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Older people bear the brunt of Pacific island disasters

Five years ago, when an 8.1 magnitude earthquakeand tsunami hit the islands of Samoa in the Central SouthPacific, elderly...

Wealthy countries must send medical teams to halt Ebola -Medecins Sans Frontieres

The worst ever outbreak of theEbola virus will not be halted unless wealthy nations dispatchspecialized biological disaster...

For blind bus riders, a new app boosts independence

A new smartphone app helps blindpeople navigate public transit in the Seattle area. The app, called StopInfo, is integrated...

Diets work, but the brand doesn't matter

When it comes to diet programs,brand names don't make much difference, according to a newreview. Low-carb or low-fat diets...

People with widespread pain more likely to develop insomnia

Older adults with pain for morethan a day are more likely to report trouble sleeping yearslater, according to a new study....

Report blames coal ash for cancers at Pennsylvania prison

A high rate of cancer amonginmates at a southwestern Pennsylvania prison is linked to anearby coal ash dump, and the correctional...

British minister accuses officials of 'dereliction of duty' in child abuse scandal

Britain's interior minister on Tuesdayaccused local authorities in the English town of Rotherham of a"complete dereliction...

Switching to 'adult doctor' sometimes hard for kids with chronic illness

Chronically ill kids who"graduate" from their pediatrician to an "adult" doctor oftenfeel dissatisfied with the transition,...

McDonald's to boost China supplier audits after food safety scandal

McDonald's Corp will increase thenumber of audits it conducts of suppliers in China, the firmsaid on Tuesday, after a food...

S.Korea lifts ban on beef with feed additive -food ministry

South Korea has lifted a ban on the use ofanimal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, opening the door toimports containing...

Child abuse revelations divide "most shameful town in Britain"

Swapping cigarettes andchewing gum, the teenage girls outside Rotherham's CentenaryIndoor Market are not engrossed in the...

Clockwork heart pacemaker does away with batteries

Swiss engineers, famous for making theworld's finest watches, are turning their hands to cardiologywith a prototype battery-less...

Low-carb diets may beat low-fat options for weight loss, heart health

like those inwhole grains and fruits - are healthier than others - like thosein white bread and other processed foods. Bazzano...

Poor response to Ebola causing needless deaths - World Bank head

The world's "disastrously inadequateresponse" to West Africa's Ebola outbreak means many people aredying needlessly, the...

Family dinners may help kids cope with cyberbullying

Like victims of face-to-facebullying, kids who experience internet bullying are vulnerableto mental health and substance...

High-action TV shows lead to more snacking: study

Watching high-energy TV programsmight make watching calories harder, a new study suggests. With snacks freely available,...

Ebola health workers should get danger money, expert says

Doctors and nursesfighting the world's biggest outbreak of the Ebola virus in WestAfrica should get incentives including...

REFILE-Nigeria records another Ebola case in oil city, 16 cases in total

Nigeria has a third confirmed case ofEbola disease in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, bringing thecountry's total confirmed...

Nigeria records another Ebola case in oil city, 16 cases in total

Tests show no sign of Ebola in Swedish man

Medical authorities in the Swedishcapital said on Monday tests on a man brought into hospital overthe weekend and suspected...

Pistachios may help reduce diabetes risk: study

For people who may be headed fortype 2 diabetes, regularly eating pistachios might help turn thetide, according to a new...

U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions

A U.S. judge struck down parts ofa law seen as restricting abortions in Texas, saying in adecision on Friday that a provision...

Porn productions suspended after performer tests positive for HIV

A porn industry trade group hasplaced a moratorium on U.S. productions of adult sex films afterone performer received a preliminary...

Better education on breast reconstruction may be needed after cancer

When it comes to deciding tohave breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer, mostwomen are generally satisfied...

African-Americans may be getting inferior breastfeeding advice

Mothers who give birth in areaswith higher concentrations of African-Americans are less likelyto get breastfeeding support...

Medical charity MSF wants U.N. to take lead on Ebola epidemic

The U.N. Security Council must leadefforts to stop the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, a seniorofficial from Medecins Sans...

Fears of addiction keep cancer patients from getting pain relief

Fears of opioid abuse andaddiction might be keeping patients with advanced cancer fromgetting enough pain medicine, researchers...

New test may predict worker hearing loss

Not everyone exposed to highnoise levels at work experiences hearing loss as a result, and anew study suggests a simple test...

White House orders U.S. labs to take inventory of infectious agents

The White House has ordered federallyfunded labs working with infectious agents to conduct animmediate inventory of the pathogens...

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursdayrequiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" languagein their definitions...

U.S. startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking

For a growing U.S. agingpopulation, tracking heart health via a smartphone can mean thedifference between life and death....

UK and French police hunt for seriously ill boy taken from hospital

British and French police launched amajor hunt on Friday to find a seriously ill young boy takenfrom a hospital by his parents,...

Trimming pounds may cut health costs for diabetics

Overweight adults with diabeteswho lost weight and kept it off lowered their average annualhealth care costs by more than...

Hand sanitizer may spare travelers illness abroad: survey

In a French survey of travelersto countries where diarrheal illnesses are common, the peoplewho used hand sanitizer while...

Gene studies of Ebola in Sierra Leone show virus is mutating fast

Genetic studies of some of theearliest Ebola cases in Sierra Leone reveal more than 300genetic changes in the virus as it...

With high blood pressure, light to moderate drinking may protect heart

Drinking alcohol has been tiedin the past to a higher risk of high blood pressure, but in anew analysis of past studies,...

U.S. infant vaccination rates high, timeliness a concern -CDC

U.S. infant vaccination rates fordiseases such as measles, mumps and rubella increased orremained stable at high levels in...

Wanted: 60 volunteers to test Ebola vaccine in middle England

Fancy testing an Ebola vaccine? It maysound scary but the scientist behind the British trial of a shotthat has so far only...

Amgen seeks U.S. approval of new cholesterol-fighting drug

Amgen Inc said on Thursday it applied to U.S.health regulators to sell its cholesterol fighter, evolocumab,becoming the first...

Calorie goals, support may help limit pregnancy weight gain

Compared to obese expectantmothers without special care, those given individualized caloriegoals and weekly group meetings...

Fatal heroin overdoses on the rise in New York City

The number of deaths from drugoverdoses in New York City has steadily risen since 2010, inpart because of an apparent resurgence...

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

The Ebola epidemic in West Africacould infect more than 20,000 people, the U.N. health agencysaid on Thursday, warning that...

Ebola vaccine from GSK fast-tracked into clinical trials

An experimental Ebola vaccinefrom GlaxoSmithKline is being fast-tracked into human studiesand the company plans to build...

German Green's ice bucket challenge lights up dope debate

A German Greens party leader has takenthe "ice bucket" charity challenge to a new high, standing nextto a marijuana plant...

Pizza chain sued over healthcare for gay couples

A former trainee manager at LittleCaesars pizza in California sued the company for discriminationon Wednesday, accusing the...

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalizes marijuana

Santa Fe on Wednesday becamethe latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts ofmarijuana, with lawmakers in the New Mexico...

UK cancer drug fund gets extra 160 million pounds

A fund that helps patients receive cancermedicines not routinely paid for by Britain's state healthservice is to get an extra...

Fishery mislabeling could mean more mercury than buyers bargain for

That Chilean sea bass from thelocal grocery store could have twice the methylmercury that'sexpected - if it comes from a...

Scientists find mild cases of MERS among patients' families

Fewer than half of Saudi Arabianpatients in a study passed the Middle East Respiratory Syndromevirus to household members,...

Self management may reduce blood pressure: study

Even people at significant riskfor heart attacks and strokes can take an active role inreducing their own high blood pressure,...

Death certificates would reflect gender identity under California bill

Death certificates inCalifornia would be changed to reflect the gender identity ofpeople at the time of their death rather...

US CDC says flies home staffer who had 'low-risk' contact with Ebola

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention said on Wednesday it flew an employee back to theUnited States from West...

Baby may have infected Briton with deadly Ebola virus

A British nurse infected with Ebola mayhave caught the deadly virus after playing with a one-year-oldboy whose mother had...

Shift work linked to greater diabetes risk

People who work night shifts, orconstantly changing shifts are more likely to develop type 2diabetes compared to non-shift...

Tricking memory in lab animals stokes hope for PTSD

The frailty of remembrance might havean upside: When a memory is recalled, two research teamsreported on Wednesday, it can...

CORRECTED-Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting

For international travelers whoneed to carry medical devices and medications with them, it'snot easy to find out the travel...

Adding therapy to meds may speed depression recovery for some

For about a third of people withdepression, adding cognitive therapy to treatment withantidepressant medication helps them...

U.S. says non-allergic peanut moves closer to commercial reality

A new method for removing allergensfrom peanuts means help could soon be on the way for the roughly2.8 million Americans...

Senegalese WHO doctor with Ebola arrives for treatment in Germany

A Senegalese doctor who contracted Ebolawhile working for the World Health Organization (WHO)in SierraLeone arrived in Hamburg...

Insurers pay more tax on executive comp under Obamacare -study

When Washington eliminated corporate taxdeductions on health insurance executive compensation above$500,000 under President...

U.S. names Connecticut official to lead federal Obamacare marketplace

The Obama administration on Tuesdaynamed the head of Connecticut's state health exchange to overseethe federal marketplace...

U.S. veterans health probe says cannot link deaths to broken system

A probe into long waits for medicaltreatment at Veterans Affairs facilities in Phoenix foundcover-ups of delays and a break-down...

Robotic prostate removal tied to surgical changes, costs

The introduction of roboticsurgery for prostate cancer may have led to changes in thenumber of surgeons performing prostate...

Twitter helps Chicago find sources of food poisoning

When Chicago health officialssaw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoningepisodes, they reached out on Twitter...

More parents think their overweight child is "about right"

Between 1988 and 2010, thenumber of parents who could correctly identify their children asoverweight or obese went down,...

Medicaid payouts for office visits may influence cancer screening: study

In states where Medicaid paysdoctors higher fees for office visits, Medicaid beneficiariesare more likely to be screened...

WHO pulls staff after worker infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization(WHO) said on Tuesday it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leoneafter a health worker there was...

Obama plans executive steps to boost veterans' mental health care

President Barack Obama, weeks aftersigning legislation to fix delays in veterans' healthcare, willunveil a series of executive...

Somali "paradise flower" chewers savor low-price bliss after UK ban

"The president has arrived, thepresident has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's BeertaKhaatka market, as armed men in...

WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes

The World Health Organization (WHO)stepped up its war on "Big Tobacco" on Tuesday, calling forstiff regulation of electronic...

New recommendations for overweight people with heart risks

Overweight patients with riskfactors for heart disease should be sent by their doctors for"intensive behavioral counseling"...

Happiness study draws frowns from critics

A high-profile 2013 study thatconcluded that different kinds of happiness are associated withdramatically different patterns...

Prescription painkiller deaths fall in medical marijuana states

Researchers aren't sure why, butin the 23 U.S. states where medical marijuana has beenlegalized, deaths from opioid overdoses...

Heart doctors overstate benefits of procedures for stable chest pain

Cardiologists sometimesoverstate the benefits of an invasive procedure for chronicangina and patients make decisions based...

E-cigs may be tempting non-smoking youths to smoke - CDC study

Electronic cigarettes may be moretempting to non-smoking youths than conventional cigarettes, andonce young people have tried...

Sierra Leone "hero" doctor's death exposes slow Ebola response

When two American aid workersrecovered from Ebola after being treated with an experimentaldrug, the grieving family of Sierra...

After men, lesbians report the most orgasms during sex

Single lesbians report havingorgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay andstraight men still come out on top...

Liberian doctor who received rare Ebola drug ZMapp dies

One of three African doctors infected withEbola and treated with the experimental drug ZMapp has died inMonrovia, Liberian...

Delay morning school start for teens: pediatricians

Middle and high schools shoulddelay their start times to at least 8:30 a.m. to benefit thehealth and welfare of students,...

California lawmakers pass measure requiring testing of rape kits

Amid ongoing efforts to address a backlog ofunanalyzed rape kits that go untested throughout the country,California lawmakers...

Former U.S. swim star Van Dyken takes first steps since paralysis

Olympic swimming champion Amy VanDyken took her first steps this week since being paralyzed fromthe waist down when she severed...

U.S. hospitals overdo Ebola plans, posing new risks -researchers

Fear of Ebola is causing U.S. hospitalsto take precautions that, paradoxically, might backfire,increasing the risk to those...

Second D.C.-area man stricken with flesh-eating bacteria -media

(Reuters) - A flesh-eating bacterial diseasehas infected another Washington, D.C.-area man, local mediareported on Thursday,...

U.S. to propose birth control exception for religious companies -source

The Obama administration will ensure access tobirth control coverage for employees of closely-held companiesthat object to...

Mammography false alarms linked with later tumor risk

Women whose screening mammogramsproduce false alarms have a heightened risk of being diagnosedwith breast cancer years later,...

Demanding, low-control jobs linked to type 2 diabetes

Even without classic riskfactors for type 2 diabetes, people with high-stress,low-control jobs were over 60 percent more...

Men, substance users less likely to have weight-loss surgery

A one-size-fits-all approach toweight-loss surgery may be keeping obese men, substance usersand older people out of the operating...

Ticks may transmit disease faster than currently thought

Brazilian ticks that carry RockyMountain spotted fever passed the disease to animal hosts in aslittle as 10 minutes if they...

U.S. to tighten restrictions on common opioid painkillers

The U.S. government is tighteningrestrictions on hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller contained inVicodin and other addictive...

It's 'bone-appétit' for California pooches under new law

California diners can now legally enjoy a mealon a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signedThursday by...

U.S. missionary still physically recovering after Ebola, son says

A U.S. missionary who contracted thedeadly Ebola virus in Liberia is better after being releasedfrom an Atlanta hospital...

U.S. aid workers who survived Ebola leave Atlanta hospital

Appearing thin but smiling, a Texasdoctor who weeks ago entered an Atlanta hospital in a full-bodybiohazard suit to be treated...

AA can help young adults, but mechanisms unclear: study

Alcoholics Anonymous can helppeople, young and old, recover from drinking problems, but youngadults seem to benefit mainly...

Knee replacement may go poorly for people who think life isn't fair

People who tend to blame othersfor their suffering and think setbacks in their lives areirreparable tend to report more pain...

Asthma attack rates similar for black and white kids

A new analysis of U.S. childhoodasthma statistics finds racial differences persist in theproportions of African American...

Fewer U.S. youth using sunscreen new study finds

Fewer U.S. teenagers are usingsunscreen, even as skin cancer rates increase, a study found. The percentage of high school...

Ebola response of MSF and "boiling frog" WHO under scrutiny

A decade ago,scientists would have laughed at the idea of Ebola as a publichealth emergency of international concern. Today,...

U.S. EPA makes strides in air toxics but work remains in cities -report

The United States has made progressin reducing dangerous air pollution since 1990 but work remainsto reduce risks for the...

Researchers reverse autism symptoms in mice by paring extra synapses

Although many things have gone wrong inthe autistic brain, scientists have recently been focusing onone of the most glaring:...

CORRECTED-For diabetics, losing weight may delay kidney problems

Healthy eating, staying activeand losing weight are already recommended for people with type 2diabetes, and new research...

For older women, working out may keep heart rates regular

Physically active older womenare less likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation, the mostcommon form of irregular heartbeat,...

Surviving Ebola: Africa cries out for healthcare investment boost

Surviving sickness can make youstronger. So while a western corner of Africa writhes in the deadlygrip of the Ebola virus,...

UK and Wellcome offer $10 mln for emergency Ebola research

An emergency research call has beenlaunched to help fight the world's worst Ebola outbreak in WestAfrica, with the British...

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental Ebola drug

An American doctor who contracted Ebolatreating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recoveredand will be discharged...

Silicon Valley startup accelerators on the hunt for health-tech talent

What do Dropbox, Stripe, Airbnband Reddit have in common? These technology firms all receivedmentorship and money from Silicon...

Former Tennessee Titans player Tim Shaw says he has ALS

Former Tennessee Titanslinebacker Tim Shaw revealed he has ALS, also known as LouGehrig's disease, in a video that shows...

Calif. bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

Birth certificates in California would bechanged to more accurately reflect families in which parents areof the same gender...

California law aims to protect rights of sperm donors, surrogates

A bill aimed at protectingthe parental and adoptive rights of non-traditional families inCalifornia was sent to Governor...

Foreign assisted suicide cases in Switzerland double in 4 years

The number of foreigners traveling toSwitzerland to commit assisted suicide doubled over a four-yearperiod, a study published...

Motivational interviewing may not curb drinking among young adults

Young people may not seemeaningful benefits from a counseling approach designed to curbtheir alcohol use, according to a...

Amid Afghanistan's escalating war, a battle to beat polio

Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned outacross Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security anddistrusting parents...

Oregon holds first public hearing on proposed coastal smoking ban

Oregon parks officials will holdan initial public hearing on Wednesday night into a plan towould make the state the first...

CORRECTED-Peanut and almond butters recalled for possible salmonella

A natural food company is voluntarily recallingcertain peanut butters and almond butters because governmenttesting found...

Pennsylvania psychologist charged with sexual assault

A Pennsylvania psychologist was arrested oncharges of sexual assault for treating patients with a specialbrand of "touching...

REFILE-Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting

For international travelers whoneed to carry medical devices and medications with them, it'snot easy to find out the travel...

FBI warns healthcare companies they are targeted by hackers

The FBI has warned that healthcareindustry companies are being targeted by hackers, publicizingthe issue following an attack...

Travel with medications, medical devices can be daunting

For international travelers whoneed to carry medical devices and medications with them, it'snot easy to find out the travel...

Hundreds rally in Ireland after rape victim says denied abortion

Hundreds of people rallied in Dublin tocall for a change to Ireland's abortion laws on Wednesday aftera rape victim said...

Pennsylvania coroner says starvation contributed to boy's death

Starvation was a factor in thedeath of a 9-year-old Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, boy whose bodywas found partially decomposed...

Tekmira drug saves monkeys with Marburg fever, Ebola's cousin

An experimental drug from TekmiraPharmaceuticals Corp helped lab monkeys recover from the mostdeadly strain of Marburg virus,...

Northern California patient tested for possible Ebola exposure

Blood samples from a patient at a NorthernCalifornia hospital, who is suspected of having been exposed tothe deadly Ebola...

Experimental Ebola drugs needed for "up to 30,000 people"

Up to 30,000 people could have usedexperimental treatments or vaccines so far in the world's worstoutbreak of Ebola currently...

Heavy pot use in teen years may predict later-life disability

A long-term study of Swedish menfinds that those who smoked marijuana at age 18, especially theheaviest users, were more...

CORRECTED-California may have paid millions for fraudulent drug treatment -audit

A California program that covers addictiontreatments for the poor may have paid $93.7 million infraudulent claims, a state...

Peanut and almond butters recalled for possible salmonella

A natural food company is voluntarily recallingcertain peanut butters and almond butters sold at Whole Foods,Trader Joe's...

EU regulator warns on possible MS drugs side effects

Europe's drug safety regulator saidmultiple sclerosis treatments known as interferon beta drugsneed stronger label warnings...

For diabetics, losing weight may delay kidney problems

Healthy eating, staying activeand losing weight are already recommended for people with type 2diabetes, and new research...

Ebola fears slowing tourist flow to Africa

The Ebola outbreak in West Africais putting off thousands of tourists who had planned trips toAfrica this year, especially...

YOUR MONEY-'I don't take insurance' not always a doctor deal breaker

Some doctors really mean it when theysay they do not take health insurance. For others, it is more ofa nuanced statement....

Novartis hands over experimental TB drugs in antibiotic pullback

Novartis has signed a licensing deal tohand over its experimental tuberculosis (TB) drugs to the GlobalAlliance for TB Drug...

California may have paid millions for fraudulent drug treatment -audit

A California program that covers addictiontreatments for the poor may have paid $93.7 million infraudulent claims, a state...

California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

California lawmakers sent abill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in Californiaprisons to Governor Jerry Brown on...

U.S. hospital breach biggest yet to exploit Heartbleed bug-expert

Hackers who stole the personal data of about 4.5million patients of hospital group Community Health Systems Incbroke into...

Walking, biking and taking public transit tied to lower weight

People who walk, bike or takepublic transportation to work tend to be thinner than those whoride in their own cars, according...

N.Y. state demands thrift stores comply with ban on child drawstring apparel

Dozens of New York thrift storesselling children's clothing with drawstrings have received ceaseand desist letters as part...

More evidence adult daycare eases stress on dementia caregivers

The stress of caring for afamily member with dementia may take a toll on health over time,but a new study suggests that even...

Celebrities in firing line as China steps up drug war

China is turning up the heat in ahigh-profile crackdown on drugs that has ensnared a string ofcelebrities, including the...

Doctors may be missing chances to talk to teens about smoking

Less than a third of teens saytheir doctors have spoken to them about tobacco use, accordingto a new study. "Given that tobacco...

Preventable hospital deaths after urological surgery rising: study

As more urological surgeries areperformed outside hospitals, deaths from preventablecomplications among men and women getting...

Heinz to tighten supplier controls in China after infant food scare

U.S. foodmaker H.J. Heinz Cosaid on Tuesday it will tighten controls over ingredientssuppliers in China after it was forced...

Community Health says data stolen in cyber attack from China

Community Health Systems Inc,one of the biggest U.S. hospital groups, said on Monday it wasthe victim of a cyber attack from...

Liberia fights Ebola in capital, W. Africa toll tops 1,200

Liberia battled on Tuesday tohalt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-downoceanside capital Monrovia, recording...

U.S. government extends contract with Cytori for burn treatment

The U.S. government has extended a contract withCytori Therapeutics to develop a cell-derived treatment forburns, the company...

Tech investor gets five towns to join social-health experiment

Technology investor Esther Dysonthinks she has found the answer to America's growing healthconcerns, and has enlisted five...

Ebola-hit countries must screen all departing travelers -WHO

Authorities in countries affected byEbola should check people departing at international airports,seaports and major border...

Cancer screenings common among older, sick Americans

Despite potential risks andlimited benefits, many Americans are still screened for cancerstoward the end of their lives,...

NSAIDs tied to reduced breast cancer recurrence among obese

In overweight women, aspirin orother drugs that reduce inflammation might make certain breastcancers more treatable, researchers...

Does vitamin D help with asthma? More study needed

Asthma sufferers who receivedvitamin D supplements for six months, in addition to theirregular inhalers, could breathe a...

Liberia hunts escaped Ebola victims as WHO calls for controls

Liberia struggled on Monday totrack down 17 suspected Ebola carriers who fled quarantine atthe weekend, while the U.N. health...

NYC council speaker reveals HPV diagnosis to raise awareness

The speaker of the New York CityCouncil, Melissa Mark-Viverito, announced at the weekend thatshe has a "high-risk" form of...

Husband of U.S. missionary with Ebola visits her after quarantine ends

The husband of an Americanmissionary stricken with Ebola has finished a health monitoringperiod without showing signs of...

Belgian infant contracts HIV via breast milk

In 2012, a one-year-old boy inBelgium acquired HIV through his mother's breast milk, a rarebut not impossible form of transmission...

Cost of raising a child in U.S. tops $245,000, USDA says

An average middle-income family inthe United States can expect to spend about $245,000 over 18years to raise a child born...

Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics

Pampering leafcutter ants withfragrant rose petals and fresh oranges may seem an unlikely wayto rescue modern medicine, but...

Parks, playgrounds offer fresh air alternatives to gym workouts

From park bench pushups and monkey barlifts to open air runs, fitness experts say the workoutpossibilities of playgrounds...

Apps put fitness fans through short, sharp workouts

Fitness buffs who can't make it to thegym but still want to exercise can turn to apps for a short,intense workout when they...

Community Health Systems says personal data stolen in cyber attack

U.S. hospital operator Community Health SystemsInc said on Monday personal data, including patient names andaddresses, of...

Measles outbreak in Ohio appears to be ending -health officials

A massive measles outbreak in Ohiothat was behind the largest outbreak of the disease in theUnited States in two decades...

U.S. court revives challenge to New York City circumcision law

A federal appeals court on Fridayrevived an effort to block a New York City regulation thatrequires people who perform a...

Extra mastectomy may not extend life for some breast cancer patients

For some women with early stagebreast cancer, removing the healthy breast likely doesn't affordmuch of a survival benefit,...

Even dentists differ on the best tooth-brushing method

What's the best way to brushyour teeth? Dentists disagree, and no one can say for sure,according to a new study. "There's...

Religiosity associated with less depression in elderly: study

In a study of older adults,religious participation was correlated with better mood. People in the study who often attended...

Older people perform better in the morning, study finds

Older adults are better able toignore distractions and to perform demanding cognitive tasks inthe morning, a new study suggests....

In CDC bird flu mix-up, U.S. agency cites sloppy science, failed reporting

A U.S. government scientist workingwith bird flu rushed through a procedure designed to ensuresafety, allotting only about...

CORRECTED-FDA warns of fraudulent Ebola drug claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said onThursday it has become aware of products being sold online thatfraudulently...

Olympics-Bans placed on athletes at Youth Olympics over Ebola fears

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) hasbanned athletes from west African countries affected by thedeadly Ebola virus...

Doctors tackle damaged minds amid Gaza's post-war destruction

In a ward at Shifa, Gaza's largesthospital, child therapist Rabeea Hamouda is trying to elicit aresponse from two small brothers,...

FDA warns of fraudulent Ebola drug claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said onThursday it has become aware of products being sold online thatfraudulently...

New health apps, games reward patients who take their meds

A group of ex-gaming industryexecutives say they can use their design chops to solve a majorhealth challenge: Sick patients...

Drones being developed to deliver medical aid, not bombs

Unmanned aerial vehicles couldone day be used to help deliver medical aid and othernecessities to needy individuals in hard-to-reach...

New Hampshire declares state of emergency over synthetic drug

New Hampshire Governor MaggieHassan declared a state of emergency on Thursday in response to44 reported overdoses linked...

The other Texas border deployment: doctors, dentists, opticians

For the Texas State and NationalGuard, Operation Lone Star is a disaster preparedness exercise.For public health experts,...

Controversial circumcision technique likely route of herpes transmission

Despite a move away from thepractice in the mid-1800's, some strictly Orthodox Jews stilluse their mouths to suck the site...

Robin Williams was sober, had early Parkinson's at death -wife

Robin Williams was sober andsuffering from early stages of Parkinson's disease as well asanxiety and depression at the time...

Maternal singing calms preemies and their mothers: study

For preemies, the combination ofhearing mother's voice softly singing while being held againsther skin can have a number...

Childhood growth hormone treatment tied to stroke risk

Children who receive growthhormone to treat short stature or hormone deficiency may be atan increased risk of strokes caused...

Robin Williams masked depression with veil of comedy -friends

From an eccentric alien to ananimated blue genie, a loveable British nanny and a fatherlytherapist, actor Robin Williams...

Alaskan woman, mauled by bear, walks to truck and drives to hospital

A 57-year-old Alaskan hikersurvived after being mauled by a brown bear on a wildernesstrail, walking more than a mile to...

Study links higher caffeine consumption with lower tinnitus risk

Tinnitus, an annoying ringing orbuzzing in the ears, was less likely to occur in women whoconsumed the most caffeine, in...

Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead

An Australian hospital apologised onThursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 ofits - very much alive -...

U.S. sets new ground beef procedures to stop E. coli outbreaks

The U.S. Department of Agriculture onWednesday announced new procedures for detecting and removingunsafe ground beef from...

Controversial studies say lowest sodium intake may pose risks

Two newly-published studies addgrains of salt to the conventional wisdom that you shouldconsume as little sodium as possible,...

Oklahoma looks for limited medical test of marijuana-related product

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin saidon Wednesday she would support a limited medical trial in herstate for a derivative of...

U.S. FDA approves Merck insomnia drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationsaid on Wednesday it has approved a new insomnia drug made byMerck & Co. The drug,...

Intel explores wearable devices for Parkinson's disease research

Intel Corp plans to use wearablegadgets such as smart watches to monitor patients withParkinson's disease and collect data...

EXCLUSIVE-NewLink says Ebola vaccine trial could start in weeks

NewLink Genetics Corp, which licensed an Ebolavaccine developed by Canadian government scientists, has enoughdoses on hand...

Consignment of experimental Ebola drug arrives in Liberia

A consignment of experimental Eboladrugs arrived by plane in Liberia on Wednesday to treat twodoctors suffering from the...

Trouble sleeping could be a suicide risk factor for older adults

In a new study, people age 65and older who reported trouble sleeping were more likely tocommit suicide over the next ten...

Injecting bacteria shrinks tumors in dogs and one patient - study

Common soil bacteria injected intosolid cancers in pet dogs and one human patient shrank many ofthe tumors, scientists reported...

Fish-eaters may keep more gray matter in old age

Eating baked or broiled fish atleast once a week may preserve parts of the brain that are hithard by aging, according to...

More middle-aged U.S. women having babies outside marriage -CDC

More single U.S. women over the age of35 are having children, even as the overall birth rates forunmarried women in the United...

Scientists find how "nefarious" Ebola disables immune response

Scientists studying the lethal Ebolavirus say they have found how it blocks and disables the body'sability to battle infections...

Regular exercise after menopause tied to lower breast cancer risk

Middle aged women who get a fewhours of activity each week, including walking or more vigorousexercise, are less likely to...

Singer Celine Dion takes career hiatus due to family, health concerns

Singer Celine Dion said on Wednesdaythat she had decided to put her career on hold indefinitely andhas cancelled her Asia...

China urges public to walk, ride bikes to help cut smog

China has issued a "behavioralstandards" guide to combat pollution and reduce environmentaldamage, urging people to do everything...

Texas emblematic of national battle against abortion providers

Conservative statelegislatures are waging an effective fight to close down thenation's abortion clinics, and nowhere is that...

U.S. benefits enrollment season to bring more cost cutting -study

When benefits enrollment season arrivesthis fall, employees around the country can expect to see theimpact of corporate cost-cutting...

Thai military government moves to outlaw commercial surrogacy

Thailand's military government gavepreliminary approval on Wednesday for a draft law to makecommercial surrogacy a criminal...

Nonprofit hospitals at a tipping point from mounting challenges

Small and stand-alone nonprofit hospitals arefacing mounting pressure from weak operating margins and lowerpatient volumes,...

US rolls back oversight of potentially dangerous experiments

As U.S. lawmakers investigate theanthrax and bird flu breaches at a federal laboratory, they havebegun to question whether...

Idaho reports alarming rise in whooping cough cases

Idaho health officials on Tuesdayurged vaccination to combat what they said was an alarming risethis year in the number of...

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GN Resound pins hopes on hearing aid for iPhone generation

Denmark's GN Resound is banking on ahearing aid packed with bluetooth-like technology that letsusers listen to calls and...

Many meds taken by seniors can raise risk of falls

Half of the 20 most commonlyprescribed medications taken by older adults may raise the riskof falls, according to new research....

Actor Robin Williams died of asphyxia by hanging -coroner

Oscar-winning actor andrenowned comedian Robin Williams hanged himself in hisCalifornia home and died by asphyxia, a coroner...

Irregular heart rhythm during surgery tied to stroke risk

A large new U.S. study findsthat people who developed irregular heart rhythms duringhospital stays for surgery were more...

Pfizer to help 23andMe unravel genetic ties to bowel disease

Home genetics company 23andMe on Tuesday said ithopes to uncover gene mutations linked to inflammatory boweldisease (IBD)...

Nigeria races to halt Ebola spread in overcrowded Lagos

When Liberian-American Patrick Sawyercollapsed at Lagos airport, he brought Ebola into a potentiallyideal place for the deadly...

After childhood cancer, young women's sexual health may suffer

Adult women who survived canceras a child report having less sex, less interest, less desireand less satisfaction than their...

For older colon cancer survivors, colonoscopies carry risks: study

After age 75, recurrences ofcolon cancer are rare and the risks of repeated colonoscopiesmay outweigh the benefits, according...

Comic virtuoso Robin Williams dead at 63 from apparent suicide

Robin Williams, the versatileactor whose madcap comic style made him one of television andfilm's biggest stars, was found...

After 23 million rides, no deaths in U.S. bike share programs

Yanking a bicycle from the dockingstation outside New York's Grand Central Terminal, a helmetlessrider slung a golf bag full...

COLUMN-What should we eat to stay healthy? Why experts actually have no idea.

Have you ever wondered why nutrition experts sooften change their minds about what constitutes a healthy diet?In the last...

Silicon Valley startup launches self-insurance option for smaller firms

The founders of Collective Health,a Silicon Valley startup, say they can help employers save moneyby self-insuring rather...

Sanofi rolls out large-scale supply of synthetic malaria drug

French drugmaker Sanofi said on Tuesday it haddelivered the first large-scale batches of an antimalarial drugmade using semi-synthetic...

Exclusive: Apple prepares Healthkit rollout amid tangled regulatory web

Apple Inc has been discussing howits "HealthKit" service will work with health providers at MountSinai, the Cleveland Clinic...

W. House tech team to improve govt websites after HealthCare.gov rollout

The White House launched a new teamon Monday to improve government websites and upgrade U.S.technology infrastructure in...

REFILE-Philip Morris prepared to sue UK over plain cigarette packaging

Philip Morris International, the world'slargest tobacco company, is prepared to sue the Britishgovernment should it implement...

Philip Morris prepared to sue UK over plain cigarette packaging

Philip Morris International, theworld's largest tobacco company, is prepared to sue the Britishgovernment should it implement...

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa outbreak

It is ethical to offer unprovendrugs or vaccines to people infected or at risk in West Africa'sdeadly Ebola outbreak, a World...

Little evidence to support sleep/wake drugs for shift workers: study

Many shift workers useover-the-counter and prescription drugs to stay awake or fallasleep at the appropriate times - but...

Colorado unveils 'Don't Be a Lab Rat' ads to curb teen pot use

Colorado health officials launched a $2million "Don't Be a Lab Rat" advertising campaign on Monday,aimed at warning young...

Neck manipulation may be associated with stroke

Blood vessel tears that lead tostrokes may be associated with - but not necessarily caused by -treatments involving neck...

Comedian Tracy Morgan 'struggling' after deadly crash -attorney

Tracy Morgan's attorney on Monday said thecomedian is "still struggling" with his health two months afterbreaking several...

REFILE-On Ebola's front line, doctor finds grief and inspiration

After a month on the front linebattling Ebola in a hospital in Sierra Leone, the memories thatboth haunt and inspire British...

Many breech babies still born vaginally, risks still high

Many babies in breech positionare still delivered vaginally, which increases their risk forcomplications, a new report warns....

On Ebola's front line, doctor finds grief and inspiration

After a month on the front linebattling Ebola in a hospital in Sierra Leone, the memories thatboth haunt and inspire British...

Husband of missionary with Ebola returns to U.S. under quarantine

Three Liberia-basedmissionaries, including the husband of a missionary beingtreated for Ebola in Atlanta, have returned to...

U.S. emergency labs ready to work on Ebola drugs if asked

All three U.S. facilitiesestablished to quickly make vaccines and therapeutics in theevent of a major public health threat...

Hospitalized Thai king healthy, palace says

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is ingood overall health, the palace said on Monday, with doctorsadministering medicine...

Briton with advanced heart failure launches new gene therapy trial

A 37-year-old British man who needs amechanical pump to keep his heart working has kicked off teststo see if gene therapy...

Iranian parliament bans vasectomies in bid to boost birth rate

Iran's parliament has voted to banpermanent forms of contraception, the state news agency IRNAreported, endorsing the Supreme...

Growing numbers sign up to Swiss right-to-die society

A Swiss organisation that helps peopletake their own lives and defends their right to refuse medicaltreatment says it has...

Regardless of location, concussions serious: study

Concussions in high schoolfootball players are equally serious no matter where on the headthe hit occurred, according to...

Atlanta confronts tuberculosis outbreak in homeless shelters

Three homeless people in Atlanta havedied of tuberculosis infections as Georgia public healthofficials work to contain an...

American doctor with Ebola says he is getting stronger

The Texas doctor being treated for Ebola inAtlanta after getting evacuated from West Africa said in astatement on Friday...

Google settles U.S. shareholder lawsuit over online drug ads

Google Inc has agreed to create a$250 million internal program to disrupt rogue online pharmaciesas part of a deal to end...

Kids at high-performing charter schools make better health decisions: study

Low-income teenagers whoattended high-performing charter schools engaged in fewer riskybehaviors and performed better on...

Dentists miss chances to urge patients to quit smoking

Healthcare providers,particularly dentists, frequently miss opportunities to advisepatients about ways to stop smoking cigarettes,...

Texas school band practice broken up by plane spraying pesticide

A Texas high school marching band had tocancel practice this week after a plane dropped pesticide formosquitoes on more than...

U.S. Attorneys General press FDA for tougher e-cigarette rules

Attorneys general from 29 U.S. statesurged the Food and Drug Administration on Friday to strengthenits proposed regulation...

Farmers market vouchers may improve access to healthy food

Vouchers for shopping at farmersmarkets can help families on food assistance programs consumemore fruits and vegetables,...

For pro-soccer players, concussion increases risk of other injuries: study

Professional soccer players whosustain a concussion are more likely to suffer another injuryover the next year than players...

New U.S. Medicaid enrollments top 7 million under Obamacare

More than seven million Americanshave gained health coverage through government programsincluding Medicaid since enrollment...

Pfizer confronts surge of lawsuits over Lipitor

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is facing a mountingwave of lawsuits by women who allege that the company knew aboutpossible...

Asia on alert with thermal cameras, doctors as Ebola declared global risk

Asian nations are using thermal imagingcameras and posting doctors at airports to screen out sicktravelers as health authorities...

WHO declares Ebola epidemic an international health emergency

West Africa's Ebola epidemic is an"extraordinary event" and now constitutes an internationalhealth risk, the World Health...

Japanese businessman fathered 13 surrogate babies in Thailand - police

Thai police said on Friday they hadfound four more babies they suspect were fathered by a Japanesebusinessman who has fled...

Obama administration setting up group on experimental Ebola drugs

The Obama administration isforming a special Ebola working group to consider setting policyfor the potential use of experimental...

Diabetes-related amputations more common in poor areas

People with diabetes who live inthe poorest areas of California are about twice as likely to endup with their legs or feet...

Video games can let kids practice being bad

Teenagers who playrisk-glorifying video games rated for mature audiences are morelikely to act aggressively, drink alcohol,...

Scientists retract narcolepsy study linked to GSK vaccine

Scientists who believed they had startedto decipher links between a GlaxoSmithKline H1N1 pandemic fluvaccine and the sleep...

CORRECTED-Tidy spaces can prevent kids from becoming overwhelmed and frustrated

If you're concerned that yourchild's perpetually messy room will cause him to grow up to be adisorganized, ineffective adult,...

High fruit and veggie diet linked to lower risk of heart disease, death

Researchers have more evidencelinking a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables to betterhealth outcomes. The idea that fruits...

Former U.S. surgeon general who warned of secondhand smoke perils dies

Former U.S. surgeon general JesseSteinfeld, who warned of the perils of second-hand smoke and wasfamously not asked to return...

Spanish Ebola patient stable in Madrid hospital

The first European infected by a strainof Ebola that has killed more than 932 people in West Africa,Spanish priest Miguel...

