Health

Study suggests formula for physical activity: 8 hours sitting, 1 hour of exercise

If you fear you're doing irreparable damage to your body because your white-collar job keeps you sitting at your desk from 9 to 5, or ...

Knowing the signs of heatstroke can save lives

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are the medical problems that can affect anyone, but particularly afflict the very old and very young. Heat exhaustion can make you ...

Hospitals to receive star ratings

Despite objections from Congress and the hospital industry, the Obama administration said it will soon publish star ratings summing up the quality of 3,662 hospitals. ...

Fitness experts call for end to drill-sergeant putdowns of clients

My grandmother can do more push-ups than you. No one wants to see jiggly cellulite hanging out of a bikini. You need to make up ...

Thumb-sucking, nail-biting might prevent allergies

If you're a parent, you might want to think twice about shooing a thumb from your child's mouth. Researchers in New Zealand have found that ...

6 ways to beat the bloat

According to a study published in International Scholarly Research Notices: Gastroenterology, surveys reveal that 10 to 25 percent of healthy people frequently experience bloating. Although ...

Pitt wins grant, seeks volunteers for initiative to tailor medicine based on genetic profiles

The University of Pittsburgh is looking for about 10,000 people from Western Pennsylvania this year to participate in President Obama's initiative to tailor medicine to ...

5 ways to calm your anxious mind

We all have to deal with anxiety at some point or another in our lives. Here are techniques that have been proven to lower anxiety. ...

5 ways to avoid scary mosquito bites

Mosquitoes have always been an annoying part of summer, but suddenly they seem to loom larger and buzz louder with new danger from the Zika ...

6 ways to prevent hearing loss

Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. But noise-induced hearing loss is on the rise. According to the National Institute on Deafness ...

Egg donors may not know health risks of aiding infertile couples

Maggie Eastman considers it the worst decision she ever made. In 2003, beset by $30,000 in tuition debt and imbued with a burst of altruism, Eastman, ...

Updated colorectal screening guidelines include less invasive tests

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has updated its colorectal cancer screening guidelines, adding support for tests that are less invasive than the colonoscopy and ...

4 tips for strengthening your core

Whether you enjoy going to the gym five days a week or doing a few sit-ups occasionally, chances are you may not place enough emphasis ...

Doctors group calls gun violence a public health crisis

The American Medical Association on Tuesday said it will lobby Congress to repeal a ban on gun violence research by the Centers for Disease Control ...

Abuse prevalent among nursing home residents, study finds

A new study found resident-to-resident abuse to be highly prevalent in a group of New York nursing homes, highlighting an emerging area of focus among ...

When to give up on cancer treatment

Two months before Joe Clark died of colon cancer at age 31, a doctor gently told him it was time to stop treatment. He had ...

Transplant patient's family accuses UPMC of causing fungal lung infection

The family of a kidney transplant patient sickened with a fungal lung infection blamed UPMC on Friday for his infection, claiming through attorneys that workers ...

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 ...