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First-ever dissolving heart stent gets FDA review
WASHINGTON — A disappearing medical implant will get a closer look from the Food and Drug Administration this week. The FDA meets on Tuesday to review Abbott Laboratories' first-of-a-kind heart stent that dissolves into the body after helping to clear ...

Virus shots offer clues in race for Zika vaccine
Washington • Scientists are racing to create a Zika vaccine, and while they're starting from scratch against a poorly understood disease, copying shots for similar viruses offers a head start. A variety of potential candidates are being pursued: Simple ...

Yoga Can Improve Life Quality Of People With Abnormal Heart Rhythm
Yoga may provide benefits to patients with atrial fibrillation. A new study showed that those who did yoga scored higher in mental tests, had lower blood pressure and heart rate, and felt better in general after the experiment. (Photo : Angela Weiss ...

Parents seek postcards for 3-year-old with terminal cancer
Ellie Walton, 3, has been fighting a rare brain tumor since she was four months old. Unable to fly, she's recently begun exploring the world through postcards sent from supporters after her mother put the word out six weeks ago. “The world has so much ...

UN estimates 12.6 million deaths each year attributable to unhealthy environments
An estimated 12.6 million deaths each year are attributable to unhealthy environments. Photo: World Bank/John Hogg. Print. 15 March 2016 – An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 ...

'Difficult' Patients May Tend to Get Worse Care, Studies Find
TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- What happens to medical care when the patient is a jerk? Dutch researchers asked the question in two new studies, and the answer should make grumps think the better of their bad behavior: "Disruptive" ...

'Difficult' patients may tend to get worse care, studies find
An estimated 15 percent of patients treated in doctors' offices are aggressive, disrespectful, overly demanding or distrustful, says Dr. Silvia Mamede. By Randy Dotinga, HealthDay News | March 15, 2016 at 2:56 PM ...

Eli Lilly changes outcome goals in Alzheimer's drug study
Eli Lilly said Tuesday that it's changed the outcome goals for a late-stage patient study of its closely watched experimental drug for Alzheimer's disease, solanezumab. The Expedition3 trial had two primary outcome measures: changes in participants' ...

Study finds high psychosis risk among Europe's refugee migrants
LONDON Refugees fleeing war, violence and persecution have a much higher risk of developing psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia than people who migrate for economic or social reasons, according to research published on Tuesday. Researchers ...

Vaccination aversion has fueled measles and whooping cough outbreaks, study finds
A comprehensive new study of measles and pertussis outbreaks in the United States suggests that adults' reluctance or refusal to vaccinate themselves and their children has played a key role in the resurgence of diseases that had been largely ...

Regular Yoga Helps in Blood Pressure Control and Atrial fibrillation Cases
Regular Yoga helps in maintaining a healthy heart and can be suggested for people suffering from Atrial fibrillation, according to a new study. The study team found that people engaging in yogic practices regularly benefitted in cases of abnormal heart ...

Cuba Reports First Case of Zika Transmitted on the Island
HAVANA — Cuban officials announced Tuesday night that they have detected the first case of the Zika virus transmitted inside the country, ending Cuba's status as one of the last nations in the hemisphere without domestic cases of the disease that has ...

Personal Digital Assistants Not Always Helpful in Emergencies: Study
While personal digital assistants can help users find stores and services, new research suggests these devices shouldn't be used to find help in emergencies. Distraught, suicidal or injured smartphone users who rely on their handset's personal digital ...

CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. Amid an ...

'Zero pain is not the goal' of medical treatment, doctors say
As doctors contemplate a future without opiates to treat chronic pain, some are making the case that eliminating their patients' pain is not only impossible, it's unnecessary. “Zero pain is not the goal,” Dr. Thomas H. Lee, chief medical officer of the ...

Study strengthens Zika-mirocephaly link, women and babies at risk
LONDON – Thousands of pregnant women caught in an ongoing outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus spreading from Brazil risk having a baby with the birth defect microcephaly, according to the results of a new study. In the study in the Lancet medical ...

Vaccine refusal tied to increased risk of measles and pertussis
Parents who delay or skip childhood vaccinations even when kids have no medical reason to avoid their shots are contributing to U.S. outbreaks of measles and pertussis, a research review suggests. More than half of 1,416 measles cases reported in the U ...

