Health

Study: Cancer isn't just bad luck

The authors of a new study linking a healthy lifestyle to reduced cancer risk hope their findings will correct perceptions that cancer is merely a ...

Study examines how optimism shapes medical decisions

Doctors know that friends and family members tend to be more optimistic about a sick patient's chances of survival than doctors, and a study published ...

It's easy to walk your way to better health

We've heard it before: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Such a cliche, right? But a single step will start you ...

Bikes coast into prominence for 15th Venture Outdoors Festival

Bicycling is rolling into a higher gear at the Venture Outdoors Festival at Point State Park. Amid the many activities at the 15th annual event May ...

Music therapy helps patients keep calm, connected

On her worst days, when she cannot stop crying or shake the agitation, it is music that calms the 79-year-old Alzheimer's patient. Nine years into her ...

Exercise equipment being installed in Allegheny County parks

Visitors to some Allegheny County Parks don't have to stay inside a gym to get a cardio or weight-training workout. The county Parks Department installed ...

Ask Mr. Dad: Sometimes dreams aren't sweet at all

D ear Mr. Dad: My 6-year-old daughter has nightmares at least a few times every week. We've talked to our pediatrician, but he says that ...

Thumb-sucking can be gotten under control

Question: Our 7-year-old son has sucked his thumb forever and more or less constantly. He has recently switched to sucking his index finger and putting ...

5 surprising tips to eliminate backache

About 85 percent of adults younger than 50 have experienced back pain at least once. The onset of chronic back pain most frequently occurs between ...

Studies: Beyond scales, fitness and body fat key for health

The bathroom scale may show a good number, but how much of that weight is fat, not muscle? New studies are adding to the evidence ...

8 ways to treat a minor burn

There are many myths about how to treat a minor burn. Do I pop the blister? Do I use hot or cold water on it? ...

Protect yourself while catching rays on spring break

Many students and families are heading to the beach during spring break to enjoy sun-soaked time away. The first seasonal exposure to the sun can ...

Study: Want to quit smoking? Cold turkey works best

Quitting cold turkey is the best way to quit smoking, British scientists have reported. British scientists studied nearly 700 adults who smoked a minimum of 15 ...

4 ways to help with postpartum woes

As many as 1 in 6 women suffer from postpartum depression and/or anxiety. Here's how a partner can help: Understand the experience as an illness: ...

5 tips for Working out at lunchtime

It can be one of the most exhilarating things you do during the workday, but nailing the lunchtime workout can be tricky. Should you eat ...

Youngwood native's Web series pokes fun at yoga

If you've ever taken a yoga class, or know someone who has, you've probably noticed that yoga is sort of its own little world, with ...

Squat, lunge, push-ups: Apps for fitness at home

Don't want to fight traffic, traveling for work, can't afford a $30 barre class? Those excuses for missing your workout no longer fly thanks to ...

6 tips to avoid heart disease

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, more than one in three female ...

You snooze, you lose? Think again

Your fitness routine is in full swing two months into the year: You're eating right and you're exercising, but you're not yet seeing the results ...

Study: Retirement may speed demise

One of the most troubling findings about aging has to do with what happens to your health after you retire. Although some people find that ...