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Crunchy or smooth? Food's texture may sway perception of calories

Creamy butter or ice cream versus a crunchy granola bar: A new study suggests that the texture of foods influences people's dieting choices.

Yoga big on West Coast, chiropractors popular in Midwest

Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains.

Less salt use tied to drop in British heart deaths

A drop in salt consumption likely played a big role in a recent large reduction in deaths related to heart disease and stroke in England, a new study suggests.

A doctor's 'people skills' affects patients' health

A doctor's "bedside manner" seems to have a real effect on patients' health, a new research review suggests.

Beans, lentils, peas: Your recipe for lower cholesterol?

Eating beans, lentils and other legumes may help you cut down on LDL "bad" cholesterol and lower your risk for heart disease, a new review suggests.

CDC salt guidelines too low for good health

Don't toss out your salt shaker just yet: A new analysis from Denmark finds current recommended salt guidelines may be too low.

Too much running tied to shorter life span

Running regularly has long been linked to a host of health benefits, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol.

Fruits and veggies may reduce death risk

A diet filled with fresh produce is good for your health, and now a large study suggests that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may substantially cut your risk of death.

Stronger muscles may mean better health for kids

Preteens with strong muscles may have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and body-fat levels than their less brawny peers, a new study suggests.

Fewer Americans would smoke if cessation treatments were covered

More Americans would quit smoking if coverage for every type of smoking-cessation treatment was provided by all state Medicaid programs, and if states removed barriers to coverage, according to a federal government study.

Smoking bans linked to drop in premature births, kids' asthma attacks

Bans on smoking in public places and the workplace in North America and Europe are linked to a 10 percent drop in premature births and the number of children going to the hospital for an asthma flare-up.

Marathon training might boost heart health

Marathon training may be a good way for middle-aged men to reduce their risk of heart problems, a new study suggests.

Exercise affects men's, women's hearts differently

The formula doctors use to evaluate treadmill stress tests, and thereby assess heart health, doesn't account for important differences between men and women, a new study contends.

Take heart: Mediterranean diet combats diabetes

Adhering to a so-called Mediterranean diet may reduce your risk of diabetes, especially if you're at high risk for heart disease.

Ways to cut your colon cancer risk

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, but there are ways of reducing your risk.

When moms get active, kids follow

Want to keep your little kids active? A new study suggests that mothers may be the key: Preschool children with more active moms appear more likely to be active themselves.

More muscles linked to longer life

The more muscle older adults have, the lower their risk of death, according to a new study.

Offices with open floor plans tied to more sick days

Offices with open floor plans and no individual workstations may take a toll on employee health, a new study from Sweden suggests.

Keep your heart healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and 49 percent of adults have at least one risk factor for the disease.

Flu can infect many without causing symptoms

Think you know who has the flu? Think again: a new study finds that three-quarters of people infected with seasonal flu and swine flu in recent years showed no symptoms.

'Five-second' food rule may be real

The five-second rule -- pick up that dropped food on the floor fast if you want to safely eat it -- may have some basis in reality, researchers report.

Protein from meat, fish may help men age well

Older men may gain a boost physically, mentally and socially if they eat a diet rich in meat and fish, according to a new study from Japan.

Weed use up, cocaine use down

Americans' use of cocaine fell by half from 2006 to 2010, but marijuana use increased by more than 30 percent during that time, according to a new report.

Do harder working husbands have healthier wives?

Husbands beware: Wives now have another reason to want you to work longer and harder. The more a male spouse works, the healthier his wife will be, new research suggests.

Balanced diet during pregnancy may lower risk of preterm delivery

Expectant mothers are often told to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and a new study adds to evidence that a healthy diet is linked to a reduced risk of premature birth.

Diet to reduce blood pressure may also stave off kidney stones

A diet originally designed to lower blood pressure may also be effective for preventing kidney stones, according to a new study.

Schools add more fruits, veggies to the '3 Rs'

Under new U.S. guidelines on school lunches, low-income students are eating more fruits and vegetables, according to a new study.

FDA's new food labels would focus on calories, sugar content

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally proposed Thursday updating the "nutrition facts" labels on food products to better reflect Americans' current eating habits and health concerns.

Flu shot may lower stroke risk

Getting the seasonal flu shot could provide a bonus: It might also significantly reduce your risk of stroke, a new study suggests.

