- Podcast: A Cleaner Colon Is Key to Effective Screening
Proper bowel cleaning before a colonoscopy makes it easier to spot precancerous polyps, and avoid costly repeat tests, says a new study.
- Podcast: Americans Need to Learn More about Antibiotics
Do antibiotics cure the common cold? If you answered yes, you've got good company. A recent poll found that many Americans don’t know enough about antibiotics and their proper use.
- Podcast: Are Multivitamins Worth the Cost?
A pill packed with lots of nutrients—a multivitamin—may seem like the perfect shortcut to healthy living. Chances are, though, you’re already getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from the foods you eat.
- Podcast: Be Smart About Sleep Aids
Sleep can be elusive. On some nights, we easily cozy up with it. On others, it may linger frustratingly out of reach. Struggling for some shuteye may entice you to try a sleep aid. Used properly, sleep aids can help. But they aren’t without risks.
- Podcast: Cancer Risk Higher with Mental Illness
People who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder appear to have more than a two-fold higher risk for cancer.
- Podcast: Do Certain Blood Types Boost Stroke Risk?
In an intriguing study, researchers found that people with blood type AB had a 26 percent increased risk for stroke compared with those with blood type O.
- Podcast: Do Ultrasonic Bug Repellent Devices Work?
Many people detest bugs, especially when they find them in their homes. Keeping bugs at bay may prompt you to try just about anything—maybe even ultrasonic bug repellent devices. But do they work?
- Podcast: E-Cigarettes: A Safer Source of Nicotine?
Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows it can entail herculean efforts. Withdrawal symptoms from nicotine and constant cravings for a cigarette cause many smokers to quit on quitting.
- Podcast: Good Hygiene, Bad Results?
Are Americans too clean? Proponents of the “hygiene hypothesis” argue that a societal emphasis on cleanliness has impaired the immune system’s ability to respond as it was meant to. And that has left us open to other illnesses such as severe allergic
- Podcast: Hairdressers May Be First to Spot Skin Cancer
Many hair professionals say they examine their clients’ head, neck, and face for early signs of skin cancer. And, more hairdressers say they want better training to help recognize which moles or spots might signal cancer.
- Podcast: Large Jump in Imaging Scans Since 1996
Many more CT and MRI scans are done these days, greatly boosting the amount of radiation that patients receive and raising questions about overuse of these imaging methods, a new analysis concludes.
- Podcast: Mobile Devices Can Strain the Eyes
Computer screen, smartphone, e-reader, iPad – the number of electronic devices Americans stare at daily continues to grow. And the smaller the screen, the harder their eyes have to work.
- Podcast: More Americans Than Ever Have Asthma
Asthma is on the rise in the U.S., and so is the cost of treating it, according to new information from CDC.
- Podcast: Older Runners Still Use Oxygen Efficiently
As runners age, they don’t lose their ability to use oxygen economically. That’s the good news. Where older runners fall short is in upper-body strength and flexibility.
- Podcast: Pedestrians with Headphones More Likely to be Injured
People who walk to work or school wearing ear buds or headphones face a greater risk for injury or death because they are less aware of their surroundings. Pedestrian injuries in the U.S. have tripled since 2004, researchers say.
- Podcast: Protecting Older Family Members from Financial Abuse
It can be hard to discuss money matters with older family members. Many of us may prefer to avoid such a sticky subject entirely. This reluctance can make it easy to overlook a potentially serious problem: financial abuse.
- Podcast: Roll Up Your Sleeve: It’s Flu Shot Time
The CDC is urging everyone to get an annual flu shot. Although this year’s vaccine provides protection against the same strains as last year’s, it’s still wise to improve your immunity with a shot this fall, the agency says.
- Podcast: The Total-Body Toll of Obesity
Many Americans realize that obesity is more than a cosmetic concern. A recent poll found that 78 percent knew that obesity can raise the risk for heart disease. Seventy percent recognized a link with diabetes. But what about high blood pressure? Canc
- Podcast: Walking Speed and Hand Grip in Middle Age Associated with Dementia
Researchers say that looking at how fast an older patient walks and how strong the person’s grip is may help doctors predict who is at risk for age-related dementia.