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Agave: Calories, Nutrition Facts, and More

Agave has become a popular sweetener for people looking for natural alternatives to white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. But is agave really any healthier?

Help! My Kid Is a Jerk!

Your little angel can sometimes have obnoxious moments. If your kid is a jerk, find out from WebMD when it's just a phase and how you can teach better behavior.

Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says
Scientists engineer an enzyme to stop the

Researchers monitored stool samples of two people for a year

Study Links Shift Work to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Study of French retirees shows those exposed even

Researchers cite many possible reasons for the effect, including hormonal changes

Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence
Runners were less likely than walkers to die of

Doctors should be alert for pelvic floor disorders, researcher says

Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?
Yes, says study, but experts note there are

Researchers suggest women skip caffeine if they're bothered by menopausal symptoms

Too Few Teens Receive HPV Shot, CDC Says
Researchers are harnessing the body's immune

Agency urges doctors to recommend it along with other routine immunizations

5 Best Stretches for New Moms

WebMD describes 5 easy stretches for new moms.

5 Signs Your Workout Is Too Easy

Your exercise routine should challenge you. Is yours too easy? Find out at WebMD.

FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller

Targiniq ER contains naloxone, which blunts euphoria of oxycodone when tablet is crushed or broken

Sleep Loss May Boost False Memories
human brain waves

People who don't get enough sleep may find they're more likely to form false memories, researchers say.

Study: Car Interiors Reach Dangerous Temps All Year
Toddler in car seat in automobile

After a string of high-profile cases of kids being left in hot cars this year, a new study shows just how quickly heat can become a danger, even in cooler months of the year.

Study: 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage

Study: 10 Million Americans Gained Health Coverage

Young Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders?
Better performance at age 7 linked to better

Study suggests link between early reading skills and later intelligence

Parents of Obese Kids Often View Them as Healthy
But national statistics contend that there's an

They're more likely to change their children's diet than encourage exercise, study finds

Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends
Study found osteopath worked better for patients

The common pain reliever, best known as Tylenol, showed no effect in Australian trial

Painful, Itchy Patches Could Be Sign of Skin Cancer
Large study found higher rates of squamous cell,

But it's likely to be the non-melanoma type, dermatologist says

Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says
Patients, relatives can get reliable results,

Patients, relatives can get reliable results, researchers find

New HIV Guidelines Released by WHO
Man holding red aids ribbon

Five groups of people are driving the global HIV epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) says in its new guidelines.

Will 3-D Printing Revolutionize Medicine?

A video and article about 3-D printing and how it's being used in medicine.

Dogs Can Get Jealous, Too
Primitive form of envy may help them protect

Primitive form of envy may help them protect their bond with their human, researchers report

Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat: CDC

Antibiotic Resistance a Growing Threat: CDC

HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C, Study Finds
Elevated blood glucose may harm the brain, even

For people infected with both viruses, early treatment is critical, researchers report

Cystic Fibrosis Drug Combo May Be Less Effective Than Hoped
Post-op rise in weight occurs mostly in younger,

One medication seems to partly counteract the other, suggests study on human cells

Is Butter Back? The Truth About Saturated Fats

What’s the real story on saturated fat? Can you eat red meat and butter again? WebMD tells you what you need to know.

Parent's Death May Raise Risk of Early Death for Grown Children, Study Suggests
Study found <i>both</i> victims and bullies can

Odds of dying prematurely 50 percent higher in adults who'd lost a parent in childhood, researchers report

Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens
Preoccupation with body image can lead to risky

Many young people are ordering dubious, hazardous products off of the Internet, researchers warn

Many Obese U.S. Kids Think They're Thinner Than They Are
Higher rates of ADHD, asthma and learning

They won't take steps to reach a healthy weight if they don't see the problem, experts note

Weight Loss Surgery May Help Ease Urinary Incontinence
Manage risk factors that lie within your control,

Nearly two-thirds of women had significant improvement of their symptoms, researchers report

Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids
Factors include age, disease history and weight.

Threat of respiratory disease may be up to 30 percent higher, study suggests

Obamacare Court Decisions: FAQ

Obamacare Court Decisions: FAQ

Study Casts Doubt on Costly Treatment for Leg Clots
Although disease rates are rising, orthopedic

Catheter-directed thrombolysis may carry higher risk of bleeding than conventional treatment, researchers say

Appeals Courts Split On Legality Of ACA Subsidies

Appeals Courts Rule Differently on ACA Provision

Caffeine Powder: FAQ
Milk powder

The story of an 18-year-old prom king, who according to media reports died from an irregular heartbeat and seizures brought on by a caffeine overdose, has raised questions about caffeine -- particularly the powdered form used by the teen.

Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia
Study looked at CRTC1 gene, already associated

Suspect DNA often tied to neurological 'pathways' centered on brain cell communication, experts say

Blood Test Might Help Predict Survival With Lou Gehrig's Disease
Boosting physicians' fitness might have

Study findings may also help researchers test new ALS drugs, researchers suggest

MERS Virus Found in Air in Camel Barn
But it's not clear what role animals play in its

Genetic analysis shows viral sample from barn matched strain found in barn owner and camel, study shows

Could Probiotics Help Tame High Blood Pressure?
Small Taiwanese study shows higher concentrations

Study suggests effect from helpful microbes in yogurt, supplements, but more research is needed

No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults
When presented with what seemed to be patients in

And women tend to fare worse than men, study finds

Guns and Dementia
Sometimes you need a hand to hold

A new survey on access to guns by people with dementia finds that caregivers and family members of people being evaluated for cognitive problems did not consistently remove guns from their homes or keep them locked up.

Asthma Drug May Help Those With Chronic Hives
Dupilumab eased severity of itching, lesions for

Xolair found safe, effective for reducing symptoms, study finds

Fruit Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Fruit Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Irregular Heart Rhythm Ups Stroke Risk Soon After Heart Surgery
Researchers find $100,000 spread for standard

Older age, past stroke among factors that boost short and long-term odds of post-op stroke, study finds

Waistlines of U.S. Kids Seem to Be Holding Steady, Study Finds
And fracture risk doesn't rise when physical

But too many children and teens remain obese, experts say

Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children
Small study suggests infants of women who take

Expectant moms' use of nicotine-replacement therapy could also spell problems for kids, study suggests

Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study
Findings may help explain disorder's prevalence

Findings suggest genetics play a bigger role than environment in risk of disorder

HIV Diagnoses Down in U.S., Except for Young Gay Males: CDC
Study examined onlookers' response to parenting

Messages about safe sex may be falling on deaf ears, researcher notes

Many Young Adults Misinformed About Hookahs' Harms
Water pipes still increased levels of nicotine,

More than half surveyed said the water pipes weren't dangerous

HPV Test Beats Pap Smear in Gauging Cervical Cancer Risk, Study Finds
Research started in the late 1990s, first vaccine

