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Misdiagnoses common among U.S. outpatients

At least 5 percent of American adults -- 12 million people -- are misdiagnosed in outpatient settings every year, and half of these errors could be harmful, a new study indicates.

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School bans on chocolate milk may backfire

Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found.

Easter lilies toxic for cats, FDA warns

Easter lilies are popular in homes at this time of year, but they can be deadly for cats, a veterinarian warns.

Drowning deaths down overall, but still a problem

Just in time for summer swimming and boating season comes a grim government report: Drowning deaths are still a problem in the United States, even though overall deaths from drowning are down.

Yoga big on West Coast, chiropractors popular in Midwest

Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains.

Gene variant may double Alzheimer's risk for women

Having a copy of a certain gene variant increases women's risk for Alzheimer's disease much more than it does for men, a new study indicates.

Less salt use tied to drop in British heart deaths

A drop in salt consumption likely played a big role in a recent large reduction in deaths related to heart disease and stroke in England, a new study suggests.

Getting in front of back pain

Even though back pain affects nearly 10 million Americans a year, there's a lot you can do to avoid the problem, an expert says.

Young dads at risk of depressive symptoms

Young fathers may be at increased risk of depression symptoms after their baby arrives, all the way through to the child's kindergarten, a new study suggests.

Spring cleaning helps stave off allergy symptoms

For allergy sufferers, spring cleaning does more than make their home look nice -- it can help prevent allergy symptoms.

Don't bother 'faking it' in the bedroom

"Was it good for you, too?" can be such a loaded question. Now a new study says you can't fool your sex partner by faking satisfaction.

Booze brands in pop lyrics may spur teen drinking

Young people who listen to music that mentions specific alcohol brands are more likely to drink and abuse alcohol, a new study finds.

Does Facebook make women feel bad about their bodies?

Too much time on Facebook may take a toll on a young woman's sense of self-esteem, particularly how she feels about her body, a new study suggests.

Specializing in one sport as child no guarantee of future success

Some parents and coaches think kids who focus on one sport early on will boost their chances of a college scholarship or pro career. But a new study casts doubt on that idea.

Men with eating disorders often ignore symptoms

The widely held belief that only women experience eating disorders delays men with these conditions from getting treatment, a new British study says.

Fewer Americans overwhelmed by medical bills

While millions of Americans still feel hamstrung by medical expenses, a new government report shows that some people are getting relief.

Could daughter's cancer risk be affected by father's age at birth?

A father's age at the time of his daughter's birth may affect her risk for breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer in adulthood, a new study suggests.

'Milestone' therapy produces leg movement in paraplegics

Four men paralyzed below the waist have regained some movement in their legs after a series of electrodes implanted along their spinal cord reawakened nerves long thought deadened, researchers are reporting.

So long snow, hello pollen

Although it still feels like winter in many parts of the United States, it's time to prepare for spring allergies, an expert says.

Having kids walk to school comes with risks, benefits

Many parents are understandably worried about letting their kids walk or bike to school.

Teens' screen time may affect their bone health

Spending too much time sitting in front of screens may be linked to poorer bone health in teens, according to a new study from Norway.

Study links cell phones and ED

Researchers from the Medical University of Graz in Austria and Cairo University in Egypt have identified a possible correlation between mobile phone use and erectile dysfunction.

Your mentally stimulating job may help keep you sharp in retirement

Jobs that make good use of your intellect might have another benefit down the line -- a sharper mind long after retirement.

Cutting cigarette scenes from TV shows may have helped reduce smoking

Scenes of cigarette use have become less common on prime-time television shows, and it may be linked to reduced smoking rates in the United States, a new study suggests.

Heart disease haunted mummies, too

Though the pyramids are proof of the ancient Egyptians' architectural skills, new research on mummies tucked away inside them unearths a lesser known fact: heart disease was as common then as it is today.

Helping doctors spot who's not taking their blood pressure meds

A simple urine test for people with high blood pressure could help doctors determine if patients aren't taking their medication as directed or whether their body isn't respond to treatment, a new study suggests.

