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Drug resistance: WHO report 'serious lack of new antibiotics'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new report from the WHO reveals that the current scope of new antibiotic development is far from what is needed to tackle drug resistance.



Pets and pests could stave off childhood asthma

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research suggests that exposing children before the age of 3 to some pet and pest allergens can significantly lower their risk of developing asthma.



Believing others have more friends could make you unhappy

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study suggests that it is not just being lonely, but thinking that you are lonelier than your peers that can significantly reduce well-being.



Caffeine slashes death risk in women with diabetes

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

New research finds that one daily cup of coffee lowers death risk by 51 percent among women with type 2 diabetes. Caffeinated tea is also beneficial.



Multiple sclerosis: Vitamin D deficiency may predict onset

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A large-scale study suggests that vitamin D levels may predict MS risk in young and middle-aged women. Correcting this deficiency may lower that risk.



Advantages and disadvantages of donating blood

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In this article, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of donating blood, including how it affects the body, how the process works, and preparation.



Household bleach may raise chronic lung disease risk

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new study finds a strong correlation between regular use of disinfectants such as bleach and an increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.



Just 25 minutes of yoga, meditation 'boosts brain function, energy'

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A study finds that compared with 25 minutes of reading, 25 minutes of Hatha yoga or mindfulness meditation improves executive function and energy levels.



Do breasts hurt when they grow? A guide for teenagers

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

We answer the common questions that people may have about breast development. Learn about the stages of breast development, and how to relieve breast ache.



Study shows nurses' scrubs become contaminated with bacteria in hospitals

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Clothing worn by healthcare providers can become contaminated with bacteria, however having nurses wear scrubs with antimicrobial properties did not prevent this bacterial contamination from...



Dog walkers motivated by happiness, not health

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

It appears to be a case of 'do what makes you happy' for people who regularly walk their dogs.



Want to stay healthy? Reduce sitting time by 21 minutes

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study suggests that reducing the daily amount of time we spend sitting down by only 21 minutes may have long-term health benefits.



Prolonged sitting and TV watching 'dangerous' for seniors

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Insufficient physical activity, combined with excessive TV watching and sedentary behavior, dramatically raises the risk of walking disability in seniors.



Too much salt may double your chances of heart failure

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds a strong correlation between a high individual salt intake and the risk of heart failure over a period of 12 years.



Four cups of coffee a day may slash death risk

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A large, observational study finds a strong association between high coffee consumption and a lower risk of death from all causes.



Babesia and Lyme disease: What's the connection?

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Lyme disease is commonly caused by ticks. Another lesser known risk of tick bites is babesia, a dangerous microparasite that can infect human blood.



Four natural ways to get rid of a suntan

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

In this article, learn about the natural ways to get rid of a suntan, how to prevent a suntan, and the risks of sun damage to the skin.



How to treat your sunburned lips

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Why do lips burn easily and how can sunburned lips be treated at home? What are the symptoms of sunburned lips and when should a doctor be consulted?



Can binge-watching harm your sleep?

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research suggests that binge-watching, as opposed to conventional TV viewing, damages sleep quality and may lead to fatigue and insomnia.



Insufficient sleep raises type 2 diabetes risk in children

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new study suggests that as little as 1 hour of less sleep per night significantly raises children’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.



Highly hazardous pesticides: Policies should focus on bans, rather than secure storage, studies suggest

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Global policies on access to highly hazardous pesticides - commonly ingested in acts of self-poisoning and suicide in rural Asia - should focus on national bans, rather than safe storage, according...



Important to communicate cancer prevention message to young adults to reduce risks later in life

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The latest estimates suggest that, by 2020, more than 1.9 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer each year.



Do pets really benefit children's health? Large study investigates

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Using advanced statistical tools, the largest study of its kind investigates the supposed link between children's health and household pet ownership.



Researchers discover potentially harmful nanoparticles produced through burning coal

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Environmental scientists led by the Virginia Tech College of Science have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly small particles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide.



Limiting access to fast-food restaurants unlikely to reduce obesity

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Living near fast-food restaurants and supermarkets has little impact on an individual's body mass index, according to new Indiana University research.