Does it really cost more to stick to a healthy diet? The answer is yes, but not as much as many people think, according to a new study.
A safe and effective male birth control pill may be inching closer to reality, according to researchers.
Pictures of diseased lungs and other types of graphic warning labels on cigarette packs could cut the number of smokers in the United States by as much as 8.6 million people.
The cold, dry air of winter can deplete your skin of moisture and cause "winter itch."
If remorse over sex strikes a man or a women, he'll likely regret a lost opportunity while she'll fret over a one-night stand, a new study shows.
Teens who are in committed relationships and have good communication with their partner are among those most likely to get tested for HIV, a new study finds.
A new study finds that exercise among older adults helps ward off depression, dementia and other health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Politeness and consideration for fellow diners could play a role in holiday weight gain, a new study suggests.
A recent program encouraged healthy eating by offering extra spending power to poor people who get government assistance to buy food. The only catch: They had to purchase healthier types of food at farmers' markets.
Older women who drink lots of soda and other sugary beverages may be at higher risk for endometrial cancer, a new study suggests.
Women who go to bed and wake up at regular times tend to maintain a healthy weight, a new study suggests.
Certain lifestyle factors may improve women's chances of having a healthy pregnancy, according to a new study.
There’s nothing like gathering with loved ones around a bountiful holiday table to make us count our blessings. But giving thanks shouldn’t be something we only practice once a year.
Bad news for caffeine addicts: That midday coffee pick-me-up might increase your odds for a sleepless night, new research shows.
Being an elite athlete, especially in an endurance sport, may help protect men against Type 2 diabetes later in life, a small new study finds.
Reducing your consumption of certain types of fried foods can help lower the amount of a possible cancer-causing chemical in your diet, according to U.S. health officials.
A new online cholesterol risk calculator produced by two leading U.S. heart organizations is flawed and overstates a person's risk of heart disease, a pair of Harvard Medical School professors say.
Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research.
To avoid developing Type 2 diabetes, you may have been told to watch your calories and kick up your activity level. Now researchers say there's something else you might consider: your so-called dietary acid load.
Teens can suffer from depression like everyone else, but a small new study hints that exercise might help ease the condition.
It's widely known that women find it harder to breathe during exercise than men of a similar age -- even among those with heart and lung disease. And now researchers say they've discovered why.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to ban trans fats from the food supply will trigger some scrambling by manufacturers and restaurant chains, but ultimately it will be a boon to the nation's health.
A happy marriage may depend on a wife being able to calm down after a heated argument. But a husband's ability to cool off after a fight has little to no bearing on long-term marital satisfaction, a new study suggests.
A review of previous research reveals that bisexual men aren't more likely than heterosexual men to have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Many people find it difficult to talk with their partners about sexually transmitted diseases, and public health campaigns need to find better ways to promote these types of conversations, according to a new study.
State laws have reduced the overall rates of secondhand-smoke exposure for many workers, but people in certain occupations are still vulnerable, according to a new study.
A romantic relationship can change when one partner slims down, and not always in a good way, new research suggests.
Blood and bone marrow stem cell transplants may put a damper on the sex lives of cancer patients, a new study suggests.
Love may not only be blind and make the heart beat faster, it might also make a man's feet move more slowly, a new study finds.
For people who have a lot of weight to lose, weight-loss surgery appears more effective than diet and exercise, a new review suggests.
The 16-day federal government shutdown earlier this month hindered the ability of U.S. health officials to monitor flu activity around the country.
Nobody is immune from the negative health effects of stress. The good news is that staying active is a natural and effective way to reduce stress.
As the population ages, experts expect the number of women with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis to surge.
Getting regular daily exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity may also boost students' academic performance, according to a new U.K. study.
Smokers who turn to social networking sites focused on quitting smoking form strong supportive bonds with their like-minded peers, a new study reveals. And these cyber-connections boost the odds they'll kick their habit.
With the New York City Marathon just two weeks away, a sports diet expert advises runners that proper nutrition and hydration are crucial for anyone training for the Nov. 3 race.
The adult obesity rate in the United States remains as high as ever, with one in three Americans carrying unhealthy amounts of weight, according to a new federal report.
Men with deep voices have a leg up on those who don't, a new Canadian study suggests, at least when it comes to finding a mate.
HIV-negative heterosexuals who take drugs that protect them from contracting the AIDS virus from their HIV-positive partners don't engage in more risky sexual behaviors, according to a new study.
