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  • Fatty Foods During Teen Years May Influence Later Breast Cancer Risk

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Fatty Foods During Teen Years May Influence Later Breast Cancer Risk THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who eat high amounts of saturated fats or low amounts of healthier mono- and polyunsaturated fats tend to have denser breasts 15 years later, new research suggests. That's important because greater breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer, the study authors said. But the researchers noted they didn't find a large change in breast density volume based on dietary fat intake. "It w...

  • FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Bladder Cancer

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Bladder Cancer THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat bladder cancer was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. Tecentriq (atezolizumab) treats the most common type of bladder cancer, called urothelial carcinoma. It's the first in its class of drugs, called PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors, approved to treat this type of cancer. "Tecentriq provides these patients with a new therapy targeting the PD-L1 pathway," Dr. Richard Pazdur, dire...

  • Family Rejection Triples Risk for Suicide Attempts by Transgender People: Study

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Family Rejection Triples Risk for Suicide Attempts by Transgender People: Study THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Transgender people can face big difficulties, but a new study shows their journey is made much harder when family members reject them. The researchers found that risks for attempting suicide more than tripled for transgender adults who experienced a "high level" of familial rejection. The risk for alcohol or drug abuse also rose much higher in these situations, the research found. W...

  • FDA Unveils Makeover of Nutrition Facts Label

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    FDA Unveils Makeover of Nutrition Facts Label FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods in the United States is about to get a long-awaited facelift, with a redesign emphasizing realistic portion sizes and added sugars. The announcement Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reflects changing science and an attempt to rein in Americans' unhealthy eating patterns and help consumers make better choices, the agency said. The updated design, for instance, ...

  • Frat Brothers Keep Chugging Despite Anti-Booze Efforts

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Frat Brothers Keep Chugging Despite Anti-Booze Efforts FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The boys of "Animal House" and "Neighbors" may be immune to anti-boozing programs that curb drinking for other college kids, new research suggests. As Brown University researcher Lori Scott-Sheldon put it: "Current intervention methods appear to have limited effectiveness in reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among fraternity and possibly sorority members." Scott-Sheldon's team reviewed...

  • Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be Not as Effective as Thought?

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be Not as Effective as Thought? FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fortifying cereals, grains and flour with folic acid has not protected against the risk of certain birth defects as much as experts thought it would, a large, new study suggests. At issue are neural tube defects, which include anencephaly, a fatal condition where a baby's brain does not develop, and a paralyzing spinal cord deformity known as spina bifida. In the late 1990s, health experts found that low foli...

  • Fertility Info Lacking for Young Women Who Beat Cancer

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Fertility Info Lacking for Young Women Who Beat Cancer MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many young female cancer survivors say they don't receive enough information about preserving their fertility, a new study finds. These women are at risk for early menopause because of their cancer treatment. If they want to have children but are not yet ready to start a family, they may be able to freeze their eggs or embryos after treatment, researchers explained. "The potential loss of fertility has been d...

  • Facebook's Lure the Same for Young and Old

    Posted: 05/22/2016

    Facebook's Lure the Same for Young and Old FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults are joining Facebook in large numbers for the same reasons as kids and younger adults -- to develop social connections, a new survey finds. "Earlier studies suggest a positive relationship between bonding and bridging social capital and Facebook use among college students," said researcher Eun Hwa Jung, a doctoral candidate in mass communications at Penn State University. "Our study extends this finding to s...

  • FDA to Re-examine What Makes a Food 'Healthy'

    Posted: 05/17/2016

    FDA to Re-examine What Makes a Food 'Healthy' TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Which of these foods, if any, should be labeled "healthy"? Raisin bran? Avocados? Granola bars? Going by current -- and perhaps outdated -- U.S. food-labeling regulations, it's impossible to know, food makers and legislators contend. But that's about to change under a U.S. Food and Drug Administration plan to redefine the definition of "healthy" foods. "We believe now is an opportune time to reevaluate regulations co...

  • FDA Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

    Posted: 05/12/2016

    FDA Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it is banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, as part of its long-awaited plan to extend the agency's regulatory powers across all tobacco products. The new rules would halt the sale of e-cigarettes and any other tobacco product to anyone younger than 18. The regulations also would require photo IDs to buy e-cigarettes, and ban retailers from handing out free sam...