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Caffeine's jolt can sometimes be short-lived

Caffeine no longer improves alertness or mental performance after a few nights of sleep restriction, according to a new U.S. military study.


'Love hormone' gene may be key to social life

Lower activity of a specific gene may affect a person's social behavior, including the ability to form healthy relationships, researchers say.


Most Americans are eating better

More than half of Americans were eating healthier in 2012 than they were in 1999, a new study finds.


Want new knowledge to stick? Head straight to a workout

Exercising after you learn new things might help you remember them, a small study suggests.


Got a spare 15 minutes? A little exercise may boost life span

Just 15 minutes of exercise a day may lower older adults' risk of early death by one-fifth, a new study suggests.


Shouting? The 'silent treatment'? How spouses argue linked to physical ills

How spouses disagree may predict which ones are more likely to develop certain ailments down the road, new research suggests.


Are 'workaholics' prone to OCD, anxiety?

Some workaholics may be prone to mental health disorders, compared to folks with greater work-life balance, new research suggests.


What the heck is a crick in the neck?

You may have heard some people say that they have a “crick in their neck” when describing their neck pain or you maybe you’ve used this expression yourself. But have you ever wondered about what it really means? Is it even a real medical term?


Healthy fats in Mediterranean diet won't boost weight

An eating plan that includes healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts isn't likely to cause weight gain, a new study finds.


Hey drivers: Hands-free cellphones not risk-free

Talking on a hands-free phone while driving may be just as distracting and dangerous as using a hand-held phone, according to a new study.


Cutting back on wine? Try a smaller glass

Like wine just a little too much sometimes? You may sip a little less over an evening if it's served in smaller goblets, a new British study finds.


Pop stars often hawk unhealthy foods to kids

Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5: Some of America's biggest pop stars are making millions from ad campaigns for sugar-laden, low-nutrition foods, a new study says.


Sun protection comes in many forms

As folks start baring more skin at the beach, pool or barbecue, it's time to start covering up with sunscreen.


Make that Memorial Day bbq tasty -- and safe

As Americans fire up their grills this Memorial Day weekend, experts note that while there isn't enough evidence to conclude that barbecued meat increases cancer risk, it's still a good idea to take some precautions.


6 sun safety tips for 'Don't Fry Day'

Here are six tips for protecting your skin as we head into summer.


What the FDA's new food labels mean for your groceries

More information on added sugars, highlighted calorie counts, and a bigger focus on serving sizes.


Late dinners won't doom kids to obesity

Late suppers may not be a recipe for childhood obesity, a new study shows.


Too few Americans take advantage of local parks

Most neighborhood parks in the United States are geared toward younger people, which limits their use, a new study suggests.


Could spuds be bad for blood pressure?

Potatoes are a popular staple of the American diet, but eating too many -- whether boiled, baked, mashed or fried -- may raise the risk for high blood pressure, a new study suggests.


Focus on healthy foods, not avoiding 'bad' ones, for heart health

Emphasizing healthy foods in your diet, not just banishing "bad" foods, may be the key to avoiding heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests.


10 reasons you're exercising and not losing weight

If you started an exercise program in part to lose weight and the scale is not budging, it can be frustrating.


Nagging your kids about weight might backfire

When parents believe their children are overweight -- regardless of whether they are or not -- those kids are likely to gain weight, a new study suggests.


Does exercise help or hinder your diet?

Dieters sometimes worry that workouts could make them hungry, but new research indicates exercise has the opposite effect, diminishing the appetite -- at least temporarily.


Your income, hometown may be key to your lifespan

Where they live and how much they earn significantly affects the average American's longevity, a new study suggests.


Too much sitting may shorten your life

Get off your duff: A new study finds that sitting less may extend your life.


Weight loss with a Paleo diet?

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about whether we’d be healthier eating more back-to-very-basics food staples similar to that of our Paleolithic kin — hunter-gatherers who lived mainly on a diet of freshly killed meat, fish, fruits and freshly picked vegetables.


Could lots of time spent on social media be tied to depression?

The more time young adults spend using popular social media, the greater the link to depression, new research suggests.


Kids' fruit drinks, juices contain day's worth of sugar

Many commercially sold fruit drinks and juices give kids a full day's worth of sugar in a single serving, a new British study shows.