Today's teens may be at higher risk than ever of contracting genital herpes because they don't have enough immune system antibodies to shield them against the sexually transmitted virus, a new study suggests.
Thanks to rising alcohol levels in wine and beer, the drinks served in bars and restaurants are often more potent than people realize, a new report shows.
Overweight teens are at increased for developing esophageal cancer later in life, new research says.
Physical activity may reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, a new review finds.
Practicing yoga may not ease menopausal hot flashes, but it might help women sleep a bit easier, a new clinical trial suggests.
Women who got breast implants said the surgery spiced up their sex lives, a small, preliminary study found.
Delayed diagnosis and treatment of a skin infection linked to contaminated water in home aquariums is common, according to a new study.
Reading award-winning literature may boost your ability to read other people, too, a new study suggests.
Exercising during your leisure time could help prevent high blood pressure, but being physically active at work doesn't seem to provide the same benefit, according to a new review.
You may be serving wine with a heavier hand than you believe: The size, shape and location of a wine glass can affect how much you pour into the glass, according to a new study.
Although more Americans than ever are getting their annual flu shots, U.S. health officials said Thursday that the rates could be better and urged virtually all Americans to get vaccinated for the coming flu season.
This season's flu vaccine is now available, and Americans should get their flu shot as soon as possible, an expert says.
Calcium supplements improve bone health in postmenopausal women, but vitamin D supplements provide no benefit in women with normal vitamin D levels, a new study finds.
A new program creating 14 first-of-a-kind research centers for tobacco regulation in the United States was announced by the federal government on Thursday.
Did they get your diet soda order right at the drive-thru? It may not be so easy to tell.
Graphic ads depicting the ravages of smoking have generated a bigger than expected response, federal health officials said Thursday.
Red grapes and blueberries may give your immune system a boost, according to a new study.
Healthy behaviors such as exercise, good diet and stress management have the potential to reverse aging on a molecular level and partly restore the vitality of a person's cells, according to a new pilot study.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for Cosmetic Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) has been expanded to include moderate-to-severe lateral canthal lines, the medical term for so-called "crow's feet" lines.
Health and safety campaigns with positive messages might better persuade young people to avoid risky behaviors such as smoking and unprotected sex than campaigns that highlight health dangers, a new study suggests.
Small changes in household routines, such as limiting TV time and increasing sleep time, can help minimize excess weight gain in young children at high risk of obesity, according to new research.
Commercial baby foods don't meet infants' dietary needs when they are weaning, according to a new study.
Sleep culture seems to vary depending on where you live, according to an international survey.
Electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches are equally effective at helping smokers quit, according to findings from what's thought to be the first clinical trial to compare the two methods.
A hard-hitting national smoking-cessation campaign -- the first ever to be federally funded -- proved very successful, essentially tripling the number of smokers that officials hoped would be inspired to quit.
Feel the blues in the winter? You might blame seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that's thought to be driven by weather and the time of year. Now, a new study raises questions about whether this condition is as common as researchers have believed.
Every face tells a story, and when you've had too little sleep the world sees it in technicolor, a new study suggests.
While U.S. water sanitation has improved, bacteria-laden drinking water continues to cause disease outbreaks, according to a report released Thursday by federal health officials.
Of all the dangerous bacteria lurking in foods, perhaps the most deadly is listeria, and the lesson from a 2011 outbreak is to always handle food safely, U.S. health officials say.
In the same way that a little wine may be good for the heart, it might also help avoid depression, a Spanish study suggests.
Middle-aged Americans with a college degree are more likely to make healthy lifestyle changes when confronted with a health problem than those who dropped out of college or never went, new research finds.
Teens with anorexia nervosa have bigger brains than those without the eating disorder, a finding that suggests biology may play a larger role in the condition than realized.
Men with a history of prostate cancer who drank four or more cups of coffee daily had a 59 percent lower risk of seeing their cancer worsen or return, a new study found.
Levels of mercury in Pacific Ocean fish are likely to rise over coming decades, say researchers who report they've discovered how mercury gets into open-ocean fish.
Older women seeking a cure for swollen, painful joints likely will find that taking calcium and vitamin D supplements won't reduce the severity of their condition, a new study reveals.
Volunteering may improve your mental health and help you live longer, a new review suggests.
Getting a flu shot could help protect against a heart attack, Australian researchers say.
