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Black women start a walking movement to battle the obesity epidemic

African-American women are reclaiming their health and their communities by walking with the nonprofit GirlTrek.

Sea levels may rise much faster than previously predicted, swamping coastal cities such as Shanghai, study finds

A chilling new study says global temperatures would warm more than five degrees Celsius by 2100 in a worst case, but not impossible scenario. It would lead to potentially "unthinkable" consequences, the lead author of the report, Jonathan Bamber, tells News Stream.

Suicide rates in girls are rising, study finds, especially in those age 10 to 14

Dr. Jodi Gold, Director of the Gold Center for Mind Health and Wellness, outlines how to help a person who may be contemplating suicide.

Dr. Gupta: If you see someone struggling with mental illness, don't turn away

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces us to a suicide survivor who's fighting to build a suicide-prevention net on the Golden Gate Bridge.

What it's like to try to get an abortion in Mississippi

Diane Derzis, the owner of the Jackson Women's Health Organization in Mississippi's capital, speaks with W. Kamau Bell about her work. For more about reproductive rights, watch "United Shades of America" on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Alabama says it wants to protect life. How does that claim stack up outside the womb?

CNN's Anderson Cooper speaks with an Alabama doctor who performs abortions about a controversial abortion bill that was just signed into law which could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

America just had its lowest number of births in 32 years, report finds

America's fertility rate and number of births hit a three-decade low in 2018, according to a new CDC report. CNN's senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains.

America just had its lowest number of births in 32 years, report finds

America's fertility rate and number of births hit a three-decade low in 2018, according to a new CDC report. CNN's senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen explains.

Florida teen burned in 2017 bonfire accident dies

A 14-year-old is in the hospital after she was burned at a marshmallow roast on New Year's Eve. Her family has set up a GoFundMe page that has already raised nearly $36,000. HLN's Lynn Smith reports.

A California teacher on medical leave for breast cancer has to pay for her substitute

A San Francisco teacher, who is on medical leave for breast cancer, had to pay money out of her own pocket for a substitute teacher due to a decades-old California law. CNN's Dan Simon reports.

Moms proudly show off their postpartum bodies

New mother Meg Boggs is using Instagram to bring mothers together to share their postpartum journeys using #this_is_postpartum.

Genetically modified virus saves teen's life, offers hope in fight against antibiotic resistance

A treatment using a genetically modified virus is offering hope in one teen's battle against cystic fibrosis and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Judge rules 3-year-old must receive chemotherapy against parents' wishes

A Florida judge ruled that 3-year-old Noah McAdams must complete the first phase of prescribed chemotherapy while his parents pursue alternative treatments such as medicinal cannabis. HLN's Elizabeth Prann has more.

Jurors punish Monsanto with a record $2 billion verdict over Roundup weedkiller. But the story's not over

Monsanto has been ordered to pay billions in damages after juries found that Roundup caused or contributed to cancer, but the EPA says the active ingredient causes "no risks to public health" when used correctly.

A student sued because he didn't want the chickenpox vaccine. Then he got chickenpox

A Kentucky student who refused the chickenpox vaccine contracted the infection two months after he sued the local health department because of a policy temporarily barring students who aren't immune against chickenpox from going to classes.

Georgia's governor signs a controversial abortion bill into law

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signs a bill into law that bans abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Anti-vaxers make life tough for parents of young babies in New York

A New York family is keeping their 2-month-old baby secluded in fears that she will be infected with measles before she is old enough to get vaccinated. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Why some health enthusiasts are drinking ginger

A growing body of research shows that ginger root can have health benefits. CNN Health writer Jacqueline Howard shares ways to add ginger to your diet.

Germany proposes $2,800 fine for parents skipping measles vaccination

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is 97% effective, so why are we seeing so many outbreaks? CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why the contagious disease is spreading.

Human health can be 'mostly sustained' for a year in space, NASA Twins Study concludes

NASA has released early findings from its Twins Study, which tracked changes in astronaut Scott Kelly's health during his nearly one-year mission in space.

