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Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments

If you have diabetes, you should know the signs, symptoms, and treatments for diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition.

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What Happens When Kids Don’t Drink Enough Water—and What You Can Do to Make Sure Yours Do

As many as 1 in 5 kids say they don’t drink water regularly. Find out what they’re downing instead (and what they’re risking because of it).

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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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Binge Drinking Isn't Just a College Problem

A new study found that 10% of over-65s in the United States binge drink, increasing their risk of health problems and making existing ones worse. Here's what you should know.

Paleo diet salad.

Should You Say No to Paleo?

A new Australian study found people who followed the so-called “caveman diet” had twice the amount of a key biomarker linked to heart disease. Here’s what you need to know.

Child with asthma in the hospital with mother.

This Basic Mistake Is Causing Kids With Asthma To Be Hospitalized

Millions of children in the U.S. have the breathing disorder — and a new study revealed dangerous gaffes with their inhaler technique.

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Racial Disparities in Asthma Risk and Outcomes

Despite great progress in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, there seems to be a divide between black and white patients' access to care.

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Women With This Sleep Problem May Have Greater Cancer Risk

A new study found that women with sleep apnea may be more likely to develop cancer.

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Sleep Apnea Could Be Fueling Your Depression

A new study found that people with depression that doesn’t respond to therapy and medication should be screened for this sleep disorder. Here’s what you should know.

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Obesity Linked to Nearly 1 in 20 Cancers Worldwide

As of 2016, 40 percent of adults (that’s nearing half the world population) and almost 20 percent of kids worldwide are overweight or clinically obese.