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  • FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Bladder Cancer

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Bladder Cancer THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat bladder cancer was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. Tecentriq (atezolizumab) treats the most common type of bladder cancer, called urothelial carcinoma. It's the first in its class of drugs, called PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors, approved to treat this type of cancer. "Tecentriq provides these patients with a new therapy targeting the PD-L1 pathway," Dr. Richard Pazdur, dire...

  • Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be Not as Effective as Thought?

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be Not as Effective as Thought? FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fortifying cereals, grains and flour with folic acid has not protected against the risk of certain birth defects as much as experts thought it would, a large, new study suggests. At issue are neural tube defects, which include anencephaly, a fatal condition where a baby's brain does not develop, and a paralyzing spinal cord deformity known as spina bifida. In the late 1990s, health experts found that low foli...

  • Frat Brothers Keep Chugging Despite Anti-Booze Efforts

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Frat Brothers Keep Chugging Despite Anti-Booze Efforts FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The boys of "Animal House" and "Neighbors" may be immune to anti-boozing programs that curb drinking for other college kids, new research suggests. As Brown University researcher Lori Scott-Sheldon put it: "Current intervention methods appear to have limited effectiveness in reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among fraternity and possibly sorority members." Scott-Sheldon's team reviewed...

  • FDA Unveils Makeover of Nutrition Facts Label

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    FDA Unveils Makeover of Nutrition Facts Label FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods in the United States is about to get a long-awaited facelift, with a redesign emphasizing realistic portion sizes and added sugars. The announcement Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reflects changing science and an attempt to rein in Americans' unhealthy eating patterns and help consumers make better choices, the agency said. The updated design, for instance, ...

  • Fertility Info Lacking for Young Women Who Beat Cancer

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Fertility Info Lacking for Young Women Who Beat Cancer MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many young female cancer survivors say they don't receive enough information about preserving their fertility, a new study finds. These women are at risk for early menopause because of their cancer treatment. If they want to have children but are not yet ready to start a family, they may be able to freeze their eggs or embryos after treatment, researchers explained. "The potential loss of fertility has been d...

  • Fastballs a Fast Track to 'Tommy John Surgery'?

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Fastballs a Fast Track to 'Tommy John Surgery'? THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that throwing a lot of fastballs may increase a pitcher's risk of an elbow injury requiring "Tommy John surgery." "Our findings suggest that throwing a high percentage of fastballs rather than off-speed pitches puts more stress on the elbow," said study author Dr. Robert Keller. "This leads to elbow fatigue, overuse and, subsequently, injury," Keller, chief resident in the department of orthopedi...

  • FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new long-acting implant that can help treat people addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers was approved Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Opioid abuse and addiction have taken a devastating toll on American families. We must do everything we can to make new, innovative treatment options available that can help patients regain control over their lives," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert M. Cal...

  • Fewer U.S. Kids Die From Abusive Head Trauma: CDC

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Fewer U.S. Kids Die From Abusive Head Trauma: CDC THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Half as many babies and preschoolers in the United States are dying from abusive head trauma as in 2009, federal health officials reported Thursday. Deaths of children under age 5 from this form of violence dropped an average 13 percent annually between 2009 and 2014, with the biggest falloff in the last two years of the study, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts said the st...

  • Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inhaled steroid therapy is commonly used to treat asthmatic children with persistent, daily wheezing episodes. However, a new study suggests that the powerful medicines may not be needed on a daily basis for kids whose wheezing occurs sporadically, such as when they catch a cold. "It makes sense that these children with frequent symptoms require daily treatment, whereas those who wheeze just during viral ill...

  • Fatty Foods During Teen Years May Influence Later Breast Cancer Risk

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Fatty Foods During Teen Years May Influence Later Breast Cancer Risk THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who eat high amounts of saturated fats or low amounts of healthier mono- and polyunsaturated fats tend to have denser breasts 15 years later, new research suggests. That's important because greater breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer, the study authors said. But the researchers noted they didn't find a large change in breast density volume based on dietary fat intake. "It w...