Spaceflight is activating herpes in astronauts

Tour NASA's Johnson Space Center where everything from food, to space suits, to exercise routines are being designed so humans can survive in space.

Hours after hosting the Billboards, Kelly Clarkson has her appendix removed

Kelly Clarkson had her appendix removed after hosting the Billboard Music Awards. She tweeted that she "broke down in tears after the show from pain."

She's changing the cultural stigma around women's periods

Menstruation is considered taboo in Ethiopia, and girls often miss school or drop out because of their periods. Freweini Mebrahtu designed a solution -- and it's benefited nearly 800,000 girls and women.

An amputee says he was left 'crawling across the floor' after airline security confiscated his scooter batteries

A Canadian amputee named Stearn Hodge was forced to crawl during a three-week vacation after the batteries for his electric scooter were confiscated at an airport in Canada.

St. Lucia quarantines cruise ship reportedly owned by Church of Scientology over measles concerns

Health officials in St. Lucia have ordered a cruise ship reportedly owned by the Church of Scientology to stay in port after sources informed them that someone on board has the measles.

When to screen for autism? New study suggests as young as 14 months

A new study suggests that children may be screened and diagnosed with autism when the child is as young as 14 months old, which may allow for earlier intervention. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more.

Teen suicide rates spiked after debut of Netflix show '13 Reasons Why,' study says

Suicide rates among teens spiked after Netlfix show "13 Reasons Why" released in 2017, according to a new study.

'Vampire facial' at New Mexico spa tied to 2 HIV cases, health officials say

With access to the right medication, HIV is no longer a death sentence. CNN's Sara Sidner talks about how many people are living with HIV.

'It could be any day now': Why how you die matters

Nottinghamshire Hospice care for the terminally ill. CNN's Dominic Rech spent time on the night shift to see how end of life care is provided in the UK

The world is sadder and angrier than ever, major study finds

Gallup's 2019 Global Emotions Report found that while people in the world are smiling, they're also sadder and angrier. CNN's John Vause discusses the results with clinical psychologist Judy Ho.

How quiet headphones and visual guides help autistic patients get better health care

A doctor or hospital visit can be a difficult experience for patients on the autism spectrum. Dr. Wendy Ross, a 2014 Top 10 CNN Hero, is now working with fellow physicians to provide 'autism-friendly' care.

More than 20 million children worldwide miss out on the measles vaccine each year

Measles cases are at their greatest number in the U.S. since the disease was declared eliminated. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds

Holly Firfer gets healthy ideas from a registered dietitian on what a good breakfast should be.

Insurer sent $33,000 to a man struggling with addiction. He used the cash to go on a binge -- and died

After her son died, Jennifer Alba unraveled how an insurance scheme -- which sends large sums of money to patients for out-of-network care -- played a role in his death.

World champion triathlete breaks neck but comes back to complete Ironman

Tim Don set a world record for fastest Ironman triathlon in May 2017, six months later he was struck by a truck and broke his neck days before the Ironman World Championships

A person with measles visited Google headquarters, health officials say

Dr. Paul Offit tells Christiane Amanpour why the choice to not vaccinate has led to the dangerous resurgence of measles in the United States.

Israeli flight attendant in coma after getting measles

An Israeli flight attendant has slipped into a coma after contracting measles, according to health officials. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains how that can happen.

20 years on, Columbine survivors tell Parkland students: 'We're sorry we couldn't stop it.'

Columbine survivor Zach Cartaya tells Parkland survivor Demitri Hoth that after graduating, he experienced the same feelings of isolation and loneliness.

20 years on, Columbine survivors tell Parkland students: 'We're sorry we couldn't stop it.'

Parkland survivor Brandon Abzug asks Columbine survivor Amy Over how she deals with the mental health issues that come with trauma.

20 years on, Columbine survivors tell Parkland students: 'We're sorry we couldn't stop it.'

Coni Sanders, daughter of Columbine victim Dave Sanders, connects with Parkland student Mei-Ling Ho-Shing over their shared fight against mass shootings.

