Pain from migraine headaches is a major cause of disability. A new drug could prevent them, in some cases.
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A new preventive drug for migraines was approved recently by the FDA. Here's how it works, and how others in the pipeline might be able to help the millions who suffer from migraines.
The female longhorned tick,
Haemaphysalis longicornis, crawling on a leaf.
Jim Occi, Rutgers Center for Vector Biology
There is a new type of tick spreading in New Jersey, and it doesn't need a male to reproduce. It's known to spread disease and is proving
difficult to eradicate.
Suicide is more prevalent among doctors than any other profession. Burnout could be a reason.
Medicine leads the professions in suicides. Fixing the physician suicide problem requires a re-examination of medicine's "right stuff."
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We now have the capacity to quickly and cheaply sequence an individual's genome and scour it for disease-causing genes. But how much, and what type, of information does a parent-to-be want to know?
HIV becomes dormant in the body and can hide in brain cells.
Joseph Lebowitz, Dr. Min Lin, and Dr. Habibeh Khoshboue
While drugs have been developed to treat HIV and AIDS, the virus can still lie dormant in the brain, increasing the risk for brain disease such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
A blood test can reveal whether the level of a protein produced by prostate cells is elevated.
Prostate cancer is the second deadliest cancer among men, but not all types of the disease are as deadly as others. That has led to confusion over screening. An expert explains why new guidelines make sense.
A female deer tick on a piece of straw.
The CDC recently announced an uptick in diseases spread by vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks. Here's why and what you can do to lower your risk.
Reading over the consent form.
You should be aware of the amount of genetic information you might disclose in a research study – and what the benefits and risks will be.
Cancer care for adults could be improved if caregivers provided the empathy they provide to children, the authors suggest.
Pediatric cancer is one of the cruelest of diseases, and caregivers develop special skills to help their patients. Research shows that caregivers for adults could learn some things from them.
Coca-Cola is the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink. The original is made with sugar, but the others contain artificial sweeteners that are now linked to a rise in obesity and diabetes.
Mounting evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes. Should there be a tax on these foods?
Women’s sexual pleasure has not been stressed as much as men’s.
The sexual revolution made it acceptable for women to have premarital sex. Yet, an orgasm gap remains. Addressing the cultural forces driving this gap has social implications beyond pleasure itself.
Though examining poop samples scientists working on the American Gut Project are getting a new perspective on the microbes in our guts.
By Christos Georghiou/Shutterstock.com
In the largest citizen science experiment to date, 11,336 people sent poop samples to this San Diego lab so that microbiologists could figure out how the microbes in our guts make us healthy or sick.
Helping people with pain, whether it be physical or emotional, could limit the need for opioids.
A bill to deal with the opioid crisis recently came out of a Senate committee. While some of its recommendations are good, some key points are missing.
39 percent of Americans report feeling more anxious than this time last year.
Americans are becoming more anxious about every element of their lives from safety to finances to politics.
Circadian clocks regulate the timing of hundreds of processes in the cell, suggesting that matching medications with your biological clock could improve the outcome
Keep the buzz. Lose the hangover.
A new pill may lower blood alcohol levels, helping a hangover and preventing alcohol overdose deaths.
A mother in the Mother Goose on the Loose program reading to her infant.
University of Maryland Medical System Foundation
A new program has been show to help parents of preemies use their voice to foster their premature baby’s language development. The findings are hopeful, the researchers behind the program say.
Alone in the crowd, but not lonely.
Recent news reports suggest that the US is experiencing a loneliness epidemic. But the research is a bit more complicated.
Ingredients in many sunscreens are bleaching coral and harming marine life.
Scientists have discovered a natural sunscreen –made by microbes – that may be better for humans and the marine critters they are hoping to see.
A protester carries a #metoo sign at a Women’s March in Seattle on Jan. 20, 2018.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
After thousands of women spoke out against sexual harassment, scholars asked, does harassment affect women's health? Their findings suggest that it does.
Eczema, which is common in babies, is itchy and painful.
In this clinical trial, the first of its kind, physicians explore whether directly applying a 'good' strain of bacteria to the skin can heal eczema
Genetic testing for breast cancer gene mutations is now available. But it could lead to over treatment.
A genetics testing company recently won approval from the FDA to market a test that can identify a breast cancer gene mutation. But what are women supposed to do with that information? There's risk involved.
35,092 people died in crashes on U.S. roadways
Motor vehicle crashes are a public health crisis in the US. Distracted driving laws can save lives – but only some states have them.
A living will can lessen grief and stress, studies suggest.
Few people like to talk about death, but research is suggesting that people should talk with loved ones about their wishes for their final days. You may be surprised which family member is most supportive.
Alcohol abuse leads to more deaths each year than opioid addiction.
Opioid addiction is a serious public health problem, killing more than 42,000 people a year and ruining families. But alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the US. An addiction expert tells why.