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2023

Antiviral Meds Could Help Ease or Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Kids, Study Finds

Antiviral Meds Could Help Ease or Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Kids, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Recent research has suggested that viruses could play a role in the loss of pancreatic beta cells, which triggers type 1 diabetes. Now, a new trial finds antiviral medications, when given soon after a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, might help preserve those vital beta cells.Antiviral drugs could be “used alone, or as part of combination treatment regimens, to rescue insulin-producing beta cells at diagnosis of type 1 diabetes,” said a team that presented their findings Tuesday at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, in Hamburg, Germany. The research was published simultaneously in the journal Nature Medicine.So-called beta cells in the pancreas produce insulin. But in some cases, a runaway...

Largest-Ever Study of Suicide Genetics Gives Clues to...

4 October 2023
Largest-Ever Study of Suicide Genetics Gives Clues to Who`s at RiskWEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research has discovered 12 gene variants that may be tied to an increased risk of attempting suicide. These genes also may have links with physical and mental health woes, including chronic pain, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), lung conditions and heart disease. The researchers hope this finding, published online Oct. 1 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, will lead to better understanding of the biological causes of suicide. “Many people who die from suicide have significant health conditions associated with that risk,” said study corresponding author Anna Docherty, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) at the University of Utah. “If we can use genetic information to...

Major Drug Companies Agree to Price Negotiations With...

3 October 2023
Major Drug Companies Agree to Price Negotiations With U.S. GovernmentTUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Pharmaceutical companies that make the 10 prescription drugs chosen to be the first for price negotiations for Medicare patients have agreed to talks with the government.The Biden administration announced Tuesday that the drugmakers, including Merck, Bristol Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson, will take part in price negotiations despite ongoing lawsuits over this same requirement, NBC News reported.This negotiation is a component of the Inflation Reduction Act, which allows Medicare to work with the drug companies to reduce prices for older Americans. Negotiations are to occur next year with resulting prices going into effect in 2026.The first 10 drugs named by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services include diabetes drug Januvia,...

Tea Drinkers May Gain Better Blood Sugar Control

3 October 2023
Tea Drinkers May Gain Better Blood Sugar ControlTUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking dark tea daily may help balance blood sugar levels and stave off type 2 diabetes, the form of the disease most closely tied to obesity.This is the main message from a new study that looked at tea-drinking habits and diabetes risk among people in China.Folks who drank dark tea every day had a 53% lower risk of developing prediabetes and a 47% reduced risk for type 2 diabetes when compared to people who never drank tea. Prediabetes refers to blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes yet.Dark tea is an aged tea from China that has gone through an extensive fermentation process and is rich in healthy bacteria or probiotics that may improve gut health.The new study wasn’t designed to say...

AI Gets High Marks From Doctors in Answering Medical Questions

3 October 2023
AI Gets High Marks From Doctors in Answering Medical QuestionsTUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The ChatGPT artificial intelligence (AI) program could grow into a source of accurate and comprehensive medical information, but it’s not quite ready for prime time yet, a new study reports.ChatGPT’s responses to more than 280 medical questions across diverse specialties averaged between mostly to almost completely correct, according to a report published online Oct. 2 in JAMA Network Open.“Overall, it performed fairly well as far as both accuracy and completions,” said senior researcher Dr. Douglas Johnson, director of the Melanoma Clinical Research Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tenn.“Certainly, it was not perfect. It was not completely reliable,” Johnson continued. “But at the time we were entering the...

Spending on Kids' Mental Health Keeps Rising

3 October 2023
Spending on Kids` Mental Health Keeps RisingTUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- In yet another reminder of the psychic toll the pandemic has taken on young people, new research shows spending on mental health services for U.S. children and adolescents has risen sharply since 2020.It climbed 26% for youths aged 19 and younger between March 2020 and August 2022, the RAND Corp. study found. Among a large group whose families had employer-provided insurance, use of mental health services increased by 22%.Use of telehealth for young patients skyrocketed more than 30-fold in the early days of the pandemic and remained 23 times higher than normal by August 2022. In-person care stood at 75% of pre-pandemic levels by that time.“Our findings suggest that telehealth care for mental health filled a critical need for pediatric...

Seniors, Here Are the Meds That Can Harm Your Driving Skills

3 October 2023
Seniors, Here Are the Meds That Can Harm Your Driving SkillsTUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Some common medications -- including antidepressants, sleep aids and painkillers -- may dull the driving skills of seniors, a new study finds.Many different medication classes have been linked to the risk of driving impairment, as anyone who has ever read the label warning "do not operate heavy machinery" might have guessed.But the new study took a particularly rigorous approach to investigating the issue -- following older adults for up to 10 years and testing their driving skills with annual road tests.And it turned out that those using certain classes of medications were at greater risk of failing the road test at some point.When older folks were taking either antidepressants, sedative/hypnotics (sleep medications) or non-steroidal...

Loneliness Could Raise Risk for Parkinson's, Study Finds

3 October 2023
Loneliness Could Raise Risk for Parkinson`s, Study FindsTUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Loneliness can leave many feeling desolate, but new research now suggests it may also leave people vulnerable to Parkinson's disease.Among more than 490,000 people listed in the UK Biobank who were followed for up to 15 years, loneliness appeared to increase the chances of a Parkinson's diagnosis by 37%."The association between loneliness and incident Parkinson's disease was not due to shared genetic, clinical or behavioral risk factors," said senior researcher Angelina Sutin, a professor in the department of behavioral sciences and social medicine at Florida State University's College of Medicine in Tallahassee.Although this study can't prove that loneliness causes Parkinson's disease, there appears to be a connection, Sutin said."We show that...

Following One Death, FDA Warns Hospitals About Giving...

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Federal regulators are cautioning doctors not to give probiotics to preterm infants.An infant given probiotics at an undisclosed hospital has died, U.S....

Surgeons Seeing More 'Mutilating' Hand Injuries With New...

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A popular type of off-road vehicle known as a “side-by-side” has been linked to high rates of severe hand injuries, according to a new...
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