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Older people bear the brunt of Pacific island disasters

Five years ago, when an 8.1 magnitude earthquakeand tsunami hit the islands of Samoa in the Central SouthPacific, elderly...

People with widespread pain more likely to develop insomnia

Older adults with pain for morethan a day are more likely to report trouble sleeping yearslater, according to a new study....

Hand sanitizer may spare travelers illness abroad: survey

In a French survey of travelersto countries where diarrheal illnesses are common, the peoplewho used hand sanitizer while...

With high blood pressure, light to moderate drinking may protect heart

Drinking alcohol has been tiedin the past to a higher risk of high blood pressure, but in anew analysis of past studies,...

Self management may reduce blood pressure: study

Even people at significant riskfor heart attacks and strokes can take an active role inreducing their own high blood pressure,...

Men, substance users less likely to have weight-loss surgery

A one-size-fits-all approach toweight-loss surgery may be keeping obese men, substance usersand older people out of the operating...

CORRECTED-Peanut and almond butters recalled for possible salmonella

A natural food company is voluntarily recallingcertain peanut butters and almond butters because governmenttesting found...

Peanut and almond butters recalled for possible salmonella

A natural food company is voluntarily recallingcertain peanut butters and almond butters sold at Whole Foods,Trader Joe's...

More evidence adult daycare eases stress on dementia caregivers

The stress of caring for afamily member with dementia may take a toll on health over time,but a new study suggests that even...

Preventable hospital deaths after urological surgery rising: study

As more urological surgeries areperformed outside hospitals, deaths from preventablecomplications among men and women getting...

Tech investor gets five towns to join social-health experiment

Technology investor Esther Dysonthinks she has found the answer to America's growing healthconcerns, and has enlisted five...

Cancer screenings common among older, sick Americans

Despite potential risks andlimited benefits, many Americans are still screened for cancerstoward the end of their lives,...

NSAIDs tied to reduced breast cancer recurrence among obese

In overweight women, aspirin orother drugs that reduce inflammation might make certain breastcancers more treatable, researchers...

Religiosity associated with less depression in elderly: study

In a study of older adults,religious participation was correlated with better mood. People in the study who often attended...

Older people perform better in the morning, study finds

Older adults are better able toignore distractions and to perform demanding cognitive tasks inthe morning, a new study suggests....

Trouble sleeping could be a suicide risk factor for older adults

In a new study, people age 65and older who reported trouble sleeping were more likely tocommit suicide over the next ten...

Fish-eaters may keep more gray matter in old age

Eating baked or broiled fish atleast once a week may preserve parts of the brain that are hithard by aging, according to...

Regular exercise after menopause tied to lower breast cancer risk

Middle aged women who get a fewhours of activity each week, including walking or more vigorousexercise, are less likely to...

Singer Celine Dion takes career hiatus due to family, health concerns

Singer Celine Dion said on Wednesdaythat she had decided to put her career on hold indefinitely andhas cancelled her Asia...

GN Resound pins hopes on hearing aid for iPhone generation

Denmark's GN Resound is banking on ahearing aid packed with bluetooth-like technology that letsusers listen to calls and...

Many meds taken by seniors can raise risk of falls

Half of the 20 most commonlyprescribed medications taken by older adults may raise the riskof falls, according to new research....

For older colon cancer survivors, colonoscopies carry risks: study

After age 75, recurrences ofcolon cancer are rare and the risks of repeated colonoscopiesmay outweigh the benefits, according...

Silicon Valley startup launches self-insurance option for smaller firms

The founders of Collective Health,a Silicon Valley startup, say they can help employers save moneyby self-insuring rather...

Growing numbers sign up to Swiss right-to-die society

A Swiss organisation that helps peopletake their own lives and defends their right to refuse medicaltreatment says it has...

Diabetes-related amputations more common in poor areas

People with diabetes who live inthe poorest areas of California are about twice as likely to endup with their legs or feet...

New York teen wins $50,000 prize for invention aiding Alzheimer's patients

A New York teenager whose grandfathersuffers from Alzheimer's disease won a $50,000 science prize fordeveloping wearable...

Low vitamin D levels may predict dementia risk

Elderly people with less vitaminD in their blood may be more likely to develop dementia andAlzheimer's disease than those...

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej to return to hospital

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej willreturn to a Bangkok hospital for the first time since leaving ita year ago, the palace...

Scientific review finds aspirin significantly cuts cancer rates

Taking a small daily dose of aspirin cansignificantly reduce the risk of developing - or dying from -bowel, stomach and esophageal...

About half of heart procedure patients make end-of-life plans

Less than half of the patientswho underwent a risky heart surgery at one medical centercompleted advanced directives to guide...

Midlife high blood pressure tied to later-life mental decline

People with high blood pressurein middle age are more likely to experience cognitive decline -a common precursor of dementia...

Medicare raises U.S. hospital payment rates for FY2015

The U.S. government said on Mondaythat it will increase the operating payments that acute-care andlong-term care hospitals...

U.S. hepatitis C burden may ease in coming decades: study

Hepatitis C may become a "rare"disease in the U.S. in about 20 years, according to a newcomputer model. About one in 100...

French hospital to open wine bar to cheer up terminally ill

A hospital in the French city ofClermont-Ferrand is to open a wine bar where terminally illpatients will be able to enjoy...

Alzheimer's documentary 'Alive Inside' pushes for music therapy

Michael Rossato-Bennett initiallythought it was the worst job he had ever taken. The filmmaker was flabbergasted when he...

Depression linked to faster cognitive decline in old age

Among older adults withdementia, those who are also depressed tend to have more rapidcognitive decline, according to a new...

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...

U.S. lawyer groups launch effort to prevent elder financial fraud

Lawyers will have access to training onidentifying elderly clients who have fallen prey to financialscams under a continuing...

COLUMN-The truth about Social Security and Medicare, straight from the trustees

If you worry about the future of SocialSecurity and Medicare, this is the week to get answers to yourquestions. The most...

Dementia patients more likely to get pacemakers: study

People with dementia are morelikely to get pacemakers than people without any cognitiveimpairment, according to a new study....

Behavior therapy may help prevent depression over vision loss

Combining occupational therapyto help older people adapt to central vision loss with behaviortherapy to keep them from becoming...

Massachusetts monks tap brewing tradition to support aging members

Tucked off a two-lane highway ina hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group ofRoman Catholic monks has embraced...

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, battling Alzheimer's, steps down

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen isstepping down as he battles Alzheimer's disease, the NationalFootball League team said...

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...

Exercise may slow physical and mental decline after menopause

Women who exercise regularlyafter menopause tend to maintain their physical strength andmental acuity longer than those who...

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...

Medication errors may be common after hospital discharge

More than half of heart patientsin a new U.S. study made mistakes taking their medications ormisunderstood instructions given...

Young adults drive record U.S. trend of multi-generational homes

A record 57 million Americans, or18.1 percent of the U.S. population, lived in households withtwo or more generations in...

U.S. strokes, stroke deaths decreased over past decades

The number of Americans havingstrokes and the number dying following strokes decreased overthe past 20 years, according to...

Brazilian son of ex-slave may be world's oldest person -rest home

A Brazilian rest home for theelderly believes it may be home to the world's oldest man, aformer agricultural laborer born...

Novartis to test Alzheimer's drugs in patients without symptoms

Novartis said it would test twoexperimental Alzheimer's drugs on people with a genetic risk ofdeveloping dementia, aiming...

Singing familiar songs may help prompt Alzheimer's patients to speak

With advanced Alzheimer'sdisease, language deteriorates and patients spontaneously speakless and less. In a small study from...

Shorter sleep may speed brain aging

With less sleep, normalaging-related structural changes in the brain progress slightlyfaster in middle-aged and older people,...

Older adults and their children move closer together after health issues

Seniors who have a stroke orheart attack are more likely to end up living closer to theiradult children afterward, according...

Upgraded mammograms raised Medicare spending: study

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

Why most seniors can't afford to pay more for Medicare

Should seniors pay more for Medicare?Republicans think so; they have repeatedly called for replacingthe current program with...

Study paves way for simple blood test to predict Alzheimer's

British scientists have identified a setof 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset ofAlzheimer's and call this...

Maturity, patience pay off for the long-distance swimmer

Marathon swimmer Doug McConnellcircumnavigated the island of Manhattan to clinch the TripleCrown of open water swimming and...

Study finds little benefit, some harm from steroid shots for back pain

Steroid injections widely usedto treat back pain offer little or no real benefit, according toa new study of 400 patients....

UPDATE 1-Illinois high court rules constitution protects health benefits

Illinois' unfunded pension liability is$100 billion, while its unfunded liability for retireehealthcare stood at nearly $34.5...

Illinois high court to rule on reach of pension protections

A ruling expected Thursday from theIllinois Supreme Court involving a change to public workerbenefits could provide insight...

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,...

Dark chocolate tied to better walking with artery disease

Older people who have troublegetting around because of poor blood flow to their legs may beable to walk a little longer and...

Donald Sterling's mental fitness won't feature at Clippers trial

The mental capacity of Los AngelesClippers co-owner Donald Sterling will not be part of anupcoming probate trial over whether...

One-third of knee replacements in the U.S. may be inappropriate

Judging by the symptoms ofpeople with knee arthritis, one-third of knee replacementsurgeries may be inappropriate, according...

New drug policy too burdensome, hospices say

The Centers for Medicare andMedicaid Services met Wednesday with 30 hospice and healthcareorganizations after outcry over...

COLUMN-Retirement and same-sex couples, a year after DOMA ruling

Something big happened in the world ofretirement benefits a year ago today: The U.S. Supreme Courtstruck down the Defense...

Study links traumatic brain injury to increased dementia risk

Older military veterans who havesuffered a serious head injury are more likely to be diagnosedwith dementia than uninjured...

Britons lose right-to-die case but campaigners see progress

A paralyzed car crash victim and thewidow of a man who had locked-in-syndrome lost a legal bid atBritain's highest court...

Death or immobility often follows hip fractures in nursing homes

Half of nursing home residentswho have a hip fracture either die or lose the ability to walkon their own in the six months...

Enriched exercise may help with mild memory loss

An exercise program thatchallenges the mind while mimicking daily tasks may improvemental functioning in older adults with...

COLUMN-The state of senior health: It depends on your state

What are the best and worst places tostay healthy as you age? For answers, take out a map and followthe Mississippi River...

Keeping the aging brain active may also keep it sharp: study

Challenging the mind early witheducation and stimulating work, and later in life with reading,socializing and computer use,...

Chest-pain follow-up linked to better survival, heart health

After an emergency-room visitfor chest pain, people who follow-up with a doctor are lesslikely than those who don't do so...

Metal allergies may affect joint replacement success

Metal sensitivities can lead tofailure of replacement joints, and patients should be carefullyevaluated for a possible reaction...

Drugmakers link with academia in giant UK dementia project

Drugmakers are linking with eight Britishuniversities in a 16 million-pound ($27 million) public-privatepartnership to speed...

Pope to miss procession but no health alarm, Vatican says

Pope Francis will not walk in atraditional religious procession through the streets of Rome onThursday night in order to...

California bill would restore funding for adult day care centers

California lawmakers advanceda bill on Wednesday that would restore adult day care servicesas a benefit under Medi-Cal, the...

Air pollution linked to cognitive decline in later years

The tiny particles in vehicleexhaust and other sources of air pollution may hasten cognitivedecline in older adults, according...

Stopping fluids at the end of life: a dilemma not just for Kasem's family

In the family disputes thatsurrounded American radio icon Casey Kasem's last weeks of life,his daughter's decision to carry...

Casey Kasem's end-of-life drama: a lesson for the rest of us

The dysfunction and drama of thefinal months of Casey Kasem, a radio personality who died Sundayfrom complications of dementia,...

COLUMN-Retirement healthcare costs: Not as scary, but still daunting

The remarkable recent lull in retirementhealthcare inflation isn't fading - not yet, at least. A 65-year-old couple retiring...

Self-compassion may help ease burden of menopause symptoms

Women who are kind to themselvesin tough situations may have an easier time dealing with hotflashes during menopause, a recent...

Medicare patients: Beware of 'observation' status in hospitals

People on Medicare who spend oneor two nights in the hospital are finding out, and often toolate, that they weren't really...

Indoor cold may threaten safety of elderly women

Turning down the thermostat tosave some money could cost older women by raising their risk offalls, according to a new European...

Mass. Gov. unveils $20 million plan to tackle opioid drug abuse

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick onTuesday unveiled a $20 million package of proposals to tacklewhat he described as...

Paul McCartney reschedules U.S. tour dates on doctors' orders

Former Beatle Paul McCartney, followinghis doctors' orders as he recovers from a viral illness afterfalling ill in Japan...

Judge orders ailing deejay Casey Kasem to be hydrated, fed

A Los Angeles judge on Mondayordered longtime radio deejay Casey Kasem, who is in criticalcondition in a Washington state...

Putting dying wishes in medical record helps them happen

When patients' end-of-lifepreferences are entered as instructions in their medical record,their wishes are more likely to...

NY nursing home workers face charges stemming from resident death

Nine employees of a troubled New Yorknursing home, including the top administrator, were indicted onThursday on charges stemming...

Japanese firm to start selling personal robots next year

Japan's SoftBank Corp said on Thursday itwill start selling human-like robots for personal use byFebruary, expanding into...

A second language may keep the brain young

Being able to speak more thanone language may help you think more clearly in later life, evenif you've learned the second...

CORRECTED-Sleepless nights raise brain levels of Alzheimer's protein: study

After a night of no sleep, evena healthy brain has higher than normal levels of the proteinthat forms the signature tangles...

Sleepless nights raise brain levels of Alzheimer's protein: study

After a night of no sleep, evena healthy brain has higher than normal levels of the proteinthat forms the signature tangles...

COLUMN-How to know when a 'gray gambler' is a problem gambler

Once upon a time, bingo was the biggestgame in town at the local senior center. But you're far morelikely to find today's...

Cynical attitude in golden years linked to dementia risk

An individual's personality andoutlook on life may affect their risk of developing dementia,according to a new study from...

Medicare on drugs: 24,000 tests for 145 patients

Three Connecticut doctors billedMedicare for nearly 24,000 drug tests in 2012 - on just 145patients. Despite the extraordinary...

Most doctors wouldn't want intensive care at the end of life

Most doctors would not wanthigh-intensity treatment near the end of life, according to anew study from Stanford University...

George W. Bush undergoes partial knee replacement

Former President George W. Bushunderwent successful surgery for a partial knee replacement, aspokesman said on Tuesday. ...

Exercise reduces mobility problems among older adults: study

People in their 70s and 80s whotook part in a moderate-intensity exercise program over severalyears were more likely to retain...

Groups call for more exercise after stroke

People who have had a stroke canoften benefit from moderate exercise, doctors and physicaltherapists report. In a scientific...

Light exercise linked to less disability

People who engage in plenty oflight movement have a lower risk of developing a disability andlosing their capacity to care...

Elderly may have trouble accessing online health records

Electronic medical records willlet patients access their health information over the Internet,but a new study suggests some...

Casey Kasem's daughter wins new rights to care for him -report

A judge on Tuesday ruled a daughterof Casey Kasem can travel to Washington state, where the ailingradio personality is believed...

Drinking milk may slow women's knee arthritis

The more milk women drank in a new U.S. study, the less deterioration they experienced in their arthritic knees. It's not...

Most web-based colon-screening information is lacking: study

When researchers evaluated a dozen websites meant to inform patients about colon cancer screening, most were written at too...

Japan allows people to return to Fukushima disaster 'hot zone'

For the first time since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 20 km...

U.S. advisers back DNA-based colon cancer test

A colon cancer screening method that uses stool samples won the unanimous backing of a U.S. advisory panel on Thursday, paving...

Knee arthritis more likely after ACL surgery

People who have had reconstructive surgery for a knee ligament tear develop wear-and-tear arthritis in the injured knee three...

British cost agency to take broader view of drug value

British healthcare cost agency NICE is to take a broader view of the value offered by new medicines under proposals that...

Scientists publish 'navigation maps' for human genome

A large international team of scientists has built the clearest picture yet of how human genes are regulated in the vast...

Nighttime finger splints can ease arthritis pain

Inexpensive splints worn nightly can reduce the pain of hand osteoarthritis, a chronic ailment that affects a majority of...

Former president Chirac hospitalized, life not in danger: source

Former French President Jacques Chirac was admitted to a hospital near Paris on Monday for examinations due to pain linked...

Weather may truly affect arthritis pain

For people with osteoarthritis of the hip, pain levels tracked with the weather over the course of a small two-year study,...

Stool test spots most colon cancers: study

An at-home test that reacts to blood in a person's stool can identify most colon cancers, according to a fresh look at some...

All alcohol, even wine, raises risk of gout flare-ups: study

Bad news for gout sufferers who enjoy drinking the fruit of the vine - new research finds that all types of alcohol, even...

Many chronically ill Americans unable to afford food, medicine

One in three Americans with a chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis or high blood pressure has difficulty paying for...

Colon surgery at busier hospitals may lead to better recovery

People who have colon surgery at high-volume hospitals are more likely than patients at smaller ones to go straight home...

Senator Coburn leaving Congress as he battles cancer

Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who crossed the aisle in 2005 and became friends with a newly elected colleague...

Benefit of knee supplements still unclear

The dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate might slow joint damage for people with mild arthritis in their...

Many doctors report trouble getting cancer drugs

More than eight in 10 U.S. cancer specialists have struggled to find the drugs they need to best treat their patients, a...

Obesity may disturb bone growth during teen years

Obese teens might not develop sufficient bone mass relative to their body weight, according to a new study from Brazil. Both...

Cancer deaths rise to 8.2 million, breast cancer sharply up

The global death toll from cancer rose to 8.2 million in 2012 with sharp rises in breast cancer as the disease tightened...

Rheumatoid arthritis patients better off than decades ago

People with rheumatoid arthritis are better off than they were 20 years ago, according to new research from the Netherlands....

France's Hollande reveals "benign" prostate problem

French President Francois Hollande acknowledged on Wednesday that he underwent treatment for a swollen prostate just before...

Nobel Laureate Kertesz, 84, has surgery for broken hip

Hungarian novelist and Auschwitz survivor Imre Kertesz, 84, winner of the 2002 Nobel Literature Prize, had surgery on Thursday...

Treatment, survival for colon cancer differs by race

Black people with advanced colon cancer are less likely to get consultations with specialists and treatment with complex...

Lady Gaga went "cold turkey" to break marijuana habit

Lady Gaga was smoking as many as 15 joints a day to help relieve the pain of a hip injury before a friend made her abruptly...

Vitamin D supplements may not increase bone density

People over the age of 50 often take vitamin D supplements thinking they're making their bones stronger and preventing osteoporosis....

Arthritis drug appears effective after one year: study

Previously untreated patients experienced significant and lasting reductions in signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis...

Costly prostate therapy common when docs own the machine

A new study of an intensive and expensive form of prostate cancer therapy finds that doctors who stand to profit from the...

Doctors rarely discuss risks of cancer screening

Doctors seldom tell patients about the possible harms of getting screened for cancer, a new study shows. During any screening...

Health habits tied to heart disease, arthritis risk

Older women who exercise regularly and don't smoke may have a substantially lower risk of late-life disability than their...

Regular doc visits tied to fewer colon cancers, deaths

Older Americans who visit their doctors regularly are less likely to develop or die from colon and rectal cancers, according...

Scientists urge Europe to shift focus to bowel cancer screening

European governments should divert funds to routine bowel cancer tests from less effective breast and prostate screening...

Vets may not get speedy cancer care

Adults diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer are experiencing longer wait times before receiving cancer treatment in Veterans...

Studies confirm colon cancer screening reduces deaths

There's new evidence that regular screening for colon cancer has long-term benefits. Testing for blood in the stool reduced...

World's oldest man dies at 112 in New York state

The world's oldest man, a gin rummy-playing, one-time sugarcane worker born in Spain, has died at 112 in New York state,...

Yervoy falls short in prostate cancer study

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's immunotherapy drug Yervoy failed to significantly prolong survival among patients with advanced...

Study tracks symptoms in men as testosterone levels decline

Low testosterone production can reduce strength, muscle size and lean mass. If the testosterone isn't being converted to...

Paying doctors for better care improves quality: studies

Paying doctors in small practices bonuses for the quality of care they provide leads to a modest increase in the number of...

Sleeping pill use highest among older Americans: CDC

Older U.S. adults, particularly women, are more likely to use prescription sleep medications to try to get the minimum seven...

Scientists find key to seniors' normal memory lapses

Scientists have good news for all the older adults who occasionally forget why they walked into a room - and panic that they...

Depression with diabetes may speed mental decline

In a study of middle-aged and older people with type 2 diabetes, declines in thinking and memory that are often linked to...

Omega-3s tied to lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Women who have diets high in omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those...

California: No imminent need to force-feed inmates on hunger strike

The California prison system had no imminent need to force-feed hunger-striking inmates on Tuesday, a day after it won federal...

Insoles provide little arthritis pain relief: review

Specially angled insoles may not do much to relieve pain for people with knee osteoarthritis, suggests a new review of past...

California gets OK to force-feed some hunger-striking inmates

California authorities won court approval on Monday to force-feed some prisoners on a hunger strike after officials voiced...

Aspirin tied to smaller lung and colon cancer tumors

Colon and lung cancer patients who regularly took low-dose aspirin before their diagnosis tended to have less advanced tumors,...

Metformin tied to longer prostate cancer survival

In older men with diabetes and prostate cancer, taking the diabetes drug metformin was linked to a lower risk of death, according...

Healthy diet in diabetes tied to less kidney disease

People with diabetes who ate a diet consistent with general health guidelines and high in fruit, vegetables, fiber and unsaturated...

Specialty Compounding recalling products: FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Sunday that Specialty Compounding LLC will voluntarily recall its full line...

Cardiac arrest more common at ice arenas than gyms

Machines to restart a heart in cardiac arrest are often required by law in fitness clubs, but a new study found that people's...

Younger male vets may be at raised risk for incontinence

In a U.S. national survey, men age 55 and younger with a history of military service were three times more likely than men...

Disabled Greeks get swim thanks to solar chair

Paralyzed from the waist down, Lefteris Theofilou has spent nearly half his life bound to a wheelchair and recalls as if...

High blood sugar tied to dementia in non-diabetics

Elderly people with high blood sugar - but not high enough to be diabetic - face a slightly greater risk of developing dementia,...

REFILE: Procedure may reduce stroke risk with irregular heartbeat

A heart procedure may be an effective alternative for treating the leading cause of strokes in the U.S., an abnormal heart...

Self-monitoring tied to lower blood pressure: review

People with hypertension who regularly monitor their own blood pressure tend to have lower numbers than those who don't use...

Antioxidants unlikely to boost female fertility

For women who struggle to conceive, there is little evidence that antioxidant supplements increase their chances, according...

Many teens have permanent ringing in the ears

One in five high schoolers has permanent ringing in the ears, and few take measures to protect their ears from loud music,...

Illinois governor signs law allowing medical pot

A law allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes in Illinois was signed on Thursday by Governor Pat Quinn, making...

Older adults' anemia linked to dementia risk

Among people in their 70s, anemia may flag an increased risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a new study....

Transplants may benefit obese kidney patients

After kidney transplants, the risk of death over the next year falls just as much among obese kidney failure patients as...

Americans with irregular heartbeats to double: study

If current trends continue, the number of Americans who experience a dangerous irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation...

Weedkillers tied to depression in farmers

Farmers who used weedkillers were more than twice as likely to be treated for depression than farmers who didn't use the...

Cardiac rehab may benefit oldest patients

Exercise-based rehabilitation programs for heart patients are tied to health benefits even among the most elderly, according...

Is expensive anesthesia for colonoscopy worth it?

Given a choice, most doctors and nurses who perform colonoscopy would choose to be fully anesthetized when undergoing the...

Scientists warn of overwhelming mental illness costs

Health systems could be "overwhelmed" by the costs of coping with mental illnesses such as dementia, depression and addiction...

Florida sued by U.S. government for "segregating" disabled children

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday sued Florida over its alleged failure to provide adequate care to disabled children,...

CORRECTION: More evidence not all prostate cancers need treatment

In a study of older men who had died from causes other than prostate cancer, almost half were found to have prostate tumors....

More evidence not all prostate cancers need treatment

In a study of older men who had died from causes other than prostate cancer, almost half were found to have prostate tumors....

Prostate cancer hormonal therapy tied to kidney risks

Men who are treated for prostate cancer with hormone-targeted therapy have a higher risk of developing kidney problems, a...

Later retirement linked to lower Alzheimer's risk

Workers who postpone retirement are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia known to affect...

Long term aspirin use tied to lower colon cancer risk

Low-dose aspirin, even if not taken daily, may reduce a woman's risk of colon cancer over the long term, according to a new...

Past colon cancer tied to future cancer risks

People who have had colon cancer are 15 percent more likely to be diagnosed with another cancer than those with no history...

Surgery may not be better for spine fractures

Getting back surgery to fix fractures caused by compression of the spine may not be any more beneficial than more conservative...

Lilly plans big Alzheimer's disease study after prior failures

Eli Lilly and Co plans this year to begin a new late-stage trial of solanezumab, its experimental treatment for Alzheimer's...

Shared decision-making uncommon for PSA tests

Most men have not discussed the potential advantages and disadvantages of prostate cancer screening with their doctor, according...

Alzheimer's tied to less cancer, and vice versa

People with Alzheimer's disease have a lower risk of cancer than other elderly adults, a new Italian study suggests. Additionally,...

CORRECTION: Medicare plan on Alzheimer's test dismays advocates

Alzheimer's experts plan to protest proposed Medicare guidelines that would deny coverage of an Eli Lilly diagnostic test...

Medicare plan on Alzheimer's test dismays advocates

Alzheimer's experts plan to protest proposed Medicare guidelines that would deny coverage of an Eli Lilly diagnostic test...

Country singer Randy Travis in critical condition after heart procedure

Ailing U.S. country singer Randy Travis has undergone a procedure to place a device in his heart that will help it pump on...

Soy doesn't prevent prostate cancer return: study

Men who took soy supplements after having their prostate cancer removed were just as likely to see their cancer return as...

Groups argue decision not to cover Alzheimer's test

Alzheimer's experts are set to protest after Medicare issued draft guidelines last week saying it would only pay for an Eli...

REFILE: Wife of U.S. Secretary of State Kerry condition upgraded to fair

Teresa Heinz Kerry's condition was upgraded to fair from critical on Monday, a day after the wife of U.S. Secretary of State...

Wife of Secretary of State Kerry said to show signs of seizure

Family members of Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, believed she might have suffered a...

Red meat tied to worse colon cancer outcomes: study

People who report eating the most red and processed meat before being diagnosed with colon cancer are more likely to die...

Retirement homes in vogue as Indians live longer and prosper

The Athashri retirement community offers the over-55 crowd Western-style amenities such as a clubhouse, gym, library and...

Hormone therapy, calcium may lower fracture risk

Women taking a combination of hormone therapy and calcium and vitamin D tablets after menopause were less likely to fracture...

Observation for prostate cancer questioned in blacks

African American men with very low-risk prostate cancer may not do as well with a wait-and-see treatment approach as white...

Hormone therapy in the 50s not linked to memory loss

Hormone replacement therapy during the early stages of menopause - typically around age 50 - doesn't hurt or help brain function,...

Jobless Spanish nurses jump at Dutch opportunities

Nurse recruiting firm Roca-BHR drew more than 800 applicants in Spain last year when it offered guaranteed jobs in the Netherlands...

Obama embarks on Africa trip, Mandela's health a question

President Barack Obama set out on an eight-day trip to Africa on Wednesday that is aimed at reviving U.S. engagement with...

Rise in high-end treatment for low-risk prostate cancer

The proportion of U.S. men with early, slow-growing prostate cancer who received robotic surgery and other expensive treatments...

Mandela 'critical,' South Africans resigned

South Africans adopted a mood of somber resignation on Monday to the inevitability of saying goodbye to former president...

Colon cancer screening tied to better outcomes

People who are diagnosed with colon cancer after routine colonoscopies tend to have better outcomes and less advanced cancers...

Endo Health offers $54.5 mln to settle some vaginal mesh cases

A unit of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc said it has agreed to pay $54.5 million to settle some of the thousands of lawsuits in...

Prostate terminology bewilders many inner-city men

Many inner-city men don't understand basic terms having to do with the prostate, according to a new survey, which could make...

Two-fifths of US cares for sick, elderly relatives

Four in 10 U.S. adults are now caring for a sick or elderly family member as more people develop chronic illnesses and the...

Prostate cancer treatment tied to hernia risk

Prostate removal or radiation therapy to treat cancer is tied to two- to four-fold higher than usual risk of later having...

Wait-and-see may be best for early prostate cancer

Watching and routinely examining men with early, slow-growing prostate cancer is more effective and cheaper than sending...

EU regulator advises caution on painkiller diclofenac

Europe's drugs agency warned on Friday that use of the common painkiller diclofenac, especially in high doses, carries extra...

Arrhythmias more common in intense athletes: study

Cross-country skiers who have completed more races at faster speeds have a higher risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder...

Air pollution can trigger heart arrhythmias: study

For people with existing heart problems, exposure to high levels of air pollution can trigger the irregular heartbeats that...

Actor Malkovich has walk-on role in rescue of bleeding man

Actor John Malkovich, known for playing unhinged villains in a 30-year film career, took on the role of real life hero this...

Vegetable fats tied to less prostate cancer spread

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, men who eat a diet high in vegetable fats, such as those in nuts and olive oil,...

Mandela's condition remains 'serious but stable'

Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for a third day on Monday with...

UK queen's husband, 91, in hospital for operation

Britain's Prince Philip was taken to a London hospital on Thursday for a planned operation on his abdomen, Buckingham Palace...

CORRECTION: Few access Internet help for colonoscopy prep

Despite reminders, people scheduled for a colonoscopy didn't access an Internet video designed to educate them about proper...

Few access Internet help for colonoscopy prep

Despite reminders, people scheduled for a colonoscopy didn't access an Internet video designed to educate them about proper...

Daily sunscreen may prevent skin aging

Using sunscreen every day may help protect against aging skin, according to a new study from Australia. Although the benefits...

Some common prescriptions linked to impotence

Tranquilizers known as benzodiazepines and certain older antidepressants are linked with a greater chance of having erectile...

High doses of common painkillers increase heart attack risks

Long-term high-dose use of painkillers such as ibuprofen or diclofenac is "equally hazardous" in terms of heart attack risk...

Pesticides again tied to Parkinson's disease

Exposure to pesticides and other chemicals is linked to an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to...

Patient communication has room to grow: studies

There's room - and need - for improvement in the discussions between doctor and patient that go into medical decision-making,...

Some with defibrillators may safely play sports

Despite expert guidelines advising against intense sports activity for people with implanted heart defibrillators, a new...

Study links eggs to diabetes, but not heart disease

In a large new review of existing research, eating an egg a day or even more appeared to have no impact on a person's risk...

Sugar water injections may help ease knee pain

Knee pain appears to decrease up to one year after "prolotherapy," a series of sugar water injections at the site of the...

Labs reject dramatic findings on cancer drug in Alzheimer's mice

U.S. scientists say a dramatic result last year suggesting that a cancer drug already approved by U.S. regulators could quickly...

Does prostate cancer treatment help older, sick men?

Older men with other illnesses may not live long enough to benefit from aggressive prostate cancer treatments, such as prostate...

Pricey radiation no better post prostatectomy-study

Men who get an older and less costly form of radiation after their cancerous prostates are removed fare just as well as men...

China taps rural elderly to care for the even older

Two years short of 70, Zhang Guosheng spends his days caring for an 81-year-old fellow villager - washing his clothes, bringing...

Struggling with maths? Plug in to improve

Applying painless but targeted electrical stimulation to parts of the brain that play a role in number manipulation may in...

REFILE: Warning didn't change for-profit dialysis drug use

Despite a strong warning from U.S. regulators in 2007, for-profit dialysis centers still gave their kidney failure patients...

Warning didn't change for-profit dialysis drug use

Despite a strong warning from U.S. regulators in 2007, for-profit dialysis centers still gave their kidney failure patients...

New fitness centers cater to aging baby boomers

Baby boomers, the generation that vowed to stay forever young, are getting older, designing senior-friendly gyms and becoming...

Agent Orange tied to aggressive prostate cancer risk

Men who were exposed to Agent Orange chemicals used during the Vietnam War are at higher risk for life-threatening prostate...

HPV-related cancers rose before vaccines hit market

The number of some cancers related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) increased throughout the U.S. before vaccines against...

