The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday.
A state lawmaker wants to try a program where some state emplyoees are given treadmill desks to promote better health. He argues it could save the state in long-term health care costs.
Federal health regulators are just now deciding whether triclosan — the germ-killing ingredient found in an estimated 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the U.S. — is ineffective, or worse, harmful.
Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found.
A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.
The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it - an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive.
Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be a popular way to provide a jolt of energy. The Food and Drug Administration is closely watching the marketing of these foods and wants to know more about their safety.
More patients are seeing their doctor in groups and say they are learning from each other.
The rise of these superbugs, along with increased pressure from the government and insurers, is driving hospitals to try all sorts of new approaches to stop their spread.
Large specialty pharmacies like the one that triggered a deadly meningitis outbreak last year would be subject to federal safety inspections and manufacturing standards under a new Senate proposal introduced Friday.
Volunteers on both sides of the heated Portland fluoride issue are going door to door to get their messages out before the vote.
Right now, Portland is the largest non-fluoridated metro area in the country. Voters are deciding whether to allow the city to add fluoride to their water and the issue has families lining up on both sides.
The latest bad news in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine: The government halted a large U.S. study on Thursday, saying the experimental shots aren't preventing HIV infection.
Scientists have identified a hormone that can sharply boost the number of cells that make insulin in mice, a discovery that may someday lead to a treatment for the most common type of diabetes.
More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use.