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  • U.S. Health Care Costs From Birth Defects Total Almost $23 Billion a Year

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    U.S. Health Care Costs From Birth Defects Total Almost $23 Billion a Year THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About three of every 100 U.S. newborns have a serious birth defect, and health care costs tied to these difficulties total almost $23 billion annually, new research shows. The findings might help "motivate change" in reducing costs associated with birth defects "through prevention, early detection and care throughout the life span," said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Cont...

  • U.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on Marijuana

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    U.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on Marijuana THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Current medical science has proven there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and cannabis-derived drugs, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences states. Conclusive or substantial scientific evidence has shown that marijuana products are effective at treating chronic pain, calming muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, and easing nausea from chemotherapy, the report said. However, there's lit...

  • U.S. Glaucoma Cases Expected to Surge by 2030

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    U.S. Glaucoma Cases Expected to Surge by 2030 FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Glaucoma affects more than 3 million Americans, but that number is expected to surge to more than 4 million by 2030, eye experts say. Glaucoma is a group of incurable eye diseases that gradually lead to vision loss. There are two main types of glaucoma, but the most common form, which typically affects older people, causes an increase in pressure inside the eye that damages the optic nerve, according to the Glaucoma R...

  • U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: Report

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: Report THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer death rates in the United States have dropped 25 percent since the early 1990s, a new report reveals. The finding was drawn from the American Cancer Society's latest cancer incidence and mortality estimates, which indicate that in 2017, close to 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and about 600,000 U.S. cancer patients will die. "The drop in cancer mortality is primarily the result of large...

  • U.S. Families Spend 1.5 Billion Hours Yearly on Kids With Special Health Needs

    Posted: 01/05/2017

    U.S. Families Spend 1.5 Billion Hours Yearly on Kids With Special Health Needs TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Families in the United States spend 1.5 billion hours each year providing home health care to their chronically ill or disabled children, a new study shows. The hours of health care these parents and other family members provide would cost $36 billion if performed by home health workers who received the going rate -- or $12 billion if unskilled workers receiving minimum wage were hir...

  • U.S. Melanoma Rate Is Rising, Study Finds

    Posted: 12/31/2016

    U.S. Melanoma Rate Is Rising, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are developing the potentially deadly skin cancer known as melanoma than in the past, new research shows. In 2016, one out of every 54 Americans was expected to develop a potentially lethal, invasive melanoma over their lifetime -- up from the one in 58 estimate when the same tally was performed in 2009. Overall, an estimated 76,380 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2016, said a team led by D...

  • Uninsured Rate Hits New Low Due to Obamacare: Report

    Posted: 12/30/2016

    Uninsured Rate Hits New Low Due to Obamacare: Report WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans now have health insurance than ever before, with the uninsured rate declining across all 50 states because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund released Wednesday. Following full implementation of the ACA's health coverage provisions in 2014, every state experienced a decline in the percentage of uninsured working-age adults and low-income adu...

  • Used Safely, Donor Breast Milk Can Help Preemie Babies

    Posted: 12/28/2016

    Used Safely, Donor Breast Milk Can Help Preemie Babies MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny preemies can benefit from donated breast milk -- if it's given in the hospital with proper safety measures, a leading pediatricians' group says. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also warned parents against informal "milk-sharing," or buying breast milk online. It's the first time the academy has issued a policy statement on donor breast milk, which is being used by a growing number of U...

  • U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Crackdown on E-Cig Use in Teens

    Posted: 12/16/2016

    U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Crackdown on E-Cig Use in Teens THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarettes are now the most popular tobacco product among American teens, according to a new U.S. Surgeon General's report that calls for a crackdown on the devices. E-cigarette use among high school students grew an astounding 900 percent between 2011 and 2015, and the devices surpassed traditional cigarettes as teens' preferred tobacco product in 2014, the report finds. "E-cigarettes went from b...

  • U.S. Doctors Still Over-Prescribing Drugs: Survey

    Posted: 12/12/2016

    U.S. Doctors Still Over-Prescribing Drugs: Survey MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite evidence that certain drugs aren't always necessary, doctors are still prescribing these treatments, a new survey of doctors reveals. Antibiotics are by far the drugs most frequently used in situations where they'll provide no value for patients. The survey found that more than a quarter of doctors surveyed (27 percent) said that antibiotics are often administered to patients when the drugs will do no good...