For greater happiness, spend your money on 'life experiences'

Buying so-called "life experiences" makes Americans happier than material goods such as cars, but they tend to favor the latter in the mistaken belief that they provide better value, according to a new study.

More doctors than consumers favor legalizing medical marijuana

The legalization of medical marijuana has more support among U.S. doctors than among consumers, a new survey found.

CDC salt guidelines too low for good health

Don't toss out your salt shaker just yet: A new analysis from Denmark finds current recommended salt guidelines may be too low.

Parental messages that stress no alcohol do get through

Making it clear to your teen that underage drinking is unacceptable is a highly effective way to reduce the risk that he or she will use alcohol, a new survey shows.

Fruits and veggies may reduce death risk

A diet filled with fresh produce is good for your health, and now a large study suggests that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may substantially cut your risk of death.

Can diet soft drinks contribute to heart trouble in women?

Women who are heavy consumers of diet drinks might be more likely to experience heart attacks, dangerous blood clots and other cardiovascular problems than those who rarely or never consume artificially sweetened beverages.

Monday is deadline to sign up for Obamacare

Today is the deadline for most people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the controversial healthcare-reform law.

Underweight even deadlier than overweight

It's said you can never be too rich or too thin, but new research suggests otherwise.

Marriage does help the heart

Marriage is good for the heart, yet another study has found.

Smoking bans linked to drop in premature births, kids' asthma attacks

Bans on smoking in public places and the workplace in North America and Europe are linked to a 10 percent drop in premature births and the number of children going to the hospital for an asthma flare-up.

'Grazing' appears no better for weight loss than standard meals

For weight loss, some swear by "grazing" -- eating several small meals throughout the day -- instead of eating fewer meals at more traditional mealtimes.

Tragedies do cause broken hearts

The stress of natural disasters can break people's hearts, according to a new study.

Goats aren't dummies

Goats are far smarter than people believe, according to a new study.

Low back pain leading cause of disability worldwide

Low back pain causes more disability than nearly 300 other conditions worldwide, according to new research, and nearly one in 10 people across the globe suffers from an aching lower back.

Doctors really do raise your blood pressure

Patients' blood pressure readings are notably higher when they're taken by a doctor than by a nurse, a new study finds.

For women's cancers, where you're treated matters

Where you're treated for ovarian or other gynecologic cancers makes a difference. 

Spanking triggers vicious cycle

Parents who spank unruly children may not know it, but they are participating in a vicious cycle that will lead to both more spankings and more misbehavior in coming years, a new study suggests.

College women: Have a healthy spring break

Spring break offers college women -- and men -- a welcome respite from the pressures of school, but they need to make sure they protect their health while having fun.

Allergy season springs into bloom

Many people are happy to see the end of this long, cold winter, but those with pollen allergies might not greet spring with open arms.

Drunk-driving deaths under-reported in U.S.

Alcohol's role in U.S. traffic deaths is significantly under-reported, a new study shows.

For happy marriage, his personality may be key

Long-term unions tend to stay happy if the husband has an agreeable personality and is in good health, according to a new study.

Chronically ill Americans may skip meds to afford food

Many chronically ill Americans take less of their medicines than they should or skip them entirely so they can afford to eat, a new study reveals.

How you parent is partly genetic

Genes may play a major role in parenting styles, according to a new study.

Older drivers may be vulnerable to just one drink

Even a single glass of wine, bottle of beer or mixed drink might impair driving ability in people over the age of 55, new research suggests.

Tamiflu saved lives during swine flu pandemic

The antiviral drug Tamiflu reduced the risk of death by 25 percent among adults hospitalized during the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, according to a new review.

Genes may influence weight gain from fried foods

Genetics help determine whether a frequent diet of fried food will make you fat, according to a new Harvard study.

Selfie trend pushing demand for plastic surgery

Have you ever taken a selfie, looked at it, decided your nose looked massive and promptly booked an appointment with your local plastic surgeon? Probably not, but many have.

Offices with open floor plans tied to more sick days

Offices with open floor plans and no individual workstations may take a toll on employee health, a new study from Sweden suggests.

Mental illness to blame for 10 percent of kids' hospitalizations

Nearly 10 percent of children hospitalized in America are there because of a mental health problem, a new study finds.

