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Most teen boys – and girls – trying to build muscles

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 13:33

All those glossy magazine ads showing men and women with bulging muscles may be having a big impact on America’s youth. Most teens report they're exercising to become more buff, and a small number of boys and girls are turning to steroids to achieve that toned look.

New hope for MS, other autoimmune diseases

MSNBC Health News - November 18, 2012 - 18:27
Researchers trying to find a way to treat multiple sclerosis think they’ve come up with an approach that could help patients with with a range of autoimmune diseases, from type-1 diabetes to psoriasis, and perhaps even food allergies.

Dudes, don't forget the point of Movember

MSNBC Health News - November 18, 2012 - 16:40

What's the benefit of growing a mo, besides the sweet Facebook photo opps? Well, your 'stache will start conversations, and that's the point. When people ask you about your stubble, ask them about their junk. Seriously. Especially your dad. And while you're at it, use your mustache as an excuse to talk to your doctor about your gland.

Comic relief: Laughter is a natural painkiller

MSNBC Health News - November 18, 2012 - 16:37

This is no laughing matter (or maybe it is): A small British study has found that laughter can increase your tolerance of pain. Cracking up in the company of other people releases endorphins, the same feel-good brain chemicals triggered while exercising.

Video: Miss America contestant getting double mastectomy

MSNBC Health News - November 18, 2012 - 15:40

"I unfortunately lost my mother to breast cancer when I was sixteen," said pageant contestant Allyn Rose. The beauty queen is set to undergo preventative surgery after learning she carries the same cancer gene that killed her mother. NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports. (TODAY)

Even top nutritionists mourn the end of Twinkies

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 20:47

Ok, admit it. With the threat that Hostess Brands could really go out of business, you are seriously considering a run to the grocery store to stock up on Twinkies. And you are not alone; they evoke such sweet memories that even top nutritionists are defending our right to eat them.

New advice could prevent preemie births -- a little

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 17:51
For all the miracle stories of tiny preemies who survive, the sad reality is that scientists know far too little about what triggers premature birth and how to prevent it. And despite some recent progress, the U.S. has a far higher rate of preterm births than other similar nations.

More employers send workers to find insurance

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 15:40
For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock.

States start signing on to health exchanges

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 15:17
After two years of political battles and a Supreme Court case, many, if not most, states are expected to tell the federal government Friday if they're willing carry out a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul -- even after a last-minute deadline extension.

3 small warnings may point to brain problems

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 14:15
Maybe you’ve seen the recent headlines: Can’t chew? You could turn crazy! That’s what a new study in the Journal of American Geriatrics found: Your ability to chew might predict your risk for dementia. But don’t believe the headlines—those conclusions are overblown.

Hop off the treadmill, lift weights for faster results

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 13:54

By Dr. Tyeese Gaines In nine months of pregnancy, I gained 70 pounds. And nine months postpartum, I was still wearing my maternity clothes -- too big to fit into any of my old clothes, despite hours of cardio and cutting back on carbs.

States get break on insurance exchanges

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 01:04
States got a last-minute extension late Thursday of a deadline to decide whether they’ll build their own health insurance marketplaces, or let the federal government do it for them. Republican governors had been complaining about the Nov. 16 deadline, which is now Dec. 14.

Therapy can help scared moms avoid C-sections

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 21:57
Group therapy can help women avoid risky and costly cesarean sections, especially first-time mothers fearful of childbirth, according to a new study from Finland.

Seeing green might make your workout better

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 20:29
The positive effects of green exercise may have more to do with the color green than with being surrounded by nature, according to a new study.

Big rise in diabetes, especially down South

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 20:11
A breakdown of U.S. diabetes cases shows dramatic increases in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes overall between 1995 and 2010, with especially sharp increases -- up to 50 percent -- among people in the South and in Appalachian states.

FDA: Fungal outbreak could happen again

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 19:15
Food and Drug Administration officials know little about compounding pharmacies in the U.S., including who is making the drugs and medical supplies, how much they are making and where they are sending it, the agency's commissioner said Thursday.

Report: FDA investigating energy drinks after deaths

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 16:56

Federal officials are looking into reports of 13 deaths possibly connected to 5-Hour Energy, a liquid “shot” that contains caffeine and other compounds, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Medicaid fraud thrives in home health care

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 14:10
A federal report finds that the Medicaid program that pays for personal home health care services is afflicted by poor claims documentation, insufficient monitoring of claims data for fraud and waste, and a crazy-quilt of varied requirements for personal care workers in different states.

Heartburn on the rise -- and scientists aren't sure why

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 13:39

It could be the stress, too many trips to Starbucks or the spicy chili from the food truck. The number of people plagued by heartburn is increasing -- but scientists aren’t sure why.