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    • 4 Nutrients for a Healthy Colon

      Mom's chicken soup, cheese tamales, bread pudding - we all have our favorite foods. Unfortunately, what we like to eat isn't always good for our bodies. Consider colorectal cancer. Certain risk factors for the disease, such as being older than age 50 or having a family history, you can't avoid. But you may be able to keep your colon healthy by eating better. Try adding these four nutrients to your favorites list.

    • A Diet Good for Head and Heart

      < Feb. 15, 2012 > -- A Mediterranean diet is good for your heart - and now it looks like it may also be good for your brain.

    • AAP Issues Safety Guidelines for Cheerleading

      < Oct. 24, 2012 > -- The number of injuries from cheerleading has increased steadily over the last 20 years, a trend that has prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics to urge that the activity be designated a sport.

    • AAP: No Boxing for Children, Teens

      < Aug. 31, 2011 > -- Although thousands of children and teens participate in boxing programs across the U.S., the sport isn't appropriate for young people, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says.

    • Acupuncture Really Does Offer Pain Relief

      < Sep. 12, 2012 > -- Although acupuncture is still not widely accepted among doctors in the U.S., a new analysis of previous research found that it does work to relieve chronic pain.

    • ADHD into Adulthood Raises Risk for Health Problems

      < Dec. 12, 2012 > -- Trouble concentrating, constantly moving, often interrupting others-these are some of the common signs of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This condition may affect more than 7 percent of school-aged children. For those who suffer from ADHD into adulthood, a new study finds they may be at a higher risk for physical and mental health problems.

    • Aisle Seat Better for Preventing Blood Clots

      < Feb. 08, 2012 > -- Next time you book a flight, you might want to pick an aisle seat instead of one next to the window.

    • Americans' Lifespan Has Lengthened Markedly

      < Mar. 14, 2012 > -- If it seems that more people are reaching the centennial mark, you're right. Over the last 75 years in the U.S., the risk of dying at any given point in time has fallen by 60 percent.

    • Are You Up-to-Date on Colorectal Cancer Screening?

      Colorectal cancer is a stealthy disease. It can stay unnoticed in your colon or rectum. By the time you develop symptoms, it has grown and possibly spread, making it harder to treat. Screening can help spot this cancer early. But too many U.S. adults ages 50 and older are still skirting this lifesaving tool.

    • Autism Signs Not Apparent in First Year

      < Oct. 31, 2012 > -- Infants who go on to develop autism by age 3 are remarkably similar to babies without autism in the first few months of life, a new study says.

    • Better Communication with Doctor Improves Medication Use

      < Jan. 09, 2013 > -- Medication works best when it's taken properly. But many of us sometimes have trouble doing so. Maybe you're unsure about taking a certain drug with another prescription. Or perhaps you don't know how long you should keep popping that pill. A recent study suggests part of the problem may be how well you and your doctor are communicating.

    • Beware of Summer Lightning

      < Jul. 13, 2011 > -- Summer is the time to enjoy the great outdoors - but keep an eye on the sky. Lightning in summer thunderstorms can be deadly.

    • Brain Games May Cut Alzheimer’s Risk

      < Jan. 25, 2012 > -- Staying active mentally when you're young and middle-aged may help protect your brain against the ravages of Alzheimer's disease later in life.

    • Calories Are the Secret Ingredient in Weight Loss

      < Jun. 29, 2011 > -- Which is better at helping you lose weight - a diet that's low-fat/high-protein or low-fat/high-carb? Either, it turns out.

    • Can Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields Cause Asthma?

      < Aug. 03, 2011 > -- Pregnant women exposed to high levels of electromagnetic fields - from power lines or electrical appliances - are more likely to have a child who later develops asthma.

    • Certain Teens More Likely to Use Drugs, Alcohol

      < Nov. 09, 2011 > -- Although it’s not news that teens are drinking and using drugs, a more precise picture of who is engaging in these behaviors has been highlighted by new research.

    • Chickenpox Vaccine Has Saved Lives

      < Jul. 27, 2011 > -- Chickenpox and its itchy rash were once almost a rite of childhood - but this illness could also be deadly, claiming the lives of more than 100 children each year.

    • Cigarette Packaging Turns to Color, Subtle Wording to Sell

      < Jun. 01, 2011 > -- A year ago, tobacco companies were banned from using terms like light or mild on their cigarette packaging, but they've found another way to get the point across - with subtle color schemes or numbers.

