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Heavy teens at increased risk of heart disease years laterupdated: Wed Apr 06 2011 17:29:00

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.

Study: Mercury in fish poses no heart riskupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 19:09:00

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.

Researchers urge doctors to disclose sleep fatigue before surgeryupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 20:13:00

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.

Study questions benefit of mammograms in women over 50updated: Thu Sep 23 2010 10:47:00

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.

Will the doctor answer your e-mail?updated: Mon Jun 07 2010 07:48:00

"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.

Want healthy kids? Learn how to cookupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 09:24:00

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.

Let men decide on prostate screening, cancer society saysupdated: Wed Mar 03 2010 12:47:00

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.

Decrease in smoking extends life span, but obesity may curb gainsupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 17:51:00

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.

Study: Single dose of H1N1 flu vaccine may suffice for adultsupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 13:04:00

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.

One dose of vaccineupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 13:04:00

A single, low dose of H1N1 vaccine may be enough to protect adults from the flu virus.

Study: Cholesterol drugs could help those with healthy levelsupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 14:46:00

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.

Experts debate proposed 'big brother' medical councilupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 22:05:00

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.

"Brown fat" burns calories -- may lead to new obesity treatmentsupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 13:37:00

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 bug'updated: Thu Apr 02 2009 15:50:00

Happiness is infectious, but don't drop your unhappy friends just yet. Elizabeth Cohen explains.

Happiness is contagious in social networksupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 15:50:00

If you're feeling great today, you may end up inadvertently spreading the joy to someone you don't even know.

Low-fat? Low-carbs? Answering best diet questionupdated: Tue Mar 31 2009 16:06:00

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.

What's the best diet?updated: Tue Mar 31 2009 16:06:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen looks at a new study comparing popular diets.

Study: Prostate screenings don't reduce cancer deathsupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 12:52:00

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.

Inside the prostate cancer screening debateupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 13:45:00

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.

Donation chain has led to 10 kidney transplantsupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 17:39:00

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.

Growth of clinical trial outsourcing raises issuesupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 21:20:00

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.

Prostate cancer gene detectedupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:56:00

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.

Big waist raises risk of early deathupdated: Fri Nov 14 2008 13:29:00

Having a big waistline can nearly double your risk of dying early, a major study has found.

Study: Spare tire doubles risk of dying even if BMI is OKupdated: Fri Nov 14 2008 12:23:00

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.

Waistline linked to life-spanupdated: Fri Nov 14 2008 12:23:00

New research indicates your waist-to-hip ratio may determine how long you live. ITN's Roz Upton reports. Patients Give U.S. Hospitals So-So Marksupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 17:00:00

The first national patient-satisfaction survey suggest U.S. hospitals have a ways to go. Study Doubts Knee Surgery Benefits updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 11:00:00

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 Study Shows Hope for Diabeticsupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 11:00:00

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 Statistical Studies vs. Good Medicineupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 11:50:00

Insurance companies and hospital administrators like evidence-based research. For doctors and patients, sometimes it's more complicated Statin Study Could Yield Gene Variant Testupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 21:00:00

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 Man with Deadly Skin Cancer Saved by New Treatmentupdated: Thu Jun 19 2008 07:00:00

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 Do Consumers Understand Drug Ads?updated: Thu May 15 2008 16:00:00

Drug makers spend billions on slick direct-to-consumer ads. The biggest weapon in their marketing arsenal? Confusion Gender Guides Preemies Survival updated: Thu Apr 17 2008 11:05:00

Doctors now have a better way of helping parents make an agonizing decision -- whether to take heroic steps to save a very premature baby When Is Sedation Really Euthanasia?updated: Fri Mar 21 2008 20:50:00

A new Dutch study shows that doctors are increasingly choosing to sedate patients permanently as end-of-life care

Prostate cancer choicesupdated: Thu Mar 20 2008 11:01:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen looks at prostate cancer treatment options and problems.

Study: PTSD, not brain injury, may cause vets' symptomsupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 10:14:00

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. War Head Injuries: Long-Term Effects updated: Thu Jan 31 2008 10:00:00

New research suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder may be linked to concussions suffered in battle

CNNMoney: Antidepressants may not work - reportupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 18:39:00

Patients and doctors alike may have received some fuzzy truth about the effectiveness of antidepressant medication. Genes Increase Prostate Cancer Riskupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 15:00:00

Common genetic variants raise a man's risk of prostate cancer -- especially in combination with family history

Study: 151,000 Iraqis slain as of June 2006updated: Wed Jan 09 2008 18:46:00

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. Lifelong Effects of Childhood Obesityupdated: Thu Dec 06 2007 18:00:00

Two new studies suggest that being overweight as a kid can lead to heart disease and greater risk of disease-related death in adulthood

Doctors untangle the strange case of the giant hairballupdated: Mon Nov 26 2007 11:49:00

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.

