Americans have a drinking problem with adults binge drinking more than ever before, warns CDC
Americans have a drinking problem with adults binge drinking more than ever before, warns CDC

Between 2011 and 2017, the average number of drinks consumed by binge drinkers per year has gone up from 472 to 529.

Month into pregnancy loss, 29 percent of women suffered post-traumatic stress, 11 percent depression, says study
Month into pregnancy loss, 29 percent of women suffered post-traumatic stress, 11 percent depression, says study

The study that was conducted by Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial College Lond found after nine months of a failed pregnancy, about 18% of women had post-traumatic stress, 17% moderate to severe anxiety, and 6% had moderate to severe depression

 ‘13 Reasons Why’: No evidence series led to increase in suicides among US adolescents, says study
‘13 Reasons Why’: No evidence series led to increase in suicides among US adolescents, says study

The findings contradict a 2019 study which said the series was associated with 28.9% increase in suicide rates among 10-to 17-year-olds in the US in the month (April 2017) following the show's release

Baltimore ranks first among US cities with the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases: Report
Baltimore ranks first among US cities with the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases: Report

Drug use, poverty, stigma, which can reduce access to STD prevention and care, decreased condom use among vulnerable groups, and cuts to STD programs at the state and local level, are multiple factors that drive the continued increase in STDs, say CDC experts.

Flame retardants and pesticides are affecting brain development in children and leading to low IQs: Study
Flame retardants and pesticides are affecting brain development in children and leading to low IQs: Study

Researchers caution that people need to watch out for flame retardants, found in furniture and carpeting, and children's toys, and pesticides, as their impact on IQ rose from 67% to 81% in the recent years. They are overtaking heavy metals as the biggest contributors to IQ loss.

Could tiny bacteria protect Parkinson's patients from deadly protein? Study has a gut feeling it's possible
Could tiny bacteria protect Parkinson's patients from deadly protein? Study has a gut feeling it's possible

Researchers have identified a probiotic bacteria which prevents the formation of toxic clumps that starve the brain of dopamine, a key chemical that coordinates movement.

Is mid-life crisis real? New study says it's perfectly natural and people are unhappiest around the age of 47
Is mid-life crisis real? New study says it's perfectly natural and people are unhappiest around the age of 47

In developing nations people are most miserable at the age of 48.2 years, says the analysis

High Influenza B activity recorded this season, children more susceptible to the virus than adults, says CDC
High Influenza B activity recorded this season, children more susceptible to the virus than adults, says CDC

The flu has claimed the lives of 32 children so far -- it was 16 last year. Of the 32 children, Influenza B alone killed 21 children, says CDC. About 9.7 million people have been affected by the flu already and the numbers are set to grow

Climate change effect: Warming temperatures could kill thousands of Americans each year, study finds
Climate change effect: Warming temperatures could kill thousands of Americans each year, study finds

A rise of 1.5 and 2 degree celsius, might bring about 2,100 and 1,600 additional deaths every year due to injuries -- with drowning and transport accidents becoming more common

Burnout may increase risk of irregular heartbeat, leading to heart failure: Study
Burnout may increase risk of irregular heartbeat, leading to heart failure: Study

After over 25 years, the researchers observed that participants showing the highest levels of burnout had a 20% higher risk of developing irregular heartbeat than those with little to no evidence of the condition.

Stress in expectant mothers could result in poor brain development in their unborn children
Stress in expectant mothers could result in poor brain development in their unborn children

About nine out of every 1,000 babies born in the US have a congenital heart defect, according to the American Heart Association. Now a study has found that a high percentage of pregnant women with a diagnosis of a major fetal heart problem tested positive for stress, anxiety and depression.

Normal human body temperature has dropped steadily in the US since the 19th century, finds study
Normal human body temperature has dropped steadily in the US since the 19th century, finds study

The body temperatures in both men and women have constantly decreased by 0.03°C per decade of birth; researchers propose that this decrease is the result of changes in our environment over the past 200 years, which have, in turn, driven physiological changes.

