Blood test may help predict heart attacks

By: Lauran Neergaard

Too often, people pass a cardiac checkup only to collapse with a heart attack days later. Now scientists have found a clue that one day may help doctors determine if a heart attack is imminent, in hopes of preventing it.Most heart attacks happen when fatty deposits in an artery burst open, and a blood clot then forms to seal the break. If the clot is too big, it blocks off blood flow.The... READ MORE

Universal, lifetime flu vaccine on the way

By: Jason Koebler

Annual flu shots might soon become a thing of the past — and threats such as avian and swine flu might disappear with them — as a vaccine touted as the “holy grail” of flu treatment could be ready for human trials next year.That’s earlier than the National Institutes of Health estimated in 2010, when they said a universal vaccine could be five years off.By... READ MORE

Five foods that may help you sleep better

By: Brierley Wright

Some people have trouble falling asleep. Others can’t stay asleep. And then there are the people who have trouble turning life “off” and tucking into bed at a reasonable hour.Whatever the reason, more than 50 million Americans don’t get enough shut-eye. Yet the health benefits of a good night’s rest are legion.Sleep helps keep you happy, your brain sharp, your... READ MORE

Doctors aren’t always truthful. Is that OK?

By: Lauran Neergaard

Trust your doctor? A survey finds that some doctors aren’t always completely honest with their patients.More than half admitted describing someone’s prognosis in a way they knew was too rosy. Nearly 20 percent said they hadn’t fully disclosed a medical mistake for fear of being sued. And 1 in 10 of those surveyed said they’d told a patient something that wasn’t ... READ MORE

Implanted device dispenses daily drugs

By: Lauran Neergaard

Medication via remote-control instead of a shot? Scientists implanted microchips in seven women that did just that, oozing out the right dose of a bone-strengthening drug once a day without them even noticing.Implanted medicine is a hot field, aiming to help patients better stick to their medications and to deliver those drugs straight to the body part that needs them.But the recent study... READ MORE

Tips to help you lower your medical bills

By: Christina Rexrode

Few things make me feel as clueless as a bill from my doctor’s office. I don’t recognize the abbreviations or understand the jargon. I can’t tell when I’m being charged too much.And there’s no screen on the wall, at least not at my doctor’s office, tallying the cost of each extra test I agree to or question I ask.But, even if you have health insurance as... READ MORE