Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk? By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins for a year before getting a diagnosis of lung cancer was associated with a 12 percent lower risk of dying from that cancer, new research suggests. The researchers […]

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Experts Continue to Scale Back Annual Pap Smear

Experts Continue to Scale Back Annual Pap Smear May 1, 2015 — Many women were raised on the mantra “Pap smear once a year.” But for women 21 years and older at average risk for cervical cancer, getting screened once every 3 years should be enough, according to advice from the American College of Physicians […]

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Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigarettes ‘Safer’ Than Regular Cigarettes

Many Pregnant Women Think E-Cigs ‘Safer’ By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than 40 percent of pregnant women surveyed think electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study. What’s more, only 57 percent of the women believed that e-cigarettes contain nicotine. And fewer […]

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New Drug Kybella Zaps Double Chin: FAQ

Apr. 30, 2015 — A shot that dissolves fat will offer people with a double chin a way to get rid of it without surgery. The FDA approved the new drug, called Kybella, on Wednesday. It will be available in cosmetic surgeons’ and dermatologists’ offices in June. Here’s what you need to know. What is […]

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UTIs Are Getting Tougher to Treat

UTIs Are Getting Tougher to Treat April 29, 2015 — If you’ve ever had one (or a dozen) urinary tract infections, you might not be surprised to learn that they’re the most common bacterial infections in the United States. What you might not know is that doctors are running out of oral antibiotics to treat […]

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The Link Between Adult ADHD and Risky Behavior

ADHD and Risky Behavior in Adults If someone you care about has ADHD, you might have noticed her acting in certain ways that upset you, other people, or even herself. Her actions could be linked to ADHD. Not every adult with ADHD has risky behavior, but many do. Why? Research shows that people with ADHD […]

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Breast-Feeding May Lower Breast Cancer Recurrence, Death: Study

Breastfeeding May Lower Breast Cancer Recurrence By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who breast-feed their babies and later develop breast cancer are less likely to have the cancer return or to die from it than women who do not breast-feed, new research shows. “We found in this study […]

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Few Sickle Cell Patients Receiving Beneficial Drug, Study Finds

Few Sickle Cell Patients Receiving Beneficial Drug By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Few U.S. adults with sickle cell anemia are getting a recommended medication that can help them manage pain, breathing problems and other debilitating symptoms, according to a new study. Using a national database, researchers found that […]

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ER Practices Key to Helping Those Addicted to Painkillers: Study

ER Practices Key to Helping Painkiller Addicts By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A comparison of three treatments for narcotic painkiller addiction found that patients given the medication buprenorphine in the emergency department do better than those given only referrals. Addiction to prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin […]

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New Drug Class Slashes ‘Bad’ Cholesterol, Review Finds

New Drug Class Slashes ‘Bad’ Cholesterol: Review By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new class of cholesterol drug could sharply cut “bad” LDL cholesterol in people who don’t fare well on commonly used cholesterol-lowering medications called statins, a new research review confirms. The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, […]

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