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  • More Must Be Done to Fight 'Superbugs': U.S. Gov't Report

    Posted: 09/26/2016

    More Must Be Done to Fight 'Superbugs': U.S. Gov't Report TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" remain a major public health threat, and only a multipronged attack can address the problem, a new U.S. government report warns. The issue of antibiotic resistance isn't new, and experts have long called for measures to combat it. Still, more than 2 million Americans fall ill each year from infections that are resistant to antibiotics, and roughly 23,000 die, according t...

  • More Cancer Patients Gaining From Immune-Based Treatments

    Posted: 09/26/2016

    More Cancer Patients Gaining From Immune-Based Treatments TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A leading cancer group says more Americans are benefiting from immunotherapy -- a relatively new treatment approach that helps the immune system target and destroy cancer cells. "The promise of immunotherapy for cancer therapy has never been greater, and the opportunity to make significant progress in this critical area is real," said Dr. Nancy Davidson, president of the American Association for Cancer ...

  • More Breast Cancer Patients Should Get Radiation, New Guidelines Say

    Posted: 09/26/2016

    More Breast Cancer Patients Should Consider Radiation, New Guidelines Say WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New guidelines issued by three leading cancer organizations suggest that more breast cancer patients should consider radiation therapy after a mastectomy. Overall, the guidelines say there's enough evidence to show radiation treatment after a mastectomy decreases the risk of breast cancer recurrence, and that even women with smaller tumors and three or fewer lymph nodes involved can be...

  • More Hispanics Treated at Breast Cancer Center After Obamacare

    Posted: 09/26/2016

    More Hispanics Treated at Breast Cancer Center After Obamacare SUNDAY, Sept. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented in 2014, more Hispanic women received breast cancer treatment and enrolled in clinical trials at a California cancer center, a new study finds. "Our study shows that with the implementation of the ACA in California, our cancer center's Hispanic breast cancer patient population increased significantly," Chloe Lalonde said in a news release from the ...

  • Many Patients Enter Cancer Trials With Unrealistic Expectations

    Posted: 09/26/2016

    Many Patients Enter Cancer Trials With Unrealistic Expectations MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many cancer patients hold unrealistic hopes when they decide to join early stage clinical trials of experimental treatments, new research shows. These trials -- known as phase 1 trials -- evaluate the safety and possible benefits of treatments that have never before been tested on people. Many of these trials are limited to patients who have advanced disease or who have not responded to other treat...

  • Marriage May Help Diabetics Keep Weight Off

    Posted: 09/26/2016

    Marriage May Help Diabetics Keep Weight Off FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spouses may be good for more than just love and companionship: A new study suggests married people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to be overweight than single people with the blood sugar disease. The researchers found that diabetic men who lived with their spouses were also less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, a combination of related factors including high blood pressure and high blood sugar that boos...

  • More Evidence That Zika Causes Microcephaly

    Posted: 09/22/2016

    More Evidence That Zika Causes Microcephaly THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A rigorous new study of 91 Brazilian babies strongly supports the point that the mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause the devastating birth defect microcephaly. In microcephaly, babies are born with a smaller-than-normal head and an underdeveloped brain. Thousands of such cases tied to maternal infection with Zika have already been recorded in Latin America -- especially in Brazil. Back in April, the U.S. Centers for...

  • Minorities Less Likely to Get Clot-Clearing Stroke Drug

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Minorities Less Likely to Get Clot-Clearing Stroke Drug WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A clot-busting drug known as tPA can greatly improve stroke outcomes, but it isn't given to minorities nearly as often as it is given to white men, a new U.S. study shows. Blacks were 26 percent less likely, and other minority patients were 17 percent less likely, to be treated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) than white men, the researchers found. In addition, women were 8 percent less likely to...

  • Most on Opioid Painkillers OK With Getting Overdose Antidote: Survey

    Posted: 09/20/2016

    Most on Opioid Painkillers OK With Getting Overdose Antidote: Survey TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new, small survey of people taking powerful opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin found that most were willing to also fill prescriptions for an overdose antidote. Three patients even used the antidote to treat an apparent overdose within a few months, the researchers said. The findings provide more evidence to support wider access to the antidote naloxone, better known by the brand...

  • Makeup of Germs in Newborn's Gut May Triple Allergy, Asthma Risk

    Posted: 09/20/2016

    Makeup of Germs in Newborn's Gut May Triple Allergy, Asthma Risk TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A relatively rare abnormality in the makeup of germs in an infant's gut may triple the risk for allergies and asthma in childhood, new research warns. Millions of bacteria and fungi can be found in everyone's gut, but the new study suggests that an out-of-whack combination of bugs, present in less than 10 percent of newborns, may undermine immune system function. The result: A much higher risk fo...