New Device May Make Mammograms More Comfortable

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dutch researchers have developed a device that may reduce the discomfort many women feel during a mammogram while preserving the quality of the image.

Study Finds No Added Benefit From Routine Heart Scans for Diabetics

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Routine screening for heart disease isn't effective for people with diabetes who have no symptoms but are at high risk for a heart attack, according to a new study.

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening for Long-Time Smokers

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Annual lung cancer screenings for long-term smokers may soon be covered by Medicare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday.

Chronic Pot Smoking May Alter Brain, Study Suggests

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term marijuana use appears to alter a person's brain, causing one region associated with addiction to shrink and forcing the rest of the brain to work overtime to compensate, a new study reports.

Lung Cancer Screening Can Be Cost Effective, Study Reports

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Lung cancer screening with CT scans can be cost-effective while saving lives, a new study suggests.

MRI May Spot Early Signs of Mental Decline, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An MRI scan that measures blood flow in the brain may help predict which older adults are at risk for future memory loss, a preliminary study suggests.

Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare should cover low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening for people at high risk for the disease, a coalition of more than 60 patient and medical groups says.

Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks, Cardiologists Say

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors need to make sure patients understand the radiation-related risks of heart imaging tests before sending them for such procedures, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says.

Lung Infections May Hamper Ability to Detect Lung Cancer

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A test used to diagnose lung cancer may not be as reliable in geographic regions where certain lung infections are more common, a new analysis says.

Can Brain Scans Help Predict Young Children's Reading Abilities?

MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scans of young children's brains might help predict how they learn to read. This finding could potentially allow doctors to identify those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties early on, preliminary research suggests.