Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.
Weight-loss surgery appears to have an additional side benefit -- it may improve urinary incontinence symptoms in women, according to a new study.
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.
If you make exercise fun, you'll eat less after your workout, new research contends.
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.
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.
A new study challenges the widely held belief that light drinking of alcohol may be good for your heart.
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.
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.
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.
Dropping excess pounds may not only improve your physical health, it might also help you feel more awake and happy, a new study shows.
A diet rich in dairy products may slightly extend the lives of people diagnosed with colon cancer, a new study suggests.
Some bee pollen products marketed for weight loss may actually threaten your health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
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.
There's no evidence that soy foods protect against uterine cancer, a large Japanese study reports.
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.
Exercise can increase the diversity of bacteria found in the gut, possibly boosting the immune system and improving long-term health, British researchers report.
Men who carry a cellphone in their pants pocket may harm their sperm and reduce their chances of having children, a new review warns.
Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but a home that's too clean can leave a newborn child vulnerable to allergies and asthma later in life, a new study reports.
Although yoga is believed to boost physical and mental health, it does not seem to help ease symptoms of asthma, a new study finds.
Riding a bike may benefit your mind as well as your body. People who use a bicycle to get from one place to another are generally happier than those who drive or use mass transit, according to a new study.
If you're watching your weight, you may have to watch your white bread consumption, too.
Just in time for summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that tanning beds and tanning booths now must carry a visible warning explicitly stating that the devices should not be used on people...
If you lose weight too fast, you lose more muscle than when you shed excess pounds more slowly, a small study says.
Children who eat a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely to be overweight or obese than other youngsters, a new study suggests.
The Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and that means it's time to remind you about sun safety to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Healthy weight loss at any time in adulthood is good for your heart, a new study indicates.
Men rendered infertile due to defects in their semen and sperm are more likely to die early than men with normal semen, new research suggests.
Is there a limit to the benefits of exercise? Two studies suggest that, for certain people, keeping to a moderate physical activity regimen may be best for heart health.
Syphilis has returned with a vengeance to the gay community, U.S. health officials reported Friday.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives, making it the most common type of cancer in the nation.
Men who begin endurance exercise after age 40 may get similar long-term heart benefits as those who start training before age 30, new research finds.
Having a beer a few times a week might help women avoid painful rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests.
SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) - Despite public health recommendations that women consume omega-3 fatty acid supplements while pregnant, new research suggests that offspring do not gain any mental health benefit.
Primary care doctors should start playing a more prominent role in dental care for children, according to new recommendations from the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
A type of iron found only in red meat is associated with an increase in the risk of heart disease, a new review finds.
Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.
The New Year's resolutions many made to get fit have stalled by now. And one expert thinks that's because many people set their goals too high.
Being outgoing makes you happier no matter where you live, a new international study says.
Creamy butter or ice cream versus a crunchy granola bar: A new study suggests that the texture of foods influences people's dieting choices.
Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains.
A drop in salt consumption likely played a big role in a recent large reduction in deaths related to heart disease and stroke in England, a new study suggests.
A doctor's "bedside manner" seems to have a real effect on patients' health, a new research review suggests.
Eating beans, lentils and other legumes may help you cut down on LDL "bad" cholesterol and lower your risk for heart disease, a new review suggests.
Don't toss out your salt shaker just yet: A new analysis from Denmark finds current recommended salt guidelines may be too low.
Running regularly has long been linked to a host of health benefits, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol.
A diet filled with fresh produce is good for your health, and now a large study suggests that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may substantially cut your risk of death.
Preteens with strong muscles may have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol and body-fat levels than their less brawny peers, a new study suggests.
More Americans would quit smoking if coverage for every type of smoking-cessation treatment was provided by all state Medicaid programs, and if states removed barriers to coverage, according to a federal government study.
Bans on smoking in public places and the workplace in North America and Europe are linked to a 10 percent drop in premature births and the number of children going to the hospital for an asthma flare-up.
Marathon training may be a good way for middle-aged men to reduce their risk of heart problems, a new study suggests.
The formula doctors use to evaluate treadmill stress tests, and thereby assess heart health, doesn't account for important differences between men and women, a new study contends.
Adhering to a so-called Mediterranean diet may reduce your risk of diabetes, especially if you're at high risk for heart disease.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, but there are ways of reducing your risk.
Want to keep your little kids active? A new study suggests that mothers may be the key: Preschool children with more active moms appear more likely to be active themselves.
The more muscle older adults have, the lower their risk of death, according to a new study.
Offices with open floor plans and no individual workstations may take a toll on employee health, a new study from Sweden suggests.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and 49 percent of adults have at least one risk factor for the disease.
Think you know who has the flu? Think again: a new study finds that three-quarters of people infected with seasonal flu and swine flu in recent years showed no symptoms.
