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Always Removes Female Symbol From Pad Wrapper

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:08

Always isn’t the first commercial entity to move toward a more gender-neutral approach. Thinx, a company that makes period-proof underwear, uses the tagline “For people with periods.” Last month, toy company Mattel made headlines when it announced a new line of gender-inclusive dolls.

Windy, Humid Days Could Bring More Pain

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 16:43

People with chronic pain conditions are more likely to suffer pain on humid and windy days, according to a study that used smartphones to assess pain-weather connections.

More TV, Smartphone Time Means More Sugary Drinks for Teens

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 16:39

Researchers analyzed data from more than 32,400 U.S. students in grades 8 and 10. They found that more than 27% exceeded recommended sugar intake and 21% exceeded recommended caffeine intake from soda and energy drinks.

New Drug on the Horizon for Flu's Ills?

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 13:01

The new pill, which targets the genetics of influenza viruses, has shown that it can reduce fever and respiratory symptoms in lab animals, as well as reducing the overall amount of virus in their bodies, researchers report.

Banned Trans Fats Linked to Higher Dementia Risk: Study

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 12:57

Most trans fats were banned in the United States last year. But foods with less than a half-gram of trans fats can be labeled as containing zero, so some foods still contain them.

Nasal Swab Could Help Gauge Smokers' Odds for Lung Cancer

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 12:52

The experimental nasal swab relies on the fact that most lung cancer patients are current and former smokers. It's meant to be a noninvasive means of separating high-risk patients from low-risk patients, by spotting  signs of gene damage produced by long-term exposure to cigarette smoke.

Could AI Beat Radiologists at Spotting Bleeds in the Brain?

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 12:49

A computer program trained to look for bleeding in the brain outperformed two of four certified radiologists, finding abnormalities in brain scans quickly and efficiently, the researchers reported.

Disneyland Visitors May Have Been Exposed to Measles

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 10:39

People who were at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and a Starbucks in Los Angeles on Oct. 16 may have been exposed to measles, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says.

Obesity May Be Upping Rates of Pancreatic Cancer Worldwide

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 17:08

Colon cancer rates and pancreatic cancer deaths rose by 10% worldwide between 1990 and 2017, according to a new study of global trends in digestive diseases.

Bedtime May Be Best Time for Blood Pressure Meds

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 16:36

People who took all their blood pressure meds at night had lower blood pressure around the clock compared to volunteers who took their medication in the morning.

FDA May Put Strong Warning on Breast Implants

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 16:27

The FDA wants breast implant makers to warn women that breast implants are not lifetime devices, and that the risk of complications rises the longer a patient has the implant.

FDA: Smokeless Tobacco Can Advertise as "Lower Risk"

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 13:54

The maker of eight smokeless tobacco products known as snus can market them as being lower risk than regular cigarettes for giving users cancer, lung disease, and stroke, the FDA said Tuesday.

More Children’s Cancer Drug Coming, Drugmaker Says

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 12:42

The drug’s only maker, Pfizer, says relief may be coming soon. In a letter dated Oct. 18, Pfizer said the next delivery of the drug is expected in late October and will meet current patient needs for the rest of the year.

Many Common Meds Could Alter Your Microbiome

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 12:10

The gut microbiome includes at least 1,000 species of bacteria and is influenced by a number of different factors, including medication.

Georgia Sues to Close Sterilization Plant

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 18:00

Air testing results showed high levels of a toxic gas in neighborhoods close to the plant.

Good News for Parents: Many Preemie Babies Grow Up Fine

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 16:46

The study of more than 2.5 million children found that more than half of those born prematurely had no major medical concerns in adulthood.

Antidepressant Doesn't Ease Obsessive Behaviors of Autism

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 16:10

The study randomly compared use of the drug to a placebo over 16 weeks. In the end, the researchers saw no meaningful clinical benefits from the drug.

FDA Approves New Drug for Most Common Form of Cystic Fibrosis

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 15:55

Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said the approval was an outgrowth of efforts to speed development of new therapies for complex diseases.

Jimmy Carter Recovering in Hospital From Fall

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 11:43

Former President Jimmy Carter, 95, is recovering from a minor pelvis fracture after he fell at his home in Plains, GA.

Stress in Pregnancy May Affect Baby's Sex, Preterm Delivery Risk: Study

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 11:06

Women with either physical or psychological stress were more likely to have a girl, the study found