Top 5 U.S. Cities for Active, Healthy Lifestyles

Several factors, like rates of exercise and smoking, were assessed to rank the best U.S. cities for healthy lifestyles.

Probiotic ‘Milk Test’ Could Reveal Effectiveness

There’s a test you can do at home to see if your probiotics are actually working — all you need is a glass of milk.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

At-Home Wrinkle Treatment Could Help People Too Busy for Injections

Don't have the time to visit a doctor for injectable fillers? WrinkleMD is an at-home device that works to do away with your fine lines and wrinkles.

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.

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.

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.

Your Laundry Is Probably a Lot Grosser Than You Think

Your laundered clothes may not be as fresh as you think — especially if you share your washing machine with a housemate.

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.

How One Woman’s Pain Inspired This Innovative Massage Tool

After studying her own body's chronic pain, Ashley Black was inspired to invent a massage tool that targets the tight fascia areas of the body and also works to diminish cellulite.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Read about the science behind these innovative sleep aid spectacles.

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.

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.

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.

The Deadly Foods We Enjoy vs. The Ones We Should Actually Be Eating

The read-em-and-weep list of delicious-but-not-so-good-for-you foods includes processed meats like bacon, bologna and hot dogs, whereas the 'good food' list recommends nuts and plenty of omega-3 enriched foods.

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.

‘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.

Potty Protocol: Bidets May Improve Our Health and the Environment

Bidets are healthier, gentler and better for the environment than toilet paper. So why don’t more Americans use them?

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.

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.

Bad Gut Bacteria Could Sabotage Your Weight Loss Resolution

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

Mixing Alcohol and Energy Drinks Is a Recipe for Injuries: Study

Energy drinks can mask the effects of alcohol, which can lead to consuming more alcohol and experiencing more hazardous situations.

‘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.

Celebrity Hairstylist Kim Kimble Launches New Hair Vitamin

Read our interview with Kim Kimble, hairstylist to stars like Oprah and Beyoncé, and creator of a new hair health supplement in gummy form.

Removing These Cells Could Help People to Regrow Hair

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

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.

This Song Was Especially Designed to Make Babies Happy

The "Happy Song" was expertly engineered to make babies feel joyful and happy.

Chewing Gum Can Damage Digestive System, Even If Not Swallowed

It's a chemical called titanium oxide, present in chewing gum, candy and even toothpaste, that's been shown to be harmful to the digestive system.

Dirty Dozen: Here Are the World’s Most Dangerous Bacteria

They are a veritable deadly dozen of bacteria for which antibiotics have no impact.

Probiotic Cream Made From Body’s Own Bacteria May Cure Eczema

This “natural antibiotic” is superior to pharmaceutical approaches because it doesn’t kill the protective, beneficial bacteria on the skin.

America’s Fattest Cities Are All in One Part of the Country

Except for one city, most of the top 20 fattest American cities are all in the South.

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.

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.

Seeing Pain Can Make You Feel Pain Too

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

Here Are the Happiest Cities in America

Check out the list to see if your city made the cut.

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?

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