The health benefits of strong relationships

Social connections and regular social interaction with friends and family members not only give us pleasure, they also influence our long-term health in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking. Dozens of studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends, and their community are happier, less stressed, have fewer health problems, and live longer. More »

How to put your smartphone "on call"

Health and fitness apps for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones are helping users lose weight, track their exercise goals, find information about personal health concerns, and receive updates about public health issues. (Locked) More »

In the news: FDA approves the first oral drug for reducing multiple sclerosis relapses

People with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) have a new option for reducing periodic attacks (relapses) and for delaying the progression of MS-related disability. MS is typically treated with injected drugs or infusions, which can be painful and inconvenient and may discourage some patients from staying on therapy. The FDA has approved the first oral medication, fingolimod, brand name Gilenya. (Locked) More »