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Google, Sanofi Team Up to Improve Diabetes Care
Google Inc and French drugmaker Sanofi SA said they will partner to develop tools to improve the management and treatment of diabetes. Sanofi will work with Google's Life Sciences team to collect, analyse and understand information impacting diabetes, ...

Daily pot smoking on US college campuses at 35-year high, study says
The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday. Nearly 6 percent of college students reported using pot daily or near-daily in 2014, ...

Talking To Kids About Alcohol, The Earlier The Better
NEW YORK, NY -(WNYW) New research shows having a talk about alcohol with your kids, should come before their 10th birthday. The American Academy of Pediatrics is making the recommendation. Doctors say kids start thinking positively about alcohol ...

Researchers Confirm Discovery of Gene Linked To Sudden Cardiac Death
A team of researchers has confirmed the findings presented by a long-running Medtronic study which linked a specific genetic mutation to a higher risk of deaths from sudden cardiac arrests. As per official reports, more than 300,000 Americans die from ...

Artificial joint replacements increase heart attack risk
A new study from Boston University researchers has linked hip and knee replacement surgeries to a near-term increased risk of heart attacks in patients over 50. Facebook Tweet Reddit. Like NewsQuench on Facebook. Scientists at the Boston University ...

Americans Value Mental Health Care But Lack Access: Survey
While most Americans believe mental and physical health care are equally important, about one-third see mental health care as inaccessible, and 40 percent see cost as a barrier to treatment, according to a new survey released Tuesday. Depression and ...

Europe gets Amgen cholesterol drug for 50-60 percent of US price
LONDON Amgen is launching its injectable cholesterol drug in Europe at around half the U.S. price, in a move likely to stoke controversy about the way Americans end up paying far more than others for new medicines. Repatha belongs to a potent and ...

Sparkles inhabitant positive for West Nile, no side effects
As per the Oklahoma State Department of Health, a Carter County occupant kicked the bucket subsequent to getting the infection. A second individual has passed on this year in Oklahoma from the West Nile Virus. The individual was distinguished as a ...

Survey: Mental health stigmas are shifting
Atlanta (CNN) Mental health has a long-standing public perception problem, but the stigma appears to be shifting, at least in the United States, a new survey reveals. Results from a national online survey on mental health, anxiety and suicide indicate ...

Study: Lack of Sleep Could Increase Risk of Common Cold
While a cure for the common cold remains elusive, a new study says getting enough sleep could be key to avoid getting sick in the first place. The study found that people getting less than six hours of sleep per night were four times more likely to ...

Cause of Mysterious, Fatal Brain Disease Linked to Mad Cow Disease-Like Proteins
Researchers believe they have found the cause of a mysterious and fatal brain disease that leaves patients with symptom's similar to Parkinson's disease, including rigid muscles, tremors and low blood pressure. Called Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), the ...

Why Every Man Should Get a Baseline PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer at Age 40
September marks the beginning of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and we're putting a call-to-action to all men: Get your baseline PSA blood test if you're 40 years or older. But of course, we know most men will not take this initiative, so this is an ...

Study Investigates Degradation of Neurons In Context With Various Age-related ...
Study Investigates Degradation of Neurons In Context With Various Age-related ...

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Powdered Caffeine Distributors
The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, saying the products put consumers at risk. The letters, which are dated Aug. 27, follow the overdose deaths last year of two young men from Ohio ...

Is your heart older than you are?
You may feel young at heart, but chances are your actual heart is much "older" than your real age, according to new research. In a report published today, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 3 out of 4 adults in ...

More blacks getting kidney transplants now
(Reuters Health) - More minority patients have been getting kidney transplants since 2003, when medical criteria for allocating transplantable kidneys from deceased donors were loosened, according to a new study. Before doctors realized that the ...

Amgen's bone drug succeeds in late-stage study
Amgen Inc said its experimental bone drug was found to be more effective than an already marketed drug in a late-stage study. Amgen's drug, romosozumab, met the main goal of showing a significant difference over teriparatide in improving total hip bone ...

