Health Tip: Know the Risk Factors for Lower Back Pain
-- About 80 percent of Americans will have lower back pain at some point in their lives, the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates. Lower back pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing sensation that... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Protecting Yourself From Sexual Assault
-- No one can prevent all instances of sexual assault. But the U.S. Office on Women's Health says there are things you can do to stay safer. Here are the agency's suggestions: Get to know someone well before spending time alone with him or her. Go... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 11, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Here's Another Good Reason to Not Pick Your Nose
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- Your Mom told you not to do it, and new research confirms that nose-picking isn't healthy for you or those around you. In a study involving 40 adults, British researchers found that the bacteria behind potentially lethal... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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As Hurricane Michael Hits Florida, Experts Urge Safety
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- As category 4 Hurricane Michael slammed into northern Florida on Wednesday, the National Safety Council offered residents steps to stay safe. First, the council urges those in the storm's path to monitor its progress and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Is Kidney Dialysis Always Needed When Septic Shock Strikes?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- When serious infection gives rise to septic shock, the resulting plunge in blood pressure can cripple kidney function, necessitating immediate dialysis. But clinicians know that not all patients need it, because in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Major Childbirth Complications More Likely for Black Women
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- Black women have the highest risk of life-threatening birth complications in the United States, a new study finds. Compared to whites, black women had a 70 percent higher rate of major birth problems, the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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A-Fib Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- A common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation, may speed up mental decline in older adults, new research suggests. If you have atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, your heart beats irregularly. This means blood can pool... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Weight-Loss Surgery Linked to Fewer Delivery Complications
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- Obesity makes pregnancy complications more likely. But new research suggests that women who've undergone weight-loss surgery might have a safer delivery. " We know that obesity and overweight are dangerous in connection... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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AHA: The Study and Town That Changed the Health of a Generation
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- It's been 70 years since a small, middle-class community 23 miles west of Boston became the linchpin in helping to solve the mysteries of heart disease. Smoking. Cholesterol. Blood pressure.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Eczema Drug Dupilumab Helped Regrow a Girl's Hair -- Could It Help Others?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- A 13-year-old girl who has been without hair on her scalp since the age of 2 has seen significant regrowth ever since taking a drug meant to help ease her eczema, doctors say. Dr. Maryanne Makredes Senna of Massachusetts... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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An Eczema Drug, Dupilumab, Helped Regrow a Girl's Hair -- Could It Help Others?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- A 13-year-old girl who has been without hair on her scalp since the age of 2 has seen significant regrowth ever since taking a drug meant to help ease her eczema, doctors say. Dr. Maryanne Makredes Senna of Massachusetts... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Therapy Dogs Can Spread MRSA, But Antibacterials Help Prevent the Danger
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- While therapy dogs can help ease anxiety for kids with cancer, they may also carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can put patients at risk for serious infections. Cleaning the dogs with antibacterial shampoo and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Smoggy Air Tied to Higher Odds for Mouth Cancers
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- Living in urban areas with heavy air pollution could increase your risk for mouth cancer, a new study says. Middle-aged men living in 64 municipalities throughout Taiwan were more likely to develop oral cancer if they... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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As Hurricane Michael Nears, Expert Warns of Gas-Powered Generator Dangers
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- Hurricane Michael, now a powerful category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall in northern Florida Wednesday. And as with every such storm, power outages will occur, along with the risk of deadly carbon monoxide (CO)... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Can Intermittent Fasting Help Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- Occasional fasting may help control type 2 diabetes, a small Canadian study suggests. " The use of a therapeutic fasting regimen for treatment of [type 2 diabetes] is virtually unheard of, " said Dr. Jason Fung, of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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The Ideal Weight Makes for a Healthier Pregnancy
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- If you're overweight and thinking of starting a family, there's compelling evidence that you should lose the excess pounds before you get pregnant. For starters, some health conditions associated with being overweight,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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E-Cigs Continue to Spark Debate Over Health Risks/Benefits
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 -- With sales of electronic cigarettes skyrocketing, Americans remain divided on whether the devices are a boon or a threat to public health. That's the main finding of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll that surveyed over 2,000... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Highlights: Oct. 10, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Trump to Sign Bills Lifting Drug Price'Gag Orders'on Pharmacists Two bills that allow U.S. pharmacists to disclose drug prices to customers... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Understanding Migraines
-- A migraine headache can be so painful that it prevents you from doing most daily activities. About 12 percent of Americans get frequent migraines, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Sufferers are more likely to be women, have a family... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Evaluating Your Child's Handwriting
-- A child who has trouble with handwriting may be at risk of developmental problems that could hinder the child's ability to learn, the American Occupational Therapy Association says. An occupational therapist can evaluate the underlying components... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Hospital Privacy Curtains May Be Home to Dangerous Germs
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can collect dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers report. In a new study, investigators assessed the rate of bacterial contamination on 10 freshly laundered privacy curtains... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Storing Insulin in Home Fridges May Lower Effectiveness
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Many diabetes patients store their insulin at the wrong temperature in their fridge and that could reduce its effectiveness, a new study says. Insulin should be stored in a refrigerator at between 36 and 46 degrees... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Type 1 Diabetes Often Misdiagnosed in Adults
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- It's not always easy -- even for doctors -- to tell if someone has type 1 or type 2 diabetes when they're diagnosed as an adult. And a new study finds mistakes are common. That's what happened to British Prime Minister... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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AHA: Stroke Care Gains in Puerto Rico Falter After Hurricane Maria
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- A project aimed at improving the inequalities in stroke care between Puerto Rico and the mainland did just that -- until Hurricane Maria roared ashore last September and further hobbled the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Seniors, Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Falling
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- One in four Americans 65 and older falls each year, with some ending up in hospitals or even dying. But new research suggests that it's possible to avoid some of these serious injuries. When seniors who are at risk of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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AHA: Some Gut Germs May Help Recovery After Heart Attack
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- The tiny microbes located inside the intestines could play a critical role in heart attack recovery, according to a new study that found gut bacteria helpful in repairing the damage after a heart... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Early Pushing in Childbirth Won't Hurt Mom or Baby, Study Finds
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Expectant moms will want to read this. Pushing sooner during childbirth is just as safe for most women and babies as pushing later, researchers report. The best time to start pushing during labor has been a matter of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Don't Overlook Heart Care After Cancer Diagnosis
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they've had cancer, a new study finds. A-fib is an irregular, often rapid... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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HPV Vaccine Approved for People Through Age 45
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the Gardasil 9 human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been expanded to include people ages 27 through 45, the agency said in a news release. Gardasil 9, approved in 2014 for... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Four Myths About Breast Cancer Debunked
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- There are four common myths about breast cancer that can affect prevention and treatment of the most common type of cancer in American women, an oncologist says. The first is believing you're not at risk because no one in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Lose Excess Pounds, Lower Breast Cancer Risk?
