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Opioid Use in Pregnancy Linked to Birth Defects?

Gio, 17/01/2019 - 21:15

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

Gio, 17/01/2019 - 19:15

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

Gio, 17/01/2019 - 18:51

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

Gio, 17/01/2019 - 15:15

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

Gio, 17/01/2019 - 15:15

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

Gio, 17/01/2019 - 01:15

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

Mer, 16/01/2019 - 23:15

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

Mer, 16/01/2019 - 23:15

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

Mer, 16/01/2019 - 23:15

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

Mer, 16/01/2019 - 21:18

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

Mer, 16/01/2019 - 17:59

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.

DIY Birth Control Patch Being Developed

Mer, 16/01/2019 - 17:37

The patch, which can be pressed into an arm or leg, has dissolvable microneedles that implant into the skin and slowly dissolve over time, delivering a contraceptive hormone, NBC News reported.

Study: Many Poor Women Can't Afford Tampons, Pads

Mer, 16/01/2019 - 15:15

About one-fifth -- 21 percent -- said they had to go without pads or tampons on a monthly basis, and nearly half said they often had to make tough choices between buying food or period-related products.

Obesity Can Cut Years Off Your Dog's Life, Too

Mer, 16/01/2019 - 15:15

Among all breeds in the study, the risk of earlier death was higher among overweight dogs.

Infographic: Reducing Your Alzheimer's Risk

Mar, 15/01/2019 - 22:16

WebMD's infographic details ways you can keep your brain sharp and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Are Some People Using Their Dogs to Get Opioids?

Mar, 15/01/2019 - 21:29

Veterinarians are prescribing large quantities of opioids to pets, raising concern that some people might be using their furry companions to feed their addiction.

Diabetes Before 40, Mental Health Stays Linked

Mar, 15/01/2019 - 19:15

About 37 percent of all hospitalization days in a new study’s under-40 group were due to mental illness, the researchers noted. Mood and psychotic disorders were the most common conditions.

Stem Cell Transplant May Help Some Aggressive MS

Mar, 15/01/2019 - 19:15

Over an average of three years, MS progressed in 34 of 55 patients on medication -- meaning their disabilities worsened. That compared with only three of 55 patients given a stem cell transplant.

FDA Clears Epilepsy Smartwatch for Use in Kids

Mar, 15/01/2019 - 17:30

The Embrace detects patterns in motion and physiological signals that may be associated with seizures, and immediately alerts caregivers.

Dog Food Recalled Due to Salmonella

Mar, 15/01/2019 - 16:06

One lot of A+ Answers Straight Beef Formula for Dogs has been recalled in Nebraska due to possible salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.