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  • Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Might Boost Antidepressants' Effects

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Might Boost Antidepressants' Effects TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that the supplements appear to help battle depression in people already on medication. "Omega-3 fish oil -- in combination with antidepressants -- had a statistically significant effect...

  • Officials Report First Zika Death in Puerto Rico

    Posted: 04/29/2016

    Officials Report First Zika Death in Puerto Rico FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first known Zika virus-linked death in Puerto Rico was announced Friday by officials of the U.S. territory. A 70-year-old man with Zika died in February from severe thrombocytopenia, which causes a low blood platelet count that can lead to internal bleeding. The death was announced by Puerto Rico's health secretary, Ana Rius. So far, Puerto Rico has had more than 600 Zika cases, including 73 involving pregnan...

  • Obamacare Expanding Coverage for the Poor, Study Finds

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Obamacare Expanding Coverage for the Poor, Study Finds MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- State Medicaid expansions under Obamacare have improved low-income Americans' insurance coverage, increased their doctor visits and enhanced detection of chronic health conditions, which could lead to improvements in health, a new study suggests. The findings are important as policymakers continue to debate the value of expanding Medicaid, the publicly funded health insurance program for the poor, researche...

  • Only Half of Rectal Cancer Patients Get Recommended Treatment: Study

    Posted: 04/24/2016

    Only Half of Rectal Cancer Patients Get Recommended Treatment: Study FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the increasing use of a standard therapy for rectal cancer in the United States, only slightly more than half of patients receive it, a new study finds. Chemoradiation therapy followed by surgery is recognized as the standard of care for locally advanced rectal cancer because it offers patients the best outcomes, according to the researchers. The new analysis of national data found the...

  • One-a-Day Anti-Seizure Drug Shows Promise for People With Epilepsy

    Posted: 04/21/2016

    One-a-Day Anti-Seizure Drug Shows Promise for People With Epilepsy THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A once-daily epilepsy drug may control seizures just as well as a twice-daily drug, researchers report. Their preliminary study compared the once-a-day drug eslicarbazepine acetate (Aptiom) to the twice-daily drug carbamazepine (Tegretol, Carbatrol) for more than 800 people newly diagnosed with partial seizures, which originate in one area of the brain. After six months, 71 percent of those ta...

  • Obesity in Teens Seems to Raise Risk for Illness, Death in Middle Age

    Posted: 04/20/2016

    Obesity in Teens Seems to Raise Risk for Illness, Death in Middle Age WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight teenagers may face an increased risk of dying from heart disease or stroke by the time they reach middle age, a large new study suggests. The study of more than 2 million Israelis found that those who were overweight or obese as teenagers were two to three times more likely to die prematurely of cardiovascular causes, compared to those who'd been thin as teens. Experts called th...

  • Opioid Painkiller May Be New Treatment for Heroin Addicts

    Posted: 04/14/2016

    Opioid Painkiller May Be New Treatment for Heroin Addicts WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hydromorphone -- an opioid painkiller -- may be another treatment option for heroin addiction, a new Canadian study suggests. The research included more than 200 heroin addicts in Vancouver. They hadn't responded to commonly used treatments such as methadone or suboxone. This was the first study to assess the effectiveness of hydromorphone in treating heroin addiction, the researchers noted. The partic...

  • Obese People Trying to Shed Pounds Often Go Up and Down

    Posted: 04/10/2016

    Obese People Trying to Shed Pounds Often Go Up and Down FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The biggest losers -- those who lose the most weight -- tend to be the ones who win when it comes to keeping weight off, new research suggests. Weight cycling -- or the repeated loss and regain of body weight -- is common. But this new study found that those who lose the most are more likely to keep losing and maintain their weight loss over time. "About two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese...

  • Obama Administration Steps Up Efforts to Beat Painkiller, Heroin Epidemic

    Posted: 04/05/2016

    Obama Administration Steps Up Efforts to Beat Painkiller, Heroin Epidemic TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration announced Tuesday additional measures in its $1.1 billion funding request to expand medication-based treatment for Americans addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. President Barack Obama is scheduled to propose the measures at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The White House said the increased initiative could offer hope to ten...

  • On-the-Job Training Funds for Pediatricians Lagging: Experts

    Posted: 04/04/2016

    On-the-Job Training Funds for Pediatricians Lagging: Experts MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Funding for graduate medical education (GME) for doctors-in-training needs to be changed to deal with a shortage of pediatric specialists, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in an updated policy statement. This shortage comes at a time when a growing number of American children have chronic health problems and special medical needs, according to a news release from the academy. While enrollment a...