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Iron and Total Iron-Binding Capacity
Iron and Total Iron-Binding Capacity Do these tests have other names? Iron (Fe), serum iron, TIBC What are these tests? The serum iron test measure the amount of iron in your blood. The total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) test looks at how well the iron moves through your body. Iron is an important mineral that your body needs to stay healthy. Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin, the protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body. If you don't have enough iron, you may not ha...
Iron (Blood) Does this test have other names? Serum Fe What is this test? This test measures the level of iron in your blood. Iron is an essential trace element in your blood. It helps your body make healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your bloodstream. Having too little or too much iron can lead to health problems. Too little iron in your body can cause a condition called anemia. When this happens, your blood doesn't have enough iron to make the number of red blood cells ne...
Intrinsic Factor Antibody
Intrinsic Factor Antibody Does this test have other names? IF antibody; intrinsic factor antibody level; intrinsic factor blocking antibody measurement; antibody level, intrinsic factor What is this test? This is a blood test for pernicious anemia, which is caused by a deficiency of vitamin B 12 . The disease used to be life-threatening, but today it can be treated with vitamin B 12 shots or pills. To get enough vitamin B 12 , your body needs a protein called intrinsic factor (IF). This protein is made ...
International Normalized Ratio
International Normalized Ratio Does this test have other names? INR, standardized prothrombin time What is this test? This blood test looks to see how well your blood clots. The international normalized ratio (INR) is a standardized number that's figured out in the lab. If you take blood thinners, also called anti-clotting medicines or anticoagulants, it's especially important to check your INR. The INR is figured out using the results of the prothrombin time (PT) test. This measures the time it takes f...
Insulin-Like Growth Factor
Insulin-Like Growth Factor Does this test have other names? IGF, IGF-1 What is this test? This test measures the amount of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in your blood. IGF-1 is a hormone found naturally in your blood. Its main job is to regulate the effects of growth hormone (GH) in your body. Normal IGF-1 and GH functions include tissue and bone growth. IGF-1 is formed in different tissues as a result of GH in the blood. Some disorders and diseases, such as pituitary tumors, can cause your body ...
Indirect Bilirubin Does this test have other names? Unconjugated bilirubin What is this test? This test measures the amount of bilirubin in your blood. Your body makes bilirubin when it breaks down hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells. This breakdown is called hemolysis. Your liver removes bilirubin from your body, so measuring it is one way to check how well your liver is working. Why do I need this test? You may need this test if the results of a total bilirubin blood test are abnormal. When total...
Indirect Antiglobulin Does this test have other names? Indirect Coombs test, Coombs test (indirect), blood antibody screening, IAT What is this test? This test looks for antibodies circulating in your bloodstream. Antibodies are proteins that your immune system makes in response to a possible foreign invader. If you receive a blood transfusion, these antibodies could attach to donated red blood cells and damage them. Why do I need this test? You may have this blood test before you get a blood transfusio...
Immunofixation and Protein Electrophoresis (CSF)
Immunofixation and Protein Electrophoresis (CSF) Does this test have other names? IPE CSF, CSF protein electrophoresis, immunofixation electrophoresis What is this test? This test looks for certain proteins in a sample of your cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). CSF is the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord. This test uses an electrical current on a CSF sample to separate out certain types of protein called immunoglobulins. Normally, your CSF has little protein in it. An increase in the amount of ...
Immunofixation by Electrophoresis (Urine)
Immunofixation by Electrophoresis (Urine) Does this test have other names? Immunofixation electrophoresis, IFE What is this test? This test separates and measures proteins in your urine. It looks for an abnormal protein called monoclonal protein, or M-protein. An M-protein is a type of abnormal immunoglobulin made by plasma cells, a kind of white blood cell. Your body uses immunoglobulins to make antibodies that help attack invaders such as germs. If your body makes M-protein, it may mean that you have ...
Immunofixation (Blood) Does this test have other names? IFE, immunofixation electrophoresis What is this test? This blood test finds out if you are abnormally making or losing protein. It can also find out if you are having problems absorbing protein. This test helps diagnose or monitor conditions linked to health problems like the blood cancer multiple myeloma. For this test, your blood sample goes through a complex procedure called electrophoresis. This process singles out the different proteins in yo...
