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Obesity Might Help When Infection Strikes

If you're in the hospital suffering from an infectious disease, you're half as likely to die if you're overweight or obese, Danish researchers report.

Little Follow-Up for Many Concussion Patients

The findings, published online May 25 in JAMA Network Open, are based on a sample of 831 patients who went to a top-level trauma center with a concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
How to Survive Snake Season, Even if You Get Bit

How to Survive Snake Season, Even if You Get Bit

The CDC estimates that as many as 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the U.S. each year. Such bites are rarely fatal. They kill about five people annually. But snake venom can cause serious

Coal Miners Facing New Wave of Black Lung Disease

Over 46 years, more than 4,600 coal miners were diagnosed with black lung. Half of the cases occurred since 2000, the data showed.

To Repel Ticks, Try Insecticide-Treated Clothes

In lab tests of clothes bought from one manufacturer, researchers found that the garments either quickly caused ticks to fall off, or rendered them unable to bite.

Your Tablet and Smartphone Is Ruining Your Sleep

It wasn't just that light from electronic devices suppressed their secretion of melatonin, the sleep-regulating hormone, study author Jeanne Duffy said. Researchers expected that based on other

Low-Fat Diet Tied to Better Breast Cancer Survival

Data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study had already found that women who ate a low-fat diet were at lower odds of developing more aggressive forms of breast cancer.

Closed Cars Can Become Deathly Hot in Minutes

In the United States, six children have died in hot cars so far this year -- and about 750 since 1998, the study authors noted.

Severe Eczema May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk

Because this was an observational study, the researchers couldn't prove eczema caused the increased heart disease risk. But they said that, given the large number of people included in the study, the

Study Says Antidepressants May Lead to Weight Gain

In the study, patients who used any of a dozen common antidepressants were 21 percent more likely than others to put on an extra 5 to 8 pounds, the study authors said.

Heavier Women May Face Higher Cancer Risks: Study

Although the study couldn't prove cause and effect, obesity was tied to a rise in the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by 20 percent and kidney cancer by 95 percent.

Cinnamon-Flavored E-Cigs May Bring Lung Dangers

Cinnamaldehyde is the biochemical that gives cinnamon its distinctive flavor and smell, and it has been approved as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Lung Cancer Rate Now Rising Faster in Young Women

In general, the study found, the incidence of the disease dipped over time. But men saw a sharper decrease, so that the traditional male-female pattern flipped.
FDA Takes Action Against Teething Products, Makers

FDA Takes Action Against Teething Products, Makers

The FDA previously warned consumers about the risks of benzocaine, which includes a risk of developing a disease known as methemoglobinemia, which can raise the levels of methemoglobin in the blood

New Guidelines Mean 1 in 3 Adults May Need BP Meds

Under the new guidelines, nearly 46 percent of U.S. adults now would be considered to have high blood pressure, a new study reported.

Could Eating Fish Boost Sex Lives and Fertility?

For the study, Harvard researchers tracked outcomes for 500 couples in Michigan and Texas for one year.

Mediterranean Diet Most Popular on U.S. Coasts

People on the West Coast and in the Northeast have been quick to embrace this healthy eating plan. But it has yet to catch on in parts of the South and some Midwest states, the study showed.

Skin May Absorb Toxins from Grill Fumes

Grilling meats at a high temperature can produce cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

A Pill Will Protect You From Sun? No Way, FDA Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to companies marketing supplements that they claim will counter the effects of the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Closing Power Plants Tied to Fewer Preterm Births

The most significant improvement occurred in the ring closest to the plant -- within 3 miles, the researchers said.