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03/28/2017 11:35 AM
What you need to know about cholesterol
(HealthDay)—Cholesterol plays a vital role in your health, so it's important to understand the different types of cholesterol and how to influence their levels, a heart specialist says.

03/28/2017 08:57 AM
The life-saving treatment that's being thrown in the trash
A few hours before beginning chemotherapy, a man named Chris faces his cellphone camera with a mischievous smile and describes a perfectly absurd milestone at 1.37pm on a Wednesday. "There is no more beautiful moment in a man's life…" he says with puckish glee. Because how can you not laugh when you've been invited to bank your sperm in advance of being "Godzilla-ed" with chemotherapy and radiation, all just four days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia at the age of 43 and given a 5 to 15 per cent chance of survival?

03/27/2017 04:00 PM
Internists issue recommendations for preventing and treating substance use disorders
The American College of Physicians (ACP) today released a paper with a comprehensive set of public policy recommendations for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders involving illicit and prescription drugs. The paper is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

03/27/2017 11:27 AM
Health problems may increase as young people infected with HIV at birth get older
A new study has found that U.S. youth infected with HIV around the time of their birth are at higher risk throughout their adolescence and young adulthood for experiencing serious health problems, poor control of the HIV virus or death. The report, led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), has been published online in JAMA Pediatrics.

03/24/2017 06:50 AM
Seven months after Rio Olympics, Zika continues to plague babies in urban slums
Many international travelers to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, openly considered skipping the games to avoid the threat of Zika. Despite the fears, not a single case of Zika or its major neurological complication, microcephaly, was reported by foreign visitors. The near-paranoia—and the diversion of scarce resources to protect a low-risk population—could have been avoided by heeding the lessons of previous epidemics, argues a new study from public health researchers at UC Berkeley.

03/23/2017 04:30 PM
Exercise a great prescription to help older hearts
(HealthDay)—Regular exercise is potent medicine for older adults with heart disease, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says.

03/23/2017 11:33 AM
Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer
Being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor is devastating news for patients and their loved ones. Whereas some types of tumor respond well to treatment, others such as glioblastomas - the most common and aggressive brain tumors - are known to recur and progress within short times from the diagnosis. Patients diagnosed with this type of cancer, and who undergo current standard treatment, have a median survival of 16 months.

03/22/2017 11:10 AM
House to vote Thursday on amended Obamacare repeal bill
(HealthDay)—As a critical vote to repeal "Obamacare" looms Thursday, House Republican leaders worked furiously on Wednesday to garner enough votes to begin dismantling the landmark health care reform law.

03/22/2017 02:02 AM
Inactive teens develop lazy bones, study finds
Inactive teens have weaker bones than those who are physically active, according to a new study.

03/21/2017 04:39 PM
Family history of colon cancer calls for earlier screening
(HealthDay)—If you've got a family history of colon or rectal cancers, you probably need to start screening for these conditions before you turn 50, a cancer expert says.

03/20/2017 02:00 PM
Vaccine, improved treatment are keys to control of a surging HIV pandemic
Development and widespread use of a vaccine that's even partially effective against HIV, along with more progress toward diagnosis and treatment, offer the best hopes for turning the corner on a global pandemic that's still spiraling out of control, researchers reported today.

03/20/2017 11:50 AM
Welcome spring and still survive your allergies
(HealthDay)—If you have seasonal allergies, the arrival of spring on Monday is probably less about warmth and flowers and more about itchy eyes and congestion.

03/20/2017 11:30 AM
1 in 4 teens exposed to secondhand E-cig vapors: report
(HealthDay)—One-quarter of U.S. middle and high school students say they've been exposed to potentially dangerous secondhand e-cigarette vapors, a federal government study shows.

03/20/2017 11:22 AM
Fewer U.S. kids overdosing on opioids
(HealthDay)—The number of U.S. kids who overdose on prescription painkillers each year may be declining—but the incidents remain a major public health problem, new research says.

