Mind and Body

  1. Americans Need to Learn More about Antibiotics

    Do antibiotics cure the common cold? If you answered yes, you've got good company in being wrong. A recent poll found that many Americans don't know enough about antibiotics and their proper use.

  2. Asthma Cases on the Upswing

    Asthma continues to be a major health problem in the U.S., with the rate of new asthma cases increasing by almost 15 percent between 2001 and 2010, the CDC says in a new report.

  3. Cancer Risk Higher with Mental Illness

    People who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder appear to have more than a two-fold higher risk for cancer.

  4. Dietary Preferences Tied to Age, Race, and Location

    Researchers trying to tease out dietary reasons for stroke risk have found that Americans follow one of five distinct dietary patterns, based on age, race, and where they live.

  5. Large Jump in Imaging Scans Since 1996

    Many more imaging scans are done these days, greatly boosting the amount of radiation that patients receive and raising questions about overuse of these imaging methods, a new analysis concludes.

  6. Pedestrians with Headphones More Likely to be Injured

    People who walk to work or school wearing ear buds or headphones face a greater risk for injury or death because they are less aware of their surroundings. Pedestrian injuries in the U.S. have tripled since 2004, researchers say.

  7. Protecting Older Family Members from Financial Abuse

    It can be hard to discuss money matters with older family members. Many of us may prefer to avoid such a sticky subject entirely. This reluctance can make it easy to overlook a potentially serious problem: financial abuse. It's a type of elder abuse, which affects more than 5 million older adults each year. And experts believe it's becoming more common.

  8. Shoppers Who Read Food Labels Are Slimmer

    If you read food labels while you shop for groceries, you may have taken an important step toward maintainging a healthy weight. A new study found that people - especially women - who check food labels at the supermarket are thinner than people who don't.

  9. Staying Active May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

    Older adults who putter in the garden or around the house may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than retirees who spend their time on more sedentary activities.

  10. Too Much Sitting Can Harm Your Health

    If you spend a lot of time sitting every day, you may be harming your health, even if you exercise. A recent review of 18 studies with nearly 800,000 participants found a link between sedentary living and overall health.

  11. Walking Speed and Hand Grip in Middle Age Associated with Dementia

    Researchers say that looking at how fast an older patient walks and how strong the person's grip is may help doctors predict who is at risk for age-related dementia.

  12. Why Some People Get Cold Feet

    Folk wisdom links cold hands and feet with a warm heart. But that wisdom also refers to the natural process in which the body slows or reduces circulation to the hands and feet in order to boost blood flow and warmth for the internal organs in response to cold conditions.

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