Health & Fitness


A new study shows that 1 year of this kind of exercise yields results 4 years later

Exercise is good, but resistance training with heavy weight is great! That’s especially true if you are looking to maintain strength in older age, a new study shows.

Can Cat Litter Make Me Sick? 5+ Diseases and Parasites That Lurk in Litter

No doubt about it, cleaning out a kitty litter box is one of the least enjoyable parts of being a cat owner. The smell, the dust, vacuuming up scattered litter—not anyone’s idea of a good time. But besides the inconvenience, it’s a job that could actually make you seriously ill. We’re about to introduce you to several serious diseases and parasites...

Here's What a $5 Million Retirement Looks Like in America

Retirees open up about their financial lives and how they spend their time and money.

I quit sugar for 6 months and this is what it did to my face and body

Cutting out sugar from her diet for six months wasn't easy, but for one writer, it was definitely worth it.

I'm 73—I Lost 132lbs by Addressing One Underlying Problem

I often felt inadequate and different.

Veterans with PTSD get 'significant' benefits from service dogs, first NIH-funded study finds

The first NIH-funded clinical trial on service dogs and their impact on PTSD in military veterans found strong results. The lead study author and a Marine veteran discussed it.

New report sheds light on health emergency as disease sweeps through India — here's what you need to know

"Mosquitoes don't just thrive in hot and humid weather — they're finding ways to spread their misery around the world." New report sheds light on health emergency as disease sweeps through India — here's what you need to know first appeared on The Cool Down.

Study sheds light on why some people do not get Covid-19

Study sheds light on why some people do not get Covid-19 - The findings may pave the way for treatments and vaccines not just for Covid, but other diseases too

Epstein-Barr virus: How does a common infection trick the immune system into attacking the brain in people with MS?

Almost 3 million people worldwide have multiple sclerosis (MS)—an autoimmune disease caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the brain and central nervous system.

Chocolate Recall Update as FDA Sets Risk Level

Nine products have been withdrawn due to potential salmonella contamination.

So THAT'S Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others

Here's what makes you so attractive to the bugs and how you can prevent bites.

Bone Stuffed With Henbane First Solid Evidence of The Plant's Use as a Drug

An ancient bone dating back thousands of years is the first solid evidence that humans in Europe were collecting and storing a powerful and dangerous drug. Deliberately hollowed out and plugged with birch tar, the bone – originally from a sheep or goat – was found to contain a large number of seeds of a plant called black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger). A trio of researchers from Germany and the Netherlands have argued the plant material was being...

American diets have improved in 20 years, although disparities remain

American diets have improved in 20 years, although disparities remain Is the United States the land of junk food? Despite this observation, this study by US researchers shows that the proportion of adults with a poor-quality diet in the US has declined over the past 20 years.

15 Tips for a Perfect Sleep

Sleep is key for our mind and body, and it’s important to develop a routine with certain habits to achieve the best sleep possible.

The Surprising Health Benefits of Cherries—and the Best Ones to Eat

Stock up on these fruits this summer.

I'm a mom living in Japan, home to the world's healthiest kids—4 things Japanese parents do differently

With low obesity rates, kids in Japan are some of the healthiest in the world. Yuko Tamura, a mother and cultural translator, shares the 127-year-old philosophy that has helped Japanese parents raise such healthy and adventurous young eaters.

Can a newly discovered genetic trait open the window to delaying Alzheimer's?

Researchers say a rare genetic trait could delay the onset of Alzheimer's in high-risk group and be used to develop antibody drugs.

11 Tips for Making At-Home Cooking Even Healthier

Cooking healthy at home does not have to be a chore.

California Beachgoers Warned Over Water Quality, Bacterial Levels

Places to avoid include the swim areas of Marina Del Rey's Mother's Beach and Sweetwater Canyon Storm Drain, Carbon Canyon Beach.

Steep physical decline with age is not inevitable – here’s how strength training can change the trajectory

Raise your hand if you regularly find yourself walking up a flight of stairs. What about carrying heavy bags of groceries? How about picking up your child or grandchild? Most of us would raise our hands to doing at least one of those weekly, or even daily. As people age, it can become more and more difficult to perform some physical tasks, even those that are normal activities of daily living. However, prioritizing physical fitness and health as...

Melatonin Lasts Longer in Your Body Than You Think. Here's What to Know

Knowing how long melatonin lasts can help you determine the best time to take it for optimal results.

Warning signs, symptoms and tips: How to stay safe in the heat

To help you stay safe amid scorching temperatures this summer, here are a few things you should consider.


Medically reviewed by Angela Ryan Lee, MD Medically reviewed by Angela Ryan Lee, MD Tachycardia is the medical term for an elevated resting heart rate, which can occur when your heart beats more than 100 times per minute. Several factors can cause your heart to beat too fast—anxiety, underlying health conditions, problems with the heart's electrica...

More evidence suggests regular consumption of melatonin can reduce chances of age-related macular degeneration

A team of medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Ophthalmic Bioinformatics has found further evidence that regular consumption of melatonin reduces an older person's chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that often leads to blindness.

14 Myths About Washing Fruits And Vegetables You Should Stop Believing

There needs to be more clarity around washing fruits and vegetables. Check out 14 myths you should stop believing and improve the taste and safety of your food.

When I retired at 54 with my husband, I worried we'd be bored spending all our time together. I'm learning to focus on myself.

When the author and her husband retired young to an empty nest, she worried they'd be bored. But she has come to enjoy her retirement.

