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  • U.S. Should Reinforce Blood Supply: Report

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    U.S. Should Reinforce Blood Supply: Report MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. blood supply system faces financial and other challenges that could lead to blood shortages in the future, a new report contends. For now, however, the system continues to function well, the researchers said. In 2013, more than 14 million units of blood were collected from about 15.2 million people, and 13.2 million units were transfused. But, increased federal government oversight of the blood system may be re...

  • Use of Needle Exchange Programs Up Dramatically in 10 Years: CDC

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Use of Needle Exchange Programs Up Dramatically in 10 Years: CDC WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although there was a significant increase in the use of syringe services programs (SSPs) -- more commonly known as needle exchange programs -- across the United States over the past decade, many injection drug users don't always use sterile needles, a federal government report says. Previously used needles put drug users at risk for infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C, the repo...

  • U.S. to Ban Smoking in Public Housing

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    U.S. to Ban Smoking in Public Housing WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking will be banned in public housing residences starting next year, U.S. officials announced Wednesday. The federal government's "historic" decision to make all public housing properties smoke-free will protect millions of children and adults from dangerous secondhand smoke, said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Myers praised the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) "fo...

  • U.S. Kids Are Eating Healthier Now, But . . .

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    U.S. Kids Are Eating Healthier Now, But . . . WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. kids are eating healthier these days, but their daily diet is still nowhere near perfect, a new study reports. Kids today are eating more food that's good for them: whole grains, whole fruits, dairy, and protein from seafood and plants. And, just as important, they are more likely to avoid sugar-laden foods and drinks full of empty calories, according to a review of children's diet trends between 1999 and 201...

  • U.S. Health Care Spending Up 5 Percent in 2015

    Posted: 12/01/2016

    U.S. Health Care Spending Up 5 Percent in 2015 TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Privately insured Americans spent nearly 5 percent more on health care last year than in 2014, largely because of escalating prices, new research shows. The 4.6 percent increase was significantly more than that of previous years, and reflects higher costs for prescription drugs, ER visits and hospitalizations, according to the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute. "Using data from four of the nation's largest healt...

  • U.S. Death Toll From Infectious Diseases Unchanged: Study

    Posted: 11/30/2016

    U.S. Death Toll From Infectious Diseases Unchanged: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The war against infectious diseases -- medicine versus microbes -- has been holding steady, with the U.S. death rate from these diseases about the same now as it was in 1980, new research says. But some of the specific disease threats have changed over the years, the study authors noted. Researchers found that the national death rate from infections stood at almost 46 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014. T...

  • U.S. Hospitals Halve Catheter Infection Rates: Review

    Posted: 11/29/2016

    U.S. Hospitals Halve Catheter Infection Rates: Review MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals have cut in half the number of potentially deadly bloodstream infections linked to so-called central-line catheters since 2008. But, too many critically ill patients are still exposed to dangerous bacteria, a new review from Consumer Reports contends. Central-line catheters deliver medication, nutrients and fluids to a patient through one intravenous line (IV). While often lifesaving, these lin...

  • U.S. Surgeon General Declares War on Addiction

    Posted: 11/27/2016

    U.S. Surgeon General Declares War on Addiction THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- America's response to alcohol and drug addiction demands a shift in thinking -- away from moralizing and toward proven medical treatment instead, the U.S. Surgeon General said Thursday. For too long, addiction has been looked at as a character flaw or a moral failing, rather than as a chronic disease of the brain, Dr. Vivek Murthy said during a morning news conference. "We have 20.8 million people in America with ...

  • U.S. Heart Disease Rates Fell 20 Percent Since 1980s: Study

    Posted: 11/20/2016

    U.S. Heart Disease Rates Fell 20 Percent Since 1980s: Study SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that cases of heart disease have dropped 20 percent in the United States in the last four decades. Experts credit the trend to better detection and prevention of risk factors that endanger heart health. "That means all the efforts are paying off," said senior researcher Michael Pencina. He is director of biostatistics for the Duke Clinical Research Institute at Duke University, in Dur...

  • U.S. Doctors Don't All Follow Prediabetes Screening Guidelines: Study

    Posted: 11/15/2016

    U.S. Doctors Don't All Follow Prediabetes Screening Guidelines: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Only about half of U.S. family doctors follow guidelines on screening patients for prediabetes, a new study finds. More than one-third of American adults have prediabetes, and most don't know it. Prediabetes means that blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diabetes. Diagnosing and treating prediabetes can prevent patients from developing diabetes, a leading cause ...