Surprise! Cigarettes Are Even Worse For You Than You ThoughtEveryone who’s ever seen one of the CDC’s horrifying anti-smoking commercials knows cigarettes are bad for you, but there are a few more diseases to add to the list of maladies smoking can cause.
Computerized Medical Records Subject To Cyber AttacksMany hospitals will need to turn to what is called cyberdefense in an effort to defend patient confidentiality.
Promising Alternative To A ColonoscopyThere is no test for colon cancer more accurate than a colonoscopy but an experimental testing of stool samples holds promise.
Studies: Dementia Striking Later In LifeEven though there is no cure for dementia, studies show that it making be striking older people later in life than in had in the past.
Navigating Health Care And Its CostsA new report in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em> has found that physicians need to talk to their patients more about treatment options and their costs.
Medical Emergencies In FlightA new report indicates there is a medical emergency on about one out of every 600 flights.
Study: Smokers Lose 10 Years Of Life ExpectancyAccording to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine smokers loose at least 10 years of life expectancy compared to non-smokers.
The Future Of MedicineThanks to electronic medical records outputting data at an unprecedented rate and volume, databases for studies can now number in the millions. There are advantages and disadvantages as to how this might influence patient care and treatment.
Doctors As Drug PushersThree types of 'patients' turn to doctors for pain medication: those who are in pain, those who are addicted to the drugs and those who are filling prescriptions only to sell the drugs on the street.
Health: Birth Control Pills Not Most Effective Contraceptive, Despite Being Most PopularThe pill is not the most effective way to prevent pregnancy, despite millions taking it, according to a new study. 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl explains why, and what is more reliable.
FDA Warns Women About Using Osteoporosis DrugsMedicines like Boniva and Fosamax are prescribed to help build bone strength and prevent fracture. But the FDA review, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that after three to five years of use, the risks may outweigh the benefits of this class of drugs called bisphosphonates.
The Impact Of Computers On Health CareThe use of computers in the health care industry may mean that Information gained from the compilation of patient data and the ability for doctor’s to communicate with one another could revolutionize the way care is provided.
Study: Colonoscopy Is A Life SaverStudies show identifying cancer causing polyps with a colonoscopy reduces the colon cancer death rate by 50%.
Social Media Helps Health CareSocial media helps facilitate health care during disasters.
Blood Sugar Target For Type 2 DiabeticsAccording to a report in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>, doctors now have confirmed a specific target for lowering blood sugar. It is to get the hemoglobin a1c to about seven percent -- but not much lower.