September 30, 2010 A second House hearing will zero in on Johnson & Johnson's handling of quality problems affecting children's medicines and adult-strength Motrin. A key question centers on whether the company hushed-up recalls of affected products.
Doctors could save lives by prescribing cheap beta blockers to surgery patients at risk of heart attacks.
September 29, 2010 A new study shows beta blockers cut the risk of a heart attack for patients at risk during surgery. The cost? $1 per patient. But only half of hospitals offer the drugs to at-risk patients.
September 29, 2010 Fluoride can help fight cavities. But the Food and Drug Administration told three companies they've gone too far with claims their fluoride mouthwashes can prevent gum disease.
September 28, 2010 A Henry Ford Hospital ear surgeon says don't use cotton swabs to clean your ears because accidents with them can lead to deafness, paralysis and vertigo. A Michigan grandma found out the hard way.
People with celiac disease can't eat foods with gluten, including most pastas.
September 28, 2010 Gluten, a protein found in wheat, triggers the autoimmune disorder in people whose genes make them susceptible.
If you're interested in health care prices, you might make a few calls.
September 28, 2010 Most people don't check prices for health care before getting a diagnosis or treatment. Those who do prefer calling doctors' offices, a survey conducted for NPR finds. Overall, the prices quoted in advance were accurate.
September 28, 2010 When doctors find an unsuspected problem, it can subject patients to a whole lot of tests and treatments – usually for little or no benefit. For every unsuspected cancer or threatening aneurysm, there are many more abnormalities of no consequence.
September 27, 2010 Bayer can now sell a birth control pill that contains a B vitamin shown to reduce the risk of certain kinds of birth defects. Called Beyaz, this version of the pill is the latest to be touted for reasons beyond preventing pregnancy.
Rachel Bateman, 9, has braces to correct an overbite. Her orthodontist opted not to use expanders to expand her upper arch.
September 27, 2010 Orthodontists recommend that children get checked for treatment no later than age 7. But research shows waiting until kids are older may be more beneficial in the long run. In some cases, young kids could be back in braces again when they're older.
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Using the Icon treatment, Dr. Jin-Ho Phark won't need to drill to fill a cavity.
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September 27, 2010 A widespread aversion to drills is inspiring some dentists to look for new ways to treat cavities without them. But some question whether a new treatment using a mild acid and resin will hold up over time.
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September 24, 2010 Personalized medicine promises to deliver more tailored health care. But what if a person's genes reveal he won't get much benefit from the only available treatment? Ethicist Leonard Fleck discusses the tough decisions Americans face in deciding whether to pay for others' expensive treatments.
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You can get rid of those old pills this weekend with the help of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
September 24, 2010 Time to clean out the medicine chest and dispose of your unused prescription medicines. The Drug Enforcement Administration is coordinating a nationwide network of drop-off centers this Saturday.
European regulators have decided to take Avandia off the market. FDA will allow further sales, with heavy restrictions.
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September 23, 2010 Despite mounting concerns about heart risks from the diabetes pill, the Food and Drug Administration has decided it can stay on the market. European regulators determined the risks outweigh the benefits and will pull the drug.
September 23, 2010 A heart valve that doctors can implant with a catheter may help patients too frail to undergo open-heart surgery to repair a defective aortic valve.
A microscopic view of the effects of multiple sclerosis on nerve tissue.
September 22, 2010 The first pill that can slow the progression of multiple sclerosis goes on the market next month. It won't be cheap, though. Analysts figure it will cost around $30,000 a year.
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