Teenage boys who are even slightly overweight face an increased risk of heart disease later in life, even if they slim down as adults, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Mercury exposure from eating fish doesn't appear to raise the risk of heart disease and stroke, as some research has suggested, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Medical institutions should put into place policies to minimize the likelihood of a sleep-deprived doctor performing elective surgery, researchers said Wednesday in an editorial.
A new study released Thursday suggests mammograms might not be as effective in reducing deaths from breast cancer in women over 50 as previously thought.
"I read all about my condition on the Internet," a recent patient proudly told me. Like other doctors, I'm seeing more patients research their symptoms thoroughly before setting foot in the exam room.
We hear it on the news like a drumbeat: Millions of kids eat out too much, lack access to fruits and vegetables, and it seems no one's teaching them how to make healthy choices.
Most men 50 and older should seriously consider the potential risks of treatment before deciding whether to be screened for prostate cancer, the American Cancer Society said Wednesday in revised guidelines.
Although fewer people are smoking -- and therefore less likely to die from cigarette-related causes -- the obesity epidemic may negate any gains in life span, according to a new study.
A single low dose of H1N1 vaccine may be enough to protect adults from the flu virus that has been spreading around the world, new data shows.
A single, low dose of H1N1 vaccine may be enough to protect adults from the flu virus.
Healthy men and women with good cholesterol levels could significantly reduce their risk of heart disease by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, better known as statins, according to a study released at the American Heart Association meetings in November.
The Obama administration is touting a provocative proposal to give a medical advisory council the power to help decide the scope of coverage that would be eligible for reimbursement under Medicare.
What if you had a special kind of fat in your body that burned calories instead of storing them -- and it could be activated simply by spending time in the cold? According to three preliminary studies published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, you probably do.
Happiness is infectious, but don't drop your unhappy friends just yet. Elizabeth Cohen explains.
If you're feeling great today, you may end up inadvertently spreading the joy to someone you don't even know.
The dieting world screams with contradictory advice: Carbs are evil; carbs are good for you. "Good fat" is healthy; "good fat" has tons of calories.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen looks at a new study comparing popular diets.
A decade-long study following more than 75,000 men found that prostate cancer screenings led to more diagnoses but did not reduce the number of deaths from the illness.
Over the past 20 years, my research interests have focused on prostate cancer. An important question that has plagued us is, "Does prostate cancer screening save lives?" Prostate cancer screening is extremely controversial and is an emotional issue. Two studies published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine address the question: These two studies may not end the controversy, but clearly provide needed information. Perhaps I can provide some prospective given my experiences.
A 28-year-old man from Michigan decided to donate a kidney to a total stranger, setting into motion a kidney swap that over many months has resulted in 10 people getting a donor organ--and the process is still ongoing.
The practice of moving research involving human subjects from wealthy countries to less wealthy countries has grown in recent years, raising a number of ethical and scientific issues that need to be addressed, researchers said in a journal article Wednesday.
More than 25,000 American men will die from prostate cancer this year. But prostate cancer can be treated successfully if the disease is caught early. A blood test that can detect whether a man is at high risk for developing prostate cancer is on the horizon. The study was published in the February 28, 2008, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Having a big waistline can nearly double your risk of dying early, a major study has found.
Everyone knows that being overweight increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer, but new research reveals that even normal-weight people aren't scot-free. A European study suggests that people with belly fat -- even if they're at a healthy weight -- have a higher risk of dying during a 10-year period than their same-weight peers without a spare tire. The report was published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
New research indicates your waist-to-hip ratio may determine how long you live. ITN's Roz Upton reports.
The first national patient-satisfaction survey suggest U.S. hospitals have a ways to go.
