Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.
An experimental drug from the biotech company Genentech failed to slow mental decline in mid-stage studies on more than 500 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, but showed some promise in the least-impaired participants who received a higher dose.
New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some prominent doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use.
A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular "superfoods" like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from juices to powdered supplements to baby food.
Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body.
Visitors from around the world to two upcoming events in Ohio’s Amish country could come away with more than they bargained for, health officials fear — a case of measles from the nation’s largest outbreak in two decades.
Egypt's military said Saturday that a device it claimed it invented to cure AIDS and hepatitis C needs six more months of testing.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels during meals.
Health officials say the death of a south-central Missouri man was probably caused by West Nile virus.
Federal health regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind set of robotic leg braces that can help some disabled people walk again.
3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means saving more lives isn't known.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new antibiotic from Cubist Pharmaceuticals to treat common skin infections often acquired in the hospital.
UnitedHealthcare notified more physicians that they will be removed from the company’s Medicare Advantage plan on Sept. 1, which may mean thousands of Missourians will have to switch doctors.
Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday offered to help “drain the swamp” of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight.
Health advocacy groups are urging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to veto legislation that would exempt electronic cigarettes from some tobacco sales restrictions while barring people younger than 18 from buying them.
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt told reporters Thursday the current complaints about some Veterans Administration’s hospitals “leads us to, really, opportunity to discuss veterans’ care in new ways.”
In the home stretch
Officials at St. Mary’s Health Center expect substantial completion of the new facility on Mission Drive in late July with an official move-in date of Nov. 16.
The Food and Drug Administration is updating its advice for pregnant women on the appropriate levels of mercury in seafood but Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Friday that it won't require mercury labels on seafood packages.
Tanning beds and sun lamps will carry new warnings that they should not be used by anyone under age 18, part of a government action announced Thursday aimed at reducing skin cancer linked to the radiation-emitting devices.
Measles cases are accelerating, and in the last five months have caused more U.S. illnesses than in any entire year since 1996.