    • Coffee Brews Up Lowered Risk for Depression

      < Sep. 28, 2011 > -- Go pour yourself another cup of coffee before you read this - that extra cup of joe may lower your risk for depression.

    • Coffee Brews Up Skin Cancer Protection

      < Jul. 04, 2012 > -- Keep slathering on the sunscreen this summer, but have a glass of iced coffee handy, as well. A new study says that caffeine may lower your risk for a certain type of skin cancer.

    • Colonoscopy Isn’t First Choice for Many

      < Apr. 11, 2012 > -- Given the option of having a stool test or a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer, most people would go with the stool test.

    • Deadly 'Choking Game' Appeals to Young Teens

      < Apr. 18, 2012 > -- Many more young teens take part in the "choking game," a potentially lethal activity, than experts had thought.

    • Death Rate from Hepatitis C on the Rise

      < Feb. 22, 2012 > -- The number of deaths from hepatitis C is on the upswing in the U.S., and the trend is likely to continue because many people infected with the virus don't know they have it.

    • Depression May Raise Risk for Early Death in Stroke Survivors

      < Jan. 16, 2013 > -- It's normal to feel a little blue from time to time. But when feelings of sadness take over, it may be depression, a serious mental health condition that can affect all aspects of a person's life . For people who have suffered a stroke, depression may be especially harmful. A new study suggests stroke survivors who develop depression may die sooner.

    • Doctors Fall Short in Screening Young Athletes

      < Nov. 16, 2011 > -- Although the American Heart Association (AHA) has long recommended that teen athletes be screened for heart problems before they hit the playing field, a new study found that less than half of doctors are following those guidelines.

    • Does Thinness Raise Alzheimer’s Risk?

      < Nov. 23, 2011 > -- In the search for early markers of Alzheimer's disease - in hopes of eventually preventing it - researchers have found that low body weight may somehow play a role.

    • Easing Back Pain Through Yoga, Stretching

      < Oct. 26, 2011 > -- The next time your back aches, instead of toughing it out with a few pain relievers, you might consider taking a yoga or stretching class.

    • Enjoying Nature May Give Your Brain a Break

      We live in a hectic world. The constant demands of technology and life's many responsibilities can become overwhelming. Looking for a much-needed reprieve? Visit Mother Nature. Ongoing research suggests that the natural world may benefit your brain.

    • Exercise: Good Preventive ‘Medicine’ for Diabetes

      < Aug. 08, 2012 > -- Exercise should be your mantra whether you have diabetes or want to prevent it.

    • Experts Voice Concern Over Synthetic ‘Pot’ Use in Teens

      < Mar. 21, 2012 > -- Synthetic marijuana can be much stronger than the real stuff - so much so that a growing number of teens are ending up in the emergency room.

    • Fast Before Cholesterol Test? Study Says No

      < Nov. 14, 2012 > -- The next time you need a routine blood test to check your cholesterol, you may not need to fast beforehand.

    • Few U.S. Moms Breastfeed as Planned

      < Jun. 06, 2012 > -- Most pregnant women say they plan to breastfeed their baby, but when it comes to actually doing so, fewer than a third of them met their breastfeeding goal of three months or more.

    • Fewer Americans Dying From Stroke

      Over the last several decades, stroke has claimed fewer American lives. It has slid from third to fourth among the leading causes of death in the U.S. Experts credit several factors—many within your control—for its continued decline. Are you doing all you can to prevent a stroke?

    • Fewer Drowning Deaths, Injuries in Kids

      < Jan. 18, 2012 > -- The number of drowning-related deaths among children has fallen dramatically since the early 1990s. And researchers say it's because parents have gotten the word that water safety is critical.

    • Finding the Right Combo for Losing Weight

      < Oct. 05, 2011 > -- Trying to lose those extra pounds? You may be more successful if you choose a weight-loss program that focuses on changing habits and behaviors. And if it also includes weight-loss medications, that's even better.

    • Folic Acid Supplements Don’t Affect Your Risk for Cancer

      < Jan. 30, 2013 > -- Many of us get enough folic acid - a type of B vitamin - from the foods we eat. But some people may need to take a folic acid supplement. There has been some concern that such supplements may increase a person's risk for cancer. But the findings from a new research review found no such cancer connection.

    • For 2012, Resolve to Quit Smoking

      < Dec. 28, 2011 > -- What's your New Year's resolution? If you smoke, chances are, you've vowed to quit - again.