TV time, feeding habits set babies up for obesity

Many parents feed their babies in ways suspected of boosting the risk of obesity later in life, a new study finds.

Yes, you can catch a bad mood on Facebook

Before you post your latest mood on Facebook, consider whether it's a mood you want your friends to catch.

'Five-second' food rule may be real

The five-second rule -- pick up that dropped food on the floor fast if you want to safely eat it -- may have some basis in reality, researchers report.

Most alcohol-linked deaths occur among working-age adults

Americans' excessive alcohol use contributes to thousands of deaths each year, and the majority who die are working-age adults, according to a new government report.

Trauma center closures tied to higher death risk for injured patients

The closure of trauma centers across the United States is putting patients' lives at risk, a new study contends.

Time running out to sign up for Obamacare this year

Still thinking about signing up for insurance under the new U.S. health care law? You'd better act quickly because the enrollment deadline to obtain coverage this year is March 31.

Preschoolers beat college kids at figuring out gadgets

When faced with a strange, new gizmo, preschoolers figured out how it worked more quickly than college students did, a new study shows.

Are you musical or tone deaf? Genes may be key

Inheriting certain inner-ear genes may make for top-notch musical chops.

Knee pain may not be helped by glucosamine

The dietary supplement glucosamine does not slow cartilage damage in people with chronic knee pain, according to a new study.

Kids who repeat a grade can become discipline problems

Students who have to repeat a grade can cause discipline problems among their classmates, a new study indicates.

Weed use up, cocaine use down

Americans' use of cocaine fell by half from 2006 to 2010, but marijuana use increased by more than 30 percent during that time, according to a new report.

U.S. could face shortage of cancer doctors

People fighting cancer might have to wait longer to see a cancer specialist in the coming decades, as demand for treatment outpaces the number of oncologists entering the workforce, a new report released Tuesday warns.

When smartphone is near, parenting may falter

Mealtime is supposed to be family time, but a new study suggests that ever-present smartphones are impeding parent-child communication at the table.

Voice cues prompt similar brain response in dogs, people

A new study sheds light on why Fido understands when you firmly tell him to sit or give him other commands.

Sleep disrupted? Maybe it's daylight saving time

Sleep problems may surface for some after clocks were moved forward an hour Sunday morning for Daylight Saving Time because many people have difficulty changing their body clocks, a sleep expert says.

Shared family activities may boost preschoolers' emotional health

Taking part in family activities on a regular basis benefits the social and emotional health of young children, a new study finds.

Could more time on Facebook help spur eating disorders?

Young women who spend a lot of time on Facebook tend to be more likely to be concerned about their body image and could be at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study suggests.

Daylight Saving Time's arrival may disrupt your sleep

Sleep problems may surface for some after clocks move forward an hour Sunday morning for Daylight Saving Time because many people have difficulty changing their body clocks, a sleep expert says.

Younger siblings of kids with autism may show early signs of problems

Younger siblings of children with autism may show signs of abnormal development or behavior as early as 1 year of age, according to a new study.

Allergy rates surprisingly similar across the U.S.

Wherever you live in the United States, allergy rates are mostly the same, but young children in southern states are more likely to suffer allergies than their peers in other places.

Do harder working husbands have healthier wives?

Husbands beware: Wives now have another reason to want you to work longer and harder. The more a male spouse works, the healthier his wife will be, new research suggests.

Despite media companies' claims, your baby can't learn to read

Read to your baby, sing and play games. But don't waste money on programs that claim to teach infants to read, a new study suggests.

Hangovers don't delay the next drink

Hangovers don't influence when people will have their next drink, according to a new study that challenges some common beliefs.

Moving out of poor neighborhood may disrupt boys' mental health

Boys, but not girls, tend to suffer more from depression and conduct disorder after moving from a poor neighborhood to a better one, a new study says.

Vets' brain damage from blasts not always apparent

Even if they have no symptoms, military veterans exposed to blasts from bombs, grenades and other devices may still have brain damage, a new study finds.

Heart attack risk rises in hours after angry outburst

A new study might supply another reason to keep your cool under stress. Researchers say angry outbursts may raise your odds for a heart attack or stroke in the hours after the incident.