Ebola emergency turns spotlight on experimental drugs

With hundreds of patients inAfrica suffering the devastating effects of Ebola, healthexperts are scrambling to determine...

Stress on the civilian front tied to alcohol abuse in returning soldiers

On returning from deployment toregular civilian life, everyday stresses like marriage problemsor healthcare issues could...

U.S. allows use of Ebola test overseas as crisis deepens

U.S. health regulators on Wednesdayauthorized the use of an Ebola diagnostic test developed by thePentagon to help contain...

Study finds a gene mutation increases breast cancer risk to 1 in 3

Women with mutations in a gene calledPALB2 have a one in three chance of developing breast cancer byage 70, according to...

Experimental non-invasive tests detect rare brain disease

An analysis of two experimentaltests for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease shows that cells in the noseor a urine sample can detect...

New York teen wins $50,000 prize for invention aiding Alzheimer's patients

A New York teenager whose grandfathersuffers from Alzheimer's disease won a $50,000 science prize fordeveloping wearable...

U.S. marijuana industry group launches first food safety course

A national marijuana industry grouplaunched the first food safety basics course in Colorado onWednesday for producers and...

Canada's medical marijuana market heats up as public listings near

Four Canadian medical marijuanaproducers are working on transactions that will allow them to gopublic in the next few weeks,...

Low vitamin D levels may predict dementia risk

Elderly people with less vitaminD in their blood may be more likely to develop dementia andAlzheimer's disease than those...

Poor condom use common among gay, bisexual black men

Black men who have sex with menare more likely to report problems with broken or improperlyused condoms, putting them at...

Tablet-based games may relax anxious kids before surgery

Playing with an iPad mini beforegoing under anesthesia could relax some kids more than asedative would, also making life...

WHO consulting ethics experts on experimental Ebola drugs

The use of an experimental drug to treattwo U.S. charity workers stricken by the deadly Ebola virus hasprompted the World...

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej to return to hospital

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej willreturn to a Bangkok hospital for the first time since leaving ita year ago, the palace...

Cycling-Marathon man Brasher inspires London to get riding

As race director of the London MarathonHugh Brasher was not exactly short of things to do with his timebut when the invitations...

Argentina rights activist to meet kidnapped grandson after 36 years

A leading human rights activist inArgentina will finally meet the grandson torn from her family 36years ago when he was kidnapped...

Target self-perceptions to help kids with healthy weight loss: study

Many kids are prone tounderestimate their weight problem if they have one, accordingto a new study, but kids who recognize...

Singapore's ground-breaking haze law faces uphill challenge

Indonesia's complex rules on land useand the difficulty in prosecuting foreign businesses meanSingapore has its work cut...

Australians in surrogacy scandal offered to take Down syndrome baby -agent

The agent who brokered a surrogacy dealfor an Australian couple at the center of a scandal that left aThai mother caring...

France passes sweeping gender equality law

France has passed asweeping gender equality law that eases current restrictions onabortion, encourages paternity leave and...

Scientific review finds aspirin significantly cuts cancer rates

Taking a small daily dose of aspirin cansignificantly reduce the risk of developing - or dying from -bowel, stomach and esophageal...

Tobacco-derived 'plantibodies' enter the fight against Ebola

Drugmakers' use of the tobacco plant asa fast and cheap way to produce novel biotechnology treatmentsis gaining global attention...

U.S. watchdog gives IRS high marks on Obamacare eligibility data

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service hasprovided nearly accurate information on eligibility data forconsumers who sought subsidized...

Second Ebola patient wheeled into Atlanta hospital for treatment

An American missionary stricken withEbola in West Africa wore a protective white suit on Tuesday asshe was wheeled on a stretcher...

Paying to lose: cost effectiveness of weight loss programs

As weight loss becomes moreabout health than vanity, insurers might increasingly be footingthe bill for non-surgical reducing...

Pennsylvania museum says finds 6,500-year-old skeleton in its cellar

A Philadelphia archaeology museumsaid on Tuesday its researchers have discovered an extremelyrare 6,500-year-old human skeleton...

WHO urged to allow experimental drugs in "dire" Ebola outbreak

Three of the world's leading Ebolaspecialists called on Tuesday for experimental drugs andvaccines to be offered to people...

U.S. biosafety experts watch every step in care of Ebola patients

A U.S. hospital caring for twoAmericans carrying the deadly Ebola virus has tapped biosafetyexperts to ensure doctors, nurses...

Philips, Accenture test brain-controlled system for ALS patients

The Netherlands' Royal Philips andIT consultancy Accenture are developing software to help peoplewith neurodegenerative diseases...

About half of heart procedure patients make end-of-life plans

Less than half of the patientswho underwent a risky heart surgery at one medical centercompleted advanced directives to guide...

Midlife high blood pressure tied to later-life mental decline

People with high blood pressurein middle age are more likely to experience cognitive decline -a common precursor of dementia...

Diet supplement is focus of Va. ex-governor's corruption trial

A top Virginia health advisertestified on Tuesday at the corruption trial of former VirginiaGovernor Robert McDonnell that...

Bodies dumped in streets as West Africa struggles to curb Ebola

Relatives of Ebola victims inLiberia defied government quarantine orders and dumped infectedbodies in the streets as West...

Criminal charges filed in baseball doping scandal -report

The U.S. government on Tuesday filedcriminal charges against the owner of a defunct Floridaanti-aging clinic at the center...

Victoria Beckham dress sale to benefit African mothers with HIV

British fashiondesigner and former pop star Victoria Beckham is giving away 600pieces of clothing, including several evening...

Working moms have new breastfeeding rights under the ACA

Under the Affordable Care Act,employers must provide time and space for new mothers to expressmilk for their babies until...

Missouri killer set for execution, scrutiny high after Arizona

Missouri officials are pressing forward with theWednesday execution of convicted killer Michael Worthingtondespite calls...

Thai authorities to probe surrogacy clinics amid Down case controversy

Authorities in Thailand are to inspectall the clinics in the country offering surrogacy services tosee if they are operating...

Colorado girl, 3, shot by 5-year-old boy wielding handgun

A 3-year-old Colorado girl was shot andcritically wounded by a 5-year-old boy on Monday with a handgunbelonging to her mother's...

Pro-marijuana advocates raise $1 million in Oregon

Supporters of a recreationalmarijuana ballot initiative in Oregon have raised $1 million intheir effort to legalize, regulate...

Medicare raises U.S. hospital payment rates for FY2015

The U.S. government said on Mondaythat it will increase the operating payments that acute-care andlong-term care hospitals...

Japan scientist in discredited stem-cell research dead in suicide

A Japanese researcher at the center ofdiscredited research initially hailed as a potentialbreakthrough for stem-cell treatment...

U.S. judge slows abortion restrictions tide by striking down Alabama law

A U.S. judge on Monday ruledunconstitutional an Alabama law that threatened to close threeof the state's five abortion clinics,...

Ebola therapy hopes shift to small California biotech

Hopes of finding a treatment for the deadlyEbola virus shifted on Monday to a small California-basedbiotech company whose...

Second Ebola patient arrives in U.S. for more treatment -TV report

A plane carrying a second American aidworker infected with Ebola from West Africa arrived in Maine torefuel on Tuesday and...

U.S. hepatitis C burden may ease in coming decades: study

Hepatitis C may become a "rare"disease in the U.S. in about 20 years, according to a newcomputer model. About one in 100...

Injections and physical therapy equal for treating shoulder pain

Physical therapy and steroidinjections work equally well for shoulder pain, according to anew study. Researchers compared...

Tidy spaces can prevent kids from becoming overwhelmed and frustrated

If you're concerned that yourchild's perpetually messy room will cause him to grow up to be adisorganized, ineffective adult,...

Missionary with Ebola in serious condition to return to U.S

The second American aid worker whocontracted the Ebola virus in West Africa was expected to arrivein Atlanta on Tuesday in...

Statin guidelines change, but your doctor may not go along

New guidelines from the AmericanCollege of Cardiology and American Heart Association wouldchange the way doctors prescribe...

NYC jail routinely violates rights of teen inmates -DOJ

The New York City Department ofCorrection has routinely violated the constitutional rights ofmale teenagers at the Rikers...

Detroit residents get more time to deal with unpaid water bills

Detroit residents with unpaid waterbills now have 21 more days to pay or set up a payment plan asthe city reassesses its...

Video game time tied to kids' mental, social health

The amount of time childrenspend playing video games is linked to small differences intheir mental and social health, according...

Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, lifts ban on drinking tap water

A ban on drinking tap water inToledo was lifted early Monday after new tests showed thattoxins were no longer at dangerous...

Food fight builds as U.S. regulators weigh 'added sugar' label

In Washington, a pivotal battle oversugar is heating up. One small corner of the wider culture warover public health and...

U.S. FDA says 'stands ready' to work with companies developing Ebola drugs

The worst Ebola outbreak in history isheaping new pressure on U.S. regulators to speed the developmentof treatments for the...

Hybrid kalette veggies set to tempt U.S. taste buds

The prospect of eating kale or Brussels sproutsmight make some people gag, but a British company is hoping ahybrid mix of...

African leaders agree on steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

West African leaders agreed on Friday totake stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak ofEbola under control and...

Legal complication clouds medical marijuana rollout in Florida

Prospective medical marijuanagrowers in Florida are struggling to figure out a legal way toobtain starter cannabis plants...

French hospital to open wine bar to cheer up terminally ill

A hospital in the French city ofClermont-Ferrand is to open a wine bar where terminally illpatients will be able to enjoy...

U.S. asks appeals court to reconsider Obamacare subsidies ruling

The U.S. Justice Department asked afederal appeals court on Friday to reconsider its July 22 rulingthat poses a major setback...

Coaches may help deter abuse among athletes

Participating in a teenrelationship abuse prevention program may equip and encouragehigh school coaches to intervene when...

Exposure of health workers weakens Africa's Ebola fight

Jenneh became a nurse inSierra Leone 15 years ago with the hope of saving lives in oneof the world's poorest countries. Now...

Second D.C.-area man stricken with flesh-eating bacteria: media

A flesh-eating bacterial disease has infectedanother Washington, D.C.-area man, local media reported onThursday, just days...

Two relief workers with Ebola to be evacuated to United States

Two American aid workers, who weregravely ill after being infected with the deadly Ebola virus inLiberia, are expected to...

WHO chief says Ebola out of control but can be stopped

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus inWest Africa is out of control but can be stopped with moreresources and tougher measures,...

US FDA warns of risks of unregulated lab tests for patients

U.S. health regulators have sounded an alarmover the increasing use of custom laboratory tests to diagnoseand determine treatment...

Parents of preschoolers buying less milk, soda and juice

The parents of preschoolchildren in the U.S. may be buying fewer sugar-sweetened drinks,a new study suggests. Whether that...

Crowdsourcing the answers to medical mysteries

For people plagued for years bymysterious illnesses, a new online service aims to help by"crowdsourcing" among medical professionals...

Guinea expert: Liberia, Sierra Leone moves may worsen Ebola spread

The leader of Guinea's Ebola task forcesaid on Friday that moves by neighboring Liberia and SierraLeone to contain the disease...

Alzheimer's documentary 'Alive Inside' pushes for music therapy

Michael Rossato-Bennett initiallythought it was the worst job he had ever taken. The filmmaker was flabbergasted when he...

U.S. top lawyer calls for greater transparency over execution drugs

Attorney General Eric Holder is calling onstates to be more transparent about the drug cocktails used inexecutions in the...

U.S. House panel requests probe of federal labs

A U.S. congressional committeeinvestigating the mishandling of anthrax at the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

California's proposed 2015 Obamacare premiums to rise 4 percent in 2015

Healthcare premiums will rise an average of 4.2percent in 2015 on California's health insurance exchange, thelargest of the...

U.S. CDC says salmonella outbreak from Foster Farms' chicken appears over

A salmonella outbreak linked toCalifornia-based poultry producer Foster Farms' contaminatedchicken appears to be over, more...

U.S. Senate passes $16.3 billion veterans health bill

The U.S. Senate late on Thursdayoverwhelmingly gave final congressional approval to a $16.3billion plan to ease long healthcare...

Obamacare subsidy case could be reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to reviewa case about whether the federal government can subsidize healthinsurance...

Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens

A U.S. aid worker whowas infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in WestAfrica will be flown to the United States...

Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

Sierra Leone has declared a state ofemergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims,joining neighboring Liberia...

The Pill linked to breast cancer risk for younger women

A new statistical analysis findsthat women under age 50 who were diagnosed with breast cancerwere also more likely to have...

Uptick seen in U.S. breast-feeding rates

Breast-feeding rates are rising amongU.S. newborns, but most mothers still wean their babies earlierthan experts recommend,...

U.S. advises against non-essential travel to countries hit by Ebola

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention on Thursday issued a travel advisory againstnon-essential travel to Guinea,...

On first meeting, men prefer 'nice' women: study

For heterosexual men, women whoare "nice" are also "attractive," according to a new study, butthe same doesn't hold true...

WHO launching $100 million plan to combat Ebola

The World Health Organization islaunching a $100 million response plan to combat an"unprecedented" outbreak of Ebola in West...

Smoking linked to risk, progression of macular degeneration

People who smoke, or have smokeda large number of cigarettes over time, are more likely todevelop age-related macular degeneration...

Next Obamacare enrollment period faces bumps -U.S. official

U.S. consumers who purchase privatehealth coverage through the federal Obamacare websiteHealthCare.gov are likely to find...

U.S. hospitals get lift from surge in Medicaid sign-ups

U.S. hospitals are getting astronger-than-expected benefit from a new influx of low-incomepatients whose bills are paid by...

U.S. doctor battling Ebola takes slight turn for worse

The health of a U.S. doctorwho contracted Ebola in Liberia while helping fight anunprecedented outbreak of the deadly disease...

U.S. Justice Department wants workers to carry heroin antidote

U.S. law enforcement agents who dealwith heroin addicts may begin carrying the drug naloxone toreverse overdoses, the Justice...

DNA changes linked to health effects of childhood abuse

Trauma has lasting effects onmental and physical health that may stem from changes to DNAwhich undermine a person's ability...

Whooping cough vaccine safe for pregnant women

Pregnant women in their thirdtrimester can safely receive the whooping cough vaccine toprevent infections in newborns, a...

Lead in teeth holds secrets of person's origins, research shows

The lead in human teeth holdsclues about where a person grew up and can help criminalinvestigators and archeologists working...

Taxis, planes and viruses: How deadly Ebola can spread

For scientists tracking the deadly Ebolavirus in West Africa, it's not about complex virology andgenotyping, but about how...

India's battle against unneeded medical care finds World Bank support

India needs to curtail excessivemedical care that leads to patient overspending as more peopleget health insurance, the World...

Doctor says Australia covering up mental illness in asylum-seeker children

A former healthcare worker at Australia'simmigration detention centers said on Thursday the governmentasked him to cover...

Chicken pox halts immigrant processing at New Mexico center

U.S. border authorities havesuspended the processing of undocumented immigrants at a centerin New Mexico after one of the...

Express Scripts plans to narrow specialty drugs list further

Express Scripts Holding, the largest U.S.pharmacy benefit manager, expects to exclude more expensivespecialty drugs from...

Khosla-backed startup hopes to bring doctors to patients' mobiles

HealthTap Chief Executive OfficerRon Gutman believes paying the doctor a visit is expensive andtime-consuming. So why not...

Federal Obamacare market still faces cost overruns, delays: watchdog

Ten months after the botched rolloutof HealthCare.gov, Obamacare's federal health insurance exchangeis still dogged by cost...

Drug-resistant malaria reaches Southeast Asia borders, could spread to Africa

Drug-resistant malaria parasites havespread to border regions of Southeast Asia, seriouslythreatening global efforts to control...

Navigators can help guide breast cancer patients through care

Patient navigators may be ableto help steer women with breast cancer through what can be adaunting treatment process, a new...

Most kids will use shade if provided at outdoor sports camps: study

Without any encouragement fromcoaches, more than two-thirds of kids at an outdoor soccer campused nearby tents for shade...

Depression linked to faster cognitive decline in old age

Among older adults withdementia, those who are also depressed tend to have more rapidcognitive decline, according to a new...

Liberia shuts schools, quarantines communities in bid to halt Ebola

Liberia announced on Wednesday thequarantine of a number of communities and the closure of schoolsacross the country, the...

More in New York, New Jersey infected with chikungunya: CDC

Cases of chikungunya virus, a painful,mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through theCaribbean in recent months,...

Suspected Ebola cases sent home as Liberian isolation unit fills up

An isolation unit for Ebola victims inLiberia's capital, Monrovia, is overrun with cases and healthworkers are being forced...

UK holds emergency meeting over Ebola outbreak in Africa

Britain on Wednesday held a top-levelgovernment meeting to discuss the spread of thehighly-contagious Ebola virus in West...

U.S. relief worker 'fighting through' Ebola virus: son

An American aid workerinfected with Ebola while responding to the outbreak of thedeadly virus in Liberia and neighboring...

Kids are accepting healthier school lunches: survey

A recent study suggests thatmost elementary age students are okay with eating the healthierschool lunches required by the...

U.S. Senate unanimously confirms McDonald to head veterans agency

The U.S. Senate on Tuesdayunanimously confirmed Bob McDonald as the next Veterans Affairssecretary, pinning Washington's...

Minnesota woman who lost husband to Ebola urges aid to fight virus

The Minnesota wife of aLiberian-American man who died last week in Nigeria from theEbola virus said on Tuesday she wants...

Tuberculosis patient who refused treatment arrested in California

A Northern California man whorefused treatment and disappeared after he was diagnosed withtuberculosis has been arrested...

23andMe lands $1.4 million grant from NIH to detect genetic roots for disease

Home genetics startup 23andMehas secured a $1.4 million two-year grant from the NationalInstitutes of Health (NIH) to build...

U.S. lawmaker takes soda tax battle to Capitol Hill

A Connecticut lawmaker on Wednesdaywill launch the first national effort in years to tax sodadrinks, the latest bid by regulators...

Maryland man leaves hospital after bout with flesh-eating bacteria

A Maryland man who nearly lost aleg and his life to a flesh-eating bacterial infection hecontracted in Chesapeake Bay, has...

Federal panel rules Mississippi abortion law unconstitutional

A Mississippi law that wouldshutter the state's only abortion clinic, forcing women to gooutside the state for the procedure,...

Weekday heart attacks still getting quicker treatment at hospitals

People who arrive at thehospital with a heart attack during business hours are morelikely to survive than those who show...

U.S. appeals court upholds federal meat labeling regulation

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesdayrejected a food industry challenge to a federal rule concerninglabeling requirements for meat,...

U.S. GMO crop companies double down on anti-labeling efforts

One year after the launch of a social mediaeffort to allay consumers' concerns about the safety of foodsmade from genetically...

Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus

The doctor leading Sierra Leone's fightagainst the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the viruson Tuesday, the country's...

American man from Minnesota died from Ebola virus -NBC

A 40-year-old man who died in a Nigerianhospital last week from the ebola virus was an American fromMinnesota, his wife told...

Guilt may spoil restorative effects of entertainment

People who play video games orwatch television to unwind after a hard day may end up feelingworse about themselves, not better,...

Tools for planning end of life care are varied, untested: study

Many tools exist to helpintroduce people to the subject of advanced care planning, butthey vary widely in what they offer...

U.S. lawyer groups launch effort to prevent elder financial fraud

Lawyers will have access to training onidentifying elderly clients who have fallen prey to financialscams under a continuing...

COLUMN-The truth about Social Security and Medicare, straight from the trustees

If you worry about the future of SocialSecurity and Medicare, this is the week to get answers to yourquestions. The most...

Asky suspends Sierra Leone, Liberia flights amid Ebola scare

West African airline Asky has suspendedflights to and from Sierra Leone and Liberia amid increasingconcern at the spread...

Inquiry finds "indications" of organ harvesting in Kosovo conflict

An EU-led inquiry found "compellingindications" that Kosovo Albanian guerrillas extracted bodyorgans from Serb captives during...

Legalizing pot has not spurred use among U.S. teens -study

A rise in marijuana use among U.S.teens over the past 20 years has no significant tie to thelegalization of marijuana for...

NCAA agrees to settle head injury suit for $70 million

The NCAA has agreed to settle a headinjury lawsuit by providing $70 million for concussion testingand diagnosis of current...

"Interreality" may enhance stress therapies

Using virtual reality to add"real world" challenges to psychotherapy sessions may enhancethe treatment's effect for people...

Family of Texas doctor with Ebola not showing signs of virus

The family of a Texas doctorwho contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa hadtraveled back to the United States before...

Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak as U.S. agencies provide support: U.S. official

President Barack Obama is gettingupdates on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea,Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria,...

Sierra Leone president visits Ebola epicenter

Sierra Leone's president visited theepicenter of an Ebola outbreak on Monday as West African leadersstepped up efforts to...

Short jogs linked to lower risk of death from heart disease

People who run in their sparetime, even if it's not very fast or very far, tend to have alower risk of dying from heart disease...

Dementia patients more likely to get pacemakers: study

People with dementia are morelikely to get pacemakers than people without any cognitiveimpairment, according to a new study....

Slower U.S. healthcare cost rise extending life of Medicare fund: trustees

Slower growth in U.S. healthcarespending and expected savings from Obamacare are shoring up thefunding outlook for the federal...

Fist bumps relay 90 percent fewer germs than handshakes: study

Ditching handshakes in favor of moreinformal fist bumps could help cut down on the spread ofbacteria and illnesses, according...

Drugs to increase "good" cholesterol may not cut deaths

Drugs that have beeninvestigated to increase so-called "good" cholesterol may notprevent deaths, heart attacks or strokes...

Peanut company officials stand trial in Georgia in deadly salmonella outbreak

The federal trial of three former peanutcompany officials charged in connection with a salmonellaoutbreak that killed nine...

Florida support for medical marijuana stays near 90 percent: poll

Support for legalizing medicalmarijuana in Florida is holding steady at 88 percent despiteweeks of vigorous campaigning by...

Dozens of ill Keith Urban fans treated at concert near Boston

Forty-six music fans were treated formostly alcohol-related medical problems at Australian countrysinger Keith Urban's concert...

Kids' packed lunches often fall short of dietary guidelines

Packed lunches that childrenbring from home are often missing the vegetables, milk and otherhealthy items recommended by...

U.S. lawmakers expand probe of federal biolab mishaps

U.S. lawmakers on Monday said theywere expanding their investigation of federal biosecurity lapsesincluding problems at the...

Nigeria isolates Lagos hospital where Ebola victim died

The Nigerian city of Lagos on Monday shutdown and quarantined a hospital where a man died of Ebola in thefirst recorded case...

U.S. appeals court backs Florida law in 'Docs v. Glocks' case

A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday in favor ofa Florida law that bars doctors from asking patients about gunownership,...

U.N. warns of alarming malnutrition rates in Somali capital

The United Nations has reportedalarming rates of malnutrition in the Somali capital where aidagencies cannot meet the needs...

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies in ambulance

A Sierra Leone Ebola patient whosefamily sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removedher from a treatment center...

Liberia shuts border crossings, restricts gatherings to curb Ebola spreading

The Liberian government on Sundayclosed most of the West African nation's border crossings andintroduced stringent health...

Evidence suggests babies in womb start learning earlier than thought: study

Babies in the womb show evidenceof learning by their 34th week, three weeks earlier thanpreviously thought, new research...

Nigeria government confirms Ebola case in megacity of Lagos

A Liberian man who died inNigeria's commercial capital Lagos on Friday tested positive forthe deadly Ebola virus, Health...

Snowboard injuries while listening to music less frequent, more severe

Snowboarders who use personalmusic players while boarding have fewer injuries but theinjuries they do sustain tend to be...

Campus security policies for citing drinkers vary widely: study

At most colleges, campus policerefer students involved in alcohol-related incidents to schoolofficials for discipline rather...

Parents of obese kids may be more ready to tackle diet than exercise

Parents of overweight and obesekids may want to help their kids be healthier, but they're moreoften willing to make changes...

Suspected Ebola victim dies in quarantine in Nigeria

A Liberian man suspected to have Ebolavirus has died in quarantine in Lagos, Nigeria, a Nigerianofficial in Geneva said on...

Teens speak more openly with doctors in private

Teenagers are more likely todiscuss topics like sexual health and drug use with theirdoctors if their parents are out of...

First Ebola victim in Sierra Leone capital on the run

Sierra Leone officials appealed forhelp on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capitalwith Ebola whose family...

India battles to contain "brain fever" as deaths reach almost 570

Almost 570 peoplein India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonlyknown as "brain fever", health authorities said...

VA bill hits deadlock in U.S. Congress over $15 billion gap

Negotiations over legislation to easethe Veterans Affairs health-care crisis broke down on Thursdayas leaders of the House...

WHO seeks humanitarian corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded

The World Health Organization (WHO)called on Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up inGaza to allow aid workers...

Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital lastmonth for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penishad been amputated,...

Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group

As a recent ceasefire deal boostsprospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medicalaid group warned on Thursday...

REFILE-Traumatic childhood events more common among military volunteers

People who served in themilitary tend to have experienced more traumatic childhoodevents, such as being abused or living...

Traumatic childhood events more common among military volunteers

People who served in themilitary tend to have experienced more traumatic childhoodevents, such as being abused or living...

U.S. court upholds FDA animal feed policy despite health concern

A divided federal appeals court onThursday upheld a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policyallowing the use of various antibiotics...

Doctors more likely than public to sign up for organ donation: study

Doctors are almost twice aslikely as the general public to be registered organ donors,according to a study of Canadian physicians....

Behavior therapy may help prevent depression over vision loss

Combining occupational therapyto help older people adapt to central vision loss with behaviortherapy to keep them from becoming...

Child siblings may influence each other's obesity risk

Brothers or sisters might have agreater influence than parents on a child's likelihood of beingobese, suggests new U.S. research....

Too few U.S. youth getting vaccine for sexually transmitted virus -CDC

More U.S. adolescents are receivingvaccines against the sexually transmitted virus that causescervical and other types of...

Liberian man being tested for Ebola after collapsing in Nigerian airport

A Liberian man in his 40s is being testedfor the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital ofLagos, a mega-city...

Massachusetts monks tap brewing tradition to support aging members

Tucked off a two-lane highway ina hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group ofRoman Catholic monks has embraced...

FTC commissioner warns on mobile health-data gathering

Federal Trade Commissioner JulieBrill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concernabout the way apps on smartphones...

S.Africa plans plain cigarette packaging by 2015 - minister

South Africa aims to force cigarettecompanies to sell products in plain packets by next year,despite an ongoing World Trade...

U.S. health insurers to pay $330 mln in premium rebates

U.S. health insurers will send out about $330million in rebates to employers and individuals this summerunder President Barack...

EU finds 'morning after pills' work, regardless of a woman's weight

Emergency contraceptives, known as the"morning after pill," remain suitable for all women who needthem, regardless of a woman's...

GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it isapplying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccineagainst malaria, designed...

Gilead hepatitis C drug Sovaldi racks up $3.5 bln in quarter

Gilead Sciences Inc said on Wednesday that itsnew hepatitis C drug Sovaldi had sales of $3.5 billion in thesecond quarter,...

Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, study finds

Paracetamol, a painkiller universallyrecommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does notspeed recovery or reduce...

Panel's report likely to tie farm antibiotics to human resistance

A White House advisory committee isexpected to acknowledge the link between antimicrobialresistance in humans and livestock...

Robot bladder surgery fails to deliver fewer complications

Using robotic techniques toremove a cancerous bladder doesn't reduce the risk ofcomplications compared with conventional...

Checking pulse could help detect risk of a second stroke

Stroke patients and theirfamilies can be taught to monitor the patient's pulse and detectirregular heartbeats that might...

Hispanic Americans need tailored heart care: report

Hispanic Americans make up thefastest growing minority group in the U.S. and healthcareprofessionals need to better understand...

EXCLUSIVE-CDC says lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns

The director of a governmentbioterror lab behind the potential exposure of workers to liveanthrax has resigned, the U.S....

Peer-led stress reduction may help mothers of kids with autism

Programs teaching "mindfulness"and "positive psychology" both helped mothers of children withautism and other mental-development...

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughterof musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related,a coroner ruled on...

More U.S. teens' report using human growth hormone, group says

U.S. teenagers' reported use ofsynthetic human growth hormone more than doubled between 2012 to2013 as they sought to improve...

Bill Clinton says AIDS-free generation "within reach"

An AIDS-freegeneration is within reach if early treatment is provided topeople infected with HIV and help scaled up for women...

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, battling Alzheimer's, steps down

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen isstepping down as he battles Alzheimer's disease, the NationalFootball League team said...

HIV-positive women in Central America pressured to sterilize

HIV-positive womenin Central America are being pressured to undergo sterilizationby prejudiced health workers and misled...

Michelle Obama expands push to get Americans to drink more water

First lady Michelle Obama took to theWhite House lawn on Tuesday along with children from a localYMCA and summer camp to...

Latest Obamacare legal knot won't be easy to untangle

U.S. judges have their work cut out forthem untangling a legal knot created on Tuesday when two federalappeals courts released...

Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus

The head doctor fighting the deadlytropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught thedisease, the government said....

Using a nicotine patch during pregnancy tied to higher ADHD risk

Smoking during pregnancy hasbeen linked to a higher chance of the child havingattention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),...

Fourth bacterial infection death reported at South Carolina hospital

A patient who contracted a rarebacterial infection during surgery at a South Carolina hospitaldied last week, bringing the...

U.S. Senate panel advances global disabilities treaty

A U.S. Senate committee voted onTuesday to advance a U.N. treaty to protect people withdisabilities from discrimination,...

Cartoonist Roz Chast takes on eldercare

Cartoonist Roz Chast, famous forher deceptively simple drawings in The New Yorker magazine, isnow touching a chord with the...

U.S. courts deliver conflicting rulings on Obama health care law

Two federal judicial panels onTuesday delivered conflicting rulings on how the governmentsubsidizes premiums through President...

Pregnancy doesn't drive women doctors out of surgical training

A new study disputes a commonstereotype that women who become pregnant during surgicaltraining often drop out of those training...

Exercise may slow physical and mental decline after menopause

Women who exercise regularlyafter menopause tend to maintain their physical strength andmental acuity longer than those who...

Polio still threatens Middle East after Syria, Iraq cases: U.N.

Thirty-six children in Syria and two inIraq have been paralyzed by polio since October, and the risk ofthe virus spreading...

Schizophrenia has many genetic links, study says

Over 100 locations on the humangenome may play a role in a person's risk of developingschizophrenia, according to a new study....

Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis

A German court ruled on Tuesday that somepeople suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivatetheir own cannabis...

India faces crisis over dwindling numbers of girls, U.N. says

The dwindlingnumbers of Indian girls, caused by the illegal abortion ofmillions of babies, has reached "emergency proportions",...

Parts of Chinese city in quarantine after plague death: Xinhua

China has sealed off parts of itsnorthwestern city of Yumen after a resident died of bubonicplague last week, state media...

U.S. judge dismisses Republican lawsuit over Obamacare subsidy for Congress

A federal judge has thrown out a U.S.Senator's legal challenge to a part of President Barack Obama'shealthcare law that grants...

Britain plans new measures to prevent female genital mutilation

Britain is to make it compulsory forteachers and health workers to report cases of female genitalmutilation (FGM), Prime...

India to probe corruption in healthcare after TV sting

India has ordered an investigationinto doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacksfor referring patients for...

MERS virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn

Saudi scientists have found genefragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)virus in air from a barn housing...

U.S. judge tosses FDA panel report on menthol cigarettes

A federal judge ruled on Monday infavor of two tobacco companies that challenged a 2011 U.S. Foodand Drug Administration...

Chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms

An upstart U.S. food technology companyhas developed a unique fermentation process using mushrooms toreduce bitterness in...

U.S. CDC says it 'may never know' how bird flu mishap occurred

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention "may never know" how a fairly harmless form of birdflu was cross-contaminated...

UK study estimates nearly 200,000 girls and women have had FGM or at risk

Almost 200,000 womenand girls living in England and Wales have undergone femalegenital mutilation (FGM) or are at risk of...

Doctors can help human trafficking victims: reports

Healthcare professionals canplay a role in addressing human trafficking and sexualexploitation, according to two new reports....

Johns Hopkins Hospital settles lawsuit with women filmed by doctor

Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190million to thousands of women who were secretly filmed by adoctor during gynecological...

Probiotics might help lower blood pressure

Regularly consuming probiotics,or the "good" bacteria found in yogurt, milk and cheese, mayhelp control blood pressure, according...

Babies of anxious mothers more likely to cry excessively: study

Women with anxiety disorders maybe more likely to have babies who cry excessively, suggests anew German study. Researchers...

"Bad" laws hurt sex workers, gays from Uganda to Nepal, AIDS meeting told

After Uganda passeda law that punished gay sex with long prison sentences, DaisyNakato got a visit from the police. The country's...

Poland to challenge EU ban on menthol cigarettes

Poland will appeal to Europe's top courtover a European Union ban on flavored tobacco products, sayingit will be unfairly...

AIDS conference vows to honor colleagues killed in plane downing

Delegates at aglobal AIDS conference vowed on Saturday to renew efforts to endthe deadly disease in honor of the commitment...

Hoopsters put circus-inspired spin on cardio workout

It has been a circus prop, a toy and a1950s fad, and now the hula hoop is making a comeback as aworkout tool that fitness...

Florida jury awards record $23 billion against RJ Reynolds

A Florida jury has awarded thewidow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years agorecord punitive damages of more...

Sierra Leone religious leaders criticize government handling of Ebola

Religious leaders in Sierra Leonecriticized the government's handling of an Ebola outbreak thathas killed 194 people in the...

Illinois legalizes medical marijuana for children with seizures

Illinois children and adults with epilepsy willsoon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under alaw signed...

HIV diagnosis rate falls by a third in U.S. - researchers

The annual rate of diagnosis withHIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fell by a third in the UnitedStates between 2002 and 2011,...

Rates of abdominal obesity leveling off among kids

After rising steadily for morethan 10 years, the proportion of U.S. kids defined as obese dueto a large waist circumference...

U.S. Medicare program scales back hospice drugs restrictions

The Obama administration on Fridaybacked down on restrictions of private insurance coverage forhospice drugs under Medicare,...

Three more cases of rare human plague found in Colorado

Three more people in Colorado have beendiagnosed with the plague after coming in contact with aninfected dog whose owner...

Musicians On Call' bring music for the soul to patients' beds

Musicians On Call, a nonprofitproviding live music to the seriously ill, hopes to aggressivelyexpand to other major cities...

HPV test better than Pap for assessing cervical cancer risk: study

Testing for human papillomavirus(HPV) may be the best way to know whether a woman is at risk ofdeveloping cervical cancer...

Indian minister backs calls to end health sector corruption

India's healthcare system is riddledwith corruption and the national drug approvals agency is a"snakepit of vested interests",...

Life-threatening reactions to diet drug on the rise in the UK

Use of a diet drug known as DNPhas been linked to five deaths in the UK since 2007, accordingto a new report. The compound,...

Preemies treated in high-volume neonatal units more likely to survive

Babies born very early stand abetter chance of surviving if they are treated in neonatalhospital units that see a large number...

U.N. aid agencies step up emergency aid to Gaza

The United Nations said on Friday it wasstepping up emergency aid to Gaza, where Israel's militaryoffensive has made water...

British police target airports in anti-FGM operation

As British schoolsclose for summer holidays, police will be trying to combatfemale genital mutilation by intercepting potential...

Medication errors may be common after hospital discharge

More than half of heart patientsin a new U.S. study made mistakes taking their medications ormisunderstood instructions given...

Washington state says marijuana brownies OK, but no lollipops

Marijuana stores in Washington state cansell marijuana in cookies, brownies and other approved bakedgoods but cannot put...

AIDS community mourns as top experts feared killed in downed plane

The world of AIDS research wasin a state of shock on Friday after dozens of leading experts inthe field were feared killed...

Threat rises in U.S. from mosquito-borne chikungunya virus

The first two locally acquired cases of apainful mosquito-borne viral illness, chikungunya, have beenreported in Florida,...

Canadian abortion clinic turns to crowd-funding to keep doors open

A crowd-funding campaign to save a Canadianabortion clinic has surpassed its C$100,000 ($93,100) goal butthe Fredericton,...

Alcohol, energy drink mix tied to urge to drink: study

Mixing alcohol and energy drinksincreases the urge to drink more than drinking alcohol alone,according to a new study from...

Healthy living may slow early dementia: study

A program that emphasizeshealthy eating, brain and social engagement, physical activityand heart health may slow dementia...

Before anthrax mishap, CDC made similar lab safety pledges-lawmaker

U.S. lawmakers investigatingrepeated safety lapses at government laboratories questionedThursday whether the U.S. Centers...

Is organic chicken worth the price?

Just because a chicken is labeled "organic" doesnot mean that the bird on your plate lived a bucolic farm lifebefore you...

Depression may keep some men from fighting prostate cancer

Depression may be source ofdisparities in the treatment men get for prostate cancer,according to a new study. In the analysis,...

UnitedHealth plans to be major Obamacare player in 2015

UnitedHealth Group Inc, after wading cautiouslyinto Obamacare insurance exchanges this year, on Thursday vowedto become a...

Send the kids outside to play: study

Children who spend time outdoorsafter school are more likely to be physically fit, a new studyshows. Researchers found that...

U.S. lawmakers, lawyers argue over House Republican plan to sue Obama

The Republican effort to suePresident Barack Obama over his use of executive powers gotunder way in Congress on Wednesday...

Young adults drive record U.S. trend of multi-generational homes

A record 57 million Americans, or18.1 percent of the U.S. population, lived in households withtwo or more generations in...

Scientific review finds asthma drugs suppress child growth

Corticosteroid drugs given via inhalersto children with asthma may suppress their growth, according totwo systematic reviews...

Extreme obesity can be disability at work -EU court adviser

A European Union law barring jobdiscrimination against the disabled may apply to extremely obesepeople, an adviser to Europe's...

Proposed U.S. food label changes fall short, says former FDA head

A proposal to overhaul nutrition labelson packaged foods sold in the United States does not go farenough to influence consumer...

REFILE-Nurses could manage chronic care on doctors' orders

Expanding the role of nurses inmanaging chronic conditions such as diabetes, high bloodpressure and high cholesterol could...

Chicago archdiocese seeking to help child immigrants

Roman Catholic officials in Chicago wantto provide services, which may include housing, to undocumentedimmigrant children...

U.S. Senate Democrats' Hobby Lobby bill fails to move forward

An attempt by U.S. Senate Democratsto override the Supreme Court's controversial birth controlruling failed to muster enough...

Social ties linked to lower suicide risk among men: study

Men who have more socialconnections such as through marriage and religious participationtend to have a lower risk of suicide,...

U.S. strokes, stroke deaths decreased over past decades

The number of Americans havingstrokes and the number dying following strokes decreased overthe past 20 years, according to...

King of Pops recalls fruit ices over mislabeling

King of Pops, a Charleston, SouthCarolina, maker of fruit ices, is recalling mislabeled bananapudding pops and Key lime pie...

Gene therapy creates 'biological pacemaker' cells for the heart

Researchers have succeeded in turningordinary cardiac muscle cells into specialized ones that delivera steady heartbeat using...

