Health Archive
24 June 2014, 10:51 PM ET
Losing weight is very hard, so it’s not surprising many people succumb to the allure of miracle weight-loss pills and potions available online. But they do so at their own peril.
24 June 2014, 10:32 PM ET
Many studies suggest that consumption of fruit and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of a variety of cancers, but there is little chance that the key to preventing these deadly diseases has been on our dinner plates the whole time.
24 June 2014, 06:30 PM ET
Despite several vaccinations, whooping cough is prevalent amongst children who go to their doctors for persistent coughs.
24 June 2014, 05:50 PM ET
Aside from their effects on the digestive tract, probiotics may also affect the health and appearance of the skin, researchers have found.
24 June 2014, 05:16 PM ET
Is that drag on a cigarette really worth more to a smoker than its cost?
24 June 2014, 04:10 PM ET
Neurobridge reroutes brain signals around the spinal cord and allows paralyzed patients to move using their own thoughts.
24 June 2014, 02:23 PM ET
Doctors should encourage parents to read to their children often, and start well before they enter school, according to a new statement from the nation's largest group of pediatricians.
24 June 2014, 11:15 AM ET
A paralyzed patient with a thought-reading microchip implanted in his brain, successfully moved his hand. The microchip sent signals to a wearable high-tech sleeve on his forearm that controlled his muscle movement.
24 June 2014, 10:19 AM ET
What if we could take the best features of the most popular fitness trackers, and put them together, to make a "fantasy" tracker? Here are the top features we would include.
24 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Our smartphones harbor thousands of different types of bacteria that may provide a window into the microbes that live on our bodies and surroundings, a new study suggests.
24 June 2014, 04:00 AM ET
Genes that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia in people may also increase the tendency to smoke pot, a new study suggests.
24 June 2014, 02:27 AM ET
Biomechanics, which involves understanding biological systems through mechanics, has many applications, including its use in treating common and serious eye conditions.
23 June 2014, 06:26 PM ET
Medical marijuana is legal in some states, but debate rages on about whether the health benefits outweigh the risks.
23 June 2014, 05:41 PM ET
Ebola first appeared more than three decades ago, but there is still no cure or specific treatment for the disease, in part because the dangerous nature of the virus makes it difficult to study, experts say.
23 June 2014, 05:35 PM ET
Marijuana produces a range of psychological and physical effects that can be unpredictable at times.
23 June 2014, 05:05 PM ET
Methods including three-parent embryos and womb transplants could revolutionize childbearing.
23 June 2014, 04:56 PM ET
Here is a look at seven odd hallucinations, which show that anything is possible when the brain takes a break from reality.
23 June 2014, 03:53 PM ET
Women are more likely than men to develop depression during their lifetime. Here's a look at the reasons for this difference between the genders.
23 June 2014, 12:27 PM ET
It's long been thought that stress can trigger heart attacks, and now researchers say they may know how -- in stressed people, heart attacks might be triggered by bacteria dispersing within artery walls.
23 June 2014, 11:42 AM ET
When confined in a water droplet, B. subtilis bacteria collectively and spontaneously form a swirling vortex, with some bacteria moving in one direction and others moving the opposite way, observations and computer models show. 
23 June 2014, 04:10 AM ET
People who use sunlamps and tanning beds may be at increased risk for developing certain types of skin cancer early in life, a new study suggests.
22 June 2014, 01:57 AM ET
Suicides among mental health patients under home treatment are double the number of suicides in in-patient units, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry which looks at suicide rates in different mental health settings.
20 June 2014, 04:32 PM ET
As part of Red Hot + Bach’s project to benefit AIDS research, the Kronos simultaneously recorded to wax cylinder, 96 kHz PCM digital, 1/4-inch analog, 78 RPM disk and 16 bit Mp3 (125 years of audio tech) at Thomas Edison’s original recording studio.
20 June 2014, 02:05 PM ET
As people get older and their hearing worsens, they have more difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, but recent studies suggest that familiarity with certain voices can partly compensate for poor hearing.
20 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Kronos' leader recounts the emotion of tracking where music recording began in this full-length conversation with @DavidSkyBrody of The performance was captured with 5 different historic audio formats.
20 June 2014, 11:34 AM ET
People with mental illness are more likely to become the victims of a homicide than people without mental illness, a new study finds.
20 June 2014, 02:52 AM ET
Humans have some regenerative abilities but compared to creatures like the salamander, which has an amazing ability to regenerate after injury, we’re pretty limited.
20 June 2014, 02:31 AM ET
When you buy a diet coke, or any other consumables containing the artificial sweetener aspartame, you’ll see a warning against consuming the product if you have phenylketonuria, an inherited metabolic disorder.
20 June 2014, 12:15 AM ET
New pacemaker, implanted through an artery in the leg, requires no surgery.
19 June 2014, 06:27 PM ET
As fitness trackers like Fitbit and Jawbone Up gain popularity, it was only a matter of time before kids got their own version of the activity-tracking devices.
19 June 2014, 06:16 PM ET
A mistake at a federal laboratory may have caused as many as 75 researchers to be exposed to the dangerous bacteria anthrax, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today.
19 June 2014, 03:34 PM ET
While the definition of death may seem obvious, medical technologies have made the determination of death an increasingly gray area.