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Are You a Risk-Taker? It Might Lie in Your Genes

WebMD - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 13:15

More than 100 genetic variants are linked with risk-taking, according to a groundbreaking new study.

Study: Marketing to Docs, Opioid Crisis Linked

WebMD - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 13:15

A county-by-county analysis showed that opioid use increased in places where drug makers focused their marketing efforts to physicians, researchers say.

Perdue Chicken Nuggets Recalled For Wood Particles

WebMD - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:37

The problem was discovered when Perdue received three complaints from consumers that wood was in the bag.

Universal Flu Vaccine May Offer 1-Shot Protection

WebMD - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:17

Researchers have been working for years on a universal flu vaccine that would mean no annual flu shots. How close are they getting to one?

Is Type 1 Diabetes a Factor in Broken Bones?

WebMD - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:15

An A1C level above 8 percent was linked to a greater risk of a specific type of fracture in people with type 1 diabetes, but not in those with type 2, according to a new study.

Frailty a Risk Factor for Dementia

WebMD - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:15

A new study indicates that a 'frail brain' might be more susceptible to neurological problems like dementia, a new study has found.

Many Oncologists Unsure of LGBTQ Health Needs

WebMD - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:15

Most doctors surveyed said they were comfortable treating lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender patients, but half or fewer felt confident in their knowledge of these patients' health needs.

Steps to Reduce Hospital Sleep Disruptions Studied

WebMD - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:15

Nighttime room entries dropped by 44 percent after researchers educated doctors and nurses on the health consequences of in-hospital sleep deprivation.

Study Aims to Reduce Hospital Sleep Disruptions

WebMD - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:15

Nighttime room entries dropped by 44 percent after researchers educated doctors and nurses on the health consequences of in-hospital sleep deprivation.

Opioid Use in Pregnancy Linked to Birth Defects?

WebMD - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:15

Researchers recently found that counties that had higher rates of opioid prescribing had nearly two times more babies born with their intestines outside of their bodies, a condition known as gastroschisis, compared with counties with low opioid prescribing rates.

Experimental Drug Could Help In Type 2 Diabetes

WebMD - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:15

Researchers found that the compound -- dubbed TTP399 for now -- improved patients' blood sugar control when it was added to the standard medication metformin for six months.

WHO Says Anti-Vaxxers Are Global Health Threat

WebMD - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:51

The movement against vaccinations has taken hold in a number of countries, including the United States, making anti-vaxxers are among the top 10 health threats facing the world in 2019, the World Health Organization says.

Study: 1 in 4 Antibiotic Prescriptions Not Needed

WebMD - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:15

More than 23 percent of prescriptions studied were inappropriate, or not medically justified, researchers said. The inappropriate prescriptions were mostly for colds, chest infections and coughs.

Money Woes May Damage Black Americans' Hearts

WebMD - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:15

Compared with those without financial stress, the risk of heart disease was nearly three times higher among those with moderate-to-high financial stress, investigators found.

Experts: People Must Change Diets to Save Earth

WebMD - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:15

People will need to eat half as much sugar and red meat as now, and double the amount of plant-based foods they eat, including nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, to make sure the Earth will be able to feed a growing population of 10 billion people by 2050, according to an expert panel.

How Getting a Flu Shot Could Save Your Life

WebMD - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:15

The flu can alter your immunity and make you more prone to other infections,. Getting a flu shot is relatively cheap and can reduce hospitalizations, acute heart illnesses and death.

Study: Climate Change Already Hurting Human Health

WebMD - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:15

Some of the health effects tied to climate change are intuitive: More frequent, and more intense, heat waves raise the risk of heat-related illness, for example. Other health effects, though, are less obvious

Keep Moving to Keep Brain Sharp in Old Age

WebMD - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:15

Older people who were physically active kept their minds sharp, even if their brains showed signs of lesions or other markers linked to Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, researchers found.

WebMD Honors Health Heroes Fighting Cancer

WebMD - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:18

WebMD’s 2018 Health Heroes have left their mark on the fight against cancer in ways large and small.

Pharma Owners Accused of Lying About Oxycontin

WebMD - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:59

A court filing appears to link the family that owns Purdue Pharma with specific decisions the company made about the marketing of OxyContin, which contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic, The New York Times reported.