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  • Insulin Prices Skyrocket, Putting Many Diabetics in a Bind

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Insulin Prices Skyrocket, Putting Many Diabetics in a Bind TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Insulin, a life-saving medication used to treat diabetes, was discovered nearly 100 years ago, yet the price of the drug has now spiked by 700 percent in just two decades. In early November, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Democrat, pointed out that certain insulins had risen from $21 a vial in 1996 to $255 a vial in 2016. Some have likened the insulin price boosts to the recent price hikes for EpiPen ...

  • It's Never Too Late to Stop Smoking

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    It's Never Too Late to Stop Smoking WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You're never too old to reap the health benefits of quitting smoking, a new study finds. "Even participants who quit smoking as recently as in their 60s were 23 percent less likely to die during follow-up than those who continued to smoke into their 70s," said lead researcher Sarah Nash, who conducted the study while at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. In addition, the age at which you start smoking can have an impact on...

  • Imaging Studies Shed Light on Zika's Effects

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    Imaging Studies Shed Light on Zika's Effects TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More details on how the Zika virus affects infants and adults will be presented to international researchers meeting in Chicago next week. Three studies scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America attempt to shed light on the mosquito-borne virus that's linked to severe birth defects in babies. Most cases to date have occurred in Latin American countries. In one study...

  • Intarosa Approved for Post-Menopausal Pain During Sex

    Posted: 11/27/2016

    Intrarosa Approved for Post-Menopausal Pain During Sex THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intrarosa has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat women who have moderate-to-severe pain during sexual intercourse caused by post-menopausal vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA). As the FDA explained, during menopause estrogen levels can decline in vaginal tissues, leading to VVA. The product, contained in a once-daily insert, is the first approved to include the active ingredient p...

  • Is Your ATM Dispensing Bacteria?

    Posted: 11/23/2016

    Is Your ATM Dispensing Bacteria? WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You might want to wash your hands the next time you withdraw cash from an ATM machine, a new study suggests. ATM keypads in New York City were covered in bacteria, researchers reported, with most of the microbes coming from human skin, food or household surfaces. To come to this conclusion, the investigators took swabs from the keypads of 66 ATM machines in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, including four that were outdoors. The...

  • Intense Chemo Offers Little Benefit for Early Breast Cancer: Study

    Posted: 11/16/2016

    Intense Chemo Offers Little Benefit for Early Breast Cancer: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A more intense type of chemotherapy offers little benefit over standard chemotherapy for women with high-risk early breast cancer, European researchers report. Known as tailored dose-dense chemotherapy, the treatments are given over a shorter period of time without increasing the overall dose. It has been suggested as a way to improve the effectiveness of the treatment for early breast cancer. ...

  • Icy Slurry May Be Best Way to Hydrate in Extreme Heat: Study

    Posted: 11/10/2016

    Icy Slurry May Be Best Way to Hydrate in Extreme Heat: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An ice slurry/water mix is a good way to manage body heat while people work or exercise in hot conditions, a new study finds. In experiments with volunteers, researchers compared the effectiveness of the ice slurry/water mix with regular water in controlling body heat. The mix was more effective than water and only half as much was needed, according to the study. "While the common approach to managin...

  • Injections Might Help Prevent Genital Herpes Transmission for Months: Study

    Posted: 11/10/2016

    Injections Might Help Prevent Genital Herpes Transmission for Months: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Three injections of a therapeutic vaccine may control genital herpes as effectively as daily pills for at least a year, a new study suggests. Researchers tested the experimental vaccine in 310 people with herpes from 17 centers around the United States. The three shots, administered three weeks apart, appeared to reduce patients' genital lesions and the process of "viral shedding" in w...

  • Is It Really True That Chocolate May Be Good for You?

    Posted: 10/27/2016

    Is It Really True That Chocolate May Be Good for You? THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis of existing studies provides more support for the idea that cocoa in chocolate may actually be good for you. But be cautious if you're tempted to raid the candy aisle: While it seems to be beneficial, the impact of chocolate on day-to-day health isn't clear. And the researchers aren't ready to offer recommendations about exactly how much chocolate -- and what type -- provides benefits that ou...

  • Irregular Heart Rhythm Patients May Not Always Need Blood Thinners: Study

    Posted: 10/26/2016

    Irregular Heart Rhythm Patients May Not Always Need Blood Thinners: Study TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation typically take powerful blood thinners to prevent strokes. But, some patients who have implanted pacemakers or defibrillators may not always need the drugs, a new study suggests. Those who suffered only short bouts of atrial fibrillation -- estimated at 20 seconds or less -- were at no more risk for stroke or other heart comp...