Beauty, not health may spur teens to use sunscreen

If you really want to motivate teens to use sunscreen, you might try appealing to their vanity.

Safe sex education must start long before teens engage in sex

Having a stable home life as a child, nice friends and success at school reduces the odds of getting sexually transmitted diseases as a young adult, according to a new study.

Who's a hunk depends on time of the month

So, when you're in between menstrual periods, that shy, sensitive guy may make your heart flutter, but the burly man with the deep voice looks inexplicably irresistible when you're ovulating.

'Talking' medical devices, apps continue to evolve

They remind you when it's time to take your medicine, coach you through emergency medical procedures and text you their approval when you eat your veggies.

Moderate exercise may cut women's stroke risk

Brisk walking, tennis and other types of moderate exercise may lower a woman's stroke risk by one-fifth, a new study says.

U.S. teens eat too much salt, hiking obesity risk

American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns.

Many young Americans with HIV delay treatment

A troubling new study finds that one-third to nearly half of American teens and young adults with HIV delay treatment until their infection is advanced, putting them at risk for serious health problems.

Are you addicted to being too busy?

These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life

Stressed by work-life balance? Just exercise

Feeling conflicted by the push-pull of work and family life? New research suggests that regular exercise can help balance out those feelings.

10 heart-healthy Valentine’s dinner date ideas

Before you head out with your date or loved-one wrapped around your arm, take a moment to consider a few of these tips to keep your special, Valentine's Day dinner a little more heart-healthy.

Gov't wants to update food labels

America's food labels may get their first makeover in more than 20 years.

How to prevent winter sports injuries

Get out and enjoy winter but take steps to protect yourself from common ski- and snowboard-related injuries such as sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures, an orthopedist says.

5 naturally soothing scents

While we can’t always crawl into bed at any given hour in the day, we can surround ourselves with calming aromas at anytime. Here are five scents that have been proven to naturally soothe.

Could turning down the thermostat help you lose weight?

Could your warm and cozy home be hindering your weight-loss efforts?

Extra sleep in morning may help teens stay alert in class

Delaying the morning school bell might help teens avoid sleep deprivation, according to a new study. Later school start times appear to improve teens' sleep and reduce their daytime sleepiness.

Sunlight might be good for your blood pressure

Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why.

No proof that 'blood-type' diets work

The so-called "blood-type diet" may be trendy, but there's no scientific evidence to support it, a new study says.

Quinoa may be safe grain for people with celiac disease

The grain quinoa seems safe for people with celiac disease, a new British study suggests.

Americans eating better, cutting calories

American adults are eating healthier diets, making better use of nutrition information on food labels, consuming more fiber and less cholesterol, and getting fewer calories from total fat and saturated fat.

Your guide to keeping kids healthy

Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice.

Easier way for doctors to identify substance abuse?

A single question may help doctors determine whether a patient has a drug or alcohol problem and the level of abuse, a new study suggests.

Want to stay healthy? Try washing your hands

Like "Turn out the lights" and "Don't slam the door," being told to "Wash your hands" is one of those universal instructions children hear every day.

Stocking epinephrine in schools might save lives

As a pediatrician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Denny has seen her share of the life-threatening reactions that can happen with food allergies.

Media focus on obesity may backfire for some women

Feeling a little fat after the holidays? Beware. Reading a news story that seems to devalue people who are overweight might make you more likely to reach for snacks to soothe your anxiety.

Ban on class of chemicals lowers human exposures

The banning of certain types of a common class of chemicals known as phthalates has reduced Americans' exposure to the chemicals' potential harms, a new study suggests.

Women more open to weight-loss surgery

Women are four times more likely than men to seek weight-loss surgery, a new study finds.

Ease into a workout program to prevent injuries

If your New Year's resolution was to get in shape, you should ease into your exercise program, an expert warns. Trying to get quick results could do more harm than good.

Your daily coffee just might jolt your memory

Swarms of morning commuters clutch cups of coffee to kick-start the workday. But a new study suggests caffeine might do more for the brain than boost alertness -- it may help memory too.

CDC: Docs aren't doing enough to discourage problem drinking

Doctors aren't talking often enough with their patients about the harmful effects of alcohol, even if those patients are binge drinkers, U.S. health officials reported.

