A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans

Lung cancer screening has proved to be stunningly unpopular. Five years after government and private insurers started paying for it, less than 2 percent of eligible current and former smokers have sought the free scans, researchers report.

Shorter drug treatment OK for many breast cancer patients

Many women with a common and aggressive form of breast cancer that is treated with Herceptin can get by with six months of the drug instead of the usual 12, greatly reducing the risk of heart damage it sometimes can cause, a study suggests.

FDA approves 1st nonopioid drug to ease withdrawal symptoms

Federal regulators approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids.

6 US states accuse opioid maker Purdue of fueling overdoses

Six U.S. states on sued the maker of the opioid OxyContin of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths.

Insider Q&A: Insurers look beyond medical bills to cut costs

Health insurers are moving beyond medical claims. They want to know if you have a ride to the doctor’s office or if you’re eating right too. It’s a push to keep people healthy and control medical spending. WellCare Health Plans Inc. has been traveling this path for years.

Cancer docs feel unprepared, but recommend marijuana anyway

Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t...

Dyslexia treatment cost prohibitive for some

Some students with dyslexia are able to mask their struggles the first few years of school, experts say, and don’t typically fall behind their...

Romaine lettuce outbreak update: 149 sick in 29 states

Four more states are reporting illnesses in a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

CDC boss gets $165,300 pay cut from record-setting salary

The new head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has gotten a big salary reduction. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and...

WHO: Saturated fat should be less than 10 percent of diet

The World Health Organization is taking on the battle of the bulge, saying that saturated fats shouldn’t make up more than 10 percent of...