Genome study: No level of smoking safe

NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- An infrequent cigarette, or being exposed to secondhand smoke, may be doing more harm than people think, U.S. researchers found.

New way to read genes in old samples

NEW YORK, May 28 (UPI) -- A new technique allows analysis of U.S. and Swedish cancer samples from trials going back to the l970s.

Some prostate cancers linked to estrogen

NEW YORK, May 28 (UPI) -- New York scientists have pinpointed the hormone estrogen as a key player in about half of all prostate cancers.

Finasteride reduces prostate cancer risk

NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- Re-analysis of a drug trial found finasteride reduces prostate cancer risk without boosting the odds of aggressive tumors, U.S. researchers said.

Child burned by indoor grill fireball

NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- A 9-year-old boy was severely burned by a fireball sparked by alcohol tossed on a smoldering gas grill, New York City police said.

New York: 40,000 patients' records stolen

NEW YORK, April 12 (UPI) -- Private medical information of as many as 40,000 patients has allegedly been stolen by an employee of a New York hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Cigarette company funds cancer study

NEW YORK, March 26 (UPI) -- The parent company of a cigarette maker paid for a U.S. study that said increased use of CT scans can prevent lung cancer deaths.

Test being developed for Parkinson's

NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) -- New York researchers say they hope their profile of molecular biomarkers may make possible a diagnostic blood test for Parkinson's disease.

Surgery may cure some diabetes cases

NEW YORK, March 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher suggests gastrointestinal bypass operations may effectively cure Type 2 diabetes.

Teens need to resist ads to refuse alcohol

NEW YORK, March 3 (UPI) -- A teenager's ability to be critically aware of advertising and to resist peer pressure are both key skills for avoiding alcohol, a U.S. study found.

Patient suspected in hacking death

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Police in New York searched Wednesday for a middle-age man suspected of using a meat cleaver to kill Upper East Side psychologist Kathryn Faughey.

Potential new asthma treatment proposed

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have found an enzyme released by mast cells in the lungs appears to play a key role in airway constrictions associated with asthma.

Survivor of 47-story fall leaves hospital

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The New York City window washer who survived a 47-story fall left a hospital Friday for a rehabilitation facility.

Scientists ID how the brain uses taurine

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists have identified a site of brain activity for the amino acid taurine, taking a step toward learning how brain cells put it to use.

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Man sues after rectal exam arrest

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A New York man who was arrested after loudly protesting a rectal exam is suing the hospital for malpractice.

Man who fell 500 feet expected to recover

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Doctors treating a man who survived a 47-story drop from a New York building said they expect him to recover completely in about a year.

Heart safety of non-heart drugs questioned

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A New York heart surgeon is calling for more testing to ensure the cardiovascular safety of drugs developed primarily for non-cardiovascular medical problems.

Drug helps boost blood-platelets in Hep C

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A report in the New England Journal of Medicine says the drug eltrombopag appears to significantly boost platelet counts in hepatitis C patients.

Study looks at new way to attack bacteria

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say finding new drug targets could provide a better way to attack tuberculosis and other bacterial infections.

Drug aimed at two bioterror agents works

NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A new drug is effective against two deadly and highly infectious viruses -- Hendra and Nipah, both potential bioterror threats -- U.S. researchers say.

Never too late for elderly to be healthier

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- For those age 65 and over, it's never too late to improve health through diet and exercise, a U.S. review said.

Weill Cornell gets $2.4M for TB research

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The Weill Cornell Medical College in New York has received grants totaling $2.4 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for tuberculosis research.

Window washer survives 47-story fall

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Officials and window washers say the survival of a New York window washer who plummeted 47 floors may be attributed to his staying on the platform as he fell.

Exercise test predicts mitral problem

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. medical scientists have determined exercise testing might help predict the seriousness of a heart problem called mitral valve regurgitation.
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