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New Specialty Medicines Drive Up Drug Spending
New Specialty Medicines Drive Up Drug Spending TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay New) -- New medicines targeting conditions like hepatitis C, cancer and multiple sclerosis helped to propel drug spending to its highest level in more than a decade, a new report finds. Medicine sales jumped 13 percent, to nearly $374 billion, in 2014 after a period of mostly low single-digit growth, according to the report released Tuesday by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics in Parsippany, N.J. Last year's inc...
New Drug Shows Promise for MS
New Drug Shows Promise for MS TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug appears to repair nerve damage seen in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, results of an early trial suggest. MS, an often disabling disease of the central nervous system, damages myelin, the fatty substance that protects nerves. Now, for the first time, researchers show evidence of repair of damaged myelin in the human brain, said lead researcher Dr. Diego Cadavid, who is with Massachusetts-based Biogen Idec, w...
Not Interested in School? Maybe They're Born That Way
Not Interested in School? Maybe They're Born That Way MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who avoid doing homework and don't care about getting A's may have inherited their indifference toward school from their parents, new research suggests. As much as half of a child's motivation to learn -- or lack of motivation -- may be driven by a genetic predisposition, according to an analysis involving more than 13,000 identical twins in six countries. However, the study team cautioned that enjoymen...
Narcotic Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby: Study
Narcotic Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby: Study MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Use of prescription narcotic painkillers is common in pregnancy and increases the likelihood a baby will be born small or early, or go through painful drug withdrawal, a new study finds. These prescription painkillers, also called opioids, include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin), codeine and morphine. Nearly 30 percent of the Tennessee mothers-to-be in the new study used...
Number of Uninsured Adults Decreasing Under Obamacare
Number of Uninsured Adults Decreasing Under Obamacare FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' access to health care is improving under President Barack Obama's health care law, with greater gains among blacks and Hispanics than among whites, according to a federal government report. The proportion of uninsured adults under 65 fell from a high of 22 percent in 2010 to 16 percent in the second quarter of 2014, after the implementation of "Obamacare," the Agency for Healthcare Research and Qu...
New Test Helps Diagnose Delayed Stomach Emptying
New Test Helps Diagnose Delayed Stomach Emptying MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new breath test has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help doctors diagnose a condition called gastroparesis, a delay in emptying of stomach contents to the small intestine. Previous tests have been more invasive, involving use of small amounts of radioactive material, the FDA said Monday in a news release. This required that testing be done in a specialized outpatient facility. The GEBT ...
New Guidelines Would Greatly Boost Number of Young People on Statins
New Guidelines Would Greatly Boost Number of Young People on Statins MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If all doctors followed new cholesterol guidelines aimed at children, almost half a million Americans aged 17 to 21 would be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a new study predicts. In 2011, the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) issued new guidelines on reducing heart disease in adolescents and young adults. Those guidelines recommended that all people aged 17 t...
Newer Test for Down Syndrome Called 'Major Advance'
Newer Test for Down Syndrome Called 'Major Advance' WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A DNA-based blood test appears to be more effective in detecting possible Down syndrome in unborn children than other screening methods for the genetic disorder, researchers say. The test exhibited perfect accuracy in a clinical trial, detecting Down syndrome in all 38 women whose children had inherited the disorder, the researchers report in the April 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine . By comp...
Night Owls Run Higher Risk of Health Problems, Study Finds
Night Owls Run Higher Risk of Health Problems, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Night owls are more likely than early risers to develop diabetes and other health problems, even if they get the same amount of sleep. That's the conclusion of a new study that included more than 1,600 people in South Korea, aged 47 to 59, who provided information about their sleep habits and underwent tests to assess their health. "Regardless of lifestyle, people who stayed up late faced a higher ris...
New Stroke Prevention Efforts May Be Paying Off
New Stroke Prevention Efforts May Be Paying Off TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer people are being treated in U.S. emergency rooms for strokes caused by blood clots in the brain, which experts read as a sign that current stroke prevention methods are working. The rate of emergency department visits for either a stroke or a mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) -- a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain -- decreased dramatically between 2001 and 2011, according to a new U.S. Cen...
