November 20, 2012 More than 40 percent of surgical complications occur after patients are at home. The solution for the problem isn't keeping patients in the hospital longer, researchers say. Better instructions to patients and improved monitoring could help.
November 20, 2012 KHNJust because medical marijuana is legal where you live doesn't mean your health insurer will deem it worthy of coverage. The feds still classify it as a controlled substance with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, so insurers and employers are wary of paying for it.
November 14, 2012 Wearable robots are making walking a reality for paraplegics in rehabilitation centers around the country. But before Iron Man-like suits become mainstream, they'll need to overcome cost and regulatory hurdles.
November 13, 2012 For most people, a nonfasting cholesterol test will do just fine, a Canadian study suggests. A meal beforehand is unlikely to change key ratios of fats in the blood that doctors use to assess a person's risk for heart disease and stroke.
November 13, 2012 On Election Day, voters in Colorado and Washington cast their ballots in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. In his recent cover story for Newsweek, journalist Tony Dokoupil reported on the booming cannabis business in Colorado and its prospects for regulated expansion.
November 7, 2012 Xeljanz, a new rheumatoid arthritis drug, is the first one that works by blocking enzymes called janus kinases. They play a communication role inside the body and are involved in inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
November 6, 2012 A study in Denmark finds that visible signs of aging, such as a receding hairline and fatty deposits around the eyelids, may be a sign that you're at a greater risk for heart disease than others your age. But don't skip getting your cholesterol and blood pressure checked.
November 5, 2012 A web of embargoes meant the full story on a 2009 mumps outbreak couldn't be revealed until now. Now we can tell you about the effect of an extra dose of vaccine worked and whether doctors recommend that others get a third mumps shot.
November 3, 2012 Two new types of fungal infection are emerging among people exposed to contaminated medication from a Massachusetts pharmacy. One involves abscesses around the spine. The other is inflammation of tissue around the nerve roots coming out of the spine.
October 31, 2012 Specially bred mice and rats perished in the flooding from Superstorm Sandy. Now cell lines and DNA stored in refrigerators and freezers might be dying as the temperature rises. The loss could set researchers back years.
October 31, 2012 To stem a widespread outbreak of mumps in Orthodox Jewish communities, public health officials tried giving children a third dose of vaccine instead of the usual two shots. The outbreak was so widespread a quarantine wasn't feasible.
October 31, 2012 A test of subsidies in Africa for the most effective malaria drug treatment is drawing fire. Supporters say the subsidies helped improve access and drive out less effective drugs. But critics say the approach is risky and a distraction from other efforts to fight the disease.