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Ketamine May Treat Migraine, Chronic Pain

Ketamine May Treat Migraine, Chronic Pain0

Exercise May Cut Alcohol Health Risks

Exercise May Cut Alcohol Health Risks0

Are Tea Tree and Lavender Oils Safe for Kids?

Are Tea Tree and Lavender Oils Safe for Kids?0

Is a New at-Home Colon Cancer Test for You?

Is a New at-Home Colon Cancer Test for You?0

Should You Eat Like Tom Brady?

Should You Eat Like Tom Brady?0

Most Cancers Stem From Avoidable Things

Most Cancers Stem From Avoidable Things0

Does Testosterone Give Men Better Direction Sense?

Does Testosterone Give Men Better Direction Sense?0

Asthma Appears to Double Chronic Migraine Risk

Asthma Appears to Double Chronic Migraine Risk0

Trouble Sleeping? New Treatment Options May Help

Trouble Sleeping? New Treatment Options May Help0

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Food Allergies Tied to Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Food Allergies Tied to Irritable Bowel Syndrome0

By Kate Johnson Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH Nov. 12, 2015 -- Food allergies and genes that raise your odds of getting allergic diseases might play roles in some people's irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), two new ...

Could the 'Stress Hormone' Affect Weight and Memory?

Could the 'Stress Hormone' Affect Weight and Memory?0

By Matt McMillen Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Nov. 9, 2015 -- Although cortisol is known as the "stress hormone," researchers suspect it plays a much larger role in our health. A recent study, for example, ...

Are Feminine Hygiene Products Safe?

Are Feminine Hygiene Products Safe?0

By Rita Rubin Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Nov. 2, 2015 -- A typical woman goes through more than 12,000 sanitary pads or tampons over the decades that she has her period. But is long-term use of sanitary ...

Fillings May Harm Neighboring Teeth

Fillings May Harm Neighboring Teeth0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Oct. 27, 2015 -- The teeth on either side of a new filling might be at risk for decay, dental experts say. New research in the Journal of Dentistry ...

IVF Tied to Higher Ovarian Cancer Risk?

IVF Tied to Higher Ovarian Cancer Risk?0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Oct. 20, 2015 -- Women who undergo in vitro fertilization to have a baby are over a third more likely to get ovarian cancer than those who don't have the treatment, a ...

Obese People Fall Into 6 Groups: Study

Obese People Fall Into 6 Groups: Study0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD April 20, 2015 -- A one-size-fits-all approach to treating obesity doesn't work because obese people fall into one of six groups, a study says. Researchers at the ...

Calcium Supplements Tied to Macular Degeneration

Calcium Supplements Tied to Macular Degeneration0

By Jenni Laidman April 10, 2015 -- Older people who take more than 800 milligrams of calcium a day are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that causes severe vision loss, ...

Do Harsh Winters Mean Worse Allergies?

Do Harsh Winters Mean Worse Allergies?0

By Matt McMillen Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD April 9, 2015 -- Spring is finally here, and with it comes tree pollen. For people with allergies, that could spell misery. But despite the harsh winter in some parts of ...

Does This Common Pesticide Cause Cancer?

Does This Common Pesticide Cause Cancer?0

By Bara Vaida Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD April 7, 2015 -- An international group of health experts is questioning the safety of a widely used pesticide that had long been considered not harmful by U.S. ...

Young Parents, Doubled ADHD Risk for Child?

Young Parents, Doubled ADHD Risk for Child?0

By Liam Davenport Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD April 6, 2015 -- Children born to teenage parents have a higher risk of getting ADHD, a large study suggests. The researchers looked at info on more than 50,000 ...

Green Tea Linked to Lower Risk for Dementia

Green Tea Linked to Lower Risk for Dementia0

By Daniel M. Keller, PhD Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH April 3, 2015 -- A green tea habit is tied to a lower risk for dementia and mild declines in thinking and memory among older people, a new Japanese study ...

Coffee and Your Health: FAQ

Coffee and Your Health: FAQ0

By Kelli Miller Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD March 12, 2015 -- Many people kick-start their day with coffee. Could it also give your health a boost? Recent studies say a few jolts of java daily are good for ...

3-Parent In Vitro Fertilization: FAQ

3-Parent In Vitro Fertilization: FAQ0

By Kelli Miller Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD March 5, 2015 -- Babies created from the DNA of two women and a man could be born as early as next year. Last month, the United Kingdom cleared the way for fertility ...

