Daily Dose

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, ...

Coming Soon: A Cholesterol-Lowering Vaccine?

A new vaccine designed to lower cholesterol and help prevent heart disease is currently being tested in a clinical trial at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria. After successful animal studies, researchers are now studying the effects of the ...

Fewer Young People Smoking, Using E-Cigs

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, the number of middle and high school students who say they have used a tobacco product in ...

Think Coconut Oil Is Healthy? Think Again

According to a new report from the American Heart Association (AHA), about 72 percent of Americans mistakenly consider coconut oil a “healthy food.” This may be a dangerous misconception: Coconut oil is 82 percent saturated fat, a type of fat we’re u...

French Fries and Potato Chips: Deadly Diet Choices?

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests people who eat fried potatoes more than twice per week have more than double the risk of early death compared to those who avoid fried potatoes. While potatoes often have a bad ...

Gun-Related Injuries and Deaths Skyrocket Among U.S. Kids

According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, gun-related injuries are now the third leading cause of death in children between the ages of one and 17 in the United States. Each year, almost 1,300 children die from gunshot wounds and anot...

Obesity in Pregnancy Increases Birth Defect Risk

Moms-to-be who are overweight or obese during pregnancy are at increased risk for having a baby with birth defects, according to a study recently published in the BMJ. Most health care professionals stress the importance of maintaining a healthy weig...