Five years after abortion, over 96% women say it was the right decision, finds study
Five years after abortion, over 96% women say it was the right decision, finds study

Relief was the most prominent emotion reported at the end of the study, just as it was at every time point in the study; this debunks the idea that most women suffer emotionally from having an abortion, say experts.

Painkillers like paracetamol can reduce your empathy for others by numbing pain and emotions, says study
Painkillers like paracetamol can reduce your empathy for others by numbing pain and emotions, says study

The drug is designed to target these regions to reduce physical pain. But they inadvertently affect experiences of emotions and social pain too. This is because physical pain and emotions are controlled by the same regions in the brain, says the study

Women who use talcum powder may not be at risk of getting ovarian cancer, finds study
Women who use talcum powder may not be at risk of getting ovarian cancer, finds study

Experts say though the study is elaborate and competent, it could not entirely rule out a link between cancer and talc, which is a carcinogenic used in powder

Diabetes drug may help prevent miscarriages by 'improving' womb of pregnant women and increasing stem cells: Study
Diabetes drug may help prevent miscarriages by 'improving' womb of pregnant women and increasing stem cells: Study

If a larger clinical trial shows successful results, the drug can be easily adopted worldwide, says the team

Toxic metals leaching out of brake pads in cars might mess with our ability to fight infections: Study
Toxic metals leaching out of brake pads in cars might mess with our ability to fight infections: Study

Toxic metal particles from worn-out brake pads are small enough to reach the lungs, and this could be responsible for increasing people's susceptibility to respiratory infections.

US sees largest-ever one year drop in cancer death rates thanks to advancement in lung cancer treatment
US sees largest-ever one year drop in cancer death rates thanks to advancement in lung cancer treatment

The continuous decline since 1991 has resulted in an overall drop of 29%, translating into approximately 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths. Declines in lung cancer deaths have accelerated, including a 2.2% drop from 2016 to 2017, spurring the largest ever single-year drop in overall cancer deaths.

Measles scare: Seattle schools send home nearly 800 students who did not get MMR vaccine shots
Measles scare: Seattle schools send home nearly 800 students who did not get MMR vaccine shots

Students will be allowed to attend schools if they provide proof of an upcoming vaccination appointment.

Breast cancer: How insurance cover is driving American women to choose mastectomy over lumpectomy
Breast cancer: How insurance cover is driving American women to choose mastectomy over lumpectomy

In May 2013, Angelina Jolie sparked widespread interest in mastectomy after writing an open editorial about her experience undergoing a risk-reducing bilateral mastectomy

Basic BMI measurements more effective than genetics in predicting how obese you will be in future, says study
Basic BMI measurements more effective than genetics in predicting how obese you will be in future, says study

Researchers found that baseline BMI in young adulthood explained 52.3% of a person's BMI 25 years later

HPV vaccinations in the US have doubled over five years, but only a quarter got the recommended dose
HPV vaccinations in the US have doubled over five years, but only a quarter got the recommended dose

HPV is a group of more than 200 related viruses and sexually transmitted infections that can lead to certain cancers, including cervical cancer

Folic acid and zinc supplements not helpful in infertility treatments, nor do they boost sperm count: Study
Folic acid and zinc supplements not helpful in infertility treatments, nor do they boost sperm count: Study

The findings do not support the use of folic acid and zinc supplementation by male partners for the treatment of infertility, say researchers.

