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  • Study Questions 'Fecal Transplant' Treatment for Gut Infection

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Study Questions 'Fecal Transplant' Treatment for Gut Infection FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A single fecal transplant delivered by enema is apparently no more effective than oral antibiotics in treating recurring cases of a nasty stomach bug, a Canadian study contends. The study is the first head-to-head comparison between fecal transplant and the current standard of care of antibiotics in treating Clostridium difficile infection, the researchers said. "We thought it was important to have t...

  • Steep Rise in Births to U.S. Women Using Opioids

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Steep Rise in Births to U.S. Women Using Opioids TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Over a decade, there was a nearly fivefold increase in the number of babies born each year to American women who have used opioids, a federal government report says. There was also a dramatic rise in the number of infants born with a dependency on opioids, the report found. These drugs include heroin and prescription painkillers such as fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Vicodin). "It ...

  • Should More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out?

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Should More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out? TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Because of stringent tonsillectomy guidelines, some kids who could benefit from tonsil removal surgery aren't getting it, two new reviews suggest. To qualify for the surgery, a child must have many recurring throat infections within a short span of time or severe sleep disturbances, said Dr. Sivakumar Chinnadurai, a co-author of the reviews. An evaluation of current medical evidence suggests more kids would receive signi...

  • Steep Bills Surprise Patients Who Go 'Out-of-Network'

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Steep Bills Surprise Patients Who Go 'Out-of-Network' TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients using specialists outside their health-plan network often receive surprise bills for services that cost far more than what Medicare considers a fair rate, a new study suggests. Most insurers use rates set by Medicare -- the publicly funded insurance program for the elderly -- as the benchmark for what they'll pay health care providers. But a look at 400,000 U.S. physicians' charges found many doctor...

  • Soft Robotic Sleeve Shows Promise for Failing Hearts

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Soft Robotic Sleeve Shows Promise for Failing Hearts WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are reporting some early success with a "soft robotic" device aimed at treating advanced heart failure. The hope, the researchers said, is to improve upon ventricular assist devices, or VADs, that are currently used for severe heart failure. The new device has been tested only on pig hearts -- so there is a long way to go yet, the study authors said. It will likely be a few years before the devic...

  • Short Stretches of Exercise May Have Anti-Inflammatory Effect

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Short Stretches of Exercise May Have Anti-Inflammatory Effect WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just 20 minutes of moderate exercise may dampen inflammation in the body, researchers say. The study findings suggest that "exercise doesn't have to be tremendously hard for you to see health benefits from it," said study author Suzi Hong. She is an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego. The researchers focused on inflammation -- swelling -- in the body. The immune system p...

  • Skin Cancer Cream Linked to 5 Dog Deaths: FDA

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Skin Cancer Cream Linked to 5 Dog Deaths: FDA THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Five dogs have died from exposure to a skin cancer cream prescribed for people, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ingesting very small amounts of the drug -- fluorouracil topical cream USP 5% (5-FU) -- can sicken or kill family pets, said the FDA. "Although the FDA has not to date received any reports involving cats, they are also expected to be extremely sensitive to fluorouracil cream," the agen...

  • Study Ties Inflammation, Gut Bacteria to Type 1 Diabetes

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Study Ties Inflammation, Gut Bacteria to Type 1 Diabetes THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with type 1 diabetes show changes in their digestive system that aren't seen in people who don't have the autoimmune disease, a new Italian study finds. Those changes include different gut bacteria and inflammation in the small intestine. The differences may play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes, the researchers said. "For years, we have looked for the cause of type 1 diabetes in the p...

  • Screen Time May Not Be So Bad for Teens After All

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Screen Time May Not Be So Bad for Teens After All FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who log hours of screen time every day -- on video games, smartphones, computers, TV and the like -- may not be doing themselves any harm, a new study suggests. A digital "sweet spot" of screen time might even benefit teens' well-being by allowing them to develop social connections and personal skills, according to the findings. "Moderate levels of daily screen time do not appear to be harmful," said lead r...

  • Stress May Explain Digestive Issues in Kids With Autism

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Stress May Explain Digestive Issues in Kids With Autism FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many children with autism suffer from gastrointestinal problems, such as belly pain and constipation. And new research suggests that these issues may stem from a heightened response to stress. "When treating a patient with autism who has constipation and other lower gastrointestinal issues, physicians may give them a laxative to address these issues," said study author Dr. David Beversdorf. "Our findings su...