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Regulations Are On Hold as Kratom Debate Rages

WebMD - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 14:16

Federal officials have said they are concerned that kratom can be abused because of its opioid-like effects. It’s now illegal in six states and the District of Columbia, and it’s been on the DEA’s list of drugs and chemicals of concern for several years.

Poor Sleep Plagues Many Kids With Autism

WebMD - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:15

Researchers found that kids with autism spectrum disorder were more than twice as likely to have serious problems getting quality sleep as kids without autism symptoms.

Mammograms Helped Save 600,000 Lives Since '89

WebMD - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:15

The new study estimates that regular screening plus improved treatments cut the expected rate of breast cancer death in 2018 by between 45 to 58 percent.

Flu Season Far From Over, CDC Says

WebMD - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:15

As of Feb. 2, flu is widespread in 47 states, and 24 states are seeing high levels of the disease. In addition, hospitalizations are increasing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Facility Where Injured Patient Gave Birth To Close

WebMD - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:35

The company said it is working with state agencies to transfer patients in the facility to other locations. There are 37 patients in the facility, according to NBC affiliate KPNX of Phoenix.

Amid Measles Outbreak, Docs Hope Facts Top Myths

WebMD - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 14:15

According to the CDC, more than 90% of children have gotten the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. But there are pockets in the country that fall well below the 90% considered crucial for protection.

Fluoroquinolones Over-prescribed Despite Dangers

WebMD - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:35

In the past year, more concerns about the drugs’ side effects have led the FDA to issue new warnings about their use.

Study: Social Media Not A Teen Depression Trigger

WebMD - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:15

Social media use did not predict the development of depression symptoms among school kids or college students, researchers found.

U.S. Rep. John Dingell, Health Policy Titan, Dies

WebMD - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:45

The Michigan Democrat chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee and his impact on health care was immense.

Drug May Be Safer Option Against Repeat Stroke

WebMD - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 17:15

The risk of another stroke caused by a blood clot was halved for patients who took the drug Pletal plus aspirin or clopidogrel, versus those who took aspirin or clopidogrel alone.

Could HPV Be Tied to Heart Trouble in Women, Too?

WebMD - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:15

Researchers found that among the women studied, those infected with "high-risk" strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) were somewhat more likely to develop heart disease or suffer a stroke over the next several years.

Gastric Bypass Means Diabetes Remission For Many

WebMD - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:15

The surgery isn't necessarily a cure for type 2 diabetes. Some people who go into remission and appear to no longer have the disease can relapse and start having symptoms again.

'We are Going to Have More:' Measles Threat Grows

WebMD - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:03

Before the measles vaccine, about 3 to 4 million people got the virus every year in the United States. About 400 to 500 of them died.

Cancer Linked to Surface of Breast Implants

WebMD - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:02

The number of women with breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lyphoma (BIA-ALCL) now stands at 457, compared with 414 in the last report, the FDA says.

Global Rate of Suicide Deaths Is on the Decline

WebMD - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 09:15

Only further study can determine whether the decline is due to better suicide prevention efforts or to general improvements in population health, the researchers said.

Dangerous Bacteria May Lurk in Hospital Sinks

WebMD - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 09:15

The bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase was found in 87 percent of patient sinks next to toilets, compared with about 22 percent of sinks near room entry doors.

Education No Match Against Alzheimer's

WebMD - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:15

People who had a higher education did have greater thinking and memory skills when the study began. But, there was no association between higher education and a slower decline in thinking and memory.

New Antibiotic Treats Pneumonia, Skin Infections

WebMD - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 17:15

Omadacycline, a revamped, "modernized" version of tetracycline, is aimed at people who get sick out in the real world -- not the seriously ill hospital patient whose infection may resist many other antibiotics.

Measles Outbreak Sends Vaccine Demand Soaring

WebMD - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:45

The number of health clinic orders and shots administered rose sharply in January compared with last year, officials in Clark County Washington say.

Exploding E-Cigarette Kills Texas Man

WebMD - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 15:20

William Brown died after debris from the exploding e-cigarette dissected his left carotid artery, according to the death certificate.