2 Sunscreen Ingredients Not Safe, Effective: FDA

2 Sunscreen Ingredients Not Safe, Effective: FDA0

By Alicia Ault March 2, 2015 -- The FDA is proposing to prevent two sunscreen ingredients from entering the U.S. market unless the companies using them in certain products can prove they're safe and effective. The agency ...

Ways to Treat Depression That Aren't Antidepressants

Ways to Treat Depression That Aren't Antidepressants0

By Matt McMillen Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Feb. 27, 2015 -- There may be hope for hard-to-treat depression as scientists explore novel ways to help people who have the often crippling condition. Recently, ...

U.K. Approves '3-Parent Babies'

U.K. Approves '3-Parent Babies'0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Keith Barnard, MD Feb. 25, 2015 -- The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve laws that allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people. The British ...

Diabetes and Dementia May Be Linked

Diabetes and Dementia May Be Linked0

By Theresa Bebbington Reviewed by Sheena Meredith, MD Feb. 20, 2015 -- People with mild cognitive impairment may be more likely to one day get dementia if they also have diabetes, depression, or low levels of the B ...

Burnout Rates Soar Among Family Doctors

Burnout Rates Soar Among Family Doctors0

Latest Healthy Kids News Girls Outperform Boys Academically Early Exposure to English Help Spanish-Speakers Lead Exposure Bigger Threat to Boys Than Girls Good Sleep Habits, Enforced Rules Help Kids Sleep Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for ...

U.K. Nurse Recovers From Ebola

U.K. Nurse Recovers From Ebola0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Jan. 26, 2015 -- Pauline Cafferkey, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United Kingdom, has been discharged from a hospital in London after making a full ...

Allergy Tests and Food Diets: What Parents Need To Know

Allergy Tests and Food Diets: What Parents Need To Know0

By Bara Vaida Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD Angela Moore's pediatrician was on the phone, relaying some frightening news about her 8-year-old son. Dennis' blood test results showed he was allergic to corn, ...

Lung Cancer Drug Opdivo Improves Survival in Trial

Lung Cancer Drug Opdivo Improves Survival in Trial0

By Zosia Chustecka Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Jan. 13, 2015 -- Drug-maker Bristol-Myers Squibb says a trial of nivolumab (Opdivo) has been stopped early because the drug improves how long people with a type of ...

U.K. Nurse With Ebola in Critical Condition

U.K. Nurse With Ebola in Critical Condition0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH Jan. 5, 2015 -- Pauline Cafferkey's battle with Ebola took a turn for the worse over the weekend. The 39-year-old nurse from Scotland is in critical condition, ...

U.K. Will Review Airport Ebola Checks

U.K. Will Review Airport Ebola Checks0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Dec. 31, 2014 -- Procedures for screening people returning to the United Kingdom from countries affected by Ebola will be reviewed after an infected nurse was cleared to ...

Ebola Patient Being Treated in London

Ebola Patient Being Treated in London0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Dec. 30, 2014 -- A health care worker who recently returned to Glasgow, Scotland, from Sierra Leone in West Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola. She's been transferred ...

FDA Approves Combo Pill for Alzheimer's Disease

FDA Approves Combo Pill for Alzheimer's Disease0

By Megan Brooks Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD Dec. 29, 2014 -- The FDA has approved a combination pill for moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease in people already being treated with both drugs. The pill, ...

Cancer Rates Higher in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Cancer Rates Higher in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes0

By Becky McCall Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Dec. 16, 2014 -- People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are diagnosed with more of some types of cancer -- and are more likely to die from cancer -- than people without ...

Cancer Rates Higher in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Cancer Rates Higher in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes0

By Becky McCall Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Dec. 16, 2014 -- People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are diagnosed with more of some types of cancer -- and are more likely to die from cancer -- than people without ...

A Virtual Refuge From Real Pain

A Virtual Refuge From Real Pain0

By Sonya Collins Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD Dec. 11, 2014 -- Luke Moore spent 3 weeks in the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA, while he recovered from second- and third-degree burns on his ...

Antibiotics and Kids' Risk for Juvenile Arthritis

Antibiotics and Kids' Risk for Juvenile Arthritis0

By Pam Harrison Nov. 18, 2014 -- Antibiotics, which treat bacterial infections, may raise a child's risk of getting juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a disease that causes inflamed, swollen joints. That's according to investigators ...

