Clean skin, hands critical for 'kangaroo care' for preemies
Clean skin, hands critical for 'kangaroo care' for preemies

A number of infection control measures need to be taken when giving "kangaroo care" to premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, researchers say.

The water's great. Just don't overlook safety.
The water's great. Just don't overlook safety.

More than a half million people are treated for swimming-related accidents in the United States in a given year.

Strategies to avoid sunburn
Strategies to avoid sunburn

If you could protect yourself from cancer, you'd do it, right?

Sleepless nights haunt 1 in 4 Americans
Sleepless nights haunt 1 in 4 Americans

Good sleep is hard to come by for the 25 percent of Americans who experience a period of severe insomnia each year, new research suggests.

Test-taking can be tough for kids with vision problems
Test-taking can be tough for kids with vision problems

A lazy eye? Crossed eyes? New research suggests that children with such vision problems may take longer to complete standardized tests.

Obesity's a larger problem in rural America
Obesity's a larger problem in rural America

City folks are leaner than their country cousins, a new U.S. study finds.

Who will and who won't get the flu?
Who will and who won't get the flu?

Doctors can't yet predict if someone exposed to the flu will become sick. But such predictions may be getting closer to reality, new research hints.

Diabetes linked to risk for Parkinson's disease
Diabetes linked to risk for Parkinson's disease

Men and women with type 2 diabetes may face a significantly higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease later in life, new British research suggests.

Surgical blood transfusions tied to clot risk
Surgical blood transfusions tied to clot risk

Blood transfusions around the time of surgery may raise your risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers say.

Mediterranean diet scores again for heart health
Mediterranean diet scores again for heart health

Eating a Mediterranean diet rich in healthy fats from olive oil and nuts provides better protection against heart attack and stroke than a low-fat diet, a new Spanish trial has shown.

60 sickened so far in salmonella-tainted melon outbreak
60 sickened so far in salmonella-tainted melon outbreak

Federal, state and local health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to fruit salad mixes that has sickened 60 people in five U.S. states.

U.S. obesity rates rising again
U.S. obesity rates rising again

After briefly leveling off, the U.S. obesity rate may be climbing again, according to a preliminary study.

New DNA test may predict prostate cancer risk
New DNA test may predict prostate cancer risk

A new genetic test can identify men most likely to develop prostate cancer, a new report contends.

Are your meds making you depressed?
Are your meds making you depressed?

Drugs taken by more than one-third of U.S. adults have depression as a possible side effect, a new study reveals.

Dogs may help soothe vets with PTSD
Dogs may help soothe vets with PTSD

Service dogs may help reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol in military veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds.

Girls, young women fall short on exercise: study
Girls, young women fall short on exercise: study

Many teens and young adults in the United States -- particularly women and girls -- are physically inactive, a new study reveals.

Coffee may do your liver good
Coffee may do your liver good

More good news for coffee lovers: Having three or more cups of "joe" each day may help ward off serious liver ailments, new research suggests.

Blood test might predict preterm birth
Blood test might predict preterm birth

Researchers have developed a blood test that can predict a pregnant woman's risk of preterm delivery with up to 80 percent accuracy.

How to determine your health insurance's true costs
How to determine your health insurance's true costs

Having health insurance is essential, especially for catastrophic situations. But it's important to choose a plan carefully because your costs can go well beyond the monthly premium

Allergies more common in kids with Autism
Allergies more common in kids with Autism

Children with autism are more likely to also have a food, respiratory or skin allergy, new research suggests.

The keto diet is popular, but is it safe?
The keto diet is popular, but is it safe?

Fatty cuts of meat. Thick slabs of cheese. Stacks of bacon.

Why NFL teams play better at night
Why NFL teams play better at night

If your favorite National Football League team has a make-or-break game this coming season, you might want to hope for a nighttime kickoff.

Bookworms more prone to be nearsighted, study finds
Bookworms more prone to be nearsighted, study finds

You're probably familiar with the stereotypes about people who wear glasses -- these folks are studious and spend a lot of time indoors with their noses in a book.

Pediatricians back flu shot, not nasal spray vaccine
Pediatricians back flu shot, not nasal spray vaccine

Parents should choose to have their children get the flu shot in the fall instead of the nasal spray flu vaccine, pediatricians say.

Never ignore depression
Never ignore depression

It's important to recognize signs of depression in yourself or a loved one, including a child, and to get help from a doctor

Millions die worldwide each year for lack of quality care
Millions die worldwide each year for lack of quality care

Eight million people in less-developed countries die needlessly each year, and that loss of life strips $6 trillion from the economies of those nations, new research calculates.

Go vegan to jumpstart weight loss
Go vegan to jumpstart weight loss

Vegan diets are hard for many people to stick with long-term, but studies show that this way of eating can translate to weight loss.

Human trials set for experimental HIV vaccine
Human trials set for experimental HIV vaccine

An experimental HIV vaccine protected animals from dozens of strains of HIV. And a human trial of the vaccine is expected to begin in the second half of 2019, according to U.S. researchers.

Could rover unleash a flu pandemic?
Could rover unleash a flu pandemic?

Dog lovers might be distressed by the latest research on flu pandemics.

Heart meds may be wrong for millions of Americans
Heart meds may be wrong for millions of Americans

Millions of Americans may be getting the wrong treatment to prevent a heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests.