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Heather Link: A Heart Disease Veteran at Age 12

Survivor stresses importance of asking questions and pushing for answers. Even youngsters who seem to be in perfect health can be at risk for heart disease. Just ask Heather Link. continue reading »

More Teen Girls Using Contraceptives: CDC

Increased use may have contributed to drop in teen births, researcher says. More teenage girls are using contraceptives, which may explain part of the dramatic drop in the continue reading »

Health Tip: Recognize Early Signs of Autism

Including no babbling or pointing by age 1. Symptoms of autism can be difficult to recognize in very young children, especially in mild cases or in instances when a child has other mental or physical conditions. continue reading »

U.S. Ranks 131st in World for Premature Birth Rate

More than 15 million -- or 12 percent -- of U.S. babies are born prematurely each year, according to a report released Wednesday by the March of Dimes and several other organizations. continue reading »

Study Finds Direct Link Between Obesity, Heart Disease

Data from more than 75,000 people showed that having a higher BMI, in itself, is harmful. A large new study is the first to show a direct link between a high body-mass index and the risk of deve continue reading »

Woman Misdiagnosed With Cancer After Docs See Fruit Pit in Her Lung - Inhaled in 1984

For the last 28 years, Florida resident Blanca Riveron, 62, suffered through a debilitating and persistent cough. The Cuban-born mother simply suffered through it for ne continue reading »

Study Finds Black Children Less Likely to Get Pain Meds for Abdominal Pain in ER

Black children are less likely than white children to receive medication for abdominal pain in the emergency department (ED) even when they report severe pain, according to a study to be presented Saturday, April 28, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston. continue reading »

Healthy Weight Loss May Also Cut Your Cancer Risk

New study found decrease in inflammation warning signals. Moderate weight loss reduces levels of inflammation that have been tied to certain cancers, at least in postmenopausal women, a new study suggests. continue reading »

How That Glass of Red Wine Might Help You Live Longer

Mouse study suggests synthetic form of compound found in grapes deserves a look. Researchers have found new evidence showing that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, may play a role in preventing cell aging. continue reading »

More Evidence Bilingualism Aids Thinking Skills

Study finds speaking two languages boosts the brain's response to sound. People who speak two languages have enhanced hearing processing, which improves their attention and memory skills, a new, small study says. continue reading »

Disparities Report Highlights Health Care Challenges For Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Underscores importance of Affordable Care Act efforts to improve health care quality and access. The latest National Healthcare Disparities Report released today by the Agency for He continue reading »

Some Schools Don’t Let Kids Carry Asthma Inhalers

Policies run counter to law, place children at risk, experts say. Although all 50 states have laws that allow children with asthma to carry inhalers at school and 48 states have laws that let yo continue reading »

College Kids Often Use Cell Phones While Driving: Study

Students seem to have 'misplaced confidence' in their ability to multitask, researcher says. Distracted driving due to texting and use of other electronic devices is common among college students in California, according to a new study. continue reading »

Cocaine Habit Might Speed Brain Aging

Scans comparing users with non-users showed premature loss of gray matter in drug abusers. Chronic cocaine use may speed up brain aging, a new study suggests. continue reading »

STUDY:  Latinos with Lung Cancer Tend to Live Longer than Others

Hispanic people with lung cancer tend to live longer than white or black people with the disease, according to a new study. continue reading »

Where Are All the Hispanic Doctors? HHS Secretary Sebelius to Tackle Health Care Disparities

HHS Secretary Sebelius to Tackle Health Care Disparities at National Hispanic Medical Association Conference April 26-29 in Washington. HHS Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius will addres continue reading »

Diabetes Groups Issue New Guidelines on Blood Sugar

Type 2 illness can't be treated with one-size-fits-all approach, new recommendations advise. Type 2 diabetes is a complex metabolic disorder, and treating the dise continue reading »

Healthy Lifestyle Choices Could Cut Cancer Rates: Report

But researchers say lawmakers, private industry need to do more to encourage change. Most people know what lifestyle choices will keep the chances of a cancer diagnosis low: Don't smoke, eat healthy, exercise and get the recommended screenings. continue reading »

Optimism Might Cut Your Risk for Heart Attack

Large review also found positive people less likely to suffer stroke. Being upbeat is good for your heart, a new study suggests. Many previous studies have shown that negative mental states -- such as depression, anger, anxiety and hostility -- can harm the heart. continue reading »

Depressed Moms May Hinder Babies’ Sleep

Sad, anxious mothers may seek comfort by picking up their child at night, study suggests. Mothers with depression may behave in ways that disturb their infants' sleep, according to a new study. continue reading »