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Some Heavy Kids at Risk of Blindness, Study Says

Brain condition that can steal sight more common among overweight girls, researchers report. Some overweight or obese children are at increased risk f continue reading »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria No Cause for Panic, Experts Say

Cases of illness are relatively rare and treatable with antibiotics if caught early, they stress. Despite scary headlines by the score, most people don't have to fear that they'll be the continue reading »

Discovery Familia Joins In The Fight Against Obesity Among Hispanics

The Network Commits to Phase Two of "The President's Challenge" - Looking to Motivate Hispanics Nationwide to Actively Participate in "PALA+" - Discovery Familia announced today that it has joi continue reading »

Health Tip: Avoiding Gluten

A key task if you have celiac disease - People with celiac disease should avoid eating gluten, a protein found in most grains, especially wheat. The Academy of Nutrition and Dieteti continue reading »

Injury-Linked Deaths Vary Widely Among States

Report finds too few states require proven safety policies that would save lives. New Mexico has the highest rate of injury-related deaths in the United States, while New Jersey has the lowest rate, according to a new report. continue reading »

U.S. Teens Heading for Heart Trouble: Study

High 'bad' cholesterol, pre-diabetes or diabetes affect almost one-quarter of teens. Many American teenagers, including some with a normal, healthy weight, already have one or more risk factors for heart disease, researchers say. continue reading »

Health Tip: Log Migraine Details in a Diary

Including the day, time and duration. Tracking your migraines can better prepare you to prevent or treat these often-debilitating headaches. The Womenshealth.gov website suggests what to log in a headache diary: continue reading »

Developmental Woes Common in Siblings of Children With Autism

Some show subtle developmental delays, study finds. One in three children with an older sibling who has an autism spectrum disorder, or problems with social interaction and communication, continue reading »

Urban Hospitals May Act as Breeding Ground for MRSA

'Superbug' then spreads to regional facilities, Scottish study suggests. A dangerous antibiotic-resistant "superbug" appears to originate in hospitals in large cities and then spreads to smaller hospitals, according to a new study. continue reading »

Health Tip: Tame Your Food Cravings

Wait 20 minutes, since cravings usually are short-lived. Food cravings can pull you off course when you're trying to diet and eat in a healthful way. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers continue reading »

Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Not Cut Colon Cancer Risk

Despite some hope from prior research, study finds no benefit from beta blocker medications. Widely used blood pressure medications called beta blockers do not cut a person's odds of developing colon cancer, a new study contends. continue reading »

Decline In Premature Births Leads to Improved Infant Survival

More than 1,000 fewer babies died before celebrating their first birthday between 2007 and 2008, and many of them had the benefit of a full-term pregnancy, according to data released today by the National Center for Health Statistics. continue reading »

Dengue Costs Puerto Rico Almost $40 Billion Per Year

A study in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has revealed that mosquito-borne dengue disease costs the island territory of Peru ne continue reading »

Many Women Still Smoke During Pregnancy

New study finds white moms-to-be are more likely to light up than blacks, Hispanics. Too many American women still smoke during their pregnancies, a new report finds, a continue reading »

Scleroderma Complications Worse in Blacks Than Whites: Study

The autoimmune disease, which affects tissue throughout the body, can lead to scarred lungs. A new study finds that black patients with scleroderma have more sever continue reading »

Study: Kids Who Sleep in Parents’ Bed Less Likely to Be Overweight

Children allowed to snuggle up with mom, dad may feel more secure and eat less, researchers say. Children who wake up at night and are allowed to fall back asleep i continue reading »

FDA Seems to Back Pill to Help Prevent HIV

Truvada's been shown to stop infection with AIDS virus, but critics see drawbacks. U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers will meet Thursday to decide whethe continue reading »

Screening Women for Domestic Violence Could Help Prevent Abuse

Review shows benefits of routine checks at clinics, in doctors' offices. Routine screening of women for domestic violence could reduce cases of abuse and injuries, a new analysis indicates. continue reading »

That Long Commute May Be Harming Your Health

Study found that as drives got longer, waistlines expanded and fitness levels dropped. Now there's another reason to hate your commute. continue reading »

Study: More Pre-Teens Get Vaccines When Middle Schools Require Them

Vaccinations protect against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases, experts say. Pre-teens living in states that require vaccinations for incoming midd continue reading »