obesity

Progress in the U.S. against obesity, food poisoning, and infections spread in hospitals has been uneven and disappointing, despite dedicated efforts to fight these health threats by the nation’s top public health agency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued...

Fruit Juices

People say fruit is nature’s candy for a reason. There’s nothing like biting into a ripe, juicy peach, achieving just the right level of banana flavor in your smoothie, or going to town on a perfect handful of blueberries. Unfortunately, as healthy as fruit is, you can overdo...

Personalized Risk

Giving people detailed information about their personal genetic risk of developing diabetes may not inspire them to change their behavior any more than just giving them basic facts about the disease, a recent study suggests. “Overall, genetic risk information is becoming...

Fast-Food Calorie

Does it help to know that a double quarter-pounder with cheese delivers 740 calories? Probably not, a new study suggests. Starting next May, fast-food chains with more than 20 locations in the United States must display calorie counts on menus. But this study questions whether...

Salt

Weird fact: Too much salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, a heart attack, or stroke, but some people may be eating more because of their tongue’s genetics. Some people may be eating too much salt because they are bitter — or, rather, their tongues are. Research presented...

Eye Surgery

A significant percentage of people who undergo LASIK eye surgery to correct their vision may experience side effects from the surgery, according to a new study. Researchers found that, three months after the participants had LASIK surgery, more than 40 percent of them reported...

Lungs

A rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma sent hundreds of people to hospitals in Australia’s second-largest city, and four deaths had been confirmed by Wednesday. Family confirmed Clarence Leo, a nightclub bouncer and father of two, died at home early Tuesday morning...

Cold Remedies

Arguably the worst part about having a bad cold is knowing there are no meds that can make it go away. Letting the virus run its course is the only option. But browsing the drugstore aisles, you’ll find that there are endless cold remedies that claim to treat symptoms and help...

Bagged salad

Bagged salad can fuel the growth of food-poisoning bugs like Salmonella and make them more dangerous, a study says. University of Leicester scientists said the moist environment combined with nutrients leaching out of chopped leaves created the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The...

Preventable Cancers

A new survey has predicted that by the year 2030, as many as 5.5 million women worldwide will die each year from largely preventable cancers. In recent years, we’ve make promising strides in the fight against cancer, and have improved both prevention and treatment efforts. We...