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If you like to follow the latest trends, here's one you should skip: More Americans are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This serious disease already affects nearly 26 million people in the U.S. Fortunately, you can do a lot to protect yourself.
Here’s a heart-stuttering statistic: Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies from heart disease. Many of those deaths could be prevented. How? Start with being better informed about what it takes to keep your heart healthy.
Suffering a heart attack is often a life-changing event. For a survivor, it may mean a lifestyle overhaul, such as exercising more and eating better. These changes can be hard to make – but are often crucial.
Do antibiotics cure the common cold? If you answered yes, you've got good company. A recent poll found that many Americans don’t know enough about antibiotics and their proper use.
A pill packed with lots of nutrients—a multivitamin—may seem like the perfect shortcut to healthy living. Chances are, though, you’re already getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from the foods you eat.
Podcast: Asthma Cases on the Upswing (podcast)
Asthma continues to be a major health problem in the U.S., with the rate of new asthma cases increasing by almost 15 percent between 2001 and 2010, the CDC says in a new report.
Children just learning to walk (or run) can sustain an injury if they fall with a pacifier, bottle, or sippy cup in hand. According to nationwide survey, most injuries are cuts to the mouth.
People who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder appear to have more than a two-fold higher risk for cancer.
Parents of young athletes may expect the occasional bruise, scrape, or pulled muscle. But an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) may seem a more likely concern for a professional running back or a slam-dunking hoop star.
Fewer Americans with diabetes are dying from heart disease and stroke, according to a new government report. The lower death rates are the result of healthier lifestyles and better disease management.
Hair loss is a topic most men don’t want to discuss. Yet it affects more than two-thirds of them by age 35. Nearly 85 percent of men will have thinning hair by age 50.
How you feel physically can certainly influence how you feel mentally – and vice-versa. A prime example of that connection is diabetes and depression. Ongoing research suggests that people with either health condition are at higher risk of developing
About 70 percent of people with prediabetes will go on to develop type 2 diabetes. But researchers say that making lifestyle changes and taking medication can do a lot to stop that progression.
Every family passes something down – your grandmother’s wedding band, Uncle Joe’s lucky tackle box, an older brother’s clothes. Did you know you can even pass down a tendency to develop diabetes?
If you have type 2 diabetes, you probably already know that you need to keep a close eye on what you eat. Certain foods can affect how well you manage your condition. A recent study suggests people with diabetes should try adding more legumes to their diets.
Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows it can entail herculean efforts. Withdrawal symptoms from nicotine and constant cravings for a cigarette cause many smokers to quit on quitting.
They're labeled with compelling names, such as Monster Energy and Rockstar. X-Game athletes sport their brands on jackets and hats. Energy drinks exude an ethos that attracts many children and young adults. Although these beverages may be considered
The FDA has officially banned bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles and sippy cups, which should help ease parents’ worries about the controversial chemical.
U.S. women are less likely than their male counterparts to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, the recommended minimum. This raises their odds for health problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.
The family's well-worn couch. Grandpa's favorite old chair. Of all the things parents may worry about, these items probably don’t make the list. But according to a new study, maybe they should, particularly if they contain flame retardants.
Podcast: For Diabetes: Go Mediterranean (podcast)
Eating a nutritious diet is important when you have diabetes. Piling your plate with certain foods—such as fruits and vegetables, beans, and whole grains—can help you better control blood sugar levels. Enter the Mediterranean diet.
Keeping your child active may not always be easy. Children may be more interested in video games, YouTube videos, or the latest episode of American Idol.
A new American Heart Association (AHA) statement debunks a century-old belief that untreated gum disease leads to heart disease or stroke. The AHA says no convincing evidence exists proving the tie.
Kindergarteners whose parents fight with each other frequently and harshly are more likely to struggle with depression, anxiety, and behavior issues by middle school, a new study says.
A new study found that despite AAP guidelines on car safety, few youngsters are placed in the proper safety seats after age 1, and that many over age 6 sit in the front passenger seat.
Nearly half of people with type 2 diabetes say they live with acute and chronic pain, and about a third have nerve damage, fatigue, and depression. A new study suggests that palliative care should be a normal part of diabetes management.
Half of people in the hospital for a heart attack or heart failure make a mistake with their medications within a month of going home. This is true even among people who get counseling and guidance from a pharmacist.
Podcast: More Women Face Mental Illness (podcast)
You may pay more attention to your physical health than how you feel mentally. Like any physical ailment, though, conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse can tax your body.
Podcast: More Youths Abuse Painkillers (podcast)
Talking with your child about drug abuse is important. It helps to keep him or her healthy. But did you know you should cover prescription painkillers in that chat? A new study points to why.
New guidelines on treating type 2 diabetes emphasize a patient-centered approach and say that treatment often requires a personalized, multi-pronged therapy. The guidelines also lower the target for A1C from 7 to between 6 and 6.5.
More and more Americans are becoming obese. A wider waist increases their risk for heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. A new government report found this obesity epidemic is also tied to another troubling health trend.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says that older women should not take low doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements to help prevent fractures. The panel is still weighing what to recommend on higher supplement doses.
Early diagnosis is crucial in fighting breast cancer. It often leads to faster treatment and a better chance of survival. That’s where a service called "patient navigation" may fit in. A recent study shows this service may shorten the time to diagnos
Podcast: Preventing Teen Dating Abuse (podcast)
The teen years can be an exciting and anxious time for your child – and you. One of the more nerve-wracking moments may be your child’s dating. It’s natural for a parent to worry. You want to keep your child safe.
A traumatic event, such as a natural disaster or a severe car accident, can trigger feelings of anxiety and distress—maybe even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). So, too, can a breast cancer diagnosis. Recent research shows that approximately 25
Girls who get radiation therapy to the chest to treat cancer are at higher risk for breast cancer by the time they turn 50, a new study says.
If you read food labels while you shop for groceries, you may have taken an important step toward maintaining a healthy weight. A new study found that people – especially women – who check food labels at the supermarket are thinner than people who did not.
If you have high cholesterol, chances are your doctor has prescribed you a type of medication called a statin. By lowering cholesterol, these pills help prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.
Older adults who putter in the garden or around the house may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than retirees who spend their time on more sedentary activities.
Podcast: The Total-Body Toll of Obesity (podcast)
Many Americans realize that obesity is more than a cosmetic concern. A recent poll found that 78 percent knew that obesity can raise the risk for heart disease. Seventy percent recognized a link with diabetes. But what about high blood pressure? Canc
If you spend a lot of time sitting every day, you may be harming your health, even if you exercise. A recent review of 18 studies with nearly 800,000 participants found a link between sedentary living and overall health.
Younger men who have sleep apnea often also have erectile dysfunction. But researchers say that treating the sleep disorder has a side benefit: It may boost sexual performance.
Newfangled devices make it easier than ever to monitor blood sugar, but an analysis of more than 30 studies suggests that newer isn’t necessarily better in terms of blood sugar control.
Children as young as 12 and 13 are showing signs of sun-damaged skin, say researchers who used new imaging technology to evaluate youngsters' UV exposure. This heavy dose of UV could raise their risk for melanoma skin cancer later in life.