Taking an ice bath after a workout does not reduce soreness or strength loss, according to a new study.
Alcoholism and certain types of eating disorders share common genetic risk factors, according to a new study.
Regular exercise can give a brain boost to people with HIV, according to a new study.
Five brands accounted for the largest amounts of beer consumed by people before they were treated for injuries at an emergency department in a large U.S. city, according to a new pilot study.
As the start of a new school year approaches, parents need to think about the comfort and safety of their children's backpacks, an expert says.
Many people who have tried to give up fatty foods in favor of healthier choices have found themselves obsessing over cookies or chips. Choosing a salad over a cheeseburger can feel like a Herculean act of will.
If your partner suffers chronic pain from knee osteoarthritis, your sleep and mood may suffer as well, according to a new study.
Hold the java and listen up: A new study suggests that people under 55 who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are more likely to die early than others.
If you decide to hit the gym in hopes that a quick dose of exercise will cure your insomnia, a new study suggests that will not be enough.
Excessive drinking is a major economic problem in the United States, costing billions of dollars in health care costs, lost worker productivity and other consequences involved, the federal government reported Tuesday.
Women who regularly get some fish in their diet may have a relatively lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a large new study suggests.
Urging a partner to diet may seem like a supportive thing to do, but a new study finds it can trigger unhealthy habits such as fasting and taking diet pills -- measures that can then lead to severe eating disorders.
There are ways to have a tolerable night's sleep without air conditioning in one's bedroom. Here's how.
Burning incense indoors releases air pollutants that cause inflammation in human lung cells, a new study finds.
People who walk to work are 40 percent less likely to develop diabetes and 17 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who drive, according to a new study.
That loaf of bread or can of soup may be labeled "gluten-free," but is it really?
As the obesity epidemic continues among young and old alike, a new report finds the United States lagging behind other countries in evaluating and selecting the best programs and policies to curb the problem.
Teens of a parent who smoked -- even if the mother or father quit before the teen was born -- are more likely to smoke than those whose parents are nonsmokers, a new study finds.
Overweight kids may be consuming far more calories than their doctors or parents realize, a new study suggests.
Allergy and asthma triggers can turn your backyard from a summer oasis into a place of misery if you don't take precautions, experts say.
Not only has Americans' life expectancy increased in recent decades, they also are healthier later in life, a new study shows.
Talk about an unwanted pass -- basketballs and volleyballs can spread potentially dangerous germs among players, according to a new study.
Skipping breakfast may not sabotage your waistline after all, a small, new study suggests.
New research suggests that resveratrol, a natural antioxidant found in red grapes and products derived from them -- such as red wine -- could offset the health benefits of exercise in older men.
A new, portable breathalyzer that pairs with a smartphone and Bluetooth can measure how well you're burning body fat and help you gauge the success of your diet and exercise program, according to a new report from Japan.
Doctors do a poor job of providing patients with information about vitamins, minerals, herbs and other dietary supplements, a new study says.
Americans who live in cities are less likely to die from accidental injuries than those who live in rural areas, a new study says.
It's rare for men to contract an oral HPV infection, but single men and smokers face a relatively greater risk, a new study suggests.
Overweight people with pre-diabetes can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by losing a significant amount of weight, according to new research.
Though giving up gluten has become somewhat of a fad, some people -- beyond those with celiac disease -- can reap real benefits from going gluten-free.
Researchers have made the surprising finding that the "female" X chromosome may have an important function in sperm production.
Improper use of styling tools and hair care techniques can cause hair damage and loss, according to experts.
Chances are you know at least one person who's given up eating gluten. Maybe you've even given it up yourself. But who can really benefit from a gluten-free diet?
Does distance really make the heart grow fonder? Maybe so: According to a new study, people in long-distance romantic relationships can form stronger bonds than those in normal relationships.
Two new promising treatments for gonorrhea may help fight the growth of drug-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted bacteria, according to a new U.S. government study.
A love of sweets might predict a fondness for the bottle, a new study suggests.
Air pollution claims more than 2 million lives worldwide every year, according to a new study.
Lighting up a cigarette and having a few cocktails often go hand in hand, but according to a new study, this common combination may wreak havoc on a person's mental skills.
Although Americans are exercising more, the obesity epidemic continues to expand, University of Washington researchers report.
Adults who were in good physical shape at age 18 were less likely to commit suicide than those who were less fit when they were younger, a new study has found.
