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New Drug on the Horizon for Flu's Ills? 23Oct
2019

New Drug on the Horizon for Flu's Ills?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Flu sufferers may soon have a new antiviral drug on hand to ease their fever, chills and body aches. The new pill, which targets the genetics of influenza viruses, has...
Married Women Gained Most From Obamacare's Medicaid...

Married Women Gained Most From Obamacare's Medicaid...

23 October 2019
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Married people, especially women, benefited more than singles after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded Medicaid insurance coverage in the United States, a new study...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Married people, especially women, benefited more than singles after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded Medicaid insurance coverage in the United States, a new study finds. The ACA allowed states to expand Medicaid coverage for adults, and 25 did so by 2014. Since then, coverage rates have increased more in expansion states than elsewhere. But the impact of marital status -- an important predictor of health care access -- on coverage after Medicaid expansion has been unclear. "Gains in health insurance coverage from Medicaid expansion were greater for married persons, especially married women, compared to unmarried persons," said lead author Jim Stimpson, from Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia. In...
Obesity May Be Upping Rates of Pancreatic Cancer Worldwide

Obesity May Be Upping Rates of Pancreatic Cancer Worldwide

23 October 2019
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Rising rates of obesity and diabetes could be pushing up rates of pancreatic cancer across the globe, a new report suggests. Global rates of colon cancer are also on the...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Rising rates of obesity and diabetes could be pushing up rates of pancreatic cancer across the globe, a new report suggests. Global rates of colon cancer are also on the rise, although fewer cases are now proving deadly, researchers said. Colon cancer rates and pancreatic cancer deaths rose by 10% worldwide between 1990 and 2017, according to a new study of global trends in digestive diseases. Data from 195 countries also showed that pancreatic cancer cases increased 130% over the period -- from 195,000 cases in 1990 to 448,000 in 2017. While some of the increase can be explained by population growth and people living longer, even after the researchers factored in these population changes, pancreatic cancer cases still rose by 12% and...
Language Barriers May Mean Repeat Visits to the Hospital

Language Barriers May Mean Repeat Visits to the Hospital

23 October 2019
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Language barriers between doctors and patients may translate into return visits to the hospital for certain heart or lung conditions, a new study suggests. Conducted at...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Language barriers between doctors and patients may translate into return visits to the hospital for certain heart or lung conditions, a new study suggests. Conducted at two urban hospitals in Canada, the study found the heightened risks among patients with limited English skills who were suffering from either heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) -- which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Of heart failure patients, about 22% returned to the emergency department within 30 days of a previous trip; that compared with 15% of patients proficient in English. Their risk of hospital readmission was also higher, the findings showed. Meanwhile, COPD patients with limited English were not at greater risk of another...

AHA News: 5 Scary Health Facts to Spook You This Halloween

23 October 2019
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Spooky, scream-inducing characters whose health has clearly taken a turn for the worse – skeletons and ghosts, for example – are as much a part of Halloween fun as pumpkins and candy. But once the creepy decorations are put away, some frightening health facts can haunt us year-round – and should prompt us to take action. "There's been a lot of thought about how you motivate people to change," said Mercedes Carnethon, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "Sometimes scare tactics do work, like the anti-tobacco ads that showed the person smoking through a hole in her neck." Dr. Tyler Cooper, president and CEO of Cooper Aerobics, a comprehensive health and...
Interest in CBD Products Keeps Soaring, but Health Experts Wary
23 October 2019

Interest in CBD Products Keeps Soaring, but Health Experts Wary

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- CBD oil, CBD cookies, even CBD-infused massages: CBD (cannabidiol) seems to be everywhere nowadays, and a new study confirms it's one the hottest health trends for Americans. The research found that each month, as many as 6.4 million Americans head to Google to learn about or buy CBD -- equaling or surpassing interest in almost all other health products or topics. "CBD has become insanely popular," said study co-author Dr. John Ayers, vice chief of innovation in the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). "Three years ago, there was essentially no one searching about CBD online, but now there are an estimated 6.4 million unique searches each month," Ayers said in a...
Bedtime May Be Best Time for Blood Pressure Meds
23 October 2019

Bedtime May Be Best Time for Blood Pressure Meds

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Taking blood pressure medications at bedtime rather than in the morning nearly halves the risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke or heart failure, a large, new study finds. Researchers in Spain followed more than 19,000 adults with high blood pressure. They found that people who took all their blood pressure meds at night had lower blood pressure around the clock compared to volunteers who took their medication in the morning. "The findings are highly consistent regardless of sex, age, presence of diabetes or kidney disease, and other major known factors of increased risk," said study lead author Ramon Hermida. Hermida is director of bioengineering and chronobiology at the University of Vigo's Atlantic Research Center for Information...
Flavors Draw Young People to Lifetime Habit of Vaping, Study Shows
23 October 2019

Flavors Draw Young People to Lifetime Habit of Vaping, Study Shows

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tasty flavors entice young people to try e-cigarettes, getting them hooked on what can become a lifetime habit, a new study shows. "Children and youth prefer sweet flavors. We know that flavors increase appeal to young or inexperienced users," said lead researcher Andrea Villanti, an associate professor with the University of Vermont's Center on Behavior and Health. "Something that tastes like candy is more palatable to a young person than tobacco flavor on its own." Her team found that young people who first try a flavored vape, cigar or smokeless tobacco are much more likely to still be using that product a year later. For example, twice as many kids and young adults who first try a flavored e-cigarette will still be vaping a year...
FDA May Put Strong Warning on Breast Implants

FDA May Put Strong Warning on Breast Implants

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Before receiving breast implants, women should be told of the possible risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says in a draft proposal. The...
The Exercise Effect and Prediabetes

The Exercise Effect and Prediabetes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been told that your blood glucose is higher than normal and that you have prediabetes, your doctor is likely to first suggest lifestyle steps...
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