Massachusetts lawmakers take up bill on abortion clinic buffer zones

Massachusetts lawmakers took upconsideration on Wednesday of a bill to limit protests aroundabortion clinics after the U.S....

U.S. veterans agency needs $17.6 billion to clear wait times: acting head

The U.S. Department of VeteransAffairs needs $17.6 billion in additional funding over the nextthree years to eliminate long...

U.S. lawmakers press CDC chief over 'dangerous pattern' of lapses

U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesdaythere was evidence of a "dangerous pattern" of safety lapses atgovernment laboratories dealing...

Some kidney donors struggle to buy life insurance: study

Although people who have donateda kidney have passed a rigorous battery of tests and tend to behealthier than the average...

Stress, depression may affect how the body processes fat

Stress and depression have longbeen linked with a heightened risk of weight gain, but a newstudy sheds light on how those...

Jawbone adds food-tracking to its wristbands

Jawbone, maker of wirelessheadsets and wristbands, is pushing a new food-tracking serviceit hopes will catch on with health-conscious...

L.A. mayor welcomes undocumented kids in need of temporary refuge

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti saidon Tuesday he is working with local charities to find temporaryrefuge for some of the...

U.S. House panel to probe if there was cover-up in CDC lab mishap

A congressional panel probing themishandling of dangerous pathogens at federal laboratories willtry to determine if U.S....

Global AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030, U.N. says

New HIV infections and deaths from AIDSare decreasing, the United Nations said on Wednesday, making itpossible to control...

Chinese town trades lead poison test results for milk

After a test showed farmer ZhaoHeping's toddler grandson had high levels of lead in his bloodtwo years ago, local officials...

In Thailand, baby gender selection loophole draws China, HK women to IVF clinics

At 26, with a baby daughter, aHong Kong mother and her husband wanted a second child. To makesure it would be a boy, they...

Government report finds 2.3 percent of Americans gay or bisexual

U.S. government data released on Tuesday showedthat 2.3 percent of American adults are either gay or bisexualand that these...

Brazilian son of ex-slave may be world's oldest person -rest home

A Brazilian rest home for theelderly believes it may be home to the world's oldest man, aformer agricultural laborer born...

Nurses could manage chronic care on doctors' orders

Expanding the role of nurses inmanaging chronic conditions such as diabetes, high bloodpressure and high cholesterol could...

CORRECTED-More evidence "poppers" may damage eyesight

A club drug and aphrodisiac since the1970s, inhaled "poppers" are increasingly linked to eye damage -possibly due to a new...

Biggest threats for sleep-related infant death change with age: study

Creating a safe sleepenvironment is important for all infants, but when it comes topreventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome...

Weight loss may be an appealing way to ease hot flashes

Women will try, and stick to, aweight loss plan if it promises to ease their hot flashes, asmall new study suggests. "Most...

U.S. officials purge biosafety board in midst of anthrax crisis

Federal officials, amid the worst U.S.biosafety crisis in years, have dismissed 11 eminent scientistsfrom a 23-member panel...

Nigeria hopes to eradicate polio despite insurgency

A Nigerian military offensiveagainst Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has opened up acorridor for mobile units of health...

Heart patients might go off medication after changes in pill appearance

People are more likely to stoptaking their medication after a heart attack if the appearanceof their pills suddenly changes...

Novartis and Google to develop 'smart' contact lens

Swiss drugmaker Novartis has struck anagreement with Google to develop "smart" contact lenses thatwould help diabetics track...

Oklahoma lawmaker wants quarantine of migrant children housed in state

An Oklahoma state lawmaker calledon Monday for the quarantine of unaccompanied immigrantchildren housed at an Oklahoma military...

Death toll from West Africa Ebola outbreak jumps to 603 -WHO

The death toll from an Ebola outbreak inWest Africa has risen to 603 since February, with at least 68deaths reported from...

Novartis to test Alzheimer's drugs in patients without symptoms

Novartis said it would test twoexperimental Alzheimer's drugs on people with a genetic risk ofdeveloping dementia, aiming...

Nickel in early iPad likely triggered allergy in boy -study

Nickel in a first-generation iPadlikely triggered an allergic skin reaction in an 11-year-oldboy, a case that highlights...

Doctor characteristics may influence prostate cancer treatment

Whether a man's low-riskprostate cancer gets treated with surveillance, surgery oranother method may have more to do with...

If your friends feel like family, there's a good reason for it

The truism that friends are thefamily you choose may be more accurate than you might suppose. A study published on Monday...

U.S. inspectors find further anthrax violations, mishandling

A second U.S. investigation into the anthraxbreach at federal laboratories found major safety lapses, fromkeys left in supposedly...

Doctors find strategies to reduce medication errors among kids

Many kids are not taking theirprescribed medications, or take an incorrect dose, due toweaknesses in the chain from prescribing...

U.N. chief flies to Haiti to address cholera crisis

United Nations Secretary-General BanKi-moon flew to Haiti on Monday to discuss efforts to alleviatea cholera epidemic that...

Weather not tied to back pain: study

Back pain is no more likely tostrike on cold, rainy days than in fair weather, according to anew study from Australia. Temperature,...

Young Hispanic men face rising testicular cancer rates

Testicular cancer rates areincreasing more than three percent per year among young Hispanicmen, at a time when rates among...

German database study hints diabetes drug cuts Alzheimer's risk

A large German study is the latest clinicaltrial to suggest that a cheap generic treatment for diabetes canstave off symptoms...

Vixen workouts fuse foxy cardio fitness with girls' night out

Before the music begins members of thewomen-only exercise class, dressed in shredded tank tops, fullmakeup and wedged sneakers,...

How to fix U.S. biosecurity leaks? Close some labs

In the wake of disclosures that top governmentlabs mishandled anthrax, smallpox and avian flu, U.S. healthauthorities are...

As Ebola stalks West Africa, medics fight mistrust, hostility

Governmentsand health agencies trying to contain the world's deadliest everEbola epidemic in West Africa fear the contagion...

U.S. House panel sets witness list for CDC anthrax hearing

A U.S. congressional committee saidon Sunday that it will hear from half a dozen witnesses thisweek about dangerous lapses...

U.S. Medicaid enrollment nears 7 million since Obamacare rollout

New enrollments in Obamacare'sMedicaid expansion and other healthcare programs for the poorhave reached 6.7 million people...

In the brain, sex addiction looks the same as drug addiction

Pornography triggers brain activity insex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains ofdrug addicts, researchers...

UPDATE 1-Anthrax probe reveals new incident with bird flu, widespread safety lapses

Federal health officials on Friday disclosed anew safety breach at a high-security U.S. laboratory involvingdangerous avian...

FDA recommendations on tobacco grants prompt transparency concerns

Last year the U.S. Food and DrugAdministration recommended that millions of dollars in researchgrants be awarded to scientists...

Early ACL surgery has benefits for young athletes

Young athletes who put offsurgery after tearing their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) maybe more likely to sustain a second...

Anthrax probe reveals new incident with bird flu, widespread safety lapses

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention said on Friday it had uncovered a new safety breachat its bioterror research...

Mustaches may raise burn risk with home oxygen therapy

A new case report from U.Sdoctors suggests that men who use home oxygen therapy shouldconsider a clean-shaven look to reduce...

Singing familiar songs may help prompt Alzheimer's patients to speak

With advanced Alzheimer'sdisease, language deteriorates and patients spontaneously speakless and less. In a small study from...

More than half of rugby tournament players lost time from injuries

Nearly 55 percent of rugbyplayers were sidelined by injuries during a 2012 internationaltournament, according to a new report....

Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia: WHO

Ebola continues to spread in SierraLeone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined44 new cases and 21 deaths...

Key high-risk HIV groups threatens AIDS progress, warns the WHO

Five key groups, including gaymen, prostitutes and prisoners, have stubbornly high rates ofHIV that are threatening progress...

Sanofi dengue vaccine promising but questions remain

The first vaccine against dengue fever,from France's Sanofi, provided moderate protection in a largeclinical study, but questions...

Measles cases hit 18-year high in Washington state

Washington state health officials reported onThursday the highest number of measles cases since 1996 andurged residents to...

U.S. House Republicans to focus Obama lawsuit on Obamacare

U.S. House of RepresentativesRepublicans said on Thursday they intend to make PresidentBarack Obama's changes to his signature...

Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio

Combining two types of polio vaccine,including one that is injected rather than given orally, appearsto give better immunity...

Californians lacking health insurance halved under Obamacare: study

The number of Californianswithout health insurance has been cut in half since theimplementation of Obamacare, according to...

Gaza healthcare services on brink of collapse: WHO

Health services in the occupiedPalestinian territory are on the brink of collapse amid severeshortages in medicines and fuel...

Mississippi baby thought cured of HIV no longer in remission

A toddler thought to have been cured of HIV nowhas detectable levels of the virus in her blood, the child'sdoctors and U.S....

Negative emotions may raise stroke risk: study

People who suffer from highlevels of stress, hostility and depression may be more likely tohave strokes, suggests a new study....

Extreme fat photos may undermine message on overweight risk

Photos of morbidly obese peoplealongside a news story about the health threat from beingoverweight may cause moderately heavy...

Massachusetts curbs compounding pharmacies after 2012 meningitis outbreak

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patricksigned a law Thursday to rein in compounding pharmacies, aftertainted drugs produced...

Severe childhood obesity shows a decline in New York City

Appearing to buck national trends, theprevalence of severe obesity among school children in New YorkCity was down by almost...

Shorter sleep may speed brain aging

With less sleep, normalaging-related structural changes in the brain progress slightlyfaster in middle-aged and older people,...

WTC cleanup workers may renew health claims -U.S. appeals court

A federal appeals court in New York hasrevived claims by 211 cleanup workers who sought compensationfor their alleged exposure...

World cities, home to most people, to add 2.5 billion more by 2050-UN

More than half of the world'sseven billion people live in urban areas, with the top "megacities" - with more than 10 million...

Combining aerobic, resistance exercise may be best for diabetes

Exercise programs that combineaerobic exercise and resistance training may be better athelping people with diabetes control...

EU Commission warns Italy over contaminated drinking water

The Italian government has failed toimprove the quality of its drinking water, leaving peopleexposed to health risks from...

New form of U.S. healthcare saves money, improves quality, one insurer finds

In one of the largest tests of a novelway to deliver and pay for healthcare, insurer CareFirstBlueCross BlueShield announced...

Man diagnosed with rare pneumonic plague in Colorado

A Colorado man diagnosed with pneumonicplague, a rare form of the disease that is also the mostlife-threatening, is the state's...

EU Commission sues Denmark for not outlawing snus sales

The European Commission took Denmark tocourt on Thursday for allowing the sale of snus, despite aEuropean Union sales ban...

CORRECTED-As millions vape, e-cigarette researchers count puffs, scour Facebook

One team of researchers assessing therisks of electronic cigarettes is counting the puffs taken byvolunteer "vapers." Another...

Berkeley, California orders free pot for poor patients

A California college townknown for its liberal activism has voted to make medicinalmarijuana dispensaries give away free...

Weight associated with diabetes risk differs by ethnicity

Black and Asian adults may be atrisk for developing diabetes at a lower weight than whites,according to a new study. Based...

Asthma inhaler lodged in chest highlights importance of warning labels

A new case report from Franceoffers a reminder of why people who use medical devices likeasthma inhalers should take warnings...

NY insurer to pay up to $31 million for denied mental health claims

A New York-based health insurancecompany has agreed to reimburse members up to $31 million forpreviously denied mental health...

CORRECTED-Extreme obesity cuts lifespan more than smoking-study

That obesity can cut life short bycausing strokes and other illnesses comes as no surprise, but astudy reported on Tuesday...

CORRECTED-Advocates for blind, deaf want more from Apple

Advocates for the blind aredebating whether to use a carrot or a stick to persuade one oftheir oldest allies, Apple Inc,...

Poland asks: should a doctor serve God, or patients?

In April this year, a pregnant womanasked Dr. Bogdan Chazan, director of Warsaw's Holy FamilyHospital, for an abortion because...

Older adults and their children move closer together after health issues

Seniors who have a stroke orheart attack are more likely to end up living closer to theiradult children afterward, according...

Doctors should do more to encourage flu shots during pregnancy: study

Most doctors do not recommendflu shots to their pregnant patients, who are more likely todevelop serious complications if...

Vitamin D linked to improved survival chances in bowel cancer: study

Bowel cancer patients with high levels ofvitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease,according to new...

Advocates for blind, deaf want more from Apple

Advocates for the blind aredebating whether to use a carrot or a stick to persuade one oftheir oldest allies, Apple Inc,...

WHO urges China to tackle state tobacco monopoly in battle on smoking

China must separate the conflictingpromotion and prevention roles of its state tobacco monopoly toreduce smoking-related...

San Francisco passes law allowing forced treatment of mentally ill

San Francisco lawmakers approved alaw late on Tuesday allowing the forced treatment of mentallyill patients under certain...

U.S. Democrats aim to turn contraception into campaign drive

U.S. Democrats hope to turn theirlegal setback on Obamacare and contraception into a winningautumn campaign issue by pushing...

Alcohol ads linked to underage drinkers' favorite brands

The brands of alcohol thatunderage drinkers choose most often also happen to be the onesadvertised in magazines read most...

New Hampshire law creating clinic buffers is target of lawsuit

A conservative religious grouphas sued the state of New Hampshire to block a law from takingeffect later this week that would...

Smoking cessation more effective with pills and patch: study

People trying to quit smokingmay be more likely to succeed if they combine the patch with apill, suggests a new study from...

Baby dies inside car parked in affluent Connecticut town

A 15-month-old boy has died after beingleft inside a car parked in an affluent Connecticut community insweltering summer...

UnitedHealth: New doctor payment plan cut cancer care costs

An experiment changing how U.S. cancer doctorsare compensated cut healthcare costs by a third, with nodiscernible decline...

Two dead in shooting at Washington state medical center -police

Police said two people died on Tuesday in ashooting at a medical center in Spokane, Washington, and that itappeared a man...

US CDC says finds smallpox vials from 1950s in FDA storage room

CHICAGO (Reuters) -The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention said on Tuesday they found smallpox vials from the1950s...

U.S. senators say federal action may be needed to curb 're-homing'

U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday that the federal government may haveto take a stronger role to stop parents from transferring...

Former NYC hospital exec charged with $5.6 mln painkiller theft

A former pharmacy executive at a majorNew York City hospital was arrested on Tuesday and charged withstealing $5.6 million...

Upgraded mammograms raised Medicare spending: study

Between 2001 and 2009, Medicarespending on breast cancer screening rose markedly but did notlead to earlier detection of...

Adoption of new surgical technology linked to complications

Patients may be more likely tohave complications when a new surgical device is first beingadopted, suggests a new study looking...

Extreme obesity cuts lifespan more than smoking-study

That obesity can cut life short bycausing strokes and other illnesses comes as no surprise, but astudy reported on Tuesday...

Why most seniors can't afford to pay more for Medicare

Should seniors pay more for Medicare?Republicans think so; they have repeatedly called for replacingthe current program with...

More evidence "poppers" may damage eyesight

A club drug and aphrodisiac since the1970s, inhaled "poppers" are increasingly linked to eye damage -possibly due to a new...

Fifty new Ebola cases and 25 deaths in West Africa - WHO

Fifty new cases of Ebola and 25 deathshave been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea sinceJuly 3, as the deadly virus...

Washington state issues retail pot licenses

Washington state took the final step inlegalizing recreational marijuana use on Monday when officialsbegan issuing retail...

Study paves way for simple blood test to predict Alzheimer's

British scientists have identified a setof 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset ofAlzheimer's and call this...

China tells hospitals not to deny emergency care to the poor

China's hospitals must not turn awayinjured people who need emergency care, the country's NationalHealth and Family Planning...

Seven ways to keep kids hydrated

Don't wait for your kids to tellyou they're thirsty before offering them water, experts say.Instead, offer them water and...

U.S. citizen in Ghana tests negative for Ebola

A U.S. citizen suspected of having Ebolabecause he fell ill after visiting West African states battlingthe disease has tested...

New York governor signs medical marijuana bill into law

Governor Andrew Cuomo said onMonday he had signed legislation making New York the 23rd stateto allow medical marijuana, calling...

Preventive services differ between primary care docs and OB/GYNs

The services women receiveduring annual preventive care visits may partially depend onwhat type of doctor they see, suggests...

Police seek life insurance records in Georgia toddler's death in hot car

Police in suburban Atlanta are seekingmedical and life insurance records for a toddler who died lastmonth after his father...

Rural residents with disabilities less likely to get colon cancer screening

People with disabilities areless likely to get screened for colon and rectal cancer if theylive in rural areas, according...

'Re-homing' to be topic of U.S. Senate hearing

A U.S. Senate subcommittee will heartestimony Tuesday about how the federal government can stopparents from transferring...

British government announces historical child abuse inquiry

The British government has ordered awide-ranging inquiry into historical child sex allegationsstretching over several decades,...

Maturity, patience pay off for the long-distance swimmer

Marathon swimmer Doug McConnellcircumnavigated the island of Manhattan to clinch the TripleCrown of open water swimming and...

Wealthier teens more likely to smoke hookah: study

Wealthier high school studentsmay be more likely to try smoking hookah, according to a newstudy. The water-pipe device with...

How to fix a broken market in antibiotics

The drugs don't work - and neither doesthe market, when it comes to antibiotics. When sophisticated bugs that medicines used...

As millions vape, e-cigarette researchers count puffs, scour Facebook

One team of researchers assessing therisks of electronic cigarettes is counting the puffs taken byvolunteer "vapers." Another...

U.S. citizen tested for Ebola in Ghana

A U.S. citizen in Ghana is being testedfor Ebola after he fell ill following a trip to two countries inthe region battling...

Smartphones allow do-it-yourself stress hormone tests

The next addition to thecollection of health apps coming online for smartphones may be astress test, researchers said at...

UK children's TV star Rolf Harris jailed for child abuse

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, ahousehold name in his native Australia and adopted home Britain,was jailed for almost six...

Hidden casualty of conflict and crisis: Reproductive health

The chaos of armedconflict and other humanitarian emergencies exacts a high priceon reproductive health - a problem that...

European Commission urges "health" warning for online gambling

The European Commission will urgecountries to demand that online gambling advertisements displaywarning messages like cigarette...

Canada court strikes down limits on refugee claimant health care

A top Canadian court on Fridayinvalidated the Conservative government's decision to limithealth coverage for many people...

How well do people identify stinging bugs?

Most adults have a tough timetelling hornets, wasps and bees apart, which could spell troubleif a sting causes a severe allergic...

After drug deaths, Mass. lawmakers seek to curb compounding pharmacies

Massachusetts lawmakers have passed abill this week to rein in compounding pharmacies after tainteddrugs produced by a local...

U.S. "concerned" about GlaxoSmithKline-linked China trial

The United States is worried that itsofficials have been barred from attending the Aug. 7 trial inChina of British investigator...

North Carolina joins states allowing limited medical marijuana

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Thursdaysigned a law allowing limited use of medical marijuana to treatseizures, joining...

West African authorities adopt common strategy to fight Ebola

West African countries and internationalhealth organizations adopted a fresh strategy on Thursday tofight the world's deadliest...

Overweight osteoarthritis patients have more pain: study

Overweight and obese people witharthritis in their knees tend to report more pain than slimmerpeople with the chronic joint...

Would you rather sit and think or get shocked? You'd be surprised

So you say all you want to do is totake a few minutes to sit down and think without anyone oranything bugging you? Maybe...

Mandatory life jackets rule saves lives

Drowning deaths among boaters inVictoria, Australia, fell from almost 60 in the years before alaw required everyone to wear...

Study finds little benefit, some harm from steroid shots for back pain

Steroid injections widely usedto treat back pain offer little or no real benefit, according toa new study of 400 patients....

Britain must act now to tackle "national FGM scandal"-report

British courts shouldgive victims of female genital mutilation the same anonymity asrape victims, and Britain needs an immediate...

Bone marrow transplant safe, effective for adult sickle cell patients: study

Bone marrow transplants, whichhave already been used to cure sickle cell disease in children,may also hold promise for adults,...

CORRECTED-Californians spent $250 mln on excessive health premiums, group says

Californians paid a quarterof a billion dollars in health insurance premiums during a19-month period ended last year that...

UPDATE 1-Illinois high court rules constitution protects health benefits

Illinois' unfunded pension liability is$100 billion, while its unfunded liability for retireehealthcare stood at nearly $34.5...

Short rest periods between shifts linked to shift work disorder

Nurses who often return to workwith less than 11 hours between shifts are at higher risk ofsleep problems and severe fatigue...

Target tuberculosis in rich world as model for poor - WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) onThursday launched an ambitious plan for rich countries tosharply reduce tuberculosis...

Illinois high court to rule on reach of pension protections

A ruling expected Thursday from theIllinois Supreme Court involving a change to public workerbenefits could provide insight...

Pistorius has "heightened fight response", defence witness says

Double-amputee Olympic and Paralympicsprinter Oscar Pistorius can't flee dangerous situations and hasa "heightened fight...

Pot shops buzz, crime eases as Colorado law marks 6 months

At the Native Roots Apothecary, adiscreet marijuana shop in a grand old building in Denver's busy16th street shopping mall,...

Scientists find how magic mushrooms alter the mind

Scientists studying the effects of thepsychedelic chemical in magic mushrooms have found the humanbrain displays a similar...

Californians spent $250 mln on excessive health premiums, group says

Californians paid a quarterof a billion dollars in health insurance premiums during a15-month period ended last year that...

Ohio teenage wrestler died from caffeine overdose -coroner

A healthy 18-year-old Ohio high schoolwrestler died last month from an overdose of powdered caffeine,a county coroner said...

Fear, cash shortages hinder fight against Ebola outbreak

West African states lack the resources tobattle the world's worst outbreak of Ebola and deep culturalsuspicions about the...

England convicts more offenders than ever for domestic violence

Conviction rates fordomestic violence rose for the third year in a row to reach anall-time high in England and Wales, but...

Could strenuous exercise at night mean better sleep?

Young adults who exercisedvigorously before bed ended up getting better sleep than theirpeers who reported less strenuous...

Dark chocolate tied to better walking with artery disease

Older people who have troublegetting around because of poor blood flow to their legs may beable to walk a little longer and...

Walking may ease Parkinson's symptoms, study suggests

Going for regular brisk walksmay improve symptoms among people with Parkinson's disease andboost their quality of life, according...

Injuries responsible for most deaths during first decades of life

More Americans die from injuriesand violence before age 30 years than from any other cause,according to U.S. health officials....

Nature journal retracts stem cell paper citing "critical errors"

A stem cell paper published by a team ofJapanese and American scientists in the influential journalNature has been retracted...

Cameron enlists ex-Goldman economist in global superbug fight

Prime Minister David Cameron called onWednesday for global action to tackle the threat ofdrug-resistant superbugs and said...

Berkeley residents to vote on soda tax in November

A California college town knownfor its liberal activism will vote in November on whether toplace a penny-per-ounce tax on...

Red Cross suspends Ebola operations in southeast Guinea after threats

The Red Cross in Guineasaid on Wednesday it had been forced to suspend operationstackling Ebola in the country's southeast...

CORRECTED-Experimental Ebola drugs should be tried in Africa, disease expert says

People at high risk of dying in WestAfrica's Ebola outbreak should be offered experimental medicinesto see if they work,...

Experimental Ebola drugs should be tried in Africa, disease expert says

People at high risk of dying in WestAfrica's Ebola outbreak should be offered experimental medicinesto see if they work,...

Arizona psychiatry professor says fired over marijuana research

A University of Arizona researcherhoping to explore whether marijuana can help veterans withpost-traumatic stress disorder...

CORRECTED-Massachusetts family says VA offer of help came two years late

Last month, Suzanne Chase opened a letterfrom a Veterans Affairs hospital offering her husband medicalhelp - an offer that...

One quarter of U.S. kids ride ATVs, most without helmets: study

Twenty-five percent ofadolescents in the U.S. have ridden an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)but less than half of them regularly...

Massachusetts family says VA offer of help came two years late

Last month, Suzanne Chase opened a letterfrom a Veterans Affairs hospital offering her husband medicalhelp - an offer that...

Baby birthed by teenage mother found buried in North Carolina -police

A North Carolina teenagerappears to have concealed her pregnancy from her parents beforegiving birth to a baby girl whose...

Obamacare exchanges not properly verifying applicant data -watchdog

Online insurance marketplaces createdunder President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law arestruggling to verify whether...

In school-work transition, sleep changes may be jarring

For recent college grads who areused to staying up late and sleeping in, switching to a regularjob schedule might make it...

Too much TV tied to premature death

Not all sitting is the same,according to a new study from Spain that found adults who watchthree or more hours of TV per...

Ebola toll jumps to 467 as ministers mull response

The number of deaths attributed to anepidemic of Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leonestood at 467 by Monday, out...

Real-life "Call of Duty" for Chinese teens battling Internet addiction

Baby-faced teenagers in armyuniforms practice drills in locked dormitories in China, closelysupervised by former soldiers,...

More evidence that moderate drinking may benefit the heart

Two large studies published inJune, one covering 52 countries around the globe and the otherfrom Scandinavia, link low-to-moderate...

Pain killer prescription practices vary widely among U.S. states- study

Wide state-by-state variations in howoften U.S. doctors prescribe opioid pain killers underline theneed for tighter regulations...

U.S. agency taps medical centers to investigate rare diseases

The U.S. government's leading healthresearch agency said on Tuesday it has selected six U.S.academic medical centers to help...

Judge overturns conviction, frees New York's 'cannibal cop'

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered NewYork's "cannibal cop" released from jail after overturning theformer city police officer's...

Deep-frozen testicle tissue used to produce baby mice

Scientists have for the first timeproduced live offspring from testicle tissue that wascryopreserved, or deep frozen, and...

U.S. birth control ruling fuels battle over corporate rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has opened upa new front in the battle over corporate rights by ruling thatfamily-owned and other...

Donald Sterling's mental fitness won't feature at Clippers trial

The mental capacity of Los AngelesClippers co-owner Donald Sterling will not be part of anupcoming probate trial over whether...

PA woman 'doctor' charged after giving physicals to truckers

A Pennsylvania woman using bogusmedical credentials to pose as a doctor was accused of identitytheft and other charges after...

U.S. CDC tests suggest anthrax exposures 'highly unlikely'

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention is advising some employees to stop taking antibioticsto ward off a possible...

One-third of knee replacements in the U.S. may be inappropriate

Judging by the symptoms ofpeople with knee arthritis, one-third of knee replacementsurgeries may be inappropriate, according...

Doctor group suggests skipping routine pelvic exams

Most women should not getroutine pelvic exams, according to a new guideline from a groupof U.S. internal medicine doctors....

Students who send explicit texts more likely to be sexually active

Parents who catch their middleschool-aged children sexting may be justified in suspectingsomething more, a new study suggests....

Fear, suspicion undermine West Africa's battle against Ebola

When Mohamed Swarraycontracted the deadly Ebola disease in June, he was confined toa tented isolation ward at Kenema in eastern...

White House says Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes women's health

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling thatsome business owners are not required to provide birth controlcoverage to employees puts...

Videoconferencing linked to reduced stress for some hospitalized kids

The ability to videochat withfamily and friends might help relieve stress among somehospitalized kids, according to a new...

U.S. top court rules for companies on birth control mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court on Mondayruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to aprovision of President Barack...

Patients recruited for vital studies on Saudi MERS virus

Saudi Arabia says it has recruitedpatients for a crucial study on the source of the deadly MERSvirus, acknowledging it is...

Desert ultra-marathoners test spiritual and physical mettle

In the world of long-distance runningthere are the marathoners, ultra-marathoners and the desertrunners who trek for days...

Israel's top court says mother need not have son circumcised

Israel's Supreme Court has overturneda ruling by a court of rabbis that would have forced a mother tohave her son circumcised...

CDC didn't heed own lessons from 2004 anthrax scare

When a Maryland labaccidentally sent a batch of live anthrax to a children'shospital in California in 2004, the U.S. Centers...

Most Spaniards oppose plan to tighten abortion law: poll

Most Spaniards do not want the governmentto change abortion laws to make it harder to terminate unwantedpregnancies, a poll...

U.S. military hospitals plagued by avoidable errors: NYT

The U.S. military hospital system,which cares for the 1.6 million active-duty service members andtheir families, is rife...

On eve of court ruling, Americans oppose contraceptive ban

A majority of Americans opposeletting employers, based on their religious views, excludecertain contraceptives from workers'...

White House review of Veterans Administration finds 'corrosive culture'

A scathing review of thescandal-plagued U.S. Veterans Administration found significantand chronic failures across the board...

Canola oil-enriched diet may benefit people with diabetes

Switching to a diet low insimple sugars and high in healthy fats, like the types found incanola oil, could help people with...

New Jersey may be first state to ban smoking on beaches, in parks

New Jersey could become the first statein the nation to ban cigarettes, cigars and other tobaccoproducts in all public parks...

Philip Morris seeks review of EU tobacco law

Marlboro cigarette maker Philip MorrisInternational is seeking to challenge Europe's new laws ontobacco products, the latest...

Few lifestyle factors influence sperm shape and size: study

For couples struggling withinfertility, there are few lifestyle changes men can make toimprove the size and shape of their...

Massachusetts abortion clinics boost security, lawmakers seek fix

Massachusetts is beefing up securityaround abortion clinics and scrambling for a legal fix after theU.S. Supreme Court voided...

Sydney Olympics didn't make Australians more active: study

Hosting the Olympic Gamesusually entails a whirlwind of new construction, an influx ofinternational tourism and worldwide...

Treating gum disease linked to improvements in other conditions

People who were treated forperiodontal disease had lower healthcare costs and fewerhospitalizations for other medical conditions...

Bigger health warnings for Thai cigarette packs

Cigarette packs in Thailand will be 85percent covered with graphic health warnings and a quit smokinghotline telephone number...

In virus hunt, Saudi Arabia suspects African camel imports

Saudi Arabia suspects a virus that haskilled hundreds of people there may have arrived in camels fromthe Horn of Africa,...

West African nations should be prepared for Ebola: WHO expert

West African nations neighboring thosehit by the Ebola epidemic - Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal andGuinea Bissau - should prepare...

CORRECTED-U.S. government scientists retrace events leading to anthrax breach

Scientists at the U.S Centers forDisease Control and Prevention are conducting tests to seewhether the procedure they followed...

U.S. government scientists retrace events leading to anthrax breach

Scientists at the U.S Centers forDisease Control and Prevention are conducting tests to seewhether the procedure they followed...

Nets to catch suicide jumpers may be placed beneath iconic Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridgemay soon be less of a magnet for people trying to commitsuicide, as regional officials...

U.S. warns against lidocaine as painkiller for teething babies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationwarned on Thursday against using a lidocaine solution as a painreliever on teething...

CDC recommends combo HIV test for faster detection of virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) said on Thursday it has recommended a new typeof HIV testing that...

Women prefer longer labor over more intense pain: study

If you were giving birth, whatwould be your choice: a longer labor with relatively less pain,or a shorter labor with terrible...

Quitting snus after a heart attack halves death risk: study

Heart attack survivors who stopusing snus, a Swedish smokeless tobacco, were half as likely todie in the next two years as...

U.S. court strikes down protest bar on Massachusetts abortion clinics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursdaystruck down a Massachusetts law that mandates a protectivebuffer zone around abortion clinics...

Dozens hospitalized after Boston rave concert

Dozens of people were taken to hospitalsafter a house music concert at Boston's TD Garden late onWednesday night, potentially...

Men at high risk for HIV may misjudge their vulnerability

Many gay, bisexual and queer menwho are good candidates for a drug that prevents HIV don'tbelieve their risk of being infected...

New drug policy too burdensome, hospices say

The Centers for Medicare andMedicaid Services met Wednesday with 30 hospice and healthcareorganizations after outcry over...

High blood pressure tied to impaired color vision

Japanese men with higher bloodpressure were more likely to have impaired color vision, a newstudy has found. Researchers...

State high court rules NYC ban on large sodas is illegal

Former New York City Mayor MichaelBloomberg's plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants andother eateries was rejected...

COLUMN-Retirement and same-sex couples, a year after DOMA ruling

Something big happened in the world ofretirement benefits a year ago today: The U.S. Supreme Courtstruck down the Defense...

Two top Republicans back generic drugmakers in fight with FDA

Two senior Republican lawmakersvoiced support on Wednesday for the generic drug industry'sfight against a proposed U.S. rule...

Britain pushes ahead with plans to ban cigarette packet branding

Britain on Thursday published draftregulations that would force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes inunbranded packaging with...

Drastic action needed to halt world's worst Ebola outbreak: WHO

An Ebola outbreak that began in Guineahas turned into a cross-border crisis that could spread to morecountries, the World...

More Americans use cannabis, seek treatment: U.N. drugs agency

More Americans are consuming cannabis astheir perception of the health risks declines, the U.N. drugsand crime agency said...

Two top Veterans Affairs officials leave agency, VA says

The Department of Veterans Affairs onWednesday announced the departure of two senior officials in thewake of a scandal over...

Consumer group wants U.S. FDA to order warning on energy drinks

A consumer advocacy group on Wednesday asked theU.S. Food and Drug Administration to add a safety warning onenergy drinks...

Scatological science: oldest human poop fossils no laughing matter

Don't laugh, but the discovery of theoldest known human poop is offering valuable scientific insightinto the life of Neanderthals...

Platelet injections don't speed hamstring repair: study

Injecting platelets from theblood into a damaged hamstring muscle does nothing to speedhealing, according to a new study...

Doctors lack tools to discuss toxic exposures with pregnant patients: survey

Obstetricians recognize thatexposure to chemicals and metals can affect a pregnancy, butsaid in a new survey that they face...

Grand jury accuses Florida agency of undercounting child deaths

A Miami grand jury has released a damning30-page report criticizing the state's embattled child welfareagency for hiding...

Georgia man charged with murder after leaving son in car seat

After having breakfast with his son at arestaurant last week, a suburban Atlanta man was supposed todrop the 22-month-old...

ADVISORY-Doc visits after high-risk surgery tied to fewer readmissions

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Doc visits after high-risk surgery tied to fewer readmissions

People who visit their primarycare doctors shortly after high-risk surgeries are less likelyto end up back in the hospital...

Study links traumatic brain injury to increased dementia risk

Older military veterans who havesuffered a serious head injury are more likely to be diagnosedwith dementia than uninjured...

Alabama abortion clinic closing ahead of tougher standards

One of Alabama's four abortionclinics will close this week ahead of a new law taking effectthat requires clinics to meet...

FDA warns of serious allergic reactions with acne products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned onWednesday that popular acne products sold over-the-counter underbrand names...

NFL agrees to eliminate cap on player payments in concussion lawsuit

The National Football League has agreed toeliminate the cap on money awarded to former players who werepart of a major lawsuit...

Soccer-Too hot for the beach but not for football, says Bento

Portugal's World Cup match againstGermany was played in conditions which are normally consideredtoo hot for the beach, coach...

Efforts to lower maternal and child deaths fall short, USAID targets 24 high-risk countries

Countries arefalling short in meeting the global goal to end preventablechild and maternal deaths by 2035, despite a U.S.-led...

Montana health record hackers compromise 1.3 million people

A data security breach of Montana's state healthrecords has compromised the Social Security numbers and otherpersonal information...

U.S. lawmakers slam veterans health bill cost estimate

Cost estimates of up to $50 billion ayear for a veterans emergency medical care bill drew sharpcriticism on Tuesday from...

Ban on inmate sterilizations moves forward in Calif. legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters)A bill to ban sterilizationsurgeries on inmates in California prisons advanced on Tuesday,days...

Advocates say more time needed to seek out N.C. sterilization victims

An effort by North Carolinato compensate hundreds of people forcibly sterilized during thecountry's longest-running eugenics...

Europe court tells France to suspend right-to-die ruling

The European Court of Human Rights hastold France to maintain life support for a tetraplegic man whohas spent nearly six...

Britons lose right-to-die case but campaigners see progress

A paralyzed car crash victim and thewidow of a man who had locked-in-syndrome lost a legal bid atBritain's highest court...

Washington state moves to keep recreational pot from kids

Washington state, which is movingforward on allowing stores to sell pot for recreational use,will require child-resistant...

White House weakened draft of FDA's proposed tobacco regulations

White House changes to proposed rulesfor tobacco products significantly weakened language detailinghealth risks from cigars...

From birth, U.S. pediatricians urge reading aloud to children

Parents bringing infants to the doctor forroutine immunizations and growth charting can expect to hear newadvice from their...

Ex-TV host Joan Lunden says she has breast cancer

Former U.S. television host JoanLunden said on Tuesday she has been diagnosed with breast cancerand has already begun chemotherapy...

3-D technique improves on standard mammograms: study

Combining digital mammographywith a 3-D technique may improve doctors' ability to identifybreast cancers and decrease the...

District of Columbia approves 'yoga tax' as part of budget

The District of Columbia Council onTuesday approved a "yoga tax" on gymnasiums and yoga classesthat has angered fitness buffs...

Obese mothers have babies with more belly fat, study finds

Babies of obese mothers tend tobe born with more fat, especially around their middles, thanbabies with leaner mothers, according...

U.S. FDA cites GSK flu vaccine plant for quality violations

A GlaxoSmithKline Plc plant in Canadathat makes the flu vaccine Flulaval has been cited by the U.S.Food and Drug Administration...

Death or immobility often follows hip fractures in nursing homes

Half of nursing home residentswho have a hip fracture either die or lose the ability to walkon their own in the six months...

Polio spread feared as nearly 500,000 Pakistanis uprooted: UN

About 50,000 Pakistanis have crossed intoeastern Afghanistan to escape air strikes over the past 10 daysand 435,000 have...

Enriched exercise may help with mild memory loss

An exercise program thatchallenges the mind while mimicking daily tasks may improvemental functioning in older adults with...

YOUR MONEY-Coping with the high costs of raising an autistic child

When Linda Mercier's son Sam was aroundtwo years old, she knew something wasn't right. Sam was becoming withdrawn, not speaking...

COLUMN-The state of senior health: It depends on your state

What are the best and worst places tostay healthy as you age? For answers, take out a map and followthe Mississippi River...

Indonesia rolls out graphic health warnings on cigarette packs

Cigarette manufactures in Indonesia, oneof the world's biggest tobacco markets, began printing graphichealth warnings on...

With heat and humidity, areas will be 'unsuited for outdoor activity'

The old adage, "it's not the heat, it'sthe humidity," will come into play more often and in more placesbecause of climate...

Study finds genetic links between schizophrenia and cannabis use

Genes that increase the risk of a persondeveloping schizophrenia may also increase the chance they willuse cannabis, researchers...

California's top court says Target not required to carry in-store defibrillators

California's top court on Mondayunanimously ruled that large retailers are not required toprovide automated external defibrillators...

U.S. Senate panel calls on CDC to explain anthrax incident

A U.S. Senate health panel on Mondaycalled on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for adetailed explanation of...

Web program may improve teen driver training

A Web-based program for parentsand teens may maximize the time they spend together on drivinginstructions, and ultimately...

Keeping the aging brain active may also keep it sharp: study

Challenging the mind early witheducation and stimulating work, and later in life with reading,socializing and computer use,...