People with colon cancer who continue to eat a lot of red and processed meats may have increased odds of dying from the disease, a new study suggests.
Anti-tobacco policies really do stop people from smoking and save millions of lives, a new study finds.
People who exercise or play sports outdoors during the summer need to take steps to avoid heat injury, especially heat stroke, an expert says.
What are the odds that we'll actually get sick by going swimming in a pool?
Lower fitness levels and higher amounts of body fat are major reasons why middle-aged men of South Asian origin living in Scotland have higher blood sugar levels and a greater risk of diabetes than white men.
People who think stress is affecting their health may be setting themselves up for a heart attack, a new study contends.
The size, weight, shape and color of your cutlery can affect how food tastes, a new study suggests.
In a landmark decision regarding gay rights, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively ruled Wednesday that California's ban on same-sex marriages can't remain in place.
Americans get an average of C+ on the proper use of medications, and one in seven even gets an F, a new report card shows.
Chinese health officials say health care workers should prepare for the possible re-emergence later this year of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, which has killed one-third of patients hospitalized with the virus.
The so-called morning-after pill is about to go over-the-counter, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcing Thursday that it has approved unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step.
For transsexual people who seek hormonal therapy, a new study offers some welcome news: short-term use of the treatment is safe and effective.
Two new studies offer some solace to those who can't control their weight despite diet and exercise by providing more evidence that genetics may play a role in obesity.
Eating breakfast every day may help overweight women reduce their risk of diabetes, a small new study suggests.
Strict controls on the sale of cigarettes to youth may also reduce adult smoking, a new study suggests.
Sneezing, watery eyes, scratchy throat? What you think is a summer cold may actually be allergies, an expert says.
The types of TV shows that families watch influences the amount of junk food that preschool children eat, a new study suggests.
Researchers have shown that implanting electrodes in the brain's "feeding center" can be safely done -- in a bid to develop a new treatment option for severely obese people who fail to shed pounds even after weight-loss surgery.
The more tobacco advertising teenagers see, the more likely they are to start smoking, according to a new study.
A recent study of hand-washing habits found only 5 percent of people who used the restroom scrubbed long enough to kill germs that can cause infections.
Older adults at risk for getting diabetes who took a 15-minute walk after every meal improved their blood sugar levels, a new study shows.
Restricting the sale of large sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants and other food-service outlets would affect 7.5 percent of Americans each day and have the greatest impact on overweight people.
With the arrival of summer, many folks think they can keep their picnic food safe from bacteria by storing it in the refrigerator.
Anxiety-related sexual problems occur among young adults with congenital heart disease who have implanted heart defibrillators, a new study finds.
Men with high levels of narcissism -- an unrealistically positive self-image coupled with feelings of entitlement -- have an easier time than others attracting a potential mate, new German research says.
You're jogging at a steady pace, enjoying your favorite music through your headphones. Your breath is short and your heart is pumping. Your legs feel like they couldn't carry you any faster.
In their pursuit of a golden glow, young American women say that beauty concerns, not health worries, will determine how willing they are to use so-called sunless tanning products, a new survey finds.
Women appear to have a natural defense against the world's most common sexually transmitted infection, a new study says.
People who take high doses of common painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) face a greater risk for heart problems, a new analysis shows.
New report highlights healthiest metropolitan areas.
Heavy consumption of diet soda can damage teeth as badly as methamphetamine or crack cocaine, a new study contends.
The overall health of Americans isn't improving much, with about six in 10 people either overweight or obese and large numbers engaging in unhealthy behaviors like smoking, heavy drinking or not exercising.
Dermatologists are saying that new federally mandated labeling laws for sunscreens should help Americans make smarter choices when it comes to products that provide the best sun protection.
Although spring arrived late this year in parts of the United States, the summer allergy season will still be strong, according to a sinus expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Drop by for a visit or share the drive -- but please, no smoking.
Ihaling ultrafine particles from so-called "nanomaterials" can cause lung inflammation and damage, a team of U.S. scientists says.
The notion of wealthy "sugar daddies" with young, pretty wives and well-heeled "cougar" women with handsome, young husbands may be more fiction than fact, new research suggests.
The widening American waistline may be feeding an epidemic of sleep apnea, potentially robbing millions of people of a good night's rest, a new study suggests.