The sounds you make eating may be a diet aid

If you want to cut back on how much you eat, it might be a good idea to keep things quiet during meals, researchers suggest.


Less than 3 percent of Americans live a healthy lifestyle

Do you get a moderate amount of exercise, eat right, keep from piling on fat and avoid smoking? Congratulations, you're among the 2.7 percent of Americans who do so, according to a new study.


Blooming trees can bring misery to allergy sufferers

Tree pollen season has arrived, but there are a number of ways allergy sufferers can prevent or control their symptoms, an expert says.


Breathing exercises for stress management

Have you ever had someone tell you to “just breathe” when you were stressed out or upset? That advice may sound a bit flippant, but breathing can actually help you manage your feelings of stress.


Siri, other smartphone 'assistants' may fall short in a crisis

Smartphone "personal assistants" like Siri and Google Now can send your messages, make dinner reservations or give you a stock market update. But they may let you down during a crisis, a new study finds.


School breakfast programs vital, even if some kids also eat at home

Students who eat two breakfasts are less likely to become overweight or obese than those who skip the morning meal, according to a new study.


10 spring allergy myths you hear every year

Although there is no cure for allergies, there are some effective forms of treatment that can help manage and alleviate symptoms. It can be difficult to decipher which treatment options are truly effective and which ones are simply myths. 


Biking or walking to work helps keep you fit

Walking, cycling or taking public transit to work helps middle-aged adults lose body fat and weight, new research suggests.


More young Americans support gay adoption

Young Americans increasingly favor adoption rights for gays and lesbians, with three-quarters of females and two-thirds of males now voicing support, according to a new government report.


An expert's guide to sneezin' season

This could be a bad spring allergy season and people with allergies need to be prepared, an expert warns.


Could too much cellphone time signal anxiety, depression?

Some young adults who constantly reach for their smartphones might be anxious or depressed, preliminary research suggests.


Black women's hair styling choices can cause hair loss

Hair styling practices may be causing black women to experience hair loss, which is a major problem that often goes undiagnosed, a new survey finds.


Happiness might sometimes harm your heart

On rare occasions, a very joyful event might harm your heart, a new study suggests.


Protein-heavy meals make you feel fuller, sooner

There may be something to those high-protein diets, with a new study finding that protein does make you feel full sooner.


Lazy weekends may boost body fat

Playing couch potato on the weekends may be even worse for your weight than working at a desk all week, new research suggests.


Daredevil at 20, scam victim at 70? What being a risk-taker may mean to you

Most adult risk-takers continue to take chances as they get older, and that can make them more susceptible to fraud when they're seniors, new research suggests.


Boost your body image and quality of life

If you’re generally healthy and exercising already but cannot seem to love the body you inhabit, it’s time to explore other feel-good options, like changing your perception of your body, instead of beating yourself over those last 5 to 10 pounds.


Winter skin-care tips from a pro

Winter can be hard on your skin, but there are several ways to deal with those challenges, a dermatologist says.


Small weight loss yields large rewards

Shedding just a few pounds can lower the risk of serious health problems in obese adults, a small study suggests.


Spiders' size exagerrated in minds of those who fear them

If you're frightened of spiders, in your mind's eye they may seem much bigger than they really are, a new Israeli study finds.


Many suicidal people make long-term recovery

Nearly four in 10 people who seriously consider suicide end up recovering long-term, achieving a mental state that's free of suicidal symptoms or thoughts, a new Canadian study finds.


Healthier diets may be cutting heart, diabetes risks in U.S. teens

The severity of metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of health risk factors such as belly fat and poor cholesterol levels -- among U.S. teens has been improving, and researchers believe that healthier diets may be the reason why.


Texting after dark may harm teens' sleep, grades

Instant messaging can be a source of emotional support for teens and help them collaborate on school projects, but new research shows that texting after the lights go out takes a toll on students' sleep quality and academic performance.


Understanding your sex drive

Typically, a loving partner and the quality of the relationship, and not sex hormone levels, impact a woman's sex drive more than anything.


Do more 'selfies' mean more relationship woes?

Posting too many "selfies" on social media might lead to serious problems with your romantic partner, according to a new study.


Face-to-face still trumps texts for social closeness

While technology use among young people offers some social advantages, face-to-face interaction does a better job of conveying emotional support and helping to read unspoken cues, new research contends.


