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It's not crankiness, it's 'sickness behavior'

One of the side effects of feeling sick is the urge to hide under the covers and retreat from the world. You might just want to sleep, forget work …

Wellness

Should let a fever run its course?

You may not always need to reach for medication when your child's forehead feels hot.<p>When your child has a fever, you may be tempted to reach for a …

Acetaminophen

25 Most Dangerous Drugs

Microsoft

Can tilapia skin help heal burn victims?

Researchers are experimenting with sterilized fish skin as bandages.<p>There's some fascinating research going on in Brazil that could save burn victims …

Fish

Will the flu shot work this year?

Lots of research goes into the annual vaccine, but that doesn't mean they always get it right.<p>As temperatures drop and germ-sharing season kicks into …

Can you tell whether a person is sick just by looking at a photo? Science says yes

In one of these photos, the person is sick. Can you guess which is which?<p><b>Pop Quiz:</b> Which of the above photos depicts a healthy person, and which …

Health

Aging boomers: Forget the car, get on a bike

There are alternatives to driving that can work just about anywhere.<p>Alex Steffen once wrote in the late lamented Worldchanging discussion forum:<p>There …

Cycling

Your eyes may be key to healing your mind

Psychologists use eye movement to treat stress and other disorders.<p>Over the years, there’s been no shortage of interesting alternatives to typical …

The Brain

Parkinson's disease may soon have a smell test

Scottish woman's keen nose unlocks possible route to early detection.<p>If you thought your sense of smell was pretty good, meet Joy Milne of Perth, …

Parkinson's Disease

A sedentary lifestyle can harm you, even if you exercise

Research shows that if a person sits all day, exercise has little influence in combating heart disease.<p>A sedentary lifestyle is defined by an …

Wellness

Neuroscientists Finally Revealed The Number One Exercise For Slowing Down The Aging Process

As we grow old, some of us start developing a rather negative relationship with the mirror because it starts showing off our grey hairs, our body’s …

FDA to crack down on homeopathic medicine

Should homeopathic remedies be regulated just as over-the-counter drugs are?<p>Homeopathic medicine: Some people swear by it while others swear it's a …

This is what the progression of Alzheimer's looks like

A daughter maps her mother's transformation through crochet.<p>On the advice of her doctors, Rene crocheted as much as possible to keep her mind active …

How amputees may be able to control robot arms with their minds

When we lose a limb, the brain never stops missing it. So much so that it reaches out to make a new connection — and keeps trying years after that …

8 Things You Don’t Know About Cholesterol

Many dangerous myths persist about this blood fat. Here, we clear them up—because your health depends on it.<p>You’d think we’d all understand …

Is squatting the new standing?

Why you should squat instead of sit or stand throughout the day.<p>Health experts agree that Americans are spending way too much time on their …

Laws protect pets in severe weather

When temps plummet or skyrocket, legislation keep pets safe outside.<p>When it's incredibly cold or incredibly hot, most humans don't want to spend a …

Rights & Freedoms

Why are older Americans sicker than seniors in other developed countries?

For the last half century, Americans over the age of 65 have relied on Medicare, with prescriptions covered for the last decade. Yet according to a …

Rare metal from the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs can cure cancer, says professor

The asteroid that spelled destruction for the dinosaurs may have unexpectedly brought with it a boon to human health. New research out of the …

Cancer

Is a universal flu vaccine in your future?

Imagine a vaccine that provided life-long protection against any strain of the flu virus. New research makes it closer to reality.<p>Influenza kills …

A new type of diabetes is stumping doctors

Type 3c is often misdiagnosed as Type 2 — and that's a problem.<p>The World Health Organization estimates that around 422 million people live with some …

Is there a relationship between loss of smell and Alzheimer's?

New study finds people with biological indicators of Alzheimer's disease have trouble distinguishing various smells.<p>Detecting early signs of …

5 ways daydreaming is good for you

Your brain is hard at work even when you look like you're just staring off into space.<p>It may be socially frowned upon, but most of us spend one-third …

Magic mushrooms could be a psychiatric wonder drug

Cancer patients given psilocybin experienced reduced depression and existential distress, even at the end of life.<p>Imagine if there was a drug that …

Imperial College London

Is aging a disease we should be trying to cure?

We might be forgiven for a certain preoccupation with death. Maybe that’s because we're all born with a condition that is as inescapable as it is …

15 Habits of People With Concealed Depression

Depression is a very serious mental illness that often goes unnoticed for years. People with concealed depression are battling demons within …

5 new life-saving cancer developments

New studies are paving the way for faster diagnosis, better treatment — and more lives saved.<p>Cancer. We're all touched by it in one way or another, …

Cancer

Companies are coming clean about fragrance, but is that enough?

We still don't know enough about how these chemicals affect us.<p>If you look at the ingredient label of your favorite shampoo or laundry detergent, …

Health

App detects pancreatic cancer from the whites of your eyes

Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate, with just nine percent of patients surviving past five years. A major contributor to this rate is the fact that once those with pancreatic cancer start to show symptoms, the disease is usually already quite advanced. But researchers at the University …