20 years on, Columbine survivors tell Parkland students: 'We're sorry we couldn't stop it.'

CNN's Brooke Baldwin talks to eight survivors from Parkland and Columbine about the long-term effects of mass shootings ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999.

Wake up, people: You're fooling yourself about sleep, study says

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen talks about several things that could be disrupting your sleep cycle -- and how to get a better night's sleep.

Raising an intersex child: 'This is your body. ... There's nothing to be ashamed of'

The Lohmans' daughter, Rosie, was born with DSD. While some parents choose surgery for children born with abnormal genitalia, the Lohmans are opting to let Rosie decide.

Judge rules 40 unvaccinated children can't go back to school

Sen. Bill Cassidy responded to Sen. Rand Paul's testimony at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, where Paul spoke out against government-mandated vaccines. Both senators are trained physicians.

Study sings the praises of choir membership for lonely older adults

A University of California, San Francisco study reveals older adults who sing in a choir for six months have reduced feelings of loneliness and increased interest in life.

This grieving family wants Fisher-Price's Rock 'n Play sleeper recalled and pediatrics group agrees

Fisher-Price is standing by its Rock 'n Play sleeper despite the American Academy of Pediatrics' call for an immediate recall, citing a Consumer Reports analysis linking the popular sleeper to 32 infant deaths. Keenan and Evan Overton lost their 5-month-old son after he accidentally suffocated in the sleeper.

High school principal dies after making a bone marrow donation to save a stranger

Derrick Nelson, principal of Westfield High School in New Jersey, died unexpectedly after going to the hospital to donate bone marrow.

A pregnant mother was cited by police after her 3-year-old urinated in a parking lot on his way to the bathroom

A pregnant mother was cited by police for disorderly conduct after her 3-year-old urinated in a parking lot on his way to the restroom.

Mick Jagger's having his heart valve replaced. The technology is better than ever

Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger is scheduled to undergo surgery to replace a valve in his heart, according to a source close to the band.

A trainer on the autism spectrum wanted a place for people with autism to work out, so he opened his own gym

About one in 160 children are diagnosed with this autism, leading to difficulty with social and emotional skills.

FDA proposes changes to mammography standards for first time in more than 20 years

The US Food and Drug Administration announced proposed changes to mammography standards. These are the first changes to the regulation of mammography screening in more than 20 years, aimed at improving quality and modernizing breast cancer screening, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said.

Midwest flooding threatens the water safety in 1 million wells

Record flooding in the Midwest is now threatening the safety of more than a million private water wells. The National Ground Water Association estimates that people living in more than 300 counties across 10 states have their groundwater threatened from bacterial and industrial contamination carried by flood waters. CNN's Scott McLean takes a closer look.

Nine nurses in the same labor unit are all due at the same time

A baby boom is coming to the labor and delivery unit of a Maine hospital, where nine of its nurses will give birth to their babies around the same time.

Forget hygge; pyt is the new Scandinavian term for a happier life

What's one thing you can do right now to stop stressing out? Start breathing deeply. Here's why it works.

New York county takes 'extremely unusual' step to ban unvaccinated minors from public places amid measles outbreak

Unvaccinated people under the age of 18 are banned from public places in Rockland County, New York, according to John Lyon, director of strategic communications for County Executive Ed Day. The declaration is an effort to contain an outbreak of measles that began in October; 153 cases have been confirmed in the county.

Nine nurses in the same labor unit are all due at the same time

All the women are due between April and July

Kentucky governor says he exposed his children to chickenpox rather than getting vaccine

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses the importance of the chickenpox vaccine after Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said he made sure all his nine children were exposed to chickenpox and caught the disease instead of giving them a vaccine.

FDA approves first postpartum depression drug

For the first time in history, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug specifically indicated for the treatment of postpartum depression, which experts say offers new hope to women and physicians. The FDA announced the approval of an intravenous infusion of the drug brexanolone, which will be sold as Zulresso. It has been shown in clinical trials to work within hours to treat the symptoms of postpartum depression, a serious mental illness that impacts 1 in 9 new mothers after childbirth. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Her son died. And then anti-vaxers attacked her

Two-year-old Jude McGee died of the flu. But anti-vaxers told his mom she murdered him and made up a story about the flu to cover up her crime. She isn't the only mother under attack by anti-vaxers.

