New Oral Drugs Hailed for Treating MS
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- For decades, research into
treatments for multiple sclerosis has plodded forward, making slow
but significant gains in improving the lives of people with the
degenerative nerve disorder.
Health Tip: Watch For Barrett's Esophagus
(HealthDay News) -- Barrett's esophagus may occur as a
complication of gastroesphageal reflux disease (indigestion). When
stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, it can cause changes in
the esophageal lining, triggering Barrett's esophagus. In some
cases, it can lead to cancer.
Why a Woman May Avoid a Mammogram
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Pain, embarrassment and
being too busy are among the main reasons why women avoid having
mammograms, a new study finds.
Most X-Rays, Scans Unnecessary for Acute Low Back Pain
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- X-rays, CT scans and MRIs
may be routinely ordered for people with low back pain, but often
these tests are unnecessary, suggests new guidance from the
American College of Physicians.
Drowsiness May Decline After Apnea Surgery
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Daytime sleepiness, a common
complaint of people with obstructive sleep apnea, improves greatly
after surgery for the disorder, according to a new study.
FDA Panel Recommends Testing of Electroshock Devices
SATURDAY, Jan. 29 (HealthDay News) -- An advisory panel to the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided on Friday that
electroconvulsive (also known as "electroshock") devices should be
subject to the same tough testing as other medical devices entering
Survival After Stroke Better for Blacks
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Although blacks face a
higher risk of having a stroke, they appear to have better odds of
surviving one than whites do, a new study finds.
Fla. Federal Judge: Health Reform Law Is Unconstitutional
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- A federal judge in Florida
ruled Monday that the controversial health-care reform law passed
by Congress last spring is unconstitutional because it requires
people to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty.
New Therapies Offer Insight Into Battling Deadly Melanomas
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies report some
success in treating a particularly stubborn form of cancer:
melanoma, a deadly malignancy that first appears in the skin before
frequently spreading to other parts of the body.
Trained Labrador Can Sniff Out Colon Cancer, Researchers Say
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- With powers of smell far
superior to those of humans, dogs can sniff out buried earthquake
victims. They can unearth hidden bombs or drugs. They can also
apparently detect colorectal cancer, Japanese researchers
Brisk Walks May Boost Memory in Older Adults
MONDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who took a
brisk walk three times a week did better on memory tests and
increased the size of their hippocampus, a portion of the brain
involved with memory formation, researchers report.