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Sometimes Hair Loss in Women Can Point to Bigger Health Issues

Sometimes Hair Loss in Women Can Point to Bigger Health IssuesFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Hair loss can be devastating for women, but the condition can also signal additional health problems.An American Academy of Dermatology expert offers information about the types of hair loss seen in women with darker skin tones, common types of medical conditions associated with hair loss and treatment options.“Research shows that women who experience hair loss can also have other medical conditions like diabetes, acne and breast cancer,” said Dr. Valerie Callender, professor of dermatology at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. “By recognizing the signs of hair loss and seeing your dermatologist as soon as possible, you may be able to limit the progression, hold on to the hair you have, and discover any other...

How Metal Implants Could Mess Up Your Skin

17 March 2023
How Metal Implants Could Mess Up Your SkinFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients worry that receiving a metal implant might set off their metal allergy, according to the American Academy of Dermatology."Cases in which patients are inquiring about a metal allergy as it relates to their metal implants -- including joint replacements, rods, pins, screws, plates, certain neurologic and cardiac devices such as pacemakers, and dental devices -- are becoming more prevalent as medical implants become more common,” said Dr. Golara Honari, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at Stanford School of Medicine. About 10% of Americans will receive a medical implant during their lifetime. Millions of people in the United States report having a metal allergy.Metal, especially nickel, is one of the most common...

FDA Advisors Back Full Approval of Paxlovid

17 March 2023
FDA Advisors Back Full Approval of PaxlovidFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Paxlovid, a medication that has helped millions of high-risk COVID patients avoid hospitalization and death since late 2021, moved one step closer to getting full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.An FDA advisory panel voted 16-1 that the Pfizer drug remains a safe and effective treatment and should be given full approval. It has only received emergency use authorization until now, but the FDA is expected to make a final decision on full approval by May, the Associated Press reported.The vote was not a surprise, given that Paxlovid continues to be a well-used treatment while other drugs no longer work against a mutated virus. While data for healthy adults shows the drug makes no meaningful difference, it shows...

'Artificial Pancreas' Technology Boosts Blood Sugar...

17 March 2023
`Artificial Pancreas` Technology Boosts Blood Sugar Control for Young Kids With Type 1 DiabetesFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Just like adults, young children with type 1 diabetes may get the blood sugar control they need using an "artificial pancreas," new research shows. The Control-IQ artificial pancreas system was tested in a clinical trial in children aged 2 to 6. Using the technology developed at the University of Virginia (UVA), these children spent approximately three more hours per day in their target blood sugar range compared with those in a control group.“After the resounding success of Control-IQ technology in people ages 6 and up, it is very rewarding to see our youngest patients, and often the most challenging patients to help, benefit as well,” said study author Marc Breton, a UVA School of Medicine researcher. “With these results, we have now...

Dementia Risk Rises for Elite European Soccer Players

17 March 2023
Dementia Risk Rises for Elite European Soccer PlayersFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s well-established that American football players can suffer significant brain impacts as they age.Now, new research shows that elite European soccer players are also more likely than the average person to develop dementia.Men in the Swedish top soccer division between 1924 and 2019 were 1.5 times more likely to develop neurodegenerative disease than those in a control group.The study of more than 6,000 players found they had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.They did not, however, have any increased risk for motor neuron disease, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease). And they had even lower risk of Parkinson’s disease than a control group matched by...

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