5 ways to keep skin healthy all winter

Between the cold dry air outdoors and the hot dry air indoors, skin definitely needs a little more TLC. Read on to find out how to winter-proof your skin care routine.

Labeling food with 'stop' or 'go' colors might spur healthier diet

Hospitals might be able to coax cafeteria customers to buy healthier food by adjusting item displays to have traffic light-style green, yellow and red labels based on their level of nutrition, new research suggests.

The cold, hard truth about surviving bitter winter weather

The record-shattering cold weather that's gripping much of the United States can pose extreme health risks, doctors warned Monday.

Get fit before you hit the slopes

Downhill skiing is a great way to enjoy winter, but you need to prepare your body beforehand to reduce the risk of injuries, an expert suggests.

Weight fluctuations: Why does the scale say that?

Most women play some version of the scale game whenever they weigh themselves, but the truth is there are at least eight reasons why the numbers can fluctuate so much.

Winter chores made easier - and safer

Cold weather sure does make household tasks pile up. Before you tackle your to-do list, chill out with these tips from injury-prevention experts.

Slow eating might help curb calories

As people look for fresh strategies to cut back on calories and shed pounds, a new study suggests that simply eating more slowly can significantly reduce how much people eat in a single sitting.

A guide to smoking-cessation options

People who want to quit smoking cigarettes no longer have to suffer through cold-turkey withdrawal.

Big cigarette tax hikes might prevent 200 million deaths in a century

Tripling cigarette taxes around the world -- an ambitious notion -- would prevent 200 million people from dying prematurely over a century and shrink the number of smokers worldwide by one-third, a new review estimates.

E-cigarettes: Separating fiction from fact

It's the new year, a time when a smokers' thoughts often turn to quitting.

Total smoking bans work better than halfway measures

Total smoking bans in homes and cities greatly increase the likelihood that smokers will cut back or quit, according to a new study.

Home remedies for a potential hangover

Find out what really happens to your body when you have a hangover and how you can best prevent or treat the symptoms.

New year, new exercises!

The latest workout trends will help you avoid the same old routine and have you hitting your goals in no time.

10 tips for responsible drinking on New Year's Eve

Here are the top 10 tips that will allow holiday revelers to tie one on responsibly.

Peer pressure may influence your food choices

Peer pressure might play a part in what you eat and how much you eat, a new review suggests.

7 good luck foods for the new year

With all the feelings of hope and inspiration a new year brings, why not add some good luck into the mix? The following are some of the foods that are associated with good luck in the New Year.

5 inspiring new year's resolutions you can keep

If the new year’s resolutions you’ve made already sound unrealistic, here are some new ones that you’ll actually be inspired to keep.

Keep the holidays merry for kids with diabetes

The holidays are a potentially dangerous time for children with diabetes, an expert warns, and parents need to take steps to keep them safe.

Working out might help counteract holiday eating excess

Stuffing yourself with too many holiday goodies? Exercising daily might reduce the harmful effects to your health, according to a small new study.

Gov't wants tighter rules on antibacterial soaps, body washes

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it wants makers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to prove their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than regular soaps.

Good body image goes hand in hand with happier relationship

Women who are happy with their bodies are better able to maintain a happy relationship, a new study finds.

Switching to healthier eating may cost you more

Does it really cost more to stick to a healthy diet? The answer is yes, but not as much as many people think, according to a new study.

Male birth control shows promise in mice

A safe and effective male birth control pill may be inching closer to reality, according to researchers.

Graphic warnings on cigarette packs may cut smoking rates

Pictures of diseased lungs and other types of graphic warning labels on cigarette packs could cut the number of smokers in the United States by as much as 8.6 million people.

Coping tips for winter skin

The cold, dry air of winter can deplete your skin of moisture and cause "winter itch."

Regrets about sex may depend on your gender

If remorse over sex strikes a man or a women, he'll likely regret a lost opportunity while she'll fret over a one-night stand, a new study shows.

Talking openly with partner linked to HIV testing in teens

Teens who are in committed relationships and have good communication with their partner are among those most likely to get tested for HIV, a new study finds.

Want to stay young? Start moving

A new study finds that exercise among older adults helps ward off depression, dementia and other health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Could good manners help spur holiday weight gain?

Politeness and consideration for fellow diners could play a role in holiday weight gain, a new study suggests.

