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Migrating Birds May Bring Exotic Ticks to U.S.
But, so far, the parasites haven't been able to thrive in northern climates, experts say
Obesity Won't Affect Joint Surgery Safety: Study
Heavy patients needed fewer blood transfusions, did not have more complications
Radiation May Be Overused in Advanced Lung Cancer
Authors cite concerns about extra costs, side effects
Adults With Insurance May Have Unmet Dental Needs
Dental care is the health service that people most frequently avoid because of cost, researchers at the Urban Institute found.
'Tennis Elbow' Usually Heals Without Therapy
For most people, pain is gone within a year
Height May Be Linked to Increased Cancer Risk
But experts stress only an association was found, and there's no proof being tall causes disease
Cancer: Palliative Care and Quality of Life
Palliative care for cancer patients helps ease discomfort, anxiety, nausea, and emotional distress. WebMD shows how palliative care can improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment.
Treatment for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Chemotherapy and other treatments for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can now help slow the progression of cancer and sometimes even cure the disease. WebMD has the details.
Surviving Mars: Putting ‘The Martian’ to the Test
The producers of Matt Damon's new movie, 'The Martian,' have said that almost everything that happens in the film is backed up by science. WebMD turned to a cadre of experts to put those claims to the test.
This Treatment May Help Depression in Older People
When a doctor prescribes aripiprazole (Abilify), an antipsychotic drug, for an older person already taking the antidepressant venlafaxine, that combination can help ease depression that doesn't get better with typical treatment, according to a new study.
Mouse Study Hints at New 'Male Contraceptive'
Discovery could lead to a reversible, non-hormonal form of birth control for men, scientists say
Too Few Women Get Counseling Before Breast Cancer Gene Test: Study
But outside expert questions whether counseling may be more important after test comes back positive
Depression Talk Therapy Not as Helpful as Thought
Depression Talk Therapy Not as Helpful as Thought
'Drugged Driving' on the Rise in U.S.
Marijuana accounted for third of drugs found in systems of drivers killed in accidents
CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives: Study
Worries that wider adoption of the screen might lead to unnecessary surgeries are unfounded, experts say
Secondhand Smoke Linked to Behavior Issues in Kids
Risk is greatest among children exposed both in the womb and at a young age, study suggests
Psoriasis, Depression Often Go Hand in Hand: Study
But research doesn't prove one causes the other
How to Stop a Cold
Don’t let those sniffles and sneezes turn into a nasty cold. WebMD shows you how to fight back.
10 Questions With Jeff Daniels
"Dumb & Dumber" star Jeff Daniels talks about his career, his health philosophy, and the importance of family.
Mariska Hargitay Protects and Serves
'Law & Order: SVU' actor works to help abuse victims –- on the screen and off.
Q&A With Ken Jeong
Funnyman Ken Jeong opens up to WebMD Magazine about who he is at home.
Severely Obese Kids at Higher Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes
Study finds heavier boys face even greater odds of future trouble
2 Experimental Drugs Offer Hope Against Psoriasis: Studies
Targeted therapies produce significant results, researchers say
'Low-Nicotine' Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit
Study found those inhaling the lowest levels of the addictive agent were more likely to try to stop
Gut Bacteria Tied to Asthma Risk in Kids
Study suggests that antibiotics in infancy might also play a role
Could Your Cellphone Be Harming Your Love Life?
Partners don't like it if you take calls or send texts when you're spending time together, survey shows
More Children, Teens Enticed to Smoke With Flavored Tobacco: CDC
7 out of every 10 kids who said they used tobacco have used flavored varieties, survey shows
Herbal Remedies for Overactive Bladder
Can herbal remedies help ease overactive bladder symptoms? WebMD asked experts for their take on OAB and herbal treatments.
'Placebo Effect' Might Help Predict Response to Depression Treatment
Those who improved with fake drug benefited from antidepressants, study found
Less Sleep May Mean Less Sex After Menopause
Women who reported insomnia were less sexually active, study finds
More Than 670 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak
Three deaths have also been linked to tainted cucumbers, CDC officials report
Added Calcium May Not Help Older Bones: Studies
Researchers find no evidence that boosting intake will prevent fractures
Fetal Tissue Research: FAQ
Although fetal tissue research has made headlines in recent months, the controversy about it is nothing new. WebMD has the details
Implanted Device May Help Ease Sleep Apnea, Small Study Shows
For some, it might work better than current standard treatment, researcher says
Kids May Be More Likely to Get Asthma if Grandma Smoked While Pregnant: Study
Risk is heightened even if child's mother didn't smoke, research suggests
Blood Tests May Predict Pregnancy Risks for Women With Lupus
As early as 12 weeks, checks can signal danger of complications for both mother and baby, study contends
Hormone Therapy Safe During Ovarian Cancer?
Hormone replacement therapy may be safe for women with ovarian cancer, according to a new study. WebMD has the details.
Dieters: Don't Replace Saturated Fats With Processed Carbs
Study found those who turned to whole grains and healthy fats saw a drop in heart risks
More Evidence High-Fiber, Mediterranean Diet Is Good for You
Plant-based regimens can boost fatty acids that lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease, study says
Toppling TVs a Risk to Kids
Three-fourths of injuries occurred when children weren't closely supervised, study finds
Cancer May Be a Hidden Danger to the Heart: Report
Austrian researchers find telltale signs of heart disease in newly diagnosed cancer patients
Experts Link Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Diabetes, Obesity
People who are trying to lose weight or manage diabetes should try to change their lifestyle not only to exercise or cut calories, but also to avoid hormone-disrupting chemicals that may be contributing to their condition, experts say.
Sweetened Drinks May Damage Heart, Review Finds
Added sugars raise risk of heart troubles, stroke, experts say
More Evidence Daily Aspirin May Fight Colon Cancer, Other Gastro Tumors
4-year study found survival doubled for gastrointestinal cancer patients who took low-dose pill each day
Genes Help Set Menopause Timing: Study
Findings might one day lead to fertility predictions, experts say
Childhood Trauma May Boost Heart Disease Risk for a Lifetime
Learning how to manage stress effectively might help, experts say
Computer-Aided Mammograms May Not Be Worth the Cost: Study
Software doesn't appear to improve cancer detection rates, researcher says
FDA Approves New Diabetes Treatment
FDA Approves New Diabetes Treatment
Children in Foster Homes Need Better Health Care
American Academy of Pediatrics says kids may be traumatized and require more consistent treatment
New Drug May Give Small Survival Boost to Some With Advanced Lung Cancer
Nivolumab is most effective in tumors with a particular gene mutation, researchers report