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Children with Autism Respond Differently to Smells: Study
Kids with ASDs didn't change their sniff response when odors were unpleasant
Migraine's Link to Higher Heart Disease Risk May Not Be Genetic
Study suggests non-genetic factors may be what increases risk
Americans' Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds
But, due to aging population, actual number of cancer deaths is rising
Could Blue Eyes Raise Odds for Alcoholism?
Study finds genes that determine eye color line up along ones tied to alcohol abuse
How to Be Smart About Sex With Hepatitis C
WebMD explains how to talk to a sexual partner about your hep C. Plus, learn the best ways to protect them from catching the virus.
Tips to Deal With Hepatitis C Fatigue
When you have hepatitis C, being tired -- really tired -- can be a fact of life. But you can take certain steps to boost your energy.
FDA Reviewing Safety of Codeine in Kids Under 18
The FDA is investigating the safety of using medicines containing codeine to treat coughs and colds in children under 18, because of the potential for serious problems like slowed or difficult breathing.
Home Care for Hives (Urticaria)
WebMd offers some home remedies to treat your chronic hives.
Naps May Boost Worker Productivity
Hour of rest during the day seemed to ease impulsiveness and frustration, researchers report
Summer Danger: BBQ Grill Brush Wires Causing Big Health Woes
If ingested, stray wire bristles can pierce throat, intestines, public health experts warn.
Patients with Low-Grade Brain Tumors Living Longer
Chemo improvements have likely played a role, researchers say
Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age
Study found little difference between menopause types, but black women had less advantage than white
Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA
These prescription meds have been available for years, but safety, quality are concerns
Yuck! What’s Really in Your Pool?
That sparkling blue water looks cool and inviting on a scorching summer day. But do you really know what you’re getting when you dive in the pool?
Umbilical Cord Blood May One Day Treat Eczema, RA
Scientists say they have accidentally found a possible treatment for eczema and rheumatoid arthritis.
Are Too Many Young Americans Getting Antipsychotics for ADHD?
Study shows rise in prescriptions for the powerful medications, even though they're not OK'd for this use
Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?
Study finds it's possible, but more research is suggested
Build Stronger Bones With Nutrition
WebMD explains how getting the right nutrients can boost your bone strength and help prevent osteoporosis.
Build Stronger Bones With Exercise
WebMD describes exercises that can help you build up your bones if you have osteoporosis.
Exercise After a Broken Bone From Osteoporosis
WebMD explains what kind of exercises you should do after you broke a bone due to osteoporosis.
Scans Suggest Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain
Shrinkage seen in region where new memories are made
White Men May Get Better Treatment for Abnormal Heartbeat
Women and minorities with atrial fibrillation less likely to receive standard of care, study says
Most U.S. Hepatitis C Infections May Be Missed: Study
In one state, only one from 183 diagnosed cases met reporting criteria for CDC
Under-the-Tongue Hay Fever Pills Offer Little Benefit: Study
For serious grass allergy, shots may be more effective, researcher says
Women's Faces Are Redder During Ovulation, Study Says
But these subtle changes aren't detectable to the human eye
Too Few Men With Low-Risk Prostate Cancers Get 'Watch and Wait' Approach
Study finds 12 percent or fewer getting active surveillance
How Do New Blood Thinners Compare to Warfarin?
WebMD describes how warfarin compares to new blood thinners that are prescribed to prevent blood clots and stroke.
A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain
Experts stress that exercise, good diet help maintain memory as much as mental challenges do
CA Governor Signs Tough Vaccination Bill Into Law
CA Governor Signs Tough Vaccination Bill Into Law
Can Orange Juice, Grapefruit Raise Your Melanoma Risk?
Study authors think compounds in citrus may sensitize skin to sunlight, but further study needed
Heart Group Stroke-Guidelines Support This Device
If clot-busting drugs don't work, device can be used to pull the blockage out through the artery
Heart Palpitations: Anxiety or Atrial Fibrillation?
Is your heart racing or feel like it's skipping a beat? WebMD explains when it might be anxiety or caused by atrial fibrillation.
Diabetes Rates Fall in Neighborhoods With Healthy Food, Parks and Gyms
Study suggests making these resources easily accessible, affordable might cut odds of disease
Immune Drugs Show Promise Against More Cancers
Medicines that help our immune system fight off tumors are showing early success in a widening variety of cancers.
Flavored Cigarettes Still Popular Online Despite U.S. Ban
Continued interest surprises researchers
Parents Should Set Good Example to Keep Kids Slim, Pediatrics Group Says
Avoid keeping sugary, high-calorie foods in the house, and encourage being active together
High Court’s Decision On Same Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage Among Gay Couples
By marrying partners with employer health plans, people in same-sex relationships are more likely to gain coverage.
Fat No Longer the Focus of New U.S. Dietary Guidelines
Nutrition experts endorse decision to drop restrictions, focus on quality of food instead
Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Ease Incontinence: Study
If pounds stayed off, bladder control improvement was seen after 3 years, researchers report
Could Brain Scans Help Guide Treatment for OCD?
Small study suggests neural activity can point to patients who'll benefit most from psychotherapy
Common Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Odds in Menopausal Women
Drugs like Celexa, Prozac could undermine bone, research suggests
New Rapid Ebola Test Shows Promise in African Clinics
Researchers say speedy detection would dramatically improve containment efforts
Obamacare’s Next 5 Hurdles to Clear
In its first five years, the Affordable Care Act has survived technical meltdowns, a presidential election, two Supreme Court challenges -- including one resolved Thursday -- and dozens of repeal efforts in Congress. But its long-term future still isn’t ensured. Here are five of the biggest hurdles left for the law.
Surgery May Help Teens With Frequent Migraines, Study Contends
At least one expert questions whether improvements are due to the procedure
FDA Looking at Essure Birth Control Device Safety
FDA Looking at Essure Birth Control Device Safety
Supreme Court Ruling Supports Tax Credits for Health Insurance
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the tax credits, offered on Affordable Care Act insurance policies sold through, are legal.
Same-Sex Marriage Offers Couples Psychological Benefits, Experts Say
Supreme Court decision to support it would also boost well-being of couples
One Stillbirth Greatly Raises Odds for Another: Study
Still, most second pregnancies lead to normal, healthy babies, experts say
Blood, Saliva Tests May Spot Head and Neck Cancers Early
Study shows potential for noninvasive tumor detection
Memory, Thinking Tests May Hint at Alzheimer's Risk
Low score could be early warning sign for the disease up to 18 years before diagnosis, researchers report