New Research Tightens Childhood Paralysis-Enterovirus D68 Link
New Research Tightens Childhood Paralysis-Enterovirus D68 Link MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research strengthens the suspected connection between a virus called enterovirus D68 and the sudden development of paralysis in children in California and Colorado between 2012 and 2014. The researchers found the genetic signature of a specific type of enterovirus D68, called B1, in half of youngsters who developed acute flaccid myelitis. This complication causes sudden muscle weakness and paral...
New Treatment for Anthrax Approved
New Treatment for Anthrax Approved WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new treatment to prepare the United States for the potential release of deadly inhalational anthrax has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Anthrasil (Anthrax Immune Globulin Intravenous) is sanctioned, when combined with approved antibiotics, to support the nation's preparedness against a possible anthrax attack, the FDA said Wednesday in a news release. Other rare but possible means of human exposure...
New Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise in Human Trials
New Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise in Human Trials WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Ebola vaccine shows promise in an early clinical trial, but requires much more testing, researchers report. The trial included 120 healthy adults in China who received either a low or high dose of the vaccine, or a placebo. Twenty-eight days later, 38 of 40 people in the low-dose group and all 40 of those in the high-dose group showed an immune response to the vaccine. No serious side effects oc...
New Blood Pump System Approved
New Blood Pump System Approved TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The Impella 2.5 System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to maintain stable heart function and blood circulation during high-risk cardiac operations, the agency said in a news release. The miniature blood pump is sanctioned for coronary artery disease patients during higher-risk procedures such as angioplasty, when a blocked artery is unclogged using an inflated balloon, the agency said. The system is gui...
New Drug May Help Keep Hodgkin Lymphoma at Bay
New Drug May Help Keep Hodgkin Lymphoma at Bay WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An FDA-approved drug doubled the amount of time that patients with Hodgkins lymphoma survived without any progression in their disease, a new study shows. All of the patients also received stem cell therapy along with the drug, called brentuximab vedotin. While the results are encouraging, doctors may never know if the drug is actually lengthening patients' lives, said Dr. Owen O'Connor, director of the Center f...
New Drug for Crohn's Disease Shows Early Promise
New Drug for Crohn's Disease Shows Early Promise WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may quickly quash symptoms of the digestive disorder Crohn's disease -- at least for the short term, an early clinical trial finds. The study, of more than 150 adults with Crohn's, found that just two weeks of treatment sent many into remission -- meaning they had few to no symptoms of the inflammatory bowel disease 28 days after the study began. Experts said the findings are encouraging. ...
New Guidelines Call for No Heart Tests for Low-Risk Patients
New Guidelines Call for No Heart Tests for Low-Risk Patients TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don't need to have screening tests such as EKGs and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recommends. The new guideline jibes with research that has suggested the tests are overused in patients who don't need them. "These tests are very unlikely to be helpful in low-risk patients. They are unlikely to give findings that wi...
Newer Blood Thinner May Improve Outcomes for Heart Attack Survivors
Newer Blood Thinner May Improve Outcomes for Heart Attack Survivors SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of the newer anti-clotting drug Brilinta cut heart attack survivors' future risk of heart attack, stroke or heart-related death, a new study found. The study was funded by Brilinta's maker, AstraZeneca, and was scheduled for presentation Saturday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). One expert not connected to the new study said the fin...
New CPR Devices Approved
New CPR Devices Approved MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A pair of new CPR devices designed to help save people whose hearts stop beating has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The ResQCPR System involves two devices used together to help people who require CPR outside the hospital. Some 300,000 Americans each year require out-of-hospital CPR, the FDA said Monday in a news release. "Most people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital die," said Dr. William Maisel, ...
Nuts Linked to Better Heart Health for Teens
Nuts Linked to Better Heart Health for Teens FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a modest amount of nuts appears to lower the risk for teens of developing conditions that raise the chances of heart disease later in life, new research suggests. By "modest," investigators mean eating at least three small handfuls of nuts a week. In the study, nut-eating teens had less than half the risk for developing metabolic syndrome as those who did not eat nuts. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of symptom...
