Month: September 2019

Digital pharmacy GoodRx is now helping patients do more than just price shop for prescription drugs, co-founder and co-CEO Doug Hirsch told CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Friday. It’s going directly into the world of medical services by launching GoodRx Care, which allows people to see a board-certified physician for a number of conditions, starting at
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A study led by UCLA researchers found that adding ribociclib, a targeted therapy drug, to standard hormone therapy has been shown to significantly improve overall survival in postmenopausal women with advanced hormone-receptor positive/HER2- breast cancer, one of the most common forms of the disease. The results were presented during the press briefing and the Presidential
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Although alcohol has been popular for millennia, and dementia is increasingly prevalent, scientists are yet to understand the relationship between the two. A recent study sets out for answers. A new study looks at the relationship between dementia, alcohol, genes, and cognitive impairment. With dementia predicted to affect 13.9 million adults in the United States
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African Americans suffer asthma more often and more severely than Caucasian patients. However, clinical trials that have shaped treatment guidelines have included few African Americans. A new report demonstrates a shortcoming of that history. Researchers at National Jewish Health and their colleagues around the nation in the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute’s AsthmaNet report
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The safety and long term health effects of using electronic cigarettes or other vaping products are still not well known. In September 2019, federal and state health authorities began investigating an outbreak of a severe lung disease associated with e-cigarettes and other vaping products. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update our content
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A decade ago, women diagnosed with ovarian cancer had few options for treatment. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation were standard practice. Those therapies are still in use today, but, thanks to research and new technologies, ovarian cancer patients have additional, and sometimes more effective, options for treatment.
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A team led by Kobe University Professor Mamiko Ozaki (Department of Biology, Graduate School of Science) has become the first to identify the chemical makeup of the odors produced by newborn babies’ heads. The results shed more light on the olfactory importance of newborns’ heads in mother-baby and kin recognition. They also developed a non-invasive
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African-American children with poorly controlled asthma may not need to add a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) to treatment with an inhaled steroid, researchers reported. In a study examining responses to step-up therapy in black adults and children with asthma not controlled with low-dose inhaled corticosteroids, just as many children responded to treatment escalation limited to
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Although stress is a natural part of life that tends to come and go, some people may find it difficult to calm down in stressful situations. If a person’s stress or anxiety levels become chronic or overwhelming, they may wish to speak to their doctor. There are also several steps that people can take to
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The company Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is announcing that they are withdrawing more batches of the common hypertension drug Losartan after discovering that they contained unacceptably high levels of a carcinogen in January of this year. The FDA have published an announcement that a drug company is withdrawing several lots of a common hypertension drug. Losartan
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Alprazolam (Xanax) is a useful medication for certain mental health conditions. Xanax starts to work quickly, and it stays in the body long after the effects of one dose have worn off. Doctors often prescribe Xanax for generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. It is one of the most widely used medications for these conditions,
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New research examines the consumption of onion and garlic among women in Puerto Rico and suggests that the vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer. Eating more onions and garlic could keep breast cancer at bay. Onions and garlic are part of the allium genus, along with leeks, chives, and hundreds of other
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Taurine is an organic compound known as an amino acid. Amino acids are the protein building blocks of the human body. Some experts believe taurine has health benefits, but researchers need to carry out more studies to confirm these claims. Today, manufacturers add taurine to infant formula, nutritional supplements, and energy drinks. Taurine also occurs
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Most states reimburse less for spinal surgery in Medicaid patients, compared to Medicare reimbursement for the same procedures, reports a study in Spine. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. Led by David S. Casper, MD, of the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, the study shows disparities between
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If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Rashes are one of the most common skin problems for adults, children, and babies. Rashes have a variety of causes, including allergies, infections, and certain other diseases. Infectious rashes may be due to bacteria, fungi, or
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Hot yoga differs from traditional yoga in many ways, including its emphasis on hot and humid conditions. There are many claims about the potential health benefits of hot yoga, but there is limited scientific support for some of them. In this article, learn what hot yoga is, its possible benefits, and the risks to consider
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Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, share a mechanism of brain cell damage that could offer a new target for treatment, according to new research in human cells and mice. A newly discovered mechanism of brain cell damage could hold the key to treating several neurodegenerative conditions. A recent Nature Neuroscience study describes how
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Emotional freedom technique (EFT), which people often refer to as EFT tapping, is an alternative therapy for anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and some other conditions. According to the developer of EFT, Gary Craig, tapping on different parts of the body helps balance energy and reduce physical and emotional pain. People can see an EFT
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A chemical imbalance in the brain occurs when a person has either too little or too much of certain neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that pass information between nerve cells. Examples of neurotransmitters include serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. People sometimes call serotonin and dopamine the “happy hormones” because of the roles that they play
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Stroke is the leading cause of permanent disability in the U.S., striking nearly 800,000 people each year. Hemorrhagic, or bleeding, stroke is particularly devastating says Mayo Clinic neurologist and critical care expert Dr. William D. Freeman. “About 40 percent of hemorrhagic stroke patients die within a month, and half of the survivors have some type
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