June 29, 2012 Tests that take hours instead of days can help doctors make a better diagnosis of infectious diseases. The results can help them decide which antibiotic to use, and which one to keep in reserve.
A bulletin board in New York's Jamaica Hospital offers advice for uninsured patients.
June 28, 2012 Now that the Supreme Court has decided that the Affordable Care Act can stand, it's time to think about what the law actually means for your medical coverage. So let's review the changes the law has already wrought and those that still lie ahead.
June 28, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the vast majority of President Obama's healthcare law on Thursday, declaring the controversial individual mandate constitutional. The ruling may have significant implications for consumers and political ramifications for lawmakers, the Obama administration and the presidential election.
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Some Americans are cutting back on red meat, and health concerns seem to be the biggest reason they're doing it, a survey found.
June 27, 2012 Some 39 percent of Americans polled in a survey said they eat less meat now than they did three years ago. Health experts say that's a sign that Americans' attitudes about consuming meat are changing.
Human embryos under a microscope at an IVF clinic in La Jolla, Calif.
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June 27, 2012 A woman over 40 who uses eggs donated by a younger woman has essentially the same chance of having a baby as she would have had in her 20s. That's according to a large new study that looked at the success rates of multiple IVF treatments for nearly 250,000 women across age groups.
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June 27, 2012 The Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to Belviq, a twice-a-day pill that suppresses appetite and appears to affect metabolism by influencing levels of the brain chemical serotonin. The agency had previously rejected the drug over concerns about safety.
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San Juan Creek meets the Pacific Ocean at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif. The poor water quality off Doheny State Beach put in a list of worst beaches in the U.S.
June 27, 2012 An environmental group has issued its annual report on the nation's filthiest beaches, where a day in the water can mean skin rashes, stomach flu and respiratory problems. Who made the list?
June 26, 2012 Consensual sex among aging residents of nursing homes can be fraught. And when those older people are showing signs of dementia, family members sometimes stand in in the way of love.
Shanda Johnson, right, a nurse practitioner, interviews patient Bill Gilligan at a MinuteClinic at the CVS drug store in North Brunswick, N.J.
June 26, 2012 Walk-in clinics are getting traction with consumers, hospitals and retailers. A visit to a clinic costs less than one to the doctor or hospital emergency room. And the clinics present less of a hassle.
Back in 1998, Colleen Maxwell, then a 23-year-old student, smoked outside a San Diego bar, just weeks after California became the the first state in the nation to to ban smoking in most bars and gambling casinos.
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June 25, 2012 For women born since 1933, lung cancer death rates in California have dropped by more than half. In Alabama, they have more than doubled.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can cause painful inflammation in the fingers and other joints.
June 25, 2012 A recent study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that obese individuals were 25 percent more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than people of normal weight. They say fat cells also make proteins and estrogen that inflame joints in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
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A promising crop of new migraine treatments could alleviate the suffering of millions of Americans.
June 25, 2012 Preventive treatment can reduce migraines by 50 percent, but few migraine sufferers use the drugs. Now the American Academy of Neurology is trying to help physicians treat migraine patients to reduce both frequency and severity of headaches.
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Pretty to look at, almost, but Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria these are a common cause of infections in hospitals.
June 22, 2012 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites Rhode Island Hospital for fast work in stamping out a dangerous antibiotic-resistant germ. But federal officials are concerned the next time might not go as well. They're asking U.S. hospitals to be alert to the threat.
June 20, 2012 An advocacy group has complained to the Federal Trade Commission that Merck is improperly marketing the allergy remedy Claritin to kids. At issue are tie-ins with the movie Madagascar 3.
How risky is a drink during pregnancy?
June 20, 2012 A Danish study suggest that light and moderate drinking during pregnancy may not be hazardous for the fetus. But the researchers advise that to be absolutely safe, women should refrain from drinking while pregnant.
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