January 20, 2010
Blood Test Spots Colon Cancer, Polyps
The first blood test to reliably detect early-stage colorectal cancer and polyps may help identify patients who would gain most from colonoscopy, say Israeli researchers who developed the screen.
Even Mild Lung Disease Affects the Heart
Heart and lung function appear to be intimately intertwined, so that even mild cases of chronic lung disease affect the heart's ability to pump blood, a new study finds.
Senate Upset Foils Democrats' Health Reform Agenda
House and Senate Democrats' ambitious plans to revamp the nation's health-care system were torpedoed Tuesday night in the wake of a Massachusetts special election that delivered the seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy to a Republican.
Asian Air May Be Worsening Ozone Over U.S.
Call it an unwanted gift from overseas: Scientists are reporting that springtime ozone levels above western North America are on the rise, in part because of air heading this way from Asia.
How the Apple Keeps the Doctor Away
Common wisdom holds apples to be a healthy snack, and a new study agrees, finding that a component of fruit called pectin boosts levels of friendly germs in the digestive system.
U.S. Kids Using Media Almost 8 Hours a Day
The amount of time American children and teens spend watching TV, playing video games or surfing the Internet has increased dramatically, to almost eight hours a day, a new report finds.
Experts Push 7 Steps to Heart Health
Assessing whether you are in poor, moderate or ideal cardiovascular health takes just seconds, thanks to a new American Heart Association measure of health factors and behaviors.
Health Tip: Got a Blister Outbreak?
A blister, medically called a vesicle, is a small sac on the skin that's filled with fluid. Blisters can be caused by friction or an underlying health issue.