MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 -- How frequently should women get a mammogram? Guidelines differ, but a new study estimates thousands of U.S. lives could be saved if mammograms were done every year from age 40 to 84.
"Screening annually starting at age 40 is the best strategy to avert an early breast cancer death," said study co-author R. Edward Hendrick, a radiology professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 -- If you want to stay on top of your health, no matter what your age, it's important to see your doctor for a regular wellness visit -- typically a yearly check-up that takes a head-to-toe look at you as a whole person.
A wellness visit is designed to improve your health and prevent diseases or uncover them as soon as possible, when they're easier to treat, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Problems like high cholesterol and high blood pressure don't typically have early symptoms or warning signs, but your doctor can uncover them with simple office tests.
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 -- For seniors and particularly blacks with high blood pressure, lowering it may help keep their minds sharp, a new study suggests.
The association between high blood pressure and the risk for mental decline is well-documented. But the ideal systolic blood pressure for older adults has been less clear-cut, with recommended targets ranging from 150 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) to 120 mm Hg.
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 -- The Zika virus thrives in pregnant women by suppressing their already dampened immune systems and running roughshod over their body's natural defenses, which allows the virus to directly attack the fetus, a new study reports.
A woman's immune system naturally suppresses itself during pregnancy to keep the body from recognizing the fetus as a foreign body and attacking it, explained senior researcher Jae Jung, chair of the department of molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine.
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 -- More than half of U.S. adults surveyed would be supportive if they had a teenage child who wanted to transition to the opposite gender, a new online survey finds.
Women, college graduates and Northeast residents were slightly more likely than others to support kids who made this choice, according to the Harris Poll survey. It was commissioned by the American Osteopathic Association.