How hunters are helping researchers track tick-borne diseases

A unique collaboration between hunters and researchers is helping to track ticks and the diseases they spread.

8 Of The Unhealthiest Canned Beans You'll Find At The Store

Canned beans might seem like a healthy option, but in fact, they can be one of the unhealthiest things in your pantry. We're examining the 8 worst offenders.

The 3 Dirtiest Body Parts People Forget To Wash Properly

It is easy to say that we wash every inch of our bodies and are perfectly clean when we step out of the shower, which isn't always the case. Unfortunately, there are parts of our bodies that we aren’t cleaning, according to a new study by researchers at George Washington University. The ‘Grandmother Hypothesis’ is a study focusing on the idea that there are three body parts our grandmother would insist on us scrubbing. The first of these parts is behind the ears, as anywhere with a crease or fold can lead to a build-up of bodily fluids and dead skin cells. A build-up of dirt or dead skin can lead to an inflammatory skin condition known as seborrheic dermatitis, which can cause your skin to flake. “Letting the water get it” isn’t sufficient for in-between your toes as your feet sweat and when not washed, this can lead to a build-up of bacteria. Lastly, wash your belly button as, as well as being moist, it has folds and creases, which can become a breeding ground for dead skin cells and bacteria.

What Would a Health Warning Label on Social Media Apps Look Like?

In an opinion piece, the US surgeon general likened a warning label for social media's health impacts to warnings about cigarettes. Here's what to know.

Nate Robinson talks about life-threatening kidney disease: "I want to stay alive for the next 40 years"

Nate came out publicly in 2022 that he has serious kidney disease and is in desperate need of a donor.

Missy Elliott Says 'I'm Blessed to Be Here' After Struggles with Graves' Disease, Anxiety (Exclusive)

The hip-hop icon opens up in this week's issue of PEOPLE about overcoming health issues before embarking on her first-ever headlining tour this summer

What is the healthiest bell pepper? The real difference between red, green and yellow.

There is a nutrition difference between red, green, yellow and orange bell peppers, but not what you might think. Here's which one is the healthiest.

Dietitians Share Their Top Tips for Losing Water Weight Safely and Quickly

Follow these easy tips to lose those extra pounds holding you down.

Researchers discover links between personality traits and eating disorder onset

A new study reveals further insight into the links between personality traits and the onset of eating disorder symptoms.

What tick bites look like and how to deal with suspected Lyme disease

There’s something in the grass. If you have carelessly strayed bare-legged into woodland territory and found yourself with unwelcome travelling companions, then you will already be aware that we are in the thick of tick season. Ticks are particularly common in grassy and wooded areas and are active all year around, however they are most prevalent b...

A church where wellness meets spirituality

NEW YORK (RNS) — With today’s emptier church pews and fuller yoga studios, churches like The Well are attempting to bridge the two worlds for spiritual fulfillment.

Moderna’s combination flu & Covid vaccine is more effective than existing shots in late-stage trial

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss the data from its phase three trial of a combination flu and Covid-19 vaccine, the company's vaccine pipeline outlook, and more.

The Pros and Cons of a High-Protein Diet

This is how much you should be eating—and how much is too much, according to dietitians.

What Is the Average Height for Women?

Medically reviewed by Jonathan B. Jassey, DO The average height for women is different across the world. In the United States, the average height for women is 5 feet 3.5 inches tall. Globally, women's average height ranges from 4 feet 11 inches to 5 feet 7 inches. The average height for women worldwide varies significantly due to factors like genet...

How much of Alzheimer’s disease is preventable? Dr. Gupta weighs in

Neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses a study that may show greater insight into preventing Alzheimer’s, and he asks for the public’s questions about the disease.

My 10-Year-Old Daughter Was Losing Weight. Nothing Prepared Me for Her Diagnosis

Looking back, there were likely other symptoms that I missed.

Can I collect my dead spouse’s Social Security and my own at the same time? Here are 5 secrets of ‘survivors benefits’ you need to know

Double dipping on benefits?

Cutting Back on One Amino Acid Increases Lifespan of Middle-Aged Mice Up to 33%

A new study in mice found limited intakes of one particular essential amino acid slowed the impacts of ageing and even lengthened their lifespan. Scientists are now wondering if these findings could help people improve their longevity and quality of life. Isoleucine is one of three branched-chain amino acids we use to build proteins in our bodies. It is essential for our survival, but since our cells can't produce it from scratch, we have to get...

Sleep experts say brushing your teeth right before bed is a common nighttime routine mistake — here's why

If you want to create the ultimate nighttime routine, avoid doing these things right before bed, say sleep experts.

7 Iron-Deficiency Symptoms and How to Eat More of the Mineral

Feeling exhausted? These iron deficiency symptoms can tell you when you're not consuming enough iron, but these sources of iron in food can help.

New adolescent health questionnaire helps doctors and families navigate complex issues

While doctors understand that adolescents have certain unique health questions and concerns, several challenges prevent this critical information from being collected in a systematic way and providing appropriate referrals across a wide group of patients.

Why You're Dizzy When You Wake Up - and When to Be Concerned

Mornings can be tough.

A Study Allegedly Found Some Bandage Brands Contain PFAS 'Forever Chemicals.' We Checked the Research

PFAS chemicals have been linked to health concerns related to reproduction, obesity, growth, and different types of cancers.

8 reasons you feel tired all the time and what you can do about it