The overall health of Americans isn't improving much, with about six in 10 people either overweight or obese and large numbers engaging in unhealthy behaviors like smoking, heavy drinking or not exercising.
Dermatologists are saying that new federally mandated labeling laws for sunscreens should help Americans make smarter choices when it comes to products that provide the best sun protection.
Although spring arrived late this year in parts of the United States, the summer allergy season will still be strong, according to a sinus expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Drop by for a visit or share the drive -- but please, no smoking.
Ihaling ultrafine particles from so-called "nanomaterials" can cause lung inflammation and damage, a team of U.S. scientists says.
The notion of wealthy "sugar daddies" with young, pretty wives and well-heeled "cougar" women with handsome, young husbands may be more fiction than fact, new research suggests.
The widening American waistline may be feeding an epidemic of sleep apnea, potentially robbing millions of people of a good night's rest, a new study suggests.
Even the minor noise that fills everyday life, from the ring of a cell phone to the conversation that follows, may have short-term effects on heart function, a small new study suggests.
Next time you have a craving for fast food, don't kid yourself that choices today are much healthier, a new study says.
When a health insurer told obese people they could either pay 20 percent more for coverage or start exercising, most of them decided to get active, according to a new study.
Adding omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients to standard antioxidant vitamins doesn't give older people any added protection against a leading cause of blindness, a new study finds.
Most Americans are falling short when it comes to exercise, a new government report shows.
Lipsticks and lip glosses apparently give you more than colorful kissers, according to a new study by California scientists that contends the products contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other toxic metals.
The Obama administration announced late Wednesday that it would appeal a federal judge's order to eliminate any age restrictions on who can buy morning-after birth control pills without a prescription.
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of emergency-room visits related to sleep medications such as Ambien, according to a new U.S. study.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B One-Step for use as emergency contraception by girls and women aged 15 and older.
It's easy to blame pornography for prompting young people to engage in risky sex, but a new study suggests that the use of sexually explicit material doesn't have a lot to do with sexual behavior.
Most U.S. adults aren't sweet on the idea of soda and candy taxes, and many doubt the bigger price tags would trim the national waistline.
New research suggests that up to two-thirds of parents still encourage teenagers to finish all the food on their plates, even if the teen is overweight.
If you're trying to get healthy, tackling both diet and exercise is better than trying to improve one lifestyle habit at a time, new research suggests.
Just as the smell of freshly brewed coffee may compel you to pour a steaming cup of java, a small taste of beer may activate part of your brain's reward system and trigger the urge for more, a new study suggests.
Laser-assisted liposuction might provide an option for people who want stubborn pockets of fat removed but fear they'll be left with loose skin.
Preparing meals can mean less time for exercise, according to a new study.
Playing a certain type of sound stimulation during sleep might help improve your memory, a small new study suggests.
In what may seem a surprising finding, kids in a new study who ate more often over the course of a day were less likely to be overweight than their peers who ate the traditional three squares.
Small kids who are given large plates and then allowed to serve themselves take more food and consume more calories, new research finds.
A compound found in red meat and added as a supplement to popular energy drinks promotes hardening and clogging of the arteries, otherwise known as atherosclerosis, a new study suggests.
Need to lose weight? Running will help more than walking, according to new research.
It's not how much time teens spend watching TV but how intensely they watch that adds on the pounds, new research suggests.
You can't completely eliminate stress from your life, but you can learn to deal with it in a healthy way.
Reducing dietary salt intake and boosting levels of potassium would prevent millions of deaths from heart disease and stroke worldwide each year, according to three new studies.
Many more American women are living with their partners rather than tying the knot, a new government survey finds.
The lifestyle choices you make as an adult -- not just your health habits as a child -- influence how much height you lose as you age, researchers say.
Children of highly educated parents have healthier diets, according to a new study.
Pinterest is more than a place to find cute fashion inspiration; it's also a powerful platform that promotes personal growth in all aspects of life.
