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Diabetes Drug May Be Used as a Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

In medicine, researchers often find that a drug intended for one use is also effective in different, unexpected ways.<p>In a recent study, researchers …

Medicine

A Doctor "Prescribed" More Orgasms For This Woman — and Was Completely Right

Carly Portch was being proactive when she went to a new general practitioner for a physical. The radio host from Australia wasn't feeling sick — just the typical stress and exhaustion from work — but had gained some weight and wanted to "take stock" of her health.<p>She blamed feeling sluggish on her …

Health

For Some People, Too Much Protein Can Be Deadly—Here’s What You Need to Know About the Death of a Bodybuilding Mom

An Australian woman has died after consuming large amounts of protein from food and dietary supplements, her family says. The mom of two had …

Health

Is Protein Powder Good For You?

Protein seems to be the nutrient du jour. Humans need it to help repair cells and encourage healthy growth and development, and it's plentiful in …

Nutrition

New Stamp-Sized Tissue Patch Could Be Used to Regenerate Damaged Organs

No Surgery Required<p>A team of engineers at the University of Toronto have created a way to fix damaged organ tissue without surgery. The method …

Breakthroughs

The Over-The-Counter Drug Reactions You Should Watch Out For

Potentially serious side effects for popular medications are more common than you may think.<p>Mace Moore spent most of his young life as an athlete ― a member of the water polo, swim and lacrosse teams throughout high school. Those years of wear and tear led to a shoulder injury. Though he did …

Medicine

FDA investigates deaths connected to certain weight-loss balloons

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating five deaths associated with certain weight-loss balloon systems. However, the FDA adds that it does not know the root cause of the deaths at this time.

FDA

Why People Smoke Weed to Treat Depression

Your typical stoner is a jolly sort. Keanu Reeves' face displays the same flat affect whether he's discovering that he knows kung fu or learning that Morpheus has been kidnapped. The high highs, the low lows—they both elicit the same "whoa." So could someone with major depressive disorder, defined …

Depression

Vasectomy reversal: What to expect

A vasectomy reversal is a surgical procedure that reconnects the male reproductive tract after a vasectomy. A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure …

Pregnancy

How the 80/20 Rule Helped This Woman Lose Weight

Try this mental shift to eat better and lose weight.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>A diet doesn’t need to be 100 percent healthy to be healthy, according to Work Week Lunch founder Talia Koren. The blogger lost 10 pounds following the 80/20 rule, which involves focusing on eating …

Weight Loss

Tiny gut organisms may influence food cravings and what our bodies do with fat

A universe of organisms living inside you may affect every part of your body, from your brain to your bones, and even your thoughts, feelings and your attempts to lose weight.<p>This is a universe of trillions of micro­organisms — or what we biologists call microbiota — that live in your gut, the part …

Microbiome

Deadly salmonella outbreak expands to 19 states; some papaya brands recalled

<b>(CNN) —</b> Thirty-two more salmonella cases, including 10 hospitalizations, linked to yellow Maradol papayas from Mexico have been reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, bringing the number of people affected to 141 across 19 states. This includes one death and 45 …

Colorectal Cancer Death Rates Rise For Young White Adults

At the same time, young black adults see a decline in death rates.<p>Young white people are increasingly dying of colorectal cancer, a disease typically associated with older people, according to a report published Aug. 8 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.<p>“Death rates for colorectal …

Cancer

Why Inflammation in Your Mouth May Raise Your Risk of Cancer

Women with gum disease are 14% more likely to develop cancer than those with healthy teeth and gums, according to a study published in <i>Cancer</i> …

Cancer

Untreatable Gonorrhea Is Terrifying, So Scientists Are Stepping Up

The war against super gonorrhea and other antibiotic-resistant infections is unfortunately a losing one right now. But a study published Monday in the journal <i>Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy</i> may provide us some hope for the future.<p>UK researchers tested out an experimental antibiotic called …

Medicine

This Video Shows Exactly How Much Sugar Could Kill You

Plus other deadly tidbits.<p>What do 10.5 cups of sugar, 129 teaspoons of pepper, 24 tubes of toothpaste, 480 bananas and 11,000 oranges have in common?<p>According to this fascinating but rather macabre AsapSCIENCE video, they all have the potential to kill a human being if consumed all at once.<p>The …

Science

The three types of supplements you should never buy

An expert on vitamins tells us what to avoid.<p>I recently interviewed Catherine Price, author of <i>Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food</i>. The book is a habit-altering romp through the seemingly banal topic of vitamins.<p>Price got the idea for her book when her husband asked …

Vitamins

We Finally Know Why Artificial Sweeteners Can Make You Put on Weight

It's got nothing to do with the sugar.<p>If you think using an artificial sweetener helps keep your weight down, think again.<p>Artificial sweeteners …

University of Sydney

New cancer drug reduces tumor size by 'up to 50 percent'

New research from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom investigates the way in which cancer takes over certain cell types and uses …

Cancer

​How Green Tea Can Help Soothe Your Painful, Sensitive Teeth

​It might protect against cavities, too<p>Sensitive teeth can make that summer ice cream a little less sweet. But there may be some help in sight for that cold-induced tooth pain: A new material developed with a green tea extract may fight tooth sensitivity, a new study in <i>ACS Applied Materials &</i> …

Green Tea

7 Things You Should Never Do to Your Eyes

Taking care of your eyes is key. After all, who doesn’t want their peepers in top shape? But maintaining healthy eyes may require more than just your …

Makeup

Can You Develop Food Allergies at Any Age?

<b>Q. Can adults develop food allergies, such as allergies to peanuts?</b><p><b>A.</b> Yes. Preliminary data from a large, new national study that is currently under review suggests that nearly 52 percent of American adults with a reported food allergy developed one or more food allergies after age 18.<p>An estimated …

Medicine

Don’t Smoke Marijuana While Breastfeeding, Experts Say

After a mother in Oregon posted a photo of herself smoking marijuana while breastfeeding, the internet went into its own feeding frenzy.<p>Many people …

Cannabis

FDA OKs new drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C in as little as eight weeks.<p>The pill combination from AbbVie Inc. was approved Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration for adults without significant cirrhosis, a type of liver disease, and many patients who were …

Medicine

Suicide rates for teen girls have doubled: Are smartphones to blame?

Alarming new numbers from the CDC show suicide rates among teen girls have hit a 40-year high. Rates among boys are up too. Some say smartphones are contributing to the sudden surge. TODAY’s Matt Lauer reports. More on this story here.

Matt Lauer

Deconstructing Stigma: Postpartum Depression Is An Illness Just Like Any Other Illness

<i>Editor’s note:</i> Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life <i>is a public awareness campaign developed by</i> McLean Hospital <i>to spark conversation not only about behavioral and mental health but also about the stigma that surrounds it. The campaign features</i> compelling stories <i>from people</i> …

Suicide

What to Do About Fungal Infections

Fungal infections may call to mind itchy rashes, such as athlete’s foot. But the fungi normally found in soil and on plants, trees, skin, and more …

Medicine

Doctors Discuss The Dumbest Patients They've Ever Come Across

You can find dozens of articles online where people share the worst thing a doctor has ever done or said to them, and reading these horror stories is …

Health Care

Can Someone Please Explain What Is Coming Out Of This Man's Pimple?

Unless you have abnormally high impulse control, chances are you've caved to the temptation of watching a pimple-popping video before. Even when you know you're going to get totally grossed out, the satisfaction of seeing a pimple finally meet its end is just too good to miss out on.<p>But now, we've …

Women's Health