Marijuana edibles such as brownies can be dangerous, especially for children and first-timers, warn doctors
Marijuana edibles such as brownies can be dangerous, especially for children and first-timers, warn doctors

Scientists found that 10% of cannabis-related emergency department visits are linked to edible forms of weeds, which is 33 times higher than what was expected

Former smokers who switch to e-cigarettes two times more likely to have a stroke, finds study
Former smokers who switch to e-cigarettes two times more likely to have a stroke, finds study

Young adults who smoke cigarettes, as well as use e-cigarettes, are also nearly two times more likely to have a stroke compared to current cigarette-only smokers and nearly three times more likely than non-smokers, says the study

Marathon cuts aging of major blood vessels in first-time runners by 4 years, reducing risk for heart attacks
Marathon cuts aging of major blood vessels in first-time runners by 4 years, reducing risk for heart attacks

These runners developed more youthful, elastic arteries and showed a lower blood pressure, both of which lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, says the study.

Americans can now track their fat, sugar, and calorie intake thanks to new FDA labeling rules
Americans can now track their fat, sugar, and calorie intake thanks to new FDA labeling rules

An American adult today consumes an average of 300 more calories per day than they did in 1985. Expansion in portion sizes over 40-years might be linked to rise in obesity, say experts

Children who face neglect and hardships in early life could have smaller brains and low IQ as adults: Study
Children who face neglect and hardships in early life could have smaller brains and low IQ as adults: Study

Brains of adults raised in orphanages with deprived conditions were 8.6% smaller than those who have not been through any form of deprivation, shows brain scans of 67 young adults, exposed to severely depriving conditions as children

NASA astronaut on board ISS develops blood clot in space, gets treated by doctors on Earth
NASA astronaut on board ISS develops blood clot in space, gets treated by doctors on Earth

This was the first time a blood clot had been found in an astronaut in space, so there was no established method of treatment in zero gravity; Blood clot expert Dr. Stephan Moll, professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, consulted NASA on how to treat the US astronaut.

Weight of American beauty: Victoria's Secret models shrink as average US woman's size increases over 2 decades
Weight of American beauty: Victoria's Secret models shrink as average US woman's size increases over 2 decades

In parallel with this trend, the percentage of women seeking cosmetic surgeries has gone up dramatically, with butt and lower body lift increasing by 4295% and 256%.

Trump administration bans all flavored e-cigarettes except menthol to check vaping among youth
Trump administration bans all flavored e-cigarettes except menthol to check vaping among youth

The announcement has public health experts worried who believe flavors attract kids, and that even menthol is a flavor

Opioid crisis: Number of children ending up in emergencies with acute painkiller poisonings goes up
Opioid crisis: Number of children ending up in emergencies with acute painkiller poisonings goes up

This trend of children ending up in intensive care is being fuelled by suspected suicide cases among under-19s who have overdosed on legal or prescription opioid drugs

New vaccine raises hopes for preventive cure for dementia, researchers have fingers crossed for human trials
New vaccine raises hopes for preventive cure for dementia, researchers have fingers crossed for human trials

The vaccine, which combines two drugs, cleared mice brain of proteins and plaque responsible for memory loss and cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients

Obesity in pregnant women can lead to lower IQ and impaired development in boys later, study shows
Obesity in pregnant women can lead to lower IQ and impaired development in boys later, study shows

The researchers measured the children's motor skills and found that maternal obesity during pregnancy was strongly associated with lower motor skills in boys

California woman suffers severe neurological damage from highly toxic mercury in skin lightening cream
California woman suffers severe neurological damage from highly toxic mercury in skin lightening cream

The cream contained methylmercury, a form of organic mercury, making it the first known case of such poisoning in the US

'Abortion reversal' treatments are dangerous and can cause life-threatening bleeding: Study
'Abortion reversal' treatments are dangerous and can cause life-threatening bleeding: Study

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, claims regarding abortion 'reversal' treatment are not based on science and do not meet clinical standards.