Holiday fare not only yummy, can be good for you, tooupdated: Wed Nov 21 2007 16:03:00

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. Targeted Chemo for Breast Cancer updated: Thu Oct 11 2007 17:25:00

Two studies show that chemotherapy doesn't work equally well for all cancers, raising hopes of tailoring the treatment

Sex and dating after 50updated: Tue Oct 09 2007 09:55:00

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.

Money Magazine: Hanging with the money crowdupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 12:33:00

One of the summer's biggest stories carried the headline "Weight Gain Is Contagious!" Sensational? Sure, but based on some pretty good science. Men's Breasts: No Joking Matter updated: Wed Sep 19 2007 16:00:00

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 Gastric Bypass Lowers Risk of Deathupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 18:00:00

Two new studies show that the surgery, while not for everyone, reduces the risks of diabetes and other obesity-related diseases

Study: Seniors having more sex than you think updated: Wed Aug 22 2007 07:47:00

Many older Americans routinely engage in vaginal intercourse, oral sex and masturbation, a landmark study into a long-taboo subject reported Wednesday. Obesity Is Contagious, Study Findsupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 16:00:00

Research shows that who you're friends with can have a profound impact on whether you're overweight A Boost for Hormone Therapyupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 14:55:00

A new study shows that for younger post-menopausal women, estrogen may actually reduce the risk of heart disease FDA Declines Cancer Vaccine Reviewupdated: Thu May 31 2007 18:10:00

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

Eat-smart strategies for party seasonupdated: Mon Dec 11 2006 14:08:00

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.

Bird flu virus 'still smoldering,' U.S. expert saysupdated: Wed Dec 06 2006 11:13:00

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.

CNNMoney: Thursday's late-moving stocksupdated: Thu Oct 19 2006 15:26:00

Here are some of the companies whose shares were active late Thursday:

CNNMoney: Medical journal publishes Vioxx correctionupdated: Mon Jun 26 2006 13:33:00

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.

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 11 2006 14:53:00

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.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Mar 30 2006 23:22:00

Focused on bird flu

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 03 2006 07:18:00

Benefits may outweigh risks

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 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: Thu Dec 15 2005 16:08:00

Already a menace

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 17:24:00

Caution, caution

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Nov 03 2005 16:06:00

More than a symptom

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 22 2005 15:24:00

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.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Sep 15 2005 14:06:00

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.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Aug 18 2005 16:10:00

New use for old drug

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

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jul 07 2005 15:02:00

Braniacs rule

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jun 30 2005 15:08:00

Spectacular birth

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jun 23 2005 13:19:00

Critical time

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jun 09 2005 15:24:00

A medical first

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Jun 02 2005 14:48:00

Great news for seniors

Fortune: Biotech's Next Big Blowup?updated: Mon Mar 18 2002 00:01:00

You might think the ImClone fiasco would have tempered speculation in the biotech sector. After all, when the Food and Drug Administration rejected its application for a much-anticipated cancer dru...

Money Magazine: MORE INSURERS PICK UP THE TAB FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINEupdated: Tue Oct 01 1996 00:01:00

If sticking needles into your body isn't your idea of curing a migraine, the medical community has three words for you: Get with it! A recent turnaround in attitudes toward alternative medicine is ...

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...

Fortune: Talking back to the inspector, rewards for bad behavior, new poker possibilities, and other matters. GREAT MOMENTS IN HERO-WORSHupdated: Mon Jun 13 1994 00:01:00

Comic book hero Nick Fury fought Nazis and secret agents with a lit stogie clenched in his teeth, but now -- as the result of a protest by a seven-year- old Houston card collector -- the gruff but ...

Fortune: NEW AGE MEDICINE AS SEX AIDupdated: Mon Apr 05 1993 00:01:00

Mary Lou Wilson, 57, used to be fat, sick, and tired -- all the time. Since she began treating herself with herbs a couple of years ago, she says she has lost 83 pounds, works 16 hours a day -- and...


It's hard to read the health news these days without a paramedic present. There is alar on the fruit, radon in the rathskeller and cholesterol in Mom's apple pie. Diseases whiz in and out of the he...

Fortune: THE WAGES OF THIN AT HARVARD updated: Mon Aug 18 1986 00:01:00

The main conclusion of a recent report in The New England Journal of Medicine wasn't startling. The study, which tracked the health, weight, and habits of some 17,000 Harvard alumni age 35 to 74 ov...

Fortune: Interleukin-2 on Wall Streetupdated: Mon Jan 06 1986 00:01:00

The possibility that Interleukin-2, a substance produced by the body's immune system, could cure cancer excited doctors and companies that genetically engineer it (FORTUNE, November 25). Four weeks...

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