February 12, 2002 |
Not enough elderly Americans are being screened for colon cancer, even though Medicare often picks up most of the costs, according to critics asking Congress to expand coverage. The American Cancer Society estimates that colon cancer will kill 48,000 people this year in the United States, more than any other cancer except lung cancer.
December 26, 2001 |
Billie Raney was 21 when she stood on the sidewalk with her three grown sisters, watching morticians drag their mother out of the family home, still wrapped in the sheets in which she had succumbed to smallpox. Lillian Barber, then 43, was the only person to die in the last smallpox outbreak in the United States, which infected eight known victims in the Rio Grande Valley in 1949. The survivors are now retired pastors, tractor salesmen, grandmothers and grandfathers.
December 1, 2001 |
The U.S. Agriculture Department said Friday that a new study found little risk of "mad cow" disease turning up in American cattle, but as a precaution the government plans to test more cattle and ban the use of spinal column material in processed meat. Harvard University researchers said in a 550-page report that the United States was "extremely unlikely" to suffer an outbreak of the deadly disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), because of strict U.S. trade restrictions.
November 5, 2001 |
Surfing the Internet or listening to talk radio in recent days, you might get the idea that herbs, homeopathy and other alternative health remedies can prevent and cure anthrax infection. A guest on Howard Stern's talk-radio show last week touted garlic and oil of oregano as natural ways to ward off and cure anthrax.
October 28, 2001 |
Thousands of dead birds infected with the West Nile virus have fallen from the sky across 14 states in the South and Midwest in recent months, evidence that the mosquito-borne disease is quickly marching westward.
October 28, 2001 |
As the anthrax scare unfolds, America's national doctor has been largely out of sight, unable to reassure a jittery public about the health threat. Even as Surgeon General David Satcher steps up appearances on talk shows and at news conferences, some health experts say it is too little too late. The Bush administration, in its efforts to contain the escalating crisis, has virtually ignored its lame-duck surgeon general. In part, that's because Satcher is a Clinton administration holdover.