Chest-pain follow-up linked to better survival, heart health

After an emergency-room visitfor chest pain, people who follow-up with a doctor are lesslikely than those who don't do so...

Polio virus found in Sao Paulo sewage, no human case - WHO

The polio virus has been found in sewagesamples near Sao Paulo, Brazil, one of the venues for thecurrent World Cup soccer...

Soccer's many moves boost fitness skills, experts say

Young soccer players may never reachthe dazzling athleticism on display at the World Cup in Brazil,but fitness experts say...

Nestle takes step toward customizable vitamins

Nestle said on Monday it was working on anew research project that could one day lead to the developmentof made-to-measure...

FDA approves new drug to treat acute skin infections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasapproved a new antibacterial drug, Sivextro (tedizolidphosphate), to treat adults...

License to boogie: Japan moves to ease dancing ban

Japan's government is consideringrelaxing a law that forbids late-night dancing in publicestablishments, according to a draft...

Apple, Google, Samsung vie to bring health apps to wearables

For decades, medical technologyfirms have searched for ways to let diabetics check blood sugareasily, with scant success....

Arsenic pollution sows despair in Chinese cancer village

Xiong Demin could not haveforeseen that the mine he worked at for 32 years would leave hishome village poisoned and hundreds...

West African Ebola epidemic "out of control" - aid group

An Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia andSierra Leone is out of control and requires massive resourcesfrom governments and...

U.S. top court rejects Wisconsin abortion case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Mondaydeclined to intervene in the legal fight over a new Wisconsinlaw that requires any doctor...

INSIGHT-Multiple protocol breaches behind anthrax exposure at U.S. federal labs

The safety breach at a government labthat may have exposed 84 workers to live anthrax centered on apivotal lapse in procedure:...

EXCLUSIVE-CDC reassigns director of lab behind anthrax blunder

The U.S. Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention has reassigned the director of thebioterror lab behind the potential anthrax...

CORRECTED-Smoking, extra weight in pregnancy tied to obesity throughout childhood

Women who smoke during pregnancyand are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to havechildren who become obese as...

Study links pesticide exposure in pregnancy to autism

In a new study from California,children with an autism spectrum disorder were more likely tohave mothers who lived close...

Medical pot bill wins final passage in New York state legislature

New York state lawmakers gave finalapproval on Friday to allow limited access to medical marijuanaand make New York the 23rd...

Genetics startup 23andMe takes step on path to FDA approval

Genetics startup 23andMe said onFriday it is one step closer to resuming sales of itsfull-fledged health product, with the...

U.S. CDC says more lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax

U.S. authorities increased to 84 peopletheir count of government workers potentially exposed to liveanthrax at three laboratories...

FDA asks for wider warning on testosterone products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said alltestosterone products on the market should include in theirlabels a general...

Standing meetings may improve group productivity

Walking while working, usuallyon a treadmill, has been gaining popularity in recent years, butthe next office innovation...

Pope Francis warns on 'evil' of drugs, opposes legalization

Pope Francis warned on Friday againstlegalizing drugs, calling addiction an "evil" which he said hadto be resisted without...

U.S. creates new CEO position for Obamacare insurance marketplace

President Barack Obama's new healthsecretary moved swiftly on Friday to shore up administrationoversight of Obamacare with...

Shorter time between pregnancies linked to earlier delivery

Women who become pregnant againless than 18 months after having a baby are more likely todeliver early, according to a new...

Metal allergies may affect joint replacement success

Metal sensitivities can lead tofailure of replacement joints, and patients should be carefullyevaluated for a possible reaction...

COLUMN-China can learn from U.S. how to cut smog

New air pollution standards on emissionsof mercury and other heavy metals from coal-fired power plantswill avert up to 11,000...

Stalled measles campaign shows health challenge in rebel-held Syria

A measles vaccination program innorthern Syria has stalled amid disagreement over who shouldcoordinate it, highlighting the...

CDC anthrax scare conjures up real Friday the 13th nightmare

It is a Friday the 13th Dr. Paul Meechanwill not soon forget. On that night last week, bioterrorism researchers at theU.S....

Ancient parasite highlights humans' role in spread of disease

The discovery of a schistosomiasisparasite egg in a 6,200-year-old grave in Syria may be theearliest evidence that agricultural...

California bill would limit football practices to reduce concussions

California lawmakers onThursday moved to restrict the number of football practices inwhich students are allowed to tackle...

California inmate sterilizations violated informed consent rules: audit

California failed to followits own rules for obtaining consent from female prison inmateswho were sterilized by having their...

UPDATE 1-U.S. says 75 government scientists possibly exposed to anthrax

As many as 75 scientists working in U.S. federalgovernment laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to liveanthrax bacteria...

New York poised to become 23rd U.S. state to allow medical marijuana

Governor Andrew Cuomo and statelawmakers announced a deal on Thursday that would allow limitedaccess to medical marijuana...

Parents limit reproduction after autism diagnosis: study

After having one child diagnosedwith an autism spectrum disorder, parents are about a third lesslikely to go on to have another...

Shared decision making still lacking for cancer screening

When it comes to cancerscreening, doctors often do not adequately discuss the balanceof pros and cons with their patients,...

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. says 75 government scientists possibly exposed to anthrax

As many as 75 scientists working in U.S. federalgovernment laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to liveanthrax bacteria...

Sun worshippers beware: tanning may be addictive

This may give dedicated sunworshippers reason for pause. A new study suggests that regulartanning not only may raise the...

Bay Area techies ditch phones, tablets at 'digital detox' camp

Tired of the social mediatreadmill and hoping to unplug for a couple days? Consider thisfast-growing summer camp three hours...

More support for texting to help smokers quit

Smokers using a text-messagingservice for support while quitting were twice as likely to besmoke-free after six months, compared...

U.S. senators, safety groups fight over truck driver rest mandates

The U.S. Senate is wrestling overwhether to repeal federal regulations that require truck driversto take nighttime rest breaks,...

U.S. CDC survey shows reported decline in asthma, but experts wary

Self-reported U.S. asthma rates havefallen significantly for the first time in four years to anine-year low, according to...

High hopes for hypoallergenic peanuts

Hypoallergenic peanutproducts could someday be available to the millions of Americansallergic to regular peanuts. Researchers...

Obamacare insurance holders rate themselves sicker -survey

Individuals who purchased health insurance setup under U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform lawrate their personal...

For young women, depression tied to risk of heart problems

Women under age 55 withsuspected heart problems are twice as likely to have a heartattack, require artery-opening procedures...

Drugmakers link with academia in giant UK dementia project

Drugmakers are linking with eight Britishuniversities in a 16 million-pound ($27 million) public-privatepartnership to speed...

As sequencing moves into clinical use, insurers balk

Aimee Robeson just wants an answer. Her son, Christian, was born in 2010 with multiple,mysterious syndromes that leave him...

Pope to miss procession but no health alarm, Vatican says

Pope Francis will not walk in atraditional religious procession through the streets of Rome onThursday night in order to...

Republicans accuse Obama administration over Healthcare.gov crash

Two Republican senators on Thursdayissued a report accusing the Obama administration of pushingahead with last October's...

California bill would restore funding for adult day care centers

California lawmakers advanceda bill on Wednesday that would restore adult day care servicesas a benefit under Medi-Cal, the...

U.S. senators excoriate e-cigarette company marketing practices

U.S. senators heavily criticized themarketing practices of e-cigarette companies on Wednesday,saying their use of glamorous...

Antidepressant warnings tied to suicide attempts in youths

A move by U.S. health officialsto warn the public of an increased risk of suicidal thoughtsamong young people taking antidepressants...

Antidepressants in pregnancy pose little heart risk for fetus: study

Records from nearly a millionwomen and their newborn children offer new evidence that commonantidepressants taken during...

Smoking, extra weight in pregnancy tied to obesity throughout childhood

Women who smoke during pregnancyand are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to havechildren who become obese as...

Uruguay set to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis

Uruguay, which recently passed a lawmaking it the first country to legalize the production and saleof cannabis, will also...

Parents of Texas quintuplets say two babies released from hospital

Baby by baby, week by week, theparents of 3-month-old quintuplets are bringing their childrenout of a Dallas hospital, preparing...

Air pollution linked to cognitive decline in later years

The tiny particles in vehicleexhaust and other sources of air pollution may hasten cognitivedecline in older adults, according...

Death toll from West Africa Ebola hits 337: WHO update

The death toll from an outbreak of Ebolain Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has hit 337 since February,the U.N. World Health...

Big Tobacco squares up as EU rules aim to track every cigarette

It takes a British AmericanTobacco factory machine three minutes to load 4 millioncigarettes onto a truck in northern Bavaria...

White House asks healthcare experts for help in picking VA head

The White House has turned tohealthcare experts and industry leaders in its effort to pick anew head for the troubled Department...

Oregon takes steps toward lawsuit over defunct health exchange website

Oregon is taking the next steptoward a possible lawsuit against the company that developed theembattled Cover Oregon website...

Lawmakers push bill to end sex bias in medical studies

Biomedical research backed by theU.S. National Institutes of Health must use both male and femalelab animals, tissues and...

California bill to require warning labels on sugary drinks dies

A California bill to requiresugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetesand tooth decay died in the Legislature...

German court clears helmetless cyclists from injury blame

Germany's highest court ofappeal ruled on Tuesday that cyclists who sustain head injuriesin an accident are not automatically...

U.S. Senate panel scolds TV's Dr. Oz over diet claims

A U.S. Senate panel probing bogusdiet product ads took celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz to task onTuesday for touting weight-loss...

U.S. healthcare law tied to benefits for young adults

Young adults were more likely toreport better physical and mental health after the U.S. passedsweeping changes to its healthcare...

Least accurate online videos on blood pressure are most popular

Online videos can be a goodsource of guidance for do-it-yourselfers, but consumers lookingfor help managing high blood pressure...

New England states joining forces to take on heroin crisis

The governors of five New Englandstates said on Tuesday they would begin to share data onprescriptions to cut down on "doctor...

U.S. FDA proposes social media guidelines for drug industry

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationon Tuesday issued proposed guidelines for the pharmaceutical andmedical device industries...

Stopping fluids at the end of life: a dilemma not just for Kasem's family

In the family disputes thatsurrounded American radio icon Casey Kasem's last weeks of life,his daughter's decision to carry...

Could ignorance of illness be better for mental health?

People who don't know they havehealth problems rate their own health as good, according to anew study, but their self-image...

YOUR MONEY-How to get a grip on your child's therapy bills

When I signed up my kids for therapyafter my divorce, I made some financial mistakes. The biggestwas choosing an out-of-network...

In France, woman sang during throat surgery to save voice

A professional singer said on Monday shesang through a throat surgery carried out under hypnosis inFrance to ensure that...

Wal-Mart China to raise food safety spending to $48 million

The world's biggest retailer, Wal-MartStores Inc, said on Tuesday that it will increase its spendingon food safety in China...

ADVISORY-Florida governor signs law allowing limited medical marijuana use

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Whooping cough reaches epidemic levels in California

Public health officials warn thatwhooping cough poses the greatest risk to young children asCalifornia deals with its worst...

Link seen between sitting and certain cancers

In a new review of pastresearch, people who spent lots of time watching TV or otherwisesitting were more likely to be diagnosed...

Ebola kills at least four in Liberia's capital

At least four people have died from Ebolain Liberia's capital, a World Health Organization (WHO) and agovernment official...

Comic Tracy Morgan improving after crash, out of critical condition

Comedian Tracy Morgan's health was upgraded tofair condition on Monday as he continued to show signs ofimprovement after...

Many in U.S. push to share heroin overdose antidote with civilians

Health worker Warren Nicoli gotthe call late one February night, from a Massachusetts dad whohad just seen police revive...

WHO says MERS virus of concern before haj, surge abating

The deadly MERS virus remains aserious public health problem, especially with the approach ofhaj pilgrimages, but a recent...

E-cigarettes mostly used by young smokers, would-be quitters

Nearly 30 million people across Europenow use e-cigarettes and are most likely to be aged between 15and 24, who smoke tobacco...

Study links processed red meat to heart failure among men

Men who report eating lots ofsausages and cold cuts are more likely to wind up in thehospital for heart failure, according...

For parents of children with food allergies, dietary counseling can help

Children with food allergieshave a tough time getting all the nutrients they need, but asmall study suggests that working...

Florida governor signs law allowing limited medical marijuana use

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed alaw on Monday allowing for the limited use of a special strainof marijuana to treat epileptic...

Staring at screens all day linked to changes in eye secretions

Office workers who spend longhours looking at computer screens have changes in their tearfluid similar to people with the...

Scientists ask U.N. health group for strict rules on e-cigarettes

A group of 129 physicians,epidemiologists and others from 31 countries sent an open letterto the World Health Organization...

Support for Massachusetts health law unscathed by website woes: poll

Public support for Massachusetts' 2006healthcare law has remained above 60 percent despite a rockyrollout of the state's...

Casey Kasem's end-of-life drama: a lesson for the rest of us

The dysfunction and drama of thefinal months of Casey Kasem, a radio personality who died Sundayfrom complications of dementia,...

Healthy habits linked to lower stroke risk

A new study confirms that peoplewho maintain a healthy weight, exercise, eat well and abstainfrom smoking and heavy drinking...

Female mutilation a means of male power over women: UN rights chief

Female genital mutilation, the excisionof the clitoris practiced widely in African and many Muslimcountries, is a means for...

UK cost agency not ready to back Gilead hepatitis C drug

Britain's healthcare cost-effectivenesswatchdog NICE said on Monday it needed more information aboutGilead Sciences' pricey...

Mini trampolines add bounce to boot camp, interval workouts

Mini trampolines, the go-to fitnesstool for people seeking a joint-friendly cardio bounce, are alsoadding spring to the push-ups,...

China official suggests 'biting pencils' to blame for child lead poisoning

A Chinese official has suggested thebiting of pencils as a possible explanation for excessive levelsof lead found in children...

Summer concerts amp up drug screening after 'Molly' deaths

Sniffer dogs, pat-downs and other drugscreening measures await concertgoers during this summer musicfestival season in the...

Bangladesh reports first case of MERS infection

Bangladesh on Sunday reported its firstcase of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirusinfection in a man returning...

Baby boom for ticks, Lyme disease carriers, seen in New England

Large numbers of ticks, theparasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in NewEngland in the coming weeks, experts...

What difference could a mobile app make in ending wartime rape?

Lost records,insufficient evidence, poor roads that cut off access to remoteareas where crimes are taking place, long delays...

U.S. joins Jolie's call to end use of rape in war

U.S. Secretary of State JohnKerry joined Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and the Britishgovernment on Friday in calling...

Google developing health data service: report

Google Inc is developing a servicethat will combine information from health apps and personalfitness devices, in another...

Bergdahl in stable condition at Army medical center in Texas

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl,who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before beingreleased on May 31, was in...

Brazil takes advantage of World Cup crowds to test for HIV

Brazilian health officials handed outcondoms to World Cup fans in Sao Paulo on Friday and tookadvantage of festivities in...

Weight-loss surgery can improve diabetes: studies

Two small studies provide moreevidence that weight-loss surgery may benefit people who areobese and have diabetes. Both studies...

Salmonella found in health food powder sickens 21 in U.S.

Salmonella has been found in a health foodpowder, spurring product recalls in the United States and thelaunch of a multistate...

Patient punctuality affects clinic schedule

Patients arriving on time foroutpatient appointments make a big difference in helping aclinic to run smoothly, according...

Lethal drugs leaked in botched Oklahoma execution -report

Oklahoma failed to properly insert anintravenous line to deliver lethal drugs to an inmate during abotched execution in April,...

Needle biopsies may be underused for breast cancer patients

Most women should undergo aneedle biopsy for breast cancer diagnosis, but some surgeons optfor a more invasive procedure...

Standing paraplegic patient kicks ball to open World Cup

Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, normally based atNorth Carolina's Duke University, has developed a roboticexoskeleton...

Canadian cannabis producers set their sights high

By unlocking the once-obscure medicalmarijuana market, Canada has created a fast-growing, profitableand federally regulated...

Public knows little about head and neck cancers: study

Few Americans know the signs andsymptoms of head and neck cancers, a new study shows. What's more, only about one in eight...

Shire to test its ADHD drug in 4 to 5-year olds in U.S.

Shire Plc has agreed to a U.S. Foodand Drug Administration request to study its stimulant Vyvansein preschool children as...

Texas military hospital to treat Bergdahl has long history with POWs

The sprawling San Antonio MilitaryMedical Center where freed prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl willsoon make his return to the...

Startup launches 'first wearable health record' for Google Glass

Google Inc's futuristic eyeglassesare finding their way into hospitals and clinics throughout theUnited States. To meet...

Texas man sues doctors for removing wrong kidney

A Texas man has filed a lawsuit seekingmore than $1 million in damages from two doctors he said wereresponsible for removing...

Apps for gay, bisexual men tied to STI risk

Gay and bisexual men who usesmartphone apps to meet other men for sex are at an increasedrisk of some sexually transmitted...

CORRECTED-Sierra Leone suspends trade fairs, closes schools to fight Ebola

Sierra Leone suspended cross-bordertrade fairs with Guinea and Liberia on Wednesday and closedschools, cinemas and nightclubs...

More states report cases of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus

A painful, mosquito-borne viralillness has surfaced across the United States, carried by recenttravelers to the Caribbean...

Louisiana governor signs into law new abortion restrictions

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindalsigned new restrictions on abortion clinics into law onThursday, a move his critics have said...

Missouri firm recalls over 4,000 pounds of beef over mad cow concerns

A Missouri slaughter house recalled 4,012 pounds(1,800 kg) of fresh beef over concerns that nervous tissue thatcould contain...

U.S. teenagers smoke less, but texting while driving a concern: CDC

Fewer U.S. teenagers are smokingcigarettes, fighting or having sex, but texting while driving isprevalent among high school...

Women with breast cancer don't get enough exercise: study

Only one in three women livingwith breast cancer is meeting current physical activityguidelines, suggests a new study. African...

U.S. rules for POM against Coke in labeling dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled onThursday that drink producer POM Wonderful can sue overallegations that Coca-Cola Co has misled...

Weight gain differs with various antidepressants

People who take antidepressantstend to put on a few pounds, a new study confirms, and some ofthe drugs are linked to more...

Saudi MERS response hobbled by institutional failings

When Saudi Arabia announced lastweek it had found 113 more cases of the deadly Middle EastRespiratory Syndrome (MERS), it...

EU ministers back deal with option to ban or approve GM crops

A compromise deal to give EuropeanUnion states the option of banning genetically modified cropswon approval from EU environment...

COLUMN-Retirement healthcare costs: Not as scary, but still daunting

The remarkable recent lull in retirementhealthcare inflation isn't fading - not yet, at least. A 65-year-old couple retiring...

Self-compassion may help ease burden of menopause symptoms

Women who are kind to themselvesin tough situations may have an easier time dealing with hotflashes during menopause, a recent...

Anger rises as India swelters under record heatwave

Swathes of north India are swelteringunder the longest heatwave on record, triggering widespreadbreakdowns in the supply...

Arizona woman has nearly 50-pound tumor removed from abdomen

An Arizona woman was recovering athome on Wednesday after having a 47.5-pound (21.5 kg) tumorremoved from her abdomen during...

Senate passes bill aimed at fixing veteran healthcare delays

The Senate on Wednesdayoverwhelmingly passed a bipartisan measure aimed at easinghealthcare delays for veterans by giving...

FDA aims to develop e-cigarette standards, nicotine policy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationis working to develop strong product standards for electroniccigarettes and other nicotine...

New psych ward to open on California's death row: report

Under pressure to improvemental health treatment for inmates in California's massiveprison system, officials plan to build...

REFILE-Study finds pre-diabetes rate in England almost as high as U.S.

More than one-third of adults inEngland have pre-diabetes, putting the country nearly on parwith rates in the United States,...

Study finds pre-diabetes rate in England almost as high as U.S

More than one-third of adults inEngland have pre-diabetes, putting the country nearly on parwith rates in the United States,...

Skin moles tied to breast cancer risk: studies

The number of moles a woman hasmay be tied to her risk of developing breast cancer, accordingto two new studies. The studies...

Sierra Leone shuts borders, closes schools to fight Ebola

Sierra Leone shut its borders to tradewith Guinea and Liberia on Wednesday and closed schools, cinemasand nightclubs in a...

Study links eating more protein to lowered stroke risk

According to a new analysis ofpast studies, people with the most protein-heavy diets are about20 percent less likely to have...

COLUMN-Excuse me, is that snake oil gluten free?

As consumers, we like to think of ourselves assavvy and rational. But marketers have always known better. Thehealth food...

Rate of smokeless tobacco use in U.S. unchanged: CDC

While the portion of U.S.working adults smoking tobacco shrank appreciably between 2005and 2010, the use of smokeless tobacco...

Medicare patients: Beware of 'observation' status in hospitals

People on Medicare who spend oneor two nights in the hospital are finding out, and often toolate, that they weren't really...

After major surgery, simple ice packs may help reduce pain

Patients given ice packs for thefirst 24 hours after major abdominal surgeries reported lesspain and needed fewer narcotic...

Breathalyzer selfies paint a picture of U.S. drinking

The first data from breathalyzerselfies - measurements of blood-alcohol content by a newsmartphone app - show that users...

Senate panel seeks $2.28 billion to aid immigrant children

A Senate panel, responding to whatPresident Barack Obama calls an urgent humanitarian situation,on Tuesday advanced legislation...

U.S. FDA moves to dampen fears it will ban cheese aged on wood

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationmoved on Tuesday to tamp down fears among artisanal cheesemakersthat it was poised to...

CDC report says 29 million Americans have diabetes

The number of American adults withdiabetes has soared to 29 million with another 86 million athigh risk of getting the chronic...

California city to consider taxing soda to combat obesity

An effort to combat obesity by placing an extratax on sugary drinks was proposed by the California city ofBerkeley on Tuesday,...

U.S. lawmakers urge ban on e-cigarettes on airplanes

E-cigarette use should be banned ondomestic flights and those to or from the United States, sevenU.S. senators said on Tuesday...

'The car flipped,' witness told 911 of Tracy Morgan crash

A witness to a collision on a NewJersey highway that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan andkilled one of his associates...

Out-of-pocket costs for insulin rose during the 2000s

In the decade between 2000 and2010, more people with type 2 diabetes in the U.S. startedfilling prescriptions for insulin...

U.S. House votes to give veterans access to private care to ease delays

Eager to address the crisis overdelays in healthcare for veterans, the U.S. House ofRepresentatives voted unanimously on...

Indoor cold may threaten safety of elderly women

Turning down the thermostat tosave some money could cost older women by raising their risk offalls, according to a new European...

Don't weaken school lunch standards, supporters say

Supporters of WhiteHouse-backed nutritional standards for school lunch programs saya proposed bill that exempts some school...

FDA advises pregnant women to eat more low-mercury fish

U.S. regulators recommended onTuesday that pregnant women, nursing mothers and women who mightbecome pregnant increase the...

Mass. Gov. unveils $20 million plan to tackle opioid drug abuse

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick onTuesday unveiled a $20 million package of proposals to tacklewhat he described as...

Ireland to investigate adoptions, baby deaths at church homes

The Irish government has ordered acomprehensive investigation into the treatment of children atCatholic church homes for...

U.S. FDA advisors set to review opioid constipation drugs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers areset to vote this week on whether more clinical trials are neededto assess cardiovascular...

Poor quality of life may affect teens' diabetes management

In the years after beingdiagnosed with diabetes, adolescents struggling with social andpsychological burdens of managing...

Genetically modified mosquitoes offer hope in malaria fight

Scientists have found a way ofgenetically modifying mosquitoes to produce sperm that onlycreates males, offering a potential...

Israeli law to force-feed Palestinian hunger-strikers gets initial nod

Israel's parliament has given initialapproval to a law to enable the force-feeding of Palestinianprisoners on a hunger strike,...

Harassed on Facebook or Twitter? You're not the only one - poll

Nearly half ofAmericans under 35 have been bullied, harassed or threatenedonline, while women make up 57 percent of victims,...

Paul McCartney reschedules U.S. tour dates on doctors' orders

Former Beatle Paul McCartney, followinghis doctors' orders as he recovers from a viral illness afterfalling ill in Japan...

Judge orders ailing deejay Casey Kasem to be hydrated, fed

A Los Angeles judge on Mondayordered longtime radio deejay Casey Kasem, who is in criticalcondition in a Washington state...

Seattle physician suspended over allegations of sexting during surgery

A Seattle physician accused of sexting duringsurgeries and improperly accessing medical images for sexualgratification has...

Perms, dyes linked to concerning compounds in hairdressers

In a new study, hairdressers whooften used light colored hair dyes or hair-waving products onclients had more potentially...

U.S. to open third military base to illegal child immigrants

The Obama administration on Mondayannounced it is designating a third U.S. military base foremergency housing of children...

Costs of autism add up: study

The cost of supporting peoplewith autism spectrum disorders throughout their lives could beas high as $2.4 million per person,...

U.S. says infant formula makers must test for germs, nutrients

U.S. health officials on Mondayfinalized manufacturing guidelines for infant formula makersthat aim to ensure products sold...

Putting dying wishes in medical record helps them happen

When patients' end-of-lifepreferences are entered as instructions in their medical record,their wishes are more likely to...

VA audit finds thousands of U.S. veterans waiting for health care

The U.S. Department of VeteransAffairs said on Monday that around 100,000 veterans areexperiencing long waits for health...

Higher doses of statins linked to diabetes risk

People with heart problems whowere started on cholesterol-lowering statins were more likely todevelop diabetes if they were...

Prenatal alcohol exposure tied to balance, coordination problems

Children who are diagnosed withfetal alcohol spectrum disorder are at higher risk of havingimpaired gross motor skills, according...

Death toll from Ebola in Sierra Leone more than doubles to 12

The death toll from Ebola in SierraLeone has doubled to at least 12 in a week, local healthauthorities said on Monday, deepening...

Rotavirus vaccine keeping more kids out of the hospital

As the rotavirus vaccine hasbecome more common, the number of children hospitalized forrotavirus-related diarrhea has dramatically...

Climb stairs, cut calories: Southeast Asia fights flab

Singapore's Sean Chin had a body fatpercentage of 24 percent seven years ago. He is now lean withjust 9 percent fat and as...

New wave of water workouts attracts the young and fit

While older, overweight or injuredexercisers have always valued the cushioning effects of waterworkouts, a new wave of trendy,...

Psoriasis linked to worse quality of life for family members, too

Both psoriasis patients and thepeople who live with them say psoriasis negatively impacts theirquality of life, according...

WHO experts find hospital breaches worsened MERS outbreak in UAE

Lapses in hospital infection controlmeasures exacerbated an outbreak of a deadly new viral diseasewhich has infected more...

Does the Pill change what women want in a mate?

Women who take oralcontraceptives desire different traits in an imaginary man thanwomen not on the Pill, according to a small...

Inflammation may help explain depression, diabetes link

People with both depression anddiabetes have higher markers of inflammation in their blood thanthose with diabetes alone,...

Young kids recognize unhealthy food brands more than healthy ones

For very young children,awareness of food brands increases greatly between ages threeand four and is highest for unhealthy...

U.S. Air base in Texas shelters wave of immigrant children

Ahalf-century-old section of a U.S. Air Force base in Texas hasbeen transformed into a holding and processing center forthousands...

New gene tests may give cancer patients quicker path to treatment

A new way of evaluating tumors may soonhelp cancer patients identify the underlying genetic link totheir disease - and the...

California residents support soda tax to fight obesity, health study shows

Fighting obesity by taxing sugary drinks andrestricting junk food advertisements aimed at children hassupport from a wide...

Suit on behalf of Arizona prisoners gets class-action status

A lawsuit on behalf of Arizona inmates thataccuses the state of neglecting their health needs and misusingsolitary confinement...

New Jersey court rules for nurse who refused vaccine on non-religious grounds

A New Jersey appeals courtruled on Thursday that First Amendment protections allowingpeople to refuse medical procedures...

Florida governor to sue VA, seeking state inspection of hospitals

Florida Governor Rick Scottannounced a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department ofVeterans Affairs on Thursday, seeking...

NY nursing home workers face charges stemming from resident death

Nine employees of a troubled New Yorknursing home, including the top administrator, were indicted onThursday on charges stemming...

U.S. backs new genetic research on infectious diseases

The U.S. National Institutes ofHealth has awarded $25 million to the J. Craig Venter Instituteto back an initiative to study...

U.S. senators reach bipartisan deal on veterans' healthcare

Key U.S. senators announced onThursday a bipartisan proposal to address a crisis in veterans'healthcare, seeking quick action...

Vaginal gel as good as shots for IVF: study

Pregnancy outcomes don't differamong women who use a vaginal hormone gel during in vitrofertilization or a hormone shot,...

U.S. Senate approves Burwell as health secretary

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmedSylvia Mathews Burwell as President Barack Obama's new healthsecretary, making her chiefly...

Japanese firm to start selling personal robots next year

Japan's SoftBank Corp said on Thursday itwill start selling human-like robots for personal use byFebruary, expanding into...

New York drops surgery rule for changing sex on birth certificate

Transgender people born in New Yorkstate, with the exception of New York City, will no longer haveto prove that they have...

Texas man fourth in U.S. to die from rare brain disease-CDC

A Texas man has died of the fatalbrain illness variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the fourthperson to die of the disease...

Virtual training may help adults with autism ace job interviews

A simulated training programhelped adults with autism spectrum disorder improve their jobinterview skills and confidence...

Pakistani woman survives after being shot for marrying for love

An 18-year-old Pakistani hassurvived being shot and thrown in a canal by her family formarrying the man she loved, police...

Scientists question Saudi openness on deadly MERS virus outbreak

A dramatic upward revision in the numberof people killed by the MERS virus in Saudi Arabia may signal afresh approach from...

UPDATE 1-Animal-rights group calls for MIT fine after death of rabbit in lab

An animal-rights group hascalled on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fine theMassachusetts Institute of Technology over...

Oral contraceptives are a good option for women's acne: study

Birth control pills seem to workas well as antibiotics for long-term treatment of acne in women,according to a new review...

Wanted: A watchdog for the mobile medical app explosion

A smartphone app that rids you ofacne. Another that monitors your heart rate 24-7. One thatdetects skin cancer by looking...

Oregon school district to offer condoms to students starting in 6th grade

An Oregon school district plansto offer condoms to students starting in sixth grade as partof an updated sex education policy...

New York City seeks to reinstate large soda ban

An attorney for New York City hasasked the state's top court to revive a ban on large sugarydrinks, saying the city's health...

REFILE-Animal-rights group calls for MIT fine after death of rabbit in lab

An animal-rights group hascalled on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fine theMassachusetts Institute of Technology because...

Animal-rights calls for MIT fine after death of rabbit in lab

An animal-rights group hascalled on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fine theMassachusetts Institute of Technology because...

Florida facing threat from two mosquito-borne diseases

Two mosquito-borne diseases -dengue fever and chikungunya - are posing a serious threat toFlorida and residents should take...

Physical activity is tied to strong bones, but most teens don't get enough

Young people who are more activegrowing up tend to end up with stronger bones, but many olderteenagers don't get enough exercise...

Saudi study strengthens case against camels in MERS outbreak

A Saudi man who became infected with anddied of the new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) viruscontracted the disease...

U.S. says 2.2 million Obamacare enrollees have data problems

About 2.2 million people, or morethan one in every four Americans who signed up for privatehealth coverage under President...

People don't usually complete allergy shots or drops

Doctors may recommend allergyshots or under-the-tongue drops to their patients, but mostdon't start the treatments, reports...

Medicaid logs 6 million new enrollees since Obamacare rollout

Six million people have enrolled ingovernment healthcare programs for the poor, including Medicaid,since the launch of Obamacare...

Telemedicine detects eye problems, but doctors must prepare for more patients

Setting up a telemedicinescreening option for patients in primary care clinics can catchmany potential eye problems early...

U.S. lawmakers rush to craft bill on veterans health crisis

Under pressure to solve a crisisinvolving delayed medical care for veterans, U.S. lawmakersbegan talks on Wednesday on bipartisan...

When parents are injured, children may get PTSD

Children are susceptible todeveloping symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD,when their parents are seriously...

Guinea, Sierra Leone see spike in Ebola cases: WHO

At least 21 people died and 37 new casesof suspected Ebola were recorded in Guinea between May 29 andJune 1, the World Health...

Californian county votes in health services measure for illegal immigrants

Voters in California's AlamedaCounty passed a measure on Tuesday that is expected to raise$100 million a year for health...

Diet and exercise may help maintain weight loss

Programs focused on both dietand exercise may help people who have lost weight keep thepounds from creeping back on, according...

California voters support plan to spend $600 million for homeless veterans

California residents have votedfor a plan to spend $600 million to build houses for homelessveterans in the state with the...

Dan Marino will withdraw from NFL concussion suit

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marinoon Tuesday said he will withdraw from a lawsuit that accuses theNational Football League...

In rush to embrace diversity, firms overlook the disabled

Caroline Ashrafi, who built a successful careeras a manager at KPMG in Britain while privately struggling withmental health...

A second language may keep the brain young

Being able to speak more thanone language may help you think more clearly in later life, evenif you've learned the second...

Having babies may be contagious among friends

Young women whose high schoolfriends have had a baby are more likely to follow suit,according to a new study. Researchers...

Arizona abortion drug restrictions to stay blocked pending appeal

Enforcement of Arizona regulationscurbing access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibitingoff-label uses of the medication...

CORRECTED-Sleepless nights raise brain levels of Alzheimer's protein: study

After a night of no sleep, evena healthy brain has higher than normal levels of the proteinthat forms the signature tangles...

Quality Egg admits to selling tainted eggs, bribing official

Quality Egg LLC and two top executiveson Tuesday admitted to selling substandard eggs containing a"poisonous" substance and...

Chicago sues painkiller makers for deceptive marketing

The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit againstfive large narcotics makers alleging they contributed to thecountry's prescription...

Sleepless nights raise brain levels of Alzheimer's protein: study

After a night of no sleep, evena healthy brain has higher than normal levels of the proteinthat forms the signature tangles...

Florida officials take custody of child protection worker's kids

Florida child protectioninvestigators took custody of six children from one of theirco-workers whose house was raided by...

COLUMN-How to know when a 'gray gambler' is a problem gambler

Once upon a time, bingo was the biggestgame in town at the local senior center. But you're far morelikely to find today's...

Poorer countries lack midwives to cut birth deaths -report

The majority of the world's poorercountries, which account for nearly all childbirth-relateddeaths among newborns and mothers,...

Circumcision linked to lowered prostate cancer risk

Something about being circumcised mayoffer men a degree of protection from developing prostate cancerlater in life, suggests...

U.S. unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

The U.S. power sector must cut carbondioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels underfederal regulations unveiled...

Saudi Arabia says has 113 more MERS cases than previously thought

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that areview of health data had identified an additional 113 confirmedcases of the sometimes...

Saudi Arabia sacks minister criticized over handling of MERS

Saudi Arabia has sacked DeputyHealth Minister Ziad Memish who has been criticized by someinternational scientists over his...

Clowning around in a time of war

Does aid work always have tobe serious? Do you have to be a doctor working on the frontlineor an aid worker distributing...

UK scientific panel backs potential "three-parent" IVF babies

A British expert scientific panel gaveits backing on Tuesday to potential new 3-way fertilitytreatments that would for the...

UK firm evacuates some staff from Sierra Leone over Ebola virus

Iron ore producer London Mining hasevacuated some non-essential staff from Sierra Leone and imposedtravel restrictions due...

Obama creates group to handle children entering U.S. illegally

President Barack Obama established aninteragency group on Monday to handle the growing influx ofchildren coming to the United...

See doctor before heading to the World Cup: health officials

Before heading to Brazil forthis month's World Cup or the 2016 Olympic Games, people shouldvisit their doctors for appropriate...

Day-planning apps aim to help users achieve healthier lifestyle

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed andfinding it difficult to fit everything into the day? New appsare designed to help people...

One in eight U.S. children experiences maltreatment: study

About one in eight Americanchildren and adolescents will experience maltreatment byadulthood, according to a new study. The...

Immigrant parents less likely to read to their children: study

Minority children often lagbehind their peers in language development when they startpreschool. According to a new study,...

France experiments with paying people to cycle to work

France has started a six-month experimentwith paying people to cycle to work, joining other Europeangovernments in trying...

Roche returns to antibiotic research as superbug threat grows

Roche is betting the same tools that madeit the world's largest producer of cancer drugs will help ittackle the growing public...

Aerobics for the brain? Fitness experts praise mindfulness meditation

Fitness experts call it bicep curls forthe brain and aerobics for the mind. Whatever the name, athletesand gym addicts are...

Dressing the VA's wounds: What Obama faces now

When U.S. President Barack Obamaaccepted the resignation on Friday of Veterans Affairs SecretaryEric Shinseki, he said his...

Vienna rides Conchita wave with AIDS charity ball

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst toppedthe bill at Vienna's Life Ball on Saturday night, outshiningguests such as former...

FDA cancer chief says 'escalating' drug prices can't continue

By law, Dr. Richard Pazdur, the U.S.Food and Drug Administration's cancer drug czar, is not allowedto consider the cost of...

Senator plans bill to offer military veterans option on medical care

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said onSunday he will introduce legislation this week that would offermilitary veterans the option...

FDA calculates costs of lost enjoyment if e-cig rules prevent smoking

As U.S. health regulators consider whatrules to impose on electronic cigarettes, in their tally ofcosts and benefits they...

Personalized therapy helped women with advanced cervical cancer

A new type of personalized cancertherapy in which immune cells are harvested from patients'tumors, grown in the lab and infused...

Medicare ends blanket ban on sex change surgeries

Medicare can no longer deny requests for sexchange surgeries, the U.S. government said on Friday, in adecision that recognizes...

Cancer doctors urged to consider value when treating patients

Cancer doctors should consider thefinancial as well as the medical impact of treatment forpatients as healthcare costs continue...

E-cig advertising seen by U.S. youth on the rise

The amount of televisionadvertising for electronic cigarettes that American adolescentssaw jumped by more than 250 percent...

CORRECTED-Antidepressant may be hormone alternative for hot flashes

A low dose of antidepressant maybe almost as effective as estrogen at reducing the number of hotflashes menopausal women...

Oregon governor seeks lawsuit over health exchange website debacle

Oregon's Democratic governorwants the state's attorney general to sue the technology vendorthat developed the embattled Cover...

A nice, bright smile: Scientists use lasers to regrow teeth

Scientists have come up with a brightidea - literally - to repair teeth. And they say their concept - using laser light...

Pennsylvania man accused of stealing human skin from hospital

A Pennsylvania skin-graft salesman is facingcharges that he stole $350,000 worth of human skin from aPhiladelphia hospital...

Canada will not fund abortion abroad, issue too divisive, PM says

Canada will refrain from fundingabortions abroad as it promotes maternal and children's healthin poor countries because the...

UPDATE 1-Obama accepts US veterans affairs chief resignation with 'regret'

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary EricShinseki resigned on Friday after a political firestorm overwidespread delays in veterans'...

Certain kids with diabetes are most at risk for excess weight: study

Children and teens with type 1diabetes are already at increased risk for becoming overweightor obese, but certain traits...

REFILE-Brains know the difference between carbs and artificial sweeteners

Carbs activate brain regionsthat are not affected by artificial sweeteners, even whenthey're only tasted but not swallowed,...