Immunohistochemical Test for Estrogen and Progesterone Receptors
Immunohistochemical Test for Estrogen and Progesterone Receptors Does this test have other names? IHC testing What is this test? This test looks for several types of receptors on cells in a sample of breast cancer tissue. Fifty percent to 70% of breast cancers depend on the hormone estrogen to grow. A few breast cancers can grow without estrogen. The cancer cells that depend on estrogen make many estrogen receptors (ER), progesterone receptors (PR), or both. These receptors grab onto the hormones that f...
Interacting with a Child Who Has Autism Spectrum Disorder
Interacting with a Child Who Has Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects how children interact and communicate. The disorder is called a spectrum disorder because children can fall anywhere on the autism spectrum. Children with an ASD begin to show symptoms of the condition at an early age, and the symptoms continue throughout childhood and adulthood. Health care providers do not know why some children get an ASD. It may be a combination of genes ...
Injectable Corticosteroids Corticosteroids are potent drugs used to reduce inflammation in the body's tissues. They are different from anabolic steroids. These are illegally used by some athletes to increase muscle tone. Corticosteroids can come in several forms: pills, liquids, creams, ointments, medicines sprayed into the nose, and injectable medicines. Corticosteroid injections can treat a variety of skeletal, muscular, and spinal conditions. Some of these injections can be performed by your health c...
Increased Intracranial Pressure (ICP)
Increased Intracranial Pressure (ICP) What is increased intracranial pressure (ICP)? A brain injury or another medical condition can cause growing pressure inside your skull. This dangerous condition is called increased intracranial pressure (ICP) and can lead to a headache. The pressure also further injure your brain or spinal cord. This kind of headache is an emergency and requires immediate medical attention. The sooner you get help, the more likely you are to recover. What causes ICP? Causes of ICP:...
Insulinoma What is an insulinoma? The pancreas makes insulin, which helps keep your blood sugar level balanced. Tumors on your pancreas, called insulinomas, make extra insulin, more than your body can use. This causes blood sugar levels to drop too low. These tumors are rare and usually do not spread to other parts of your body. What causes an insulinoma? The cause of insulinomas is unknown. What are the risk factors for an insulinoma? There are few risk factors for insulinomas. But, women seem to be af...
Infectious Esophagitis Esophagitis is swelling and irritation of your esophagus. The esophagus is the tube you use to swallow. It connects the back of your throat to your stomach. The most common cause of swelling and irritation of the esophagus is stomach acid that flows back into your esophagus. But infections can also cause this swelling and irritation. Fungi, yeast, viruses, and bacteria can all set off the condition, called infectious esophagitis. Anyone can get it, but you are more likely to devel...
Intra-Abdominal Abscess What is an intra-abdominal abscess? An intra-abdominal abscess is a collection of pus or infected fluid that is surrounded by inflamed tissue inside the abdomen. It can involve any abdominal organ, or it can settle in the folds of the bowel. What causes an intra-abdominal abscess? Intra-abdominal abscesses sometimes happen because of another condition. An example might be appendicitis or diverticulitis. Many cases, however, happen after surgery. Abdominal abscesses can be caused ...
Intradiscal Procedures for Back Pain
Intradiscal Procedures for Back Pain Sometimes back pain comes from the fluid-filled disks that make up your spine. Click Image to Enlarge The spine's 33 bony vertebrae are hooked together in a way that allows the spine to bend and move. In between the 24 vertebra that come in contact with one another is a flat, fluid-filled cushion called a disk. When the disks themselves are causing back pain or pain radiating to the legs, health care providers sometimes do an intradiscal procedure to try to relieve t...
Immunoglobulin A Deficiency
Immunoglobulin A Deficiency What is IgA deficiency? Immunoglobulin A (IgA) is a blood protein that’s part of your immune system. Your body makes IgA to help fight off sickness. IgA is found in mucous membranes, mainly in the respiratory and GI tracts, and in saliva, tears, and breast milk. It seems to play a part in asthma and allergies. Researchers have also linked IgA to autoimmune health problems. These are health problems in which your body’s own immune system attacks your body by mistake. Having an...
