Category Archives: Health

Cellulitis, not to be confused with cellulite, is a bacterial infection that typically occurs in the deep layers of the skin. Symptoms The skin around a cellulitis infection usually appears red and swollen and can be tender and warm to the touch. It may also look like it has been stretched tight and may even Read More →

The taller you are, the greater your risk of cancer may be, a new study finds. The idea that there may be a link between height and cancer risk has been around since the 1950s, according to study author Leonard Nunney, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Riverside. So, he decided to investigate.

Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological disorder that impairs brain cells and causes movement problems, could have its origins in the appendix, a new study suggests. The vestigial organ, the researchers say, could be the source of proteins that can find their way to the brain and once there, extend a deadly grip on nerve cells.

This Sunday, people across the United States can luxuriate in an extra hour of sleep as daylight saving time comes to an end. The change happens at 2 a.m. local daylight time on Nov. 4. While most wireless devices will "fall back" on their own, it's up to you to switch manual clocks — including Read More →

It sounds like a scary Halloween costume: a man with bloody tears pouring down his face. But for a man in Italy, such tears were the real thing, the result of a rare condition that causes people to cry blood. The 52-year-old man went to an emergency room after bloody tears fell from both his Read More →

A 5-year-old boy has a rare brain condition that could cause him to be literally scared to death, according to news reports. Reed Havlik, who lives in Iowa, has a condition called vanishing white matter disease, a disorder that's been reported in only about 200 people worldwide, according to South West News Service (SWNS). Vanishing Read More →

Humans aren't the only ones who have occupational hazards: Working dogs can face them, too. Case in point: A new study finds that a surprising number of dogs working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are infected with the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease, an illness that can occur in both humans Read More →

For what is likely the first time ever, two mothers each got to carry the same child for part of the fetus's development, according to news reports. The married women, Ashleigh and Bliss Coulter, were each able to carry the developing embryo (and eventually, for one woman, the fetus) thanks to a relatively new fertilization Read More →

There's yet another reason to make sure you're getting enough vitamin D: High levels of this essential nutrient are linked with better fitness, according to a new study. In the study, people with higher vitamin D levels also tended to have better cardiorespiratory fitness, a measure of a person's aerobic fitness level. Indeed, the higher Read More →

Many Americans hold the misguided view that alternative therapies alone can cure cancer, even though such methods are not proven to be effective in treating cancer, according to a new survey. The survey, known as the National Cancer Opinion Survey, was released today (Oct. 30) by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), a leading Read More →