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First Mesothelioma Treatment in 15 Years Approved

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The new device was approved under the Humanitarian Device Exemption, which was created to encourage innovation in rare diseases.

May 24th 2019, 2:48 pm

Colon Cancer Screenings Rise When Medicaid Arrives

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American Cancer Society researchers analyzed CDC data and found that in states that were very early adopters of the Medicaid expansion, the rate of low-income adults ages 50-64 who were up to date with colon cancer screening rose from 42.3% in 2012 to 51.1% in 2016.

May 24th 2019, 2:18 pm

Summer of Mosquito Swarms a Possibility This Year

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Mosquitoes could wreck your summer if you're not prepared and a warm, wet spring means the blood-suckers will be out in force.

May 24th 2019, 2:18 pm

Study: Roundup Linked to Human Liver Damage

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A group of people who have liver disease also had elevated urine levels of glyphosate, the main weed-killing ingredient in Roundup, researchers found.

May 24th 2019, 1:17 pm

New Gene Variations for Type 2 Diabetes Found

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The genes identified in the study and the proteins they encode are potential targets for new diabetes medicines, and may help improve understanding and treatment of the disease, according to the study authors.

May 23rd 2019, 5:08 pm

Does Bipolar Disorder Raise Risk of Parkinson's?

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Those with bipolar who developed Parkinson's were nine years younger -- average age 64 -- than others who also developed Parkinson's, the study found.

May 23rd 2019, 5:08 pm

Half-Price Version of Humalog Insulin Available

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The company's generic version of its Humalog U-100 is being sold under the chemical name insulin lispro,

May 23rd 2019, 4:22 pm

That Selfie May Be Epic, But Not Worth Your Life

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Many in pursuit of the "epic selfie" have died -- a recent study found there were 259 deaths and 137 injuries or accidents around the world between 2011 and 2017, from just three deaths in 2011 to 93 in 2017.

May 23rd 2019, 4:22 pm

6 Brain Surgeries Later, This Med Student Is Excelling

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Claudia Martinez was a college student chasing her dream of becoming a doctor when a neurosurgeon gave her alarming advice: Get brain surgery as soon as possible for chiari malformation.

May 23rd 2019, 4:22 pm

Many 'Dehumanize' People with Obesity

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"The science is actually pretty straightforward; we know that feeling stigmatized because of your weight actually leads to weight increases," said study author Inge Kersbergen.

May 23rd 2019, 4:08 pm

Poor Diet Might Raise Your Cancer Risk

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The researchers estimated that dietary factors may have accounted for over 80,000 of the new invasive cancer cases reported in 2015, or about 5% of that year's total among U.S. adults.

May 23rd 2019, 3:21 pm

New USDA Nutrition Guidelines Will Cover Infants

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When the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases new nutritional guidelines for the country in 2020, it is expected to include advice for breastfeeding and feeding children up to age 2.

May 23rd 2019, 11:24 am

How Does Room Temperature Affect Test Scores?

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The findings suggest that ordinary variations in room temperature can affect brain performance significantly and differently for men and women, the study authors said.

May 22nd 2019, 4:11 pm

Opioid Users' Kids May Be At Higher Suicide Risk

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The findings suggest that opioid use by a parent or parents doubles the risk for suicidal behavior by their children, study co-author Dr. David Brent says.

May 22nd 2019, 4:11 pm

Women With Sleep Apnea May Have Higher Cancer Odds

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The study found that people who have more airway closures during sleep and whose blood oxygen saturation levels fall below 90% are diagnosed with cancer more often than people without sleep apnea.

May 22nd 2019, 4:11 pm

Q Fever May Be More Human Threat Than Thought

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When it's diagnosed, Q fever can be cured with antibiotics. But chronic cases can lead to serious heart and blood vessel infections and have poor outcomes,lead researcher Dr. Christine Akamine says.

May 22nd 2019, 3:35 pm

Study: Anti-Clotting Meds OK After Bleeding Stroke

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The findings suggest that anti-clotting drugs reduce, rather than increase as feared, the chances of more bleeding in the brain, but more study is needed, researchers said.

May 22nd 2019, 3:35 pm

COPD May Strike Women Harder Than Men

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Symptoms for women with COPD may be worse than for men with the same level of disease, and periods of worse symptoms may be more frequent, lead researcher Dr. Allison Lambert says.

