This year the end of the holidays probably didn't bring the usual stress relief; there are still worries about unemployment, a flailing housing market, and a volatile stock market, all of which may be taking a toll on your health.
I was 7 years old when I received a tiny Christmas present -- about the size of an eraser -- awkwardly wrapped and covered in tape. My sister's boyfriend, Jeff, was visiting and had considerately brought gifts for his girlfriend's three younger siblings. Mine, though, was by far the smallest. I remember opening it up to reveal a miniature ceramic dog -- a cold, hard nothing that fit in the palm of my hand -- and thinking how unlucky I was. I gave Jeff my best cold shoulder the rest of the day.
Surprise! Even celebrities don't have the kind of hot movie sex that seems to set our standard for passion these days.
Soccer practices, dance rehearsals, playdates, and other scheduling conflicts make family mealtime seem like a thing of the past. Suddenly, we're feeding our kids breakfast bars during the morning commute, sneaking 100-calorie packs at our desks, and grabbing dinner at the drive-thru window.
Women who have a screening mammogram every other year are substantially less likely than those who opt for annual screening to experience false-positive results and biopsies that turn out to be unnecessary, according to a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute.
People who have trouble sleeping rarely see their problem as an illness that requires treatment, or as an acceptable reason to call in sick. That mind-set may be hurting employers and employees alike by compelling people with insomnia to drag themselves to work and sleepwalk through the day, a new study suggests.
Susan Hendricks reports on how living with food allergies doesn't mean you can't enjoy eating or dining out.
A 4-year-old lumbered into a Boston pediatric clinic. He walked with a limp.
Chef Domenica Catelli explains how you may be serving your family foods that pack on the pounds without knowing it.
Is saving your child's cord blood a wise investment for future stem cell therapy?
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how blood from umbilical cords can save the lives of cancer patients.
An airborne virus is rapidly turning people into zombies. Two-thirds of humanity has been wiped out. Scientists desperately look for a cure, even as their own brains deteriorate and the disease robs them of what we consider life.
Women who smoke have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, especially if they become smokers early in life, a new study suggests.
A thumbs up. Two opened eyes. A smile. These simple signs of recognition from U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords kept hope alive for her recovery from a bullet to the head January 8. And later this week, her parents have told family members and friends in an e-mail, she'll be moved to Houston, Texas, to begin aggressive rehab with a team of medical specialists.
CNN's Sanjay Gupta says that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recognized her husband and reached out to him.
Medical institutions should put into place policies to minimize the likelihood of a sleep-deprived doctor performing elective surgery, researchers said Wednesday in an editorial.
Scientists have discovered a new species of elephant, and it's been right under their noses the whole time.
Women with very demanding jobs are nearly twice as likely to have a heart attack as their peers in more easygoing occupations, a new study suggests.
I was describing in prodigious, enthusiastic detail the trip to Japan from which I'd just returned with my then 15-year-old son.
Health workers trying to combat the cholera outbreak in Haiti are using unique technologies to communicate with potential victims and map the disaster.
Fibromyalgia patients who aren't getting relief from prescription drugs and are in too much pain to exercise may want to try yoga, a new study suggests.
As any teenager will tell you, being popular is totally awesome. But it has a downside: According to a new study, popular people tend to catch the flu first.
All those late nights spent trolling Facebook, texting friends, and cramming for tests may be taking a toll on teenagers' diets, a new study suggests.
Doctors often recommend exercise for patients with fibromyalgia, but the chronic pain and fatigue associated with the condition can make activities like running and swimming difficult.
How are fads started and spread? Do certain influential people play a key role, or is it truly random? How does a trend go from new and exciting to old and passe so quickly? Does having happy friends have an effect on our own happiness?
In June, Bill Gates sounded off on the recession, Facebook, Twitter and the risks involved with social networking sites.
Scientific research has finally caught up with the lifework of my family. For three generations, we have been exploring, questioning, experimenting, passing along our findings from parent to child. We are not neuroscientists or psychologists, like those who have come after us. We are simply...nappers. A nap, where I come from, is sacred.
Nathanael Paul likes the convenience of the insulin pump that regulates his diabetes. It communicates with other gadgets wirelessly and adjusts his blood sugar levels automatically.
The fast-food industry has long been under fire for selling high-fat, high-calorie meals that have been linked to weight gain and diabetes, but the financial health of the industry continues to attract investors -- including some of the leading insurance companies in the U.S., a new study reports.
With her 5-week-old daughter crying in a bathroom at Nordstrom, and not knowing how to get the baby to latch on to her breast, Garima Nahar found herself surrounded by other women. Some offered tips, but one woman told the new mother to cover up or turn the other way.