Calls for IVF laws to be changed to take advantage of gene editing technique
Britain may need to change its IVF laws to allow the genetic modification of human embryos so that scientists can use a gene-editing technique that could eliminate certain inherited diseases, leading biomedical organisations warn. At present it is ...

Number of California inmates observed for Legionnaires' disease jumps
SACRAMENTO, Calif. The number of inmates being observed for possible infection with Legionnaires' disease at San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco has jumped from 71 to 85, but the number of confirmed diagnoses held steady at six, authorities ...

Survey: Colorado One Of The Fastest Growing Medicaid Populations In US
DENVER (CBS4) – More people than ever have health insurance in Colorado as a new survey found the uninsured rate in the state has dropped by more than half since the new federal health care law took effect. In 2011 nearly 16 percent of Coloradans had ...

Dual genetic tests may be best way to diagnose autism: Canadian study
A new Canadian study suggests the use of two newer genetic tests may be used to help better diagnose autism. Characterized by impaired social, emotional and communications skills, various studies suggest autism affects approximately one per cent of the ...

Our hearts are aging faster than we are, CDC warns
The average American man has a heart that's 7.8 years “older” than his chronological age, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. For women, the comparable “heart age” is 5.4 years higher than her calendar age. The good news: We can ...

Study: College Students Choosing Pot Over Cigs
For the first time in 35 years, college students are consuming more pot than cigarettes, according to an annual study done by the University of Michigan. More from Fox21Online. Free Tickets for Senior Expo Starting Friday · Dead Crow Tests Positive for ...

Exercise helps prevent Parkinson's disease, study finds
Researchers from the University of Montreal discovered that what causes Parkinson's disease is the dead of specific brain cells that have the tendency to “exhaust themselves and die prematurely.” Scientists say exercise can serve as a preventive ...

Knee and Hip Replacements increase risk of Heart Attack: Study
Patients who have surgeries like total hip and knee replacement surgery could face a greater risk for a heart attack during first 30 days after the procedure, according to a new study. According to the study, individuals' chances of experiencing a ...

Taking fish oil? Study proves there is no benefit
According to a new study, omega-3 supplements may not be as beneficial for cognitive decline as previously thought. Consuming fish oil tablets has long been thought to encourage better performance in memory tests as well as other long-term brain ...

Sleeping 6 hours or less makes you vulnerable to catch cold
The US journal Sleep-published research paper has found that people who sleep six hours or less than that a night have more chances to catching cold. The research shares one more reason of having proper sleep. Study's lead researcher Aric Prather, ...

Food and Drug Administration warns distributors of pure powdered caffeine
(CNN) Coffee, sodas and energy drinks -- many of us drink caffeine everyday. It's safe for most folks, but in the wrong dose it can be deadly. The Food and Drug Administration has put five distributors of pure powdered caffeine on notice that their ...

Omega-3 Supplements Does Not Boost Brains: Study
It is always believed fish oil pills boost our brains. However, a new study has shattered it suggesting omega-3 supplements do not have any effect on cognitive decline. The study was conducted by National Institutes of Health. Earlier in August a ...

Your heart is probably much older than you think, the CDC warns
You may feel young at heart, but with apologies to Frank Sinatra, that's probably a fairy tale. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average American man has a heart that's 7.8 years “older” than his chronological ...

Parents should timely talk to kids about alcohol
A latest report from the Academy of Pediatrics suggested that 21% of youngsters say they've consumed over a sip of alcohol before they were just 13-year-old, and 79% had done so by their senior year in high school. In a report, published on Monday in ...

Tests help shed light on autism genetics
A teacher talks to children during class at the therapy and development centre for autistic kids in the Asociacion Guatemalteca por el Autismo, or Guatemalan Association for Autism, building in Guatemala City March 13, 2014. (REUTERS/JORGE DAN LOPEZ) ...

Number of College Students Smoking Pot on a Daily Basis at 35-year High ...
Number of College Students Smoking Pot on a Daily Basis at 35-year High ...

FDA approves Tesaro's treatment for chemotherapy-induced nausea
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Tesaro Inc's treatment for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in adults, the company said on Wednesday. The drug, Rolapitant, was approved to be used along with other agents to prevent delayed ...