Nearly a million knee surgeries are performed in North America each year to ease the pain of osteoarthritis -- but researchers say the procedure is a sham
Diabetics who tightly control their blood sugar -- even if only for the first decade after they are diagnosed -- have lower risks of heart attack, death and other complications 10 or more years later
Insurance companies and hospital administrators like evidence-based research. For doctors and patients, sometimes it's more complicated
Scientists may have found a way to test for and possibly avoid the most serious side effect of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, one of the top-selling medicines in the world
An Oregon man, given less than a year to live, had a complete remission of advanced deadly skin cancer after an experimental treatment that revved up his immune system to fight the tumors
Drug makers spend billions on slick direct-to-consumer ads. The biggest weapon in their marketing arsenal? Confusion
Doctors now have a better way of helping parents make an agonizing decision -- whether to take heroic steps to save a very premature baby
A new Dutch study shows that doctors are increasingly choosing to sedate patients permanently as end-of-life care
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen looks at prostate cancer treatment options and problems.
Sgt. Ryan Kahlor has the same nightmare every time, a vision of walls painted in blood and fat, and men on top of houses, throwing pieces of Marines' bodies off rooftops. It's a vision he can't shake, because he lived through it while deployed to Iraq last year.
New research suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder may be linked to concussions suffered in battle
Patients and doctors alike may have received some fuzzy truth about the effectiveness of antidepressant medication.
Common genetic variants raise a man's risk of prostate cancer -- especially in combination with family history
A study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 151,000 Iraqis died of violent causes between March 2003, when the war began, and June 2006.
Two new studies suggest that being overweight as a kid can lead to heart disease and greater risk of disease-related death in adulthood
It may not be the most appetizing reading before a hearty holiday meal, but the New England Journal of Medicine is devoting part of its Thanksgiving issue to a giant hairball -- and not the feline kind.
Thanksgiving begins a season of special meals and once-a-year indulgences. We all look forward to turkey, mashed potatoes, pecan pie, and other goodies. And because it's that time of year, we may take an extra helping of our favorite side dish or dessert.
Two studies show that chemotherapy doesn't work equally well for all cancers, raising hopes of tailoring the treatment
Like 20- or 30-something singles, older men and women are dating and embracing their sexuality. But many older singles -- some of whom have already been down the aisle -- aren't looking to exchange their single status for a band of gold.
One of the summer's biggest stories carried the headline "Weight Gain Is Contagious!" Sensational? Sure, but based on some pretty good science.
A new report says gynecomastia, or male breasts, occurs in nearly half of all men. But most of the time, it's nothing to worry about
Two new studies show that the surgery, while not for everyone, reduces the risks of diabetes and other obesity-related diseases
Many older Americans routinely engage in vaginal intercourse, oral sex and masturbation, a landmark study into a long-taboo subject reported Wednesday.
Research shows that who you're friends with can have a profound impact on whether you're overweight
A new study shows that for younger post-menopausal women, estrogen may actually reduce the risk of heart disease
GlaxoSmithKline PLC revealed Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declined to grant a priority review to its experimental cancer vaccine Cervarix
The conventional wisdom about the holidays is that weight gain is unavoidable. But don't let it scare you away from enjoying your favorite foods at this time of year. Here are thee eat-smart strategies to get you through the season.
A year ago, headlines were screaming about a looming disaster: the rapid spread of bird flu across two-thirds of the globe. The H5N1 strain of the virus was killing more than half its human victims. Experts were urging the government to stockpile medicine and experimental vaccines.
Here are some of the companies whose shares were active late Thursday:
The New England Journal of Medicine posted a correction in its current issue, removing its previously published finding that it takes at least 18 months for heart attack risks to increase from use of Vioxx, the anti-arthritis painkiller that Merck pulled from the market.
Despite the Memorial Day holiday, there was no rest for obesity researchers in the major medical journals.
Once again the thorny issue of replacement estrogen grabbed attention in the major medical journals -- the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of studies that document the pluses and risks of this hormone.
Focused on bird flu
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.
Lots of heart
Benefits may outweigh risks
Low-fat fizzles, not sizzles
Happy New Year
An eclectic week
Already a menace
More than a symptom
The numbers don't lie
A pair of landmark studies -- one on breast cancer and the other on schizophrenia -- jumped off the pages of the major medical journals. The first study's results were decisive; the second's much cloudier.
The "art" of medicine -- a term that doctors often fall back on when the "science" of medicine is open to interpretation -- was illustrated by studies in the leading medical journals this week.
New use for old drug
No comfort for colds
Better than a spoonful of sugar
A medical first
Great news for seniors
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