IgG Deficiencies What are IgG deficiencies? An IgG deficiency is a health problem in which your body doesn’t make enough Immunoglobulin G (IgG). People with IgG deficiency are more likely to get infections. When your body feels it is under attack, it makes special proteins called immunoglobulins or antibodies. These antibodies are made by the plasma cells. They are let loose throughout the body to help kill bacteria, viruses, and other germs. The body makes 5 major types of immunoglobulins: Immunoglobul...
Iron Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Iron Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery What is iron deficiency after gastric bypass surgery? Iron deficiency and anemia are common after a gastric bypass or other weight-loss surgery, especially in women. In fact, iron deficiency can occur in more than half of women who are premenopausal who have this surgery. What causes iron deficiency after gastric bypass surgery? Iron deficiency is a side effect that results from the changes made during the surgery. Most of the iron from foods, like meats, leg...
Isosorbide Mononitrate Oral tablet
Isosorbide Mononitrate Oral tablet What is this medicine? ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE (eye soe SOR bide mon oh NYE trate) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used to prevent chest pain caused by angina. It will not help to stop an episode of chest pain. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals....
Isosorbide Dinitrate Oral tablet
Isosorbide Dinitrate Oral tablet What is this medicine? ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE (eye soe SOR bide dye NYE trate) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used to prevent chest pain caused by angina. It will not help to stop an episode of chest pain. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at leas...
Isoniazid, Rifampin Oral capsule
Isoniazid, Rifampin Oral capsule What is this medicine? ISONIAZID; RIFAMPIN (eye soe NYE a zid; RIF am pin) is a combination of two antibiotics. It is used to treat tuberculosis (TB). It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, either 1 hour before or 2 hours after food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do...
Idursulfase Solution for injection
Idursulfase Solution for injection What is this medicine? IDURSULFASE (EYE dur SUL fase) is used to replace an enzyme that is missing in patients with Hunter syndrome. It is not a cure. How should I use this medicine? The medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given as an infusion by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young...
Isosorbide Dinitrate Sublingual tablet
Isosorbide Dinitrate Sublingual tablet What is this medicine? ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE (eye soe SOR bide dye NYE trate) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used to prevent and to treat chest pain caused by angina. How should I use this medicine? Place this medicine under the tongue. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Take this medicine 15 minutes before an activity th...
Influenza Trivalent Virus Vaccine (Types A and B) Solution for injection
Influenza Trivalent Virus Vaccine (Types A and B) Solution for injection What is this medicine? INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (in floo EN zuh VAHY ruhs vak SEEN) helps to reduce the risk of getting influenza also known as the flu. The vaccine only helps protect you against some strains of the flu. How should I use this medicine? This vaccine is for injection into a muscle or under the skin. It is given by a health care professional. A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccinatio...
Indomethacin Oral capsule, extended-release
Indomethacin Oral capsule, extended-release What is this medicine? INDOMETHACIN (in doe Meth a sin) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to reduce swelling and to treat pain. It may be used for painful joint and muscular problems such as arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and gout. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with food and with a full glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medici...
Isosorbide Mononitrate Oral tablet, extended-release
Isosorbide Mononitrate Oral tablet, extended-release What is this medicine? ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE (eye soe SOR bide mon oh NYE trate) is a vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used to prevent chest pain caused by angina. It will not help to stop an episode of chest pain. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush or chew. Take you...
Ipratropium Bromide Nebulizer solution
Ipratropium Bromide Nebulizer solution What is this medicine? IPRATROPIUM (i pra TROE pee um) is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Do not use this medicine alone for an acute attack. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is used in a nebulizer. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol that you breathe in through your mou...
Ingrown Hairs What is an ingrown hair? An ingrown hair, or pseudofolliculitis, is a hair that curls and penetrates the skin with its tip, causing inflammation. Ingrown hairs are more common among people with very curly hair. Most ingrown hairs happen in the beard area on men and the bikini or groin area on women. What are the symptoms of an ingrown hair? The most common symptom of an ingrown hair is redness and inflammation of the skin. This is followed by pus formation. However, each individual may exp...
