Medical Mysteries: A daughter’s pregnancy and a life-or-death decision

A California teenager’s splitting headaches, violent nausea and sudden bizarre behavior were erroneously brushed off as temporary signs of pregnancy.

By Sandra G. BoodmanJanuary 20, 2024

King Charles has an enlarged prostate. What is it, and how is it treated?

The condition affects most older men, and can be treated with lifestyle changes, medications or surgery.

By Kelyn Soong and Lindsey BeverJanuary 18, 2024

The health fads you shouldn’t get caught up in this year

When you come across a health trend on social media, approach it with skepticism.

By Trisha Pasricha, MDJanuary 15, 2024

Can shoveling snow give you a heart attack?

Snow shoveling can place stress on the heart and has been associated with increased cardiovascular events, particularly after heavy snowfalls, research shows.

By Lindsey BeverJanuary 11, 2024

What’s a urinary tract infection? Why are they so worrisome?

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was hospitalized with a urinary tract infection. Here’s what to know about the condition.

By Richard Sima, Kelyn Soong, Lindsey Bever and Marlene CimonsJanuary 9, 2024

Should I take Paxlovid if I get covid? Here’s what to know.

Older adults and those who don’t have an immune response against covid-19 will benefit the most from Paxlovid, experts say.

By Teddy AmenabarJanuary 8, 2024

Can giving up alcohol improve your sleep?

Alcohol may help some people fall asleep faster, but it can disrupt sleep patterns during the night, experts say.

By Lindsey BeverJanuary 5, 2024

Wearing hearing aids could reduce your risk of dying earlier

For people with hearing loss, regular use of hearing aids could reduce the risk of dying earlier by 24 percent vs. not wearing them at all.

By Amanda MorrisJanuary 3, 2024

Tune up your body: A health checklist for every age

Learn the health screenings, checkups and vaccinations that everybody needs, from your 20s to midlife to older age.

By Trisha Pasricha, MDJanuary 3, 2024

Nearly 290 people may have been poisoned by lead in applesauce. Here’s what to know.

There are now more than 250 reports of “adverse events” related to elevated blood lead levels after eating from pouches of apple cinnamon fruit puree.

By Amanda Morris and Teddy AmenabarJanuary 2, 2024

As a doctor, here are 5 things I want my patients to know

Tiny daily decisions matter, and don’t be afraid to talk about embarassing health issues.

By Trisha Pasricha, MDDecember 25, 2023

Is it true we need more sleep in the winter?

Our biological need for sleep stays constant, but it is easier to sleep during certain times of the year, experts say.

By Lindsey BeverDecember 22, 2023

Ask a Doctor: Our 10 best tips to help you live better

Here’s the most popular advice from The Washington Post’s “Ask a Doctor” series in 2023.

By Trisha Pasricha, MDDecember 18, 2023

Medical Mysteries: He lived for over 7 years with searing facial pain

A professor spent more than seven years bouncing among specialists who disagreed about the reason for his debilitating facial pain and how to treat it.

By Sandra G. BoodmanDecember 16, 2023

Actor Andre Braugher died of lung cancer: What to know about the illness

The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Homicide: Life on the Street” actor died of lung cancer, his publicist said. Here’s what to know about the causes and symptoms.

By Frances VinallDecember 15, 2023

‘It’s not about willpower.’ Oprah reveals her use of a weight-loss drug.

Oprah Winfrey has talked for years about her struggles with losing weight. Now, she has revealed using a weight-loss drug.

By Amber FergusonDecember 15, 2023

Are you a morning person? You may be a Neanderthal descendant.

Some humans could have obtained gene variants that could influence the circadian clock from Neanderthals, a study found

By Adela SulimanDecember 14, 2023

The toys you should never gift to children, according to ER doctors

Water beads, trampolines, rocket launchers and and electric scooters are among the toys that should be kept off the gift list this holiday season.

By Lindsey Bever and Kelyn SoongDecember 13, 2023

Why we crave sweets after eating — and what to do about it

Enjoying sweets in moderation is perfectly normal. But if cravings are hindering your efforts to eat a healthy diet, these tips can help.

By Trisha Pasricha, MDDecember 11, 2023

Should I try medical marijuana? Here’s what to know.

Cannabis is popular for treating conditions such as nausea and chronic pain. But there is still much we don’t know about its potential long-term effects.

By Trisha Pasricha, MDDecember 11, 2023