A new study finds that a hormone treatment that helps shrink or control prostate tumors also increases the risk of death in older men who've had serious heart problems.
Hormone therapy works by suppressing the amount of testosterone produced. It can help men with more advanced disease when used with surgery or radiation.
However there are troubling side effects including impotence, bone loss, hot flashes, memory problems, fatigue and an increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.
The study, appearing in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association, tracked more than 5,000 men with prostate cancer that hadn't spread. The findings line up with prior studies that have found that sicker men don't benefit from hormone therapy when it's added to radiation.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.