U.S. Spending Millions to See if Herbs Truly Work
THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- People have been using
herbal supplements for centuries to cure all manner of ills and
improve their health. But for all the folk wisdom promoting the use
of such plants as St. John's wort and black cohosh, much about
their effect on human health remains unknown.
ER Patients Put Faith in CT Scans
THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- People with acute
abdominal pain who go to a hospital emergency department feel more
confident about their diagnosis when they have a CT scan, a new
Inhalers Linked to Higher Odds of Diabetes in Asthma, COPD Patients
THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Asthma and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who are treated with
inhaled corticosteroids may face a significantly higher relative
risk for both the development and progression of diabetes, new
Canadian research suggests.
Most Young Children Consume Caffeine Each Day
THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- A new U.S. study finds
that 75 percent of children consume caffeine daily, largely through
sodas. And the more caffeine they consumed, the less they
Brain Anomaly Leaves Woman Without Fear
THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who have
studied a woman with a missing amygdala -- the part of the brain
believed to generate fear -- report that their findings may help
improve treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and
other anxiety disorders.
Court Fight Over Health-Care Reform Shifts to Florida
THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- A federal judge in Florida
will start hearing arguments Thursday in the latest legal challenge
to the constitutionality of a key provision of the nation's new
health-care reform law -- that nearly all Americans must carry
health insurance or face a financial penalty.
FDA Advises Against Avastin as Treatment for Breast Cancer
THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Federal health officials
on Thursday recommended revoking approval of the drug Avastin to
fight breast cancer, citing the medication's poor performance in
follow-up studies and its potential for serious side effects.
Majority of U.S. Adults Had Troubled Childhoods: CDC
THURSDAY, Dec. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 60 percent of
American adults say they had difficult childhoods featuring abusive
or troubled family members or parents who were absent due to
separation or divorce, federal health officials report.