To help fight vaping, schools look to their own students

Experts say there's an "epidemic" of vaping among middle and high school students, and nothing seems to be stopping it. Now, some schools are looking for help from an untapped resource: their own students. CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the story.

She lost her dad when she was 14. Now, she's helping kids learn how to mourn.

No one helped Mary Robinson mourn the death of her father when she was 14. Today, she is making sure kids suffering a similar loss have the tools and support they need.

She lost her dad when she was 14. Now, she's helping kids learn how to mourn.

In CNN Hero Mary Robinson's program, kids like 12-year-old Jaiden learn to how to cope with their grief from the loss a parent or sibling.

2.6M kids at risk as measles cases spike in the Philippines

The measles virus is sparking grave concern worldwide, as the highly contagious airborne disease makes a resurgence. In recent months, it has been spreading in countries including the United States, the Philippines and Madagascar. News Stream speaks to Heidi Larson, Director of the "Vaccine Confidence Project."

Can a 'fertility diet' really help you conceive? In some cases, yes

CNN health and nutrition contributor Lisa Drayer discusses a new Harvard-backed study that says a "fertility diet" can boost ovulation and improve chances of getting pregnant.

A doctor in California appeared via video link to tell a patient he was going to die. The man's family is upset

A doctor at a California hospital offered a grim prognosis via video screen attached to a robot, upsetting a patient's family.

Daylight Saving Time: The myths and the truths

Get ready to "spring forward" as people across the U.S. lose an hour of sleep this Sunday.

US pedestrian deaths are highest in three decades, report says

Distracted driving-related deaths are at an all-time high. CNN's Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen reports on the alarming statistics.

FDA approves ketamine-like nasal spray for depression

The US Food and Drug Administration approved Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s esketamine for treatment-resistant depression; the drug is the chemical cousin of ketamine, the powerful anesthetic that has been used illegally as the club drug Special K.

'Urgent action is necessary' to stop vaccine misinformation, public health official warns during Senate hearing

In an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Ethan Lindenberger, the teen who defied his parents and got vaccinated at 18 years old, discusses what he plans to say when he testifies before Congress about the dangers of being unvaccinated.

Was Luke Perry too young for a stroke? No, they can happen at any age

The death of Luke Perry, after the actor suffered what his publicist said was a massive stroke, is evidence that the disease can affect people of any age, the American Heart Association said.

A professor is accused of stealing a student's invention to make millions

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has filed a lawsuit against a former professor, alleging that he stole and sold his graduate student's research for $1.5 million.

Why is bacon so addictive?

Pizza, ice cream and chocolate chip cookies can trigger cravings and withdrawals just like a drug, says CNN's nutritionist Lisa Drayer.

Measles outbreaks: The other congressional hearing you should follow today

Amid a significant rise in measles cases across the United States, lawmakers met in a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss what has been called "a growing public health threat."

Facebook to get tougher on anti-vaxers

Facebook plans to take action against misinformation about vaccines, according to a Facebook representative. The new approach won't take vaccine misinformation off Facebook but rather make it less prominent. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

86 tons of Boston Market frozen meals recalled because they may be contaminated with glass or plastic

About 86 tons worth of Boston Market's boneless pork rib patties were recalled because they may be contaminated with pieces of glass or hard plastic.

Heart attacks are on the rise among young women, study shows

Heart attack victims are getting younger, and they're more likely to be women than before. Many don't even know they're at risk.

How the daredevil sport of parkour can help aging adults fall better

As unusual as it is to see someone over forty doing the extreme sport of parkour, it is a discipline that could help reduce your fall risk as you age.

Why would anyone lie about being a victim of a crime?

CNN's Brian Todd examines the reasons why someone may stage an attack on themselves.