New Study Casts Doubt on Dangers of Hormone Therapy for Hot Flashes
New Study Casts Doubt on Dangers of Hormone Therapy for Hot Flashes FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormone replacement therapy for women may not be as potentially risky as previously thought, a new Mayo Clinic review contends. The new study, which evaluated three decades of prior research, concluded that hormone therapy to treat symptoms of menopause doesn't increase overall risk of death or the risk of death from heart attack, stroke or cancer. "This is the latest update of the current evide...
Nuts May Lengthen Your Life, Study Suggests
Nuts May Lengthen Your Life, Study Suggests MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay) -- Eating nuts, including peanuts and peanut butter, may help you live longer, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at the diets of more than 200,000 people in both the United States and China, and found nut consumption was linked with a lower risk of premature death from heart disease and other causes. The findings lend support to previous evidence on the heart-healthy benefits of nuts, said study researcher Dr. Xiao-Ou S...
New York City Rats Carry Fleas Known to Transmit Plague
New York City Rats Carry Fleas Known to Transmit Plague MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rats in New York City are brimming with fleas and other parasites that can carry a number of diseases, including the plague, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed 6,500 specimens of five well-known species of fleas, lice and mites found on over 130 rats from around the city. The samples included Oriental rat fleas, a type of flea that can transmit bubonic plague, also called the Black Death. However, it...
Nerve Treatment Via Nose Shows Promise Against Migraines
Nerve Treatment Via Nose Shows Promise Against Migraines SUNDAY, March 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A procedure that delivers the anesthetic lidocaine (Xylocaine) directly to nerves in the back of the nasal cavity appears to offer significant relief to migraine sufferers, preliminary research indicates. Early findings suggest that a single outpatient treatment can reduce migraine pain levels by about 35 percent for up to a month after the procedure, according to this small, ongoing study. The technique i...
New Antibiotic Avycaz Approved
New Antibiotic Avycaz Approved THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The combination antibiotic Avycaz (ceftazidime-avibactam) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with complicated infections of the intra-abdominal area or urinary tract, including the kidneys. Avycaz contains the previously approved antibiotic ceftazidime, and the newer antibacterial drug avibactam, the agency said in a news release. Approved to help combat antibacterial resistance, Avycaz is ...
New Device Treats Superficial Varicose Veins
New Device Treats Superficial Varicose Veins FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The VenaSeal closure system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat superficial varicose veins in the leg that appear close to the skin and cause an unsightly and sometimes painful condition. The product, administered by a trained professional, is designed to seal the affected veins, preventing the pooling of blood in these vessels. It was clinically evaluated in a study of more than 200 pa...
Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression
Narcotic Painkiller Use Tied to Higher Risk for Depression FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of powerful narcotic painkillers appear to be linked to a higher risk of depression in patients, new research finds. The study focuses on a class of prescription narcotic painkillers called opioids, which include drugs such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. While most people use the medicines to ease pain, widespread abuse of narcotic painkillers is also a growing concern. The new study involved 355 p...
Newer Blood Thinner Beats Heparin for Certain Heart Attacks
Newer Blood Thinner Beats Heparin for Certain Heart Attacks TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A blood thinner already used to treat dangerous blood clots in the limbs and lungs appears to be safer in treating certain heart attacks than the more powerful blood thinner that's traditionally used, a new Swedish study has found. Patients who received fondaparinux to treat a specific type of heart attack called non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) had a lower risk of major bleeding...
New Techniques Outline Tumors' Location in the Brain
New Techniques Outline Tumors' Location in the Brain FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Brain tumors are notoriously tricky for surgeons, who may leave too much cancerous tissue behind or cut into vital, healthy brain tissue. However, two new studies describe devices that help surgeons and nonsurgical physicians better understand the outline and location of cancerous tissue in the brain, potentially improving outcomes for patients. One device, a handheld fiber optic probe, could help surgeons see...
