Sitting Too Much Can Speed up the Aging Process

When the association between exercise and sedentary behavior was explored, it showed that swapping sitting time with even light activity had great positive long term effects on one's health.

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.

Canada’s ‘Poop Lady’ on Gut Health: It’s All in the Stool

Catherine Girard worked through the awkwardness of collecting stool samples door-to-door to research the microbiomes of Inuit people in Canada.

Testing Your Tears Could Reveal What Vitamins You Need

Tears could be an alternate source of diagnostic fluid for assessing nutritional deficiencies, and studies show that people with these deficiencies blink more.

Doctors Discover Brain Inside Teen’s Ovary

Doctors in Japan got more than they expected when performing routine appendix removal surgery on a teenage girl.

Stop Blaming Your Joint Pain on the Weather

It's been long-believed that the weather influences joint pain, but new research puts this theory to rest once and for all.

Caffeine May Prevent Age-Related Inflammation

Whether you prefer coffee, tea or even chocolate, regularly consuming caffeine has been found to procure health benefits, like combatting inflammation as we get older.

Try These 5 Natural Cough Remedies

There's no need to leave the house to treat a persistent cough, so long as you've got these commonly found remedies around.

New Guidelines Make It Easier for Pregnant Women to Eat Fish

The new guidelines will make it easier for pregnant women to make informed choices about consuming fish.

Miss or Must-Have? Rank These Health Innovations

Vital Updates scours the web daily for innovative health products. Cast your vote to let us know which ones you think are the most interesting.

Ginger: The Superfood You’re Probably Not Eating Enough

Ginger root's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it a super food that you can easily incorporate into your diet through these seven delicious recipes.

5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Before reaching for that supplement bottle, consider eating more of these five delicious foods to boost your immunity and fight disease.

Did Debbie Reynolds Die of Broken Heart Syndrome?

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

New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Americans Over 60

The new guidelines call for beginning treatment in those with a systolic blood pressure of 150 or higher.

Here’s What Happens in Your Brain When You Talk Politics

A new study may shed some light on why we get so passionate about politics.

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.

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.

These New High-Tech Glasses Could Bring Relief to Insomnia Sufferers

Read about the science behind these innovative sleep aid spectacles.

Where You Live May Determine Your Risk of Dying From Certain Cancers

Cancer deaths in the U.S. plummeted 20 percent between 1980 and 2014, but a county-by-county breakdown reveals some areas actually saw cancer cases rise.

‘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.

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.

12 Emotional Stages of Dieting: The Long Road From Hangry to Happy

You're in good company if you've gone through these twelve stages of dieting.

Bad Gut Bacteria Could Sabotage Your Weight Loss Resolution

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

‘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.

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?

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.

Seeing Pain Can Make You Feel Pain Too

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

Scientific Formula Reveals ‘Ideal’ Female Lips

In an effort to hopefully reduce the amount of botched lip surgeries, researchers took to Facebook to create a poll about ideal female lip size and appearance.

E-Cigarettes May Be Harmful to Your Heart

While there is still considerable debate over the health effects of e-cigarettes, a new study measuring heart activity of e-cigarette users may be tipping the scale.

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?

Cervical Cancer Death Rates Are Higher Than Everyone Thought

When calculating cervical cancer risk, previous studies did not consider women who had undergone hysterectomies.

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.

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.

Campaign to End HIV/AIDS Expands to More States

Scientists and activist groups are joining forces once again to battle and ultimately end the prevalence of HIV in the Deep South.

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.

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.

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.

Common Ingredient in Toothpaste May Cause Cancer: Study

A popular ingredient widely used in toothpaste, chocolate, sweets, chewing gum and biscuits might cause cancer, according to a new study.

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.

Most Doctors Overcharge Patients: Report

The study authors found that doctors on average are charging more than two and a half times what Medicare pays.

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.

Burnt Toast Can Lead to Cancer, Experts Warn

A new campaign seeks to warn the public about the cancer risks linked to eating over-cooked starchy foods like burnt toast and over-roasted potatoes.

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