Sex supplements often contain Viagra ingredients

Herbal supplements aimed at improving men's sexual abilities often contain the active ingredients in erectile dysfunction...

Health concerns top list of retirement worries in U.S.: study

Health problems and the cost of healthcare are the biggest concerns for those entering retirement, according to a study released...

Urologists echo call for discussion before PSA test

Urologists fell in line with other doctor groups on Friday in recommending careful consideration and discussion when it comes...

U.S. centenarians have few regrets, stay active-poll

America's centenarians are generally content and believe staying active is key to longevity, and some are even using social...

Supplements don't help with prostate cancer: study

Despite dietary supplements being popular among prostate cancer patients, a new review of past research says they are not...

Aging U.S. to drive up heart-related health costs

The costs linked to heart failure in the United States are expected to more than double within the next two decades as the...

Race and geography may influence late-stage kidney care

At the end of life, black kidney disease patients are more likely than white patients to continue intensive dialysis instead...

Boston bomb suspect's wife assisting probe - lawyer

The wife of the dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect is assisting authorities and she is in absolute shock that her husband...

Ailing Glen Campbell done touring but will release new album

Country singer Glen Campbell is set to release what could be his final album as the "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer's health has...

Brain work-outs may help preserve mental function

A review of the best evidence for interventions to prevent declining brain power finds that only one - mental exercise -...

DNA colon cancer test meets trial goal

Exact Sciences Corp said its molecular screening test for colorectal cancer met its goals in a large late-stage study, detecting...

PSA test leads to further procedures, harms: study

Most older men with prostate cancer found by prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests and biopsies opted for treatment in a...

Stomach CT scans may help find osteoporosis: study

Doctors can use a patient's abdominal CT scans to also check for signs of the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, according...

Pool exercise may build strength, reduce falls

Women who did a high-intensity aquatic workout for six months increased their strength and suffered fewer falls, in a new...

Uterine cancer tied to later colon cancer: study

Depending on their age, women diagnosed with uterine cancer may have a higher risk of developing colon cancer later on, according...

Weight loss surgery tied to colon cancer risk

Obesity is already linked to a higher risk of colon or rectal cancer, but a new study suggests this risk is even greater...

Study finds gene that may raise Alzheimer's risk in blacks

The largest study to date looking for genetic causes of Alzheimer's in African Americans may offer new clues about why blacks...

Britain's Asda says finds horse drug in corned beef

British supermarket chain Asda said on Tuesday very low levels of the horse pain-killing drug phenylbutazone, also known...

Doctors group questions prostate cancer screening

The American College of Physicians (ACP) became the latest group to ask doctors to be clear about the limited benefits and...

To crack brain's code, a search for visionaries

To crack the code of the human brain, Cori Bargmann figures it's best to keep an open mind. As one of two leaders of a scientific...

US weighs new vehicle ratings to help older drivers

The Transportation Department said on Thursday it is looking at ways to expand its vehicle safety ratings in response to...

Testosterone doesn't boost functioning in older men

Older men who use testosterone gel may see small improvements in their muscle-to-fat ratio but are unlikely to glean any...

Smokers have worse colon cancer prognosis: study

Smokers are less likely to be alive and cancer-free three years after having surgery for colon cancer than people who have...

Obama launches initiative to study human brain

The White House unveiled details on Tuesday of a new initiative to study the human brain with the goal of creating effective...

Octogenarian Japanese climber aims for Everest record

An 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had heart surgery four times is heading to Mount Everest to try for a third...

S.Africa says Mandela's condition has improved

The condition of South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela has improved further, the government said on Sunday, as the...

Robotic surgery tied to temporary nerve injuries

One in 15 people undergoing robot-assisted prostate, kidney or bladder surgery develops a nerve injury related to pressure...

Mandela makes progress, in good spirits: South Africa

South African former President Nelson Mandela is in good spirits and making progress, doctors said on Friday, after the 94-year-old...

Record gene haul points to better cancer screening

New research has nearly doubled the number of genetic variations implicated in breast, prostate and ovarian cancer, offering...

Joint pain, function not always better after surgery

Only about half of people who have a knee or hip replaced see meaningful improvements in pain and disability in the months...

Vitamin D might help some Parkinson's patients

Depending on their genes, some Parkinson's patients may be able to slow their deterioration by taking vitamin D supplements,...

Could gum help the colon bounce back from surgery?

Chewing gum after surgery for colon cancer may not help kick the intestines back into gear - but it also probably won't hurt,...

Anal cancer may be on the rise in the U.S.

The number of people in the U.S. with anal cancer has tripled since the 1970s, according to a new study that suggests rates...

Study finds no constipation, colon cancer link

Long-term constipation doesn't raise risk for colon and rectal cancers according to a new analysis of the existing evidence....

Should science on brain injury inspire boxing ban?

When Ireland's Katie Taylor was taking hits and striking blows for boxing's Olympic debut in an east London ring last year,...

Less-invasive surgery tied to less cost, absenteeism

Minimally-invasive forms of heart surgery and fibroid removal may be less expensive - and cause patients to take fewer days...

Aging a concern for many Americans but harder for women

Aging is a concern for many Americans, particularly its impact on health, but men seem to have an easier time dealing with...

Lengthy antibiotic use common in elderly

Elderly nursing home residents are often prescribed courses of antibiotics that last 10 days or more, a new Canadian study...

U.S. deaths from Alzheimer's growing, data shows

Deaths and the risk of dying from Alzheimer's disease have risen significantly in the United States during the last decade,...

Disabled people may struggle to get specialty care

Rachel Markley often feels uncomfortable when she goes to the doctor. A 22-year-old student at The Ohio State University...

U.S. irregular heartbeat treatment inadequate: study

A significant number of U.S. patients with irregular heart rhythms do not receive adequate therapy, according to a new study...

Aspirin tied to lower melanoma risk

Older women who regularly took aspirin - but not similar anti-inflammatory drugs - had a lower-than-average risk of developing...

Study finds no rheumatoid arthritis, pollution link

Although previous research has suggested a connection between exposure to air pollution and the risk of developing rheumatoid...

FDA says Zithromax can cause fatal irregular heart rhythm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Tuesday that the popular antibiotic azithromycin, sold as Zithromax, can...

Some older adults get unnecessary colonoscopies

Close to one-quarter of colonoscopies performed on older adults in the U.S. may be uncalled for based on screening guidelines,...

Atrial fibrillation device proves safe

A tiny upside down umbrella-shaped device implanted on the heart to prevent stroke in patients with a dangerous irregular...

Sleep aids tied to hip fractures in the elderly

Nursing home residents taking sleep aids such as Ambien are more likely to fall and fracture a hip than residents not being...

[DRGD] - FDA panel advises against calcitonin salmon

A panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended on Tuesday that the agency no longer support the marketing...

Colonoscopy tied to lower risk of advanced cancer

People who have had a colonoscopy in the past decade are less likely to be diagnosed with advanced colon cancer than those...

Old age far from gentle for Japan's graying homeless

Kyoko Machiya should be enjoying life with grandchildren. Instead, the 64-year-old's home is a makeshift structure of boxes...

FDA staff say calcitonin salmon cancer risk appears plausible

Staff reviewers for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that a potential increased risk of cancer with drugs containing...

Horsemeat found in Taco Bell UK beef in latest tests

Britain's food regulator said horsemeat had been found in beef products at Taco Bell fast food outlets, the first time it...

Japanese woman, 114, recognized as world's oldest

A 114-year-old Japanese woman born the same year that radium was discovered was recognized as the world's oldest woman by...

Older women, don't take vitamin D for bones: Panel

Older women shouldn't take vitamin D and calcium supplements to prevent broken bones, and there's not enough evidence to...

Mediterranean diet can ward off heart disease: study

A Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, nuts, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent heart disease and strokes,...

Antioxidants may not ward off strokes, dementia

Older adults who eat diets high in antioxidants may not have a lower risk of dementia or stroke, a new study suggests. Researchers...

Ozone levels linked to cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrests are more likely when levels of air pollution - especially soot-like particles and ozone - have been high...

More thorough dialysis may reduce deaths

A more thorough dialysis technique may help prevent deaths due to heart conditions and infections in people with advanced...

Pope fitted with pacemaker "some time ago": Vatican

Pope Benedict had a heart pacemaker installed some time ago but was not suffering from poor health and remained lucid and...

PSA decision tools may help men clarify their values

Giving men decision-making tools to help them consider the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening changed how they valued...

UCI harden anti-corticoid stance

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has toughened up its anti-doping policy by imposing an eight-day rest on riders following...

Horse trading exposed by British beef scandal

As Britons choke on discovering they may have eaten horse that was imported as beef, and ministers blame an "international...

FDA outlines path to test Alzheimer's drugs earlier

Proposed U.S. guidelines may make it easier for drug companies to test Alzheimer's treatments in people at an earlier stage,...

Psychiatric drugs tied to falls in the elderly

Seniors taking psychiatric drugs may be at extra high risk for falling, new Dutch research suggests. Of about 400 elderly...

Alzheimer's to triple by 2050 as baby boomers age

The number of U.S. residents aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer's disease is expected to nearly triple to 13.8 million...

Alzheimer's and Parkinson's not contagious: study

Despite concerns that faulty brain proteins could be transferred from person to person by treatments involving human fluids...

Global cosmetic surgery set to grow 10 percent in 2013

The global market for cosmetic procedures grew 10 percent last year and is set to grow at a similar pace in 2013, according...

U.S. Medicare panel skeptical of brain-plaque scans

A Medicare advisory panel expressed skepticism on Wednesday that radioactive imaging agents like Eli Lilly and Co's Amyvid...

Pig proteins may help dementia patients: study

A drug containing purified brain proteins derived from pigs may yield modest improvements in patients whose dementia is caused...

Yoga may aid people with irregular heart rhythm

Regular yoga classes could help people with a common heart rhythm problem manage their symptoms while also improving their...

Scientists win brain disease, graphene funds

The European Commission will award a total of 2 billion euros for research into brain disease and into the "miracle material"...

Mediterranean diet may not protect the aging brain

Despite hopes that a Mediterranean-style diet would be as good for the head as it is for the heart, a new study among French...

Exercise tied to better colon cancer survival odds

People with colon cancer who spend more time walking and fewer hours on the couch are less likely to die over the seven to...

Regular aspirin use tied to age-related vision loss

Taking at least one aspirin every week is linked to the development of age-related vision loss, according to a new study....

South Koreans face lonely deaths as Confucian traditions fade

When South Korean widow Yoon Sook-hee, 62, died after a bout of pneumonia in mid-January, she joined a growing number of...

Botox OK'd by U.S. FDA to treat overactive bladder

The popular Botox wrinkle treatment made by Allergan Inc has been approved to treat adults with overactive bladder who cannot...

US business execs call for higher retirement age

A business group of top executives on Wednesday proposed reforms to Social Security and Medicare that would raise the enrollment...

Checklists may help avoid surgery oversights: study

Having step-by-step checklists on hand may help doctors and nurses manage emergencies in the operating room, a new study...

Caffeine linked to leaky bladder in men

The amount of caffeine that's typically found in two cups of coffee may contribute to a man's incontinence, according to...

Some docs screen for prostate cancer without asking

One in four family doctors doesn't ask male patients before screening them for prostate cancer, according to a new survey....

Study finds increase in unused transplant livers

The number of donor livers thrown away in the U.S. has increased since 2004 due - in part - to a population growing older...

California governor says cancer treatment over

California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has been undergoing a course of radiotherapy for early-stage prostate cancer,...

Vitamin D may not relieve arthritis pain

Taking daily vitamin D doesn't keep knee pain from getting worse or slow the loss of cartilage for people with osteoarthritis,...

Don't blame Parkinson's disease for addiction: study

Despite concerns that Parkinson's patients were more likely to become compulsive gamblers or shoppers, a new study says untreated...

Link between concussions, dementia is complex: study

In a new study of National Football League (NFL) veterans, former players with thinking and memory problems also had more...

Racial gaps in access to robotic prostate surgery

Minority and Medicaid cancer patients are less likely to have their prostates removed at hospitals that use robot-assisted...

Walking linked to fewer strokes in women

Women who walk at least three hours every week are less likely to suffer a stroke than women who walk less or not at all,...

Omega-3s may not protect against faulty heart rhythm

Sorry, Charlie, but fish oil supplements did not prevent atrial fibrillation in patients who had already experienced episodes...

Former President George H. W. Bush improving: spokesman

Former President George H. W. Bush remained in the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital on Friday, but "continues to...

Early scheduling gets more patients to cardiac rehab

Scheduling heart patients' first cardiac rehabilitation session within 10 days of hospital discharge gets more of them to...

CORRECTION: Web-based info may not increase cancer screening

Offering women information on colon cancer screening via the web does not get them to take up screening any more effectively...

Indian rape victim surviving against the odds, Singapore hospital says

An Indian gang-rape victim whose assault in New Delhi triggered nationwide protests earlier this month has suffered "significant...

Egypt's Mubarak moved to army hospital

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian strongman ousted last year after 30 years in power, was moved to an army hospital from a prison...

No fewer side effects for prostate proton therapy

An expensive prostate cancer radiation treatment known as proton beam therapy has just as many side effects as a more common...

Web-based info may not increase cancer screening

Offering women information on colon cancer screening via the web does not get them to take up screening any more effectively...

One in 12 in military has clogged heart arteries

Just over one in 12 U.S. service members who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had plaque buildup in the arteries around...

'Dystextia': Gibberish texts sound stroke alarm

Imagine you were a devoted husband, waiting to hear from your wife about her due date after a visit to the obstetrician,...

Long-lived bats offer clues on diseases, aging

The bat, a reservoir for viruses like Ebola, SARS and Nipah, has for decades stumped scientists trying to figure out how...

Chest compression-only CPR shows long-term benefit

People who suffer cardiac arrest - in which the heart stops beating - were less likely to die in subsequent years when bystanders...

Scientists map initial anti-aging formula in mice

Scientists in Hong Kong appear to have mapped out a formula that can delay the aging process in mice, a discovery they hope...

Do UK guidelines catch more colon polyps than US?

UK guidelines for colon cancer surveillance might be better at catching pre-cancerous polyps early on than U.S. ones, a new...

9/11 responders may have higher risk of some cancers

Rescue and recovery workers who provided aid after the World Trade Center attacks may have an increased risk of certain types...

Iraqi president in hospital after suffering stroke

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd who has mediated among Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish parties, was in hospital on Tuesday...

Inherited colon cancer risk tied to certain foods

Among people who have a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer, those whose diets are heavy in junk food have an even higher...

CORRECTED: Mental health scars common after cardiac arrest

A quarter of cardiac arrest survivors suffer long-term psychological problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder...

Venezuela's Chavez improving after surgery complications

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez suffered unexpected bleeding caused by a six-hour cancer operation in Cuba, the government said,...

Mental health scars common after cardiac arrest

A quarter of cardiac arrest survivors suffer long-term psychological problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder...

California governor treated for prostate cancer

California Governor Jerry Brown is undergoing treatment for early-stage prostate cancer with an excellent prognosis for recovery,...

AstraZeneca arthritis drug lags in test

An experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug from AstraZeneca proved inferior to Abbott Laboratories' Humira in a clinical study,...

Lilly likens Alzheimer's race to 1920s insulin quest

Drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co is confident it will do for Alzheimer's patients what it did almost a century ago for diabetics...

CORRECTION: Aspirin may help older colon cancer patients live longer

Older adults with colon cancer who were prescribed a daily aspirin were less likely to die than those who weren't, according...

Vitamin D, calcium disappoint in dementia study

Vitamin D and calcium supplements taken together in low doses offered no protection against dementia in a large U.S. study...

CORRECTION: Lilly tests therapy to rid brain plaques in mice with Alzheimer's

Drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co said it may have found a way to remove plaque from the brains of forgetful, old mice using an experimental...

Lilly tests therapy to rid brain plaques in mice with Alzheimer's

Drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co said it may have found a way to remove plaque from the brains of forgetful, old mice using an experimental...

Brain scans offer clues about elderly and scams

It's a frequent scenario. Two young con artists walk a retired high school teacher to the bank and fleece him out of $17,000....

Is diabetes linked to hearing loss?

Diabetes has already been tied to an increased risk of kidney and cardiovascular troubles, nerve damage and vision loss,...

Drug, alcohol abuse tied to early-life strokes

Younger adults who suffered a stroke were often smokers or had abused drugs or alcohol, in a new study from Ohio and Kentucky....

Smoking causes 270,000 cancers yearly in Europe: study

Across eight European and Scandinavian countries, 270,000 people are diagnosed every year with cancers caused by smoking,...

Men with big bellies likely to have weaker bones

Men with excessive fat around their abdomen, commonly known as a "beer belly," are at an elevated risk for heart disease...

Deaths more common on popular heart drug: study

People with a common type of abnormal heart rhythm were more likely to die within several years if they had been prescribed...

Laws don't curb pricey prostate cancer treatments

Laws meant to prevent the overuse of expensive healthcare services don't stop doctors from using pricey prostate cancer treatments,...

Pfizer, Bristol get EU nod for blood clot preventer

European health regulators on Tuesday approved an eagerly anticipated blood thinner developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co...

[RGLT] - Pfizer, Bristol get EU nod for blood clot preventer

European health regulators on Tuesday approved an eagerly anticipated blood thinner developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co...

Do people turn to Twitter for CPR info?

Amid snarky comments and links to cat videos, some Twitter users turn to the social network to find and post information...

Tired after cancer treatment? Walking may help

People who have been treated for cancer often have lingering fatigue, but a new analysis of more than three dozen studies...

People overestimate benefits of prevention

Patients asked to estimate how many lives would be saved through cancer screening or how many hip fractures can be prevented...

Scientists identify new risk gene for Alzheimer's

Two international teams of scientists have identified a rare mutation in a gene linked with inflammation that significantly...

Head injury, pesticides tied to Parkinson's disease

The combination of a past serious head injury and pesticide exposure may be linked to an extra-high risk of developing Parkinson's...

Early end-of-life talks tied to less aggressive care

Terminally-ill cancer patients are less likely to get aggressive end-of-life treatment, such as chemotherapy in the last...

Smokers may fare worse after colorectal surgery

Smoking has long been linked with slower recovery in general from injuries and surgeries, and now a new study finds that...

Sandy inspires first Doctors Without Borders U.S. relief effort

Manhattan doctor Lucy Doyle has done stints with the global medical relief organization Doctors Without Borders in the Democratic...

Home blood pressure monitors show mixed results

Home blood pressure monitors may be useful to some older adults who've suffered a stroke, but little help to others, a new...

Visible aging signs may predict heart disease

Common visible signs of aging may not just be a vanity or employment problem. They may also be a harbinger of heart disease....

When it comes to colon cancer checks, options exist

For people who have had a negative colonoscopy, less-invasive screening options may work just fine for follow-up cancer tests,...

CORRECTION: Israeli medical device offers Alzheimer's treatment

Israel-based Neuronix, which has developed a non-invasive medical device to help to treat Alzheimer's disease, expects the...

Illinois sen. vows post-stroke return to Washington

Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke last year, hopes to return to Washington in January, his spokesman...

Multivitamins don't cut heart disease risk in men

Taking a daily multivitamin does not reduce the risk of heart disease for older men, according to data from a large study...

Could heartbeat, not battery, power pacemakers?

Your own beating heart may generate enough electricity to power a heart-regulating pacemaker, ending the need for expensive...

[SCIE] - AstraZeneca deepens collaboration with academia

British academic researchers have secured 7 million pounds ($11 million) of funding from the country's Medical Research Council...

Top medical innovations address headache, diabetes, cancer

The best medical innovations for next year include an almond-size device that's implanted in the mouth to relieve severe...

Sugary drinks linked to higher stroke risk

Women who imbibe sugary soft drinks almost every day are 83 percent more likely to have a certain type of stroke than women...

Vaginal birth tied to pelvic muscle weakness

Many years after childbirth, women who delivered vaginally may have weaker pelvic muscles than mothers who had their babies...

Web info on prostate cancer tough to understand

There's no shortage of websites with information on prostate cancer treatment, but they may be well beyond the average person's...

Hormone therapy tied to Alzheimer's risk in menopausal women

The latest data from a long-running study of hormone therapy suggest that women who started taking hormone replacements within...

Israeli medical device offers Alzheimer's treatment

Israel-based Neuronix, which has developed a non-invasive medical device to help to treat Alzheimer's disease, expects the...

Study finds why Roche's Avastin only works in some patients

Genetic testing could help doctors find the small number of patients with advanced bowel cancer likely to benefit from cancer...

Saw palmetto seems safe in men with urinary problems

The popular supplement saw palmetto may be safe for men with urinary symptoms, a new study finds - but whether it actually...

Is simpler colon screen enough for many women?

Women younger than 70 have a relatively low risk of abnormal growths in the upper part of the colon, a new study confirms...

Daily multivitamin shown to help ward off cancer in men

Swallowing a daily multivitamin can reduce the risk of cancer slightly in middle-aged and older men and appears to have no...

Seniors spend hundreds unnecessarily on Medicare: study

Seniors are wasting hundreds of dollars annually on Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance coverage they don't need....

CORRECTION: Americans' heart devices reused safely in India

U.S. patients' used heart devices can be safely implanted in seriously ill heart disease patients in the developing world,...

Americans' heart devices reused safely in India

U.S. patients' used heart devices can be safely implanted in seriously ill heart disease patients in the developing world,...

Ireland cuts medicine deal to curb health overspend

Ireland's overspending health ministry has secured a deal with pharmaceutical companies to cut its medicine bill by over...

VA cancer screening reminder falls short - study

An electronic reminder notifying doctors when patients need a colorectal cancer screening accomplished nothing to increase...

Folic acid doesn't cut risk of colon polyps

Taking extra folic acid and other B-vitamin supplements may not help protect against colon polyps, a new study has found....

Questionable data propped up cancer drug Provenge

In Dendreon Corp's most important clinical trial for the controversial cancer therapy Provenge, researchers analyzed some...

Therapy, exercise aid in chemo-related menopause

Younger women who are thrust into menopause because of breast cancer treatment may get some relief from talk therapy and...

Roche, Lilly drugs set for Alzheimer's prevention trial

Experimental Alzheimer's drugs from Roche Holding AG and Eli Lilly & Co have been selected for a high-profile clinical trial...

Blood signatures for aggressive prostate cancer?

Scientists have found two distinct genetic "signatures" for prostate cancer that may help doctors predict which patients...

Tomato antioxidant tied to lower stroke risk

Men who love their tomatoes may have lowered odds of suffering a stroke, a study out Monday suggests. Finnish researchers...

UK, Japan stem cell scientists awarded Nobel

Scientists from Britain and Japan shared a Nobel Prize on Monday for the discovery that adult cells can be transformed back...

Moderate drinking linked to abnormal heart rhythm

People with heart disease who drink, even moderately, may have a slightly increased risk of a common heart rhythm problem,...

Do seniors turn to the right places at end of life?

A new study says almost one third of Medicare's beneficiaries use the program to pay for end-of-life care at nursing homes,...

Cardiac arrests at school usually not in students

Student athletes collapsing from cardiac arrest in the middle of a game may grab headlines, but when someone's heart gives...

Sex problems common with breast cancer drugs

Women treated with hormone-blocking drugs to stave off breast cancer recurrences are often dissatisfied with their sex lives,...

Diagnosis of rare brain disorder may take months

Doctors often initially misdiagnose people with Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease, a rare brain disorder caused by misfolded, infectious...

Spike in heart failures follows Japan's 2011 quake

Following the massive earthquake and tsunami of March, 2011, which devastated parts of eastern Japan, the number of heart...

More Americans getting pacemakers

The number of Americans getting pacemakers implanted has risen in the past two decades - and the recipients are increasingly...

Down syndrome may hold key to new Alzheimer's treatments

In a new lead on Alzheimer's research, Johnson & Johnson is bankrolling a three-year pilot study of people with Down syndrome...

Rising dementia among US clients risky for brokers

Taking direction from elderly clients whose mental capacity is on the decline causes some sticky problems for Wall Street's...

After heart attacks, pain drugs' risks seem to last

Common painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen are considered risky for people who've had a heart attack. And now a large...

White kids at higher fracture risk than others

Mirroring the results of research in adults, a new study shows that white children are at a higher risk of breaking a bone...

Second-hand smoke tied to memory problems: study

Smokers and people who regularly breathe others' cigarette fumes are worse at remembering things on their to-do lists than...

Warren Buffett says cancer radiation treatment completed

Berkshire Hathaway Inc Chief Executive Warren Buffett has said he has completed final radiation treatment for prostate cancer,...

COLUMN-A tale of two healthcare plans

No issue affecting taxes so clearly divides the two parties in the U.S. election as healthcare. The two parties, in their...

Acupuncture has limited benefit for chronic pain

Acupuncture may help relieve chronic back, joint and shoulder pain, according to a new review of the evidence - but some...

COLUMN-Don't look to Ryancare to cut health care costs

Here's the $64,000 question on the Republican plan to voucherize Medicare: Can consumer choice and market competition drive...

Roche ramps up Alzheimer's drug trial as rivals stumble

Roche Holding AG believes it has moved into pole position in the race to develop an Alzheimer's drug that can change the...

Some late-day surgeries as safe as earlier ones

People who have late-day prostate and kidney surgeries fare just as well as those who have their procedures earlier in the...

Even low blood lead levels linked to gout risk

Even relatively low levels of lead in the blood may be linked to an increased risk of gout, a painful form of arthritis,...

REFILE: Dental health linked to dementia risk

People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in...

Fall risk may rise after cataract surgery

Contrary to some past research, a new study finds that elderly adults who have cataract surgery could face an increased risk...

Hospital 'rapid response' as good when resident-led

When hospital patients take a possibly dangerous turn for the worse, they are as likely to survive when a doctor-in-training...

Benefits of PSA testing may outweigh harms: study

The possible benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening have been hotly debated in recent years, but for the first time...

Insight: What if baby boomers don't live forever?

What if the generation that once rocked out to The Who's "hope I die before I get old" line actually does? Most retirement...

Ryan pick could hurt Romney in crucial fight for Florida

In Florida last month, President Barack Obama worked up the crowd as he assailed a Republican plan to slash the federal budget...

Can daily aspirin help ward off cancer?

A new study bolsters the case that daily aspirin may help protect against cancer, although the effect seems weaker than previously...

Kegel exercises curb incontinence in late pregnancy

Pregnant women who exercise and strengthen their pelvic muscles are less likely to have problems with urine leakage in their...

U.S. Justice Ginsburg shrugs off rib injury

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, the eldest member of the bench and leader of its liberal wing, said she...

Cancer care services don't differ by neighborhood

The worse outcomes among people with cancer who live in poor neighborhoods don't seem to be because they live in areas with...

Robot prostatectomy cuts incontinence, surgeon finds

Robot surgery for prostate cancer lowered the rate of urinary complications compared with hands-on surgery in a new Italian...

Failed Alzheimer's drug may get second chance

Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson's Alzheimer's drug failed to help patients showing early signs of the disease, but it could...

Alzheimer's drug fails late-stage clinical trial

Pfizer Inc and Johnson & Johnson said they were scrapping further studies of one of the most anticipated experimental Alzheimer's...

Hormone boosts mental function in small study

A small U.S. study suggests daily hormone injections may boost mental agility in older people with and without mild cognitive...

FDA approves Sanofi/Regeneron colon cancer drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that it had approved the Sanofi SA and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc...

Black arthritis patients get fewer potent drugs

Black people with rheumatoid arthritis are less likely than whites to be on powerful drugs that ward off further joint damage...

Caffeine may provide some Parkinson's relief

A new, small study found people with Parkinson's disease who took caffeine pills saw slight but noticeable improvements in...

Gout risk goes up as waistline expands

The heavier you are, the greater your odds of getting the painful arthritic condition gout - no matter your gender or race,...

Fewer hip fractures after cataract surgery

In a new study of older adults with cataracts, people who had surgery to improve their vision were less likely to fracture...

More men with prostate cancer 'team' wait on treatment

Men with low-risk forms of prostate cancer are more likely to opt for so-called active surveillance over surgery or radiation...

With CPR, faster isn't always better

Doing CPR too fast can mean chest compressions aren't deep enough to get blood flowing to the heart and brain, a new study...

Pop music too loud and all sounds the same: study

Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does...

Death certificates may not tell the whole story

Dementia may be overlooked as one of the biggest contributors to death in the U.S., thanks to oversimplistic death certificates,...

Widespread use of prescription steroids draws worry

Many Americans are on oral steroids for years without getting therapy to minimize the extra fracture risk that accompanies...

Hopes dim for Alzheimer's trials after Pfizer failure

Hopes for two experimental Alzheimer's treatments have grown even fainter after Pfizer Inc said its treatment failed in one...

Removing colon polyps tied to lower cancer risk

People who have had risky, possibly pre-cancerous polyps removed from their colon may be able to wait up to five years until...

Drop in prostate cancers seen after new US advice

The rate of early prostate cancers among older Americans dropped suddenly following a change in screening advice from government-backed...

Prostate cancer surgery fails to cut deaths in study

Prostate cancer surgery didn't appear to save lives compared with observation alone in a new study that tracked men for a...

New drug for Alzheimer's symptom relief promising

An experimental Alzheimer's drug that activates a specific nicotine receptor in the brain improved measures of thinking and...

Alzheimer's drug keeps 4 patients stable for 3 years

Four Alzheimer's patients treated with an immune system therapy have seen their disease stabilize for at least three years,...

Leaky bladder affects young women too

Bladder control problems may be seen as a problem of older people, but a good percentage of college-age women have symptoms...

Cancer doctors say broach PSA test with some men

Doctors should discuss prostate cancer screening with men who have at least 10 years left to live, one of the country's largest...

Cardiac arrest survival improving in U.S. hospitals

More Americans hospitalized for cardiac arrest are surviving now compared with a decade ago, a new study finds. Researchers...

Stirrups during childbirth don't cause more tears

Women who have their feet in stirrups during childbirth are no more likely to experience a tissue tear during the delivery...

REFILE: Heavy people more likely to have colon polyps

Obese and overweight people are more likely to develop colon polyps, a possible precursor to cancer, than are slimmer individuals,...

Heavy people more likely to have colon polyps

Obese and overweight people are more likely to develop colon polyps, a possible precursor to cancer, than are slimmer individuals,...

Alzheimer's-fighting gene may inspire treatments

A gene that causes the rare, early-onset form of Alzheimer's disease can also carry a mutation that produces the opposite...

CORRECTION: Care gap looms large for aging baby boomers

As so often happens, a fall changed it all for Wendy Greeley's 95-year-old mother, Edith Blodgett. In 2011, Blodgett suffered...

Injectable osteoporosis drug in short supply: FDA

Patients who want an injectable form of the bone-strengthening drug Boniva may not be able to get it in the next few weeks...

No link seen between bone drugs, colon cancer

Women who use certain bone-building drugs may not have a decreased risk of colon cancer, a new study finds -- despite prior...

Egypt's Mubarak likely to be moved to hospital -agency

Hosni Mubarak's health has deteriorated since the Egyptian ex-president was sent to prison on Saturday and it is likely he...

Health of UK's Prince Philip "improved considerably"

The condition of British Queen Elizabeth's 90-year-old husband Philip has "improved considerably" after spending two days...

J&J to stop selling controversial vaginal implants

Johnson & Johnson said it would stop selling vaginal mesh implants after a raft of lawsuits about the devices causing complications...

Hormone-blocking pill slows prostate cancer spread

A trial of Johnson & Johnson's Zytiga in certain prostate cancer patients showed that it doubled the amount of time they...

Stroke surgery overused in sick, older patients

One in five people who get artery-clearing surgery to prevent a stroke are likely too old and sick to live long enough to...

Meeting focuses on prostate drugs, targeted therapy

Novel therapies that can prolong the lives of patients with prostate cancer, the second most common cause of cancer death...

Column: Think before quit your job to care for Mom

Recently divorced and with her only child in college, Nancy Wurtzel made a life-changing decision. She shuttered her public...

CORRECTION: Exercise, vitamin D may prevent falls: guidelines

Older adults who are at high risk of falls should have physical therapy and take vitamin D supplements to reduce their chance...

Panel recommends against hormone therapy

Women taking hormone therapy to prevent certain chronic conditions or ease hot flashes face a complicated mix of possible...

Canada's population of seniors hits record high

Canada's population of senior citizens hit a record high in 2011 as the oldest of the baby boomer generation entered retirement,...

Exercise, vitamin D may prevent falls: guidelines

Older adults who are at high risk of falls should have physical therapy and take vitamin D supplements to reduce their chance...

