• 'Stinging Water': Jellyfish Release Toxic Mucus
    In this new study, researchers concluded that stinging water is caused by toxin-filled mucus that the jellyfish release into the water. The mucus contains gyrating balls of stinging cells called cassiosomes.
  • Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys
    The study didn't identify a heightened risk for autism per se among boys, but rather a "small" increase in the chance for developing certain autism-related traits by age 3 or 4.
  • Healthy 'Mediterranean Diet' Is Good for Your Microbiome
    The new study finds that older adults who eat a Mediterranean diet tend to have more types of gut bacteria linked with healthy aging.
  • Many Teens Suffer 'Digital Dating Abuse'
    Many U.S. teenagers may be using their smartphones to harass, humiliate or otherwise abuse their dating partners.
  • Doctors Look to Existing Drugs in Coronavirus Fight
    More than two dozen studies are under way or planned to test everything from traditional Chinese medicine to vitamin C, stem cells, steroids, and to medications developed to fight other viruses, like the flu and HIV.
  • Melanoma Cases Rising in U.S.
    States with the highest UV-attributable incidence rates among all residents were: Utah, Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, Georgia, Washington and Montana.
  • Late Bedtime in Preschool Could Bring Weight Gain
    Researchers found that young children who routinely got to sleep after 9 p.m. tended to gain more body fat between the ages of 2 and 6.
  • Women Patients Still Missing in Heart Research
    Women accounted for less than 40% of all people enrolled in cardiovascular clinical trials from 2010 through 2017, according to a study published Feb. 17 in the journal Circulation.
  • Study Probes Side Effects of Long-Used Methotrexate
    People who took methotrexate had small-to-moderate increases in risks for skin cancer, infections, and gastrointestinal, lung and blood problems, according to the study published Feb. 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • Price Hike Lead Patients to Craigslist for Insulin
    A new study found that hundreds of ads were placed on Craigslist for insulin and asthma inhalers during a 12-day period in June 2019.
  • Blood Pressure Med Tied to Harmful Side Effects
    Current guidelines recommend the drug chlorthalidone (Thalitone) as the first-line diuretic. But it can have serious side effects that can be avoided with another diuretic, hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril), researchers say.
  • Exposure to Cleaners Tied to Baby's Asthma Risk
    Canadian research shows that an infant's exposure to household cleaning products in the first few months of life is tied to heightened odds for asthma by age 3.
  • A Simple Fix for Nearsightedness
    What's the best thing parents can tell their children to help prevent myopia, or nearsightedness? "Go outside and play,” a researcher says.
  • Cholesterol Drugs Might Help Curb Prostate Cancers
    The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but it found that statins, taken alone or with metformin, did seem associated with an increase in survival.
  • Rethinking Milk: Science Takes On the Dairy Dilemma
    Dairy products are rich in calcium and protein, and they have long been promoted as important for helping kids grow and helping kids and adults build and maintain strong bones. Now a new study questions whether diary deserves its health halo.
  • Will Brushing, Flossing Protect Against Stroke?
    Gum disease may be linked to higher rates of stroke caused by hardened and severely blocked arteries, preliminary research findings indicate.
  • More Sex Partners, Higher Cancer Risk?
    During the 2012-2013 phase of the ongoing study, more than 5,700 participants were asked how many sexual partners they'd had during their lives. Researchers compared their answers to self-reported diagnoses of cancer.
  • Diet Drug Belviq Withdrawn Due to Cancer Risk
    The FDA asked the maker of weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin) to take it off the market after a clinical trial showed an association with an increased risk of cancer.
  • Is Sunny Outlook the Best Rx for Stroke Recovery?
    Stroke survivors who had positive outlooks showed lower levels of inflammation, reduced stroke severity and fewer physical impairments after three months compared to more pessimistic stroke survivors, the researchers found.
  • Diabetes Among U.S. Young, Especially Asians, Continues to Climb
    They found rates were generally higher in blacks and Hispanics than in whites. Surprisingly, the rate in Asian/Pacific Islanders rose faster than in all other racial ethnic groups.
  • 'Tough Guys' May Be at Especially High Risk for Suicide
    The statistics raise the question of whether traditional norms about masculinity could play some role, said lead researcher Daniel Coleman.
  • As Liquor Stores Close, Murder Rates Decline
    Previous research has found that 50% of violent crime is associated with access to alcohol, the authors noted.
  • Quarantined for Coronavirus: What It's Like
    Yanjun Wei and her children were reunited with her husband after 2 weeks in federal quarantine.
  • Fewer American Families Weighed Down by Medical Bills
    The percentage of families who had problems paying medical expenses in the previous year declined from about 20% in 2011 to 14% in 2018, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
  • Consumers Waste Twice as Much Food as Experts Thought
    New research shows the level of waste to be twice as high as previously believed.
  • Shingles Vaccine Bonus: Reduced Risk of Stroke?
    Overall stroke risk dropped 20% among patients under age 80 who got the shingles vaccine. In patients 80 and older, risk was cut by about 10%, said researchers.
