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Fit Body at 40 May Keep Brain Bright at 60
Tests show higher midlife fitness levels tied to greater brain volume, function decades later
Common Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes
But study group taking digoxin may have been sicker overall, cardiologist notes
Decrease in Air Pollution Tied to Healthier Lungs in Children
Long-term Los Angeles-area study finds kids' lungs develop better with less smog
Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Stem Further Damage After Heart Attack
Survivors who took large, daily dose of prescription-only capsules showed less decline in heart function
7 Tips for New Caregivers
WebMD has tips for new caregivers, including legal and financial issues and how to find out about community resources.
Health Highlights: March 4, 2015
FDA Orders Warning Labels on Testosterone Drugs
Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadruple Since 2000
Lethal poisonings from prescription painkillers down slightly, U.S. report says
Fried Foods Tied to Raised Heart Failure Risk
Eaten regularly, they might boost chances as much as 68 percent, study finds
Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study
Infection hits younger people more often, maybe because they mingle in larger groups, researcher suggests
Surgery Patients Might Not Need Sedative Before Anesthesia
Experts say trend in U.S. is not to give patients these calming meds before procedure
Study Questions Close Monitoring of Thyroid Growths
Five-year follow-up shows the overwhelming majority remain harmless
About 7 Percent of Kids Worldwide Have ADHD: Study
But some question accuracy of estimate
Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk
But more research is needed before scientists say anticholinergics cause the infection
Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Spotted in Young Adults
People as young as 20 have amyloid buildup, but researchers aren't sure what it means
Just How Big Is a Normal Penis?
Researchers size up thousands to arrive at averages
What’s At Stake As Health Law Lands At Supreme Court Again
With a $400 tax credit, Julia Raye of North Carolina has been able to afford health insurance and keep her diabetes under control. She is one of 8.2 million people who could lose that subsidy in a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.
In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.
Researchers also report drop in number of multiple embryo transfers, twin and triplet birth rates
Does Long-Term Acetaminophen Use Raise Health Risks?
Analysis of research says it's 'not a benign drug' if used long term and in larger doses
Love Coffee? Your Heart May, Too
Three to five cups daily appeared to lower risk of clogged arteries, study says
1 in 5 U.S. Teen Girls Physically or Sexually Abused While Dating
National survey finds one in 10 teen boys also experiences dating violence
Nuts May Lengthen Your Life, Study Suggests
It hints, but doesn't prove, they might reduce risk of death from heart disease, other causes
Antipsychotics and Seniors With Dementia
Antipsychotics and Seniors With Dementia
Very Obese Kids May Face Higher Heart Risks Than Thought
Study found half had high blood pressure, half had high cholesterol and 15 percent were diabetic
2 Sunscreen Ingredients Not Safe, Effective: FDA
The FDA is proposing to remove two sunscreen ingredients from the market unless the manufacturers can prove they're safe and effective.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Caregiver Tips
This article is about caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. It offers tips for caregivers to plan for care, save money, and make smart decisions.
Doctors Often Yield to Parents' Requests to Delay Kids' Vaccines
But most believe it puts children at risk, study finds
U.S. Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Sues Employer
U.S. Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Sues Employer
Heart Valve Repair Surgery May Ease Mental Health Symptoms, Too
Researchers find procedure leads to reduced depression and anxiety
Ultrasound Treatment May Be Option for Plantar Fasciitis
Most patients found relief from foot pain in short study, but longer trials are needed, experts say
Nerve Treatment Via Nose Shows Promise Against Migraines
Therapy reduced pain level by about one-third for up to a month, study found
Ways to Treat Depression That Aren’t Antidepressants
There may be hope for hard-to-treat depression as scientists explore novel approaches to the often crippling condition.
Immune System Changes Tied to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Researchers saw evidence only in first 3 years of disease, findings could lead to early test
Hepatitis C Infections in Hospitals Show Need for Tight Infection Control Practices
In both cases, there were breaches in safety rules, CDC reports
Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies of COPD at Age 83
Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies of COPD at Age 83
1 in 5 Preemies With Lung Disease Exposed to Secondhand Smoke
22 percent were from what parents said were nonsmoking homes, study finds
5 Things to Do After a Surprise Pregnancy
There’s no need to panic with an unplanned pregnancy. Here are the first 5 things you need to do.
5 Things To Know About The Supreme Court Case Challenging The Health Law
Millions of Americans might not be able to afford insurance if the Supreme Court rules the government erred in making subsidies available in all states.
Rear End Takes a Front Seat in Plastic Surgery Offices
Men also drove up overall number of cosmetic procedures, doctors say
Could Coffee Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis?
Studies link several cups daily with reduced odds for the disease
Flu Vaccine Just 18% Effective This Year
It’s no secret this year’s flu shots didn’t work as well as doctors had hoped. But the news got worse Thursday when the CDC revised its estimates of the flu vaccine’s effectiveness downward even further, from 23% to 18%.
Surprises in Proposed New Dietary Guidelines
Eggs are no longer bad guys. Coffee with those eggs? Go ahead, have a cup, maybe even three. Those are among the latest recommendations an expert advisory panel has made for the upcoming "2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans."
U.S. Ebola Survivor Dr. Craig Spencer Gives His Side of the Story
Former volunteer in fight against West African outbreak felt vilified by media, politicians
Women's Heart Attack Symptoms: 6 Possible Signs
WebMD talks to cardiologists about possible symptoms of heart attack in women.
For Many Middle-Class Taxpayers On Obamacare, It’s Payback Time
Hundreds of thousands of people who received subsidies under the Affordable Care Act may have underestimated their incomes in 2014 – drawing more assistance than they were entitled to. Now many owe the government money.
Supreme Court Insurance Subsidies Decision Could Trigger Price Spikes
A Supreme Court decision invalidating subsidies in 37 federal exchange states would lead to sharp premium increases and prompt many to drop coverage, say experts.
Q&A With Mariel Hemingway
The actress and author opens up about her family and how she stays happy and healthy.
Michael Strahan Tackles Life After the NFL
These days, 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pound Michael Strahan scares few people, and he likes it that way.
Zac Posen's Designer Dogs
Fashion designer Zac Posen may rule the runways, but his 3 dogs rule the roost.
Weight-Loss Surgery May Lower Some Pregnancy Complications, Raise Others
Study finds gestational diabetes less likely, but smaller infants more common
Dangerous C. Difficile Germ Infects 500,000 Americans a Year: CDC
Overuse of antibiotics tied to rise in serious infections