Cash incentives spur poor to buy healthier foods

A recent program encouraged healthy eating by offering extra spending power to poor people who get government assistance to buy food. The only catch: They had to purchase healthier types of food at farmers' markets.

Sodas, other sweet drinks tied to higher risk for endometrial cancer

Older women who drink lots of soda and other sugary beverages may be at higher risk for endometrial cancer, a new study suggests.

Steady sleep schedule may help keep weight off

Women who go to bed and wake up at regular times tend to maintain a healthy weight, a new study suggests.

Healthy lifestyle may mean healthy pregnancy

Certain lifestyle factors may improve women's chances of having a healthy pregnancy, according to a new study.

How to be grateful during the holidays -- and all year long

There’s nothing like gathering with loved ones around a bountiful holiday table to make us count our blessings. But giving thanks shouldn’t be something we only practice once a year.

Your afternoon coffee might trigger a bad night's sleep

Bad news for caffeine addicts: That midday coffee pick-me-up might increase your odds for a sleepless night, new research shows.

Could elite athletes have lower risk for diabetes?

Being an elite athlete, especially in an endurance sport, may help protect men against Type 2 diabetes later in life, a small new study finds.

Acrylamide: An unwelcome part of your diet

Reducing your consumption of certain types of fried foods can help lower the amount of a possible cancer-causing chemical in your diet, according to U.S. health officials.

Some doctors challenge new statin guidelines

A new online cholesterol risk calculator produced by two leading U.S. heart organizations is flawed and overstates a person's risk of heart disease, a pair of Harvard Medical School professors say.

Exercise in pregnancy may boost baby's brain

Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research.

Meat products could raise diabetes risk

To avoid developing Type 2 diabetes, you may have been told to watch your calories and kick up your activity level. Now researchers say there's something else you might consider: your so-called dietary acid load.

Exercise may help ease depression in teens

Teens can suffer from depression like everyone else, but a small new study hints that exercise might help ease the condition.

Study probes why exercise leaves women more breathless than men

It's widely known that women find it harder to breathe during exercise than men of a similar age -- even among those with heart and lung disease. And now researchers say they've discovered why.

FDA trans fat ban good for America's heart health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to ban trans fats from the food supply will trigger some scrambling by manufacturers and restaurant chains, but ultimately it will be a boon to the nation's health.

Calm after a marital storm? Look to the wife

A happy marriage may depend on a wife being able to calm down after a heated argument. But a husband's ability to cool off after a fight has little to no bearing on long-term marital satisfaction, a new study suggests.

Bisexual men aren't at greater HIV risk

A review of previous research reveals that bisexual men aren't more likely than heterosexual men to have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Talking to partners about STDs often awkward

Many people find it difficult to talk with their partners about sexually transmitted diseases, and public health campaigns need to find better ways to promote these types of conversations, according to a new study.

Gaps in smoke-free workplace laws may leave many exposed

State laws have reduced the overall rates of secondhand-smoke exposure for many workers, but people in certain occupations are still vulnerable, according to a new study.

Romance can sour when only one partner slims down

A romantic relationship can change when one partner slims down, and not always in a good way, new research suggests.

Stem cell transplants may harm recipient's sex life

Blood and bone marrow stem cell transplants may put a damper on the sex lives of cancer patients, a new study suggests.

Men may stroll a little slower down lovers' lane

Love may not only be blind and make the heart beat faster, it might also make a man's feet move more slowly, a new study finds.

Weight-loss surgery seems to beat diet and exercise

For people who have a lot of weight to lose, weight-loss surgery appears more effective than diet and exercise, a new review suggests.

Flu season off to slow start . . .

The 16-day federal government shutdown earlier this month hindered the ability of U.S. health officials to monitor flu activity around the country.

Stress-busting tips from experts

Nobody is immune from the negative health effects of stress. The good news is that staying active is a natural and effective way to reduce stress.

Five steps to avoid osteoporosis

As the population ages, experts expect the number of women with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis to surge.

Kids who exercise more may get better grades

Getting regular daily exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity may also boost students' academic performance, according to a new U.K. study.

Social networking sites may help smokers kick the habit

Smokers who turn to social networking sites focused on quitting smoking form strong supportive bonds with their like-minded peers, a new study reveals. And these cyber-connections boost the odds they'll kick their habit.

