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$109K Hospital Bill Cut To $332; How About Others?

WebMD - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 08:52

“I don’t feel any consumer should have to go through this,” says Drew Calver, who faced a life-changing surprise bill from an Austin hospital after a heart attack last year. After attention as a Bill of the Month patient, he paid the hospital $332. But he worries about other patients with surprise bills.

Strain of E. Coli Spread From Poultry to People

WebMD - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 18:15

E. coli was found in about 80 percent of the nearly 2,500 meat samples and in 72 percent of the urine and blood samples from patients who tested positive for infection, the study authors said. E. coli ST131 was the most common type infecting people and was also present in the meat samples.

Monkey Trials Raise Hope for Opioid Alternative

WebMD - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 14:15

AT-121 provided the same level of pain relief as a typical opioid, but at a 100-times lower dose than morphine, according to the research team from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

FDA Warns of Serious Genital Infection With Diabetes Meds

WebMD - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:00

The FDA is warning about rare cases of necrotizing fasciitis – sometimes called “flesh-eating bacteria” -- of the genitals and genital area in patients taking type 2 diabetes drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors.

'E-scooters': Zooming Can End in Scrapes, Breaks

WebMD - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:49

In the brave new world of hop-on-hop-off shared personal vehicles, accidents are inevitable. E-scooters have emergency departments across the US seeing scrapes, broken bones and even brain injuries.

Sleep Apnea Might Raise Odds for Painful Gout

WebMD - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:15

People with sleep apnea had a 42 percent higher risk of gout, the study found.

Pediatricians Change Child Car Seat Guidelines

WebMD - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:15

The previous advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics was to stop using a rear-facing seat when a child was 2 years old.

Even Low Levels of Toxic Metals Put Heart at Risk

WebMD - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:15

Their analysis of 37 studies that included nearly 350,000 people linked arsenic exposure to a 23 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease and a 30 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

One Dead in Kosher Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

WebMD - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 16:26

Of the 17 people sickened, eight have been hospitalized, the CDC says.

RECALL: Blood Pressure Meds Contain Wrong Drug

WebMD - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 15:34

Accord Healthcare has recalled one lot of 12.5-milligram hydrochlorothiazide tablets because the 100-count bottle was discovered to contain 100 spironolactone tablets.

Mosquito Threat Spurs New Ways to Tackle Old Pest

WebMD - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:52

Scientists are working to infect mosquitoes with bacteria that keep them from spreading dengue fever, a sometimes deadly virus that’s reaching beyond its typical tropical range.

Mosquito Threat Spurs New Ways to Tackle Old Pest

WebMD - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:52

Scientists are working to infect mosquitoes with bacteria that keep them from spreading dengue fever, a sometimes deadly virus that’s reaching beyond its typical tropical range.

Mental Health Exam No Predictor of Soldier Suicide

WebMD - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:15

According to the new data, female soldiers were more at risk than males; younger soldiers were at higher odds than older ones; less educated soldiers face higher risks than more educated service members, and odds for a suicide attempt were especially high during a soldier's first year of service.

New Breathing Tube May Stop Cardiac Arrest Deaths

WebMD - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:15

There are about 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the United States each year. More than 90 percent of those patients die before, or soon after, they reach the hospital.

Obamacare Enrollee Numbers Aren't Falling: Report

WebMD - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:15

About 8.3 million Americans now carry health insurance plans purchased through an Obamacare state-based marketplace, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Teen Drinking Tied to Aggressive Prostate Cancer

WebMD - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:15

Compared to non-drinkers, men who reported having at least one alcoholic drink a day between ages 15 and 19 had more than triple the odds of developing aggressive prostate cancer in adulthood, the researchers said.

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