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19/04/2019

Heart Patients At Risk When Local Pharmacy Closes

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When a neighborhood pharmacy shuts down, it could have dire repercussions for heart patients living nearby, new research suggests. That's because such closures could mean patients skip or stop taking the prescriptions they need to stay healthy and safe, according to a team from the University of Illinois at Chicago. "These findings provide strong evidence that pharmacy closures contribute to [prescription] non-adherence, including among insured older adults," study leader Dima Qato said in a university news release. She's associate professor of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy at the...
18/04/2019

Girls' Online Sex Experience May Spur Risk Offline

By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The types of sexual experiences girls have on the internet can help predict the kinds of risk they face offline, including HIV infections, physically violent relationships and sexual assault, new research suggests. "Girls are under immense pressure to prove themselves to be sexually 'hot' or attractive online," said the study's lead author, Megan Maas. She is an assistant professor of human development and family studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing. And that pressure can lead girls into potentially dangerous situations, Maas noted. The study looked at...
18/04/2019

Why a Knee Replacement Can Go Bad

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers have pinpointed which factors put knee replacement patients at high risk for severe infection and repeat surgery. "This information provides me with the strong evidence I need to discuss the risk of infection with my patients undergoing knee replacement and helps us identify strategies to minimize that risk," said study co-author Dr. Michael Whitehouse. He's a consultant in trauma and orthopedic surgery at the University of Bristol Medical School. Knee replacement is a common procedure most often used to treat pain and disability caused by osteoarthritis....

17/04/2019

Gulf War Legacy: Higher Risk of Birth Defects

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Here's bad news for some women in the military: An increased risk of minor birth defects was found among U.S. female veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War. Researchers examined data on minor and major birth defects among 788 children born to 522 Gulf War-era female and male veterans who were and were not deployed during the war. Women accounted for almost 30 percent of the veterans in the study. Rates of major birth defects were similar for children of deployed and non-deployed veterans. And there was no difference in major birth defects among...
16/04/2019

FDA Halts All Sales of Vaginal Mesh Products

TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced a ban on the sale of all pelvic mesh products. The surgical mesh is typically used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and incontinence, but reported side effects have included permanent incontinence, severe discomfort and an inability to have sex. "In order for these mesh devices to stay on the market, we determined that we needed evidence that they worked better than surgery without the use of mesh to repair POP," said Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological...
16/04/2019

Terminally Ill in New Jersey May Soon End Lives

Terminally ill adults in New Jersey will soon be allowed to seek medical help to end their lives. The new law takes effect, Aug. 1 and allows adults with a prognosis of six months or less to live to get a prescription for life-ending, self-administered pills that can be taken at home, CNN reported. Before a prescription is given, a psychiatrist or psychologist must confirm that the patient has the mental capacity to make the decision to end his or her life. "Allowing residents with terminal illnesses to make end-of-life choices for themselves is the right thing to do," Governor...

15/04/2019

Weighted Blankets: From Fad to Mainstream

April 15, 2019 -- Falling asleep wasn't the problem for Aubrianna Veitz, 27, of Pittsburgh. "However, staying asleep was difficult," she says. "I tend to toss and turn in the night and sometimes would wake up with anxiety." She didn't want to take sleep medication, so when a friend said a weighted blanket had eased her anxiety, Veitz ordered one. Since she began sleeping under it in July 2018, she has noticed a big improvement. "I wake up in the same position that I fell asleep in, and I also don't have anxiety attacks waking me up," she says. Weighted...
14/04/2019

Source of E. Coli Outbreak May Be Ground Beef

April 12, 2019 -- The mysterious E. coli outbreak that has sickened dozens of people across six states may be linked to ground beef, according to the CDC. No common brand or supplier of the beef has yet been identified. Since the outbreak began in early March, 109 people have contracted the same strain of E. coli O103 in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana. So far, 17 people who’ve gotten ill have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Symptoms of E. coli infection often include severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Investigators working to find the...
27/03/2019

Trigger Warnings 'Not Helpful,' Study Author Says

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- So-called trigger warnings, which alert viewers and readers to potentially disturbing content, do little to reduce distress, a new study finds. Such warnings are becoming increasingly common, especially at colleges, but there's little research evaluating their effectiveness, according to the study authors. "We, like many others, were hearing new stories week upon week about trigger warnings being asked for or introduced at universities around the world," said first author Mevagh Sanson, a psychology researcher at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. "Our findings suggest that these warnings,...

26/03/2019

CPAP May Boost Weight Loss for Dieting Adults

March 26, 2019 -- Obese adults with obstructive sleep apnea who follow a calorie-restricted diet can lose more weight if they also use a CPAP machine, according to a new study. "CPAP can actually facilitate weight loss," says study leader Yuanjie Mao, MD, an endocrinology fellow at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He presented the findings Saturday in New Orleans at Endocrine 2019, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society. The findings presented at medical meetings are considered preliminary until peer-reviewed or published in a medical journal. Sleep apnea is more common in obese people....
26/03/2019

'Male Pill' Makes Another Advance

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A male contraceptive pill, long a goal of men -- and women -- everywhere, may be one step closer to reality, U.S. researchers report. They say their experimental pill appears to be safe while reducing levels of hormones key to sperm production. "Our results suggest that this pill, which combines two hormonal activities in one, will decrease sperm production while preserving libido," said study co-senior investigator Dr. Christina Wang. She's professor of medicine at Los Angeles Biomed Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. But no...
26/03/2019

Colorado Sees ER Visits Spike After Pot Made Legal

By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If Colorado is any indication, the legalization of marijuana comes with a downside. Researchers reported that emergency departments across the state saw a sharp spike in marijuana-related visits after recreational use of pot products was made legal. For the study, the researchers analyzed data on almost 10,000 patients seen at the UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital emergency department from 2012 to 2016. The finding? A more than threefold increase in marijuana-associated visits during that time. Visits due to inhaled marijuana were most common, but the investigators found that...