Healthy Living

  • Counterfeit Drugs
    Viagra Can be a Wonder Drug Against Heart Failure: Study

    December 29 2011 6:59 AM EST

    Viagra has finally been proven as a savior for heart aches. The new discovery on Viagra’s surprising 'relaxing' effect might actually save lives, according to researchers from the Ruhr Universitat Bochum (RUB), Germany in collaboration with colleagues from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

  • Tracking nearly 1,000 kids into their teens, researchers found more than a quarter of those who scored lowest on mother-child relationship tests as toddlers went on to become obese at age 15.
    Teen Obesity Tied to Poor Mom-Child Relationship

    December 28 2011 8:56 AM EST

    Toddlers who have poor relationships with their moms are more likely to pack on extra pounds as they grow up, a new U.S. study shows.

  • High unemployment in the world's wealthiest nation had cash-strapped Americans avoiding restaurants where beef is a common entree and had them switching to lower cost non-meat dishes at home.
    Where's the Beef? U.S. Beef Consumption in Decline

    December 23 2011 8:45 AM EST

    For the past decade, cattle ranchers and meat packers watched with despair as America's beef consumption steadily declined, ceding ground to leaner meats as well as vegetarian trends among the health-conscious.

  • Some 300,000 PIP implants, which are used in cosmetic surgery to enhance breast size or replace lost breast tissue, were sold worldwide before PIP went bust last year.
    French Breast Implant Fears Spread Around World

    December 22 2011 9:33 AM EST

    Fears over the safety of silicone breast implants made by a now defunct French firm spread to Australia, South America and across Europe on Thursday as French officials prepared to decide if thousands of women should have their implants surgically removed.

  • Tourists enjoy the sun on New Year's Day 2011 on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Fake-Tan Lotion Users Tend to Stay Out of Sun

    December 20 2011 9:41 AM EST

    Women who use lotions and gels to produce a fake suntan tend to cut back on outdoor sunbathing and use of tanning beds, with close to 40 percent who use such products saying they limited their time in the sun, U.S. researchers said.

  • Gay Couple
    Gay Couples Happier and Healthier if Legally Accepted [EXCLUSIVE]

    December 18 2011 7:38 AM EST

    In an effort to continue busting myths that surround homosexual and bisexual lifestyles, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health suggesting that same-sex marriages could cut the number of mental and physical illnesses experienced by those in these relationships.

  • Puppies
    Kittens and Puppies Petrify Scaredy Cats: For Some, Animal Phobias Debilitate

    December 16 2011 5:41 PM EST

    Animal enthusiasts may find it hard to comprehend that anyone would be afraid of a cute, cuddly puppy, but studies prove that animal phobias are quite real and distinct from other types of phobias.

  • Lung Cancer Cases Continues To Rise In Women
    Kids' Leukemia Risk Tied to Dads' Smoking

    December 15 2011 9:07 AM EST

    Children whose fathers smoked have at least a 15 percent higher risk of developing the most common form of childhood cancer, a new Australian study finds.

  • Salmonella, Staphylococcus Risk  In Orange Juice
    Salmonella, Staphylococcus Risk in Orange Juice Served in Bars and Restaurants: Study

    December 15 2011 9:06 AM EST

    A new study, conducted by researchers in Spain, states that poor handling of fruits and inappropriate cleaning of juicing equipment in bars, restaurants and other catering establishments could result in food-borne illnesses.

  • Facebook Launches Suicide Prevention Program: Chat With A Counselor 24/7

    December 13 2011 12:01 PM EST

    Facebook launched a suicide prevention program with the Lifeline Tuesday, which will give troubled users an ability to chat with crisis experts 24 hours a day.

  • The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found between 30 and 50 percent of all new disability benefit claims in OECD nations are now due to poor mental health.
    Poor Mental Health Harming Productivity

    December 13 2011 9:04 AM EST

    One in five workers suffer from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety and these conditions increasingly affect productivity in the workplace as many struggle to cope, a report by the OECD said on Monday.

  • Medication responders saw significantly bigger improvements in their depression symptoms than patients assigned to the placebo. Non-responders, however, did worse.
    Some Depressed People Do Worse on Medications

    December 09 2011 9:20 AM EST

    According to a new look at past antidepressant trials, up to a fifth of patients on Cymbalta and similar medications may actually do worse than those given drug-free placebo pills.

  • Being Fit Prevents Death: Study
    Staying Fit Can Sustain a Long Life: Study

    December 08 2011 8:13 AM EST

    Fitness, the new age health prescription, has now been linked to an increased life span.

  • Reducing Stress and Mindful Eating Curbs Weight Gain in Obese and Pregnant Women: Study
    Reducing Stress and Mindful Eating Curbs Weight Gain in Obese and Pregnant Women: Study

    December 08 2011 6:48 AM EST

    In a new study, professionals from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have urged women to be cautious of what they eat and also combat their stress levels as a proactive means to prevent them piling on the pounds during the festive season. The research, published online in the October issue of the Journal of Obesity, explained that managing stress and mindful eating can actually help in weight loss even in the absence of hardcore diet regimes.

  • Stress may increase the visible signs of aging, but it does not shorten a president's lifespan.
    Aging in Office: U.S. Presidents Often Outlive Peers

    December 07 2011 9:18 AM EST

    Judging by their before and after photographs, U.S. presidents appear to age before our eyes, adding wrinkles and gray hair with each year in office.

  • Activists rally in support of the use of condoms in the adult film industry in West Hollywood.
    AIDS Group Seeks Los Angeles Referendum on Porn Star Condom Use

    December 06 2011 9:06 AM EST

    Voters in the city of Los Angeles, home to the nation's porn industry, could be asked next year whether condoms should be required in adult film shoots to cut down on sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Since it was first sold to the public in mid-1800s Britain, people in North America and western Europe have been eating chocolate in bars, pralines and pastilles.
    Chocolate Helps You Grow?

    December 06 2011 9:04 AM EST

    A European Union committee approved more than 200 health claims Monday for use on food products, which could offer a competitive advantage to companies seeking to target health-conscious EU consumers.

  • American Tourist
    Americans Get Less Vacation Time and Don’t Even Use It

    November 30 2011 4:55 PM EST

    A new survey from shows that U.S. employees get less vacation time that nearly every other country - worse still, Americans don't even use all of it.

  • Book Aims to Teach Young Native Americans about Type 2 Diabetes

    November 30 2011 1:39 PM EST

    A new youth novel aims to teach Native American children about type 2 diabetes, a disease that strikes adults and has become epidemic among the community.

  • Internet Use
    Laptop Wi-Fi Said to Nuke Sperm

    November 29 2011 9:30 AM EST

    In a report in the venerable medical journal Fertility and Sterility, Argentinian scientists describe how they got semen samples from 29 healthy men, placed a few drops under a laptop connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and then hit download.