Family History on Your Wrist: Introducing Ancestry’s Apple Watch App
Ancestry is now available on Apple Watch—bet you never thought you’d see the day you could do family history from your wrist! Okay, you might not do full family history activities, but you can learn about a new photo hint or reply to a comment about a story you attached to your tree. Get notified about important& Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with Bill Paxton: Shaping a Nation
There is something emotionally significant about discovering a Revolutionary War patriot in your family tree. The idea that your own ancestor somehow contributed to the birth of a new nation may set off an explosion of patriotic anthems in your mind and unearth a desire to know how they helped secure American independence. Once you& Read more

Member Spotlight UK & Ireland: Mysteries solved and relatives discovered using Ancestry
Many of us have been fortunate to know our grandparents. For those of us that did not, we often learn about their lives from our own parents. What if you never knew your grandparents and your parents had never known them either? With his first child on the way, Danny McClure wanted to learn more& Read more

Beyond “The Wet Dog Effect”: Telling Your Story with the New Ancestry
Have you ever had one of those days when you made a major breakthrough in your family history? What do you do? You corner one of your kids, a spouse, or even a stranger walking down the street and tell them all about how cool it was that you finally realized there was a transcription& Read more

Introducing Ancestry Academy, a New Way to Learn About Family History
We are excited to announce the launch of Ancestry Academy, a new educational website that offers exclusive, high-quality video courses taught by genealogy and family history experts. Ancestry Academy courses cover a wide range of relevant family history topics and offer something for genealogists of all levels.  Here are a few things we think you’ll& Read more

Debunking the American Dream: Immigrants Did Better in 1900 Than in 2000
It’s a familiar story. An immigrant family makes their way to America. They start out with little money in their pockets, but with determination and hard work, they climb their way up the economic ladder. That’s the cliché, but it may not be accurate according to new research. “Conventional wisdom about immigrants and the American& Read more

The Great Migration: How to Find Your African-American Ancestors, Part 2
This is the second in the series of three guest posts by Karin Berry that describe how to use Ancestry to research African-Americans during the Great Migration. The first blog post explained how to find your family and trace them in northern states using U.S. federal census records. This second blog post will reveal how to incorporate military& Read more

Who Do You Think You Are? Recap with America Ferrera: Good News About Newspapers
America Ferrera grew up hearing stories about her great-grandfather Gregorio Ferrera, who was supposed to be some kind of a general. Armies love paperwork, and military service usually generates plenty of records. But in this case, we ended up turning to a completely different source to uncover Gregorio Ferrera’s dynamic life. During her journey on& Read more

ABC’s of Commonly Used Nicknames (D-F)
Savvy family historians know that an ancestors first name may not always appear consistently the same way in records. Nicknames, diminutive names, or even middle names may have been used in the documents we use in our family history. These alternate names can cause us to mistake an already documented ancestor for a new individual, perhaps& Read more

Exploring our DNA – Europe West
Our Western European DNA When I was a child my grandmother used to tell me how her family descended from Black Forest Quakers who fled to Ireland to escape religious persecution in Germany in the 1700s. Like all the best family stories there was a kernel of truth, as I would later learn about my& Read more

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Blue Bell issues nationwide recall of all products over Listeria worries
Blue Bell Creameries on Monday issued a recall of all of the company's products currently on the market, both in the United States and abroad, over concerns that they might be contaminated with Listeria, a potentially fatal food-borne illness.Read full article >>

Breast cancers predicted to rise by 50 percent by 2030
The number of breast cancers suffered by American women will increase by about 50 percent by 2030, researchers from the National Cancer Institute reported Monday.Breast cancers are the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 283,000 diagnosed cases in 2011. That number is predicted to rise to about 441,000 in 2030, according to Philip Rosenberg, a senior investigator in the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the National Cancer Institute. The information was released at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.Read full article >>

Medical Mysteries: Like a slow-motion stroke
Braced by her partner, Suzanne Tobin shuffled back to her car parked in the cavernous garage at Johns Hopkins Hospital late on the evening of Oct. 22, 2013, distraught about what might happen next.Tobin, then 60, had been driven by her partner, James Rapp, from their Germantown home to the Hopkins ER in hopes that doctors there could determine what was causing her relentless deterioration. Three months earlier, Tobin had held a full-time job as a copy editor at AARP in the District. She spent an hour before work striding around the Mall for exercise. Now she could no longer walk unassisted, her speech was nearly unintelligible and her left hand was so weak she could no longer hold a book.Read full article >>

Why researchers say fake and low-quality drugs are a ‘global pandemic’
Fake and substandard drugs are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths around the globe each year, and the persistent lack of reliable medicines in poor countries threatens to roll back decades of efforts to combat malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other conditions, researchers said Monday.Read full article >>

Dr. Oz responds after prominent physicians call for his firing from Columbia University
You know Dr. Oz. He has a popular show where he dishes medical advice, some of which has earned him criticism. But he's not just a television host: Dr. Mehmet Oz is also a cardiothoracic surgeon who holds the surgery department vice chairmanship at Columbia University's medical school.Read full article >>

Ostomy association asks CDC to pull anti-smoking ads it calls ‘offensive and dangerous’
This post has been updated.The United Ostomy Associations of America has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pull two chilling anti-smoking ads that emphasize the difficulty of living with the aftermath of intestinal surgery.Read full article >>