  • Golf May Be a Recipe for Longevity
    Researchers followed nearly 5,900 adults, 65 and older, for 10 years and found that those who were regular golf players (at least once a month) were more than 8% less likely to die from any cause than non-golfers, CNN reported.
  • Were You Born in an H1N1 Flu Year or an H3N2? It Matters
    Knowing who is at a higher risk each year could help tailor pandemic and epidemic planning, the researchers say.
  • Antibody Found That May Help Autoimmune Disorders
    The investigators identified the myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) antibody in their study of 535 children with central nervous system demyelinating disorders and encephalitis.
  • 3 Brothers Have the Same Rare Cancer
    The Rush brothers, ages 5 years, 4 years, and 7 months, share something that most brothers don’t: bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer. See how their mother, who was also born with the disease, handles treatments, daily life, and facing the unknown.
  • Chemicals in Mom-to-Be's Makeup Impact Kid's Weight
    Parabens are chemicals that have long been used as a preservative in cosmetics and body care products. A number of studies have suggested that parabens mimic estrogens in the body and may disrupt the normal function of hormones.
  • Family Members Are Swiping Hospice Patients' Painkillers: Study
    In a survey of 371 hospices, 31% reported at least one case in which drugs were taken from a patient in the past 90 days. The thieves were most often relatives.
  • U.S. Heroin Use Nearly Doubled Over Two Decades
    Deaths from heroin overdoses also jumped, from just under 2,100 deaths in 2002 to more than 15,000 deaths in 2018, according to background information in the study.
  • Few Teen Boys at Risk for HIV Get Tested
    Close to 15% of HIV infections in the United States are undiagnosed, but the undiagnosed rate is more than 3.5 times higher (51%) among 13- to 24-year-olds, according to the study authors.
  • Marijuana Use May Increase Risk of False Memories
    A false memory is one that didn't actually occur or one that differs from the way an event actually happened, often influenced by suggestions from other people.
  • Budding Altruists? Tots Give Up Food for Others
    Researchers tested nearly 100 19-month-olds and found that even when they were hungry, many retrieved a piece of fruit dropped by someone they didn't know and offered it to them.
  • General Anesthesia Ups Postpartum Depression Risk
    Compared with local anesthesia, general anesthesia was associated with a 54% increased odds of postpartum depression, and a 91% higher risk of suicidal thoughts or self-inflicted injury.
  • Meds May Not Prevent Migraines in Kids
    A number of drugs are used to prevent migraines, but treatment of youngsters has largely been based on the results of adult studies, the international team of researchers pointed out.
  • Puberty in Girls Starting Earlier and Earlier
    The age of breast development -- which represents the first clinical sign of female puberty -- has declined an average three months per decade between 1977 and 2013, according to analysis of data combined from 30 different studies.
  • How Does Social Media Shape Your Food Choices?
    Those participants who believed their social media buddies ate the recommended five daily portions of fruits and vegetables in turn ate one extra serving.
  • Baby in Your Room? Yes. Baby in Your Bed? No.
    To decrease the risk of SUID, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents share their room with their baby until at least 6 months, and ideally to 1 year.
  • LGBT Teens Still Plagued by Suicidal Thoughts
    Over the years, more kids have been identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) -- and their likelihood of reporting suicidal thoughts and behavior has gone down.
  • Testosterone Has Different Effect in Men and Women
    In women, testosterone may increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, while in men it lowers that risk. But high levels of testosterone increase the risk for breast and endometrial cancer in women and prostate cancer in men, the researchers reported.
  • Measles Returns to California for 2020
    The new confirmed cases in Los Angeles add to the national count. As of Jan. 31, the CDC has confirmed only five measles cases in five states so far in 2020.
  • Virtual Reality Brings New Vision to Health Care
    The use of virtual reality is exploding and is expected to continue to grow. It’s now being employed in a variety of settings -- from the clinic to medical classrooms -- and one recent report estimates the market for VR in health care will reach $7 billion by 2026.
  • Coronavirus Infects 174 People Aboard Cruise Ship
    The outbreak began with a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25, and tested positive 6 days later.
  • No Reason for 45% of Antibiotic Prescriptions
    That kind of overprescribing raises risks for everyone, experts say, as bacteria gain more chances to mutate around the life-saving drugs.
  • Blood Thinners, Bleeding Tied to Colon Cancer Risk
    Gastrointestinal bleeding in patients taking blood thinners for an irregular heartbeat should prompt doctors to check for colon cancer, a new study advises.
  • 2 Million Lost Health Coverage, Access to Care
    Two million more Americans didn't seek health care from late 2016 through 2017 because they couldn't afford it and/or lacked insurance, new research shows.
  • FDA Not Recommending Recalls of Diabetes Drug
    The FDA began testing samples of metformin for the carcinogen NDMA at the end of last year. Contamination with this substance has led to recalls of blood pressure and heartburn medications within the past 2 years.

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