Family history of heart disease raises risk

By Marilynn Marchione
Posted on October 01, 2012

Paul Ryan works out and watches his diet, but a new study shows that clean living can only go so far to help people like the vice presidential candidate overcome a strong family history of heart disease. The study of 4 million people — the largest ever on heart risks that run in families — found that having a close relative die young of cardiovascular disease doubles a person's odds... READ MORE

Will we one day ‘print’ drugs at home?

By Katherine Sanderson
Posted on July 01, 2012

Technology is being developed that could one day allow anyone with a 3D printer and an Internet connection to set up a home-based pharmacy. (A 3D printer builds solid objects by depositing repeated layers of a substance in much the same way an ink-jet printer deposits ink on a page. A digital file instructs the printer exactly what to do.)A team of researchers led by chemist Lee Cronin at... READ MORE

Blood test may help predict heart attacks

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on May 01, 2012

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
Posted on April 23, 2012

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
Posted on April 16, 2012

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
Posted on April 09, 2012

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
Posted on April 02, 2012

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
Posted on March 19, 2012

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

Sex poses low risk for most heart patients

By Lindsey Tanner
Posted on March 12, 2012

Good news: Sex is safe for most heart patients. If you’re healthy enough to walk up two flights of stairs without chest pain or gasping for breath, you can have a love life.That advice from a leading doctors’ group addresses one of the most pressing, least discussed issues facing survivors of heart attacks and other heart patients.In its first science-based recommendations on... READ MORE

Not taking meds is costly in many ways

By Linda A Johnson
Posted on March 01, 2012

Nearly three in four Americans don’t take their prescription medicine as directed. Even among those with serious chronic health conditions such as diabetes, about one in three don’t. In fact, one out of three people never even fill their prescriptions.Many skip doses to save money. But not taking your medicines as prescribed can hurt your wallet as well as your health and far... READ MORE