Wish you could enjoy fried food, without feeling guilty? Go ahead! A recent Spanish study found it might not be all that bad for you after all.
The types of harmless bacteria on the surfaces of fresh fruits and vegetables vary according to the type of produce and farming practices, a new study reveals.
Too much multitasking could make you overeat, a new study suggests. So if you're finding it hard to reach or maintain your ideal weight, slowing down and savoring your meal might help.
Men obsessed with muscle-building lean toward traditional ideas of masculinity, while men fixated on being thin likely associate with more feminine stereotypes, according to new research.
Eating tofu and other soy foods may help women who develop lung cancer increase their odds of living longer.
Physically active children may be at lower risk for fractures when they grow older, according to a new study from Sweden.
If physicians think their own fitness is important, chances are they'll advise exercise for their patients too, a new study finds.
If your young children are picky eaters, they may be able to blame it on their genes, according to a new study.
Try these expert-tested tips to conquer feelings of envy once and for all.
Who hasn't hit a slump in the middle of the afternoon? Or kept slamming the snooze button when the alarm went off for work?
It's so tempting. You read something on a website about a button-pushing issue that makes you mad and you've got to respond. Before you know it, you're verbally sparring with a stranger.
Rates of premature death in counties across the United States are the lowest in 20 years, but people in the least healthy counties are more than twice as likely to die early as those in the healthiest counties.
Drinking low-fat or skim milk does not prevent toddlers from gaining excess weight and is actually associated with overweight and obesity in preschool children, a new study finds.
Women's vitamin D levels during pregnancy do not affect their children's bone health later in life, a new study shows.
Although spring-cleaning may have become a thing of the past, germs haven't.
The promise of a convenient dose of "energy on the go" is appealing. Better yet when it comes in flavors like chocolate fudge, carrot cake and lemon zest.
Black Americans who take vitamin D supplements may significantly lower their blood pressure, a new study suggests.
Children who drink sugar-sweetened beverages consume more calories than other children and the beverages are the main reason for that higher calorie intake, a new study reveals.
The number of women worldwide using modern contraceptive methods such as birth control pills is increasing, but an estimated 233 million women with partners may not have access to these methods in 2015, a new study suggests.
When you have diabetes, keeping track of your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels can help cut your risk of heart disease.
Women aren't the only ones who can get postpartum depression. Learn why dads can also suffer from the condition.
Short bouts of moderately intense exercise appear to improve the self-control of youngsters and young adults, a broad review of existing research suggests.
Eating lots of foods loaded with salt may do more than raise your blood pressure: Researchers report that it could also contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases.
Grilled hot dogs and sausages may be tasty treats at ball games and picnics, but a new study of nearly 450,000 people finds that eating too much processed meat might shave years off your life.
Experts estimate that many tens of thousands of people in the United States die each year from medical errors, unproven treatments, bad diagnoses and preventable problems such as bedsores.
At the top of his game, it's hard to imagine New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlick as anything other than the picture of health. But the 25-year-old is a cancer survivor.
Teaching children heart-healthy habits now can help protect them from heart disease when they're adults.
A brisk walk or workout can improve your sleep, even in the hours before bed, according to the results of a new U.S. poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation.
A high intake of fruits and veggies can protect your health. Yet, most Americans fall short of the recommended five to nine servings a day.
Although 93 percent of adults agree that a morning meal is an important part of a healthy diet, more than half of us don't practice what we preach.
There are ways to get fit in the winter without freezing outside or joining a gym. Try these suggestions.
Unhealthy habits can start to develop after many years of neglecting your body, without you ever realizing it.
Feeling insecure and frequently anxious about your romantic relationship can actually harm your health, new research contends.
If you're watching your weight, mall food can be a nutritional minefield. Use these tips to help find healthy options at the food court.
The number of U.S. women using the "morning-after" contraception pill has risen dramatically in the last decade, federal health officials report.
