TV health authority, Dr. Oz, gives out baseless or just wrong advice half the time, according to a study done by the British Medical Journal. The research team, based at the University of Alberta, said that more skepticism is necessary, given Oz's popularity. "Recommendations made on medical talk shows often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects . . ."
The average global life expectancy has increased by about six years to 71.5 in the last two decades. The study, which was published in The Lancet, found that deaths from cancer (down by 15 percent) and cardiovascular disease (down by 22 percent) and deaths from diarrhea and neonatal complications have declined.
Exposure to smog during pregnancy has been linked to a higher risk of autism in children, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health tracked 1,800 women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, charting their exposure to air pollution during pregnancy. The study's results are published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.
Eating a low fat diet and losing as little as six pounds could significantly improve the chances of surviving breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. For the study the researchers followed 2,400 women ages 48 to 79 who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1994 and 2001.
Acute gout attacks are twice as likely to happen at night and in the early morning, according to research conducted at Harvard Medical School. The study, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, included 700 sufferers of gout over a period of one year. During the time, the team recorded 1,500 attacks: 700 occurred between midnight and 7:59 AM.
A new breast cancer treatment that combines ovarian suppression and an anti-estrogen drug may prove to be a useful recurrence prevention regime for breast cancer, according to research conducted at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Victoria, Australia. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, compared different treatments in a population of 3,000 women.
Women are more likely to suffer complications during dental surgery than during an abortion, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, studied 54,911 abortions performed between 2009 and 2010 through Medi-Cal, California's health insurance for low-income residents.
The number of strokes suffered by women who are pregnant is increasing, according to a new study. The new study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, documented a 61.5 percent increase from the mid-1990s to 2010-11. The study analyzed administrative data from nearly 82 million hospitalizations of pregnant women, and found about 31,000 hospitalizations for stroke over 17 years.
Many early-stage breast cancer patients don't get the recommended short course of radiation after surgery, a new study finds. The study, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, saw researchers examine claims data from private health plans covering early-stage breast cancer radiation treatments from 2008 through 2013.
Drinking beverages from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could be linked with increased blood pressure, according to a new study from researchers at the Environmental Health Center at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea. For the study the researchers examined 60 men and women, aged 60 and up, by having them drink soy milk from BPA-lined cans.
A new study finds that many elderly breast cancer patients are subjected to unnecessary radiation treatments. Researchers at Duke University examined rates of whole-breast radiation therapy in older patients both before and after oncology guidelines recommending less radiation in older patients in certain situations were released.
A new study shows that a common type of knee surgery can result in cartilage loss, thereby increasing the risk of arthritis. Scientists examined the MRI scans of 355 patients suffering from arthritis in the knee. They found that 81 percent of the knees which had undergone surgery to repair a meniscus tear had cartilage loss, with all 31 knees that underwent operations developing arthritis.
The FDA has issued a new labeling system for pregnant women and their doctors, made to make the risks of prescription medicines clearer. According to the government agency, the new system will guard not only pregnant women but new mothers who are breastfeeding. "The new labeling rule provides for explanations, based on available information, about the potential benefits and risks for the mother.
HIV has gradually become less deadly and less effective, according to research conducted at the University of Oxford. The study found that the rapid evolution of HIV is the source of its slowing capability to develop AIDS. "Twenty years ago the time to AIDS was 10 years, but in the last 10 years in Botswana that might have increased to 12.5 years."
Those who smoke hookahs and other water pipes may inhale toxic levels of benzene with every puff, according to a new study from researchers at the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health at San Diego State University. For the study the researchers analyzed the urine of 105 hookah smokers and 103 non-smokers who had been exposed to hookah smoke.