Don’t bother with dietary supplements for heart health, study finds

Don’t bother with dietary supplements for heart health, study finds

CNN — According to a study published Sunday, six supplements people commonly take for heart health do not help lower “bad” cholesterol or improve cardiovascular health, but statins did. Some people believe that common dietary supplements – fish oil, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, plant sterols and red yeast rice – will lower their “bad” cholesterol. “Bad” … Read more

Who should get the flu shot and why? Our medical analyst explains

Who should get the flu shot and why?  Our medical analyst explains

CNN — Welcome to this year’s flu season. This year’s flu strain has already started spreading in the United States, according to new data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 880,000 flu cases, nearly 7,000 hospitalizations and, tragically, 360 flu deaths this fall, including one pediatric … Read more

Who should get the flu shot and why? Our medical analyst explains

Who should get the flu shot and why?  Our medical analyst explains

CNN — Welcome to this year’s flu season. This year’s flu strain has already started spreading in the United States, according to new data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 880,000 flu cases, nearly 7,000 hospitalizations and, tragically, 360 flu deaths this fall, including one pediatric … Read more

RSV vaccine trial shows promising results, says Pfizer; the company will seek FDA approval this year

RSV vaccine trial shows promising results, says Pfizer;  the company will seek FDA approval this year

CNN — Pfizer says it has enough promising data on its respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, vaccine designed to protect newborns that it will end study enrollment and submit for approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration by the end of the year. RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild … Read more

Drinking caffeine during pregnancy impacts baby’s height: study

Drinking caffeine during pregnancy impacts baby’s height: study

Editor’s note: Sign up for CNN’s Eat, But Better: Mediterranean Style. Our eight-part guide shows you a delicious, expert-backed food lifestyle that will improve your health for life. CNN — Starting the day with a hot cup of caffeinated coffee or tea may sound heavenly to some, but it could have negative effects on the … Read more

Drinking caffeine during pregnancy impacts baby’s height: study

Drinking caffeine during pregnancy impacts baby’s height: study

Editor’s note: Sign up for CNN’s Eat, But Better: Mediterranean Style. Our eight-part guide shows you a delicious, expert-backed food lifestyle that will improve your health for life. CNN — Starting the day with a hot cup of caffeinated coffee or tea may sound heavenly to some, but it could have negative effects on the … Read more

A twin lost his life to RSV, now his parents are waiting to find out if his brother will survive the same disease

A twin lost his life to RSV, now his parents are waiting to find out if his brother will survive the same disease

CNN — Less than three months after welcoming twins, Amanda and Ed Bystran lost one of them to RSV – they are now hoping their other son will recover from the same virus. Amanda Bystran gave birth to twins Brodie and Silas on August 15. “We couldn’t wait for them to arrive. My older children … Read more

Taking blood pressure medication may reduce the risk of dementia

Taking blood pressure medication may reduce the risk of dementia

CNN — Knowing that you have higher than normal blood pressure – and taking daily medication to treat it – may be a key to avoiding dementia later in life, according to a new study. Scientists already know that high blood pressure, particularly between the ages of 40 and 65, increases the risk of developing … Read more

Using sound to eliminate the terror of nightmares

Using sound to eliminate the terror of nightmares

Sign up for CNN’s Sleep, But Better newsletter series. Our seven-part guide has helpful tips for better sleep. CNN — Heart pounding, I sit up straight in bed, flushed, sweaty, and completely freaked out. My brain snapped me out of a nightmare – a dream so alarming that I wake up. I’ve only had one … Read more

What to do if your child has a respiratory infection? Our medical analyst explains

What to do if your child has a respiratory infection?  Our medical analyst explains

CNN — A common respiratory virus, respiratory syncytial virus, is emerging in the United States, causing some children’s hospitals to be overwhelmed. The flu virus is also on the rise, along with other viruses – such as adenovirus and rhinovirus – that cause colds. At the same time, children are back in school and families … Read more