| Nov 2, 2011
| 7:56 AM
A do-it-yourself test for cervical cancer could help prevent thousands of cases of the disease in women who don't have easy or regular access to smear tests, scientists said Wednesday.
The DIY test, which detects the human papillomavirus (HPV)...
| May 23, 2011
| 3:53 PM
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc's highly anticipated hepatitis C drug won U.S. approval, promising far higher cure rates for the liver-destroying disease and setting up a head-to-head marketing battle with a rival new medicine from Merck & Co.
Incivek, a pill...
| May 31, 2011
| 2:09 PM
Keith Richards' autobiography "Life," which was published in paperback last month, contains some nuggets of special interest to Hampton Roads rock fans. One particular scene in the book relates to the Rolling Stone's 1975 show at Hampton Coliseum.
| Aug 17, 2010
On their next visit to the pediatrician, parents of adolescent boys may be asked if they want their sons to get an expensive vaccine they've never before considered—the HPV shot.
Recently approved for boys, the three-dose immunization has been...
| Nov 14, 2007
As Thanksgiving approaches, the annual flood of unwanted holiday gift catalogs has begun piling into mailboxes on their way to recycling and trash bins.
A new initiative by three environmental groups aims to reduce the flow. Last month, the organizations...
| Jun 10, 2010
Dawn Delott is wary of new vaccines and doubts she will let her daughter get the potentially lifesaving HPV immunization — let alone her son, for whom the stakes aren't nearly as high.
For parents already uneasy about vaccinating their children,...
| Jun 14, 2010
| 4:06 PM
In a rare move, federal regulators are seeking to disqualify a prominent Chicago HIV doctor from future drug studies after they discovered his clinic committed one of the most grievous sins of medical research: submitting fictitious data in a drug trial....
| Sep 25, 2009
Only hours after HIV vaccine researchers announced the achievement of a milestone that has eluded them for a quarter of a century, they began plotting their next steps -- and coming to grips with a sobering reality. Their ultimate goal, halting the spread...
| Aug 25, 2010
Q: I'm 79 and had chickenpox as a child. Should I get the shingles vaccine? What are the risks?
A: The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends the shingles vaccine for most people ages 60 and over, regardless of whether they...
| May 24, 2010
Crystal Lake's Peggy Lim has a healthy respect for the sun's powerful ultraviolet rays, and on a recent shopping trip she agonized over choosing a sunscreen for her three children.
"I've always heard the higher the SPF (sun protection factor) the better,...
| Apr 7, 2008
The cholesterol drug did absolutely everything it was supposed to do -- except for demonstrably improving the health of the people who took it.
That was the conclusion reached about the popular drug Vytorin in a study published online last week in the...
| Nov 1, 2006
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