Insomnia Exacts a High Price on the Job
Oct. 03, 2012 -- If you struggle with insomnia, you may not nod off at your desk at work, but sleepiness on the job might lead you to make errors you would catch if you were fully rested.
Is Antibacterial Soap Worth the Lather?
The simple act of washing your hands with plain soap can have an important effect on your health. It can help ward off germs—no special soap required. In fact, lathering up with antibacterial soap may not impart better germ protection. Its active ingredient may also do more harm than good.
Lifetime Risk for Heart Disease Is High
Nov. 07, 2012 -- Even if you have no risk factors for cardiovascular disease, you may still be at increased risk for it, a new study says.
Longer Commutes Drive Up Health Risks
May. 09, 2012 -- How long is your daily commute? If you drive at least 10 miles to work, you may be putting yourself at risk for high blood pressure. More than 15 miles? Your risk for obesity increases.
Make Sure Your Kids’ Vaccinations Are Current
Aug. 22, 2012 -- With schools across the country about to reopen for the fall, one item to add to your back-to-school list is a check on your children's immunizations: Are they up-to-date?
Many Hospital Tests Ordered Don’t Get Read
Aug. 15, 2012 -- Doctors who order tests on patients who are about to be discharged from the hospital often fail to look at the results, either before or after the patient goes home, a new study says.
More Children Missing Recommend Vaccines
Jan. 23, 2013 -- Vaccinations have helped stem and even stop the spread of serious childhood diseases, such as measles and polio. They continue to be one of the best tools parents have to keep their children healthy. Yet, a new study suggests that too few U.S. children younger than age 2 are receiving all the shots they need.
Multiple Chronic Conditions Plague More Americans
What might diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis have in common? You. According to a recent government study, more Americans are dealing with two or more chronic health conditions.
No Time for Exercise? An Active Lifestyle May Be the Solution
Life can certainly be hectic. So much so, that many of us can't seem to fit in exercise. As a result, we're missing out on some valuable health benefits, such as a stronger heart. Fortunately, recent research suggests simply moving more every day may be the solution.
On the Rise: More Babies Born Addicted to Painkillers
May. 02, 2012 -- The number of newborns addicted to opiate medications has tripled since 2000, a new study says.
Organic Food Offers No Advantage in Nutrition
Sep. 05, 2012 -- If you buy organic food because you think it's more nutritious, you might want to save your money. New research found no consistent differences in vitamin content or health benefits between organic and conventional foods.
Panel Confirms Risks of Hormone Therapy
May. 30, 2012 -- After looking at more than a decade's worth of studies on hormone therapy, an expert panel says that women shouldn't take estrogen or progestin to help prevent disease.
Panel Urges Obesity Screening for All Adults
Jun. 27, 2012 -- If your doctor takes time to figure out your body mass index (BMI) the next time you're in for an office visit, don't be surprised. This week, a national advisory panel issued new guidelines calling for across-the-board obesity screening for adults.
Panel Withdraws Support of Prostate Cancer Test
May. 23, 2012 -- A blood test that screens for prostate cancer got the cold shoulder this week from a national advisory panel.
Pediatrics Group Confirms Benefits of Circumcision
Aug. 29, 2012 -- Circumcision can help prevent certain diseases and conditions, but parents should still be able to choose whether their infant boys should have the procedure.
Pick Up Your Walking Speed to Boost Your Health
Oct. 10, 2012 -- Which do you prefer - a casual stroll around the block or a vigorous walking workout? If you want to help prevent metabolic syndrome, often a precursor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, you should go with choice No. 2.
Protect Your Family from These Invisible Killers
They creep into your home, seeping through cracks, drifting through drywall. Odorless, colorless, and tasteless, carbon monoxide and radon are two toxic gases that can seriously harm you — without your knowing it. Fortunately, you can protect yourself and your family from these invisible killers.
Say 'No' to Foodborne Illness
You probably wouldn't consider a fresh spinach salad bad for your health. After all, spinach is packed with nutrients like fiber and potassium. But a recent government report found that such leafy green vegetables are the most common culprits of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. Don't toss out that salad just yet, though. You can do a lot to prevent food poisoning.
Shred Those Slopes Safely—with a Helmet
Dec. 05, 2012 -- If falling snow has you yearning for the slopes, don't forget to take your helmet. A new study confirms that wearing one while skiing or snowboarding is the best way to protect yourself from a serious head injury. Such simple safety equipment may even save your life.
Sleep Habits May Affect Brain Function
Jul. 18, 2012 -- Too little or too much sleep may make your brain age more quickly, a new study says.
Sleepwalking a Common Phenomenon in Adults
May. 16, 2012 -- Taking a late-night stroll is one thing - doing it while asleep is another thing entirely. Yet more people than researchers expected are affected by sleepwalking.
Stay Safe on the Water This Summer
The tug of the tow line, the rush of the water beneath you. If you've ever tried water tubing, you probably agree that it can certainly be fun. It can also be hazardous. A recent study has documented an alarming rise in the number of water-tubing injuries. Being smart about boating can help you stay safe while water tubing this summer.
Stroke Risk Much Higher in African-Americans with Hypertension
Dec. 19, 2012 -- Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for serious health problems, such as heart disease and stroke. For African-Americans, the condition can be especially hard on the heart. A new study finds that uncontrolled high blood pressure may greatly increase this group's risk for stroke, particularly in those ages 45 to 64.
The HPV Vaccine: Fact vs. Fiction
The latest statistics show that those who would benefit most from the HPV vaccine—adolescent girls and boys—aren’t necessarily taking advantage of its cancer-preventing potential.
To Your Health! A Year-End List Worth Saving
Jan. 02, 2013 -- Need help deciding on a New Year's resolution? Below are six more health stories from the past year that may encourage you to make a healthy change.