Lawmakers Ask Hospitals to Stop Simultaneous Surgeries

It’s a widespread practice that apparently has been going on for quite some time: One surgeon overseeing multiple surgeries at the same time.

Hallucinogenic ‘Shrooms’ Relieve Depression, Anxiety in Cancer Patients: Study

The active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, psilocybin, provides a significant boost to cancer patients facing depression, two studies found.

Did Debbie Reynolds Die of Broken Heart Syndrome?

Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds died just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher’s passing.

Somebody Get Me a Doctor: A Lesson on Elder Care From Van Halen

There are very specific things that doctors should pay attention to when checking up on elderly patients.

Your ZIP Code May Influence Your Death as Much as Your Genes

Where you live may determine how you die, and how long you live, according to a new study.

Sorry Sushi Lovers, Your Salmon May Have A Japanese Tapeworm

If you're an avid sushi eater, you may want to hold off on those salmon rolls right now.

‘World’s Heaviest Woman’ to Fly to India for Potentially Life-Saving Operations

A doctor has set up a fundraising initiative in order to fly someone believed to be the world's heaviest woman to India for treatment.

New Study May Explain Mysterious Spike in Holiday Deaths

In the wake of Christmas, as families celebrate the coming new year, a curious phenomenon occurs – mortality rates spike to the highest levels of the year.

Removing These Cells Could Help People to Regrow Hair

Manipulating these cells may be the key to preserving organs and fighting the aging process.

‘Mountain Dew Mouth’ May Rot Your Teeth Like Doing Meth

This condition may make you think twice before raising a can of soda to your lips.

Bad Gut Bacteria Could Sabotage Your Weight Loss Resolution

Researchers find that both good and bad bacteria are essential to a healthy gut.

Fossils Show Cavemen Ate Butterflies and Used ‘Toothpicks’

New clues about the lives of cavemen are giving scientists a better idea of their eating habits and hygiene routine.

Women Make Better Doctors Than Men, Study Suggests

Elderly people treated by female physicians in the hospital are less likely to die than those treated by male doctors, a study found.

Aspirin May Cut Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer in Half

You’ve probably heard that taking aspirin may lower your risk of heart attack. But taking aspirin to prevent pancreatic cancer?

Seeing Pain Can Make You Feel Pain Too

A new study suggests that just watching pain could cause you to experience pain yourself.

Study Finds ‘Alarmingly High Rate’ of Unnecessary Double Mastectomies

Double mastectomies when cancer is present in only one breast, also known as contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, or CPM, have skyrocketed in recent years.

Hormones Could Explain Why Certain Tumors Cause Vision Loss in Girls

It’s a question that has long perplexed scientists: Why do girls who develop a rare type of benign brain tumors lose their vision more often than boys?

Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk: Study

Cholesterol-busting drugs known as statins may also protect patients from developing Alzheimer’s disease, says a new study in JAMA Neurology.

MRI Scans Show the Brain Can ‘Rust’

New research highlights a damaging chemical imbalance in the brain — one that results in a process that scientists compare to rusting metal.

HIV Patients Have Nearly Double the Heart Attack Risk: Study

A paper published in JAMA Cardiology shows that people with HIV have almost double the risk of heart attack than people who do not have the disease.

Melanoma Rates Climb Nationwide

Melanoma deaths have climbed nationwide during a recent 10-year span, with only one region of the country seeing a decline.

Delay in Cutting Umbilical Cord May Benefit Newborns

According to doctors, cutting the umbilical cord 30 seconds too soon could deprive the child of receiving a life-giving surge of placental blood.

Study Uncovers Possible Link Between Asthma and Insomnia

New research shows that 37 percent of people with asthma also have “clinically significant” insomnia.

Doodling Boosts Your Brain, Improves Memory and Focus

If you’ve ever had a teacher or boss who told you to stop scribbling on your papers, you’ve just been vindicated.

