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19Oct
2023

Living Alone Raises Americans' Cancer Risk by Nearly a Third

Living Alone Raises Americans` Cancer Risk by Nearly a ThirdTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People who live alone have a greater risk of dying from cancer, a new study warns.Researchers from the American Cancer Society showed that U.S. adults who live alone had a 32% higher risk of cancer death than those who live with others. For men that was even higher, at 38% greater risk, while women living alone had a 30% higher risk. The data was particularly concerning for middle-aged adults, those ages 45 to 64, who had a 43% higher risk of cancer death than those living with others.“Previous studies have shown an association between living alone and cancer mortality, but findings by sex and race/ethnicity have generally been inconsistent, and data by socioeconomic status are sparse,” said study author Hyunjung Lee, principal scientist...

Amazon to Test Drones to Deliver Prescriptions to Your Door

19 October 2023
Amazon to Test Drones to Deliver Prescriptions to Your DoorTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Soon, you may be able to step out on your front porch and wait for your prescription medication to drop from the sky. On Wednesday, Amazon Pharmacy announced that it is starting to test speedy prescription drug delivery by drones in selected locations.“We’re taught from the first days of medical school that there is a golden window that matters in clinical medicine,” Dr. Vin Gupta, chief medical officer of Amazon Pharmacy, said in a company news release. “That’s the time between when a patient feels unwell and when they’re able to get treatment. We’re working hard at Amazon to dramatically narrow the golden window from diagnosis to treatment, and drone delivery marks a significant step forward. Whether it’s an infectious...

Better Health Care Access Is Helping People With Down...

19 October 2023
Better Health Care Access Is Helping People With Down Syndrome Live LongerTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with Down syndrome have a critical lifeline in Medicaid insurance, new research confirms.But the publicly funded insurance program will have to respond to rising numbers of older adults with Down syndrome, researchers say.“As more people with Down syndrome survive to older ages, the Medicaid system needs to be ready to serve this population with tailored, sensitive, and comprehensive care,” study co-author Eric Rubenstein, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, said in a school news release.The study authors noted that life expectancy has increased substantially for people in the United States who have Down syndrome, from a median age of 4 years old in the 1950s to 57 years old in...

Extra Antibiotic With Hip, Knee Replacement Won't...

19 October 2023
Extra Antibiotic With Hip, Knee Replacement Won`t Prevent Infections: StudyTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of people undergo joint replacement surgery every year. To prevent infection, doctors often give them a second antibiotic -- but new research suggests this can backfire.Adding a second antibiotic at the time of hip and knee replacement surgery may actually increase infections, researchers in Australia found.“Given the number of joint replacements performed in Australia and globally, our trial has answered the important about whether more antibiotics are better for our patients having joint replacement surgery: with the definitive answer being 'no,'" said study lead Trisha Peel, a professor of infectious diseases at Monash University's Central Clinical School."This trial will have a significant impact on practice,” Peel said in a...

Telemedicine Could Improve Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

19 October 2023
Telemedicine Could Improve Treatment for Opioid Use DisorderTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Telehealth may be a powerful way to get people with opioid use disorder to take -- and stay on -- medication to treat their addiction.Researchers report that those who started buprenorphine treatment via telehealth had an increased likelihood of staying in treatment longer compared to those who started the treatment in another setting.“This study suggests that telehealth may increase treatment access and retention, strengthening the evidence that receiving addiction care through telehealth is to be safe and beneficial, and that it should be made available to those who need it,” said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). “To quell the unprecedented loss of life from the overdose crisis, we must...
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