Naps May Improve Your Health
Naps May Improve Your Health TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Brief daytime naps might protect you against the harmful health effects of a poor night's sleep, a new study suggests. Specifically, naps appeared to restore hormones and proteins involved in stress and immune function to normal levels in the study. The small study included 11 healthy men between the ages of 25 and 32. Researchers restricted the volunteers' sleep to only two hours for a night. The next day, they had a 2.5-fold incre...
New Name, New Criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
New Name, New Criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness affecting up to 2.5 million Americans, may soon get a new name and set of diagnostic criteria. In a report released Tuesday, an independent panel of experts convened by the U.S. government called the illness a "legitimate" disease that features five main symptoms and should be taken seriously by physicians. In fact, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee beh...
No Link Seen Between Oxytocin-Assisted Labor and ADHD
No Link Seen Between Oxytocin-Assisted Labor and ADHD M0NDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers who get an extra boost during labor with the medication oxytocin don't face a higher risk of having a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study says. If a woman giving birth stops progressing during labor, she might receive oxytocin (brand name: Pitocin) as "augmentation." This drug is a synthetic version of the oxytocin hormone involved in birth. It helps push labor along...
Nighttime Leg Cramps Peak in Summer, Study Says
Nighttime Leg Cramps Peak in Summer, Study Says MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nighttime leg cramps occur twice as often in summer as in winter, a new study suggests. The malaria drug quinine is commonly prescribed to treat leg cramps, so researchers looked at quinine prescriptions written for more than 31,000 people in British Columbia, Canada, over six years. The researchers also analyzed the frequency of online searches about leg cramps by people in Australia and the United States. Prescrip...
New Device Cleared to Reduce Stroke Risk
New Device Cleared to Reduce Stroke Risk MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The ENROUTE Transcarotid Neuroprotection System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a minimally invasive device designed to help prevent stroke. The device is the first one designed to access one of two major arteries on the side of the neck -- the carotid arteries -- via the neck instead of the groin, the FDA said Monday in a news release. It uses a "blood flow reversal system" to capture pieces ...
New MRI Test May Help Diagnose Liver Condition in Kids
New MRI Test May Help Diagnose Liver Condition in Kids THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new medical imaging technique can help doctors better detect non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in children, new research suggests. Five million to 8 million children in the United States have the condition, but most cases go undiagnosed, according to the University of California, San Diego researchers. Children with the disease have large droplets of fat in at least 5 percent of their liver cells. Obesity...
Natural Selection Still Key in Human Evolution, Study Contends
Natural Selection Still Key in Human Evolution, Study Contends THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Natural selection still drives human evolution even though overall death and birth rates are lower than at any time in history, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from Finland to assess how modern influences such as medical advances and easy access to birth control affect natural selection, also called survival of the fittest. From the 1860s to the 1940s, the proportion of babies who su...
Newly Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure? 3 Factors Affect Prognosis
Newly Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure? 3 Factors Affect Prognosis THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prompt and intense treatment at the first signs of high blood pressure appears key to preventing heart attacks, strokes and early death, according to a new study. Patients with systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) higher than 150 mm Hg faced increased risks if doctors failed to begin aggressive drug treatment in less than a month and a half, researchers report i...
New Guidelines for People With Nasal Allergies
New Guidelines for People With Nasal Allergies MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For the one in six Americans bothered by nasal allergies, new guidelines have been issued to help doctors diagnose and treat their sniffles and sneezes. The recommendations from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation spell out the do's and don'ts for treating what's formally known as "allergic rhinitis," and often called hay fever. "What we're really talking about are allergies that a...
Non-Drug Options Can Help Curb Delirium in Hospital Patients, Study Finds
Non-Drug Options Can Help Curb Delirium in Hospital Patients, Study Finds MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Delirium is a common and troubling symptom for critically ill hospital patients, and medications are often used to ease the condition. But a new study suggests that non-drug alternatives are available. According to the study authors, delirium -- a sudden onset of confusion -- is common among older hospital patients and raises their risk of falls, physical decline and longer hospital stays. ...
