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Friday, May 24
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Thursday, May 23
But simple antacids appear to lower the risk, researchers report
Some popular brands associated with high blood sugar levels in study, but odds of problems are low
Seniors taking them had side effect that has been linked to glaucoma, small study finds
Diners underestimated by as much as 500 calories in study
U.S. scientists say a dramatic result last year suggesting that a cancer drug already approved by U.S. regulators could quickly clear out Alzheimer's plaques in mice was too good to be true.
Mothers with deficiency had kids with lower IQs and reading ability, researchers say
Treatment is harmless to normal cells but attacks cancer cells; finding is preliminary, researchers say
Women in their 40s didn't cut back on mammograms during 2010, the year after a government-backed panel said annual breast cancer screening should be optional for them, says a new study.
A web-based decision-making tool that alerts heart doctors when diagnostic tests would not be useful for a specific patient can curb wasteful procedures, according to a new study.
In studies, patients sometimes saw anger in a 'neutral' face and reacted to that threat
Many health departments have altered treatment practices; CDC officials working to solve the problem
Overweight people on cholesterol-lowering drugs saw less fitness improvement than others in small study
Knee pain appears to decrease up to one year after "prolotherapy," a series of sugar water injections at the site of the pain, according to a new study.
Girls and obese children are likelier to take advantage of this knowledge
High blood pressure, other complications seen in adolescence
Physical activity helps them do better academically and socially, experts say
Since 1991, rate has dropped by nearly half, health officials find
Wednesday, May 22
They are 36 percent more likely to struggle with weight later in life, researchers report
One million cancer deaths avoided since 1990s, group says
Related MedlinePlus Topic: Cancer
Those exposed before age 5 are most vulnerable, study finds
An aging population could double expenditures, American Heart Association says
Rare, worsening condition led to emergency FDA approval to use splint
Higher blood levels of a beneficial hormone seen in those who took the omega-3 supplements
But it's unclear what the finding might mean for patients
Hopelessness, disability may play a role in feelings of despair, study finds
Researchers looked at whether change in U.S. donor criteria made a difference
More than one quarter of people being treated for non-melanoma skin cancer in their doctor's office reported some type of complication after surgery, in a new study.
In a new study, people with high blood pressure who could communicate with their pharmacists online had better blood pressure control a year after that service ended.
Hypothyroidism impact varies by race, with blacks at increased risk of death, findings suggest
Daily vitamin C supplements don't lower uric acid as much as drugs used to treat high levels of the acid that's responsible for gout, says a new study from New Zealand.
Tuesday, May 21
High rates of obesity, heavy drinking, smoking and inactivity reported, but most people getting enough sleep
Emotional stress can harm cardiovascular health, experts say, so boosting mental resilience may be key
Number of cases would drop dramatically if parents did not sleep with their babies, researchers noted
Coming off meds sooner means fewer harmful side effects, study author says
Experts say biological changes or a lack of interest in self-care might be to blame
Young adult drivers who usually get less than six hours of sleep per night are more likely to crash than those who sleep in, according to a new study from Australia.
Test found specific changes to two genes predicted problem with 85 percent accuracy
The importance of health literacy hit home for Lisa Gualtieri when a Cambodian refugee diagnosed with cancer asked her to act as a patient advocate.
Medication use is a prime contributor
Taking azithromycin for a year cut down on re-hospitalizations for disease flare-ups, study found
Narcotic pain relievers frequently used by patients with chronic lung condition, study finds
People will choose larger portions of food if they are labeled as being "healthier," even if they have the same number of calories, according to a new study.
Blacks less likely, Hispanics more likely than whites to undergo surgery as early treatment, study shows
Teens who have a classmate die of suicide are more likely to consider taking, or attempt to take, their own lives, according to a new study.
But expert notes questions about frequency remain
A new study has confirmed that removing the tonsils and adenoids of children with obstructive sleep apnea can reduce sleepiness and improve the quality of life, but putting off the surgery might not hurt either.
Psychologist offers advice for coping with tragedies like the Oklahoma tornado
Monday, May 20
But benefits of 'bronchodilators' tend to outweigh risks, specialist adds
Older men with other illnesses may not live long enough to benefit from aggressive prostate cancer treatments, such as prostate removal or radiation, and they'd have to live with their side effects, says a new study.
Improvements reported in muscle strength, fatigue and quality of life
Those who heard well-loved tunes in study needed less sedation medicine
Enforce basic rules
Study found shedding pounds reduced GERD symptoms among overweight, obese patients
These and other foot disorders are 'highly inheritable,' study finds
Patients do just as well with medical residents and nurses, researchers say
But it was phased out because of side effects; newer version works, study notes
Men who get an older and less costly form of radiation after their cancerous prostates are removed fare just as well as men who get a new and expensive type of radiation, according to a new study.
New survey finds 1 in 7 products still claim an 'SPF' rating of 50 or higher
Connection appeared strongest among thinner people, researcher says
But each patient must make decision with doctor's input
Neodymium magnets are powerful enough to cause significant damage to digestive tract, researchers say
Study found 21 percent higher chance of accident among those who slept less than 6 hours a night
More research into factors behind trend, effects on outcomes is needed, study author says
Friday, May 17
By 50, arteries stiffen, increasing risk of death from heart disease, researchers say
Small study didn't find effect in former or never-smokers
People with left-brain dominance tend to listen with right ear, and vice-versa, study finds
Alcohol affects them differently, so safe limits are lower for women
Comparison of 18 offices finds wide range of success in tackling smoking, cholesterol, blood pressure
Heavy women are less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis than their slimmer peers, according to a new study.
A review of past research finds that fever-reducing drugs have no effect on the speed of children's recovery from an infection, contrary to the fears of some doctors and parents.
Procedure recommended to treat aggressive liver cancer
Many ob/gyn residents would like specialized training but don't get it, study finds
Most surgeons-in-training dislike new rules that limit how many hours they can work, according to a new study that also found the majority said they skirt the restrictions.
Long-term study followed working-class British males
Thursday, May 16
Risk rose steeply if a parent had been addicted to alcohol or drugs, study found
Suicidal thoughts more likely for kids victimized over sexual orientation, research finds
British fertility experts have devised a new IVF technique that takes thousands of snapshots of a developing embryo that they say can help doctors pick those most likely to implant successfully and develop into healthy babies.
Men who die of a sudden cardiac event are less likely to do so on the first day of mountain activities if they sleep at higher elevations the night before, according to a new study.
Adding a plant-derived compound called a sterol to the cholesterol-lowering agent red yeast rice doesn't make it work any better, according to a new study.
Infections and allergies from cosmetic procedure can damage eyes or cause swelling, loss of eyelashes
Study found even modest improvements seemed to lower disease risk
Michigan hit hardest; experts can't rule out new, localized infections
Being under stress at work is tied to a higher risk of heart problems, new research confirms - but putting down the beer bottle and going for a walk may help.
Study of black Americans found link between having these restaurants nearby and being overweight
ADHD is most common current diagnosis in children aged 3 to 17