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Tools for planning end of life care are varied, untested: study

Many tools exist to helpintroduce people to the subject of advanced care planning, butthey vary widely in what they offer...

Too few U.S. youth getting vaccine for sexually transmitted virus -CDC

More U.S. adolescents are receivingvaccines against the sexually transmitted virus that causescervical and other types of...

Robot bladder surgery fails to deliver fewer complications

Using robotic techniques toremove a cancerous bladder doesn't reduce the risk ofcomplications compared with conventional...

Cartoonist Roz Chast takes on eldercare

Cartoonist Roz Chast, famous forher deceptively simple drawings in The New Yorker magazine, isnow touching a chord with the...

India to probe corruption in healthcare after TV sting

India has ordered an investigationinto doctors and laboratories suspected of offering kickbacksfor referring patients for...

Florida jury awards record $23 billion against RJ Reynolds

A Florida jury has awarded thewidow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years agorecord punitive damages of more...

U.S. Medicare program scales back hospice drugs restrictions

The Obama administration on Fridaybacked down on restrictions of private insurance coverage forhospice drugs under Medicare,...

Musicians On Call' bring music for the soul to patients' beds

Musicians On Call, a nonprofitproviding live music to the seriously ill, hopes to aggressivelyexpand to other major cities...

HPV test better than Pap for assessing cervical cancer risk: study

Testing for human papillomavirus(HPV) may be the best way to know whether a woman is at risk ofdeveloping cervical cancer...

Depression may keep some men from fighting prostate cancer

Depression may be source ofdisparities in the treatment men get for prostate cancer,according to a new study. In the analysis,...

Chinese town trades lead poison test results for milk

After a test showed farmer ZhaoHeping's toddler grandson had high levels of lead in his bloodtwo years ago, local officials...

Doctor characteristics may influence prostate cancer treatment

Whether a man's low-riskprostate cancer gets treated with surveillance, surgery oranother method may have more to do with...

Young Hispanic men face rising testicular cancer rates

Testicular cancer rates areincreasing more than three percent per year among young Hispanicmen, at a time when rates among...

Extreme fat photos may undermine message on overweight risk

Photos of morbidly obese peoplealongside a news story about the health threat from beingoverweight may cause moderately heavy...

CORRECTED-Extreme obesity cuts lifespan more than smoking-study

That obesity can cut life short bycausing strokes and other illnesses comes as no surprise, but astudy reported on Tuesday...

Vitamin D linked to improved survival chances in bowel cancer: study

Bowel cancer patients with high levels ofvitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease,according to new...

Smoking cessation more effective with pills and patch: study

People trying to quit smokingmay be more likely to succeed if they combine the patch with apill, suggests a new study from...

UnitedHealth: New doctor payment plan cut cancer care costs

An experiment changing how U.S. cancer doctorsare compensated cut healthcare costs by a third, with nodiscernible decline...

Upgraded mammograms raised Medicare spending: study

Between 2001 and 2009, Medicarespending on breast cancer screening rose markedly but did notlead to earlier detection of...

Adoption of new surgical technology linked to complications

Patients may be more likely tohave complications when a new surgical device is first beingadopted, suggests a new study looking...

Extreme obesity cuts lifespan more than smoking-study

That obesity can cut life short bycausing strokes and other illnesses comes as no surprise, but astudy reported on Tuesday...

New York governor signs medical marijuana bill into law

Governor Andrew Cuomo said onMonday he had signed legislation making New York the 23rd stateto allow medical marijuana, calling...

Preventive services differ between primary care docs and OB/GYNs

The services women receiveduring annual preventive care visits may partially depend onwhat type of doctor they see, suggests...

Rural residents with disabilities less likely to get colon cancer screening

People with disabilities areless likely to get screened for colon and rectal cancer if theylive in rural areas, according...

North Carolina joins states allowing limited medical marijuana

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Thursdaysigned a law allowing limited use of medical marijuana to treatseizures, joining...

Pot shops buzz, crime eases as Colorado law marks 6 months

At the Native Roots Apothecary, adiscreet marijuana shop in a grand old building in Denver's busy16th street shopping mall,...

CORRECTED-Massachusetts family says VA offer of help came two years late

Last month, Suzanne Chase opened a letterfrom a Veterans Affairs hospital offering her husband medicalhelp - an offer that...

Massachusetts family says VA offer of help came two years late

Last month, Suzanne Chase opened a letterfrom a Veterans Affairs hospital offering her husband medicalhelp - an offer that...

Deep-frozen testicle tissue used to produce baby mice

Scientists have for the first timeproduced live offspring from testicle tissue that wascryopreserved, or deep frozen, and...

Doctor group suggests skipping routine pelvic exams

Most women should not getroutine pelvic exams, according to a new guideline from a groupof U.S. internal medicine doctors....

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