Nearly 1 in 10 Adults Skips Meds Due to Cost, CDC Says
Nearly 1 in 10 Adults Skips Meds Due to Cost, CDC Says THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in 10 American adults don't take their medications as prescribed because they can't afford to, health officials reported Thursday. High drug costs in the United States may be hurting the very people the medications are meant to help, the new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests. About 15 percent of U.S. adults have asked their doctor for a lower-cost alternati...
New Psoriasis Drug Approved
New Psoriasis Drug Approved WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-psoriasis drug Cosentyx (secukinumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Psoriasis in an immune system disorder that causes red, scaly patches of skin. It occurs most often in people aged 15 to 35, and among those with a family history of the disease, the agency said Wednesday in a news release. Cosentyx's active ingredient is a human antibody that inhibits a protein involved in inflammation. The i...
New Form of Club Drug 'Poppers' May Pose Risks for Gay Men
New Form of Club Drug 'Poppers' May Pose Risks for Gay Men FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New types of inhaled recreational drugs called "poppers" can contain harmful solvents and propellants that are extremely dangerous, researchers warn. Traditional poppers became popular decades ago among gay men because they enhance sex by giving a mild high and relaxing smooth muscle. These poppers are based on alkyl nitrites and are related to the medication amyl nitrite. However, some new products bein...
Neck Artery Stents May Not Be Worthwhile in 'Real World' Setting
Neck Artery Stents May Not Be Worthwhile in 'Real World' Setting WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Placing stents in the neck arteries, to prop them open and help prevent strokes, may be too risky for older, sicker patients, a new study suggests. In fact, almost a third of Medicare patients who had stents placed in their neck (carotid) arteries died during an average of two years of follow-up. "Death risks in older Medicare patients who underwent carotid artery stenting was very high," said l...
Naps May Boost Your Baby's Memory
Naps May Boost Your Baby's Memory MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies process and preserve memories during those many naps they take during the day, a new study suggests. "We discovered that sleeping shortly after learning helps infants to retain memories over extended periods of time," said study author Sabine Seehagen, a child and adolescent psychology researcher with Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. "In both of our experiments, only those infants who took an extended nap for at least h...
Night Shift May Boost Black Women's Diabetes Risk, Study Finds
Night Shift May Boost Black Women's Diabetes Risk, Study Finds MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) Night shift work significantly increases the risk of diabetes in black women, according to a new study. "In view of the high prevalence of shift work among workers in the U.S.A. -- 35 percent among non-Hispanic blacks and 28 percent in non-Hispanic whites -- an increased diabetes risk among this group has important public health implications," wrote the study authors from Slone Epidemiology Center at Bo...
Nearly All Diabetics Should Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: Experts
Nearly All Diabetics Should Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: Experts TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) call for giving the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins to all people with diabetes to help prevent heart disease. These new standards bring the association in line with the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, which also recommend giving low- or high-dose statins to all people at risk for heart dise...
Number of Americans Taking Statins Keeps Rising: CDC
Number of Americans Taking Statins Keeps Rising: CDC TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans than ever are taking cholesterol-lowering medications, federal health officials reported Tuesday. The percentage of adults aged 40 and older taking drugs that combat high cholesterol rose from 20 percent to 28 percent between 2003 and 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Moreover, the use of statins increased from 18 percent to 26 percent, making them most com...
New System Targets Germs in Donated Blood Plasma
New System Targets Germs in Donated Blood Plasma WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new system designed to eliminate germs in donated blood plasma and reduce the risk of transmitting a plasma-borne infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Intercept Blood System for plasma targets germs including AIDS-causing HIV, hepatitis B and C, and the West Nile virus, the FDA said in a news release. The system uses controlled exposure to ultraviolet light and a germ-targ...
Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders
Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in a new position statement released Wednesday. Marijuana may be useful in treating some illnesses of the brain and nervous system, but "there is not sufficient evidence to make any definitiv...
New Test Estimates Risk of Heart Disease
New Test Estimates Risk of Heart Disease MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new screening test designed to estimate a person's risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Results of a manufacturer study reviewed by the FDA indicate the test is better at discerning this risk in women, notably black women, the agency said in a news release. The PLAC Test for Lp-PLA2 Activity, intended for people without a prior history of heart disea...
