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Health Topics Trending in The News

A short snippet of current events trending in the news with regard to health and wellness, and what science has to say on those subjects.

A Happy Spouse May Be Good for Your Health

Physical health may be linked to the happiness of your husband or wife, but you probably figured that already.

Chill Out: Stress Can Override Benefits Of Healthful Eating

Stress takes a toll on our bodies. And a new study suggests stress can diminish the benefits of more healthful food choices. But experts say a range of strategies can help people cope with stress.

Depression in pregnancy increases risk of mental health problems in children

Depression in pregnancy increases the risk of behavioral and emotional problems in children, says a new review.

Why even a poor night's sleep can help in business

Ironically for a man who sells beds for a living, Loaf founder Charlie Marshall is a bad sleeper.

UPDATE: The Flint Water Crisis and the Effects Now - Goodwin & Scieszka

It's been a year since the water in Flint, Michigan was declared unsafe to drink, but the Flint Water Crisis isn't over yet. What's changed since then?

Health benefits of hiking: Raise your heart rate and your mood - Harvard Health Blog

Hiking is good for you both physically and mentally. It provides a great cardiovascular workout, improves balance, and is a natural stress reliever.

5 Cold Weather Health Myths Everyone Should Stop Believing

Don't ditch your outdoor run just yet because the cold air isn't nearly as dangerous as you may have come to believe. Read this and embrace the winter.

The 7 Worst Pieces of Health Advice We Always Hear

From soy causing breast cancer to cutting calories to lose weight, these aren't health facts—they're myths.

Scientists say health benefits from alcohol may be greatly exaggerated

You may want to put down that glass of red wine, new evidence suggests that drinking doesn't have nearly the upside that some people like to think.

Birth of Baby With Three Parents’ DNA Marks Success for Banned Technique

Reproductive scientists used genetic material from a donor in addition to that of the couple trying to conceive, what are your thoughts on this type of innovation?

A Stanley Cup Champion Talks About His New Bed - Reverie

Over the summer, Reverie gave Steven Oleksy, a defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins, one of our Dream Supreme Sleep Systems. Here is his story.

What does your morning coffee really do to your body? 

Australians are some of the biggest coffee drinkers in the world. Although many of us love the kick we get from our morning cup, we often ignore the longer-term effects coffee has on our body.

If you needed an excuse to stay in bed, here's a good one

We all know sleep matters for job performance. After a week of vacation, you may find your work better than ever. But rack up a week of sleepless nights — say, following a polarizing presidential election — and you may find yourself struggling.

Woman Sues Zara After Being Injured by Rat-Infested Dress

A Manhattan woman has sued Zara after she developed a rodent-borne illness caused by a rat sewn into the hem of a dress she purchased from them.

About 70 employees get sick after health department party

The New Mexico Department of Health says dozens of its employees became sick after its holiday party.

Medical and Health News That Stuck With Us in 2016

Here’s a selection of Science desk reporters’ most memorable articles of the year, with a focus on medicine and health.