Health Archive
14 October 2014, 11:29 AM ET
The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 4,000 people, but it started with one person: a 2-year-old child who died on Dec. 6, 2013.
14 October 2014, 11:29 AM ET
Smoking is to blame for about 14 million major medical conditions among American adults in a single year, a new study shows.
14 October 2014, 09:09 AM ET
A new drug for type 2 diabetes that is switched on by blue light might one day give patients with the disease more control over their blood sugar levels, some researchers say.
13 October 2014, 08:13 PM ET
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract that causes severe coughing. The disease is especially serious for babies.
13 October 2014, 05:37 PM ET
A "breach in protocol" led a nurse in Dallas to become the first person infected with Ebola in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
13 October 2014, 04:44 PM ET
Statins should be considered as a possible treatment for Ebola, some researchers argue.
13 October 2014, 02:58 PM ET
People with autism may show improvements in their social skills after taking a compound called sulforaphane, which is extracted from broccoli, a small new study suggests.
13 October 2014, 02:47 PM ET
Use this body mass index (BMI) calculator to estimate your body fat and to see if you’re considered underweight, normal, overweight or obese.
13 October 2014, 02:35 PM ET
A spinal cord injury is caused by damage to parts of the spine.
13 October 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Hospital workers must be careful to avoid contamination when removing their soiled protective gear.
13 October 2014, 10:57 AM ET
Only one person has had contact with the second case of Ebola in Dallas when she might have been contagious, health officials said today.
13 October 2014, 09:30 AM ET
Ebola mortality rates would be lower if an outbreak occurred in the U.S., experts say.
12 October 2014, 10:19 AM ET
A second person in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola after coming in contact with a man from Liberia who was infected with the deadly virus, officials said today.
11 October 2014, 05:38 PM ET
Bladder cancer is a cancer of the lining of the bladder.
11 October 2014, 04:54 PM ET
In a for-profit environment, drug research follows potential profits.
10 October 2014, 11:24 PM ET
Most of us have an existing desire to be a normal healthy weight, but not everyone seems able to achieve this goal.
10 October 2014, 06:38 PM ET
A new type of ER is emerging, one that addresses the added risks faciing cancer patients.
10 October 2014, 04:33 PM ET
It may seem innocuous now, but this little stone might have killed someone 700 years ago.
10 October 2014, 03:18 PM ET
Despite reassurances from health officials that Ebola is unlikely to spread in the United States, concerns about the disease in this country have grown. Why does Ebola scare us?
10 October 2014, 12:15 PM ET
Did you know that some of your favorite celebrities started these successful charities?
09 October 2014, 09:53 PM ET
The job of the immune system is to protect against disease.
09 October 2014, 09:28 PM ET
An ultrasound scan is used to get an image from within the human body. It is most widely known for its use during pregnancy.
09 October 2014, 09:13 PM ET
Potatoes are often thought of as a comfort food — richly mashed or crisply fried — but when prepared the right ways, these vegetables are actually quite nutritious.
09 October 2014, 06:07 PM ET
From spinal stimulation to exoskeletons, technologies for overcoming paralysis have come a long way in the 10 years since Christopher Reeve died.
09 October 2014, 06:07 PM ET
The Ebola virus that's causing the devastating outbreak in West Africa didn't even have a name just 38 years ago when it first surfaced and caused a mysterious illness among villagers in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
09 October 2014, 05:39 PM ET
The Ebola outbreak has been escalating in the past few months, but could it cause a global pandemic similar to that of AIDS, as was suggested by a top public health official?
09 October 2014, 05:08 PM ET
Drinking decaffeinated coffee is just as helpful as drinking regular coffee is for maintaining a healthy liver, a new study finds.
09 October 2014, 04:32 PM ET
Technologies to help paralyzed people move again have come a long way since "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve died 10 years ago. While a paralysis "cure" remains far from reality, the strides made in the past decade would make Reeve "excited," his son sa
09 October 2014, 10:23 AM ET
College athletes who play contact sports, such as football and soccer, are more likely to harbor the superbug MRSA than athletes who play non-contact sports, a new study finds.
09 October 2014, 10:11 AM ET
Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever. But not all hemorrhagic fevers are Ebola.
09 October 2014, 04:41 AM ET
Methods of diagnosing psychotic illness haven’t changed in the past 15 to 20 years — psychiatrists rely on observing symptoms, then make informed guesses about the best course of treatment.
08 October 2014, 09:05 PM ET
A woman's body goes through a number of changes in the earliest stages of pregnancy. Here are 10 clues to help a woman figure out whether she's pregnant.