August 15, 2012 RSS feed / Health

TB cases are no threat, health department says

A health department administrator says three cases of tuberculosis found in Letcher County are not a threat to the general public.  Libby Banks, nursing administrator for the Kentucky River District Health Department, said an inmate in the Letch More...

New probe shines light on chest pain overtreatment

An investigation into one of the nation’s biggest hospital chains is refocusing attention on concerns about overtreatment for chest pain.  Many doctors are unclogging arteries to treat the pain, providing quick relief. More...

Smart Dieting

“Lose 20 pounds in a week!” “Set you metabolism on fire with Metabo-Inferno!” “Lose while you snooze!” These sorts of crazy diet claims are all over the Internet, TV and magazines. More...

School junk food laws may help

Study says curbing bad food may help prevent kids’ obesity

Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off.  More...

Heartburn and cancer

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For many years, I had heartburn, and I lived with it by taking things like Tums. Finally, I consulted a doctor, who referred me to a gastroenterologist because he was alarmed at the length of time I’d had it. More...