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  • U.S. Sees Big Drop in Number of Babies Born With HIV

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    U.S. Sees Big Drop in Number of Babies Born With HIV MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of infants born with HIV in the United States has dropped dramatically over the past two decades, a new study shows. According to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 69 cases of HIV-infected infants in 2013, compared with 216 cases in 2002. Factors tied to mother-to-child transmission of HIV include late HIV diagnosis of mothers and a lack of antiretroviral...

  • U.S. Suicide Rates Rising Faster Outside Cities

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    U.S. Suicide Rates Rising Faster Outside Cities THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although the U.S. suicide rate has been rising gradually since 2000, suicides in less urban areas are outpacing those in more urban areas, according to a new federal report. "Geographic disparities in suicide rates might be associated with suicide risk factors known to be highly prevalent in less urban areas, such as limited access to mental health care, made worse by shortages in behavioral health care provider...

  • U.S. Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    U.S. Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change is not only an environmental issue, but a major threat to public health, according to 11 U.S. medical societies. It's an issue that many people do not know exists, even though it may already affect them, the groups warned in a new report. "We want to get the message out that climate change is affecting people's health right now," said Dr. Mona Sarfaty. She's director of the group collective...

  • U.S. Medical Experts Issue Warning on Yellow Fever's Advance

    Posted: 03/18/2017

    U.S. Medical Experts Issue Warning on Yellow Fever's Advance THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm over yet another potential mosquito-borne health threat to Americans -- yellow fever. In an essay published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine , Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and colleague Dr. Catharine Paules said that a large outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil must be closely ...

  • Ultrasound Won't Help Broken Bones Heal, Expert Panel Says

    Posted: 03/03/2017

    Ultrasound Won't Help Broken Bones Heal, Expert Panel Says THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some doctors may order a pricey ultrasound treatment -- low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) -- to help speed the healing of broken bones. But an international panel of experts now says there's little evidence to support the procedure. "We have moderate to high certainty of a lack of benefit for outcomes important to patients, and, combined with the high costs of treatment, LIPUS represents an ineff...

  • Unhealthy in Middle Age, Dementia in Old Age?

    Posted: 03/01/2017

    Unhealthy in Middle Age, Dementia in Old Age? WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged men and women at risk for heart disease may also face a higher chance of dementia later in life, a new study suggests. Risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes might boost the odds of dementia almost as much as carrying the gene that raises the risk of Alzheimer's disease, the researchers reported. "Most of these risk factors are treatable or preventable. And it is important to tr...

  • U.S. Life Expectancy May Rise to Over 80 by 2030

    Posted: 02/28/2017

    U.S. Life Expectancy May Rise to Over 80 by 2030 TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By 2030, American women will live an average of more than 83 years, while men may reach an average of 80, a new study estimates. These figures are up just slightly from current 2010 estimates. Right now, American women live to an average of 81, while men live to an average of 77. But other developed countries are projected to do even better by 2030, according to the study in The Lancet . In fact, after running 21...

  • U.S. Legislation Boosted Access to Autism Services, With No Added Cost to Families

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    U.S. Legislation Boosted Access to Autism Services, With No Added Cost to Families TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of health care services by children with autism increased modestly in the wake of a U.S. law requiring equal insurance benefits for mental and physical health. But out-of-pocket costs for their families didn't rise, a new study finds. That's exactly what was supposed to happen, said the researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "We found th...

  • U.S. Vaccine Guidelines for Flu, HPV Updated

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    U.S. Vaccine Guidelines for Flu, HPV Updated TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Roll up your sleeves, America. A national advisory panel of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its 2017 advisory for recommended shots affecting adults. This year's advisory revises guidance on seasonal flu shots by eliminating nasal flu vaccines and modifying flu-shot advice for people with egg allergy. It also tweaks recommendations for vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), hepat...

  • Undocumented Immigrants Often Face Tough Health Care Choices

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    Undocumented Immigrants Often Face Tough Health Care Choices MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies offer insights into the medical plights facing undocumented immigrants in the United States. One finds that some hospice programs often refuse to accept these immigrants in the final days of their lives. The other reveals the hardships faced by those suffering from kidney failure who can't get regular dialysis, the study authors said. Dialysis rids the body of toxins when the kidneys don...