    • For Type 2 Diabetes, Fish Oil Offers No Heart Protection

      < Jun. 13, 2012 > -- If you have type 2 diabetes and take fish oil supplements to prevent heart disease, they aren't providing much help, a new study says.

    • Good News, Bad News About Americans’ Health

      < Jun. 20, 2012 > -- Fewer Americans are smoking, but plenty are still overweight or obese, according to the latest survey on the nation's health.

    • Grandparents May Be Better Drivers

      < Jul. 20, 2011 > -- Your kids may be safer riding with Grandma and Grandpa than with you, a new study says.

    • Groups Say Sweeteners OK for Dieters

      < Jul. 11, 2012 > -- You now have the official go-ahead to pick a diet soda over a regular one, or add an artificial sweetener to your coffee.

    • Have You Been Screened for HIV?

      HIV may seem like a distant health threat—something that affects other people, but not you. Yet, you should be tested at least once for this deadly virus, according to health experts.

    • Hearing Loss May Be Linked to Diabetes

      < Nov. 21, 2012 > -- Diabetes is a disease that can affect your whole body. It raises your risk for conditions such as heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness. A new research review supports the likelihood of another complication from the disease: hearing loss.

    • Helping Others to Help Yourself

      < Jan. 04, 2012 > -- Practicing random acts of kindness can help you feel good about yourself - and may actually improve depression and other mood disorders.

    • Hepatitis C: A Serious Risk for Baby Boomers

      Hepatitis C has a knack for making headlines. Celebrities such as Steven Tyler, Pamela Anderson, and Natalie Cole have publically shared that they have the virus. Its latest reason for renown: Health experts are now recommending that all baby boomers be screened for the disease.

    • Hip, Knee Replacement Raises Heart Attack Risk

      < Jul. 25, 2012 > -- Getting a new hip or knee is an increasingly common procedure in the U.S., but a new study warns that people who have these surgeries have a 30 times greater chance of a heart attack within two weeks afterward.

    • HPV Test Better Predictor for Long-Term Cancer Risk

      < Aug. 01, 2012 > -- The human papillomavirus (HPV) test may be better at helping women know their long-term risk for cervical cancer than the more traditional Pap test - but both tests are still important, new research says.

    • HPV Vaccine Doesn’t Change Sexual Behavior, Study Says

      < Oct. 17, 2012 > -- Getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) doesn't encourage girls to become sexually active, a new study says.

    • Injuries Jump Along with Bounce House Popularity

      < Nov. 28, 2012 > -- They range in design from castles to desert islands to birthday cakes, but the object of these inflatables is the same: Give kids a fun place to bounce. Researchers caution, though, that too often children end up injured.

    • 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.

    • Is It Time to Bag Homemade Lunches?

      < Aug. 10, 2011 > -- With the start of the school year coming up fast, a new study on lunch safety may give parents reason to pause.

    • 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.

    • Long-Term Approach to Smoking Cessation May Work Best

      < Nov. 30, 2011 > -- Quitting is difficult for most smokers, but treating smoking as a disease to manage may make it easier to say goodbye to tobacco.

    • 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.

    • Massage Offers Real Relief from Back Pain

      < Jul. 06, 2011 > -- Massage therapy appears to be on a par with pain killers and muscle relaxants in treating low back pain, one of the most common neurological problems in the U.S.

    • Misuse of Emergency Rooms Takes Its Toll on Docs

      < Jun. 15, 2011 > -- Doctors who treat emergency patients are getting burned out by the work - primarily because so many patients use the ER for non-emergencies.

    • 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.

    • New Guidelines Issued on Migraine Prevention

      < Apr. 25, 2012 > -- The blinding pain of a migraine headache can often be prevented, but many migraine sufferers apparently haven't gotten the message.

    • 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.

    • Pediatrics Group Expands Age Range for ADHD

      Children as young as 4 can now be diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

    • Pediatrics Group Stresses Parental Involvement

      < Feb. 01, 2012 > -- Parents should be central to a child's medical care, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

    • 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.

    • Report: Stop Marketing Sugary Drinks to Kids

      < Nov. 02, 2011 > -- Although pediatrics experts don't recommend sodas, energy drinks, or fruit drinks for children, youngsters still consume them, thanks in part to aggressive industry advertising, a new report says.

    • Role of Diet in ADHD Is Mixed

      < Jan. 11, 2012 > -- Does diet make a difference for kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

    • 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.