Common painkillers tied to lower skin cancer risk

In a new study from Denmark, people who had taken aspirin, ibuprofen and related painkillers -- especially at high doses...

Saw palmetto no better than placebo in men with BPH

Saw palmetto, a fruit extract some men take to relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, is no more effective than a...

Europe clears Roche drug after contamination scare

European regulators confirmed on Friday that Roche's blockbuster cancer drug MabThera, also known as Rituxan, was safe to...

Feigning injury could risk lives, says football ref

Howard Webb, the referee when Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch with a cardiac arrest and...

US task force: End routine prostate cancer screening

A task force advising the U.S. government on Monday recommended against routine use of prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels...

Sigmoidoscopy an option for colon cancer screening

Screening for colon cancer using a flexible tube -- which is less invasive and more convenient than colonoscopy -- may also...

Singer Robin Gibb, Bee Gees co-founder, dies at 62

Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who with brothers Barry and Maurice helped define the disco era with their falsetto harmonies...

Missing data raise doubts on J&J drug-US FDA staff

U.S. drug reviewers said missing data for Johnson & Johnson's blood thinner Xarelto raised doubts about whether the drug...

J&J drug shows promise in high-risk prostate cancer

Adding Johnson & Johnson's advanced prostate cancer drug, Zytiga, to hormone therapy before surgery has been shown for the...

Back pain tends to improve quickly, not completely

Lower back pain often fades fairly quickly, but it may stubbornly linger to some extent for months or more, a new study finds....

Britain to fund prostate cancer pill in U-turn

Britain's drug watchdog has reversed a controversial decision not to fund a new prostate cancer pill that was developed in...

Alzheimer's drug crenezumab picked for major test

Roche Holding AG's Genentech unit has won the right to try its experimental Alzheimer's drug crenezumab on people with no...

U.S. launches ambitious Alzheimer's plan

The U.S. government launched an ambitious push to develop new treatments for Alzheimer's on Tuesday with a first prevention...

Colon cancer test may not require laxatives: study

People getting checked for signs of colon cancer may not need to take a laxative if they choose a CT scan for their cancer...

Athletes' sudden deaths expose big knowledge gaps

When London marathon medical director Sanjay Sharma was called to attend someone who had collapsed with suspected cardiac...

Alzheimer's research fraud case set for trial

Two Harvard teaching hospitals and a prominent Alzheimer's disease researcher accused of using falsified data to obtain a...

Fish tied to lower colon cancer risk: study

People who eat plenty of fish may have a lower risk of colon and rectal cancers, a new report suggests. The finding comes...

High-level trauma care may limit disability

People treated for severe injuries at a specialized trauma center may survive with fewer disabilities than those at other...

U.S. FDA advisers back Pfizer arthritis drug

Pfizer Inc won a U.S. advisory panel's support on Wednesday for its arthritis drug. A panel of outside experts to the U.S....

U.S. FDA advisers rebuff Regeneron gout drug

U.S. drug advisers unanimously voted against Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's experimental drug to prevent gout flares, based...

Device might spark memories in some with Alzheimer's

A small safety trial suggests a pacemaker-like device implanted into the brains of Alzheimer's patients may stimulate beneficial...

Scientists "switch off" brain cell death in mice

Scientists have figured out how to stop brain cell death in mice with brain disease and say their discovery deepens understanding...

Training immune system to fight cancer comes of age

More than 100 years after researchers first explored the potential to harness the body's immune system to fight cancer, the...

Connecticut Senate passes medical marijuana bill

The Connecticut Senate passed a bill on Saturday legalizing marijuana use for medical purposes with tight restrictions aimed...

FDA staff question Pfizer arthritis drug benefits

U.S. drug reviewers on Monday questioned whether the benefits of Pfizer Inc's experimental treatment for rheumatoid arthritis...

Stricken lawmaker who won Obama's seat heads home

Mark Kirk, the Republican who won the Senate seat that Barack Obama vacated when he became president, is leaving a medical...

Can portfolio theory save lives?

With U.S. biomedical research under assault by everyone from patients to Congress for turning so few scientific discoveries...

Pre-surgery bladder tests often unnecessary: study

Uncomfortable and expensive tests sometimes done before surgery to treat the most common cause of urine leakage in women...

Stricken Texas "bucket list" baby dies, father says

A Texas baby born with an incurable disease whose parents created an online "bucket list" for their daughter that became...

How seniors can get needed primary care

When older patients experience memory loss or confusion, it's not uncommon for doctors to suspect dementia. But for Dr. Roseann...

St Jude Riata heart device problems persist: study

St Jude Medical Inc published a report on its website on Tuesday that shows problems with wires that carry electricity from...

Hysterectomy not tied to greater depression risk

Women suddenly thrust into "surgical menopause" by hysterectomy don't have more severe mood symptoms than women going through...

Buffett's cancer to be No. 1 topic at Berkshire meeting

Warren Buffett is not one to talk much about his personal life in public, but his prostate cancer may dominate the conversation...

FDA approves Vivus drug for erectile dysfunction

U.S. health regulators on Friday approved Vivus Inc.'s avanafil treatment for erectile dysfunction, giving the small company,...

Caffeine not tied to worsening urinary incontinence

Women with urinary incontinence who also enjoy their regular cup of coffee or tea don't have to worry about the extra caffeine...

Many older men still get prostate cancer testing

Despite recommendations not to screen men age 75 and older for prostate cancer, most elderly men still get tested, according...

Docs not all on board with new prostate cancer recs

Many doctors don't expect new guidelines to affect how often they screen men for prostate cancer, results of a new survey...

Novartis challenges UK Avastin use in eye disease

Swiss drugmaker Novartis is challenging the use of a cheap alternative to its eye drug Lucentis in parts of Britain, sparking...

Wealthy pick colonoscopy over at-home cancer test

Colonoscopy has become an increasingly popular method of screening for colon cancer while the rate of at-home stool testing...

Robin Gibb woke from coma to sound of his music

Bee Gees singer/songwriter Robin Gibb awoke from a coma while music from his latest composition, the recently released classical...

Aspirin tied to lower lung cancer risk in women

In a new study of more than 1,200 Asian women, those who took aspirin at least a couple of times a week had a much lower...

"Granny Nav" to guide elderly drivers on the road

Older drivers may now be able to stay on the road for longer thanks to new technology being developed by scientists that...

SPECIAL REPORT-Cancer screening feeds overdiagnosis debate

Cancer was on Gritley Henry's mind when Dr. Jonathan Aviv treated her for a cough that had bested other doctors for a decade....

Statins don't reduce melanoma risk: study

Despite earlier indications that people taking statins might have a reduced risk of developing melanoma, a large new study...

Merck ordered to pay $321 mln in criminal Vioxx probe

A Boston federal judge on Thursday sentenced Merck & Co to pay a $321 million criminal fine for improperly marketing its...

Sanofi to test Parkinson's drug with Michael J. Fox Foundation

French drugmaker Sanofi said on Thursday it would collaborate with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to test an early- stage...

Do clean teeth protect against heart disease?

Older adults who get thorough dental cleanings may be somewhat less likely to have a heart attack or stroke than their peers...

Cancer patients rarely speak up about care problems

In a new survey of cancer patients, many people who'd had problems with their treatment never said anything to the doctor...

Pricier therapy no better for early prostate cancer

A new study suggests that expensive, high-tech proton beam radiation doesn't do any more for men with prostate cancer than...

Turmeric extract may protect heart after surgery

A new study from Thailand suggests that extracts from turmeric spice, known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,...

Graying America gets wired to cut healthcare costs

Baby boomers wired to their iPads and smart phones are giving U.S. health experts some new ideas about ways to cut the soaring...

Menthol smokers have more strokes: study

New research suggests that among smokers, those who prefer mentholated cigarettes tend to have more strokes than non-menthol...

C-sections tied to lower incontinence risk

Women who have given birth vaginally are more likely to develop incontinence decades later than moms who delivered their...

Sexual side effect warnings added to Merck drugs

Warning labels for Merck & Co's drugs for baldness and enlarged prostate will add notices of sexual side effects that continued...

Cost of aging rising faster than expected

People worldwide are living three years longer than expected on average, pushing up the costs of aging by 50 percent, and...

Omega-3 pills may not help heart disease

Fish oil supplements may not do much to ward off heart attacks and strokes in people who already have heart disease, a new...

Drugs help some women with incontinence

Some women with a leaky bladder can get better using approved medications, but a new research review finds that inadequate...

Colon screening more likely when patients pick test

A new study finds that people are more likely to get screened for colorectal cancer when their doctors recommend they get...

Pain relief can fall short after gynecologic surgery

For some women having a hysterectomy or other gynecologic surgery, at-home plans for pain relief may not be good enough,...

U.S. gives nod to Eli Lilly's brain plaque test

U.S. regulators gave the nod to an imaging test from Eli Lilly and Co. that can for the first time help doctors detect brain...

No link seen between painkillers, enlarged prostate

In contrast to some recent research, a new study finds no evidence that men who use aspirin or ibuprofen are at any lower...

CORRECTION: Step stool helps shorter rescuers do better CPR

Amid all the technology used in hospitals to keep critically ill people alive, doctors are looking at whether the low-tech...

U.S. medicine spending rose to $320 bln last year

A raft of new medicines pushed U.S. spending on drugs modestly higher last year, but the gains were curbed by weak prescription...

More evidence ties diabetes to Parkinson's risk

People with diabetes may have a heightened risk of developing Parkinson's disease, especially at a relatively young age,...

Step stool helps shorter rescuers do better CPR

Amid all the technology used in hospitals to keep critically ill people alive, doctors are looking at whether the low-tech...

FDA staff focus on safety of Astellas bladder drug

Drugs reviewers said Astellas Pharma Inc's treatment for an overactive bladder worked, but concerns were raised about liver...

Migraines likelier in men with impotence

Men who have been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction are 63 percent more likely to also have had a diagnosis of migraine...

New doubts about prostate-cancer vaccine Provenge

Prostate cancer vaccine Provenge has long incited passions unlike any other cancer therapy. Doctors who raised doubts about...

FDA adds warnings to Celexa label

Health regulators added new warnings to the label of Forest Laboratories Inc's antidepressant Celexa and its generic versions...

Botox works in overactive bladder studies

Allergan Inc said its Botox met the primary goals of a pair of late stage clinical trials for overactive bladder by significantly...

Early dose of glucose thwarts cardiac arrest: study

Patients showing heart attack symptoms who received a mixture of glucose, insulin and potassium from paramedics were half...

Whitney Houston drowned with cocaine in system: coroner

Pop star Whitney Houston died of accidental drowning due to the effects of cocaine use and heart disease, a Los Angeles County...

Six keys to long-term care coverage

Patricia Rief-Heskett purchased long-term care insurance 15 years ago because she was worried about the rising cost of nursing...

Stroke risk lower among women who drink moderately

Women who drink up to seven glasses of wine or beer a week are slightly less likely to suffer a stroke than those who steer...

Studies find evidence aspirin may keep cancer at bay

Three new studies published on Wednesday added to growing scientific evidence suggesting that taking a daily dose of aspirin...

Adrenaline shot may not always help heart patients

People in cardiac arrest may do worse long-term if they're given a shot of adrenaline on the way to the hospital, suggests...

Anesthesiologists drive up cost of GI procedures

More and more patients are being monitored by an anesthesiologist during endoscopies and colonoscopies, suggests a new study,...

US Republican budget targets Medicare, tax reforms

U.S. House Republicans unveiled an ambitious plan on Tuesday to cut and simplify taxes, slash spending and make a fresh run...

Of diapers and drugs, Iran's trouble paying bills

Like everyone, Iranians need diapers. Fred Harrington has built a business by selling Iran the raw materials to make them....

FDA approves generic Boniva for osteoporosis

The first generic versions of Roche's bone-strengthening drug Boniva have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration....

Antioxidants may not help people with Alzheimer's

Daily use of antioxidants including vitamin C and vitamin E didn't improve thinking and memory skills in people with Alzheimer's...

Soccer - "Shocked" players offered extra heart checks

Tottenham Hotspur players have been offered extra heart checks after the cardiac arrest suffered by Bolton Wanderers midfielder...

Republicans' revised US Medicare plan seen as tough sell

In a new Internet video previewing his upcoming budget plan that aims to slash spending and overhaul the Medicare healthcare...

Cancer costs hit young and poor hardest: study

In a new survey, colon cancer patients younger than 50 and those with low incomes or unemployed were most likely to experience...

New data fuel debate over prostate cancer screening

Updated results from a long-term study concludes that regular prostate cancer screening cuts the risk of death from prostate...

Statins tied to slightly lower risk of Parkinson's

People taking statins have a slightly lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease than those not on the cholesterol-lowering...

Elderly sometimes keep using opioids after surgery

One in ten older adults prescribed a powerful painkiller after surgery was still filling prescriptions for the drug a year...

More spending equals better care - in Canada

A new Canadian study suggests that patients treated in Ontario hospitals do better at facilities that spend more money on...

Japan maestro Ozawa vows return after health break

Seiji Ozawa, Japan's most famous conductor, on Tuesday pledged to return to performing next year, a week after saying he...

Fake Avastin shows little protection of drug supply

As drug counterfeiters step up their sales of bogus medicines, global health regulators have few protections in place to...

Fewer tots hurt on the stairs, but still a danger

Fewer kids are hurting themselves on the stairs than were a decade ago, according to a new report -- but a U.S. child still...

Circumcision tied to lower prostate cancer risk

Circumcised men may have a slightly lower risk of developing prostate cancer than those who still have their foreskin, according...

FDA asks experts if pain drugs get second chance

U.S. drug regulators are asking experts for advice on whether companies should restart clinical trials for painkillers that...

Study finds key dementia drugs should be used more

Pfizer's dementia drug Aricept, already commonly used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, can also help patients...

Death magnifies Pradaxa hemorrhage concerns

The death of an elderly man from a massive brain hemorrhage after a routine fall suggests that bleeding complications from...

Internists echo call for colon cancer screening

Most adults should get regularly screened for colon cancer between age 50 and 75, according to internal medicine doctors,...

Most US doctors baffled by cancer screening stats

Most U.S. doctors fail to grasp simple statistics about cancer screening, which could boost their enthusiasm for unproven...

Lasting symptoms possible after kids' concussions

Some kids may have memory and attention problems up to a year after a concussion, U.S. researchers said Monday. Those problems...

Vitamin D tied to fewer stress fractures in girls

In a new study, girls and young women who got lots of vitamin D through their diet and supplements were half as likely to...

Weighing the benefits of balance training

Dick Sandhaus, a healthy and fit 62-year old, says he never gave his balance a thought until he lost it. A wicked sprained...

Self-prescribing declining among young doctors

Far fewer doctors-in-training are prescribing themselves medication than in the past, suggests a new study. Less than one...

Pediatricians stress moderation for Little Leaguers

Baseball and softball are some of the safest sports for kids to play, but parents and coaches should still be sure youth...

Many don't stick to bone drugs, despite counseling

People with the bone-thinning condition osteoporosis often skip the drugs they are prescribed, and telephone counseling does...

Regeneca recalls dietary supplement

Regeneca Inc. is voluntarily recalling its single-capsule RegenErect dietary supplement because it contains an unlisted product...

Phosphate enemas may be deadly in elderly: report

Sodium phosphate enemas, used to relieve constipation, may cause older people to suffer kidney failure or even die, a new...

Pharma research not always more positive on drugs

Drugmaker-funded science isn't always more likely to favor new medicines than studies paid for by non-profits, according...

Dutch prince may not come out of coma: doctor

Dutch Prince Johan Friso, who was buried in an avalanche a week ago while skiing in Austria, has suffered severe brain damage...

Family of former NFL player Dave Duerson files suit

The family of former National Football League safety Dave Duerson, who killed himself a year ago and was found to suffer...

Obama's Alzheimer's plan focuses on treatment, care

The Obama administration's plan to fight Alzheimer's disease aims to harness the nation's expertise to find real treatments...

Colon cancer study backs blood stool screening test

Although colon cancer screening is recommended by many organizations, less clear is which method is best to detect tumors...

CORRECTION: Microchip delivers drug; can it replace shots?

An implantable microchip delivered osteoporosis medicine to a small group of Danish women, raising hope for a new kind of...

Few RA clinical trials compare one drug to another

To test whether a new drug is an improvement over existing treatments, the ideal clinical trial would compare the medications...

Men opting for costly new prostate cancer treatment

Men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer are more likely to be treated with proton beam therapy, a novel form of radiation...

Diet soda tied to heart attack, stroke risks

Diet soda may benefit the waistline, but a new study suggests that people who drink it every day have a heightened risk of...

Microchip delivers drug; can it replace shots?

An implantable, wireless microchip delivered osteoporosis medicine to a small group of Danish women, raising hope for a new...

Group activities engaging the brain help dementia

A series of group activities designed to stimulate thought, conversation and memory appears to improve the mental functioning...

Rare mutations tied to breast, pancreatic cancers

Mutations in genes that fix mismatched DNA may put people at extra risk for breast cancer and pancreatic cancer, in addition...

In prostate cancer, other death risks may be higher

Some men with prostate cancer may have increased risks of dying from causes other than the cancer itself, a new study finds....

Combo therapy may ease fatigue after stroke

A combination of talk therapy and exercise training may help people who suffer lingering fatigue after a stroke, a new study...

Pfizer says its drug is best hope for Alzheimer's

Pfizer Inc research chief Mikael Dolsten said the company's experimental treatment for Alzheimer's disease is the drug industry's...

U.S. seniors missing out on $20 bln of benefits

Millions of seniors in the United States are missing out on more than $20 billion in aid that could help pay for food, medicine...

Air pollution tied to stroke, memory loss

Living in a crowded city or near a busy highway may be tied to a higher chance of having a stroke or losing your memory,...

Return to running possible after hip resurfacing

Recreational runners who undergo hip resurfacing, an alternative to a total hip replacement, may be able to return to the...

Erectile drugs might help premature ejaculation

Most studies looking at whether erectile dysfunction drugs can help men overcome premature ejaculation problems agree that...

Tiny electrical shocks to the brain enhance memory

Lightly shocking a person's brain just before they learned a new task appeared to strengthen memory in a handful of patients...

Tai chi may help balance in people with Parkinson's

The slow, controlled motions of tai chi can help the impaired balance of people with mild or moderate Parkinson's disease,...

US FDA panel votes against wider use of Amgen drug

An advisory panel on Wednesday recommended that U.S. health regulators reject the use of Amgen Inc's drug Xgeva to delay...

Eczema tied to higher impotence risk

Men who have the allergic skin condition eczema may have a higher risk of erectile dysfunction than other men, a new study...

White House to spend more on Alzheimer's

The Obama administration said on Tuesday it plans to spend an additional $50 million this year and will seek an extra $80...

CORRECTION: Blurry line in diagnosing early Alzheimer's: study

The revised definition of a brain condition called mild cognitive impairment means that many people now considered to have...

Blurry line in diagnosing early Alzheimer's: study

The revised definition of a brain condition called mild cognitive impairment means that many people now considered to have...

FDA staff unsure about new use for Amgen's Xgeva

Reviewers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday that they were not sure whether Amgen Inc's Xgeva bone...

UK says home-grown cancer pill too costly to use

Britain's health cost watchdog NICE sparked a major row on Thursday by snubbing a pricey new prostate cancer pill discovered...

Aging America creates demand for health-care workers

The graying of America and a booming Hispanic population is driving major changes in the structure of the U.S. workforce...

CORRECTION: Seed therapy for prostate cancer may zap fertility

Radioactive "seeds" that are sometimes used to treat early prostate cancer may do widespread damage to the DNA in a man's...

Seed therapy for prostate cancer may zap fertility

Radioactive "seeds" that are sometimes used to treat early prostate cancer may do widespread damage to the DNA in a man's...

Omega-3s tied to lower risk of heart arrhythmia

In a new study of some 3,000 older adults, those with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood were 30 percent...

Weight loss may prevent leaky bladder in diabetes

Overweight women with diabetes may be able to cut their risk of urine leakage if they shed some pounds, a new study suggests....

Eating fish tied to lower risk of colon polyps

Women who eat about three servings of fish per week have a somewhat lower chance of having polyps found during a routine...

Japan population seen falling 30 percent by 2060

Japan's population is expected to fall by 30 percent to below 90 million by 2060, with two out of every five people 65 or...

REFILE: Men's hopes for robot prostate surgery unrealistic

Robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer has been heavily hyped, and a new study suggests that men's expectations of the...

Men's hopes for robot prostate surgery unrealistic

Robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer has been heavily hyped, and a new study suggests that men's expectations of the...

Illinois Senator Kirk talking following stroke

Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, who suffered a stroke over the weekend and had part of his skull removed to relieve brain...

Keeping brain sharp may ward off Alzheimer's protein

People who challenge their brains throughout their lifetimes -- through reading, writing and playing games -- are less likely...

Senator Mark Kirk hospitalized after stroke

Senator Mark Kirk underwent surgery on Monday after suffering a stroke, according to a statement from the Illinois Republican...

Study links sleep apnea and sudden deafness

Sudden hearing loss might be tied to an underlying sleep disorder that interrupts breathing, suggests a new study from Taiwan....

Goal for Alzheimer's drug by 2025 too ambitious?

The U.S. government has set a deadline of 2025 for finding an effective way to treat or prevent Alzheimer's disease, an ambitious...

Plant compounds tied to fewer heart deaths

Older adults who get a moderate amount of certain plant compounds in their diets are less likely to die of heart disease...

Study suggests how often to test bone density

Older women with thin bones should be screened every year and those with denser bones can safely wait up to 17 years to have...

FDA approves BTG's drug for cancer toxicity

U.S. health regulators gave the nod on Tuesday to a drug from British specialty drugmaker BTG Plc that helps cancer patients...

Magnesium-rich diet tied to lower stroke risk

A fresh look at past research concludes that people who eat lots of greens and other foods rich in magnesium have fewer strokes...

China seeks to unlock secrets of herbs, roots

Chinese legends have long extolled the benefits of the Tian Shan Xue Lian, a rare white flower found in snowcapped mountains...

Heart risk during marathons low, but rising

The risk of cardiac arrest during a marathon or half-marathon is low, but it has increased over the past decade, according...

Red wine-heart research slammed with fraud charges

A University of Connecticut researcher who studied the link between aging and a substance found in red wine has committed...

Heart disease more likely in people with psoriasis

People who suffer from psoriasis may want to pay extra attention to heart risks, according to a new study that found they...

Heart attack risk seen with clot drug Pradaxa

Boehringer Ingelheim's Pradaxa blood clot preventer has been associated with a slightly higher risk of heart attack or acute...

Aspirin guidelines need overhaul, researchers say

Healthy people shouldn't be taking aspirin to prevent heart disease, researchers say in a new report that casts doubt on...

New heart rhythm fix sometimes short-lived

A new procedure to treat the common heart rhythm problem atrial fibrillation may offer only short-lived relief for a significant...

B vitamins may modestly boost memory

Older adults who took vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements for two years had greater improvements on short- and long-term...

Don't believe hype about robot prostatectomy: study

Older men considering robotic surgery for prostate cancer shouldn't trust the rosy ads promoting the expensive technology...

PSA screening doesn't prevent cancer deaths: study

Annual screening for prostate cancer doesn't cut men's chances of dying from the disease, according to the latest results...

Study shows memory loss can start as early as 45

Loss of memory and other brain function can start as early as age 45, posing a big challenge to scientists looking for new...

US FDA wants new studies on surgical mesh implants

U.S. health regulators ordered new safety studies for surgical mesh implants that are used to hold pelvic organs in place,...

Fewer heart attacks seen after weight-loss surgery

In a new study of obese Swedes, those who had weight-loss surgery were less likely to go on to suffer a heart attack or stroke,...

No extra risk of breaking bones after ovary removal

Women who have their ovaries surgically removed may go through menopause early, but that does not seem to raise their risk...

Fruit, veggie lovers not immune to weight gain

A large new European study finds that simply eating a lot of fruits and vegetables may not be enough to stave off the weight...

How old is old? It depends on the age of who you ask

With 40 billed as the new 30 and baby boomers redefining the perceptions of aging, how old is old? The answer, it seems,...

Milk intake in teens tied to later prostate cancer

Older Icelandic men who remember chugging a lot of milk in their teens are three times as likely to be diagnosed with advanced...

Statins tied to lower risk of fatal prostate cancer

In a new study of middle-aged New Jersey men, taking cholesterol-lowering drugs was linked to a lower chance of dying from...

FDA warns docs on wart remover and eye salve mix-ups

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned healthcare workers on Wednesday to be careful when using two similarly named...

Obesity linked to older adults' risk of falls

Obese older adults may be more likely than their thinner peers to suffer a potentially disabling fall -- though the most...

Preventable drug reactions land vets in hospitals

Unexpected drug reactions land thousands of older veterans in hospitals every year, but a new study suggests many of those...

Broken arms among boomers likely to rise

Broken arms send several hundred thousand Americans to emergency rooms each year, and a new study suggests that number could...

High lead exposure linked to hearing loss in youth

Teens exposed to higher-than-normal levels of lead are more likely to have trouble hearing, suggests a new study that links...

Targeted drug side effects add to cancer costs

Painful rashes and other skin-related side effects of newer targeted cancer drugs may jack up treatment costs, suggests a...

Singer Etta James terminally ill

Grammy-winning R&B singer Etta James is terminally ill, her live-in physician said in an interview this week that confirmed...

Health panel takes heat on cancer screening advice

Dr. Ned Calonge knows firsthand how hard it is to tell Americans they'd be better off with fewer routine medical tests. A...

[DRGD] - INTERVIEW-FDA requires precaution on Boston Sci stent

U.S. health regulators said they are still investigating a rare but serious problem with Boston Scientific Corp's new heart...

Many surgeons don't discuss post-op medical wishes

A new survey of surgeons suggests many fail to discuss their patients' wishes in case a risky operation goes awry, and even...

Pelvic exercises help men with overactive bladders

A new study shows men with overactive bladder may benefit from pelvic floor exercises long known to help women plagued by...

Brain stimulation may help some stroke patients

Treating stroke patients who have lost control and awareness of one side of their body with magnetic stimulation to the brain...

Helicopter not always better for stroke patients

The conventional wisdom that helicopters are the best way to transport all stroke patients treated with clot-busting drugs...

Rare birth defects tied to mom's painkiller use

Women who take over-the-counter painkillers during early pregnancy have a slightly higher risk of having babies with certain...

Many elderly screened for cancer despite doubts

Although the benefits of cancer screening in elderly people are often less certain than the risks, many silver-haired Americans...

Professional chefs visit schools to promote healthy eating

"Who likes granola?" chef Michael Selig yelled to the auditorium crammed with Arkansas elementary students. The children...

Impotence risk higher in men taking several drugs

Men taking multiple medications for different health conditions may have a higher risk of erectile dysfunction -- a link...

Heart disease tied to regret after prostate therapy

Men with heart problems are more likely to regret prostate cancer treatment than others, according to a recent study. "We've...

Some men can delay prostate cancer treatment-panel

Men with low-risk prostate cancer may wait to see if their disease progresses before treating it, an independent panel of...

Aging in office: U.S. presidents often outlive peers

Judging by their "before" and "after" photographs, U.S. presidents appear to age before our eyes, adding wrinkles and gray...

Prostate cancer hormonal therapy cuts deaths: report

For men with aggressive prostate cancer, hormone-targeted therapy cuts the overall risk of death, according to a new review...

More older Americans have knee pain, replacement

Older Americans are increasingly complaining of aching knees, and getting those knees replaced, even though X-ray evidence...

Hormonal prostate cancer therapy tied to blood clots

Hormone-targeted therapy for prostate cancer may raise the risk of potentially dangerous blood clots, a large U.S. study...

Children with HIV in Asia resistant to AIDS drugs

Teenagers in Asia receiving treatment for HIV are showing early signs of osteoporosis and children as young as five are becoming...

Aspirin not worth risks for healthy women: study

Aspirin is a bad bargain for healthy women trying to stave off heart attacks or strokes, although it's commonly used for...

Choline-rich diet tied to sharper memory

People who get plenty of choline in their diets may perform better on memory tests, and be less likely to show brain changes...

Merck to pay $950 mln to settle US Vioxx charge

Merck & Co will pay roughly $950 million to settle criminal and civil charges that it promoted the painkiller Vioxx for an...

Medicare to cover Provenge infusion costs: Dendreon

Medicare and Medicaid will cover the cost of infusion associated with Dendreon Corp's prostate cancer vaccine Provenge, the...

EU backs stroke prevention drug despite 256 deaths

Doctors should exercise caution in using Boehringer Ingelheim's new stroke prevention pill Pradaxa, following 256 cases of...

Ranks of people reaching age 90 tripled since 1980

The ranks of the nation's oldest residents are growing quickly now that people who reach age 90 are expected to live longer...

Life-saving prescriptions lagging in heart patients

More than one in five people with heart disease aren't getting life-saving statin drugs despite guidelines saying they should,...

More and more dementia patients hospitalized

A new analysis of elderly dementia patients has found that by 2050, between three and seven million may be hospitalized each...

Smog pollutant may be tied to stroke risk

People who live in areas with high levels of traffic-related air pollution might have a slightly increased risk of dying...

Doctors reserve judgment on new blood clot drugs

Cardiologists are not ready to jump to any conclusions about a closely-watched group of new blood thinners and said serious...

Vibration device fails to boost women's bone mass

Although they are touted as a way to make bones stronger, whole-body vibration devices may not help older women hang on to...

Rep. Giffords says she feels "pretty good"

Speaking on camera for the first time since she was shot in the head in January, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords said...

More stroke patients get clot-busting drugs

Doctors are getting better at prescribing recommended drugs to stroke patients -- at least in hospitals that participate...

No extra restless legs syndrome in Parkinson's

Contrary to previous findings, a new study hints that restless legs syndrome, or RLS, is not more common in people with early...

Michael Jackson doctor guilty of manslaughter

Michael Jackson's personal doctor was found guilty on Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death following...

U.S. FDA approves Bayer/J&J's stroke drug Xarelto

U.S. drugs regulators on Friday approved the stroke preventer Xarelto from Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson for people with...

Heart procedures linked to cognitive decline

In a new study of German heart patients, people who had invasive bypass surgery and those who underwent less-invasive stent...

Prostate surgery risks lower at academic hospitals

A man's risk of complications from prostate cancer surgery may be slightly lower if it's done at a hospital connected to...

'Biofeedback' may help kids with urinary problems

Learning how to relax muscles in the pelvis through "biofeedback" may help kids who wet their pants, get urinary tract infections,...

Nursing home residents face greater surgery risks

Elderly nursing home residents may suffer more complications from major operations than other people their age, a new study...

More evidence obesity tied to colon cancer

Older adults who are heavy, especially around the middle, seem to have a higher risk of developing colon cancer than their...

U.S. Advisers back Vytorin in some kidney patients

U.S. health advisers on Wednesday gave some support to Merck & Co's cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin in preventing stroke...

Study links heart disease to low testosterone

In the ongoing saga of testosterone and male aging, a new report concludes that low levels of the sex hormone might raise...

ADHD drugs don't up heart problems in kids: study

Stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder do not increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes or sudden...

UK cost agency backs Pradaxa for stroke prevention

Britain's healthcare cost-effectiveness watchdog NICE has recommended the use of Boehringer Ingelheim's new anti-clotting...

Metal detectors probably safe with pacemakers

Airport security screening with hand-held metal detectors is most likely safe for people with pacemakers and implantable...

CORRECTION: Estrogen use tied to bladder control problems

Postmenopausal women who take estrogen for years are more likely to experience incontinence than those on the hormone for...

Aspirin slashes hereditary cancer risk in UK study

Taking two aspirin a day for two years reduces the long-term risk of bowel cancer in people with a family history of the...

Estrogen use tied to bladder control problems

Postmenopausal women who take estrogen for years are more likely to experience incontinence than those on the hormone for...

REFILE: Report links HPV with heart attacks, strokes

A new study shows heart attacks and strokes are more common in women infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV. The research...

Reports links HPV with heart attacks, strokes

A new study shows heart attacks and strokes are more common in women infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV. The research...

Reused pacemakers safe option in poor nations

Recycled pacemakers donated from U.S. funeral homes could offer a safe way to get the heart devices to poor people in the...

Rep Giffords travels to North Carolina for therapy

Representative Gabrielle Giffords will begin two weeks of intensive therapy sessions in North Carolina on Monday as part...

The next challenge: not too many people, too few?

