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  • Could Cancer Drug Gleevec Help With Severe Asthma?

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    Could Cancer Drug Gleevec Help With Severe Asthma? FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A leukemia drug might also effectively treat severe asthma, a small-scale clinical trial suggests. Gleevec (imatinib) reduced the "twitchiness" of airways, making them less likely to reflexively constrict when exposed to an allergen or asthma trigger, said senior researcher Dr. Elliot Israel. "We showed we could decrease the amount of airway twitchiness by a third," Israel said. "That's a substantial change, and ...

  • Could 'Safer' Filtered Cigarettes Be More Deadly?

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    Could 'Safer' Filtered Cigarettes Be More Deadly? MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Filtered cigarettes might be even more lethal than unfiltered ones, and a new review suggests that they have been boosting rates of a cancer that takes root deep in the lungs. The findings have prompted the review authors to call for federal regulators to ban the use of ventilation holes in cigarette filters. "Modern cigarettes are more risky when it comes to lung cancer," said review co-author Dr. Peter Shields. ...

  • Cut Calories, Lengthen Life Span?

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    Cut Calories, Lengthen Life Span? MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Limiting calorie intake may slow aging, a new study suggests. Previous research has shown that calorie restrictions slow aging in worms, flies and mice, so Duke University researchers wanted to see if it could slow biological aging in people. "Biological aging is the gradual and progressive deterioration of systems in the body that occurs with advancing chronological age," said study author Daniel Belsky, an assistant professor o...

  • Checking Patient's Drug History May Help Curb Opioid Abuse

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    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 (hydrocodone/acetaminophen). But, nearly every state now has a database tracking opioid prescriptions, Cornell Un...

  • Chances of Successful CPR Dwindle as Seniors Age

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    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 emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. "There is a striking relationship betwee...

  • Could Chocolate Guard Against an Irregular Heartbeat?

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    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 irregular heartbeat that raises stroke risk. The study tracked people's health for more than 13 years, over which time...

  • City Life Tough on Teens' Mental Health

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    City Life Tough on Teens' Mental Health TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- City life seems to take a toll on the adolescent mind, new research suggests. The study included more than 2,000 18-year-olds in England and Wales who were interviewed about psychotic experiences (such as hearing voices and feeling extremely paranoid) since age 12. The research team from King's College London and Duke University found that teens raised in large cities were over 40 percent more likely to report psychotic ex...

  • Can Tracking Germs in One Hospital Make All Hospitals Safer?

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    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 also taken from 252 patients. The samples were collected for two months before the hospital opened in February 2...

  • Compound in Pot Eases Severe Form of Epilepsy

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    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 report. This is the first randomized, controlled trial to show that cannabidiol (CBD) can help control seizures in some people w...

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

    Posted: 05/28/2017

    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 this 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 total of 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured in 2026 under the Republican-backed measu...