Health Archive
03 February 2014, 05:22 PM ET
A young woman with a high genetic risk for a rare brain disorder was able to avoid passing on the condition to her children through a special in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure, according to a new report of the case.
03 February 2014, 05:06 PM ET
Some people who try to cut down on calories by drinking diet beverages appear to negate their dieting efforts by eating more food, a new study suggests.
03 February 2014, 05:01 PM ET
Relative number of calories expended during 10 minutes of various Olympic activities.
03 February 2014, 04:50 PM ET
People who have a certain variant of a gene may face an increased risk of Parkinson's disease if they are exposed to pesticides, according to a new study.
03 February 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Many Americans consume too much added sugar, a habit that not only increases the risk of obesity, but may also increase the risk of dying from heart disease, a new study suggests.
03 February 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Europeans and the Roma people share genetic changes that were caused by disease in Europe in the past 1,000 years — likely the 14th-century outbreak of plague known as the Black Death.
03 February 2014, 02:30 PM ET
Olympic figure skaters are flexible, cross-country skiers have endurance and bobsledders are explosively strong. Which type of athletes are the most fit, however, is an open question that gets to the heart of what it means to be in shape.
03 February 2014, 01:45 PM ET
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman appears to have died of a heroin overdose on Sunday, just like many before him. The drug has certain characteristics that make it a highly lethal substance.
03 February 2014, 01:41 PM ET
Winter Olympians are incredibly fit, but what fitness means depends on an athlete's sport. From strong bobsledders to swift skiers, here's a run-down.
03 February 2014, 07:07 AM ET
Babies who are born at home are nearly four times more likely to die during the first weeks of life than babies born in hospitals, according to a new study of births in the U.S. that were attended by midwives.
03 February 2014, 05:41 AM ET
In a tragic case, a teen boy's worsening memory and speech problems were caused by an extremely rare and fatal brain disorder.
03 February 2014, 12:01 AM ET
Two out of three Americans don’t know what a healthy body mass index (BMI) is, a new national poll finds, despite the fact that knowing one's BMI score, along with a few other numbers, can tell people if they are at risk for a variety of health problems.
02 February 2014, 09:13 PM ET
Certain vitamin supplements may blunt the muscle's natural response to endurance training, interfering with the cellular signals that are needed for the muscle to adapt to training, a new study suggests.
31 January 2014, 05:16 PM ET
Blood pressure and cholesterol are important numbers, but they are not the only ones people should focus on to stay healthy.
31 January 2014, 03:57 PM ET
Every 45 minutes, a child is brought to emergency room in the United States after television tip-over, and about every three weeks, one of those children dies. To prevent TV-related injuries, Feb. 1 was declared National TV Safety Day.
31 January 2014, 02:51 PM ET
Americans facing worsening natural disasters are showing signs of increased mental anguish, say psychologists.
31 January 2014, 01:43 PM ET
Medical alert systems can keep seniors living independently longer with the knowledge that help is only the push of a button away. These systems are important given the danger of falls among older adults.
31 January 2014, 01:38 PM ET
Football fans hoping for a snowy Super Bowl on Sunday may be out of luck, but temperatures for the Big Game could still dip to chilly lows, meaning players and spectators should take care to protect themselves from the wintry conditions, experts say.
31 January 2014, 10:00 AM ET
31 January 2014, 09:20 AM ET
Body odor does change as we age, studies show. In general, odor comes from the breakdown of apocrine sweat by bacteria on the skin.
31 January 2014, 06:19 AM ET
Much of the recent changes in U.S. snacking behavior result from America's altered demographics. Hispanics now make up more than a quarter of the U.S. population, and Hispanic-style foods are expected to be an $11 billion market by 2017.
30 January 2014, 11:58 PM ET
Is surgery a better option than radiation treatment for prostate cancer?
30 January 2014, 06:52 PM ET
The Super Bowl is not just any game — but it's not the only game, either.
30 January 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A short video game may help children understand how to identify the signs of a stroke, and call 911 if they witness one, a new study suggests.
30 January 2014, 02:03 PM ET
The new guidelines about who should take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have become a source of controversy. Here's a look at what you need to know about the changes to the guidelines.
30 January 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Some health care providers make mistakes while administering the rotavirus vaccine, giving the vaccine as a shot instead of placing drops in the mouth as is required.
30 January 2014, 09:18 AM ET
Are you screaming at the TV? Is your pulse racing when your team is down? Do you get violent during the game? - Here are some tips on making game day more enjoyable.
30 January 2014, 09:15 AM ET
We’ve known for a long time that hypnotic drugs are not good to take at length due to habit-forming issues, now evidence is mounting that they also increase the risk of premature death.
30 January 2014, 09:03 AM ET
The teen years are a good time to establish healthy eating and exercise habits. Here are tips for encouraging your teens to be healthy.
30 January 2014, 12:44 AM ET
Complex numbers are numbers that consist of two parts — a real number and an imaginary number.
30 January 2014, 12:34 AM ET
The gallbladder is a small organ that is used to store bile, which breaks up the fat in food.
30 January 2014, 12:29 AM ET
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition caused by irregularities in the cardiac electrical signal. The condition can result in stroke or heart failure, but treatment is available.