Bad news, night owls.
Evening types have a 10 percent higher risk of dying than those up and at 'em in the morning, according to a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the United Kingdom's University of Surrey.
"This is the first study, to our knowledge, that was able to look at mortality risk," said Kristen Knutson, an associate professor...Read more
To preserve more livers for transplant patients who desperately need them, surgeons should take newly harvested organs out of their ice baths and immerse them instead in a warm, nutrient-rich soup, new research suggests.
In a head-to-head comparison of the two methods, preserving donor livers in conditions that mimic a living body resulted in ...Read more
You see the labels out there -- organic, cage-free, natural -- but what does it all mean?
If you're trying to make better shopping choices for the environment by choosing "greener" or ethically made products, you're going to be bombarded by dozens of labels purporting to measure up to a certain standard, and probably charging more money for the...Read more
By now you are probably used to the probing questions your doctor asks during your annual checkup.
How have you been sleeping lately? Any increased stress at work? Problems at home? Have you engaged in any risky sexual activity?
Don't be surprised if, in the future, the questioning turns to guns.
With gun violence on the rise over the past ...Read more
Women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. Depression can occur at any age.
Some mood changes and depressed feelings occur with normal hormonal changes. But hormonal changes alone don't cause depression. Other biological factors, inherited traits, and personal life circumstances and experiences are associated with ...Read more
Healthy living can be harder than it sounds. You know you should exercise more and eat more nutritious food, of course, but did you also know that just because a food calls itself "healthy" doesn't mean it is? Ditto calling something vegan or calling it carb-free. You have to look beyond the labels and check out the ingredients to see which ...Read more
The economics of healthcare in America is making for some strange bedfellows. CVS, the behemoth pharmacy chain, plans to buy Aetna, a 22-million member health insurer, for $69 billion. Less than two weeks ago, it became public that Walmart, where one in four Americans shop each week, is considering an acquisition of another insurer, Humana.
Night owls beware: A new study of mortality rates of nearly half a million people finds that individuals who strongly preferred to stay up late were more likely to be dead at the end of a six-and-a-half-year period.
The findings, described in the journal Chronobiology International, offer the first study linking mortality risk to night-owl ...Read more
When you think of dementia, most people automatically think of Alzheimer's disease, too. But, under a new definition of Alzheimer's, the two terms no longer will be considered interchangeable.
The new definition is part of a new framework for researching Alzheimer's disease that the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institute on Aging ...Read more
The state of the union's health is improving. But it is doing so very unequally, and recent signs of progress are in danger of being reversed by diseases of excess and despair, including obesity, depression, suicide and substance abuse.
Those are the broad conclusions of a new roundup of Americans' vital signs published Tuesday in the Journal ...Read more
WASHINGTON--An estimated 20,000 poor parents in Mississippi would lose health coverage over five years under a state proposal to require Medicaid recipients to work for their benefits, researchers at Georgetown University reported Tuesday.
Childless adults aren't eligible for coverage under Medicaid in Mississippi, where children, seniors, low-...Read more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In one of the most aggressive efforts in the nation to curb soaring health care spending, a California measure introduced Monday would put the state in charge of setting prices for hospital stays, doctor's visits and most other medical services covered by commercial insurers.
The bill, backed by labor unions and consumer ...Read more
Do you catch yourself yawning during the day and yearning for an afternoon nap? You could be at more risk for Alzheimer's disease. A recent study published in JAMA Neurology found a potential link between excessive daytime sleepiness and the memory loss disease. Researchers took a look at imaging scans of the brains of several hundred patients ...Read more
According to Dr. Tarek Khalife, a Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN physician, ectopic pregnancies are rare. However, he says in the off chance an ectopic pregnancy is discovered, it's a situation that must be taken seriously. Often, patients have questions and are looking for answers to understand this condition.
"Ectopic pregnancy occurs when ...Read more
Uterine fibroids are common. Approximately 80 percent of black women and 70 percent of white women will develop fibroids in their lifetimes. Dr. Ebbie Stewart, a Mayo Clinic OB-GYN, says research has been scarce, and this may be one reason why myths about the condition exist.
Stewart says fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus.
LOS ANGELES -- They need to prepare, they say, in case they never come back.
Patients at the St. John's Well Child & Family Center in South Los Angeles have recently started asking for copies of their medical records. Some request extra medicine from their doctors, taking home as much as they'll supply.
"They want to have a stockpile," clinic ...Read more
When Amber Dodson needs a break from her rigorous workout regimen, she steps nearly naked into a high-tech machine that looks like a giant energy drink can. Only her head is visible as the temperature in the chamber plummets to minus 292 degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes, liquid nitrogen vapor billowing down the sides.
"I tend to get ...Read more
Overweight patients are often told that extra pounds are bad for their hearts.
It turns out the heart itself may be "talking" to fat.
That is the thrust of ongoing research by cardiologist Walter J. Koch, a professor at Temple University's Katz School of Medicine.
Koch was awarded a $1 million grant from the American Heart Association this ...Read more
ATLANTA -- While public safety commissioner Bull Connor's police dogs in 1963 attacked civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., leaders in Martin Luther King Jr.'s hometown of Atlanta were burnishing its reputation as "the city too busy to hate."
Yet 50 years after the civil rights leader was killed, some public health leaders here wonder ...Read more
Most Americans are happy with the insurance they buy on the individual market, yet those same people think the markets are collapsing before their eyes.
A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, released this week, found that 61 percent of people enrolled in marketplace plans are satisfied with their insurance choices and that a majority say they...Read more