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NIH Official: Polio-Like Illness on the Rise

WebMD - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 14:07

More than 550 Americans have been diagnosed with the mysterious, paralyzing illness called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) this decade. More than 90 percent were children, most around 4, 5 or 6 years old.

New Plan Limits Out-of-Pocket Costs for Insulin

WebMD - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 14:01

The average price of insulin rose from about $234 a month in 2012 to about $450 a month in 2016, according to the Health Cost Institute.

New Pancreatic Cancer Therapies Extending Lives

WebMD - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 13:39

New chemotherapy regimens have given people with inoperable pancreatic cancer a fighting chance when delivered appropriately in conjunction with radiation therapy and surgery, according to a new study.

Recall: Burgers Sold to Schools for Contamination

WebMD - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:18

AdvancePierre received two complaints Monday from consumers who say they found purple plastic in the patties, although there have no reports of injuries or illness from the burgers.

Americans Borrowed $88 Billion for Health Care

WebMD - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:14

In 2017, the United States spent more than $10,700 per person on health care, according to federal data, CNN reported.

Mastectomy Seems to Boost Advanced HER2+ Survival

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 17:58

Surgery was associated with a 44% increased chance of survival, assuming that most patients were also treated with chemo or targeted drug therapies, the study found.

Does Bad 'Mono' Predict Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 17:43

People with the most severe mononucleosis infections were more than three times as likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Does Bad 'Mono' Predict Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 17:43

People with the most severe mononucleosis infections were more than three times as likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome.

How HIV Might Influence HPV Vaccination Rates

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 17:22

HPV infection is common, and healthy people often clear it from the body without developing cancer. But HIV infection weakens the immune system, making it more difficult to fight off HPV.

Trump Postpones Move to Dismantle Obamacare

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 17:00

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could leave 20 million people uninsured, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank.

Brain Scans Spot, Track Alzheimer's

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 15:32

The results “make it clear that amyloid PET imaging can have a major impact on how we diagnose and care for patients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of cognitive decline," said the study’s lead author.

It's Spring, but Flu Still Threatens, CDC Says

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 14:33

Early estimates suggest this year's flu vaccine, overall, is about 47% effective. It is generally less effective against the influenza A (H3N2) than other virus types.

What Is the Spoon Theory?

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 14:31

The spoon theory is a way to describe what it’s like to live with chronic diseases. Learn what it means, who coined the phrase, and how “spoonies” use it in daily life.

Under-Tongue Allergy Pills Replace Shots for Many

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 14:13

The tablets are available to treat allergic reactions to northern grass pollens, Timothy grass pollen, ragweed and house dust mites.

U.S. Leads World in Reducing Prostate Cancer Cases

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 13:44

Of the 44 countries studied, prostate cancer rates rose in four and fell in seven. The United States had the biggest decrease. Rates remained stable in the 33 other countries.

Mick Jagger Facing Heart Surgery

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:17

Heart-valve replacement surgery typically comes with a recover of anywhere from a week to 4-to-6 weeks for open-heart surgery.

U.S. Measles Cases Already Top Last Year's Total

WebMD - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 09:16

The number of cases so far this year is the highest since 2014, when there were a total of 667, and the second highest number since measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.

Study: C-Section Does Carry Added Risks

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 18:37

Researchers said that cesarean deliveries appear to cause an overall 80% increased risk of severe maternal complications when compared with vaginal delivery.

Fish Slime Could Hold Key to Beating 'Superbugs'

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 18:02

The slime protects fish from bacteria, fungi and viruses, trapping them before they can cause infections. It is also rich in compounds known to have antibacterial activity, the study authors said.

Most Parents Want Age Limits on Football Tackling

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 17:46

The rate of concussion in youth sports remains fairly low; but research suggests that because so many U.S. kids play sports, it translates to as many as 1.9 million concussions a year among 5- to 18-year-olds.

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