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Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. More>>

School bans on chocolate milk may backfire

Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found. More>>

Bleeding irregularities common in menopause

Extended and heavy menstrual bleeding during menopause is common, according to a new study. More>>

Blood test aims to predict breast cancer's return

A new blood test may one day help predict the recurrence of breast cancer and also a woman's response to breast cancer treatment, researchers report. More>>

Young dads at risk of depressive symptoms

Young fathers may be at increased risk of depression symptoms after their baby arrives, all the way through to the child's kindergarten, a new study suggests. More>>

Does housework count as exercise?

Most household chores can count toward your physical activity quota, but to really stay fit, you need to make sure you're getting your heart rate up. More>>

Social skills a casualty of childhood head injury

Serious head injuries may be linked to children's lack of ability to interact with others, a new study indicates. More>>

Aerobic exercise may help older women at risk for dementia

Regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain's memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia, according to a small new study. More>>

Pfizer reports promising results for cancer drug

An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday. More>>

Intensive care unit related depression often overlooked

One-third of patients admitted to an intensive care unit develop depression that causes physical symptoms rather than the typical psychological signs, a new study finds. More>>

Drinking milk may slow knee arthritis in women

Milk may be a useful weapon against arthritis of the knee for women, but the same can't be said for yogurt or cheese, a new study says. More>>

Heart disease haunted mummies, too

Though the pyramids are proof of the ancient Egyptians' architectural skills, new research on mummies tucked away inside them unearths a lesser known fact: heart disease was as common then as it is today. More>>

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. More>>

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. More>>

Space travel alters shape of human heart

The hearts of astronauts become more spherical when they spend long stretches of time in space, and this change might lead to heart problems, a new study indicates. More>>

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. More>>

Doctors really do raise your blood pressure

Patients' blood pressure readings are notably higher when they're taken by a doctor than by a nurse, a new study finds. More>>

Spanking triggers vicious cycle

Parents who spank unruly children may not know it, but they are participating in a vicious cycle that will lead to both more spankings and more misbehavior in coming years, a new study suggests. More>>

Drunk-driving deaths under-reported in U.S.

Alcohol's role in U.S. traffic deaths is significantly under-reported, a new study shows. More>>

Daily exercise lowers breast cancer risk

Getting more than an hour of physical activity each day can reduce women's risk for breast cancer, new research suggests. More>>

No-fridge nasal vaccines on the horizon

Nasal-spray vaccines that don't require refrigeration -- which are still in the experimental stage -- could help protect people in remote regions from future disease outbreaks, according to a researcher. More>>

Color vision tends to fade with age

Here's one more ability that seems to decline with age: color sense.
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Head lice growing resistant to standard meds

Most head lice found in North America now carry a gene mutation that makes them resistant to standard over-the-counter treatments, a new study cautions. More>>

18,000 volunteers to test 'chocolate pills'

There may soon be a way to reap the benefits of dark chocolate without the calories. More>>

Yes, you can catch a bad mood on Facebook

Before you post your latest mood on Facebook, consider whether it's a mood you want your friends to catch. More>>

'Love hormone' may help those with anorexia

A small, preliminary study hints that a hormone connected to positive feelings could help ease obsessions with food and obesity in people with anorexia. More>>

Are you musical or tone deaf? Genes may be key

Inheriting certain inner-ear genes may make for top-notch musical chops. More>>

New knees, hips may also help the heart

A knee or hip joint replacement may provide a surprising benefit: better heart health. More>>

When smartphone is near, parenting may falter

Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table. More>>

Could more time on Facebook help spur eating disorders?

Young women who spend a lot of time on Facebook tend to be more likely to be concerned about their body image and could be at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study suggests. More>>

Tips to improve your brain power and memory

While we do lose brain cells past the teenage years, there’s accumulating evidence that we can also foster new ones. More>>

He makes nutritionists frown, but a man who ate all of his meals at McDonald's for six months says he's lighter and healthier as he nears the end of his unconventional weight-loss plan. More>>

2-Mile daily walk might help fight COPD

Taking daily walks of at least two miles can reduce hospitalizations from severe episodes of a life-threatening breathing disorder, new research suggests. More>>

Hangovers don't delay the next drink

Hangovers don't influence when people will have their next drink, according to a new study that challenges some common beliefs. More>>

Heart attack risk rises in hours after angry outburst

A new study might supply another reason to keep your cool under stress. Researchers say angry outbursts may raise your odds for a heart attack or stroke in the hours after the incident. More>>

Baby 'sleep machines' could damage hearing

Some of the "sleep machines" marketed to soothe infants seem capable of generating enough noise to potentially damage a baby's hearing, a new study suggests. More>>

Common asthma meds may raise sleep apnea risk

Medicines commonly used to control asthma may increase the risk of a potentially serious sleep problem in some people, a small, early study suggests. More>>

