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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.



Occupation may be a major factor in vitamin D deficiency

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Vitamin D levels in most occupational groups are well below those considered optimal for health, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.



Cycling to work could make your day less stressful

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

If, like many people, you are a victim of workplace stress, a new study suggests that cycling to work instead of driving could help to diminish this.



More guns now being purchased for self-defense than recreation

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Although firearm violence kills or injures 100,000 Americans each year, most scientific research tends to focus on two aspects of this issue - victims of firearm violence and gun policies.



Yellow jacket stings: What to do

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Often mistaken for bees, yellow jackets sting when they feel threatened and can cause an allergic reaction. Learn how to identify the signs and symptoms.



Seven effective steps to get rid of lice

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

In this article, we look at how to get rid of lice, including the most common treatments, how to use them, and how to prevent further infestations.



Sun poisoning: Symptoms, treatment, and prevention

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Sun poisoning is a relatively uncommon condition similar to a sunburn. In addition to pain, swelling, and itchy skin, it can cause long-term complications.



Is it lice? Know the symptoms

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Lice are small parasites that live on the scalp and feed on human blood. In this article, learn how to check for lice and what to do if you find them.



House cleaning chemicals may cause birth defects

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new study finds that exposure to chemicals commonly found in disinfectants and personal hygiene products leads to neural tube defects in mice and rats.



Teens get as much physical activity as 60-year-olds, study shows

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Teenagers might get less physical activity than previously believed, according to a new study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University.



Getting drunk in early teens raises premature death risk

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have found that people who had their first drunken episode before the age of 15 may be at greater risk of early death.



Youth tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes, drops during 2015-2016

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

But 3.9 million youth were still using tobacco products in 2016. The number of middle and high school students who say they are...



Study finds 1 in 5 hospitalized adults suffer side effects from prescribed antibiotics

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Infectious disease experts say nearly a fifth of prescriptions were unnecessary.



Eating french fries may double the risk of early death

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Eating french fries and other forms of fried potatoes two or three times per week could significantly increase the risk of premature death, study finds.



Does the sound of airplanes raise blood pressure risk?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study investigates the effect of long-term exposure to aircraft noise on the risk of high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, and stroke.



Sanitation access linked to children's growth and health

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An estimated 1 billion people in the world live without access to any type of sanitation facility, such as a toilet or latrine.



Study reveals neurological mechanism in concussions

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

New research shows how blows to the head cause swellings in the neurons' axons, providing insights into how different-aged neurons process concussions.



Study examines link between obesity, food container chemical substitutes

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A new study from the University of Iowa shows that a pair of common chemicals that manufacturers use to make plastic food containers, water bottles, and other consumer products do not contribute to...



New study exposes major flaws in US drugs with 'accelerated' approval

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study has exposed major flaws in the fast tracking of some drugs available to the American public without any stringent clinical evidence of their benefits.



Drinking coffee and tea may prevent liver disease

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:00:00 PDT

The results of a new study conclude that simply drinking coffee and tea could have a beneficial impact on health, potentially preventing liver disease.