Health

Why is health insurance so unaffordable?

Honestly, I have never been a big fan of insurance. I am not much of a gambler, and paying for insurance feels like betting on my own misfortune. I have never purchased insurance for a cell phone or appliance. I would rather save the money and make...

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Medical News Today: Study reveals how general anesthetics affect the brain

For the first time, scientists have shown that general anesthetics activate the same small group of cells in the brain as that which induces sleep.
Topics: Medical Research

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New nanomedicine slips through the cracks, reaches brain

In a recent study in mice, researchers found a way to deliver specific drugs to parts of the body that are exceptionally difficult to access. Their Y-shaped block catiomer (YBC) binds with certain therapeutic materials forming a package 18...
Topics: Medical Research

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Improved WIC food packages reduced obesity risk for children, study finds

A decade ago, the U.S. federal government overhauled nutrition standards for food packages in its primary food assistance program for young mothers and their children. The change reduced obesity risks for 4-year-olds, according to a new study.
Topics: Obesity, Medical Research

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Personalizing Breast Cancer Tx Could Cut Initial Costs of Care

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 -- Personalizing breast cancer treatment based on Oncotype DX recurrence scores could result in small decreases in costs in the initial 12 months of care, according to a study published online April 24 in the Journal of...
Topics: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Oncology, Medical Research

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Pruritus Significantly Reduces Patients' Quality of Life in Chronic Kidney Disease

(MedPage Today) -- Under-reported and inadequately treated in non-dialysis patients with CKD
Topics: Kidney Disease, Dialysis

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FDA: Some tainted versions of blood pressure drug losartan OK to take

The FDA will allow some versions of losartan with a carcinogen to be shipped to pharmacies to avert a shortage of the critical medication.        
Topics: Food And Drug Administration, Blood Pressure, Cancer

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CDC confirms Delaware girl was bitten on the face by a treacherous 'kissing bug'

The "kissing bug," which bites people around their mouths, can pass along the fatal disease Chagas.        
Topics: Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

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Risk Factors ID'd for Rheumatoid Arthritis Complications

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 -- A new study published online April 11 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases identifies factors tied to hospitalization and infections among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). S. Chandrashekara,...
Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Medical Research

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Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi: 'Return Begins Now' After Achilles Surgery

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has posted an encouraging message from his hospital bed and said his "return begins now" following a successful first operation on his ruptured Achilles...

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Medicare $$ for ABPM; Rural Thrombectomy Standards; Initiatives Pushing PCSK9s

(MedPage Today) -- Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine
Topics: Medicare, Cardiology

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Utah governor being treated for skin cancer

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) announced Wednesday that he has undergone treatment for skin cancer.Herbert made the disclosure during a ceremony for a new elementary school and said doctors believe "they got everything." "The belief...
Topics: Skin Cancer, Cancer, Oncology

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10 Natural Sleep Aids: What Works and Why

By now, the average person grasps just how important sleep is for our overall health. It seems like every month there’s a new popular science book extolling the virtues of sleep. Parents remember the zombified newborn days and can see (and...

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President Trump To Speak At Opioid Abuse Summit In Atlanta

Rachel Martin talks to Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about Wednesday's summit. It's a chance for Trump to say what he's doing about the public health emergency.
Topics: National Institute On Drug Abuse

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Can Pregnancy Put a Damper on Your Career?

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 -- Many American women feel less welcome at work once they become pregnant, a new study finds. On the other hand, expectant and new fathers often get a career boost. "We found that pregnant women experienced decreased...
Topics: Medical Research

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Pulling Flavored E-Cigs Hurt Sales in a ‘Very Meaningful’ Way, Juul Founders Say

Juul founders Adam Bowen and James Monsees, who were named to the 2019 TIME 100 list, called vaping’s potential for helping adult smokers ditch combustible cigarettes “one of the greatest opportunities for public health in the history of...
Topics: Smoking

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Women underreport prevalence and intensity of their own snoring

A new study of adults who were referred for evaluation of a suspected sleep disorder suggests that women tend to underreport snoring and underestimate its loudness.
Topics: Medical Research

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Imaging system helps surgeons remove tiny ovarian tumors

Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed only after it has reached an advanced stage, with many tumors spread throughout the abdomen. Most patients undergo surgery to remove as many of these tumors as possible, but because some are so small and...
Topics: Ovarian Cancer, Cancer, Oncology

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Blood Test Tracks Alzheimer's Progression

(MedPage Today) -- Changes in plasma NfL tied to cognition and Alzheimer's biomarkers
Topics: Blood Test, Alzheimer's Disease

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Chinese-UK project reveals ancient secrets of medicinal mint

The precious chemistry of a plant used for 2000 years in traditional Chinese medicine has been unlocked in a project that raises the prospect of rapid access to a wide array of therapeutic drugs.

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