If the world follows the demographic habits of Europe -- and that's a big if -- by the year 2200 it could be home to a population...

Kids' daytime wetting accidents linked to ADHD

Children who wet themselves are more than four times as likely as other kids to also have attention deficit/hyperactivity...

EU starts new probe into painkillers' heart risks

Europe's drugs regulator is launching a new review of the safety of common painkillers in light of fresh evidence about possible...

Medtronic tests stent for erectile dysfunction

Medtronic Inc, a manufacturer of pacemakers, heart stents and spine products, has developed a device to tackle another common...

U.S. woman finally evacuated from South Pole

A U.S. woman who was stuck at a South Pole research station for weeks after suffering an apparent stroke was evacuated by...

Honey memory boost too sweet to be true?

A daily spoonful of Malaysian honey may boost postmenopausal women's memory, researchers say in a new report that aims to...

Pfizer, Humana form research pact on elderly health

Pfizer Inc has formed a partnership with health insurer Humana Inc to research ways to improve healthcare for the elderly....

Infections after prostate biopsy on the rise

Serious infections after prostate biopsies appear to be on the rise in the U.S., possibly fueled by antibiotic-resistant...

FDA reviewers unconvinced on Teva Parkinson's drug

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's clinical trials of its Parkinson's drug Azilect left U.S. drug reviewers unconvinced...

Vitamin E tied to higher risk of prostate cancer

Men taking daily vitamin E were more likely to get prostate cancer than those not taking the dietary supplement in a new...

Women who exercise a lot hit menopause earlier

Women who spend a lot of time exercising or eat a heart-healthy diet appear to reach menopause earlier, a new Japanese study...

Prostate surgery risks greater for elderly men

Elderly men who have prostate cancer surgery face heightened risks of complications -- and the majority have the procedure...

Chocolate lovers have fewer strokes, study finds

A sweet tooth isn't necessarily bad for your health-- at least not when it comes to chocolate, hints a new study. Researchers...

PSA test for prostate cancer not recommended-US panel

A U.S. government-backed panel recommended against routine prostate cancer screening on Friday because widespread screening...

John Shepherd, cardiovascular expert, dies at 92

Dr. John Shepherd, whose discoveries have led to new ways to treat high blood pressure and who helped astronauts withstand...

US FDA OKs Eli Lilly's Cialis for enlarged prostate

U.S. drug regulators approved Eli Lilly's Cialis drug to treat enlargement of the prostate on Thursday, expanding use of...

Groups defend need for prostate screening

Reports that an influential group of advisers plans to recommend against routine screening of prostate cancer have drawn...

Supplement users often get ample minerals in diet

People who take dietary supplements to boost their intake of minerals tend also to get more nutrients from their food than...

Europe's brain disorder bill hits 800 billion euros

The annual cost of brain disorders in Europe has soared to 798 billion euros ($1 trillion) and the region is facing a political,...

Nobel prizewinner dies before announcement

A scientist who won the Nobel prize for medicine on Monday for work on fighting cancer died of the disease himself just three...

Nobel medicine prize honours work on body's defences

Three scientists who unlocked secrets of the body's immune system, opening doors to new vaccines and cancer treatments, won...

Daily aspirin tied to risk of vision loss

Seniors who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late stage macular degeneration, an age-related loss of vision,...

Bayer says Xarelto prevents heart attacks

German drugmaker Bayer said its potential blockbuster drug Xarelto was shown to prevent heart attacks in patients that have...

REFILE: Venezuela's Chavez mocks health scare

Venezuela's ever-theatrical socialist leader Hugo Chavez sought to display his vigor on Thursday by playing ball on his palace...

Some stroke patients not getting recommended drug

Guidelines say that stroke sufferers with the heart-rhythm problem atrial fibrillation should take the clot-fighting drug...

Venezuela's Chavez scoffs at health emergency rumors

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez on Thursday mocked a U.S. media report that he had been rushed to a hospital with kidney...

Laughter good medicine for dementia patients: study

Laughter may be good medicine for elderly dementia patients -- and best of all, it doesn't have side effects. Australian...

Does sex matter in colon cancer screening?

Middle-aged men are twice as likely as women to end up with a cancer diagnosis after colonoscopy, according to an Austrian...

Diabetes again linked to colon cancer risk

A new research review confirms that people with diabetes have a somewhat increased risk of colon cancer -- but the reasons...

Saw palmetto doesn't ease urinary symptoms: study

A new study concludes that saw palmetto, a plant extract sold as a natural boost to urinary health, actually doesn't improve...

Roche bone drug eases pain in prostate cancer trial

Roche's bone strengthening drug Boniva is as good for pain relief as single dose radiotherapy in patients whose prostate...

U.S. VA halts Avastin use for eye disease

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said it has stopped using Roche's Avastin to treat a sight-robbing eye disease as...

Depressed people have slightly more strokes

A new study shows people who are depressed may be a little more likely than others to suffer a stroke down the road. Looking...

Private insurance, better prostate surgery outcome?

U.S. men who have surgery for prostate cancer seem to fare better if they have private insurance rather than public coverage...

CORRECTION: More questions arise about "life-extending" proteins

Proteins that scientists once thought might hold the key to extending life in humans didn't seem to affect how long worms...

Gene helps explain a third of inherited ALS cases

Scientists have discovered a gene responsible for more than a third of inherited cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,...

CORRECTION: Doctors predict impotence after prostate treatment

A man facing prostate cancer treatment can now get a rough sense of his odds of becoming impotent after the procedure, researchers...

Vitamin D not tied to fibrillation

Despite some research linking low vitamin D levels to heart disease, a new study suggests that lacking D does not increase...

Novartis drug helps in serious childhood arthritis

Patients with the most serious form of childhood arthritis can get substantial symptom relief from a Novartis drug, researchers...

Cancer testing lags in Latinos with family history

Latinos were less likely than whites to get screened for colon cancer in a new study from California -- and much less likely...

Anti-nausea drug may pose risk to heart rhythm: FDA

U.S health regulators said they are reviewing the safety of GlaxoSmithKline's anti-nausea drug Zofran to ascertain whether...

Feeling pain? The computer can tell

Can a computer tell when it hurts? It can if you train it, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. A team at Stanford University...

Despite risk, some with kidney disease use NSAIDs

Despite advice that people with kidney disease avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a new study suggests...

Venezuela's Chavez hopes fourth chemo will be last

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday he would undergo a fourth round of chemotherapy soon but expected to be...

High cholesterol tied to Alzheimer brain "plaques"

Middle-aged and older adults with high cholesterol may have an increased likelihood of developing protein deposits in the...

Most cases of dementia are not diagnosed: report

About 28 million of the nearly 36 million people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias have not been diagnosed, robbing...

Failing erections may point to heart problems

Impotence could be a harbinger of heart disease in some men, according to a fresh look at the medical literature that found...

Insulin spray aided memory in Alzheimer's study

A daily spritz of insulin in the nose helped improve memory skills in people with Alzheimer's-linked memory problems, U.S....

More painkiller use linked to kidney cancer

People who regularly take painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen may be at higher risk of kidney cancer, according to...

Death industry reaps grim profit as Japan dies

Across from a noodle shop in a Yokohama suburb, Hisayoshi Teramura's inn looks much like any other small lodging that dots...

FDA advisers consider time limit for bone drugs

U.S. health advisers are considering a time limit for taking a class of drugs used by millions of women to prevent bone fractures,...

Study casts wider net for risky BP in kids

More kids than previously thought could be at risk for dangerously high blood pressure, with as many as a quarter having...

Female smokers have more bladder symptoms

Bladder problems seen more often among smokers than nonsmokers may be further motivation for women to quit smoking, a new...

Mutant genes found for asthma, point to possible therapy

A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis could help asthma patients, scientists said on Friday, as they identified two mutant...

Fewer screening colonoscopies OK for some: study

People who've had a colonoscopy with no signs of cancer may be able to delay the next one or not have it at all, German researchers...

Study hints virtual reality might help after stroke

Video gamers might face some surprising additions to their ranks if preliminary results from stroke rehab studies using virtual...

Drugs better than stents at preventing 2nd stroke

Inserting an artery-opening device into the brain to improve blood flow and prevent a second stroke likely does more harm...

J&J's prostate cancer drug approved in EU

Johnson & Johnson's prostate cancer drug Zytiga has been approved in the European Union, paving the way for the launch of...

Giffords dines with medical staff in Tucson

During a Labor Day weekend visit to Tucson, wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had an emotional dinner with the medical...

Bayer, J&J stroke drug not ready for approval: FDA

U.S. drug regulators said an experimental stroke preventer from Bayer and Johnson & Johnson is not ready for approval and...

Common painkillers tied to miscarriage risk

Women who use common painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen early in pregnancy may have an increased risk of miscarriage,...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe has prostate cancer: WikiLeaks

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has prostate cancer that has spread to other organs and was urged by his physician to...

Formulating functional fitness for everyday people

NEW YORK (Reuters) -A mother-to-be hoists a rubber cylinder overhead. A 70-year-old balances on a wobble board and a firefighter...

Folate tied to lower colon cancer risk

People who eat plenty of folate had a lower risk of colon and rectal cancers in a new study that examined the effects of...

Vitamin D levels tied to colon cancer risk

A new analysis of earlier research finds that both higher vitamin D intake and higher blood levels of the vitamin's active...

Women may get unneeded osteoporosis screening

Many women who get screened for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis may not actually need such testing, a new study suggests....

Hip fracture risk rises after women stop hormones

When postmenopausal women discontinue hormone therapy, their bone mineral density drops and their risk of a hip fracture...

Doctors misuse scans in prostate cancer: study

Too many men with low- or medium-risk prostate cancer get CTs and bone scans that aren't recommended for them, suggests a...

Cardiac arrest strikes young and old athletes alike

New research from France suggests that young, competitive athletes account for only a fraction of sports-related cardiac...

US FDA cites heart risk with high dose of Celexa

U.S. drug regulators warned doctors and patients against using high doses of Forest Laboratories Inc's antidepressant Celexa...

Hypertension study prompts new diagnosis guidance

Taking repeated blood pressure readings over a 24-hour period rather than a one-off measurement in the clinic is the most...

No major heart risk seen in new psoriasis drugs

A new, highly effective class of psoriasis drugs did not appear to raise the risk of heart problems in a review of published...

Bone drug tied to lower colon cancer risk

A new study adds to evidence that bone drugs may play a role in suppressing cancer development, although there is still no...

Data may prove Bristol and Pfizer drug a winner

Despite being third to market, a new bloodthinner from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer may become the biggest seller in an...

Thousands of US kids in hospital for window falls

Every year, more than 5,100 American kids go to the hospital with injuries from falling out of windows, and a quarter of...

REFILE: Study questions testosterone's link to early death

Drooping testosterone levels probably don't cut years off a man's life, although earlier studies had suggested they might,...

Study questions testosterone's link to early death

Drooping testosterone levels probably don't cut years off a man's life, although earlier studies had suggested they might,...

Moderate drinking linked to lower Alzheimer's risk

Light to moderate social drinking, a glass or two of wine or beer a day, can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease,...

No evidence aspirin boosts IVF success: study

Women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are often told that a daily aspirin will help boost the odds of success. But...

Teen dies after fall on Yosemite hiking trail

A teenager has died at a hospital four days after suffering head injuries in a fall at Yosemite National Park, in a deadly...

Semen quality drops after age 35 in Chinese men

A new study of age-related changes in semen in Chinese men shows sperm health can start declining as early as age 30, with...

Bayer anti-clot drug gets cautious welcome

An anti-clotting pill from Bayer and Johnson & Johnson offers a new way of preventing stroke although further studies will...

Sleep apnea linked to memory decline, dementia

Older women who have sleep apnea may be more likely to develop memory problems and dementia, according to a new study. It's...

Sea defeats body, not spirit, of swimmer, 61

An asthma attack, a painful shoulder and battering wind and waves forced 61-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad to abandon early...

Soy may not provide relief during menopause: study

Taking soy supplements may not help women ease their menopause symptoms or prevent the bone changes that start at that time...

Second New York triathlon competitor dies

A 40-year-old woman who suffered cardiac arrest while competing in a triathlon in the Hudson River died on Monday, the second...

More "spiritual" Chavez changes outlook on life

Living with cancer has pushed Venezuela's fiery President Hugo Chavez to change his habits and diet, his governing style...

Cone offers relief to women with arthritic knees

For women with arthritis of the knees, going to the bathroom can be an excruciating exercise, but a new study suggests that...

After prostate surgery, some men leak during sex

Incontinence during sex is a long-lasting problem for roughly one in eight men who've had their prostate removed due to cancer,...

Self-medication of anxiety tied to later drug abuse

People who drink or use drugs to calm down anxious nerves are at increased risk of developing full-blown substance abuse...

Stool test good for catching colon cancer: study

The inexpensive tests that look for hidden blood in a person's stool are effective for colon cancer screening, a study out...

Japan unveils soft, strong robot for healthcare

Researchers in Japan unveiled a robot on Tuesday that can lift a patient weighing up to 80 kg (176 lbs) off the floor and...

[RGLT] - FDA says bone drug benefits exceed risks for now

U.S. health regulators on Thursday backed a class of osteoporosis drugs that have been linked to higher risk of cancer and...

Alzheimer's drug from Pfizer, J&J may prove safer

Experimental Alzheimer's drug bapineuzumab, from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson , may be safer than originally thought, according...

Many fear Alzheimer's, want to be tested: survey

Alzheimer's is the second-most feared disease after cancer and many people say they would seek testing for themselves or...

With Alzheimer's in the genes, when do you test?

As a boy, Gary Reiswig would take his grandfather by the hand and guide him on walks around the family farm in western Oklahoma....

Do robots drive up prostate surgeries?

After Wisconsin hospitals acquired robotic surgery technology, the number of prostate removals they performed doubled within...

Two antidepressants ineffective for dementia: study

Two antidepressants that are commonly given to Alzheimer's disease patients appear not only to be ineffective but may give...

Tests for inherited colon cancer may be worth cost

Screening tumors from all colon cancer patients could be a cost-effective way of spotting families at high genetic risk of...

REFILE: Most drugs for Parkinson's psychosis unproven

Nearly every prescription written to treat Parkinson's psychosis -- a common psychiatric side effect of Parkinson's disease...

Brain swelling may be common with Alzheimer's drugs

Three patients treated with an experimental Bristol-Myers Squibb Alzheimer's drug have developed a type of brain swelling...

U.S. autopsy guidelines revised for Alzheimer's

For many years, an autopsy done by a pathologist was considered the best way to confirm the presence of Alzheimer's disease....

Falls, eye tests may hint at early Alzheimer's

People at risk for Alzheimer's are twice as likely to fall as healthy people, and the disease might also be visible in scans...

Most drugs for Parkinson's psychosis unproven

Nearly every prescription written to treat Parkinson's psychosis -- a common psychiatric side effect of Parkinson's disease...

Does adrenaline help cardiac arrest victims survive?

People who've suffered cardiac arrest usually get a shot of adrenaline to help their heart back on track, but in a controversial...

Hugo Chavez: I may need chemotherapy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday he may need radiotherapy or chemotherapy for...

Blacks in nursing homes have higher risk of sores

Black nursing home residents are more likely than white residents to develop blisters and sores that can eventually lead...

Groups convince FDA to ease Alzheimer's trial rules

Academic and industry experts said on Tuesday they have convinced U.S. regulators to ease safety restrictions imposed on...

Teflon component linked to arthritis

High blood levels of a man-made chemical used in non-stick coatings were associated with a raised risk of arthritis in a...

Double amputee's theme park death reignites regulatory fight

As investigators work to determine how a double-amputee veteran fell to his death from a New York rollercoaster on Friday,...

Northeast U.S. has big drop in colon cancer deaths

The Northeast United States has seen a large drop in deaths from colorectal cancer, while states in the southern portion...

Fewer in U.S. developing and dying of colon cancer

Screening for colon cancer has increased in the United States and deaths are down, but even more lives could be saved with...

UK govt asked to pay more for elderly care

Britain's cash-strapped government should spend more on caring for the elderly, according to proposals on Monday that would...

Who wants to live forever? Scientist sees aging cured

If Aubrey de Grey's predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born....

Smiling Chavez makes surprise return to Venezuela

Venezuela's ever-theatrical President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming from Cuba Monday and declared himself "fine"...

More people struggling with bladder control: study

An increasing number of people say they are dealing with incontinence, according to a new survey of nearly 20,000 U.S. adults....

Medicare to cover Dendreon's prostate drug

The Medicare health insurance program will fully cover Provenge, Dendreon Corp's expensive treatment for advanced prostate...

Life after prostate surgery worse than men expect

Nearly half of men who undergo surgery to treat prostate cancer find themselves with greater incontinence problems and less...

Images of Hugo Chavez shown to quell health rumors

Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hailed the release of new footage of the socialist leader as proof he was...

Rumors over Chavez reach frenzy in Venezuela

The guessing game over Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's health took new twists on Tuesday with rumors ranging from a possible...

AIDS drugs can cause premature ageing: study

A class of generic AIDS drugs often used to treat HIV in Africa and other poor regions can cause premature aging and lead...

Kidney improvement sustained by Abbott drug: study

Diabetics with moderate to severe chronic kidney disease showed significant and sustained improvement in kidney function...

Experts warn U.S. to boost Alzheimer's funding

Alzheimer's experts urged U.S. lawmakers on Thursday to increase funding for research of the debilitating disease and to...

Want to conceal your age? Don't spit

American researchers said Thursday they can use saliva samples to predict a person's age, a discovery that could help CSI...

Country star Glen Campbell says he has Alzheimer's

"Rhinestone Cowboy" singer Glen Campbell says he is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, and has recorded one last...

Smoking makes prostate cancer deadlier: study

Smoking increases the risk that men who develop prostate cancer will die from their disease, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday....

Docs generally following cancer patient guidelines

Most older cancer patients are getting treatment that is in line with current expert guidelines, suggests a new study that...

Scientists develop new approach for cancer vaccine

Scientists have developed a technique that uses a library of DNA taken from organs in which tumors can form and harnesses...

US FDA staff: Novartis gout drug data 'complicated'

A Novartis AG medicine reduced pain from gout but also appeared to raise the chances of serious infections and other problems,...

Diet tied to lower risk of vision loss in old age

For people at a higher risk of losing central vision as they age, eating sufficient levels of certain dietary nutrients could...

Olive oil lovers show lower stroke risk

Older people who use olive oil in their cooking and on their salads may have a lower risk of suffering a stroke, researchers...

The Coasters singer Carl Gardner dies aged 83

The Coasters lead singer and founding member Carl Gardner has died aged 83, the band's website announced. He passed away...

Report finds funding threat to mental illness drugs

European neuroscientists said on Tuesday that the withdrawal by some big drugmakers from research into illnesses like depression,...

Protein linked with rare disease plays role in aging

The same mechanism that causes children with a rare genetic disease called progeria to age at seven times the normal rate...

Springsteen sideman Clemons suffers stroke: reports

Clarence Clemons, the saxophone player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has suffered a stroke, according to a pair of...

Radio doomsday prophet Camping suffers stroke

Evangelical broadcaster Harold Camping, who rallied thousands of followers with a failed prophecy that the world would come...

Fewer deaths with cardiac rehab after angioplasty

Patients who underwent a procedure to widen their coronary arteries, then followed up with cardiac rehabilitation, were nearly...

Prostate drugs raise risk of prostate cancer: FDA

A class of drugs meant to improve symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland actually increase the chance of getting a more serious...

Pain drugs' safety for heart patients doubted again

Heart disease patients who chronically use painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen might face an increased risk of suffering...

Financial transparency skin-deep at medical journals

When scientists concluded in a report from November that they had found a potential anti-aging skin treatment, readers had...

Safe to skip radiation for prostate cancer?

A review of recent studies comparing different radiation treatments for prostate cancer reveals no clear picture of what...

Exelixis drug slows prostate cancer spread in trial

Exelixis Inc's cabozantinib experimental drug shrank bone malignancies from prostate cancer in 76 percent of patients, interim...

Evidence backs melanoma-Parkinson's association

People with Parkinson's disease are twice as likely as those without the neurological disorder to get a diagnosis of the...

Cancer cell tests may help predict drug reaction

Counting bits of prostate cancer found in a patient's bloodstream may help doctors better predict which drugs work, U.S....

Incontinence after prostate surgery no big deal: men

Many men have some degree of incontinence after prostate surgery, but few are significantly bothered by it, according to...

Cholesterol drugs tied to lower prostate cancer risk

Men taking cholesterol-lowering medication may be less likely to get prostate cancer than those not on the drugs, suggests...

More evidence for PTSD, heart disease link

People with post-traumatic stress disorder may be at a higher risk for heart disease, according to researchers. In a study...

Why do pro skiers get knee injuries?

A turning, off-balance skier leaning backwards is a recipe for knee disaster, according to a new report from a panel of sports...

Does aspirin cut deaths? New study clouds picture

Despite a lot of excitement about aspirin, scientists can't seem to agree on whether the drug helps healthy people live longer....

Study finds way to get antibody therapies into brain

Scientists have found a way to get antibody-based therapies across a key barrier in the brain and deliver a payload of drugs...

Deaths in Pfizer arthritis trial under microscope

Four deaths during a study of Pfizer's new rheumatoid arthritis pill will be pored over at a medical meeting in London this...

Novartis drug gives pain relief in gouty arthritis

Novartis AG's gout treatment hopeful gives patients better pain relief and significantly cuts the risk of new attacks, two...

Finger length linked to men's risk of knee injury

"Manly" hands might signal an increased risk of suffering a knee injury, if a new study is correct. The study, of more than...

Bayer starts selling quick-release aspirin

German drugmaker Bayer has released a souped-up version of Bayer aspirin that the company says relieves pain twice as fast...

Heart scans tied to 'evidence-free' treatment: study

When symptom-free people have heart scans to look for clogged arteries, they can end up with overtreatment and side effects,...

Smokers have slimmer odds of surviving colon cancer

Smokers aren't just more likely to develop colon cancer than non-smokers, they might also be at higher risk of dying from...

Smoking strongly linked to age-related blindness

When Kern and Harbach wrote "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" nearly 80 years ago, they were playing bards, not doctors. But a new...

Even a few pain pills may be unsafe in heart disease

Some anti-inflammatory painkillers are known to increase heart risks, and new findings from more than 83,000 people suggest...

Migrants part of solution to ageing crisis: experts

Rich nations need migrant workers to provide and care for their rapidly ageing populations, experts said this week, challenging...

Risk of death no greater with ADHD drugs: study

Drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, don't appear to put kids at higher risk of heart problems...

Choosing C-section may not prevent incontinence

Having a Cesarean section may not lower a woman's chance of incontinence later in life -- unless she delivers all of her...

Rising prostate cancer rate seen in U.S. servicemen

The rate of prostate cancer among active-duty U.S. Air Force members has been several times higher in recent years than it...

Study links lower education to faster aging

People who leave education with fewer qualifications are prone to age more quickly, scientists said on Wednesday. Researchers...

Selenium doesn't prevent cancer: report

There is no convincing evidence that taking high doses of selenium -- a popular dietary supplement -- can prevent cancer,...

Celebrex may curb colon cancer, but with caveats

People who took a newer type of pain pill over a three-year period were less likely to develop polyps that could lead to...

Aspirin, other meds linked to stomach bleeding risks

People taking low doses of aspirin to protect their heart may be at risk for stomach bleeding, and those taking both aspirin...

Alzheimer's drug hits two forms of toxic protein

Early studies suggest an experimental Alzheimer's drug attacks free-floating bits of a protein called beta amyloid, a sign...

Women who drink less may still become incontinent

Drinking less to avoid incontinence later in life? A new study suggests it may not help. "Especially for older women, adequate...

Many women may suffer from fecal incontinence

As many as one in five adult women may suffer from loss of bowel control, according to a new study from Australia. Bladder...

'Second drop' sometimes OK for blood sugar testing

People with diabetes are urged to always wash their hands before testing their blood sugar. But if soap and water are nowhere...

Researchers find U.S. 'diabetes belt'

Already dubbed America's "stroke belt," the southeastern U.S. just earned another dubious distinction as the nation's "diabetes...

Screening athletes' hearts hasn't cut deaths: study

Screening athletes for hidden heart problems may not help prevent sudden deaths, a new study from Israel finds. The findings,...

Americans fall short of 'ideal' heart health

A new study finds only one out of nearly 2,000 middle-aged Americans hit the mark for ideal heart health as defined by the...

U.S. team makes key memory cells in lab dish

U.S. researchers have coaxed stem cells into becoming a type of brain cell that dies off early in people with Alzheimer's...

Actor Mickey Rooney tells U.S. Congress of abuse

Veteran actor Mickey Rooney on Wednesday urged elderly victims of abuse to speak up to anyone who will listen and described...

Report stresses options for colon cancer screening

Women should be aware that they have several options for colon cancer screening, and not only the often-dreaded colonoscopy,...

Often okay to skip prostate cancer treatment: study

Many men with less aggressive forms of prostate cancer choose to forgo treatment, and a new study provides more evidence...

Ibuprofen users show lower Parkinson's disease risk

People who regularly use ibuprofen to ease their aches and pains may be less likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those...

Impotence more common in men who pop painkillers

Aging men tend to take more painkillers and experience more sexual problems, but does that mean one causes the other? According...

Potassium-rich diet tied to lower stroke risk

People who get plenty of potassium-rich foods in their diet may be less likely to suffer a stroke, a new research review...

Hearing loss common in seniors: national survey

Nearly two-thirds of Americans over 70 have some degree of hearing loss, according to the first national estimates published...

Decisions may take toll on healthcare proxies

People who have to make treatment decisions for a seriously ill family member may suffer emotional consequences as a result,...

REFILE: Hot flashes, night sweats tied to heart risks

Women who have hot flashes and night sweats at the start of menopause may be less likely to have a heart attack later in...

PSA spikes are poor predictors of prostate cancer

A sudden spike in blood levels of prostate specific antigen, or PSA, is not an accurate way to predict prostate cancer, and...

Crowded ERs don't hinder stroke care: study

Crowded emergency rooms have been linked to delays in various treatments, but does that also apply to stroke care? A new...

In elective surgery, U.S. doctors in regions hold sway

When it comes to elective surgery in the United States, where patients live and which doctors they see play a big role how...

Study questions benefit of home knee electrotherapy

A therapy that delivers low-intensity electrical stimulation to arthritic knee joints may not be an effective way to ease...

More outpatient surgery centers, more surgeries

As the number of outpatient surgery centers has increased, so has the number of potentially unnecessary surgeries, a new...

More unusual, fewer usual breaks with bone drugs

Women who take bone drugs for several years have a slightly increased chance of suffering an unusual type of thigh fracture,...

Exelixis drug shows promise in prostate cancer

Exelixis Inc's experimental cancer drug cabozantinib has been shown in a mid-stage trial to completely or partially clear...

Japan's migrant rules could drive carers away

Japan must completely revise its immigration rules to deal with a shortage of labor in an aging society or risk losing workers...

Early balding linked to risk of prostate cancer

A study showing that men who start to go bald at 20 may be more likely to develop prostate cancer in later life suggests...

Can Japan's spirited youth save an aging nation?

A graduate of the prestigious University of Tokyo economics department, Keishiro Kurabayashi could have joined a blue-chip...

Could hearing aids delay dementia?

Unlikely as it sounds, U.S. researchers have found that people who are hard of hearing have increased odds of developing...

Women on bone drugs have less colon cancer: study

Women taking certain bone drugs after menopause appear less likely to develop colon cancer, Israeli and U.S. researchers...

At-home stroke therapy as good as high-tech rehab

Stroke patients who get intensive physical therapy at home walk just as well after a year as patients who train on fancy,...

Minnesotans are kinder to their hearts: study

Minnesotans are less likely than the average American to die of heart disease, and lower rates of risk factors like smoking...

US scientists recreate heart defect in a lab dish

Using skin cells taken from children with a rare heart defect, U.S. researchers have created beating heart cells in the lab...

Gene test may cut need for prostate cancer surgery

A genetic pattern could predict how aggressive prostate cancer is, potentially saving many men with less threatening tumors...

REFILE: Fruit salad and blood sugar meters don't mix

Listen up, diabetics: invisible bits of fruit on your hands can mess up your finger-prick blood tests, making your blood...

Fruit salad and blood sugar meters don't mix

Listen up, diabetics: invisible bits of fruit on your hands can mess up your finger-prick blood tests, making your blood...

U.S. pharmacist mistake puts a pregnancy at risk

A pharmacist in the United States mistakenly sold a pregnant woman a powerful anti-cancer drug that may cause birth defects...

Elderly get fewer antipsychotics after FDA warning

An official warning about newer antipsychotics in demented elderly people appears to have deterred some doctors from prescribing...

Heart failure therapy twice as effective in women

Women derive twice the benefit from a device to treat heart failure as men, U.S. researchers said on Monday, underscoring...

Full bladder wakes one in five men at night

A new study finds that one in five U.S. men have to get up at least twice a night to empty their bladders -- which for some...

U.S. "stroke belt" also hit by heart failure

People who live in the southeastern U.S., already dubbed the nation's "stroke belt," may have a higher-than-average rate...

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Prostate tumors with a distinctive four-gene "signature" are far more lethal than others, laying the groundwork for a test...

Pregnancy high blood pressure tied to later stroke

Having high blood pressure while you're pregnant may be linked to having a stroke within several years, a new study says....

Risk of death higher with Avastin than chemo alone

People who took Roche's popular cancer drug Avastin in combination with chemotherapy had a 46 percent higher risk of dying...

African Americans have higher cancer fatality rate

Fewer African Americans are dying from cancer, but compared with white Americans their length of survival is shorter and...

Hospital spending may pay off for some conditions

Hospitals that spend more money treating patients with acute illnesses may be better at keeping those patients alive, suggests...

New target, drug potential found for colon cancer

British scientists said they have found a new target for treating advanced bowel cancer which could also be used to identify...

NPS bowel drug meets goal of clinical trial

A pivotal trial of NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc's experimental drug Gattex found that it reduced the need for intravenous feeding...

Extra calcium, vitamin D no bone booster for men

Taking extra vitamin D and calcium doesn't seem to prevent bone-thinning in older men, according to Australian researchers....

Nelson Mandela recovering from collapsed lung

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is recovering from a collapsed lung and could be released from the hospital...

Hand splints may ease arthritis pain

Hand splints to steady achy joints may ease the pain for people who suffer from degenerative arthritis, the most common joint...

Defibrillators useful in public, less so at home

Devices to restore a normal heartbeat after cardiac arrest appear to be less useful at home than in public places, researchers...

Stroke threat after heart surgery on the decline

Bypass heart surgery is becoming safer, according to doctors who say the risk of stroke in the operating room has been dropping...

Defibrillators appear to work in medical helicopters

Despite concerns about using heart defibrillators in a moving ambulance, a new study suggests the potentially life-saving...

Flat feet tied to knee pain in older adults

Older adults with "flat feet" may be more likely than those with higher arches to have chronic knee pain, a new study suggests....

Blocking "rogue gene" may stop cancer spread-study

British scientists have discovered a "rogue gene" which helps cancer spread around the body and say blocking it with the...

People with HIV have high stroke risk: US study

People infected with the AIDS virus may be three times more likely to suffer a stroke than people not infected, U.S. researchers...

Drinking may raise risk of abnormal heart rhythm

People who drink regularly, especially heavy drinkers, may be more likely than teetotalers to suffer the common heart-rhythm...

Scientists closing in on Alzheimer's tests

U.S. researchers are closing in on tests that can detect biological signs of Alzheimer's disease, an advance that would improve...

USPSTF expands osteoporosis screening guidelines

New guidelines for osteoporosis screening released today recommend testing for women as young as 50, depending on individual...

UK cost agency to extend use of Alzheimer's drugs

Britain's health costs agency has confirmed a plan to end restrictions on the use by the National Health Service (NHS) of...

FDA staff questions Lilly drug for Alzheimer test

U.S. health reviewers' main concern with Eli Lilly & Co's imaging agent for Alzheimer's tests is whether technicians can...

U.S. laws a barrier for advance directives: study

U.S. laws surrounding advanced planning for end-of-life care set up too many practical roadblocks, according to a report...

Reagan son: Alzheimer's seen during presidency

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years after leaving office, showed signs...

Scientists find inflammation immune cell switch

Scientists have found a protein that acts as a "master switch" to determine whether certain white blood cells will boost...

CORRECTION: Doctors to amputate actress Zsa Zsa Gabor's leg

which accidentally duplicated a previous post.] LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, a fixture on Hollywood's social...

