January 17, 2011
Thorough Exams a Must for Those at High Risk of Skin
Patients at high risk for
melanoma benefit from a follow-up program that can detect the
deadly skin cancer at an early stage, new research finds, while a
second study notes that embarrassment prevents some people from
having a doctor examine their skin for suspicious lesions.
New Osteoporosis Screening Recommendations
The U.S. Preventive Services
Task Force has just expanded its osteoporosis screening
recommendation to include younger women who have risk factors for
the debilitating disease, which causes bones to become abnormally
brittle and prone to fracture.
Some Antibiotics, Blood Pressure Meds a Bad Mix:
Older people who are taking
common blood pressure medications called calcium channel blockers
face an increased risk of developing dangerously low blood pressure
and possibly going into shock if they take certain antibiotics,
Canadian researchers warn.
Rep. Giffords Continues to Improve
Gabrielle Giffords continues her remarkable recovery after she was
gravely wounded by an assassin's bullet to her brain nine days ago:
On Sunday, her doctors upgraded her condition from critical to