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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.

Woman living alone.

How to Stay Connected When You Live Alone

Even the most solitude-loving people get lonely sometimes. Here’s how to fight it.

Coffee, iced and hot drinks.

The Science Behind Your Love for Coffee and Beer

It’s not as obvious as you may think — in fact, it’s in your genes.

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One More Great Reason to Take a Vacation

Turn on that out-of-office email reply and get yourself away—your heart will thank you.

Don't text and drive.

Car Crash-Related ER Visits Fall in States With Texting Bans

U.S. states that banned texting while driving have seen a 4 percent decrease in emergency room visits after motor vehicle crashes from 2007 to 2014.

Group therapy session.

Chronic Health Problems Don't Go Away Once Addicts Are in Recovery

More than a third of the millions of Americans in recovery for drug or alcohol misuse still experience physical health issues, finds a study.

Senior man and adult son having a beer at a barbeque.

New Data: Alcohol Is More Deadly For Certain Age Groups

A new analysis in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs says we’ve likely been underestimating the health risks of drinking in younger people.

Car crash.

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.

Global health concept.

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.

Kratom pill bottle and kratom capsules on a nightstand.

The Great Kratom Controversy

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