Health Information

  • Troubling Trends for Teens and Tobacco

    Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes these days, but a recent study found that they are turning to e-cigarettes and hookahs for their nicotine.

  • Add a Little Spice, Live a Little Longer

    If you're not a fan of spicy foods, you might reconsider. A recent study suggests regularly eating spicy foods--in particular, chili peppers--may lengthen your life.

  • Too Many Sweet Drinks May Be Bad for Your Liver

    It probably isn't news to you that drinking lots of alcohol can harm your liver. But what about sugar-sweetened beverages? Think soda, fruit juice, and sports and energy drinks. A recent study suggests they also may be bad for your liver.

  • Vaccine Lessens Pain from Shingles

    Only about 1 out of 4 eligible older adults has had the shot for shingles. That leaves many seniors at high risk for the condition and the lasting pain it may cause, according to a recent study.

  • Air Pollution May Raise Your Anxiety

    You can't always see air pollution. But your body may still feel its effects. If you have asthma, you may find it harder to breathe when too many pollutants are in the air. A recent study suggests one more ill effect of air pollution: more anxiety.

  • Does Diet Matter Against Alzheimer's Disease?

    Eating a healthy diet may help prevent many diseases. A recent study suggests certain foods may work against this disabling brain illness, too.

  • Adults: Be Safe When Biking

    More Americans are rolling on 2 wheels these days. Biking is a healthy way to cruise around. Plus, more people are choosing to bike to work. But a recent report suggests safety may not always be a top priority for riders.

  • Preventing Poisonings: Know the Latest Threats

    Possible toxins are all around you. Some you may pick out right away, such as a pesticide. Others may not seem as harmful--a household cleaner or medicine. But when ingested by accident or not used in the right way, these products can be poisonous.

  • Looking for the 'Right' Diet?

    Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach. You've probably heard of these popular diet programs. You may even be considering one to help you lose weight. So which one should you choose, if any? A recent review of past studies may give you some invaluable insight.

  • Don't Dismiss That Pap Test

    Cervical cancer can be a crafty disease. It can grow unnoticed in your body. The best way to outwit it is with a Pap test. This screening tool can find the disease early, when it's easier to treat. Unfortunately, some women are still not taking advantage of it, says a recent report.

  • Take a Bite of Wellness! Eat More Fruits and Veggies

    Remember that old adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Well, fruit and its food-group cousin--vegetables--may help fend off the blues, too. A recent study suggests that eating more of both may actually boost your mental health.

  • The Potential Threat of Thirdhand Smoke

    Scientists have been looking at the dangers of secondhand smoke for years. It's been linked to cancer, heart disease, asthma, and other health problems. But they've only started to study the potential threat of thirdhand smoke.

  • Finding Reliable Health Information Online

    The Internet can be a treasure trove of health information. But how much of it can you trust? A recent study suggests it may depend on what you are searching for. Being a savvy online user can help you find credible content.

  • Sleep and the Aging Brain

    Sleep is an essential part of life. Without it, your body--and mind--don't work up to par. That may be especially true as you age. A recent study suggests that older adults who sleep better think better overall.

  • Keep Home Canning Safe

    Summer can be fleeting--its warm embrace lingering for too short a time. Canning is one way you can capture some of the season. The flavors of your garden can last well into winter and beyond. But make sure you do it right to prevent food poisoning.

  • Be Smart About Water Safety

    Warmer weather sends many people into the water. That makes summer a high time for drowning. Fortunately, the latest research shows the number of drowning deaths is falling. But not for all age groups. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones this season.

  • Obesity and Falls: A Risk Factor for Older Adults

    Obesity is linked to many health woes. The list includes heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Here's one you may have never thought of, though: falling. At least for older adults, being obese may actually make falls more likely.

  • Why It's Important to Plan End-of-Life Care

    End-of-life care isn't usually a top-of-mind topic. In fact, a recent study found that many people know little about it. But understanding your choices and making them known now can ensure you get the care you want if you ever become seriously ill or hurt.

  • Another Stop-Smoking Benefit: Better Mental Health

    Lung cancer. Heart disease. Asthma. Smoking can lead to these and many other health problems. But in case you need another reason to not light up, consider this: Quitting may improve your mental health.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Could You Be Addicted to Shopping?

    Shopping may seem like a harmless activity. Perhaps the only downfall: your empty wallet. But for some people, shopping can turn into an addiction.