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  • New Bowel Disorder Treatments Needed, FDA Says

    Posted: 04/23/2017

    New Bowel Disorder Treatments Needed, FDA Says MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's no known cause or cure for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which affects more than 15 million Americans, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The disorder involves the large intestine (colon). It causes symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, excessive gas, mucus in the stool, and changes in bowel habits (constipation and/or diarrhea). No single treatment is effective in all IBS ...

  • No Link Between Common Antibiotic, Irregular Heartbeat

    Posted: 04/23/2017

    No Link Between Common Antibiotic, Irregular Heartbeat TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The widely used antibiotic azithromycin doesn't increase the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm, a new study finds. Azithromycin (Zithromax) is often used to treat respiratory and urinary tract infections. It belongs to a class of drugs known as macrolides. Another type of macrolide called erythromycin can disrupt the heart's normal rhythm. That antibiotic has been linked to a potentially life-threatening he...

  • Nursing Home Program Offers Alternatives to Antipsychotic Drugs

    Posted: 04/23/2017

    Nursing Home Program Offers Alternatives to Antipsychotic Drugs THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hoping to cut the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing home residents, researchers tried training staff on new ways to meet the needs of residents with dementia. Although antipsychotics are often given to people with dementia, the drugs are only minimally effective at controlling behavioral problems and have been shown to increase the chances for stroke and death, the researchers said. "This int...

  • New Meds Make Inroads Against Crohn's Disease

    Posted: 04/20/2017

    New Meds Make Inroads Against Crohn's Disease THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer Americans with Crohn's disease are ending up in the hospital than in the past, according to a new federal study. Crohn's is a chronic inflammatory bowel disorder that often leads to surgery for most with the disease. Hospitalization rates for Crohn's disease remained stable in the United States between 2003 and 2013. That's a change from a study done from 1998 to 2004 that saw more than 4 percent increases i...

  • Not All Mosquitoes Need Standing Water to Breed: Study

    Posted: 04/19/2017

    Not All Mosquitoes Need Standing Water to Breed: Study WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The standard wisdom on curbing mosquitoes is to eliminate pools of standing water where they might breed. But new research on a major family of mosquito species finds that may not always be enough. The study, by a team at the University of Florida, found that most species within the Culex family lay their eggs in more varied locations than just "floating egg rafts," as was previously thought. In the stud...

  • Nurse! What's Taking So Long?

    Posted: 04/18/2017

    Nurse! What's Taking So Long? TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When a bedside alarm goes off in a child's hospital room, anxious parents expect nurses to respond pronto. That rarely happens, however, and a new study helps explain why. Researchers found that nurses are usually quick to react when alarms are urgent. But, they're slower to respond at the end of the workday or when they suffer from "chronic alarm fatigue." Also, having parents present doubled the response time on average, the stu...

  • New Eczema Drug Gets FDA's Blessing

    Posted: 04/05/2017

    New Eczema Drug Gets FDA's Blessing TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adults plagued by eczema may have a new treatment option, with a new drug approved Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dupixent (dupilumab) injections treat moderate-to-severe eczema in patients whose condition is not controlled by topical treatments or who should not use topical treatments. Eczema inflames the skin, making it red and itchy. It's common in children, but can occur at any age and last a lifetime....

  • Need More Zzzzz's?

    Posted: 04/02/2017

    Need More Zzzzz's? FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A good night's sleep is often elusive, but there are things you can do to boost the odds of getting some quality shuteye, sleep experts say. The first is to have regular bed and wake times, according to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital sleep doctors Dr. Daniel Barone and Dr. Andrew Westwood. The doctors suggested going to sleep at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each morning, even on weekends and vacation days. That's bec...

  • New Technology Makes Gene Mapping Cheaper, Faster: Study

    Posted: 03/31/2017

    New Technology Makes Gene Mapping Cheaper, Faster: Study THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've developed a much cheaper and faster technology for mapping the genetic makeup of a living organism. They demonstrated the technology by decoding the DNA of the mosquito species that transmits the Zika virus. The original Human Genome Project took 10 years and cost $4 billion, but this new 3-D assembly method did the same in a few weeks for less than $10,000, the researchers report...

  • New Parkinson's Drug Xadago Approved

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    New Parkinson's Drug Xadago Approved WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Xadago (safinamide) tablets have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an add-on drug to treat Parkinson's patients who take levodopa or carbidopa but have instances of increased symptoms anyway, a condition doctors call "off" episodes. An "off" episode, when Parkinson's medication doesn't seem to work well, may include symptoms such as tremor and difficulty walking, the agency said in a news release. ...