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Stay on top of the latest news and research in healthcare. Here you'll find information on current studies and breaking health stories. But keep in mind that ongoing studies may conflict with earlier reports, and may not be the final word on a particular topic.
National Health News Headlines
Update on Zika Virus more »»
Smoking is linked to heart disease. A new study says one of the problems is that smoking thickens the heart wall and thus leads to a greater risk of heart failure. more »»
The dust in our homes is full of potentially toxic chemicals, according to a study. The study found that phthalates were the number one chemical in dust, followed by phenols and flame retardants. more »»
Women who suffer from depression early in a pregnancy are more likely to develop gestational diabetes. Likewise, women who get gestational diabetes are more likely to suffer post-partum depression. more »»
Just because there haven't been a lot of studies about the effectiveness of flossing, it doesn't mean you shouldn't still be doing it, according to the American Dental Society. more »»
Following modest increases in 2014, the number and rate of births declined in the United States in 2015, returning to downward trends from 2007 through 2013. more »»
Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and insomnia, have skyrocketed in veterans. Over an 11 year period there was a six-fold increase. more »»
Over the last 15 years, the death rate for cancer in children has dropped by 20 percent. At the same time, brain cancer replaced leukemia as the most common cancer that causes death in children and adolescents. more »»
The first drug to treat patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. DMD is the most common type of muscular dystrophy. more »»
Eating more fruits and vegetables lowered the blood pressure and cut drug expenses by almost half for a group of kidney patients in a recent study. more »»
A small balloon could soon be available to help people with what is called Eustachian tube dysfunction, a condition in which pressure, pain, clogged or muffled sensations occur in the ear. more »»
Over 25 percent of Americans over the age of 50 get no exercise. That translates into 31 million Americans who are inactive, beyond the basic movements needed for daily life activities. more »»
The first warning letters about the sale of newly regulated tobacco products - such as e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars - to minors have been issued. more »»
It's estimated that 5 million people ages 65 and older are not taking their blood pressure medicine properly, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death. more »»
The American Lung Association is pushing to raise the age for buying tobacco products to 21, claiming it would save 233,000 lives for those born since the start of the millennium. more »»
If you often wonder just what your teenager is thinking, well so do the National Institutes of Health and they are launching a study of adolescent brain development to try and find out. more »»
Gambling can have a profound impact on people. A new study found men who gamble are more likely to be violent. The more they gamble, the greater the risk of violence. more »»
The American Academy of Pediatricians says everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot this year. The group is advising against the nasal spray vaccine, saying it isn't effective. more »»
More and more youngsters are playing soccer. There has also been a dramatic increase in the number of injuries. Those numbers are partially driven, but only partially, by the growing number of players. more »»
You've probably heard some version of the 'five second rule' - that if you drop something on the floor and pick it right up, it's safe to eat. A new study says that isn't true. more »»
Most U.S. college students do not see the use of marijuana as dangerous. According to a recent national survey, only 33 percent see a danger. That's down from 58 percent a decade ago. more »»
Note: Some of these reports concern ongoing medical studies. Such studies may not be the final word on a subject.
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