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U.S. blood transfusions questioned

WASHINGTON – Check into the hospital, and you may get a blood transfusion you didn’t really need.There’s a lot of variation around the country in how quick doctors are to order up a few pints – not...

DATE: July 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Health Briefs

Cancer Society offers UV safety tips July is UV Safety Month and the American Cancer Society is reminding people to take precautions when in the sun to protect their skin.Most skin cancers are...

DATE: July 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Pills may not be answer to chronic pain

WASHINGTON – Nearly a third of Americans experience long-lasting pain – the kind that lingers for weeks to months – and too often feel stigma rather than relief from a health-care system poorly...

DATE: July 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Lung scans help, but false alarms continue

Full results of a big study that showed some smokers’ lives could be saved by screening with lung scans now reveal more clearly what the risks are: There’s a good chance of a false alarm.Of those...

DATE: July 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Feds warn of long-term breast implants problems

WASHINGTON – Don’t expect breast implants to last for life, the government warned last week: About 1 in 5 women who receive them for cosmetic reasons will have them removed within 10 years, and...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

E. coli outbreak linked to two strains

LONDON – A mix of two dangerous E. coli strains caused the recent deadly food poisoning outbreak in Germany, according to a new study of the bacteria’s DNA.Scientists said the E. coli outbreak...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Study: Docs overtesting for cervical cancer virus

WASHINGTON – Too many doctors are testing the wrong women, or using the wrong test, for a virus that causes cervical cancer.The days of one-size-fits-all screening for cervical cancer are long...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Harm of big city life

NEW YORK – This may come as no surprise to residents of New York City and other big urban centers: Living there can be bad for your mental health. Now researchers have found a possible reason why....

DATE: June 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Lifespan falls in hundreds of U.S. counties

ATLANTA – Americans are living longer, but not in every corner of the country. A new study shows that in hundreds of U.S. counties – mostly in the South – life expectancy has fallen.The researchers...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Joints on fire

WASHINGTON – Dr. Sue Zieman can almost set her watch by her disease: Twice a day, she gets a fever, and the already arthritic joints in her arms and hands, legs and feet abruptly, painfully swell...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Drink coffee, talk on the phone, get cancer?

You’re sitting in a freshly drywalled house, drinking coffee from a plastic foam cup and talking on a cellphone. Which of these is most likely to be a cancer risk?It might be the sitting,...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

Life expectancy rate at 78, but first 69 years are healthiest

WASHINGTON – Americans’ life expectancy may be 78 years, but a new report says only 69 of those years tend to be healthy ones – and the problems can start long before people reach a doctor’s...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Health

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