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Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns
They may sometimes cause serious symptoms that affect the whole body
Diabetes May Raise Risk for Head and Neck Cancer
The risk for head and neck cancer is higher in people with diabetes than in those without diabetes, according to a new study.
Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study
Withdrawal symptoms, cravings are harder on people with mood disorders, researchers say
Do You Still Need an Annual Doctor’s Visit?
Most doctors now say it’s time to rethink the notion of a yearly physical, a fixture in U.S. medicine since the 1940s.
'Love Hormone' Oxytocin May Help Some With Autism
Study found it boosted ability of certain patients to read facial expressions, nonverbal cues
Early Hormone Therapy May Be Safe for Women's Hearts
HRT, hormone therapy, early hormone therapy
CDC Downplays Ebola's Threat to the United States
Deadly virus relatively slow to transmit, and travel factors make spread from West Africa unlikely
Heat Stroke a Greater Threat to Endurance Runners Than Heart Problems: Study
More education needed about how to prevent it, researchers say
Running Could Add 3 Years to Your Lifespan
Just 5 to 10 minutes a day seems to bring benefits, study says
Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions
Findings especially relevant to social media's obsession with 'selfies,' researchers say
Healthy 'Brown Fat' May Cut Odds for Obesity, Diabetes
Study confirmed it helps regulate blood sugar levels, increases insulin sensitivity in people with more of it
'Fist Bump' May Beat Handshake for Cleanliness
U.K. researchers found it transferred a tenth of the bacteria that gripping hands did
Over-the-Counter Flonase Allergy Relief Approved
The FDA has approved over-the-counter Flonase Allergy Relief, or fluticasone propionate 50 mcg nasal spray, for treatment of hay fever or upper respiratory allergies, its maker GlaxoSmithKline announced.
Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults
Odds are small, but family, doctors should keep possibility in mind, researchers say
2 Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola
2 Americans Working in Liberia Are Infected With Ebola
Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain
Study found overweight kids who had surgery were more likely to become obese within seven months
Limitations Of New Health Plans Rankle Some Enrollees
Health Plans' Limitations Rankle Some Enrollees
Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age
Seniors scored worse on tests than young adults, study says
Blood Thinner Doesn’t Prevent Miscarriages: Study
Injected blood thinners don’t prevent pregnancy complications in women who may be prone to blood clots, a new study shows.
Migraines: 5 Lifestyle Habits to Make
WebMD reports on the lifestyle habits that may help you manage your migraines.
Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb
By third trimester, unborn babies respond to rhymes recited by their mothers, research shows
Blood-Thinner Pradaxa: What You Should Know
When the blood-thinner drug Pradaxa (dabigatran) was FDA-approved in 2010 to prevent stroke in people at high risk, a major selling point was that it doesn't require frequent blood tests and dose adjustments like the old standby drug, warfarin.
Anal, Throat Cancers on the Rise Among Young Adults, Study Finds
HPV is the main culprit, but vaccination can reduce the risk, experts say
Agave: Calories, Nutrition Facts, and More
Agave has become a popular sweetener for people looking for natural alternatives to white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. But is agave really any healthier?
Help! My Kid Is a Jerk!
Your little angel can sometimes have obnoxious moments. If your kid is a jerk, find out from WebMD when it's just a phase and how you can teach better behavior.
Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says
Researchers monitored stool samples of two people for a year
Study Links Shift Work to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Researchers cite many possible reasons for the effect, including hormonal changes
Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence
Doctors should be alert for pelvic floor disorders, researcher says
Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?
Researchers suggest women skip caffeine if they're bothered by menopausal symptoms
Too Few Teens Receive HPV Shot, CDC Says
Agency urges doctors to recommend it along with other routine immunizations
5 Best Stretches for New Moms
WebMD describes 5 easy stretches for new moms.
5 Signs Your Workout Is Too Easy
Your exercise routine should challenge you. Is yours too easy? Find out at WebMD.
FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller
Targiniq ER contains naloxone, which blunts euphoria of oxycodone when tablet is crushed or broken
Sleep Loss May Boost False Memories
People who don't get enough sleep may find they're more likely to form false memories, researchers say.
Study: Car Interiors Reach Dangerous Temps All Year
After a string of high-profile cases of kids being left in hot cars this year, a new study shows just how quickly heat can become a danger, even in cooler months of the year.
Study: 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage
Study: 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage
Young Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders?
Study suggests link between early reading skills and later intelligence
Parents of Obese Kids Often View Them as Healthy
They're more likely to change their children's diet than encourage exercise, study finds
Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends
The common pain reliever, best known as Tylenol, showed no effect in Australian trial
Painful, Itchy Patches Could Be Sign of Skin Cancer
But it's likely to be the non-melanoma type, dermatologist says
Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says
Patients, relatives can get reliable results, researchers find
New HIV Guidelines Released by WHO
Five groups of people are driving the global HIV epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) says in its new guidelines.
Will 3-D Printing Revolutionize Medicine?
A video and article about 3-D printing and how it's being used in medicine.
Dogs Can Get Jealous, Too
Primitive form of envy may help them protect their bond with their human, researchers report
Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat: CDC
Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat: CDC
HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C, Study Finds
For people infected with both viruses, early treatment is critical, researchers report
Cystic Fibrosis Drug Combo May Be Less Effective Than Hoped
One medication seems to partly counteract the other, suggests study on human cells
Is Butter Back? The Truth About Saturated Fats
What’s the real story on saturated fat? Can you eat red meat and butter again? WebMD tells you what you need to know.
Parent's Death May Raise Risk of Early Death for Grown Children, Study Suggests
Odds of dying prematurely 50 percent higher in adults who'd lost a parent in childhood, researchers report
Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens
Many young people are ordering dubious, hazardous products off of the Internet, researchers warn