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No increased infection risk seen with psoriasis, RA drugs updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 16:22:00

A class of injectable drugs used to treat autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis doesn't raise the risk of serious infection when compared with more conventional treatments, according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Saw palmetto no better than placebo for prostate problemsupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 18:34:00

The millions of middle-aged men who take saw-palmetto supplements to cope with the symptoms of an enlarged prostate might as well be popping sugar pills.

Depression increases risk of stroke, study saysupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 17:16:00

People with depression are more likely to have a stroke than their mentally healthy peers, and their strokes are more likely to be fatal, according to a new analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Is gender selection of a fetus ethical?updated: Tue Aug 16 2011 10:49:00

A new maternal blood test can determine a fetus' sex as early as seven weeks into a pregnancy.

2009: Parents choose baby's genderupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 10:49:00

CNN's Dan Simon reports more and more couples are now using in-vitro fertilization to select their baby's gender.

Foster care for obese children? Not a good ideaupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 12:56:00

We know smoking is bad, yet it seems far-fetched to suggest that parents who smoke should have their children put in foster care, doesn't it? Could you imagine if someone suggested that asthmatics who didn't take the appropriate medication be removed from their parents' home?

Smoking linked to more aggressive prostate cancerupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 07:57:00

Men with prostate cancer who are cigarette smokers at the time of their diagnosis are much more likely to die of the disease or experience a recurrence than nonsmokers, including former smokers who kicked the habit at least 10 years before diagnosis.

Prostate cancer test changesupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 07:57:00

February: A new study suggest that an annual PSA test may not be necessary for men.

Money Magazine: Slim your body, not your walletupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 10:16:00

If you're among the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight or obese, shedding pounds is a nobrainer way to save. For example, "even losing 7% of your weight may lower blood pressure enough to erase the need for medication," says Cheryl Rock, a professor at the medical school at the University of California� San Diego.

Huh? Low-salt diet ups risk of fatal heart attack?updated: Wed May 04 2011 05:53:00

Doctors and public health officials have been telling us for years that eating too much sodium can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke by raising blood pressure to unsafe levels. So how to explain a new study that suggests low salt intake actually increases the risk of dying from those causes?

Symptom-free herpes contagious 10% of the timeupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 11:44:00

People who carry the genital herpes virus but have no visible symptoms -- and may not even be aware they're infected -- are still capable of spreading the virus about 10% of the time, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Heart-attack risk spikes after sex, exerciseupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 19:22:00

Exercising or having sex just about triples a person's risk of heart attack in the hours immediately afterward, especially if the person does those activities infrequently, according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Pack-a-day smokers decliningupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 16:44:00

Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, and those who do smoke are on average smoking less, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Mobile phones: How to 'keep your brain away from the antenna'updated: Tue Feb 22 2011 16:48:00

Ah, the what-do-I-do-about-this frustration of science.

Removing fewer lymph nodes doesn't hurt breast cancer survivalupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 17:06:00

Women with early stage breast cancer that has spread to their lymph nodes may require less extensive surgery than previously thought, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Working out in your 20s helps keep you trim in midlifeupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 07:21:00

If you want to stave off the middle-age spread, get active in your 20s and stay that way through your 30s and 40s, especially if you're a woman, a new study suggests.

Hate weighing in? Try a tape measureupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 07:21:00

HLN's Robin Meade talks to fitness expert Jorge Cruise, who says waist size is a better health indicator than weight.

Study: Antibiotics have little impact on child ear infectionsupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 10:04:00

Giving children antibiotics for ear infections does little to speed their recovery while raising the risk of some side effects, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Soda, OJ may increase risk of goutupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 11:27:00

Drinking too much soda, orange juice, or other sugary drinks appears to increase the risk of developing gout, an especially painful form of arthritis, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fish oil ingredient doesn't slow Alzheimer'supdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 10:09:00

An essential nutrient found in fish oil does not appear to slow the mental decline associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Food allergy diagnosis 'an inexact science'updated: Tue May 11 2010 16:23:00

Heidi Bayer knows all too well that diagnosing food allergies isn't clear-cut.