Supermoon, 2019's biggest and brightest, will light up the sky

February's full moon is known as the snow moon. It is also the biggest supermoon of the year.

This software program could help prevent future school shootings

When tragedy strikes in the form of a mass shooting, families grieve, politicians react, and no further action is usually taken.

Killing it with crutches, athlete with spina bifida takes on extreme racing

Misty Diaz, despite having spina bifida, has competed in more than 200 obstacle and endurance races on crutches.

A nursing home patient 'rotted to death' under nurses' care, Ohio attorney general says

Current and former employees of an Ohio nursing facility are accused of mistreating two patients, one of whom died as a result of their actions, according to Attorney General Dave Yost.

Trump in 'very good health overall' but obese, according to physical exam results

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports that President Donald Trump's annual physical exam shows he is in "good health overall," but is now considered clinically obese.

Drinking two or more diet beverages a day linked to high risk of stroke, heart attacks

More bad news for diet soda lovers: Drinking two or more of any kind of artificially sweetened drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of clot-based strokes, heart attacks and early death in women over 50, according to a new study by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

How love sparks better heart health

The feeling of love can be heart-healthy and it doesn't really matter who -- or what -- is the object of your affection.

Teen who inspired many by walking while on life support has died

Zei Uwadia, the first patient at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to walk while on an ECMO machine, has died.

This software program could help prevent future school shootings

Some schools are using a new technology they believe may help prevent mass shootings. CNN's Natasha Chen has more.

Officials hope to change minds amid 'exquisitely contagious' measles outbreak

Clark County, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, is in the middle of a measles outbreak. Washington's governor has declared a state of emergency. At least 58 people have been infected since the outbreak began in January, according to state and local health officials.

Teen gets vaccinated despite parents' concerns: 'I was doing it for my safety and the safety of others'

Ohio resident Ethan Lindenberger says he got himself vaccinated despite his mother's objection after he turned 18. In a popular Reddit post, he said he was never vaccinated as a child due to his parents' belief in discredited conspiracy theories.

Massive insect decline could have 'catastrophic' environmental impact, study says

More than 40% of insect species could become extinct in the next few decades, according to a new report co-authored by scientists from the universities of Sydney and Queensland and the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Massive insect decline could have 'catastrophic' environmental impact, study says

We may lose all insects within 100 years if we don't act now to prevent damage to our ecosystems, says the lead author of a new global review.

Scientists say bees can do basic math

A team of researchers used colors as visual representations to teach honeybees basic mathematics.

Arizona considers calling porn a public health crisis

Arizona Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa, introduced a resolution declaring pornography a crisis, saying it leads "to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts."

Juul ramped up nicotine levels, and competitors followed, study says

The use of e-cigarettes has become controversial due to a lack of evidence on their efficacy as anti-smoking aids and warnings about possible long-term health effects.

Tens of thousands infected in measles outbreak in Madagascar

CNN's David McKenzie travels to Madagascar as the country experiences a massive measles outbreak, causing more than 300 deaths and 20,000 to become infected.

Self-taught teen pianist plays with four fingers and two prosthetic legs

At 10 years old, Darrius Simmons taught himself by ear how to play the piano. It was more of a challenge for him with having 4 fingers and 2 prosthetic legs.

Social media could be key to keeping your New Year's exercise resolution

Group exercise is a rising fitness trend -- Workout organizations like November Project help participants stick with their goals by holding them accountable to others.

Woman says her elderly mother with Alzheimer's was left outside a care facility at 2 a.m.

Costanza Genoese Zerbi said her 84-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, was left alone outside a locked assisted living facility in the middle of the night.

Woman says her elderly mother with Alzheimer's was left outside a care facility at 2 a.m.

A California woman is outraged after a video showed her mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, left alone outside a locked assisted living facility in the middle of the night in her bathrobe and sandals.

To save his parents money, this diabetic teen cut back on his insulin

As some prescription drug prices spike, CNN's Elizabeth Cohen talks with Jennifer Turner who has diabetes and is struggling to buy enough insulin.