If most new moms would breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life, it would save nearly 1,000 lives and billions of dollars each year, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
If a friend or relative starts drinking more heavily--or decides to drink less or give up alcohol entirely--you're more likely to do the same, according to a new study that found heavy drinkers, moderate drinkers, and teetotalers tend to cluster within social networks.
The headlines sounded promising -- 20 minutes of interval exercise can provide the same benefits as many hours of conventional workouts. But soon after came another study, this one suggesting that women should work out an hour every day just to maintain their weight.
President Obama is expected to nominate a Massachussetts pediatrician and Harvard University professor to oversee Medicare and Medicaid, a senior administration official told CNN on Saturday.
An Alabama professor accused of gunning down her colleagues at a university last week faced criminal charges after an altercation at a Massachusetts restaurant nearly eight years ago, police said Wednesday.
Reports claim he's leaving rehab, but experts say the pair will have to work hard to repair their relationship
The first few months after a prostate cancer diagnosis may be an especially perilous time for men, but not because of the cancer, new research suggests.
Nearly a third of the patients at a makeshift hospital in earthquake-ravaged Haiti will die without immediate surgery, a doctor warned Saturday.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains how the lack of surgical facilies in Haiti is leaving the seriously injured suffering.
It's shocking, but it's true: Being a woman who's more than 20 pounds overweight may actually hike your risk of getting poor medical treatment. In fact, weighing too much can have surprising -- and devastating -- health repercussions beyond the usual diabetes and heart-health concerns you've heard about for years.
Quick: What would you do if you impaled yourself with a large, sharp, piece of wood? If your tooth fell out? If you fell from a high ladder? If your friend had a severe allergic reaction?
It's a fact of life: Everyone gets sick at times. The scary thing is that illness or medical bills cause nearly two-thirds of all bankruptcies, according to a study from Harvard Medical School. And in 78 percent of cases, the person goes bankrupt despite having health insurance.
Dry-eye sufferers and glaucoma patients may soon be able to trade their messy eye drops for a contact lens that delivers medication gradually over time.
This year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans will declare bankruptcy. Many people may chalk up that misfortune to overspending or a lavish lifestyle, but a new study suggests that more than 60 percent of people who go bankrupt are actually capsized by medical bills.
Have at least $68,000 to spare? If so, you may be in the running to join an exclusive group of individuals who have had their complete genome sequenced.
A new study from Harvard Medical School found that babies who gained weight quickly had a sharply higher risk of obesity. The study followed close to 600 babies and found those in the top quarter of weight for their length at 6 months had a 40 percent higher risk of obesity by age 3 than smaller babies.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look at baby obesity and shares tips on how to maintain a healthy weight for your baby.
Happiness is infectious, but don't drop your unhappy friends just yet. Elizabeth Cohen explains.
If you're feeling great today, you may end up inadvertently spreading the joy to someone you don't even know.
Watching television does not make babies smarter, according to a study released this week in the journal Pediatrics, adding to existing research that challenges the usefulness of baby educational videos and DVDs.
Vitamin D may protect people -- especially those with asthma and other chronic lung conditions -- from colds and other respiratory tract infections, according to the largest study to date to look at the link.
On the popular parenting Web site urbanbaby.com, a writer asks whether it's OK to give an 18-month-old "a tiny bit of Robitussin" for her "cold/cough and fever."
Long-term outcome research indicates that deep brain stimulation holds promise for the treatment of intractable major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, a frequent companion illness. The technique targets a specific node in the cerebral cortex. When that one region is stimulated, the effects spread throughout the frontal lobe of the brain.
Do more frequent mammograms pick up some breast cancer tumors that might have gone away without treatment? Possibly, according to a controversial study published this week in Archives of Internal Medicine. However, experts caution that the research raises an interesting question, but can't definitively answer it.
It was the Jurassic Park novelist's professional achievements that made him such an imposing figure
So-called "age-doping" may be the scandal about to break over women's gymnastics. But are there lab tests to quantify how old you are?
High gas prices could turn out to be a lifesaver for some drivers
The brains of people with the memory-robbing form of dementia are cluttered with a plaque made up of beta-amyloid, a sticky protein
Ask doctors if their male patients ignore big and obvious health symptoms, and they'll respond with laughter -- huge peals and guffaws.
When CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen researched this report, she found her own records on the Web.
Imagine my surprise when, in the course of doing research for this story, I stumbled upon my own personal health information online.
A new study finds that quitting tobacco is habit-forming. When one person quits, his friends, and friends of his friends, naturally follow suit
While the quintessential pairing of ripe tomatoes and lettuce is certainly enjoyable, a good salad can be so much more. Adding fruits, nuts, and other well-chosen ingredients offers a welcome change. More importantly, incorporating a few more nutritious ingredients is an easy way to serve a more healthful dish.
