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24 May

Apnea and A-Fib

Sleep apnea may increase atrial fibrillation risk, new study says

23 May

Preventing Breast Cancer

Major, new report on lifestyle habits and breast cancer prevention.

22 May

Fruit Juice in Infancy

Should babies be drinking fruit juice? What about older kids?

CBO: 23 Million Would Lose Health Insurance Under House Health Care Bill

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Republican-led bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that passed the House last month would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance coverage, according to a much-anticipated report released Wednesday.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that a to...

Compound in Pot Eases Severe Form of Epilepsy

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A landmark clinical trial has shown that a compound in marijuana can ease life-threatening seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.

Cannabidiol -- a non-intoxicating chemical -- reduced seizure frequency by 39 percent in patients with Dravet Syndrome, researchers rep...

Sleepless Nights Could Pose Heart Risk Dangers

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting less than six hours of sleep a night may double the odds of dying from heart disease or stroke for people who already have risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, new research suggests.

Known as metabolic syndrome, this cluster of risk factors can include high blood pressure, hig...

2 Doses of HPV Shot Enough to Prevent Genital Warts: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research supports the recent U.S. recommendation for two, rather than three, doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect against genital warts in preteens and teens.

Investigators at Boston University Medical Center found that two HPV vaccine doses are just as effective as ...

Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer Shows Early Promise

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've developed a new blood test for identifying pancreatic cancer -- a step that might eventually allow earlier diagnosis.

Pancreatic cancer is a particularly deadly type of tumor because it's often detected too late for effective treatment.

The still-experimental...

Zika Arrived in Florida at Least Four Different Ways

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The 2016 Zika outbreak in Florida wasn't due to a single introduction and spread of the virus, but rather at least four separate events, researchers report.

By analyzing the genetic material of Zika viruses found in people and mosquitoes in Florida, the scientists also concluded that local tr...

Can Tracking Germs in One Hospital Make All Hospitals Safer?

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One hospital's germ history may help doctors curb infections in all hospitals, researchers report.

Scientists analyzed more than 10,000 samples collected over 12 months from surfaces, air and water in the University of Chicago's new hospital, the Center for Care and Discovery. Samples were a...

FDA OKs First Cancer Drug by Genetic Type, Not Organ of Origin

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many new cancer drugs target genetic "biomarkers" that are specific to tumors -- wherever in the body they may appear.

So on Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that, for the first time, it had approved a cancer drug based on disease genetics rather than the body part whe...

Thick Middle May Raise Risk of Some Cancers

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Where you carry extra fat may be as key to your cancer risk as how much extra fat you carry, new research suggests.

The study revealed that too much fat around the waist is as good an indicator of obesity-related cancer risk as body mass index (BMI), which is an estimate of body fat based on...

Death Rate Drops for Americans Hospitalized With COPD

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While the number of Americans hospitalized each year for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appears to be holding steady, new research suggests the number of patients dying in the hospital over the past decade has decreased.

"This is certainly an encouraging trend," said study autho...

Hospital Protocol Helps Thwart Serious Infection

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new regulation requires New York state hospitals to follow a protocol to rapidly diagnosis and treat the potentially fatal infection known as sepsis, and research suggests it's saving lives.

The mandate was implemented after the death of 12-year-old Rory Staunton from undiagnosed sepsis in ...

1 in 5 U.S. Kids Killed in Crashes Not Restrained Properly

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If parents need more proof that car seats and seat belts save young lives, researchers now report that one in every five children killed in car crashes in the United States was unrestrained or improperly restrained.

The analysis involved nationwide data on nearly 2,900 traffic crash deaths i...

Know the Signs of Thyroid Trouble

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When your thyroid isn't working properly, it can cause a lot of problems. It's important to understand what your thyroid does and to be aware of signs that can signal a health issue.

The thyroid is a small gland located near the base of your neck. Its primary job is to produce the hormones t...

Could Chocolate Guard Against an Irregular Heartbeat?

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's delicious news for chocolate lovers: New research suggests the sweet might help keep a common and dangerous form of irregular heartbeat at bay.

The study of more than 55,000 people in Denmark found that those who favored chocolate tended to have a lower risk of atrial fibrillation, an i...

Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements for Knee Pain

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fiber helps lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and keep the bowels running smoothly, but a new study suggests it can also reduce knee pain from arthritis.

Researchers found that people who ate the most fiber reported reduced osteoarthritis knee pain by up to 60 percent. However, X...

Chances of Successful CPR Dwindle as Seniors Age

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that older Americans have little CPR training, and they are less likely to get CPR when they suffer cardiac arrest at home.

"The new data affirms the need for targeted training in the older population," said senior study author Dr. Benjamin Abella, an associate professor of em...

Suicide Risk Quadruples After Lung Cancer Diagnosis

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with lung cancer have a strikingly higher-than-normal risk of suicide, a new study finds.

While a cancer diagnosis on its own significantly raises the risk of suicide, the study found that a lung cancer diagnosis raised the odds of suicide by over four times compared to people in the ge...

Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds of Irregular Heartbeat

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with sleep apnea may be more likely to develop the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation, especially if the oxygen level in their blood drops below normal, Canadian researchers report.

Sleep apnea, which obstructs breathing, causes people to wake many times during the night to start ...

Checking Patient's Drug History May Help Curb Opioid Abuse

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors can help stem the U.S. opioid epidemic by checking their patients' drug history before prescribing powerful painkillers, a new study suggests.

Addicts frequently "doctor-shop" in an attempt to obtain opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone), Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen) and Vicodin ...

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New FDA Head Outlines 'Forceful Steps' Against Opioid Crisis

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The new U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner has called on senior agency officers to develop "more forceful steps" to control the U.S. opioid epidemic.

On Tuesday, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump's pick for the agency, announced the formation of an opioid policy steering committe...

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  • May 23, 2017
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