High school, middle school kids now use more e-cigs than tobacco: CDC
The number of middle and high school students using electronic cigarettes tripled between 2013 and 2014, according to government figures released Thursday, a startling increase that public health officials fear could reverse decades of efforts combating the scourge of smoking.Read full article >>

That heavy snorer next to you may be killing brain cells
The dangers associated with night-time breathing disturbances, such as obstructive sleep apnea, are well known: increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and diabetes, not to mention sometimes dangerous daytime drowsiness, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.Read full article >>

Take a chance on the mung bean
Have you ever truly thought about the beans whose sprouts garnish your typical takeout Asian food? Until dinner last week, I hadn’t. But on that night, one of my boys wondered which bean makes the bean sprouts in his takeout pho. Was it a black bean, a white bean or a kidney bean?Read full article >>

Anti-vax mom changes her tune as all 7 of her children come down with whooping cough
In the ongoing skirmishes between public health officials and vaccine skeptics, I'm scoring this one for the pro-immunization forces. A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunized against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease. Read full article >>

How long does it take to get out of shape?
With five kids age 6 and under — including a set of twins — Karyn Ryan could barely find the time to sleep, let alone exercise. After a nine-month hiatus from her fitness routine, Ryan was so overweight and out of shape that she got winded just going up the stairs. “Mentally, I needed to find myself again,” she says. Read full article >>

Everything ages, even your brain. Don’t worry so much. It’s probably not Alzheimer’s.
Your muscles age. So do your joints and bones. You recognize this, try to do what you can and adapt to what you can't change.But when it comes to the brain, people tend to worry more. Will I lose my ability to live on my own? Is frequently forgetting where I put my keys a sign of impending dementia?Read full article >>

The health benefits of herbs
As a passionate food lover as well as a nutritionist, I’m always searching for that sweet spot where delicious and healthful meet. Herbs hit it perfectly. These luscious leaves — parsley, basil, cilantro, mint, thyme, oregano, rosemary and the like — not only add enticing aroma, fresh flavor and vivid green color to food, but also have remarkable health benefits. When you move beyond thinking of herbs as mere garnishes and start to see them as major culinary players, a whole world of healthy taste opens up to you. Read full article >>

Two former egg company execs sentenced to three months in prison for 2010 salmonella outbreak
It doesn't happen very often, but a judge on Monday sentenced two former egg industry executives to three months of prison time each for their roles in a huge salmonella outbreak five years ago.Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Pete DeCoster, each faced a year in prison for their roles in the outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked 1,939 illnesses to the salmonella outbreak, but officials said 56,000 people may have fallen sick.Read full article >>

Study finds troubling link between use of muscle-building supplements and cancer
The growth in popularity of dietary supplements has come largely despite a lack of scientific evidence to back up claims that they work.There are, however, growing questions about their risks.The latest: A new study, published in the British Journal of Cancer on Monday, found evidence of a troubling connection between men who took muscle-building supplements and their risk of developing testicular cancer.Read full article >>

Marijuana compound shows promise in treating seizures from severe epilepsy
Children with two of the most severe forms of epilepsy can suffer scores of seizures each day, as well as long-term physical and cognitive problems. The two conditions, Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes, are quite rare but unfortunately very resistant to treatment with current epilepsy drugs.Read full article >>

If you thought CPR was too hard, start humming ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and read this
You need only two things to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation and possibly save a life: a willingness to press hard on someone’s chest and familiarity with the Bee Gees’ disco hit “Stayin’ Alive.”Yes, CPR has changed. The American Heart Association and other organizations, including the American Red Cross, are promoting instruction in an easier, hands-only version of CPR that drops the difficult mouth-to-mouth maneuver they had long been teaching. You press down hard and fast in the center of the chest until the ambulance or someone with an automatic defibrillator arrives to take over.Read full article >>

Is ‘Nurse Jackie’ a good portrait of addiction in the medical profession?
'Nurse Jackie' returned for a final season on Showtime on Sunday night and once again received praise for its realistic portrayal of addiction. At the start of last season, I asked an expert about the chances that I'd ever receive care from an addicted medical professional and if I did, would she still be able to handle the job.Read full article >>

Here’s what the sky might have looked like when the Milky Way was alive with star birth
Think our night sky is beautiful? Well, yeah, sure. But it would have been even more gorgeous if our sun wasn't one of the Milky Way's youngest.[Do stars have a sound? A new study says they might.]According to a new census by NASA (where scientists studied as many distant, and therefore ancient, similar galaxies as they could find) published Thursday in The Astrophysical Journal, our galaxy was in the throes of a serious baby boom 10 billion years ago. By the time our sun was born 5 billion years back, the party had slowed way down. They suspect this because the nearly 2,000 images they studied of other galaxies like the Milky Way revealed that most of their star formation happened during their first 5 billion years.Read full article >>

Tips for eating well when you’re not home
One of the simplest ways to eat healthfully is to stay home — but what should you do when you eat out or go on vacation? “You certainly have more control over what is in your food when you are cooking it yourself, but there is no need to forgo the pleasure of eating out once in a while,” dietitian and healthful eating columnist Ellie Krieger said her in her latest chat.Read full article >>