Loose Skin After Weight Loss

When you work to lose a bunch of weight, you dream of a tighter, toned body. You don’t picture extra, loose skin. But that’s a real possibility, and one that can cause health problems and a poor self-image. “It’s frustrating to patients who have put all this hard work and commitment into their weight loss […]

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‘$5 Insanity': What You Should Know About Flakka

‘$5 Insanity’: What You Should Know About Flakka May 21, 2015 — Some call it “$5 Insanity.” Flakka, a new designer drug, is surging in popularity. Poison control centers in states including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas are responding to an increasing number of incidents involving it. Here’s what you need to know: What is […]

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‘$5 Insanity:’ What You Should Know About Flakka

‘$5 Insanity:’ What You Should Know About Flakka May 21, 2015 — Some call it “$5 Insanity.” Flakka, a new designer drug, is surging in popularity. Poison control centers in states including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas are responding to an increasing number of incidents involving it. Here’s what you need to know: What is […]

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Flu Vaccines and Kids

Every fall, millions of U.S. children get flu vaccinations at their pediatricians’ offices. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for all Americans who are at least 6 months old. You may have questions about the vaccination. Why can’t last year’s flu shot protect your child this year? Do you need to get her a […]

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Family History of Breast Cancer Doesn’t Worsen Patient’s Prognosis: Study

Does Family History Affect Breast Cancer Survival? By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer patients who have a family history of the disease often worry that their outlook is worse and their chances for recurrence is higher. But a new British study of nearly 3,000 women treated for […]

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Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo, Study Finds

Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo? By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors often prescribe steroid pills to ease the discomfort of sciatica — back and leg pain usually caused by a herniated disk in the lower back. But a new study finds steroids are no more […]

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Alzheimer’s-Linked Brain Plaques May Arise Decades Before Symptoms

Alzheimer’s-Tied Brain Plaque May Precede Symptoms By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Abnormal protein clumps may appear in the brain up to 30 years before people develop Alzheimer’s disease, a new study estimates, perhaps providing a window of opportunity to intervene. Scientists have long known that people with Alzheimer’s […]

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Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo

Medical Pot and Prescription Painkiller Combo By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana users don’t appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a new study finds. While many people use medical marijuana as an alternative to narcotic (opioid) painkillers, […]

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Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers

Brain Differences Seen in Teenage Heavy Drinkers By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who drink heavily appear to have significant abnormalities in brain development, a new study finds. Heavy drinking by teens may also be associated with a gene mutation linked to impulsiveness, according to another new study. […]

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FDA Issues Warning for Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

FDA Issues Warning for Type 2 Diabetes Drugs By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A certain class of type 2 diabetes drugs can lead to a life-threatening condition called ketoacidosis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These prescription drugs are called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors and include canagliflozin, […]

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