New guidelines could double the number of Americans on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Here’s what you need to know.
Watch: Cleanliness Showdown–Hand Sanitizers v. Soap and Water
It’s flu season, and the best way to keep influenza viruses from making you sick is to keep your hands clean. But do you need to invest in pricey hand sanitizers to avoid the sniffles?
Why You Need a Flu Shot Every Year: TIME Explains
Creating the annual flu vaccine involves marrying chicken eggs and a wily influenza virus that is among the fastest-changing bugs around. That’s why researchers are adding new flu strains to the annual shot, and giving us more …
What We Can Learn From the Girl Who Never Grew Up
Even after death, Brooke Greenberg will lead researchers closer to the fountain of youth
20-Year-Old Woman Dies Looking Like Toddler
Diagnosed with a mysterious condition that prevented her from aging, Brooke Greenberg was old enough to drive but lived her life in a crib.
Wheelchair (In)accessible: The Story Behind an App That Maps Obstacles for the Disabled
A filmmaker with multiple sclerosis hopes an app he developed will help fellow wheelchair users make cities like New York more accessible.
First National Anti-Smoking TV Ads Help 200,000 Smokers to Quit
Real-life stories of former smokers’ health problems provided the motivation smokers needed.
Watch: This Week in Health
How marijuana contributes to weight loss — and a reduced risk of diabetes; researchers zero in on the first genes associated with postpartum depression; and ADHD in childhood may be linked to obesity later in life. These are the stories making health news this week; for more, visit TIME Health & Family.
First Genetic Markers That Predict Postpartum Depression
Researchers say that a blood test may soon identify which pregnant women are at highest risk of developing postpartum depression, so they can seek treatment that could control their symptoms.
The Week in Health: A New Test for Prostate Cancer and the Benefits of Licking Pacifiers Clean
Researchers announced the promising results of a new genetic test that can predict the most aggressive prostate cancers; New Jersey governor Chris Christie has gastric lap-band surgery, and moms who lick their babies’ pacifiers clean may be doing their kids’ immune systems a favor. These are some of the major stories making health news this week.
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Here’s a quick look at the biggest health stories this week.
Cannibalism at Jamestown: Listening to the Bones
She was thrown out, or at least her head was, with the remains of other animals — dogs, horses, squirrels — and other debris that the colonists discarded during the winter of 1609–10.