Healthy eating can help marathoners cross finish line

With the New York City Marathon just two weeks away, a sports diet expert advises runners that proper nutrition and hydration are crucial for anyone training for the Nov. 3 race.

One-third of U.S. adults are obese

The adult obesity rate in the United States remains as high as ever, with one in three Americans carrying unhealthy amounts of weight, according to a new federal report.

Men with deep voices attract more women

Men with deep voices have a leg up on those who don't, a new Canadian study suggests, at least when it comes to finding a mate.

Meds that prevent HIV infection don't spur risky behavior

HIV-negative heterosexuals who take drugs that protect them from contracting the AIDS virus from their HIV-positive partners don't engage in more risky sexual behaviors, according to a new study.

U.S. teens more vulnerable to genital herpes

Today's teens may be at higher risk than ever of contracting genital herpes because they don't have enough immune system antibodies to shield them against the sexually transmitted virus, a new study suggests.

How much alcohol in your drink? Stronger beverages make it tough to tell

Thanks to rising alcohol levels in wine and beer, the drinks served in bars and restaurants are often more potent than people realize, a new report shows.

Overweight teen years tied to later cancer risk

Overweight teens are at increased for developing esophageal cancer later in life, new research says.

Exercise may lower risk of esophageal cancer

Physical activity may reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, a new review finds.

Yoga fails to cool hot flashes, but may aid sleep

Practicing yoga may not ease menopausal hot flashes, but it might help women sleep a bit easier, a new clinical trial suggests.

Do breast implants boost women's sex lives?

Women who got breast implants said the surgery spiced up their sex lives, a small, preliminary study found.

Your aquarium can be source of skin infections

Delayed diagnosis and treatment of a skin infection linked to contaminated water in home aquariums is common, according to a new study.

Literature lovers may 'read' other people better

Reading award-winning literature may boost your ability to read other people, too, a new study suggests.

More evidence that exercise can help prevent high blood pressure

Exercising during your leisure time could help prevent high blood pressure, but being physically active at work doesn't seem to provide the same benefit, according to a new review.

Shape, size of wine glass may skew how much you pour

You may be serving wine with a heavier hand than you believe: The size, shape and location of a wine glass can affect how much you pour into the glass, according to a new study.

CDC reports more americans getting flu shots

Although more Americans than ever are getting their annual flu shots, U.S. health officials said Thursday that the rates could be better and urged virtually all Americans to get vaccinated for the coming flu season.

It's not too soon to get your flu shot

This season's flu vaccine is now available, and Americans should get their flu shot as soon as possible, an expert says.

Vitamin D alone doesn't boost bone health

Calcium supplements improve bone health in postmenopausal women, but vitamin D supplements provide no benefit in women with normal vitamin D levels, a new study finds.

U.S. funds new tobacco regulation research centers

A new program creating 14 first-of-a-kind research centers for tobacco regulation in the United States was announced by the federal government on Thursday.

Carbonation may help artificially sweetened soda 'trick' the brain

Did they get your diet soda order right at the drive-thru? It may not be so easy to tell.

Anti-smoking campaign surpasses expectations

Graphic ads depicting the ravages of smoking have generated a bigger than expected response, federal health officials said Thursday.

Blueberries, red grapes may boost body's immune function

Red grapes and blueberries may give your immune system a boost, according to a new study.

Healthy lifestyle may reverse cellular aging

Healthy behaviors such as exercise, good diet and stress management have the potential to reverse aging on a molecular level and partly restore the vitality of a person's cells, according to a new pilot study.

Botox approved as temporary treatment for crow's feet

U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for Cosmetic Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) has been expanded to include moderate-to-severe lateral canthal lines, the medical term for so-called "crow's feet" lines.

Young people may respond better to upbeat health messages

Health and safety campaigns with positive messages might better persuade young people to avoid risky behaviors such as smoking and unprotected sex than campaigns that highlight health dangers, a new study suggests.

Changes in household routines help reduce kids' obesity

Small changes in household routines, such as limiting TV time and increasing sleep time, can help minimize excess weight gain in young children at high risk of obesity, according to new research.

Commercial baby foods fall short for nutrition

Commercial baby foods don't meet infants' dietary needs when they are weaning, according to a new study.

Short sleep on work nights common

Sleep culture seems to vary depending on where you live, according to an international survey.

