Position: USA TODAY

Beware of the ducks!!

We are, quite possibly, a nation increasingly afraid of the park – or, more precisely, the creatures that live there. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported last week that many visitors to...

DATE: July 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Life expectancy up worldwide

People around the world continue to live longer, and in some poor countries the gains have been dramatic, the World Health Organization says in an annual report released last week. The average girl...

DATE: May 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

All that bickering may do you in

Live like a combative TV reality star, and you may die young. People who are constantly at odds with their families, friends and neighbors are more likely to die in middle age, a big new study from...

DATE: May 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Health

Maternal deaths rise in the U.S.

The U.S. is one of just eight countries in the world where deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth rose between 2003 and 2013, a new report says. That puts it in the company of countries such as...

DATE: May 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Health

Health conspiracy theories are widely believed

Nearly half of American adults believe the federal government, corporations or both are involved in at least one conspiracy to cover up health information, a new survey found. Conspiracy theories...

DATE: March 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Beware weekend heart attacks

There’s no good time to have a heart attack, but having one at night or on a weekend may mean getting slower hospital care and facing an increased risk of death, a new international study shows....

DATE: Jan. 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Health

Does age, experience matter?

When it comes to at least one extreme form of exercise, it may pay to be older and more experienced, a new study of ultramarathon runners suggests. The study, published last week in the online...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Health

Drink much? Doctors rarely ask

Most adults, including binge drinkers and pregnant women, say they have never been asked about their drinking by a doctor or other health professional, new survey data show. It’s time for that to...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Health

Being bilingual may delay dementia

The latest evidence that speaking more than one language is a very good thing for our brains comes from a study finding dementia develops years later in bilingual people than in people who speak...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: Health

Report gives U.S. reason to smile

Americans are not the happiest people on Earth, but we do rank a respectable No. 17, among 156 countries evaluate U.N. report. The second annual World Happiness Report, released Monday, finds the...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Sunscreen slows skin aging, new study shows

A new study from Australia provides the strongest evidence yet that regular sunscreen use helps keep skin looking younger.While dermatologists have long believed sunscreen fights wrinkling, the...

DATE: June 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Health

Why you don’t want to drink pool water

Here’s a good reason never to swallow water from a swimming pool: A new study found telltale signs of feces in more than half of pools sampled in Atlanta last summer. The problem is not confined to...

DATE: May 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Health