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Cancer Patients Get Little Guidance From Doctors On Using Medical Marijuana

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:00:23 -0500

Side effects from cancer treatment lead many patients to ask their physicians about trying marijuana for relief. Even when the answer is yes, the details on what to do next can be sparse.

When A Tattoo Means Life Or Death. Literally

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:00:23 -0500

A gravely ill man arrives at the hospital, alone and unconscious, with a tattoo across his chest: "Do Not Resuscitate." It sparks deep conversation about end-of-life care in America.

Saunas Are A Hot Trend, And They Might Even Help Your Health

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:30:23 -0500

Sweating in a sauna feels good, and it's associated with health benefits including a lower risk of heart disease. But is that because of the heat, or because you're able to kick back and relax?

Scientists Edge Closer To A Blood Test To Detect Cancers

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:28:00 -0500

This blood test detected signs of cancer in 70 percent of people with eight common forms of the disease. But it was much less good at identifying cancer in people in the early stages.

Sugar And Sleep: More Rest May Dull Your Sweet Tooth

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:44:00 -0500

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

Trump Admin Will Protect Health Workers Who Refuse Services On Religious Grounds

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:53:00 -0500

The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom is being established to aid health workers with objections rooted in conscience or religion to treating certain people and performing some procedures.

Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:01:00 -0500

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

When You Need A Mammogram, Should You Get One In '3-D'?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:51:08 -0500

A newer type of breast imaging costs more. It's not yet clear if the three-dimensional approach is more effective at catching cancers that will kill.

For Now, Sequencing Cancer Tumors Holds More Promise Than Proof

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:44:00 -0500

Sequencing the DNA of cancer tumors to help pinpoint treatment is an emerging element of precision medicine. While patients and doctors alike want these tests, they often don't benefit patients.

Mapping How The Opioid Epidemic Sparked An HIV Outbreak

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:00:20 -0500

Researchers knew the HIV outbreak in the small town of Austin, Ind., was related to IV drug use. Mapping how the virus mutated over time revealed its path — and how it might have been stopped.

Helping Strangers May Help Teens' Self-Esteem

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:01:00 -0500

Adolescents are under more pressure than ever, and many suffer from depression and anxiety. But new research suggests that volunteering to help strangers makes them feel better about themselves.

Kentucky Gets OK To Require Work From Medicaid Recipients

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:57:00 -0500

The move comes one day after the Trump administration said it would let states add work requirements to their Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage for people with low incomes.

Flu Season Is Shaping Up To Be A Nasty One, CDC Says

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:21:00 -0500

The flu season started early this year and is already widespread throughout the country and intense in dozens of states. But it's not too late to get that flu shot, officials say.

How To Tumble With Care When It Gets Slippery Outside

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:09:23 -0500

Sometimes you realize you're about to slip and fall, and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. But there is a right way to fall if you want to avoid really serious injury.

Standing, Desk Or Not, Is A Big Part Of Many Jobs

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:02:00 -0500

Two-thirds of employed adults stand at work. Many also do physical labor. Among the most demanding occupations: construction, food service and farming.