E-cigarettes may equal nicotine patches for smoking cessation

Electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches are equally effective at helping smokers quit, according to findings from what's thought to be the first clinical trial to compare the two methods.

'Tips from smokers' campaign beat expectations

A hard-hitting national smoking-cessation campaign -- the first ever to be federally funded -- proved very successful, essentially tripling the number of smokers that officials hoped would be inspired to quit.

Winter depression may be less common than believed

Feel the blues in the winter? You might blame seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that's thought to be driven by weather and the time of year. Now, a new study raises questions about whether this condition is as common as researchers have believed.

Looking sleepy speaks volumes

Every face tells a story, and when you've had too little sleep the world sees it in technicolor, a new study suggests.

U.S. drinking water sanitation still a concern

While U.S. water sanitation has improved, bacteria-laden drinking water continues to cause disease outbreaks, according to a report released Thursday by federal health officials.

Lessons learned from cantaloupe-listeria outbreak

Of all the dangerous bacteria lurking in foods, perhaps the most deadly is listeria, and the lesson from a 2011 outbreak is to always handle food safely, U.S. health officials say.

Glass of wine a day may ward off depression

In the same way that a little wine may be good for the heart, it might also help avoid depression, a Spanish study suggests.

Middle-aged health behavior a matter of degrees

Middle-aged Americans with a college degree are more likely to make healthy lifestyle changes when confronted with a health problem than those who dropped out of college or never went, new research finds.

Brain size may yield clues to anorexia

Teens with anorexia nervosa have bigger brains than those without the eating disorder, a finding that suggests biology may play a larger role in the condition than realized.

Could heavy coffee drinking help men battle prostate cancer?

Men with a history of prostate cancer who drank four or more cups of coffee daily had a 59 percent lower risk of seeing their cancer worsen or return, a new study found.

Scientists pinpoint source of mercury in Pacific Ocean fish

Levels of mercury in Pacific Ocean fish are likely to rise over coming decades, say researchers who report they've discovered how mercury gets into open-ocean fish.

Calcium plus vitamin D won't cure joint pain

Older women seeking a cure for swollen, painful joints likely will find that taking calcium and vitamin D supplements won't reduce the severity of their condition, a new study reveals.

Volunteering may make people happier

Volunteering may improve your mental health and help you live longer, a new review suggests.

Could flu shots help prevent heart attacks?

Getting a flu shot could help protect against a heart attack, Australian researchers say.

Taking a bath after a workout? Hold the ice, researchers say

Taking an ice bath after a workout does not reduce soreness or strength loss, according to a new study.

Genetic risks for eating disorders, alcoholism may be connected

Alcoholism and certain types of eating disorders share common genetic risk factors, according to a new study.

HIV patients get a mental lift from exercise

Regular exercise can give a brain boost to people with HIV, according to a new study.

Certain beer brands tied to more ER visits

Five brands accounted for the largest amounts of beer consumed by people before they were treated for injuries at an emergency department in a large U.S. city, according to a new pilot study.

Backpack safety tips for back to school

As the start of a new school year approaches, parents need to think about the comfort and safety of their children's backpacks, an expert says.

High-fat diets may spur overeating, mouse study suggests

Many people who have tried to give up fatty foods in favor of healthier choices have found themselves obsessing over cookies or chips. Choosing a salad over a cheeseburger can feel like a Herculean act of will.

Partner's chronic pain can interfere with your sleep

If your partner suffers chronic pain from knee osteoarthritis, your sleep and mood may suffer as well, according to a new study.

Heavy coffee drinking tied to shorter lives for younger adults

Hold the java and listen up: A new study suggests that people under 55 who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are more likely to die early than others.

One exercise session won't bring a good night's sleep

If you decide to hit the gym in hopes that a quick dose of exercise will cure your insomnia, a new study suggests that will not be enough.

CDC: Heavy drinking a costly burden to U.S.

Excessive drinking is a major economic problem in the United States, costing billions of dollars in health care costs, lost worker productivity and other consequences involved, the federal government reported Tuesday.

Eating fish may be tied to lower rheumatoid arthritis risk

Women who regularly get some fish in their diet may have a relatively lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a large new study suggests.

Urging your partner to diet may backfire

Urging a partner to diet may seem like a supportive thing to do, but a new study finds it can trigger unhealthy habits such as fasting and taking diet pills -- measures that can then lead to severe eating disorders.

