Public Health

Being born in the wrong ZIP code can shorten your life

Newly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S....

Now’s a good time to get your flu vaccine

Haven’t had your flu shot yet? It’s not too late. And there are still good reasons to get one. Flu — more formally known as...

Common chemical BBP in food factory could lead to obesity

In a recent study, researchers found that benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), a chemical commonly used in the food-manufacturing process, may increase fat stores in...

The dark side of common antibiotics

In a recent study, researchers found that the use of ciprofloxacin and other antibiotics of the class of fluoroquinolones is linked to disruption of...

Xylitol and your dog: danger, paws off

Your six-month-old puppy, Hoover, will eat anything that isn’t tied down. Like many dog owners, you know chocolate can be dangerous to your pooch. But you...

Sitting too long linked to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more

People are sitting more than ever, and few pay attention to how they sit throughout the day. Some of the most common sitting activities include...

Amphetamine-related hospitalizations increased more than 270% from 2008 to 2015

In a recent analysis, researchers show that amphetamine-related hospitalizations increased more than 270 percent from 2008 to 2015, costing up to $2.17 billion per...

How daylight saving time influences your body health

This Sunday morning (Nov. 4th), most people in the United States will turn their clocks back by one hour in observance of daylight saving...

Get the flu shot – to lower your risk of a heart attack

Were the members of the legendary musical group Bon Jovi medical visionaries? How else do you explain Shot to the Heart? This prophetic song predicted the...

Your showerhead slime is alive and mostly harmless

The day after Halloween, something scary may still lurk inside your showerhead. Researchers at CIRES have identified Mycobacterium as the most abundant genus of bacteria growing...