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  • U.K. Case of Throat Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics

    Posted: 06/26/2016

    U.K. Case of Throat Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an alarming development, British public health experts have confirmed a case of throat gonorrhea that proved untreatable with the standard antibiotic regimen. The patient, a heterosexual man who had just returned to the United Kingdom from Japan, wasn't cured by a pair of antibiotics used as the first-line gonorrhea treatment in many countries, including the United States. "This case highlights that gonorrhe...

  • U.S. Black Women Get Less Care to Prevent Breast Cancer Return

    Posted: 06/15/2016

    U.S. Black Women Get Less Care to Prevent Breast Cancer Return TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black breast cancer survivors in the United States are less likely than white or Hispanic women to get follow-up genetic screening and surgeries that can help prevent a return of cancer, new research finds. Among more than 1,600 women diagnosed by age 50, almost twice as many whites were tested for critical BRCA gene mutations as blacks, the researchers found. BRCA mutations raise the lifetime risk o...

  • Upside of Late Delivery: Possible Brain Boost?

    Posted: 06/15/2016

    Upside of Late Delivery: Possible Brain Boost? TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born late-term may get a brain boost, a new study finds. "Our hope is that this research will enrich conversations between ob-gyns and expectant parents about the ideal time to have the baby," said study lead author David Figlio. He's an economist and director of Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research, in Evanston, Ill. For the study, researchers analyzed birth and education records for 1.4 m...

  • U.S. Pays Highest Prices for Cancer Meds: Study

    Posted: 06/14/2016

    U.S. Pays Highest Prices for Cancer Meds: Study MONDAY, June 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The United States pays the highest prices in the world for generic and brand-name cancer drugs, a new study has found. However, as the world's wealthiest nation, the United States is better able to pay for those pricey drugs than poorer countries with somewhat lower medication prices, added study lead author Dr. Daniel Goldstein. People in China and India are much less able to afford cancer drugs than Americans, he ...

  • Useless Treatments Common in Young, Terminal Cancer Patients

    Posted: 06/14/2016

    Useless Treatments Common in Young, Terminal Cancer Patients MONDAY, June 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of young or middle-aged Americans with terminal cancer receive aggressive treatment during the last month of their lives, even though such care may provide nothing but misery, a new study estimates. An analysis of insurance records found that cancer patients often undergo chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery in their final 30 days. One-third die in the hospital, while fewer than one...

  • U.S. Teen Birth Rate Continues to Fall, Hits New Record Low

    Posted: 06/10/2016

    U.S. Teen Birth Rate Continues to Fall, Hits New Record Low THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of babies born to American teenaged girls fell another 8 percent in 2015, reaching a new record low. According to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, moms aged 15 to 19 accounted for about 22 of every 1,000 live births in 2015 -- down from about 24 per 1,000 the year before. Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City...

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

    Posted: 06/06/2016

    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...

  • Updated Heart Failure Treatment Guidelines Issued

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    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. Motorcycle Deaths Up 10 Percent in Last Year

    Posted: 05/29/2016

    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...

  • 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...