April 10, 2012 Researchers conclude that spiral CT, which makes 3-D pictures of lungs, could reduce lung cancer deaths by 35 percent at a cost of $19,000 to $26,000 per year of life saved. The findings apply to people at high risk for developing lung cancer.
April 9, 2012 Cancer care costs more in the U.S., but people live longer than they do in European countries, according to new research. But the numbers are 10 years old, and it will take more research to know if today's increased spending is worth it.
April 5, 2012 Risk of death by heart attack or suicide is greatest in the first week after getting a diagnosis, according to a study in Sweden. Researchers say more support from health care providers could reduce that risk.
March 21, 2012 A review of hundreds of studies found that people who take aspirin daily lowered their risk of several cancers, but the jury's still out. And daily aspirin use also has major drawbacks — including the risk of serious internal bleeding — that may outweigh the benefits.
March 15, 2012 These aren't the usual public service announcements. The $54 million "Tips from Smokers" campaign marks the first time the federal government plans to pay to run anti-smoking ads nationwide,
March 14, 2012 For years, doctors have recommended that women start getting Pap smears every year or two to try to catch signs of cancer early, when it's easiest to prevent and treat. But new guidelines say that testing every three years is a better idea for most women.
March 8, 2012 The U.S. Surgeon General is sounding the alarm about kids and tobacco, saying a lot more has to be done to keep minors from lighting up. Most smokers in high school will smoke as adults, and half of them will die prematurely as a result.
March 8, 2012 Detailed tests in kidney cancer patients. help explain why some treatments may not be successful. And they underscore the challenge in developing personalized tests and drugs for effective cancer therapy.
March 7, 2012 California recently listed a compound found in caramel color used to make colas as a carcinogen — a claim the industry denies. But to avoid cancer warning labels on soda cans, manufacturers like Coca-Cola are now switching to a new formulation of the coloring.
February 7, 2012 Despite raising millions of dollars for breast cancer research, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation hasn't funded any work involving human embryonic stem cells. Other big disease charities have also shied away from funding such science.
January 27, 2012 Men were much more likely to have an oral HPV infection than women. And people who have had more sex partners and more frequent sex were more likely to be positive for HPV.
January 25, 2012 Published research on excess use of health care is in pretty short supply, so rooting out waste by looking at the existing studies can be a little like limiting your late-night search for lost car keys to the spots right under streetlights.