Suicide risk

People who are hospitalized for infections may face an increased risk of dying from suicide, according to a new study that may suggest a biological basis for some suicidal behavior. The researchers examined data in a Danish national registry, following 7.2 million people from 1980...

Mediterranean diet

Elderly people who follow a Mediterranean-style diet may benefit from better brain health and a lower risk for cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new U.S. study. “It suggests that a healthy dietary pattern and specific dietary components have impact on biomarkers...

High Blood Pressure

A new study published in the journal Circulation estimates that over a billion adults worldwide now have high blood pressure, and that the problem is only getting worse in countries that have the fewest resources to combat it. To come up with their global estimate, researchers...

Cancer Gene Tests

Scientists have discovered why some families are affected by many different types of cancer, thanks to genetic testing. In tests on 1,100 patients affected by a rare cancer called sarcoma, more than half were born with gene mutations known to increase cancer risk. The study, published...

Cashew Nuts

Yeah, I eat pretty darn healthy. But I’m only human. Every once in a while there’s a birthday at work, and I eat a cookie. Sometimes two if I’m stressed. Then that cookie reminds me, wow, refined sugar is delicious! And also, that I love apple fritters. Then the...

Zika Mosquito

Behind the spread of the Zika virus is a tiny menace that just won’t go away. It’s called the Aedes aegypti (AYE’-dees uh-GYP’-tie), a species of mosquito that has played a villainous role in public health history and defeated attempts to wipe it out. The...

Florida tests Zika probe

Health authorities in Florida have tested about 200 people for the Zika virus as part of the state’s investigation of two possible cases of infections not related to travel to a region hit by an outbreak, officials said on Friday. Florida’s health department this week...

Prince Harry is warning against complacency in the fight against AIDS, saying inaction has set in as the epidemic has drifted from the headlines and people live longer with the disease. The British prince spoke Thursday with rock star Elton John during a global AIDS conference...

Double hand transplant

The UK’s first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands look “tremendous”. Chris King, from Doncaster, lost both his hands, apart from the thumbs, in an accident involving a metal pressing machine...

Women Smoking

Although only about 8 percent of pregnant women in a new U.S. study reported smoking cigarettes, twice as many tested positive for high levels of a chemical that indicates nicotine exposure. “The findings of our study were very concerning because smoking during pregnancy...