Leeches Help Save Woman's Ear After Pit Bull Mauling

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A savage pit bull attack results in the total dismembering of a teenage girl's ear. And though the ear remains fully intact, complications during the initial reattachment process raise the real risk she could lose her ear forever.

Placing Donor Windpipe First in Patient's Arm Helps With Transplant

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in Belgium say they've successfully transplanted windpipes in six patients by first placing donor tissue in the patients' arms.

Nonwhites Exposed to More Air Pollution: Study

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nonwhite Americans are exposed to 38 percent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution than whites, a new study shows.

Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The H1N1 flu was the predominant influenza strain in the United States this year, but it packed a lot less punch than in 2009 when it caused a worldwide pandemic, health officials report.

Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters: Study

FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sea otters off the western coast of the United States were infected by the H1N1 swine flu virus that caused a human pandemic in 2009, new research shows.

After Skin Cancer, Removable Model Replaces Real Ear

FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- During his 10-year struggle with basal cell carcinoma, Henry Fiorentini emerged minus his right ear, and minus the hearing that goes with it.

Report Questions Effectiveness of Flu Meds

THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- No evidence exists to show that anti-flu medicines stockpiled by countries around the world protect people from the spread of flu or reduce related hospitalizations and complications, a new analysis contends.

Exercise May Curtail COPD Complications

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise might help reduce the risk of hospital readmission in people with a progressive lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds.

Chemo Might Give Certain Lung Cancer Patients an Edge

TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer specialists have been unsure about how best to treat certain patients with an advanced form of lung cancer.

Muscle Weakness May Persist for Months After ICU Stay

MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A stay in an intensive care unit can lead to muscle weakness that continues to cause significant physical limitations for up to two years later, according to a new study.