May 22nd 2019, 3:21 pm

Rising Rx Costs Creating Tough Choices for Seniors

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Increasing numbers of people 65 and older have skipped medication they couldn't afford, taken less medication than prescribed, or delayed filling a prescription, says lead author Robin Cohen, a CDC statistician.

May 22nd 2019, 2:22 pm

'Sesame Street' Welcomes a Foster Child Character

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There’s a new Muppet in town on Sesame Street. Her name is Karli, and she’s a little girl who lives with a foster family.

May 22nd 2019, 2:22 pm

Cancer Killing Fewer, Heart Disease Killing More

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Both women and men had similar patterns of decline in cancer deaths and recent rises in heart disease deaths.

May 22nd 2019, 2:22 pm

DNA Might Determine Whether You're a Dog Lover

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Dogs were the first domesticated animal and have had close ties with humans for at least 15,000 years. Dogs are believed to benefit the well-being and health of their owners.

May 21st 2019, 5:09 pm

Are DIY Sunscreens Dangerous?

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Overall, about seven out of 10 sunscreen recipes failed to adequately protect skin from dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays, the study authors found.

May 21st 2019, 5:09 pm

FDA OKs First Nasal Spray for Seizure Clusters

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Patients over 12 can keep the single-dose spray with them, and it does not have to be given by a doctor or nurse.

May 21st 2019, 3:33 pm

Are There Health Benefits from Burning Sage?

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Native Americans and other indigenous peoples have burned sage for centuries as part of a spiritual ritual to cleanse a person or space, and to promote healing and wisdom.

May 21st 2019, 3:33 pm

Cholesterol Levels Improving Among U.S. Kids

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Meanwhile, one-quarter of teenagers and about 15% of children had unhealthy levels.

May 21st 2019, 3:33 pm

Could CBD Treat Opioid Addiction?

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The researchers found that, compared to a placebo, CBD reduced drug cue-induced craving and anxiety in the participants.

May 21st 2019, 1:50 pm

Computers Spot Lung Cancer as Well as Doctors Do

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This new technology is still under development, but shows how artificial intelligence may have a future role in medicine.

May 21st 2019, 11:34 am

Bill Would Raise U.S. Legal Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

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A bill to raise the minimum age for buying any type of tobacco product, including electronic cigarettes, from 18 to 21 was introduced Monday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

May 21st 2019, 9:35 am

Mustaches May Guard Against Sun's Rays

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For all of those men who view a mustache as a largely ornamental addition to their masculine appearance, a new study reveals it can also guard against lip cancer.

May 21st 2019, 9:17 am

Purely Elizabeth Recalls Granola Products

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A range of gluten-free granola products have been recalled by Purely Elizabeth because they may contain foreign matter such as glass, plastic or rocks.

May 20th 2019, 4:43 pm

Walking During Work Meetings Brings Benefits

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Not only does it provide much needed exercise for people who are often tied to their desks for the entire work day, it can also give them a stress-reducing mental lift.

May 20th 2019, 3:54 pm

U.S. Children Eating Less Seafood

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U.S. government advisories on possible fish contamination may have "pushed people away from eating fish in general and canned tuna in particular," according to the report authors.

May 20th 2019, 3:54 pm

Putting Your Child to Sleep in a Car Seat is Risky

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The deaths fall under the umbrella of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and accidental suffocation and/or strangulation in bed.

May 20th 2019, 3:54 pm

Neck Cracking and Stroke: How Risky Is It?

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A direct cause-and-effect link has not been established, but the Heart Association-Stroke Association statement recommends that health care providers tell patients of the risk before they have neck manipulation.

May 20th 2019, 3:37 pm

Breastfeeding Brings a Heart Bonus for Mom

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In the study, researchers assessed heart and blood vessel health in postmenopausal women, along with their breastfeeding history.

May 20th 2019, 1:55 pm

Swallowed Button Batteries Must be Removed: Study

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Whenever a child swallows a battery -- or might have swallowed one -- parents should get to the hospital right away.

May 20th 2019, 1:36 pm

Sugary Drinks and Juices Increase Early Death Risk

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The researchers found that those who drank the most sugar-sweetened beverages -- including 100%  fruit juice -- had higher odds of dying during the study, compared with those who drank the least of these.

May 20th 2019, 12:25 pm

For Women With HIV, Life Can Hurt Fight for Health

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The study of nearly 2,000 HIV-positive women in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and San Francisco who have been followed since 1994 found that many have been able to control their HIV levels, off and on.

May 17th 2019, 3:54 pm

Suicides Up Among U.S. Kids; Girls' Deaths Highest

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Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Americans aged 10 to 19, with rates historically higher in boys than girls.

