A Scientist Explains Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others

Ouch.<p>Surprisingly few of the more than 3,000 mosquito species actually specialise in biting humans. Instead, most are opportunistic feeders – feeding …


The doctor is out? Why physicians are leaving their practices to pursue other careers

This week's news that New York University will offer free tuition to all its medical school students, in the hope of encouraging more doctors to choose lower-paying specialties, offered hope to those wishing to pursue a career in the field.<p>However, becoming a doctor remains one of the most …


PHOTOS: It's Hard To Grow Up — And Grow Old — In Honduras

What's it like to live in Honduras today — and why do so many people want to leave?<p>Those are the questions that photojournalist Tomas Ayuso, who grew up in the Central American country, explores in a project he calls "The Right To Grow Old."<p>He picked that title because for many Hondurans, he says, …

World News

Ancient Human Ancestors Had The Same Dental Problems as Us, Even Without Refined Sugars And Fizzy Drinks

So what's going on?<p>Dental erosion is one of the most common tooth problems in the world today. Fizzy drinks, fruit juice, wine, and other acidic food …


What is K2?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A drug called K2 is believed to be behind more than 100 overdoses in New Haven, Connecticut, this week. Some of those who overdosed experienced speeding heart rates, difficulty breathing and vomiting. Others were found collapsed in a semiconscious or unconscious state on the New Haven …


Before You Flush Your Contact Lenses, You Might Want to Know This

If you throw out your contact lenses every day or so, you’re not alone — more than 45 million people in the United States wear contacts, and many of them use disposable versions of the little plastic hemispheres.<p>But if they are not tossed out correctly, contact lenses may have a dark side.<p>Research …


How Kofi Annan Established the World’s Largest Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention

“We must deliver scientific breakthroughs.”<p>The death of Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General and first black African to lead the United Nations, …

Public Health

What Does Your Nose Say About Your Health?


THE 6D OF HEALTH: A concise guide to a complete wellbeing

Mental Health

Seeking Answers, Hearing Silence

• “Seeking Answers, Hearing Silence, " Health Affairs Podcast, August 6, 2018. DOI: 10.1377/hp20180806.32504

Health Policy

Normal Creatinine Levels in Children

A pediatrician orders a creatinine test as part of a screening to check for decreased glomerular filtration rate. The GFR is directly linked to …


Health Problems Related to Obesity


Health officials: More SC parents opt not to vaccinate kids

State health officials say the number of South Carolina parents opting not to vaccinate their children is on the rise.<p>Media outlets report Department …

Public Health

12 Things to Do When You Know Someone You Love Isn't 'Fine'

Although no one is immune from mental health issues, it can be hard to admit when life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. So, if your bullshit detector …

Mental Health

It’s as dry as the desert down there—what the heck is going on?

Recently, some friends and I found ourselves discussing the TMI topic of vaginal lubrication. (No overshare is off limits for me, whether you’re a …

Women's Health

Lots of People Struggle With Side Effects From This Common Type of Therapy

More than 40 percent of side effects were rated as severe or very severe, and more than 25 percent lasted for weeks or months.<p>The structured nature of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and its clearly defined principles—based on links between thoughts, feelings and behaviors—make it relatively …


This Is What Your Brain and Body Do When You Hang Out With Animals

Here’s everything we know about how pets affect your mood.<p>Most people adopting a dog expect furry affection and bright-eyed companionship. Ingrid Pipes is looking for that and something a step above.<p>Pipes, a 27-year-old copywriter in Pittsburgh, and her husband recently adopted Hudson, a miniature …


A 94-Year-Old 'Sexpert' Gives India Advice On You Know What

<i>Note to readers: As you would expect in a story about a sex advice columnist, this post contains some frank language about sex.</i><p>Growing up in India, I had no sex ed in school. Sex was a taboo. Indian parents largely avoid the whole birds-and-bees talk.<p>I'd never heard words like condom, intercourse, …

World News

What ACA Health Insurance Will Cost in 2019

If you plan to buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges for next year, you can now get a pretty good idea of how much it’ll …

Health Care

How Do I Get My Body To Stop Freaking Out When My Mind Does?

Physical effects of anxiety are a normal part of being human, but there are ways to deal.<p><i>Send a note to describing what makes you anxious and we'll see if we can't get you some sound advice.</i><p><b>When I get anxious about something, it doesn't just stay in my mind, it takes over my whole</b> …

Heart Rates

No, Your Cereal Is Not Full of Weedkiller

The Environmental Working Group knows how to play the media like a goddamn piano. They take a category of healthy things we all use—sunscreen, …


Should You Get That Scan? Your Doctor Might Not Be Great At Helping You Decide

Your doctor probably nags you to schedule cancer screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies. These tests, after all, can be life-saving, and most doctors want to make sure you get them done.<p>But when it comes to explaining the ways that certain screenings can cause you harm, your doctor may …


This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Every year, thousands of people addicted to opioids show up at hospital emergency rooms in withdrawal so agonizing it leaves them moaning and writhing on the floor. Usually, they’re given medicines that help with vomiting or diarrhea and sent on their way, maybe with a few numbers …

News (U.S.)

These Common Meds Could Make You More Likely to Get Sunburned

I kept wondering what had changed to cause me to burn so badly.<p>For decades, many of us (especially the light-skinned) have heard the mantra “make sure you put on sunscreen” from both experts and family members, as we run out the door. There’s a growing awareness of the prevalence of skin cancer and …

Women's News

Spotting on Birth Control? Here’s Why (and When to See a Doctor)

Your birth control should be like a bodyguard, keeping threats such as unintended pregnancy, heavy bleeding, and painful periods as far from you as …

Women's Health

Your green juice *needs* this macronutrient in order to be nutritionally worth sipping

The nutrition labels slapped on the back of green juices make some hefty, vitamin-rich promises. Want to squeeze in 20 percent of your daily Vitamin …


You Can Probably Have Sex 6 Weeks After Giving Birth—But You Don’t Have to. And it Might Suck

No matter how prepared you are to have a baby—even if you attend all the childbirth classes and read piles of books on what to expect—pregnancy and …


Michael Phelps Opens Up About How Therapy Improved His Life

The swimmer explained how the process helped him manage his depression.<p>Michael Phelps knows firsthand that there’s value in seeking help for your mental health ― and now he’s hoping his story encourages others to do the same.<p>The swimming champion opened up about living with depression in an …

Mental Health

30 simple ways to move more every day

Here are the best tricks for burning more calories a day<p>Sitting for long periods of time is proven to have a plethora of negative health effects, …

Lifestyle (UK)

Congo Ebola outbreak: 78 cases, 44 deaths, 10 health workers infected

<b>(CNN) —</b> There have been 78 cases of Ebola reported in the current outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo as of Wednesday, the World Health Organization said Friday.<p>Of those cases, 51 are confirmed, and 27 are probable. This includes 44 deaths.<p>The reported …