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  • U.S. Panel Says Evidence 'Insufficient' to Recommend Skin Cancer Screenings

    Posted: 07/28/2016

    U.S. Panel Says Evidence 'Insufficient' to Recommend Skin Cancer Screenings TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There currently isn't enough scientific proof to recommend regular full-body exams for skin cancer as a means of preventing deaths from these cancers, a leading panel of U.S. preventive health experts has concluded. An updated evidence review found scant evidence on either the benefits or harms of a health care professional performing a skin exam as part of a patient's regular check-up,...

  • U.S. Oncologists Decry High Cost of Cancer Drugs

    Posted: 07/31/2015

    U.S. Oncologists Decry High Cost of Cancer Drugs THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Soaring costs for cancer drugs are hurting patient care in the United States, a group of top oncologists claim. "High cancer-drug prices are affecting the care of patients with cancer and our health care system," Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. Tefferi and his colleagues made a number of recommendations on how to address the problem in a comment...

  • U.S. Teens Waiting Longer to Have Sex: CDC

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    U.S. Teens Waiting Longer to Have Sex: CDC WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Less than half of U.S. teenagers aged 15 to 19 are having sex, a rate dramatically lower than it was a quarter-century ago, a new federal government report shows. Only 44 percent of girls and 47 percent of boys between the ages of 15 and 19 had sexual intercourse at least once from 2011 to 2013, the researchers found. That's down from 51 percent of girls and 60 percent of boys in 1988, said study author Gladys Martin...

  • U.S. Health Officials Examine Pot-Linked Death in Colorado

    Posted: 07/30/2015

    U.S. Health Officials Examine Pot-Linked Death in Colorado THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Thursday revisited the first reported marijuana-linked death in Colorado since voters there legalized recreational use of the drug in 2012. A young man leapt to his death last year after consuming an entire pot-laced cookie, the new government report shows. The 19-year-old had no other drugs in his system at the time, health officials noted. He first ate a single piece of the c...

  • U.S. Hospitals May Often Miss Signs of Child Abuse

    Posted: 07/21/2015

    U.S. Hospitals May Often Miss Signs of Child Abuse MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. hospitals may miss an opportunity to detect physical abuse in babies and toddlers, a new study reveals. The study, of more than 300 hospitals nationwide, found a huge variation in adherence to a long-standing guideline on screening for physical abuse. That guide, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, says that when a child younger than 2 has injuries that suggest possible physical abuse, doctors sho...

  • U.S. FDA Approves New Drug for Schizophrenia, Major Depression

    Posted: 07/20/2015

    U.S. FDA Approves New Drug for Schizophrenia, Major Depression MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat schizophrenia and depression has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Rexulti (brexpiprazole) tablets can be used to treat adults with schizophrenia. The new drug can also be used as an add-on therapy to antidepressant drugs for adults with major depression. "Schizophrenia and major depressive disorder can be disabling and can greatly disrupt day-to-day activiti...

  • Uric Acid May Limit Stroke Disability In Women

    Posted: 07/16/2015

    Uric Acid May Limit Stroke Disability In Women THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who suffer a stroke may have better odds of recovering without disabilities if they're given uric acid along with standard "clot-busting" medication, a new study suggests. Men, on the other hand, may not be so fortunate, according to the study, published July 9 in the journal Stroke. Uric acid, a compound the body naturally produces, may be best known for its ill health effects. When it builds up in the blood...

  • Uncontrolled Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk

    Posted: 07/16/2015

    Uncontrolled Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes patients with high rates of complications from the disease may face increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests. "We found that as diabetes progresses and an individual experiences more complications from the disease, the risk of dementia rises as well," wrote Dr. Wei-Che Chiu, of the National Taiwan University College of Public Health, in Taipei. Better blood sugar control can help prevent the mental...

  • Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA

    Posted: 07/09/2015

    Unapproved Ear Drops Targeted by FDA WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The prescription drops your child is using for ear pain could be among 16 unapproved medications targeted this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These drugs, prescribed and sold for years to relieve ear pain and swelling, have not been evaluated for safety, quality and effectiveness, the agency said Wednesday. The agency notified the drugs' makers to stop marketing the drops following a few reports of local all...

  • Under-the-Tongue Hay Fever Pills Offer Little Benefit: Study

    Posted: 07/08/2015

    Under-the-Tongue Hay Fever Pills Offer Little Benefit: Study TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Under-the-tongue pills for hay fever sufferers provide little symptom relief and often come with bothersome side effects, new research finds. Under-the-tongue, or sublingual, therapy is widely used in Europe as an alternative to allergy shots. In the United States, two such "immunotherapy" pills have been approved recently by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for grass allergies. For this study, I...