Health Archive
24 July 2014, 06:58 PM ET
About a third of parents of obese children in a new study said they didn't see their child's weight as a health problem, a new study suggests.
24 July 2014, 05:07 PM ET
Testosterone is a male sex hormone that is important for sexual and reproductive development.
24 July 2014, 04:47 PM ET
A new virus that lives in the gut has just been discovered, and to the surprise of scientists, can be found in about half the world's population, according to a new study.
24 July 2014, 04:29 PM ET
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), sometimes called crib death, is the sudden and unexpected death of a child under 1 year old that cannot be explained by other causes.
24 July 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A forensic archaeologist unexpectedly found the oldest medical description of a near-death experience in a book from 18th century.
24 July 2014, 01:41 PM ET
Monkeys living in the forests around the city of Fukushima in Japan show lower blood cell counts than monkeys from northern Japan, and have detectable levels of cesium in their bodies, a new study reports.
24 July 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Even though the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can protect against HPV infections as well as cancers later in life, the number of teenage girls and boys in the United States who have received the vaccine remains "unacceptably low," the CDC says.
24 July 2014, 10:22 AM ET
Sleep deprivation could raise the risk of developing false memories, a new study finds.
23 July 2014, 06:30 PM ET
Acetaminophen, the drug found in Tylenol, works no better than a placebo at reducing pain in people with sudden lower-back pain, nor did it help these patients get better faster, a new study finds.
23 July 2014, 06:16 PM ET
People who need organ transplants may die while waiting receive them, and so researchers are looking for ways to produce organs that don't require a donor.
23 July 2014, 05:16 PM ET
THC is the main mind-altering ingredient found in the Cannabis plant.
23 July 2014, 04:50 PM ET
The doctor leading the response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been infected with the highly lethal virus, according to news reports.
23 July 2014, 04:37 PM ET
"Shin splints" refer to pain in the lower leg due to overworked and stressed muscles and bones.
23 July 2014, 03:27 PM ET
A group of people in the Amazon who had been living without any contact to the outside world suffered an outbreak of the flu after fleeing attacks on t, Brazilian authorities say.
23 July 2014, 02:53 PM ET
The age at which girls reach puberty is influenced by a set of genes that were previously only known to be involved in the development of a fetus before birth, according to a new study.
23 July 2014, 01:18 PM ET
5 Turkish siblings, with very rare Uner Tan Syndrome (UTS), walk in lateral quadrupedal motion. Apes and all other primates use a diagonal limb-fall pattern. Credit: Shapiro LJ, Cole WG, Young JW, Raichlen DA, Robinson SR, et al.
23 July 2014, 10:59 AM ET
Scientists are looking into cat poop to explore whether a microscopic organism that lives in there could be modified and used as a cancer treatment.
23 July 2014, 10:22 AM ET
Women taking higher doses of estrogen in their birth control pills may place more importance on other women's appearance, a new study finds.
23 July 2014, 08:38 AM ET
Women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be able to cut down on their trips to the doctor, thanks to a technology that allows them to perform vaginal ultrasounds at home.
23 July 2014, 03:51 AM ET
Most children and teens who are overweight think that they are actually the right weight, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.
22 July 2014, 07:30 PM ET
A Turkish family affected by a rare genetic disorder does not represent "backward evolution," as one researcher claims. The family's gait is not reminiscent of primate ancestors, and is in fact, all human.
22 July 2014, 06:20 PM ET
Officials in China have sealed off the city of Yumen after one resident died from bubonic plague, reports say. But this action is puzzling to U.S. infectious disease experts, who say the response seems extreme.
22 July 2014, 02:18 PM ET
A Los Angeles philanthropist is donating $650 million to improve understanding of the genetic and molecular causes of schizophrenia and other psychiatric illnesses.
22 July 2014, 01:00 PM ET
It's not only sugar that raises alarms in diabetes. Having a high-salt diet may double the risk of developing heart disease in people with diabetes, according to a new study from Japan.
22 July 2014, 11:58 AM ET
Although antioxidant have been thought to fight cancer, emerging research shows they don't have this effect. Now, scientists are trying to explain why antioxidants may not lower people's cancer risk.
22 July 2014, 10:52 AM ET
People with Parkinson's disease may have higher levels of creativity than their healthy peers, and these flights of fancy increase with higher doses of medication, new research finds.
22 July 2014, 01:24 AM ET
Narcolepsy is real, and serious — one of many sleep disorders that afflict Americans.
21 July 2014, 11:30 PM ET
Researchers have identified 83 new gene variants that are linked with the risk of schizophrenia, according to a new study. Many of the gene variations are common, and are found in healthy people, the researchers said.
21 July 2014, 07:00 PM ET
The HIV/AIDS community expressed sadness today over the loss of prominent AIDS researchers and activists who were aboard flight MH17, saying that the tragedy could also be a setback for research in the field.
21 July 2014, 05:22 PM ET
Eating food with "good bacteria" or taking probiotics supplements may help reduce blood pressure, according to a new analysis.
21 July 2014, 04:42 PM ET
Child sex trafficking crimes occur each day in the United States, and doctors can play a role in identifying victims, getting them care, and ultimately preventing such crimes, researchers say.
21 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Women make up a quarter of heart attack patients among the relatively young, but they fare worse than men.