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Is social media ruining your social life?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PST

A new study tests the theory that the more time you spend on social media, the less time you spend socializing with people in real life.

Marijuana: Good or bad?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

More and more, marijuana is being legalized for medicinal or recreational purposes, but what are the health benefits and risks of the drug? We investigate.

Even light exercise can increase men's lifespan

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PST

A study looked at the effects of a few minutes of light physical activity on senior men and found that modest levels of activity may improve lifespan.

Single dads twice as likely to die prematurely

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PST

Single fathers are more than twice as likely to die prematurely than their partnered counterparts or single moms, suggests a large-scale new study.

Brain activity explains drunken aggression

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PST

A new study examines what goes on inside the brains of intoxicated young men. The findings may help to reduce alcohol-related crime.

Should all women get screened for ovarian cancer?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

The latest report from the United States Preventive Services Task Force examines whether ovarian cancer screening can reduce mortality among women.

Will eating slowly help you to lose weight?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PST

Causality is a rarely achievable feat in medical research, and while observational, a study offers strong evidence that eating slowly lowers obesity risk.

Alcohol 'more damaging to brain health than marijuana'

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:00:00 PST

Drinking is more harmful for the brain than using marijuana, say researchers, after finding that the former changes the structure of gray and white matter.

How traffic noise may contribute to heart disease

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PST

After conducting a review of existing literature, researchers conclude that environmental noise — such as that from cars — can contribute to heart disease.

Are fidget spinners a health hazard?

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 02:00:00 PST

A series of case studies outlines the dangers associated with certain types of fidget spinners. The authors ask whether new legislation is needed.

How fighting ageism may lower dementia risk

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PST

A new study examines the effect of positive and negative attitudes toward aging on the risk of developing dementia among at-risk individuals.

E-cigarette flavors found to be toxic

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 PST

Vaping is not as safe as we would want to think, according to a new study, as the flavors used are found to be toxic and can damage white blood cells.

Can simply standing help you to lose weight?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

Here are the results of the first systematic review of existing studies to examine whether or not standing helps to burn more calories than sitting down.

Could a bacterium found in milk trigger rheumatoid arthritis?

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

New research examines people with rheumatoid arthritis and finds that many of them have a genetic predisposition for the disease and a common bacterium.

The pros and cons of e-cigarettes revealed

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

These are the conclusions of one of the largest reports to have ever been conducted on the health risks of electronic cigarettes.

Five hobbies that can improve your health

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

Looking to take up a new hobby this year? We look at five past-times that are not only fun, but which could have significant benefits for health.

Happiness may lie in 1 hour of screen time daily

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

Researchers at San Diego State University examine whether teens who spend a lot of time on their smartphones are more or less happy as a result.

Purulent drainage: Color, types, and treatment

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST

Purulent drainage is a thick and milky discharge from a wound that is often a sign of infection. Learn more about this and other types of drainage.

The perils of sneezing incorrectly

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

A recently published case study describes a patient who perforated his throat by sneezing. In this article, we explain how you can avoid the same fate.

Types of zoonotic diseases

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:00:00 PST

Zoonosis or zoonotic diseases are conditions that can be passed from animals to humans. These include rabies, malaria, and Lyme disease. Learn more.

Sitting down can build fat around your organs, study shows

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

A new study shows a clear connection between the amount of time we spend sitting and our amount of inner fat and fat around our liver.

Mercury poisoning: Symptoms and treatment

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:00:00 PST

Learn about the signs and symptoms of mercury poisoning in children and adults. Mercury is highly toxic, so it is crucial to know when to see a doctor.

Heart failure risk might depend on your neighborhood

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST

While diet and lifestyle are important factors in the risk of heart failure, new research finds that where we live may also play a key role.

Being overweight may be more harmful than you thought

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 PST

Want to lose those excess pounds? This study may offer some encouragement, after finding that the effects of being overweight may have been underestimated.

Does living next to a gym lower obesity risk?

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST

Does living next to or near a gym or tennis field lower the odds of obesity? A new study explores this, and the impact of living near a fast food outlet.