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U.S. Proposes to Make COVID Shot Annual, Much Like Flu Shot

U.S. Proposes to Make COVID Shot Annual, Much Like Flu ShotMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday asked its vaccine advisory panel to weigh a proposal to turn COVID vaccines into an annual shot for most Americans.Such a move would simplify future vaccination efforts, a critical point given the fact that efforts to get people to get COVID booster shots have fallen far short of expectations. While over 80% of Americans have had at least one dose of the original COVID-19 vaccine, only 16% of those over the age of 5 have gotten the updated booster shots that were approved last August, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The committee will consider the FDA proposal at its Jan. 26 meeting. If it recommends the concept be turned into policy and the agency follows those...

In New Documentary, Michael J. Fox Describes Hiding...

23 January 2023
In New Documentary, Michael J. Fox Describes Hiding Parkinson`s, Struggles With AlcoholMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Actor Michael J. Fox details his experiences with Parkinson’s disease, including turning to alcohol and pills in an attempt to cope, in a new documentary. Fox, 61, has had the degenerative brain disorder since 1991, but didn’t disclose it publicly until 1998. The star — best known for the “Back to the Future” movies — said he was an alcoholic in the early days and also took dopamine pills like candy while trying to hide symptoms of his condition, such as tremors."Therapeutic value, comfort — none of these were the reason I took these pills. There was only one reason: to hide," Fox says in the documentary "Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie." "I became a virtuoso of manipulating drug intake so that I'd peak at exactly the right time and...

Many Patients Aren't Getting Best Quality Lung Cancer...

23 January 2023
Many Patients Aren`t Getting Best Quality Lung Cancer Surgery: StudyMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A surgeon's skill has a direct impact on whether a patient will survive early-stage lung cancer.Unfortunately, many surgeons are failing to follow a playbook that increase the odds of a successful outcome, a new study argues.The quality of surgery for lung cancer varies widely across the United States, and patients whose procedures fall short of treatment guidelines suffer significantly worse outcomes, said lead researcher Dr. Brendan Heiden, a thoracic surgeon at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis."When you do all of those things, patients have much better outcomes," Heiden said of treatment standards. "We know what to do, and the key is to do it as often as we can. We're never going to reach 100%, but there is room for...

Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating Disorders

23 January 2023
Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating DisordersMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Most people think of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia as afflictions of teenagers, but a new study finds that older women are also vulnerable to developing them, especially around menopause.The main driver of eating disorders in older women? Body dissatisfaction, the researchers found.When researchers looked at eating disorder symptoms among 36 women aged 45 to 61, they found that body dissatisfaction was a key risk factor for eating disorders across the lifespan, especially in midlife. Perimenopausal and early post-menopausal women were more likely to report a fear of gaining weight or losing control of their eating. Perimenopause is the transition before menopause that may be marked by irregular or skipped periods, among other...

Only Half of Folks With Stool Test Positive for Colon Cancer Get Follow-Up Colonoscopy

23 January 2023
Only Half of Folks With Stool Test Positive for Colon Cancer Get Follow-Up ColonoscopyMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Many people undergo a stool test to screen for colon cancer but a new study finds too few follow up with a colonoscopy when that test warns of a possible cancer.Not following up undermines the point of screening, said study-co-author Jeff Mohl, director of research and analytics for the American Medical Group Association, a trade organization.In this study of almost 33,000 people at average risk for colon cancer, just 56% who had a positive result from a stool test had followed up with a colonoscopy within a year. Poorer people and the COVID-19 pandemic were associated with lower follow-up rates."Obviously, that's a huge problem," said Mohl. "If you're trying to estimate how many lives are saved, you're assuming that everyone gets follow-ups if...

AHA News: Intensive Blood Pressure Control May Lower Risk For Cognitive Problems in More People

23 January 2023
AHA News: Intensive Blood Pressure Control May Lower Risk For Cognitive Problems in More PeopleMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- Several years ago, researchers published in JAMA a promising discovery: intensively lowering blood pressure appeared to reduce the risk for cognitive decline in people 50 and older with high blood pressure. But questions remained about whether the strategy was safe or effective in people whose diastolic blood pressure – the bottom number in a blood pressure reading – was low. Some data suggested intensive control might raise the risk for dementia in this group.A new study led by researchers in China suggests otherwise. The findings, published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, show no evidence that intensive systolic (top number) blood pressure control is harmful to people whose diastolic blood...

Home Drug Infusions Can Be Dangerous, But Many Home Care Staff Aren't Trained

23 January 2023
Home Drug Infusions Can Be Dangerous, But Many Home Care Staff Aren`t TrainedMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Intravenous (IV) lines are generally associated with medical centers — picture a patient in a hospital bed, an IV drip-dropping needed fluids, nutrients and medicines into their arm.But millions now are receiving IV treatments at home, and a new study warns that not enough people are being properly trained to watch out for potentially dangerous IV-associated infections.There are no standard protocols for training home care nurses, caregivers or the patients themselves how to watch out for and report signs of infections caused by IV lines, said co-author Dr. Sara Keller, an assistant professor of infectious disease at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.“There are more patients receiving home infusion therapy now...

Is Rest Really Best After a Child Has a Concussion?

23 January 2023
Is Rest Really Best After a Child Has a Concussion?MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When kids suffer a concussion, an extended period of rest at home is always the best course, right? Perhaps not.In fact, a new study suggests that -- despite what many people may presume -- getting kids back to school quickly is the best way to boost their chance for a rapid recovery and better outcomes.The finding stems from a look at post-concussion outcomes of more than 1,600 children between the ages of 5 and 18."There has been minimal research to date that provides guidance to clinicians, parents and schools regarding an appropriate time for youth to return to school after a concussion," said study leader Christopher Vaughan, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children's National Hospital in Rockville, Md.The current guidance, he said, is...

Omicron Silver Lining: Fewer, Milder Cases of MIS-C in Kids

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 Omicron variant caused fewer cases of a rare but sometimes deadly complication for children than the earlier Delta variant did, new research...

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli In Trouble Again for Forming...

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) – “Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli may have violated a judge’s order banning him from being involved in the pharmaceutical industry, the U.S. Federal...
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