Zika-Associated

Colombian authorities are reporting that five babies have been born in the country this year with microcephaly associated with the rapidly spreading Zika virus. The National Health Institute also said Saturday that there have been 4,097 confirmed cases of Zika in pregnant women...

Zika virus

The Zika virus could spread to Europe this summer, although the likelihood of an outbreak is low to moderate, the World Health Organization has said. Areas most at risk are those where Aedes mosquitoes may spread the virus, like the Black Sea coast of Russia and Georgia and the...

As Fitness Levels Rise

A higher level of heart-lung fitness may reduce your risk for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, new research finds. The study provides evidence to support the widely held belief “that fitness is beneficial in reducing the risk for prediabetes/diabetes,” said Dr. Lisa...

Storing Babies

Two-day-old Ellie Bailey squirms in a hospital bassinet and cries as her tiny left heel is squeezed and then pricked with a needle to draw a blood sample. An Indianapolis hospital technician quickly saturates six circles on a special filter card with the child’s blood. Ellie...

Rising air pollution in world

Almost everyone in large cities in poor and middle-income countries faces excessively high air pollution, a growing problem that is killing more than 3 million people prematurely each year and “wreaking havoc on human health,” the World Health Organization said Thursday. The...

Inefficient prescribing

In the U.S. between 2010 and 2012, nearly $73 billion was spent on brand name medications instead of less expensive alternatives, according to a new study. A large portion of that was spent by patients, the researchers found. “Prescription drug prescribing during the time...

Walnuts

  The nut is much more than a tasty ingredient in baked goods.Here are 10 reasons why the walnut should be part of your daily diet: 1. They contain omega-3s and other “healthy fats.” Unique among nuts, walnuts contain the highest amount of alpha-linolenic acid,...

PB&J sandwiches

We live in a world of ergonomic workspaces and futuristic video-conference meetings, so it’s fairly dumb that our work snacks are still salty, preservative-filled objects that plummet out of automated machines by the bathrooms. To help determine what to bring to your office...

constipated

No matter how chill your bowels usually are, constipation happens. And while it may be tempting to reach (okay, lunge) for some OTC relief, your bod may be trying to tell you something—you know, besides that you’re backed up. If you’re wondering why things are slower-moving...

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is usually a safe alternative-medicine treatment, but in rare instances, people who receive the needling technique may develop an infection, a new case report suggests. In the case, a 67-year-old man in Australia developed a serious bacterial infection after completing...