| Aug 9, 2010
As the world's most-prescribed class of medications, statins indisputably qualify for the commercial distinction of "blockbuster." About 24 million Americans take the drugs — marketed under such commercial names as Pravachol, Mevacor, Lipitor, Zocor...
| Sep 13, 2010
Your smart phone is now a doctor's office. And before long, you may be checking your blood pressure, heart rate and throat at home while a physician watches online.
Last month, a Boca Raton, Florida, company launched a service that lets you consult one...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 7:11 PM
Yes, you read that right. A Chinese man had to have an eel surgically removed from his bladder after a mishap while undergoing an unusual spa treatment.
Zhang Nan, a 56-year-old resident of Hubei province, was bathing with live eels, in the hopes that...
| May 22, 2011
| 6:49 PM
Antonitsa Vlahoulis knew as she slipped into unconsciousness on the operating room table that her surgeon would choose which medical device she would receive to fix her leaky heart valve.
But when a warranty card arrived in the mail for the device...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 12:41 PM
It might be a caffeine headache, but it might be an aneurysm. Great. Now, at the very least, it's a stress headache.
We asked the experts to tell us five signs that your body is telling you something. And why you should do something about it. (Namely,...
| Oct 28, 2010
| 7:23 PM
Last week, after the launch of a new database detailing doctors' financial ties with drug companies, Dr. Daniel Carlat sat at his computer and began searching for information about colleagues.
He found several doctors who had potentially compromising...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 5:18 PM
These days, when a full 61 percent of adults use at least one medication to treat a chronic health problem, many people expect a prescription at every doctor's appointment. (And doctors are often all too happy to oblige.) Since every drug has side effects...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 6:53 PM
When Richard Lee Norris opened his eyes after a marathon 36-hour surgery to give him a new face, he immediately wanted a mirror.
A natural reaction for a man who had been practically living as a recluse since a 1997 gun accident took off his nose, chin,...
| Jun 4, 2011
| 2:23 PM
Parents diagnosed with cancer commonly fear dying before their children have grown. But an unusual child custody battle in North Carolina has raised another troubling concern: Can the illness be used against the sick parent?
The ongoing case, which has...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 12:44 PM
Confused about which carbohydrates you should be eating?
Welcome to the club.
"It's the biggest lack-of-consensus issue in the U.S. diet today," said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health. "We...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 5:03 PM
Hairstylist Reggie Dowdy has found himself time and time again doing emergency hair repair on women whose tresses have been damaged by weaves and extensions.
They come in with bald spots, also known as alopecia, and thinning hair caused by heavy weaves...