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UK study: Agnostic doctors hasten death more

LONDON – Doctors who are atheist or agnostic are twice as likely to make decisions that could end the lives of their terminally ill patients, compared with doctors who are very religious, according...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

More fish oil didn’t aid patients

NEW YORK – Eating more heart-healthy omega-3 fats provided no additional benefit in a study of heart attack survivors who were already getting good care, Dutch researchers report.After nearly 3½...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Quality-of-life cancer care makes a difference

Palliative care, which helps the gravely ill make the most of the time they have left, provided a surprising bonus for terminal lung cancer patients: More time left to enjoy.A study found that...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

What did you say?

CHICAGO – A stunning one in five teens has lost a little bit of hearing, and the problem has increased substantially in recent years, a new national study has found.Some experts are urging...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Practicing Tai chi may ease symptoms of fibromyalgia

Tai chi eased painful joints and other symptoms of fibromyalgia in a small but well-done study of this ancient Chinese form of exercise.Tai chi combines meditation with slow, gentle movements, deep...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Cancer is world’s costliest disease

Cancer is the world’s top “economic killer” as well as its likely leading cause of death, the American Cancer Society contends in a new report presented at a global cancer conference in...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Staph illnesses in hospitals decline

CHICAGO – Aggressive, drug-resistant staph infections caught in hospitals or from medical treatment are becoming scarcer, another sign of progress in a prevention effort that has become a national...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Fruit pulp linked to rare typhoid cases

ATLANTA – A rare U.S. outbreak of typhoid fever has been linked to a frozen tropical fruit product used to make smoothies, health officials reported last week.Seven cases have been confirmed –...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Knowing when early memory loss is a threat

WASHINGTON – Doctors can’t tell if Leif Utoft Bollesen’s mild memory loss will remain an annoyance or worsen, but experimental checks of the Minnesota man’s aging brain may offer clues.About 1...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

WHO says H1N1 flu pandemic over

GENEVA – The World Health Organization declared the H1N1 flu pandemic officially over last week, months after many national authorities started canceling vaccine orders and shutting down hot lines...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Making veins visible

Anyone who has endured multiple needle sticks when a clinician probes for a vein to draw blood, administer medicine or insert an IV catheter is bound to like this invention. It’s the AccuVein...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Robots link Mercy to surgeons

Stroke victims, whose recovery depends on quick medical attention, now can be seen by a neurosurgeon in Denver via a new Skype-style hookup at Mercy Regional Medical Center.The Telemedicine Robot...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health