Parent's depression may harm child's grades

A child's grades in school might suffer if a parent is suffering from depression, according to a new study.


'Til weight loss do us part?

Married people shed fewer pounds than singles after weight-loss surgery, and some marriages deteriorate after the operation, researchers report.


Air pollution linked to risk of preterm birth

Exposure to high levels of air pollution in pregnancy may increase the risk of having a preterm baby, new research suggests.


Boys victims of dating violence, too

Contrary to what many people may think, teenage boys commonly suffer dating violence -- including physical and emotional abuse, a new U.S. government study finds.


Eating certain fruits, veggies may help a bit with weight control

Eating fruits and vegetables that have high levels of substances called flavonoids may help a bit with weight control over time, a new study suggests.


Breast concerns may sideline many teen girls from sports

Researchers in England have discovered a surprising reason why teen girls may not play sports -- their breasts.


Watching too much TV may be bad for your brain

We may the Netflix and chill generation today, but if we're not careful, we may become the plagued-with-serious-cognitive-issues generation in a few years. As it turns out, cognitive function is inversely related to time spent watching TV.


Zero gravity environments may have negative effects on the human brain

As missions to Mars become more accessible, the idea of jetting off Earth seems less far-fetched. But before you get too excited about going into space, you might want to consider the effects space missions have on the human brain.


Low-fat diets no better than other plans

Low-fat diets are often promoted as a superior way to lose weight, but they're no more effective than other types of diets, a new review indicates. More>>

Eight anti-aging foods to help you look younger

There are healthy and simple ways to slow down Father Time. The first place to start is in your daily diet. More>>

9 ways to work out without wearing out your bank account

Frugal fitness finds can put being active within reach of any budget.


Depression, weapons may be more common for bullied teens

Bullied high school students have greater odds for depression and suicidal thoughts than others, and they're also more likely to take weapons to school, according to three new studies. More>>

Traffic deaths increase in spring break hot spots

It's that time of year when college students flock to warm, sunny spots to celebrate spring break, but a new study shows the roads become a lot less safe once they arrive. More>>

Herpes drug might help control spread of HIV, too

A widely used herpes drug also seems to help people with the HIV virus, even if those people don't also have herpes, a new small study found. More>>

How to get a man to open his wallet for charity

Changing the message of charitable appeals could help close the gender gap in giving, researchers suggested. More>>

Could smartphones lower intelligence?

Being too reliant on a smartphone could make lazy thinkers even less inclined to use their brain, a new study suggests. More>>

When one spouse exercises, the other may start, too

If you start an exercise program, it might inspire your spouse to do the same, a new study says. More>>

Fit body at 40 may keep brain bright at 60

People who are fit in their 40s seem to retain more brain volume two decades later and also perform better on decision-making tests, new research suggests. More>>

Additives in processed foods may alter gut bacteria

A common ingredient in many processed foods might increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and metabolic syndrome, a new study in mice suggests. More>>

U.S. dietary guidelines take aim at sugar

Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats. Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat. Lay off the salt shaker. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And don't worry about having an egg and... More>>

Hungry in the department store? Your spending may rise

Worried about rising credit card bills? A new study points to one way to curb your spending: Don't shop while hungry. More>>

10 potential hazards in a beauty salon

To avoid ruining your look, and your health, be on the lookout for these 10 potential health hazards the next time you go to the beauty salon.


Healthy eating up worldwide, but unhealthy eating up even more

Although people around the world are eating more healthy foods, that positive trend has been outpaced by a rising consumption of unhealthy foods, a new study finds. More>>

Proposed dietary guidelines not a green light to eat what you want

People who follow a heart-healthy diet won't see much change in their eating habits if, as reported, this year's U.S. Dietary Guidelines report rescinds previous warnings against eating certain cholesterol-rich foods. More>>

Naps may improve your health

Brief daytime naps might protect you against the harmful health effects of a poor night's sleep, a new study suggests. More>>

Health benefits of moderate drinking overblown

All that talk of red wine and other alcoholic beverages being good for your health if consumed in moderation is just plain wrong, a new analysis contends. More>>

10 healthy Valentine’s Day gifts for her

This year, instead of the same old Valentine's Day plan, buy your special lady a gift that's good for her health to really show how much you care. More>>

Menu calorie counts may mean less fattening meals for kids

Parents might order fewer calories for their children if menus included calorie counts or information on how much walking would be required to burn off the calories in foods, a new study suggests. More>>

Looking to boost your exercise level? Here are some helpful tips

The excitement and anticipation surrounding the upcoming Super Bowl may prompt some people to take up a new sport or up their levels of physical activity. More>>

Work hard, party harder?

