The number of genes known to be associated with autism now stands at 102, researchers report.
You won't jump for joy when you're told you need hearing aids or cataract surgery. But get this: Both appear to slow mental decline in older adults.
Tracking pounds regained after weight-loss surgery can help predict a patient's risk for serious health problems like diabetes, a new study says.
Developing lean muscle mass is important for everyone -- it can keep you active and independent throughout your life.
"Eyeballing" emergency room patients may be better than a formal medical assessment in identifying those most in need of urgent care, a new study suggests.
Obesity surgery may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people who are severely overweight and have diabetes, a new large study suggests.
Fear of doctors is common among American preschoolers, and a trip to the pediatrician's office can cause equal anxiety for Mom and Dad.
In an attempt to head off federal regulation, America's pharmaceutical manufacturers announced Monday that they would take voluntary action to make drug prices more transparent.
People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the ID CORE XT DNA-based test to help doctors verify blood compatibility before a transfusion.
Children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests.
The same type of bacteria that causes stomach cancer may also increase colon cancer risk, especially in black Americans, a new study finds.
While therapy dogs can help ease anxiety for kids with cancer, they may also carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can put patients at risk for serious infections.
The flu shot reduces a pregnant woman's risk of hospitalization for flu by 40 percent, new research shows.
School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids.
There's nothing like the convenience of working out at home or going for a walk on your schedule.
Occasional fasting may help control type 2 diabetes, a small Canadian study suggests.
Living in urban areas with heavy air pollution could increase your risk for mouth cancer, a new study says.
One in four Americans 65 and older falls each year, with some ending up in hospitals or even dying. But new research suggests that it's possible to avoid some of these serious injuries.
Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can collect dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers report.
There are four common myths about breast cancer that can affect prevention and treatment of the most common type of cancer in American women, an oncologist says.
If you're gluten-sensitive, watch out: One-third of the "gluten-free" foods sold in U.S. restaurants actually contain trace levels of the substance, new research suggests.
Although clinical trials are the only way to test the mettle of new drugs and medical devices, just 1 percent of Americans participate in such trials, research experts say.
Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help.
Getting too little sleep at night? If so, your odds for a car crash are rising, new research suggests.
Every now and then you might not feel well enough to exercise and decide to skip a workout. Here's how to stay in the game
U.S. patients face numerous roadblocks when trying to access their medical records at the nation's top hospitals, a new study finds.
Getting too little or too much sleep can affect stroke risk, depending on a man's race, researchers say.
People with fibromyalgia have widespread inflammation in their brains, new research reveals.
Preschoolers who quickly pack on pounds may be at particular risk of becoming obese teenagers, a large new study finds.
The impact of acne is more than skin-deep, and often disrupts sleep and well-being, scientists have found.
Americans' love affair with fast food continues, with 1 in every 3 adults chowing down on the fare on any given day.
Among the most significant advances in surgery has been the development of laparoscopic -- or minimally invasive -- procedures.
Pain sends more people to the doctor than any other ailment. But if you don't want relief from a medicine bottle -- or when that relief isn't enough -- consider complementary and integrative health approaches
A personalized vaccine held an aggressive group of cancers in check among more than half of patients who received it in a small, preliminary trial, researchers report.
The most dangerous play in football can be rendered safer through a simple rule change, a new study out of the Ivy League suggests.
People with type 2 diabetes who are taking common drugs called diuretics may be at a significantly increased risk of losing a foot or leg, according to a new French study.
Losing weight often comes down to changing the patterns and habits that led to overeating. And that usually takes self-control, or the ability to resist temptation.
For people suffering from a cold, the severity of their symptoms may be linked to the mix of bacteria that inhabit their nose.
Wearable defibrillators do not lower the chances of dying from sudden cardiac arrest among high-risk patients who've just had a heart attack, a new investigation concludes.
It's a perfect case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Calories in must be less than calories out -- that's the basic rule of dieting.
Your eyes are subject to a wide variety of health conditions, from minor annoyances to serious chronic diseases and even cancer.
Promises of healthier kids' meals have drawn increasing numbers of families back to fast food restaurants, but most kids are still being served unhealthy options, a new survey finds.
Influenza killed an estimated 80,000 Americans during last winter's flu season, making it the deadliest season in more than four decades, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.
Most people carrying genes that put them at risk for cancer don't realize it, new research suggests.
If you're worried that too much "screen time" could be sapping your child's intelligence, new research suggests you might be right.
Almost $200,000 over the course of two years. That is the cost of the care that a family member typically gives a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.
If you're suffering from acute appendicitis, you might be successfully treated with antibiotics and never need an operation to remove your appendix, Finnish researchers report.
Most children who have mild to moderate reactions to a vaccine can safely receive booster shots, new research suggests.
Here's a welcome alert: Scientists say they're inching closer to a blood test for drowsy driving.
A paraplegic man has regained the ability to move his legs and walk with assistance, thanks to an implanted electrode stimulating his spinal cord, Mayo Clinic researchers say.
