Health Archive
21 July 2014, 08:58 AM ET
Humans are getting taller; they're also fatter than ever and live longer than at any time in history. And all of these changes have occurred in the past 100 years, scientists say.
20 July 2014, 02:42 PM ET
The number of people diagnosed with HIV each year in the United States has declined overall in the last decade, but there have been increases in among young gay men, a new study finds.
19 July 2014, 02:50 AM ET
The danger of reporting findings before peer review is that scientists often can’t talk about the details of their research, which can lead to hype or fear in the media.
18 July 2014, 06:58 PM ET
Bikram yoga is a type of yoga that involves a sequence of set poses and is usually done in a hot room at or above body temperature.
18 July 2014, 05:28 PM ET
Hormone replacement therapy, also called menopausal hormone therapy, is a treatment for the symptoms of menopause.
18 July 2014, 05:11 PM ET
A 10-year-old boy suffered from ear pain and hearing problems for years before doctors were finally able to crack the case.
18 July 2014, 03:36 PM ET
18 July 2014, 03:34 PM ET
Estrogens are hormones that that are important for sexual and reproductive development, mainly in women. They are also referred to as female sex hormones.
18 July 2014, 03:09 PM ET
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, occurs when cartilage between the joints wears down over time.
18 July 2014, 12:36 PM ET
in the future, taking probiotics may help people with conditions as far ranging as obesity and allergies, emerging research suggests.
18 July 2014, 11:38 AM ET
The largest organ in the body, the skin, is sometimes said to be a window into a person's general well-being, because it can carry clues about the health of other organs.
18 July 2014, 02:33 AM ET
Natural or bioidentical hormones are plant-derived products closely resembling the estrogen, progesterone and testosterone produced in the body, but not only is the term bioidentical in this context a misnomer, the products pose a serious safety risk.
17 July 2014, 05:24 PM ET
A Florida man may be the first person to become infected with the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya within the United States, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced.
17 July 2014, 04:00 PM ET
People feel a stronger urge to drink more alcohol when their drink contains an energy drink, along with alcohol, a new study finds.
17 July 2014, 04:01 AM ET
In treating influenza patients, doctors have prescribed unnecessary antibiotics, while not prescribing antiviral medication for all patients who could benefit from it.
17 July 2014, 03:42 AM ET
Certain asthma medications may slightly restrict growth in children, but the effect is small compared to the benefits of the drugs, according to new research.
16 July 2014, 11:32 PM ET
While the idea that we could be duped by shape-shifting aliens is a great idea for a film, the story echoes a bizarre appeal playing out around Senate elections in the United States.
16 July 2014, 07:43 PM ET
Runners actually save energy by swinging their arms when they run, a new study finds. Runners burn more calories when the arms are held still.
16 July 2014, 06:48 PM ET
Policies aimed at lowering the rate of smoking may also lower the rate of suicide, a new study finds.
16 July 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Niacin, or vitamin B3, is too dangerous and should not be used routinely by people looking to control their cholesterol levels or prevent heart disease, doctors say.
16 July 2014, 04:35 PM ET
According to the National Institutes of Health, there is no convincing scientific evidence that magnets can relieve pain.
16 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Putting a new gene into pig heart cells allows the cells to keep the heart's rhythm in check, a technique that might one day serve as an alternative to electronic pacemakers.
16 July 2014, 03:19 AM ET
Most U.S. children eat at least some fruits and vegetables each day, although few eat dark green vegetables, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
16 July 2014, 02:41 AM ET
With the increase of cross-species disease it is important to understand how disease, species-interactions and biodiversity interact.
15 July 2014, 06:01 PM ET
The Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor is a device for people who want to measure their blood pressure at home, and keep track of their readings over time.
15 July 2014, 03:01 PM ET
The fitness tracker company Fitbit announced today the launch of a new collection of Fibit accessories, from luxury fashion brand Tory Burch.
15 July 2014, 02:45 PM ET
Men who had vasectomies may have a higher risk of advanced or lethal prostate cancer, a new observational study suggests.
15 July 2014, 02:39 PM ET
People may not sleep for quite as long on nights when there is a full moon, a new study suggests.
15 July 2014, 01:11 PM ET
Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant may want to think about avoiding light at night, a new review of research suggests.
15 July 2014, 03:41 AM ET
An Italian skeleton from the middle ages gets a diagnosis 700 years too late: The man had brucellosis, a livestock-transmitted disease that causes pain and reoccurring fevers, and, occasionally, death.
15 July 2014, 03:12 AM ET
A new national report takes a first look at health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual people compared with straight people.
15 July 2014, 12:48 AM ET
Space weather impacts many modern-day technologies, but one of the least reported is the increased radiation exposure to passengers on commercial long-distance flights during so-called “solar radiation storms.”