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Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

Scientists have created a powerful new tool to calculate a person’s inherited risks for heart disease, breast cancer and three other serious conditions.<p>By surveying changes in DNA at 6.6 million places in the human genome, investigators at the Broad Institute and Harvard University were able to …

Genetics

Is Gatorade good for you? This is when you should drink it, according to a nutritionist

Sports drinks are a great way to replenish electrolytes after a tough workout. Making your own version at home makes them even healthier.<p>Last month I found myself drenched in sweat, using all of my mental willpower to push through a 10K race (with a few choice words swirling around my head for the …

Nutrition

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to …

Mindfulness

Surgery centers don't have to report deaths in 17 states

The first man died in April 2014. Another died later that month. Then, on July 18 of that year, a woman was rushed to a hospital where she was told she was lucky to be alive.<p>They all went to the same Little Rock, Arkansas, surgery center for a colonoscopy, among the safest procedures a patient can …

Physiology

#Blessed: Is Everyone Happier Than You On Social Media?

BuzzFeed host Tracy Clayton recently asked her Twitter followers to share a picture that they had uploaded to social media — one in which they looked great, but were actually going through a very difficult time.<p>The tweet went viral. An outpouring of smiling snapshots, accompanied with …

Social Media

Muscle 'Switch'

Some people respond well to both aerobic exercise and strength training, while others don’t. And some of us respond well to only one of those things, …

Muscle

The lifestyle change that led one couple to lose more than 400 pounds

The husband-and-wife team abandoned dieting for a lifestyle overhaul and finally reached their weight-loss goals.<p><b>Names:</b> Lexi and Danny Reed<p><b>Ages:</b> Lexi, 27; Danny, 30<p><b>Residence:</b> Terre Haute, IN<p><b>Jobs:</b> Lexi formerly worked in a law firm and Danny worked for an optical service company. Their weight-loss …

Weight Loss

How doctors can help A.I. to revolutionize medicine

Machine Learning

At Edinburgh Fringe, a Spotlight on Mental Health

EDINBURGH — Dressed in thick hats and heavy raincoats on the stage of a makeshift theater, three actors stumbled humorously through an imaginary storm. They buckled helplessly against the roaring sonic tempest coming from the room’s speakers, before it abruptly ended. The sun came out. But then the …

Mental Health

The Toll of America’s Obesity

Obesity rates in the United States continue to worsen. So, too, does economic inequality. Are these trends related?<p>After remaining essentially flat in the 1950s and 1960s, the prevalence of obesity doubled in adults and tripled in children between the 1970s and 2000. According to new data from the …

Diabetes

The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse.

When she moved from Michigan to be near her daughter in Cary, N.C., Bernadine Lewandowski insisted on renting an apartment five minutes away.<p>Her daughter, Dona Jones, would have welcomed her mother into her own home, but “she’s always been very independent,” Ms. Jones said.<p>Like most people in their …

Medicine

Scientists Discover The Secret Weapon Of Stomach Viruses

Researchers have discovered why some stomach bugs hit us so hard — and spread so fast.<p>New research published Wednesday in <i>Cell Host & Microbe</i> found that stomach infections, like norovirus and rotavirus, are more contagious and more potent when the virus particles cluster together.<p>These findings may …

Particles

Please Stop Merchandising Mental Illness

I was seeing a guy from London, and he told me Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were his favorite couple. He was charming, exciting and “got” me. His choice sounded so romantic, so like him.<p>Obviously I knew who they were, but I wasn’t familiar with the details of their relationship. I lay in bed and …

Mental Disorders

Court Orders E.P.A. to Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to bar within 60 days a widely used pesticide associated with developmental disabilities and other health problems in children, dealing the industry a major blow after it had successfully lobbied the Trump …

Pesticides

To stay healthy while traveling, keep your overhead fan turned *on*—here’s why

Staying sane while jet-setting requires balancing out the things you just can’t control (like long security lines, chatty seatmates, and rubbery …

Particles

Employers are finding new ways to cut health care costs

Employers are getting more involved in their workers' health care in order to keep costs under control.<p>A growing number of companies are contracting directly with hospitals and providers to take care of their employees, according to an annual survey released Tuesday by the National Business Group …

Health Care

Zika’s Long-Term Toll Is Heavy for Children

Study finds 14% of those born to infected mothers have serious health problems<p>About one in seven children born to women with Zika in U.S. territories had serious health problems linked to the mosquito-borne virus, such as brain damage or impaired vision, federal public-health researchers reported …

Public Health

Wildfire smoke is wreaking havoc on air quality in the Western U.S.

