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Septic System Contaminants Found in Drinking Water

Septic systems in the United States regularly discharge potentially hazardous chemicals that have been linked to conditions like thyroid disease, developmental disorders, infertility, and cancer. These chemicals—including medicationsand consumer-care ...

Are You Sitting Too Much for Your Own Good?

Sitting more than seven hours a day has been linked to a higher risk for numerous health problems—from obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease to cancer. According to a study from the University of Edinburgh’s Physical Activity for Health Researc...

People with Type 1 Diabetes May Produce Insulin

About half of all people who have had type 1 diabetes for at least 10 years still produce some insulin, according to a new study from Uppsala University in Sweden. Prior to this study, type 1 diabetes was thought to result in the complete loss of ins...

Seizure Med Shows Promise for Alzheimer's

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, recently conducted a feasibility study to examine the potential impact of an anti-epileptic drug on brain activity in people with mild Alzheimer’s. Study results, which sug...

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...