New York puts in measures to protect access to abortion even if Roe v. Wade is overturned

CNN's chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin gives his take on what effect Brett Kavanaugh will have on the Supreme Court now that he's secured enough votes for confirmation.

Washington is under a state of emergency as measles cases rise

There are 36 confirmed cases of measles in the state of Washington -- an outbreak that has already prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency.

Some states allow parents to get out of vaccinations. Then this happens

There are 36 confirmed cases of measles in the state of Washington -- an outbreak that has already prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency.

Some states allow parents to get out of vaccinations. Then this happens

Dozens of unvaccinated children in Washington have become sick with measles after parents opposed to vaccines took advantage of a state law that allowed them to not vaccinate their children.

A Duke professor warned Chinese students to speak English

A Duke University professor who warned Chinese students against communicating in their native language and urged them to speak English instead has stepped down as the head of a master's program after her emails sparked outrage on campus and on social media.

Twins reunite after watching CNN film 'Three Identical Strangers'

Michele Mordkoff and Allison Kanter were separated by an adoption agency when they were 5 months old. Now 54, they just learned that they are fraternal twins.

The wartorn region where even some 10-year-olds are hooked on opioids

CNN's Ben Wedeman visits a drug rehabilitation center in Syria's rebel-controlled Idlib Province where dozens of people have come to seek help.

A nurse is accused of impregnating a woman in a vegetative state who later gave birth

A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of impregnating woman in a vegetative state who gave birth last month at a Phoenix health care facility, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said.

Chinese authorities say world's first gene-edited babies were illegal

Authorities in China say experiments which led to the birth of the world's first gene-edited babies broke the country's laws. CNN's Matt Rivers has more.

Total lunar eclipse and rare super blood wolf moon bedazzles sky-gazers

Most of the world was able to catch a glimpse of a rare super blood wolf moon during the total lunar eclipse.

'Missing link' in human history confirmed after long debate

The fossils of Australopithecus sediba have fueled scientific debate since they were found at the Malapa Fossil Site in South Africa 10 years ago.

'Missing link' in human history confirmed after long debate

CNN's Errol Barnett explores what ancient fossil sites in South Africa reveal about how human species came to be.

Comedian with cerebral palsy is standing up to stereotypes

Josh Blue is a comedian who just happens to have cerebral palsy. He's using his comedy and humor to help breakdown stereotypes of those with disabilities.

A Florida mother is suing her developmentally disabled daughter's caregiver after woman became pregnant

A Florida woman is suing her daughter's former health care provider and three of its employees, alleging the developmentally disabled 23-year-old was raped, impregnated and suffered physical injuries while in their care.

Are there foods you should avoid during the government shutdown? It depends who you ask

Should you be worried about the safety of your food during the government shutdown?The answer is comp...

One simple -- but really hard -- solution to stop climate change

There may actually be a way to keep the worst of climate change at bay, but it's going to take a herculean e...

Stem cell therapy for relapsing MS proves effective and safe, study finds

An experimental stem cell therapy proved effective and safe in patients with a relapsing form of ...

New tool calculates breast cancer risk with greater precision

UK scientists have developed an online calculator that could enable doctors to more accurately predict a pat...

Black and Hispanic youth are targeted with junk food ads, research shows

Click over to TV programming that caters to black and Hispanic youth and the commercials almost exclusively ...

911 call: We had no idea she was pregnant

When a woman who has been in a vegetative state for years suddenly gave birth at an Arizona care facility, caregivers were taken completely by surprise, telling 911 dispatchers, "We had no idea she was pregnant." CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Banning skin bleaching products won't work as long as fair skin is linked with beauty and success

Several African countries, including as Rwanda and Ghana, recently banned the use of skin bleaching products...

Town full of twins is a big science experiment

They come two by two to Twins Days, an annual Ohio festival where thousands of twins gather to bond, wear matching outfits and lend themselves to science.

Less sitting, more moving tied to living longer

Doing less sitting and more moving is tied to living longer, according to a new study.Replacing 30 mi...

