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4 years 1 month ago

Alarms over radiation from thyroid cancer patients

Congressional investigators say cancer patients sent home after treatment with radioactive iodine have contaminated hotel rooms and set off alarms on public transportation. Patients have come into close contact with vulnerable people, including pregnant women and children, and the household trash from their homes has triggered radiation detectors at...

4 years 2 months ago

Symptoms common in all cancer patients

New research finds most cancer patients have multiple physical symptoms throughout all stages of the disease. The study of over 400 patients identified 22 physical symptoms associated with all types of cancer including fatigue, pain, weakness, loss of appetite, constipation, insomnia and nausea. Researchers say these symptoms impact...

4 years 3 months ago

FDA may pull diet pill over heart attack risk

Federal health scientists are considering pulling Abbott Laboratories' diet pill Meridia off the market, based on data that it increases heart attack and stroke. The Food and Drug Administration has posted its safety review of Meridia online, ahead of a meeting where outside experts will weigh in on the...

4 years 4 months ago

Fructose linked to cancer cell growth

A popular sweetener has been linked to faster cancer cell growth. Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center found that fructose caused pancreatic cancer cells to divide and grow more quickly. The findings of their study are reported in the journal Cancer Research. Americans' consumption of high fructose...

4 years 4 months ago

Tests to determine if age of blood matters

There's growing concern that blood transfusion patients who receive older blood may not do as well as patients who receive fresher blood. Hospitals throughout the country are taking part in a study in hopes of discovering whether the age of blood does make a difference. The multi-million-dollar research on...

4 years 4 months ago

Smog linked to heart cell death

A new study finds smog may cause cell death in the heart. Air pollution has been linked to cardiovascular disease -- but it's hard to narrow down which chemicals are responsible. This study looked at ozone -- a gas that protects the earth from the sun's radiation and...

4 years 5 months ago

"Fat" virus could lead to diabetes treatment

Researchers are studying a virus that may be responsible for turning cells into fat. Scientists at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana hope the metabolic properties of the virus might be used to treat type one and type two diabetes without insulin. "People tend to think...

4 years 5 months ago

Colon cancer screenings up

Health officials say more older Americans are getting tested for colon cancer, with nearly two out of three getting recommended screenings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday comes from a 2008 national telephone survey. It's the most recent government data on how many people get...

4 years 7 months ago

Radiation exposure varies by age, sex

New research suggests radiation from CT scans pose a larger health threat for younger patients and women. A study from the Medical University of South Carolina aimed to estimate the risk of radiation according to a patient's age and sex. Using 51 patients undergoing routine abdominal and pelvic CT...

4 years 7 months ago

$2.5 billion recovered for Medicare trust fund

The government says it recovered $2.5 billion in over-payments for the Medicare trust fund last year as the Obama administration focused attention on fraud enforcement efforts in the health care industry. In a report, the Justice Department and the Health and Human Services Department say their cooperative efforts are...

4 years 7 months ago

70 million doses of vaccine going bad

Over 70 million doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine remain unused. Those vaccines will expire soon. According to a spokesman from Health and Human services, the doses of swine flu vaccine are in the hands of states, distributors and manufacturers. Officials at h-h-s are asking providers to hang on...

4 years 8 months ago

Lung scans can lead to high false alarms

A new study suggests that checking smokers for cancer with lung scans can lead to a lot of false alarms and unneeded follow-up tests. Government researchers say anyone considering screening with a CT scan or X-rays should take into account the high risk of false alarms. If there's something...

4 years 8 months ago

Study: Chemical exposure increases cancer risk

Women whose jobs expose them to certain chemicals in early adulthood may have an increased risk of breast cancer. Canadian researchers studied the effects of chemicals and pollutants on women who were diagnosed with breast cancer after menopause. Those exposed to synthetic fibers and petroleum products -- fuel-burning byproducts --...

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