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Am I a High-Functioning Alcoholic? Know the Signs

WebMD - Fri, 05/05/2023 - 14:58

How can you tell whether regular drinking is actually problem drinking? High-functioning alcoholics may not seem to need help at first. WebMD tells more.

Rising Interest in Weight-Loss Meds Despite Cost, Side Effects

WebMD - Fri, 05/05/2023 - 14:30

A growing number of people are turning to anti-obesity injections. According to a new survey from the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and telehealth company Ro, interest in these treatments is soaring among people living with obesity, despite the lack of public awareness just a handful of months ago.

Doctors Perform First Surgery on Baby's Brain in the Womb

WebMD - Fri, 05/05/2023 - 14:19

In a first-of-its-kind in-utero surgery, researchers have successfully repaired a vein of Galen malformation, which often leads to heart failure, severe brain injury, or possibly death soon after birth.

WHO Officially Calls End to Global COVID-19 Health Emergency

WebMD - Fri, 05/05/2023 - 12:26

Not much is expected to change in a realistic sense, and the declaration doesn’t mean COVID is no longer with us. But it reflects declining case numbers, fewer hospitalizations and greater immunity.

Wegovy U.S. Supply Shortage Strikes Again

WebMD - Fri, 05/05/2023 - 10:35

Novo Nordisk’s problems keeping up US supply of Wegovy for weight-loss is back after a brief hiatus, as the company says starter doses will again be in short supply through September.

Dangerous Infections in 'Preemie' Babies May Begin in the Gut

WebMD - Thu, 05/04/2023 - 18:16

Studying newborns in neonatal care, researchers found a nearly identical disease-causing bacterial strain in the gut right before a bloodstream infection was diagnosed.

Experimental Drug Significantly Slows Alzheimer's: Study

WebMD - Thu, 05/04/2023 - 15:38

The anti-amyloid hopeful markedly reduced brain amyloid plaque and significantly slowed cognitive and functional decline in adults with early Alzheimer's disease.

The Amazing Things We Can Learn From Hospital Clowns

WebMD - Thu, 05/04/2023 - 14:51

Research shows that hospital clowns, aka medical clowns, therapeutic clowns, or clown doctors, can enhance patients’ quality of life and healing. We found a clown to show us how it’s done.

New Risk Factors, Better Treatments for AFib: What to Know

WebMD - Thu, 05/04/2023 - 13:15

What to know about better treatment options and newly studied risk factors for atrial fibrillation, or AFib.

Is ChatGPT in Your Doctor’s Inbox?

WebMD - Wed, 05/03/2023 - 13:31

What happens when a chatbot slips into your doctor’s direct messages? Depending on who you ask, it might improve outcomes. On the other hand, it might raise a few red flags.

Deaths Due to Fentanyl Nearly Quadrupled in 5 Years

WebMD - Wed, 05/03/2023 - 13:06

A new report shows overdose deaths in the U.S. tied to the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl soared 279% from 2016 to 2021,

Ozempic: Cost, Coupons, and Ways to Save Cash

WebMD - Wed, 05/03/2023 - 12:54

With the blockbuster type 2 diabetes drug Ozempic popular as ever with those just seeking to lose weight, we speak to pharmacists about the drug cost, potential coupons and prescription discounts, and other ways to save money.

'COVID-19 Diet' Lowers Salt, a Boon to Kidney Stone Patients

WebMD - Tue, 05/02/2023 - 14:52

Reducing dining out during the pandemic resulted in lowered levels of sodium and calcium in the urine in patients with a history of kidney stones.

New Study Directly Links Air Pollution to Heart Problems

WebMD - Tue, 05/02/2023 - 13:16

A new study gives people at risk of heart problems a good reason to keep an eye on the daily air quality warnings often included in weather reports. Researchers found a direct relationship between air pollution increases and the risk of having irregular heartbeat problems such as atrial fibrillation.

Be Cautious of Off-Label Use of Stimulants With Other Drugs

WebMD - Tue, 05/02/2023 - 13:07

It’s an increasingly common trend: U.S. adults who are taking a stimulant medication, together with other drugs that target the central nervous system, such as antidepressants, opioids, and anti-anxiety medications.

Beware the Hidden Allergens in Nutritional Supplements

WebMD - Tue, 05/02/2023 - 11:20

An expert reviewed allergens that are found in popular supplements and that have been implicated in allergic reactions, including contact dermatitis.

Similar to Humans, Sleep Is Altered for Dogs With Dementia

WebMD - Mon, 05/01/2023 - 18:03

Research finds older dogs sleep less deeply when they develop dementia, just as people with Alzheimer’s disease do.

Americans Stressed, but Seeking Help: Mental Health Survey

WebMD - Mon, 05/01/2023 - 15:09

Post-pandemic, more people are seeking help from therapists, many for the first time, and most often to deal with stress, anxiety, and depression, according to the results of a new national mental health survey.

Weight Loss Surgery Could Cut Cancer Risk in Half Over Time

WebMD - Mon, 05/01/2023 - 11:42

Investigators compared almost 56,000 people with obesity who had bariatric surgery to the same number who did not. They tracked how many people developed cancer over the next 10 years. The surgery group had less than half as many cases of cancer.

You’ve Quit Smoking With Vaping. Now What?

WebMD - Fri, 04/28/2023 - 17:09

Many Americans use vapes to quit smoking cigarettes. But because of nicotine levels of e-cigarettes, patients also may need help quitting the unauthorized cessation tools.