Heavy sweating that led to an unexpected diagnosis

A 60-year-old man struggled with unexplained sweating episodes for three years before doctors diagnosed him ...

Ex-prosecutor tapped to review how woman in vegetative state gave birth

Hacienda HealthCare says it will turn over all records related to the patient in a vegetative state who gave...

A new guide could help halt overeating

The British Nutrition Foundation released this month ...

Poor sleep linked to buildup of dangerous plaques throughout body, study says

Here's another reason why getting a good night's sleep should be on your must-do list: Sleeping fewer than s...

Dynamic duos: Why science loves twins

One of the broadest studies of twins in the United States suggests that our genes tend to influence the dise...

Odds of dying from accidental opioid overdose in the US surpass those of dying in car accident

For the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are...

DNA pioneer stripped of honors over 'reprehensible' race comments

A Nobel Prize-winning American scientist and DNA pioneer has been stripped of his honorary titles at the lab...

You may no longer be more likely to go into cardiac arrest on Monday morning, study says

The most common time to experience sudden cardiac arrest could be changing, according to new research....

What warmer oceans mean for the planet

Our oceans are much warmer than we previously thought, according to a new study. They are also heating up fa...

DNA pioneer stripped of honors over racist comments

James Watson, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who co-discovered DNA, has been stripped of his honorary titles after repeating racist comments in a documentary.

One cardiologist's mission to reduce statin use for cholesterol

High cholesterol? Here's a pill. High blood pressure? Here's two pills. High blood sugar? Here's two pil...

Mass drug overdose in California kills 1 person and leaves 12 more hospitalized

A mass drug overdose at a home in Chico, California, has killed one person and sent more than a dozen people...

DNA pioneer stripped of honors over racist comments

James Watson, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who co-discovered DNA, has been stripped of his honorary titles after repeating racist comments in a documentary.

Scientists closing in on a better flu vaccine

Instead of relying on people to get vaccinated every year, scientists are getting closer to a universal flu vaccine that would last through multiple seasons.

Life's work: James Watson (2013)

James Watson won a Nobel Prize for his work on the discovery of the structure of DNA.

Our galaxy is due for a catastrophic collision, study says

While astronomers estimate that the Andromeda galaxy will collide with our own Milky Way galaxy 8 billion ye...

Nebraska officials clear doctor being monitored for Ebola

An American doctor being monitored in Nebraska for possible exposure to Ebola has been cleared and is no thr...

The US ranks last on this important issue (2015)

If paid parental leave sounds appealing, it's best to work in another industrialized nation. CNN's Kelly Wallace explains.

Physical showed no major changes in health of Arizona woman in vegetative state who gave birth about 37 weeks later

A doctor who gave a yearly checkup to a woman in a vegetative state about 37 weeks before she gave birth wro...

California's governor just proposed giving parents six months paid leave. Impressive for the US, but not the world

As if you needed another reason to pack your belongings and head west, California's governor just proposed a...

Cruise returning early after hundreds of passengers get sick on Royal Caribbean ship

Two hundred more people on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas cruise ship have been sickened by a gastroint...

What we're waiting to learn about President Trump's health one year after his first physical

President Donald Trump, the oldest President elected in US history at the age of 70, underwent his ...

Cruise returns early after illness outbreak

Two-hundred-seventy-seven passengers and crew members aboard the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas cruise ship became sick with a gastrointestinal illness, according to the cruise line.

With up to 7.3 million people hit by flu this season, scientists search for better vaccine

Between 6.2 million and 7.3 million people in the United States have developed the flu this season, accordin...

Leading cancer expert dies suddenly following routine yellow fever vaccination

A leading cancer expert, who was described as a "pioneer" in his field by Prince William, has died suddenly ...

When your child vapes, what's a parent to do?

When Sonya Kennedy learned that her 12-year-old son, Ryder, had tried vaping, she was "mortified.""He...

High-fiber diet linked to lower risk of death and chronic diseases

People who eat diets that are high in fiber have lower risk of death and chronic diseases such as stroke or ...

