Infographic: Reducing Your Alzheimer's Risk

WebMD's infographic details ways you can keep your brain sharp and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.


Are Some People Using Their Dogs to Get Opioids?

Veterinarians are prescribing large quantities of opioids to pets, raising concern that some people might be using their furry companions to feed thei...


Diabetes Before 40, Mental Health Stays Linked

About 37 percent of all hospitalization days in a new study’s under-40 group were due to mental illness, the researchers noted. Mood and psychotic dis...


Stem Cell Transplant May Help Some Aggressive MS

Over an average of three years, MS progressed in 34 of 55 patients on medication -- meaning their disabilities worsened. That compared with only three...


Opposed to G.M.O.s? How Much Do You Know About Them?

People who are the most extremely opposed to genetically modified organisms tend to know the least about them, a new study found.


FDA Clears Epilepsy Smartwatch for Use in Kids

The Embrace detects patterns in motion and physiological signals that may be associated with seizures, and immediately alerts caregivers.


Walgreens and Microsoft partner to develop digital healthcare services

Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday they have entered a seven-year agreement to research and develop new m...


Dog Food Recalled Due to Salmonella

One lot of A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs has been recalled in Nebraska due to possible salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Ad...


Sit Less Each Day to Live Longer

People who replaced just 30 minutes of sitting per day with low-intensity physical activity lowered their risk of an early death by 17 percent, accord...


More Teens Using Birth Control

The initiation of contraception before the first sexual experience rose from less than 10 percent in the 1970s to more than 25 percent in the 2000s. T...


Study: Junk Food Ads Target Minority Kids

Fast food, candy, sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks accounted for 86 percent of food ad spending on black-targeted TV programming, and 82 percent of ...


Using Sports Psychology for Childbirth

I wanted to face childbirth with an athlete’s strength, confidence and determination. So I turned to sports psychology for advice.


North Korea’s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons

Military analysts are increasingly concerned about the nation’s “advanced, underestimated and highly lethal” bioweapons program.


F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspections of Some High-Risk Foods

Despite the federal shutdown, some agency inspectors are returning to work and will begin performing food safety visits without pay this week, the F.D...


More Evidence Found of Pot Damage to Teen Brain

Brain scans show that some adolescents who've tried marijuana just a couple of times exhibit significant increases in the volume of their gray matter.


Just A Couple of Joints Can Damage Teen Brain

Brain scans show that some adolescents who've tried marijuana just a couple of times exhibit significant increases in the volume of their gray matter.


Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes ...


Second U.S. judge blocks Trump administration birth control rules

A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Monday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing new rules allowing employers to obtain exemptions from an Ob...


U.S. lawmaker launches investigation into pharma drug pricing

A top U.S. lawmaker launched an investigation into pharmaceutical industry pricing practices on Monday, less than a week after he and fellow Democrats...


The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

It is legal to resell unused test strips for blood glucose, and many patients do, driving an unusual trade online and on the streets.


Twins’ Study Looks At Gene’s Role in Disease

Two of every five common diseases are at least partially influenced by a person's genetics, the largest U.S. study of twins ever conducted finds.


Black Patients Are 40% Less Likely Than White Patients to Get Pain Meds From EMTs

EMTs and paramedics may be treating minority patients differently from the way they treat white patients, a new study suggests.


Why Your Heart Needs A Good Night's Sleep

Chronic lack of sleep and poor sleep quality raise the odds of fatty plaque accumulation in arteries, which increases the odds of heart attack and str...


Take a Number: You’re Not Getting Much Taller, America. But You Are Getting Bigger.

New government data charts some interesting changes in average bodies over recent decades.


Adult-Onset Food Allergies Increasing, Confusing

Forty-eight percent of the adult population with a convincing food allergy reported developing at least one as an adult (they may have had others as a...


Global Health: A Silver Bullet Against the Brain-Eating Amoeba?

Minuscule particles coated with anti-seizure drugs seem to halt microbes that feed on brain tissue.


More in U.S. Dying From Opioids Than On the Roads

For the first time in history, Americans' risk of dying from an opioid overdose is higher than their risk of dying in a car accident, the National Saf...


Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea Found in 2 U.K. Women

Two U.K. women in the last 3 months have been diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) gonorrhea -- the so-called super gonorrhea.


Coming to America 2 Is Finally Moving Forward With Eddie Murphy

Prince Akeem is almost back on our screens.


Judge Blocks Trump Employer Birth Control Rules

The Trump administration's new rules on employer-provided birth control have been blocked in some parts of the country by a judge in California.


