Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in U.S. Than Thought

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Think you live in a place that's free from disease-carrying ticks? Don't be so sure. Citizen scientists found ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in dozens…

New Guidelines Mean Almost 800,000 More U.S. Kids Have High Blood Pressure

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news and bad news from a new report when it comes to high blood pressure among America's children. The good news: perhaps because of better diets and use of antihypertensive medications,…

Researchers Probe Part of Brain Where Autism Might Begin

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The underpinnings of autism may lie in an unexpected part of the brain, a small study suggests. Scientists conducted brain scans on 20 boys with autism and 18 boys without the neurodevelopmental…

Virtual Reality Therapy Edges Out Fear of Heights

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Too terrified to scale a mountain peak or travel to the top floor of a skyscraper? Does even the sight of a tall ladder make you break out in sweat? The world of virtual reality might offer the…

AHA: Southern Diet Could Be Deadly for People With Heart Disease

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- People with a history of heart disease who eat a traditional Southern diet are more likely to die than those who follow a Mediterranean dietary pattern, according to new research. The…

Fatty Fare a Fave for 'Otzi the Iceman'

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Otzi the Iceman had a deep love for high-fat foods, say researchers who analyzed the ancient man's last meal. The oldest naturally preserved ice mummy was discovered in the Eastern Italian Alps…

Immune-Based Therapy May Help When Melanoma Spreads to Brain

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A type of therapy that harnesses the immune system is giving new hope to people battling a once hopeless cancer -- melanoma that's spread to the brain. New research involving more than 2,700 U.S.…

Why Some Americans Seek Abortion Pills Online

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Restrictive abortion laws may drive some Americans to look for abortion medications online, a new study reports. "Though it may be surprising to consider, people in the United States are looking…

For Americans, in Science They Trust

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While some politicians are snubbing science, the American public is choosing to do the opposite, a new study suggests. "In the context of debates regarding the loss of trust in experts, what we…

Free Weights or Machines?

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Resistance or strength training isn't just for bodybuilders -- it's for everyone, and it's essential to combat the natural tendency to lose muscle mass with age. It also helps prevent bone loss…

Half of Americans Trying to Slim Down

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a country where four out of 10 adults are obese, it's probably good news that half of U.S. adults say they've recently tried to shed some pounds. They did this most often through exercise,…

Green Space: A Gateway to Better Health?

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Maybe there's good reason why open, unspoiled stretches of land are often referred to as God's country. New research from Britain suggests that getting close to nature is beneficial to your health. The…