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Researchers followed more than 4,000 African American men and women over 15 years.
December 01, 2020

African Americans can significantly cut stroke risk by quitting smoking

African Americans are already almost twice as likely as whites to die from stroke. Now, new research finds that African...

Stroke
Providing resources to opioid overdose patients in the ER can help reduce the risk of death by overdose or suicide.
November 26, 2020

ER visits for drug overdose may raise risk of later death

People treated in the emergency room (ER) for an opioid overdose are 100 times more likely to die by drug overdose...

Opioid Overdose
Complementary health treatments need to be safe for you and performed correctly.
November 19, 2020

Could a complementary health treatment help you?

Looking to add a complementary health treatment—like yoga or meditation—to your pain management approach? Before you dive in, make sure...

Pain Management
Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development are focusing on disparities in maternal health in the U.S.
November 17, 2020

The new role of artificial intelligence in NIH pregnancy research

Pregnancy can be an exciting experience for many women. But it also can be difficult and confusing, especially for women...

Pregnancy
Ashli Brown with her husband and daughter.
November 12, 2020

Diagnosed when pregnant: A young mom’s breast cancer story

Ashli Brown of Chicago was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019 at age 29, when she was six months pregnant. I was...

Breast Cancer
Worta McCaskill-Stevens, M.D., M.S., studies breast cancer's impact on diverse populations.
November 10, 2020

Improving outcomes for African American women with breast cancer

Worta McCaskill-Stevens, M.D., M.S., has spent much of her career advancing research that supports women with breast cancer,...

Breast Cancer
Researchers are studying how social influence around vaping affects teens.
November 05, 2020

Under the influence: NIH research shows teen vaping, social pressure on the rise

Vapes. E-cigarettes. E-hookahs. Mods. Vaporizer devices all have the same purpose: to heat liquids containing nicotine or marijuana that people...

Vaping
Alise and Mike Crutchman with their son, Connor. Alise and Mike remained dedicated to starting a family after their losses.
November 03, 2020

Opening up about pregnancy and loss

Alise Crutchman had been trying to get pregnant for a few months when she finally conceived in 2017. For Alise and...

High-Risk Pregnancy, Pregnancy
Cheryll Plunkett, middle, with her daughter, son, and husband.
October 29, 2020

Cheryll Plunkett never stops fighting

Cheryll Plunkett of Medway, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2015. I was diagnosed in 2002, 13...

Breast Cancer
NCCIH Director Helene Langevin, M.D., wants people to know that more options are available for chronic pain.
October 28, 2020

How integrative health research tackles the pain management crisis

Pain isn't simple or straightforward—and neither is treating it. Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people...

Pain Management
Palliative care offers support for people at any age who have a serious illness.
October 27, 2020

What is palliative care?

Palliative care offers care and support from a team of health providers such as doctors, nurses, and social workers. Palliative...

Palliative Care
Reducing the spread of viruses, eating right, and being active can keep you healthy during the winter months.
October 22, 2020

Cold-weather wellness: Tips for staying healthy this season

Staying healthy during colder months is the first step in making sure you can enjoy all the activities the season...

Cold-Weather Wellness
Common vaping devices include tanks or mods (left) and e-cigarettes.
October 21, 2020

Vaping: What you need to know

Vapes are battery-operated devices that heat liquid with nicotine, marijuana, or flavorings. Some vapes contain other unknown substances or chemicals....

Vaping
Selene Suarez and her daughters.
October 20, 2020

Personal story: Selene Suarez

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects 1.5 million people in the U.S. One of those people is Selene Suarez. ...

Pain Management
Bone marrow infected with metastatic breast cancer tumor cells.
October 14, 2020

Quick facts on metastatic breast cancer

Metastatic breast cancer starts in the breast but then spreads to other parts of the body. For example, it could...

Breast Cancer
A cell (green) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple).
October 13, 2020

Cancer medicine may help treat COVID-19 breathing problems

Early data from a small clinical study led by National Cancer Institute researchers found that a cancer medicine may help...

COVID-19
The Lanzara family on vacation. From left: Mary, Darryl, Merita, and Luis.
October 08, 2020

A different path to starting a family

Mary Lanzara was 25 years old when her 20-year journey to motherhood began. The New Jersey native became pregnant six months...

High-Risk Pregnancy, Pregnancy
Women with high-risk pregnancies may meet with their doctors more often.
October 06, 2020

High-risk pregnancy: What you need to know

High-risk pregnancy is when a woman or her unborn baby is at greater risk of problems during pregnancy or delivery. ...

High-Risk Pregnancy, Pregnancy
Cyberbullying includes posting information about others online without their consent.
September 30, 2020

The little-known health effects of bullying

Though bullying can happen at any age, it can be especially difficult for school-age children and teens. It can result...

Bullying
Plus-size women can work with their providers to make a plan for a healthy pregnancy.
September 29, 2020

Healthy pregnancy for plus-size women

Obesity during pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects and problems with pregnancy or delivery. Longer-term problems can include...

Pregnancy
Talking with your children about the dangers of vaping can help prevent long-lasting health problems.
September 24, 2020

Tips for talking to your teen about vaping

Vaping nicotine or marijuana can cause long-lasting health problems for your child. So, it's important to talk with your...

Vaping