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  • Guidelines May Miss Need for Statins in Many U.S. Blacks

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Guidelines May Miss Need for Statins in Many U.S. Blacks SATURDAY, March 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. medical organizations have conflicting guidelines on the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in blacks, a new study finds. Researchers say that about one in four black Americans who are recommended to take a statin under guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association would no longer qualify for such therapy under new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services T...

  • Gunshot Wounds Cost U.S. Hospitals Nearly $7 Billion Over 9 Years

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Gunshot Wounds Cost U.S. Hospitals Nearly $7 Billion Over 9 Years TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital care for gunshot wounds cost the United States about $6.6 billion over a nine-year period, and total costs are likely much higher, researchers report. "There is a high cost for these injuries, especially because they are preventable," study author Sarabeth Spitzer, a medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine, said in a university news release. Information for the study c...

  • Gene Variant From Africa Linked to Black Obesity

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Gene Variant From Africa Linked to Black Obesity TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified an Africa-specific gene variant associated with obesity. The team found that about 1 percent of West Africans, American blacks and others of African ancestry have this variant of the semaphorin-4D (SEMA4D) gene. The researchers said people with the variant are about 6 pounds heavier than those without it. Most genetic studies on obesity focus on people of European ancestry, eve...

  • Genes Plus Erratic Sleep May Raise Odds for Obesity

    Posted: 03/20/2017

    Genes Plus Erratic Sleep May Raise Odds for Obesity FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Yet more evidence of a link between poor sleep and excess weight: A new study finds that people who are genetically prone to obesity are more likely to be overweight if they have unusual sleep habits. "These data show that in people with high genetic risk for obesity, sleeping for too short or too long a time, napping during the day, and shift work appears to have a fairly substantial adverse influence on body...

  • Gleevec Keeps a Leukemia in Check for More Than a Decade: Study

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Gleevec Keeps a Leukemia in Check for More Than a Decade: Study WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The cancer drug Gleevec appears to keep chronic myeloid leukemia at bay a decade into treatment -- with no signs of additional safety risks, a new study finds. Gleevec -- known generically as imatinib -- was hailed as a "wonder drug" when it was introduced in 2001 for treating chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). CML is a type of blood cancer that strikes about 5,000 Americans each year, according to ...

  • Gene Therapy: A Breakthrough for Sickle Cell Anemia?

    Posted: 03/08/2017

    Gene Therapy: A Breakthrough for Sickle Cell Anemia? WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are reporting early success using gene therapy to treat, or even potentially cure, sickle cell anemia. The findings come from just one patient, a teenage boy in France. But more than 15 months after receiving the treatment, he remained free of symptoms and his usual medications. That's a big change from his situation before the gene therapy, according to his doctors at Necker Children's Hospital...

  • Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Aggressive Lymphoma

    Posted: 03/08/2017

    Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Aggressive Lymphoma TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental gene therapy for aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma beat back more than a third of cancers that seemed untreatable, the therapy's developers report. Thirty-six percent of over 100 very ill lymphoma patients appeared disease-free six months after a single treatment, according to results released by the treatment's maker, Kite Pharma of Santa Monica, Calif. These patients had not responded to usual t...

  • Government Funding Could Save Canadians $4 Billion on Medicines

    Posted: 03/06/2017

    Government Funding Could Save Canadians $4 Billion on Medicines MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new report suggests that Canada would reap savings of more than $4 billion a year if the government funded nearly 120 types of "essential" medications. "Adding an essential medicines list is a pragmatic step toward universal pharmacare," said Steven Morgan, in a news release from the Canadian Medical Association. "It would ensure all Canadians have access to the most commonly required medicines wh...

  • Germs, Mold Found in Some Medical Pot

    Posted: 02/23/2017

    Germs, Mold Found in Some Medical Pot WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana carries infectious bacteria and fungi that can pose a life-threatening risk to cancer patients who use pot to help with side effects of chemotherapy, a new study suggests. The study was initially prompted by the death of a man using medical marijuana to combat the side effects of cancer treatment. His death was believed to be caused by a fungus from his marijuana, his doctor said. Study researchers teste...

  • Genes Tied to Belly Size Also Linked to Heart Disease

    Posted: 02/22/2017

    Genes Tied to Belly Size Also Linked to Heart Disease TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gene variants that raise a person's odds of being "apple-shaped" may be linked to heightened risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a large study suggests. Many previous studies have hinted that a large waistline can be particularly unhealthy, compared to carrying your weight around the hips and thighs ("pear-shaped"). This new research suggests that people who carry weight at the belly tend to have hig...