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  • Opioid Update: Painkiller Misuse in U.S. Doubled in Decade

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Opioid Update: Painkiller Misuse in U.S. Doubled in Decade FRIDAY, June 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More bad news from the U.S. drug wars: Misuse of prescription opioid painkillers by American adults more than doubled from the early 2000s to 2013, a new government study says. Rates of addiction to powerful painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin also swelled during that time, according to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). "The increasing misuse of prescription opioi...

  • Old Drug Boosts Brain's Memory Centers

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Old Drug Boosts Brain's Memory Centers TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A long-used drug called methylene blue may rev up activity in brain regions involved in short-term memory and attention, a small study suggests. Methylene blue has been used in medicine for more than a century, said Timothy Duong, the senior researcher on the study and a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. These days, he said, it's used to manage a condition called methemoglobinemia, ...

  • Obamacare Premiums Primed to Spike in 2017

    Posted: 06/27/2016

    Obamacare Premiums Primed to Spike in 2017 FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who buy health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act could see steep premium increases in 2017, the highest since the 2014 roll-out of individual health insurance under the health law, a new analysis suggests. However, enrollees in a few health insurance markets may actually see their premiums go down. Premiums for some of the most popular "silver" plans could jump 10 percent, on average, across 14 maj...

  • Opioid Painkillers Raise Deadly Heart Risks for Some: Study

    Posted: 06/22/2016

    Opioid Painkillers Raise Deadly Heart Risks for Some: Study TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While the dangers of overdose among patients prescribed powerful opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and fentanyl are well known, a new study found unexpected heart risks with the medications. Patients who had just been prescribed an opioid painkiller had a 64 percent higher risk of early death when compared to patients who were given an alternative pain medication. But much of that increased risk was...

  • Obama's 3-Pronged Effort to Speed Organ Transplants

    Posted: 06/21/2016

    Obama's 3-Pronged Effort to Speed Organ Transplants MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration on Monday announced wide-ranging public and private measures to speed the wait for lifesaving organ transplants in the United States. The goals include making it easier for Americans to become organ donors and increasing the number of organ transplants. Also, almost $200 million in new investments will "facilitate breakthrough research and development," the White House said in a media r...

  • Older Runners Can Maintain Their 'Fuel Efficiency'

    Posted: 06/18/2016

    Older Runners Can Maintain Their 'Fuel Efficiency' THURSDAY, June 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Runners over age 65 could burn oxygen at nearly the same rate as much younger runners, a new study finds. The rate of oxygen consumption is what researchers call "running economy." They found that even though the gait of older runners may change, they still maintain youthful energy levels, or good running economy, while exercising. "There's good evidence that it's never too late to get into exercise, it's about...

  • Obesity Rates Rising Among Women: CDC

    Posted: 06/15/2016

    Obesity Rates Rising Among Women: CDC TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More American women than ever are obese, while the number of men carrying around far too many pounds has held steady, new research shows. And a second study finds U.S. teens are another group that continues to struggle with obesity. "Obesity remains a public health concern," said Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. She worked on both...

  • Overweight Kids Eat Only a Bit More Per Meal

    Posted: 06/13/2016

    Overweight Kids Eat Only a Bit More Per Meal FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An extra spoonful or two with each meal may lead to an overweight infant or toddler, a new study suggests. British researchers found that overweight infants and toddlers don't eat more often than their normal-weight peers, but they do consume just a little bit more food at each meal. The overweight youngsters had about 141 calories at each meal. The normal-weight babies and toddlers had about 130 calories at each meal,...

  • Ocaliva Approved for Rare Liver Disease

    Posted: 06/07/2016

    Ocaliva Approved for Rare Liver Disease TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare chronic liver disease called primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). The disease causes the liver's small bile ducts to become inflamed, ultimately destroying the ducts and leading to cirrhosis, which is scarring of the liver. Over time, this leads to a potentially deadly loss of liver function, the agency said Tuesday in a new...

  • Out-of-Pocket X-Ray, CT Scan Costs Vary Widely

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Out-of-Pocket X-Ray, CT Scan Costs Vary Widely SUNDAY, May 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The out-of-pocket price for a standard chest X-ray, CT scan or ultrasound can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on where the imaging is done, new research reveals. And uninsured patients trying to get the cost in advance may face an uphill battle, investigators caution, with hospitals slower to respond than stand-alone imaging centers. How slow? Calls made to six hospitals and five private imaging centers in the...