If you're hoping that a bouquet of flowers or a heart-shaped box of chocolates might give your relationship a boost this Valentine's Day, you might be disappointed.
On Valentine's Day, single men are far more likely than married guys to splurge on a loved one, a marketing expert from Harvard Business School says.
What you eat can affect how well you sleep, according to a new study.
Teen birth rates have dropped yet again, reaching a historic low, and the number of babies being born early or with a low birth weight has also declined, a new U.S. government report shows.
Headaches don't have to be a way of life. Learn more about migraines and why they're often mistaken for sinus headaches.
Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus? Maybe not.
Marriage appears to reduce the risk of heart attacks for both men and women, according to researchers in Finland.
If you're one of those husbands who thinks taking over some of your wife's household chores will translate into having sex more often, maybe you should think again.
Being open about their sexual orientation offers health benefits for lesbians, gays and bisexuals, according to a new study.
People who like to eat lunch late in the afternoon may have more trouble shedding pounds than those who dine earlier, a new study suggests.
They say money can't buy happiness, and a new study suggests that's true for even the most materialistic.
If April showers produce May flowers, then January's resolutions tend to create February's "I said that?!"
Having pots of money doesn't necessarily make you happy, study after study has found. But giving away money -- even if you're not rich -- is likely to make you feel wealthier, and thus happier, new research contends.
Everyone has had that friend who was svelte when single and then became noticeably more plump after entering a state of marital bliss.
It can be tough to stay on track with health goals when it's cozy inside and miserable outside.
Some consumers could be saving money spent on deodorants, a new study suggests.
Cutting back on sugar intake can help adults lose weight and should be part of the strategy to fight the global obesity epidemic, a new study suggests.
Even for those who are not hoarders, holding on to large quantities of unnecessary stuff can raise anxiety and lower well-being.
Some estimates say that the average adult can touch as many as 30 germ-harboring objects within any one minute.
Here's yet another reason to get hitched and stay hitched: New research suggests that being single during midlife appears to raise the risk for premature death.
Joining a club can be a smart idea -- as long as doing so doesn't mire you in a costly contract, and you actually put your membership to good use.
Most safety problems related to use of an electric blanket are preventable.
Think you're done becoming you? Think again.
New research suggests that fructose, a simple sugar found naturally in fruit and added to many other foods as part of high-fructose corn syrup, does not dampen appetite and may cause people to eat more.
We all feel anxious sometimes. But for actress Emma Stone and others, anxiety becomes panic. It's important to recognize the difference.
You told yourself you'd have just one bite. But that one bite turned into a whole slice ... and then that one slice turned into two slices. Some foods are just that addicting.
Many of us have quickly and quietly snatched up food that hits the floor. It's not worth the risk, health experts say.
Instant shrines and memorials give communities a way to express their sorrow. Experts offer advice on dealing with traumatic events.
The ability to recover from hard times can be learned. Find out more about how to become resilient.
When it comes to eating pasta, bread and potatoes, timing could be everything.
Teenagers who experience dating violence could be more likely to get involved in violent relationships and have health problems as young adults, a new study suggests.
There are steps you can take to avoid making yourself sick with worry -- for your sake and your child's.
A national survey finds that American college students believe that 25 is the right age to get married, but most of their parents believe that's a bit too young.
Can an obsession with your cellphone rise to the level of an addiction? Two researchers who headed a recent study think so.
The toxic chemical BPA could be contaminating your containers, cans and more. Here's what to look out for.
Even moderate use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs can be harmful to your health.
For women who love that great, self-satisfied feeling after a workout, a new study could be a disappointing surprise. Regular exercise, the study found, does not reduce the risk of an otherwise sedentary lifestyle.
Birth control pills are safe and should be sold over-the-counter without the need for a doctor's exam or prescription, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended Tuesday.
Here are the top reasons for winter weight gain and what you can do to avoid them.
