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Uninsured Get Pushed from Hospitals Faster

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 17:24

Uninsured patients were also more than twice as likely to be transferred to another hospital and 66% more likely to be discharged outright, compared with people with private insurance, the findings showed.

Study Gives New Hope to Patients With Rare Cancers

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:53

Many people with rare cancers lack good treatments, and drug companies don't develop any because of small potential sales, the Associated Press reported.

FDA OKs a Second New MS Drug

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:26

Due to safety concerns, Mavenclad is recommended for people who have not responded to or can't tolerate other MS drugs, the FDA said. The drug is from EMD Serono, Inc.

Even the Thought of Coffee 'Arouses' the Brain

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:01

People who were exposed to things that call coffee to mind perceived time as shorter and thought in more concrete, precise terms, researchers said.

1 Short, Brisk Walk a Day May Keep Arthritis Away

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:36

An hour a week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity reduced the risk of disability, the study found.

Local Leaders Back Narcan to Stop Overdose Deaths

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 10:48

The FDA first approved naloxone, a medication that can revive someone who has stopped breathing from an overdose in a matter of seconds,  in 1971.

Pancreatic Cancer Odds Tied to Weight Before 50

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 09:52

One reason pancreatic cancer is so deadly is that it often isn't discovered until it has reached an advanced stage. The disease rarely causes noticeable symptoms, and there are no effective screening tests, according to the cancer society.

Treatment Shows Promise Against Solid Tumors

WebMD - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 09:43

After CAR-T, one patient was able to have surgery and radiation, and is doing well 20 months later with no further treatment. Fifteen other patients were well enough to start taking a drug that uses a different approach to bolster the immune system, the AP reported.

U.S. Flu Season Ebbing, but Still Widespread: CDC

WebMD - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 17:15

Though this year's flu hasn't been as bad as last year's, it's still been a severe season, not the mild one health officials had hoped for. It will still be weeks before flu drops to levels needed for the CDC to declare the season over.

New Link Between Mom-to-Be's Diet, Child's ADHD

WebMD - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 15:44

Researchers found a link between levels of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in umbilical cord blood and ADHD at age 7. The fatty acids play an important role in the structure and function of the central nervous system.

More Americans Now Think Vaping Is Harmful

WebMD - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 15:20

Research has linked vaping with increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, respiratory disease and, possibly, cancer.

Special Bag Helps People Get Rid of Unused Opioids

WebMD - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 14:44

The bags contain activated charcoal that binds to prescription drugs when water is added, making them unusable. Once in a landfill, the bags break down and prevent the drugs from leaching into the environment.

Type 1 Seniors May Miss Spells of Low Blood Sugar

WebMD - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 14:25

People who've had diabetes for a long time are at risk of developing hypoglycemia unawareness: They no longer feel the uncomfortable warning symptoms of low blood sugar.

Study: Shift Work Is Tough on Workers' Hearts

WebMD - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 13:50

The study wasn't designed to prove cause and effect, but the data showed that shift workers were 13 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease than daytime workers.

Teen Dies After Tapeworm Eggs Invade Brain

WebMD - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 13:23

A person can develop cysticercosis if they swallow tapeworm eggs, which are found in the feces of a person who has an intestinal tapeworm.

Common MS Drug Can Bring Longer, Healthier Life

WebMD - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 19:20

New research revealed that patients taking a beta interferon drug for more than three years were likely to live longer than those who took one for a shorter time or who didn't take one at all.

Walgreens to Sell CBD Products

WebMD - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 18:56

Walgreens will sell the CBD products in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois and Indiana, according to CNBC.

Study: Kids With Autism Can Read Mom's Face

WebMD - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 18:48

Studying kids who have varying social and emotional processing skills may help identify the types of social situations that are more challenging for children with autism, the researchers said.

Brain Stimulation May Soothe Severe Depression

WebMD - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 18:36

The treatments included electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), magnetic seizure therapy, and transcranial direct current stimulation.

Medical Advance: Blood Vessels Grown in Lab

WebMD - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 18:13

Reseachers expect that once the lab-grown vessel is implanted, the patient's own cells will gradually populate it, making it similar to the body's native blood vessels.