| Jul 6, 2010
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new drug for osteoporosis. Amgen's Prolia (denosumab) prevents fractures in postmenopausal women at a rate similar to the most popular drugs on the market — bisphosphonates such as Fosamax,...
| May 7, 2010
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm wondering if I have hypothyroidism. My thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is normal, but my free thyroxine is on the low end of the normal range. My doctor recommends I take a small dosage of a synthetic thyroid hormone. Do I need...
| Oct 17, 2011
| 4:22 AM
First, the good news: Pennsylvania is following the national rate of decline in coronary heart disease. According to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. rate of people with heart-related chest pain called angina and...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Football linemen are getting bigger and bigger -- fatter and fatter in most cases -- even at the high school level. And while attaining such size will end up helping a tiny minority of them earn a living at the......
| Jun 29, 2010
A simmering scientific dispute over statins, the cholesterol-lowering prescription drugs that rake in some $26 billion a year for their makers, heated up Monday with an exchange of published volleys that drove back the reputation of the widely...
| Apr 13, 2011
When Joseph Smiley fainted in front of his home on a recent evening, the quick thinking of neighbors and expert doctors and nurses helped turn the life-threatening incident into a stroke success story.
Neighbors called 911, and an ambulance sped Smiley,...
| Nov 11, 2010
| 11:44 AM
Illustration: Staff photo (color) by JOE FUDGE
Caption: JaQuan, Allen, 6, chooses between a sugary snack and a package of crackers at his home in Hampton. Allen is a patient at CHKD's Healthy You Clinic, which helps overweight kids learn healthier eating...
| Jul 13, 2010
Studies show men are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and generally lead less healthy lifestyles. Yet they're also more likely to put off routine checkups and delay seeing a doctor when they're having health problems. Fortunately, doctors say many of...
| Sep 11, 2010
Many of today's pediatricians never learned about Diabetes 2 as a childhood disease in medical school. That's because it didn't exist. Now it's a diagnosis they hand out more and more often. "It shouldn't show up until your 60s or 70s," says Donald Lewis,...
| Sep 11, 2010
| 7:24 PM
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"Combating obesity is the #1 health care problem for U.S. children," says Donald Lewis, chair of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. "A life expectancy shorter than their parents should stop people in their...
| Mar 26, 2010
By now you're savvy enough to raise an eyebrow at a suspicious health "fact" when you hear one. Tampons contain asbestos? Drinking lemonade will make you lose 10 pounds in five days? You're just not buying it. Unfortunately, some misinformation is only...