Following years of decline, fatal car accidents involving teen drivers have accelerated in the United States, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns.
Breast milk from the bottle may not have as many benefits for a baby's weight as feeding straight from the breast, a new study suggests.
Flea medicines protect your pet, but some animals can have serious side effects from products containing isoxazoline, U.S. health officials warn.
As important as getting close to eight hours of sleep a night is, new research suggests that going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is just as critical for your health.
Have you ever left a doctor's appointment with only a vague idea of what was said? You're not alone: A new survey finds many Americans, and their doctors, are turning to recordings for help.
The early symptoms of ovarian cancer are often confused with less serious issues, making successful treatment less likely, a cancer expert warns.
The Mediterranean diet may do more than help you reach and maintain a healthy weight: New research suggests that women who follow it also lower their stroke risk.
By fourth grade, girls in the United States read and write better than boys, a new study reveals.
The very air you breathe may make you vulnerable to developing dementia, a new study suggests.
1 in 7 Americans has diabetes, and many don't even know they have the blood sugar disease, a new report shows.
More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it's not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows.
Burnout affects nearly half of all resident physicians in the United States, raising their risk for serious mistakes, a new study finds.
Many American teens are sleep-deprived, and parents blame their attachment to electronics, new survey results show.
Thousands of Americans struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may have a new treatment option to help them breathe easier.
Of the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, the pain is so bad for 20 million that it keeps them from doing the daily activities of life, researchers say.
Is America's love affair with meat starting to lose its luster?
Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease?
New research suggests there is no perfume a man loves more than the scent of a fertile woman.
There's no shortage of creative excuses people come up with to stay stuck on the sofa, but three of them top the list.
There's disappointing news for seniors: A new trial shows that taking daily low-dose aspirin doesn't prolong healthy, independent living in otherwise healthy people aged 70 and older.
Americans continue to fatten up, with obesity rates topping 35 percent in seven states, a new report reveals.
When you take your medications may have a lot to do with how well they work, new research suggests.
Optimism and a sense of purpose can improve your heart health, new research suggests.
More than one in three first-year college students around the world struggle with a mental health disorder, new research suggests.
Calling the use of electronic cigarettes a burgeoning epidemic among teens, the U.S Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the sale of Juuls and other flavored e-cigarette devices to minors.
Instead of visiting the doctor each fall, sitting in a waiting room filled with the sniffling, sneezing masses -- what if you could just slap on a flu vaccine "patch" sent in the mail?
There's no disputing the fact that regular colonoscopies, now suggested to start at age 45 for those with an average risk of colorectal cancer, can help prevent the disease by finding -- and removing -- precancerous growths
As if the start of a new school year isn't stressful enough, many teens may find their acne worsens when classes start, a skin doctor says.
It may seem counterintuitive, but eating bread, pasta and cereal may actually help prevent type 2 diabetes, as long as those foods are made from whole grains, new research suggests.
Is it possible that showing teenagers the real-life consequences of risky driving might make them safer drivers?
Time spent reading to toddlers or having "conversations" with them helps boost their intelligence and thinking skills, even a decade later, new research shows.
The choices you make every day, both big and small, influence your weight and your health.
Poor-quality health care results in about 5 million deaths a year in low- and middle-income countries, new research suggests.
For minor ills such as sore throats, privately insured Americans increasingly use urgent care centers rather than hospital emergency rooms, a new study finds.
New to weight loss or tired of yo-yo dieting? Learning "stability skills" first may lead to greater long-term weight loss success.
An experimental single-dose flu drug shows promise as a new way to alleviate the misery of influenza, researchers say.
Poor nutrition increases a child's risk of high blood pressure, a new study finds.
Online searches about heart disease peak in the winter, a new study says. That's when deaths from heart disease top out, too.
No one looks forward to surgery, but if you're able to have an elective procedure rather than an emergency operation, taking certain steps in the weeks beforehand will lead to a better outcome and easier recovery
Taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy might translate into healthier growth in children during their first six years of life, a new study suggests.
You're much more likely to receive poor or unprofessional health care if your doctor suffers from burnout, a new analysis contends.
Two disorders that often occur together -- type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure -- may have a common link in a hormone called aldosterone, researchers suggest.
Younger women who undergo chemotherapy for lung cancer are more likely to experience early menopause, researchers have found.
Not being able to attend face-to-face meetings doesn't mean you can't get the benefits of joining an organized diet group. All you need is an internet connection.
Women need to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and see a doctor if they have them, an ob-gyn expert says.
For the first time, scientists report using gene-editing technology to halt the progression of muscular dystrophy in dogs -- suggesting a possible breakthrough for children with a form of the disease.
It's the dieter's tug-of-war: the need to lose weight versus the urge to eat high-calorie foods.
You risk serious injury if you consume or handle food and drink products where liquid nitrogen is added just before consumption, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday.