As Science Unlocks Secrets, Cancer Rates Fall

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer is one of the most feared diseases on the planet, and the second leading cause of death in the United States.

Early Detection Helps Man Beat Colon Cancer

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Lee Smith of Marietta, Ga., set himself up with an unusual 50th birthday gift: He scheduled a colonoscopy for a couple of days later.

Health Tip: Factors That Increase Risk of Rickets

(HealthDay News) -- Rickets, a Victorian-era disease marked by weak, deformed bones and caused by a deficiency in calcium, phosphorus or vitamin D, has made a comeback in recent years.

Health Tip: What May Trigger Restless Leg Syndrome

(HealthDay News) -- Restless leg syndrome is characterized by uncomfortable feelings in the legs and feeling the urgent need to move them.

Veterans With PTSD Suffer More Physical Ailments Than Their Peers

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. soldiers with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer more physical ailments than those with no mental health issues, and this effect is stronger in women than men, a new study shows.

Drug Combo May Treat Brain Injury, Animal Study Suggests

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Drug therapy that combines a derivative of the antibiotic tetracycline and a synthetic derivative of an amino acid may help patients suffering from traumatic brain injury, a new study in animals suggests.

Cholesterol Levels Count in Kidney Disease Patients: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Malnutrition and inflammation may be important risk factors for cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and need to be considered when doctors are assessing patients' cholesterol levels, a new study suggests.

Air Pollution Raises Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Fine particles of pollution that linger in the air can increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest, warns a new study.

'Self-Touch' May Reduce Pain, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- You burn your hand on a hot stove. You grab that hand with the other, and sometimes the pain goes away. Ever wonder why?

Post-Op Pain May Be Due to Immune Reaction: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Nerve inflammation may be the cause of pain, numbness and weakness that some patients experience after surgery, according to a new study.

Mixed Report on Women's Health Research

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Efforts to expand research on women's health issues in the United States over the past two decades have led to lower disease rates and fewer deaths among women from heart disease, breast cancer and several other major diseases, a new government report shows.

Surgery to Widen Neck Arteries Cuts 10-Year Stroke Risk: Study

THURSDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- For people whose carotid arteries have become narrowed, restricting blood flow to the brain, having a surgical procedure to widen them reduces the risk of stroke over a 10-year period, British researchers report.

U.S. Kids Drink Too Little Water: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Children in the United States are not drinking as much water as they should, and the deficiency can have wide-reaching implications, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Sept. 24, 2010

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Clinical Trials Update: Sept. 24, 2010

(HealthDay News) -- Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of