Pregnancy Has Long-Lasting Impact on a Woman’s Brain: Study

Researchers found that pregnancy reduces gray matter in certain areas of the brain, helping the woman bond with her new baby and prepare for motherhood.

15 Extra Minutes of Sleep Could Boost Learning at School

A few extra minutes of sleep may provide a big boost to teens’ learning ability, a new study says.

Mummy Discovery Could Rewrite History of Smallpox

The oldest-known sample of the smallpox-causing variola virus has been discovered in a 17th century child mummy found in a church crypt in Lithuanian.

Fewer Americans Under 70 Are Losing Their Hearing: Report

A new study shows that hearing loss among adults ages 20 to 69 years continues to decline.

A Cheap Solution for a Multi-Billion Dollar Baby Problem

A cheap and effective preventative for infant eczema has been discovered, and there’s a good chance it’s already in your medicine cabinet.

How You Breathe Can Affect Your Memory: Study

Breathing doesn’t just keep us alive, it also boosts our brain power, according to a new study.

Cardiac Arrests May Have ‘Domino Effect’ in Hospitals

New research shows that cardiac arrests and intensive care unit transfers might happen in bunches, and for a reason.

Couch Potato Lifestyle May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study reveals that individuals who lead a sedentary lifestyle may be just as likely to develop dementia later in life as people with a genetic predisposition.

Vital Updates Top 10 Stories of 2016

2016 was filled with health and wellness stories that informed and inspired our readers to lead healthier, more productive lives.

Lawsuit Claims St. Ives Apricot Scrub Causes Skin Damage

See which ingredient the plaintiffs claim to be harmful to skin.

Breakthrough Gene-Editing Study Returns Sight to Blind Animals

Scientists have figured out a way to manipulate the DNA within adults cells, a technique that may prove especially useful against genetic diseases.

‘Chemo-Brain’ Can Last 6 Months for Breast Cancer Patients

A recent study found that “chemo-brain” hinders chemotherapy patients after treatment.

Women May Be Vulnerable to Cocaine Addiction Due to Menstrual Cycle

Research has revealed that because of higher estrogen levels, women are more susceptible to cocaine addiction during their menstrual cycle.

Saunas May Lower Risk of Dementia and Heart Disease

Finnish researchers found that men who used a sauna four to seven times a week were 66 percent less likely to be diagnosed with dementia.

The Role Pets Play in Managing Our Mental Health

According to a new study, our pets serve to comfort us when we need it the most, especially for people with mental illnesses.

Social Support Can Increase Breast Cancer Survival: Study

Socially isolated patients in the early stages of breast cancer were at a higher risk of dying from the disease, according to a study.

Rising Number of C-Sections May Be Affecting Evolution

The rise of Caesarean sections may be affecting human evolution, according to a new study.

Here’s How Much Weight You Really Gain During College

Forget the “Freshman 15” — the “Graduate 10” is a far more likely scenario for the typical college student.

The Role Sleep Plays in Processing Traumatic Events

Is it possible to sleep off the effects of traumatic events? A new study tries to answer that question.

This Year’s Mumps Outbreak Was the Largest in a Decade

According to the CDC, as of November 5, there were 2,879 cases of mumps across 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Women Who Wait to Have Children May Live Longer: Study

Women who give birth to their first child later in life are more likely to live into their 90s, according to a new study.

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.

8 Ways to Say Goodbye to Stress in 2017

By making small, achievable tweaks in how you think and interact with others on a daily basis, you can make a stress-free New Year that much more real.

C-Section Babies Have Higher Obesity Risk: Study

Children delivered by C-section have a 40 percent greater risk to be overweight than those born vaginally.

Older Americans Are Happier, More Financially Stable: Study

Happiness in the U.S. is like a fine wine – it ripens as it ages – at least according to a new study.

Researchers Discover Possible Way to Block Migraines

Scientists have pinpointed a chemical in the brain tied to extreme migraine sensitivity, and their work could lead to new treatments.

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