July 09, 2010
Health Tip: Taming Irritable Bowels
If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome
(IBS), you know how discomforting it can be. Sometimes it's so
disabling that you're unable to work, go to social events, or even
travel short distances.
Researchers Point to Possible Scleroderma-Cancer
People with specific
antibodies may develop both cancer and a certain type of
scleroderma -- an incurable autoimmune disease -- at nearly the
same time, new research finds. The finding, from a small study of
23 patients, hints at a possible link between cancer and autoimmune
Cumulative Radiation Doses Seen in Cardiac
Cardiac imaging procedures,
the use of which has exploded in the United States in recent years,
are exposing patients to potentially cumulative doses of radiation,
according to the largest analysis of its kind.
Childhood Obesity Boosts Risk of GERD
Obese older children are at
increased risk for developing the painful digestive disease known
as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), researchers from Kaiser
Permanente in California report.
Study Suggests Link Between HPV, Skin Cancer
The ubiquitous virus linked
to cervical, vaginal and throat cancers may also raise the risk of
developing squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of
skin cancer, a new study suggests.
U.S. Report on Kids' Health Brings Mixed
In an annual report gauging
the health and well-being of America's children, a group of 22
federal agencies reports progress in some areas, preterm births and
teen pregnancies in particular, but bad news in other areas, like
the number of teens living in poverty.
FDA Advisory Panel Decision on Avandia Looms
With a crucial recommendation
on the fate of the controversial diabetes drug Avandia due next
week, U.S. health officials seem to be gearing up for tough
scrutiny over the drug's future.