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Cancer overtakes heart disease as top US killer

NEW YORK (AP) — Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the No. 1 killer among Hispanics in the U.S., and the rest of the country may be only a few …


Whooping cough vaccine loses punch too fast

NEW YORK (AP) — As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that …


Human stem cells restore hearing in gerbil study

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, scientists have improved hearing in deaf animals by using human embryonic stem cells, an encouraging step for someday treating people with certain …


‘Berlin Man,’ doctor convinced HIV cure is real

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first person reportedly cured of HIV said Wednesday he is hopeful that medical advances will allow others suffering from the virus that causes AIDS to …


Studies: Alzheimer drug may stabilize brain plaque

An experimental drug that failed to stop mental decline in Alzheimer’s patients also signaled potential benefit that suggests it might help if given earlier, fuller results of two major studies …


Study: Placebo or not, acupuncture helps with pain

CHICAGO (AP) — Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches and arthritis in a review of more than two dozen studies — the latest analysis …


7 scientists win prestigious Lasker medical awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven scientists have won prestigious medical awards for development of liver transplantation, discoveries about the inner workings of cells, and leadership in biomedical science. The Albert …


Testosterone marketing frenzy draws skepticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Are you falling asleep after dinner?” “Do you have a decrease in libido?”


Radiation may up breast cancer risk in some women

LONDON (AP) — Mammograms aimed at finding breast cancer might actually raise the chances of developing it in young women whose genes put them at higher risk for the disease, …


More proof that ginkgo doesn’t prevent Alzheimer’s

LONDON (AP) — Taking the popular dietary supplement ginkgo biloba didn’t prevent Alzheimer’s disease in older adults, according to the biggest prevention study in Europe. Research in animals had suggested …


Study: Brain disease deaths high in NFL veterans

NEW YORK (AP) — A study of former NFL players finds they were unusually prone to dying from degenerative brain disease, the latest indication that repeated blows to the head …


NFL pledges $30 million for medical research

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has pledged $30 million for medical research to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday the donation to …


Alzheimer’s drug fails study but flashes potential

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Alzheimer’s treatment from Eli Lilly and Co. failed to slow memory decline in two separate patient studies, but the drug did show some potential to help …


Court: Gov’t can fund embryonic stem cell research

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday refused to order the Obama administration to stop funding embryonic stem cell research, despite complaints the work relies on destroyed human …


New AIDS-like disease in Asians, not contagious

Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected …


Study: Obesity surgery can help prevent diabetes

Doctors are reporting a new benefit from weight-loss surgery — preventing diabetes. Far fewer obese people developed that disease if they had stomach-shrinking operations rather than usual care to try …


Last drugs standing: Key Alzheimer results coming

We’re about to find out if there will be a way anytime soon to slow the course of Alzheimer’s disease. Results are due within a month or so from key …


Researcher: Exposure to toxins can alter DNA

PULLMAN – Women with ovarian disease may have inherited it from great grandmothers who were exposed to toxic chemicals decades ago, according to a study by Washington State University researchers. …


The Fda Approves First Pill For Impotence By Prescription Only, The Relaxant Viagra Spurs Sexual Response

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first pill to treat impotence, which health officials estimate affects millions of men in this country. The oral medication, Viagra, which …


Zinc Fast Becoming The Last Word In Cold Remedies Advocates Of Natural Medicines, Drugstore Managers Swear By It

Heavy metal - the medicine, not the music - has become the hottest thing in colds. Zinc, more commonly found in pennies and painters’ palettes, is credited with shutting off …


Aids Traced Back 50 Years Hiv Evolved From A Common Viral Ancestor In Central Africa

Using sophisticated genetic testing techniques, scientists have determined that the AIDS virus that has spread to more than 40 million people worldwide since 1981 got its toehold in humans in …


Doctor Accused Of Killing Children For Nazis Prominent Neurologist Used Remains In Research

A Vienna doctor accused of the Nazi-era killings of disabled children used the remains of the victims for research up to the mid-1960s, researchers said Friday. The case of neurologist …


Defective Genes Detected That Cause Form Of Epilepsy

The discovery of two human genes that cause a form of epilepsy is expected to throw light on the nature of the disease as well as on the general principles …


Saturated Fat May Have Benefits, Study Says May Lower Stroke Risk, Confusing U.S. Fight Aginst Heart Disease

In a study that could complicate popular notions of healthy eating, researchers found that middle-aged men who ate diets high in total fats seemed to lower their risk of stroke. …


Vitamins May Reduce Heart Disease Antioxidants Fight Fatty Diet, Study Says

It sounds like a recipe for a coronary: Serve Egg McMuffins and Sausage McMuffins for breakfast, with slabs of fried hash browns on the side, to captive research subjects. You …


Stick Margarine Spreads Bad Fat, Researchers Find Study Of Nurses Shows Alternative To Butter Even Worse For Heart

Ordinary stick margarine and anything baked or fried with shortening and other kinds of hardened vegetable oil appear to be the worst foods of all for the heart. A large …


Drug Combinations Are Just As Effective As High-Dose Steroids, Asthma Studies Find

Modest doses of inhaled steroids combined with other drugs control asthma as well as or better than high doses of steroids, while reducing the risk of side effects from long-term …


Oral Contraceptive For Men Encouraging

An experimental contraceptive method for men, designed to be taken orally like the birth control pill for women, has shown promise in a small pilot study, researchers reported Wednesday. The …


Healthy People Should Be Taking Cholesterol Drug, Researchers Say Heart Attacks, Other Coronary Symptoms Dramatically Reduced, Study Finds

Millions of healthy middle-aged Americans with cholesterol levels considered near normal should be on a cholesterol-lowering drug, authors of a large new study said here Wednesday. Over a five-year period, …


Bypassing Surgery Small Gene Therapy Study Opens New Frontier In The Battle To Save Patients From Amputations

Gene therapy has prompted patients with hopelessly blocked blood vessels in their legs to grow their own bypasses. Most patients in a small study saw a dramatic reversal of the …