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  • U.S. Teen Diabetes Rate Exceeds Prior Estimates

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    U.S. Teen Diabetes Rate Exceeds Prior Estimates TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More American teens have diabetes or prediabetes than previously thought, and many don't know they have the blood-sugar disease, a new study finds. Nearly 1 percent of more than 2,600 teens studied had diabetes -- with almost one in three cases undiagnosed, researchers found. Also, almost 20 percent of the group had prediabetes -- higher than normal blood sugar levels but not high enough to be classified as diabet...

  • U.S. Panel Says Evidence 'Insufficient' to Recommend Skin Cancer Screenings

    Posted: 07/26/2016

    U.S. Panel Says Evidence 'Insufficient' to Recommend Skin Cancer Screenings TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There currently isn't enough scientific proof to recommend regular full-body exams for skin cancer as a means of preventing deaths from these cancers, a leading panel of U.S. preventive health experts has concluded. An updated evidence review found scant evidence on either the benefits or harms of a health care professional performing a skin exam as part of a patient's regular check-up,...

  • U.S. Cases of Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Rise Fourfold in One Year

    Posted: 07/21/2016

    U.S. Cases of Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Rise Fourfold in One Year THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic-resistant cases of the sexually transmitted illness gonorrhea have more than quadrupled in the United States. This new data, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should serve as a warning that "the future of current treatment options may be in jeopardy," the agency said in a news release issued Thursday. "The confluence of emerging drug resistance and very limited ...

  • Ultrasound Device Approved to Treat Essential Tremor

    Posted: 07/19/2016

    Ultrasound Device Approved to Treat Essential Tremor MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The ExAblate Neuro device has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to deliver focused ultrasound to destroy small bits of brain tissue that are thought to be involved in a neurological condition known as essential tremor. The device, approved for people who haven't responded to medication or surgery, uses MRI scans to help doctors focus ultrasound on specific areas of the brain, the FDA expla...

  • U.S. Teens Less Sweet on Soft Drinks

    Posted: 07/15/2016

    U.S. Teens Less Sweet on Soft Drinks THURSDAY, July 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- American teens are turning their backs on soft drinks, says a new government survey that shows soda consumption among youth declined by almost a third in just two years. Instead, bottled water has become the drink of choice for many, the researchers found. "Over the past 15 years, a great deal of research has demonstrated that sugar drinks promote weight gain and obesity, diabetes and heart disease," explained Michael Jacobs...

  • U.S. Car Crash Deaths Down, But Still Surpass Other Nations

    Posted: 07/14/2016

    U.S. Car Crash Deaths Down, But Still Surpass Other Nations WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Car crash deaths on American roads fell nearly one-third over a recent 14-year period, but the nation's collision death rate still tops that of other high-income countries, health officials reported Wednesday. About 90 Americans die in crashes every day. That's the highest roadway death rate among 20 countries examined, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "It is important to comp...

  • U.S. Army, French Drugmaker to Join Forces on Zika Vaccine

    Posted: 07/14/2016

    U.S. Army, French Drugmaker to Join Forces on Zika Vaccine WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi said Wednesday that it's joining with U.S. Army researchers to work on a vaccine for Zika virus, which has caused thousands of birth defects, primarily in Brazil. Brazil is the site of the upcoming Summer Olympics. Sanofi Pasteur said it will begin working with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) on development of a potential vaccine. The institute w...

  • U.S. Cancer Survivors Living Longer

    Posted: 07/12/2016

    U.S. Cancer Survivors Living Longer FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As the American population ages, more older adults will survive cancer and live with other chronic conditions that will burden the health care system, U.S. government health officials report. "Increasingly, we are seeing the impact of an aging population -- fueled by maturing baby boomers -- on major diseases, including cancer," said lead researcher Shirley Bluethmann, a cancer prevention fellow at the U.S. National Cancer Inst...

  • Uncle Sam Wants You ... Slimmer

    Posted: 07/10/2016

    Uncle Sam Wants You ... Slimmer THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Military personnel are expected to meet strict weight and body fat standards. But one in five U.S. military service members is obese, new research shows. "We count on our military to be in the best shape both physically and mentally, and these data show there is a need to improve efforts to maintain a healthy weight within our Armed Forces," said Catherine Champagne, a member of The Obesity Society's advocacy committee. Analyzin...

  • U.K. Case of Throat Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics

    Posted: 07/02/2016

    U.K. Case of Throat Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an alarming development, British public health experts have confirmed a case of throat gonorrhea that proved untreatable with the standard antibiotic regimen. The patient, a heterosexual man who had just returned to the United Kingdom from Japan, wasn't cured by a pair of antibiotics used as the first-line gonorrhea treatment in many countries, including the United States. "This case highlights that gonorrhe...