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  • U.S. Motorcycle Deaths Up 10 Percent in Last Year

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    U.S. Motorcycle Deaths Up 10 Percent in Last Year THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Motorcyclist deaths in the United States topped 5,000 last year -- a 10 percent increase from 2014, according to a new report. "These sobering findings provide a stark reminder of how susceptible motorcyclists are to fatal and life-threatening injuries," said Richard Retting, co-author of the report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. "The risk of motorcycle crashes and fatalities is compounded by fac...

  • Updated Heart Failure Treatment Guidelines Issued

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Updated Heart Failure Treatment Guidelines Issued FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An updated guideline adds two new types of drugs to the list of treatment options for heart failure. In people with the condition, the heart can't pump enough blood throughout the body. The two new treatments in the updated guidelines are an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (valsartan/sacubitril), sold as Entresto, and a sinoatrial node modulator (ivabradine), sold as Corlanor, according to the American C...

  • U.S. Officials Confirm Superbug Resistant to All Antibiotics

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    U.S. Officials Confirm Superbug Resistant to All Antibiotics FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. researchers have identified the nation's first patient with an infection resistant to all existing antibiotics. Scientists have warned for years the day could come when "superbugs" resisted all last-resort antibiotics. This new case, involving a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman, suggests that day may soon be here. "It is the end of the road for antibiotics unless we act urgently," Dr. Tom Frieden, di...

  • U.S. Health Report Card Finds Racial, Ethnic Disparities Persist

    Posted: 05/05/2016

    U.S. Health Report Card Finds Racial, Ethnic Disparities Persist WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A report card on Americans' health finds that racial and ethnic disparities persist, with significant gaps in obesity, cesarean births and dental care. But advances have been made in some important areas, including infant death rates, women smokers and numbers of uninsured, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "We have seen important improvements in s...

  • U.S. Suicide Rate Up 24 Percent Since 1999: CDC

    Posted: 05/01/2016

    U.S. Suicide Rate Up 24 Percent Since 1999: CDC FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide rates in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, with young girls and middle-aged men accounting for the largest increases, federal health officials reported Friday. By 2014, the total suicide rate reached 13 per 100,000 people, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. The greatest annual increases occurred after 200...

  • U.S. Health Experts Debate Advice to Women Once Zika Virus Arrives

    Posted: 04/24/2016

    U.S. Health Experts Debate Advice to Women Once Zika Virus Arrives FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Following U.S. health officials' announcement earlier this week that the Zika virus can definitely cause birth defects, many of those same experts are now locked in an unprecedented debate. Should government health-care officials recommend that American women delay getting pregnant in regions of the country once the mosquito-borne virus becomes active there? So far, the virus in U.S. territories...

  • Underweight or Obese Women Who Drink and Smoke May Have Higher Asthma Risk

    Posted: 04/18/2016

    Underweight or Obese Women Who Drink and Smoke May Have Higher Asthma Risk SATURDAY, April 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have pinpointed several factors that increase asthma risk in women and -- to a lesser extent -- in men. They analyzed data from about 175,000 people between the ages of 18 and 44 in 51 countries. They found that underweight or obese women who drank and smoked were twice as likely to have asthma as those with a healthy weight who didn't drink or smoke. Underweight or...

  • U.S. Moving Money From Ebola Fund to Help Fight Zika

    Posted: 04/14/2016

    U.S. Moving Money From Ebola Fund to Help Fight Zika WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration is shifting $589 million in funding to prepare for likely outbreaks of Zika virus in the United States during the upcoming mosquito season, senior officials announced Wednesday. The money includes $510 million originally intended for fighting the Ebola virus, which officials said remains a global health threat. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said the...

  • Underactive Thyroid May Raise Odds for Type 2 Diabetes: Study

    Posted: 04/12/2016

    Underactive Thyroid May Raise Odds for Type 2 Diabetes: Study MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, may be at greater risk for type 2 diabetes -- even if their thyroid hormone levels are kept within normal range, a new study finds. As the Dutch researchers explained, thyroid hormones are essential for the regulation of metabolism -- the conversion of food into either energy or fat. However, an underactive thyroid gland slows metabolism, and that...

  • U.S. Autism Rate Unchanged at 1 in 68 Kids: CDC

    Posted: 04/06/2016

    U.S. Autism Rate Unchanged at 1 in 68 Kids: CDC THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The autism rate among school-aged children in the United States has held steady in recent years, but it's too early to determine whether rates are stabilizing, according to a federal government report released Thursday. The autism rate was 1 in 68 children in 2012, the same as it was in 2010, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC gets its numbers from moni...