Experts urge more cautious dosing after fatal French drug trial
LONDON - Researchers should be more cautious in dosing experimental medicines in early human trials, even when drugs are thought to be low risk, experts reviewing a French clinical study that left one person dead said on Wednesday. The volunteer died ...

Postcards help 3-year-old girl with cancer see the world
Ellie enjoying the postcards with her big sister, Ava. Photo from Facebook page Prayers for Ellie Walton. Posted:Mar 16 2016 08:22AM EDT. Updated:Mar 16 2016 08:24AM EDT. (WJBK) - A 3-year-old girl with terminal cancer is getting a chance to explore ...

Scientists Assess Risk to Pregnant Women Infected With Zika
TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say there's more evidence supporting a link between the Zika virus and a serious birth defect. Researchers report that one in every 100 pregnant women infected with the virus during the first ...

Planning to Quit Smoking? New Research Reveals the Most Effective Way
(Photo : TheFreak1337 / Pixabay) New research says that the only best and the most effective way to quit smoking is to go “cold turkey.” American Cancer Society reveals abysmal statistics saying that the half of all smokers who continue to smoke will ...

For refugees, another risk: Schizophrenia
The trauma of fleeing persecution, war and natural disasters can leave a lasting mark on a person. And a new study underscores just how dramatic the effect of such life experiences can be for refugees. Refugees face a much higher risk of experiencing ...

Hospital volume tied to success of radiation therapy for prostate cancer
WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 -- Men with aggressive prostate cancer are more likely to survive if they receive radiation therapy at a hospital that provides the treatment to a large number of patients, researchers report. "Our paper shows that experience ...

Age to buy tobacco products increased to 21 in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — The age to legally purchase cigarettes and tobacco products in Chicago is now 21 instead of 18. The Chicago City Council approved the age increase Wednesday along with other efforts to combat illegal tobacco sales. The new ordinance ...

New dengue vaccine shows promise
(CNN) A new type of dengue vaccine called TV003 seems to protect people against at least one type of the virus, according to a small study. If further research can bear out its effectiveness, the new vaccine could eventually represent a big advance in ...

Scientists create a new type of stem cell with only half a human's usual 46 chromosomes
Schoolchildren learn in Biology 101 that most human cells have two sets of 23 chromosomes -- one from the mother and another from the father. The only exceptions are reproductive cells from sperm and eggs, which each have one set. That arrangement is ...

Environmental pollution kills more than 12 million people every year
We all know that pollution is bad for our health. Just how bad was laid out by the World Health Organization this week in a bleak new report on environmental-related deaths. New analysis of data from 2012 found that a staggering 12.6 million people ...

Where's Zika Most Likely in the US? The Answer May Surprise You
Zika virus is spreading fast across Latin America and the Caribbean, spread by both people and by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. A new study shows where in the U.S. it's most likely to spread, too, and some of the vulnerable cities may be surprising. New ...

Harris among healthier counties in Texas, but still has work to do
Harris County placed 56th among Texas counties in the 2016 County Health Rankings, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Survey. The rankings consider more than 30 factors that ...

Alcohol Abuse Common Among Med Students, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical students may be more at risk for problem drinking, a new study says, citing burnout and school debt as two possible reasons why. "Our findings clearly show there is reason for concern," said study ...

3-year-old with cancer gets postcards from around the world
A 3-year-old girl with terminal brain cancer may be too sick to travel but she's seeing the world with the help of complete strangers. A month ago, Ellie Walton's parents, Kyle and Sarah, shared a Facebook post asking others to send postcards so Ellie ...

Women with Alzheimer's may keep verbal skills longer than men
Doctors may need to adjust memory tests to better diagnose women in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. By HealthDay News | March 16, 2016 at 6:43 PM. Follow @upi. Comments 0 Comments. share with facebook. share with twitter. WEDNESDAY ...

Even in peak mosquito season, Zika risk is low in California
As summer approaches, some worry that warmer weather could attract mosquitoes and bring the fast-spreading Zika virus stateside. But new research finds that, in the West at least, that probably won't be the case. In a study published Wednesday in the ...

