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  • Video May Aid End-of-Life Decision-Making

    Posted: 07/11/2016

    Video May Aid End-of-Life Decision-Making THURSDAY, June 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Watching a video about end-of-life care options may help patients with advanced heart failure choose the approach best for them, a new study finds. The choices include comfort-focused care versus more invasive care that could extend their days. "Because the course of heart failure is uncertain, in part because of improved therapies, doctors may be reluctant to initiate a conversation with their patients about advance c...

  • Vitamin Deficiencies Common in Young Migraine Sufferers

    Posted: 06/20/2016

    Vitamin Deficiencies Common in Young Migraine Sufferers FRIDAY, June 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many young people who suffer from migraines have vitamin deficiencies, new research finds. "Further studies are needed to elucidate whether vitamin supplementation is effective in migraine patients in general, and whether patients with mild deficiency are more likely to benefit from supplementation," said lead study author Dr. Suzanne Hagler in a Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center news release. S...

  • Venclexta Approved for Specific Genetic Blood Cancer

    Posted: 04/18/2016

    Venclexta Approved for Specific Genetic Blood Cancer MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Venclexta (venetoclax) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) characterized by a specific chromosomal abnormality called the 17p deletion. People with this abnormality lack a portion of a chromosome that thwarts cancer growth, the agency said in a news release. It occurs in 10 percent to 20 percent of people with CLL. The newly approved drug targ...

  • Vitamin D Boosts Heart Function in Study

    Posted: 04/11/2016

    Vitamin D Boosts Heart Function in Study MONDAY, April 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Regular doses of vitamin D3 may improve heart function in heart failure patients, a new British study suggests. "These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients," said study leader Dr. Klaus Witte, from the University of Leeds School of Medicine. "It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness -- known as heart failure." The...

  • Vaccine Refusal a Driving Force Behind Measles Outbreaks, Study Finds

    Posted: 03/22/2016

    Vaccine Refusal a Driving Force Behind Measles Outbreaks, Study Finds TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A look at recent measles outbreaks in the United States finds more than half of the cases involved unvaccinated children. Vaccine refusal was also often the culprit in whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks as well, according to the new study. "When vaccine refusal rates are high, the rates of measles and pertussis are higher," said researcher Dr. Varun Phadke, a fellow in infectious diseases ...

  • Vitamin D a No Go for Arthritic Knees, Study Finds

    Posted: 03/15/2016

    Vitamin D a No Go for Arthritic Knees, Study Finds TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D supplements didn't relieve pain or slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis in a new study, even though the patients involved had low levels of the vitamin. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, and currently no treatment is available that will stop the loss of cartilage. Eventually, many patients are headed for knee replacements, the Australian researchers said. "These data suggest a lack of ev...

  • Violence May Raise a Woman's Risk for Stroke

    Posted: 03/10/2016

    Violence May Raise a Woman's Risk for Stroke THURSDAY, March 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Being a victim of violence may increase a woman's risk of blood vessel disease and possibly stroke, a new study suggests. "Both society and the health care sector need to be aware of the importance of exposure to violence and its impact, not only on social well-being, but also on women's long-term health," said study author Dr. Mario Flores. He is a research assistant at the National Institute of Public Health in Me...

  • Vitamin D While Pregnant Won't Boost Most Infants' Bone Health, Study Says

    Posted: 03/10/2016

    Vitamin D While Pregnant Won't Boost Most Infants' Bone Health, Study Says WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy does not improve a baby's bone density, according to a new British study. But for babies born in the winter, "sunshine vitamin" supplementation may help counteract low levels caused by seasonal loss of sunlight, the researchers said. Some previous studies have suggested that higher vitamin D in mothers during pregnancy are associated with g...

  • Vaginal Ring Offers Some Protection Against HIV, Study Says

    Posted: 03/01/2016

    Vaginal Ring Offers Some Protection Against HIV, Study Says MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An insertable vaginal ring containing a month's supply of a continuous-release HIV prevention drug reduced the risk of HIV in African women by at least 27 percent, a new study found. The ring works by slowly and continuously delivering a highly localized and controlled amount of the antiretroviral medication dapivirine. This drug aims to halt the ability of HIV -- the virus that causes AIDS -- to replic...

  • Vaccine Has Cut HPV Infection Rate in Teen Girls by Two-Thirds: Study

    Posted: 02/29/2016

    Vaccine Has Cut HPV Infection Rate in Teen Girls by Two-Thirds: Study MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ten years of vaccinating against human papillomavirus (HPV) has cut infections from this cancer-causing virus by 64 percent among teen girls, U.S. health officials report. "We are continuing to see decreases in the HPV types that are targeted by the vaccine," said lead researcher Dr. Lauri Markowitz, a medical epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These decli...