May 17th 2019, 3:54 pm

E-Cig Makers' Free Stuff Leads More Teens to Vape

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Before adjusting for other factors, the researchers found that teens who owned promotional items were 2.3 times more likely to try alternative tobacco products than those who did not.

May 17th 2019, 3:24 pm

Suicides Up Among U.S. Kids; Highest Amid Girls

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Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Americans aged 10 to 19, with rates historically higher in boys than girls.

May 17th 2019, 2:36 pm

The Unsexy Truth: Fewer in the U.S. Having Sex

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Despite all the steamy action portrayed on our screens both big and small, new data suggest fewer people are actually having sex than in the past, including young adults and teens who seem to be less sexually active than their peers in previous generations.

May 17th 2019, 2:36 pm

Colon Cancer Increasingly Striking the Young

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Among twenty-somethings, colon cancer cases rose by 18% a year in Denmark and 11%  in Norway, according to the study published May 16 in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hematology.

May 17th 2019, 1:20 pm

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Backyard Chickens

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Backyard flocks of live poultry have been linked with salmonella outbreaks that have sickened 52 people in 21 states, the CDC says.

May 17th 2019, 10:19 am

LED Blue Light Poses Eye, Sleep Risks: Report

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The blue light in LED lighting used in many consumer products may harm your sleep and pose a risk to your eyes, a new report warns.

May 17th 2019, 10:19 am

Diets High in Processed Foods a Recipe for Obesity

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Study found people who ate predominantly processed foods were more likely to gain weight.

May 17th 2019, 9:06 am

Former President Jimmy Carter Out of Hospital

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Former President Jimmy Carter, 94, was released from the hospital Thursday, after surgery to repair a broken hip. Former first lady Rosalynn Carter also was released, after feeling faint Wednesday and being admitted for observation and testing.

May 16th 2019, 2:23 pm

Americans' Dirty Pool Habits Revealed in Survey

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More than half of adults said they use a swimming pool as a substitute for showering or to rinse off after exercise or yard work, according to the online survey of 3,100 adults conducted by the Sachs Media Group.

May 16th 2019, 1:37 pm

U.S. Birth Rate Lowest in 32 Years

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The fertility rate in 2018 was 1.7 births per woman, a 2% decline from 2017. That rate means the current generation isn't producing enough children to replace itself, the AP reported.

May 16th 2019, 1:37 pm

Scientists Spot Unexpected Player in Fibromyalgia

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Researchers combined metformin with standard drugs used for fibromyalgia and saw a much greater degree of pain relief.

May 16th 2019, 1:37 pm

Low-Fat Diet Could Help Against Breast Cancer

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Researchers found that eating low-fat foods reduced a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer by 21%.

May 16th 2019, 1:37 pm

New Hearing Aid May Solve 'Cocktail Party' Problem

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The device would rely on an emerging technology called "auditory attention decoding" (AAD). AAD simultaneously monitors a person's brainwaves and the sound around them.

May 16th 2019, 12:23 pm

Doctors, Patients Struggle with Benzodiazepine Use

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Along with Xanax, benzodiazepines include familiar brand names like the tranquilizer Valium (diazepam) and another anti-anxiety medication, Klonopin (clonazepam).

May 16th 2019, 12:23 pm

CVS Begins Testing of All Vitamins, Supplements

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The company says 7% of products that were tested failed.

May 15th 2019, 5:36 pm

Study: Curbing a Skin Oil Might Help Reduce Acne

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The naturally produced oil called sebum is important to the skin's health because it helps regulate temperature and repel microbes, the researchers said. But an excess of sebum production has also long been thought to be a contributor to acne.

May 15th 2019, 5:36 pm

Lyme Disease Now a Threat in City Parks

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Infected ticks were mostly found in forested parks with vegetation around the edges and connected to each other.

May 15th 2019, 4:52 pm

App Could Spot Kids' Ear Infections

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Researchers studied an app that uses a smartphone's microphone and speaker and a piece of paper to detect fluid behind the eardrum.

May 15th 2019, 4:52 pm

Tattoo Inks Recalled Over Bacterial Contamination

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Consumers should ask their tattoo artist or studio about the inks they use and avoid the recalled inks, the FDA said.

May 15th 2019, 4:36 pm

Valium, Xanax Could Raise Miscarriage Risk

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When taken in early pregnancy, the anti-anxiety drugs called benzodiazepins raise the risk for a miscarriage in the first trimester by 11%, according to new research.