International Travel Quiz
How Much Do You Know About International Travel and Health? Test your knowledge of how to stay healthy when traveling abroad. 1. International travel may require prophylactic medicines and vaccines. How long before departure should you see your doctor? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Some vaccines must be given in a series over several days or weeks. You should see your doctor as early as possible before your departure to find out what medications or vaccines are reco...
Individual Fruit Cup Dessert
Individual Fruit Cup Dessert Your children can help you make this easy dessert that's colorful and good for them to eat. Have all of your supplies and ingredients ready before you begin. Be careful with boiling water and small children. Ingredients 1 15-ounce can fruit cocktail (in its own juice) 1 3-ounce package sugar-free gelatin mix, any flavor 1 cup boiling water 1 cup cold water Directions Place equal amount of fruit cocktail in each of 4 small bowls. Put boiling water into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle...
Isoleucine Other name(s): a-amino-b-methyl-n-valeric acid Unsubstantiated claims Please note that this section reports on claims that have not yet been substantiated through studies. Isoleucine may play a role in how hemoglobin is made. This is the oxygen-carrying pigment inside of red blood cells. It may help control blood sugar. It may also boost energy and endurance. It’s also said to help speed healing of injured muscles. Isoleucine may also help muscle development and lean body mass. Recommended in...
Iodine Other name(s): iodide, organic iodine, potassium iodide, sodium iodide General description In 1922, experts learned that the thyroid gland needs iodine. The gland needs it to make thyroid hormones and prevent enlarged thyroid glands (goiter). Thyroid hormones control metabolism. They also affect reproductive processes, nerves, muscles, skin, and hair. Iodine also helps with the synthesis of protein and utilization of oxygen. Iodine is in two main hormones made by the thyroid gland. Together, thes...
Iron Other name(s): carbonyl iron, desiccated ferrous sulfate, ferrous fumarate, ferrous gluconate, ferrous sulfate General description Iron is an essential element. It’s needed for red blood cells to form. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body. However, iron is poisonous in large doses. Iron overdose is the number one cause of poisoning in children in the U.S. Iron works as the oxygen-carrying component of hemoglobin. This is the red pigment inside red blood cells that gives blood its c...
Improper Use of Contact Lenses Can Trigger Serious Eye Damage, CDC Says
Improper Use of Contact Lenses Can Trigger Serious Eye Damage, CDC Says THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Unsafe use of contact lenses -- such as sleeping with them in place or using the same pair for too long -- is triggering serious eye injuries for many Americans, a new report finds. In fact, eye damage occurred in nearly 20 percent of contact lens-related eye infections reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over 10 years, researchers say. "Improper wear and care of contact lens...
Injected Drug May Help Fight Osteoporosis in Women
Injected Drug May Help Fight Osteoporosis in Women TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug appears to reduce the risk of bone fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis better than a placebo and the currently available drug, a new study finds. In this phase 3 trial funded by the drug's maker, Radius Health, fewer women on the injectable drug abaloparatide had spine fractures (0.58 percent) than women receiving a placebo (4.22 percent) and slightly fewer than those taking...
Injuries at Indoor Trampoline Parks Jump
Injuries at Indoor Trampoline Parks Jump TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A wave of injuries at indoor trampoline parks has prompted a call for design and safety standards. In a small study, Australian researchers described injuries occurring at the parks as "an emerging public health concern." They reported that over six months, one Australian trauma center treated dozens of kids who were hurt at indoor trampoline parks. Between July 2014 and January 2015, its emergency room treated 40 childr...
Injuries Soar as Trampoline Parks Expand
Injuries Soar as Trampoline Parks Expand MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As trampoline parks spring up across the United States, injuries to kids have jumped, too, a new study finds. Indoor trampoline parks, a relatively new phenomenon, are growing in popularity, said Dr. Kathryn Kasmire, the lead researcher on the study. In 2011, there were only around 35 such parks in existence, according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks. By 2014, that number had risen to 280. This growth ...
