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Legalizing Pot Doesn't Raise Risk of Traffic Fatalities

Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado and Washington in 2012, car-crash fatality rates have not increased in those states, according to a new study. Researchers compiled data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ...

Why Do Women Skip Heart Health Check-Ups?

Most women report having seen their health care provider within the past year, but only about 40 percent say their check-up included a heart health assessment, according to results of a survey published in the Journal of the American College of Cardi...

Fewer Teens Are Sexually Active, Says the CDC

Slightly fewer teens ages 15 to 19 are sexually active than in the past, and more teens who are having sex are using contraception. That’s one piece of data from a report just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from an o...

Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Found in More Areas of the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an increase in the number of counties in the southern United States reporting the presence of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus and other diseases. In ...

Eating Fish Twice a Week Curtails Arthritis Symptoms

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who eat fish at least twice a week have lower levels of disease activity than those who rarely or never eat fish, according to a study published in Arthritis Care & Research. The study involved 176 people wit...

Want Less Stress? Start Your Day With a Bike Ride

If you drive to work or take public transportation, you may be at a disadvantage compared to your bike-commuting coworkers. In a small study, researchers at Concordia University in Montreal compared the effects of the three modes of commuting—bicycli...

How to Prevent Heat-Related Illness

Today—June 21st—is the first full day of summer! As the heat and humidity rise and record-breaking temperatures hit in some areas of the country it’s important to reduce your risk for serious conditions like heat stroke. Older adults, children, and p...

Researchers Discover Genetic Cause for Eczema

A research team from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and other institutions has identified a genetic mutation that causes eczema—a chronic skin condition also called atopic dermatitis. This discovery could lead to better tre...

Vitamin D: How Much Is Too Much?

A new study shows the number of U.S. adults who take high-dose vitamin D supplements increased significantly—from 0.3 percent to 18.2 percent—between 1999 and 2014 in the U.S. According to the study, which was published in JAMA, this may be concernin...

Low Back Pain? Try Yoga

Low back pain is common—it affects about 80 percent of men and women at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—and traditional back pain treatments, such as pain medication, muscle strengthening exercises, ...