Study: Medicare spends millions on cancer treatments without clinical benefit
Medicare spent nearly $600 million over a three-year period for cancer care involving four Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs later found to provide no clinical benefit for certain forms of the disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 patients can incur thousands of dollars in hospital bills, researchers say
People hospitalized with COVID-19 incur $4,000 in out-of-pocket expenses for care, on average, even with healthcare insurance, a study published Monday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts: Meals given to the poor often score low on healthy eating scale
Accessing healthy, nutritious food remains challenging for people living in poverty in the United States, even among those who receive meals at work or school, experts said Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk for pregnancy complications higher during COVID-19 pandemic, study finds
A pregnant person's risk for complications, such as gestational diabetes, gestational high blood pressure, poor fetal growth and preeclampsia, increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, a study shows. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Consumption of ultra-processed food rising in U.S., study finds
People in the United States are eating more ultra-processed foods now than they were 20 years ago, a study published Thursday by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Babies born to mothers with diabetes at higher risk for psychiatric disorders, study finds
Children born to mothers with diabetes during pregnancy are at higher risk for mental health disorders as they grow into adulthood, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preterm childbirth raises risk for high blood pressure among mothers, study finds
Women who give birth prematurely are about twice as likely to develop high blood pressure over the next 10 years compared to those who deliver their babies full term, a study published by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mixing COVID-19 vaccines for boosters safe, effective, study finds
Mixing COVID-19 vaccines for boosters is safe and effective, according to the results of a National Institutes of Health-led study released Wednesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some antibiotics may kill 'helpful' gut bacteria, study finds
Tetracyclines and macrolides, two commonly used classes of antibiotics, stop beneficial gut bacteria from growing and ultimately kill them, a study published Wednesday by Nature found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Sleep issues linked to mental health disorders
People with mental health disorders are more likely to have sleep problems than those who do not have the disorders, a study published Tuesday by PLOS Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Older adults shouldn't start daily aspirin to prevent heart attacks, experts say
People age 60 and older should not start taking aspirin daily to prevent heart attacks and strokes because of the increased risk for internal bleeding, according to new draft recommendations. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Triptans give best pain relief for migraines, but have more side effects than newer drugs
A class of drugs called triptans remains the most effective treatment for migraines, an analysis of data from more than 60 studies published Monday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Monoclonal antibody from AstraZeneca lowers risk for serious COVID-19, company says
An experimental drug developed by AstraZeneca reduces the risk for serious illness or death from COVID-19, company officials announced Monday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Older blood pressure drug may reduce Alzheimer's disease risk, study finds
A diuretic commonly used to treat high blood pressure may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease in people who have a high genetic risk, a study published Monday by Nature Aging found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rural high school students have easier access to handguns, are more suicidal, study in Colorado finds
Teens living in rural areas are about twice as likely to report having easy access to handguns compared with their urban-dwelling peers, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Masking, social distancing cut flu cases among children by 99% in Ohio, study finds
Use of facemasks and social distancing to control COVID-19 cut the spread of the flu among kids by 99% in the 2020-21 winter season in northern Ohio -- similar to what happened in most of the U.S. -- a new study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

20 cases of bacterial infection linked to use of unapproved stem cell therapies, report finds
Twenty people who used umbilical cord blood-derived products marketed as stem cell therapies at clinics across the United States developed serious bacterial infections, a report published by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fewer young children vaccinated against measles, whooping cough during pandemic, study finds
Many parents of younger children in the United States chose not to keep them up to date with routine vaccinations during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a study published Thursday JAMA Pediatrics found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Worker stress high during pandemic, particularly among health staffs, study finds
People's stress levels have been high across the board since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but particularly so for healthcare workers, women and those age 50 and younger, a study published by PLOS ONE. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

People with allergies may be more likely to have mental health disorders, study finds
People with asthma, atopic dermatitis and hay fever may be more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders, a study published by Clinical and Experimental Allergy found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Younger COVID-19 patients more likely to recover smell, taste, study finds
People under age 40 who lose their sense of smell and taste due to COVID-19 are more likely to recover them than older adults, a study published Tuesday by the American Journal of Otolaryngology found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood thinners, diabetes drugs among leading causes for medication-related ER visits, study finds
Taking blood-thinners and diabetes drugs at higher-than-recommended doses or in error often leads to health complications that bring older adults to hospital emergency rooms, a study published Tuesday by JAMA found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Black people in U.S. at higher risk for heart disease, study finds
Black adults in the United States are at higher risk for developing heart disease than people of other racial or ethnic groups, a study published Tuesday by JAMA found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study suggests statins may worsen Type 2 diabetes symptoms
Adults with Type 2 diabetes on statin therapy may need to adjust their diabetes treatment to avoid worsening symptoms, a study published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk for myocarditis after COVID-19 vaccination among adults very low, study finds
The risk for developing heart-related complications after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine among adults is very low, particularly for women, according to the authors of a study published Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers question role of insulin-boosting drugs in Type 2 diabetes
