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  • Marriage May Help Diabetics Keep Weight Off

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Marriage May Help Diabetics Keep Weight Off FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spouses may be good for more than just love and companionship: A new study suggests married people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to be overweight than single people with the blood sugar disease. The researchers found that diabetic men who lived with their spouses were also less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, a combination of related factors including high blood pressure and high blood sugar that boos...

  • More Must Be Done to Fight 'Superbugs': U.S. Gov't Report

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    More Must Be Done to Fight 'Superbugs': U.S. Gov't Report TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" remain a major public health threat, and only a multipronged attack can address the problem, a new U.S. government report warns. The issue of antibiotic resistance isn't new, and experts have long called for measures to combat it. Still, more than 2 million Americans fall ill each year from infections that are resistant to antibiotics, and roughly 23,000 die, according t...

  • More Cancer Patients Gaining From Immune-Based Treatments

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    More Cancer Patients Gaining From Immune-Based Treatments TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A leading cancer group says more Americans are benefiting from immunotherapy -- a relatively new treatment approach that helps the immune system target and destroy cancer cells. "The promise of immunotherapy for cancer therapy has never been greater, and the opportunity to make significant progress in this critical area is real," said Dr. Nancy Davidson, president of the American Association for Cancer ...

  • More Breast Cancer Patients Should Get Radiation, New Guidelines Say

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    More Breast Cancer Patients Should Consider Radiation, New Guidelines Say WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New guidelines issued by three leading cancer organizations suggest that more breast cancer patients should consider radiation therapy after a mastectomy. Overall, the guidelines say there's enough evidence to show radiation treatment after a mastectomy decreases the risk of breast cancer recurrence, and that even women with smaller tumors and three or fewer lymph nodes involved can be...

  • More Evidence That Zika Causes Microcephaly

    Posted: 09/22/2016

    More Evidence That Zika Causes Microcephaly THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A rigorous new study of 91 Brazilian babies strongly supports the point that the mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause the devastating birth defect microcephaly. In microcephaly, babies are born with a smaller-than-normal head and an underdeveloped brain. Thousands of such cases tied to maternal infection with Zika have already been recorded in Latin America -- especially in Brazil. Back in April, the U.S. Centers for...

  • Minorities Less Likely to Get Clot-Clearing Stroke Drug

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Minorities Less Likely to Get Clot-Clearing Stroke Drug WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A clot-busting drug known as tPA can greatly improve stroke outcomes, but it isn't given to minorities nearly as often as it is given to white men, a new U.S. study shows. Blacks were 26 percent less likely, and other minority patients were 17 percent less likely, to be treated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) than white men, the researchers found. In addition, women were 8 percent less likely to...

  • Most on Opioid Painkillers OK With Getting Overdose Antidote: Survey

    Posted: 09/20/2016

    Most on Opioid Painkillers OK With Getting Overdose Antidote: Survey TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new, small survey of people taking powerful opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin found that most were willing to also fill prescriptions for an overdose antidote. Three patients even used the antidote to treat an apparent overdose within a few months, the researchers said. The findings provide more evidence to support wider access to the antidote naloxone, better known by the brand...

  • Makeup of Germs in Newborn's Gut May Triple Allergy, Asthma Risk

    Posted: 09/20/2016

    Makeup of Germs in Newborn's Gut May Triple Allergy, Asthma Risk TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A relatively rare abnormality in the makeup of germs in an infant's gut may triple the risk for allergies and asthma in childhood, new research warns. Millions of bacteria and fungi can be found in everyone's gut, but the new study suggests that an out-of-whack combination of bugs, present in less than 10 percent of newborns, may undermine immune system function. The result: A much higher risk fo...

  • Many With Diabetes Missing Out on Statins

    Posted: 09/19/2016

    Many With Diabetes Missing Out on Statins MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all middle-aged patients with diabetes should be taking cholesterol-lowering statins, but cardiologists fail to prescribe these medications for 2 out of every 5 diabetics in their care, a new study finds. Multiple prior studies have shown that diabetics have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke if they take a statin, even those with no history of heart problems, said senior study author Dr. Salim Virani, a car...

  • Monkey Study Shows How Zika May Harm Baby's Brain Development

    Posted: 09/19/2016

    Monkey Study Shows How Zika May Harm Baby's Brain Development MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus can quickly cross the placenta during pregnancy and rapidly disrupt brain development in a fetus, according to a new study with monkeys. "Our results remove any lingering doubt that the Zika virus is incredibly dangerous to the developing fetus, and provides details as to how the brain injury develops," said study author Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf. She is a professor of obstetrics and ...