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Doctor checking pregnant woman.

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?

Man with his dog on the couch at home.

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.

Luke Perry in 1994 on the left and in 2016 on the right.

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.

Cambria “Cami” Tate is still recovering from acute flaccid myelitis more than 18 months later.  Some are calling AFM the new polio.

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.

Senior man and adult son having a beer at a barbeque.

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.

Woman with stomach pain sitting on the floor at home.

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.

Cigarette in hand.

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.

Salt spilling from shaker.

Could Salt Worsen Eczema?

In a literal version of “pouring salt on a wound,” a new study has found that sodium chloride (salt) may actually affect those with dry, cracked skin of eczema.

Woman with the flu drinking tea and covered with a blanket.

Could You Catch the Flu From a Bat?

You’ve heard of bird (avian) flu and swine flu. New research published in Nature identified influenza viruses in South American bats that could pass to humans.

Woman tying her running shoe.

Take a Morning Walk, Lower Your Blood Pressure

New research shows that walking at a moderate pace for 30 minutes each morning can help reduce blood pressure all day in adults who are overweight.