Mom-to-Be's Flu Can Harm Her Unborn Baby

When a mom-to-be gets the flu, she can be so sick she needs to be admitted to a hospital's intensive care unit. And new research finds her baby then r...


The New Health Care: The Reasonable Way to View Marijuana’s Risks

Cannabis has downsides, but speculation and fear should be replaced with the best evidence available.


Personal Health: A Device That Gives Parents of Stillborn Babies Time to Say Goodbye

The CuddleCot helps preserve the body of a deceased newborn for days, allowing parents to hold them and take pictures.


The Checkup: Taking the Pain Out of Children’s Shots

Pediatric pain specialists believe that reducing the pain associated with needles can lead to better health care.


This Guy Got Sober, Had a 40-Pound Weight Loss Transformation, and Changed His Life

“I’m not sure how I didn’t die,” Bryant Mettler says in retrospect.


California Adds Its Clout to States Battling High Drug Prices

Under a new governor, it’s hoping to use its status as the most populous state as leverage when it negotiates with drug makers.


Lab Severs Ties With James Watson, Citing ‘Unsubstantiated and Reckless’ Remarks

In a recent documentary, the geneticist doubled down on comments he made a decade ago, then apologized for, regarding race, genetics and intelligence.


Justice Ginsburg Is Cancer Free, Court Says

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had three bouts with cancer, this latest at age 85.


$3.4 Million Medicaid Fraud Inquiry Hovers Over Nursing Home Where Comatose Woman Was Raped and Had Baby

The operator of the nursing home, Hacienda HealthCare, has been locked in a legal battle with a state health agency, refusing to turn over financial r...


U.S. Flu Cases Hit 7 Million Mark: CDC

As of Jan. 5, 15 states and New York City were reporting high flu activity, and it was widespread in 30 states.


In her words: R. Kelly: Why So Many Ignored the Warning Signs

The R&B star has enjoyed fame despite decades of claims that he’s abused teenage girls. Why?


Is Daily Vitamin D a Lifesaver for COPD Patients?

Taking vitamin D supplements was associated with a 45 percent reduction in lung attacks among patients who were deficient in vitamin D, but there was ...


U.S. Fertility Rate Drops to 30-Year Low

Only two states had fertility rate above replacement levels.


The Flu Is Widespread in the U.S., and It’s Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated

In the last three months, 6 to 7 million people have caught the flu, and the season isn’t over yet.


Potty Foot Stool May Help Your Constipation

After four weeks of using a toilet stool, 71 percent of the study participants had faster bowel movements and 90 percent reported less straining, acco...


Dr. Lewis L. Judd, 88, Dies; Oversaw ‘Decade of the Brain’

At the National Institute of Mental Health, he helped put in place an ambitious research agenda focused on biology as the key to understanding psychia...


Facing Legal Action, Insurer Now Will Cover People Taking Truvada, an H.I.V.-Prevention Drug

Regulators had accused Mutual of Omaha of denying policies to applicants, mostly gay men, who took medication to protect against the infection.


Common Heart, Diabetes Meds May Aid Mental Illness

Specifically, the benefit was seen when patients were taking: statins, which lower cholesterol; calcium channel blockers, a group of blood pressure dr...


Shutdown Limits FDA Efforts to Protect Food Safety

The partial government shutdown has the FDA focused only on "high risk" facilities, leaving many food manufacturing without inspections.


Candies May be Contaminated With Hepatitis A

A public health alert about possible hepatitis A contamination in Modjeskas from Bauer's Candies was announced Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Admi...


More Shingles Vaccine On the Way, Maker Says

More doses of Shingrix, the shingles vaccine that has been in very short supply, are on the way to U.S. pharmacies, says drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline. Ho...


Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys, Say New A.P.A. Guidelines

Men die earlier than women and commit more acts of violence. But the American Psychological Association did not have a guide for working with males, i...


E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Is Over

The E. coli outbreak linked to California-grown romaine lettuce appears to be over, the CDC said Wednesday.


You Asked: When to Start With a Gynecologist?

Cervical cancer screening starts at age 21. But there are reasons to start seeing a gynecologist earlier.


People With Cancer May Face Greater Shingles Risk

A study of about 240,000 cancer patients in Australia from 2006 to 2015 found that any type of cancer was associated with a 40 percent increased risk ...


Could Belly Fat Affect Dementia Risk?

People who were obese typically had a lower volume of gray matter in the brain than their normal-weight counterparts, especially if they carried much ...