What You Might Not Know About Weight Loss Surgery

What You Might Not Know About Weight Loss Surgery0

By Matt Sloane Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Nov. 14, 2014 -- For Julie Murphy, being overweight was familiar. After all, her entire family was big. But she was determined to handle things differently. "My mom ...

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Sexual Fantasies: What's Considered Unusual?

Sexual Fantasies: What's Considered Unusual?0

By Liam Davenport Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Nov. 7, 2014 -- Very few sexual fantasies are uncommon, with both men and women expressing a wide range of fantasies. Results of a large survey done by ...

Should You Jump on the Protein Bandwagon?

Should You Jump on the Protein Bandwagon?0

By Rita Rubin Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD Nov. 3, 2014 -- People have debated the merits of low-fat and low-carb diets for years. But now the third macronutrient appears to have muscled its way into the limelight: ...

Adult Asthma Linked to Higher Dementia Risk

Adult Asthma Linked to Higher Dementia Risk0

By Pauline Anderson Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Oct. 31, 2014 -- People with asthma, particularly older ones, face a greater risk of getting dementia, a new study suggests. More research is needed to confirm ...

The Dangers of Thinning Bones as Men Age

The Dangers of Thinning Bones as Men Age0

By Becky McCall Oct. 10, 2014 -- One-third of all hip fractures happen in men, and up to 37% of men die in the first year following the fractures. That's according to a new report, which highlights the lesser-known issue of thinning ...

Egg-Rich Diet Not Harmful in Type 2 Diabetes

Egg-Rich Diet Not Harmful in Type 2 Diabetes0

Oct. 9, 2014 -- Eggs don't have a bad effect on cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers also found that eating an egg-rich diet for 3 months was linked to better appetite control, and may ...

Small Heart, Stroke Risks From Asthma Drug: FDA

Small Heart, Stroke Risks From Asthma Drug: FDA0

By Robert Lowes Sept. 29, 2014 -- A safety study done by the maker of the asthma drug omalizumab (Xolair) suggests it poses slightly increased but serious risks for heart attacks and mini-strokes known as TIAs (transient ...

Drugs Not Always Best for Mild High Blood Pressure

Drugs Not Always Best for Mild High Blood Pressure0

By Veronica Hackethal, MD Sept. 24, 2014 -- Treating mild high blood pressure with drugs has unclear benefit and adds steep sums to national health care expenses, experts write in an article published online Sept. 14 in ...

Ketamine: The Future of Depression Treatment?

Ketamine: The Future of Depression Treatment?0

By Matt McMillen Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD Sept. 23, 2014 -- Every year, 13 million to 14 million Americans have major depression. Of those who seek treatment, 30% to 40% will not get better or fully recover with ...

Obama Administration Tackles Antibiotic Resistance

Obama Administration Tackles Antibiotic Resistance0

By Ashley Hayes Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD Sept. 18, 2014 -- The Obama administration on Thursday announced a set of measures aimed at combating the threat of antibiotic resistance, which can happen when these ...

Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Blood Sugar?

Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Blood Sugar?0

By Rita Rubin Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD Sept. 17, 2014 -- If you're one of the millions of Americans for whom diet sodas and artificially sweetened desserts play leading roles in efforts to shed pounds and help ...

High-Fat Dairy May Lower Diabetes Risk

High-Fat Dairy May Lower Diabetes Risk0

By Nicky Broyd Reviewed by Keith Barnard, MD Sept. 16, 2014 -- New Swedish research shows that eating and drinking high-fat dairy products is linked to a lower risk of getting type 2 diabetes. This finding appears to ...

Eating More Fruit Cuts Heart Disease Risk: Study

Eating More Fruit Cuts Heart Disease Risk: Study0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Keith Barnard, MD Sept. 2, 2014 -- Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of getting heart and stroke problems by up to 40%, researchers say. Their new study also found that the more ...

FDA Approves New DVT Blood Clot Treatment

FDA Approves New DVT Blood Clot Treatment0

Latest Heart News Pigs' Hearts Beat for a Year in Baboons' Abdomens Exercise Against Irregular Heartbeat in Women Antibiotic Might Raise Heart Risks for Some Drop in U.S. Heart-Related Hospitalizations, Death Implantable Heart Devices Work, ...

FDA OKs New Once-Daily Asthma Treatment

FDA OKs New Once-Daily Asthma Treatment0

Latest Asthma News Older Women With Asthma Face Worse Health Outcomes Even Thinking an Odor is Harmful May Spur Asthma New Drug Shows Promises Against Asthma, Allergies Health Tip: Take it Easy on Chemical Cleaners Yoga May Not Help Ease ...

