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Health DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks medical debate
A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear.
Health Dieters move past calories, food makers follow Dieters move past calories, food makers follow
The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients
Health Pfizer reports promising results for cancer drug
An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday.
Health Study: Falling televisions can hurt children Study: Falling televisions can hurt children
The report says thousands of children are taken to the emergency room every year after being hit by a TV falling off a dresser or other piece of furniture.
Health Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol
A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades.
Health Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol
There's fresh evidence that a lot of young people could be headed for heart trouble. A large study of preteens in Texas found that about one-third of them had borderline or high cholesterol when tested during routine physical exams.
Health Autism may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth Autism may be tied to flawed prenatal brain growth
A small study that examined brains from children who died found abnormal patterns of cell growth in autistic children. The research bolsters evidence that something before birth might cause autism, at least in some cases.
Health FDA reviews DNA-based colon cancer screening kits FDA reviews DNA-based colon cancer screening kits
The Food and Drug Administration is weighing the benefits and risks of two experimental colon cancer screening tests which use DNA from a patient's stool to detect dangerous tumors and growths.