Contact Lenses

Doctors recently found 27 contact lenses in a patient’s eye while they were prepping her for surgery. In a write-up in the British Medical Journal, the authors said the 17 of the lenses were stuck together in a “bluish . . . hard mass” and were “bound together by mucus.”...

Aspirin

Anywhere from 40% to 60% of older people take daily aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke. Studies have shown that low doses of the blood-thinner can significantly lower the risk of heart problems, especially among people who have already had a heart attack or stroke. But...

joint pain

An alternative medicine approach to joint pain that typically uses injections of sugar or sodium may be worth trying for knee osteoarthritis after traditional approaches fail, a recent review suggests. Knee osteoarthritis, a leading cause of pain and disability in older adults,...

Allergie

Allergy season is officially upon us. In fact, it’s apparently 10 to 20 days early on the East coast, courtesy of the recent nice weather we’ve enjoyed. Great! Except not, because with allergy season comes itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, scratchy throat, and the sniffles....

Cholesterol Drug

A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that’s likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost. Statins such as Lipitor are cheap and cut cholesterol, but some people...

Laser Therapy Test

A non-surgical treatment for low-risk prostate cancer in which doctors inject a light-sensitive drug derived from deep-sea bacteria into a patient’s bloodstream was shown in a trial to kill cancer cells without destroying healthy tissue. Results of a trial in 413 patients...

Heart Attack

One of America’s most beloved TV dads, Alan Thicke, passed away this week after a sudden heart attack at age 69. While we don’t know his medical history, his death is an important reminder we all could use some helpful tips on what to do if someone is experiencing heart...

Cancer Gene Tests

Scientists have discovered why some families are affected by many different types of cancer, thanks to genetic testing. In tests on 1,100 patients affected by a rare cancer called sarcoma, more than half were born with gene mutations known to increase cancer risk. The study, published...

Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collecting semen samples from men who have been infected with Zika to learn more about the virus’ transmission patterns. In a statement to FoxNews.com, the CDC said the semen study began in mid-April, and as of Wednesday,...

Simpler Ovarian Cancer

Simplifying the way ovarian patients are tested is a “win-win” that saves both lives and money, a study shows. Testing their DNA should identify the most effective drugs and finds out if other family members are at risk. Fewer than a third of patients are currently...