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  • Foods Labeled 'Healthy' May Hide Unhealthy Secrets

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Foods Labeled 'Healthy' May Hide Unhealthy Secrets WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Food products that claim to be no-fat, no-sugar, low-fat or reduced-salt aren't necessarily healthier, researchers say. The study authors looked at more than 80 million food and beverage purchases from 2008 to 2012. The purchases were made by more than 40,0000 U.S. households. The researchers found that 13 percent of food and 35 percent of beverage products were marketed as having no, reduced or low levels o...

  • FDA OKs Parkinson's Add-On Drug

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    FDA OKs Parkinson's Add-On Drug WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug for Parkinson's disease. Xadago (safinamide) pills were given the green light as an add-on treatment for people taking levodopa/carbidopa and experiencing "off" episodes. These are periods when medication effectiveness wanes, leading to a rise in symptoms such as tremor and difficulty walking. "Parkinson's is a relentless disease without a cure," Dr. Eric Bastings s...

  • Fewer Patients Die During Hospital Inspection Weeks: Study

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Fewer Patients Die During Hospital Inspection Weeks: Study THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital patients may be less likely to die if they are treated during weeks that inspectors are checking on the staff, a new study suggests. In the United States, hospitals are accredited by a body known as the Joint Commission. Inspectors from the commission make unannounced visits to each hospital every 18 to 36 months, to make sure staff are complying with standards for patient safety and care. Th...

  • Fruit Juice for Kids: A Serving a Day OK

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Fruit Juice for Kids: A Serving a Day OK THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians have long suggested that fruit juice may prompt weight gain in children, but a new review finds it harmless when consumed in moderation. "Based on the current evidence, we didn't find that consuming one serving [of 100-percent fruit juice] a day contributes to weight gain in children," said study author Dr. Brandon Auerbach. He is acting instructor of medicine at the University of Washington, in Seattle. ...

  • Fewer Successful Malpractice Claims in U.S., But Higher Payouts

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Fewer Successful Malpractice Claims in U.S., But Higher Payouts MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of paid medical malpractice claims in the United States has declined significantly, dropping nearly 56 percent between 1992 and 2014, researchers report. At the same time, the average payout for successful malpractice claims rose about 23 percent -- topping $353,000 in 2009-2014, up from about $287,000 during the 1992-1996 period, the study found. These two trends could reflect the influen...

  • FDA-OK'd Drug Offers Hope to Sickest MS Patients

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    FDA-OK'd Drug Offers Hope to Sickest MS Patients WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new multiple sclerosis drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday offers hope to patients with the most severe form of the progressive disease. The intravenous drug, made by Genentech, is called ocrelizumab (Ocrevus). Given every six months, it worked best for patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) -- the most common form of the disease, the FDA reported. But Ocrevus also ap...

  • Family History of Colon Cancer Calls for Earlier Screening

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Family History of Colon Cancer Calls for Earlier Screening TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you've got a family history of colon or rectal cancers, you probably need to start screening for these conditions before you turn 50, a cancer expert says. People with a close relative who has had colon or rectal cancer have a greater risk of being diagnosed with these cancers too, said Dr. Walter Koltun, chief of colon and rectal surgery at the Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center in a hospital...

  • Fewer U.S. Kids Overdosing on Opioids

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Fewer U.S. Kids Overdosing on Opioids MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. kids who overdose on prescription painkillers each year may be declining -- but the incidents remain a major public health problem, new research says. Since 2009, U.S. poison control centers have seen fewer calls about children and teenagers who've ingested prescription opioids, researchers found. Often, those incidents involved young children who'd gotten hold of an adult's medication. In other cases, it...

  • For Seniors, Treatment for One Eye Disease May Cause Another

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    For Seniors, Treatment for One Eye Disease May Cause Another THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs that preserve vision in people with the eye disease called age-related macular degeneration might increase the risk of another eye condition -- glaucoma, a new study suggests. People who received at least seven eye injections of the drug bevacizumab (Avastin) each year to treat macular degeneration have a higher risk of eventually needing surgery to treat glaucoma, the Canadian study found. Bu...

  • For 'Preemies,' Human Touch May Be a Brain Booster

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    For 'Preemies,' Human Touch May Be a Brain Booster THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Underscoring the link between brain development and touch, new research suggests premature babies face a disadvantage compared to their full-term peers in their brain's sensitivity to gentle touch. Analyzing 125 preterm and full-term infants, scientists also found that preemies experienced lowered brain response to gentle touch in the aftermath of painful medical procedures. "We all know in our daily lives ho...