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Driving High: The Link Between Pot and Traffic Deaths

Is legalized marijuana having a negative an impact on traffic safety in the United States? Researchers conducted a study to find out.

By Diane Domina

Birth Control Methods and Your Autoimmune Disease Risk

Some studies have associated certain types of birth control with a potentially increased risk of autoimmune disease development. But how much of a risk is it really? Here's what you need to know.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

10 Global Health Threats in 2019

WHO has identified several issues to be addressed globally in 2019 as part of a plan to improve health for 1 billion people worldwide over the next 5 years.

By Diane Domina

The Great Kratom Controversy

Is kratom a natural a dietary supplement with pain-relieving properties — or is it an addictive drug?

By Stephanie Stephens

Do You Have a Healthy Personality? Here's How to Find Out

Want to know whether your personality traits are considered healthy? Researchers at the University of California, Davis, defined what makes a healthy personality and explain that they’ve developed a test you can take to assess yours.

By Lara DeSanto

Have Depression? High Blood Pressure? Regular Sleep Might Help

Most of us know that getting enough sleep is important to stay healthy, but going to bed and waking up at roughly the same times each day is just as important.

By Diane Domina

The Dangers of Dehydration

Every time you go to the bathroom or sweat, you lose water. If you’re vomiting or have diarrhea – more water loss. All of this contributes to dehydration, which is a serious health risk. Find out how much your body needs.

By Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Venomous Snake Bites: More Than 90 Million People Worldwide Are at High Risk

People who live in remote areas are at increased risk of dying from snake bites due to poor access to anti-venom medications compared with people who live in more urban areas.

By Diane Domina

Sleep Quality Linked to Dry Eye Disease

A 2016 study suggests that dry eye disease is linked to poor sleep quality. Here’s why.

By Martin Reed

Risk Factors for Age-Related Sleep Deprivation

How does sleep change as we get older, and what can we do to prevent our sleep from getting worse?

By Martin Reed