May 23, 2012 RSS feed / Health

Baby boomers face hepatitis C risk

For the first time, the government is proposing that all baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C.  Anyone born from 1945 to 1965 should get a one-time blood test to see if they have the liver-destroying virus, the Centers for Disease Control and More...

Colon cancer death risk falls after cheaper scope testing

A simple, cheaper exam of just the lower part of the bowel can cut the risk of developing colon cancer or dying of the disease, a large federal study has found.  More...

Coffee drinkers may live longer

Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer, a new study says.  The study of 400,000 people by the National Institute of Health and AARP is the largest ever done on the issue, and the results should reassure any coffee lovers who thi More...

Antibiotic is linked to deadly heart risk

An antibiotic widely used for bronchitis and other common infections seems to increase chances for sudden deadly heart problems, a rare but surprising risk found in a 14-year study.  More...

Lung cancer CT scans for older heavy smokers only

New lung cancer screening guidelines from three medical groups recommend annual scans but only for an older group of current or former heavy smokers.  The advice applies only to those aged 55 to 74. More...