor Sets Sights On Medicaid Expansion
Gov. Bill Walker, an Independent, campaigned on Medicaid expansion and now he has to pitch it to a reluctant Republican legislature.
Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Serious Strep Infection
But animal-to-human transmission of this bacteria is rare, researcher says
Male Ebola Survivors Should Use Condoms for at Least 3 Months, Experts Say
Studies find semen retains deadly virus for up to 91 days
FDA Approves Blood Test That Gauges Heart Attack Risk
The screen is meant for people without history of heart disease, agency says
Indoor Tanning Tied to Burns, Fainting, Eye Injuries: Study
Women, whites account for majority of emergency room patients
Doctors Aren't Discussing Sex With Heart Attack Survivors
Study of younger patients finds they often get misinformation
Timing of First Period Tied to Women's Later Heart Risk: Study
Getting it earlier or later raised chances of trouble, experts think childhood obesity might be at play
Feel Younger Than Your Age? It May Help You Live Longer
Researchers found death rate among young at heart was lower during study period
Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says
Medication combos may cause side effects or reduce treatment effectiveness, expert notes
Pregnancy Complication Linked to Autism
Unborn babies whose mothers get a pregnancy condition called preeclampsia may face a higher risk of having autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a large new study suggests.
Obese Kids' Brains Show Stronger Response to Sugar: Study
Research suggests that some children may be 'wired' to crave sweet foods
Medication Linked to Fewer Injuries in Kids With ADHD
Older teens experienced the greatest drop in injury risk while taking Ritalin, researchers report
N.Y. Toddler Dies From Liquid Nicotine Poisoning
N.Y. Toddler Dies From Liquid Nicotine Poisoning