Public Health

Nearly a third of American adults have heartburn every week

In a new study, researchers found that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a digestive disorder that causes heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms, may affect nearly...

About half of Americans may have obesity by 2030

In a new study, researchers found that about half of the adult U.S. population will have obesity and about a quarter will have severe...

Where cannabis is legal, Americans more likely to believe it has benefits

In a new study, researchers found that people of states where cannabis has been legalized are more likely to believe it has beneficial effects...

Americans bankrupted by health care costs: 4 questions answered

Medical bankruptcy has been a talking point for many Democratic candidates as they make their individual cases for health care reform. This begs a few...

Vitamin E and vaping injuries: What’s safe in your diet is rarely safe in...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced a preliminary finding that implicates a vitamin E additive as the potential cause of lung...

E-cigarette use linked to high depression risk

In a new study, researchers found that e-cigarette users were twice as likely than people who had never used e-cigarettes to report having depression. The...

Turning gray and into the red: The true cost of growing old in America

The U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country's children for the first...

Your body may have 43 times more BPA than previously estimated

In a new study, researchers have developed a more accurate method of measuring bispehnol A (BPA) levels in humans. They have found that exposure to...

Stricter alcohol policies may help lower cancer risk

In a new study, researchers found a new association between more restrictive alcohol policies and lower rates of cancer mortality. The research was conducted by...

Are ‘vaping’ and ‘e-cigarettes’ the same, and should all these products be avoided?

As concerns over vaping continue to grow, researchers and public health officials are investigating the causes of more than 40 deaths and 2,000 illnesses. It's...

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Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...
These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

This walking exercise can make older people healthy and fit

In a recent study from Shinshu University in Japan, researchers found an effective way to increase overall fitness and decrease lifestyle-related disease (LSD) through...

This popular painkiller may harm your blood sugar

In a new study, researchers found popular pain drug opioid tramadol (marketed as ConZip and Ultram) may increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia, or...

Scientists discover a new cause of autism

In a new study, researchers have found a new genetic factor that leads the brain to grow fewer synapses at a critical time in...