Carbohydrate mouth rinse activates brain regions involved in perception and performance

Carbs activate brain regionsthat are not affected by artificial sweeteners, even whenthey're only tasted but not swallowed,...

Millennials highly competitive, yearn to be noticed - study

The first generation of people raised in theinternet age, so-called millennials, are more competitive thanprevious generations...

U.S. House OKs plan to protect state medical marijuana laws

The U.S. federal government would notbe allowed to spend money to block states from implementingtheir own medical marijuana...

In treating some cancer patients, less is more: U.S. studies

Doctors can scale back treatment forcertain cancer patients, based on evidence that some drugs canbe used less frequently,...

Treatment helps prevent early menopause in breast cancer patients

A new treatment approach may helpthousands of women with early-stage breast cancer avoidpremature menopause and preserve...

Despite opposition, Russia bans smoking in restaurants and bars

Russia risks igniting the ire of its 44million smokers when it extends bans on cigarettes torestaurants and bars on Sunday...

Cynical attitude in golden years linked to dementia risk

An individual's personality andoutlook on life may affect their risk of developing dementia,according to a new study from...

U.S. veterans affairs chief resigns over healthcare scandal

Embattled Veterans Affairs SecretaryEric Shinseki, facing calls for his ouster by lawmakers andveterans groups, resigned...

Exposure to smoke in cars may worsen asthma: study

People with asthma may faceincreased risk from secondhand smoke exposure while riding inthe close quarters of a vehicle,...

Warning label for sugary drinks passes California Senate

A bill to require sugary softdrinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and toothdecay passed the California Senate...

Shaking Shakespeare: Richard III was no hunchback after all

William Shakespeare excoriatedRichard III, the last king of England to die in battle more than500 years ago, with vibrant...

North Carolina lawmakers adopt tax on electronic cigarettes

North Carolina, the top U.S.tobacco-producing state, will levy a modest tax on increasinglypopular electronic cigarettes...

War documentary 'Korengal" explores consequences of combat

Director and writer Sebastian Jungertook audiences into a combat zone with U.S. soldiers inAfghanistan in his first documentary...

Antidepressant may be hormone alternative for hot flashes

A low dose of antidepressant maybe almost as effective as estrogen at reducing the number of hotflashes menopausal women...

Missouri should fund state drug lab to make lethal injections-AG

Missouri should fund and operate its own druglaboratory to mix lethal injections for executions, a move thatcould help circumvent...

Bail reduced for mother who drove kids into ocean off Florida

Bail was reduced to $90,000 onThursday for a South Carolina mother who drove a minivancarrying her three children into the...

Republicans attack Obama over veterans scandal

Republicans stepped up their attackson the Obama administration over a deepening Veterans Affairshealthcare delay scandal...

Two drugs are better than one for asthma control: study

People with asthma are likely tobenefit from combining medications to manage their symptoms, astrategy that requires doctors...

Previous hip, groin injury predisposes athletes to another

Soccer and rugby players whohave injured their hip or groin are between two and seven timesmore likely to sustain another...

Obama: when it comes to head injuries in sports, don't just 'suck it up'

President Barack Obama said onThursday more effort is needed to prevent concussions in youngathletes, including greater awareness...

Tanning beds must carry skin cancer warning -U.S. FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isstrengthening its regulation of tanning beds, which have beenshown to increase the...

U.S birth rate hits lows for teens, rises among older women

The birth rate among U.S. teens andyoung women dropped to record lows last year, while the rateamong older women hit highs...

Measles cases reach 20-year high in the United States - CDC

Measles cases have hit a 20-year high inthe United States, a troubling increase fueled by internationaltravel by people who...

Low adult supervision tied to injuries among kids

Young kids are more likely toget hurt when they are not fully supervised by adults, andespecially when they are out of arm's...

Minnesota governor signs medical marijuana bill into law

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton onThursday signed into law a bill legalizing medical marijuana inliquid or pill form for a...

Samsung unveils wristband that can measure health, fitness

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd moveddeeper into the wearable technology market on Wednesday as itunveiled a wristband that it...

Weight of the world: 2.1 billion people obese or overweight

Obesity is imposing an increasinglyheavy burden on the world's population in rich and poor nationsalike, with almost 30 percent...

California killings renew call for police mental health training

California lawmakers urgedswift action on Wednesday to better train law enforcementofficials to recognize and deal with mental...

Parents of California gunman describe "hell on earth"

The parents of Elliot Rodger, the gunman whokilled six college students in a rampage in southern California,are suffering...

West Africa Ebola outbreak still spreading, "situation serious" -WHO

Guinea's capital Conakry hasrecorded its first new Ebola cases in more than a month, whileother previously unaffected areas...

Medicare on drugs: 24,000 tests for 145 patients

Three Connecticut doctors billedMedicare for nearly 24,000 drug tests in 2012 - on just 145patients. Despite the extraordinary...

Obama to spotlight risks of head injuries in sports

President Barack Obama will host aconference highlighting the risks of head injuries to youngathletes on Thursday, seeking...

California lawmakers reject bill requiring labeling on GMO foods

California lawmakers on Wednesday rejected abill that would require labels on foods made with geneticallymodified organisms...

Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

A group of 53 leading scientists haswarned the World Health Organization not to classifye-cigarettes as tobacco products,...

Most doctors wouldn't want intensive care at the end of life

Most doctors would not wanthigh-intensity treatment near the end of life, according to anew study from Stanford University...

Consumer Group Sues USDA Over Drug-Resistant Salmonella In Meat

A consumer group on Wednesday accused the U.S.Department of Agriculture of putting the public's health at riskby allowing...

Oklahoma Enacts New Restrictions On Abortions, Louisiana To Follow

Oklahoma, soon to be followed byLouisiana, has joined other socially conservative states inadopting laws that place new restrictions...

U.S. Salmonella Outbreak Widens, 574 Sick: Health Agency

Another 50 people have sufferedsalmonella poisoning linked to Foster Farms chicken, bringingthe total to 574 cases in the...

U.S. MERS Patient Did Not Infect Illinois Resident: CDC

U.S. health officials on Wednesdaywalked back their earlier conclusion that a healthcare workerwho traveled from Saudi Arabia...

Veterans Health Probe Confirms Cover-Up Of Care Delays

The Veterans Affairs department'sinspector general on Wednesday substantiated allegations thatstaff at Phoenix VA medical...

Skin cancer risk from tanning even without burn: study

Getting a "base" tan at atanning salon before spending time in the sun may protectagainst sunburn, but it won't protect against...

Porn may be messing with your head

Men who report watching a lot ofpornography tend to have less volume and activity in regions ofthe brain linked to rewards...

Pentagon Chief Orders Medical Care Review Amid Problems At Hospital

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordereda comprehensive review of the U.S. military's healthcare systemon Tuesday after the...

California Assembly Passes Bill Mandating Porn Film Condoms

A bill requiring pornographicfilm actors to wear condoms during sex scenes easily passed theCalifornia State Assembly on...

Deadly 2012 outbreak at "medical spa" linked to workers

Outbreaks of group AStreptococcus infections at weight loss clinics in Maryland andDelaware in 2012 were probably caused...

Florida woman, 46, sets record for birth via in-vitro fertilization

A 46-year-old Orlando woman hasbecome the oldest mother in the United States, and possibly inthe world, to give birth to...

REFILE-Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

Having a baby alters new mothers' brainactivity, researchers have found, and a new study adds the firstevidence of such changes...

George W. Bush undergoes partial knee replacement

Former President George W. Bushunderwent successful surgery for a partial knee replacement, aspokesman said on Tuesday. ...

U.S. top court rules for Florida death row inmate over IQ test

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesdaythrew out a Florida man's death sentence by finding that thestate's method for assessing...

U.S. regulator urges law to force disclosures by data brokers

Companies known as data brokerscollect and sell information about "nearly all" U.S. consumers,drawing potentially harmful...

Cancer center ads more emotional than informative

Television and magazineadvertisements from cancer centers often tug at people'sheartstrings, but rarely provide information...

Iran's population drive worries women's rights, health advocates

Iran's supreme leader has called for apopulation increase, in an edict likely to restrict access tocontraception that critics...

Brain activity changes seen after chemo

For some women with breastcancer, changes in brain activity while multitasking couldexplain "chemo brain" - reduced mental...

Exercise reduces mobility problems among older adults: study

People in their 70s and 80s whotook part in a moderate-intensity exercise program over severalyears were more likely to retain...

Economic slowdown tied to rise in obesity in richer nations -OECD

The rate of obesity continues toclimb across the world's most developed countries, with certainnations and groups of people...

Gay dads' brains show activity akin to both parents': study

Having a baby alters new mothers' brainactivity, researchers have found, and a new study adds the firstevidence of such changes...

Angry mothers meet U.S. EPA over concerns with Roundup herbicide

Questions about Roundup, the world's mostpopular herbicide, are on the agenda at the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency...

Doctors call for stricter limits on checking in youth hockey

Body checking should be kept outof youth hockey until boys are at least 15 years old,pediatricians said on Monday. Even then,...

Soccer-Bad food confiscated from Italy, England World Cup hotels

Brazilian health and safetyofficials raided the England and Italy team hotels for nextmonth's World Cup and confiscated fish,...

Up to 200,000 Somali children could die from malnutrition - U.N.

Up to 200,000 children under the age offive could die from severe malnutrition in Somalia by the end ofthe year unless the...

Quality issues push e-cigarette production to U.S. from China

Some of the leading U.S. producers of electroniccigarettes are moving their manufacturing to the United Statesfrom China...

Stressful relationships may raise risk of death

Worries, conflicts and demandsin relationships with friends, family and neighbors maycontribute to an earlier death suggests...

Home walking program may help clogged leg arteries

People with poor circulation intheir legs benefit from a home-based walking program and aremore likely to keep it up over...

On the road and wanting to work out? Apps help travelers find gyms

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitnesscenter in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment,classes and amenities...

Fitness experts differ on best running techniques

Humans may be born to run but fitness expertsdiffer on exactly how to embark on what has been called the mostnatural cardiovascular...

Bill to put warning label on sugary drinks advances in California

A measure to require sugary soft drinks to carrylabels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay advanced inthe California...

Five dead as Sierra Leone records first Ebola outbreak

Five people have died in Sierra Leone's firstconfirmed outbreak of Ebola virus, the World Health Organization(WHO) said on...

Pregnant women should take iodide supplement: docs

Pregnant women should take aniodide-containing supplement to protect the brain development oftheir babies, according to the...

Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus spreads in the Caribbean

A painfulmosquito-borne virus spreading quickly through the Caribbean iscausing alarm in Haiti and neighboring Dominican...

Guinea announces 2 new cases of Ebola in previously unaffected area

Guinean health officials announcedtwo new confirmed cases of Ebola on Friday in an area previouslyuntouched by the virus,...

Weight could be a factor in treating rheumatoid arthritis

People who are overweight whenthey are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis are less likely tobe able to control the disease...

U.S. Republicans map campaign attack plan on veterans scandal

Republicans who hope to wrest controlof the U.S. Senate from Democrats see medical care delays forveterans as a potent line...

U.S. judge allows force-feeding of Guantanamo prisoner to continue

A U.S. judge allowed the military toresume force-feeding a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, saying shewas in no position to make...

Costa Rica to offer medical benefits to same-sex couples

Costa Rica's social security system hasagreed to extend medical benefits to same-sex couples, in afresh step toward equal...

Groups call for more exercise after stroke

People who have had a stroke canoften benefit from moderate exercise, doctors and physicaltherapists report. In a scientific...

Good asthma management may stave off kids' anxiety

Children with asthma are no morelikely than their peers to suffer mental health problems -provided their asthma is well-controlled,...

Athlete anxiety no excuse to skip heart test: study

After finding thatstudent-athletes felt no more distress about heart screeningwith electrocardiograms, or ECGs, than they...

Kenya gets "game changing" record donation for fistula treatment

A "game changing" $2million donation will help Kenyan surgeons to give 1,200 womenlife-transforming surgery to cure incontinence...

New vaccine approach imprisons malaria parasite in blood cells

Scientists seeking a vaccine againstmalaria, which kills a child every minute in Africa, havedeveloped a promising new approach...

U.S. investigates multi-state E.coli outbreak; no deaths reported

U.S. health officials are investigating amulti-state E.coli outbreak linked to raw clover sprouts thathave sickened as many...

Two U.S. companies recall walnuts, hummus over possible listeria

Two U.S. food companies this week issuedvoluntary recalls of walnuts and hummus dips sold at majorretailers after listeria...

Wastewater a source of antibiotic-resistant bacteria: study

Wastewater from cities andhospitals releases some antibiotic-resistant bacteria into theenvironment, according to a new French...

Childhood trauma may leave its mark in blood vessels

Young adults who were exposed toadverse experiences as children have greater signs of unhealthyblood vessel function than...

Use FAST clues to look for stroke

May is National StrokeAwareness Month, and experts are using the time to teachAmericans about the risk factors and warning...

Studies still looking for link between cell phones and brain tumors

The heaviest users of cellphones may be at higher than average risk of being diagnosedwith a brain tumor, according to a...

Yelp helped NYC find unreported food borne illness -report

Reviewers on the online restaurant andbusiness rating site, Yelp, helped New York City healthofficials find hundreds of unreported...

Superbug threat as grave as climate change, say scientists

Superbugs resistant to drugs pose aserious worldwide threat and demand a response on the same scaleas efforts to combat climate...

'The Normal Heart' brings early days of AIDS to U.S. living rooms

Mark Ruffalo was puzzled when he wasrecruited to play Ned Weeks, a thinly fictionalized characterbased on AIDS activist Larry...

Saudi Arabia takes heat for spread of MERS virus

In a north London laboratory on aSaturday in September 2012, an email arrived from a team ofvirologists in the Netherlands...

Balkans confronts risk of disease after devastating floods

Serbia's agriculture ministryappealed for chlorine bleach, quicklime and disinfectant onThursday to stem the risk of disease...

Light exercise linked to less disability

People who engage in plenty oflight movement have a lower risk of developing a disability andlosing their capacity to care...

Brains of simple sea animals could help cure neural disorders

A Florida scientist studyingsimple sea animals called comb jellies has found the road map toa new form of brain development...

Colorado tightens control on marijuana edibles, concentrates

Colorado Governor John Hickenloopersigned legislation on Wednesday to tighten controls on edibleand concentrated forms of...

Fake medicines worth $31 million seized in global crackdown

Law enforcement agents have arrested 237people worldwide in a 10-day crackdown on fake drugs, resultingin the seizure of...

Syria calls for help rebuilding health system wrecked by "terrorists"

Syria's government begged the world forhelp on Wednesday to rebuild a healthcare system it said hadbeen destroyed by "terrorists,"...

Fear, MRIs tied to double mastectomy decision

Factors other than medicalhistory and risk may influence women with cancer in one breastto have both breasts removed even...

Time may not reduce brain effects of solvent exposure

Workers exposed to solvents onthe job may experience memory and thinking problems decadeslater, according to a new study....

Too little sleep can affect many aspects of young kids' health

In a new study, children whoregularly got too little sleep had worse physical, emotional andsocial health than those who...

Microbes inhabit the human placenta, but it's not a bad thing

The human placenta, the organ thatnourishes a developing baby, is not the pristine place someexperts had assumed. Researchers...

Obama says he will get to the bottom of Veterans mess

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed onWednesday to get to the bottom of allegations of neglect ofveterans' healthcare and made...

Fatalistic outlook obstructs fight against infant mortality

Every day, 15,000babies enter and leave the world with no record of their everhaving existed, while one in three newborns...

Elderly may have trouble accessing online health records

Electronic medical records willlet patients access their health information over the Internet,but a new study suggests some...

India to double drug inspectors to boost oversight

India will spend 30 billion rupees ($511million) and double the number of drug inspectors in the nextthree years to meet...

Billion-dollar medical project helped fund "Putin's palace"

In 2005, President Vladimir Putinpersonally ordered up a vast program to improve Russia's poorhealthcare facilities. Five...

Casey Kasem's daughter wins new rights to care for him -report

A judge on Tuesday ruled a daughterof Casey Kasem can travel to Washington state, where the ailingradio personality is believed...

U.S. appeals court halts execution of inmate with rare health defect

A federal appeals court onTuesday halted the execution of a Missouri death row inmate justhours before his scheduled lethal...

New Mexico court upholds insurance coverage for medical pot

An injured mechanic who usesmedical marijuana as pain treatment can have his former employerand the company's insurer reimburse...

Nevada to move online healthcare enrollment to federal site

Nevada's health insurance exchange board onTuesday voted to transfer control over its online program fromits vendor, Xerox,...

U.S. health insurers say Gilead hepatitis C drug too costly

The leading U.S. health insurance trade group onTuesday hit out at the extremely high cost of new specialtymedicines, accusing...

UPDATE 1-Ex-football players sue NFL, claiming 'culture of drug misuse'

A group of retired pro football players sued theNational Football League on Tuesday, saying they were illegallyfed painkillers...

NFL players sue, claiming league put profit over player health

A group of former National Football Leagueplayers filed a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming theleague illegally drugged...

Newborns of heavy mothers at risk for breathing problems

Babies of overweight and obesemothers are more likely to have oxygen-deprivation problems atbirth, according to a new study....

Faster vaccination saves lives, money during flu pandemic

Shortening the time between thestart of a severe flu outbreak and mass vaccination saves livesand money, suggests new research....

U.S. House to debate bill on firing rules at veterans' agency

The U.S. House of Representativeswill vote this week on a bill to make it easier for theDepartment of Veterans Affairs to...

Advocates seek probe into ethics of U.S.-funded health study oversight

An advocacy group on Tuesday demandedan investigation into what it called interference by U.S. healthofficials in the oversight...

Many processed foods are heavily dyed: study

Some cereals, candies and cakescontain much more artificial coloring than parents probablyexpect, according to a new study....

Texting improves link between sick teens and doctors

Adolescents with chronicdiseases who were allowed to text their doctors were betterequipped to manage their own healthcare...

Obama to speak about Veterans Administration problems soon

President Barack Obama is to speakout soon about reports of healthcare delays at the VeteransAdministration in an effort...

U.S. meat labeling requirements come under fire in appeals court

The Obama administration's argumentfor keeping its labeling requirements in place for meat vendorsis too broad and would...

Vaccines group seeks $7.5 bln to protect 300 million children

The GAVI global vaccines alliance issueda plea on Tuesday for $7.5 billion to help immunize another 300million children against...

E-cigarettes boost quitting success among smokers, study finds

Smokers trying to quit are 60 percentmore likely to report success if they switch to e-cigarettesthan if they use nicotine...

Researchers to study whether mobile phones affect teenage brains

British researchers are launching thelargest study in the world to investigate whether using mobilephones and other wireless...

Missouri set to execute inmate who has rare health defect

Missouri is set to executeearly Wednesday a convicted killer whose lawyers have said has arare health condition that could...

What do you want in a spouse? Genetic similarity may help

He leaves the toilet seat up, prefersold Japanese monster movies to romantic comedies and fanciesmixed martial arts over...

Icelandic nurses latest to strike over pay as economy recovers

Nurses in Iceland held their secondone-day pay strike in a week on Monday, the latest in a seriesof public sector stoppages...

REFILE-Dogs can sniff out prostate cancer in urine

Highly-trained dogs are able todetect prostate cancer in urine with 98 percent accuracy,according to a study presented May...

Dogs can sniff out prostate cancer in urine

Highly-trained dogs are able todetect prostate cancer in urine with 98 percent accuracy,according to a study presented May...

Study questions role of vitamin D in asthma

Giving people with asthma andlow vitamin D levels extra doses of the vitamin doesn't do muchto help their lungs, a new study...

Exercise tied to decreased diabetes risk among high-risk women

Women who become diabetic duringpregnancy may be able to avoid later developing type 2 diabeteswith exercise, according to...

School nurses save money: study

A Massachusetts program that putfull-time registered nurses in schools more than paid for itselfby averting medical costs...

'Obamacare' taking center stage in Arkansas Republican primary

As voters head into primarieson Tuesday in the southern swing state of Arkansas, one of themost fiercely debated issues among...

Illinois health officials say 3rd U.S. MERS case not infectious

An Illinois man who had tested positivefor antibodies to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus inhis blood is no longer...

U.S. youth activity report card gives poor grades to adults

American children are scoring failingmarks in fitness because of the lure of the Internet,time-pressed parents and the culture...

Michigan meat packer recalls ground beef for possible E.coli

A Michigan meat processing plant hasrecalled 1.8 million lbs of ground beef for possiblecontamination with the E.coli bacteria,...

Foreign doctors, nurses in Saudi Arabia could take MERS global

The biggest risk that Middle EastRespiratory Syndrome will become a global epidemic, ironically,may lie with globe-trotting...

Unhealthy food taxes vital to fight obesity - UN investigator

Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk toglobal health than the increasingly regulated sale of tobaccoand governments should...

REFILE-Physical therapy may not help whiplash pain

Whiplash injuries can be enduring and painful, but new research finds that counseling on how to manage the disorder - along...

Drinking milk may slow women's knee arthritis

The more milk women drank in a new U.S. study, the less deterioration they experienced in their arthritic knees. It's not...

Ballet-inspired fitness classes tap the inner ballerina

Ballet-inspired group fitness classes have leapt beyond the traditional wall-mounted barre to include tools like bungee cords...

Bike riders risk kidney, genital injuries: study

Biking has plenty of health benefits, but riders also run the risk of an injury to the kidney or genitalia, according to...

England wheezes through haze of Saharan dust cloud

It has shrouded England's most famous monuments for days, prompted a rash of calls to the emergency services over health...

Young adults who do cardio may have quicker minds later on

The longer you can run when you're young, the faster your mind is likely to be operating in middle age, a new study suggests....

Head injury risk is high in mixed martial arts: study

The rate of serious head injuries among professional mixed martial arts competitors is potentially twice that of professional...

U.S. Navy SEAL training flows into mainstream fitness

Training for U.S. Navy SEALs, the special operations force, follows a warrior tradition that harkens back to Samurais, but...

Daily, vigorous exercise helps kids get or stay fit

A nine-month after-school exercise program helped young kids lose body fat and improve heart and lung strength compared to...

Mild head injuries linked to risk of death years later

Adults hospitalized with mild head injuries have almost double the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared to similar...

Optimism linked to healthier eating among women

Women with a sunny disposition may also have an easier time adopting healthy habits, according to a new study. Researchers...

Knee arthritis more likely after ACL surgery

People who have had reconstructive surgery for a knee ligament tear develop wear-and-tear arthritis in the injured knee three...

Could half of all breast cancers be prevented?

If girls and women of all ages adopted healthier lifestyle behaviors and the highest-risk women took preventive drugs like...

Mother and child activity levels linked: study

The amount of physical activity mothers get is linked to their children's activity levels, according to a new study from...

Most people with heart disease can travel to high altitude: review

Good news: people with heart disease dreaming of a vacation to a high-altitude destination can most likely make the trip...

Fitbit sued over recalled fitnes wristband that caused rashes

Fitbit Inc, which recalled a wristband fitness tracker a month ago following complaints that it caused rashes and blisters,...

Obesity prevention programs might help lower kids' blood pressure

Programs designed to prevent obesity in children may help lower kids' blood pressure, according to a new review of past studies....

Do you "like" how I look?

Social media that emphasizes sharing and commenting on photos and other images may feed the anxieties of young women with...

Mothers' monitoring of media tied to kids' weight

Children whose mothers pay close attention to how much time they spend watching TV and playing video games tend to weigh...

Fitness options multiply for the time-pressed and money-stressed

Time, money and the Internet are changing where Americans work out, fitness experts say. Time-pressed fitness fans seeking...

A plunge in U.S. preschool obesity? Not so fast, experts say

If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded...

High school athletes often playing with concussions

More than half of high school athletes with concussions play despite their symptoms, and often their coaches aren't aware...

Exercise video games may add to kids' activity: study

Giving children active video games to play while they follow a weight management program boosts their moderate and vigorous...

From couch potato to triathlete, U.S. trainer began with small steps

American trainer and health coach Lee Jordan likes to say his personal journey from 450-pound (204-kilogram) couch potato...

No clear winner for neck pain treatment: study

Exercise and strengthening may not be the best approach for all kinds of neck- and whiplash-related pain, according to a...

Removing playground benches may get adults moving

Getting adults to be more active on visits to children's playgrounds could be as simple as removing the temptation to sit,...

Childhood ADHD linked to obesity in teens

Having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may put children at higher risk of becoming obese in adolescence,...

Springing out of the gym into the sun? Take time to thaw out

Fitness warriors eager to step out of the gym at the first sign of spring should exercise caution, fitness experts say, noting...

Obese kids may face higher risk of bad elbow breaks

Complicated elbow fractures could be added to a growing list of heightened health risks for obese children, according to...

Evening workouts don't disturb sleep

Couch potatoes looking for a reason to forgo working out in the evening may no longer be able to use difficulty sleeping...

WHO sees risk of obesity becoming the new norm in Europe

Being overweight is so common in Europe that it risks becoming "the new norm," with around a third of teenagers now heavier...

Fitness websites aim to stream togetherness as well as workouts

Fitness websites are proliferating, offering a wide range of workout options from group classes to virtual personal training,...

At-home exercise helps after hip break: study

Simple at-home exercises could help seniors regain mobility and independence after recovering from a broken hip, according...

Sitting tied to disability among older Americans: study

Regardless of how much time older Americans spend being active, those who sit for more hours each day are more likely to...

Extra weight may add to elderly fall risk

For Australians over age 65 included in a new study, being obese raised the risk of experiencing a fall by 31 percent. "Falls...

Value of ice water soak for sore muscles still unclear

The pain of a short soak in ice water is supposed to cure the longer-lasting discomfort of sore muscles, but researchers...

Physical activity levels low among 'healthy' smokers

Smokers without signs of lung disease may be raising their chances of developing lung problems and other health issues by...

REFILE-Older kids can teach younger peers to be healthy

Elementary school children who took part in a healthy living program with older peers reduced their waist sizes and showed...

Tweaking an exercise routine to stay strong after 50

People turning 50 may want to consider tweaking their exercise routines because as they age stiffer joints, slower recovery...

Team spirit may help men lose weight

Men who took part in a weight loss program designed specifically for male soccer fans lost an average of 12 pounds (5 kg)...

Parents often underestimate children's weight: study

Half of parents with an overweight or obese child think their kids are slimmer than they actually are, according to a new...

Gay and bisexual boys are more likely to abuse steroids

Gay and bisexual boys are almost six times as likely as their heterosexual peers to misuse steroids, according to a new study....

Sisterhood shown to be powerful incentive at women's gyms

Women-only gyms, once seen as the exercise alternative for out of shape women of a certain age, are actively shedding that...

Yoga may reduce fatigue after breast cancer

Participating in yoga classes after treatment for breast cancer was linked to reduced fatigue and inflammation and increased...

Take precautions against ticks to prevent disease: review

People spending time outdoors in tick-infested areas should wear appropriate clothing and check themselves regularly for...

Ankle braces may be best after a sprain: study

To prevent a second sprained ankle, wearing a brace may be more effective than neuromuscular training, but neither method...

Text messaging an effective way to track sports injuries

Text messaging is a quick and effective way to get recreational athletes to report injuries, according to a new Australian...

Girls often continue playing soccer with concussion symptoms

Young female soccer players may get more concussions than their high school and college counterparts, and many of them continue...

Community programs may help dads lose weight

Men who participated in a community fitness program for obese fathers lost weight and increased their activity levels in...

Signs encouraging employees to take the stairs may work

Better access to stairs in office buildings - and prompts reminding people to use them - might encourage workers to get more...

School health program helps kids get active

Investing in a broad school health program could lead to in-school and at-home benefits for students, a new Canadian study...

Screen pregnant women for gestational diabetes: panel

Reinforcing an already common practice, a government-backed panel says women should be screened for gestational diabetes...

Parent involvement can help kids get more active

Very few kids get the amount of physical activity they need every day, but a new study from Canada finds that parental support...

Fad diets can work, but experts find no magic slimming bullet

Resolutions to lose weight are often made in January yet almost as frequently abandoned as heavy hopefuls find diets that...

Switch to minimalist running shoes tied to injuries, pain

Advocates of trendy "minimalist" running shoes promise a more natural experience, but runners in a new study reported higher...

CORRECTED-PepsiCo's workplace wellness program fails the bottom line: study

A long-running and well-respected workplace wellness program at PepsiCo that encourages employees to adopt healthier habits...

Apps try to help you keep New Year's resolutions

Keeping New Year's resolutions can be difficult but new apps aim to help people get organized, track progress and stay focused...

PepsiCo's workplace wellness program fails the bottom line: study

A long-running and well-respected workplace wellness program at PepsiCo that encourages employees to adopt healthier habits...

Brain rest after concussion linked to quicker recovery

Most U.S. health authorities recommend people who've suffered a concussion give their brain a break while they recover, but...

New Year's resolutions can fuel a fitter 2014

For people fighting to get fit in 2014, fitness experts say a New Year's resolution to get in shape can be an important first...

African American women have a harder time losing weight

African American women who follow the same diet as white women and exercise just as much tend to lose less weight because...

Anxiety linked to stroke risk

Men and women with severe symptoms of anxiety may have a higher risk of stroke than their more relaxed counterparts, a new...

Common knee surgery ineffective in study

One of the most common types of knee surgery performed in the U.S. is no more effective than fake surgery, at least for the...

When it comes to walking, more is better

People who walk enough to meet or exceed physical activity recommendations may be less likely to die early than those who...

'Biggest Loser' trainer says fitness a mental and physical process

As celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince challenges and prods obese, unfit contestants to slim down and shape up on the weight-loss...

Teasing tied to less physical activity among kids

Children who are teased while playing sports tend to have a worse quality of life than their non-teased peers, a new study...

For pre-diabetics, just 2,000 steps a day cuts heart attack risk

People who are already on the way to developing diabetes could significantly reduce their risk of having a heart attack or...

CORRECTION-Activity levels may decrease after retirement: study

People may not be as active as they once were after they retire, according to a new UK study. Men and women living in eastern...

Obesity may disturb bone growth during teen years

Obese teens might not develop sufficient bone mass relative to their body weight, according to a new study from Brazil. Both...

Older women are sedentary most of the day: study

Older women spend about two-thirds of their time sitting, a new study suggests. Sedentary behavior has been linked to disease...

U.S. to spend $14 million on concussion research, using NFL funds

U.S. researchers on Monday unveiled a $14 million series of research projects aimed at diagnosing and treating brain injuries...

Holiday gifts help exercisers heat it up and cool it down

From sophisticated activity trackers and chest-mounted cameras to massage rollers and yoga toes, fitness experts say gifts...

Figure skating-injured Lysacek unable to defend Olympic title

Olympic men's champion Evan Lysacek has abandoned hopes of defending his title in February's Sochi Olympics after failing...

Exercises helpful for people with dementia, study says

Regular exercise can help people with dementia think a little more clearly, and care for themselves a bit more, a new study...

Many techniques may slightly reduce sitting time at work

Three different strategies to reduce the amount of time people spend sitting at work seemed effective, in a new study. But...

Local recreational facilities may keep people active

Middle-aged and older adults who had increased access to recreational facilities near their homes had a slower decline in...

Heavy kids at slightly higher risk for sports injuries

Exercise can help overweight kids slim down, but a new study suggests they might be at risk for leg, ankle and foot injuries...

Exercise later in life tied to healthy aging

It's never too late to start exercising, according to a new study that found formerly inactive seniors who took up exercise...

One or two hours of sports each day best for teens

Playing sports is known to have a positive impact on teenagers, and a new study suggests one to two hours of playing time...

Charity sporting events offer incentives to get fit

Along with the usual reasons for losing weight, like fitting into a bikini and improving health, fitness experts say raising...

Music-based program may boost seniors' brain function, mood

A music-based training program that challenges both the body and the mind may improve brain function and mood among seniors,...

Staying active all day linked to healthy aging

A generally active life, even without regular exercise sessions, was tied to better heart health and greater longevity in...

Computer games may help older adults walk easier

Older adults who tried special brain training computer games had better gait and balance than their peers afterward, in a...

Former players sue NHL over concussions

Ten former players have filed a class action lawsuit against the National Hockey League (NHL), claiming the league did not...

FDA reviewing if weight affects "morning after" pill

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it was looking into whether morning-after emergency contraceptive pills fail to...

Kettlebells swing to a full body workout

Few workout tools are more versatile than kettlebells, the ancient market counterweights that were hoisted by Russian strongmen...

More walking tied to lower stroke risk among men

Older men who spend several hours walking each day are less likely to have a stroke than their peers who rarely walk, a new...

Physical fitness may be tied to slower memory decline

Being in good physical shape may help preserve people's thinking and memory skills, suggests a new study. Researchers made...

Exercise may help pregnant women quit smoking

For pregnant women who want to quit smoking, a brisk walk can temporarily stave off tobacco cravings, says a Canadian study....

Teen athletes prone to drink, less likely to use drugs

Participating in sports may have many benefits, but it also raises the chances adolescents will abuse alcohol, according...

Outdoor exercisers can reap unexpected benefits by moving indoors

Road runners and cyclists may dread moving their exercise routines indoors as winter approaches but fitness experts say it...

Obesity tied to trouble moving around for elderly women

Maintaining a healthy weight after menopause may improve women's chances of living into their mid-80s while keeping their...

Fit firefighters less prone to injury: study

For a physically demanding job like firefighting, fitness is a basic requirement and may protect against injury, U.S. researchers...

Women may have harder concussion recovery than men

After a concussion, women tend to have worse symptoms than men. That's the case even when athletes were injured playing the...

ACL injuries most common in football, girls' soccer

Among high school athletes, football players and female soccer players are most likely to injure their anterior cruciate...

High-tech lives spur back-to-basics fitness workouts

While people are becoming more dependent on high-tech gadgets in many areas of life, fitness experts say they are turning...

A good sidewalk might encourage exercise, study hints

The nicer their neighborhood sidewalks, the more active people tend to be, according to a new study from Detroit. Previous...

Concussed rugby players being put at risk, say experts

Rugby players with brain damage are regularly being sent back onto the field of play because the sport's governing bodies...

Retirement may be "critical window" for getting active

People tend to spend more time being active and less time sitting after retirement, a new study suggests. But the older they...

Young men may have unrecognized eating disorders

Eating disorders are most often associated with young women, but a new study suggests young men can also become obsessed...

NFL-Texans coach Kubiak released from hospital

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak has been released from hospital after suffering a stroke-like attack and collapsing at halftime...

Brain damage concussion fears seep into rugby and soccer

Rugby and soccer players who suffer multiple knocks to the head during their careers are at added risk of brain damage that...

More sleep could mean slimmer kids

Making sure kids get enough sleep may help them maintain a normal weight, a new study suggests. Previous research had shown...

Texans' Kubiak in 'good spirits' after collapse

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak is alert and upbeat after going through a battery of tests and will remain in the hospital...

Broncos coach John Fox to have heart valve replacement

John Fox, coach of the Denver Broncos, will undergo an aortic heart valve replacement early this week after he was taken...

Strength training may boost kids' activity: study

Whether children can and should participate in strength training has been a contentious issue. But new research suggests...

'Intensive' exercise may benefit heart failure patients

Some doctors caution people with heart failure against pushing themselves too hard physically. But a new analysis of past...

Athletes still reluctant to admit head injuries: report

Many young athletes still do not admit when they have suffered a head injury despite increased awareness about the risks...

Doping-Spain moving to shed drug-cheat haven label

For years considered a haven for drug cheats in sport, Spain is facing up to its checkered past and trying to clean up its...

Equipment, encouragement gets kids active during recess

Providing children with sports equipment, encouragement and a safe environment boosts their activity level during the school...

Ready to ditch the running shoes? Tread carefully

Evidence is still shaky on whether ditching the sneakers and hitting the streets barefoot will help runners avoid injuries,...

Soccer fans put their hearts into organ donor campaign

Not even death can sever fans' links with their beloved soccer team, promises a campaign to boost organ donations in Brazil...

Treadmill classes mix it up with workhorse of the gym

For many outdoor runners the idea of pounding a treadmill means trading daylight for drudgery but as the air chills, fitness...

Health habits tied to heart disease, arthritis risk

Older women who exercise regularly and don't smoke may have a substantially lower risk of late-life disability than their...

Diet, exercise key for improving heart health

The American Heart Association wants to improve the heart health of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020. To meet that goal,...

Scans show retired NFL players have brain deficits

Scientists have found "profound abnormalities" in scans of brain activity in a group of retired American football players,...

Vigorous workouts, but not work, tied to blood pressure

Exercising for fun may lower the risk of high blood pressure, but heavy lifting on the job does not offer the same benefit,...

Strength, balance exercises may prevent sports injury

Strength training and balance exercises are more likely to help prevent sports injuries than stretching, a new look at the...

Trauma, drowning killed America's Cup sailor: medical report

British Olympic champion Andrew Simpson died from "blunt trauma with drowning" after the Swedish America's Cup craft he was...

Fitness experts extol machine-less workout

Man versus machines? In the realm of fitness at least man seems to be winning. Despite a gym floor bulging with weight-lifting...

Extra-padded shoes may not blunt running injuries

Soft cushioning in shoes has been marketed to runners as extra shock-absorption to prevent injuries, but in a new study the...

Falls tied to post-op complications in older people

The number of falls older people take before surgery may help predict their health during recovery, says a new study. Researchers...

Sports superstars endorse sugary, fatty foods

When Miami Heat star LeBron James isn't scoring baskets, he's busy - selling soda, sports drinks and fast food. But James...

Walking tied to fewer breast cancers in older women

Older women who take regular walks are less likely to get breast cancer than their less-active peers, according to a new...

Guidance is key for kids' resistance training: experts

Resistance training is good for kids, but needs to be supervised and tailored for them by a qualified professional, according...

Exercise "as good as medicines" in treating heart disease

Exercise may be just as good as medication to treat heart disease and should be included as a comparison when new drugs are...

For yogi Hilaria Baldwin, pregnancy was an easy stretch

Yoga teacher and fitness expert Hilaria Baldwin practices what she preaches and credits her easy pregnancy and labor to exercising...

Panel urges awareness of student-athlete mental health

Athletic trainers should be on the lookout for mental health problems among student-athletes, a panel said on Wednesday....

Weight loss tied to knee arthritis benefits

Intensive weight loss together with regular exercise did more to ease knee arthritis than exercise alone for overweight and...

Athletics-Smith true winner of "dirtiest race" in history

If anti-doping regulations had been strictly enforced, Calvin Smith, a gifted American sprinter with a distinctive upright...

U.S. FDA issues final rules on mobile medical apps

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued final rules governing the development of mobile medical apps, saying it...

Americans say they're creatures of simple, solo exercise habits

Exercise trends come and go as step aerobics yield to interval training, weight machines are tossed for medicine balls and...

Plyometrics leaps into mainstream but experts urge caution

Once the reserve of professional athletes, fitness experts say plyometrics has leaped into the mainstream thanks mainly to...

Soccer-Abuse could lead to suicide, says former referee

Referees could be driven to commit suicide because of the abuse they receive in stadiums and social media, according to former...

Former athletes struggling with addiction and illness

Almost a quarter of former sportsmen have battled with health, addiction or financial problems after retiring, according...

