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Contact sports may alter the brain, scans suggest

There are differences in the brains of athletes who play contact sports and those who play noncontact sports, according to researchers.

When does online gaming become an addiction?

For most, playing online video games is largely a harmless hobby. But a new review finds that some fall prey to what experts call "internet gaming disorder."

You and your pooch may have similar tummy bacteria

The makeup of bacteria in your dog's digestive tract may be more like your own than you think, researchers say.

Gene twist can make your blood pressure spike from salt

New research sheds light on why some people's blood pressure is especially sensitive to salt.

His and her knee injuries occur the same way

Women are more likely than men to suffer a knee injury called an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But -- surprisingly -- the injury occurs the same way in both genders, a new study reveals.

Americans toss out tons of fruits and veggies

Americans may be trying to eat healthy, but they're throwing away mountains of produce in the process, a new study suggests.

Gene therapy may be cure for some with rare blood disorder

Wanda Sihanath didn't like the fact that her inherited blood disorder would not allow her to travel far from Chicago to attend college, but what could she do?

Can mom-to be's' weight affect daughters' risk for early puberty?

Girls whose moms were overweight or had high blood sugar during pregnancy may be more likely to enter puberty early, a large new study suggests.

New drugs may be big advance in lung cancer care

Drugs designed to trigger a patient's immune system may help boost survival for those battling lung cancer, two new studies found.

U.S. women less likely than men to get statins after heart attack

Women who survive a heart attack are less likely than men to receive cholesterol-lowering statin drugs that can reduce the risk of another heart attack or stroke, a new study finds.

Overcoming fear of back pain may spur recovery

People with chronic back pain often try painkillers and other treatments without success. Now, a new study suggests a program of education and exercise may provide relief.

Busting myths surrounding cancer and genetic testing

While only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, genetic testing may benefit people with a strong history of family cancer, an expert in genetics suggests.

Yoga can soothe anxious grade schoolers

Yoga at school might work wonders for the younger set, new research suggests.

The bad habits that lead to weight gain

It's no secret that weight gain results from consuming too many calories. But at its core is an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy habits.

U.S. heart disease rates falling, but gains vary by state

The overall rate of heart disease in the United States has declined 38 percent since 1990, a new report shows.

Even when you think you're not sleepy, your car crash risk rises

You might be a drowsy driver without knowing it, and new research finds that can make you more dangerous on the road.

Brain injuries linked with dementia risk

A traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a mild one such as a concussion, may raise your risk for dementia, a new study suggests.

Eyebrow-raising finding on how human communication evolved

Highly expressive eyebrows likely played a big role in humans' evolutionary success, researchers report.

The focus shifts in Alzheimer's research

The way that Alzheimer's disease is defined for research should be based on brain changes rather than symptoms.

COPD patients may breathe easier with tai chi

People struggling with COPD might find some relief in an ancient art.

Reading to your kids might boost their social skills

Parents who read to their infants and toddlers may help them develop skills that pay big dividends when they start school, a new study suggests.

Sometimes, headaches can be an emergency. Here's when.

Sometimes, headaches can warn of a serious health issue. That's why it's important to know when to take action

Heart disease carries huge cost for some families

Having a chronic heart condition is stressful enough, but new research suggests the cost of caring for the condition is also a huge financial burden for poorer families in the United States.

Losing excess weight in childhood cuts diabetes risk

If an overweight child slims down before puberty, the risk of type 2 diabetes seems to slide away with the lost pounds.

'Magnetic pulse' device may be new way to prevent migraines

Self-administered magnetic pulses from a hand-held device may help head off debilitating migraines, researchers report.

Early promise for eye implant to fight macular degeneration

A new stem cell transplant might help preserve or even restore vision being lost to the dry form of age-related macular degeneration, a new pilot clinical trial has shown.

Zika infection after birth may require long-term follow-up

Babies who contract Zika virus early in infancy should have long-term monitoring, a new animal study suggests.

Despite California's warning signs, coffee is still safe, experts say

Science says you can get your coffee buzz without fear of cancer, so experts say you can forget that recent controversial California law.

Red meat tied to higher colon cancer risk for women

Another study, this time in British women, finds that diets high in red meat are linked to higher odds for colon cancer.

Abandoning your workouts may bring on the blues

Before you give up on your exercise program, know that new research suggests the decision may put more than your fitness at risk.

Many grad students struggle with anxiety, depression

Depression and anxiety is nearly seven times more common among graduate students than in the general population, a new study finds.

Many pick the wrong drugs for sneezin' season

Hay fever sufferers often choose the wrong medication for their seasonal sniffles, new research suggests.

For hard-to-manage Type 1 Diabetes, transplant makes life better

New research shows that for people with type 1 diabetes who can no longer sense when their blood sugar levels drop too low, an islet cell transplant can dramatically improve their lives.

Childhood obesity may be driving more cancers in young adults

Obesity rates in children have been rising for years, and the consequences of that extra weight may be showing up in cancer cases.

Stroke's impact may go far beyond the physical, study finds

Even after a relatively milder stroke, people can be left with challenges that go beyond the physical, researchers say.

A 'chipped' tooth reveals what you eat and drink

Tempted to cheat on your diet? You might want to think twice.

Could coffee perk up your heart health?

Besides staying alert, coffee lovers who drink more than three cups of java a day may lower their risk for clogged arteries, a new Brazilian study suggests.

MRI sheds new light on brain networks tied to autism

New research suggests that a special MRI technique can spot abnormal connections in the brains of preschoolers with autism.

Finding the willpower to lose weight

Dieters sometimes chalk up their lack of weight-loss success to a lack of willpower. The truth about willpower, though, is that everyone has some.

Hoverboard injuries speeding U.S. kids to the ER

Hoverboards may look cool, flashy and fun, but they're less safe than you might think.

Most with very high cholesterol missing out on right meds

Less than 40 percent of American adults with extremely high cholesterol levels get the medications they should, a new study finds.

New moms still wary of exposing infants to peanuts

Though doctors recommend an early introduction to peanuts, many new moms prefer to delay giving them to their babies, researchers report.

Obesity rates keep rising for U.S. adults

Obesity rates have continued to climb significantly among American adults, but the same hasn't held true for children, a new government report finds.

Millions get wrong treatment for back pain: study

Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability, but it's often treated improperly, researchers report.

The top calorie-burning exercises

When you're trying to lose weight, cutting calories counts. But so does burning them off with exercise.

Climate change will bring hotter summers to U.S.

Get ready for extreme heat. Researchers warn that climate change will soon trigger more severe summers across the United States.

Sugary sodas linked again to increased heart risks

Would that ice cold soda be as tempting if you knew that it might shorten your life?

Cutting out late night calories

Losing weight comes down to eating fewer calories than you burn.

Women may dismiss subtle warning signs of heart disease

Warning signs of heart disease in women, such as fatigue, body aches and upset stomach, may be shrugged off as symptoms of stress or a hectic lifestyle.

Insurance company hurdles burden doctors, may harm patients

This typical scenario may be more dangerous than you think

Male birth control pill shows early promise

An attempt to develop a safe and effective "male pill" is making headway, according to preliminary results of a small study.

Can you be obese but heart-healthy? Study says no

A new British study of nearly 300,000 people dismantles the "obesity paradox," a theory that claims being obese does not necessarily raise heart risks.

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