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.

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.

Balancing Gut Bacteria Could Be the Key to Solving Chronic Stomach Problems

Researchers are hopeful that a new method of cutting the amount of harmful bacteria in the stomach and intestines can reduce gut-related disease burden.

Your Creativity Could Affect How Much You Sleep

The two kinds of creativity, visual and verbal, and how they affected sleep duration, time and even quality, were observed in undergraduate students.

This Innovative Pillow May Prevent Sleep Wrinkles

The pillow's design reinforces good sleeping habits, not wrinkles.

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.

Eating More Fruits and Veggies Can Improve Mental Health

The new study assessed vitality, depression, anxiety, motivation and other aspects of mental well-being among groups of participants who were directly given more fruits and vegetables.

Married People Have Lower Levels of This Harmful Stress Hormone

A new study found that being married essentially reduces a person’s chances of facing stress-derived health problems, and the waning level of cortisol among spouses has a lot to do with it.

Sibling Rivalry: Are First-Born Children Smarter?

Researchers found that parents of multiple children routinely alter their treatment of non-first born children, which affects their IQ and perhaps even personality traits.

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.

New Fathers Get Depressed After Childbirth, Too

A new study shows that men who are depressed during their partner's pregnancy experience an upswing in their symptoms nine months post childbirth, which can be due to several factors.

11-Year-Old Girl Invents Her Own Glittery Prosthetics

Jordan Reeves' limb difference isn't slowing her down; she's embracing her unique condition by raising awareness for other children with limb differences and even designing her own 3D prosthetics.

Scientists Mimic Deadly Rabies Virus to Destroy Brain Cancer Cells

Researchers have modeled nanoparticles the same size and shape as rabies to reach the brain's nerve cells, with the goal of targeting cancerous ones.

Eating Less May Contribute to Living Longer

It turns out that the cells our bodies use to digest food need a break every now and then.

Bigger Bellies Linked to Bigger Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk

This sort of research allows doctors and scientists to examine whether variations in genes directly impact disease function.

Vegetable Oils May Cause Fatigue, Migraines and Dementia

Plaque buildup is a known precursor to serious neurodegenerative diseases, and while other oils carry this trait, vegetable oil is the type with which it's most prevalent.

Meds For Low Back Pain Should Only Be Used When Other Treatments Fail

New guidelines from the ACP advise that other therapies for treating lower back pain, like acupuncture and rehab, should be considered before taking potentially addictive pain medications.

Peppertree Berries May Fight Deadly Superbugs

The ready abundance of the peppertree plant means that, should the treatment prove effective in human trials, the medical community would face no shortage of the disease-fighting berries.

Air Pollution Linked to Higher Diabetes Risk Among Kids

The study adds a new threat to the list of lifestyle and environmental factors that contribute to diabetes, note the researchers.

Thirdhand Smoke May Be More Toxic Than Secondhand Smoke

The researchers found that exposure to thirdhand smoke, or the tobacco pollutants often left behind on surfaces, caused significant increases in damage to human DNA.

Let’s Get This Straight: Good Posture May Improve Mood

While chronic depression must be treated by a professional, it is interesting to note that such a simple change in the body can affect mood almost immediately.

New Chocolate Pill Claims to Cut Risk of Dementia and Heart Attack

A new chocolate supplement pill can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and dementia.

Pregnant Women Should Stop Eating Licorice, Study Says

The active ingredient in licorice has been found to impact fetal brain growth and development, and you may be surprised by how common it is to ingest it without even eating candy.

Breathe, Breathe, Bite: Eating During Labor May Be Beneficial

New research finds that allowing pregnant women to ingest more than water or ice chips during labor is tied to a 16-minute shorter labor, on average.

Your Hearing Might Not Be As Sharp As You Think It Is

Nearly a quarter of people between the ages of 20 and 69 who think their hearing is either fine or excellent show signs of hearing loss.

Campaign Launched to Get More Women Into HIV Heart Health Study

Since antiretroviral medications used to treat HIV increase one's risk of heart disease, a clinical trial seeks both male and female participants to test whether a heart disease pill will help.

Doctors Remove Large Cockroach Lodged Inside Woman’s Skull

The woman woke up in the middle of the night with a “crawling sensation” inside her head.

This Song Was Especially Designed to Make Babies Happy

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

Pillow Talk: Here Are the Best Pillows for Beauty and Health

Take a closer look at these four beauty pillows, specifically designed to maintain the youthful, healthy-looking appearance of facial and neck skin.

Smartphone Add-On Camera Lets You See Beneath the Surface of Your Skin

NURUGO's smartphone camera accessory and app can help people monitor their skin health and catch early signs of potentially dangerous conditions before they even become visible.

Something Interesting Happens to Our Brains While We Sleep

Scientists believe that brain synapses shrink during sleep and expand when activated during one’s waking hours, and such expansion is a marker for learning and memory.

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.

Here’s What Space Travel Does to the Brains of Astronauts

The study found that the brain’s gray matter decreased or increased, based on how long the astronauts were in space.

Do Noisy Eaters Drive You Crazy? You Might Have This Brain Condition

Brain imaging discovered that misophonia sufferers have an abnormality in their emotional control mechanism, which throws their brains into overdrive when they hear triggering sounds.

A Camping Trip Might Be the Cure for Insomnia

A group of campers found that a return to the natural light of day and the true darkness of night cured their bad sleeping habits.

Hold the Paper: Fast-Food Wrappers Contain Harmful Chemicals

The substances have been tied to severe health problems, such as testicular and kidney cancer, and scientists warn that chemicals in fast-food wrappers may “leach” onto the food products.

When You Eat May Be as Important as What You Eat

The findings go hand-in-hand with growing evidence that metabolism functions differently during the day when the body is active, as opposed to at night when it’s winding down.

Losing Several Teeth Before 65 May Increase Risk of Death

Oral hygiene is a significant factor in one's overall well-being and health.

Too Many Children Are Getting Their Hands on Pet Medications

While most parents are vigilant in keeping medication out of the reach of children, it seems they can be a little lax when it comes to medications for pets.

Dental Care: Where You Live Determines Quality and Cost

See how your state ranks in terms of quality and cost of dental care in the United States.

Complications During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk in Children: Study

The researchers found a number of pregnancy-related complications that were associated with an elevated risk of developing autism after birth, like pre-eclampsia and birth asphyxia.

Party Danger: Balloons Pop Louder Than 12-Gauge Shotgun Blasts

The researchers hope their new study will create greater awareness about the hearing perils of balloons — similar to the acceptance of sunscreen as a normal part of life.

Scientists Uncover Key Fat-Burning Gene in New Study

While previous studies had found many links between the brain hormone serotonin and energy use, the core question remained: How does it impact metabolism?

Dance Program Empowers People with Parkinson’s Disease

While Dance for PD does not claim to cure any of the symptoms, it does provide a way for patients of Parkinson’s to “demedicalize” the disease.

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.

Children Are Burning Their Eyes by Playing with Laundry Pods

Some children who ingested the pods also experienced profuse vomiting, trouble breathing, and a few even died.

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.

Study Says You’re Probably Eating Plastic When You Order Seafood

Ocean pollution has gotten so bad that sea animals are ingesting more and more microplastics, which we inevitably ingest from seafood.

Free Soda Refills Are Now Illegal in France

France's recent law prohibiting free refills of sugary sodas aims is in response to the rising rate of obesity there.

Salmon Sea Lice Infestation Leads to Price Spike

Salmon farmers are looking into various ways to combat the sea lice infestation, as well as alternative farming methods, in the hopes of avoiding millions in lost revenue and increasing supply.

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