Secondhand smoke linked to miscarriage risk

Breathing in someone else's tobacco fumes might raise a woman's odds for miscarriage, stillbirth or other complications, a new study suggests. More>>

Nurse caseloads, education tied to surgery outcomes

Patients who've undergone common surgical procedures are more likely to die if they are being treated in hospitals where nurses have heavier workloads and fewer nurses hold a bachelor's degree. More>>

MERS virus that threatens humans also found in camels

Scientists looking for the origin of the MERS virus, which has infected at least 182 people since 2012, have found that it is widespread among camels in Saudi Arabia. More>>

Legal drinking age of 21 saves lives

A legal drinking age of 21 saves lives. And demands by some to lower the age limit should be ignored, a new review says. More>>

Scientists use fishing line, thread to make artificial muscles

Fishing line and sewing thread can create powerful artificial muscles that could be used to help disabled people or to build incredibly strong robots, a new study says. More>>

Do you often recall dreams? Your brain might be more active

People who often remember their dreams have high levels of activity in certain areas of the brain, a new study says. More>>

'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. More>>

Food price hikes may affect those with type 2 diabetes

Food prices are linked to blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. More>>

Flu hits unvaccinated hardest

If you want to avoid the very worst of the flu, get a flu shot. More>>

Obamacare enrollment nears 3.3 million

Nearly 3.3 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the state and federal marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. More>>

Fight norovirus with oregano

A substance in oregano oil may help attack norovirus, an intestinal illness that often affects nursing homes, cruise ships, hospitals and schools. More>>

Quitting smoking linked to better mental health in study

Quitting smoking may be as good for your mental health as it is for your physical health, a new study suggests. More>>

Cat bites may lead to serious infections, hospitalizations

Cat bites may look less serious than dog bites, but beware: They can cause dangerous infections, particularly when they involve the hand, new research indicates. More>>

Common causes of winter allergies

Some allergy sufferers breathe a sigh of relief when colder weather settles in, but for others, allergy symptoms flare. More>>

Shy kids might not have difficulty with language

Shy children do not have difficulties with language, suggests a new study that challenges previous research. More>>

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. More>>

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. More>>

Study ties home births to higher infant death rates

The number of pregnant women who elect to deliver their baby at home is increasing, but home delivery can lead to problems, researchers say. More>>

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 More>>

Docs detail healthy food choices for Super Bowl Sunday

Along with football, food is a major part of the Super Bowl Sunday experience -- but it's a good idea to choose what you eat wisely and avoid overindulging, experts say. More>>

Keep lice off your child's head

It's that time of year when your children are back in school -- and you need to be on the lookout for head lice, an expert says. More>>

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. More>>

Dealing with the deep freeze

As another blast of Arctic air sends millions of Americans into a prolonged deep freeze, doctors are offering advice on dealing with dangerously frigid temperatures. More>>

Fewer Americans lack health insurance, poll finds

The nation's uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as the major coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's health care law got underway, according to a closely watched survey released Thursday. More>>

Time for docs to ditch the white coat?

Could a doctor's white coat or necktie help spread germs among patients? More>>

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. More>>

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. More>>

Okra revisited

In Lagos, Nigeria, the viscous vegetable claims a regular spot at the dinner table. More>>

Having a baby? Price tag for delivery varies widely

The bill for delivering a healthy baby varies enormously among California hospitals, with new mothers facing cost differences of 8- to 10-fold depending on the hospital where they end up giving birth. More>>

Women more open to weight-loss surgery

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

When a common cold becomes more dangerous for kids

Frequent colds are a normal part of young children's lives, but sometimes a stuffy nose becomes a more severe lung infection. Now, a new study clarifies some of the factors that put certain kids at greater risk. More>>

Assaults at schools send 90,000 kids to ER each year

Children and teenagers who are assaulted at school account for nearly 90,000 emergency-room visits in the United States each year, new research finds. More>>

Recession triggered wave of health worries

Americans' concerns about stomach ulcers and other stress-related health problems rose sharply during the recent recession, according to a new study. More>>

U.S. cancer deaths decline again

The rate of cancer deaths among Americans continues to decline, according to a new report. Over the last 20 years, the overall risk of dying from cancer has dropped 20 percent, researchers found. More>>

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. More>>

Avoiding injury during winter sports

Skiing, skating, snowboarding and sledding are great ways to stay active during the winter -- if you take proper safety precautions. More>>

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. More>>

What yoga can and can't do for you

Chances are that you've heard good things about yoga. It can relax you. It can get you fit -- just look at the bodies of some celebrities who sing yoga's praises.
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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. More>>

Keeping healthy during holiday travel

Traveling long distances by plane, car or train over the holidays can pose health risks if you don't take steps to protect yourself, an expert warns. More>>

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