| Jan 7, 2014
| 10:43 PM
Despite a steep drop in the number of smokers in the United States over the last three decades, researchers say that cigarettes remain a growth industry for the rest of the world because of expanding population.
In a package of studies published...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 12:42 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sleep-deprived surgeons don't make any more mistakes than usual during gallbladder operations, a new study suggests.
Whether doctors had been up doing emergency surgery the previous night did not affect a patient's risk of...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 3:15 PM
Men over 65, as well as younger men with diagnosed heart disease, were at least twice as likely to have non-fatal heart attacks in the 90 days after they were prescribed testosterone medication than were men of the same age and health status who did not...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 7:06 PM
A vegetarian diet may help lower blood pressure, researchers who reviewed data from 39 previous studies said Monday.
The researchers suggested that a vegetarian diet could be an alternative to drugs for people whose blood pressure is too high -- a...
| Jan 19, 2014
Smell and taste researcher Dr. Alan Hirsch has long argued that certain aromas can help people lose weight, improve athletic performance or increase sexual arousal. One of his studies found that the smell of buttered popcorn or strawberries helps...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 6:55 PM
Doctors are fueling the nation's prescription drug epidemic and represent the primary source of narcotic painkillers for chronic abusers, according to a new government study.
The finding challenges a widely held belief that has long guided policymakers:...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Both the American Medical Assn. and the American Academy of Pediatrics advise doctors to talk to their teenage patients about sex, but discussions about sexual feelings and health occurred in only 65% of the checkups analyzed in a new study.
| Dec 18, 2013
| 6:47 PM
Experts are urging doctors to ease up on using medications to control blood pressure in older patients. Rather than aim for a target blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg, the target will be relaxed slightly to 150/90 mm Hg, according to new guidelines issued...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Mindfulness meditation can help ease anxiety, depression and pain, but scientists found little evidence that meditation helped other conditions including substance abuse or sleep and attention problems.
The scientists, reporting Monday in the Journal of...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:00 PM
In 2014, I am going to read "War and Peace" again, cut out added sugar and recommit to meditating at least 20 minutes every day.
In truth, by June, I am likely to have only started Tolstoy's tome, consumed less sugar — and paid attention when I do...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease were able to care for themselves longer and needed less help performing everyday chores when they took a daily capsule containing 2,000 IUs of alpha tocopherol, or vitamin E, a study has found.