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Health DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.
Health Dieters move past calories, food makers follow Dieters move past calories, food makers follow
The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients
Health Pfizer reports promising results for cancer drug
An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday.
Health Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol
A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades.
Health Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol
There's fresh evidence that a lot of young people could be headed for heart trouble. A large study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams.
Health Autism may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth Autism may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth
A small study that examined brains from children who died found abnormal patterns of cell growth in autistic children. The research bolsters evidence that something before birth might cause autism, at least in some cases.
Health HHS grants extra time to enroll for health care
People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced.
Health FDA reviews DNA-based colon cancer screening kits FDA reviews DNA-based colon cancer screening kits
The Food and Drug Administration is weighing the benefits and risks of two experimental colon cancer screening tests which use DNA from a patient's stool to detect dangerous tumors and growths.
Health Half of US adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins Half of US adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins
Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes.
Health IBM's Watson to help sequence cancer DNA IBM's Watson to help sequence cancer DNA
IBM said Wednesday that its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with a New York-based genetic research center mainly to help sequence DNA for the treatment of glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in U.S. adults.
Health WSU working on overdose preventer
A nasal spray that can counter the effects of heroin or prescription pain pill overdoses could become available at Washington State University this fall.
Health Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees
It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.
Health WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar
The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories - half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday.
Health Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug Studies show big promise for HIV prevention drug
Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV.
Health Lessons on salt for dietitians ... by a snack maker? Lessons on salt for dietitians ... by a snack maker?
Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for fueling the nation's obesity rates also play a role in educating the dietitians who advise Americans on healthy eating.
Health FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization
Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children.
Health FDA looks to reboot nonprescription drug system FDA looks to reboot nonprescription drug system
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking to revamp its system for regulating hundreds of over-the-counter drugs, saying the decades-old process is not flexible enough to keep pace with modern medical developments.