New studies suggest that too much coddling of infants can lead to sleep problems -- and health problems -- later on
Fast, inexpensive, noninvasive patient exams offer hope for more effective treatment of heart disease in the developing world
Q & A: With renewed focus on high-mercury tuna, one public-health expert says the real danger is that we're not eating enough fish
You're busy and everything you need to do, you need to do fast. Whether it's getting a quick shot of glamour, winning over a baby, or doing everything on your computer with ease, we've got ways to do it in double time. Here goes. Fasten your seat belts!
Appreciation: Folkman, who died Monday, cured cancer in the lab and revolutionized treatment of the disease. His colleagues talk about the impact of the man and his research
First-year medical students are some of the biggest hypochondriacs around. Bombarded with information about every disease under the sun, they start to imagine they have them all. In their minds, every mole is skin cancer. A nosebleed is surely a sign of a tumor. Headache? Must be skyrocketing blood pressure.
Scientist maps his own DNA
Biologist-entrepreneur J. Craig Venter is part of a new kind of scientific explorer whose uncharted territory was his own genes.
Scientists are testing seasickness patches and other surprising options in a challenging search for new ways to treat the crushing depression and uncontrolled mania of bipolar disorder.
Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer.
Research shows that who you're friends with can have a profound impact on whether you're overweight
Are you sitting up straight? Super -- because if you slump, slouch, or hunch through the day, you may join the 80 percent of Americans who will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Recent research confirms that what you do every day can trigger soreness or spasms. So whether you're at home Googling for a great deal on Jimmy Choos or sashaying down the street in those heels, you can save yourself some discomfort by babying your back. Here's how.
The solution to curb severe bleeding was the same three years ago as 3,000 years ago -- gauze, applied with pressure.
Wouldn't this be fabulous: Drink loads of wine, eat whatever you want, get fat -- and then pop a pill and you'll actually live longer and have more endurance.
Besides extra pounds, dieters also seem to carry a hefty independent streak. A survey finds that 70 percent of Americans who are trying to lose weight are following their own diet plans and have no interest in seeking a doctor's help.
Dr. Bernard Kaminetsky sees about a dozen patients during a typical day at his Boca Raton, Florida, practice. His patients have his personal phone number and can schedule a same-day appointment with him.
Can believing in a cure make it work? That question has long bedeviled researchers, who labor to rule out the placebo effect when they test new drugs. Yet there may be real value - as well as new h...
Forget fat and carbs - the key to weight loss could lie in micronutrients like amino acids, according to groundbreaking new research that will be of interest to food and pharmaceutical companies alike.
For too many of us, sleep is something to do when we're not doing something else.
Doctors and hospitals once held onto medical records as closely as a poker player clutches a straight flush. But thanks to Dr. Daniel Z. Sands and collaborators, Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is laying its cards on the table.
After teetering on the brink for years, Dr. David Foster abandoned the grit and grime of Boston inner-city medicine for the full-time glitz of Hollywood.
Had he followed in his mother's footsteps, Dr. Herman D. Suit might today be breaking horses. But long ago, he traded the wide open, dusty plains of west Texas for the narrow brick canyons of Boston's West End and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
Take two M&M's and call me in the morning?
In the months after David Golebiewski's 19-year-old daughter was killed in a car crash, grief consumed his life. He couldn't go to the restaurant where his daughter had worked, and he spent five hours a day in Internet chat rooms with other parents who lost children.
When cancer first touched my life in 1984, there were no pink ribbons, no 5K races for "the cure" and few support groups to rely upon. Cancer was the kind of word you whispered and prayed didn't strike your family.
As if we didn't have enough to keep us up at night, now we're obsessed with getting more sleep. Recent scientific research blames sleep deprivation for everything from obesity to depression to hear...
Ya'stuvo is slang for "I've Had It." That's the name of the clinic, but a lot of people just call it Homeboy Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic. We work on gang members who are trying to leave that life a...
In Memento, Guy Pearce's character drives a hot Jaguar, wears designer suits, and has sex with Carrie-Anne Moss. So why is he so angry? Well, ever since he was thumped on the head, he can't form ne...
Is somebody in your office unusually apathetic lately, or irritable, or anxious, or all three? Chances are he's suffering from clinical depression, which is on the rise and hits about one in five A...
It's hard to read the health news these days without a paramedic present. There is alar on the fruit, radon in the rathskeller and cholesterol in Mom's apple pie. Diseases whiz in and out of the he...
Everyone who thought the stock market crash would launch a hail of despondent investors from rooftops, take heart. Doctors say they are amazed at how calmly market players have handled the crisis. ...
) The capacity to negotiate, many psychologists say, is one of the keys to social intelligence. This ability emerges in most children between the ages of 8 and 11 . . . according to research done b...