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Beta Blockers Might Fight A-Fib Too

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:28

A-fib is a common heart rhythm disorder sometimes triggered by stress and negative emotions. Beta blockers are drugs that block the effects of adrenaline and related substances.

Should Breast Cancer Survivors Get MRI Screening?

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 16:57

MRI screening did findmore tumors, but it also more than doubled the number of biopsies women needed -- many of which turned out to be benign, the researchers said.

Patient Catches on Fire During Heart Surgery

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 15:17

Fed by leaking oxygen, a spark from a cauterizing tool set a dry surgical pack on fire. Doctors immediately put the fire out and continued with the procedure.

FDA: Common Supplement Ingredient Could Hurt Fetus

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 14:57

The dangerous ingredient, vinpocetine, is in supplements that claim to enhance memory, focus or mental sharpness. They also supposedly increase energy and aid weight loss, the FDA said

Your Gut Bacteria Could Affect How Your Meds Work

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:38

Doctors may one day use your genes or species of bacteria to predict how well you’ll metabolize a certain drug, one of the study’s authors said.

Younger Gout Patients Have Higher Blood Clot Risk

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 17:23

Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, affecting more than 4% of U.S. adults, according to the Arthritis Foundation. It develops in people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood.

Quest Diagnostics: Millions of Files May Be Stolen

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:51

The breached data may include Social Security numbers and medical information, but not test results, the company said.

Study: Less Sleep For Teens = More Unsafe Sex

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 16:09

Not getting enough sleep may impair decision-making and increase impulsiveness, increasing the chance of sexual risk-taking, the study author said.

FDA Makes New Cancer Treatments Easier to Get

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 15:33

Rather than making doctors beg for these drugs, if the company approves, the FDA will intercede and help the process along, the agency announced at the meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.

Kids Still Being Poisoned by Detergent Pods

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:42

Liquid laundry detergent is toxic. It is tied to central nervous system and respiratory depression, eye injuries, lung inflammation and death.

Recall: Johnsonville Sausage May Contain Plastic

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:11

The Wisconsin-based company's sausages were shipped nationwide and internationally. The FSIS says Johnsonville flagged the problem after a consumer complained about finding green-colored plastic in one of the now-recalled products.

1 Dies in Ohio Outbreak of Legionnaires Disease

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 13:58

Legionnaires is caused by the Legionella bacteria, which can grow in water in building cooling systems. It's spread as people inhale contaminated water droplets, according to the CDC.

Perdue Recalls Almost 32,000 Pounds of Chicken

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 12:22

The recall follows customer complaints that the fully cooked chicken products contained pieces of bone, according to the recall notice posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

ASCO Conference Highlights 2019

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 11:21

Read the latest news and research about cancer from the annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

ASCO Conference Highlights 2019

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 11:21

Read the latest news and research about cancer from the annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Obamacare May Have Aided Fight Vs. Ovarian Cancer

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 10:13

or the study, the investigators analyzed data from the U.S. National Cancer Database. They compared nearly 36,000 women who were diagnosed and treated between 2004 and 2009, with more than 37,000 women diagnosed and treated between 2011 and 2014.

FDA Takes Hard Look at CBD

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 09:46

Everything from oils to gummies to pills, creams and ointments are now for sale at supermarkets and specialty chains. You can even get massages infused with CBD, or cosmetics laced with the drug.

Could Two Drugs Fight Prostate Cancer Earlier?

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 09:41

Two drugs that interfere with cancer's ability to use testosterone for fuel, apalutamide (Erleada) and enzalutamide (Xtandi), are already approved for use against more advanced prostate tumors that don't respond to regular therapy.

Drug Extends Lives of Young Breast Cancer Patients

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 09:38

The drug, called Kisqali (ribociclib), is already approved for treating such patients -- based on earlier results showing it can delay the progression of their cancer.

Patients Who Read Docs' Notes Take Meds Better

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 17:31

The net benefit of sharing notes with patients could be significant because people not properly taking their medications costs the health care system about $300 billion a year.