At-Home DNA Test Can Reveal Risk for Hereditary Conditions

The newly FDA-approved test can analyze one's predisposition for certain hereditary conditions, like celiac disease and Alzheimer's.

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.

This Fish May Teach Humans How to Regenerate Eye Cells

Studying the ability of the zebrafish to regenerate eye cells may lead to new treatments for people with vision loss.

Vitamin D Deficiency May Cause Early Menopause

The study researchers discovered a stark benefit among women who consumed high levels of the essential vitamin.

Children Learn Equally From Reading Digital and Print Books

Although in a computerized format, digital books show no advantage compared to print books when it comes to children learning from them.

How Antibiotics Can Augment Cancer Therapy

The groundbreaking discovery reveals that a simple intervention may reverse course and prevent certain bacteria from interfering with drug therapy.

Probiotics May Be Helpful for Premature Babies

Although they still pose risks for extremely low birthweight babies, probiotics have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of deadly gut-related conditions in premies.

Why Do We Lean to the Right When We Kiss?

The study suggests that couples instinctively try to avoid discomfort when kissing.

Sitting Too Much Is Especially Risky for People With Diabetes

In type 2 diabetes patients, remaining in a seated position for several hours can affect blood levels negatively.

Even Casual Drinking May Lead to Dementia

Casual drinking — or about five to seven drinks per week — can triple your risk of mental decline as you move into middle age and older.

Websites Used to Grade Physicians Get an ‘F’ in Helpfulness

Dozens of sites did not even meet the researchers’ inclusion criteria, which required having written reviews of doctors, no fee for use, a search-by-name option, and not being restricted to a certain specialty or insurance plan.

Happiness May Be Age-Related

A new study has revealed the two happiest ages of life. Here are some tips for the time in between.

Walking May Reverse Effects of Dementia

Compared to a non-exercise group, the group that partook in walking classes three times a week showed remarkable improvement in cognitive function.

Are You Neurotic? Research Says You May Live Longer

According to a new study, being highly neurotic does have its health benefits.

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.

Older American Women Are Drinking More Alcohol

There's an upward trend of older American women drinking more alcohol, and it continues to rise despite no known implications.

Is There an Ideal Age Gap Between Romantic Partners?

Studies have delved into the ramifications of a larger age gap among married couples.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Strongly Linked to Brain Inflammation

The discovery is a major breakthrough in understanding the biology of OCD.

New C-Section App May Shorten Hospital Stays for New Mothers

The helpful and cost-effective app was designed with the goal of empowering and informing women who are scheduled to undergo a C-section.

Movie Villains Are Teaching Us Skin Problems Are Evil

A new study focused on how villains are typically portrayed with having skin issues, and what effect this has on people who suffer from skin problems.

Men With This Genetic Mutation May Live 10 Years Longer

The new findings come as one of the first clear associations between a population’s genetic makeup and overall lifespan.

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.

Biotin: This Vitamin Could Be the Secret to Healthier Hair

When a healthy diet can’t provide all you need to fight dull, listless or weak and thinning tresses, consider adding a biotin supplementation into your daily routine.

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.

‘SuperAgers’ Brains Are Larger, More Resistant to Aging: Study

The average brain is aging at a rate of two times faster than these SuperAgers' brains.

Elephants May Hold the Key to Curing Cancer

Less than five percent of elephants get cancer in their lifetime, and an abundance of a cancer-fighting protein in their genetic makeup is likely the reason why.

Stress Fractures Are More Likely in Underweight Female Runners

New research shows a correlation between a low BMI of 19 or less and an increased risk of injury in female runners.

Omega-3 Supplements May Benefit Heart Disease Patients the Most

Although it is often taken as a preventative method, a new study shows that people who have not previously suffered from heart disease may not see much of a benefit in heart health when taking omega-3 supplements.

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.

E-Cigarettes Are ‘Safer’ Than Traditional Cigarettes: Study

Although the carcinogens present in e-cigarette "juice" are not fully known, a group of researchers have concluded that they are still less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes.

What’s That? Lack Of Iron May Be Associated With Hearing Loss

The link between iron levels and hearing loss is a strong indicator for treating and avoiding auditory impairments.

Researchers Get Closer to First Lab-Grown Blood Stem Cells

The breakthrough puts the researchers on pace to make a tremendous impact on patients with genetic disease.

Looking at Certain Body Parts Reveals the Type of Relationship We Desire

New research reveals why we tend to focus on certain parts of the body when looking at different people.

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.

Study Finds No Link Between Antidepressants and Autism

Researchers found no direct link between antidepressant usage and autism risk during pregnancy, but there may be risk implications associated with a mother's mental health.

New Research Shows Distinctive Brain Pattern Linked to Dyslexia

Researchers found that the brains of people with dyslexia have a diminished ability to adapt to repeated input — a trait also known as neural adaptation.

Forget Something? Your Brain May Be ‘Resting’

Have you ever walked into a room only to immediately forget why you're there? Here's what a new study suggests about working memory.

At-Home Teeth Straightening Can Lead to Permanent Damage, Experts Warn

Kids and teens are taking to YouTube to post videos on how to make DIY braces, making orthodontists worried for the potentially hazardous dental issues that often result.

Chemotherapy May Make Cancer More Likely to Spread

A new study found that administering chemotherapy led to elevated levels of proteins and other markers that are tied to metastasis, or the spreading of cancer.

Komodo Dragon Blood Could Be Used to Fight Infections

Komodo dragons possess antimicrobial saliva and blood, a discovery that could have broader implications for fighting infections in humans.

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.

Can a Two Week Vacation Ruin Your Health?

A person may exercise daily, eat healthy foods, and maintain an active lifestyle, but just two short weeks can change everything.

When Keeping Weight Off Is Hard, Here Are 3 Exercises to Help

Weight loss results in metabolic rate decline, which means burning fewer calories at rest. These exercises help keep the weight off by targeting leg muscles that affect metabolic rates.

U.S. Life Expectancy Scores Poorly in 2030 Projections

Of the 35 countries assessed, the U.S. ranks 27th in projected life expectancy for both women and men by the year 2030.

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.

Toddler Receives Life-Saving Surgery to Remove Rare 5-Pound Facial Tumor  

At only 3 years old, Melyssa Delgado Braga’s face was being consumed by myxoma, a rare yet aggressive facial tumor.

This Antioxidant May Be the Next Big Thing in Skin Care

Researchers may have discovered a powerful new way to invigorate aging skin.

Your Household Pet Could Keep Your Child Healthy

New research reveals you may want to have a furry friend around even before your baby arrives.

Does Heart Surgery in the Afternoon Improve Survival Rates?

Heart surgery performed in the afternoon may give patients a better chance of survival, considering the body's circadian rhythms.

Virtual Reality Could Help Prevent Older People From Falling

Utilizing virtual reality to assess the muscles used in maintaining balance could lead to new therapies to help the elderly avoid falling.

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