Fewer female soccer injuries on artificial turf: study

Female soccer players suffered fewer severe injuries while competing on an artificial surface called FieldTurf than when...

Tour de France cyclists live 6 years longer than average

French riders in the Tour de France live an average of six years longer than the general population and die less often of...

Injuries rare for indoor climbers: study

Injuries are extremely rare at indoor climbing walls, a new study of more than a half-million visits to a gym in Germany...

NFL agrees to $765 mln settlement in concussion suit

The National Football League has agreed to a $765 million settlement deal with thousands of former players who sued the league,...

Tennis-Kleybanova's biggest battle behind her at U.S. Open

Some battles are bigger than others. Russia's Alisa Kleybanova proved that on Monday at the U.S. Open after a two-and-a-half...

Program may help black women avoid weight gain

A program including self-monitoring, gym access and occasional counseling calls helped black women maintain their weight...

Trampolines add bounce to group fitness classes

Trampolining, said to have begun when Inuit bounced each other on walrus skins for the fun of it, is putting a feel-good...

Study gives clues on course of CTE in athletes

In a new study of former athletes with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), researchers have found the disease tends to...

Diet beats exercise in weight loss: celeb trainer

Celebrity trainer Bob Harper, of the weight-loss TV show "The Biggest Loser," has built a career putting very obese people...

Exercise may cut endometrial cancer risk for heavy women

Overweight and obese women who get plenty of exercise may have a lower risk of endometrial cancer than if they were sedentary,...

Sudden death during sports more common among men

Men who run, cycle or play other recreational sports are 20 times more likely to die from a sudden heart problem than female...

Kids may not offset extra exercise at school

Children who exercise at school don't make up for the extra effort by being less active at home, according to a new U.S....

Cardiac arrest more common at ice arenas than gyms

Machines to restart a heart in cardiac arrest are often required by law in fitness clubs, but a new study found that people's...

Disabled Greeks get swim thanks to solar chair

Paralyzed from the waist down, Lefteris Theofilou has spent nearly half his life bound to a wheelchair and recalls as if...

Blacks hospitalized for heart failure more often

Black patients with heart failure were more likely to be hospitalized for complications of the disease than whites with heart...

Some like it hot, but does it matter in yoga?

Hot yoga devotee Karla Walsh feels exhilarated after an hour of twisting her soggy limbs into pretzel shapes, but the Iowa-based...

German report on banned drugs to be made public

A report on doping in German sport since the 1950s, which media reports say contains allegations of systematic use of banned...

Some like it hot, but does it matter in Yoga?

Hot yoga devotee Karla Walsh feels exhilarated after an hour of twisting her soggy limbs into pretzel shapes, but the Iowa-based...

Exercise no help against hot flashes: study

Getting regular exercise doesn't seem to reduce the amount or severity of hot flashes among women going through menopause,...

Trying to lose weight? Ditch calorie-rich rewards after exercise

If you're spending more time running, walking or pumping iron in the gym and still not losing weight, fitness experts say...

Tai chi tied to longer life

Chinese men who practiced tai chi were less likely to die over a five-year period than men who didn't exercise at all, in...

Apps aim to help people get fit and stay fit

There's no shortage of health and fitness apps monitoring everything from sleep patterns to calories and caffeine consumption....

State of U.S. health 'mediocre': report

The United States is falling behind its economic peers in most measures of health, despite making gains in the past two decades,...

NFL, former players ordered to mediation in lawsuit

The National Football League and thousands of former football players who have sued the league for allegedly hiding the dangers...

Easing into outdoor workouts on sultry summer days

Can't take the heat? Fitness experts say one way for outdoor exercisers who dread the long, hot summer days of steamy runs...

People eat less after harder workouts: small study

High intensity workouts may curb people's appetite shortly afterward, according to a small study. The researchers found that...

Drink more water, lose more weight?

Dieters who drink more water have greater weight loss, according to a new review of several prior studies. In one study that...

Players face blood tests as UEFA gets tough on doping

Players will undergo blood tests next season as part of UEFA's new anti-doping detection regime in all competitions run by...

Sex differences stretch to fitness formulas

When it comes to fitness, experts say men generally want to be bulkier and women want to be trimmer and everyone wants to...

Senate GOP warns NFL about Obamacare

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is urging the National Football League and other professional sports leagues not...

Enough is enough, say Tour de France riders

Tour de France riders protested angrily on the eve of this year's race on Friday against the burden of suspicion they have...

CORRECTION: High rate of head injuries seen among Canadian youth

One in five Canadian teens reported a serious head injury in a new study, a rate researchers say is much higher than previous...

NBA players often retire after Achilles tear

Many professional basketball players who rupture their Achilles tendon never make it back for another season, according to...

High rate of head injuries seen among Canadian youth

One in five Canadian teens reported a serious head injury in a new study, a rate researchers say is much higher than previous...

Family weight talks tied to dieting, laxative use

Teens were more likely to diet and use other unhealthy measures to control their weight when their parents talked to them...

Bike sharing offers big fitness benefits for the little commute

With bike sharing plans rolling on asphalt from New York City to Budapest, experts say city streets are becoming as fitness-friendly...

Rapid cooling does little for strained muscles: study

Blasts of super cold air may feel good on overworked muscles, but the increasingly popular form of cryotherapy does not stop...

Tai chi: Slower, but graceful and intact

For modern, harried lifestyles focused on getting and spending, fitness experts say tai chi, the ancient Chinese slow-moving...

Arrhythmias more common in intense athletes: study

Cross-country skiers who have completed more races at faster speeds have a higher risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder...

At-home weight loss programs for kids lack evidence

Programs designed to prevent childhood obesity in the home don't affect kids' weight a year or more down the line, according...

Plant-based diets take root in U.S. among athletes, exercisers

For Brendan Brazier it all started with a smoothie. The former Ironman triathlete and ultra-marathon champion said he decided...

REFILE: Strength tests may not predict football injuries

Strength tests given to incoming National Football League (NFL) players don't help predict which of them will come down with...

Strength tests many not predict football injuries

Strength tests given to incoming National Football League (NFL) players don't help predict which of them will come down with...

Last Boston Marathon bombing victims leave hospital

The last person hospitalized with injuries from the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings was discharged on Monday, still facing...

Fittest cities take exercise publicly, personally

Cities that provide parks, walking trails, playing fields and running tracks are setting standards for the country's healthiest...

Bicycle helmet laws linked to fewer child deaths

U.S. states that require children and teenagers to wear helmets report fewer deaths involving bicycles and cars, according...

Some with defibrillators may safely play sports

Despite expert guidelines advising against intense sports activity for people with implanted heart defibrillators, a new...

Japanese octogenarian becomes oldest to reach Everest summit

An 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had four heart surgeries reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday becoming...

Putting group fitness classes in the proper light

Fitness experts are shining a new light on group classes from Zumba to yoga because they believe the right lighting can transform...

Higher-stakes soccer matches tied to more injuries

Soccer matches played at a high level of competition are more likely to result in injuries - and in more serious ones - compared...

Can sleep at altitude prevent sudden hiker deaths?

Men who die of a sudden cardiac event are less likely to do so on the first day of mountain activities if they sleep at higher...

New fitness centers cater to aging baby boomers

Baby boomers, the generation that vowed to stay forever young, are getting older, designing senior-friendly gyms and becoming...

Hybrid yoga focuses on brawnier form of fitness

A new hybrid form of yoga that blends calisthenics and rehabilitation techniques is gaining popularity across the United...

Consider lighter baseballs for young pitchers: study

Practicing with lighter baseballs may help teen pitchers improve their throwing speeds while also reducing the risk of overuse...

Tabata metes out fitness in short, repeated flashes

For people who are too bored or busy to spend an hour on a treadmill an exercise regime that was developed for athletes but...

Astellas, GSK vie to make "high altitude" anemia pill

Japan's Astellas Pharma and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline are competing to develop a new kind of medicine that boosts production...

Pool exercise may build strength, reduce falls

Women who did a high-intensity aquatic workout for six months increased their strength and suffered fewer falls, in a new...

Exercise as good as massage for sore muscles

The aches and pains people suffer after working out more than usual can be relieved just as well by exercise as by massage,...

Fitness after 65 is no one-size-fits-all endeavor

America's ageing population is posing special challenges, fitness experts say, because it is difficult to design effective...

Twelve school football players die each year: study

Each year in the U.S. an average of a dozen high school and college football players die during practices and games, according...

Octogenarian Japanese climber aims for Everest record

An 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had heart surgery four times is heading to Mount Everest to try for a third...

Darker side to glamour of global sport

Unprecedented levels of skill, intensity and endurance have transformed global sport into spectacular mass entertainment...

Upping vigorous exercise may improve fibromyalgia

For those who are able, exercising once or twice more weekly may alleviate some symptoms of a chronic pain condition without...

Dance workouts come with ethnic twist, martial arts kick

Group fitness classes are taking an ethnic turn, experts say, celebrating diversity by reaching across cultures for inspiration...

In suing clinic over drugs, U.S. baseball may be targeting players

Major League Baseball likely faces an uphill battle if it hopes to win a lawsuit it filed last week against the owner of...

Doping org warns about 'toxic' black-market drug

A performance-enhancing substance sold on the black market which contains "serious toxicities" could seriously damage athletes'...

Should science on brain injury inspire boxing ban?

When Ireland's Katie Taylor was taking hits and striking blows for boxing's Olympic debut in an east London ring last year,...

NFL, GE to study brain injuries

The National Football League and General Electric Co are teaming up to improve the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries...

Americans hosting "fitness parties"

From spinning birthday celebrations to pole dancing bachelorette bashes, U.S. gyms are offering fitness parties as new way...

Biological passports good news, says Federer

Roger Federer applauded Thursday's announcement that tennis will introduce biological passports for players and urged the...

Spain seeks parliamentary approval for new anti-doping law

The Spanish government has asked parliament to approve a new anti-doping bill that seeks to bring national law into line...

Lawmaker backpedals after saying cyclists pollute

A Washington state lawmaker has apologized for telling a bike store owner, in a spat over a proposed bike fee, that bicyclists...

Exercise, less sitting time, linked to better sleep

Insomniacs looking for a good night's sleep may want to hit the treadmill, take a walk or play a game of golf or tennis because...

Fitness experts separate folklore from fact

Can crunches create six-pack abdominal muscles? Do weight-lifting women risk bulging biceps? Is stretching always a good...

Rewards get kids active, but don't improve health

Children will meet activity goals to earn rewards, but the extra effort doesn't necessarily affect their weight and health,...

Male soccer players more prone to hamstring strains

Men are more likely to strain a hamstring playing college soccer than women, according to a new analysis of National Collegiate...

Lance Armstrong ignores USADA deadline

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will push ahead with efforts to clean up cycling without help from Lance Armstrong...

China launches probe into doping allegations

China will investigate claims that virtually all the raw materials used to produce illegal performance-enhancing drugs come...

Musician takes to streets to drop pounds, get fit

People who believe a healthy lifestyle is expensive should speak to "Papa" Joe Aviance, a Los-Angeles musician who lost 250...

ACL surgery may not shorten WNBA career

A common knee surgery that can sideline athletes for months does not ultimately affect the career length of women invited...

Doping agency head praises Armstrong investigation

World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey praised on Tuesday the U.S. investigation which led to cyclist Lance Armstrong...

Spain doping trial testimony casts doubt on defense

German cyclist Joerg Jaksche told the Operation Puerto trial on Monday that the treatment he received from Spanish doctor...

Working out when to exercise in the cold and flu season

Sniffles, runny noses and flu-like symptoms can deter, delay and even derail many exercisers just when enthusiasm for that...

UCI harden anti-corticoid stance

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has toughened up its anti-doping policy by imposing an eight-day rest on riders following...

Aussie sports must cough up more for anti-doping: WADA

An explosive report lifting the lid on "widespread" use of performance enhancing drugs in Australian sport showed the country's...

Golf - Healing hands come up trumps on PGA Tour

Twice Masters champion Bernhard Langer has visited them on a regular basis, as have fellow former world number ones Tiger...

Baby Boomers' health worse than past generation's

Members of the baby boomer generation are in worse health than their parents were at the same age, according to a new study....

US officials won't prosecute Armstrong for doping

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's public admission that he took performance-enhancing drugs will not change U.S. prosecutors'...

NFL-Goodell vows to tackle player safety, doping issues

The National Football League (NFL) is determined to push ahead with a range of stricter rules for dangerous play and doping...

Ravens' Lewis denies link to banned substance

Ray Lewis, dogged by various accusations over his brilliant NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens, dismissed a report on Tuesday...

MLB investigating doping report involving 2 players

Major League Baseball (MLB) said on Tuesday it is investigating a report alleging several of its high-profile players were...

Tennis-drug cheats cannot escape detection: Bartoli

World number 10 Marion Bartoli does not think drug cheats in tennis can escape detection as players are subjected to too...

U.S. schools must provide sports to disabled: Gov't

U.S. schools must give disabled students the chance to compete in extracurricular sports alongside their able-bodied classmates,...

Car commuters gain more weight

People driving to work every day are packing on more pounds than their colleagues on trains, buses and bikes, according to...

Exercise tied to better colon cancer survival odds

People with colon cancer who spend more time walking and fewer hours on the couch are less likely to die over the seven to...

Diabetics found to underuse special footwear

Diabetic patients too often walk without wearing their custom-made shoes designed to prevent foot sores that can lead to...

Platelets, steroids may not aid tennis elbow

Over a few months, neither steroids nor platelet injections are any better than injections of inactive salt water when it...

NBA player to miss rest of season with blood clot

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao will miss the rest of the National Basketball Association (NBA) season undergoing...

Doonya classes offer fitness as Bollywood dance party

Doonya, which combines high-energy aerobics and conditioning with the hip-swaying, arm-swirling exuberance of Indian folk,...

Snowboarding linked to injury-rate rise on slopes

Introducing snowboarders to the mix at one ski resort in New Mexico led to a small increase in the overall number of injuries...

Lance Armstrong admits doping in "toxic" tale

Lance Armstrong ended years of vehement denial on Thursday by finally coming clean and admitting he had cheated his way to...

Whole body vibration may help elderly get up and go

When the elderly can't exercise, stints on a vibrating platform may help older adults become slightly stronger, faster and...

Anti-doping agency not part of Armstrong inquiry

Friction between anti-doping chiefs and the UCI escalated on Tuesday as WADA decided not to partake in an inquiry set up...

Livestrong expects "Lance to be completely truthful"

The cancer foundation that Lance Armstrong founded said on Wednesday that it anticipates the former cyclist will be "completely...

No exercise, more than couch, tied to fat in kids

For kids, time spent inactive seems less of a factor in higher body fat than does a lack of exercise, according to a new...

Illinois father and two sons freeze to death during hike

An Illinois man and two of his sons died from exposure to freezing temperatures during a weekend hike in the Ozark Mountains...

Racing to Om - fitness class combines spinning and yoga

Pairing indoor cycling's intense, calorie-busting cardio workout with yoga, the mind-body practice of stretching into inner...

Obama undergoes fitness exam at Pentagon

President Barack Obama had a little personal fitness boot camp at the Pentagon on Saturday. Obama, 51, participated in what...

Baseball-MLB, players agree to expand drug testing

Major League Baseball and the players' union have agreed to expand their drug program to include random in-season blood testing...

Screen time not linked to kids' physical activity

Cutting back kids' time watching TV and playing video games may not encourage them to spend more of the day running around...

NFL's Seau had brain disease from head blows -report

NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, had a debilitating brain disease, likely from 20 years of blows...

Horses to rescue Korea's Internet-addicted teens?

Four months ago, the parents of a teenage South Korean girl were at their wits' end over her addiction to surfing the Internet...

Armstrong offered donation to anti-doping agency

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong once offered to donate nearly $250,000 to anti-doping efforts, the head of the United States...

U.S. launches study into youth sports concussions

The U.S. government launched on Monday a sweeping study of rising sports-related concussions among the youth, amid concerns...

Link between concussions, dementia is complex: study

In a new study of National Football League (NFL) veterans, former players with thinking and memory problems also had more...

Walking linked to fewer strokes in women

Women who walk at least three hours every week are less likely to suffer a stroke than women who walk less or not at all,...

Short and social workouts led fitness trends in 2012

From mud races to sweat parties to CrossFit competitions, workouts turned smarter, shorter and more social in 2012, experts...

Apps to help achieve New Year's resolutions

Whether it is improving health or managing finances better, about 87 percent of Americans will make resolutions for 2013...

Budokon, made in America, mixes yoga with martial arts

Budokon, a workout program developed in 21st century America, blends the ancient mind-body practices of yoga and martial...

Spelman to cut sports to improve student health

Spelman College, the oldest historically black U.S. college for women, is scrapping its competitive sports program in a bold...

Diabetes remission possible with diet, exercise

One in nine people with diabetes saw their blood sugar levels dip back to a normal or "pre-diabetes" level after a year on...

Can exercise detoxify the body? Experts skeptical

The word "detoxification" is flung around the fitness community as frequently as kettlebells are swung. Yoga teachers regularly...

Americans living longer, with unhealthy lifestyles

Americans have longer, but not necessarily healthier, lives due to high rates of preventable chronic disease, according to...

To stay fit during holidays bend, don't break routine: experts

Sticking to a fitness routine is not always easy, but holiday feasting, drinking and family can make it even harder. 'Tis...

Rule changes may be best way to curb hockey injuries

Efforts to prevent injuries by educating young hockey players about the dangers of aggression on the ice are less effective...

Brain injuries tied to contact sports share patterns

Years of hits to the head in football or other contact sports lead to a distinct pattern of brain damage that begins with...

Long-distance runners love to lap up miles: author

Although many people begin running as a practical path to weight loss or fitness, for many it becomes a love affair as the...

Prognosis "very poor" for boxing champ Camacho: doctor

Doctors treating Hector "Macho" Camacho for a gunshot wound to the face and neck said the three-time world boxing champion...

Pre-ski fitness can protect against post-ski problems

Skiing is a such a skill-based activity that if you don't start learning until you are 20, it will take 20 years to learn....

Doping-Four year bans proposed under new WADA Code

Athletes guilty of serious doping offenses will be suspended for four years from 2015 under proposals being considered by...

One in 20 youth has used steroids to bulk up: study

About five percent of middle and high school students have used anabolic steroids to put on muscle, according to a new study...

Tired after cancer treatment? Walking may help

People who have been treated for cancer often have lingering fatigue, but a new analysis of more than three dozen studies...

NFL concussions, stricter rules taking their toll

Three National Football League teams begin preparation for games this weekend unsure if their starting quarterback will be...

Armstrong steps down from Livestrong board

Lance Armstrong has stepped down as a board member of Livestrong, the cancer-support charity he founded in 1997, the organization...

Pedometers play up every step you take

Pedometers have ticked off many miles since Leonardo da Vinci sketched his version, essentially a pendulum for walkers, in...

Protective eye gear cuts field hockey injuries

Fewer high school field hockey players get head and face injuries when they're required to don protective eyewear, according...

A little exercise may help kids with ADHD focus

Twenty minutes of exercise may help kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) settle in to read or solve...

Slimmer future for heavy kids who get help early

Weight-loss programs can help even very young children slim down, and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of...

Baseball pitch counts don't predict injuries: study

It's impossible to watch a Major League Baseball game nowadays - for example, the World Series now underway - without hearing...

Kremlin dismisses talk Putin has back trouble

The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed talk that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a back problem that prompted him to postpone...

REFILE: Docs call for changes to prevent cheer injuries

A group of U.S. pediatricians on Monday recommended that cheerleading be designated an official sport, mainly to help prevent...

Former Armstrong team mate admits to doping

Former cyclist Steffen Kjaergaard, who competed with the disgraced Lance Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service team in the...

"Sickened" UCI strips Armstrong of Tour wins

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life on Monday after the International Cycling...

Docs call for changes to prevent cheer injuries

A group of U.S. pediatricians on Monday recommended that cheerleading be designated an official sport, mainly to help prevent...

For a full-body workout, drumming is the novelty to beat

Drumsticks, pounded on gym floors, clinked overhead and bounced on exercise balls, are among the latest workout tools to...

Lung drug shows promise in pulmonary hypertension

Bayer's experimental riociguat pill showed promise against a life-threatening form of high blood pressure in the lungs. In...

Armstrong steps down from charity

Lance Armstrong on Wednesday stepped down as chairman of the charity he founded to distance the cancer patient-support organization...

Early muscle training linked to lower knee risk for girls

Exercises aimed at preventing knee injuries in athletes are most effective when they're started young, according to a new...

Chefs fight flab with small portions, healthy snacks

Top chefs who spend long, late hours preparing meals for others, face greater temptation than most mortals to over-eat but...

Armstrong unfazed by doping maelstrom

Unrepentant and seemingly unconcerned, Lance Armstrong was going about his business as usual on Thursday as the cycling world...

Investigators say Armstrong was doping ringleader

If the United States Anti-Doping Agency is right, then Lance Armstrong cheated his way to the top of the cycling world through...

Doctors torn over heart screening for young athletes

Christopher Storm was a high school freshman and track runner when doctors found an abnormality in his heart. Part of the...

REFILE: U.S. anti-doping agency report says cyclist Armstrong cheated

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong cheated his way to the top of the cycling world through the most sophisticated...

USADA report "proves" Armstrong used drugs

Lance Armstrong and his team ran the most sophisticated doping program in sport according to the United States Anti-Doping...

Is your boss watching your cholesterol?

If you're an employee who's looking to save money or make more of it, here's a little advice: Step away from the cigarettes...

Sports only small risk in rare bleeding disorder

Participating in sports such as basketball or wrestling appears to increase the bleeding risk in boys with a rare blood clotting...

Water exercise boosts endurance in COPD

Water workouts may trump land-based exercise for people with chronic lung disease and other health problems, according to...

More evidence commercial weight loss plans can work

People who take part in a commercial weight-loss program may indeed shed some pounds - especially if they substantially cut...

More parks don't mean more walking: study

People who live within a half-mile of lots of parks and fields go on fewer walks than those who don't have much parkland...

'Active' video games get some kids off the couch

Kids may spend too much time in front of the TV, but "active" video games are getting some of them on their feet and moving,...

LA billionaire covets sports teams to promote health

Bio-tech entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong, the richest man in Los Angeles, intends to make a bid for sports and real estate...

Soccer players often recover fully from ACL surgery

Most soccer players are able to return to the field after surgery to repair torn knee ligaments, a new study suggests. But...

Xbox games get kids moving, but benefits unclear

Kids burned more calories while playing dance and boxing video games than they did during a sedentary car racing game, in...

Walkable neighborhoods tied to lower diabetes risk

People living in communities that lend themselves to walking had a significantly lower risk of developing diabetes than those...

Military leaders point to schools in U.S. fat fight

Former U.S. military leaders have identified a latent threat to the potential for a leaner, more agile fighting force: the...

Ten-minute workouts lure time-challenged exercisers

The procrastinators, the super-busy, and the easily bored in pursuit of a manageable fitness routine may find what they seek...

Doping is now a public health issue, conference told

The use of performance-enhancing drugs is now a public health matter rather than simply a sporting problem, delegates said...

Pediatricians warn families against trampolines

Kids should stay off trampolines at home and at the playground, U.S. pediatricians urged Monday, saying emergency departments...

Romney, Ryan said to be in excellent health

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney is physically fit with no serious ongoing conditions and appears younger...

Dairy products won't make you skinny, evidence says

Adding a couple of servings of milk or yogurt to your daily diet probably won't help you drop any pants sizes, according...

White kids at higher fracture risk than others

Mirroring the results of research in adults, a new study shows that white children are at a higher risk of breaking a bone...

U.S. high school football saving brains

In the small northeast Ohio town of Massillon, a few miles from the National Football Hall of Fame, some 20,000 fans pack...

Skiers, rowers may not have more back pain

Despite putting constant stress on their backs, rowers and cross-country skiers may not have any more chronic lower back...

Chi running marries method and mindfulness

Chi Running evolved when a tai chi-practicing ultra-marathoner decided to apply principles from the Chinese system of slow,...

Obesity epidemic propels fitness as career

As the American waistline continues its spread, fitness is shaping up as one of the hottest careers of this tepid economic...

Artery injury signs common in pro volleyballers

About one in four professional volleyball players surveyed in the Netherlands had symptoms that could suggest a potentially...

One-on-one training studios take fitness personally

Personalized fitness is no longer the domain of movie stars and world-class athletes. Studios providing one-on-one fitness...

NFL sues dozens of insurers over player injury claims

The National Football League has filed a lawsuit against nearly three dozen insurance companies, seeking to force them to...

CORRECTION: The nature and nurture of running for fitness

Are modern men and women born to run, or must our 21st century bodies be carefully cross-trained to stay fit and healthy?...

Fun runners hit the road in crisis-struck Europe

As budgets tighten and working lives get more stressful, running is experiencing a boom as people hit the parks and streets...

The nature and nurture of running for fitness

Are modern men and women born to run, or must our 21st century bodies be carefully cross-trained to stay fit and healthy?...

OLYMPICS-Dopers caught, but jury still out on clean Games

Anti-doping authorities at the 2012 Olympics lived up to their pre-Games promise to banish any athlete found to be taking...

Most Americans still not getting enough exercise - study

More American adults are walking regularly but less than half of them exercise enough to improve their health, according...

Cycling: Hamilton to lose 2004 gold on Friday-IOC source

American cyclist Tyler Hamilton will officially be stripped of his Athens 2004 Olympic gold medal on Friday as the International...

REFILE: Athletes go to extremes, but "governor" keeps them safe

When a rower is helped from his boat after a race robs him of the ability to walk, and a triathlete is put on an intravenous...

Kegel exercises curb incontinence in late pregnancy

Pregnant women who exercise and strengthen their pelvic muscles are less likely to have problems with urine leakage in their...

Olympics-Medics get athletes "back out there to do it"

Olympic doctors have had 20,000 consultations with athletes, spectators, staff and journalists during London 2012, but the...

Most Americans still not getting enough exercise

More American adults are walking regularly but less than half of them exercise enough to improve their health, according...

Will we soon see genetically modified Olympians?

There have been "marathon mice", "Schwarzenegger mice" and dogs whose wasted muscles were repaired with injected substances...

Kangaroo condoms get a hop on Olympic organisers

London Olympic organisers are investigating how a bucket of Australian-tagged condoms found its way into the athletes' village...

Olympics-Performance enhancing dope: Should sport ban cannabis?

The expulsion of an American judo player from the London 2012 Olympic Games on Monday after he tested positive for marijuana...

Weight trainers have lower diabetes risk

Weight training, not just cardio workouts, are linked to a lower risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study. "We...

Power walking falls between the ramble and the race

If watching the London Olympics has sparked an interest in race walking, with its singular hip-swinging, rolling gait, but...

Cycling doctor gets chimps, gremlins on track

It used to take world record-breaking cyclist Victoria Pendleton almost an hour and a half to pull herself out of a potentially...

Olympics-U.S. judoka expelled from Games for eating marijuana

U.S. competitor Nick Delpopolo was expelled from the London Olympic Games on Monday after testing positive for marijuana...

Olympics-Fat? We are fit. Get over it, say women athletes

American weightlifter Holley Mangold tips the scales at 346 pounds (157 kilograms) and she is proud of being the heaviest...

Olympics- Women pushing to close sporting gender gap

The phenomenal speeds reached by the teenage Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen at the 2012 Olympics are raising questions about whether...

Eat, drink, but don't be too merry: IOC warning

Olympic chiefs have urged the mostly youthful athletes ready to let rip after months of monastic dedication to drink "sensibly"...

Scientists skeptical as athletes get all taped up

German beach volleyball player Ilka Semmler wears it on her buttocks - in pink. Swedish handball player Johanna Wiberg prefers...

Exercise, meds both help depressed heart patients

People with heart disease who are also depressed may get as much relief from their depression symptoms with regular exercise...

Ancient dopers got their kicks from raw testicles

Forget anabolic steroids in easy-to-swallow tablets, or EPO in clean syringes. Ancient Olympic dopers got their pre-Games...

Exercise may help ease depression in heart failure

People with heart failure who are also depressed may benefit from regular, moderate exercise, a new study suggests. Researchers...

Olympics-Athletics-Re-diagnosis boosts Richards-Ross gold quest

American Sanya Richard-Ross, who five years ago was so badly afflicted with mouth ulcers she could barely talk, is confident,...

No evidence that sex spoils sport

The ancient Greeks believed athletes should avoid sex before sport, but modern Olympians and scientists are torn over the...

Steroid stanozolol mimics testosterone, boosts muscle

Greek high jumper Dimitris Chondrokoukis has tested positive for doping with an anabolic steroid which has featured in several...

Physical function poorer after menopause

As women go through menopause, they may see a decline in their ability to carry groceries, climb stairs and get other routine...

Testers nab more than 100 athletes prior to London: WADA

More than 100 athletes were caught doping and sanctioned in the months leading up to the London Olympics in a drive to root...

Kiwi rowers keep sniffles away with quarantine

New Zealand single sculls champion Mahe Drysdale and the rest of the Kiwi rowing squad are being cautious with the health...

Working out in the middle of the working day

With the three-martini lunch gone the way of the typewriter, office workers are free to discover the healthier perks of midday...

Spain's Mullera dropped over doping suspicion

Steeplechaser Angel Mullera has been dropped from the Spanish Olympic team while an investigation into a possible doping...

Helmets protect motorcyclists' faces, too

Want to hold on to that pretty face of yours? Better strap on a helmet the next time you're out on the open road. According...

Olympics: Faster swimmers paddle like a duck

Olympic swimmers need to ignore their intuition when it comes to the best ways to propel themselves through the water to...

Meditation, exercise may cut sick days from colds

Meditating or exercising could drastically cut the number of days people feel sick and miss work due to respiratory illnesses...

Newton at the Games: Sports Science

When Pheidippides ran 26 miles from the Battle of Marathon with news of the Greeks' victory over the Persians, he hadn't...

Aqua Zumba adds splash to that Latin dance workout

Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance fitness craze, has attracted millions of followers worldwide with its call to ditch the workout...

CORRECTION: Walking to school, sports tied to teen weight

Teens who play a couple of team sports and walk or bike to school are less likely to be overweight or obese, says a new study....

Walking to school, sports tied to teen weight

Teens who play a couple of team sports and walk or bike to school are less likely to be overweight or obese, says a new study....

Could Wii nunchuks make screen time healthier?

Active video games might help people burn more calories than couch-based screen time, but those who play active games tend...

Brain from football star to be studied for damage

Tissue from the brain of former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau, who committed suicide in May, has been sent to the National...

Lance Armstrong suit against anti-doping agency hits roadblock

A federal judge swiftly dismissed a lawsuit on Monday that retired cycling champ Lance Armstrong had filed in a bid to stop...

Lance Armstrong sues anti-doping agency to block case

Retired cycling champ Lance Armstrong filed a federal lawsuit on Monday seeking to stop the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency from...

Laughing yoga cultivates merry mindfulness

Can't touch your toes? Laugh it off. Laughter yoga, unlike Pilates yoga, water yoga, aerial yoga and other offshoots of the...

Mind and body rest tied to concussion healing: study

Among people who have suffered a concussion, taking a week off from nearly all mental and physical activity -- including...

Soccer players often recover from fractures: study

Most soccer players who break a bone will return to the playing field and compete at the same level as before their injury,...

Lifestyle vies with heredity in centenarian stakes

Genetics may be the best predictor of longevity, but lifestyle choices, including staying connected with family and friends,...

Ex-NFL players join to sue league on head injuries

More than 2,000 former NFL players have joined forces in a lawsuit due to be filed on Thursday alleging the league deliberately...

Evidence in Clemens trial "lacking": forensic expert

A forensic expert on Tuesday cast doubt on evidence being used against former baseball pitching ace Roger Clemens in his...

When working out is too much of a good thing

Constantly thinking about the next workout? Upset about missing a exercise class? Fitness experts say more is not always...

Pedometers may help elderly move more

Using a pedometer might motivate sedentary older adults to fit more walking into their daily routines, a new study suggests....

CORRECTION: Exercise, vitamin D may prevent falls: guidelines

Older adults who are at high risk of falls should have physical therapy and take vitamin D supplements to reduce their chance...

Exercise, vitamin D may prevent falls: guidelines

Older adults who are at high risk of falls should have physical therapy and take vitamin D supplements to reduce their chance...

Prosecutors to present DNA in Roger Clemens trial

Prosecutors were expected to present evidence on Friday of Roger Clemens' DNA on a needle and other items allegedly used...

Feigning injury could risk lives, says football ref

Howard Webb, the referee when Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch with a cardiac arrest and...

Ramadan sets Muslim athletes extra test at Olympics

When Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang opted to postpone his Ramadan fast until after the London Games, the decision was...

Exercise tied to lower risk of psoriasis: study

Results from a large U.S. study suggest women who regularly exercise vigorously, including runners and aerobics buffs, may...

Fending off fitness fatigue

Runners stumble, yogis yawn and even the bulkiest body builders get bored. But fitness experts say there are specific tricks...

Sex, age may affect athletes' concussion recovery

Female and high school athletes may need more time to recover from a concussion than their male or college counterparts,...

Minor, repeat head blows may affect mental skills

Some hockey and football student-athletes may perform worse than expected on learning tests after a season of head impacts...

Skechers settles U.S. charges over toning shoe ads

Skechers USA Inc has agreed to pay $40 million to settle charges that it made unfounded claims when it advertised that its...

Acupuncture may help some people with COPD: study

Three months of acupuncture improved breathing problems in people with chronic lung disease, in a new study from Japan. According...

Surf's up in the fitness studio

Spun out on spinning? Bored in barre class? Group fitness gadflies can rejoice. Indoor surfing is a new workout, born of...

Athletes' sudden deaths expose big knowledge gaps

When London marathon medical director Sanjay Sharma was called to attend someone who had collapsed with suspected cardiac...

America's hatred of fat hurts obesity fight

One night when Lynn McAfee was five years old, her psychologically troubled mother left her at the side of a road as punishment...

Health group attacks Gatorade's Michael Jordan ad

A health group is asking the U.S. government to yank a Gatorade ad that it says deceptively implies that basketball great...

Long commutes may be bad for health: study

Long commutes to work, particularly more than 10 miles, may be hazardous to health and are associated with increased weight,...

Ex-NFL player who had concussions to donate brain

A judge in Ohio on Friday sentenced former NFL quarterback Art Schlichter to more than 10 years in prison for a phony ticket...

Probe into Norwegian swimmer's death to take 8 weeks

The results of a second set of tests to determine what caused the death of champion 26-year-old Norwegian swimmer Alexander...

Autograft ACL repair better in young athletes: study

A new study suggests young athletes who need knee ligament surgery do better over the long run when their own tissue is used...

Checking up on your fitness form

From jumping rope to swinging a kettle bell to pounding a treadmill, a finely-tuned form can spell the difference between...

Football knee injuries likelier on turf than grass

College football players suffer knee injuries about 40 percent more often when playing on an artificial surface compared...

Fatigue after early breast cancer often fades: study

Many people treated for cancer are worn out for a time, but new findings suggest that long-lasting fatigue may be less common...

Everest climbers in test for keys to heart treatment

A team of U.S. scientists departed on Friday to conduct research on Mount Everest climbers in an effort to further knowledge...

Surf's down? Time for paddleboard yoga!

Paddle boarding, an ancient form of surfing, is gaining popularity as a high-intensity, low-impact platform for group fitness...

For women, boxing workouts pull no punches

Jennifer Vaughn needed to get in shape after law school. Emily McCart wanted a break from running. Punching, jabbing and...

Female skiers likelier to injure non-dominant knee

Women skiers are more likely than men to injure a knee while skiing, and a new study shows they are about twice as likely...

CORRECTION: Moderate exercise, quicker conception linked

Among women trying to get pregnant, moderate exercise is tied to more success, according to a new study. However, with exception...

Springing into fair weather fitness

In the spring an exerciser's fancy turns to thoughts of outdoor activities. Before attacking that Saturday softball game...

Soccer warm-up may help teen basketball players

An injury-prevention program designed for soccer players might also help reduce injuries in basketball, a study of teen players...

CORRECTION: Too much sitting linked to shortened lives

Australians who spent a lot of time sitting at a desk or in front of a TV were more likely to die of any cause during a three-year...

Too much sitting linked to shortened lives

Australians who spent a lot of time sitting at a desk or in front of a TV were more likely to die of any cause during a three-year...

REFILE: Weight loss, exercise improve mobility in diabetes

Losing weight and improving fitness may ward off some of the mobility problems that older overweight people with type 2 diabetes...

Weight loss, exercise improve mobility in diabetes

Losing weight and improving fitness may ward off some of the mobility problems that older overweight people with type 2 diabetes...

Risk for some cancers rises with U.S. obesity rate

The total number of Americans dying from or diagnosed with cancer is falling, but certain cancers linked to obesity and inactivity...

Student fitness improves with anti-obesity program

Obesity rates continue to climb in California schools, but exercise and nutrition programs may be having a positive effect...

Exercising less than daily still works for diabetics

Regular workouts can help people with diabetes rein in their blood sugar levels, and they don't need to hit the gym every...

Soccer - "Shocked" players offered extra heart checks

Tottenham Hotspur players have been offered extra heart checks after the cardiac arrest suffered by Bolton Wanderers midfielder...

Working out in the early hours

Night owls, insomniacs, shift workers and other denizens of the dark are finding less need to fit their workout time into...

Active seniors may outlive sedentary peers

A new study provides more evidence that physically active seniors may have a better overall health outlook. Out of 893 people...

Program helps at-risk adults keep the weight off

Obese people who went through a weight-management program based at community health centers lost and kept off a couple more...

Obese UK police officers face pay cuts

British police officers must prove their fitness in annual tests or have their pay docked after a survey found that 53 percent...

Finding and riding the bicycle built for you

As fuel prices soar and the weather warms, more adults are rediscovering bicycling as a way to get fit, get around and rekindle...

Tennis-Schiavone, Kvitova the latest bug victims

The widespread viral infection at Indian Wells, California, claimed two big names on Monday as former French Open winner...

Diabetics should lift weights before cardio: study

People with diabetes may have better blood sugar control during workouts if they lift weights before doing cardio exercise,...

Exercise may not make older people fall less

Joining a regular exercise program may make older people move faster, but it doesn't mean they're more steady on their feet,...

Breaks to get up and move lower blood sugar-study

Taking a break to walk around every 20 minutes, instead of staying seated for hours on end, helps reduce the body's levels...

Vitamin D tied to fewer stress fractures in girls

In a new study, girls and young women who got lots of vitamin D through their diet and supplements were half as likely to...

Weighing the benefits of balance training

Dick Sandhaus, a healthy and fit 62-year old, says he never gave his balance a thought until he lost it. A wicked sprained...

Disney closes controversial fat-fighting exhibit

Obesity experts on Friday applauded Walt Disney World for shuttering a new attraction that drew fierce criticism for its...

Air travel may help explain clots in marathoners

Marathon runners who travel by air to the race may end up with higher blood levels of molecules that have been linked to...

Pediatricians stress moderation for Little Leaguers

Baseball and softball are some of the safest sports for kids to play, but parents and coaches should still be sure youth...

Fitness DVDs remain hale and hardly over the hill

Despite the brave new workout world of streaming videos and smart phone exercise apps, the old-fangled fitness DVD has never...

