Human papilloma virus as seen through a colored transmission electron micrograph.
Pasieka/Science Photo Library RF via Getty Images
January 27, 2012 Men were much more likely to have an oral HPV infection than women. And people who have had more sex partners and more frequent sex were more likely to be positive for HPV.
January 25, 2012 Published research on excess use of health care is in pretty short supply, so rooting out waste by looking at the existing studies can be a little like limiting your late-night search for lost car keys to the spots right under streetlights.
January 5, 2012 From the early 1990s until 2008, death rates from cancer in the U.S. fell by about 23 percent in men and 15 percent in women. That works out to more than 1 million fewer deaths from cancer over the period.
December 29, 2011 Avastin slowed the progression of the cancers a bit, but two studies didn't find the drug improved survival overall. Patients getting Avastin as part of treatment with several medicines had more side effects, including blood clots and high blood pressure, than the people who didn't get it.
November 15, 2011 So far this year, there have been shortages of more than 200 drugs, including treatments for cancer and high blood pressure. Cancer drugs have been hit the worst, and an analysis estimates 550,000 patients in the U.S. have been affected.
Ed Currie's chilis are not for the faint of heart, tongue or stomach.
November 11, 2011 An amateur chili grower aspires to break the Guinness World Record for the world's hottest pepper.
A woman at a wine tasting in Napa Valley, Calif., in 2005.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
November 2, 2011 A study that looked at the drinking habits and development of breast cancer in more than 100,000 nurses found those who drank more had a small but detectable increase in breast cancer compared with those who drank less.
October 28, 2011 A study in The Lancet finds that people with Lynch syndrome, a hereditary predisposition to cancer of the digestive tract, who took aspirin twice a day for a up to 4 years were about 60 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer those who got a placebo. But
October 26, 2011 Confused about the fuss over PSA screening for prostate cancer? A commentary in the New England Journal of medicine says there's a middle ground between business-as-usual and throwing PSA tests out altogether.
A chest X-ray of a cigarette smoker's lungs.
October 26, 2011 Yearly chest X-rays to look for lung cancer aren't worth doing because they don't save lives, according to a federally funded study. More than 150,000 people took part in the research.
October 25, 2011 Experts voted to recommend to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all 11- and 12-year-old boys be vaccinated with Gardasil, Merck's vaccine against human papillomavirus. Vaccinations could start as early as age 9.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/141684915/141699505" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
The latest study to look at cellphone safety found no increased risk of brain cancer.
October 21, 2011 When researchers dug into Danish cancer data, teasing out cases involving people who'd had cellphones with those who hadn't, they found no increased risk of brain tumors. Swedish researchers also noted in an editorial that national rates of glioma, a brain cancer, hadn't increased since the 1970s.
Hair stylists already spend a lot of time staring at the back of people's heads. Researchers thought: Why not train them to check for suspicious lesions and other signs of skin cancer while they're at it?
October 18, 2011 Over a lifetime, our heads and necks receive a ton of exposure to the sun's UV rays. But most medical checkups don't include exhaustive exams of our hair and head. So public health researchers want to recruit hair stylists to help. It turns out, some of them are already performing informal skin cancer exams on clients.
Arlene Kalley and her daughter Leila, who support the use of Avastin for breast cancer, hold a banner outside the National Mall in Washington in June.
October 13, 2011 A cancer specialist on an expert panel that voted against keeping Avastin's approval for breast cancer intact explained his decision. He couldn't imagine recommending a drug that only limits progression of cancer without lengthening patient's lives or their quality of life.
October 11, 2011 The largest study yet to test whether daily vitamin E supplements could reduce the risk of prostate cancer finds they may have the opposite effect, raising the chances of illness by 17 percent.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor