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  • Key Diabetes Test Gives Higher Blood Sugar Readings in Black Patients

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    Key Diabetes Test Gives Higher Blood Sugar Readings in Black Patients TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A commonly used blood test that measures average long-term blood sugar levels -- called hemoglobin A1C -- is known to give higher readings for black people with diabetes, and now new research may indicate why. "There has been a long debate about why African Americans have a higher hemoglobin A1C than whites [with diabetes]. Is it a biological difference or do African Americans have higher blo...

  • Kidneys From Deceased Diabetics Might Ease Organ Shortage: Study

    Posted: 06/06/2017

    Kidneys From Deceased Diabetics Might Ease Organ Shortage: Study THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kidneys from deceased diabetic donors can save the lives of patients on the transplant wait-list, researchers say. For the study, investigators compared U.S. data from more than 8,100 recipients of kidneys from deceased diabetic donors with data from people on the kidney transplant wait-list. The patients were followed for an average of nearly nine years. People who received kidneys from diabetic ...

  • Know the Signs of Thyroid Trouble

    Posted: 06/02/2017

    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 that control many bodily functions, including how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats. If your thyroid produces too many h...

  • Kalydeco Approval Widened for More Types of Cystic Fibrosis

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Kalydeco Approval Widened for More Types of Cystic Fibrosis THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has expanded approval for the cystic fibrosis drug Kalydeco (ivacaftor) to include 33 mutations of the disease, up from the previous 10 mutations. In a media release, the agency said its decision was based on results of laboratory testing and previous clinical trials. "Many rare cystic fibrosis mutations have such small patient populations that clinical tri...

  • Kids' Sun Safety Means 'Slip, Slap, Slop'

    Posted: 05/07/2017

    Kids' Sun Safety Means 'Slip, Slap, Slop' FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children spend a lot of time outside in the summer, so parents need to stay on top of their sun protection, a skin cancer expert advises. Much of a person's risk for melanoma -- the deadliest form of skin cancer -- comes from their sun exposure as a child. "Healthy sun-protection habits come in three forms -- sometimes referred to as slip, slap, slop," said Dr. Vernon Sondak. He is head of the skin cancer department at ...

  • Kids Face Their Own Death Risks When a Sibling Dies

    Posted: 05/01/2017

    Kids Face Their Own Death Risks When a Sibling Dies MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of a sibling can take an emotional toll on a child left behind. Now, new research shows these surviving children may even face a higher risk of early death themselves. The study of more than 5 million children found the greatest risk in the year after a brother or sister's death, and among kids who lost a same-sex sibling or one who was close in age. "Health care professionals should be aware of child...

  • Kids Can Pick Up Nicotine on Their Hands

    Posted: 04/21/2017

    Kids Can Pick Up Nicotine on Their Hands THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone's heard about the dangers of secondhand smoke. Now, researchers say children can pick up nicotine on their hands "thirdhand." Kids can get high levels of nicotine on their hands just by touching items or surfaces contaminated with tobacco smoke residue, a small U.S. study found. The findings "show that children's hands hold high levels of nicotine even when parents are not smoking around them," said study co-a...

  • Kidney Disease a Big Contributor to Heart-Related Deaths: Study

    Posted: 04/20/2017

    Kidney Disease a Big Contributor to Heart-Related Deaths: Study THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney disease is a major cause of heart-related deaths worldwide, a new study reports. Based on data from 188 countries at six time points between 1990 and 2013, the researchers estimated that in 2013, reduced kidney function was associated with 4 percent of deaths worldwide, or 2.2 million deaths. More than half of these deaths (1.2 million) were heart-related, while nearly 1 million were cause...

  • Kitties Absorb Flame Retardants -- How About Your Kiddies?

    Posted: 04/12/2017

    Kitties Absorb Flame Retardants -- How About Your Kiddies? TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- House cats can have high levels of flame-retardant chemicals in their blood, say researchers, warning that young children might, too. The contaminants were in house dust, according to Swedish researchers who took dust samples from 17 homes and blood samples from the resident cats. "The brominated flame retardants that have been measured in cats are known [hormone] disruptors," said study author Jana Wei...

  • Keys to Heart Disease Care: Communication and Trust

    Posted: 04/10/2017

    Keys to Heart Disease Care: Communication and Trust MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with heart disease may fare better when they feel they can trust and talk to their doctor, two new studies suggest. In one study, researchers found that heart patients who thought their doctors were good communicators were more likely to take aspirin and cholesterol-lowering drugs. They were also less likely to land in the ER. In the other study, patients were more apt to take their blood pressure medica...