The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released new recommendations Monday regarding both multivitamins and certain supplements -- and their potential to help prevent heart disease and cancer. The Task Force "concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms" of the use of multivitamins, ...Read More
Many overweight people switch to diet drinks to reduce their calorie intake. Unfortunately, they make up the calories by eating significantly more food during meals and snacks.
You would think that a vaccine that could prevent cancer would be an easy sell, but that's hasn't proven to be true so far with the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Just 33 percent of girls and less than 7 percent of boys in the U.S. have gotten all three recommended ...Read More
Contrary to a common misconception, ticks in the Bay Area can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. And it turns out local ticks carry another pathogen that can make you sick, too.
Dr. Michael Policar is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at U.C. San Francisco. "If you take a rare event, make it a little more common, it is still a rare event," he told NPR -- but still believes that studies are needed that compare NuvaRing head-to-head with other ...Read More
State health officials have released the latest numbers on flu deaths -- 202 people have died so far this year and that's up from 147 last week. That's the bad news, but for the first time since early January, health officials are also saying that cases appear to be declining. ...Read More
Mark and Marian Kohr are among dozens of parents in the Bay Area who go to extreme lengths because they believe a rare, hard-to-find form of medical marijuana helps their epileptic or autistic children. The Kohrs started treating Camille with cannabis three years ago. Before that, she was suffering. "Camille could ...Read More
A new rise in whooping cough cases in California is raising questions among doctors about whether there are problems with the current vaccine. California public health data show a spike in whooping cough cases in 2013 compared to the year before, and last week officials confirmed the first death from ...Read More
If you're like most of my colleagues in the newsroom, you read that headline and thought, "GREAT! What is the alternative test?!" Here's the quick background: colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer killer in the U.S. The colonoscopy is an excellent screening tool. But more than one-third of people ...Read More
But my sadness turned to a kind of cold fury when I saw too many comments on social media clucking disapproval for Hoffman's "selfishness" and "poor choices." (I'm not linking to them here; you can find them easily enough if you want to.) One friend on Facebook noted that another ...Read More
State health officials reported Friday that deaths from influenza have reached 147, including four children under age 18. Another 44 deaths are under investigation, but not confirmed. The total deaths so far this flu season, which started last September, eclipses the number from all of last year -- 106. ...Read More
And the clock is ticking toward April 1, when snow accumulation usually peaks.
By Allison Aubrey, NPR Exercise helps recovery after cancer treatment, but fatigue can make working out hard. Yoga can help reduce fatigue for breast cancer survivors, a study finds. It's one of a growing number of efforts using randomized controlled trials to see if the ancient practice offers medical benefits. ...Read More
There's caramel, and then there's caramel color. It turns out the two don't have much to do with each other. This matters to you if you drink soda. Caramel color is the additive in many soft drinks and some foods that turns them brown. Some types of caramel color contain a ...Read More
A non-invasive imaging method could help identify and localize artery-clogging plaques that are likely to cause a heart attack. If future studies confirm the initial results, this technique has the potential to fundamentally alter the way we treat heart disease.
Many studies have shown that parents don't always use carseats and booster seats, and their kids could be at increased risk in a crash. A new study published this week shows that non-white children have particularly low use. Researchers from The University of Michigan surveyed 601 parents about their car seat ...Read More
The most common reason for hospitalization in the United States is childbirth. A new study published Thursday adds to the depth of research on cost variation in the American medical system. In the study, researchers at U.C. San Francisco looked at 110,000 uncomplicated births across California and found that hospital charges ...Read More
Surgery can help for certain conditions, such as a herniated or bulging disc with leg pain called sciatica. But most age-related back pain usually can't be fixed with surgery. Research is showing that the pain often has nothing to do with the mechanics of the spine, but with the way the ...Read More