Drummond: Don't ask Siri in time of crisis
Many of us are addicted to our smart phones and the seemingly infinite ways we can use them to get information. When we're lost, we pull up GPS to help us find our way. When we're shopping, we use scanner apps to get the best price. We Google to solve ...

Do rats make you sad? Researchers find psychological toll for some
They're beady-eyed, bald-tailed and thriving in the city's trash-strewn alleys and vacant houses. Many in Baltimore would agree that seeing rats regularly is annoying. But for some, their constant presence can also be depressing. Residents who see rats ...

Girls group learns how to Kick Butt before they start smoking cigarettes
Heavenlee Morris, 8, traces her hand and signs her name to a banner pledging not to use tobacco at Kick Butts Day held at Girls Inc., Wednesday afternoon. Buy this photo · Kick Butt. Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer ...

Report: Allegheny County is getting healthier
The annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report, showed Allegheny has continued a steady climb in the rankings, going from 49th out of 67 counties in Pennsylvania in 2010 to 26th this year in health outcomes. By Sean D. Hamill / Pittsburgh Post- ...

New Type Of Stem Cell Possesses Just Half A Genome
Humans possess 46 chromosomes, but a newly-revealed type of stem cell has just half that number. How could this discovery reveal why humans have sex? Shown here are haploid (left) and diploid (right) cells. (Photo : Gloryn Chia/Columbia University ...

Alcohol dependence is a serious problem among medical students
Burnout factors and education debt put medical students under so much pressure that they look to ease pressure by consuming alcohol. The concerning revelation came from a study that has found that medical students are at higher risk of alcohol ...

Healthy heart may also mean healthy brain
If you eat right, exercise and take care of your heart, you may also be doing good things for your brain, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers assessed memory, thinking and brain processing speed in more than 1,000 New York City residents and found ...

Germany's Bayer wins US FDA approval for hemophilia A therapy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bayer AG's therapy for the most common form hemophilia, the company said on Thursday, about three weeks after the treatment was cleared for use in Europe. The therapy, Kovaltry, is designed to reduce ...

In hunt for Dengue and Zika vaccines, researchers have new tool: Voluntary infections
In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Forget mosquito bites. Volunteers let researchers inject them with the dengue virus in the ...

Lake, Porter fall in county health rankings
Participants in the Silver Sneakers class at St. Catherine Hospital exercise last month. Lake County finished 85th and Porter County came in 10th in the 2016 County Health Rankings released this week. prev. next. Lake and Porter counties both took ...

Your yard may be a haven for Zika-carrying mosquitoes. Here's what to do.
The appearance of the Zika virus in our hemisphere, with all its attendant worries for expectant parents, casts a new and darker light on the presence of the Asian tiger mosquito. This ubiquitous pest of Mid-Atlantic gardens is closely related to the ...

Gender may play a role in symptoms of early Alzheimer's, study says
Gender may play a significant role in the symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease, as researchers studying mild cognitive impairment in both men and women found that women generally have better verbal memory. “One way to interpret the results is that ...

Bumble Bee recalls 31K cases of tuna over life-threatening spoilage
Bumble Bee Foods has recalled thousands of cans of tuna nationwide after an issue was found with the sterilization process that could lead to a life-threatening sickness if eaten. The company has recalled three lots of its Chunk Light Tuna, in water ...

Brain Stimulation With Electricity Helps Stroke Victims
Stroke recovery therapy A therapist leads stroke patient Nelson Graves through a physical rehabilitation session at Juntendo University Hospital in Tokyo. University of Oxford scientists have now found transcranial direct current stimulation may aid ...

MIT scientists find evidence that Alzheimer's 'lost memories' may one day be recoverable
Memory loss is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's and heartbreaking for loved ones to watch progress. Gone are the details of a first love or a child's wobbly first steps. The achievements of a distinguished 30-year career. And the tall tales of ...

OptumRx signs deal with Walgreens to grow in-store prescriptions
NEW YORK OptumRx, the pharmacy benefit manager of UnitedHealth Group Inc, said on Thursday it signed an agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance that is the first step in a strategic relationship with the pharmacy chain. Financial terms were not ...

Marin continues its reign as the healthiest county in California
Continuing its winning streak, Marin County was ranked as the healthiest county in California for the seventh consecutive year in a new report released Tuesday. The rankings, done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin ...

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