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2020

Rural Women at Higher Risk of Early Death From Heart Disease

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Women under age 65 with coronary artery disease are more likely to die if they live in rural areas of the United States, and premature deaths among them have surged, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed nationwide data on premature deaths from coronary artery disease between 1999 and 2017. While premature deaths decreased overall, they remained consistently higher in rural areas -- regardless of sex, race or age group. Roughly 20% of Americans live in rural areas. Deaths have not risen among men overall, but the rate in those 55 to 64 stopped improving in small to medium towns in 2011, and in rural areas in 2008, the study found. In rural areas, death rates due to coronary artery disease rose 11.2% for 55- to 64-year-old women...

Many Adults Delay Getting Help for Eating Disorders

21 April 2020
TUESDAY, April 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults may be waiting too long to seek help for eating disorders, a new study suggests. Researchers surveyed 300 young adults, ages 18-25, in Australia. They found the majority had eating, weight or body shape concerns. "Concerningly, only a minority of people with eating disorder symptoms had sought professional help and few believed they needed help despite the problems they were experiencing," said study co-author Dan Fassnacht. He's a psychology lecturer at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Reasons for not getting professional care include denial, concerns about losing control of their eating or weight, and not understanding the severity of their eating disorder. Feeling embarrassed or fearing that others don't...

Tukysa Approved for Unresectable, Metastatic...

20 April 2020
MONDAY, April 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday the approval of Tukysa (tucatinib) in combination with trastuzumab and capecitabine for treatment of advanced unresectable or metastatic human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer. Tukysa, a kinase inhibitor, is indicated for patients who have already received treatment with at least one anti-HER2-based regimen in the metastatic setting. Approval was based on results of the HER2CLIMB clinical trial, which enrolled 612 patients with HER2-positive advanced unresectable or metastatic breast cancer who had previously received treatment with trastuzumab, pertuzumab, and ado-trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1). Forty-eight percent of patients had brain metastases at trial...

Breast Milk May Help Shield Infants From Dangerous Viruses

20 April 2020
MONDAY, April 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers have long been told that breast milk is best for their baby, and now there's more evidence that breastfeeding helps protect babies against potentially harmful viruses. With the coronavirus pandemic on everyone's mind, the new research is especially timely. However, the report did not look specifically at the virus that causes COVID-19. For the study, the investigators analyzed the types and numbers of viruses in the first and subsequent stools of hundreds of newborns in the United States and Botswana. Immediately after birth, the babies had little or no evidence of viruses or bacteria, but their numbers were high by time the babies were a month old, the researchers found. Most of the first wave of viruses were beneficial...

Even During Pandemic, Childbirth Safest in Hospital, Doctors' Group Says

20 April 2020
MONDAY, April 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Having your baby in a hospital is the still the safest choice, even during the coronavirus pandemic, updated guidelines from a leading pediatricians' group say. "We recognize that women have different reasons for planning a home delivery, such as cultural or religious beliefs -- and right now, concerns over the coronavirus pandemic," guideline author Dr. Kristi Watterberg said in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). "We are providing information for physicians to share with expectant parents to help them understand the factors that increase the risks of home birth and recommend standards for newborn care," Watterberg added. "If a medical emergency does arise during birth at home, families should also be aware of the...
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