More U.S. hurdles ahead for anemia drugs

Controversial anemia drugs used by kidney disease patients face another test from the U.S. government next week when Medicare's...

Merck stops giving clot drug in study

Merck & Co has stopped giving one of its most important experimental drugs, the blood clot preventer Vorapaxar, to patients...

Epilepsy drugs linked to more broken bones

Older adults on certain epilepsy drugs have an increased risk of breaking their wrist, hip or spine, according to a new Canadian...

Lilly says brain swelling seen in Alzheimer's study

The chief executive of Eli Lilly said a patient in ongoing trials of the company's experimental Alzheimer's disease drug...

Analysis shows heart, stroke risk of pain drugs

Common painkillers such as ibuprofen and diclofenac as well as branded pain drugs from Pfizer Inc, Merck & Co Inc and Novartis...

Macular degeneration may be on the decline

A disabling eye condition that typically strikes in older age may be less common than in the past, suggests a large new study....

Broken hip tied to increased risk of stroke

While suffering a stroke is already known to raise the risk of breaking your hip, new research hints that the reverse might...

Light therapy shows promise for seniors' depression

The bright-light therapy often used to fight the "winter blues" may also ease major depression symptoms in older adults,...

Hysterectomy linked to cardiovascular disease

Women who have their uterus removed for reasons other than cancer may be at a greater risk of suffering a heart attack or...

Fishy diet comes with lower risk of stroke

Women who eat more than three servings of fish per week are less likely to experience a stroke, a new study suggests. Specifically,...

FDA approves second Advanced Cell stem cell trial

Advanced Cell Technology said on Monday it had won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to try out human embryonic...

Mediterranean diet tied to slower mental decline

People who eat and drink like the Greeks may think a little more clearly into old age, hints a new study. The findings add...

Warfarin may be underused to prevent strokes

The blood thinner warfarin prevents strokes and saves money, but the drug is only used by a little more than half the elderly...

Prostate cancer treatment may be tied to cataracts

Older men who opt for hormone-blocking therapy to treat prostate cancer might be slightly raising their risk of developing...

Merck's Gardasil wins US approval for anal cancer

Merck & Co's Gardasil vaccine won U.S. approval on Wednesday for preventing anal cancer, providing a new weapon against a...

Abbott recalls diabetes test strips in U.S.

Abbott Laboratories is recalling as many as 359 million blood glucose testing strips that could give false results to diabetics,...

Cancer survival rates lower in UK, Denmark: study

Survival rates for four major cancers diagnosed between 1995 and 2007 are higher in Australia, Canada, and Sweden than in...

FDA OKs Medtronic system for atrial fibrillation

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc said U.S. regulators approved its new catheter system for treating a common heart rhythm...

Which painkillers are safest for the elderly?

A type of pain medicine long believed to be relatively safe for older adults appears to come with more risks than other,...

Gene markers may make prostate test more accurate

Scientists have found a way to personalize a common prostate cancer test by looking at genetic variations, which should make...

Healthy lifestyle, healthy eyes in old age

People who lead overall healthy lives -- getting exercise, eating right, and not smoking -- are significantly more likely...

Alzheimer's study finds HDL good for brain, too

In addition to being good for the heart, high levels of so-called "good" cholesterol may protect against Alzheimer's disease,...

Protein reversed memory loss in Alzheimer's mice

Boosting levels of a memory-related protein reversed memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's disease, a finding that could lead...

Vioxx harmful even after patients stopped taking it

Merck's withdrawn painkiller Vioxx may have continued to cause blood clots and perhaps deaths even after patients dropped...

High vitamin D may not protect against frailty

Older women with low blood levels of vitamin D may have an increased risk of frailty -- but the high vitamin D levels that...

Amgen drug delays bone problems longer than Zometa

Amgen Inc's new osteoporosis drug denosumab delayed fractures and other bone problems in patients with advanced breast cancer...

Many elderly have preventable eye problems

A large fraction of elderly people have age-related degenerative changes in their eyes that put them on a path to blindness...

US study helps unravel Alzheimer's mystery

Instead of producing too much of a protein, people with Alzheimer's disease appear to have trouble getting rid of it, U.S....

U.S. life expectancy falls slightly in 2008: CDC

American life expectancy slipped slightly in 2008 to 77.8 years, the first dip since 2004, U.S. health experts said on Thursday....

Wait-and-see OK for some mid-risk prostate cancers

More men with prostate cancer may be able to safely put off treatment in favor of monitoring the disease over time, a study...

Older men get less effective prostate cancer care

Old age is no hindrance to benefiting from prostate cancer surgery and radiation therapy, according to a new U.S. study that...

Study finds daily aspirin cuts many cancer risks

Taking low doses of aspirin can reduce the risk of many kinds of cancer, scientists said on Tuesday, and the evidence is...

Testosterone boost no lasting help to frail elderly

Testosterone gels may offer frail, old men a chance to regain some of their youthful vigor, but the effects fade away as...

Prostate cancer: Watching and waiting may be best

Older men with low-risk prostate cancer may be better off getting regular check-ups that rushing to get surgery or radiation,...

'Hands-only' CPR works, but survival still low

"Hands-only" CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is usually as effective as traditional CPR that includes mouth-to-mouth...

Issues seen with drugs to curb prostate cancer-FDA

U.S. regulatory staff have raised concerns about data for two drugs by GlaxoSmithKline Plc < and Merck & Co Inc and their...

Silent thyroid problems linked to fractures in men

Elderly men with mild thyroid dysfunction - most of whom are unaware of it - are significantly more likely to develop hip...

CORRECTION: Forgotten patients hold key to heart device safety

A little-known and unregulated practice by companies developing new medical devices could be making the products look better...

Forgotten patients hold key to heart device safety

A little-known and unregulated practice by companies developing new medical devices could be making the products look better...

No family link seen between Parkinson's, melanoma

Research has suggested that families affected by melanoma skin cancer may also have a higher-than-average rate of Parkinson's...

REFILE: Pomegranate juice could help kidney patients

There may be a seed of truth amidst the many health claims for pomegranate juice, researchers from Israel said Thursday,...

Pomegranate juice could help kidney patients

There may be a seed of truth amidst the many health claims for pomegranate juice, researchers from Israel said Thursday,...

Arthritis drug less effective for obese patients

Obese adults with rheumatoid arthritis may be less likely than thinner people to respond to some of the newer medications...

Speech monitoring could track Parkinson's: study

The severity of Parkinson's disease symptoms could be monitored remotely by analyzing speech patterns, saving health authorities...

Vegetable-rich diet linked to lower fracture risk

Older women who eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains may have a lower likelihood of suffering a bone fracture...

Cost issue simmering in Medicare's Dendreon review

When a U.S. Medicare advisory panel reviews Dendreon Corp's new prostate cancer therapy on Wednesday, there will be one issue...

Fish oil does not help atrial fibrillation: study

Taking a high dose of fish oil does not prevent symptoms of atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm problem that can cause...

Bayer, J&J anti-clot drug shines in stroke trial

A once-daily pill being developed by Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson was better at preventing stroke than standard treatment,...

Family ties play big role in atrial fibrillation

People who have a close family member with atrial fibrillation are 40 percent more likely to develop the heart condition...

Doctors urge caution with popular energy drinks

Even though energy drinks are hugely popular and can be bought just about anywhere from corner markets to big-box stores...

Prostate Cancer Treatment May Up Colon Cancer Risk

Men who opt for hormone-blocking therapy to treat prostate cancer may be increasing their risk of developing colon cancer,...

Despite labels, some vaginal lubricants harm sperm

Some vaginal lubricants labeled as "nonspermicidal" may not be so harmless to sperm, and could actually thwart their egg-bound...

Bone loss more common in HIV

People with HIV are much more likely to develop bone disease, or be on their way to developing it, a new study shows. In...

Omega-3's linked to a lower risk of gum disease

People who consume a good amount of omega-3's -- the fatty acids predominantly found in oily fish -- may have a lower risk...

Arsenic in drinking water tied to stroke risk

People who live in areas with moderately elevated levels of arsenic in the drinking-water supply may have a somewhat increased...

New rules for truck drivers returning after stroke

Commercial truck and bus drivers who suffer a stroke should wait at least a year and be able to pass a driving test and a...

No link seen between high-carb diet, colon cancer

Chinese women who eat a traditional diet rich in white rice and other starchy foods that spur a surge in blood sugar do not...

Diabetes tied to colon cancer in men, not women

A new study confirms there is a link between type 2 diabetes and an increased risk of colon cancer -- but the added threat...

Cancer cream poses little-known risk to pets

Scientific journals usually aren't the province of puppy pictures, but the October 2010 issue of Archives of Dermatology...

Prostate cancer screening may help healthy men only

Screening men for prostate cancer makes sense only if they are generally healthy, U.S. researchers said on Monday. They found...

Sexual problems? It's probably not low testosterone

If you believe the ads from drugmakers such as Solvay Pharmaceuticals, you might well think that getting a testosterone prescription...

CORRECTION: Vitamin B12 tied to Alzheimer's

Vitamin B12 may help protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study out Monday. The study suggests that seniors...

Metal pollution tied to Parkinson's disease

People living near a steel factory or another source of high manganese emissions are at higher risk of developing Parkinson's...

U.S. states settle with Bayer over vitamin claims

Attorneys general in Illinois, Oregon and California said on Tuesday that Bayer AG agreed to a $3.3 million settlement over...

Healthy life could prevent 23 percent of colon cancers

Getting people to eat a healthy diet, not smoke, cut down on alcohol and exercise more could prevent almost a quarter of...

Smoking doubles dementia risk in late life: study

Heavy smoking during middle age can double the risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia two decades later, researchers said...

Aspirin may boost prostate cancer treatment: study

Cheap, easy-to-take aspirin tablets may help men being treated for prostate cancer live longer, U.S. researchers reported...

CORRECTION: Duration of breast-feeding linked to osteoporosis risk

Postmenopausal women who spent longer periods of time breast-feeding their children may be at greater risk of developing...

Fraud against dementia patients on the rise

A growing number of dementia patients in Asia are being swindled of their money and assets by relatives and friends, and...

Cribs sold at Ethan Allen, Kmart recalled

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc and Victory Land Group Thursday recalled 37,250 cribs on reports of suffocation and fall hazards...

Low-dose aspirin lowers colon cancer risk: study

Low doses of aspirin taken to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes can also lower the risk of colon cancer, British...

Call for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's in Asia

Health authorities in Asia should diagnose Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients early so that drugs may be given to stabilize...

US FDA orders new warnings on prostate cancer drugs

Certain hormone treatments for prostate cancer must carry new warnings about an increased risk of diabetes and heart problems,...

Baldness drug works, but some have sexual problems

The widely used baldness drug finasteride (Propecia) indeed boosts hair growth in men, but some may develop sexual problems,...

Statin drugs may lower colon cancer risk - study

Statin drugs may lower the risk of colon cancer by as much as 12 percent, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. The longer...

REFILE: Vitamin B12 tied to Alzheimer's

Vitamin B12 may help protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study out Monday. The study suggests that seniors...

Vitamin B12 tied to Alzheimer's

Vitamin B12 may help protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study out Monday. The study suggests that seniors...

Osteoporosis drug regrows jaw bone: study

The osteoporosis drug Forteo can regrow bone in jaws damaged by severe bone-destroying conditions called osteonecrosis and...

New guidelines drop the 'P' from CPR

After 50 years of loyal service, traditional CPR is being replaced by a new, bare-bones version of the life-saving emergency...

Protein urine test may signal prostate cancer

A protein in urine could be a strong indicator of prostate cancer risk, according to British scientists, who say their findings...

Walking may keep brain from shrinking in old age

Walking at least six miles a week may be one thing people can do to keep their brains from shrinking and fight off dementia,...

REFILE 2: End-of-life care costs continue to climb upward

Health care costs at the end of life show no signs of leveling off, according to new research from the United States and...

US FDA warns of thigh fractures with bone drugs

Drugs widely used for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis may raise the risk of an unusual type of thigh fracture, U.S....

Many dying US cancer patients still get screenings

Cancer patients with only a few years to live often continue to get routine mammograms or blood tests for prostate cancer...

End-of-life care costs continue to climb upward

Health care costs at the end of life show no signs of leveling off, according to new research from the United States and...

Folic acid supplements no help for the heart

Supplements containing folic acid are known to cut levels of a protein in the blood implicated in heart disease, but a large...

Pharmacist help reigns in blood pressure

Pharmacists can do much more for their customers than count pills. According to a pair of new reports, for instance, they...

Bisphosphonates tied to stroke in cancer patients

Cancer patients treated with osteoporosis-fighting drugs are at increased risk of abnormal heart rhythms and stroke, new...

New Alzheimer's guidelines aim for early diagnosis

Experts on Alzheimer's disease are proposing new criteria for diagnosing the dementia which would pick it up at an earlier...

J&J drug offers hope in advanced prostate cancer

Men with advanced prostate cancer lived nearly four months longer on a new pill from Johnson & Johnson, according to keenly...

First patient treated in Geron stem cell trial

U.S. doctors have begun treating the first patient to receive human embryonic stem cells, but details of the landmark clinical...

U.S. pulls Abbott's Meridia diet drug off market

Abbott Laboratories' has pulled its controversial diet drug, Meridia, off the U.S. market after regulators said it was too...

Fish-filled diet may cut prostate cancer mortality

Eating lots of fish may not protect men from developing prostate cancer, but it could reduce their risk of dying from the...

UK cost agency to end curbs on Alzheimer's drugs

Britain's healthcare cost agency plans to end controversial restrictions on Alzheimer's drugs in a policy U-turn that could...

Colonoscopy may miss more than 7 percent of cancers

Colonoscopy may miss as many as one in every 13 colon cancers, suggests a new study. Canadian researchers note that their...

Prostate drug finasteride helps urinary problems

Long-term use of the drug Proscar cuts the need for surgery in men with enlarged prostates, according to a new analysis that...

In early trials, drug fights inflammatory diseases

An experimental new antibody drug has proved safe and effective in treating three diseases involving inflammation - scaly...

Hands-only bystander CPR saving lives in Arizona

A massive Arizona campaign to get bystanders to do hands-only CPR if they see someone collapse appears to have paid off,...

Low-income men show more high-risk prostate tumors

Low-income men treated for prostate cancer are likelier to have a more aggressive disease at diagnosis compared with their...

Blood test for colon cancer promising: study

A simple blood test correctly identified most colorectal cancers in an early trial of the technology, offering the possibility...

Could gene explain coffee's effects on Parkinson's?

Researchers have found a gene that may explain why coffee may lower the risk of Parkinson's disease for some people, and...

Signs that bone drug may block breast tumors

The same mechanism that makes Amgen's new bone drug denosumab an effective treatment for osteoporosis may also mean it could...

Less costly home dialysis just as effective

Patients with failing kidneys who need to undergo dialysis will do equally well if they perform dialysis at home or if they...

Early prostate test study gives hope for accuracy

British scientists say they have developed a lab test that can accurately distinguish prostate cancer from healthy tissue...

Giving more people statins is cost-effective: study

Giving cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to more people could be a cost-effective way of preventing heart attacks, U.S. researchers...

Acupuncture not helpful for stroke recovery

Acupuncture does not help speed recovery after stroke, according to an analysis of 10 trials using fake or "sham" acupuncture...

Exercise has lasting benefits for older women

Older women with thinning bones who exercise regularly have sustained improvements in their balance and walking speed that...

Genetic discovery could lead to brain treatments

British scientists have discovered a genetic mechanism in the development of the nervous system that they say might one day...

Statins may delay prostate problems in older men

Taking statins for high cholesterol appears to significantly delay the development of an enlarged prostate, a common condition...

EU agency starts safety probe of common bone drugs

European drugs regulators said they had started a safety review of a class of osteoporosis bone drugs called bisphosphonates...

Breast cancer rates fell with hormone therapy drop

Breast cancer rates among postmenopausal women in Canada dropped nearly 10 percent after news of a big study in 2002 that...

Air conditioning drives down hospitalizations

Air conditioning not only keeps you cool during the summer heat, it may also keep you alive. A new study of California residents...

Brain-protecting enzyme may fight Alzheimer's

Restoring levels of a nerve-protecting enzyme offers a new approach to developing treatments for Alzheimer's disease, U.S....

Dementia costs hit $604 billion in 2010

The worldwide costs of dementia will reach $604 billion in 2010, more than one percent of global GDP output, and those costs...

Stool DNA test for colon cancer not yet cost-effective

The inexpensive stool tests commonly used to screen for colon cancer can be more effective, and much less costly, than newer...

Popular joint supplements do not work, study finds

Two supplements taken by millions of people around the world for joint pain do not work and should not be paid for by health...

World's pensioners headed for global care crunch

"Young-at-heart" pensioners around the world are living life to the full without considering how they might be cared for...

Sex problems vex men long after prostate surgery

Sexual problems appear to be more distressful to men after prostate-removal surgery than urinary problems do, a new long-term...

Air pollution linked to deadly cardiac arrests

Breathing in soot and other fine particles from the urban air may increase the risk of suffering a deadly heart stoppage,...

GTx-prostate cancer drug causes medical castration

Higher doses of an experimental prostate cancer drug being developed by GTx Inc were shown in an early-stage trial to induce...

No evidence for routine prostate screening: study

Routine prostate cancer screening does not appear to help men live longer, according to a new study that pooled the best...

Memory problems not a normal sign of aging: study

Mild memory problems in older people are often excused as "senior moments," but a new study has found the same changes in...

Post-pregnancy weight loss tied to incontinence risk

It may not be how much weight a woman gains during pregnancy, but how much she loses afterward, that affects her risk of...

Mutations seen in 1 in 6 with early-onset Parkinson's

One in six people who develop Parkinson's disease early (before age 40 or 50) carry a genetic mutation known to be associated...

Obese men less likely to get biopsy after PSA screening

Research has shown that obese men have lower rates of prostate cancer than thinner men, but a new study suggests that this...

FDA considers label changes for some bone drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it may require a class of osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates...

Simple blood test may detect Alzheimer's: study

A simple blood test could diagnose Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said on Monday, a finding that could give more people...

Long life goes hand in hand with a firm grip

Seniors who can still give a firm handshake and walk at a brisk pace are likely to live longer than those who can't, according...

Study backs prostate screening for high risk men

Men who have a certain genetic variations that put them at higher risk of prostate cancer may benefit from regular screening...

Colon cancer more deadly for large-waisted women

Older women with bulging bellies are at greater risk of dying from colon cancer after being diagnosed with the disease than...

Multivitamins may not slow colon cancer

Taking a multivitamin is unlikely to help colon cancer patients in battling the disease, suggests a new study. "There is...

B vitamins found to halve aging brain shrinkage

Daily tablets of large doses of B vitamins can halve the rate of brain shrinkage in elderly people with memory problems and...

New Alzheimer's approach may sidestep early snags

A new Alzheimer's compound kept toxic clumps from forming in the brains of mice, without causing side effects seen in similar...

Statins linked to lower rheumatoid arthritis risk

Israeli scientists have found a significant link between taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs like Lipitor or Crestor...

Higher heart risk seen in younger African Americans

African Americans are known to have a higher rate of heart disease and stroke than whites, and a new study suggests that...

Heart procedure misunderstood, overused: doctors

Patients who sign up for common procedures to clean out blocked arteries in the heart often believe they are cutting their...

Memory problems in elderly more common in men

Slight cognitive problems like forgetting people's names or misplacing items plague more older men than women, according...

CORRECTION: Timer may help kids' bladder control problems

Wearing a programmable wristwatch could help children manage their daytime bladder control problems, a new study suggests....

Colonoscopy repeats greater with non-specialists

Older adults who have a colonoscopy performed by a family doctor, internist or general surgeon are somewhat more likely to...

Zsa Zsa Gabor out of hospital

Hollywood fixture Zsa Zsa Gabor, whose health has been failing in recent months since she fell and broke her hip, has returned...

Common bone drugs linked to esophageal cancer risk

People who take a commonly used class of osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates for more than five years may be doubling...

Timer may help kids' bladder control problems

Wearing a programmable wristwatch could help children manage their daytime bladder control problems, a new study suggests....

Abbott diet drug study renews calls for U.S. ban

A study funded by Abbott Laboratories offered more detailed evidence that its weight-loss drug Meridia increases heart risks,...

Mental 'exercise' linked to faster dementia progression

While staying mentally active in old age has been linked to a delayed onset of dementia, seniors who engage in such brain...

Cancer drug points way to new Alzheimer's approach

An altered version of the cancer drug Gleevec could form the basis of a new class of drugs that block the development of...

No risk seen from delaying prostate cancer surgery

Adding to evidence that men with early prostate cancer can safely put off surgery, a new study finds that patients who delayed...

Drug cuts stroke risk by half vs aspirin: study

An experimental drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer reduces the risk of stroke by more than half compared with aspirin,...

Prostate biopsy can cause urinary, erectile problems

Biopsies taken to diagnose prostate cancer commonly cause temporary erectile dysfunction and, in some cases, lingering urinary...

Gaining on death, cooling therapy catches on slowly

It was a cold, drizzly March morning this year when Ed Sproull's heart stopped beating. At 58, he had arrived at work feeling...

Lifestyle changes curb overnight bathroom trips

If you're frequently bothered by waking in the middle of the night to empty your bladder, there may be some simple and drug-free...

Kids' concussions need follow-up after ER visit

More than 100,000 U.S. children visit the emergency room for a concussion each year, with many discharged without instructions...

Some men may get too many PSA tests: study

Men who have undergone surgery to treat earlier stage prostate cancer may not need to keep up yearly PSA tests to screen...

Even when prostate cancer returns, most survive

Men who show signs that their disease has returned after prostate cancer treatment are still more likely to die of other...

Vitamin D tied to cancer, autoimmune disease genes

Scientists have found that vitamin D influences more than 200 genes, including ones related to cancer and autoimmune diseases...

Urinary incontinence common in older men too

It's not just women who suffer from urinary incontinence: Nearly one in twenty U.S. men have moderate to severe forms of...

US FDA to review heart risks of Parkinson's drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it will examine the potential heart risks of Novartis AG's Parkinson's...

Health risks higher among blacks who donate kidney

Blacks who donate one of their kidneys have a higher risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease compared to...

In Japan, bystander CPR often not so helpful

A nationwide study from Japan shows chest compressions did little to help people who'd collapsed but didn't have underlying...

Painkiller use linked to stroke risk

Common painkillers that have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack may also elevate risk of stroke, a new study...

Bad bumps to head could kill years later: U.S. study

Scientists reported on Tuesday they have some of the best evidence yet to support long-held theories that repeated blows...

Gold in scan finds dangerous artery clogs: U.S. study

Using an experimental scanner and nanoparticles of gold, U.S. researchers said they have found a way to identify the most...

Immune system gene linked with Parkinson's: study

A gene linked with the immune system may play a role in developing Parkinson's disease, researchers said on Sunday, marking...

REFILE: Acetaminophen tied to childhood wheezing and allergies

A pair of studies suggests that the common painkiller acetaminophen -- better known as Tylenol in the U.S. -- may be fueling...

Tylenol tied to childhood wheezing and allergies

A pair of studies suggests that the common painkiller acetaminophen -- better known as Tylenol in the U.S. -- may be fueling...

Burger and a statin to go? Or hold that, please?

Fast food outlets should hand out free cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to their customers to "neutralize" the heart risks...

Community heart disease risk programs work: study

Healthy heart programs do work and may cut the risk of heart disease by as much as 1 percent, a review of large community-based...

REFILE: ED supplement causes 'worrisome' heartbeat changes

Enzyte, a popular dietary supplement marketed for "male enhancement," causes electrical abnormalities in the heart that could...

Should belly fat prompt early colon cancer screens?

A large waistline more than doubles the risk that people in their 40s will develop precancerous cells in the colon, according...

Rates of heart attack swell as temperature drops

As the death toll of Moscow's blistering heat continues to rise, British researchers said Wednesday that cold weather may...

ED supplement causes 'worrisome' heartbeat changes

Enzyte, a popular dietary supplement marketed for "male enhancement," causes electrical abnormalities in the heart that could...

Getting fit in midlife, better late than never

Exercising in your 40's, 50's and 60's is like saving for your retirement, experts say. Starting early is money in the bank,...

Zsa Zsa Gabor's hospital release delayed

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who is in her 90s, was not released from the hospital as expected on Saturday because she went into...

Brain's reward system helps drive placebo effect

Want to maximize the placebo effect? A good way to do this, according to a new study, is to tell someone they have a decent...

Octogenarians have more heart surgery, live longer

Heart surgery and the use of other invasive treatments have risen sharply in elderly people who've suffered a heart attack,...

More than 70 million US adults obese: US CDC

More than 72 million U.S. adults, or 26.7 percent, are obese, up 1 percent in two years, the U.S. government reported Tuesday....

Gene variants in Japanese prostate cancer patients

A large study in Japan into possible genetic causes for prostate cancer has uncovered five new gene variants that have never...

Does CPR on a moving stretcher work?

Paging script-writers: Pumping on a patient's chest during CPR while a stretcher careens down a hospital hallway works just...

What prevents falls after strokes? Study: Not much

While most stroke survivors will suffer falls, strategies to prevent these dangerous events continue to fall short, suggests...

Calcium supplements may raise risk of heart attack

Calcium supplements, which many people consume hoping to ward off osteoporosis, may increase the risk of heart attack by...

EMS systems catch cardiac arrests, and a lot more

San Francisco sends out seven ambulances in response to people thought to be in cardiac or respiratory arrest for every one...

Breaths found unnecessary in bystander CPR

When someone collapses suddenly, mouth-to-mouth rescue may not be necessary and could lower the chances of survival, researchers...

Low-risk prostate cancer treated aggressively

Many men with low-risk prostate cancer get aggressive treatment, increasing the risk of serious side effects, U.S. researchers...

This wheelchair is nothing to sniff at

A device that detects the subtle movements needed to sniff air through the nose or mouth can steer a wheelchair or allow...

Educated people cope better with dementia

Educated people are better able to cope with the physical effects of dementia, and even one extra year of education can significantly...

Doubt cast on common back pain management

Many people with arthritis-related back pain might be prevented from getting long-lasting pain relief under the current management...

Boston Sci confirms problems in 3 defibrillators

Boston Scientific Corp said on Thursday it found problems with three older models of its implantable heart defibrillators...

No link seen between coffee, prostate cancer risk

Men who enjoy their morning cup of coffee can drink a little easier. A new research review finds that java lovers appear...

FDA warns Abbott on blood sugar monitors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned Abbott Laboratories' diabetes care unit about manufacturing problems at...

Fish eaters show lower risk of age-related eye disease

Older adults who eat fatty fish at least once a week may have a lower risk of serious vision loss from age-related macular...

CORRECTION: Sniffing insulin may help memory lost to Alzheimer's

Squirting insulin up the noses of patients with early forms of Alzheimer's disease showed signs of improving their memory,...

US study may be ideal test for Alzheimer's drugs

A study of families who get a rare genetic form of Alzheimer's may offer an ideal way to test drugs at an earlier stage,...

Living near traffic pollution tied to heart deaths

Middle-aged and older adults who live near high-traffic roads may have a heightened risk of dying from heart disease -- but...

Sniffing insulin may help memory lost to Alzheimer's

Squirting insulin up the noses of patients with early forms of Alzheimer's disease showed signs of improving their memory,...

Early diagnosis can cut Alzheimer's costs: study

Identifying dementia early can cut the cost of care by nearly 30 percent, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday, a finding that...

More weight may equal less brainpower, study finds

Older women hoping to keep their minds young should keep an eye on the scale -- researchers have found a link between slowing...

Gout drug colchicine safe in pregnancy: study

The gout drug colchicine is safe for women to take during pregnancy, report researchers from Israel. In addition to the debilitating...

Updated Alzheimer's guidelines add very early stage

Proposed new guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer's released on Tuesday would look at the disease at its earliest stages,...

Higher vitamin E intake tied to lower dementia risk

including participants' age, education, weight, and smoking and drinking habits -- high vitamin E intake was linked to a...

Match service aims to speed Alzheimer's research

A new online service designed to match Alzheimer's patients with clinical trials may help address a big bottleneck in developing...

Amyloid tracer hits target in Alzheimer's study

A new radioactive dye for PET scans showed that the same bits of a toxic protein that light up in the brain of people with...

Drug grows brain cells in rats

Researchers have found a drug that can help the brain grow new cells and said their study may lead to ways to improve experimental...

Study finds room for improvement in end-of-life care

At UCLA Medical Center, which prides itself on caring for critically ill patients, a recent study showed room for improvement...

US cancer death rates continue drop: report

U.S. cancer death rates are falling, with big decreases in major killers such as colon and lung cancer, the American Cancer...

FDA OKs eye telescope for common cause of blindness

A tiny telescope device that can help improve vision in people blinded by age-related macular degeneration won U.S. regulatory...

Glucosamine doesn't ease low back pain: study

A popular anti-arthritis supplement may not help most people with low back pain, according to a new study. Patients in the...

New U.S. guideline would expand bone density testing

Under a new set of guidelines proposed by an influential U.S. panel, more women would be eligible for bone density tests...

Scientists find blood protein link to Alzheimer's

High levels of a blood protein called clusterin are linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, scientists said on...

Taser asks Canadian court to quash critical study

Stun gun-maker Taser International Inc. told a judge on Monday its rights were violated by a Canadian inquiry that recommended...

Study identifies best tests to predict Alzheimer's

Combining a specific imaging test of the brain with a memory recall test appears to be the best predictor so far of Alzheimer's...

Study finds prostate screening cuts cancer deaths

An extensive study into the merits of screening men between the ages of 50 and 65 for prostate cancer has found it can cut...

Antioxidants no help vs rheumatoid arthritis, lupus

Antioxidants in food and supplements might not protect women from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or lupus after all, a large U.S....

Alzheimer's scourge hangs over ill-prepared Asia

Asia's fast-aging population will make up more than half of the world's dementia patients in 40 years, with China shouldering...

UK's NICE backs wider choice of arthritis drugs

Britain's health cost watchdog has changed tack and recommended that rheumatoid arthritis patients should have more options...

Untreated prostate cancer no death sentence

Even without treatment, only a small minority of men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer die from the disease, Swedish...

Pesticides, genes combine to up risk of Parkinson's

Men with certain genetic variations who were exposed to some toxic pesticides which are now largely banned run an increased...

Brain scan study confirms role of Alzheimer's genes

A study of brain scans has confirmed the role of several genes linked with Alzheimer's disease, and turned up two others...

FDA official attacks safety of diabetes drug

The diabetes drug Avandia, known generically as rosiglitazone, exposed patients to greater health risks including heart attacks,...

Stopping hormone therapy worse than not starting?

If you're considering starting hormone treatments to ease the hot and bothersome symptoms of menopause, keep in mind that...

Faulty gene leads to protein buildup in Alzheimer's

A brain mechanism that acts like a recycling plant for toxic proteins goes haywire in people with a gene mutation linked...

Do you have 'Low T?' Or is it just hype?

Middle-aged men sit around looking forlorn, while their shadows appear to be having all the fun. The men are moody, they...

Cheap gout drug proves useful for heart pain

A drug used for more than 40 years to treat gout could also offer a cheap alternative to more modern heart drugs for patients...

PTSD may boost dementia risk in older vets

Older veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are nearly twice as likely to develop dementia as their peers without...

Time to rethink colon cancer therapy?

Adding the drug cetuximab (Erbitux) to standard treatments does not help patients with early stage colon cancer even though...

Hormone patch may be safer for women than pills

Women who want to use hormone replacement therapy may be less likely to have a stroke if they use low-dose patches instead...

Air pollution may help trigger cardiac arrest

The dirtier the air, the more likely people are to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, new research from Australia shows. Particulate...

New test can predict return of prostate cancer

A highly sensitive blood test may be able to predict whether prostate cancer is cured or is likely to come back, giving doctors...

Urine test improves prostate diagnosis

A urine test can help doctors better spot prostate cancer than either the current blood test or a rectal exam alone, U.S....

Actor Gary Coleman dead at 42: reports

Former child star Gary Coleman, who shot to fame on television sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" but suffered personal and financial...

FDA says acid reflux drugs carry fracture risk

U.S. health regulators have cautioned doctors and patients of an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine...

Injuries to kids on crutches up: study

Injuries to young people related to the use of crutches, wheelchairs and walkers are on the rise -- up an estimated 8 percent...

Sustained Avastin aids colon cancer survival

Colorectal cancer patients who continued treatment with Avastin (bevacizumab) even after their cancer worsened lived longer...

