Health Archive
26 August 2015, 12:03 PM ET
An epigenetic switch may explain the hormone cascade that kicks off labor, offering hope for the prevention of preterm births.
26 August 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Some people who smoke pot do show changes in brain development, but those changes seem to be dependent on genes and other factors.
25 August 2015, 07:34 PM ET
Carbohydrates — one of the basic food groups — are the sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products. They are important to a healthy life.
25 August 2015, 07:21 PM ET
Vitamin A is good for healthy vision, skin, bones and other tissues in the body. Vitamin A often works as an antioxidant, fighting cell damage, but it also has many other uses.
25 August 2015, 06:20 PM ET
There's been an unusually high number of plague cases in the United States this year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
25 August 2015, 04:57 PM ET
More than one-third of American adults are obese, and now, a new report shows that children and teens aren't far behind.
25 August 2015, 03:16 PM ET
For women, some warning signs for stroke — from hiccups to chest pain — are not what you might suspect.
25 August 2015, 11:15 AM ET
A man in the United Kingdom made headlines recently when he had surgery to give him a so-called "bionic penis," but experts say the man actually had a penile implant — a device that is not uncommon.
25 August 2015, 12:32 AM ET
Riboflavin is a B-complex vitamin that helps the body break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats to produce energy.
24 August 2015, 09:37 PM ET
The human skeleton has 206 bones and performs several vital functions.
24 August 2015, 04:03 PM ET
Stanford University researchers have developed a folding lens that can turn a cell phone into a microscope. It’s made with simple materials (paper and glass balls) for under a dollar. Aaron Pomerantz captured a mite in action.
24 August 2015, 09:30 AM ET
A woman got a nasty bacterial infection in her knee, and her vigorous tooth-flossing regimen may be to blame, a new case report finds.
24 August 2015, 09:25 AM ET
Compounds found flax and sesame seeds may help prevent or slow weight gain in women, a new study suggests.
22 August 2015, 06:37 AM ET
Zofran: Dosage, Side Effects & Pregnancy
21 August 2015, 04:18 PM ET
Breakups can have severe emotional aftermath... or not. Here's a look at what science says about splitting up.
21 August 2015, 04:10 PM ET
A 29-year-old woman went to the ER because she felt hysterical, and unable to calm down. But doctors soon found the true problem.
21 August 2015, 11:10 AM ET
To treat Jimmy Carter's cancer, doctors will use one of the newest advances in cancer therapy — a class of drugs that turns the immune system against cancer.
20 August 2015, 05:39 PM ET
Babies who are breastfed can build up worrying levels of a potentially harmful class of industrial chemicals, a new study finds.
20 August 2015, 04:44 PM ET
Addyi, the new libido-enhancing pill for women, was approved by the FDA, but many health care professionals are still skeptical about whether women really need the drug.
20 August 2015, 02:47 PM ET
Most U.S. contact wearers engage in bad hygiene habits with their lenses that could increase the risk of eye infection, according to a new report.
20 August 2015, 12:09 PM ET
After nearly 10 years without a case of plague, California has seen two cases already this summer. What's behind the return of plague to the state?
20 August 2015, 07:41 AM ET
People who have fewer moles may be at higher risk for aggressive skin cancer than those with more moles, according to a new study.
20 August 2015, 02:28 AM ET
Vitamin B6 is important to maintaining a healthy body and developing a healthy brain.
19 August 2015, 07:05 PM ET
The "smart drug" modafinil improves performance on long and complex tasks, and also enhances decision-making and planning skills in certain people, a new study finds.
19 August 2015, 05:08 PM ET
Although genetically modified organisms (GMOs) themselves don't appear to have ill effects on human health, some researchers argue that the herbicides used on these crops are an overlooked health threat.
19 August 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Vomiting creates a fine spray of airborne virus particles, a vomit device proves.
19 August 2015, 12:08 PM ET
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a "vomiting device" to study the transmission of norovirus -- the dreaded stomach bug that causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.
19 August 2015, 07:31 AM ET
An outbreak of a rare and fatal brain disease tied to human growth hormone treatments in the 1950s through the 1980s continues even today, decades after the hormone treatments were stopped.
19 August 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Marijuana is burning in California, but nobody feels buzzed about it.
18 August 2015, 02:56 PM ET
Teens who "vape," or use electronic cigarettes may be more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes than teens who have never tried e-cigarettes, according to a new study.
18 August 2015, 11:15 AM ET
There are five medications approved in the U.S. for the long-term treatment of obesity, but none can take the weight off without the help of diet and exercise.
17 August 2015, 05:37 PM ET
Two shocking accounts of doctors behaving inappropriately while their patients were under anesthesia came to light in an essay published today in a respected medical journal.