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  1. Genes May Influence Weight Gain From Fried Foods: Study

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Genetics help determine whether a frequent diet of fried food will make you fat, according to a new Harvard study. Eating fried food more than four times a week had twice as big an effect on body size for people at h

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  2. Don't Order Fetal Ultrasound Videos As Souvenirs: FDA

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers should not get fetal ultrasound videos as keepsakes and should not use over-the-counter Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Although both products

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  3. Scientists Probe Dark Chocolate's Health Secrets

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's said that dark chocolate can be good for your heart, and new research may have uncovered why. Louisiana State University researchers tested cocoa powders in a model of the digestive tract and found that certain bact

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  4. Some Young People May Not Get Obamacare Help

    By Elana Gordon, WHYY Subsidies in the health law were designed to lower insurance costs for people who make around $11,000 to $46,000 a year. But for young people earning toward the higher end of that range, it's more complicated than that. A new study shows that in major cities, some young people

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  5. Study on Medical Marijuana for Veterans With PTSD

    March 18, 2014 -- A long-delayed study to examine the use of marijuana in treating U.S. veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder will finally begin after the federal government removed a major roadblock. The University of Arizona study was approved by the Food and Drug Administration but the res

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  6. Color Vision Tends to Fade With Age: Study

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Here's one more ability that seems to decline with age: color sense. A new study finds that many people lose their ability to clearly distinguish certain colors as they age, with losses typically starting around age 70 a

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  7. More Muscles Linked to Longer Life

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more muscle older adults have, the lower their risk of death, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 3,600 older adults who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination

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  8. Cholesterol Drug Might Help Slow MS Progression

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin -- sold under the brand name Zocor -- appeared to slow brain shrinkage in patients with multiple sclerosis, according to a small, early study from England. In pat

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  9. Too Many Unneeded Brain Scans for Headaches, Study Suggests

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too many patients are getting unnecessary brain scans for headaches, and that use is growing, according to a new study. Since most headaches are benign, guidelines have recommended against routine MRIs or CT scans. Yet

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  10. Warning: Out-of-Network Costs Can Pile Up

    By Michelle Andrews Many plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces offer a tradeoff: lower premiums in exchange for limited networks of providers. But consumers who opt for a narrow network plan with the idea that they’ll go out of network when necessary may be taking a big financial risk. The

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