Sea sponge-derived drug treats several cancers

An experimental new breast cancer drug made from sea sponges helped in a range of cancers, from breast cancer to sarcoma,...

A life after death for used pacemakers

Thousands of lives could be saved every year if the US were to donate used pacemakers to developing countries instead of...

Viagra could double risk of hearing loss

Is an erection worth becoming hard of hearing? A new US study suggests men who take Pfizer's Viagra (sildenafil) or similar...

Alzheimer's costs to soar without effective drugs

Alzheimer's disease will rack up more than $20 trillion in treatment costs over the next 40 years in the United States, according...

Is ageing a disease?

Is ageing a disease? It's clear that the simple fact of growing older -- chronological ageing -- is relentless and unstoppable....

Placido Domingo says in good health after surgery

Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, who underwent colon cancer surgery in March, said he was feeling well and in good health after...

Does eating too much lead to urinary incontinence?

Women who consume a lot of calories or favor saturated fat over "good" fats may have an increased risk of urinary incontinence,...

U.S. lawmakers investigating home healthcare cos

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is investigating four for-profit home healthcare agencies over billing practices lawmakers...

Folic acid doesn't cut risk of stroke: study

Studies have linked low blood levels of a chemical lowered by folic acid to lower rates of stroke. However, folic acid supplements...

Below-the-skin defibrillator restores heartbeat

Threading electrodes under the skin along the breastbone may be safer, and just as effective, as implanting electrodes to...

New theory of Alzheimer's explains drug failures

Brain plaques, long considered the chief killer of brain cells and the cause of Alzheimer's disease, may actually play a...

Prostate cancer therapies all affect quality of life

The various forms of prostate cancer treatment -- from surgery to radiation to hormones -- can all have long-term effects...

Joe Biden's son believed to have had mild stroke

Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau, was treated at a Delaware hospital on Tuesday for what doctors believe was a mild stroke....

Requip, Mirapex linked with compulsive behaviors

Parkinson's drugs can triple the odds that people develop impulse control problems such as gambling, binge eating, shopping...

New mutant genes linked to rheumatoid arthritis

A large study of European populations has uncovered seven new clusters of defective genes that may be responsible for rheumatoid...

Hearing loss in one ear impairs kids' language

Hearing loss in one ear is enough to cause language problems for kids, doctors reported on Monday. However, they write in...

Coffee and sodas not tied to colon cancer

You can keep on chugging coffee without worrying about whether your java will increase your risk of colon cancer, according...

Stem cells from uterus treat Parkinsons in mice

Stem cells from the lining of a woman's uterus transformed into brain cells when they were injected into mice whose brains...

Scientists find clues in search for dementia drugs

Scientists have identified changes in mouse brains that impair learning, and say the findings mean drugs being developed...

When to revive an avalanche victim, when to give up

It doesn't happen often, but when an avalanche comes crashing down on skiers or mountaineers, rescuers routinely face a tough...

Asians risk of age-related blindness equals whites

Aging Asians appear to be as vulnerable to age-related vision loss as their white counterparts, a new review and analysis...

Mississippi has most obese kids; Oregon the least

The childhood obesity epidemic is hitting some states much harder than others, threatening to further worsen geographic disparities...

US reviews diabetes, heart risk with prostate drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is examining if certain hormone treatments for men with prostate cancer pose a greater...

Spouses likely to share kidney disease

Spouses of patients on dialysis are likely to have chronic kidney disease themselves and should be screened for it, Taiwanese...

Check blood pressure at home, not MD's office: study

Think you need to go to the doctor's office to check your blood pressure? Think again: The best way to predict your risk...

Prevent Alzheimer's? No evidence you can: US panel

Fish oil, exercise and doing puzzles may all be good for the brain but there is no strong evidence that any of these can...

Camera screens can slash colon cancer deaths

Screening 55 to 64-year-olds with an examination of the lower colon and rectum using a small camera can cut death rates from...

Penis rehab after prostate surgery mildly useful

There's evidence that giving men small doses of erectile dysfunction drugs very soon after they have their prostates removed...

Common virus tied to earlier death in older women

Older women with high antibody levels to a common viral infection may be more vulnerable to frailty and die earlier than...

How many urologists does the U.S. need?

Fewer people die of prostate, bladder, and kidney cancers in counties with at least one urologist per 100,000 people, a new...

Low testosterone tied to frailty in older men

Older men with relatively low testosterone levels may be at greater risk of frailty than those with higher levels of the...

Study questions value of pricey heart screening

Examining patient records to pick out those at high risk of developing heart disease is cheaper and just as effective as...

Bret Michaels' speech slurred after brain hemorrhage

Rock singer and TV reality star Bret Michaels remained in critical condition, but was conscious and talking with slurred...

Omega 3s may help cut colon cancer risk

People who eat plenty of fish oil and other omega-3 fatty acids could cut their risk of colon cancer, new research hints....

U.S. FDA should regulate salt, panel says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should regulate the amount of salt added to foods to help Americans cut their high...

Should you use aspirin for a migraine?

A single dose of aspirin can bring at least temporary pain relief to about half of people with migraines, a new research...

FDA should regulate salt, panel says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should regulate the amount of salt that can be added to foods to help Americans eat...

Gene linked to obesity and higher Alzheimer's risk

A variant of an obesity gene carried by more than a third of the U.S. population also reduces brain volume, raising carriers'...

Test predicts who shouldn't take colon cancer drug

Researchers at Amgen found more mutations that show who will not be helped by its colon cancer drug Vectibix and said on...

Chip may detect spreading cancer cells in blood

Researchers have found a way to test blood for the cells that spread cancer and said they might be able to use the method...

U.S. Medicare panel to weigh prostate treatments

At a time of growing debate over prostate cancer treatments, U.S. Medicare officials will take a closer look at radiation...

Do diabetics do better after colon cancer surgery?

People with diabetes actually fare better after colon cancer surgery than people without the condition, according to surprising...

U.S. team discovers new Alzheimer's risk gene

People with a common variation in a gene linked with coronary artery disease have nearly double the risk of developing Alzheimer's...

Despite concerns, soy probably safe for thyroid

Despite some concerns to the contrary, the soy-based dietary supplement genistein may not harm postmenopausal women's thyroid...

Many people gain weight after knee replacement

People often pack on the pounds after undergoing a knee replacement, a new study hints, and this could put both their new...

New study confirms HRT helps ward off colon cancer

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) cuts a woman's risk of developing colon cancer, new research confirms. Millions of women...

Computer may offer better way to get informed consent

Using an interactive computer program to get patients' informed consent may help ensure that they actually understand the...

Prostate cancer surgery more costly for obese men

Being obese may increase the cost of surgery for men with prostate cancer -- at least the more traditional forms of the procedure,...

Doctors seem to treat obese just as well as others

Despite surveys that show doctors have negative attitudes about heavier people, older obese patients don't get short shrift...

Pharma seeks genetic clues to healthy ageing

They may be a little wrinkly, and there may not be many of them, but centenarians are the fastest growing demographic in...

Traffic-related air pollution tied to stroke death

Traffic-related air pollution may be linked to a higher death rate among people who initially survived strokes, hint study...

Is robot prostate surgery best for quality of life?

Despite the popularity of robot-assisted procedures for prostate cancer, when it comes to men's long-term quality of life,...

Scientists find ageing gene is linked to immunity

British scientists studying the genetics of ageing said on Thursday that experiments on laboratory worms showed that a specific...

Incontinence during pregnancy ups risk of it later

A new study confirms that women who have incontinence during pregnancy are more likely than other women to have the problem...

Cancer deaths drop as colonoscopy rates soar

Colonoscopy appears to slash colon cancer deaths, according to the largest study of the procedure so far. Although colonoscopy...

Pregnancy linked to lower rheumatoid arthritis risk

A new study finds that women who give birth may have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than women who remain...

FDA evaluating cancer link in Parkinson's drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is evaluating clinical data that may suggest Parkinson's disease treatment Stalevo...

Naproxen, acetaminophen (Tylenol) dull migraine pain

Migraine sufferers may be able to get sufficient relief without turning to prescription drugs, according to two new studies....

Higher vitamin K intake tied to lower cancer risks

People with higher intakes of vitamin K from food may be less likely to develop or die of cancer, particularly lung or prostate...

Songbird genome may shed light on speech disorders

Scientists have cracked the genetic code of a songbird for the first time, identifying more than 800 genes linked to song...

Should older men be screened for prostate cancer?

Experts generally recommend against routinely using PSA blood tests to screen elderly men for prostate cancer, but using...

Waiting on prostate treatment not distressing for most

"Watchful waiting" for disease progression won't make men with slow-growing prostate cancer more anxious or distressed, especially...

High protein diet won't harm young women's bones

Young women who eat a typical high protein Western diet need not worry that their protein consumption will harm their bone...

Rheumatoid arthritis increasing in white women

After decades of decline, rheumatoid arthritis is on the rise among white women in the US, new research shows. While the...

Moderate drinking may slow arthritis progression

Some studies have suggested that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, and now new findings...

Obesity tied to poorer colon cancer survival

Obese people are known to have a higher risk of colon cancer. Now, a new study suggests they may have poorer long-term survival...

Infertility linked to prostate cancer

Infertile men may have an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer, researchers reported on Monday in what...

Body-checking safe in preteen hockey players: study

You may not need to worry as much about young kids body-checking each other on the ice, according to a new study. Allowing...

Herb shows no added benefits for women's bones

Exercise may help older women maintain their bone density, but adding the supplement black cohosh to the routine does not...

Public defibrillators boost cardiac arrest survival

Wider dissemination of portable defibrillators in Japan's schools, workplaces and other public venues has increased the number...

Women now more apt to be referred to the cath lab

In what appears to be a huge shift in clinical practice, women with suspected heart disease are being referred for cardiac...

[REFILE] Rheumatoid arthritis tied to pregnancy complications

Pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis may have increased risks of high blood pressure, having an underweight baby or needing...

Light, flat shoes may be best for arthritic knees

When it comes to easing the pain of arthritic knees, footwear choice matters, new research shows. And the findings suggest...

Age likely a factor in colon cancer chemotherapy

Older patients with colon cancer are less likely to receive chemotherapy after surgery than younger people but have fewer...

Melanoma survivors at higher risk of other cancers

Melanoma survivors are at increased risk of other cancers as well as the return of their skin cancers, according to a new...

Brain scans show signs of early Alzheimer's: study

People with a family history of Alzheimer's disease often have clumps of a toxic protein in their brains even though they...

Impotence plus heart disease ups death risk: study

Men with heart disease who also complain of erectile dysfunction die sooner than other male heart patients, researchers reported...

Adding fat-lowering drug no help for diabetic hearts

Adding a drug that lowers blood fats known as triglycerides to cholesterol-fighting statins provided no additional protection...

U.S. safety panel says big Vytorin study can go on

Merck & Co on Thursday said an independent data safety monitoring board has approved continuation of a big study meant to...

Prostate test 'public health disaster' - discoverer

The most commonly used tool for detecting prostate cancer, routine PSA screening, has become "a hugely expensive public health...

FDA rules out bisphosphonate, thigh fracture link

U.S. regulators said on Wednesday they have found no link between oral bisphosphonate osteoporosis medications such as Merck...

Smoking years key factor in lower Parkinson's risk

Several studies have shown that smokers have a lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease. A new study shows that it's...

Medication fears lead to worse side effects

It may not be surprising, but a new study offers some proof that patients who are worried about their medications are more...

Specialty may bias doctors' prostate cancer advice

New research suggests that the type of specialist a prostate cancer patient sees -- rather than the patient's own preference...

Melanoma risk higher in Parkinson's patients

People with Parkinson's disease face an increased risk of the most deadly type of skin cancer, new research confirms. Exams...

Roche, Biogen suspend arthritis drug after deaths

Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG and U.S. biotechnology company Biogen Idec are suspending rheumatoid arthritis and lupus...

Common painkillers might make you hard of hearing

Loud music or noise isn't the only thing that can damage your hearing. A new study in men hints that popping over-the-counter...

Some painkillers have more bleeding risk than others

When it comes to gastrointestinal side effects, particularly bleeding into the stomach, not all painkillers known as non-steroidal...

New guidelines on prostate cancer urge frank talk

New guidelines from the American Cancer Society urge doctors to make sure their patients fully understand the risks as well...

Cigarette smoking may raise prostate cancer risk

Cigarette smoking may increase a man's risk for developing and dying from prostate cancer, pooled data from 24 studies involving...

Typical CPR best in kids, but hands-only works too

Bystanders who start CPR on children before paramedics arrive can save lives and limit brain damage, regardless of whether...

Anemia drugs help end-stage anemic kidney patients

Aggressive treatment with blockbuster anemia drugs may offer the best approach for kidney dialysis patients with severe anemia,...

Eating fish has no effect on abnormal heart rhythm

There are plenty of good reasons to eat fish, but preventing abnormal heart rhythms doesn't seem to be one of them, according...

Industry crackdown on salt could save U.S. billions

Working with the food industry to cut salt intake by nearly 10 percent could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks...

Calcium, vitamin D pills don't help heart: study

Don't expect your calcium and vitamin D supplements to improve your heart health or prevent a stroke, according to a systematic...

Screening athletes could prevent sudden deaths

Several of the nearly 100 young US athletes who die suddenly and unexpectedly during sports every year could be saved through...

Brain images suggest Alzheimer's drug could work

New imaging technology suggests an experimental drug for Alzheimer's reduces clumps of plaque in the brain by around 25 percent,...

Big hearts may mean trouble in cross-country skiers

Like many other top athletes, Harald Sjoelshagen, a 66-year-old Norwegian, has an enlarged heart. When doctors noticed it...

Stents, surgery both prevent strokes: study

A newer, less invasive approach to preventing strokes using a device called a stent proved to be as safe and worked just...

Is newer prostate surgery really better than the old?

Robot-assisted laparoscopic, or "keyhole," surgery appears to be no better at reducing side effects than traditional "open"...

FDA says Eisai, Pfizer Alzheimer ads misleading

Two television commercials for Eisai Co Ltd and Pfizer Inc's Alzheimer's drug Aricept are misleading because they suggest...

Road bumps may trick defibrillators in ambulances

Using an automated defibrillator - a device that figures out whether to shock the chests of patients whose hearts have stopped...

U.S. probes potential risks of cancer, flu, MS drugs

U.S. health regulators are reviewing potential risks of several widely used medicines. The Food and Drug Administration said...

New drug offers last-ditch prostate cancer option

Johnson & Johnson's experimental drug abiraterone can help men with advanced prostate cancer who have run out of standard...

Europeans spend billions on fake medicines: survey

Western Europeans spend an estimated 10.5 billion euros ($14.3 billion) a year on illicitly sourced medicines, many of them...

Feeding tubes may be overused in demented patients

Whether or not a person with advanced dementia winds up with a feeding tube inserted down their throat may have more to do...

Louis Gossett Jr. fighting prostate cancer

Actor Louis Gossett Jr, best known for his Oscar-winning role as the tough drill instructor in "An Officer and a Gentleman",...

Being religious may not make you healthier after all

one of whom, Matthew Feinstein, is a Northwestern medical student who suggested the research -- expected to see less risk...

Scientists find gene variant link to ageing cells

Scientists have found specific genetic variants which may explain why some people age earlier than others and say their findings...

Daily pill helped cure osteoporosis in mice, rats

A once-a-day pill helped completely rebuild bone in rodents with severe osteoporosis, a finding that could lead to a new...

Hormone replacement tied to lower colon cancer risk

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can carry serious health risks, but a new study adds to evidence that menopausal women...

Prostate cancer diagnosis raises risk of suicide

Being diagnosed with prostate cancer roughly doubles the risk of suicide or death from a heart attack, U.S. researchers said...

If you're 70 and overweight, you may live longer

A few extra pounds might help you live longer if you're past your prime but otherwise healthy, a new study finds. "Perhaps...

Judge refuses to dismiss Fosamax case, sets trial

A Manhattan federal judge refused on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Merck & Co Inc's osteoporosis drug Fosamax...

Mammograms may be overused in women with dementia

Some elderly women with severe cognitive impairment are getting mammography breast cancer screening even though they are...

Scanner helps doctors pinpoint prostate cancer

U.S. researchers have found a way to pinpoint where in the prostate a tumor may be hiding by using an imaging technique that...

Skin cells transformed directly to nerve in study

Researchers have transformed ordinary mouse skin cells directly into neurons, bypassing the need for stem cells or even stem-like...

Heart procedure beats drugs for irregular heartbeat

Burning sections of the heart works far better than drugs at treating patients with an irregular heartbeat condition called...

High vitamin D levels, lower colon cancer risk?

Higher levels of vitamin D in the blood may help protect both men and women from cancers of the colon and rectum, confirm...

Genetic factors key to prostate cancer death risk

A combination of three genetic abnormalities has a dramatic impact on how long prostate cancer patients are likely to live,...

Treadmill helps Parkinson's patients walk better

Treadmill training can help Parkinson's patients to walk more normally, according to a new review of the medical literature....

Alternative prostate cancer vaccine shows promise

A prostate cancer vaccine that uses relatives of smallpox virus helped patients with advanced and otherwise untreatable cancer...

NSAIDs may beat acetaminophen for menstrual cramps

The class of painkillers that includes ibuprofen and naproxen seems to work well against menstrual cramps, and may be more...

Opiate painkillers raise fracture risk

Older adults who take powerful prescription painkillers known as opioids face an increased risk of bone fractures, especially...

Electro-acupuncture shows promise for knee arthritis

A modern twist on traditional acupuncture may bring some pain relief to people with knee arthritis, at least in the short...

REFILE: Follow-up colonoscopy often misused: studies

Follow-up colonoscopy is both overused and underused, two new studies indicate. Too often, patients at high-risk for colorectal...

Fish oil protects against cellular aging

A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps keep the DNA of heart patients from unraveling, which may help explain why fish...

Follow-up colonoscopy often misused: studies

Follow-up colonoscopy is both overused and underused, two new studies indicate. Too often, patients at high-risk for colorectal...

Diabetes ups risk of dementia for mildly impaired

Diabetes may hasten progression to dementia in older people with mild thinking impairment, new research shows. So-called...

British govt accused of inadequate dementia action

An independent body accused the British government on Thursday of doing too little to implement a plan to tackle the urgent...

Could Vioxx cousin prevent religious fast headache?

Every year, millions of observant Jews fast on their holiest day, Yom Kippur, and millions of Muslims fast for the month...

Some blood pressure drugs may cut risk of dementia

Medicines commonly used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease may cut the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease...

Gene variant protects against Alzheimer's

People with a gene linked to long life and good health are also less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers...

Gene may pinpoint most aggressive prostate cancer

Researchers have found a genetic mutation that helps predict which men will have aggressive prostate cancer and said it might...

New York City leads drive to cut salt intake

New York City, which has banned smoking and artificial trans fats in restaurants under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is taking...

Robot prostate surgery has downsides, needs more data

Considering having a surgeon remove your cancerous prostate using a robot? You might want to see a surgeon who has done at...

Driving a challenge for Parkinson's patients

The thinking and muscle problems commonly caused by Parkinson's disease hamper driving skills in most elderly people with...

Could a cell phone protect you from Alzheimer's?

A study in mice suggests using cell phones may help prevent some of the brain-wasting effects of Alzheimer's disease, U.S....

U.S. FDA to take new look at anemia drugs

U.S. regulators plan to ask outside experts to re-evaluate the use of Amgen Inc and Johnson & Johnson anemia drugs when given...

Exercise may prevent incontinence from prostate surgery

A healthy weight and regular exercise may help protect men from one of the most common side effects of prostate cancer surgery,...

Drink warm water to ease effects of colon probes?

Drinking warm water seems to relax the bowel and improve the comfort of colonoscopy, as well as the "completeness" of the...

Even with fewer risk factors, heavy men die earlier

Overweight middle-aged men may have a higher risk of heart problems and strokes and die earlier than their thinner peers...

Dementia could cost Canada C$1 trillion: report

Canadians are developing dementia at such a rapid rate that dealing with the problem will cost a total of more than C$870...

FDA clears cardio devices on weak research: study

The Food and Drug Administration's approval of cardiovascular devices is often based on weak studies or may be prone to bias,...

Statins don't curb colorectal cancer risk

Taking a cholesterol-lowering statin will lower your cholesterol but it won't cut your risk of developing colorectal cancer,...

Omega-3s help stave off age-related vision loss

Want to keep your eyesight sharp as you age? Eating lots of fish packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids could help, new...

Smoking ups men's rheumatoid arthritis risk most

Smoking is a risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new analysis of 16 studies confirms. The effect is especially strong...

Alzheimer's may guard against cancer and vice versa

People with Alzheimer's disease may be less apt to get cancer and people with cancer may be less apt to get Alzheimer's disease,...

Face looking old? Don't blame your genes

Don't blame genes for aging facial skin. A new study of twins suggests you can blame those coarse wrinkles, brown or pink...

Blood pressure drugs tied to lower Parkinson's risk

People who use a particular class of blood pressure drug may have a decreased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new...

Prenatal baby aspirin not harmful to infants: study

Baby aspirin taken for high-risk pregnancy complications does not appear to harm brain development among very premature children...

No link seen between acetaminophen, birth defects

New study findings offer reassurance to pregnant women that acetaminophen does not appear to raise the risk of birth defects....

Tape may ease pain in some cases of knee arthritis

Simple athletic tape may bring some pain relief to older adults with a form of arthritis that affects the kneecap, a small...

Videos may aid end-of-life care decisions

Videos that depict different options for end-of-life care may help terminally ill cancer patients decide on what they want,...

Appetite hormone leptin plays role in Alzheimer's

People who have higher levels of an appetite-suppressing hormone produced by fat cells may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's...

Alzheimer's protein may be early risk factor

Imaging tests may be able to detect the early signs of Alzheimer's disease long before it begins to affect memory, a finding...

Active lifestyle aids kidneys, colon cancer survivors

You may know this already, but here's more proof: Leading a physically active life yields multiple health dividends, according...

Osteoporosis meds may cut breast cancer risk: study

Women who took a commonly used class of osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates had significantly fewer invasive breast...

Common heart rhythm problem on the rise in the US

About 3 million Americans suffer from the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation, and that number...

Soy compounds may not prevent bone loss

Supplements containing soy isoflavones may do little to preserve women's bone mass after menopause. In a study of more than...

Health experts warn of stroke "crisis" in Europe

Health experts warned on Wednesday of a stroke crisis in Europe, which is already costing the region's economy an estimated...

Exercise can benefit men with prostate cancer

As little as 15 minutes of physical activity a day can substantially cut death rates in men with prostate cancer, new research...

Pills as good as steroid shots for tendon problems

An injection of cortisone can bring short-term pain relief to people with tendon inflammation in the shoulder or elbow, but...

Tasers protect police and save suspects: study

Police departments that use "stun" devices like the Taser and other "less lethal weapons" such as pepper spray can expect...

Many prostate cancers caught by screening won't kill

The number of prostate cancers diagnosed in UK men each year would jump from 30,000 to 160,000 if the country introduced...

CT scans may predict survival in colorectal cancer

Doctors may be able use an advanced X-ray called a CT scan to see whether patients with advanced colorectal cancer are responding...

Constipation: an early sign of Parkinson's?

People with a history of constipation may be at increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease down the road, research...

Ginkgo no help for heart, but may aid leg arteries

The popular herbal supplement ginkgo biloba does not appear to prevent heart attacks and strokes in older adults, but may...

What happens when doctors give patients more power?

When patients are given the responsibility for medical decisions, they may be less willing to try a potentially risky treatment,...

Dementia big threat for elderly in poorer nations

Dementia is the biggest cause of disability in old people in poorer countries and the problem and its costs for society will...

Women who smoke risk having seizures: study

Women who smoke may have a higher risk of developing seizures than non-smokers do, a new study suggests. Researchers found...

Depression may up risk of a leaky bladder in women

Older women who suffer from major depression are at greater risk of developing urinary incontinence than women of the same...

Psychotropic drugs boost fall risk in the elderly

A new analysis of studies including nearly 80,000 people aged 60 and older confirms that certain types of widely prescribed...

Eat and drink your way to a healthy colon?

Eating fruits and vegetables, and drinking tea and red wine may offer overweight men and normal weight women some protection...

Health issues in middle age can lead to dementia

People who smoke or who have high blood pressure or diabetes in middle age are more likely to develop dementia, a new study...

High cholesterol under treated in many Americans

A US study on cholesterol released today contains both good and bad news: The good news: Between 1999 and 2006, the number...

Mutant genes linked to Parkinson's in some: study

People of Japanese and European descent who have mutant versions of five genes may be at higher risk of developing Parkinson's...

Does cataract surgery make eye disease worse?

Cataract surgery does not appear to worsen the course of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a progressive loss of vision...

Abused kids may grow up to have arthritis

New research hints that physical abuse suffered during childhood may increase the risk for osteoarthritis -- the wear-and-tear...

Trouble thinking? Better see the dentist

A new study hints that good oral care - regular brushing and flossing and trips to the dentist -- may help aging adults keep...

UK study warns against anti-psychotics for dementia

More than 140,000 dementia patients in Britain are given anti-psychotic drugs needlessly and overprescribing of the medicines...

Role of dietary fat in eye disease complex

How much fat you eat -- and what kind -- may affect your risk of age-related vision loss, new research shows. The researchers...

More muscle power means lower Alzheimer's risk

Older people with stronger muscles are at reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease compared to their weaker peers,...

Tai Chi has major benefits for arthritic knees

People suffering from creaky knees may want to give Tai Chi a try. In a study, researchers found that practicing the Chinese...

Red, processed meats linked to prostate cancer

Men who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats may have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer than those who limit...

Using steroids to bulk up? Watch for kidney damage

Anabolic steroids - the kind used by some athletes to build muscle mass - can cause lasting kidney damage, according to research...

NSAIDs tied to reduced death after colon cancer

Women who regularly use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have better survival after a colorectal cancer diagnosis,...

Diabetics with Alzheimer's have slower memory loss

People who have both Alzheimer's disease and diabetes have slower rates of memory loss than people who just have Alzheimer's...

Painkiller safe and effective in children: review

Although the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) diclofenac is commonly used to treat acute pain in children, it...

Sanofi gets FDA warning over Uroxatral promotion

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to Sanofi-Aventis accusing the French drugmaker of distributing...

Heart disease risk factors grow in Canada's teens

An alarming number of Canadian teenagers has high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other major risk factors for heart...

Jews who survived wartime Europe have more cancer

Israeli Jews who survived World War Two in Europe have a significantly higher risk for cancer than other Jews, possibly as...

Amputees defy anatomy, learn to move phantom limbs

Amputees can "learn" to move their missing arm in an anatomically impossible way, in some cases making normal movement of...

Leg artery disease often goes undetected

Many middle-aged adults may be walking around with a dangerous health problem and not even know it. The condition called...

Gene therapy experiment restores sight in a few

Nine-year-old Corey Haas can ride his bike alone now, thanks to an experimental gene therapy that has boosted his fading...

Squatting, cycling linked to arthritis of the knees

Cyclists and people who spend long periods of time in a squatting position may be at greater risk of developing arthritis...

Working after retirement good for your health

People who keep doing some work in their field after they retire may enjoy better physical and mental health than those who...

Stem cell transplants stalled blindness in rats

Nerve stem cell transplants may help slow the progression of macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in...

Car seats, out of cars, a hazard for U.S. kids

Parents and caregivers who place car seats on beds, kitchen counters and other places outside the car injured 43,000 U.S....

Antidepressant improves recovery from spine injury

A common antidepressant combined with an intensive treadmill training program helped people with partial spinal cord injuries...

Soy foods may curb hip fracture risk in older women

Postmenopausal women may lessen their chances of fracturing a hip by adding soy-based foods to their diet, a study from Singapore...

Study explains immunity to H1N1 in older people

Older people who have been infected with or vaccinated against seasonal flu may have a type of immunity produced by cells...

Advanced dementia viewed as terminal illness

Advanced dementia is a terminal illness and should be viewed as such, researchers conclude in a report released Wednesday....

Post-retirement jobs benefit health: U.S. study

Older people who hold temporary or part-time jobs after retirement enjoy better physical and mental health than those who...

Pros and cons with "easier" prostate cancer surgery

More and more men with prostate cancer who opt to have the organ surgically removed are choosing less invasive keyhole "prostatectomy"...

Aging heart can be prevented in mice

Scientists in Japan said they have uncovered evidence, based on mouse studies, that shows it may be possible to delay or...

Shingles may boost the risk of stroke: study

Shingles are more than just painful. A new study suggests that they may increase the risk of stroke. Shingles is caused by...

Walking helpful after a stroke: research

People who suffer a stroke can substantially improve their ability to get around independently if they take walks a few times...

Long-term risks of Viagra use unclear

The popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra is associated with a number of side effects, but data on long-term harms are...

Risks of opioids for arthritis outweigh benefits

Older folks looking to find relief from painful arthritis should steer clear of codeine, OxyContin and other powerful prescription...

Coffee does little to protect the aging brain

Sorry coffee lovers -- downing a few cups of coffee throughout the day may spark alertness, but it's unlikely to protect...

U.S. trio wins medicine Nobel for ageing research

Three Americans won the Nobel prize for medicine on Monday for discovering and identifying telomerase, the enzyme that renews...

Over 65? Take lots of vitamin D to prevent a fall

Important news for seniors: A daily dose of vitamin D cuts your risk of falling substantially, researchers reported today....

Cheap three-drug combination helps cut heart risks

High-risk patients who took a combination of three older heart drugs -- a generic cholesterol-lowering statin, a generic...

Study offers clues on diet benefits without the diet

Experiments which mimicked a low-calorie diet by tinkering with genes in mice extended their lives and prevented disease,...

Millions with dementia "struggle to get support"

Millions of people suffering with dementia are often left without care or support until their illness reaches crisis point,...

Obesity in middle age bodes ill for old age

Women who are obese in middle age may live to be at least 70 but they are nowhere near as healthy as women who kept in good...

Moderate exercise may lower prostate cancer risk

Ready for another reason to exercise? Men who exercise at even moderate levels may have a lower risk of prostate cancer than...

Does estrogen help women survive colon cancer?

Estrogen could help women diagnosed with advanced colon cancer to survive longer, a new study out in the journal Clinical...

Men often not told of prostate cancer risks: study

Doctors do not involve men enough in discussions about whether to undergo screening for prostate cancer, U.S. researchers...

Small minority of strokes preceded by mini-stroke

One out of every eight strokes is preceded by a mild "warning stroke," what doctors call a transient ischemic attack or TIA,...

"Watchful waiting" often works for prostate cancer

New research indicates that over half of men who choose "watchful waiting" as the initial strategy for prostate cancer need...

Diabetes ups risk of abnormal heart rhythm

Diabetes is an important risk factor for a common heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation, particularly in women,...

Should all men be screened for prostate cancer?

Screening all men for prostate cancer using a currently available common blood test is not worthwhile, according to a new...

MRI, solar cells, aging work lead Nobel predictions

Scientists who discovered the secrets of how cells age, who made efficient solar cells possible and who figured out how to...

Lack of sleep may play role in Alzheimer's: study

A study in mice suggests lack of sleep may play a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said on...

Unequal access to cancer drugs breeds frustration

The excited buzz surrounding new drugs at Europe's largest cancer meeting may turn to frustration in doctors' clinics. The...

Folate-rich diet cuts women's colon cancer risk

Eating plenty of folate may sharply reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, at least for women, South Korean researchers report....

Too much fructose may raise blood pressure

A diet high in the sugar fructose raises blood pressure in men, while a drug used to treat gout seems to protect against...

Keeping the aging mind active cuts dementia risk

Elders who work crossword puzzles, play cards, partake in artistic and organizational activities, and attend movie or theater...

Vitamin B6 tied to better prostate cancer survival

Men with earlier-stage prostate cancer may have better survival odds if they get a little more than the recommended amount...

Problems managing money may foreshadow Alzheimer's

Problems with basic money management may serve as a sign that an older adult with mild memory impairment will soon progress...

More than 35 million globally have dementia: report

More than 35 million people globally will suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia in 2010, and few will...

Aspirin fights colon cancer risk of gene disorder

A daily dose of aspirin can prevent cancer in people with a genetic disorder that increases their risk of developing the...

Medical societies push standards for robotic surgery

Surgeons are increasingly turning to high-tech robotic equipment to operate on patients with prostate cancer and other conditions,...

Depression hard on the bones: study

People who suffer from major depression are at risk for low bone mineral density (BMD), research hints. In the last 14 years,...