No Link Between Migraine, Breast Cancer Risk, Study Says
No Link Between Migraine, Breast Cancer Risk, Study Says FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large, new study should reassure the millions of American women who have migraine: The debilitating headaches don't raise the risk for breast cancer. "There is no association between migraine and breast cancer risk," said lead researcher Rulla Tamimi, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "There is no positive association, so there is no reason for concern, and there is no protect...
New Treatment Shows Promise in Younger Breast Cancer Patients: Study
New Treatment Shows Promise in Younger Breast Cancer Patients: Study THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A treatment known as ovarian suppression used along with an anti-estrogen drug normally given to older women appears to greatly reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence in some younger women, new research suggests. This combination approach -- using estrogen-blockers known as aromatase inhibitors -- was the most effective of three treatments tested in women with early stage breast cancer, ...
No Link Seen Between Celiac Disease, Infertility
No Link Seen Between Celiac Disease, Infertility TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most women with celiac disease are not at increased risk for fertility problems, new research contends. Researchers analyzed data from more than 2 million women of childbearing age in the United Kingdom and found that, overall, women with celiac disease were no more likely to have fertility problems than those without the digestive disorder. However, women diagnosed with celiac disease between the ages of 25 and 2...
Nearly One-Third of Kids in U.S. Cities Live in Poverty
Nearly One-Third of Kids in U.S. Cities Live in Poverty FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of children in large U.S. cities live in poverty, a new report finds. In 2013, the poverty rate among children in the nation's 71 largest cities was nearly 31 percent, compared with nearly 20 percent for all children in the country. Although the national child poverty rate fell 2 percent from 2012 to 2013, it decreased only 1 percent in the largest cities, the report added. "Many Americans --...
New Parents Favor In-Depth Genetic Testing, Survey Finds
New Parents Favor In-Depth Genetic Testing, Survey Finds THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many American parents would be interested in having their newborn baby undergo in-depth genetic screening to learn about potential health risks, a new study reveals. Newborns currently get a blood test to screen for at least 30 heritable, treatable conditions. But in-depth genetic screening, known as genomic testing, has the potential to provide more comprehensive personal information, according to the Bo...
New U.S. Kidney Transplant Rules Take Effect
New U.S. Kidney Transplant Rules Take Effect THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New rules intended to create a more level playing field for those awaiting kidney transplants in the United States go into effect Thursday. The changes are designed to lengthen the time younger patients will have working transplants, increase kidney availability and improve the odds for patients with hard-to-match donors, said Dr. Richard Formica, who chairs the kidney transplantation committee of the Organ Procureme...
Nearly 1 in 12 Americans Struggles With Depression, Study Finds
Nearly 1 in 12 Americans Struggles With Depression, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 8 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were moderately to severely depressed during 2009 to 2012, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. But, only slightly more than one-third of those suffering from severe depression sought help from a mental health professional in the previous year, according to study lead author Laura Pratt. "Not enough people are getting appropriate treatment for d...
No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study
No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking acetaminophen, best known as Tylenol, during pregnancy or giving it to young children does not raise the risk of childhood asthma, a new study finds. Concerns have been raised that the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and/or early in a child's life may be associated with the development of asthma. But the study authors say that respiratory infections during infancy probably play a m...
New Device May Make Mammograms More Comfortable
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. Breast compression is necessary in mammography for imaging purposes, but it can be painful. The new device displays the average pressure during compression, so the pressure can be adjusted and standardized, which reduces pain, according to the researchers. Currently...
Number of Pregnant Women on Narcotic Painkillers, Heroin Doubles, Study Finds
Number of Pregnant Women on Narcotic Painkillers, Heroin Doubles, Study Finds TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The proportion of women dependent on drugs such as narcotic painkillers or heroin during pregnancy has more than doubled in the past decade and a half, a new study finds, though it still remains below a half-percent of all pregnancies. The study covers a class of drugs known as opioids, which include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin) and Vicodin; morphine and meth...
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