Few smokers get free lung cancer scans

By: Marilynn Marchione

Lung cancer screening has proved to be stunningly unpopular. Five years after government and private insurers started paying for it, less than 2 percent of eligible current and former smokers have sought the free scans, researchers report. The study didn’t explore why, but experts say possible explanations include worries about false alarms and follow-up tests, a doctor visit to get... READ MORE

Studying if fasting protects your brain

By: Barbara Ruben

The equation to lose weight is simple: Burn more calories than you take in each day. But a popular recent diet trend goes beyond this, promoting fasting two days a week to not just lose weight but gain other benefits, like less inflammation and insulin resistance. Doctors with the National Institute of Aging in Baltimore are conducting a study to see if this intermittent fasting may... READ MORE

Latest news in breast cancer treatment

By: Marilynn Marchione

Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk. The study is the largest ever done of breast cancer treatment, and the results are expected to spare up to 70,000 patients a year in the... READ MORE

Yoga can relieve back pain, bolster bones

By: Karen Asp

Yoga has gotten to be a popular activity with people of all ages — perhaps because it leaves you with such a good feeling after you practice it. (Who doesn’t love ending a workout session flat on your back with your eyes closed?) But yoga can do more than bliss you out after a good session; it has unique health benefits, too. Here are three reasons to incorporate a few sun... READ MORE

Your MD vs. hospitalists- who’s better?

By: Lindsey Tanner

The old-fashioned, family doctor style of medicine could be lifesaving for older hospitalized patients, a big study suggested, showing benefits over a rapidly expanding alternative that has hospital-based doctors overseeing care instead. Medicare patients with common conditions including pneumonia, heart failure and urinary infections who were treated by their own primary care doctors... READ MORE

Take this pill; it will call me in the morning

By: Carla K. Johnson

Scientists have developed a swallowed capsule packed with tiny electronics and millions of genetically engineered living cells that might someday be used to spot health problems from inside the gut. The capsule was tested in pigs and correctly detected signs of bleeding, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported in the journal Science. At more than an inch... READ MORE