- Podcast: A Cleaner Colon Is Key to Effective Screening
Proper bowel cleaning before a colonoscopy makes it easier to spot precancerous polyps, and avoid costly repeat tests, says a new study.
- Podcast: Do Certain Blood Types Boost Stroke Risk?
In an intriguing study, researchers found that people with blood type AB had a 26 percent increased risk for stroke compared with those with blood type O.
- Podcast: Good Hygiene, Bad Results?
Are Americans too clean? Proponents of the “hygiene hypothesis” argue that a societal emphasis on cleanliness has impaired the immune system’s ability to respond as it was meant to. And that has left us open to other illnesses such as severe allergic
- Podcast: Hairdressers May Be First to Spot Skin Cancer
Many hair professionals say they examine their clients’ head, neck, and face for early signs of skin cancer. And, more hairdressers say they want better training to help recognize which moles or spots might signal cancer.
- Podcast: Mobile Devices Can Strain the Eyes
Computer screen, smartphone, e-reader, iPad – the number of electronic devices Americans stare at daily continues to grow. And the smaller the screen, the harder their eyes have to work.
- Podcast: More Americans Than Ever Have Asthma
Asthma is on the rise in the U.S., and so is the cost of treating it, according to new information from CDC.
- Podcast: Older Runners Still Use Oxygen Efficiently
As runners age, they don’t lose their ability to use oxygen economically. That’s the good news. Where older runners fall short is in upper-body strength and flexibility.
- Podcast: Pedestrians with Headphones More Likely to be Injured
People who walk to work or school wearing ear buds or headphones face a greater risk for injury or death because they are less aware of their surroundings. Pedestrian injuries in the U.S. have tripled since 2004, researchers say.
- Podcast: Roll Up Your Sleeve: It’s Flu Shot Time
The CDC is urging everyone to get an annual flu shot. Although this year’s vaccine provides protection against the same strains as last year’s, it’s still wise to improve your immunity with a shot this fall, the agency says.
- Podcast: Walking Speed and Hand Grip in Middle Age Associated with Dementia
Researchers say that looking at how fast an older patient walks and how strong the person’s grip is may help doctors predict who is at risk for age-related dementia.