Active video games don't mean kids exercise more

All that virtual boxing, bowling and dancing along with video game systems might not be helping kids meet their daily exercise...

Dutch prince may not come out of coma: doctor

Dutch Prince Johan Friso, who was buried in an avalanche a week ago while skiing in Austria, has suffered severe brain damage...

Family of former NFL player Dave Duerson files suit

The family of former National Football League safety Dave Duerson, who killed himself a year ago and was found to suffer...

CORRECTION: Cold-water baths may soothe aches, risks unknown

[Corrects story posted Feb 20, 2012 as 20120220elin015 with correct spelling of source title in paragraph 11 and name in...

Abdominal strains common in pro baseball players

More Major League Baseball players are being sidelined with abdominal muscle strains, according to a new study that suggests...

When there's no place like home for working out

Working out at home is easier than ever, thanks to the wealth of online instruction and a new generation of multi-tasking,...

Cold-water baths may soothe aches, risks unknown

Taking a dip in a tub of cold water after exercising may prevent muscle soreness, but a new look at past research says little...

Dutch prince in critical condition after Austria avalanche

Dutch Prince Johan Friso was in critical but stable condition in an Innsbruck hospital's intensive care unit Friday after...

Teens' concussion risk not limited to football

Although football has been in the spotlight when it comes to high school athletes' concussions, other sports carry a risk...

Combo therapy may ease fatigue after stroke

A combination of talk therapy and exercise training may help people who suffer lingering fatigue after a stroke, a new study...

Return to running possible after hip resurfacing

Recreational runners who undergo hip resurfacing, an alternative to a total hip replacement, may be able to return to the...

Holiday weight gain affects active people too

Contrary to the belief that people who burn a lot of calories are less vulnerable to gaining weight, a new study finds they...

Tai chi may help balance in people with Parkinson's

The slow, controlled motions of tai chi can help the impaired balance of people with mild or moderate Parkinson's disease,...

More evidence big football players face heart risks

Pro football players may generally enjoy a longer-than-average lifespan -- but the biggest players may be more likely than...

Fitness and 'fatness' both matter to the heart

Losing fitness or packing on fat with age each can be bad for the heart -- but avoiding either one of those fates may protect...

Marathoners who go the distance 100 times or more

For most people running one marathon is a daunting prospect but research scientist Leslie Miller belongs to group of runners...

Snowboarders more injury-prone than skiers: study

A new study from a Vermont ski resort found that snowboarders get injured slightly more often than skiers, with the most...

San Francisco airport unveils yoga room for travelers

Just cleared airport security and in need of a little deep breathing and stretching relaxation? San Francisco Airport has...

The flexible benefits of stretching

Whether your workout routine involves running a marathon or playing a game of basketball, a sequence of stretching exercises...

Details may predict kids' soccer-injury recovery

A new study of young soccer players and their thigh-muscle injuries suggests that age, site of injury and how it happened...

CORRECTION: Exercise may boost mood for some chronically ill

Working out regularly may brighten the mood of people with chronic health problems like cancer, heart disease and back pain,...

Exercise may boost mood for some chronically ill

Working out regularly may brighten the mood of people with chronic health problems like cancer, heart disease and back pain,...

Former anti-doping chief accuses union of stalling

Dick Pound, the former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has accused the National Football League Players' Association...

Swimming lowers older adults' blood pressure

Many older adults like to take a dip a pool, and now a small study suggests it can be good for their blood pressure. Researchers...

Olympics-Doping: Journey of a sample at London 2012

More than 6,000 urine and blood samples will be analyzed during the London 2012 Olympics, and scientists say the task of...

Fish oil plus exercise may do older muscles good

Older women may be able to boost their muscle strength by adding fish oil supplements to their exercise routine, a small...

Conquering the chilly workouts of winter

The short days, the weak sun, and the warm beds of winter can wreak havoc on your fitness routine. As the outside temperature...

"Fitness-Buffet" serves up a smorgasbord of sports

Turned off by the treadmill and bored by the bike, but know you need to get in shape? A start-up firm may have the answer:...

New app adds incentives to go to the gym

If a bulging waistline isn't enough of a motivator to go to the gym, a new iPhone app adds a financial incentive to provide...

Heart risk during marathons low, but rising

The risk of cardiac arrest during a marathon or half-marathon is low, but it has increased over the past decade, according...

Pool chlorine tied to lung damage in elite swimmers

Competitive swimmers who train at indoor chlorinated swimming pools may have lung changes similar to those seen in people...

Stroke patients maintain benefits of robot therapy

Stroke patients who have the most trouble walking may see lasting benefits from using machines that move their legs to simulate...

To optimize exercise, heed your heart rate: expert

Whether you're interested in running a marathon or staving off the chronic diseases of ageing, to reap the rewards of your...

Modest exercise cuts obese women's blood pressure

Even fairly modest amounts of exercise can help older obese women lower their blood pressure numbers, a new clinical trial...

Arteries still healthy in young football players

Studies have found that retired pro football players may have an increased risk of heart disease. But new research shows...

Daycare providers say kids are too inactive

Potential playground hazards, a focus on classroom learning and boring play equipment have children spending too little time...

Exercise linked to better performance in school

Kids who get more exercise also tend to do better in school, suggests a new analysis of past studies published this week....

'Double-jointed' soccer players have more injuries

Soccer players with "hypermobile" joints may have a higher injury risk than their less flexible teammates, a study of one...

Fitness often not a priority for college students

Along with mother's cooking and the family dog, regular exercise is too often among the childish things young adults leave...

Exercise doesn't prevent pregnancy-related diabetes

Pregnant women who exercised regularly during the second half of their pregnancies did not lower their odds of developing...

Four ex-players sue NFL alleging brain damage

Four former National Football League players, including two Pro Bowl players, sued the league over brain injuries that they...

Extra walking does not improve muscle strength

Women who walk at least 10,000 steps a day have no greater muscle strength and perform no better on tests of balance and...

CORRECTION: Eye injuries down in women's lacrosse

Eye injuries among female lacrosse players dropped dramatically after US Lacrosse, the governing board for the sport, required...

Elite athletes at greater risk for arthritis

Elite male athletes who participate in high-contact sports like football, soccer and rugby have a higher risk of developing...

REFILE: Eye injuries down in women's lacrosse

Eye injuries among female lacrosse players dropped dramatically after US Lacrosse, the governing board for the sport, required...

Breathing exercises may help soothe heartburn

People with milder heartburn problems might find some relief from deep breathing exercises, a small clinical trial suggests....

Eye injuries down in women's lacrosse

Eye injuries among female lacrosse players dropped dramatically after US Lacrosse, the governing board for the sport, required...

Stairs can get you there faster than elevators

If you think you don't have time to take the stairs, you may be out of an excuse, according to a study published Monday....

Scientists kick off debate over barefoot running

Despite the cold and many other potential hazards, naked from the ankle down is the way Anna Toombs likes it, and she gets...

Paralympian eyes Olympic glory after "miracle" crash

Paralympic silver medalist Monique van der Vorst has miraculously become an able-bodied Olympic hopeful after a crash reversed...

Former heavyweight title contender Ron Lyle dies

Former prizefighter Ron Lyle, a convict-turned-contender who once fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title, died on...

Athletes' injury-prevention programs need time

Programs aimed at preventing knee injuries among soccer players take time to make any lasting impact on the way athletes...

Traffic pollution may be linked to diabetes risk

People who live in areas with high levels of traffic-related air pollution may face a slightly increased risk of developing...

BOA doping policy found to be "non-compliant"

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has vowed to defend its hardline approach on doping despite facing the prospect of...

Talk therapy by phone may ease fibromyalgia: study

Talk therapy done over the phone helped some people suffering chronic fibromyalgia-related pain to feel better in a study...

Too little exercise, too much TV tied to depression

Women who exercised frequently and didn't watch much TV were least likely be diagnosed with depression in a new study of...

Warm-ups cut sports injuries in teen girls: study

Going through a set of warm-up exercises before practices and games cut the rate of knee and ankle injuries in girls playing...

Web program doesn't help kids keep the weight off

A series of interactive computer exercises designed to encourage healthy eating and physical activity didn't keep middle...

More evidence obesity tied to colon cancer

Older adults who are heavy, especially around the middle, seem to have a higher risk of developing colon cancer than their...

Obesity, inactivity tied to common colon disease

Women who don't exercise or who are overweight are slightly more likely to be hospitalized for a common disorder of the large...

Yoga has small benefit for chronic back pain: study

In a new UK study of adults with chronic lower back pain, a 12-week yoga class led to a small improvement in how well participants...

Rugby-Mumps epidemic forces French to postpone games

The rough and tumble of macho French league rugby has been curtailed by an unexpected source: an epidemic of mumps. The virus,...

New app aims to reduce stress with slow breathing

Want to reduce stress and improve mental focus? A new app that promotes slow breathing may help. Called MyCalmBeat, the app...

Pro divers are less headache-prone: study

Despite concerns that water pressure and other stresses might promote headaches, professional scuba divers may actually get...

Ankle braces may help teen football players

The ankle braces many football players wear to prevent injuries seem to work, a study of high school players suggests. After...

Players' group has no comment on tobacco ban call

The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) declined comment on Wednesday on a call by U.S. senators to ban tobacco,...

Exercise may not limit pregnancy weight gain

Exercising during pregnancy was safe for both moms and babies in a new study of heavy women in Brazil, but fitness classes...

Baby steps to barefoot running

Tempted to join the barefoot running craze? Begin with baby steps, experts say. Turning those tender feet into all-terrain...

After ACL repair, half can't play sports the same

After knee reconstruction surgery, half of people who played sports competitively or just for fun don't perform as well as...

Elvis-crooning Chile miner fights demons a year on

In rehab for drugs and alcohol abuse after an agonizing two months trapped in the bowels of the earth, the Chilean miner...

Women who exercise a lot hit menopause earlier

Women who spend a lot of time exercising or eat a heart-healthy diet appear to reach menopause earlier, a new Japanese study...

Woman runs marathon, eats dinner, gives birth

Amber Miller's day was far from over when she crossed the Chicago Marathon finish line on Sunday. She still had to give birth....

Exercise may offer drug-free migraine prevention

Regular aerobic exercise worked just as well as relaxation therapy or the antiepileptic drug topiramate in preventing migraine...

Stiff ankles tied to young athletes' painful knees

Young basketball and volleyball players' chances of developing a painful condition called jumper's knee may hinge on how...

Sports-related brain injuries in youngsters soar

Traumatic brain injuries in youth athletes climbed by 60 percent in the last decade, with young men injured playing football...

CAS dismisses Olympic ban on doping offenders

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cleared the way on Thursday for several dozen former doping offenders to compete...

Olympics: Intelligence key to anti-doping in 2012

Intelligence gathered from everyone from cleaning staff to customs officials will help authorities to target drug testing...

Middle-aged women happier with moderate exercise

Middle-aged women encouraged to exercise at moderate intensity were much happier and more likely to continue working out...

Former NBA center Sabonis survives heart attack

Lithuania's most famous basketball player Arvydas Sabonis is making a good recovery after a heart attack, the basketball...

Multiple sclerosis patient finishes 50th marathon

Life has taken long-distance runner Patrick Finney down many paths, but few have been so rewarding as the one that led him...

Looking for a fitness buddy? Get a dog

When it comes to getting fit a person's best friend just might be a four-legged one. Experts say studies show dog owners...

Group brain tests of athletes not as accurate

Testing young athletes' thinking and memory skills in group settings, as is typically done before every season, may be less...

Encouraging exercise may help teens quit smoking

Encouraging teenage smokers not only to quit, but to get physically active, may boost their odds of kicking the habit, a...

Fitness freebies for belt-tightening times

If the economic downturn has forced you to scrap that pricey gym membership or those private yoga lessons, don't despair....

Venezuela's Chavez hopes fourth chemo will be last

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday he would undergo a fourth round of chemotherapy soon but expected to be...

Hold the pillow mint, send up the yoga mat

Room service? I'd like to order a treadmill. Hotel chains are delivering everything from yoga videos to recumbent bicycles...

Many lifestyle factors linked to diabetes risk

A new study reports that weight, diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol intake may each independently influence a person's risk...

Formulating functional fitness for everyday people

NEW YORK (Reuters) -A mother-to-be hoists a rubber cylinder overhead. A 70-year-old balances on a wobble board and a firefighter...

String of NHL deaths opens door to tough questions

Determining whether the sudden deaths of three players was related to their enforcer roles is something that must be explored,...

Czechs order obese soldiers to tighten belts

The Czech army has shrunk to just a quarter of its size since Prague shrugged off the yoke of Communism two decades ago,...

For heart health, every bit of exercise counts

People who walk or jog for just a couple of hours each week are at lower risk of heart disease than those who don't exercise,...

Doctors join boxing debate as 'vigorous' opponents

The nation's largest group of pediatricians on Monday urged its members to "vigorously oppose boxing for any child or adolescent."...

Fat camp shows China battling the bulge

On the grounds of the Bodyworks weight loss campus in Beijing, 30 tubby men and women sweat profusely, gasping for air as...

Cardiac arrest strikes young and old athletes alike

New research from France suggests that young, competitive athletes account for only a fraction of sports-related cardiac...

Recent deaths shine light on athletes' depression

The recent deaths of three North American athletes have nudged the spotlight away from doping and concussions to shine a...

Even 15 minutes of exercise a day is good: study

Doing just 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day could be enough to make a difference, a large study in Taiwan suggests....

Gym machines offer the attraction of distraction

Modern cardio machines come with so many bells and whistles that it's routine to watch a favorite movie, scale a virtual...

Girls at risk of HIV boost self esteem at camp

The camp in the state of Virginia has no traditional activities such as fishing or swimming but it provides young girls with...

Ankle braces may help teen basketball players

The ankle braces many basketball players strap on to prevent injuries may actually work, a study of high school players suggests....

All athletes in Daegu to be blood-tested, says IAAF

Every athlete competing in this year's World Athletics Championships will be blood-tested in an unprecedented anti-doping...

Take precautions in heat, young athletes: Kids' docs

As the season of two-a-day football workouts gets underway, young athletes need to be extra careful to drink plenty of water...

Sea defeats body, not spirit, of swimmer, 61

An asthma attack, a painful shoulder and battering wind and waves forced 61-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad to abandon early...

Churches pair faith with fat-fighting to curb obesity

Pastor Michael Minor stirred a bit of controversy at his northwest Mississippi church when he banned fried chicken from the...

Anthony Quinn's son, Francesco Quinn, dies at 48

Francesco Quinn, a son of the late actor Anthony Quinn, has died of an apparent heart attack while jogging near his home...

Second New York triathlon competitor dies

A 40-year-old woman who suffered cardiac arrest while competing in a triathlon in the Hudson River died on Monday, the second...

Staying fit when your workout takes a holiday

There's nothing like a week in paradise to derail a fitness regimen. Plucked from routine and surrounded by temptation, even...

Scientists warn of heat risk to high-school football players

Most high school football players who die from heat-related illness are overweight, in the first weeks of practice and on...

City cycle schemes save lives, cut CO2: study

Public bicycle sharing schemes such as Barcelona's "Bicing" program or London's "Boris Bikes" save lives and reduce greenhouse...

Eagles' tackle Patterson has rare brain condition

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has a rare brain condition that most likely caused his seizure this week...

Healthy foods a growth industry as boomers age

Food and beverage companies will need to gear up and churn out healthier food and products for aging baby boomers in the...

Major League Baseball injuries increasing

Injuries among Major League Baseball players are on the rise, despite advances in conditioning methods and injury treatments,...

REFILE: Non-head injuries may impact thinking skills: study

A blow to the head isn't the only injury that can make a football player a little slow and confused. A sprained ankle or...

"Jumper's knee" most common in volleyball

For weekend athletes, volleyball may carry the biggest risk of the tendon injury known as "jumper's knee," a new study suggests....

Non-head injuries may impact thinking skills: study

A blow to the head isn't the only injury that can make a football player a little slow and confused. A sprained ankle or...

Dizziness after concussion may mean longer recovery

It might make sense to pay particular attention to dizziness in young football players who suffer a blow to the head, a new...

What's the best exercise for heart health?

A combination of weight training and aerobic exercise might be the best prescription for overweight people at risk for diabetes...

If the athletic shoe fits

Call them sneakers, trainers, athletic shoes or runners, sizing up the embarrassment of rubber-soled riches on offer these...

A's pitcher Anderson has season-ending surgery

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson will miss the rest of the Major League Baseball season after having elbow...

Making the cardio scene with the rowing machine

Overshadowed by rows of treadmills and elliptical trainers, the rowing machine is vertically challenged, usually solitary...

IOC to monitor needles, medical equipment in London

The use of needles and medical equipment at the London 2012 Olympics will be tightly controlled by the International Olympic...

Lifestyle may affect sudden cardiac death risk

Researchers have identified one more reason for women to stay fit, eat healthy, abstain from smoking, and maintain their...

GlaxoSmithKline to work with anti-doping agency

Drug company GlaxoSmithKline has signed a deal with the World Anti-Doping Agency to help scientists develop early detection...

Lexington ranked as most sedentary U.S. city

Although it's known for its beautiful horse farms and as the "Thoroughbred Capital of the World," Lexington, Kentucky has...

Ban fast food ads on TV: U.S. doctors

Fast food ads on TV are making American youth fatter and should be banned in children's programming, an influential group...

Rapper Missy Elliott says she has thyroid disease

Last Updated: 2011-06-24 11:19:23 -0400 (Reuters Health) But the condition is rarely life-threatening, and the 39-year-old...

TV and soda: small habits cause weight creep

Just a few bad habits -- watching TV, eating potato chips, having a sugary soda at lunch or staying up too late at night...

On your bike for commuter tax benefits in Europe

Getting paid for going to work may sound too good to be true, but it's part of an increasingly popular scheme for commuters...

Fitness DVDs, sweaty or serene, heat up cold market

Reality TV has been a boon to fitness DVDs, industry experts say. Workout DVDs still flex considerable muscle in an otherwise...

Obesity and lack of exercise linked to chronic pain

It may not be surprising, but people who exercise at least one hour per week have a lower risk of troublesome back, neck,...

Deaths from head trauma rare in young athletes

Very few young athletes die from a blow to the head on the playing field, but such deaths that do occur could often have...

Jumper's knee common in elite soccer players

One in every 40 elite soccer players will have to sit out games or practices because of "jumper's knee," an injury more commonly...

US teens skimp on exercise, but not sodas: CDC

Only about one in 10 U.S. teens is getting enough exercise and one in four has a soda a day, adding to concerns about obesity...

TV time tied to diabetes, death

People who log more hours in front of the television are at greater risk of dying, or developing diabetes and heart disease,...

"Silent" strokes less common in physically fit

People who participate in vigorous activity are less likely to experience so-called "silent" strokes, new study findings...

Young athletes use fewer drugs, but more alcohol

Teens who exercise and play team sports are less likely to be smokers or use marijuana and other drugs, according to a new...

Why do pro skiers get knee injuries?

A turning, off-balance skier leaning backwards is a recipe for knee disaster, according to a new report from a panel of sports...

Some tennis stars say gluten-free is best for them

Novak Djokovic says his unbeaten run is due to his special, gluten-free diet and now Sabine Lisicki hopes she too will benefit...

S.F. Giants join drive against bullying of gays

The San Francisco Giants have become the first professional sports team to join the "It Gets Better" campaign against bullying...

Supervised exercise most effective for diabetics

Diabetics get the most benefit when they exercise more than 150 minutes per week in a supervised fitness or exercise program...

Supervised exercise most effective for diabetics

Diabetics get the most benefit when they exercise more than 150 minutes per week in a supervised fitness or exercise program...

Outrage grows over escalating NHL violence

The National Hockey League was under attack from all sides on Thursday as fans, sponsors and politicians expressed outrage...

Researchers find U.S. 'diabetes belt'

Already dubbed America's "stroke belt," the southeastern U.S. just earned another dubious distinction as the nation's "diabetes...

Screening athletes' hearts hasn't cut deaths: study

Screening athletes for hidden heart problems may not help prevent sudden deaths, a new study from Israel finds. The findings,...

Weight loss programs may boost mood in obese people

Obese people who participate in a weight loss program based on exercise and lifestyle changes end up less depressed, according...

Muscles ID'd as big injury spot for pro soccer

About a third of injuries that knock professional soccer players off the field are muscle related, a Swedish study shows....

Serena Williams undergoes emergency surgery: report

Serena Williams is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing emergency treatment for a blood clot in her lungs,...

Getting to the heart of cardio fitness matters

Health and fitness experts agree that aerobic exercise, whether accomplished by treadmill, bicycle or sidewalk, is the workout...

Concussions may be on the rise in high schoolers

High school athletes are four times more likely to suffer a concussion today than they were about a decade ago, with football...

Shockwave therapy fails in study of 'jumper's knee'

A therapy that uses sound waves to heal injured tissue may not be much help for athletes with "jumper's knee" -- at least...

Half of hamstring injuries happen in NFL preseason

The mid-air grabs of wide receivers, the elegant sprints of defensive secondaries, and the gaping kicks of special teams...

Stretches before running have no impact on injury

It makes no difference if you stretch or not before a run, because stretching won't affect your risk of injury, according...

Pushing limits can help chronic fatigue patients

Helping chronic fatigue syndrome patients to push their limits and try to overcome the condition produces a better rate of...

Secret recording may be heard at Barry Bonds trial

A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled than a secret locker room audio recording about injections, urine tests and Barry Bonds could...

Ankle sprains hit male athletes hardest

A new study in West Point cadets sheds a bit more light on risk factors for two relatively rare, but severe, types of ankle...

When getting fit takes an online village

Personal trainers are a resilient bunch. When the economy tanked they drifted from costly one-on-one sessions to more cost-effective...

Some charges dropped in Barry Bonds perjury case

U.S. prosecutors dropped more than half their charges against baseball's home run king Barry Bonds ahead of a Friday hearing...

Wake Forest baseball star had hope through kidney battle

As he battled kidney failure, Wake Forest University baseball player Kevin Jordan never lost hope that "something is going...

Qi Gong - mindful movement made in China

If yoga is all the rage, can Qigong be far behind? Sometimes called Chinese yoga, Qigong is a mind-body practice that melds...

CORRECTED: Superbowl a magnet for under-age sex trade

Pimps will traffic thousands of under-age prostitutes to Texas for Sunday's Super Bowl, hoping to do business with men arriving...

Superbowl a magnet for under-age sex trade

Pimps will traffic thousands of under-age prostitutes to Texas for Sunday's Super Bowl, hoping to do business with men arriving...

Heart disease costs to triple in US by 2030-report

The costs of heart disease in the United States will triple between now and 2030, to more than $800 billion a year, a report...

Back surgery does not end careers for NFL linemen

Professional football players, even those in the most physically punishing positions, can undergo back surgery and return...

Exercise prevents knee injuries in army recruits

Stretching and strengthening exercises help new military recruits avoid knee pain from hard training, UK researchers have...

Exercise may help soothe irritable bowels

People with irritable bowel syndrome may be able to find some relief by getting regular exercise, a small clinical trial...

Two more deaths reported in western skiing areas

A snowboarder and a downhill skier died at a ski resort in northwestern Montana this weekend, bringing to at least 10 the...

Age-appropriate exercises gain ground in 2011

Health clubs, aware that the fitness needs of boomers, people in their 30s and 40s and youths differ, will be offering more...

Gyms offer circus spins, lovelorn lunges

How can you mend a broken heart? Try a squat. Vying for new memberships in 2011, fitness centers, gyms and studios are offering...

Hall of Famer Killebrew has esophageal cancer

Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, the former Washington Senators and Minnesota...

Olympics documentary filmmaker Bud Greenspan dies

Olympic Games documentarian Bud Greenspan, whose stirring portraits of athletic triumph helped define the modern games, died...

Exercise may help limit pregnancy weight gain

Being physically active while pregnant may help women gain a little bit less weight, according to a new review of recent...

Fitness resolutions to accentuate the positive

Whether galvanized by that shiny new treadmill under the tree, the trial gym membership in your Christmas stocking, or those...

Fish oil won't accelerate weight loss

Fish oil capsules won't help boost weight loss if you're already dieting and exercising, new research in the American Journal...

Exercise, vitamin D tied to fewer falls

Vitamin D supplementation and exercise may help prevent older men and women from falling, suggests a new review of 54 studies...

Is marriage bad for your physical fitness?

People who stay single, or become single again by divorce, may be somewhat more physically fit than those in wedded bliss,...

Healthy lifestyle, healthy eyes in old age

People who lead overall healthy lives -- getting exercise, eating right, and not smoking -- are significantly more likely...

Staying active really does beat middle-age spread

People who keep up an active lifestyle into middle-age gain fewer pounds and inches over time -- and the benefit may be even...

Illness halts Navratilova's Kilimanjaro climb

Martina Navratilova said on Friday illness has cut short her attempt to climb Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro on the fourth...

Most exercise not linked to sperm health

For most men, exercise appears to have no relationship to either the quality or quantity of sperm, according to U.S. researchers....

Girls who walk, bike to school do better in tests

Girls, but not boys, who walk or bike to school instead of getting a ride perform better in tests of verbal and math skills,...

Kids don't get enough exercise from sports

Parents hoping to keep their kids active often sign them up for sports, but a new study finds that this may not be enough....

Line dancing: good for an exercise routine?

Prefer your fitness with a dose of country? If you're hankering to move with cowboy attitude, experts say line dancing could...

Extreme long-distance running can damage the body

Endurance athletes who run extraordinarily long distances over a sustained period of time lose muscle as well as fat, and...

Exercise often enough for Achilles injury recovery

Most people with inflammation of the Achilles tendon, a common overuse injury, can recover with the help of exercise therapy...

REFILE: Shoulder injury can limit NFL career

A problem shoulder might shorten the career of college athletes who are talented enough to get drafted by a professional...

Should you eat protein before exercise, or after?

Eating protein after exercising may help rev up the body's muscle-making machinery, in both young and older men alike, a...

Shoulder surgery can curtail an NFL career

A problem shoulder might shorten the career of college athletes who are talented enough to get drafted by a professional...

Music-based exercise class cuts seniors' fall risk

Exercises that combine music and rhythmic movement may help curb the rate of falls among older adults at increased risk,...

U.S. asks France to co-operate over Lance Armstrong

The U.S. federal government has asked French judicial authorities to co-operate in an investigation into claims by Floyd...

Skiers, beach goers face similar sun dangers

Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean the sun can't cook your skin, hints a new study of ultraviolet (UV) radiation...

Traumatic brain injury burden high in young motorcyclists

More and more Americans are riding motorcycles these days -- just for the fun of it or to save money on fuel. At the same...

Doctors urge caution with popular energy drinks

Even though energy drinks are hugely popular and can be bought just about anywhere from corner markets to big-box stores...

Exercise unlikely to lift depression long-term

Exercise appears to have little long-term impact on depression, according to a new review of large studies investigating...

Champion surfer Andy Irons found dead in hotel

Three times world surfing champion Andy Irons was found dead on Tuesday in a Dallas hotel room. The 32-year-old had been...

Stress may have only small impact on weight

Despite the common belief that stress causes people to pack on the pounds, a new research review finds that, on average,...

Targeted training, fewer soccer injuries

A series of 11 low-impact exercises designed specifically to prevent soccer injuries may do just that, new research shows....

Brisk walkers have lower breast cancer risk

Women who take brisk walks regularly have a lower risk of developing breast cancer after menopause -- and it's never too...

Kids benefit from strength training a few times a week

While strength training was once doubted to benefit kids, a new research review confirms that children and teenagers can...

The bonus of the fitness buddy

Fitness loves company, whether it's a running buddy, a spotter in the weight room, or a pal to bolster your courage as you...

Diabetes to double or triple in U.S. by 2050

Up to a third of U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if Americans continue to gain weight and avoid exercise, the Centers...

Marathon man: How not to hit the wall

Marathon runners can train for months to condition for the big race, yet struggle to finish if they exhaust stores of carbohydrates...

Treadmill vs. elliptical, motor vs. momentum

In the battle of the cardio machines, the treadmill reigns supreme, but the elliptical cross trainer could be a contender....

CORRECTION: Many obese people see no need to lose weight

A substantial proportion of obese people don't think they're too fat, new research shows. Among more than 2,000 obese Dallas...

Walking may keep brain from shrinking in old age

Walking at least six miles a week may be one thing people can do to keep their brains from shrinking and fight off dementia,...

Many obese people see no need to lose weight

A substantial proportion of obese people don't think they're too fat, new research shows. Among more than 2,000 obese Dallas...

Americans not hitting their walking stride

Americans have got some walking to do if they want to catch up with the rest of the world. They are far outpaced by Australians,...

Mental problems rise with kids' screen time: study

More than two hours a day spent watching television or playing computer games could put a child at greater risk for psychological...

Shockwave therapy shows promise for tendon pain

A therapy that aims to heal injured body tissue with targeted sound waves may bring pain relief to people with chronically...

Body vibration therapy fails test in MS patients

Whole-body vibration is pitched as a solution to everything from low bone density in astronauts to a better golf swing for...

ATVs more deadly than motorcycles

If you think an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, is safer than a motorcycle, think again. People are far more likely to die after...

Gorging study shows with fat, location matters

Researchers who persuaded slender volunteers to gorge themselves on sweets to gain weight said on Monday they have overturned...

Sleep loss might thwart dieters' fat loss

Getting too little sleep might prevent dieters from losing as much body fat as they otherwise would have, a small study suggests....

Home gyms from bare bones to bells and whistles

For many fleeing noisy gyms and pricey membership fees, when it comes to working out, there's no place like home. If your...

New depression guidelines favor tailored treatment

New depression treatments favor a tailored approach and include recommendations for the use of shock therapy and other alternatives,...

Gym culture not working out for the French

The French may love to look good but few are willing to work up a sweat over it. Despite increasing awareness of the benefits...

Cardio routine can nurture sweet dreams

Sleepless and sedentary? Instead of counting sheep in a field, try running through a meadow. Experts agree that an aerobic...

Exercise has lasting benefits for older women

Older women with thinning bones who exercise regularly have sustained improvements in their balance and walking speed that...

Staying active on workdays good for the heart

Commuting to work on your own two feet, or while spinning two wheels, could help stave off heart failure, suggests a new...

Injuries common in recreational soccer

Long sprints and hard kicks, coupled with intermittent obstacles such as an opponent's cleat careening toward your calf,...

Exercise low on Americans' activity list: study

Only five percent of Americans do anything vigorous like running, biking or aerobics on a given day and preparing meals is...

U.S. panel splits on Abbott diet drug ban

A U.S. advisory panel was divided over whether to recommend banning Abbott Laboratories' controversial weight-loss drug on...

Want to live longer? Get a grip!

A firm handshake could be a sign of a longer life expectancy, according to British researchers. Scientists at the Medical...

Kids' physical activity declines with age

Ten-year-olds spend more time sitting on their rears and less time running around than they did at age nine, according to...

Walking helps keep body and brain young

Everyone knows that walking limbers the aging body, but did you know it keeps the mind supple as well? Research shows that...

Long life goes hand in hand with a firm grip

Seniors who can still give a firm handshake and walk at a brisk pace are likely to live longer than those who can't, according...

Risks of old, new diet drugs face U.S. scrutiny

The risks of a potential new diet pill and a 13-year-old weight-loss medicine face U.S. scrutiny next week as medical experts...

Short sleep ups future obesity risk in young kids

Young children who don't get enough sleep may be at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese later on, new research shows....

Report says obesity surgery can save health costs

Providing surgical treatment for people who are morbidly obese could save British taxpayer-funded health services and the...

Exercise shoes focus attention on walking

Call them toners, shapers, or rocker bottoms, those exercise shoes with the distinctive thick, rounded soles are flying off...

Clear kids with concussions before sports: report

Kids who suffer concussions should be cleared by a doctor before they start playing sports again, and parents and coaches...

Rugby-Doctor admits to cutting player in fake blood scandal

The doctor involved in English rugby's fake blood scandal admitted on Monday that she cut the lip of Harlequins winger Tom...

Sledding spills common, injuries severe: study

Skiers and snowboarders are usually aware of the risks of flying down a snowfield but medical experts have another snow sport...

Tai Chi beats stretching in fibromyalgia study

The slow, flowing movements of tai chi are better for relieving pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia than conventional...

Getting fit in midlife, better late than never

Exercising in your 40's, 50's and 60's is like saving for your retirement, experts say. Starting early is money in the bank,...

Knee injury a career ender for many NFL players

Despite surgery, less than two-thirds of National Football League players are able to return to play after knee ligament...

High cholesterol dangerous in young adults, too

Adults as young as 20 need pay attention to their cholesterol because unhealthy levels may already be damaging their arteries,...

Women and strength training: weighty issues

Strength training for women is a weighty issue. Despite building stronger bones and providing a metabolic boost that burns...

For blood pressure, can you be fit but fat?

If you're trying to bring your blood pressure to healthy levels, a new study suggests that how much you weigh is more important...

Little harm seen from painkiller shots for pro athletes

When professional athletes in sports like football and rugby are injured, they commonly get injections of pain-numbing anesthetics...

Sports often possible after shoulder replacement

Many older adults who were active in recreational sports like swimming and golfing can get back into the game after having...

Is a stiff hamstring more susceptible to a strain?

While a stiff leg may help you run faster and jump higher, it may also make you more prone to sitting on the sideline, hints...

Heat wave: working out smart in the swelter

Is your fitness routine wilting in the sizzle of this long, hot summer? If you exercise outdoors, experts urge you to ease...

Knee ligament tears often need no surgery: study

Most people who have a common knee ligament injury fare just as well with intense physical therapy as they do with surgery,...

In austere times, can bribery be healthy?

Moira Christie has to ring the doorbell when she goes to visit friends these days. That's a new thing for her. Until a few...

Slow and steady might not win the weight-loss race

If you're trying to lose weight and keep it off, new research suggests you take up a diet and exercise plan that will help...

Gameworld: Motion games broaden uses beyond exercise

Ever since Nintendo launched the Wii, gamers have been interacting with characters and working out with virtual trainers...

Custom running shoes might not prevent injuries

Buying running shoes? A new study suggests that wearing sneakers tailored to your foot shape might not protect you against...

Drug firms to help WADA identify new doping compounds

Major drug companies have agreed to help the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) identify medicinal compounds that have the potential...

Want to keep the weight off? Get on your bike

Just five minutes of riding a bicycle each day can help a younger woman keep the pounds off, U.S. researchers reported on...

Are lefty pitchers more injury-prone?

There appear to be differences in the throwing motions of lefty and righty baseball pitchers that could impact their susceptibility...

So who gets hurt snowboarding?

Lock your feet onto a snowboard, and you can expect to fall. But whether or not a fall results in a broken wrist or separated...

Exercise might aid asthma control: study

Adults whose asthma is not fully controlled by medication might gain some benefits from adding an exercise routine to their...

More Americans exercise, but they are still obese

More Americans are exercising but rates of obesity and smoking have not changed, according to the latest government data....

Workout music: give me the beat boys

Rock, hip hop or R&B, if it has a pounding tempo music can really rock your cardio workout. Fitness experts say boosted by...

Behavioral therapy plus exercise may ease fibromyalgia

For people with troubling cases of fibromyalgia, a combination of behavioral counseling and exercise therapy tailored to...

Study shows unhealthy Scots live dangerously

Almost the entire adult population of Scotland are likely to be either cigarette smokers, heavy drinkers, physically inactive,...

On the ice, checking may triple preteen injuries

Preteen hockey players are more than three times as likely to get hurt if body checking is allowed, researchers from Canada...

Are you risking your spine riding a mountain bike?

High speeds, extreme terrain and long vertical drops might be making the increasingly popular sport of mountain biking as...

Sports okay for most kids with high blood pressure

Most children and teenagers with mildly elevated blood pressure can safely participate in sports, but those with more-serious...

Pool fitness: Different strokes for aquatic folks

Young or old, active or aching, just about everyone can buoy their workout by plunging into the pool, fitness experts say....

WHO seeks clampdown on tobacco ads targeting women

The World Health Organisation called on Friday for more action against tobacco advertising that targets women and girls,...

US snowblower injuries level off but still a threat

Summer weather has overtaken much of the U.S., but keep this new study in mind next winter: Even though the number of injuries...

Menus still calorie-laden despite new laws: group

Laws requiring U.S. restaurant chains to list calorie counts have not stopped them from offering unhealthy meals that pack...

Fighting cancer: diet, scant exercise problems

The United States does not produce or import enough fruits and vegetables to provide Americans the right kind of diet to...

Moderate drinkers have better health, study finds

People who drink moderate amounts of alcohol have better health on average than those who are teetotalers, French scientists...

Bottle-fed babies may eat more, study hints

Babies who are bottle-fed early on may consume more calories later in infancy than babies who are exclusively breastfed,...

Ski helmets do not increase neck injuries: study

Despite concerns that the extra weight of a helmet could cause neck injuries during skiing accidents, that doesn't seem to...

Green gyms: healthier grist for recycled treadmills

It's not easy being green, but health clubs are finding that being good to the planet may also reward their bottom line....

New US activity plan seeks to put PE back in school

U.S. schools and childcare programs could be required to include daily exercise as part of the new National Physical Activity...

Five minutes in the green can boost self esteem

Just five minutes of exercise a day in the great outdoors can improve mental health, according to a study released on Saturday,...

Anabolic steroid users may face heart trouble

Bulking up with anabolic steroids appears to damage and weaken the heart, a new study shows, in principle increasing the...

Obesity ups risk of painful fibromyalgia

To help guard against the pain syndrome fibromyalgia, best to maintain a healthy weight and stay active, according to a new...

Want to lose weight? Keep a journal of what you eat

Motivation and keeping a journal of what you eat are key components for shedding excess weight, according to new research....

Dr. Oz eases ageing down road to fitness

TV viewers know him best as the dashing Dr. Oz, Oprah Winfrey's plain-talking protege in surgical scrubs. Now the star of...

Improved doping test for growth hormone on its way

Anti-doping agents may soon get a better shot at catching athletes who inject growth hormone to bulk up and enhance performance....

Olympic hearts in good shape despite hard training

Hard endurance training is unlikely to cause lasting heart problems, a study of Olympic athletes from Italy suggests. The...

Taste for low-calorie alternatives may wane: study

The more people eat "diet" versions of richer foods, the less they may actually like what they are tasting, a small study...

Walking may ease some burdens of menopause

Walking for 45 minutes a few times a week may help women in the "battle of the bulge" that often accompanies menopause, and...

Routine "recess" a hit at White House obesity summit

A doctor's endorsement of frequent recess breaks - and not just for kids - drew an appreciative response from experts meeting...

Mom's exercise may help 'normalize' baby's weight

Women who work out while they're pregnant have slimmer babies, new research from New Zealand shows. Because babies born to...

For women, battle of bulge just got tougher

Women need to get at least an hour a day of moderate exercise if they hope to ward off the creep of extra pounds (kilos)...

Body-checking safe in preteen hockey players: study

You may not need to worry as much about young kids body-checking each other on the ice, according to a new study. Allowing...

Light, flat shoes may be best for arthritic knees

When it comes to easing the pain of arthritic knees, footwear choice matters, new research shows. And the findings suggest...

