23 October 2013, 10:17 AM ET
A nap, or as the Chinese call it, a wujiao, is a pleasant break from the day, but the debate on its health effects continues.
22 October 2013, 05:00 PM ET
Exactly what it means for a pregnancy to be "full term" is changing, doctors say.
22 October 2013, 04:00 PM ET
Getting a flu shot may reduce the risk of major heart problems, such as heart attacks or unexpected chest pain, particularly in people with a recent history of such complications, a new study suggests.
22 October 2013, 03:03 PM ET
Public opinion on pot legalization appears to have crossed a major threshold: For the first time, a Gallup poll found that a solid majority of American adults supports making marijuana legal.
22 October 2013, 02:28 PM ET
An upcoming app aims to make avoiding foodborne illness a little easier, whether at home or dinning out.
22 October 2013, 01:39 PM ET
Publishing all the scientific details, they say, might show terrorists how to create a bioweapon.
22 October 2013, 12:42 PM ET
Coconut oil supplements and pills are touted for their health benefits, but do they really work? And is coconut oil safe to take? Here's a look at the evidence.
22 October 2013, 10:33 AM ET
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we've rounded up the 10 best apps for celebrating life, acknowledging the fight, remembering who we've lost, and supporting the survivors.
21 October 2013, 09:59 PM ET
People who play a musical instrument may tend to have better physical and mental health, studies have shown. Even taking up an instrument in old age may help, research suggests.
21 October 2013, 02:43 PM ET
A new method to re-grow hair using a person's own cells has been created, according to a preliminary study in mice.
21 October 2013, 01:12 PM ET
Brushing and flossing your teeth can help maintain oral health, but eating certain foods is also good for you teeth. Here's a look at eight foods that may help keep your mouth healthy.
21 October 2013, 08:33 AM ET
Women who buy breast milk online should be aware that the milk may contain disease-causing bacteria, researchers say. New findings show that milk bought over the internet contains more bacteria that milk from a hospital milk bank.
18 October 2013, 05:54 PM ET
Many Americans suffer from a common, often misdiagnosed, hip problem.
18 October 2013, 03:07 PM ET
Reasearchers at Nationwide Children's hospital tested breastmilk purchased on the internet from several sources and found high levels of certain disease-causing bacteria.
18 October 2013, 02:27 PM ET
Ashley Kurpiel has a rare genetic condition known as fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or FOP. The disease is sometimes called "stone man syndrome" because the muscles, tendons and ligaments of people with the disease are gradually turned to bone.
18 October 2013, 09:45 AM ET
Underage college students who use fake IDs to get drinks end up drinking more frequently, which may put them at higher risk for alcohol-use disorders, researchers say.
17 October 2013, 07:01 PM ET
If you think doing household chores will save you a trip to the gym, you might want to think again.
17 October 2013, 07:00 PM ET
Common household chores may not burn as many calories as you think.
17 October 2013, 04:23 PM ET
A young man from Tennessee is living with haemolacria, an alarming medical condition — without warning, he begins to bleed from his eyes. And some of the best doctors in the country are completely stumped by his ailment.
17 October 2013, 04:09 PM ET
The history of biology is peppered with invaluable contributions by physics and physicists. Even if we leave aside the argument that it’s all just physics anyway, theoretical and practical biology leans heavily on our physics cousins.
17 October 2013, 04:01 PM ET
Regular exercise may lower the risk that a person's sense of smell will fade, which tends to happen as people age, a new study finds.
17 October 2013, 03:40 PM ET
Your genes control features inside you body and researchers are trying to use this to help doctors prescribe more effective medications.
17 October 2013, 02:06 PM ET
While the reasons why we need sleep remain mysterious, a new study shows that one activity in the brain cranks up during sleep: the disposal of waste.
17 October 2013, 12:59 PM ET
The body mass index, or BMI, is a metric used to estimate the amount of body fat a person has. Though BMI doesn't measure body fat directly, it correlates with other direct measures of body fat.
17 October 2013, 10:14 AM ET
There's been a lot of debate over the brain damage football can cause, but a recent study provides new evidence that professional football players display cognitive abnormalities.
17 October 2013, 09:55 AM ET
The majority of Americans are misinformed about the causes and prevalence of miscarriages, a national survey shows. These false beliefs often lead to feelings of guilt or blame in parents who experience a miscarriage.
17 October 2013, 07:56 AM ET
Scientists have shown that both exposure to cold and the ingestion of chemicals in chili peppers increase the amount of energy the fat cells burn, and can help lead to weight loss.
17 October 2013, 07:31 AM ET
Sexually active teens today may be more susceptible to a type of genital herpes infection than teens in years past, a new study suggests. Researchers looked for the presence of antibodies against herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) in the blood.
16 October 2013, 06:22 PM ET
Headlines blaring that Oreo cookies are as addictive as cocaine overstate a new research study. The study certainly proves that Oreos are pleasing to rats, but doesn't show them to be addictive.
16 October 2013, 04:39 PM ET
The line between life and death is not as clear as once thought, now that developments in the science of resuscitation have made it possible to revive people even hours after their heart has stopped beating and they are declared dead, medical experts say.
16 October 2013, 02:09 PM ET
Editors of journals published by the BMJ Group will no longer consider publishing research that is partly or wholly funded by the tobacco industry, the journals have said in an editorial published this week.
16 October 2013, 12:18 PM ET
Strong willpower can help you stick to your plan to eat healthy foods, and avoid overindulging. But in face of temptation, willpower can be hard to come by. Here are four tips for strengthening your will to eat well.