Baby 'sleep machines' could damage hearing

Some of the "sleep machines" marketed to soothe infants seem capable of generating enough noise to potentially damage a baby's hearing, a new study suggests.

Vaccines prevent millions of infections, save billions in costs

Childhood vaccines have the potential to prevent 42,000 early deaths and 20 million cases of disease among Americans born in a given year, according to a new analysis.

FDA's new food labels would focus on calories, sugar content

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally proposed Thursday updating the "nutrition facts" labels on food products to better reflect Americans' current eating habits and health concerns.

Too often, doctors miss suicide's warning signs

Nearly 37,000 Americans kill themselves each year, according to federal statistics. But many of those deaths might have been prevented if doctors had been better at picking up on the warning signs of suicide.

Common asthma meds may raise sleep apnea risk

Medicines commonly used to control asthma may increase the risk of a potentially serious sleep problem in some people, a small, early study suggests.

Obamacare enrollment reaches 4 million

Nearly 4 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's federal and state marketplaces since October, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

Necks, butts growth areas for U.S. plastic surgeons

Eyelid surgery and facelifts are up. So are butt augmentations and neck lifts, according to new figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Stigma of mental illness remains barrier to treatment

The stigma often associated with mental illness prevents many people from getting the care they need, new research shows.

Diabetes boosts stroke risk for women, but not men

A new study adds to the evidence that diabetes may boost the risk of a stroke in women but not in men.

Calico cats may help scientists understand human genetics

Cat lovers have long known that the distinctive three-toned calico patterning is almost exclusively found in female felines.

Fever in first trimester might raise risk of birth defects

Babies born to women who suffer a fever early in pregnancy may have a slightly increased risk of certain birth defects, a new review finds.

Frequent school moves may harm kids' mental health

Preteens who changed schools frequently when they were children are at increased risk of developing psychotic symptoms, a new study suggests.

Kids' checkups should include cholesterol, depression tests

Doctors should test middle school-age children for high cholesterol and start screening for depression at age 11, according to updated guidelines from a leading group of U.S. pediatricians.

Legal drinking age of 21 saves lives

A legal drinking age of 21 saves lives. And demands by some to lower the age limit should be ignored, a new review says.

Are slimmer, more attractive men more germ-free?

Fitter, slimmer men are more likely to have fewer potentially dangerous germs in their nasal passages compared to heavier guys, a new study contends.

Do you often recall dreams? Your brain might be more active

People who often remember their dreams have high levels of activity in certain areas of the brain, a new study says.

Modern war wounds can devastate vets' sexual, emotional health

With the increased use of powerful explosive devices, men and women patrolling on foot in bomb-laced areas of combat are increasingly suffering traumatic injuries to the groin and genitals.

When jazz musicians improvise, so do their brains

The mysterious workings of jazz players' brains while they improvise music are revealed in a new study.

Many U.S. hospitals fall short in preventing infections

Many U.S. hospitals don't follow rules meant to protect patients from preventable and potentially deadly infections, a new study shows.

More evidence that HPV vaccine might lower cervical cancer risk

Just a few years after its introduction, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has reduced the risk of precancerous cervical lesions among young women in Denmark, a new study finds.

Can this iPad app train your brain to help you to see farther?

Aaron Seitz, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Riverside, has created a new, publicly available app that, with repeated use, can legitimately condition users to see farther.

Beauty, not health may spur teens to use sunscreen

If you really want to motivate teens to use sunscreen, you might try appealing to their vanity.

A judgmental doctor may make it hard to lose weight

Obese people are less likely to lose weight if they feel they're being judged by their doctor, a new study suggests.

Bullying may have lasting health effects on kids

Kids who are picked on by their peers may see lasting effects on their physical and mental well-being -- especially if the bullying is allowed to persist for years, a new study suggests.

'Talking' medical devices, apps continue to evolve

They remind you when it's time to take your medicine, coach you through emergency medical procedures and text you their approval when you eat your veggies.

Food price hikes may affect those with type 2 diabetes

Food prices are linked to blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

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