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Richard Scott is a health care reporter focusing on health policy and public health. Richard keeps tabs on national health trends from his Philadelphia location and is an active member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Unsafe Blood Pressure Rates Nearly Double in 40 Years

Worldwide, more than 1.13 billion people now live with high blood pressure, nearly doubling over the past 40 years.

Sugar-Laced Paper Kills E. Coli in Drinking Water

Scientists believe they have found a quick, inexpensive way of removing dangerous E. coli bacteria from drinking water.

Marijuana Could Help to Ease Substance Abuse, PTSD

Marijuana may be a powerful antidote for alcoholics and those dealing with opioid addiction to come clean, says a new study.

Birth Year May Determine Your Flu Risk

The discovery could reshape how the medical community views childhood vaccines.

Cases of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Spike in America

The number of Americans suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) could be triple what was previously estimated.

Cooking on High Heat Could Increase Your Heart Disease Risk

The level of heat in your kitchen may have a direct correlation to your chances of developing a dangerous heart condition.

Exercise Can Boost Testosterone in Overweight Men

Vigorous exercise can boost testosterone levels in overweight and obese men, lowering the chances of related health disorders.

Healthy Eating: The Effect on Your Brain

Researchers discovered a direct link between higher daily fruit and vegetable consumption and cognitive scores among adults.

Untreated Infections May Lead to Child Obesity

Researchers have cast aside prevailing wisdom that antibiotic use in a child’s first year of life is predictive of later obesity.

Brain Volume Could Predict Weight Loss Success

For those seeking to lose weight, a quick brain scan may predict how successful you’ll be, says a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The Diet Rollercoaster Explained

Your body may be quietly undermining your weight-loss efforts. A new study reveals that appetite increases as you lose weight.

Good Bacteria Can Limit E. Coli, Salmonella Infections

Health gut bacteria may block bacteria-related infections, such as salmonella and E. coli, from spreading.

Man Develops Hepatitis From Energy Drinks: Case Study

Be careful about overconsuming energy drinks – you may wind up with a case of acute hepatitis, warns a cautionary case study.

Side Effects Sideline Promising Male Birth Control Shot

A new male contraceptive method has proven highly effective at reducing pregnancy in female partners, yet consumers may not find it on the market for awhile.

Should Doctors Tell You You’re Overweight?

A 30-second discussion about a patient’s weight can lead to improved health outcomes, including a trimmed waistline.

Cranberry Juice is Not the Answer for UTIs, Study Says

Cranberries have long been touted as a remedy for urinary tract infections, but a new study suggests that the health benefits may be overblown.

Eating Broccoli May Slow Signs of Aging

An anti-aging enzyme found in a number of natural foods, including broccoli, is showing promise in staving off the long-term effects of growing old.

Two Diet Drinks a Day Could Double Your Diabetes Risk: Study

Researchers in Sweden found that sugary drinks can double a person’s chances of developing a certain type of diabetes.

Water vs. Diet Soda: Which Is Better for Weight Loss?

Those seeking to lose weight should consider avoiding diet sodas because they could be hampering one’s weight-loss goals, a new study says.

Women Are Closing the Alcohol Gender Gap

Women have nearly caught pace with men when it comes to rates of alcohol consumption, a trend that might have an impact on the health of the population.

Smartphones Alone Don’t Help Teens Lose Weight, Study Finds

While many teens use their smartphones almost constantly, the omnipresent gadgets are not an effective tool to help them lose weight.

Doctors Prescribe Wrong Antibiotics Half the Time, Study Shows

Have you had a sinus infection recently? If so, there’s a good chance you received a non-recommended antibiotic prescription from your doctor.

Fitness Trackers May Be Giving You False Heart Rate Data

If you like to track your heart rate during exercise, you should think twice about the accuracy of your reading if you wear a popular “wrist-worn” device.

Naked Juice Lawsuit: PepsiCo Sued Over Health Claims

PepsiCo’s Naked brand of fruit and vegetable juices is under fire for allegedly misleading consumers about nutritional benefits.

Fast Food Fever? Those Cravings Could Be in Your Genes

Some people are hardwired with an appetite for high-fat foods, according to the study appearing in the journal Nature Communications.

Americans Taking More Probiotics, Fewer Multivitamins

One out of every two U.S. adults takes a dietary supplement on a routine basis, and a closer look behind the data reveals a number of trends.

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