February 29, 2012 U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington ruled that a requirement for cigarette makers to put large, gruesome labels on their products violates free speech rights. Foes of the tobacco industry urged the Justice Department to appeal.
In teens' developing brains, a concussion can cause more disruption.
February 29, 2012 Teenagers had more problems with thinking after concussion than children or adults, according to a new study. They had problems with working memory six months to a year after being injured.
Lipitor, and other cholesterol-fighting drugs like it, will carry new instructions about risks.
February 28, 2012 Statins may also increase the risk slightly for high blood sugar and for developing Type 2 diabetes. People have also complained about memory loss and fuzzy thinking while taking the cholesterol-fighting drugs. Now the Food and Drug Administration wants that information added to the drugs' instructions.
February 28, 2012 Some health insurers are angling to appeal to millions of new insurance shoppers by opening retail stores where people can buy a policy, check on an existing claim, maybe even take a class in healthy cooking or yoga.
Connor Perruccello-McClellan, a senior at Providence Country Day School in Rhode Island, has been vaccinated against HPV, something less than 1 percent of U.S. males can say.
February 27, 2012 Human papillomavirus can cause cervical cancer. And girls have been the prime focus for vaccination, though that has stirred controversy almost from the start. Now pediatricians says vaccinating boys could curb illnesses tied to the virus.
February 27, 2012 Giving kids a Wii and active video games isn't enough to increase their daily exercise, a new study found. The active gamers didn't move more than children playing traditional sit-on-the-sofa video games.
Sure, gussy it up. But be careful.
February 24, 2012 Bathtub refinishing has become a popular remodeling project. But a chemical used in the process produces highly toxic fumes. And it's not just sold just to the pros; it's also in dozens of products sold in home-improvement stores. Researchers say people should be very careful using solvents in the home.
February 24, 2012 Bloomberg News reporter John Lauerman volunteered to have his DNA sequenced by Harvard researchers to demystify the process for the public. What he didn't expect to uncover was that he possessed two gene variants--one linked to rare blood disorders and the other to a higher risk of Alzheimer's.
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February 24, 2012 Elderly people taking Haldol, an older antipsychotic, were twice as likely to die within six months of starting the drug as those taking Risperdal, a commonly used newer drug. Older antipsychotic drugs shouldn't be used to dementia symptoms in the elderly, a new study of the options concludes.
February 24, 2012 When sick people search the Web for remedies or tweet about their symptoms, they're sending an early warning signal about disease outbreaks. Now scientists and public health officials are listening in.
February 23, 2012 Oscar Robertson is considered one of the NBA's greatest all-time players. He was diagnosed with stage three prostate cancer a little more than a year ago. He's now cancer-free and wants to raise awareness about screenings. He speaks with host Michel Martin about why many men may be afraid of getting tested.
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Ramon Maldonado-Cardenas grimaces as he gets a flu shot from pharmacy student Khoa Truong during a health fair in Sacramento, Calif., last October.
February 23, 2012 It's been an unusually late and mild flu season this year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many people have gotten their flu shots, which seems to be helping. But there's still time for the flu to break out.
February 23, 2012 Researchers say it might be because of the more temperate weather, or the nature of the flu strains now in circulation. It's been around for a year or two so a lot of people have already been exposed, and have built up a natural immunity.
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February 22, 2012 In a reversal, a panel of experts is advising the Food and Drug Administration to approve Qnexa, a weight-loss pill, that was rejected in 2010. The potential benefits for overweight people exceed the risks, such as birth defects and increased heart rates, the panel determined.
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February 22, 2012 Women are more likely to have heart attacks that don't announce themselves with crushing chest pain. And women having heart attacks like those are more likely to die than men.
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