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Dropping weight might do more than make an older woman feel good. New research suggests it could lower her odds of breast cancer. The study included over 61,000 postmenopausal women with no prior breast cancer and normal... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Gallstone Risk: Study
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- The quick weight loss that occurs after bariatric surgery seems to have an unintended consequence -- a greater risk of gallstones, a new study suggests. The rapid loss of pounds was linked to a 10-fold increase in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Hey Home Exercisers, Sometimes Gym Classes Offer Added Benefits
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- There's nothing like the convenience of working out at home or going for a walk on your schedule. But taking classes at a gym or fitness center could hold some motivational magic for you. And you don't have to give up your... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Putting Faith in Blood Pressure Control for Black Patients
TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 -- For black Americans striving for lower blood pressure, churches may provide the answer to their prayers. " African-Americans have a significantly greater burden of hypertension and heart disease, and our findings prove that... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Exercise More
-- Lack of motivation, time, energy, and the costs associated with many workout programs may limit your desire to exercise more. The National Institute on Aging suggests how to overcome these potential obstacles: Exercise first thing in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Preventing Lyme Disease in Pets
-- People aren't the only ones who are vulnerable to Lyme disease. Fido or Fluffy also could contract the illness from an infected tick. The American Kennel Club says Lyme disease occurs the most often in the Northeast, the Upper Midwest and on the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Highlights: Oct. 9, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Polio-Like Condition in Children on Rise Again in U.S. A rare, polio-like condition in children is on the rise again in the United States, with... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Could Impotence Be in Your Genes?
MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 -- Scientists report they have uncovered the first evidence that erectile dysfunction may have genetic underpinnings. In the study, the researchers analyzed data from hundreds of thousands of men. The investigators found gene... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Study Sees No Link Between Gout Drug, Kidney Disease
MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 -- The gout drug allopurinol may offer some protection from kidney disease, according to a new study that upends traditional beliefs. Some doctors hesitate to prescribe the drug to patients because of concerns it may raise... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Tips for Enhancing the Spa Experience
MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 -- While a weekend (or longer) retreat can be very rejuvenating, day spas have made it possible for almost everyone to enjoy a short escape from life's stresses. Take these simple steps to make the most of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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One-Third of'Gluten-Free' Restaurant Foods in U.S. Are Not: Study
MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 -- If you're gluten-sensitive, watch out: One-third of the " gluten-free " foods sold in U.S. restaurants actually contain trace levels of the substance, new research suggests. The finding will be of particular concern to the 1... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Teach Your Kids Tolerance
-- As the world becomes more diverse, parents should teach their children how to be open and respect the differences between people, the Nemours Foundation says. It offers these suggestions: Demonstrate your own respect for others. Kids are always... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Prevent Mold Growth at Home
-- Mold can thrive in places from logs and fallen trees to bathrooms and kitchens, the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology says. It notes there are about 1,000 species of mold. Here are the group's suggestions for limiting mold... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Breast Cancer Screening Just May Save Your Life
SUNDAY, Oct. 7, 2018 -- Breast cancer screening is the most reliable way to detect the disease when it's at an early stage and is most treatable, experts advise. " Today, there is greater awareness of the disease, and breast cancer is being detected... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Clinical Trials Need More Volunteers
SATURDAY, Oct. 6, 2018 -- Although clinical trials are the only way to test the mettle of new drugs and medical devices, just 1 percent of Americans participate in such trials, research experts say. " Participating as a healthy volunteer is one way... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 6, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Drowsy Driving as Risky as Drunk Driving
FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 -- Getting too little sleep at night? If so, your odds for a car crash are rising, new research suggests. Crash risk is highest if you get fewer than four hours of shuteye a night, scientists found. That's like driving with a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Today's Go-Go World Too Much for Too Many Hearts
FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 -- Weekday mornings are no longer the most common time for cardiac arrest, as an ever stressful world means hearts are stopping suddenly at all times of the day, new research shows. " While there are likely several reasons to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

First User-Fitted Hearing Aid Approved
FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 -- The first hearing aid that doesn't require the assistance of an audiologist or other health care provider has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Bose Hearing Aid is a user-fitted device for people... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Half of Antibiotics Given Without Infection Diagnosis
FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 -- After years of public health warnings about antibiotic misuse, a new study suggests the problem is far from being solved. Researchers found that of more than 500,000 antibiotic prescriptions they analyzed, nearly half were... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Does Aspirin Help Prevent Liver Cancer?
FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 -- Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help. The researchers found that taking two or more standard-dose (325 milligram) pills a week was associated with a 49... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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