Study of over 1 million women suggests it could be stand-alone screening method

Middle-Age Weight Gain: How to Lose It

Gaining weight as you head into middle age? It happens to a lot of people. But you can outsmart middle-age weight gain. Find out how at WebMD. - Health
You won't believe the 'after' pics
Robert and Jessica Foster lost 160 and 120 pounds respectively after an emotional conversation. See their amazing transformation:
Lost 153 pounds, proved doc wrong
Kerry Hoffman started working out five days a week and tracking calories to go from 343 pounds to 190. See his amazing transformation.
Running, but no longer hiding
After a disastrous 30th, Sarah Evans vowed to enjoy her future birthdays. So she took up running -- and lost 120 pounds.
Get off the sideline, into the race
Only a few short months ago, I was a spectator.
If I can run, so can you
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be able to say, "I've run a 5K."
You CAN fight your greatest fears
Fear is something that consumes all of us at one time or another. But can your fears change?
Is your firefighter too fat?
More than 70% of U.S. firefighters are overweight or obese, a rate higher than the American public, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What makes me so tasty?
The colors you wear and the food you eat don't matter. We bust five common mosquito bite myths to help you stop the itch.
Natural fixes for summer hazards
Do's and don'ts for summertime sex
The weather doesn't have to be the only thing heating up this month. Summer is an excellent time to recharge and rejuvenate -- and your love life should be no exception.
Overweight kids don't see it
CNN's Andy Rose tells us that most overweight children don't perceive themselves that way.
The healthiest fish to eat?
As our oceans become more polluted, Sally Kohn sits down with Fabien Cousteau to talk about the healthiest fish to eat.
Plastic surgery gone wrong
Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif from E!'s new show "Botched" discuss the risks and complications of plastic surgery.
Ha! Laughter is the best medicine
Scott Weems, author of "Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why," speaks with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Sleep more, lose weight
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how sleeping more can actually help you feel less hungry.
Pregnant and she didn't know it
A Seymour, Connecticut, woman gave birth after being pregnant for 9 months with no idea she was carrying a baby.
Say 'Hello.' You'll live longer
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how something as simple, and as nice, as saying "hello" can help you live to 100.
Men take their health to heart
A father who lost his dad and brother to heart disease intends to avoid the same fate. CNN's Holly Firfer reports.
String may help you live to 100
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how flossing regularly not only helps prevent heart disease but can also help you live to 100.
Twin boys born 24 days apart
Due to a delayed delivery, a set of twins in Massachusetts were born 24 days apart. WCVB's Mary Saladna reports.
Is red meat really bad for you?
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Nina Teicholz, author of "The Big Fat Surprise."
This is your body on weed
Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how marijuana affects the brain and how pot can be used to treat certain conditions.
See man after 700-lb. loss
Robert Walls tipped the scales at 950 lbs. before he made a big decision that helped him shed hundreds of pounds.
Teacher eats only McDonald's
A teacher only eats McDonald's for 90 days, and LOSES 37 pounds. KCCI reports.
Selfies leading to head lice
Nurses report "selfie" posts are causing an increase in teenagers spreading lice.
World's most dangerous workout?
Is the "sport of fitness" the world's most dangerous workout? CNN's Jarrett Bellini asks CrossFitters and gives it a go.
Hear Mrs. O rap for healthy foods
First lady Michelle Obama raps about food at an event to propose limits on the types of foods advertised in schools.
Brain dead: What it is, what it isn't
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how doctors determine if a patient is brain dead.
Sleep deprived? Beware false memories
Parents believe their obese kids are healthy, sleep deprivation can make your brain slip and other things we learned this week.
Train like a lady lumberjack
Shana Verstegen started logrolling when she was 7. The sport has made her a six-time world champion and given her six-pack abs.
Spanking's effect on kids' brains
Researchers say physical punishment actually alters the brain -- not only in an "I'm traumatized!" kind of way, but also in an "I literally have less gray matter in my brain!" kind of way.
5 myths about the urge to 'go'
Even though urinary incontinence affects about 25 million Americans and there are many treatment options to improve symptoms, talking about the often unexpected and always urgent need "to go" is still taboo, even with your doctor.
CDC reopens TB lab
A lab crucial to diagnosing cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reopened, according to the CDC.
FAQ: Training for your first tri
Tackling your first triathlon? Even the best triathletes in the world started somewhere -- and made their share of rookie mistakes.
Healthy skin on a budget
CNN's Holly Firfer tells us how we can have healthy, youthful skin on a budget.
Train like a lady lumberjack
Shana Verstegen started logrolling when she was 7. The sport has made her a six-time world champion and given her six-pack abs.
One drink. 8 cookies. Same sugar.
Vaccines are safe. Seriously.
Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period.
Heavy drinker? You'd be surprised
One in 10 deaths among working-age adults are due to excessive alcohol consumption. But what really constitutes "heavy drinking"?
You don't want this surgeon
You might be impressed that your doctor can perform a wide variety of procedures, but sometimes having an expert in just one or two is best, Dr. Anthony Youn says.
Ebola doctor gets Ebola
A doctor who has played a key role in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is infected with the deadly disease.
CDC reopens TB lab
A lab crucial to diagnosing cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reopened, according to the CDC.
Training for your first triathlon? 4 common Qs
Tackling your first triathlon? Even the best triathletes in the world started somewhere -- and made their share of rookie mistakes.
Technology lets ALS sufferers speak
Many ALS sufferers fear losing their ability to speak, but a new technology may allow them to keep their voice.
What Obamacare court decisions mean for you
Two U.S. appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings on Obamacare subsidies. Check out this FAQ.
More stores affected by fruit recall
Bought fruit at Costco, Trader Joe's, Kroger or Walmart recently? Contamination concerns at a packing plant have stores clearing their shelves.
Abuse-deterrent painkiller approved
In the painkiller world, oxycodone and naloxone will seem like strange bedfellows. Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller, while naloxone is used to reverse painkiller overdose.
MERS may be airborne, scientists say
The deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus may be transmitted through the air, according to a new observation paper.
'Marathon' style helped her lose 100 pounds
When Nicole Durham finally decided it was time to lose weight, she knew she had a long way to go. See her amazing transformation:
Cancer overtreatment must stop
Studies found that a large number of American men with prostate cancer get unnecessary and aggressive treatment, Dr. Otis Brawley says.
Can meditation slow aging?
Researchers are trying to show that meditation could help counter the aging process.
Good habits for a healthy gut
The probiotic bacteria that live in your stomach and intestines help regulate digestion, safeguard your immunity, and even help maintain your weight. Here's how to cultivate the best flora for overall health.
5 things to know about Alzheimer's
Approximately 44 million people live with dementia worldwide, according to the Alzheimer's Association. By 2050, that number is expected to more than triple to 115 million.
Science limited on the drinking age
On July 17, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which withheld a percentage of highway funds from any state that didn't raise the minimum drinking age to 21.
7 things to know about epilepsy
An estimated 2.3 million adults in the United States have epilepsy, according to the CDC. Actress Sky McCole Bartusiak was one of them.


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