New England Journal of Medicine

Researchers prepare reagents for the DNA sequencing of patient samples on the school's campus in Houston. (AP Photo/Baylor College of Medicine, Agapito Sanchez)

Gene scans solve mystery diseases in kids, adults

They were mystery diseases that had stumped doctors for years — adults with strange symptoms and children with neurological problems, mental slowness or muscles too weak to let them stand. Now scientists say they were […]

10/02/2013

Parents hold their twin newborn babies. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Richard Sennott)

Study finds most twins can be born without a C-section

Expecting twins? You probably don’t need to schedule a cesarean section. Most moms can safely give birth without surgery, a big study finds. It’s the latest research to question the need for C-sections, which are […]

10/02/2013

The drug Axiron, an underarm gel used for boosting levels of testosterone. (AP Photo/Eli Lilly & Co.)

Low estrogen may play a role in ‘male menopause’

The ads tout testosterone treatments for “low T,” but surprising new research shows a different hormone may play a role in less sex drive and more fat as men age. Estrogen — the female hormone […]

09/11/2013

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Study: Doctors often on board to help sick fliers

(AP) – Is there a doctor on board? Surprisingly often, there is — in half of in-flight medical emergencies — and sick airline passengers almost always survive, a new study finds. The research is the […]

05/29/2013

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Doctors save baby by ‘printing’ an airway tube

(AP) – In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every […]

05/22/2013

American Heart Association

Study: Fish oil doesn’t help prevent heart attacks

(AP) – Eating fish is good for your heart but taking fish oil capsules does not help people at high risk of heart problems who are already taking medicines to prevent them, a large study […]

05/08/2013

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Medication nation: Study shows antibiotic overuse

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. doctors are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 4 out of 5 Americans every year, an alarming pace that suggests they are being overused, a new government study finds.

04/10/2013

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Study: Therapy as good as surgery for knee repair

(AP) – Physical therapy can be just as good for a common injury and at far less cost and risk, the most rigorous study to compare these treatments concludes. Therapy didn’t always help and some people wound up having surgery for a torn meniscus.

03/19/2013

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Study sees prostate cancer treatment side effects

(AP) – A new study underscores that men need to carefully consider treatments for early-stage prostate cancer. 15 years after surgery or radiation treatment, nearly all of the older men in the study had some problems having sex. 1/5th had bladder or bowel trouble.

01/30/2013

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Women have caught up to men on lung cancer risk

(AP) — U.S. women who smoke today have a much greater risk of dying from lung cancer than they did decades ago, partly because they are starting younger and smoking more — that is, they are lighting up like men, new research shows.

01/23/2013

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Large study confirms flu vaccine safe in pregnancy

NEW YORK (AP) — A large study offers reassuring news for pregnant women: It’s safe to get a flu shot. The research found no evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of losing a fetus, and may prevent some deaths.

01/16/2013

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Study could spur wider use of prenatal gene tests

(AP) – A new study sets the stage for wider use of gene testing in early pregnancy. Scanning the genes of a fetus reveals far more about potential health risks than current prenatal testing does.

12/05/2012

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