January 31, 2011 The new USDA nutrition guidelines are pretty good at telling us what to eat, like more vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat milk. It's a little less clear when they're telling us what not to eat.
January 28, 2011 The CDC says doctors need to counsel patients interested in taking a drug to prevent HIV. For one, patients should still use condoms faithfully, because the drug isn't a sure bet against the virus. The medicine is also costly and has side effects.
January 27, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration is not willing to expand the approval of an existing drug for enlarged prostates as a means to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. A panel of expert previously recommended against the expansion.
A white-tailed deer browses at the edge of a farm field in Brunswick, Maine.
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December 30, 2010 The men nicked their fingers while dressing deer carcasses. Within a few weeks angry-looking raised lesions appeared at the sites of the cuts. Scientists determined that a virus from the deer had infected the men.
Our holiday health reading.
December 28, 2010 Speed dating meets literary criticism. Shots reviews some of this year's health books which came our way. Many had advice about what to eat. Several had something to say about belly fat and abs.
The maker of the Man Up Now sexual supplement says it contains fruit like these from the Wolfberry plant to prevent side effects from other ingredients.
December 13, 2010 The agency says the pills have been found to contain sulfoaildenafil, a chemical cousin of Viagra that could lead to sudden drops in blood pressure in men also taking nitrates, such as nitroglycerin, for heart conditions.
Scrubbing too much might be a problem, scientists say.
November 29, 2010 A new study is linking higher levels of triclosan to allergies in kids and Bisphenol-A exposure to changes in adult immune systems raises new health questions. But the concerns about these chemicals are far from settled.
November 29, 2010 A House committee investigation into Johnson & Johnson's spate of recent recalls continues for now, but when Republicans take over the committee in January, that could change.
November 29, 2010 Bravo Farms is recalling all of its cheese, including cheddar it makes for Whole Foods, after E. coli and listeria was found at its plant. Earlier this month, the company recalled gouda sold at Costco.
Mmmm. How about some flu germs with that stuffing?
November 24, 2010 We are a nation of procrastinators when it comes to getting a flu shot. That leaves us vulnerable to all kinds of respiratory illnesses, thanks to togetherness at Thanksgiving and other holiday times.
There's a lot going on with the little blue pill called Truvada made by Gilead Sciences of Forest City, Calif.
November 23, 2010 A large study shows that men who took the pill Truvada nearly every day cut their risk of HIV infection by 73 percent. But those who took their pills half the time just cut their risk by 50 percent.
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November 22, 2010 Ten years ago, the clinical staging prostate cancer test was supposed to help doctors decide how to treat it. New evidence shows the test is not a good predictor of how serious the disease is.
October 21, 2010 Listeria poisoning can cause fever, headache, nausea, and preterm labor, as well as death. Contaminated fresh fruits and vegetables, raw milk, and raw meats are frequent culprits, says the Food and Drug Administration.
October 20, 2010 A new survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that just 9 percent of mobile phone owners use phone apps that help them track or manage their health.
October 20, 2010 The new drug Pradaxa is the first to take on the dominance of warfarin - the blockbuster anti-clotting drug. The market is estimated at $12 billion a year.
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