Is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Real?
Is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Real? FRIDAY, July 29, 2016, (HealthDay News) -- Gluten sensitivity appears to be a real medical problem, and not a figment of the popular imagination conjured up by the gluten-free craze, a new study contends. Some people suffer changes within their bodies after eating gluten that are separate and distinct from those that accompany either celiac disease or wheat allergy, researchers report. "We don't know what is triggering this response, but this study is the first to ...
Is Pot Harder on the Heart Than Tobacco?
Is Pot Harder on the Heart Than Tobacco? WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking pot might harm your heart health and that of the people around you -- perhaps even more than cigarettes, a new animal study suggests. Lab rats experienced a severe reduction in their blood vessel function after a minute's exposure to secondhand smoke from either tobacco or marijuana, researchers said. But it took the rats three times longer to recover from a minute of secondhand marijuana smoke, compared with t...
Is It Flu, or Is It Valley Fever?
Is It Flu, or Is It Valley Fever? THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Early diagnosis of a potentially fatal fungal infection called valley fever can help patients, but too many are misdiagnosed, experts say. Doctors should suspect valley fever in patients with pneumonia or ongoing flu-like symptoms who live in or have visited the west or southwest United States, especially Arizona and central California, according to updated guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Each year,...
Induced Labor Won't Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests
Induced Labor Won't Raise Autism Risk in Kids, Research Suggests MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inducing labor won't raise a pregnant woman's risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests. "These findings should provide reassurance to women who are about to give birth, that having their labor induced will not increase their child's risk of developing autism spectrum disorders," said senior researcher Dr. Brian Bateman. He's an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and ...
Is Binge-Watching Hazardous to Your Health?
Is Binge-Watching Hazardous to Your Health? MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Binge-watchers, beware: Too much time in front of the TV could boost your risk of death from a blood clot in the lung, researchers warn. A lung blood clot (pulmonary embolism) typically begins as a clot in the leg or pelvis that develops due to inactivity and reduced blood flow. The clot can break free and travel to a lung and lodge in a small blood vessel, posing a serious threat. This new study included more than 86,...
Implant Proves Effective at Combating Opioid Dependence
Implant Proves Effective at Combating Opioid Dependence TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Addicts are twice as likely to kick their dependence on heroin or prescription painkillers if they receive a new long-acting implant rather than a daily treatment pill, a new clinical trial shows. The implant, sold under the name Probuphine, is placed in the upper arm of recovering addicts and releases a steady six-month dose of buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is an anti-addiction drug designed to combat the ...
Is Surgery Always Needed for Meniscal Tears of the Knee?
Is Surgery Always Needed for Meniscal Tears of the Knee? WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A meniscal tear is a common and disabling knee injury affecting many Americans at some point in their lives. Now, new research suggests that in many cases, exercise may work just as well as surgery to heal the condition in middle-aged people. Meniscal tears occur when damage is done to the rubbery discs that cushion the knee joint. According to the European research team, about 2 million people worldwid...
IVF Won't Raise Risk for Breast Cancer
IVF Won't Raise Risk for Breast Cancer TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF) to boost their odds of having a baby aren't at increased risk of breast cancer, according to Dutch researchers. Their study of more than 25,000 women found no "significant increase in the long-term risk of breast cancer among women treated with these IVF regimens." A fertility expert believes the findings will ease patients' concerns. "As the number of women undergoing IVF con...
Insurance Mandates Boost U.S. Autism Diagnoses
Insurance Mandates Boost U.S. Autism Diagnoses MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. children are getting diagnosed and treated for autism in states that require commercial health insurers to cover these services, a new study finds. But countless more kids with undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder still aren't receiving needed medical attention, said researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. "These are encouraging findings," said study lea...
If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study
If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests. "The magnitude of the increased risk surprised us -- it really is a potent factor," said senior study author Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski. She is associate director of precision health with the University of California, San Francisco's Preterm Birth Initiat...