U.S. seeks "bundled" payment for kidney dialysis

The U.S. health insurance program for the elderly, disabled and poor is seeking to pay one lump sum for all costs related...

Blacks less likely to survive CPR in the hospital

Black patients are less likely to survive efforts to revive them after their hearts suddenly stop beating in the hospital...

Treating prostate cancer conservatively may be OK

New research indicates that treating early stage prostate cancer less aggressively is a good alternative, and that outcomes...

During CPR, more chest compressions save more lives

If you're uncomfortable giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, you may actually do a better job of cardiopulmonary resuscitation...

Merck lawsuit over Fosamax ends in mistrial

A lawsuit alleging that Merck & Co's osteoporosis drug Fosamax (generic name alendronate sodium) caused jaw damage ended...

Prostate size does not affect results of surgery

Prostate size affects the technical difficulty of radical prostatectomy -- total surgical removal of the prostate gland as...

UPDATE 1-Medtronic recalling 6,300 heart devices

Medtronic Inc. said it is recalling 6,300 implantable heart devices because the batteries in the devices drain sooner than...

"Long sleepers" show higher dementia risk

How could something that feels so good - a long night's sleep - have negative consequences? Unfortunately, that is one possibility...

Middle age meat eating may protect later abilities

Meat eaters might happily chew on the findings of a new study out of Japan hinting that eating meat at least every two days...

Similar outcomes for new and old prostate surgeries

If you've decided that a surgeon should remove your prostate and you're trying to figure out which kind of surgery is best,...

Merck loses effort to dismiss 24 Fosamax cases

A Manhattan federal judge has rejected Merck & Co's effort to dismiss 24 cases alleging that its Fosamax drug treatment for...

Researchers find prostate cancer stem cell

Researchers have found a stem cell, a kind of master cell, that may cause at least some types of prostate cancer. Their findings...

Many elderly feel dizzy, but physical activity helps

If you're elderly and you feel dizzy, you might want to take more walks, according to study findings from Sweden. Half of...

Infections may speed Alzheimer's memory loss

Catching a cold or the flu could speed memory loss in people with Alzheimer's disease, researchers reported Tuesday. In a...

Virus might be one cause of prostate cancer-study

A virus known to cause leukemia and tumors in animals can be found in some prostate tumors and might be one cause of prostate...

Scientists find three new gene links to Alzheimer's

Scientists have found three new major genetic links to Alzheimer's, affecting up to 20 percent of people with the brain-wasting...

Where one lives impacts colon cancer survival

Surviving colorectal cancer may depend partially on where one lives, a study hints. Dr. Kevin Henry, of the New Jersey Department...

Whole flaxseed, but not oil, may cut cholesterol

Adding whole flaxseed to your diet, but not flaxseed oil, may help lower your cholesterol levels, hint the combined results...

The pill may cut the risk of a leaky bladder

Women of child-bearing age who use oral contraceptives face a lower risk of a leaky bladder than women of similar ages who...

Unhealthy habits alter thinking, memory skills

If you're having trouble remembering where you left your keys or recalling a word, mull over the number of times and how...

High blood pressure linked to memory woes

High blood pressure can make it hard for middle-aged adults to think clearly and remember things, according to a new study....

Jurors weigh jaw risk of osteoporosis drug Fosamax

Jurors heard sharply different closing arguments on Wednesday in a trial over whether or not Merck & Co's Fosamax drug treatment...

Men who stay trim less apt to get prostate cancer

Men who put on a significant number of pounds after their 20s face a higher risk of prostate cancer than those who remain...

Former preemies may have weak bones

Premature infants with very low birth weight have less dense bones later in life than their peers born at term with normal...

Prostate cancer screening: More harm than good?

Routine screening for prostate cancer has resulted in more than 1 million U.S. men being diagnosed with tumors who might...

Patients embrace Argentine tango as new therapy

On the fourth floor of Buenos Aires' largest psychiatric hospital, patients dance the tango with doctors and nurses. A few...

New stroke drug looks set to replace warfarin

Patients at risk of stroke due to an irregular heartbeat should soon have a viable alternative to 50-year-old warfarin, after...

Obesity adds to risk of death after stroke

Obesity increases the risk of death after stroke in younger stroke patients, according to a new study. Dr. Amytis Towfighi,...

Hopelessness raises stroke risks for women: study

For women, feelings of hopelessness are not just unfortunate, they are a stroke risk, U.S. researchers said on Thursday....

Prostate cancer diagnosed earlier, race gap narrows

Men with prostate cancer are being diagnosed at a younger age and earlier stage today than in years past, and the racial...

Hormone drugs dangerous for some prostate patients

Hormone-based drugs that help treat aggressive prostate cancer may be dangerous for some men with heart disease, U.S. researchers...

Colorectal cancer attitudes vary by ethnicity

Men and people of South Asian descent are more likely to have unfavorable perceptions of colon cancer screening, research...

Muscle mass, not fat, makes for stronger bones

New findings call into question the idea that being overweight or obese might protect people from developing brittle bones....

Gene variation predicts blood thinner response

A common gene variation explains why many people are not helped by the widely prescribed blood thinner Plavix, U.S. researchers...

Hip fracture rates have dropped, Canada study finds

Hip fracture rates have declined among the elderly for a variety of reasons, but the disabling injury is still a major health...

Encyclopedia of Life grows; clues on ageing, pests

An online encyclopedia aiming to describe every type of animal and plant on the planet has reached 170,000 entries and is...

Even modest fitness may extend lifespan

People who stay even moderately fit as they age may live longer than those who are out-of-shape, a new study suggests. The...

Health care needs shift in last year of life

People in their last year of life use more health care resources than their peers who have at least 3 years longer to live,...

Stroke survivors face long-term risks: study

The risk of a repeat stroke, which is more likely to be disabling or fatal than a first stroke, remains high long after the...

School kids can learn and do CPR and use AEDs

Children as young as 9 years of age can learn emergency resuscitation procedures, and retain this knowledge when it is taught...

Cannabis chemicals may help fight prostate cancer

Chemicals in cannabis have been found to stop prostate cancer cells from growing in the laboratory, suggesting that cannabis-based...

Tall men at risk of early prostate cancer

Although being tall does not appear to influence the overall risk of prostate cancer, it may have a role in certain manifestations...

Chinese herb shows promise for rheumatoid arthritis

The Chinese herb Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF) proved more effective than the anti-inflammatory drug sulfasalazine...

Elders lack knowledge of stroke signs, risk factors

Older people poorly understand most of the important warning signs of stroke and factors that increase risk for this medical...

Aerosmith cancels troubled tour after Tyler injury

Veteran rock band Aerosmith has scrapped its North American tour a little over a week after singer Steven Tyler fell off...

Osteoporosis-linked fracture rates up dramatically

The number of Americans hospitalized for osteoporosis-related fractures and other injuries has climbed 55 percent since 1995,...

More evidence that fish is brain food

Older adults in developing countries who regularly eat fish seem to have a lower risk of dementia, a new study suggests....

Osteoporosis drugs effective in killing flu viruses

Two existing drugs used to treat osteoporosis may be effective in killing influenza viruses, including the new H1N1 swine...

Seizures uncommon in Alzheimer disease: study

Although seizures are more likely in people with Alzheimer disease (AD) than in the general population, they are not a common...

Abnormal heart rhythm more common in white elders

Aging white adults appear to have a greater risk of developing the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation than their black...

Lasting benefits seen in gene therapy for blindness

A year after receiving gene therapy for a condition that causes total blindness by age 30, three people continue to see better...

Getting a new knee may boost quality of life

People with severe osteoarthritis of the knee who have knee replacement surgery are apt to see significant improvements in...

Morning colonoscopy may catch more polyps

People who undergo screening colonoscopy in the morning rather than afternoon may be more likely to have potentially cancerous...

CORRECTION: Morning colonoscopy may catch more polyps

People who undergo screening colonoscopy in the morning rather than afternoon may be more likely to have potentially cancerous...

Aspirin cuts colon cancer death risk: U.S. study

Taking aspirin not only can help keep colon cancer from coming back, but it also can lower the risk of dying from the disease,...

FDA staff cite safety issues with osteoporosis drug

Serious infections and cancer cases must be considered as U.S. advisers weigh the future of Amgen's most important experimental...

Bird flu survivors could face brain disease risk

Survivors of bird flu and perhaps other influenza viruses may not be out of the woods once the fever and cough are gone -...

Study IDs four ways to cut disease risks

Want to take health care reform into your own hands? Don't smoke, lose weight, get exercise, and stick to a good diet, says...

First wireless pacemaker in US gives patient new freedom

After relying on a pacemaker for 20 years, Carol Kasyjanski has become the first American recipient of a wireless pacemaker...

More chest injury deaths in lacrosse than many sports

Lacrosse players may be more likely than players in other sports, except baseball and hockey, to die from a heart-stopping...

Heart "concussion" more likely in lacrosse players

Lacrosse players may be more likely than players in other sports to suffer from a heart-stopping condition sometimes referred...

Slippery bathrooms cause many injuries in kids

Every year in the US, more than 40,000 children and teens get treated in emergency rooms for preventable injuries suffered...

Many women keep having, enjoying sex as they age

Women become less sexually active and less interested in sex as they get older, on average, but there are still plenty of...

Self-neglect, abuse ups risk of death in the elderly

Elderly adults, who have a report to a social service agency of abuse or "self-neglect," such as failing to eat or drink,...

Hip, back fractures raise risk of death: study

Men and women who break their hip or backbone are at increased risk of dying prematurely, according to a study published...

Keep cholesterol in check to ward off dementia

High cholesterol levels in midlife -- even cholesterol levels considered only borderline elevated -- significantly increases...

Arthritis drugs raise cancer risk in kids: US FDA

Blockbuster prescription drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions can increase the risk of potentially...

PTSD raises heart disease risk in Iraq war vets

Veterans who come home from Iraq and Afghanistan with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health diagnoses...

Closest hospital may not be best for stopped heart

If your heart stops beating, it might be better to bypass a nearby local hospital in favor of going to a specialized cardiac...

Exercising the mind could hold off dementia

A new study in Bronx seniors provides yet more evidence that keeping your brain active for fun can keep dementia at bay....

U.S. Sen. Dodd has prostate cancer

Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd, a leading force for U.S. healthcare reform, said on Friday he has prostate cancer but...

Caregiver closeness may slow Alzheimer's decline

Alzheimer's patients who have a close relationship with their caregivers show a slower decline in their mental and physical...

Many heart disease patients not referred for rehab

Despite evidence that cardiac rehabilitation helps patients following discharge from the hospital, almost half of heart disease...

Hormone therapy ups prostate cancer survival

Adding hormone therapy to radiation therapy for prostate cancer that has spread to tissues near the prostate gland, but has...

Many prostate cancers don't need radical therapy

Important news for men with prostate cancer: first, the cancer tends to grow so slowly that only a fraction of patients actually...

Minor strokes may worsen vision in glaucoma

Glaucoma patients are likely to lose more of their vision if they suffer minor strokes, a three-year study in Hong Kong has...

Early, intense therapy cuts type 1 diabetes risks

People with type 1 diabetes who can get their blood sugar to near-normal levels can cut their long-term risk of serious complications...

Well-placed defibrillators could save many lives

Placing portable defibrillators in schools and other busy public spaces could get timely, possibly life-saving, treatment...

Agent Orange linked to heart disease, Parkinson's

Agent Orange, used by U.S. forces to strip Vietnamese and Cambodian jungles during the Vietnam War, may raise the risk of...

Long-term tea drinking may cut stroke risk

There could be good news brewing for tea drinkers: Drinking tea consistently -- particularly two kinds -- is linked to a...

Obesity linked to rapid loss of knee cartilage

Obesity is strongly associated with an increased risk of rapid loss of cushioning cartilage in the knee in people at risk...

Colon cancer every 10 years OK for some at risk

Even among those people who have had pre-cancerous growths on previous colonoscopies, waiting ten years after two negative...

New tests could aid early-Alzheimer's diagnosis

Proteins in spinal fluid accurately detect early-stage Alzheimer's disease in patients and could pave the way for better...

Some blood pressure drugs may protect the brain

Blood pressure-lowering drugs called ACE inhibitors that penetrate the blood-brain barrier cut the risk of dementia, new...

Study singles out pesticide in Parkinson's risk

New research provides more evidence for a link between pesticide exposure and Parkinson's disease and pinpoints a specific...

Alzheimer's gene speeds memory declines before 60

People with the "Alzheimer's gene" begin to have memory declines tied to aging before they reach 60, even if they have no...

Psoriasis treatment may up cancer risk

Patients with moderate to severe psoriasis may need life-long treatment with a variety of therapies to relieve symptoms of...

Study will delve into oral health, memory link

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $1.3 million to an interdisciplinary team that will investigate how people's...

Pill camera not as effective as colonoscopy

Although swallowing a pill camera can give doctors a good picture of the colon, it is not as good as traditional colonoscopy...

Most take news of genetic Alzheimer's risk well

Adult children who have a parent with Alzheimer's disease may want to know if they carry a gene that raises their risk of...

Promising Alzheimer's drug boosts toxic protein

Dimebon, Medivation Inc's promising experimental Alzheimer's drug, significantly raised levels of a toxic protein in the...

Dementia rates mostly stable in Europe

In the last two decades, most gender and age groups in Europe have shown little change in the rate of dementia, according...

New tests may help spot early-stage Alzheimer's

New tests assessing brain changes and body chemistry are showing promise at diagnosing Alzheimer's disease in its earliest...

Moderate drinking may stave off dementia

Having one or two alcoholic drinks per day may help prevent dementia in the elderly, according to study findings presented...

Heavy drinking may boost prostate cancer risk

Men who drink heavily may be raising their risk of developing prostate cancer, researchers reported Monday. What's more,...

Racial gap in colon cancer diagnosis, treatment

Later diagnosis and differences in treatment may be among the reasons that African Americans are less likely than whites...

Stress disorder ups dementia risk in older veterans

Older veterans who have had post-traumatic stress disorder have nearly double the risk of dementia than other veterans, U.S....

Jury out on exercise for arthritic hips: studies

There is "insufficient evidence" to show that exercise decreases pain, improves function or enhances quality of life in people...

NSAIDs help some cold symptoms, not others

If you're suffering from a cold, Motrin, Aleve and similar drugs can help you feel better, the authors of the first review...

Early interventions may improve mild forgetfulness

Early interventions can improve everyday memory in patients with mild memory difficulties, investigators in Australia report....

Low-calorie diet slows aging in monkeys

A 20-year study of monkeys shows that a reduced-calorie diet pays off in less disease and longer life, U.S. researchers said...

Brian MRI changes predict who may die from stroke

MRI scans can predict which patients with strokes are more likely to survive, according to a study in the Journal of Neurology,...

Better language skills may keep Alzheimer's at bay

People with more developed language skills as young adults may be better able to stay sharp well into old age, even if they...

Transplant drug helps mice live longer

An antibiotic pill originally developed to help prevent rejection in organ transplant patients helps mice live longer and...

Blacks only face survival gap with some cancers

The chances of dying from breast cancer are greater in black women than white women, but other cancers do not show a survival...

Elderly with dementia do not improve with exercise

A short-term walking program does not improve mental function in older nursing home patients with moderate dementia, according...

Diet, smoking, exercise key in colon cancer risk

People who want to reduce their risk of colon cancer may want to start exercising more and cutting down on red meat and alcohol,...

Multicomponent approach curbs urinary woes in men

An intervention including drug and behavior therapy may help curb frequent nighttime urination or "nocturia" in elderly men,...

Long-term methotrexate appears safe in arthritis

In adults who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), long-term treatment with methotrexate (MTX) appears safe, according...

Prostate cancer screening still unproven: report

PSA blood tests are often used to screen men for prostate cancer, but there is still no good evidence that they cut death...

Nursing-home and community-pneumonia respond similarly

Patients hospitalized with nursing home-acquired pneumonia have similar outcomes whether treated according to 2003 guidelines...

Anti-TNF therapy safe for rheumatoid arthritis

When used at the recommended doses, treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drugs, a relatively new class of...

Aging athletes need variety, a little more rest

Fifty may be the new thirty, but baby boomers' bodies haven't heard the news. Orthopedic surgeons are seeing a "tidal wave"...

Maternal diet affects infant's long-term bone health

Women who maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy have children with bigger and stronger bones than women...

Relaxation techniques decrease anxiety in dementia

Acupressure and Montessori-based activities decrease agitation in institutionalized residents with dementia, according to...

US urged to compare Alzheimer, ADD, other therapies

An Institute of Medicine committee urged the U.S. government on Tuesday to fund studies comparing treatments for Alzheimer's...

Drug companies defend combo acetaminophen

Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and other makers of acetaminophen products said on Monday cough and cold medicines containing...

Asia's party-drug carries incontinence risk

Revelers across Asia who snort the animal tranquilizer ketamine for a hallucinogenic high may face incontinence and other...

Kidney injury by contrast dye ups adverse events

Acute kidney injury induced by exposure to contrast medium, or dye, injected before an imaging test to obtain a more clear...

Routine monitoring not needed with bone drugs

Routine testing of bone thickness is not needed and may be misleading in postmenopausal women who have been taking Fosamax...

Recent respiratory infection predicts stroke

People with recent respiratory infections may be at higher risk of stroke, according to a study published in the current...

Combo treatment relieves migraine, painful periods

For women who suffer from menstrual migraines, menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) and other menstrual symptoms, combination...

Europe aims to reduce cancer deaths by 15 pct by 2020

Europe is aiming to reduce its cancer deaths by 15 percent by 2020 and needs to double screenings to prevent mortality rates...

Full active life benefits the aging brain: report

Getting old doesn't have to mean having more "senior moments," experts conclude based on the largest analysis to date of...

Green tea may slow prostate tumor growth

Antioxidant compounds in green tea may help slow the growth and progression of prostate cancer, a preliminary study suggests....

Alzheimer's prognosis not dependent on race

Alzheimer's disease and milder forms of dementia are associated with an increased risk of death, but contrary to some earlier...

NSAIDs may interfere with prostate cancer diagnosis

Frequently used, over-the-counter drugs referred to as "nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug," (NSAIDs), such as aspirin,...

Replacing arthritic knees is cost-effective: study

Knee replacement surgery is expensive but worth the cost, especially if performed by experienced surgeons, U.S. researchers...

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Knee replacement surgery is expensive but worth the cost, especially if performed by experienced surgeons, U.S. researchers...

Joint replacement avoided in very obese patients

Orthopedic surgeons are less likely to recommend hip or knee replacement surgery in arthritis patients who are morbidly obese,...

Sleep disordered breathing can lead to arrhythmias

Moderate-to-severe sleep disordered breathing raises the risk of clinically significant cardiac arrhythmias in men age 65...

Pergolide linked with Parkinson's disease psychosis

Treatment with dopaminergic agents, principally pergolide, and the development of dementia are risk factors for developing...

Caterpillar touts colon cancer screening program

To improve the quality of colon cancer screening for employees of Caterpillar Inc, Dr. Mike Taylor decided to make doctors...

British dogs trained to sniff out diabetes danger

Dogs are being trained in Britain as potential life-savers to warn diabetic owners when their blood sugar levels fall to...

Early prognosis after 'mini-stroke' better in women

In the first year after a mini-stroke, also known as "transient ischemic attack" or TIA, elderly women have lower rates of...

Access to colon care limited for some Americans

As the number of African Americans in a given US county increases, the number of specialists who diagnose and treat colorectal...

Stroke risk increased in Hodgkin's survivors

Research shows that survivors of Hodgkin's disease are to 2- to 3-times more likely to suffer a stroke or mini-stroke, also...

More evidence links pesticides to Parkinson's

A new study confirms the link between on-the-job pesticide exposure and Parkinson's disease, and suggests that certain insecticides...

Pelvic floor stimulation may curb urinary leaks

Electromagnetic stimulation of the pelvic floor improves stress urinary incontinence in women who can't produce strong pelvic...

Tai Chi may ease arthritis pain, disability

Practicing the controlled movements and deep breathing of Tai Chi may reduce arthritis pain and related disabilities, according...

"Virtual colonoscopy" may be an option, study shows

So-called virtual colonoscopies -- done using souped-up x-rays -- detect tumors and precancerous lesions almost as well as...

U.S. FDA panel urges approval of Savient gout drug

Savient Pharmaceuticals Inc's experimental gout drug is safe and effective for certain patients with the debilitating joint...

Psoriasis linked to strokes and death

People with psoriasis, a common scaly skin condition, are at increased risk for strokes, heart disease, and circulatory problems...

Scans improve accuracy of dementia diagnosis

Brain scans using the technique of positron emission tomography, or PET, may help identify the underlying cause of dementia...

Diet may make a difference in prostate cancer

Men may be able to lower their risk of developing prostate cancer, or slow its progression, by watching their diets, a new...

Chemotherapy drug may treat skin conditions

A cream version of an intravenous drug used to treat colon cancers and other tumors can be used to fight the skin damage...

Hormone improves appetite in frail women

In a small study of frail older women with unexplained weight loss, infusion of a hormone known as ghrelin led to improvement...

Common medicines may harm seniors' mental ability

Drugs frequently taken by older people can cause confusion, dementia and other cognitive problems, a new analysis of 27 studies...

Mayo gets $48 mln to study heart disorder treatment

The Mayo Clinic said it has received $48 million from the U.S. government and industry to expand a study investigating a...

"Navigators" help improve colon cancer screening

Trained guides known as patient navigators can help encourage people to get screened for colorectal cancer, the results of...

Women's stroke symptoms may differ from men's

Women may be more likely than men to suffer certain "non-traditional" symptoms of stroke, a new study suggests. Strokes occur...

Frequent vigorous exercise raises heart risk

New research suggests that as the frequency of vigorous exercise increases, so does the risk of atrial fibrillation. "Although...

Fracture risk doubled after obesity surgery

The dramatic and sustained increase in bone turnover that occurs following surgery for obesity, or "bariatric surgery," translates...

Omega-3-fatty acids may slow macular disease

Diets rich in omega-3-fatty acids may slow the progression of early age-related macular degeneration to advanced disease,...

Home computers are growing source of injuries

As computers have become a staple in American homes, the rate of injuries from computer mishaps has grown as well -- particularly...

Bedsores linked to death after hip fracture

In nursing home residents who've had a hip fracture, bedsores and pneumonia are two key risk factors for death, according...

Personality not linked to Parkinson's disease

There is no distinctive personality that can identify people who have an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease,...

Bowel prep for colonoscopy often poor in the obese

The necessary, albeit unpleasant, purging to clear the bowel before colonoscopy is quite likely to be inadequate in people...

Ballerinas face health hazards

Professional ballerinas, like highly driven young female athletes, face quadruple health threats -- disordered eating, menstrual...

Stroke clot-buster works as well in women as men

Contrary to some earlier reports, the results of a new study indicate that women and men who've had a stroke have similar...

Acrylamide in food not linked to prostate cancer

Acrylamide exposure from dietary intake shows no significant association with the risk of prostate cancer, US and Swedish...

Seeing video firms up end-of-life care decisions

Pictures beat words, at least when it comes to making advance care decisions. Older people who see a video of a person with...

Little lymphoma risk seen with new arthritis drugs

The arthritis drugs known as TNF-blockers do not seem to markedly increase the chances of developing malignant lymphoma,...

Nerve stimulation may aid dexterity after stroke

Electrical nerve stimulation may help people who've had a stroke relearn how to control hand movements, a small study suggests....

Deep sedation helps doctors find more polyps: study

Doctors find more colon polyps when their patients are fully unconscious instead of only moderately sedated during colonoscopy...

Heartburn drugs may raise risk of hip fractures

Even short-term use of popular acid-reducing heartburn drugs may raise the risk of hip fractures, U.S. researchers said on...

Cigarettes and high cholesterol a bad combo: study

Cigarette smoking intensifies the adverse impact of high cholesterol levels on heart disease, according to new research from...

Depression may indicate early Parkinson's disease

Results of a new study provide more evidence that depressive symptoms are an early feature of Parkinson's disease, preceding...

Low oxygen level prostate tumors often recurrent

Hypoxia, or reduced oxygen levels, in prostate tumors significantly predicts a poor long-term biochemical outcome, regardless...

Daily glucose testing may lower macrosomia risk

Daily self-monitoring of blood sugar, or blood "glucose," levels by pregnant women who have mild gestational diabetes is...

U.S. groups widen stroke treatment guidelines

Stroke patients may still benefit from clot-busting drugs up to 4 1/2 hours after their first symptoms, according to new...

Stroke significantly increases fracture risk

Stroke patients have an 80 percent higher risk of fracturing a hip or thigh than people who have not had a stroke, researchers...

Women unaware they have high risk of bone fracture

New findings show that women who are 55 years of age or older who have an increased risk of bone fracture because of their...

Family of sudden death victim may also be at risk

Comprehensive cardiovascular and genetic screening of family members of young victims of sudden unexplained death may save...

Statin therapy helps prevent repeat stroke

People who take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins after suffering a first stroke may be less likely to have another...

RA patients' take on treatments differ by race

African American and white patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) do not see eye-to-eye on the risks and benefits of arthritis...

Stress mires teens' adjustment to diabetes

Adolescents have more difficulty adjusting to life with insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes when stressed over poorly controlled...

Gene in metabolic disorder linked to Parkinson's

Gene mutations responsible for a metabolic disorder called Gaucher's disease may also play a role in the development of Parkinson's...

Blood pressure-lowering drugs for all?

UK researchers suggest that blood pressure-lowering drugs can help prevent heart disease and stroke in any at-risk individuals,...

Dementia drugs may raise fainting risk

A class of drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors, commonly used to treat people with Alzheimer's disease, appear to increase...

Vitamin D may not protect against prostate cancer

New research from Europe confirms that men's prostate cancer risk has no relationship to how much vitamin D they have in...

Chewable aspirin best for sudden heart attack

Think you're having a heart attack? Best to reach for a chewable aspirin tablet, researchers say. Chewable aspirin tablets...

Diabetes personal trainer helpful in teenagers

A personalized, motivational, problem-solving diabetes management program -- spearheaded by a diabetes personal trainer --...

Diabetes poorly controlled in depressed teens

Depressive symptoms are associated with poor control of blood sugar in adolescents with type 1, or "insulin-dependent," diabetes....

Almonds may boost immune function

Lab experiments indicate that almonds have the potential to boost immune health and reduce inflammation, according to research...

Post-hospital week is stroke danger zone

Older people may be at particularly high risk for stroke after being hospitalized for something else, a new 12-year study...

Season may not alter cancer survival in short term

Some studies have found that patients with certain cancers seem to survive longer when they're diagnosed during summer and...

Chemical test offers quick prostate cancer check

Instead of using a blood test to determine whether a man has prostate cancer, doctors might one day more accurately diagnose...

Splinting an arthritic thumb curbs pain

Although wearing a splint at nighttime for arthritis at the base of the thumb does not improve pain at 1 month, it does reduce...

Weight loss in old age may signal dementia

A new study suggests that older people who are very thin or are losing weight quickly are at increased risk of developing...

Farrah Fawcett in legal tug-of-war in dying days

A dying Farrah Fawcett is caught in the middle of a legal battle between her longtime companion, Ryan O'Neal, and a producer...

Standard breast cancer therapy urged for older women

Older women with early breast cancer benefit as much from chemotherapy as their younger counterparts, investigators report...

Cognitive impairment linked with macular disease

Elderly individuals with cognitive impairment may be more likely than those with intact cognitive function to have early...

New tool helps predict dementia in elderly

A new risk assessment index can help identify older adults who are likely to develop dementia within the next 6 years, according...

Knee malalignment increases osteoarthritis severity

While malalignment of the knee joint does not appear to increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee, it is...

Physicians group urges more monitoring of ICD wires

A cardiologists group called for closer monitoring of the performance of wire leads that connect implanted defibrillators...

Medicare will not pay for "virtual" colonoscopy

Medicare, the U.S. federal health insurance plan for the elderly and disabled, will not pay for so-called virtual colonoscopies,...

Heart patients told to walk farther, more often

Walking far and often may be the best exercise prescription for overweight adults with heart disease, a study published Monday...

Deep brain stimulation can improve sense of smell

In a small study of patients with Parkinson's disease, treatment with deep brain stimulation was more effective than drug...

ECG can help predict black patients' stroke risk

Contrary to prior evidence, it's possible that blacks may actually have more episodes of atrial fibrillation (periods of...

Chronic kidney disease may raise cancer risk

Older men with moderately reduced kidney function appear to be at increased risk for cancers of the lung and the urinary...

Spouses worry than prostate cancer patients

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer worry less than their spouses do about the prospect that the illness will return after...

Some strokes on the rise over past decade-study

The number of people suffering haemorrhagic strokes has jumped nearly 20 percent in the last decade, probably because of...

Urine and stool incontinence often occur together

Almost one in five women with urinary incontinence also experience fecal incontinence, researchers report. Dr. Alayne Markland...

Lifestyle shift would cut colon cancer rates

If residents of the UK would adopt lifestyle guidelines now recommended by health authorities -- and stop getting fatter...

Opioids recommended for elderly with chronic pain

It may be better for elderly people with chronic pain to take opioid painkillers such as codeine rather than familiar over-the-counter...

High urate levels may ward off Parkinson's disease

High levels of urate in the blood appear to protect against the development of Parkinson's disease, a new study shows. Urate,...

Study sheds light on why some plaques turn deadly

A U.S. research team said on Tuesday it had found evidence why some plaque build-ups in arteries may lead to heart attacks...

HBO's Alzheimer's series aims to push for cure

It's been almost 15 years since former U.S. President Ronald Reagan told the world he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's...

Gel effective for women with overactive bladder

Applying a gel containing the anti-spasmodic agent oxybutynin to the skin is safe and effective for women with overactive...

Vitamin E may slow Alzheimer's disease

An analysis of "real-world" clinical data indicates that vitamin E, and drugs that reduce generalized inflammation, may slow...

Delirium may hasten Alzheimer's decline

New research suggests that people with Alzheimer's disease who experience one or more episodes of delirium have a more rapid...

Change in CPR may improve survival

Modifying the standard way of giving CPR leads to better survival of people who've suffered a cardiac arrest, US researchers...

Vegan diet not linked to bone loss

Postmenopausal vegans and meat-eaters may have similar bone density, despite vegans' lower calcium and protein intake, a...

Agent Orange worsens prostate cancer prognosis

Among Vietnam veterans who have undergone major prostate cancer surgery, those who were exposed to Agent Orange have an increased...

Exercise calms agitation associated with dementia

In a pilot study, agitation and functioning improved in a group of elderly nursing home residents suffering from severe dementia...

Pain drugs to carry stronger warnings: FDA

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol and Advil will carry new, bolder warnings about the risk of liver damage...

Survival extended by Dendreon cancer vaccine

An experimental cancer vaccine developed by Dendreon Corp improved three-year survival of patients with advanced prostate...

Experts identify genes linked to chronic diseases

Researchers in South Korea have identified genes that are linked to key indicators such as blood pressure and bone density...

Group recommends baseline prostate testing at 40

A U.S. physicians' group is recommending that men 40 and older be offered a controversial prostate cancer test, adding to...

Cholesterol drugs may cut risk of prostate cancer

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may protect men against prostate cancer and other urological complaints, as well as reducing...

Prostate cancer therapy hard on bones, heart

Men who receive hormone deprivation therapy for prostate cancer are at increased risk of fractures and cardiovascular-related...

Hysterectomy plus ovary removal possibly harmful

During hysterectomy operations, surgeons often remove a woman's ovaries as well as her uterus. But new research suggests...

Kids with arthritis at risk for fractures: study

There is an increased prevalence of backbone or "vertebral" fractures in children with arthritis and other "chronic rheumatic...

Hormone therapy lowers colon cancer risk

Hormone replacement therapy may raise a woman's risk of breast cancer and heart disease but it lowers her risk of colon cancer,...

Painkillers do not prevent Alzheimer's dementia

A recent study contradicts earlier observations that painkillers such as ibuprofen or naproxen, classified as non-steroidal...

US FDA staff questions heart device data

U.S. health regulatory staff expressed concern about several issues with Atritech Inc's data for its Watchman heart device...

Location not a factor in kidney transplantation

Living far from the closest transplant center does not increase the waiting time for a kidney transplant in the U.S., new...

Aspirin use linked to a lower risk of diabetes

The results of a study published in the American Journal of Medicine suggest there is an association between aspirin use...

Statin drugs do not prevent dementia

Statin drugs, a commonly prescribed class of lipid-lowering drugs that include Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor, do not prevent...

Antipsychotic drug for dementia have adverse effects

Elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease who are treated with second-generation antipsychotics should be monitored closely...