The destructive wildfires that continue to burn thousands of acres across California have created an air pollution nightmare for millions of residents on the West Coast. Smoke pouring from 20 active wildfires has prompted officials to issue air-quality alerts in several states.<p>As news broke Monday …

Pollution

Health Care Just Became the U.S.'s Largest Employer

In the American labor market, services are the new steel.<p>This moment was inevitable. It just wasn’t supposed to happen so soon.<p>Due to the inexorable aging of the country—and equally unstoppable growth in medical spending—it was long obvious that health-care jobs would slowly take up more and more …

Health Care

Ritalin-type drugs best to treat ADHD in children, shows study

Methylphenidate drugs safest and most effective while adults do better on amphetamines<p>Ritalin and other drugs of the same class are the most effective and safest medications to prescribe for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a major scientific review.<p>The …

Medicine

Parents Home

The music superstar shared details of her motherhood journey and more for her <i>Vogue</i> September cover, starting with the toll pregnancy took on her body.<p>“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir,” Beyoncé revealed in the lengthy captions the accompany the images shot by Tyler Mitchell in …

Los Angeles

How to find the right therapist

What's perhaps the most important qualification in finding the right therapist? Your own intuition.<p>I am on a quest to find a therapist, and not just any therapist, but the right one. This may sound like a common sense requirement, but mental healthcare can be challenging to access (NBC News BETTER …

Mental Health

The Health Risks of Small Apartments

Living in tiny spaces can cause psychological problems.<p>New York City has a housing problem. Currently, it has 1.8 million one- and two-person households, and only one million studios and one-bedroom apartments. The obvious solution seems to be to develop more small residential units.<p>But how small …

AI Could Make Detecting Autism Easier

Machine learning might speed up screening, but it also risks missing nuances a human clinician could catch.<p>Martin Styner’s son Max was 6 by the time clinicians diagnosed him with autism. The previous year, Max’s kindergarten teacher had noticed some behavioral signs. For example, the little boy …

Machine Learning

The Vindication of Cheese, Butter, and Full-Fat Milk

A new study exonerates dairy fats as a cause of early death, even as low-fat products continue to be misperceived as healthier.<p>As a young child I missed a question on a psychological test: “What comes in a bottle?”<p>The answer was supposed to be <i>milk</i>. I said <i>beer</i>.<p>Milk almost always came in cartons and …

Nutrition

To Keep Women From Dying In Childbirth, Look To California : NPR

When Cayti Kane delivered a baby boy via cesarean section last year, her team of doctors was prepared.<p>Kane had been diagnosed with placenta accreta, a condition that increased the likelihood of a dangerous hemorrhage during delivery. When that happened, she had an emergency hysterectomy. Kane and …

Pregnancy

Off Your Mental Game? You Could Be Mildly Dehydrated

Was it hard to concentrate during that long meeting? Does the crossword seem a little tougher? You could be mildly dehydrated.<p>A growing body of evidence finds that being just a little dehydrated is tied to a range of subtle effects — from mood changes to muddled thinking.<p>"We find that when people …

Wellness

For Many College Students, Hunger 'Makes It Hard To Focus'

As students enter college this fall, many will hunger for more than knowledge. Up to half of college students in recent published studies say they either are not getting enough to eat or are worried about it.<p>This food insecurity is most prevalent at community colleges, but it's common at public and …

College & University

Heading May Be Riskier For Female Soccer Players Than Males

The first rule of soccer is pretty obvious: don't use your hands. But soccer's signature move, heading the ball, can cause a detectable impact on players' brains. And according to a study published Tuesday in Radiology, female players are more sensitive to the impact than males.<p>The study authors …

The Brain