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FDA OKs Diabetes Drug for Type 2 Heart Failure Risk

WebMD - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 19:22

The FDA granted a new use for diabetes drug Farxiga (dapagliflozin): to reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart failure in adults who have type 2 diabetes and established heart disease or risk factors for it.

Signs of Virus Seen in Disease Paralyzing Kids

WebMD - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 17:23

The new test detected antibodies for two types of enteroviruses in the spinal fluid of dozens of patients diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a disease that causes potentially permanent and sometimes life-threatening paralysis in young children.

Many Parents Not Following Safe-Sleep Advice for Babies

WebMD - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 17:15

Less than one-third said they only put their babies to sleep on "approved" surfaces, namely, a crib, bassinet or "pack and play." And just 42% kept their babies' sleep area free of blankets, pillows and toys.

What Kind of Drinking Can Trigger A-Fib?

WebMD - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:32

The strongest risk factor for a-fib was the number of times per week a person drank. The greatest risk was seen in those who drank every day, followed by drinking twice or once a week.

Teal Pumpkins Offer Allergy Safe Halloween Stops

WebMD - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:26

The Food Allergy Research and Education wants to make Halloween inclusive for kids with food allergies, who may feel excluded because many Halloween foods are on their no-no list.

Recall: Walmart Frozen Sausage for Salmonella Risk

WebMD - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:16

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says George’s Prepared Foods of Caryville, TN, produced the Great Value brand pork sausage patty and turkey sausage patty products in April and May and shipped them to Walmart stores around the country.

Fecal Transplants Benefit IBS Patients: Study

WebMD - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 11:16

Fecal transplants -- in which stool from a donor is processed and then transplanted into a patient's gut -- are meant to repopulate the gut with a healthier range of microorganisms, NBC News reported.

Drug Limits Damage of Brain Injury

WebMD - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:54

Treatment with the drug within three hours of brain injury reduced the risk of death, the investigators found.

Vaccine Exemptions for Kindergartners Still Rising

WebMD - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 14:13

The exemption rate for one or more required vaccines was 2.5% in the 2018-19 school year, up from 2.3% in the previous year, and 2.1% in the 2016-17 school year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN reported Friday.

Recall: FDA Sees Trace Asbestos in J&J Baby Powder

WebMD - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:32

Johnson & Johnson said FDA testing as recently as last month found no trace of asbestos. The company says the FDA's most recent test found "sub-trace levels" of asbestos in samples from a single bottle.

Juul Halts Sale of Fruit, Dessert Vape Flavors

WebMD - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:11

The flavors dropped by Juul will be mango, creme, fruit and cucumber, which account for 10% of its sales. The company will continue to sell its most popular flavors: mint and menthol, the AP reported.

Mercury, Feces Found in Cheap, Bogus Cosmetics

WebMD - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:56

Fortunately, most incidents of cosmetic counterfeiting or product tampering aren't as serious. But if you don't buy from reputable retailers, it's hard to know exactly what's in the products you're putting on your face.

Deaths Due to Suicide, Homicide on the Rise Among U.S. Youth

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 17:11

More teens and young adults are coming to a violent end in recent years, either at their own hand or another's, new federal data show.

Next-Gen Artificial Pancreas Boosts Blood Sugar Control

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 17:07

The device combines an insulin pump, a continuous glucose monitor and a computer algorithm.

Study: 95% of Baby Foods Contain Heavy Metals

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 17:02

Nearly all foods made for babies contain at least one toxic heavy metal that can harm brain development, according to a large new study that tested 13 different types of baby foods, including puffs, infant formula, teething biscuits, juices, cereals, and purees.

Your Personality as a Teen May Predict Your Risk of Dementia: Study

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:29

Being calm and mature as teen were each associated with roughly a 10% reduction in adult dementia risk.

Irregular Periods, Shorter Life Span?

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:23

The study found that women who had irregular periods or extra-long menstrual cycles had as much as a one-third higher risk of death during the two-decade study compared to women who usually had a normal menstrual cycle.

Certain Blood Pressure Meds Tied to Suicide Risk in Study

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:20

People taking angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) appear to be more likely to die by suicide, compared to those who take another type of blood pressure drug called ACE inhibitors, researchers found.

Why Maintaining a Healthy Weight Is Important in Adulthood

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:18

Those who gained weight as adults had a higher risk of premature death than those who maintained a normal weight. Weight loss in young to middle adulthood was not significantly related with death risk.

Is That Statin Doing You Any Good?

WebMD - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 15:51

Changes in clinical guidelines have increased the number of people eligible to take statins. In many countries, the majority of people taking the drugs do so for primary prevention.