SIDS babies have low serotonin levels, study findsupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 17:32:00

Babies who died from sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, show lower amounts of the brain chemical serotonin, says a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

SIDS linked to brain chemicalupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 17:32:00

A new study finds babies who die of sudden infant death syndrome have low serotonin levels. Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Obesity rates stabilize but remain highupdated: Thu Jan 14 2010 15:15:00

Obesity rates in the United States are still sky-high, but for the moment they appear to have stopped climbing higher, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many breast cancer surgery survivors report lingering painupdated: Wed Nov 11 2009 15:42:00

Almost half of women who have breast cancer surgery still have pain or numbness two to three years later, according to a new study. Women younger than 40 who receive lumpectomies are at the greatest risk.

Young people are at risk for H1N1 complications, studies sayupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 15:42:00

An analysis of the sickest swine flu patients in Australia, Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand suggests that relatively healthy adolescents and young adults are among the most likely to get very sick after an H1N1 infection, a pattern similar to that seen in the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Medical students reckless on Internet, sometimes at patients' expenseupdated: Tue Sep 22 2009 17:15:00

In 2007, a resident surgeon snapped a picture of a patient's tattoo -- the words Hot Rod on his penis -- and shared it with colleagues, making international news when the story was leaked to the press. At least the resident didn't post the picture on the Internet.

Commentary: Drinking age of 21 doesn't workupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 10:03:00

One year ago, a group of college and university presidents and chancellors, eventually totaling 135, issued a statement that garnered national attention.

Study finds heart guidelines often based on thin evidenceupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:43:00

Nearly half of the guidelines issued to cardiologists by the country's leading heart organizations are based on low levels of evidence, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Moderate exercise safe, healthy for heart-failure patientsupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:38:00

Moderate exercise can help patients with failing hearts feel better -- and it's safe, according to the largest-ever study of exercise in people with chronic heart failure, published as two articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Can supplements help a mutated gene produce serotonin?updated: Tue Jul 14 2009 11:37:00

My wife has suffered from depression her whole life. Her psychiatrist has performed a blood test and identified a mutated gene that produces serotonin in the brain. Antidepressant drugs provide little help. Are there any supplements that can supply the serotonin that is needed to combat the depression?

Walking test can ID heart-lung fitness, mortality riskupdated: Thu May 21 2009 10:25:00

If you're middle-aged or older, a 10-minute walking test can give you and your doctor a pretty clear picture of whether you are at higher risk of dying during the next few years compared with other people your age, according to a large new analysis of data showing that cardiorespiratory fitness is intimately linked with the risk of dying of just about any cause.

5 operations you don't want to get -- and what to do insteadupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 12:53:00

Maybe I'm the wrong ex-patient to be telling you this: Experimental surgery erased Stage III colon cancer from my shell-shocked body six years ago. But even I've got to admit that all is not well in America's operating rooms: At least 12,000 Americans die each year from unnecessary surgery, according to a Journal of the American Medical Association report. And tens of thousands more suffer complications.

Religious patients more likely to get intensive life-prolonging careupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 09:42:00

Cancer patients who rely on religion to cope with their terminal illnesses are more likely to use intensive life-prolonging care, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

How to buy the best fishupdated: Mon Mar 16 2009 09:36:00

It's easy to feel overwhelmed at the fish counter. Which is tastiest? Which is healthiest? Which is the most sustainable choice?

Vitamins E, C, selenium don't reduce prostate cancer riskupdated: Fri Jan 02 2009 14:37:00

Previous studies suggested that taking certain vitamins might lower the risk of getting prostate cancer. However, two new studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that men taking these supplements were just as likely to develop prostate cancer as those who weren't taking them.

Treating that pain in the neckupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:39:00

Back and neck problems are among the most commonly encountered issues in clinical practice. Can a remedy such as enlisting a chiropractor work? And when should a person seek treatment for back pain?

Diabetes increases cancer mortality riskupdated: Tue Dec 16 2008 17:25:00

Two of the most common diseases in the United States -- cancer and diabetes -- are not often linked together in the public mind. But they may have a stronger link than most people think. Cancer patients who already have diabetes have a greater chance of dying of the disease than cancer patients who do not have the blood-sugar disorder, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Western diet harmful to colon?updated: Wed Nov 19 2008 17:27:00

People with diagnosed colon cancer who have received treatment and who eat a "Western diet," high in red meat, refined grains, fat and sugar, are more likely to have a recurrence of colon cancer and die from it, compared with patients who eat a "prudent" diet high in fruits, vegetables, poultry and fish.

Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicineupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 09:14:00

Nearly half the respondents in a survey of U.S. primary care physicians said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years if they had an alternative.