May 15th 2019, 2:34 pm

Trans Women on Hormones Have More Breast Cancer

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Researchers found that trans women on hormone therapy had a higher breast cancer risk than the general male population but lower than the general female population.

May 15th 2019, 2:05 pm

Study: Low-Dose Aspirin's Risks Outweigh Benefits

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Researchers said the findings support a recent change to guidelines on low-dose aspirin: The blood thinner should now be reserved for people at high risk of heart attack or stroke.

May 14th 2019, 7:21 pm

Antibiotics May Help In Complicated Vaginal Births

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The preventive use of antibiotics when babies were delivered by forceps or vacuum extraction could prevent about 5,000 infections in new mothers every year in the United States alone, the researchers estimated.

May 14th 2019, 6:10 pm

Signs of Suicidal Thoughts Seen in PTSD Brains

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The investigation raises the possibility that at some future point new treatments could be developed to reduce suicide risk in this vulnerable group of patients.

May 14th 2019, 5:50 pm

Comedian Tim Conway, 85, Dies of Brain Disorder

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Comedian Tim Conway, a co-star of The Carol Burnett Show in the 1970s, has died of the brain disorder normal pressure hydrocephalus. He was 85.

May 14th 2019, 5:50 pm

Philadelphia's Soda Tax Tied to Big Drop in Sales

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The obesity epidemic is a big reason soda taxes are catching on. Seven cities have them now, and Connecticut and Colorado are considering a statewide tax.

May 14th 2019, 5:50 pm

Will Climate Change Cause Food Sources to Dwindle?

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Some of the effects may begin soon or have already begun. But they are already affecting U.S. farmers, who have been forced to adapt to the new growing environment.

May 14th 2019, 2:32 pm

California Couple Get $2 Billion in Roundup Suit

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The couple said they used Roundup on their property for more than three decades and were diagnosed with the same type of cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, four years apart.

May 14th 2019, 11:49 am

1 in 4 American Workers Struggles With Back Pain

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Both men and women reported suffering from lower back pain. They were more likely to be 45 to 64. Obesity can also contribute to lower back pain.

May 14th 2019, 1:38 am

Former President Jimmy Carter Breaks Hip, Has Surgery

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The oldest living former president, 94, fell at his home in Plains, GA, as he was heading out to go turkey hunting.

May 14th 2019, 1:38 am

Treat Prostate Cancer? Clues Lie in Chromosomes

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Changes in chromosomes within prostate cancer cells may help predict how aggressive a tumor is, a new study has found.

May 14th 2019, 1:38 am

U.S. Measles Cases in 2019 Reach 839: CDC

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Measles have been reported in 23 states so far this year. Many of the cases have been among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities in New York, the CDC said.

May 13th 2019, 3:32 pm

Study: Injured Lungs Can Be Repaired for Transplant

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In the new study, researchers created a way to keep the donor organs in shape for transplant and functioning, and the recipients stable for 36 to 56 hours.

May 13th 2019, 2:48 pm

Study: Body May Recover From Bursts of Overeating

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If you’re overeating once or twice a year, you'll probably be just fine, one expert said. But if it's a few times a week, that's a problem, and at some point, it will catch up with you.

May 13th 2019, 1:02 pm

Iowa-Bred Dogs Have Disease That Can Pass to Humans

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While the threat to pet owners is low, human symptoms include fever, sweats, headache, joint pain and weakness, the state health department said.

May 13th 2019, 12:13 pm

'Robopets' Bring Companionship to Nursing Homes

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The robopets stimulate conversations and trigger fond memories of pets or past experiences, the study’s lead author said.

May 10th 2019, 5:47 pm

Do Doctors Give Better Care in the Morning?

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One researcher offered this theory for why care seemed more complete in the morning: As the day goes on, doctors often fall behind schedule, and may run out of time for cancer screening discussions.

May 10th 2019, 4:12 pm

Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs Can Show Up Early

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Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can include joint pain or swelling, but 40% of patients have symptoms that don't involve the joints, such as fatigue, fever and loss of appetite.

May 10th 2019, 4:12 pm

More Active Lupus Linked to Childhood Events

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The greater the number of bad childhood experiences, the worse a patient's self-reported lupus activity, depression and overall health, a new study has found.

May 10th 2019, 3:15 pm

Some Drug Abusers Use Relatives to 'Opioid Shop'

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For every 200 U.S. patients prescribed opioids in 2016, one had a family member who shopped for opioids, the study found.

May 10th 2019, 2:43 pm

Can Medical Marijuana Help Kids With Autism?

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Parents of kids with autism should wait for more data before trying to treat them with medical marijuana, warned the lead researcher on the study.

May 10th 2019, 2:14 pm

Frustration Mounts as EpiPen Shortage Hits 1 Year

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It’s estimated that 32 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.6 million children.

May 10th 2019, 1:27 pm

Could Your Home County Be A Measles Hotspot?

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As well as identifying the 25 U.S. counties at greatest risk for measles outbreaks, the researchers pinpointed the countries that contribute most to measles risk in the United States: India, China, Mexico, Japan, Ukraine, Philippines and Thailand.

May 9th 2019, 8:22 pm

CDC: Hepatitis A Infections Soaring

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Although 2016 saw two outbreaks of hepatitis A caused by contaminated food, the main reason for outbreaks has been the living conditions of drug addicts and the homeless.

May 9th 2019, 7:34 pm

Psoriasis, Mental Illness Often Appear Together

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Although two new studies suggest a link between mental health and psoriasis, neither paper can prove that one causes the other, only that the two are associated.

May 9th 2019, 5:34 pm

Prices Will Soon be Included in TV Drug Ads

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The prices are expected to appear in text toward the end of TV commercials, when potential side effects are being listed. The new policy, which could take effect as early as this summer, covers all brand name drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid, which is nearly all medications.

May 9th 2019, 4:34 pm

Is Appendix Removal Linked to Parkinson's Risk?

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The study proves an association between appendix removal and the disease, one expert said. “But more research is needed to understand the exact connection between the gut and Parkinson's

May 9th 2019, 4:34 pm

Success Seen in No-Surgery Weight-Loss Procedure

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Unlike standard weight-loss surgery, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) requires no incision and no hospital stay.

May 9th 2019, 2:30 pm

Teen Who Refused Chickenpox Vaccine Now Has Disease

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A Kentucky teen who was banned from school for refusing vaccination against chickenpox has come down with the disease, his lawyer says.

May 9th 2019, 10:32 am

Antibiotic Alternative? A Virus to Fight Bacteria

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The notion of using viruses to infect and kill bacteria is getting a second look now that some dangerous bacteria are developing resistance to widely used antibiotics.

May 8th 2019, 4:13 pm

Americans' Prescription Med Use Is Declining

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The drop in prescription use reverses a trend that had persisted since the 1990s, the study authors said.

May 8th 2019, 3:29 pm

Poor, Minorities Get Less Help For Opioid Addiction

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The study found that for every appointment where a black person received a prescription for the opioid addiction medication buprenorphine, there were 35 such appointments for white patients.

May 8th 2019, 3:29 pm

Do Adults Need a Measles Booster Shot?

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Experts are divided on the need for a measles booster shot by adults who are worried about their measles immunity.

May 8th 2019, 1:42 pm

Diabetes Drugs Carry Risk of Gangrene of Genitals

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Popular diabetes drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors are linked with an increased risk of developing a flesh-eating bacteria that attacks the genitals, a rare condition known as Fournier gangrene.

May 8th 2019, 12:42 pm

Viral Post Shows Risk of Sleeping in Contacts

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Sleeping in contacts -- even those meant for extended wear -- raises your risk of infection 6 to 8 times, but nearly one-third of wearers admit to doing it sometimes.

May 8th 2019, 12:42 pm

Is AI a New Weapon in Breast Cancer Detection?

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Studies so far have suggested that computers can outperform humans when it comes to diagnosing certain tumors.

May 7th 2019, 4:46 pm

CDC: Many Maternal Deaths Months After Delivery

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About 700 pregnancy-related deaths occur in the United States each year, and 3 out of 5 are preventable, data show.

May 7th 2019, 4:30 pm

Women Who Quit Smoking Cut Bladder Cancer Risk

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Bladder cancer is more common in men, but women often fare worse, even when diagnosed at similar stages.

May 7th 2019, 4:00 pm

Enlarged-Prostate Meds May Delay Cancer Diagnosis

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This type of drug can drive down levels of PSA, which doctors check to monitor men for prostate cancer. If the level is kept down by the medication, doctors could miss early warning signs.

May 7th 2019, 3:28 pm

Pre-Pregnancy Weight Matters Most For Complications

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The takeaway from the study is that it may be more important to be at a healthy weight before getting pregnant, one expert said.

May 7th 2019, 3:28 pm
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