Study supports watch-and-wait approach for many prostate cancers
(Reuters Health) - In a long-term study of older men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer and followed with active surveillance, less than a third of cases eventually needed treatment, according to a new study. About one half of one percent of the ...

A Good Night's Sleep Could Protect You From The Common Cold
Not getting enough sleep really does boost your risk of catching a cold, a new study suggests. The study involved 164 healthy people who wore wristbands (similar to fitness trackers) for a week to monitor their sleep habits. Then, participants were ...

When should you talk to your kids about alcohol? Before they turn 10, doctors say
21 percent of young people have tried more than a sip of alcohol by age 13, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 21 percent of young people have tried more than a sip of alcohol by age 13, according to a new report from ...

Regeneron scientists discover key to excess bone growth in rare disease
CHICAGO Scientists at U.S. biotechnology company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals researching a rare genetic disease that traps sufferers in a second skeleton have discovered a treatment that shuts down excessive bone growth in mice engineered to develop ...

FDA Warns Powdered Caffeine Is Dangerous
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent warning letters to five pure powdered caffeine distributors arguing the products are dangerous. The agency said it did so to prevent further deaths from powdered caffeine. In 2014, two young men who ...

HIV Prevention Drug Appears to Work in First Real-World Test
A drug designed to prevent people who are at risk of HIV from being infected is showing promise: a new real-world study found that those who took the drug stayed HIV-free. The finding adds to growing evidence the drug, PrEP, serves as an effective ...

Ukraine reports polio outbreak in first Europe cases since 2010
Two young children in Ukraine have contracted polio, in Europe's first confirmed outbreak of the paralytic disease since 2010. The World Health Organisation, which reported the outbreak in a statement on Wednesday, said discussions were under way with ...

More Men With Breast Cancer Opting for Double Mastectomies
Seven years after finding a lump in his chest, Bret Miller was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer at age 24. Multiple doctors had brushed off his concerns through the years, telling him it was likely a calcium deposit. Then, after finally being told ...

E-mail blunder reveals identities of HIV-positive patients
LONDON -- It was a careless mistake that could happen to anyone: You click “bcc” instead of “cc,” accidentally revealing an e-mail address you meant to keep hidden. But in the case of a leading sexual health clinic in London, the blunder meant ...

Sierra Leone to vaccinate 200 people connected to Ebola victim
FREETOWN Sierra Leone is to vaccinate around 200 people who came into direct or indirect contact with a woman who died of Ebola on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the U.N. World Health Organisation said on Wednesday. The death of the woman, a trader ...

Rise Seen in Preventive Mastectomy for Male Breast Cancer Patients
A new report indicates a growing number of men with breast cancer are opting for preventive double mastectomies, despite a lack of research showing the surgery increases survival rates. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky. Filed Under: Tech & Science, Breast ...

Insurer Says Clients on Daily Pill Have Stayed HIV-Free
Demonstrating that taking a daily pill to prevent H.I.V. infection can work in the real world, San Francisco's largest private health insurer announced Wednesday that not one of its 657 clients receiving the drug had become infected over a period of ...

Death toll in Legionnaires' outbreak in Illinois rises to eight
CHICAGO An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease has killed an eighth person in Quincy, Illinois, and sickened 41, mostly at a veterans home, health and veterans affairs officials said on Wednesday. The latest death occurred outside the Illinois Veterans ...

HIV patient tells of fears of disclosure after details leak
A man says he fears having to tell friends and family he is HIV positive after he was among 780 patients whose details were leaked by a health clinic. The 56 Dean Street clinic, in London, accidentally sent out names and email addresses in an online ...

200 to Be Vaccinated In Sierra Leone After Ebola Death
The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) is to begin vaccinating about 200 people in Sierra Leone who came into contact with a woman who died from Ebola on Saturday. The woman, a 67-year-old from the Kambia district near the border with Guinea, died ...

CVS says its cigarette move affected other stores' retail sales as well
A year after CVS, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, decided to stop selling cigarettes, it said its decision has led to a decrease in cigarette sales across all retailers in 13 states. In data being released Thursday, CVS said its action ...

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