Losing weight, saving money

People with diabetes who can keep their weight down may save money along with their health. At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, researcher Mark Espeland saw this in 10 years of data on more than 5,100 overweight or obese people ...

Like Mom and Dad do

Kids learn by example, and the most powerful examples generally are from parents. So a kid might get an idea how important a parent really thinks physical activity is if the parent’s only involvement in physical activity is to drive ...

Kids, school and diabetes

For a parent of a child with diabetes, getting a new school year off to a good start takes more than making sure the child has the right school supplies. People at the school need to know how to handle ...

The pill crew

People in a group tend to think like other members of the group, and a study finds this among prescription drug abusers. At Purdue University, researcher Brian Kelly saw it in survey and interview data on more than 400 prescription ...

Healthy pregnancy weight

Health guidelines say obese women are supposed to gain 11 to 20 pounds during pregnancy. Gaining too much can make it more likely that the baby is born so big that the delivery is complicated, and that the newborn might ...

Teen bingers’ brands

A study indicates that youth binge drinking is concentrated among relatively few alcohol brands. Researchers with the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins looked at survey data on 1,000 ...

Marijuana tweets

A study says hundreds of thousands of teenagers get Twitter messages as often as several times a day that encourage use of marijuana. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reviewed eight months of tweets from one ...

Donating marrow

Bone marrow makes blood cells, and some blood diseases can be treated – even cured – with bone marrow transplants. More than 30,000 people a year are diagnosed with these diseases, but it can be difficult to get marrow or ...

Minority suicide

Researchers can see that, in some minority groups, the risk of suicide stands out. Helping to prevent suicide is one goal of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – which is July. The director of HHS’ Office of Minority Health, ...

Tens of millions on the line

Most Americans don’t use tobacco, and are healthier for it. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention checked the latest survey numbers, and it says a lot do – and put their lives on the line by doing it. ...