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Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results.



The fitness placebo: Can you really think yourself fit?

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

If you believe that you are exercising enough, you will live longer than someone who believes that they are not - regardless of activity levels.



Are sugary drink interventions changing people's behavior?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An evaluation of efforts designed to reduce how many sugary drinks we consume shows some success in changing younger people's habits but warns they cannot be the only way to cut consumption.



Dementia: Nonmedical approaches are effective

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:00:00 PDT

One in 3 cases of dementia can be prevented by managing key lifestyle factors, such as engaging in more physical exercise and social activities.



Ehrlichiosis: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Ehrlichiosis is a type of bacterial infection commonly transmitted by the lone star tick. Learn about the symptoms of ehrlichiosis and how it is treated.



Why are African Americans more likely to develop Alzheimer's?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A series of studies sheds new light on the racial disparities among Americans living with Alzheimer's disease. Stress and social adversity play a key role.



Common chemicals in plastic linked to chronic disease

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Chemicals found in many plastics, called phthalates, have once again been linked with a range of chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes.



Iron deficiency may raise heart disease risk

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:00:00 PDT

New research examines the link between iron levels in the body and the risk of developing coronary artery disease. Iron may have a protective effect.



Researchers find intriguing clues about obesity by counting steps via smartphones

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A global study based on daily steps counted by smartphones discovers "activity inequality.



How many cells are in the human body?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The human body has more than 50 different cell types, before bacteria are even added to the mix. Find out what scientists know about the total number.



Seniors' well-being may depend more on psychological factors than physical ones

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:00:00 PDT

New research suggests that in later life, psychosocial factors may play a more significant role in subjective well-being than physical ones.



Twelve sunscreen myths and facts

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

What is the truth about sunscreen? Is it safe to use? When should it be used? In this article, we investigate some common myths and facts about sunscreen.



Vitamin D may help to treat sunburn, study suggests

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers found that high-dose vitamin D not only led to a reduction in sunburn-induced skin inflammation, but it also activated skin repair genes.



Colorado tick fever: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

What is Colorado tick fever and what are its causes? Learn how Colorado tick fever is diagnosed and how ticks can be removed safely.



Vitamin D guidelines may be changed following new study

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research demonstrates that the two forms of vitamin D, D-2 and D-3, are not equal. D-3 is twice as effective. Guidelines may need to be altered.



Sleep disorders may predict Alzheimer's disease

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research finds biological markers for Alzheimer's disease in the spinal fluid of people who report poor sleep quality or who have trouble sleeping.



Childhood IQ linked to longevity

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The first study to follow all children born in one year, in one country, finds that higher IQ at 11 is linked to lower risk of death before the age of 80.



Researchers in disagreement over maximum lifespan data

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A high-profile paper on longevity has caused a stir; newcomers to the field made a bold claim. Five critical responses have now been published.



Low-income childhood may affect adult heart health

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

New study links low income in childhood to increased left ventricular mass and diastolic dysfunction - both tied to cardiovascular disease - in adulthood.



Food poisoning duration: How long do symptoms last?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Food poisoning is common and preventable but what is it and what causes it? Learn about how long food poisoning may last and ways to prevent it.



Working at night may interfere with DNA repair

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study explores the effect of night shifts on melatonin levels and DNA repair, as indicated by a chemical byproduct excreted in urine.



Chemical burns: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Chemical burns can happen to anyone and anywhere, but what are the common causes? Who is at risk and when should a person seek medical care?



Bed bug bites: Pictures, treatment, and prevention

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Bed bugs are small, parasitic insects that feed on human blood. While they don't carry disease, they may stop you from getting a good night's sleep.



Fungal toxins easily become airborne, creating potential indoor health risk

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Toxins produced by three different species of fungus growing indoors on wallpaper may become aerosolized, and easily inhaled.



Ten best home remedies for poison ivy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

What is poison ivy and how can it be recognized? Learn about the ten best home remedies for poison ivy rash and how poison ivy can be avoided.