January 11, 2010
To Circumcise or Not?
As a major organization of pediatricians considers revising its recommendations on circumcision of newborn boys, two new reviews of existing research offer conflicting conclusions about the bitterly debated procedure.
Genetic Marker for Aggressive Prostate Cancer Found
A focused search of the entire human genome has found a genetic variant associated with the aggressiveness of prostate cancer, in a discovery that marks an important first step toward singling out cancers that need intensive treatment from those that can simply be left alone.
Actemra Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Actemra (tocilizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat rheumatoid arthritis among people who haven't responded to, or who cannot tolerate, other approved RA drugs, the agency said Monday.
TV Watching May Shorten Your Life
Every hour spent watching TV each day may increase your risk of an early death from cardiovascular disease by as much as 18 percent, Australian researchers say.
Why You Eat for the Joy of It
Why do people keep eating when they already feel full? New research in mice suggests it may have something to do with a hunger hormone that tells you to keep chowing down.
Health Tip: When Baby Gets a Shot
It's crucial to get your infant or child vaccinated against a host of deadly germs. But that doesn't make it less painful for the child or concerned parents.
Health Tip: You Need Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 helps maintain healthy blood and aids in making important proteins. People who don't get enough can have memory problems or confusion, and are at greater risk of developing anemia, Children's Hospital Boston says.