Innovative Trials Produce Promising Breast Cancer Drugs
Innovative Trials Produce Promising Breast Cancer Drugs THURSDAY, July 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An innovative set of clinical trials have identified two drugs that could provide a fighting chance for women with advanced breast cancer. The drugs, neratinib and veliparib, both appear effective in helping women diagnosed with stage 2 or 3 breast cancer, researchers report. These are the first two drugs to come out of the I-SPY clinical trials, a research effort intended to streamline drug testing by bet...
Is Swimming Safe in Areas With the Freshwater 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba?
Is Swimming Safe in Areas With the Freshwater 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba? THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The headlines are terrifying, and the story details are even worse as you read about a child who goes for a swim in a lake or river and then falls prey to a "brain-eating amoeba." The brain infection brought on by Naegleria fowleri , an amoeba that flourishes in warm open waters, can quickly prove fatal, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As disturbing as these ...
Is U.S. Government Subsidizing Fattening Foods?
Is U.S. Government Subsidizing Fattening Foods? TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans get more than half of their daily calories from seven farm foods that are subsidized by the U.S. government, but a new study suggests those subsidies may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. The problem, according to the researchers: The biggest consumers of such food products are also much more likely to be obese, and to struggle with high cholesterol, high inflammation levels or high blood sugar. Th...
Inherited Cholesterol Disorder Significantly Boosts Heart Risks
Inherited Cholesterol Disorder Significantly Boosts Heart Risks THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who inherit a genetic disorder that causes high levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol have an increased risk for heart disease and hardened arteries, a new study finds. The condition is called heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. It's believed to affect about 1.5 million people in the United States, the researchers said. The genes linked to this condition prevent the liver from removing LD...
Implantable Heart Devices Work, Regardless of Race: Study
Implantable Heart Devices Work, Regardless of Race: Study MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable heart devices are as effective in reducing the risk of death in minority patients with heart failure as in white patients, a new study says. While these devices are recommended for all eligible patients, previous research has shown that black and Hispanic patients were not well-represented in past clinical trials and are less likely than whites to receive implantable cardioverter defibrillator...
In Neonatal ICU, Hand Washing Plus Gloves May Curb Infections
In Neonatal ICU, Hand Washing Plus Gloves May Curb Infections MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature babies are less likely to develop infections when medical staff wear gloves after washing their hands, compared with just hand washing, a new study finds. Researchers looked at infections and cases of so-called necrotizing enterocolitis -- tissue death in the intestines -- among 120 extremely preterm babies in a neonatal intensive care unit at one hospital. The infants were younger...
Is the PSA Test Worth It? Major Study Is Inconclusive
Is the PSA Test Worth It? Major Study Is Inconclusive WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The value of the PSA test to screen men for prostate cancer has long been debated, and a new study of 162,000 men may not resolve the issue. The European study, reported Aug. 6 in The Lancet , finds that widespread use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests does reduce deaths from the disease by about one-fifth. However, due to lingering doubts about whether the benefits of PSA screening outweigh th...
Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Outcome: Study
Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Outcome: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new U.S. study finds that cancer patients who don't have insurance -- or who get it through the federal health insurance program for the poor (Medicaid) -- are at much higher risk of poor medical outcomes than other people. They're more likely to have advanced cancer when they're diagnosed, less likely to be treated with surgery or radiation and more likely to die of their disease, researchers report. The findin...
IRS Caps Fines on Uninsured Americans at $12K for Family of 5
IRS Caps Fines on Uninsured Americans at $12K for Family of 5 FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. taxpayers who go without health insurance this year will face fines of up to $2,448 per individual or $12,240 for a family of five, the Internal Revenue Service says. The Obama administration on Thursday announced an upper limit on the federal tax penalties that some Americans will owe for failing to have health insurance. The IRS cap is based on the monthly national average premium for a bronze-...
It's 'Buyer Beware' for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA Says
It's 'Buyer Beware' for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA Says TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Decorative contact lenses may seem like a fun accessory, but if you're not careful, they can cause serious eye damage. Decorative contacts should be fitted properly by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It's important to get an eye exam and a valid prescription for these lenses and buy them from a trustworthy seller, the FDA cautioned. To spread...
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