Chicago attorney Tom Hayward suffered a raging infection after a prostate biopsy. He had to be hospitalized, but has since recovered.
October 7, 2011 Routine testing of men's blood to detect prostate cancer is unwarranted, and causes more harm than good, according to findings of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The panel of experts sets the agenda for doctors and, increasingly, insurance payments.
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October 6, 2011 Even now, there is more we don't know about Steve Jobs' health struggle than we know. From a rare type of cancer to a liver transplant performed under great secrecy, details about the Apple CEO's illnesses and treatments remained hidden.
The upper row of images shows blood samples through a traditional microscope. The bottom row shows the same samples imaged on a smartphone.
October 5, 2011 Physicists have found a way to turn a smartphone camera lens into a microscope and a spectrometer. They say both could be handy for doctors in remote areas with few laboratories who need to look at blood samples.
An image of the H5N1 avian flu virus.
October 4, 2011 Scientists who looked at sewage in three cities around the world found 40,000 viruses, most of them previously unknown. But, happily, most of the viruses lurking in sewage don't pose a threat to human health.
Do you really know where those cantaloupes have been?
September 14, 2011 An outbreak of listeriosis linked to cantaloupes has led to the deaths of four people. Most of the cases have occurred in Colorado and New Mexico.
September 14, 2011 Many people don't want to tell their doctor that they have symptoms of depression. And they've got a variety of reasons: fear of antidepressants, fear of being sent to a psychiatrist and worries about the confidentiality of medical records.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann during a Republican presidential debate Monday in Tampa, Fla.
September 13, 2011 The American Academy of Pediatrics said there is no validity to statements that a vaccine against cervical cancer is dangerous and can lead to mental retardation.
September 13, 2011 Scientists found that single men who started out with relatively high testosterone levels were more likely than other men to become fathers. But once a baby arrived, testosterone levels plummeted.
August 22, 2011 Even though the rate of falls from windows has declined some, more than 5,000 kids a year end up in emergency rooms after tumbling out of windows. The youngest kids are at the most risk.
August 20, 2011 Former President Bill Clinton was once renowned for his love of all foods fried and greasy. In the past year, he has gone meat- and dairy-free in an effort to fend off heart disease – and dropped more than 20 pounds. Quite a turnaround for a guy whose penchant for McDonald's was immortalized in a famous comedy skit.
The scientists who sequenced the marijuana plant say they hope the next generation of pot will have stronger therapeutic compounds.
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August 19, 2011 A startup company has sequenced the genome of Cannabis sativa, the marijuana plant. The company hopes the data will help scientists breed plants without much THC, so they can study other compounds that may help fight pain or cancer.
Express Scripts and Medco Health Services say their merger will help control prescription drug costs. But many prescriptions may only be available by mail, which may not sit well with some consumers.
August 17, 2011 Express Scripts and Medco Health Services manage the prescription drug coverage that health insurance companies offer to large organizations. The two firms say their plans for a $29 billion merger will help control health care costs for consumers. But will bigger really be better?
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A vendor sells betel leaf wrapped in silver foil in Lucknow, India.
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August 16, 2011 India and many Southeast Asian cultures, people chew spice and nut packets wrapped in betel leaves called paan. But now the tradition is being threatened by chewing tobacco, raising health concerns. However, neither habit is actually very healthy.
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Canning your own food is a timeworn practice that's back in vogue.
August 13, 2011 The first annual Can-It-Forward Day takes place in Seattle on Saturday. The recent surge in interest in home food preservation inspired us to chat with an expert on how to do it safely.
August 11, 2011 Charla Nash's face was mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009. Before the transplant, she wore a veil to conceal her grotesquely misshapen visage. Her transplanted face is smooth and normally proportioned, with little or no sign it came from another person, whose family consented to the donation after death.
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