Health worries may keep aging adults on the couch

Older adults who worry about their health often opt out of physical activity -- and as a result, they may have greater trouble...

Folate added to food may raise colon cancer risk

Although fortifying food with folate as a public health measure reduces the number of children born with spina bifida, new...

Mother's sun exposure may affect kids' bone growth

Women who get some sun during the last trimester of pregnancy may have children with stronger bones, a new study suggests....

Keyhole kidney surgery OK for eldest elderly

Operations on the kidney can be performed safely via laparoscopy in elderly patients, even those older than 80 years of age,...

Big men more susceptible to abnormal heart rhythm

Older men who were big during their 20s face an increased risk of suffering from an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation....

No benefit from tube feeding in advanced dementia

Despite the fact that up to one third of patients with severe dementia are tube fed, there is no evidence that this practice...

Statins cut stroke risk by one fifth, study finds

Cholesterol-lowering drugs cut the risk of strokes by about a fifth, according to a pooled analysis of 24 past clinical studies...

High-dose paracetamol "may help stroke patients"

Giving a high dose of paracetamol to stroke patients with raised body temperatures appears to improve their chance of recovering...

UK drug shows early promise against Alzheimer's

A new drug against Alzheimer's disease, developed by British researchers, has shown promise in tests on a handful of patients....

REFILE: Where you live may affect cancer survival

A study of neighborhoods suggests that modifiable factors, not genetics, underlie the racial disparities that have been seen...

Actonel makers pay insurer to fix fractures

The makers of osteoporosis drug Actonel are testing a program to reimburse an insurer for the cost of treating non-spinal...

Low blood sugar a dementia risk for diabetics

Older diabetics whose blood sugar drops to dangerously low levels have a higher risk of developing dementia, U.S. researchers...

Where you live may effect cancer survival

A study of neighborhoods suggests that modifiable factors, not genetics, underlie the racial disparities that have been seen...

Parkinson's drugs may trigger pathologic behavior

About one in five patients taking a therapeutic dose of a dopamine agonist, a class of drugs used to treat patients with...

Colorectal cancer risk appears unaffected by coffee

Coffee is not significantly associated with a decreased risk of colorectal, colon, or rectal cancer, contrary to the results...

Care assistance key to helping seniors stay at home

Older people with complex medical needs often prefer to stay at home -- and their loved ones want to have them -- but families...

Heart problem may predict early death after stroke

People who suffer a stroke and also have an abnormality in the heart's electrical activity when they arrive at the emergency...

Medivation prostate drug shows promise: study

A prostate cancer drug that takes a new approach to blocking tumor growth helped more than 40 percent of men with advanced...

Pre-surgery sessions boost prostate patients' mood

Men with prostate cancer who take part in a brief stress management program before undergoing surgery to remove their prostate...

Alzheimer's gene changes brain early, study finds

A gene known to raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease may alter brain activity throughout life, British researchers said...

Weekly phone advice helps diabetics cope

Among low-income men and women with diabetes, those who participated in weekly, automated telephone-prompt sessions saw their...

Age cutoffs for colon cancer screening debated

Decisions about the advisability of colorectal cancer screening should give more attention to life expectancy and less attention...

Program seen helpful in heart patients: report

A patient-centered program of telephone support, close monitoring and tight control of modifiable risk factors such as high...

Risk of progression to dementia overestimated

People with mild cognitive impairment appear to have a lower risk of progressing to full blown dementia than previously thought,...

Age-related mental decline starts in the late-20s

Declining mental function is often seen as a problem of old age, but certain aspects of brain function actually begin their...

Stem cells may offer cure for deafness

Stem cells may help deaf people hear again, according to early-stage research by British scientists. A team at the University...

Germany: Colonoscopy prevents 15,000 cancer cases

Researchers from Germany estimate that over 15,000 colorectal cancers will be prevented through 2010 since the country began...

Crop herbicide may cause cancer

Exposure to the crop herbicide imazethapyr might promote the development of some cancers, researchers report in the International...

Enzyme may reduce benefit of cholesterol drugs

New research suggests that the cholesterol-lowering ability of "statin" drugs, like Lipitor and Mevacor, is blunted when...

Women often overlook their pelvic health: expert

Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles with simple exercises is an important yet overlooked aspect of women's health, according...

Pregnancy problems up stroke risk in offspring

Adults whose mothers suffered from "preeclampsia" or "gestational hypertension" while pregnant appear to be at increased...

Poor balance a bad sign in Alzheimer's patients

A simple balance test may help doctors predict a decline in memory and brain function in people with Alzheimer's disease,...

"Watchful waiting" safe for some prostate cancers

Carefully selected men with "low-risk" prostate cancer can safely delay treatment and opt instead for active surveillance,...

Device proves option to warfarin in stroke study

A new device implanted in the heart proved in a large clinical study to be a potential alternative to a standard blood thinner...

Red meat diet tied to early eye problems

People whose diet includes a lot of red meat are more likely to develop the early stages of an eye condition known as age-related...

Treating ED in teens key for future well-being

It may seem unlikely that teenage boys could have erectile difficulties, but it can happen. Furthermore, the problem is...

Enzymes link brain injury to Alzheimer's disease

It's known that people who suffer a brain injury have a higher-than-normal risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and now...

Armstrong targets Giro with surgery set for Wednesday

Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong still hopes to ride in May's Giro d'Italia, even though his broken collarbone...

Group says 5.3 million in U.S. have Alzheimer's

An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and each patient, on average, costs Medicare three times more...

Pea protein restores kidney function in rats

A dietary supplement derived from yellow garden peas reduces high blood pressure and improves kidney function in rats with...

No benefit of radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy

In men with prostate cancer, follow-up radiotherapy after complete removal of the prostate (radical prostatectomy) does not...

New X-ray approach targets prostate cancer

The results of a small study suggest that a new type of radiation treatment called stereotactic body radiotherapy is a safe...

New analysis confirms vitamin D bone benefits

Older people can prevent fractures by taking vitamin D supplements, a new study confirms, as long as they use a high enough...

Vertigo appears associated with osteoporosis

New research suggests that having a bone mineral density below normal ("osteopenia") or having an even greater loss of bone...

Moderate drinking may help build bone density

People who enjoy a glass or two of wine or beer every day could be helping to keep their bones strong, new research published...

Meniscus tears increase knee osteoarthritis risk

Damage to the meniscus in the knee joint may lead to osteoarthritis in middle-age and elderly patients. The meniscus is the...

Socializing and moderate drinking good for you

Having a supportive social network enhances the health benefits of having a few drinks, new research from Japan suggests....

Spinal stimulation might ease Parkinson's disease

Mice and rats with a condition that mimics Parkinson's disease regain the ability to walk when they're treated with a device...

Older drug seen better for Parkinson's depression

People with Parkinson's disease who need treatment for depression seem to do better with an older antidepressant than a newer...

Conflicting studies fail to quell prostate debate

Two large studies looking at the benefits of a common screening test for prostate cancer produced conflicting results about...

Prior ills lead to early heart failure in blacks

Heart failure before age 50 occurs up to 20 times more often among African Americans than among Caucasians -- and the root...

Study sheds light on exercise after heart attacks

Exercise helps people recover after a heart attack but the benefits vanish when the workouts stop, Swiss researchers said...

Migraine in pregnancy tied to stroke, heart attack

Women who suffer from migraines while they are pregnant are at increased risk of having a stroke, heart attack, or other...

Brain scans spot changes linked to Alzheimer's

Certain patterns of brain shrinkage seen on MRI scans foreshadow the development of Alzheimer's disease, investigators report....

New test can detect early Alzheimer's: study

A new test can accurately detect Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stages, before dementia symptoms surface and widespread...

Radio show host Don Imus has prostate cancer

Controversial U.S. radio host Don Imus announced on Monday he has stage II prostate cancer, meaning the cancer has not spread...

Arm fracture can predict hip fracture risk

Older women who suffer a fracture of the upper arm are five times more likely than average to sustain a hip fracture within...

Two Parkinson's drugs similar for early treatment

As a treatment strategy for early Parkinson's disease, initial therapy with levodopa versus pramipexole appears to be comparable...

High-impact exercise may be best bone-builder

Men who want to keep their bones strong may want to add running to their exercise routine, new research suggests. In a study...

New guidelines for colon cancer screening issued

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has just released new guidelines for colorectal cancer screening -- the first...

How catching up on sleep helps the brain: study

Lack of sleep can make us feel distracted, foggy and forgetful, and a new study helps explain why. Working with mice, Dr....

Memory of childbirth pain varies by experience

Research shows that for about half of women who give birth, memories of the intensity of labor pain decline over time. However,...

NSAIDs for arthritis seem to be okay for the heart

Patients with inflammatory polyarthritis who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen do not appear...

Diabetes linked to reduced prostate cancer risk

An analysis of data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study confirms that men with diabetes mellitus are less prone...

Teens' emotions may affect diabetes control

Teenagers with type 1 diabetes may have a tougher time managing their blood sugar on days when they are feeling angry or...

Parkinson's drugs may trigger addictive syndromes

Patients treated for Parkinson's disease may sometimes develop addictive behaviors, such as pathological gambling, from the...

Folic acid supplements boost prostate cancer risk

Too much folic acid is not a good thing when it comes to prostate cancer risk, new research in the Journal of the National...

Heel test predicts spine fracture risk

Ultrasound testing of the heel bone can predict which older women are likely to sustain a spine fracture in the future, Swiss...

Mental decline faster for fatter men, not women

Men in their 70s who are carrying more fat on their frames have a sharper decline in mental function over time than their...

Studies link heart, diabetes risks with dementia

Taking steps to stave off diabetes and heart disease may improve a person's chances of staying mentally sharp later in life,...

Some older men may safely stop PSA testing

Men who are 75-80 years old and have a low prostate specific antigen (PSA) level -- that is, less than less than 3 nanograms...

Helium-oxygen mix helps in lung disease rehab

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, do better in physical rehabilitation when they breathe a mixture...

Staying active is key to feeling young

Fitness, strength and flexibility do not inevitably fade away with age, and are more often a matter of lifestyle choices,...

Scientists remove cancer genes from stem cells

Scientists have taken another important step toward using ordinary skin cells that are made to behave like embryonic stem...

Statins help elderly as well as young after stroke

Elderly people who've suffered a recent stroke benefit almost as much from treatment with a "statin" drug as do younger stroke...

Brief pauses jeopardize CPR success

When a person with cardiac arrest is being resuscitated, pauses of a few seconds in chest compressions decrease the likelihood...

Iowa department for elderly to skip DOA label

A plan to rename Iowa's department for the elderly will not result in its tag becoming the same as hospital code for "dead...

Aluminum, silica in water affect Alzheimer's risk

Higher levels of aluminum in drinking water appear to increase people's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, whereas higher...

Plavix, heartburn drugs combined raise heart risk

People who suffer a heart attack nearly double the risk of having another if they are taking the widely used blood thinner...

Prostate cancer anxiety may affect therapy choices

Among men who have been treated for prostate cancer, those who are particularly anxious after signs of a recurrence may not...

Seaweed supplement may aid knee arthritis

A mineral supplement derived from seaweed may help people with knee arthritis cut down on painkillers, a preliminary study...

Vitamin D often low in kids with kidney disease

Vitamin D deficiency is "rampant" among children with chronic kidney disease, new research shows. The researchers explain...

Distress doesn't push cancer patients to be active

Psychological distress doesn't seem to motivate colorectal cancer patients to engage in more physical exercise, Australian...

U.S. advisers urge broad Medicare payment reform

The U.S. Medicare insurance program must make widespread changes to reduce costs and shore up payments in order to sustain...

Biomarker for fatal prostate cancer found

New research suggests that high levels of calcium in the bloodstream may increase a man's risk of dying from prostate cancer....

Emotional stress may raise older adults' fall risk

While physical frailty puts elderly adults at risk of falls and bone fractures, emotional distress can be the immediate trigger...

Clean living could cut one third of common cancers

Healthier living could prevent about one third of the most common cancers in rich countries and about one quarter in poorer...

Humira stops bone loss with rheumatoid arthritis

Treatment with the antibody drug Humira (adalimumab) may arrest bone loss in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according...

Research reveals some of Alzheimer's secrets

Scientists are unraveling some of the mechanisms behind the plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease,...

Longer fertility may cut Parkinson's risk in women

Women whose menstrual periods begin early in life and end late are at lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease than other...

Women often delay seeking care for stroke symptoms

Women take longer than men to get to the hospital when they experience stroke symptoms and they have worse neurological deficits,...

Many people suffer from overactive bladder: study

Overactive bladder and other urinary problems may be much more common than previously thought, according to a new survey...

Strength training helpful after knee replacement

Progressive strength training targeting the quadriceps -- the large muscles on the front of the thigh -- substantially improves...

Experts promote baldness drug for prostate cancer

Millions of healthy men 55 and older should consider taking finasteride, a drug used to treat prostate enlargement symptoms...

B vitamins may ward off age-related vision loss

Taking folic acid and vitamin B6 and B12 may help women preserve their eyesight as they age, a new study out in the Archives...

Anger tied to heart arrhythmia risk

Bouts of anger can create electrical changes in the heart that may be dangerous to some heart disease patients, a study published...

Calcium use may cut cancer risk in women

Calcium consumption may reduce the risk of all cancers in women and the risk of cancers of the digestive tract in women and...

Ending prostate PSA test safe for most elderly men

Most men over age 75 can safely discontinue screening for prostate cancer with the PSA blood test, although such screening...

Laser therapy promising for milder strokes: study

An experimental stroke treatment that sends laser beams into the brain may help patients with milder strokes lessen their...

Statins cut strokes even with normal cholesterol

Statins, such as Lipitor and Mevacor, are very popular drugs for lowering high cholesterol levels. Now, new research suggests...

New drug may combat heart disease

An experimental drug, known as A-002, may be an effective treatment for preventing hardening of the arteries, according to...

Heart failure tied to impaired thinking

Patients with chronic heart failure are four times as likely as healthy individuals to have impaired thinking or "cognitive"...

Mental problems common in teen kidney recipients

Adolescents who receive a kidney transplant have high rates of psychiatric problems, educational impairment, and social isolation,...

Bypass surgery still best for severe heart disease

Although angioplasty is increasingly being used to treat severe heart disease, a paper in The New England Journal of Medicine...

Test may find hidden colorectal cancers: study

A more sensitive screening test may one day help doctors determine how far colorectal cancer has spread, giving patients...

Rheumatism treatment may raise risk of shingles

The use of Humira (generic name: adalimumab) or Remicade (generic name: infliximab) to treat rheumatoid arthritis may slightly...

Alzheimer's may hijack chemical mechanism

U.S. scientists proposed a new theory on Wednesday of how Alzheimer's disease kills brain cells they said opens new avenues...

Gender affects outcome of heart valve surgery

Men and women have different long-term outcomes after surgery to replace a defective heart valve, according to a report by...

Surgery often unnecessary for low back pain

Many people with lower back pain caused by spinal disc degeneration need not resort to surgery for relief, according to a...

High strain, low strength up knee arthritis risk

Certain activities may be more likely than others to increase older people's risk of developing osteoarthritis (OA) of the...

Study ties passive smoking to dementia

Passive smoking appears to significantly raise a person's risk of dementia and other forms of cognitive problems, British...

Few major complications after prostate radiation

Less than 7 percent of men with prostate cancer who have radiation therapy experience major complications in the first 30...

High uric acid raises risk of death in adults

In middle-aged Chinese adults, high blood levels of uric acid are a strong predictor of death from cardiovascular disease,...

Dangerous low blood sugar linked to sex drugs

Illegal anti-impotence drugs and herbs contaminated with the diabetes drug glyburide have caused some 150 cases of dangerously...

Test monitors prostate cancer chemotherapy effects

A test that looks for tumor cells in the blood may make doctors better able to check whether chemotherapy is helping a prostate...

Hidden phosphorus in fast food a concern: study

People with advanced kidney disease are taught to avoid certain foods that are naturally high in the mineral phosphorus,...

Rate of memory decline differs by dementia type

The rate at which people with dementia lose their memory differs significantly according to the type of dementia they have,...

Katrina led to missed kidney dialysis sessions

Nearly one in five hemodialysis patients living in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina missed more than two dialysis...

EMS improvements boost cardiac arrest survival

Early advanced life support measures and improved procedures have boosted survival following "out-of-hospital" cardiac arrest,...

New way found to judge prostate cancer severity

A substance produced by prostate cancer cells may let doctors use a simple urine test to judge whether a man's disease is...

Exercise boosts older women's quality of life

Even modest amounts of exercise can improve older women's quality of life, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among...

System peers under skin to reveal muscle actions

Dutch researchers have developed a system they say could help people learn to walk and balance sooner after an injury or...

Aspirin reduces risk of colon polyps recurring

For people with a history of colorectal polyps or cancer, taking aspirin is an effective way to reduce the chances of new...

Botox relieves BPH symptoms

For men suffering the discomforts of an enlarged prostate, injections of Botox into the prostate may bring relief for up...

Obesity hurts recovery after colon cancer surgery

After undergoing surgery to remove part of the colon because of cancer, morbidly obese patients face higher complication...

Braces improve balance and gait after stroke

For people who have suffered a stroke, bracing or splinting the ankle and foot can help them regain balance and mobility,...

Stroke awareness campaign aims to halve deaths

Deaths from strokes can be halved if people recognize the signs of an attack and call an ambulance immediately, the National...

Mediterranean diet may protect the brain

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet high in vegetables, fruits and nuts, legumes, fish and cereals, and low in dairy products,...

Chondroitin useful for arthritis of knee

Long-term use of prescription-grade chondroitin sulfate for treatment of knee arthritis reduces pain and slows joint narrowing,...

Tests may judge dementia patients' driving safety

A battery of cognitive tests may help predict which people with mild dementia can still drive safely, researchers reported...

Sense of balance predicts hip fracture risk

Swedish researchers have found a simple way to estimate the risk of hip fracture in older adults; ask them if they have impaired...

Protein predicts chronic kidney disease progression

In patients with chronic kidney disease that has not yet advanced, elevated levels of a protein called neutrophil gelatinase-associated...

Living near big power line may up Alzheimer's risk

Older people living within 50 meters of major power lines are at increased risk of dying from Alzheimer's disease or senile...

Smoking, metabolic problem raises heart risk

High rates of tobacco smoking and a condition called metabolic syndrome are combining to increase the risks of heart disease...

Gene therapy promising for rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers have successfully used gene therapy to substantially reduce joint pain in two patients with rheumatoid arthritis...

Coffee drinkers show lower dementia risk

In more good news for coffee lovers, a new study suggests that middle-aged adults who regularly drink a cup of java may have...

Insulin protects brain from Alzheimer's: US study

Insulin appears to shield the brain from toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said on Monday,...

Fractures up risk of death in older people: study

Older men and women who suffer a low-trauma fracture due to the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis are at increased risk...

Pain pills in heart failure patients may be risky: study

Use of a class of painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) by patients with chronic heart failure...

TNF-blocker therapy for RA may trigger psoriasis

Evidence continues to mount that so-called TNF-blockers used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may lead to psoriasis. The...

Education doesn't prevent cognitive decline

Although a higher level of education attainment is associated with a higher level of cognitive functioning, it does not protect...

Apple juice slows buildup of Alzheimer's protein

Drinking apple juice helps slow the accumulation of the protein fragments that damage the brain in Alzheimer's disease, new...

Overweight men risk prostate cancer recurrence

Being overweight or obese increases a man's risk of prostate cancer recurrence after radical surgery for prostate cancer,...

Tranquilizer use common in high-risk elderly

Drugs used to treat anxiety disorders or the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety, called benzodiazepines, are thought...

Breast cancer mutation raises prostate risks in men

The gene mutations associated with an increased risk of breast cancer -- BRCA1 and BRCA2 -- can raise the risk of having...

Muscle and bone deficits seen in kids with Crohn's

Children with Crohn's disease have deficits in the muscle and bone that are unrelated to steroid treatment, which can also...

Weight loss reduces urinary incontinence in women

The results of a new study suggest that improved urinary continence is one of the benefits that overweight and obese women...

Kidney donation appears safe in long term

Carefully selected kidney donors can expect to live just as long as non-donors do and to experience no significant decline...

Short bouts of exercise may build bone

Short bouts of weight training spread across the day may be just as effective at building children's bone mass uninterrupted...

African Americans often unaware of kidney disease

One reason that African Americans have high rates of kidney failure is that earlier, treatable stages of kidney disease are...

Prostate cancer may cause neglect of other illness

The majority of men with early-stage. low- or moderate-grade prostate cancer die from causes other than prostate cancer,...

Chickenpox vaccine not tied to strokes in kids

Unlike chickenpox itself, the vaccine against chickenpox does not increase the risk of stroke or brain inflammation in children,...

CORRECTION: Stronger quads mean less pain for arthritic knees

People with arthritis of the knee joint will have less pain and better physical function if they have strong thigh muscles,...

Special hospital units improve care of elderly

Elderly patients who are hospitalized in special geriatric units show less functional decline and are more likely to return...

Heart safety guidelines set for methadone therapy

Because methadone can trigger irregular heart rhythm that can lead to cardiac arrest, a panel of experts has issued safety...

Family abuse of people with dementia common: study

People caring for family members with dementia commonly abuse them with behavior such as swearing and shouting, researchers...

EU agency warns of heart risk with cancer drug

European regulators warned on Thursday that Orion's breast cancer drug Fareston should not be used in patients with heart...

Good blood pressure control cuts stroke risk

A Canadian study confirms that better adherence to blood pressure-lowering therapy is associated with a reduced risk of disease...

Metabolic syndrome raises risk of stroke: study

A new study shows that people with the so-called metabolic syndrome have a significantly higher risk of suffering ischemic...

Fitness may shield the aging brain

Staying physically fit with age may help protect people from mental decline by maintaining a healthy flow of blood to the...

Metabolic syndrome linked to vascular dementia

Individuals with metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes -- may also have an increased...

Go to a party to cut dementia risk, study suggests

Keeping a full social calendar may help protect you from dementia, researchers said on Monday. Socially active people who...

[DRGD] - UK firm to launch pioneering stem cell trial for stroke patients

A British biotechnology company, working with a team of doctors in Scotland, is to launch a pioneering clinical trial to...

Assisted living residents face more bone risks

Men and women residing in assisted living facilities are more likely than their peers who are still living independently...

Physically able stroke patients often sedentary

Many people who have survived a stroke have the ability to be physically active but aren't, according to research published...

Stronger quads mean less pain for arthritic knees

People with arthritis of the knee joint will have less pain and better physical function if they have strong thigh muscles,...

[CLIN] - In-home counseling and peer support keep postnatal depression in check

In-home counseling by health visitors trained to identify depression in new mothers reduces the prevalence of postnatal depression...

Kids with arthritis benefit from early treatment

In children with arthritis, the time from diagnosis to the start of treatment with methotrexate appears to be an important...

Fish oil may prevent Alzheimer's weight loss

Fish oil supplements could help Alzheimer's patients maintain a healthy weight, a new study in the Journal of the American...

Leflunomide effective as co-therapy in RA

The immune-modulating drug leflunomide is effective as co-therapy with drugs that block the inflammation-producing protein...

Air pollution may prompt abnormal heart rhythm

Patients with heart rhythm disturbances who have an implantable heart defibrillator are particularly vulnerable to air pollution,...

Delayed surgery may affect fracture recovery

An elderly person who has fractured their femur - the large thigh bone that connects the leg to the hip - may want to have...

Experts urge US prostate cancer 'man-o-gram'

Prostate cancer experts urged the U.S. Congress and the incoming Obama administration on Wednesday to make a major research...

Eyesight key in seniors' decision to quit driving

Older people who drive are more likely to restrict their motor vehicle use or even stop driving entirely if they are experiencing...

Parkinson's disease puts bones, joints at risk

People with Parkinson's disease have an elevated risk of developing fragile bones and fractures over time -- a problem that...

Prescription cream treats skin damage from sun

Applying a prescription cream (imiquimod) for 24 weeks is effective for the treatment of a type of skin lesion called actinic...

Warfarin underused in some patients: study

Patients with atrial fibrillation -- the most common type of heart arrhythmia -- who suffer a stroke and are candidates for...

Hormone therapy linked to brain shrinkage

The use of commonly prescribed forms of postmenopausal hormone therapy may slightly accelerate the loss of brain tissue in...

Alzheimer's risk upped in senior smokers

Older adults who smoke may face an elevated risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. In an analysis...

Antipsychotics for Alzheimer's up death risk: study

Antipsychotic drugs prescribed to treat aggression in older Alzheimer's patients appear to significantly raise their risk...

Hormone therapy may cut colorectal cancer risk

The long-term use of hormone replacement therapy, which older women abandoned in droves following the news that it may increase...

Older women have less access to donated kidneys

Younger women have equal access to kidney transplants compared with their male counterparts, but older women receive kidney...

New study supports statin's anti-dementia effects

In the largest cohort study to date, treatment with a cholesterol-lowering statin drug was found to reduce new cases of Alzheimer's...

Study shows how sleep apnea may cause stroke

A dangerous type of snoring known as sleep apnea can cause stroke by decreasing blood flow, raising blood pressure and harming...

Study backs deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's

Deep brain stimulation dramatically improves Parkinson's disease symptoms such as trembling and slowness of movement, offering...

Cough medicine ingredient may treat prostate cancer

Noscapine, a natural substance found in cough medicine, may prove useful in treating advanced prostate cancer, according...

Study finds favorable trends in stroke

Fewer people are suffering stroke and fewer people are dying from stroke, new research from Sweden hints. To varying degrees,...

Annual screening catches prostate cancer early

The largest prostate cancer screening program in the history of the United States is showing high compliance and consistent...

Osteoporosis drugs linked to esophageal cancer

Merck's popular osteoporosis drug Fosamax and other similar drugs may carry a risk for esophageal cancer, a U.S. Food and...

Home as good as hospital for cardiac rehab

Home-based rehabilitation is no worse than hospital-based programs for helping patients get better after a heart attack or...

Depression, age linked to post-prostatectomy pain

Younger age, symptoms of depression, and severe pain during the immediate post-operative period are significant predictors...

Headache before stroke more common in migraineurs

A new study of stroke patients indicates that those with migraine are much more likely to experience a headache prior to...

Weight-bearing exercise in youth pays off later

Women who participated in weight-bearing sports during their teens, the formative years for bone growth, have stronger bones...

Many elderly can improve their walking ability

Most people in their 50s and older who are having difficulty walking will not get worse over the next 2 years, and many will...

Stroke deaths unexplained by customary risk factors

While stroke death rates are approximately 50 percent higher than average among residents of the southeastern U.S. -- the...

No cancer risk reductions seen with antioxidants

In the large Women's Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study, participants who took beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, or a combination...

Most families want doctors to be candid

Doctors are often reluctant to discuss a seriously ill patients' uncertain prognosis with family members, but a new study...

Bone-building exercise benefits may not last

Athletic young men may lose the extra bone mineral density (BMD) they've accumulated if they reduce their physical activity...

Attention to bones important in women with lupus

Among premenopausal women taking steroids for lupus, various treatments preserve bone mineral density and "should be considered"...

Pain pills may cut risk of bowel cancer: study

Use of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for over 5 years may lessen a person's risk of developing cancer of...

Smoking ups risk of common heart rhythm problem

Offering yet another reason to never start smoking, a new study finds that both current and former smokers run an elevated...

Men who live alone fall short on prostate screening

Men at higher-than-average risk of prostate cancer are more likely to seek regular screening if they are married or live...

Iron-rich diet may boost Parkinson's risk

People who eat lots of iron from plant sources may be at increased risk of Parkinson's disease, especially if their vitamin...

Large waist size a good predictor of stroke risk

A large waist circumference, which is known to raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, may also raise the risk of stroke...

Metabolic syndrome predicts kidney disease

Having the so-called metabolic syndrome may raise the risk of chronic kidney disease in people with type 2 diabetes, researchers...

Blood sugar loss may trigger Alzheimer's: study

A slow, chronic reduction of blood sugar to the brain could trigger some forms of Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said...

Rare sleep disorder may be a harbinger of dementia

More than half of people with a rare sleep disorder develop a neurodegenerative disease, such as Parkinson's disease, within...

Vitamin D deficiency common in diabetic kids

Children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes may have a particularly high rate of deficiency in bone-building vitamin D, a...

Large prostates removed with single-keyhole surgery

An enlarged prostate due to benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, can be safely and effectively removed using a type of minimally...

Enriched formula has lasting benefits for preemies

Infants born prematurely at very low birth weights who are fed a special enriched formula, rather than standard formula,...

Prosthetic joint infection increased in RA patients

After hip and knee replacement surgery, the risk of infection in the new joint seems to be four times higher in patients...

Mobile teleconsulting can evaluate stroke patients

Mobile teleconsulting is a feasible way to evaluate remotely located patients who have just had a stroke, according to a...

Video games may do the aging brain good

Older adults might want to take an interest in their grandchildren's' video games, if early research on the brain benefits...

CT imaging useful to measure bone loss in COPD

Computed tomography (CT) of the chest can serve a dual purpose in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),...

Kids with arthritis often disabled

Although many children with so-called juvenile idiopathic arthritis have a low level of disease, about one in five have moderate...

Improved stool DNA test helps spot colon cancer

A simplified colorectal cancer screening test that detects tumor DNA in stool is an improvement over an earlier-generation...

Government website rates nursing homes

Americans got a hand in the difficult and often emotional task of choosing a nursing home on Thursday, with the first-ever...

Mood and coping skills important after stroke

Symptoms of depression or anxiety are a strong sign that quality of life will be poor for people who've suffered a type of...

Older antidepressants work for Parkinson patients

People with Parkinson's disease who also suffer from depression may find they're helped more by an older class of antidepressants...

Damage may already be done in advanced diabetes

For men with long-standing, poorly controlled diabetes, intensive efforts to regulate glucose levels have little effect on...

High-dose supplements may improve stroke rehab

People who are undernourished after suffering a stroke benefit from intensive dietary supplementation during rehabilitation,...

Lilly, Amgen: data backs cancer drug use with normal gene

ImClone Systems and Amgen Inc told a U.S. advisory panel on Tuesday they have enough data from earlier studies to show their...

US stroke, heart disease death rates down sharply

U.S. death rates from heart disease and stroke have fallen by about 30 percent this decade but there are ominous signs the...

Working splints helpful for wrist arthritis

Wrist working splints, which allow movement of the finger and thumb joints, ease pain considerably for patients with wrist...

Real-world colonoscopy benefit seen more limited

Screening for colorectal cancer by colonoscopy seems to prevent about two-thirds of deaths from colon cancer, rather than...

Smoking linked to colorectal cancer deaths

Cigarette smoking is associated with the occurrence of colorectal cancer and with mortality from the disease, according to...

Radiation therapy cuts prostate cancer death: study

Adding radiation therapy to standard drug treatment can cut in half the death rate from advanced prostate cancer and should...

U.S. blacks lag whites in colorectal cancer progress

Colorectal cancer diagnoses and deaths have fallen in the United States this decade, but the gap in progress between whites...

Rheumatoid arthritis therapy has improved steadily

The health status of people with rheumatoid arthritis improved between 1994 and 2004, according to a new study. The researchers...

Lifestyle may be why distress is hard on the heart

Poorer lifestyle habits may go a long way in explaining why people with depression or anxiety face a higher risk of heart...

Teen depression, smoking hard on the bones

In girls, depression, anxiety, and smoking may inhibit bone development during the critical bone growth phase of adolescence,...

High heart rates linked to obesity, diabetes: study

High resting heart rates may be linked to the development of obesity and diabetes, a Japanese study shows. Heart rate is...

Diabetes drugs double women's fracture risk

The long-term use of two diabetes drugs, Avandia (GlaxoSmithKline) and Actos (Takeda) doubles the risk of bone fractures...

Fibrate drug does not cut heart risks in diabetics

Long-term treatment with fenofibrate, a type of fibrate drug often used to lower cholesterol, does not reduce coronary plaques...

Protection from diabetic eye disease will decline

Compared with standard treatment, intensive control of type 1 diabetes can help stave off diabetic eye disease, but over...

Exercise counseling may keep seniors going

A single session of counseling on physical activity with quarterly follow-up calls can help older people avoid disability,...

Alcoholism increases osteoporosis risk in young men

Brittle bones are a known consequence of alcoholism, and now new findings suggest that even young men are at risk of developing...

Dementia risk not high in mild cognitive impairment

People with mild cognitive impairment appear to have a lower risk of future dementia than previously believed, according...

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