Time.com: New Debate Over Circumcision, HIV Reductionupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 16:00:00

A new study finds no signficant reduction in H.I.V. transmission rates among circumcised men who have sex with men, but the authors say the issue deserves future study

Time.com: Teen Suicides Dip, But Rate Still Highupdated: Wed Sep 03 2008 17:00:00

The number of teen suicides has fallen slightly but the rate remains disturbingly high, researchers said

Time.com: Data: Arsenic, Water, Diabetes Linkedupdated: Wed Aug 20 2008 11:00:00

A new analysis of government data is the first to link low-level arsenic exposure, possibly from drinking water, with Type 2 diabetes

Is water causing diabetes?updated: Wed Aug 20 2008 10:01:00

A new study linked higher levels of arsenic in urine with increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Time.com: Study: Teens Getting Less Exerciseupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 11:00:00

New research shows that while 90 percent of 9-year-olds get a couple of hours of exercise most days, fewer than 3 percent of 15-year-olds do

Walking a little can go a long wayupdated: Fri Jun 13 2008 09:48:00

What if there was something simple you could do every day that would burn calories, be good for your heart, and help you stay young. You'd do it, right?

Time.com: How America's Children Packed On the Poundsupdated: Thu Jun 12 2008 03:30:00

It wasn't easy to produce a generation of overfed kids -- but it might well have been inevitable

Time.com: Bright Lights May Hold Off Dementiaupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 19:00:00

A new study shows that patients in nursing homes with brighter lights do better than those in dimly lit facilities. Why?

Time.com: Should Doctors Get Bonuses?updated: Wed Jun 04 2008 17:00:00

Many insurers are using pay-for-performance bonus programs, rewarding doctors who provide better quality of care

Fake blood?updated: Mon Apr 28 2008 19:29:00

CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen talks about the possibility of fake blood going mainstream.

Blood substitutes tied to higher risk of heart attack, deathupdated: Mon Apr 28 2008 19:29:00

A government researcher said Monday that experimental blood substitutes are linked to an increased risk of heart attack and death, and suggested that studies on people should be halted.

Time.com: Hormone Therapy Risks Linger Onupdated: Tue Mar 04 2008 17:00:00

A new study shows that even when women stop hormone replacement therapy, the dangerous effects can continue

Time.com: The War's Mental Toll on Reservistsupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 23:00:00

A new study shows that the Army reserve suffers disproportionately from depression and mental illness. But Congress hasn't found a way to fund treatment

Time.com: Making the Case for Vaccinationupdated: Tue Nov 13 2007 15:55:00

A new study shows that immunizations have prevented a record number of deaths in the U.S. So, what's the fuss over vaccines?

Student's death likely caused by staph infectionupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 12:59:00

A middle school student from Brooklyn died Thursday, probably from the staph infection MRSA, according to the New York City Health Department.

Time.com: What You Need to Know About Staphupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 14:00:00

By now, you've seen the headlines about MRSA, the killer staph virus. Yes, it can be deadly, but it can also be treated

Time.com: How Stress Harms the Heartupdated: Tue Oct 09 2007 17:00:00

Studies show that chronic stress contributes to heart attacks and other disease, and researchers think it's time to make stress reduction a medical priority

The best multivitamin for you -- and 11 to steer clear ofupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 18:58:00

You've been told for years that popping a multivitamin every day might help you live longer. But the daily multi habit has been getting a bit of bad press lately.

Time.com: Better Bedside Mannersupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 12:00:00

A new study shows that a standardized test of doctor communication skills can help create a nicer, better doctor of the future

Time.com: High Blood Pressure Affects Kids Too updated: Tue Aug 21 2007 15:00:00

The rate of hypertension in children is increasing, a new study finds, but doctors often miss the danger signs

Time.com: Study: Quarantines Work Against Pandemicsupdated: Tue Aug 07 2007 16:00:00

The 21st-century pandemic survival kit: modern vaccines, high-tech surveillance -- and old-world quarantines

Time.com: South Asia Sex Trade Spreading HIVupdated: Wed Aug 01 2007 14:20:00

The trafficking of women to work as prostitutes is likely a key factor in the spread of HIV/AIDS across South Asia, according to a study

Seafood benefits outweigh risks, government saysupdated: Tue Oct 17 2006 15:48:00

Americans eat about 16 pounds of seafood every year, and they've heard a lot of mixed messages recently about whether it's safe.

