Women 65 and older with breast cancer should consider chemotherapy even though doctors have been reluctant to use it in that age group because of the side effects, a study said on Tuesday.
Europeans Oppose U.S. Anti-Abortion Push at UN Meet
European countries are opposing a move by the United States to push a U.N. conference into stating that women do not have the right to abortion, French and British officials said on Tuesday.
AIDS Drugs Might Combat Bird Flu
The anti-HIV drugs known as protease inhibitors may be effective against the bird flu virus, according to an Italian researcher.
Plant Derivative Kills Leukemia Cells
Parthenolide, a chemical derived from the feverfew plant, destroys acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells, leaving normal bone marrow cells relatively unscathed.
Prostate Cancer Hormone Therapy May Affect Mind
Men with more advanced prostate cancer often undergo treatment to reduce levels of testosterone, which drives tumor growth. Now, a new study shows that this so-called androgen deprivation therapy can affect mental performance.
New River ADHD Drug Meets Goal of Mid-Stage Trial
New River Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday said its experimental drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder met its primary goal in a small mid-stage trial and appeared similarly effective as Shire Pharmaceuticals Group Plc's popular Adderall XR drug.
NFL Players May Be Too Fat, Study Finds
America's professional football players may be bigger than life on the field but one in four is also so fat they risk weight-related health problems, a doctor said on Tuesday.
FDA Official: Power to Write Drug Labels Could Help
Information about serious side effects from drugs such as Merck & Co. Inc.'s withdrawn Vioxx could get to the public quicker if regulators had the power to write the warning labels themselves, a U.S. drug official told Congress on Tuesday.
Supplements Cut Post-Stroke Hip Fracture Risk
Dietary supplements of folate and vitamin B12 can reduce the risk of hip fracture in elderly patients following a stroke, according to a new Japanese study.
Grave Medicare Ills Await Attention
A looming Medicare shortage is seven times the size of the one that Social Security faces and nearly four times the entire federal debt. It is not being addressed by President Bush and Congress, and, to some, that is just as well.
Nearly 100 Become Sick Aboard Cruise Ship
Nearly 100 passengers and crew members were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness on a five-day Carnival Cruise Line voyage, the company said Tuesday.
Leavitt Urges Governors to Work With Bush
Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt urged governors to embrace President Bush's changes to reduce Medicaid costs now, promising that the administration is listening to their concerns and is willing to provide some flexibility.
U.S. Life Expectancy Rises to Record Level
Declines in death rates from most major causes — including heart disease and cancer — have pushed Americans' life expectancy to a record 77.6 years. Women are still living longer than men, but the gap is narrowing.
Blood Vessel Disorder Linked to "Mini" Strokes
French researchers have linked an obscure blood vessel disorder to "mini" strokes that can damage small areas of the brain.
Medication Errors Common During Hospital Admission
Medication errors are common when patients are being admitted to a hospital, and some have the potential to be harmful, Canadian researchers report.
More Genetic Clues to Lung Cancer's Cause
Researchers say they've identified two gene mutations key to the development of lung cancer, with one occuring more often in people who've never smoked.
More Can Be Done to Stop Colon Cancer
The majority of deaths caused by colorectal cancer could be avoided by better prevention and by expanding colorectal screening, according to a new American Cancer Society report.
Osteoporosis Linked to Celiac Disease
People with osteoporosis, the bone-weakening condition, may also have celiac disease and should be screened for that illness, too, a new study recommends.
Debris-Collecting Device Flunks Artery Test
A device that scoops up the fatty debris released when heart attack patients have angioplasty was not effective in a major study.
Internet sale of mind-altering drugs surges, says drugs agency
The illicit sale on the Internet of pharmaceutical drugs with a narcotic effect surged in 2004, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) warned in a report.
WHO sees bird flu outbreak easing despite latest cases
The latest reports of bird flu in Vietnam are not necessarily alarming and the current outbreak is probably ending, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed.
Britain to stockpile drugs amid flu pandemic fears
Britain announced it was planning to stockpile anti-viral drugs in order to combat a future flu pandemic.
Rising use of injectible drugs may lead to HIV epidemic in Pakistan
Pakistan could face an AIDS epidemic because many heroin addicts are starting to inject the drug, UN and Pakistani officials warned.
Nuclear survivors say they were fed lies in government cover-ups
Survivors of two severe cases of nuclear contamination met in the Marshall Islands to mark the 51st anniversary of the first U.S. hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll, and accused authorities of lying about the effects of radiation.