29 October 2013, 07:40 PM ET
But is there any evidence that specific “brain training” can improve overall performance? Or is it all hype and hyperbole?
29 October 2013, 03:56 PM ET
A compound found in centipede venom could block many forms of pain. The new molecule could sidestep the problems of opioids, which are addictive and need to be given in ever-increasing doses to achieve the same level of pain relief.
29 October 2013, 03:54 PM ET
You don't have to avoid Halloween candy, but know your limits.
29 October 2013, 03:42 PM ET
Children who get chickenpox may be at increased risk for stroke soon after the infection, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests.
29 October 2013, 03:14 PM ET
Some researchers claim that there is scientific evidence linking Halloween spooks to rare but real medical conditions. Here's an explanation of how medical researchers may have discovered the scientific roots that underlie so-called monsters.
29 October 2013, 02:58 PM ET
In a Halloween nightmare of its own kind, parents can only watch as their kids collect and eat as many candies as they can on their trick-or-treat adventure. Here are some sneaky things parents can do to make Halloween a healthier day for kids.
29 October 2013, 01:13 PM ET
A drug that treats rare blood diseases may also help people bitten by the poisonous brown recluse spider, who develop a life-threatening loss of blood cells, a new study finds.
29 October 2013, 12:19 PM ET
Some soldiers in the U.S. military desperate to maintain good standing sometimes turn to plastic surgery as a way to maintain the Defense Department's strict standards for body fat and fitness, according to news reports.
28 October 2013, 06:30 PM ET
For older adults, gardening and "do-it-yourself" home activities like fixing up the house may cut the risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study from Sweden suggests.
28 October 2013, 05:11 PM ET
A new activity tracker claims to be able to analyze what you eat using a sensor on the wrist — no food diaries needed — but experts are skeptical of the claim.
28 October 2013, 04:57 PM ET
The unprecedented nature of Hurricane Sandy — which struck the East Coast one year ago this week — led to a significant health and mental-health impact that continues today, experts say.
28 October 2013, 04:13 PM ET
Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, develops when the transparent membrane, or conjunctiva, lining the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball gets inflamed. You can get pink eye from someone else if their bacterial or viral infection passes to you.
28 October 2013, 03:00 PM ET
Some studies claim to find junk food as addictive as drugs, but experts say that what actually determines the addictive nature of a substance, and whether an individual becomes addicted, is complex.
28 October 2013, 12:31 PM ET
Following Hurricane Sandy, a disturbing public health threat was seen in emergency rooms across the New York metropolitan area: carbon monoxide poisoning. A new study reveals a spike of 437 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning reported in ERs after Sandy.
28 October 2013, 09:54 AM ET
In an emergency, few facilities are as critical as hospitals. But as Hurricane Sandy made painfully clear one year ago, hospitals and other health-care facilities are just as vulnerable to the ravages of a storm as any other building.
28 October 2013, 09:30 AM ET
The American Academy of Physicians has issued new guidelines for children's media use, suggesting that kids get no more than two hours of entertainment screen time a day, and that parents monitor children's media consumption.
28 October 2013, 08:49 AM ET
Environmental Working Group, an organization that advocates against the use of toxic chemicals, has released a list of the 12 worst hormone disrupting chemicals. Here is our breakdown of the list.
28 October 2013, 07:41 AM ET
An environmental health advocacy organization has released a list of what it says are the 12 worst hormone-disrupting chemicals.
28 October 2013, 07:21 AM ET
Over the last decade, many children who tragically died from flu were previously healthy kids without chronic medical conditions, a new study finds.
25 October 2013, 05:58 PM ET
Sex may, in some cases, provide a decent workout. New research finds that sex burns enough calories to count as moderate exercise, a fact which might motivate people to get a little busier.
25 October 2013, 02:36 PM ET
Did you know that autoimmune diseases predominately affect women, or that some people have hardly any immune system? Here are 11 surprising facts about the immune system.
25 October 2013, 01:53 PM ET
At least 22 people in Syria - most of them children younger than 2 - may have contracted polio, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
25 October 2013, 09:55 AM ET
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that it is proposing new safety regulations for pet food and animal feed to prevent foodborne illnesses in both animals and people.
24 October 2013, 05:00 PM ET
The idea of using financial incentives in organ donation has been subject to heated debate. Now, a new study shows that using this strategy to address the shortage of kidneys would be less costly and more effective than the current donation system.
24 October 2013, 01:43 PM ET
A Roma couple in Greece have been charged with abducting a young girl who was found living with them last week. What made authorities suspect the girl wasn't Roma? Her blond hair and blue eyes.
24 October 2013, 11:51 AM ET
In her many television appearances, Suzanne Somers offers health advice to women. But what she says doesn't always hold up as fact, and in some cases, following her advice could be harmful.
24 October 2013, 10:14 AM ET
A Mississippi baby born with HIV and treated in the early hours of her life remains free of the infection three years late, despite being off of medications for 18 months, according to a new report.
23 October 2013, 07:04 PM ET
Research recently published in The Lancet looked at whether applying medical grade honey to wound sites in patients undergoing dialysis showed advantages over standard antibiotic use.
23 October 2013, 05:00 PM ET
A 57-year- old woman in Italy who went to the doctor with inflamed sinuses had an unusual diagnosis.
23 October 2013, 04:40 PM ET
Sprouts -- the tiny plants that grow as seeds begin to germinate -- are packed with nutrition. Here's a look at ways to include sprouts in your diet.
23 October 2013, 04:39 PM ET
The National Institutes of Health has awarded several million dollars to three projects aimed at creating new robotic devices to assist people with disabilities.
23 October 2013, 11:02 AM ET
Bats in Peru were found to harbor a brand new type of flu virus.