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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
While there's been quite a debate lately about whether salt in the modern American diet is risky, there's no question that a massive amount of salt ingested quickly can lead to death. A young man in Virginia who chugged a bottle of soy sauce survived after prompt, aggressive medical treatment.
Friday, June 07, 2013
There's more evidence that the anesthetic ketamine, sometimes abused as a club drug, has potential as a fast-acting treatment for depression. But patients relapse quickly after treatment with the drug.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
The Komen foundation has attributed the drop in walk participation, in part, to a crummy economy. But it's clear the organization underestimated the reaction to its short-lived decision in early 2012 to discontinue funding for breast cancer screening by Planned Parenthood.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Prescriptions for testosterone have surged for men 40 and older. Drugmakers have touted use of drugs to manage symptoms attributed to low testosterone, such as fatigue and a drop in libido. But those symptoms can also be caused by depression and normal aging.
Monday, June 03, 2013
The World Health Organization says lab tests have confirmed the infections in a 2-year-old girl and a 42-year-old woman with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. Both patients are close contacts of someone who traveled to Jordan recently.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
All told, the fatality rate for confirmed infections with the virus has been more than 50 percent. But the true fatality rate won't be clear until the fuller extent of cases, some probably much milder, becomes known.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Doctors in China concluded that early treatment of bird flu cases with Tamiflu could help patients even days after infection. But the doctors also found in two cases that the virus apparently became resistant to the antiviral drug.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Some economists argue it's time to rethink restrictions on incentives for blood donors. In the last few years there have been some real-world experiments with incentives that suggest they can help increase donations without causing trouble.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Even cancer patients with health insurance can face steep copayments for drugs, a sizable share of hospital bills and significant incidental expenses. So wouldn't it make sense for doctors and patients to talk about financial issues up front?
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Writer and breast cancer survivor Peggy Orenstein talks with David Greene about actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer. The cancer risk for most women is much lower than Jolie's.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board wants the blood alcohol limit to be lowered from 0.08 to 0.05, in line with the limits in countries such as Denmark, the Philippines and Switzerland. But it may be tough sell in states across the country.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
The two makers of HPV vaccines have agreed to lower the prices for their vaccines to less than $5 a shot for low-income countries. The cheaper vaccine may make it easier to vaccinate girls in places where the risk of death from cervical cancer is greatest.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
In a first, Medicare has revealed how much individual hospitals bill and how much they are paid for common treatments. The charges vary widely. And while Medicare and private insurers generally pay far less than what hospitals request, the uninsured may pay something closer to these sticker prices.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Men still need a prescription for the diamond-shaped blue pills. But instead of going to the pharmacy in person, or taking their chances buying from an online pharmacy of unknown repute, men will be able to buy Viagra from the maker of the drug itself and have it shipped to their homes.
Friday, May 03, 2013
The American Urological Association released new guidelines that, if they're heeded, would dramatically reduce the ranks of men who would be candidates for PSA testing. The prostate-specific antigen test can catch cancer early, but it frequently gives false alarms.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
For quite a while, the annual number of fatalities from auto accidents has been a kind of shorthand for health issues that are big and important. Suicides now exceed deaths from crashes. And the middle-aged have seen the biggest increase in suicide rates.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Concerns about the flu have intensified as the cases and fatalities mount. Transmission of the virus between birds and humans appears to happen fairly easily. It's unclear whether it can spread from one person to another.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Tylenol may relieve more than physical pain; it may dull existential aches, too. Researchers say their work is consistent with a growing body of research that suggests the brain processes physical and emotional pain in similar ways.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Ricin is a naturally occurring toxin that's found in castor beans. Castor-oil plants, the source of beans, are popular with gardeners. You can get sick by eating beans. But purified ricin can be made pretty easily and used for no-good.
Friday, April 12, 2013
More women than men said they felt very tired or exhausted most days or every day when government surveyors asked them. Overall, about 15 percent of women said they were worn out compared with 10 percent of the men.