January 21, 2010
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
High levels of vitamin D in the blood appear to be linked to lower risks of colorectal cancer, although it's not clear if higher intake of the vitamin actually prevents the disease, researchers say.
Smokers More Prone to Long-Term Prescription Painkiller Use
THURSDAY, Jan. 21 (HealthDay News) Smoking, as well as the medicinal use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, are independent predictors of longer-term opioid pain medication use among patients with chronic back pain caused by lumbar spine conditions, a new U.S. study finds.
FDA Warns of Heart Risks With Diet Drug
The weight-loss pill Meridia should not be used by people with a history of heart problems because the drug can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke in such people, U.S. drug regulators said Thursday.
1 in 5 U.S. Kids Has High Cholesterol
Twenty percent of U.S. children and teens have abnormal lipid levels, an indication of too much bad cholesterol, too little good cholesterol or high triglycerides, federal health officials report.
Combo Test Might Spot Ovarian Cancer Early
The ability to detect early-stage ovarian cancer may be improved by using contrast-enhanced ultrasound combined with proteomic analyses of blood samples, a new study shows.
New Test Catches Most Pancreatic Cancers Early
Researchers report they've developed a test that detects early-stage pancreatic cancer by measuring levels of a protein that's present in 90 percent of cancerous and precancerous lesions.
Common Breast Cancer Traced to Cell Origins
The cells of origin for the most common form of breast cancer have been identified by researchers, who say the finding offers a possible new target for breast cancer drugs.
Radiation Dose Lower With Digital Mammography
Digital mammography delivers significantly less radiation than conventional mammography, and the reduction in radiation exposure may be greater for women with larger and denser breasts, a new study has found.
Health Tip: Caring for Acne-Prone Skin
The exact cause of acne isn't understood, but the American Academy of Dermatology says four factors are involved: too much oil, clogged pores, bacteria, and inflammation.