Blood Test Spots Colon Cancer, Polyps
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- 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
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- 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.
Heart-Assist System Approved for Severe Heart Failure
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A device that helps the heart's left ventricle pump blood in people who have severe heart failure but who aren't candidates for heart transplant has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Senate Upset Foils Democrats' Health Reform Agenda
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- 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.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- 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.
New Treatment Eyed for Hepatitis C
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A new class of compounds is able to inhibit replication of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in laboratory tests, say U.S. scientists.
How the Apple Keeps the Doctor Away
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- 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
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- 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
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- 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.
New Disinfectant Could Help Hospitals Fight Germs
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that they've developed a new formula for a disinfectant that's effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and even prions, the proteins that cause mad cow disease.
Health Tip: Got a Blister Outbreak?
(HealthDay News) -- 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.