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Fukushima nuclear disaster adds only small health risks, WHO says

The 9.0-magnitude Tohoku-Oki earthquake and resulting tsunami that triggered a meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station has resulted in only a small increase in lifetime cancer risks for people living nearby, and an even smaller risk for populations outside of Japan, according to a new report from the World Health Organization.

Don't put that controller down -- Nintendo Wii trains future surgeons

When you’re playing Nintendo you may be learning more than how to control a voracious gorilla, rescue a kidnapped princess or negotiate a go-cart course, according to a new study.

In poll, 61% of doctors say mammograms should be less frequent

It’s been three years since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force launched the mammography wars with its controversial recommendation that most women get fewer of the breast cancer screening exams -- one every other year between the ages of 50 and 74. Younger women could get tested if they wanted to.

Gay and cohabiting? Straight and married? It could affect your health

Same-sex couples who live together are more likely to judge themselves as being in poor or fair health than are married heterosexual couples, according to a new study.

Face transplant recipient 'in great spirits' after operation

They’re not exactly routine, but face transplants are becoming more common.

In many patients, diagnostic testing isn't reassuring after all

A lot of us find our way to the doctor with strange aches and pains that are very, very unlikely to be caused by serious illness -- headaches, back pains or stomach troubles, to name a few. To be on the safe side, physicians will often order tests to rule out the scary stuff and, the thinking goes, provide reassurance. 

Calcium, vitamin D pills don't prevent fractures, panel says

More than half of American women over the age of 60 take vitamin D and calcium supplements, but the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said this week that they’re probably wasting their money.

FDA approves a pill for post-menopausal sex problems

It's not the pink Viagra many women have been waiting for, but a pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday aims to help women who have passed through menopause with a distinctly libido-killing problem: painful sex...

'Crunch time' poll: Parents don't recognize kids are overweight

Many American parents can't see that their kids are overweight, according to a poll released Monday.

Teens who volunteered reduced their heart disease risk, study says

People who volunteer are often known to say they get more out of the experience than those who are being helped. A study in Canada concurs that that may be true: Researchers say that high school students who volunteered improved their own health.

Mediterranean diet, with olive oil and nuts, beats low-fat diet

In a head-to-head contest, a Mediterranean diet, even drenched in olive oil and studded with nuts, beat a low-fat diet, hands-down, in preventing stroke and heart attack in healthy older subjects at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Canada's universal healthcare may not be so universal after all

You’re more likely to get a doctor’s appointment in Canada if you’re rich than if you’re poor, even though the government pays the bills, according to a new study.

Are only children to blame for the obesity crisis?

A new study suggests an intriguing explanation for the rise in obesity rates — the growing number of only children.

Doctors debate telling patients to smoke marijuana

Perhaps you know whether you’d want to use marijuana to relieve severe pain or nausea. But if you were a doctor, what would you tell patients who asked about taking something that’s against federal law?

Telomere length linked to catching a cold in preliminary study

Test subjects with shorter immune cell telomeres faced an increased risk of catching a cold, researchers wrote Tuesday in JAMA ( abstract here.)

Cooking up toxic air pollution

When UC Davis scientists collected air pollution particles in Fresno and then exposed laboratory mice to them, they found that one of the most toxic sources was the backyard grill.

Acupuncture helped allergies -- a little, study says

Acupuncture gave some relief to people suffering from seasonal allergies, but the improvements didn’t last much beyond treatment, researchers said.

Fatal drug overdoses in U.S. increase for 11th consecutive year

Fatal drug overdoses have increased for the 11thconsecutive year in the United States, new data show.

Intensive care MDs: More white coats, fewer piercings preferred

It's not just your mom who's suspicious of body art: Families of patients in intensive care units said that physicians who don't display piercings or tattoos make a better first impression, according to survey results released Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. 

Doctors who cook say they give better nutrition advice

Perhaps the next time you see your doctor, he might finish the visit with a reminder to take a medication and a conversation about cooking salmon.

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