Experts say patients and families should take an active role in surgery by asking questions before and after the procedure to help avoid medical errors. Hospitals and other health care groups are providing check lists, Web sites, books and other information for patients, in an effort to encourage participation.
The FDA on Monday approved the use of Tysabri, a multiple sclerosis drug, in certain Crohn's disease patients. The drug is expected to be available by end of next month, but only through a limited distribution program.
The new Restech device is helping doctors monitor acid reflux better, leading to improved diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Also, a new halo procedure that uses a device to burn away damaged tissue is helping to treat Barrett's esophagus in some patients.
Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, exercising often, drinking moderately and quitting smoking increases a person's lifespan by an average of 14 years, according to a new study. Researchers say the findings support the idea that small lifestyle changes can make a big impact on one's overall health.