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For Kids Who Stutter, Rhythm Perception May Be Key
Expert says study emphasizes brain differences in those with speech problem
MS May Raise Odds for Earlier Death, Study Finds
Younger people with the disease appear to face an even greater risk of dying prematurely
White Matter Damage in Brain May Help Spot Early Alzheimer's
Study finds widespread changes using specialized MRI
Could a Noisy Neighborhood Make You Fat?
Constant exposure to traffic, trains and planes may add inches to your waist, researchers report
More Evidence That High-Fiber Diet May Curb Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Effect might be largely due to weight loss linked to eating more grains and vegetables, experts say
Newer Birth Control Pills May Slightly Raise Blood Clot Risk
Study finds effect with brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen, but risk to any one user remains very low
'Moderate' Drinking Harms Older People's Hearts?
Research seems to question current recommendations regarding alcohol consumption
Using Herpes Virus to Fight Advanced Melanoma
Study shows it helped a minority of patients, and experts say this approach has promise
Delaying Umbilical Cord Clamping Might Boost Child Development
Fine-motor and social skills slightly improved in boys, but no difference in IQ, researchers say
Even Slightly Overactive Thyroid Linked to Higher Fracture Risk
Study found greater chances of breaks in hip bones, spinal areas
Cystic Fibrosis Medicine Study Offers Hope
Many people with cystic fibrosis are optimistic about a new drug on the horizon, Orkambi.
ADHD Medications and Scary Side Effects
Side effects from ADHD medications are rarely dangerous, but they are unsettling. Knowing how to respond will ease your mind.
U.S. Traveler Returning From Liberia Dies of Lassa Fever: CDC
Only sixth known case in United States since 1969, but virus is much less deadly than Ebola
Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?
Lab experiment with 'scent samples' suggests humans pick up on others' positive emotions via sweat
Dyslexia Unrelated to Vision Problems: Study
Eye therapies will not cure reading disorder, experts say
Living at Higher Elevations Linked to SIDS Risk
Study found odds were doubled, though still very rare even at greater altitudes
Fish Oil Tied to Better Brain Function in Older Adults
But small study doesn't prove omega-3 fatty acids boost mental flexibility
Loose Skin After Weight Loss
WebMD knows that a large weight loss can lead to loose, extra skin. Find out what you can do about it.
Treating Gum Disease Might Help Prostate Symptoms: Study
Periodontal problems linked to inflammation throughout the body, researcher says
Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC
At least 53 people in nine states have fallen ill, while 10 have been hospitalized, agency reports
Medicaid Expansion Helps Cut Rate Of Older, Uninsured Adults From 12 To 8 Percent
A study finds that in states that did not expand the health program for low-income residents, the rate of uninsurance among 50- to 64-year-olds is twice that of other states.
Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With Autism
Playing with guinea pig in stressful situation was calming, study finds
‘$5 Insanity': What You Should Know About Flakka
Flakka, a new designer drug, is surging in popularity. Poison control centers in states including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas are responding to an increasing number of incidents involving the drug.
Can ADHD Be a Gift?
WebMD talks to Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, and other ADHD experts about Honos-Webb's book, The Gift of ADHD.
Coffee May Help Men Keep Impotence at Bay
Study suggests caffeine may help maintain healthy blood flow and sexual function
Does Botox Actually Rejuvenate Skin?
Elasticity, pliability improve after toxin injections, study finds
Too Few Younger, High-Risk Americans Get a Colonoscopy: Study
Those with a family history of disease should have screening at age 40, but only 38 percent do
Persistent UTI Symptoms May Signal Bladder Cancer
Urinary tract infection symptoms that don’t improve with time or treatment could point to bladder cancer, a new study suggests.
Quiet Activities for Sick Kids
Here are 9 restful activities for you and your sick child.
Over 4 Million Working Americans Suffer From Anxiety Disorders
Illness can be debilitating, but treatment is available so workers can stay productive, experts say
Tests That Diagnose Psoriatic Arthritis
If you have psoriasis and joint pain, the two may be related. Talk to your doctor about psoriatic arthritis. Learn more at WebMD.
Depression Tied to Some Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Swedish study finds association, but overall risk is low -- only about 1 percent
Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More Than Whites
Fewer unhealthy signs are needed before black women's risk starts to rise, study finds
Flu Vaccines and Kids
WebMD talks to CDC medical officer Lisa Grohskopf, MD, about flu vaccines for children.
ADHD Drug Holidays: Should Your Kid Take One?
WebMD talks to experts about the pros and cons of giving kids a "drug holiday" from ADHD medication.
7 Foods for Children's Brain Development
Good nutrition is part of children's brain development. Eggs, oatmeal, apples, and fish are some of the foods that have nutrients that are good for children's brains. Find out what other foods made the list.
Family History of Breast Cancer Doesn't Worsen Patient's Prognosis: Study
Over roughly six years, no difference seen in survival
Choosing an OTC Pain Reliever
Which pain reliever should you use? WebMD helps you sort out the differences between over-the-counter products, including how to use them safely.
Chemo Before Surgery May Boost Outcomes for Advanced Ovarian Cancer
Shrinking the tumor beforehand seems to raise quality of life without shortening survival, study finds
More Evidence C-Sections Riskier for Moms
First-time surgeries also lower chances of vaginal delivery for subsequent births, researchers find
Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Bystanders Mild 'High'
Experiment in unventilated room found some intoxication by those who weren't smoking marijuana
Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults
Statins and fibrates both drop chances by about one-third, study suggests
Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo, Study Finds
But taking prednisone was tied to small improvements in ability to perform daily activities
Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques May Arise Decades Before Symptoms
Researchers hope for opportunity to head off dementia
One-Third of Americans Have Dangerous Mix of Heart Risk Factors
Metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure and obesity, increases with age, researchers say
How to Talk to Your Child About ADHD
WebMD offers tips for parents of children who have ADHD on how to talk to their child about ADHD in a supportive, encouraging way.
A Billion Smokers, 240 Million Alcohol Abusers Worldwide: Study
Global tally finds adult health toll from legal substances may exceed that from illicit drugs
Most Americans Still Not Using Sunscreen
Women do so more than men, but still fall short of recommendations, CDC study finds
Hormone Therapy for Menopause Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Risk of a type of colitis increased somewhat for current HRT users, study found
Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo
But researchers say doctors should be kept informed of dual usage