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.
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 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.
June 27, 2012 Some 39 percent of Americans polled in a recent 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.