Working long hours may raise the risk for alcohol abuse, according to a new study of more than 300,000 people from 14 countries. More>>

Less booze, more veggies might lower odds for some cancers

Eating a plant-based diet and limiting your alcohol intake may help cut your risk for obesity-related cancers, a new study suggests. More>>

7 good luck foods for the New Year

Read this list and start preparing dishes to make this year one of your best ever. More>>

New year often ushers in pledge to quit drinking

People with drinking problems often make a New Year's pledge to stop or cut back on their drinking, but actually doing it can be a struggle, an addiction expert says. More>>

10 stress management tips to survive the holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a time of great joy, but they can also be a time of a ridiculous amount of stress. If holiday stress has become a major downer for you over the years, here are 10 tips that may help. More>>

Obesity-related ills may shave up to 8 years off your life

The heart disease and diabetes that often accompany obesity may rob people of almost a decade of life and close to two decades of a healthy life, Canadian researchers report. More>>

Study links running to lower Alzheimer's death risk

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Running more than 15 miles a week may reduce the risk of dying from Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. More>>

Could a 'Mediterranean' diet extend your life?

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There are hints in a new study that eating the much-lauded Mediterranean diet may help boost longevity. More>>

10 tips to fight Thanksgiving Day food coma

After consuming mass quantities of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie during a feast, it's no mystery why people just plop on the couch and pass out. However, there are ways to avoid the Thanksgiving Day food coma, if you're up to it.


Every kiss begins with 80 million germs

A kiss isn't just a kiss: It's also an opportunity to transfer millions of germs. More>>

Can lots of sex protect the prostate?

Don Juans of the world, take note: Men who sleep with lots of women may be less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who don't play the field, a new Canadian study suggests. More>>

Upbeat walking style might lift your mood

The way you walk can affect your mood, according to a new study. More>>

As culture changed, so did melanoma risk, study finds

Changing fashions, cultural attitudes and health beliefs have contributed to the rise of deadly melanoma skin cancer, according to a new study. More>>

Top five myths about cellulite

Cellulite, fat deposits beneath the skin, plagues the thighs and behinds of nearly 90 percent of women -- even the most fit among us. More>>

6 health hazards of a dirty movie theater

Here are six health hazards that you might find at a dirty movie theater: More>>

Can all work and no play make you diabetic?

Working long hours may increase your risk for diabetes, a new study suggests. But the finding seems to depend on your job. More>>

Soda giants pledge to make calorie cuts in their drinks

The top U.S. soda makers have agreed to help reduce Americans' consumption of calories from sugary beverages by one-fifth during the next decade -- by shrinking drink sizes and marketing healthier options. More>>

Drinking alcohol more common on exercise days

People tend to drink more alcohol on days when they're more physically active, a new study finds. More>>

Better-educated people more open to dubious health info on Web

Younger college graduates are more likely to trust health information from questionable sources on the Internet than older high school grads would, new research reports. More>>

Do greener neighborhoods produce healthier babies?

Pregnant women who live in leafy, green neighborhoods are less likely to have premature or low birth weight babies, a new study suggests. More>>

Novel weight-loss drug is approved

A new weight-loss medication for the overweight and obese has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration. More>>

'Fat shaming' doesn't motivate obese people to lose weight

Discrimination against overweight or obese people, commonly known as "fat shaming," does not help them lose weight and may do more harm than good, according to research from London. More>>

Why polyester fails the B.O. test after exercise

The reason polyester clothes smell worse than cotton apparel after a hard workout is because odor-causing bacteria grow better on them, a new study shows. More>>

Breast-feeding may help obese moms lose pregnancy pounds

Breast-feeding may help women lose their pregnancy weight and keep it off if they were obese before they became pregnant, according to new research. More>>

Quality of U.S. diet improves, slightly

The quality of Americans' diets has improved somewhat but remains poor overall, and dietary disparity between the rich and poor is growing, a new study shows. More>>

Education linked to activity levels during the week

College-educated Americans tend to be more physically active on weekends, while adults without a high school diploma are more active on weekdays, a new study finds. More>>

