June 1, 2010 10:37 AM
Exercise can benefit some cancer patients during their treatment.
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit created a customized exercise program -- according to a patient's weight, overall health and type of cancer treatment. Those on the exercise regime said their quality of life improved and that they felt... more »
May 27, 2010 11:54 AM
The FDA is updating the label of a popular weight loss drug after receiving reports of liver damage.
There have been 13 cases of severe liver injury linked to the weight loss drug Alli, and the prescription version of the drug called Xenical.
Three patients needed liver transplants... more »
April 21, 2010 11:44 AM
A new study finds women who gain weight throughout their adult life increase the chance they'll develop breast cancer after menopause.
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute found that when a five foot four woman gained 30 pounds between her 20s and 50s, her risk for breast cancer went... more »
January 19, 2010 6:22 PM
Lung scans for cancer have a high incidence of false positives. New research indicates that specialized blood tests should be performed in conjunction with the scans to prevent expensive testing and undue stress on the part of the patient. UCLA researchers have created a blood test that looks for 40... more »
January 8, 2010 3:44 PM
Guidelines issued in November by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force which recommend against women in their 40s having routine mammograms have caused a lot of anguish for American women as they worry about the best way to protect their health.
Two respected groups came out this week with... more »
December 18, 2009 2:34 PM
Surging obesity rates could end the progress made in the past few decades against heart disease, researchers say.
A study presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting this year found that adults' blood pressure and blood sugar levels are continuing to rise, fueled in large part by expanding... more »
December 11, 2009 1:45 PM
A new study finds a significant benefit of chemotherapy among post-menopausal breast cancer patients.
The study included nearly 1,500 post-menopausal women who had hormone receptor-positive breast cancer that had spread to at least one lymph node. All of the women took tamoxifen every day for 5 years.
Another... more »
November 30, 2009 12:10 PM
The number of diabetes cases in this country is expected to nearly double in the next 25 years -- from 23-million to 44-million in the year 2034, according to researchers at the University of Chicago.
A surge in obesity in this country has prompted doctors to test more people... more »
November 16, 2009 12:24 PM
It was a long and painful road for Dominique Debroux before her daughter, Gaya, came into this world.
She tried for years to become pregnant and turned to In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
"I got pregnant four times and I miscarried each one of those times. So, three failed IVF's..."... more »
November 12, 2009 1:59 PM
Have you ever noticed that MRIs are the go-to test for multi-million dollar per-year sports stars?
Just this week, The San Antonio Spurs used an MRI to confirm that Tim Duncan's swollen left ankle had no structural damage. In fact, stadiums and arenas have MRI machines right in the... more »
November 6, 2009 12:31 PM
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can... more »
November 6, 2009 12:19 PM
Over 100,000 cancer deaths are directly linked to being overweight or obese, according to researchers at the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Experts there found over 30,000 breast cancers, and nearly half of endometrial cancers are caused by excess fat .
Cases of kidney, pancreas and colon cancer... more »
October 29, 2009 1:35 PM
Surfing the internet could provide the brain boost elderly adults are seeking.
Researchers at UCLA studied 24 older adults who didn't have dementia. Half regularly used the internet, the other half had very little experience. All the participants performed internet searches for an hour each day, for seven days.... more »
October 29, 2009 11:02 AM
While obesity can increase the risk for blood clots , the location of the fat may be particularly important.
Researchers in Denmark did a 10-year study of nearly 60,000 men and women -- and confirmed obesity is associated with deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms .
But where... more »
October 28, 2009 4:29 PM
The American Cancer Society is calling for a reduction in cancer-causing toxins we can't help but be exposed to on a daily basis.
Carcinogens may be found in our water, food, personal care products and the air we breathe, according to a new Cancer Society report released Wednesday. That's... more »
October 27, 2009 7:02 PM
Dove Caramel Pecan Perfection ice cream has been voluntarily recalled because it may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction , the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment warned Tuesday. No related illnesses have been... more »
October 26, 2009 6:53 PM
We dance to it, relax to it and sing to it. But music -- as it turns out -- can also be used to help rehabilitate those with brain injuries and illnesses.
Stroke victim Sally Withers has had one wish for nine years -- more movement. She took that... more »
October 23, 2009 12:22 PM
What is stroke? A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing blood to spill into spaces surrounding brain cells. Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood... more »
October 23, 2009 12:08 PM
When Kathy Perusse had weight-loss surgery and shed 120 pounds, she may have done more than make her own life easier.
She went on to have two daughters, and she may have boosted their chances of avoiding becoming obese, like her two older children are.
That's the implication... more »
October 15, 2009 11:57 AM
You've heard that being overweight puts you at risk for all kinds of health problems. But a recent study links obesity with memory loss!
Researchers at UCLA and the University of Pittsburgh say, as a result, being obese or even overweight puts you at much higher risk for Alzheimer's.... more »
October 14, 2009 10:30 AM
The suspense is almost too much for 5-year-old Ethan Rines.
"I can't wait!" he said.
Ethan and his mom, Jessie, traveled all the way from Maine to Colorado Springs to meet their new dog. They've waited for this moment for months.
"He's going to go everywhere with... more »
October 12, 2009 7:27 PM
A husband and wife are both undergoing treatment for breast cancer in a case that illustrates how the disease can strike both sexes. Mike and Barbara Welsh, of Monroe, in southwestern Ohio, each had surgery this year after separate discoveries that they had breast cancer.
Barbara Welsh, 63, had... more »
October 9, 2009 3:30 PM
Osteopenia is a silent disease until you develop a fracture. It's the precursor to osteoporosis but it can be prevented with healthy habits.
A Louisiana woman, Mari Wilson, was recently diagnosed with the condition. She's an active, 40ish woman, "I thought at my age that I wouldn't really have... more »
October 7, 2009 12:21 PM
The Food and Drug Administration is alerting doctors that a widely used blood thinner has been reformulated to improve its safety, though the change could open the door to dosing errors.
The FDA said Thursday new heparin vials scheduled to begin shipping next week will be 10 percent less... more »
October 7, 2009 11:53 AM
Alejandra Ramos has lost her appetite for the occasional carnitas burrito from Chipotle, the frozen frappucino from Starbucks and the blueberry muffin from Dunkin' Donuts.
And she's not happy about it.
"Once they put up the calorie counts, then suddenly I was like, 'I can't eat this, this... more »
October 6, 2009 12:13 PM
A common asthma drug used in inhalers may actually worsen the health of some patients, while showing limited beneficial effects for children. A study performed in Great Britain found that salbutamol (called albuterol in the United States)and salmeterol may worsen the health of patients with a specific gene variant.
... more »
October 2, 2009 2:14 PM
Combining two generic drugs could protect against heart attack and strokes in high-risk patients.
The drugs are a cholesterol-lowering medication called lovastatin and a blood pressure drug called lisinopril.
Kaiser Permanente researchers gave the drugs to people with diabetes or heart disease . Within two years, doctors said... more »
September 25, 2009 2:12 PM
Drugs like Tamoxifen and Evista significantly reduce the risk for developing invasive breast cancer -- but they may also increase the risk for blood clots. Researchers reviewed 8 clinical trials about the benefits and harms associated with these drugs among women who've never had breast cancer but are at high... more »
September 22, 2009 12:53 PM
Obesity , drinking alcohol and smoking can all increase a breast cancer survivor's risk for developing a second breast cancer.
A study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle finds obesity increases the risk for a second cancer by 50-percent.
Having at least one alcoholic drink... more »