Air pollution from traffic increases risk of hypertension among pregnant women, finds study
Air pollution from traffic increases risk of hypertension among pregnant women, finds study

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy refer to a range of clinical conditions, all of which include high blood pressure during pregnancy. Such disorders complicate more than 10% of pregnancies worldwide and are a leading cause of maternal and fetal illness and death

Stomach cancer cases increasing among younger Americans as study finds it spreads slower in older patients
Stomach cancer cases increasing among younger Americans as study finds it spreads slower in older patients

Traditional risk factors for developing stomach cancer among older Americans, such as smoking tobacco or binge drinking, did not appear to correlate with its early onset counterpart

Pregnant women exposed to harmful chemicals like DDT or dioxin may give birth to smaller children, says study
Pregnant women exposed to harmful chemicals like DDT or dioxin may give birth to smaller children, says study

These man-made chemicals are found all over the world, even in places far away from industrial sites or from agricultural areas, such as the Arctic circle

Chinese scientist who made genetically-edited babies sent to prison for 'crossing an ethical line'
Chinese scientist who made genetically-edited babies sent to prison for 'crossing an ethical line'

He Jiankui, who was convicted of practicing medicine without a license, was also fined 3 million yuan ($430,000) by a court in the southern city of Shenzhen

Mutations in a father’s sperm could predict the risk of autism in children: Study
Mutations in a father’s sperm could predict the risk of autism in children: Study

Mutations were present in up to 15% of the sperm cells in fathers, information that could not be determined through other means, such as blood samples, say experts

Brisk walking and other physical activities for 2.5-5 hours every week reduces risk of 7 types of cancer
Brisk walking and other physical activities for 2.5-5 hours every week reduces risk of 7 types of cancer

Engaging in recommended amounts of leisure-time physical activity was associated with a significantly lower risk for breast, colon (men only), endometrial, kidney, myeloma, liver cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (women only).

US measles scare: With 5 airports on alert, here are all the reasons why the contagious virus is so dangerous
US measles scare: With 5 airports on alert, here are all the reasons why the contagious virus is so dangerous

Health authorities link the US outbreaks to travelers who brought measles back from other countries, including Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines

Opioid crisis: 7 out of every 1,000 babies born in the US has to be treated for opioid withdrawal
Opioid crisis: 7 out of every 1,000 babies born in the US has to be treated for opioid withdrawal

The US spent $572.7 million in 2016 to treat children born with this condition called neonatal abstinence syndrome, which occurs when a baby withdraws from certain drugs he/she was exposed to in the mother’s womb.

Vaping patients at risk of death and rehospitalization, warns CDC after 7 deaths and 31 readmissions
Vaping patients at risk of death and rehospitalization, warns CDC after 7 deaths and 31 readmissions

CDC has issued an updated clinical guidance which recommends that patients be clinically stable before discharge and calls for follow-up with a clinical provider within 48 hours of hospital discharge

Cheap pills such as ibuprofen and naproxen could cut down the risks of breast cancer by 40% in women
Cheap pills such as ibuprofen and naproxen could cut down the risks of breast cancer by 40% in women

The research team, however, warns that the study is not a clinical trial and they do not recommend these medications to all women

Cancer drug nilotinib could treat Parkinson's disease and restore movement in patients, finds study
Cancer drug nilotinib could treat Parkinson's disease and restore movement in patients, finds study

The drug replenished the levels of dopamine, a chemical that is lost in Parkinson's patients, leading to issues with movement, say researchers

Giving antibiotics like penicillin to infants can increase the risk of developing allergies later in childhood, finds study
Giving antibiotics like penicillin to infants can increase the risk of developing allergies later in childhood, finds study

Researchers found that every additional exposure to a unique class of antibiotics significantly increased the associated development of allergic disease. The reason could be that exposure to multiple antibiotics may negatively affect the gut bacteria of an infant

Healthcare costs in the US are the highest in the world, but what's driving this huge difference in spending?
Healthcare costs in the US are the highest in the world, but what's driving this huge difference in spending?

Prices for US private insurance are significantly higher than those seen under other kinds of health systems, say experts. Americans have spent $3.65 trillion on healthcare in 2018 alone