Learn more about these five important vitamins and minerals and how to get more of them in your diet.
Lightening up recipes and focusing on family rather than food are just two of the ways people can enjoy a healthier Thanksgiving.
The difference between happy and unhappy couples is how they fight -- constructively or destructively.
The average American adult takes in 100 calories a day imbibing beer, wine or liquor, a new study finds.
How our bodies absorb and process wheat can be an issue.
A new study of Dutch teens finds that few of them frequently engage in risky online activity related to sex, such as sending naked photos to strangers and searching for sex partners.
Do we really need eight hours of sleep, or is this just another myth?
New research says if you do these five things, you can make yourself healthier wherever you are.
Women who first learn how to maintain their weight regain fewer of the pounds they shed in a weight-loss program, a new study suggests.
Nothing can ruin a day like a bad night's sleep.
In recent years, media reports of celebrities -- usually men -- citing "sex addiction" as the reason they've been unfaithful have made headlines.
Is lack of time your excuse for not exercising? New research finds that just a few minutes of intense activity interspersed between less intense stretches of exercise will burn excess calories all day long.
Even without any external clues, your body can predict events that are about to happen. For example, you might sense that your boss is about to show up while you're playing a video game at your desk.
The idea that fathers play a significant role in the development of their kids' approach to sex has received some support in a new evidence review.
Testosterone, commonly thought of as the male sex hormone, seems to promote honesty, a new study suggests.
Here's how to keep the family healthy while you're away -- plus what to do if sickness does strike.
Sitting for long periods boosts your risk of diabetes, heart disease and death, even if you work out regularly, a new study contends.
Young girls who receive a vaccine to protect against the virus that causes cervical cancer do not become sexually promiscuous after the shot, new research finds.
Social media can be used to help convince young adults to use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, a new study finds.
The social trend of smoking through water pipes attracts a younger crowd -- but it's still tobacco.
Fast walking and jogging every day can cut your risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 50 percent, but an hour's walk every day does not make a difference, according to a new Danish study.
Here's what you need to know about this killer disorder to help prevent it.
What the studies say about the health effects of coffee.
There's a lot more to a smile than meets the eye. Here are 10 little-known facts that will have you beaming.
Although Facebook can help loving couples feel connected 24/7, there's a downside to all that connectedness when the relationship sours, a new study contends.
Women having second thoughts about getting married should trust their instincts, according to new research.
Just by owning a dog, you are improving your chances of living a longer life.
It's the news that couch potatoes have been waiting for: A new study has found that in about 10 percent of people who exercise, at least one standard measure of heart health got worse.
When families were given vouchers to move from impoverished neighborhoods to ones that were less poor, the adults in those families experienced lasting improvements in mental health and well-being, new research says.
Feeling anxious? Hit the gym, experts say.
People -- particularly women -- who read food labels while they grocery shop are thinner than people who don't, a new study finds.
Over-the-counter pain relievers designed to be rubbed into the skin -- such as Bengay and Icy Hot -- could cause skin injuries in rare cases, the FDA is warning.
These stories can help to build confidence, achieve your dreams and be your best self -- no matter what life throws your way.
Older women who want to keep off weight -- no small feat for many after menopause -- might consider four specific eating behaviors, according to new research.
A simple form of meditation can help stave off feelings of loneliness and may cut the body's inflammatory response -- which can trigger serious illness -- to distressing emotions, a small new study suggests.
Mothers who work full time report better mental and physical health than stay-at-home moms or women who work part time, according to a new study.
'Fess up: have you ever told a "little white lie" to your doctor? If so, the consequences could be detrimental to your health.
Happiness in adulthood may be determined by the quality of relationships in your youth, not brain power or academic prowess, new Australian research suggests.
When it comes to human courtship, a little silliness and kidding around might help ensure success, scientists say.
Almost two-thirds of Americans now say they take regular walks, a significant jump upwards, a new study finds.
