Brain differences may be tied to obesity, kids' study says

New results from the largest long-term study of brain development and children’s health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function. Does excess body weight someho...

AMA calls for total ban on all e-cigarette, vaping products

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meet...

Science Says: How seasonal time changes can affect health

With the seasonal end of daylight saving time fast approaching, many scientists say it's time for a permanent ban because of potential ill effects to human health. Losing an hour of ...

Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech rivals pose a threat

CHICAGO (AP) — The most iconic medical tool is facing an uncertain prognosis. Stethoscopes have been around for 200 years, but now high-tech rivals are challenging their relevance. T...

A spoonful less sugar, tad more fat: US diets still lacking

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study on America's eating habits shows only slight improvement over 16 years. While adults cut down a bit on added sugars and ate marginally more whole grains, t...

Many US women say 1st sexual experience was forced in teens

CHICAGO (AP) — The first sexual experience for 1 in 16 U.S. women was forced or coerced intercourse in their early teens, encounters that for some may have had lasting health repercussions, a study su...

Diplomats' brain scans show differences, add to Cuba mystery

CHICAGO (AP) — New research found perplexing differences in the brains of U.S. diplomats who say they developed concussion-like symptoms after working in Cuba. The findings published...

Dementia tied to hormone-blocking prostate cancer treatment

CHICAGO (AP) — Alzheimer's disease may be a risk for older prostate cancer patients given hormone-blocking treatment. That's according to a large, U.S. government-funded analysis pub...

Marijuana use doubles in US pregnant women to 1 in 14

CHICAGO (AP) — Pot use in pregnancy has doubled among U.S. women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows. Overall, 7% of pregnant women, or 1 in 14, ...

US preschoolers less pudgy in latest sign of falling obesity

CHICAGO (AP) — Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren't a fluke. ...

Deaths from falls among older Americans are on the rise

CHICAGO (AP) — New research shows fatal falls have nearly tripled in older Americans in recent years, rising to more than 25,000 deaths yearly. The findings highlight the importance ...

Deaths from brain, heart problems higher for NFL than MLB

CHICAGO (AP) — Pro football players may be more likely to die from degenerative brain diseases and heart problems than baseball players but the reasons are unclear, a new study suggests. ...

Study: Kids' suicides spiked after Netflix's '13 Reasons'

A new study says suicides among U.S. kids aged 10 to 17 spiked in the month following the release of a popular TV series that depicted a girl ending her life. The study published Mon...

Moms-to-be teach each other in monthly group prenatal visits

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — In a big room full of moms-to-be, pregnant women check each other's blood pressure and weight, a nurse-midwife measures their growing bellies, and they all join a seated circle ...

Blankets, bed-sharing common in accidental baby suffocations

CHICAGO (AP) — Accidental suffocation is a leading cause of injury deaths in U.S. infants and common scenarios involve blankets, bed-sharing with parents and other unsafe sleep practices, an analysis ...