Calipers can give a more accurate measure of an individual's body fat, but for population-based studies, the BMI is the way to go.
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May 10, 2016 We're told that it's important to keep body mass index below 25. But a study finds that for the lowest risk of death, the magic number has inched up to 27 — in the "overweight" category.
Which would you choose — a daily tablet or a trip to the doctor for an allergy shot?
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April 26, 2016 Dust mite allergies are a common trigger for asthma. A new form of immunotherapy that relies on oral tablets rather than shots reduces the risk of a moderate or severe asthma attack, a study finds.
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April 18, 2016 What you do in your 20s and 30s and 40s can make it more likely that you'll be mobile and healthy in old age, scientists say. That's true even if your ancestors didn't fare so well.
March 24, 2016 Cultures around the world decorate eggs to celebrate spring. Modern artists continue those traditions, reflecting the fragility and beauty of life.
Mindfulness meditation reduced pain and disability in people with chronic lower back pain.
March 22, 2016 Meditation can help relieve chronic back pain, and so can cognitive behavioral therapy, a study finds. But good luck getting insurance to pay for it.
Expect the best, or plan for the worst?
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March 16, 2016 People often expect a great many things out of a marriage. That can work if spouses are pragmatic about what they're really able to deliver on, a study finds.
March 10, 2016 Eric O'Grey was 51, obese and suffering from diabetes and high cholesterol when he took home an overweight shelter dog. Now the duo are headlining a campaign on how pets improve humans' lives.
Noooo. But you can blame Mom and Dad for that gray hair, at least some of the time.
March 1, 2016 Is stress turning your hair gray? Your ancestors may have something to do with it, too. Scientists say they've found the first genetic variant associated with going gray.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for autism and other developmental disorders.
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February 16, 2016 Autism treatment specialists say that by focusing rigidly on scientific evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force could make it harder for children to get early intervention for autism.
February 11, 2016 The risk of getting dementia has been dropping for decades. Why? Research suggests education's effect on the brain and good cardiovascular health help.
Neck strain might not feel like a CT-worthy injury to you, but it's increasingly getting advanced imaging.
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January 19, 2016 The number of people with injuries like neck strain who get CT scans in emergency rooms is on the rise. This despite efforts to reduce use of the scans, which increase cancer risk.
Bupropion, sold under the name Wellbutrin, is an antidepressant often prescribed to help a person quit smoking.
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January 5, 2016 People who have Medicaid insurance are much more likely to be smokers, and the program pays for medication to help them quit. But just 10 percent of Medicaid recipients get that help, a study finds.
Overdoses of hydrocodone and other opioid painkillers caused more than 16,000 deaths in 2013, according to the CDC.
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December 3, 2015 People still think that abuse of opioid painkillers is something that criminals do, a study of news media coverage finds. Options like expanded access to treatment are rarely mentioned.
The number of people being diagnosed with diabetes has been on the decline since 2009.
December 1, 2015 The number of people being diagnosed with diabetes has been on the decline since 2009, after soaring for decades. Doctors say people may be changing their eating and exercise habits for the better.
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What seemed like a burden can become a gift.
November 27, 2015 Advance directives don't guarantee that a person's wishes for end-of-life care will always be honored. Some states let people use physician orders that override legal requirements to perform CPR.