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When Dad Smokes During Pregnancy, Heart Defects Are a Bigger Risk

Secondhand smoke from fathers-to-be raises a baby’s risk of congenital heart defects by up to 124 percent, even more than when mom smokes during pregnancy.

By Diane Domina

Car Crash-Related ER Visits Fall in States With Texting Bans

U.S. states that banned texting while driving have seen a 4 percent decrease in emergency room visits after motor vehicle crashes from 2007 to 2014.

By Diane Domina

Chronic Health Problems Don't Go Away Once Addicts Are in Recovery

More than a third of the millions of Americans in recovery for drug or alcohol misuse still experience physical health issues, finds a study.

By Diane Domina

Love Really Hot Tea? You May Not After You Read This

A study published in the International Journal of Cancer gets more detailed about exactly how hot tea has to be to increase esophageal cancer risk.

By Diane Domina

America's Rising Diabetes Rates

Type 2 diabetes diagnosis rates in America are increasing faster in some states than others. Find out where your state falls in diabetes diagnoses.

By Mary Shomon

From Your Mouth to Your Brain: The Gum Disease-Dementia Link

People with chronic periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss have a 6 percent higher risk of dementia than people who don’t have gum disease.

By Diane Domina

Heavy Metal: Manganese Exposure Raises Parkinson's Risk

A recent study provides new information about how exposure to the industrial metal manganese can contribute to Parkinson’s-like symptoms.

By Diane Domina

How to Reduce Your Risk of a Stroke With Psoriasis

There is increasing evidence that psoriasis is associated with a higher risk of stroke and other cardiovascular disorders as compared to the general population.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

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.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

‘Easy’ Baby, Fat Kid: The Gestational Diabetes Link

Babies who are easiest to soothe between 2 and 6 months of age are at twice the risk of early childhood obesity, suggests a study in JAMA Pediatrics.

By Diane Domina