Daily Dose

Diet Soda Linked to Stroke, Dementia

According to a recent observational study involving more than 4,000 participants, a higher consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks may lead to an increased risk of stroke and dementia. The study was based on an analysis of the Framingham He...

Bike to Work to Cut Cancer, Heart Disease Risk

Compared to those who drive or take public transportation, people who bike to work have a 45 percent lower risk of cancer and a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease, according to a new study. The five-year study involved 264,000 people and was cond...

FDA Restricts Child Pain and Cough Meds

On April 20th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement restricting the use of codeine and tramadol in cough, cold, and pain medications for children and women who are breastfeeding. The new announcement updates previo...

Concussions Are More Common in Girl Athletes

Among high school athletes, girls are more than 50 percent more likely than boys to sustain a concussion in sports in which both girls and boys participate, according to a recent U.S. study. The reasons for this discrepancy are not fully understood,...

Beet Juice Boosts Brain Benefits of Exercise

The positive effects of physical activity on the brain—especially in older adults—are well known. Now a new study suggests that drinking beet juice, also called beetroot juice, before exercising could enhance those benefits. This bright purple juice...

Brain 'Wonder Drugs' May Soon Begin Clinical Trials

Could scientists have found a way to stop neurodegenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson;s, and others? Two drugs that are already being safely used in people may have a protective effect on the brain, according to researchers in the UK...

Most Americans Say Medical Marijuana Is OK

According to a recent poll, most people in the United States (about 67 percent) think prescription opioids pose a greater risk than medical marijuana for pain relief. In fact, if a doctor prescribed medical marijuana for pain, 66 percent of Americans...

FDA Approves New Device to Treat Cluster Headaches

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a device called a vagus nerve stimulator to relieve pain associated with cluster headaches. Cluster headaches cause debilitating pain that is often difficult to treat. The condition is uncommon is usuall...

Study: Substance in Frog Skin Kills Flu Virus

Researchers from the Emory Vaccine Center and the Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology in India discovered that a compound in South Indian frog secretions can destroy influenza viruses. Earlier studies showed the secretions contain "host defense pep...

Do Salty Foods Make Us Hungrier?

If you ever downed a high-sodium meal at your favorite restaurant on a Saturday evening out, and then had to reach for a big glass of water (or two) during the night, you may think foods high in salt increase thirst. However, according to a long-term...