    • Screening for Heart Disease in Women

      < Mar. 28, 2012 > -- Women at risk for heart disease don't always realize it, and a new study suggests the perfect person to help assess that risk: the OB/GYN.

    • 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.

    • Sleep Problems May Affect Kids’ Behavior

      < Mar. 07, 2012 > -- Snoring can disrupt sleep, and when that disruption happens in kids, they can develop behavioral problems.

    • Sleeping Pills Tied to Higher Risk for Death, Cancer

      < Feb. 29, 2012 > -- Many people have occasional problems getting to sleep, but if you routinely take sleeping pills, you may be at higher risk for premature death or certain types of cancer.

    • 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.

    • Study Assesses TV’s Impact on Lifespan

      < Aug. 17, 2011 > -- Here's a quick math quiz: How many hours a day do you watch TV?

    • Study: Better Method Needed to Assess Body Fat

      < Apr. 04, 2012 > -- Women who calculate their body mass index (BMI) to figure out if they are obese may be missing the mark.

    • Study: Better Method Needed to Assess Body Fat

      < Apr. 04, 2012 > -- Women who calculate their body mass index (BMI) to figure out if they are obese may be missing the mark.

    • Study: Better Method Needed to Assess Body Fat

      < Apr. 04, 2012 > -- Women who calculate their body mass index (BMI) to figure out if they are obese may be missing the mark.

    • Study: Better Method Needed to Assess Body Fat

      < Apr. 04, 2012 > -- Women who calculate their body mass index (BMI) to figure out if they are obese may be missing the mark.

    • Study: Better Method Needed to Assess Body Fat

      < Apr. 04, 2012 > -- Women who calculate their body mass index (BMI) to figure out if they are obese may be missing the mark.

    • Swimmer’s Ear Common – and Preventable

      < May. 25, 2011 > -- It's nearly summer - time for romping on the beach, lounging by the pool, and suffering a painful bout of swimmer's ear.

    • Task Force Advises Against PSA Test

      < Oct. 12, 2011 > -- An important government advisory panel has weighed in against a screening test for prostate cancer, saying it does not help save lives in men who have no symptoms of the disease.

    • 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.

    • The Link Between Diabetes and Dementia

      < Sep. 21, 2011 > -- If you have type 2 diabetes - or even prediabetes - you are at higher risk of developing dementia, a complication confirmed by a new, large-scale study.

    • To Fit in Exercise, Make the Time

      < Sep. 07, 2011 > -- You know exercise is important, but you just can't seem to fit it into your busy day.

    • 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.

    • To Your Health! A Year-End List Worth Saving

      < Dec. 26, 2012 > -- Humans seem to love lists-the top 10 Caribbean beaches, the five best coffee shops in your neighborhood, the interminable weekend to-do list. Here's another one to pique your interest: Below are some of the most compelling health stories of the year. Perhaps they will inspire you to live healthier this coming year.

    • Too Few Adults Up-to-Date on Vaccines

      Vaccines are small shots of big importance. They've helped knock down serious diseases, such as chickenpox, whooping cough, and measles. Unfortunately, a recent government report shows too few adults are rolling up their sleeves for the vaccines they need.

    • Verdict Still Out on Virtual Colonoscopy

      < Sep. 14, 2011 > -- Although virtual colonoscopy has been heralded as the next best screening test for colorectal cancer, not all experts are on board.

    • Weighing the Benefits of Cancer Screening for Older Adults

      < Dec. 14, 2011 > -- As the American population continues to age, should doctors set an upper age limit for cancer screening?

    • When Plenty Is Too Much

      < Jun. 08, 2011 > -- Ah, the wonders of modern American life, with its fast pace, 24/7 news, and abundant food - but does it go against our survival instincts?

    • Women and Heart Disease: Sometimes a Difficult Diagnosis

      Heart disease trumps all other diseases, including cancer, as the number one cause of death for American women. Partly, that's because women may suffer from less recognized heart attack symptoms. The condition may also affect a woman's body differently, making it harder to diagnose. Read on to learn more about the dangers of heart disease.

    • Women Can Net the Heart Benefits of Fatty Fish

      < Dec. 07, 2011 > -- Consider adding cod and salmon to your weekly meal plan if you're a woman and want to cut your risk for heart disease.

    • Women Who Try to 'Do It All' Risk Depression

      < Aug. 24, 2011 > -- Working moms are less likely to be depressed than stay-at-home moms - but only if they have realistic expectations about balancing work and home life.

    • Young Kids at Risk in Home Pools