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  • Arthritis Drug May Help With Type of Hair Loss

    Posted: 09/30/2016

    Arthritis Drug May Help With Type of Hair Loss THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people who suffer from a condition that causes disfiguring hair loss, a drug used for rheumatoid arthritis might regrow their hair, a new, small study suggests. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes patchy or complete hair loss, including on the head, body, eyebrows and eyelashes. Researchers found that more than 50 percent of 66 patients treated with the drug Xeljanz (tofacitinib citrate) saw ...

  • Amjevita OK'd to Treat Inflammatory Diseases

    Posted: 09/30/2016

    Amjevita OK'd to Treat Inflammatory Diseases MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Amjevita (adalimumab-atto) -- a biosimilar drug similar to the popular anti-inflammatory drug Humira -- has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Amjevita has been approved for moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis; psoriatic arthritis; ankylosing spondylitis (an arthritis that affects the spine); Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis; plaque psoriasis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, the FDA said...

  • Always Feeling Lonely? Maybe It's in Your DNA

    Posted: 09/30/2016

    Always Feeling Lonely? Maybe It's in Your DNA MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with a lifelong inclination towards loneliness can probably place at least some of the blame on their genes, a large analysis suggests. The finding stems from a study involving nearly 11,000 men and women aged 50 and older. All were participants in a U.S. National Institute on Aging study focused on issues related to health, retirement and aging. Honing in on lifelong loneliness (as opposed to momentary bouts...

  • Are There Alternatives to Statins?

    Posted: 09/30/2016

    Are There Alternatives to Statins? TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Statins are the go-to therapy for lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol, but other treatments also can effectively reduce risk of future heart problems, a new evidence review reports. These alternative therapies -- including a heart-healthy diet, other cholesterol-lowering medications, and even intestinal bypass surgery -- seem to confer the same level of heart health protection as statins when cholesterol levels decrease, according...

  • A Happy Spouse May Keep You Healthy

    Posted: 09/30/2016

    A Happy Spouse May Keep You Healthy WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having a happy spouse seems to be good for your health, a new study suggests. The research included nearly 2,000 heterosexual couples between the ages of 50 and 94. Researchers asked about their happiness, health and exercise levels over six years. People with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health during that time. This association was the same for both husbands and wives and was separate from an indi...

  • Acne's Silver Lining: Slower Aging of the Skin?

    Posted: 09/30/2016

    Acne's Silver Lining: Slower Aging of the Skin? THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's some potentially good news for people with a history of acne -- their skin may age more slowly than those who didn't have to suffer mottled skin through adolescence. That's the suggestion of a British study that included just over 1,200 twins. One-quarter of them struggled with acne at some point in their life. "For many years, dermatologists have identified that the skin of acne sufferers appears to age...

  • A Doctor's Words Key to Whether Child Gets HPV Vaccine

    Posted: 09/30/2016

    A Doctor's Words Key to Whether Child Gets HPV Vaccine FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The language doctors use when recommending the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can influence whether parents will have their children immunized, a new study finds. HPV causes most cases of cervical cancer and a large percentage of vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile and oropharyngeal cancers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends boys and girls receive the three-dose HPV vaccination be...

  • Around the World, Holidays Bring Added Pounds

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Around the World, Holidays Bring Added Pounds WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- All that feasting between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day can mean widening waistlines for Americans. But they're not alone: New research shows that holidays in Germany and Japan pose the same challenges. "In these three prosperous countries, weight gain occurs during national holidays," concluded a team led by Elina Helander, of Tampere University of Technology in Tampere, Finland. The study, published Sept. 22 ...

  • Alcoholics May Lack Key Enzyme

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Alcoholics May Lack Key Enzyme WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholics may lack an enzyme that would help them control their impulse to drink, a new study with rats suggests. Researchers found that turning off production of the enzyme PRDM2 in the frontal lobes of the rodents led the animals to drink alcohol, even when it was unpleasant to do so. "PRDM2 controls the expression of several genes that are necessary for effective signaling between nerve cells. When too little enzyme is prod...

  • Annual Checkups Are Becoming Wellness Visits

    Posted: 09/28/2016

    Annual Checkups Are Becoming Wellness Visits TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Annual medical checkups are changing so that they'll be more beneficial for patients, according to a family medicine physician. Research suggests that getting a regular physical examination doesn't necessarily improve patient health. So, the annual physical is transforming into a wellness visit, said Dr. Bill Curry, from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Instead of a short physical exam, a brief ch...