Banished from home for menstruating, mother and two children die in Nepali hut

A Nepali mother and her two children were found dead Wednesday morning, after being exiled from their family...

The oceans are warming faster than scientists thought

The world's oceans are warming at an accelerated rate and are much warmer than ...

Drug overdose deaths skyrocketed among women

As America continues to combat its opioid epidemic, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses among women has s...

Surgeries in Mexico linked to antibiotic-resistant infections in US, CDC says

Nearly a dozen Americans who had surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, have returned home with danger...

US fertility rate is below level needed to replace population, study says

The total fertility rate for the United States in 2017 continued to dip below what's needed for the populati...

A second mysterious repeating fast radio burst has been detected in space

Far outside our Milky Way galaxy, something is causing repeating short bursts of radio waves to be released ...

Ancient lovers found in Indian burial site mystify and intrigue archaeologists

Between 4500 and 2500 BC, the bodies of a couple, believed to be married, were placed carefully side by side...

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak is over, CDC says

"This outbreak appears to be over," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Excessive body fat around the middle linked to smaller brain, study says

Big waist, small brain? If you're too heavy, especially around your middle, you probably have shrunken gray ...

Denver could become the first US city to decriminalize magic mushrooms

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Rare blue pigment found in medieval woman's teeth rewrites history

The discovery of a rare, expensive blue pigment in the dental plaque of a medieval woman's skeleton is shedd...

Teacher charged with assault after video shows her dragging boy with autism through a Kentucky school

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Woman accidentally prescribed erectile dysfunction cream for eye condition

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Rwanda deploys officials to enforce ban on skin lightening creams

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New York tackles 'largest measles outbreak' in state's recent history as cases spike globally

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FDA employees think shutdown could be deadly

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NASA's planet-hunter TESS makes first discoveries

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Ebola Fast Facts

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AI technology can identify genetic diseases by looking at your face, study says

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US cancer death rate hits 25 years of decline, study says

The rate of people dying from cancer in the United States seems to have dropped steadily for 25 years, a new...

Congrats on the new baby. Would you like a DNA screening test?

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Listeria outbreak prompts recall of Vietnamese pork rolls

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Crickets could be behind the Cuba 'sonic attack' mystery, scientists say

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Chinese scientist was told not to create world's first gene-edited babies

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More than 1 in 10 US adults has a food allergy, study finds

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Flu shot may be more effective than nasal vaccine, study says

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Strong tobacco retail licensing requirements reduce risk of teen e-cigarette use, study finds

Retail licensing requirements written with cigarettes in mind could be helping lower the risk of teenagers u...

Hospitals must post prices online, but they may be more confusing than helpful

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The five most addictive substances in the world

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Egypt's #MeToo moment targets street harassment

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Why exercise won't make you lose weight

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When parents of same-sex couples refuse to attend their wedding, this mom steps in

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Washington state to pardon 3,500 drug convictions, governor says

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ERs 'flooded' with mentally ill patients with no place else to turn

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Suspected Ebola case investigated in Europe

A man in Sweden is being treated for a suspected case of Ebola three weeks after returning from a trip to Burundi.

Why exercise won't make you lose weight

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Ebola ruled out in Swedish patient suspected of having virus, hospital says

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Dad says smell of cooking fish killed son

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CDC: 13 children have died of flu so far

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As flu is on the rise, mom says: 'I didn't know I was going to lose my baby' to the flu

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Heart drug recall expanded again

The recall of popular heart drugs has expanded yet again.The ...

Link between social media and depression stronger in teen girls than boys, study says

Though social media can be a helpful tool for teenagers to learn and connect with friends, experts have long...

Little evidence that screen time is harmful for kids, say doctors

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The world's oldest esports team is gaming their way to longer lives

At a row of computers, the team sits, ultrafocused, fingers flying over their keyboards.The video gam...

4 donors identified in the race to find rarest blood in the world and save a 2-year-old

A global search is underway for blood donors matching a two-year-old with some of the rarest blood in the wo...

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