• Howard Hughes Medical Institute September 25, 2019 10:57 am

    A Spoonful Less Sugar, Tad More Fat: US Diets Still Lacking

    Americans’ diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier but there’s still too much sugar, white bread and artery-clogging fat, a study suggests. Overall, the authors estimated there was a modest improvement over 16 years on the government’s healthy eating index, from estimated scores of 56 to 58. That’s hardly cause for celebration — 100 is the top...

  • United States June 18, 2019 4:45 pm

    US Preschoolers Less Pudgy in Latest Sign of Falling Obesity

    Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke. Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 — the latest data available — from 16% in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. “It gives us more hope...

  • Chicago June 13, 2019 5:23 pm

    Sleeping With the TV On May Make You Gain Weight

    Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, provocative but preliminary U.S. research suggests. The National Institutes of Health study published Monday isn’t proof, but it bolsters evidence suggesting that too much exposure to light at night could pose health risks. “Evolutionarily we are...

  • Chicago June 10, 2019 7:24 pm

    Sleeping With the TV on May Make You Gain Weight

    Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, provocative but preliminary U.S. research suggests. The National Institutes of Health study published Monday isn’t proof, but it bolsters evidence suggesting that too much exposure to light at night could pose health risks. “Evolutionarily we are...

  • food May 21, 2019 3:51 pm

    Cholesterol Improves in US Kids Despite High Obesity Rates

    Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal. Overall, 7% of kids had high cholesterol in surveys from 2009 to 2016. That was down from 10% a decade earlier. In children, high levels mean 200 or above and ideal measures are below 170. The...

  • Ohio April 12, 2019 7:47 pm

    Swallowed Toys, Coins, Batteries Spark Rise in Tot ER Visits

    The number of young kids who went to U.S. emergency rooms because they swallowed toys, coins, batteries and other objects has more than doubled, a new study says. In 2015, there were nearly 43,000 such visits among kids under 6, compared with 22,000 in 1995, according to the study published Friday in the journal Pediatrics. The rate jumped from almost...

  • Florida December 17, 2018 7:13 pm

    Child Abuse Climbs After Friday Report Cards, Study Says

    Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study in Florida suggests. The curious finding startled researchers, who had figured abuse might go up regardless of the specific day kids got their grades. But their study of reports to a child abuse hotline that included...

  • United States November 27, 2018 5:46 pm

    How Many Kids Have Autism? US Government Measures 3 Ways

    How many American children have autism? The U.S. government answers that question at least three different ways and says the latest estimate — 1 in 40 kids — doesn’t necessarily mean the numbers are rising.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation September 11, 2018 4:16 pm

    Semi-Automatic Rifles Make Active Shooting Incidents Deadlier, Study Finds

    Active shooters with semi-automatic rifles wound and kill twice as many people as those using non-automatic weapons, although chances of dying if hit in either type of assault are the same, a new analysis shows. Researchers examined FBI data on nearly 250 active shooter incidents in the United States since 2000. Almost 900 people were wounded and 718 were killed....

  • Cancer July 3, 2018 10:52 am

    Fresh Grounds for Coffee: Study Shows It May Boost Longevity

    Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily. In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers. The apparent longevity boost was...

  • United States March 26, 2018 4:44 pm

    Dentist Group Puts Teeth in Push to Curb Opioid Painkillers

    The American Dental Association wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioid painkillers. The group on Monday said it is pressing for limiting prescriptions to a week and mandatory education for dentists that encourages using other painkillers that are not addictive. Dentists write fewer than 7 percent of opioid prescriptions in the U.S. But new research shows that practice...

  • lawyer September 22, 2017 10:57 pm

    Can Brain Disease Explain Aaron Hernandez's Behavior?

    Former football star Aaron Hernandez’ brain was riddled with damage from a degenerative brain disease linked with head blows, but that doesn’t necessarily explain the troubles that plagued his young life. The diagnosis comes from a Boston University researcher who has studied hundreds of brains from football players, college athletes and even younger players, donated after their deaths. Dr. Ann...

  • United States July 31, 2017 8:48 pm

    '13 Reasons' Might Have Triggered Suicide Searches Online

    A popular TV series that showed a teen ending her life may have triggered a surge in online searches for suicide, including how to do it. That’s according to a new study about the show “13 Reasons Why.” Netflix released all 13 episodes on March 31. Researchers found that for almost three weeks afterward, there were at least 900,000 more...

  • United States June 20, 2017 2:13 am

    Shootings Kill or Injure at Least 19 US Children Each Day: CDC

    Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence. The analysis of 2002-14 U.S. data is billed as the most comprehensive study on the topic. While it mostly confirms previously released information, it underscores why researchers view...

  • President June 13, 2017 7:09 pm

    Drones Carrying Defibrillators Could Aid Heart Emergencies

    It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest. Researchers tested the idea and found drones arrived at the scene of 18 cardiac arrests within about 5 minutes of launch. That was almost 17 minutes faster on average than ambulances — a big deal for a condition where minutes mean life...

  • food June 13, 2017 10:47 am

    New Psychological Trick May Help You (Willingly) Eat Your Vegetables

    Researchers tried a big serving of food psychology and a dollop of trickery to get diners to eat their vegetables. And it worked.

  • New York April 12, 2017 6:26 pm

    Trans Fat Ban Linked With Fewer NY Heart Attacks & Strokes

    Local bans on artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant foods led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in several New York counties, a new study suggests....
    The study hints at the potential for widespread health benefits from an upcoming nationwide ban, the authors and other experts say. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015 gave the food industry until next year...

  • United States March 7, 2017 5:12 pm

    Fewer Heavy Americans Are Trying to Lose Weight: Study

    Fewer overweight Americans have been trying to lose weight in recent years, and researchers wonder if fat acceptance could be among the reasons. The trend found in a new study occurred at the same time obesity rates climbed. “Socially accepted normal body weight is shifting toward heavier weight. As more people around us are getting heavier, we simply believe we...

  • United States February 27, 2017 5:24 pm

    Doctors Warn Against Teen Pot Use Amid Looser Marijuana Laws

    An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think it’s OK for their kids, but “we would rather not mess around with the developing brain,” said Dr. Seth Ammerman. The advice comes in a new report from the American...

  • United States January 19, 2017 6:44 pm

    1 in 4 US Men Have Cancer-Linked HPV Genital Infections

    The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers. Most human papillomavirus infections cause no symptoms and most disappear without treatment. And most adults will get an HPV infection at some point in their lives.

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