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Study: Chemo Drug Shortages Don't Affect Care

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 16:47

Nationwide, the number of prescription drug shortages rose from 71 in 2005 to 255 in 2011. Shortages of cancer drugs more than doubled during that time.

Is Your Smartphone Making You Fat?

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 14:52

Researchers believe the findings suggest a link between multitasking and obesity risk -- the connection being the part of the brain that responds to temptation.

Many Misdiagnosed With MS

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 14:13

"I've seen patients suffering side effects from the medication they were taking for a disease they didn't have," said study leader Dr. Marwa Kaisey. “Meanwhile, they weren't getting treatment for what they did have.”

Blame Game on Insulin Costs Leaves Patients Behind

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 12:32

During Wednesday’s House subcommittee hearing on insulin price hikes, drug makers and benefits managers pointed fingers at each other for the last decade’s 300% price increase, frustrating congressional representatives.

Measles Outbreak: What You Should Know

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:16

More than 450 cases of measles have been reported in the U.S. so far this year, according to the CDC. Learn why these outbreaks are happening, measles signs and symptoms, and how to protect your family from this potentially deadly disease.

FDA Approves New Osteoporosis Treatment

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 09:09

Evenity, an injected therapy, helps build new bone by blocking the effect of a protein called sclerostin. It’s intended for use only in women at high risk off fracture.

Climate Change Could Worsen Hay Fever Season

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 08:56

The study is the first confirmation from health data that changes in the length and timing of spring could lead to increased allergy symptoms, experts said.

FDA: Don't Suddenly Stop Taking Your Rx Opioid

WebMD - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 16:10

The FDA’s new warning says that stopping an opioid painkiller can cause uncontrolled pain or withdrawal symptoms. As a result, the patient may to try to get opioid pain meds from other sources. That’s behavior that can be confused with “drug-seeking” for abuse rather than pain relief.

Parents' Desperate Fight Vs. Teen Screen Addiction

WebMD - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 15:31

Because digital addiction is not an official diagnosis, families face many challenges getting help when they see concerning behavior between their teens and technology.

Study: Avoid Using Herbal Products in Pregnancy

WebMD - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 14:40

Most studies on herbal product use during pregnancy are not large enough, or well-designed enough, to offer good evidence about their link to pregnancy complications, researchers said.

Study: Avoid Using Herbal Products in Pregnancy

WebMD - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 14:40

Most studies on herbal product use during pregnancy are not large enough, or well-designed enough, to offer good evidence about their link to pregnancy complications, researchers said.

Dozens Charged in Medicare Brace Scam

WebMD - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:06

The scheme sold unneeded back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors, using overseas calls centers to get Medicare numbers from beneficiaries, the Associated Press reported.

E. Coli Outbreak Grows to 96 Cases In 5 States

WebMD - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:42

Although no deaths have been reported, 11 people have been hospitalized because their cases have been so severe, the CDC said.

CDC Clarifies Opioid Guidelines for Severe Pain

WebMD - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 18:50

Some insurers had cited the CDC’s previous opioid guidelines and refused to pay for prescriptions for patients with cancer or sickle cell anemia, or other chronic pain conditions.

Doctors Urge Recall of Fisher Price Sleeper Seat

WebMD - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 17:30

The American Academy of Pediatrics also said parents should stop using Fisher-Price’s Rock 'n Play Sleeper and stores should remove it from their shelves.

Raise Minimum Wage, Lower State's Suicide Rate

WebMD - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 17:24

If the 2% reduction in the suicide rate had been steady in all the years of the study, about 8,000 fewer suicides would have occurred, the researchers estimated.

New 'Cancer Vaccine' Attacks Tumors From Within

WebMD - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 17:09

Eight out of 11 lymphoma patients in a small, early clinical trial had partial or complete destruction of the tumor that received the initial injection, according to the researchers’ report.

Health Emergency Declared in NYC Measles Outbreak

WebMD - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 16:37

Unvaccinated people living in certain ZIP codes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will have to get the measles vaccine, and those who do not comply will be issued violations and possibly fines.

Those Whitening Strips May Damage Your Teeth

WebMD - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:48

The study showed a loss of tooth protein with over-the-counter whitening treatments, but some experts aren’t concerned.

Despite Switched Organs, Woman Lived to 99

WebMD - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:15

Rose Marie Bentley was an anatomical rarity. Her stomach, liver and other abdominal organs were switched in position right to left. The condition is called "situs inversus.”

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