Even the minor noise that fills everyday life, from the ring of a cell phone to the conversation that follows, may have short-term effects on heart function, a small new study suggests.
Next time you have a craving for fast food, don't kid yourself that choices today are much healthier, a new study says.
When a health insurer told obese people they could either pay 20 percent more for coverage or start exercising, most of them decided to get active, according to a new study.
Adding omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients to standard antioxidant vitamins doesn't give older people any added protection against a leading cause of blindness, a new study finds.
Most Americans are falling short when it comes to exercise, a new government report shows.
Lipsticks and lip glosses apparently give you more than colorful kissers, according to a new study by California scientists that contends the products contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other toxic metals.
The Obama administration announced late Wednesday that it would appeal a federal judge's order to eliminate any age restrictions on who can buy morning-after birth control pills without a prescription.
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of emergency-room visits related to sleep medications such as Ambien, according to a new U.S. study.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B One-Step for use as emergency contraception by girls and women aged 15 and older.
It's easy to blame pornography for prompting young people to engage in risky sex, but a new study suggests that the use of sexually explicit material doesn't have a lot to do with sexual behavior.
Most U.S. adults aren't sweet on the idea of soda and candy taxes, and many doubt the bigger price tags would trim the national waistline.
New research suggests that up to two-thirds of parents still encourage teenagers to finish all the food on their plates, even if the teen is overweight.
If you're trying to get healthy, tackling both diet and exercise is better than trying to improve one lifestyle habit at a time, new research suggests.
Just as the smell of freshly brewed coffee may compel you to pour a steaming cup of java, a small taste of beer may activate part of your brain's reward system and trigger the urge for more, a new study suggests.
Laser-assisted liposuction might provide an option for people who want stubborn pockets of fat removed but fear they'll be left with loose skin.
Preparing meals can mean less time for exercise, according to a new study.
Playing a certain type of sound stimulation during sleep might help improve your memory, a small new study suggests.
In what may seem a surprising finding, kids in a new study who ate more often over the course of a day were less likely to be overweight than their peers who ate the traditional three squares.
Small kids who are given large plates and then allowed to serve themselves take more food and consume more calories, new research finds.
A compound found in red meat and added as a supplement to popular energy drinks promotes hardening and clogging of the arteries, otherwise known as atherosclerosis, a new study suggests.
Need to lose weight? Running will help more than walking, according to new research.
It's not how much time teens spend watching TV but how intensely they watch that adds on the pounds, new research suggests.
You can't completely eliminate stress from your life, but you can learn to deal with it in a healthy way.
Reducing dietary salt intake and boosting levels of potassium would prevent millions of deaths from heart disease and stroke worldwide each year, according to three new studies.
Many more American women are living with their partners rather than tying the knot, a new government survey finds.
The lifestyle choices you make as an adult -- not just your health habits as a child -- influence how much height you lose as you age, researchers say.
Children of highly educated parents have healthier diets, according to a new study.
Pinterest is more than a place to find cute fashion inspiration; it's also a powerful platform that promotes personal growth in all aspects of life.
Wish you could enjoy fried food, without feeling guilty? Go ahead! A recent Spanish study found it might not be all that bad for you after all.
The types of harmless bacteria on the surfaces of fresh fruits and vegetables vary according to the type of produce and farming practices, a new study reveals.
Too much multitasking could make you overeat, a new study suggests. So if you're finding it hard to reach or maintain your ideal weight, slowing down and savoring your meal might help.
Men obsessed with muscle-building lean toward traditional ideas of masculinity, while men fixated on being thin likely associate with more feminine stereotypes, according to new research.
Eating tofu and other soy foods may help women who develop lung cancer increase their odds of living longer.
Physically active children may be at lower risk for fractures when they grow older, according to a new study from Sweden.
If physicians think their own fitness is important, chances are they'll advise exercise for their patients too, a new study finds.
If your young children are picky eaters, they may be able to blame it on their genes, according to a new study.
Try these expert-tested tips to conquer feelings of envy once and for all.
Who hasn't hit a slump in the middle of the afternoon? Or kept slamming the snooze button when the alarm went off for work?
It's so tempting. You read something on a website about a button-pushing issue that makes you mad and you've got to respond. Before you know it, you're verbally sparring with a stranger.
Rates of premature death in counties across the United States are the lowest in 20 years, but people in the least healthy counties are more than twice as likely to die early as those in the healthiest counties.