Health Archive
10 April 2014, 02:45 PM ET
Doctors in New York City are urging residents to ensure that they and their children are immunized against a recent outbreak of measles. Nathan Frandino reports.
10 April 2014, 11:12 AM ET
A student at Yale was told by school officials that she must either bulk up or ship out. Her lithe figure and low BMI were interpreted as a sign that she might have an eating disorder or other health problem.
10 April 2014, 06:16 AM ET
Facebook equips its users with tools that make it easy for people to comment on their friends' looks. Such increased ease of judging others' looks may affect the way women view their bodies.
10 April 2014, 01:47 AM ET
Only two decades ago, when I was starting my PhD studies at the University of California in Berkeley, there was talk about the death of anatomy as a research subject. That hasn’t happened.
10 April 2014, 01:27 AM ET
Psychotropic drugs are being over-used in Australian aged-care facilities to chemically restrain residents, according to both researchers and several government reports. But despite all this attention, little is being done to reduce their use.
09 April 2014, 11:02 PM ET
The spleen is an important organ for keeping bodily fluids balanced. It is possible to live without it, but removal of the spleen has serious consequences.
09 April 2014, 06:20 PM ET
Apples are low in calories and high in fiber, have only a trace of sodium and no fat. An apple a day may really keep the doctor away.
09 April 2014, 06:13 PM ET
Eating a diet high in saturated fat may increase women's risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests.
09 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Amoebae can kill human cells by eating them alive, biting off chunks of intestinal cells until they die, a new study finds. This is the first time scientists have seen this method of cell killing.
09 April 2014, 12:07 PM ET
Women with irregular periods, such as those who go more than five weeks between periods, may be at increased risk of death from ovarian cancer, a new study suggests.
08 April 2014, 04:52 PM ET
The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Liberia has claimed more than 100 lives, and rumored cases in nearby countries are under investigation.
08 April 2014, 04:25 PM ET
Drinking just one to two servings of coffee a day may reduce the risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.
08 April 2014, 03:50 PM ET
Anxiety-producing intrusive thoughts — characteristic of obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD — may actually be widespread in the general population. A new study found that more than 94 percent of people have unwanted, intrusive thoughts and impulses.
08 April 2014, 02:07 PM ET
Instead of getting surgery, an adventurous surfer in Hawaii sought a different approach to treat his eye condition — he dipped his head into the rushing water while surfing a gigantic, 30-foot (10 meters) wave, according to a new report of his case.
08 April 2014, 01:18 PM ET
The number of 15- to 17-year-olds who give birth has declined, but these younger teens still account for about one-quarter of teen births — nearly 1,700 births weekly, or 86,500 yearly, according to a new government report.
08 April 2014, 11:19 AM ET
Men who have high levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) during prostate cancer screening often turn out not to have cancer, but a new set of markers in the blood may improve the tests's accuracy.
08 April 2014, 02:29 AM ET
Researchers have developed a wearable patch that can monitor your health, store and transmit data, and deliver drugs when needed.
08 April 2014, 12:00 AM ET
For people who become paralyzed after a spinal cord injury, the condition is usually permanent, but a new study suggests that zapping the spine with electricity during physical training could help paralyzed patients regain movement.
07 April 2014, 08:44 PM ET
The researchers raised concerns that drilling in the permafrost may expose us to many more pathogenic viruses. Should we be worried about being infected from the past? Can human viruses survive in this permafrost environment and come back to wreak havoc?
07 April 2014, 06:17 PM ET
A high-fiber diet may protect against colon cancer, but only if you have the right gut bacteria, a new study in mice suggests.
07 April 2014, 05:04 PM ET
The pancreas helps regulate blood sugar levels. It is also an important aid in digestion.
07 April 2014, 04:26 PM ET
Responsive stress hormones are linked to a lower rate of automobile crashes or near crashes for teenage drivers, new research finds. The stress response may be a crucial part of learning to cope with challenges on the road.
07 April 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The obesity rate in children hasn't declined in recent years, and severe obesity may even be on the rise, a new study has found.
07 April 2014, 12:26 PM ET
Eating legumes -- such as beans and peas, helps lower "bad" cholesterol, a new study finds.
04 April 2014, 04:22 PM ET
A Minnesotan returning home from West Africa has tested positive for Lassa fever, health officials have confirmed.
04 April 2014, 09:52 AM ET
Members of the quantified self movement use technology to collect data about themselves, for self-insight and self-improvement. As tools to track our lives become more ubiquitous, experts say they could help the general public become healthier.
04 April 2014, 09:33 AM ET
Yes, kids, Cap'n Crunch is looking at you. The mascots on boxes of cereal advertised to children tend to stare downward to catch the gaze of kids. Why? Eye contact helps increase feelings of trust in a brand, a new study suggests.
04 April 2014, 02:26 AM ET
Suicide rates have been rising steadily, but awareness of the warning signs can help prevent suicide.
03 April 2014, 06:04 PM ET
Some of our body parts are vital, some are seemingly or truly useless. Here are some little-known body parts that lie somewhere in between and don't get that much attention.
03 April 2014, 05:41 PM ET
An experimental "mini heart" could help people with a medical condition that causes blood to pool in their veins by pumping their blood through the vessels and back to the heart, researchers say.
03 April 2014, 05:18 PM ET
A rhythmically contracting cuff made of cardiac muscle cells surrounds the vein acting as a "mini heart" to aid blood flow through veins.
03 April 2014, 04:01 PM ET
Insomnia may be associated with serious health risks, new research suggests.