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Smoke Gets in Your Brain

If you smoke, are overweight, or have hypertension or diabetes, your brain health may be in jeopardy, according to a new study in the European Heart Journal.

By Diane Domina

More Pregnancies, Less Breast Cancer Risk in Women With BRCA Genes

Pregnancy is are known to lessen breast cancer risk, but until now, it wasn’t known whether this lower risk applied to women with BRCA genes.

By Diane Domina

What Does Your Period Have to Do With Your Blood Pressure?

A study shows that early-onset menstruation — periods that begin before age 11 — is associated with greater risk for high blood pressure later in life.

By Diane Domina

Hidden Risks of Diabetes During Pregnancy

Diabetes that develops during pregnancy is a potentially serious complication, but what does gestational diabetes mean for a woman’s health down the road?

By Diane Domina

Fertility Risk at Home for Men — and Their Dogs

Chemical contaminants could be playing a key role in soaring, worldwide male infertility rates. Even dogs are more infertile than before.

By Diane Domina

Luke Perry's Death By Stroke Is a Wakeup Call For Gen X

If you think stroke is for your parents age, well, we’ve got news for you — you are the "parent's age" now. Stroke in your 50s is not uncommon, but it is preventable.

By Abby Gardner

How to Protect Your Child From This Polio-like Condition

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a very rare but serious neurological condition that mimics polio. In 2018, 223 cases were reported in the U.S. — more than ever before. Like the flu, this virus changes every year — here’s what to know to stay ahead of it.

By Stephanie Stephens

New Data: Alcohol Is More Deadly For Certain Age Groups

A new analysis in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs says we’ve likely been underestimating the health risks of drinking in younger people.

By Diane Domina

Do You Know Your Risk Factors for Ulcerative Colitis?

While we don’t know exactly what causes UC, we do know some of the main risk factors for developing it — and knowing your risk factors can help you take control of your health and your future.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

Smoking Reduces Your Ability to Fight Deadly Skin Cancer

A new study suggests people with melanoma are 40 percent less likely to survive the disease if they’ve been a smoker within the past 10 years or so.

By Diane Domina