03/20/2017 09:53 AM
DNA labels predict mortality
Various chemical modifications in the genome determine whether genes are read or deactivated. Methyl labels in the DNA play a key role in this "epigenetic" regulation of gene activity. Life style and environmental factors influence the methylation in the genome. Scientists have already well documented links between the methylation status of specific positions in the genome and cancer as well as other diseases.

03/20/2017 02:05 AM
Poison centers receive 32 calls a day about kids exposed to prescription opioids
A new study published online today by Pediatrics and conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that there were more than 188,000 calls to US Poison Control Centers for pediatric exposure to opioids from January 2000 through December 2015, averaging 32 calls a day or one every 45 minutes.

03/17/2017 09:25 AM
Pot-laced goodies can poison a child
(HealthDay)—Cupcakes, brownies and candies containing marijuana can look irresistible to kids—but eating even one treat might poison them, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns.

03/17/2017 09:24 AM
Eating for two often doesn't translate into a healthier diet
(HealthDay)—Despite the well-known wisdom of eating a healthy diet while pregnant, new research shows that most American women don't.

03/17/2017 08:25 AM
Evolocumab significantly reduces risk of cardiovascular events
Evolocumab, one of the new targeted PCSK9 inhibitor drugs that has been shown to dramatically lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol, also significantly lowers the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with existing heart or vascular disease already on statin therapy, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session.

03/16/2017 04:00 PM
America's porky pets face health woes, too, FDA says
(HealthDay)—America's weight problem extends to its pets, with a majority of cats and dogs dangerously overweight, a federal government veterinarian warns.

03/15/2017 04:20 PM
Nearby day cares don't pose health risks to kids: study
(HealthDay)—Living near a day care center won't increase your child's risk of catching contagious illnesses like whooping cough, new research suggests.

03/15/2017 04:10 PM
Black Americans more likely to skip flu shot
(HealthDay)—More than half of American adults don't get an annual flu shot, and black Americans are even less likely to do so because of concerns about side effects, researchers report.

03/15/2017 06:56 AM
Support for health law up to 48 percent in February
(HealthDay)—Support for the health law is increasing, with most Americans feeling that Medicaid should continue as it is today, according to a report published by Kaiser Health News.

03/14/2017 12:32 PM
Kenyan doctors sign deal to end crippling 100-day strike
Kenyan doctors signed a deal on Tuesday to end a strike over pay and working conditions that has crippled public hospitals for 100 days.

03/14/2017 07:00 AM
African-Americans must be proactive and reactive to fight heart disease
Sixteen years ago, Kinzo Evans was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. His stomach was swollen. At night, he couldn't lay prostrate to sleep because it was hard for him to breathe. He was also fatigued. Evans' deteriorating condition eventually necessitated a heart transplant, which he had at VCU Health in December 2016.

03/13/2017 04:10 PM
Refugees deserve health care, compassion, U.S. pediatricians say
(HealthDay)—The U.S. government should treat immigrant and refugee children with compassion and provide them with appropriate health care, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in a new policy statement.

03/13/2017 10:35 AM
The looming threat of Asian tobacco companies to global health
There are already one billion tobacco smokers worldwide, and this number is likely to rise further with Asian tobacco companies poised to enter the global market, according to SFU health sciences professor Kelley Lee.

03/13/2017 01:57 AM
Trump open to tweaking Republican health care bill: official
President Donald Trump is open to adapting a proposed replacement for Barack Obama's health care law, his political allies said Sunday, insisting that the measure—which is facing serious Republican pushback—is merely a "framework."

03/10/2017 08:50 AM
Woman resigned to being plump learns she had 140-pound tumor
Mary Clancey said she was resigned to being a plump old lady. Over 15 years she kept getting bigger despite dieting. But with her health deteriorating, her son persuaded her to go to the hospital.

03/10/2017 05:58 AM
Five myths about cervical screening that refuse to die
The online petition against changes to Australia's cervical cancer screening program has revealed more than 70,000 people (most of whom we could assume are women) are deeply concerned about what the upcoming changes mean.