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans drinks at least 1 soda a day

A new survey of American adults across 18 states finds 17 percent drinking at least one sugary soda per day, with rates varying widely across states. More>>

Popular southern fare may harm your kidneys

The types of food that many Southerners seem to prefer -- fried foods, sweet drinks and processed meals -- may be deadly for people with kidney disease, a new study suggests. More>>

Sperm's anti-germ 'shield' might play role in fertility

Preliminary new research points to the possibility that some infertile men could benefit from boosting a protein shield that protects sperm cells from germs. More>>

Acidic drinks can damage kids' teeth permanently

High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters' teeth, a new study reports. More>>

Fruits, veggies may have their limits in boosting lifespan

The nutrients in fruits and vegetables are vital to good health and a long life, but only up to a point.  More>>

Healthy habits may help childhood cancer survivors avoid chronic ills

Following a healthy lifestyle may help childhood cancer survivors reduce their risk for chronic health issues, a new study indicates. More>>

Diet changes can alter gut bacteria

Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study. More>>

Weight loss surgery may help ease urinary incontinence

Weight-loss surgery appears to have an additional side benefit -- it may improve urinary incontinence symptoms in women, according to a new study. More>>

Exercise may help counter health risks of sedentary lifestyle

Being a couch potato may have fewer long-term health consequences if you trade some of your couch time for gym time, suggests a new study. More>>

Make exercise fun, eat less afterwards

If you make exercise fun, you'll eat less after your workout, new research contends. More>>

Organic foods may be healthier

Organic produce and grains contain more protective antioxidants, less pesticide residue and lower levels of the toxic metal cadmium than food raised in traditional ways, a new review finds. More>>

Staying active may help prevent dementia

Being physically active in middle age appears to help reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, suggest the findings from two new studies. More>>

A little alcohol may not be good for your heart after all

A new study challenges the widely held belief that light drinking of alcohol may be good for your heart. More>>

60 percent of diners use calorie labeling when posted

About six out of 10 adults make use of calorie information on menus, if it's available, to decide what to order in restaurants, according to a new U.S. study. More>>

Around the globe, mom's health key to newborn's size

Well-nourished, healthy and well-educated mothers who receive prenatal care have babies of similar size - regardless of differences in their race, ethnicity or where they live, a new study finds. More>>

Fruits, veggies not a magic bullet for weight loss

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is often recommended as a way to lose weight, but doing so may not help you shed excess pounds, according to researchers. More>>

Healthy weight loss may bring better sleep, brighter mood

Dropping excess pounds may not only improve your physical health, it might also help you feel more awake and happy, a new study shows. More>>

Diets high in dairy might boost colon cancer survival, a bit

A diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend the lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer, a new study suggests. More>>

FDA: Bee pollen weight loss products pose health risks

Some bee pollen products marketed for weight loss may actually threaten your health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. More>>

The effects of wearing high heels

Like many other forms of fashion folly of days gone by, researchers have discovered that wearing high heels, even for a relatively short period of time, can have some major effects on the body. More>>

Soy foods don't seem to protect against uterine cancer

There's no evidence that soy foods protect against uterine cancer, a large Japanese study reports. More>>

10 anti-aging tips to make yourself look younger

Since you can’t wish yourself younger, you’ll just have to defy aging the old-fashioned way -- by trying these 10 anti-aging tips to make yourself look younger. More>>

Are you addicted to being too busy?

These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life More>>

10 heart-healthy Valentine’s dinner date ideas

Before you head out with your date or loved-one wrapped around your arm, take a moment to consider a few of these tips to keep your special, Valentine's Day dinner a little more heart-healthy. More>>

5 naturally soothing scents

While we can’t always crawl into bed at any given hour in the day, we can surround ourselves with calming aromas at anytime. Here are five scents that have been proven to naturally soothe.

Your guide to keeping kids healthy

Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice. More>>

5 ways to keep skin healthy all winter

Between the cold dry air outdoors and the hot dry air indoors, skin definitely needs a little more TLC. Read on to find out how to winter-proof your skin care routine. More>>

Weight fluctuations: Why does the scale say that?

Most women play some version of the scale game whenever they weigh themselves, but the truth is there are at least eight reasons why the numbers can fluctuate so much. More>>

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