CNNMoney: Stanford bars doctors from taking giftsupdated: Tue Sep 12 2006 13:39:00

Stanford University Medical Center announced Tuesday it is joining a small group of academic medical centers in banning its physicians from accepting industry gifts of any size, including drug samples.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jun 01 2006 13:51:00

Despite the Memorial Day holiday, there was no rest for obesity researchers in the major medical journals.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu May 04 2006 15:44:00

Good news for women

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Apr 27 2006 13:40:00

Forget earlier reports on pregnancy concerns, two studies published this week in major medical journals said.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Apr 14 2006 08:45:00

Mixed message

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Mar 23 2006 16:01:00

The "lower is better" cholesterol story has been around for decades, but this week researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that a lifetime of low cholesterol looks like a superior way to avoid heart disease.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Mar 17 2006 07:48:00

Lots of heart

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Mar 10 2006 13:42:00

Coffee-heart attack link clarified

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Feb 09 2006 21:52:00

Low-fat fizzles, not sizzles

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jan 12 2006 18:48:00

Good news

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Dec 29 2005 14:39:00

Happy New Year

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Dec 22 2005 12:38:00

An eclectic week

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Nov 18 2005 07:14:00

Little good news

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Nov 10 2005 20:03:00

The good, the bad and the silly

Cardiologist goes toe to toe with drug companiesupdated: Tue Nov 01 2005 12:05:00

As Dr. Steven E. Nissen methodically ticks off the risks of what seemed like a highly promising experimental diabetes drug -- heart attacks, strokes, and death -- he is completely in his element.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Oct 27 2005 14:40:00

The numbers don't lie

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Sep 29 2005 14:57:00

New uses for old drugs?

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jul 28 2005 13:01:00

No comfort for colds

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jul 21 2005 14:27:00

Better than a spoonful of sugar

Study: Antibiotics often unnecessary but make patients happy updated: Wed Jun 22 2005 12:58:00

When people leave a doctor's office after being seen for a cough they feel better immediately if they are clutching a little piece of paper that a druggist will exchange for a bottle of antibiotics.

Business 2.0: In Praise of Organized Laborupdated: Wed Jun 01 2005 00:01:00

There's one word that never fails to raise the blood pressure of my friends in business: unions. In the minds of many executives, organized labor is the archenemy of the basic prerequisites for bus...

Study: Culturally adapted HIV classes benefit teen girlsupdated: Sun Jul 11 2004 11:08:00

Learning about HIV in a positive environment with their peers could be life-saving for sexually active African-American teenage girls who are at a high risk for the virus that causes AIDS, according to a study published in the upcoming Journal of the American Medical Association.

Study eyes best way to assess heart risk in womenupdated: Fri Apr 09 2004 10:19:00

A woman's fitness on a treadmill exam may help determine a woman's risk of heart disease, a study suggests.

Study links antibiotics, breast cancerupdated: Tue Feb 17 2004 08:41:00

Increased use of antibiotics may heighten women's risk of breast cancer, a study looking at possible connections between the two suggests.

FSB: The Star Search Finding the right hospital can save your life.updated: Sun Oct 01 2000 00:01:00

For most of us, medical problems will be blessedly routine, and the local hospital is just fine. But when your condition is rare or complicated, you can save your life by finding the hospital that ...

Fortune: PRODUCTS TO WATCH NEW ESCAPE FROM HEADACHE HELLupdated: Mon Sep 04 1995 00:01:00

It starts with a dazzling light like a halo, a radiant aura. Without warning, ordinary objects--your phone, your keyboard--take on a preternatural, twinkling glow. For migraine-headache sufferers, ...

Fortune: HEALTH GROWING PAINS FOR ALTERNATIVE CURESupdated: Mon Mar 20 1995 00:01:00

Congress in October passed a law granting makers of dietary supplements like vitamins and herbal preparations greater freedom to make claims about their products' health benefits. The pols said the...

Money Magazine: Check It Out How doctors rate the top newslettersupdated: Mon May 01 1989 00:01:00

MONEY asked four prominent physicians to evaluate seven of the leading medical newsletters; their comments, and composite scores on a scale of 100, are shown below. The panel included Bruce B. Dan,...

Fortune: A New Hat at Harvard, The Emerging Case Against Coffee, Private Baloney, and Other Matters. The Meaning of Addictionupdated: Mon Jun 20 1988 00:01:00

The headlines proclaim that Surgeon General C. Everett Koop says cigarettes are addictive. Is he right about that? Bold answer: It depends on what you mean by addiction. As you might expect, not ev...

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