Retired NFL players' arteries may not be so healthy

Despite all their hard work on the field, retired National Football League players may be facing the same health problems...

"Sleeper" stretch helps young baseball players

For kids who play baseball, a simple stretching exercise can help curb pain and tightness in their throwing arm, according...

Study says fat is the sixth "taste"

People sensitive to the taste of fat tend to eat less of it and are less likely to be overweight, according to Australian...

Sunscreen with high SPF needed at high altitudes

Golfers playing in Vail, Colorado, at 2500 meters (roughly 8200 feet) above sea level, got significantly more burn protection...

Over exercising: Too much of a good thing

Breaking up your fitness routine is hard to do. But it's crucial for avoiding the bigger heartache of overuse injury, fitness...

Chinese youth accused of not being fighting fit

China must urgently address the physical fitness of the nation's youth or run the risk of raising a generation incapable...

Europe soccer stadiums unprepared for heart attacks

Many of Europe's top soccer stadiums haven't got the equipment or trained staff to save the lives of spectators who suffer...

Most Britons talk, fret about fitness but do little

Most Britons are "all talk-no action" when it comes to health and well-being, according to a survey for the British state...

Screening athletes could prevent sudden deaths

Several of the nearly 100 young US athletes who die suddenly and unexpectedly during sports every year could be saved through...

Big hearts may mean trouble in cross-country skiers

Like many other top athletes, Harald Sjoelshagen, a 66-year-old Norwegian, has an enlarged heart. When doctors noticed it...

Physical, academic fitness tied at the hip: study

Physically fit students tend to score higher on standardized tests than their less fit peers, hint findings from a new study....

Chronic ailment got you anxious? Try exercising

Does heart disease or another chronic illness have you anxiety-ridden? Starting an exercise program may help calm your nerves,...

Exercise may not boost obese teens' metabolism

A few months of moderate aerobic exercise may not rev up obese teenagers' ability to burn calories, even though it may increase...

Simple test may spot concussion in athletes

A simple, inexpensive test of reaction time may help determine on the sidelines whether an athlete has suffered a concussion,...

Mom's exercise has little impact on newborn weight

Exercise during pregnancy, while healthy for both mother and baby, has only a minor impact on an infant's birth weight, suggest...

Olympics: trickle-down fitness for the rest of us

It's thrilling to watch those Olympians perform in Vancouver, but what have their superhuman feats to do with the fitness...

Obamas take on problem of obese children

Alarmed that nearly a third of U.S. children are obese or overweight - and likely to stay that way all their lives - President...

Slow breathing may soothe pain

The simple practice of slow breathing may help people deal with the physical and emotional reactions to moderate pain, a...

Gene doping a risky route to glory for athletes

Gene therapy offers Olympic athletes a tempting new way to go for the gold, but the technology is far too risky a way to...

Birth month can influence sports success, study says

Could you be the next David Beckham or Michael Jordan? An Australian researcher has found your chances of becoming a professional...

Helmets cut risk of ski, snowboard head injuries

Helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries among skiers and snowboarders by 35 percent, according to a Canadian study....

Short workouts target fitness gadabouts

Long work hours and short attention spans are driving more people to take exercise in smaller, meatier doses. Instead of...

Competitive sports tied to teens' back pain

Years of competitive sports may raise teenagers' risk of developing lower back pain, a new study finds. The study, of nearly...

Delivery mode not altered by pregnancy exercise

Women benefit from light-intensity resistance exercise during pregnancy and this type of physical activity is not apt to...

Treadmill helps Parkinson's patients walk better

Treadmill training can help Parkinson's patients to walk more normally, according to a new review of the medical literature....

How teen girl soccer players can sidestep knee woes

A simple training program requiring no special equipment and little extra time can sharply reduce knee injuries in soccer-playing...

Strength training aids stroke-weakened hands, arms

Strength training improves hand grip and arm function in people who have suffered a stroke without causing increased muscle...

Boozy British skiers hit slopes worse for wear

More than half a million British skiers and snowboarders will hit the slopes this year impaired by alcohol, according to...

Child fitness: Sneaky strategies aim to get kids moving

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters Life!) Is your rug rat becoming a sofa spud? To get that texting, tweeting, gaming child up and...

Movies for kids still depict unsafe behaviors

While movie makers have gotten better at portraying appropriate injury-prevention tactics in movies made for kids, many scenes...

In women, exercise may keep high pulse in check

A speedy ticker could increase your chances of suffering a fatal heart attack, according to a new study. But in women, regular...

Choosing a gym? How to make up your mind

It's January and the health clubs have come a-courting. Their sign-up sales, special offers and discounted rates have arrived...

Too much sitting in front of TV may cut life short

Sitting in front of a television set for hour after hour day after day may raise the risk of death from heart disease and...

Exercise may prevent incontinence from prostate surgery

A healthy weight and regular exercise may help protect men from one of the most common side effects of prostate cancer surgery,...

Economy will drive workout habits in 2010: poll

Money, or the lack of it, changes everything, and that includes how people will be working out in 2010. In these belt-tightening...

Mayo Clinic diet book promotes healthy weight loss

Confused by the myriad of diet books that promise to help you melt away those excess pounds to produce the body of a supermodel?...

Getting real with fitness resolutions

New Year's resolutions: We make them, we break them, we make them again. So it's no surprise that "Get Fit" tops many of...

Fit Holidays: Eat, drink and be merry in moderation

Holidays are the times that try the fitness routine. With family feasts, office parties and champagne soirees, the temptation...

Canadian sports doctor charged over unapproved drug

A high-profile Canadian sports doctor whose patients have included star athletes was charged on Wednesday with smuggling...

Active lifestyle aids kidneys, colon cancer survivors

You may know this already, but here's more proof: Leading a physically active life yields multiple health dividends, according...

Fat in diet won't affect weight gain over time

People who want to maintain a healthy weight over time shouldn't obsess about their fat intake, new research shows. The percentage...

US consumer group asks FDA to ban Abbott diet drug

Abbott Laboratories Inc's weight-loss drug Meridia should be banned immediately because of heart-related risks, a consumer...

U.S. group asks FDA to ban diet drug Meridia

Abbott Laboratories Inc's weight-loss drug Meridia should be banned immediately because of heart-related risks, a consumer...

Physically active boys are smarter, study hints

Jocks get new respect in a large Swedish study that suggests physically active teen boys may be smarter than their couch-potato...

Heavier kids tend to underestimate their size

Children are generally pretty good at estimating their true body size but heavier kids, and particularly girls, seem more...

Tall kids more apt to become heavy adults

Children who are relatively tall may be more likely than their shorter peers to become overweight young adults, a study published...

Kids should get moving to avoid obesity

Vigorous exercise may be an especially good way to keep kids lean, but sitting around, in and of itself, doesn't appear to...

Exercise shows opposing effects on appetite

Exercise seems to simultaneously make people hungrier, yet more readily satisfied by a meal -- and differences in these responses...

More-vigorous workout may cut men's stroke risk

Older men who regularly jog, swim or engage in other moderate- to high-intensity exercise may have a lower risk of suffering...

A few extra pounds may help elderly live longer

Prior to reaching the golden years, too much body fat tends to increase the risk of dying, but extra weight may have the...

Low-carb, high-carb diet both help keep weight off

Low-carb and high-carb diets work equally well for maintaining weight loss, Australian researchers report. People had the...

Strength training can help people with lung disease

People with chronic lung disease like emphysema or bronchitis can strengthen their arms and legs with resistance training,...

Nintendo Wii may provide actual exercise-study

The new active Wii video games from Nintendo Co Ltd may be creating a healthier generation of couch potato, according to...

Slow walkers more likely to die of heart disease

Slow walking may not only mean getting to your destination later, according to a new study by French scientists: Older people...

Exercising in the heat may help you eat less

Exercisers who are trying to cut calories might want to take a run in the sun instead of a climate-controlled gym, a small...

Lack of exercise may not explain teen obesity

Most U.S. teenagers are not as active as they should be, but a lack of exercise does not seem to account for rising rates...

More muscle power means lower Alzheimer's risk

Older people with stronger muscles are at reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease compared to their weaker peers,...

Florida most dangerous state for pedestrians-report

Florida, with four of the five most treacherous metropolitan areas for walking, is the most dangerous state in the United...

Do high school sports fuel unhealthy behaviors?

Think that getting high school students involved in team sports will help keep them away from drugs, alcohol and other unhealthy...

Passive work means less activity off the job, too

Do you have an unchallenging job with little control over what you do? You may be more likely to be a couch potato in your...

Tai Chi has major benefits for arthritic knees

People suffering from creaky knees may want to give Tai Chi a try. In a study, researchers found that practicing the Chinese...

Sleep apnea therapy shaves strokes off golf score

Golfers with the nighttime breathing disorder obstructive sleep apnea can improve their scores by treating their problem,...

Steroid shots don't help hip pain long-term

Corticosteroid shots provide quick relief for people suffering from a common type of hip pain, but the benefits don't last,...

Using steroids to bulk up? Watch for kidney damage

Anabolic steroids - the kind used by some athletes to build muscle mass - can cause lasting kidney damage, according to research...

Diabetes can be delayed with diet, exercise

People on the brink of developing diabetes who get a lot of support and encouragement to diet and exercise can turn things...

Andre Agassi admits taking drugs and lying to ATP

Eight times grand slam winner Andre Agassi has admitted using the recreational drug crystal meth and lying to the Association...

College training tough on freshmen swimmers

High school swimmers heading off to compete in college may be ill prepared for grueling collegiate training regimens, study...

Healthy home may help keep the weight off

If you've lost a lot of weight and want to keep it off, banishing high-fat foods and getting rid of your TV sets might help,...

Regular exercise may help battle the flu

Regular exercise may help reduce the misery of the flu by boosting the immune system's response to the virus, a study in...

Healthy lifestyle benefits those with diabetes

Research presented Tuesday at the 20th World Diabetes Congress in Montreal provides further evidence that healthy behaviors...

Can listening to a podcast lead to weight loss?

Losing weight may be no more than a few podcasts away, but study findings suggested that not all weight-loss podcasts are...

Antidepressant improves recovery from spine injury

A common antidepressant combined with an intensive treadmill training program helped people with partial spinal cord injuries...

Exercise eases fatigue in cancer patients on chemo

Exercise can reduce the often debilitating fatigue that cancer patients experience during chemotherapy, new research shows....

'Healthy' neighborhoods cut type 2 diabetes risk

If you are what you eat, you may also be a product of where you live: Living in a neighborhood where it's pleasant and easy...

ER visits soared after actress Richardson's death

Do well-publicized medical cases drive people to seek care? In at least one case, the answer is yes: Publicity surrounding...

Women may fare worse after a concussion

Don't discount a bump to the noggin that knocks you out during a soccer game: Researchers report poorer than average thinking...

Moderate exercise may lower prostate cancer risk

Ready for another reason to exercise? Men who exercise at even moderate levels may have a lower risk of prostate cancer than...

Training may cut risk factors for knee injury

Female athletes are at greater risk of a potentially serious knee ligament injury than their male counterparts -- but a fairly...

For a healthy-sized baby, stay active in pregnancy

On your first pregnancy and looking for a reason to work out? Here's one: Women pregnant with their first children who exercise...

Intense exercise may lower your blood count

Exercise is good for you, but watch it: A new study found that young men engaging in strenuous physical activity are "an...

More active kids have easier time falling asleep

If you're one of those parents who likes to let their kids run themselves ragged so they fall asleep more easily, you may...

Activity adds years to life, even for octogenarians

Old people who are physically active are apt to live longer than their couch-potato peers, and are more likely to maintain...

Yoga may ease chronic back pain

"Oh, my aching back!" may be heard less frequently as people with chronic lower back pain find some relief from a therapeutic...

Many elderly feel dizzy, but physical activity helps

If you're elderly and you feel dizzy, you might want to take more walks, according to study findings from Sweden. Half of...

Benefits of exercise differ by sex and race

How much health benefit you get from physical exercise might depend on your gender, and your race, new research suggests....

That's a stretch: states seek to regulate yogis

U.S. yogis are being asked to regulate more than their breathing -- and they are fighting back. About 50 yogis gathered in...

Healthy habits prevent breast cancer: study

Nearly 40 percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States could be prevented if women kept a healthy weight, drank...

Regular drinkers get more exercise: study

People who drink regularly seem to exercise more often than teetotalers, and those who average more than a drink or two a...

Even modest fitness may extend lifespan

People who stay even moderately fit as they age may live longer than those who are out-of-shape, a new study suggests. The...

Pilates: getting to the core of the matter

Let the group fitness gadflies flit from belly dancing to body sculpting to circus stunts. Pilates people opt to take long,...

Routine pre-exercise heart check often not needed

Most generally healthy adults starting an exercise program do not need to see their doctor first, researchers say. Routine...

Goal setting helps cut type 2 diabetes risk

Adults may be able to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes as they age simply by setting diet and exercise goals...

Weight lifting good for women with lymphedema

Women who develop arm swelling following surgery for breast cancer -- a bothersome condition known as lymphedema -- derive...

More chest injury deaths in lacrosse than many sports

Lacrosse players may be more likely than players in other sports, except baseball and hockey, to die from a heart-stopping...

Heart "concussion" more likely in lacrosse players

Lacrosse players may be more likely than players in other sports to suffer from a heart-stopping condition sometimes referred...

H.S. football head impacts greater than in college

They're younger, and probably smaller, but high school football players sustain more forceful head impacts than college athletes,...

Seniors with weak muscles at risk for hospital stay

Older Americans who have low strength and poor physical function are at increased risk of being hospitalized, researchers...

REFILE: Gym class injuries sending more kids to ER

Kids these days may be more likely to get hurt in gym class than they were a decade ago, a new study out in Pediatrics shows....

Too much TV time bad for kids' blood pressure

You knew too much TV could be bad for kids in general. Now, hints a study released Monday, too much time in front of the...

Gym class injuries sending more kids to ER

Kids these days may be more likely to get hurt in gym class than they were a decade ago, a new study out in Pediatrics shows....

World Cup may increase HIV/AIDS: S.Africa minister

HIV/AIDS infection rates may increase when South Africa hosts the 2010 World Cup, the country's health minister said Friday....

Intense exercise may curb cancer deaths in men

Men who exercise hard are less likely to die from cancer, according to a Finnish study. "Physical activity has been associated...

Exercise matters long after cancer diagnosis

The familiar "eat right and exercise" message is particularly important for overweight elderly survivors of breast, prostate,...

Strength workouts help seniors function better

Strength training can help older people function better and reduce pain for those suffering from arthritis, according to...

WHO discusses World Cup flu risks with S.Africa

The World Health Organisation is discussing with South Africa's government how to reduce the risk of H1N1 influenza spreading...

Ankle and wrist fractures common in skimboarders

Ankle and wrist fractures are the most common injury associated with skimboarding, an increasingly popular beach sport. Skimboarding...

Football home team loss may up heart attack risk

Having an emotional connection to the home football team, particularly when they lose an intense game like the Super Bowl,...

Exercise, cutting cholesterol help fix fatty liver

Exercise can help people with an increasingly common type of liver disease improve their health, even if they don't lose...

Type 1 diabetic youth often overweight: study

Children and youth with type 1 diabetes are more likely to be overweight than their counterparts without type 1 diabetes,...

Advances seen in treatment of knee ligament injury

New surgical techniques are helping to improve treatment of a lesser-known type of knee ligament injury, according to a research...

Rubber bar exercises help relieve tennis elbow

People who suffer from tennis elbow may find relief by adding simple home-based exercises, using an inexpensive rubber bar,...

Balance training may help prevent ankle sprains

Athletes who have suffered an ankle sprain can significantly cut their chances of spraining their ankle again by doing balance...

Delayed ACL repair risky in young athletes

In adolescents who tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), delaying surgery to repair the ligament may result in irreparable...

Jury out on exercise for arthritic hips: studies

There is "insufficient evidence" to show that exercise decreases pain, improves function or enhances quality of life in people...

Movies spur smoking more than sports teams do

Kids who play team sports are less likely than their peers to smoke, but sports cannot beat the influence of movies, a new...

[MANC] - Healthcare reform could impact wellness programs

Company wellness programs, designed to coax workers to eat better, smoke less and exercise more, could undergo transformations...

Elderly with dementia do not improve with exercise

A short-term walking program does not improve mental function in older nursing home patients with moderate dementia, according...

Age not linked to Achilles pain in older athletes

Age does not seem to play a role in the development of Achilles tendon problems among older athletes, nor do training and...

US parents think twice about sending kids to camp

Since its opening last week, camp counselors at New Jersey's Liberty Lake Day Camp disinfect door knobs, take the temperatures...

Outdoor athletes have heightened skin cancer risk

Athletes involved in outdoor sports, even winter ones, may be at higher-than-average risk of skin cancer, according to a...

Aging athletes need variety, a little more rest

Fifty may be the new thirty, but baby boomers' bodies haven't heard the news. Orthopedic surgeons are seeing a "tidal wave"...

Unfit young adults at higher future diabetes risk

People who are in poor shape as young adults are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on, new research in...

Quercetin may boost exercise endurance

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables rich in the antioxidant quercetin may boost endurance, according to a small study...

Confused about fitness regimens? Poll tracks trends

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) Pilates or yoga? Kettlebells or free weights? Running or spinning? If you are dizzy from trying...

Many overweight youngsters underestimate weight

In a study of urban-living mostly African American adolescents, nearly 40 percent were overweight or obese, and 27 percent...

Injury risk 'very low' for youngest soccer players

Soccer is a very safe sport for the littlest players, Norwegian researchers have found. Among nearly 2,000 children followed...

Exercisers picking up good vibrations

There's a whole lot of shaking going on in gyms these days. The machines responsible may look like locker room scales on...

Inactive asthmatics eat up healthcare resources

Adults with asthma use more health care resources than adults without asthma, a new study from Canada confirms, and inactivity...

Heat-acclimatization urged for school athletes

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) issued pre-season heat-acclimatization guidelines for secondary school...

Tai Chi may ease arthritis pain, disability

Practicing the controlled movements and deep breathing of Tai Chi may reduce arthritis pain and related disabilities, according...

Creatine helps restore damaged muscles

Taking creatine supplements before and after a tough workout may speed up muscle recovery, new research shows. Inactive young...

Indoor cyclists loving the spin class they're in

NEW YORK (Reuters) Who says they're just spinning their wheels? As indoor cyclists ride stationary bikes up and down simulated...

Frequent vigorous exercise raises heart risk

New research suggests that as the frequency of vigorous exercise increases, so does the risk of atrial fibrillation. "Although...

Breathing training may help Parkinson's patients

Strength training of the muscles involved in breathing, coughing, swallowing, and speech may help patients with Parkinson's...

Sleep deprivation tied to weight gain

Failure to get a full night's sleep can lead to weight gain or compromise the beneficial effects of a reduced calorie diet...

Adults with diabetes urged to exercise most days

Adults with type 2 diabetes should be getting aerobic exercise on most days of the week, as well as some weight training,...

Program helps sedentary older women cut pounds

A community program that promotes healthy eating and exercise may help overweight, sedentary women reduce their risk factors...

Ballerinas face health hazards

Professional ballerinas, like highly driven young female athletes, face quadruple health threats -- disordered eating, menstrual...

Kids' baseball injuries declining

The number of children injured playing baseball and who needed to be treated in emergency departments in the U.S. declined...

Kegel exercises do not hinder labor and delivery

Despite some concerns, the pelvic-muscle exercises many women do during pregnancy do not seem to raise the likelihood of...

Marching in the band as tough as playing sports

The physical challenges and demands of participating in a competitive high school marching band are similar to those experienced...

Regular weigh-ins can be healthy for teens

Teenagers who regularly use the bathroom scale may be more likely than their peers to take healthy measures to control their...

Car-driven society poses health risk for Americans

When Seema Shrikhande goes to work, she drives. When she takes her son to school, they drive. And when she goes shopping,...

Be safe in the water this summer: expert advice

With Memorial Day weekend now a memory, the summer has unofficially started and America's top emergency doctors are taking...

Mike Tyson's daughter, 4, dies after accident

The 4-year-old daughter of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has died, a day after being found with cord tied...

Mike Tyson's daughter critical after mishap:reports

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson's four-year-old daughter is in critical condition after she was found with...

Quick pep talks help with weight maintenance

Checking in with a nurse every couple of weeks is just as effective for helping people maintain weight loss as an intensive...

Heart rate rise before exercise test telling: study

An excessive increase in heart rate prior to engaging in an exercise test -- a situation that causes mild mental stress --...

Email program may improve workers' diet, exercise

A workplace program that uses email messages to encourage healthy behaviors may get employees to eat better and get moving,...

Teens' growth-plate injuries need early care

Injuries to the bones' growth plates are fairly common in adolescent athletes, but prompt attention is required to keep these...

Teens not urged to activity by pedometers/texts

Increased physical activity may help adolescents with type 1 diabetes better manage their disease, but wearing a pedometer...

Social support may boost sporting success

High-level athletes could get a leg up on their opponents by accepting more emotional and practical support in their personal...

Heart patients told to walk farther, more often

Walking far and often may be the best exercise prescription for overweight adults with heart disease, a study published Monday...

Exercises may reduce severity of sleep apnea

Exercises involving the tongue and soft palate may reduce the severity and symptoms in patients with moderate obstructive...

Vibrate yourself to a leaner you

Vibrating exercise platforms, which are increasingly found in commercial gyms in Europe and elsewhere, may help people lose...

Overeating to blame for U.S. obesity epidemic

The major reason for the obesity epidemic that has gripped the United States in the past three decades is increased food...

Manny Ramirez suspended 50 games for doping

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing...

Kids seem to have an activity "set-point"

Increasing the amount physical activity kids engage in at school doesn't mean they'll be more active out of school. In fact,...

Tennis racket grip related to type of wrist injury

Wrist injuries among amateur tennis players are associated with the type of grip used during forehand strokes, study findings...

More matches, more damage for teen tennis players

The more matches a young tennis player has in any one tournament, the higher his or her risk of becoming ill or injured,...

Weak hips may lead to runners' lower-leg injuries

Weakness in the muscles that support the hips may be a common contributor to many overuse injuries in runners, a new research...

Exercise calms agitation associated with dementia

In a pilot study, agitation and functioning improved in a group of elderly nursing home residents suffering from severe dementia...

Swine flu fears jeopardize sporting events

A string of sports events were left feeling the shivers on Wednesday as the specter of swine flu continued to spread fears...

Early knee motion important for ligament repair

People with limited knee motion soon after repair of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are at risk for having poor...

Diabetes fundamentally a lifestyle disease: expert

Diet, activity level and other lifestyle factors play a pivotal role in a person's risk of developing diabetes -- even after...

Pitching injuries can be avoided, experts say

With baseball season underway, orthopedic specialists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago are urging players, parents...

Surgery improves athletes' ankle stability after sprain

For athletes with chronic ankle instability, surgery may help when conservative therapies fail, a new study suggests. Ankle...

"Static" stretching improves hamstring stiffness

Athletes with lingering post-injury hamstring stiffness may improve hamstring flexibility more through static leg extension...

Stem cells may help repair ACL tears: report

A novel approach to repairing partially torn anterior cruciate ligaments in young athletes has shown promise, according to...

Vegetable juice may help with weight loss

Drinking at least one glass of low sodium vegetable juice every day may help overweight dieters lose more weight. In a study,...

Breakfast may alter fat burning during exercise

A small group of healthy, but sedentary, women who began to exercise appeared to burn more fat after eating a high-fiber,...

Breakdancing: a high-risk activity: study

Breakdancers suffer a relatively high rate of injury and many fail to give themselves time to heal, a new study suggests....

Sports drinks start working when they hit the mouth

High-carbohydrate sports drinks can boost athletic performance, and their effects may begin as soon as they hit the mouth,...

Health worries may keep aging adults on the couch

Older adults who worry about their health often opt out of physical activity -- and as a result, they may have greater trouble...

The pill may impair muscle gains in young women

Young women who use oral contraceptives (OC) may not get as much out of their weight-lifting routine as women who are not...

Fitter diabetic men live longer

Among middle-aged and older men with type 2 diabetes, their capacity for exercise is related to their likelihood of dying...

Overweight kids show early signs of heart disease

Children who are overweight but otherwise "healthy" may have stiff arteries, putting them at increased risk for heart disease,...

Lifetime exercise may cut breast cancer death risk

Women who participate in recreational exercise and sports over their lifetime may be lowering their risk of death from breast...

Exercise therapy best way to treat groin pain

Strengthening the hip and abdominal muscles is an effective way to treat groin pain in athletes, according to a new review...

Lifting weights may not boost muscle mass after 80

Women in their 80s may not be able to increase their muscle mass by exercising with weights -- though their actual muscle...

Strength training aids health, extra protein or not

Men with high cholesterol can do their bodies well through strength training, without the need for protein supplements, a...

Teens less and less active with each winter

Adolescents' physical activity drops during winter and increases during summer -- but not enough to offset the winter decline,...

Caffeine may lessen exercisers' muscle pain

A couple cups of coffee before a tough workout may lower the chances of sore muscles later on, a small study suggests. The...

Sports may ease activity decline during teen years

Enrolling young teens in organized sports does not prevent a decline in physical activity during later teenage years, but...

Very obese adults almost completely sedentary

Morbidly obese adults are sedentary for more than 99 percent of the day, getting only a fraction of the amount of walking...

'Windmill' pitch a risk to softball pitchers' arms

The "windmill" motion used in fast-pitch softball puts pitchers at risk for injuries to the biceps muscle, a new study suggests....

Web program helps get diabetes patients moving

A Web-based program can help people with type 2 diabetes become more active, a pilot study shows. More than 60 percent of...

Migraine-free aerobics possible: study

People who suffer from migraine headaches can participate in cycling or similar moderate-intensity aerobic exercise without...

Exercise makes big difference for heart failure

Just 30 minutes of exercise twice a week can reduce the risk of hospitalization or death in heart failure patients by more...

Women often overlook their pelvic health: expert

Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles with simple exercises is an important yet overlooked aspect of women's health, according...

Get in step with your fitness personality: expert

Having trouble sticking to your exercise regimen? Maybe you're not doing the right exercises for your "fitness personality,"...

"Eccentric" exercise safe for older women

Postmenopausal women at risk of diabetes can safely do a form of resistance training that allows the muscles to produce very...

Super Bowl loss may cause fans more than heartache

Passionate football fans take heed: watching your team lose in the Super Bowl could be hazardous to your health. Researchers...

Tired of the treadmill? Get out and play instead

Tired of the same old exercise routine? Get out and play instead, suggests a fitness expert who spoke at the American College...

Too many kids spend little time outdoors

Many children spend too little time outdoors and too much time in front of the TV -- and a lack of suitable outdoor spaces...

Many US middle school kids physically unfit: study

US kids are not only too heavy; they're also out of shape, according to a new study of 5th and 7th grade students in Georgia....

Exercise improves young men's heart regulation

Offering yet more reason to get regular exercise, a new study shows that running and other aerobic activities improve nervous-system...

Healthy diet, exercise ward off deep belly fat

People who follow a healthy diet and regularly exercise tend to have less abdominal fat, including those deep layers of belly...

ACL surgery an option for active older adults

Active older adults no longer have to settle for a wobbly knee after injuring their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), according...

Paced breathing lowers diabetics' blood pressure

Special breathing exercises may help people with diabetes lower their blood pressure, it seems. In a study involving type...

Moderate-protein diet may beat high-carb diet

People lose weight when they cut calories, but a diet with some extra protein may be especially effective at trimming body...

Sustained exercise seen best for kids' weight

Longer bouts of exercise may be better for maintaining a healthy weight in children than is sporadic activity accumulated...

Study sheds light on exercise after heart attacks

Exercise helps people recover after a heart attack but the benefits vanish when the workouts stop, Swiss researchers said...

Walkers should aim for 100 steps per minute

People who walk for exercise should aim for a pace of 100 steps per minute to ensure their workout is intense enough, according...

Natasha Richardson reportedly critically hurt in accident

Actress Natasha Richardson, the wife of actor Liam Neeson, has been critically injured in a skiing accident in Canada, relatives...

U.S. program aims to help babies beat obesity odds

Elena Nieves hardly looks like a poster girl for an obesity program for pregnant moms. The 5-foot-8 (1.7-meter) 23-year-old...

High-impact exercise may be best bone-builder

Men who want to keep their bones strong may want to add running to their exercise routine, new research suggests. In a study...

School fitness programs do not go far enough

Fitness programs in schools help get children moving, but experts say more is needed to curb rising obesity rates. Instead...

Staying active is key to feeling young

Fitness, strength and flexibility do not inevitably fade away with age, and are more often a matter of lifestyle choices,...

Ankle exercises build seniors' strength, balance

A simple series of ankle and foot flexing exercises can improve strength and balance in older people, research from Portugal...

Distance may be key in running's health benefits

Running is a good way to stay in shape, but long-distance runs may be particularly effective at keeping high blood pressure,...

Combination therapy eases fibromyalgia symptoms

A review of previous clinical trial results shows that a multifaceted approach can be effective for treating fibromyalgia,...

Distress doesn't push cancer patients to be active

Psychological distress doesn't seem to motivate colorectal cancer patients to engage in more physical exercise, Australian...

Swimming lessons cut preschoolers drowning risk

For young children aged 1 to 4 years, formal swimming lessons lower the risk of them drowning, researchers report. The American...

Workout for breathing muscles may aid some athletes

Some athletes may be able to boost their performance by working out the muscles that control breathing, a small study suggests....

Cancer icon Tomlinson's appeal passes funding goal

A charity set up by cancer sufferer Jane Tomlinson has broken through a 2 million pound fundraising target set before her...

Clean living could cut one third of common cancers

Healthier living could prevent about one third of the most common cancers in rich countries and about one quarter in poorer...

Arthritic heart patients fear exercise, CDC says

Patients with arthritis and heart disease may be afraid to get the exercise they need to improve their health, U.S. government...

Reduced-calorie diets promote similar weight loss

The adherence to a reduced-calorie diet has more effect on long-term weight loss than any particular emphasis on protein,...

School-based physical activity benefits children

School-based activity programs should be a key part of efforts to help young people develop healthy habits that last a lifetime,...

Strength training helpful after knee replacement

Progressive strength training targeting the quadriceps -- the large muscles on the front of the thigh -- substantially improves...

Sudden deaths in young athletes up but still rare

While the rate of sudden death in young US athletes is quite low, it is somewhat higher than previously reported, according...

Exercise may boost lung cancer survivors' well-being

Survivors of early-stage lung cancer may enjoy a better quality of life if they can manage to get regular exercise, a new...

Special exercises may ease lower back pain

Exercises for specific muscles that stabilize the spine may help reduce the misery of chronic lower back pain, a research...

Long-distance runners reduce vision-loss risk

Regular, vigorous physical exercise may lower the risk of visual loss and help preserve eyesight, two new studies in a large...

I thought drugs would give me energy boost: Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez initially believed using performance-enhancing drugs would give him an energy boost, the scandal-scarred New...

Knee realignment surgery lets athletes stay active

New research confirms that active people who undergo a procedure called high tibial osteotomy (HTO) to repair an arthritic...

Sprints may be best for diabetes prevention

A few minutes of intense exercise a week is just as good as a half-hour of moderate physical activity a day for reducing...

Surgery often unnecessary for low back pain

Many people with lower back pain caused by spinal disc degeneration need not resort to surgery for relief, according to a...

Baseball's Tejada says lied about steroids

In the latest blow to Major League Baseball, five-time All-Star Miguel Tejada pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday...

Teenagers' TV time may affect diet later

Teenagers who spend hours in front of the television may have a poorer diet as young adults, a new study suggests. It's not...

Surgical fix may be best for dislocated shoulder

Surgery should be considered in adolescent athletes who sustain a traumatic dislocation of the shoulder, the authors of a...

School-based health program boosts kids' activity

Primary schools are suitable settings for promoting healthy lifestyles to students, say researchers in the United Kingdom....

Exercise boosts older women's quality of life

Even modest amounts of exercise can improve older women's quality of life, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among...

Thirty minutes a day of exercise? Better think 50

Greater amounts of physical activity than currently recommended may be necessary to prevent people from gaining weigh, and...

Changing habits may not lower blood pressure

People who say they are making lifestyle changes in addition to taking medication to reduce high blood pressure may actually...

UK drugs head apologises over ecstasy danger quip

The head of Britain's narcotics advisory board has apologised after saying the drug ecstasy was less dangerous than horse...

Yankees' A-Rod admits to using steroids

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs but not since the 2003 confidential...

Tests link Barry Bonds to steroids: US prosecutors

A U.S. federal court on Wednesday unsealed drug test results and a recorded conversation about U.S. baseball star Barry Bonds...

Water aerobics safe during pregnancy: study

Water aerobics can be a safe form of exercise for pregnant women, study findings confirm. No scientific data shows any concrete...

Exercise improves insulin sensitivity in older men

Resistance training plus aerobic exercise is the best way to reduce insulin resistance and functional limitations in obese,...

Primary care plan helps sedentary get, stay active

Most people who took part in a 3-month physical activity program offered at their primary care clinic were still exercising...

Effect of concussion can last for decades

A single concussion early in an athlete's career can take a toll on memory, attention and reaction time 30 years later, Canadian...

Want to get healthy? Exercise 7 minutes a week

Rigorous workouts lasting as little as three minutes may help prevent diabetes by helping control blood sugar, British researchers...

Tai Chi may not reduce fall risk in elderly

Traditional Chinese balance and mobility exercise training does not appear to reduce the risk of falls among home-living...

Short bouts of exercise may build bone

Short bouts of weight training spread across the day may be just as effective at building children's bone mass uninterrupted...

Weight control program ups diabetics' well being

People with type 2 diabetes show improvements in their physical and mental health-related quality of life after a year of...

CORRECTION: Stronger quads mean less pain for arthritic knees

People with arthritis of the knee joint will have less pain and better physical function if they have strong thigh muscles,...

Sports safe for most kids with disabilities

A new study suggests that most disabled teenagers who take part in school sports programs have a low rate of injury, though...

U.S. school children need less work, more play: study

All work and no play may be a hazard for some U.S. school children. Researchers reported on Monday that a growing trend of...

Kids who are most independent are also more active

Children whose parents give them more free rein to roam are also more physically active, new research from the UK shows....

American kids opting out of outdoor play: survey

While overall participation in outdoor activities among Americans is increasing, there has been a "troubling" decline in...

Obesity common in women at risk of breast cancer

A new study indicates that many women with a family history of breast cancer are obese or sedentary, both of which may further...

Fitness may shield the aging brain

Staying physically fit with age may help protect people from mental decline by maintaining a healthy flow of blood to the...

Chronically ill or disabled kids need exercise, too

Children with chronic illnesses or disability can often benefit from the right exercise program, showing improved quality...

Hooping -- from child's play to exercise workout

Hula Hoops, those baby-boomer toys that fired a worldwide craze in the 1950s, have come back as must-have fitness tools to...

Physically able stroke patients often sedentary

Many people who have survived a stroke have the ability to be physically active but aren't, according to research published...

Stronger quads mean less pain for arthritic knees

People with arthritis of the knee joint will have less pain and better physical function if they have strong thigh muscles,...

Youngsters often miss diet and exercise marks

According to their parents, pre-school children have somewhat better diets than school-age children, but both groups fall...

Males more physically active at all ages

Females -- young and old -- are generally less physically active than their male counterparts, according to results of two...

Exercise may lower teens' risk of type 2 diabetes

New research shows that teenagers who are moderately active burn more calories and metabolize blood sugar more efficiently...

Test keeps doping cops ahead of cheating athletes

German researchers have developed a screening test for two molecules with potential for abuse by unscrupulous athletes trying...

Finding it hard to walk? Try walking

People with a painful condition known as peripheral artery disease can improve their walking endurance by spending time on...

Physical exercise may ease nocturnal leg movement

Exercise may improve sleep patterns in people with insomnia or sleep disruptions related to periodic leg movements, according...

Gardening gives elders a harvest of health

Gardening helps older men and women reap more than flowers, fruits, and vegetables -- it benefits them physically as well,...

Weight loss a phone call away, study finds

Phone and email counselling help people improve their diet and lose weight, according to a Dutch study published on Friday...

Good childhood fitness tied to adult health

A person's fitness level in childhood seems to influence certain measures of their health as young adults, new study findings...

Low blood oxygen on Everest offers treatment hope

A team of British doctors conducting experiments in the "Death Zone" of Mount Everest has recorded the lowest levels of blood...

Workplace program ups employees' exercise levels

A workplace program that encourages employees to set exercise goals appears to boost regular activity substantially, according...

Eating disorders may be rising among male athletes

More and more male athletes are developing unhealthy eating behaviors after seeing the competitive advantage a leaner physique...

Caution key to halting viral outbreaks in wrestlers

Outbreaks of herpes skin infections among high school wrestlers have become more common in recent years, but coaches and...

TV, computer time may mean out-of-shape kids

Australian researchers have found that young teens who spend more than two hours in front of the TV or computer each day...

Diet pills from Brazil pose health risks: report

A new report highlights the potentially serious health risks of using imported Brazilian-made prescription diet pills that...

Standard pedometers not accurate for kids

Commercially available pedometers are not reliable for step-counting in children, especially at a slower walking pace, according...

More than half of U.S. cyclists forgo helmets: report

More than half of Americans admit they never use a helmet while bicycling and more than a quarter skip the sunscreen, even...

Pre-pregnancy exercise may not prevent back pain

Pre-pregnancy physical activity may not influence whether or not a woman will have persistent low back or pelvic pain after...

Weight-bearing exercise in youth pays off later

Women who participated in weight-bearing sports during their teens, the formative years for bone growth, have stronger bones...

Many elderly can improve their walking ability

Most people in their 50s and older who are having difficulty walking will not get worse over the next 2 years, and many will...

Bone-building exercise benefits may not last

Athletic young men may lose the extra bone mineral density (BMD) they've accumulated if they reduce their physical activity...

Resistance training eases low back pain: study

Whole-body resistance training may be the key to minimizing chronic low back pain, findings from a small study suggest. In...

Staying trim and fit may prevent heart failure

Men who manage to stay lean and active as they age may lower their risk of developing heart failure, researchers reported...

Balance exercises reduce seniors' risk of falling

Combined findings from multiple studies indicate that exercise programs, especially those that include balance training,...

More exercise may prevent diabetes in black women

Taking a walk instead of turning on the TV may help African-American women lower their risk of type 2 diabetes, a large study...

Fitness impacts diabetics more than fatness

People with type 2 diabetes may be able to improve their health-related quality of life by getting fit, new research shows....

The best exercise programs benefit the elderly

Older adults who regularly take part in top-rated, low-cost physical activity programs offered by their local senior center...

Doctors don't exercise enough either: survey

When it comes to exercise, many doctors may need to start practicing what they preach, a survey of young UK physicians suggests....

Physical inactivity tied to headache risk

People who are sedentary may have a higher risk of developing frequent headaches, the results of a large study suggest. The...

Oprah mad at herself for ballooning weight

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she is mad at herself, and embarrassed, for allowing her weight to balloon to 200 pounds...

Breathing exercises may improve asthma symptoms

Adults with asthma may improve their sense of well-being and control over their disease by learning breathing exercises and...

Exercise counseling may keep seniors going

A single session of counseling on physical activity with quarterly follow-up calls can help older people avoid disability,...

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