Pregnant women who are exposed to phthalates - chemicals found in contaminated food and water, some deodorants, lotions and perfumes - are at increased risk of preterm birth, compared with pregnant women who are not exposed to these chemicals. This is according to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
Around the world, many children do not run as far or as fast as their parents did when they were kids, according to a large study presented at a scientific meeting in the US recently.The study concludes that today's kids are about 15% less aerobically fit than their parents were at their age.
The term "man's best friend" is commonly used when it comes to dogs, and it is not hard to understand why. The loyalty of a dog toward its owner is something that cannot be questioned. But in recent years, the tables have turned and humans have become more reliant on dogs than ever before - to help save lives.According to The Humane Society of the United States, there are around 83.
Today's women are having their first child later in life. According to the CDC, women in the US bear their first child at an average age of 25.6. But a new study suggests a woman's employment status may influence the age of first childbirth, with prolonged temporary employment causing a woman to be childless up to the age of 35.
A follow-up study reveals that men suffering from prostate cancer who took fish oil supplements alongside a low-fat diet demonstrated changes in their cancer tissue that may indicate reduced cancer aggression. This is according to research published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men.
A part of the pancreas that produces and secretes insulin - and is therefore essential for maintaining normal blood sugar levels or responsible for diabetes - is largely inaccessible. But now, researchers have found a way to study the insulin-producing cells: by transferring them to the eye.
The US National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease states that more than 20 million adults in the US have some form of chronic kidney disease, showing the need for better knowledge and treatment of the condition. Now, scientists have created miniature 3D kidney structures from human stem cells with the aim of providing just that.
A new study published online recently in the American Journal of Health Promotion suggests that keeping to a consistent sleep routine may help people maintain a healthier weight.
In the world of mice, male attractiveness does not rely on the amount of cheddar owned or the ability to quote Shakespeare on cue. It all comes down to pheromones in urine, and a recent study suggests that sons of promiscuous mice moms make more urinary pheromones, smelling "sexier" to potential mates.
Drinking milk has long been promoted as positive for building stronger bones. But it seems drinking milk as a teenager does not reduce the risk of hip fractures later in life and can even increase the risk for men, according to new research published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Researchers have discovered that a technique commonly used in brain surgery could be useful to determine whether surgery is needed for patients who suffer from lower back problems, and to what extent surgery is required.
Obesity carries with it a multitude of health risks, but now a large study shows that obese adults who were obese as teens have a much greater risk of developing adverse health conditions, including abnormal kidney function, asthma and difficulty walking.
Researchers who found giving mice baths in diluted bleach blocked inflammatory processes that damage skin suggest if the same works in humans, then it could offer a new way to treat skin inflammation from radiotherapy or excessive sun exposure, or even skin damage caused by aging.
A new study suggests that survival rates of adults who suffer cardiac arrest are not improved by the lowering of their body temperature prior to hospital arrival. This is according to a study published in JAMA.Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. The most common cause of the condition is an irregular heart rhythm known as ventricular fibrillation (VF).
For some stroke survivors, recovering the ability to move their hands and arms is a difficult task. But a research team has created a brain-computer interface, which provides "virtual reality hands" controlled by the stroke survivors' thoughts, potentially helping them regain mobility.
One-minute training sessions on how to do hands-only CPR delivered via kiosks placed in shopping malls, airports and other public places could save lives. This was the finding of new research presented at an American Heart Association (AHA) Resuscitation Science Symposium held in Dallas, TX, over the weekend.
The health benefits of spearmint and rosemary have been described for years in numerous studies, but new research in mice suggests that antioxidants from spearmint and rosemary made into an enhanced extract can improve learning and memory, potentially helping with age-related cognitive decline.Prof.
It could be argued that some women have enough to contend with around the time of their menstrual cycle. But uncomfortable pains are just the beginning, as new research suggests that women who suffer head injuries within the 2 weeks before their period have a slower recovery time and poorer health up to 1 month after injury.
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has found that visits to hospital emergency departments as a result of hallucinogenic drug phencyclidine has increased by more than 400% between 2005 and 2011.Phencyclidine - better known as PCP or "angel dust" - is an illegal drug that is known to cause hallucinations.
According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 35% of US adults are obese. One might assume that with statistics like these, physicians of patients who are overweight or obese would be discussing weight loss interventions. But according to a new survey, this is not always the case.