| Sep 27, 2010
| 4:24 PM
A new study finds that nearly 40% of high-tech imaging scans conducted in the course of research reveal an unexpected abnormality that could be medically worrisome. These unsought discoveries -- known as "incidental findings" -- confront researchers with...
| Sep 23, 2010
In 2004, New York's Shelley Contin-Hubbs was diagnosed with the most advanced stage of breast cancer; two different doctors told her she could have as little as six months to live.
Contin-Hubbs found a third physician, one who was as optimistic and...
| Oct 5, 2010
MIAMI - When her parents told her that she had to eat her dinner, Holly Zimmerman burst into hysterical tears and screams. Then, after several hours, the once docile third-grader leaped from her seat and tried to stab them with a fork.
"This is a...
| Aug 3, 2010
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What can you tell me about Erdheim-Chester disease?
ANSWER: Erdheim-Chester disease is a very rare disorder in which histiocytes, cells that help fight infection, multiply and infiltrate bone marrow and then spread throughout the body....
| Sep 30, 2010
What do Mary Poppins and neonatal doctors have in common? Both use sugar to ease medical unpleasantries.
Sucrose has long been used as an analgesic for newborns; but now a study published online in the Lancet says that the sweetener has no effect on pain...
| Aug 10, 2010
Doctors often ask patients to list their race—white, Latino, African American, Asian, Native American—to help them provide better healthcare. They do this because loads of medical research shows that the incidence of certain diseases and...
| Sep 7, 2010
Ferdousi Dawood was worried. Her daughter's headaches were excruciating, and prescription medicines and natural remedies had failed to make a difference. Now, a doctor at Children's Memorial Hospital was recommending a CT scan to peer inside the 10-year-...
| Oct 7, 2010
DETROIT - Nancy Hearshen worries much more about her daughter's future than her own chances of getting breast or ovarian cancer.
Hearshen, 67, and her daughter, Rachel, 35, who live in Farmington Hills, Mich., carry a genetic mutation that...
| Sep 22, 2010
A recurring theme in many letters I've received is the issue of men not going to doctors. "Amy" wrote that her 56-year-old husband, who has a family history of heart disease, has not had a physical in over 20 years!
She, like many of us who are concerned...
| Sep 10, 2010
Signs of heart disease — generally thought to be a disease of middle age — can be seen even in children, cardiologists now know. But risk factors in children and young adults run the risk of being undetected and untreated, largely because of...
| Nov 19, 2010
| 5:48 PM
This weekend and next, pint-sized football players who have risen to the top of their youth leagues are striding heroically onto gridirons across the nation, playing out their own Super Bowl dreams. The scene may look pretty innocent. But growing...