Drugs prescribed for Type 2 diabetes may actually increase insulin resistance in the body by boosting production of the hormone to unhealthy levels, causing the disease to worsen, researchers from Boston University said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physical activity loses out to screen time for U.S. kids, teens during pandemic, study says
Children age 6 to 17 had about four hours per day of " screen time " on mobile devices, computers or gaming systems daily during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States last fall, according to a survey. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: More than half of police-linked deaths in 40-year period unreported, misclassified
More than half of deaths from police violence during a nearly 40-year period went unreported or misclassified, a new study says, with Black people 3.5 times more likely to die from police violence than White people. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC, FDA data find 2 million current teen e-cigarette users
More than 2 million middle school and high school students in the United States reported currently using e-cigarettes in 2021, according to data released Thursday by the FDA and CDC. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children less likely to get 'long COVID,' but still at risk, study finds
Fewer than one in 10 children and teens with COVID-19 still has lingering neurological and psychological effects of the virus five months after becoming infected, a study posted online found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC urges pregnant people to get vaccinated against COVID-19
Fewer than one-third of pregnant people in the United States are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Fewer men receive testosterone replacement therapy after FDA warnings
Use of testosterone replacement therapy among older men in the United States declined after warnings over the risks to those with heart disease, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Half of severe COVID-19 patients have symptoms after a year, Wuhan study finds
Older people and those who suffer more serious illness initially are more likely to experience lingering symptoms of COVID-19 up to one year after getting infected, a study published by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts: 'Living with COVID-19' model unlikely to work in U.S.
COVID-19 cases and deaths will likely decline in the United States through next March, suggesting the worst of the pandemic may be over, experts said. But does that mean that the country can live with the virus safely? (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers: Refer patients for COVID-19 testing based on 7 symptoms
Seven symptoms can be used to diagnose COVID-19, particularly in areas in which testing kits are in short supply, an analysis published Tuesday by PLOS Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC finds reactions to booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine similar to second
Side effects reported among recipients of COVID-19 vaccine boosters are similar to those seen after the second dose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Epidural use during delivery linked to minimal autism risk, studies find
Using an epidural for pain management during childbirth does not significantly increase newborns' risk for later developing autism spectrum disorder, according to the authors of two separate studies published by JAMA. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diets high in produce boost mental health in children, teens, study finds
Children who eat a diet high in fruit and fruit and vegetables have better mental health, a study published Monday by the journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention& Health found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Highest blood lead levels seen in children living in poverty, study finds
Children living in poverty are more likely to have high levels of lead in their blood than those of other socioeconomic backgrounds, a study published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pot abuse didn't increase in states that legalized recreational marijuana, study says
Marijuana abuse has not increased in states that have enacted laws legalizing recreational forms of the drug, a study published Monday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Most COVID-19 outbreaks in Arizona schools tied to no mask requirements
Arizona schools without mask requirements for students and staff were nearly four times more likely to experience a COVID-19 outbreak than those who mandate face coverings, according to data released Friday by the CDC. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: EKG may predict life-threatening illness in hospitalized COVID-19 patients
Changes in heart function observed on electrocardiograms of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or influenza can help predict a time frame for worsening health, a study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One-third of initially vaccine hesitant ultimately obtain COVID-19 shot, study finds
Nearly one in three people who reported being reluctant to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine ultimately received at least one dose, a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 could make Guillain-Barre more likely for people at risk for disorder
People with COVID-19 may be at increased risk for developing Guillain-Barre syndrome, a study published Friday by the journal Brain found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Bisexual women more likely to report 'non-voluntary, forced' vaginal intercourse
Bisexual women are more likely to report experiencing male-perpetrated, " non-voluntary " or " forced " vaginal intercourse in their lifetime than heterosexual women, according to survey findings released by the CDC. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers identify new subtypes of metastatic prostate cancer
Researchers have identified two new subtypes of metastatic prostate cancer that respond differently to treatment, they reported in a study published Thursday by JAMA Oncology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lack of outdoor time likely impacted quality of life, sleep during pandemic, study finds
Roughly half of adults worldwide experienced declines in quality of life in 2020 because of restrictions intended to limit COVID-19 spread, a survey published Wednesday by the Journal of Sleep Research found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. stimulant deaths nearly triple in four-year period, mostly because of methamphetamine
Drug overdose deaths linked with illegal stimulants other than cocaine -- mostly methamphetamine -- nearly tripled between 2015 and 2019, an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Psychiatry found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Consuming dairy fat may not increase heart disease risk, study finds
People with diets high in dairy fat are at lower risk for heart disease than those who consume less fat from milk-based foods, a study published Tuesday by the journal PLOS Medicine found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Monoclonal antibody treatment reduces COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths
Treatment with monoclonal antibodies reduced the need for hospital care in adults at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19, a study published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news