As the United States bakes under the summer sun, dermatologists often warn of cancer risks posed by ultraviolet (UV) sunlight. But research now points to a new and ubiquitous indoor source of these harmful rays.
Getting a quick fix when you need energy is not necessarily a bad thing -- if you choose wisely.
One of the biggest challenges when you are trying to diet is to avoid feeling hungry. When that happens, consider some of these following items that can leave you feeling full.
For men, adding more inches to the waistline could mean trouble in the bedroom, a new study finds.
The recent increase in the Illinois cigarette tax is an example of how making smoking more expensive can convince some people it's time to quit.
Think married men and women show their love in vastly different ways? Not necessarily.
Taking your baby to the dentist is more important than you might think.
A number of studies have found that obese people are more likely to have a lopsided ratio of bacteriodes to other gut microbes.
Check out these tips for eating like a world-class athlete in order to get in shape and power up your performance.
More than a third of births in the United States stem from unintended pregnancies, a number that's remained steady in the United States from 1982 to 2010, a new government report indicates.
Black teenagers in the United States have become much less sexually active over the past two decades, and those who do have sex appear to be more likely to use condoms, a new survey has found.
When is a mole just a mole, and when is it a sign of something worse?
Sex scenes in movies influence teens' sexual behavior, new research suggests.
Evidence is building that poor sleep patterns may do more than make you cranky: The amount and quality of shuteye you get could be linked to mental deterioration and Alzheimer's disease, four new studies suggest.
If you are trying to lose weight, adopting three key strategies will boost your chances of success, new research suggests.
There's no reliable evidence to show whether electric fans keep people cool during extreme heat waves, according to British researchers who reviewed studies on their use.
Money problems, drinking and drug use are among the social and economic factors that make low-income couples less likely to marry and more likely to divorce than couples with more money, a new study suggests.
New research suggests that regular exercise or meditation may be among the best ways to reduce acute respiratory infections.
Reducing the amount of time you spend sitting each day and cutting back on TV watching could add years to your life, according to a new study.
When making quick decisions, people tend to prefer the option presented to them first, a new study shows.
People who want to learn to meditate should select a method that makes them feel comfortable, rather than choose a technique just because it's popular, a new study indicates.
Peeing in the pool is more common than you might think. But does that mean that the water is dirty? And what about the chlorine ? Is that enough to keep the pool clean?
"Avatar," "Hugo" and other 3-D movies thrill many viewers, but also make some feel sick, a new study finds.
How do you spend your leisure time? If you spend the bulk of it sitting, you could be shortening your life.
In our "down the rabbit hole" world, sad is happy.
During hot weather, people who exercise outdoors need to take steps to avoid heat injury, according to the American Council on Exercise.
Men may one day have a birth-control option other than the condom or vasectomy -- if early research on a new contraceptive gel pans out.
Working the graveyard shift appears to edge you closer to the graveyard.
Try these tricks for keeping allergens to a minimum.
The more work-related stress parents experience, the more likely their children are to eat unhealthy meals, a new study shows.
Looking at pictures of hamburgers, cupcakes and other high-calorie edibles can trigger cravings for fattening foods, especially if you're drinking something sweet at the time, according to a new study.
Starting your morning with a high-protein food and a "dessert" -- such as a doughnut or a slice of cake -- may help you lose weight and keep it off, a new study suggests.
Contrary to popular belief, happiness in life has more to do with respect and influence than status or wealth, according to a new study.
Forget the fad diets and diet pills, which can be harmful anyway, and try eating a diet filled with appetite-suppressing foods, like the following 10.
Love and sexual desire activate different but related areas of the brain, according to a new study.
Teens who engaged in more moderate-to-vigorous outdoor activity reported better health and social functioning than their peers who spent hours in front of television and computer screens, a new study in Australia has found.
As the first major heat wave of the summer engulfs the continental United States, health experts are urging people to take special precautions when dealing with scorching temperatures and oppressive humidity.
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