National studies are showing a huge growth in childhood obesity in the last 30 years. And that means a greater risk of issues ranging from diabetes to cardiovascular disease.
While nutrition bars may have started out as a diet option for athletes, they now have a much wider market... and a wider range of ingredients. Action 12's Gretchen Bolander shows us how to make sure it's a healthy choice.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 795,000 patients have a stroke every year - and one out of five of those are less than 55 years old. But there are steps you can take to help prevent a stroke.
Taking your daily vitamin is almost a no brainer for many people. But recent studies have questioned just what impact they have on your health.
A recent survey estimates 1.7 million American teens smoke electronic cigarettes - and that most of them have also tried traditional cigarettes. Now, a closer look at electronic cigarettes and potential health risks to young smokers.
Many women rely on home pregnancy tests to give them their first chance to find out if they're expecting. And while the accuracy is high, there are some factors to factor in.
It's that time of year when the common cold starts making life tough. The experts estimate there are as many as one billion cases in America each year. Now, a look at how to spot the symptoms and when to seek medical help.
More food and less exercise, it's a bad habit many of us fall into during the holidays.
Strength and balance training may not top your list of exercise priorities. But a new study finds you could cut down on injuries if you keep them in the mix.
The federal government is considering a crackdown on hydrocodone based painkillers - making it tougher to get potentially addictive drugs like Vicodin. A look at the potential changes.
With the number of flu cases on the rise, medical experts are reminding of the importance of washing your hands regularly to steer clear of germs.
November is National Diabetes Month. And the diagnosis is on the rise - with an estimated 25 million patients in the United States alone.
The Affordable Care Act is moving to the next stage with the federal health insurance marketplace. Now, a look at what that means for local patients.
Mammograms are a valuable tool for not only detecting breast cancer but finding tumors early, raising the odds of a successful recovery. But some patients put it off - worried about pain or health risks. Now, a few of the myths.
Getting your tonsils out could solve a wide range of health problems for young patients.
When a breast cancer patient opts for a mastectomy, it can make a big impact both on her health and her emotional well being. Here's a look at some of the options that can help with recovery.
You may have noticed more and more products with a gluten free label. But until recently, the F.D.A. hasn't regulated what that means.
Ear infections can be common for young children, but when they happen too often it's time to consider using ear tubes to help with treatment.
Recovering from the emotional toll of a traumatic event can be a tough process, involving weeks, months or even years of healing.
More than one in four older Americans has diabetes, leading to a higher risk for amputation, heart attack and renal failure. But now the guidelines have changed in dealing with the disease in those 65 and older.
We've heard a lot about the risks of concussions in football. But it can happen with any blow to the head or body.
We all know to watch out for e-coli contamination to avoid a bad case of food poisoning, but it can be even tougher to prevent a similar bacteria known as listeria.
We've all heard the stories about small children, left forgotten in cars on a hot summer day and the deadly consequences that follow. A look at the dangers and how to keep kids safe.
When military parents deploy, the absence can be tough on the kids they leave behind. A look at the potential impact.
Shoe shopping is a favorite past time for many of us. But for diabetic patients, it's not just a matter of fashion - it can affect their health.
Dealing with food allergies is tough enough at home, but can be even more of an issue when you go out to eat.
New technology is allowing local doctors to get a better look at delicate surgical procedures while reducing the potential impact to the patient.
Steering kids away from cookies and ice cream isn't always the easiest challenge. But there are a few options to help them make the healthy choices.
Water quality is a top priority during the summer swimming season.
Knee replacement surgery can be painful and time consuming. But changes in the procedure are simplifying the process ... and the impact to the patient.
You've heard of X-rays and MRIs - but PET/CT scans are becoming more and more common as a way to diagnose cancer and other health issues.
If even thinking of a tall building makes you dizzy, you likely have some type of vertigo. But in some cases, physical therapy can help and even cure the problem.
Whether it's helping at a hospital, reading to the blind, or stocking a food pantry - there are countless ways to volunteer. And when you decide to help others, it can also benefit your own mental and physical health.
April is National Donate Life month. It's a chance for supporters to highlight the importance of considering organ donation.
House hunters could potentially face risks to their health if they choose a home once used as a meth lab. But there's no law requiring that past issues are disclosed.
As spring starts to dominate the forecast, more and more people are thinking about getting out and getting active. But figuring out how often AND how much time to spend on exercise can be a tough call.
Bullying can be a serious problem. And parents need to know what to do to help their child - whether their child is the victim or the bully.
Ear infections are all too common in young patients. But how pediatricians treat ear pain may be changing.
Medical experts now have a new tool to help in the diagnosis of thyroid cancer. It's a test that can help narrow the odds when other methods just don't work. A closer look at the gene expression classifier.
Folic acid is an important vitamin for every patient ... but it's especially crucial for expectant moms.
Local police are cracking down on a growing number of cases involving synthetic drugs like K2 and illegal bath salts. And while there's a legal price to pay - using those drugs can also take a physical toll.
Recent studies have shown that smokers are much more likely to die five or even ten years earlier than non-smokers.
Nearly 50% of Americans take a daily multivitamin. But just popping a pill doesn't ensure great health.
A recent federal study points out that men are 24% less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the last year - even while they are at a higher risk for diabetes and heart problems.
A local hospital now has a new option to treat patients who are having a tough time healing.
Germs are impossible to avoid, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you don't get sick. Action 12's Drew Moore tells us a few surprising places where germs live in tonight's Freeman Medical Focus.
You've heard of a pediatrician and a heart surgeon ... and probably know what a radiologist is. But more and more medical facilities have hospitalists on staff to take care of patients.
Acid reflux is a painful condition that, over time, can raise your risks of cancer. But lifestyle choices can help lower those risks.
One out of ten patients suffers the gripping pain of a migraine. But there are a wide range of triggers that can cause an attack.