Nail-Biting Might Actually Be Healthy For Children

Parents who can’t get their kids to stop biting their nails might rest a easier knowing these habits could protect their youngsters against allergies.

Did Debbie Reynolds Die of Broken Heart Syndrome?

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

These Mediterranean Plants May Fight Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Both prickly pear and brown seaweed plants have medicinal properties that could prove beneficial for treating and even preventing these degenerative brain diseases.

Best & Worst Cities for Active Lifestyles Revealed

Where does your city rank? Learn about the factors that determine what makes America's cities more or less active than others.

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.

Fewer Chubby Babies Could Be a Good Sign in Obesity Fight

Good news in the fight against childhood obesity — chubby babies are on the decline, according to a study from the CDC.

13 Percent of Commercial Pilots May Be Depressed: Study

An anonymous survey of more than 1,800 pilots found that 13.5 percent of the pilots were depressed.

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.

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.

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.

Quitting Smoking? Here Are Some Key Steps to Kicking the Habit

Setting a goal that's realistic is the best way to achieve it, study says.

Virtual Reality Helps Veterans Manage PTSD

Researchers have found a way for virtual reality technology to help U.S. veterans manage their post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

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.

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.

Real-Life ‘Rapunzel’ Has Giant Hairball Removed From Belly

A woman agonized for months over stomach problems, before realizing the culprit behind her ailments was a giant hairball in her stomach.

Losing Weight Doesn’t Cut Certain Cancer Risks: Study

While being overweight contributes to an increased risk of cancer, research shows that weight loss does not necessarily protect you from certain types of malignancy.

Optimism Increases Longevity, Reduces Risk of Cancer Death: Study

Seeing the glass half-full may be more than a way to view life – it may actually help you live longer.

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.

‘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.

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.

Laughing Gas for Labor Pain? It’s Making a Comeback

Almost a century after falling out of popularity, laughing gas is seeing a comeback in the United States in the delivery room.

Heart Attack Rankings: The Best and Worst Cities in America

Boulder, Colorado has the lowest number of adults who have experienced heart attacks. Charleston, West Virginia has the most.

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.

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Slows Disease in Clinical Trials

The promising results of Phase III clinical trials for the drug Ocrelizumab revealed a significant decline in disease progression in human subjects.

Teen Vaping Leads to Heavy Smoking: Study

Teenagers who regularly use e-cigarettes are more likely to become heavy smokers, research suggests.

Gerber Adds Probiotics to Good Start Formula Line

Early childhood nutrition leader Gerber has added probiotics to its Good Start milk-based powder formula line.

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.

British Teen’s Body Cryogenically Frozen After Court Ruling

In an unprecedented ruling, a British judge sided with a 14-year-old girl who died of a rare cancer and wanted to be cryogenically frozen.

Rising Number of C-Sections May Be Affecting Evolution

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

Chicken Tenders Recalled Due to Possible Contamination

Have you purchased frozen chicken breast tenders recently? Check to see if your product is involved in this recall.

Can’t Sleep? Election Could Be to Blame

Hillary or Donald? It’s a question that’s causing Americans to lose sleep, and it’s even giving Canadians nightmares.

Lawsuit Claims St. Ives Apricot Scrub Causes Skin Damage

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

Yoga Could Play Important Role for Kids With Cancer

Preliminary studies show that participating in yoga classes can help kids with cancer, as well as their parents, manage the physical and mental effects of treatment.

Loneliness May Increase Risk of Memory Loss, Stroke

It turns out that having a healthy social life maintains one's mental and physical health.

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.

Success Rate of Non-Invasive Colon Cancer Test Questioned

A Harvard report says one colon cancer test’s nearly 95 percent success rate might be flawed.

Optimists and Pessimists Deal With Bad News the Same: Study

There aren’t any differences between optimists and pessimists when it comes to hearing bad news, a new study suggests.

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.

New Acne Research Could Lead to New Treatments

A new understanding of the root cause of acne, specifically how we house the bacteria that trigger inflammation, could help to develop new treatments.

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.

Vitamin D Linked To Beating Breast Cancer

Researchers found that women with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood were more likely to survive breast cancer than women with lower levels.

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.

High Doses of Vitamin C Injections Shown to Kill Cancer Cells

Researchers are studying the effects of high doses of vitamin C, injected intravenously, on cancer cells in patients with pancreatic and lung cancer.

Weigh Passengers Before Flights? Hawaiian Airlines Controversy Grows

Six complaints have been filed over the airline's policy of weighing passengers before they fly between Honolulu and American Samoa.

Brain ‘Adulthood’ Continues to Baffle Scientists

When it comes to brain development, scientists say there is no final maturity — our brains are constantly changing as we age.

iPad Game Could Treat Lazy Eye Better Than Traditional Methods

Research shows that a new iPad game is a much better treatment for lazy eye, or amblyopia, than wearing a traditional eye patch.

Sexist Men Are More Likely to Have Mental Problems: Study

Men who live a playboy lifestyle or engage in misogynistic behavior are more apt to have mental health issues, a new study suggests.

New App Detects Early Signs of Autism in Children

In just under a minute, a new smartphone app could potentially detect autism in a child as young as two years old.

Driving While Drowsy More Than Doubles the Risk of a Car Crash: Study

Even sleeping just five or six hours in a 24-hour period can double the chances of crashing, compared to people who get at least seven hours of sleep or more.

Living Near Highways May Increase Dementia Risk

Here's how much your chance for developing dementia increases just by living near a busy road or highway.

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