Is your bed hot? How to sleep cooler

There are ways to have a tolerable night's sleep without air conditioning in one's bedroom. Here's how.

Indoor incense triggers lung cell inflammation

Burning incense indoors releases air pollutants that cause inflammation in human lung cells, a new study finds.

Walking to work tied to lower diabetes risk

People who walk to work are 40 percent less likely to develop diabetes and 17 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who drive, according to a new study.

FDA defines 'gluten-free' for food labels

That loaf of bread or can of soup may be labeled "gluten-free," but is it really?

U.S. obesity-prevention efforts fall short

As the obesity epidemic continues among young and old alike, a new report finds the United States lagging behind other countries in evaluating and selecting the best programs and policies to curb the problem.

If parents ever smoked, teens may be more likely to light up

Teens of a parent who smoked -- even if the mother or father quit before the teen was born -- are more likely to smoke than those whose parents are nonsmokers, a new study finds.

How many extra calories add up to obesity for kids?

Overweight kids may be consuming far more calories than their doctors or parents realize, a new study suggests.

Watch out for backyard allergy triggers

Allergy and asthma triggers can turn your backyard from a summer oasis into a place of misery if you don't take precautions, experts say.

Americans living longer, healthier lives

Not only has Americans' life expectancy increased in recent decades, they also are healthier later in life, a new study shows.

Germs in the gym

Talk about an unwanted pass -- basketballs and volleyballs can spread potentially dangerous germs among players, according to a new study.

Skipping breakfast may not lead to weight gain after all

Skipping breakfast may not sabotage your waistline after all, a small, new study suggests.

Red wine supplement may block benefits of exercise in older men

New research suggests that resveratrol, a natural antioxidant found in red grapes and products derived from them -- such as red wine -- could offset the health benefits of exercise in older men.

Breathalyzer device tells you when your workout is burning fat

A new, portable breathalyzer that pairs with a smartphone and Bluetooth can measure how well you're burning body fat and help you gauge the success of your diet and exercise program, according to a new report from Japan.

Many docs don't discuss dietary supplements

Doctors do a poor job of providing patients with information about vitamins, minerals, herbs and other dietary supplements, a new study says.

Bright lights, safe cities

Americans who live in cities are less likely to die from accidental injuries than those who live in rural areas, a new study says.

Single men show higher risk of cancer-linked oral HPV

It's rare for men to contract an oral HPV infection, but single men and smokers face a relatively greater risk, a new study suggests.

Weight loss may help thwart diabetes

Overweight people with pre-diabetes can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by losing a significant amount of weight, according to new research.

Gluten-free, worry-free in Georgia

Though giving up gluten has become somewhat of a fad, some people -- beyond those with celiac disease -- can reap real benefits from going gluten-free.

'Female' X chromosome may play part in sperm production

Researchers have made the surprising finding that the "female" X chromosome may have an important function in sperm production.

Don't let hair care lead to hair damage

Improper use of styling tools and hair care techniques can cause hair damage and loss, according to experts.

Is a gluten-free diet right for you?

Chances are you know at least one person who's given up eating gluten. Maybe you've even given it up yourself. But who can really benefit from a gluten-free diet?

Long-distance relationship may strengthen couple's bond

Does distance really make the heart grow fonder? Maybe so: According to a new study, people in long-distance romantic relationships can form stronger bonds than those in normal relationships.

New treatments show promise against drug-resistant gonorrhea

Two new promising treatments for gonorrhea may help fight the growth of drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted bacteria, according to a new U.S. government study.

Sweet tooth may foretell of binge drinking

A love of sweets might predict a fondness for the bottle, a new study suggests.

Boosting access to healthier grocery stores might not improve eating habits

"If you build it, they will come" might not apply to putting more grocery stores in poor Americans' neighborhoods.

Ready to get in shape? Ease into exercise

Watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi may inspire some to get off the couch and begin working out or playing sports, but it's important to ease into these activities, an expert suggests.

Could low-fat yogurt help ward off diabetes?

People looking to avoid type 2 diabetes might want to increase the amount of yogurt they eat, a new study by British researchers suggests.

Want to keep the weight off? Weekday meals may be key

People trying to lose weight should pay close attention to what they eat during the week, and not worry as much about enjoying themselves during the weekend, a new study suggests.

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