USA TODAY

USA Today is a monthly magazine published by The Society for the Advancement of Education.

Articles from Vol. 130, No. 2681, February

Americans Flocking to Mexico for Pharmaceuticals. (Medication)
As many as 40% of U.S. residents who enter Mexico this year will return home with a souvenir of their visit--a prescription drug that has not met U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety standards. While the majority may experience no ill effects,...
Be Ready for the Unexpected. (Emergency Care)
When it comes to your health and the health of your family, it is essential to be ready for the unexpected. Emergencies can happen anytime or anywhere. That's why the Council on Family Health (CFH) is providing the public with some basic tips on how...
Children's Sports Injuries Can Be Prevented. (Trauma)
Each year, more than 1,400,000 youth under 15 are treated in doctors' offices, clinics, hospitals, or emergency rooms for injuries related to basketball, football, baseball, hockey, and soccer, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports....
Chronic Abuse Changes Brain's Programming. (Alcoholism)
Like a computer virus that is eating away software, chronic alcohol abuse can change the programming of critical areas of the human brain on the molecular level, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin warn. R. Adron Harris, director of the...
Do-It-Yourself Bleaching Kits Can Cause Problems. (Teeth)
People who want to brighten their smiles are opting for over-the-counter bleaching kits instead of visiting their dentist's office. While generally safe, these products have the potential to cause an infection or nerve damage, warns David McFadden,...
Erectile Dysfunction May Indicate Other Disorders. (Urology)
It is important for physicians in general and cardiologists in particular to identify men with erectile dysfunction (ED) and, if necessary, encourage them to seek treatment, according to Lawrence Levine, a urologist at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's...
Extra Weight Adds Cancer Risk. (Obesity)
Researchers at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) warn that carrying extra weight means carrying extra cancer risk. Moreover, the nation's current epidemic of overweight and obesity is likely to drive up cancer rates in coming years....
Fighting Diseases with Microchips. (Biomedicine)
Treatment for life-threatening diseases and relief from disease-related pain one day may be supplied by microscopic chips that could be implanted in the body, according to researchers in the new field of biomedical nanotechnology. The chips--called...
Health Beat
Male breast cancer is rare, but 400 men die each year from it, indicates Ward Parsons, associate professor of radiology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Men who have a family history of breast cancer in female relatives...
Helping New Mothers Reduce Injury Risk. (Back)
Although 40-50% of pregnant women initially complain of back pain, it usually resolves within a week or two of delivery. However, their chance of having it again increases after the baby is born. Back pain can result whenever you lift or carry a child,...
Helping Runners to Avoid Physical Problems. (Feet)
Long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by keeping their feet in top condition and taking steps to control foot problems common in runners, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). "The human...
Helping Survivors Restore Their Sex Lives. (Cancer)
Feminine cancers--which involve the endometrium, ovaries, and cervix--are ranked fourth in prevalence among women (after breast, colon, and lung cancers). Although many of today's treatments--hysterectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy--can effectively...
Herbal Remedies Pose Health Threats. (Alternative Medicine)
Two independent studies conducted by anesthesiologists are providing some of the first evidence specifically associated with surgical complications and the prolonged use or sudden discontinuation of "alternative" medicines. Often available over the...
Herpes Infections Can Be Tamed. (Viruses)
If you don't have a herpes virus somewhere in your body, consider yourself lucky. You are one of few people to escape this pesky bug, according to the Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, which reports that 135,000,000 Americans age 12 and older have...
How "Good" Cholesterol Protects Arteries. (Circulatory System)
Scientists at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have discovered that high-density lipoprotein (HDL)--the "good cholesterol"--triggers a process that keeps arteries clean and flexible. This, researchers believe, could lead...
Men and Women Are Built Differently. (Orthopedics)
For several years, researchers have been investigating the differences between men and women when it comes to their musculoskeletal structures. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, female athletes are four to six times more likely...
Myths & Facts. (Dietary Supplements)
With mounting evidence that consumers want greater access to information about vitamins, minerals, herbs, and specialty supplements, the dietary supplement industry has launched a far-reaching public education campaign to focus on the health benefits,...
New Approach to Hip Replacement. (Surgery)
A new approach to hip replacement surgery done through a few small portals instead of a large, 12-to-18-inch incision used in traditional hip replacement surgery, dramatically reduces time in the hospital, pain, and expenses. Because it involves less...
New Method Could Help Reduce Breast Biopsies. (Imaging)
One day, doctors may be able to diagnose breast cancer with better accuracy using an imaging method being developed at Ohio State University, Columbus. The procedure, which involves computerized analysis of magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of breasts,...
Reducing Pain without Impairing Image Quality. (Mammography)
The Woman's Touch MammoPad, designed by breast surgeon Gail Lebovic and manufactured by Bio-Lucent, Inc., Aliso Viejo, Calif., is a soft, foam cushion made of radiolucent material. It has been clinically proven to reduce the pain many women feel during...
Right Shoe Can Protect Achilles Tendon. (Sports Injuries)
Athletes who experience painful Achilles tendon injuries could prevent them by being more careful when selecting athletic shoes, according to Michael K. Lowe, a foot and ankle surgeon in Salt Lake City, Utah, and team podiatrist for the NBA's Utah...
Safer Drugs Reduce Need for Narcotics. (Pain Prevention)
An injectable form of acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) and a member of a new class of drugs called COX-2 inhibitors hold promise as safe and effective tools for controlling surgical pain, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists....
Seniors Can Fight Foot Pain. (Aging)
Senior citizens with foot pain can do something about it. Instead of abiding by the faulty, but commonly accepted, notion that muscle and joint discomfort is a natural consequence of aging, they could seek treatment, rather than needlessly endure pain...
Top 10 Healthy Home Trends for 2010. (the Future)
Should we be walking around our homes wearing blue decontamination suits? Not quite yet, but the health of our homes will be a challenge at the forefront of technology in the coming years. Nasty spores, mites, and bacteria may fall victim to an explosion...
Weight, Not Aging, May Cause Fatigue. (Fitness)
If activities leave you more tired than in the past, don't be too quick to blame your age. Weight gain and a lack of regular exercise might turn out to be the real culprits. "People often blame their age for slowing down in activities such as playing...
Who Is at High Risk for Apnea? (Sleep)
Researchers reported at the American Thoracic Society 2001 International Conference that about one-third of primary care patients in the U.S. and Europe have risk factors for sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person stops breathing during sleep. The...
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.