The five-second rule -- pick up that dropped food on the floor fast if you want to safely eat it -- may have some basis in reality, researchers report.
Older men may gain a boost physically, mentally and socially if they eat a diet rich in meat and fish, according to a new study from Japan.
Americans' use of cocaine fell by half from 2006 to 2010, but marijuana use increased by more than 30 percent during that time, according to a new report.
Husbands beware: Wives now have another reason to want you to work longer and harder. The more a male spouse works, the healthier his wife will be, new research suggests.
Expectant mothers are often told to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and a new study adds to evidence that a healthy diet is linked to a reduced risk of premature birth.
A diet originally designed to lower blood pressure may also be effective for preventing kidney stones, according to a new study.
Under new U.S. guidelines on school lunches, low-income students are eating more fruits and vegetables, according to a new study.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally proposed Thursday updating the "nutrition facts" labels on food products to better reflect Americans' current eating habits and health concerns.
Getting the seasonal flu shot could provide a bonus: It might also significantly reduce your risk of stroke, a new study suggests.
If you really want to motivate teens to use sunscreen, you might try appealing to their vanity.
Having a stable home life as a child, nice friends and success at school reduces the odds of getting sexually transmitted diseases as a young adult, according to a new study.
So, when you're in between menstrual periods, that shy, sensitive guy may make your heart flutter, but the burly man with the deep voice looks inexplicably irresistible when you're ovulating.
They remind you when it's time to take your medicine, coach you through emergency medical procedures and text you their approval when you eat your veggies.
Brisk walking, tennis and other types of moderate exercise may lower a woman's stroke risk by one-fifth, a new study says.
American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns.
A troubling new study finds that one-third to nearly half of American teens and young adults with HIV delay treatment until their infection is advanced, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
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
Feeling conflicted by the push-pull of work and family life? New research suggests that regular exercise can help balance out those feelings.
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.
America's food labels may get their first makeover in more than 20 years.
Get out and enjoy winter but take steps to protect yourself from common ski- and snowboard-related injuries such as sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures, an orthopedist says.
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.
Could your warm and cozy home be hindering your weight-loss efforts?
Delaying the morning school bell might help teens avoid sleep deprivation, according to a new study. Later school start times appear to improve teens' sleep and reduce their daytime sleepiness.
Sunlight is known to lower blood pressure, but now a team of British researchers has figured out why.
The so-called "blood-type diet" may be trendy, but there's no scientific evidence to support it, a new study says.
The grain quinoa seems safe for people with celiac disease, a new British study suggests.
American adults are eating healthier diets, making better use of nutrition information on food labels, consuming more fiber and less cholesterol, and getting fewer calories from total fat and saturated fat.
Your kids may come home from school this winter with something more worrisome than homework -- sniffles, tummy bugs and even (ick!) lice.
A single question may help doctors determine whether a patient has a drug or alcohol problem and the level of abuse, a new study suggests.
Like "Turn out the lights" and "Don't slam the door," being told to "Wash your hands" is one of those universal instructions children hear every day.
As a pediatrician at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Sarah Denny has seen her share of the life-threatening reactions that can happen with food allergies.
Feeling a little fat after the holidays? Beware. Reading a news story that seems to devalue people who are overweight might make you more likely to reach for snacks to soothe your anxiety.
The banning of certain types of a common class of chemicals known as phthalates has reduced Americans' exposure to the chemicals' potential harms, a new study suggests.
Women are four times more likely than men to seek weight-loss surgery, a new study finds.
If your New Year's resolution was to get in shape, you should ease into your exercise program, an expert warns. Trying to get quick results could do more harm than good.
Swarms of morning commuters clutch cups of coffee to kick-start the workday. But a new study suggests caffeine might do more for the brain than boost alertness -- it may help memory too.
Doctors aren't talking often enough with their patients about the harmful effects of alcohol, even if those patients are binge drinkers, U.S. health officials reported.
Hospitals might be able to coax cafeteria customers to buy healthier food by adjusting item displays to have traffic light-style green, yellow and red labels based on their level of nutrition, new research suggests.
The record-shattering cold weather that's gripping much of the United States can pose extreme health risks, doctors warned Monday.
Downhill skiing is a great way to enjoy winter, but you need to prepare your body beforehand to reduce the risk of injuries, an expert suggests.
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.
"If you build it, they will come" might not apply to putting more grocery stores in poor Americans' neighborhoods.
Watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi may inspire some to get off the couch and begin working out or playing sports, but it's important to ease into these activities, an expert suggests.
People looking to avoid type 2 diabetes might want to increase the amount of yogurt they eat, a new study by British researchers suggests.
People trying to lose weight should pay close attention to what they eat during the week, and not worry as much about enjoying themselves during the weekend, a new study suggests.