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Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Sickle Cell

WebMD - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:07

Despite promising results, it's unclear if the effects of treatment will last and it's likely to be at least three years before a genetic therapy for sickle cell disease is approved.

CDC: Snuggling Pet Hedgehogs Can Spread Salmonella

WebMD - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:15

The CDC reports that 11 people had been infected with SalmonellaTyphimurium. Ten of the 11 say they handled a hedgehog before they became ill.

Internet Challenges: Who's Likely to Take Risk?

WebMD - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:15

A new study suggests that an underlying psychological disorder may be one reason that some kids jump at online dares such as the "Bird Box" challenge, where people walk around blindfolded.

Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer May Aid Detection

WebMD - Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:15

Because it often doesn't cause obvious early symptoms, pancreatic cancer is difficult to diagnose. In many cases, the cancer is at an advanced stage by the time it's discovered. Only 8.5 percent of patients survive past five years.

Study: Disclosing Drug Prices Might Not Cut Costs

WebMD - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 17:15

The suggested policy is unlikely to do harm, said one study author, but it is also unlikely to help much to control pharmaceutical prices.

Injuries Pile Up from Electric Scooters

WebMD - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 13:41

Most of the 249 patients in the JAMA Network Open study were discharged after being patched up, but 15 people had to be hospitalized, including two with severe head injuries.

Many Cancer Patients Have Undiagnosed Hepatitis

WebMD - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 13:15

The findings suggest screening for hepatitis B and C may be appropriate in community cancer clinics.

Many Cancer Patients Have Undiagnosed Hepatitis

WebMD - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 13:15

The findings suggest screening for hepatitis B and C may be appropriate in community cancer clinics.

Gum Disease Bacteria Found in Alzheimer's Brains

WebMD - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 13:04

Researchers studied dead and living patients with diagnosed and suspected Alzheimer's and found bacteria associated with chronic gum disease in the brains of people with Alzheimer's, BBC News reported.

'Wonder Dog' Alerts Owner to Blood Sugar Swings

WebMD - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 09:15

A new British study confirms that dogs can detect dangerous variations in a person's blood sugar.

Study Confirms Steady Rise in School Shootings

WebMD - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 17:51

Between 2016 and 2018, eight multiple-victim shootings claimed the lives of 31 kids at primary, middle and high schools in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Moms Join Suit to Force EPA Chemical Ban

WebMD - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 16:00

The plaintiffs say the EPA had committed to banning methylene chloride from products sold in the United States but has failed to follow through. Federal law allows the public to sue the agency to force it to act.

Eat What You Want and Still Slim? Thank Your Genes

WebMD - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 15:15

The investigators spotted several common genetic variations already linked with obesity. They also found new genetic regions tied to severe obesity, and some others linked to "healthy thinness."

Expert Panel: 2 Back Pain Surgeries May Be Useless

WebMD - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 13:15

Two surgeries that inject medical grade cement to broken vertebrae provided provided no clearly significant benefit in pain control over placebo, according to new research.

Gold Medal Flour Recalled on Salmonella Fears

WebMD - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 12:14

The recall of 5-pound bags of unbleached flour was issued after sampling of the product bags revealed "the potential presence" of salmonella bacteria, according to General Mills

Measles A Health Emergency in 1 Washington County

WebMD - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 11:50

A measles outbreak has led to a public health emergency being declared in Clark County, Washington, home to an anti-vaccination hotspot near Portland, Oregon, CBS News reported.

Some Broken Ankles May Heal in 3 Weeks, Not 6

WebMD - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:15

The healing process for those who spent three weeks in a cast or brace was as successful as among those who spent six weeks in a cast, and shorter treatment brought no added harm, according to a new study.

Finasteride Can Safely Cut Prostate Cancer Risk

WebMD - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:15

The newly released long-term data show that the reduction of prostate cancer risk has continued and that fewer than 100 men in the study of nearly 19,000 died from prostate cancer in more than two decades of follow-up.

Delaying Baby's First Bath May Bring Benefits

WebMD - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 09:15

Delaying the first bath provides more initial skin-to-skin time between mother and baby, and preserves smell, which may encourage babies to latch, the study authors said.

Trump Vows Action on Surprise Medical Bills

WebMD - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 07:45

Patients and doctors got a chance to share their nightmarish experiences with medical bills with President Donald Trump and other top White House officials.

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