January 23, 2013 Some women may be pressured by their partners into having sex against their wishes or getting pregnant when they don't want to. OB-GYNs need to know how to identify and help these women.
January 23, 2013 After researchers created versions of the bird flu virus that could spread more easily, critics began to worry that the work could spawn a pandemic if a virus escaped from the lab. After halting their work for more than a year, scientists now say the benefits outweigh the risks, and they are set to restart their experiments.
January 23, 2013 A study of a new drug therapy for pancreatic cancer finds it works better than the standard approach. While the improvement is modest for the typical patient, some people who received the treatment lived a year or two longer than those receiving conventional therapy.
January 23, 2013 An NIH working group recommends that most of the agency's 360 research chimpanzees be sent to a sanctuary — a non-laboratory setting where chimps can live more natural lives. But even if the NIH accepts the recommendations, putting them into effect won't be easy.
January 23, 2013 Prescription drugs like Vicodin have provided much-needed relief for many people suffering from pain. But these painkillers can be addictive, and they kill thousands each year. Doctors and regulators are looking into how to limit access to the drugs without causing more suffering for pain patients.
January 22, 2013 A new report says the number of ER visits involving caffeine-laced energy drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011. Many of those visits involved patients who combined the drinks with alcohol and other drugs, intensifying the effects. Manufacturers say there's no proof the drinks are to blame.
January 22, 2013 Forty years after the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion, a growing number of states are passing laws that restrict the procedure. The regulations, while not banning abortions outright, can make it difficult for a woman to obtain one.
January 22, 2013 CPRMillions of dollars have been spent to digitize medical records. But doctors are only slowly adopting the the new systems, and many systems won't talk to each other. Some now wonder when the promised benefits in care and cost savings will arrive.
January 22, 2013 Researchers found the number of children being diagnosed with ADHD by doctors in the Kaiser Permanente system in Southern California rose 25 percent over the past decade. Though more black and Hispanic kids are being diagnosed with the disorder, the diagnosis is still most common in white boys from high-income families.