What Is Your Gut Telling You?

What Is Your Gut Telling You?0

By Sonya Collins Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH Aug. 20, 2014 -- Scientists have long studied the link between our genes and our health. Now, in a growing area of scientific research, they're studying the link ...

Children Face Highest Health Risk From Cell Phones

Children Face Highest Health Risk From Cell Phones0

By Roxanne Nelson The potential harm from microwave radiation (MWR) given off by wireless devices, particularly for children and unborn babies, is the highlight of a new review. Although the data are conflicting, links between ...

Ebola Virus: Top Questions From WebMD's Live Event

Ebola Virus: Top Questions From WebMD's Live Event0

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD Aug. 11, 2014 -- WebMD hosted an online chat on Thursday, Aug. 7, with an expert panel to answer reader questions about the Ebola virus outbreak. The panel included: Amesh ...

The Diet Soda Debate

The Diet Soda Debate0

By Matt McMillen Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH July 31, 2014 -- When you're trying to lose weight or keep off extra pounds, can diet soda help? While it has fewer calories than regular soda, some studies show it ...

Woman Skips Round of Chemo to Help Cancer Research

Woman Skips Round of Chemo to Help Cancer Research0

By Nick Mulcahy July 30, 2014 -- A biomedical researcher with an unusually aggressive form of breast cancer has taken an extraordinary step to "immortalize" her cancer cells. Kimberly L. Koss, PhD, 57, skipped standard ...

Sleep Loss May Boost False Memories

Sleep Loss May Boost False Memories0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Farah Ahmed, MD July 24, 2014 -- People who don't get enough sleep may find they're more likely to form false memories, researchers say. Psychologists say plenty of evidence shows ...

New HIV Guidelines Released by WHO

New HIV Guidelines Released by WHO0

By Pam Harrison July 23, 2014 (MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Five groups of people are driving the global HIV epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) says in its new guidelines. Men who have sex with men, sex workers, ...

Guns and Dementia

Guns and Dementia0

By Susan Jeffrey Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH July 21, 2014 (COPENHAGEN, Denmark) -- A new survey looks at access to guns by people with dementia. It finds that caregivers and family members of people being ...

Study: 1 in 3 Alzheimer's Cases 'Preventable'

Study: 1 in 3 Alzheimer's Cases 'Preventable'0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Sheena Meredith, MD July 14, 2014 -- About one-third of Alzheimer's disease cases are preventable, according to research by the University of Cambridge, England. The study identifies ...

Routine Ultrasounds May Detect Autism in Utero

Routine Ultrasounds May Detect Autism in Utero0

By Deborah Brauser June 27, 2014 (London) -- Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have more rapidly growing brains and bodies at the beginning of the second trimester than children without the disorder, new research ...

Rx Lidocaine for Teething Pain May Cause Harm: FDA

Rx Lidocaine for Teething Pain May Cause Harm: FDA0

By Megan Brooks June 26, 2014 -- Prescription oral viscous lidocaine 2% solution should not be used to treat infants and children with teething pain because of a serious risk, the FDA says. "Oral viscous lidocaine solution is ...

More Evidence Botox Works for Depression

More Evidence Botox Works for Depression0

By Caroline Cassels June 19, 2014 (NEW YORK) -- A single injection of Botox, which is typically used to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles, may be an effective treatment for depression. Investigators at the Hannover ...

Bee-Venom Acupuncture Shows Promise in Parkinson's

Bee-Venom Acupuncture Shows Promise in Parkinson's0

By Michael W. Smith, MD Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD June 18, 2014 -- Both acupuncture and bee-venom acupuncture improved symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease, a small study shows. Acupuncture has been ...

More Evidence Botox Works for Depression

More Evidence Botox Works for Depression0

By Caroline Cassels June 19, 2014 (NEW YORK) -- A single injection of Botox, which is typically used to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles, may be an effective treatment for depression. Investigators at the Hannover ...

Best Children's Hospitals Ranked by U.S. News

Best Children's Hospitals Ranked by U.S. News0

By Megan Brooks June 11, 2014 -- Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia tied for first place in the latest U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of the best U.S. pediatric hospitals, released ...

FDA OKs First Device for Restless Legs Syndrome

FDA OKs First Device for Restless Legs Syndrome0

By Susan Jeffrey June 2, 2014 -- The FDA has approved the first device to improve sleep in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS). The device, a pad called Relaxis, was approved Friday. The patient lies in bed and places his ...

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