August 15, 2013 Many healthy student athletes drop dead on the field or court every year, especially at the height of summer or at the start of a sports season. Doctors and high school athletic trainers banded together to propose ways to reduce the number of deaths.
August 14, 2013 An analysis of 16 recent medical guidelines found evidence of financial ties between key experts and industry. Most of the recommendations expanded the definitions of common illnesses, lowering the threshold for treatment.
August 14, 2013 Some primary care doctors feel a bit like airline ticket agents. Seeing patients is like trying to find seats for passengers on an oversold airplane. Someone's going to leave the office unhappy, and the computer work never seems to stop.
August 12, 2013 Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase in electrical activity in the brain associated with consciousness. As the brain struggles to survive, it also struggles to make sense of many neurons firing in the survival attempt.
August 12, 2013 From human growth hormone to EPO, many sports doping products these days come from big drug companies, not rogue chemists. Scientists and body builders warn that new drugs being developed to treat muscle wasting disease will also likely be abused by athletes — with little chance of detection.
August 8, 2013 There's tantalizing — if preliminary — evidence that compounds in cocoa may boost thinking, attention and memory. But headlines on the latest research get it wrong.
August 7, 2013 Even though most people don't want to live radically longer lives, they figure their neighbors do. A majority say they aren't interested in medical treatments that would let them live to see 120. But more than two-thirds of people polled by the Pew Research Center say others probably would.
August 6, 2013 Once the smoke cleared in the casinos of Gilpin County, Colo., after an indoor smoking ban took effect, health researchers documented a sharp drop in the number of emergencies requiring ambulances.
August 5, 2013 The news that a Japanese toilet can be remotely controlled by an Android app got us curious about what else was possible with this toilet technology.
August 5, 2013 The question of how to treat ductal carcinoma in situ is roiling the medical profession, and making for tough choices for women. The condition may never become invasive cancer. But some women choose to have mastectomies rather than live with uncertainty.
August 2, 2013 There's little research objectively measuring the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic surgery. In one study, people were considered by outside observers to be no more attractive after having face-lifts and other procedures, though they were judged to look a bit younger.