FDA approves $2.1M gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a $2.125 million treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic illness known as muscle-wasting disease that kills many babies before they turn 2. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Flu season wraps up as a few cases linger
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its last weekly influenza report Friday, and flu activity remained similarly low to last week. This caps off the longest flu season in a decade. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heroin, synthetic opioids fuel veterans' overdose spike, study says
Between 2010 and 2016, veteran deaths from opioid overdoses spiked 65 percent. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Car accidents may increase stroke, heart failure risk for older passengers
Older passengers may have a higher risk of heart failure or stroke following a car crash, new research shows. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New treatment lowers bad cholesterol in heart attack patients, study says
Within two to three hours, a procedure known as LDL apheresis drove down the bad cholesterol levels of heart attack patients by 50 to 80 percent. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study shows pesticide exposure may raise blood pressure in children
Elevated pesticide use to produce flowers during the Mother's Day harvest has been linked to high blood pressure in children living near fields in Ecuador. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poor diet may increase risk for preventable cancers
More than 80,000, or 5.2 percent, of invasive cancers diagnosed in the United States in 2015 may have been linked to diet-related causes, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Protocol reduced opioid prescriptions by 92 percent in cancer patients
Only 8 percent of urological cancer patients who undergo robotic surgery go home with opioid prescriptions after use of a new recovery protocol, as compared to 100 percent of patients who get the drugs normally. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exposure to common virus may increase risk for type 1 diabetes
Researchers say there may be triggers to the genetically linked type 1 diabetes, finding in a recent study that coxsackievirus may be one of those triggers. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aspirin unlikely to cause more brain bleeds for stroke patients
An aspirin regimen is safe for people who've suffered a stroke and does not cause additional brain bleeding, a new study says (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Youth cholesterol levels improve since 1999, but half still not ideal
Half of children and teens in the United States have unhealthy cholesterol levels, and one quarter have clinically high levels, but researchers say this still marks an improvement in the last two decades. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Esketamine nasal spray effective against treatment resistant depression
New research suggests esketamine nasal spray, a new antidepressant, is safe and effective for patients who have failed to respond to other types of treatment. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One in seven babies born too small, study says
More than 20 million newborns weighed less than 5.5 pounds in 2015, and many of them were born in middle- and low-income countries. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Few veterans use weight loss medicine despite great need, study says
Fewer than 1 percent of veterans who need of weight loss management medication actually use them, despite the growing weight problem among that group. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asthma app reduces children's hospital visits, study says
Families were able to reduce the number of asthma-related hospital visits for their children using the eAsthma Tracker, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most college alcohol policies fall short of 'most effective,' study says
More than half university alcohol policies fail to get the " most effective " rating from experts to reduce problematic drinking on college campuses (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH: Ultra-processed foods bring on overeating, weight gain
People who ate a diet of ultra-processed foods consumed more calories and put on more weight compared to those who ate a diet of minimally processed foods. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weight loss surgery in teen years may improve diabetes, blood pressure outcomes
After having weight loss surgery, a group of teens with obesity lost 26 percent of the body weight -- while the adults with obesity lost 29 percent of their weight (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotic therapy slows Alzheimer's disease in male mice
A long-term antibiotic treatment limited the growth of amyloid plaques in the brain by decreasing inflammation in the gut microbiome of male mice, researchers report in a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Long-term stroke rate down 50 percent for older adults
Over the long-term, strokes have dropped by 53 percent for adults older than age 55, and have declined by about 39 percent for people aged 35-55, according to new research. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pot legalization increases car crashes, injuries, but little effect on hospitalization
In Colorado, motor vehicle accidents went up by 10 percent, and alcohol abuse and overdoses that resulted in injury or death climbed by 5 percent, after marijuana was legalized in the state. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fast walkers may live longer, study says
People whose body weight range from underweight to obese have a longer life expectancy if they walk more briskly compared to those in the same weight category who don't. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Dialysis provider charges private insurers four times more than Medicare
Private insurers paid four times more to cover patients for dialysis treatment than government insurance programs. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lowering blood pressure may decrease stroke-related brain bleeding
Intensive blood pressure treatment may reduce the amount of deep brain bleeding in people who have a stroke -- which may help researchers and doctors lower the death rate from the condition. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most older adults don't ask doctors about dementia, survey says
Older adults may not be as worried about losing their memory as they should be, prompting concern from doctors that they won't seek help, a new study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Post surgery cardiovascular risk doubles with sleep apnea
People with severe obstructive sleep apnea have a 50 percent higher risk of dying 30 days after major surgery. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Tramadol carries higher risk for prolonged use than other opioids
Patients given a so-called " safer " opioid have a higher chance of prolonged use, even though the drug has a low risk of addiction, a new study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO recommends exercising, not smoking, healthy diet to prevent dementia
To reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, new guidelines released by the World Health Organization recommend people eliminate risk factors that bring on the deadly disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biological marker may indicate PTSD patients at risk for suicide
People with both PTSD and suicidal thoughts have high levels of metabotropic glutamatergic receptor 5 compared to those without those thoughts, which may help identify patients at greatest need for treatment. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study links low-dose aspirin to bleeding inside the skull
People without a history of heart disease and stroke who took low-dose aspirin were more likely to experience bleeding inside the skull, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

43 states, Puerto Rico sue drugmakers in generic price fixing
Attorneys general in 43 states and Puerto Rico have filed a joint lawsuit accusing drugmakers of fixing prices for generic drugs used to treat arthritis, diabetes and other ailments. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flu hospitalization rate rises slightly as overall flu activity fades
For the week ending May 4, only two states reported a higher level of flu activity, suggesting the flu season is starting to wrap up. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Legitimate opioid prescriptions increase risk for drug users who doctor shop
About one in every 200 people prescribed opioids in 2016 had a family member who sought medications from multiple prescribers and to fill them at multiple pharmacies, a practice known as doctor shopping. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stress may cause heart arrhythmia, even without genetic risk
Emotional stress may trigger an irregular heart beat, which can lead to a more serious heart condition later in life, new research shows. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gilead, HHS chief announce donation of HIV prevention drug Truvada
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar announced a deal this week for drugmaker Gilead Sciences to donate billions of dollars in HIV prevention drugs over the course of the next decade. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

One-third of statin patients still have bad cholesterol levels, study says
About one-third of people in taking statins to control low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, known as " bad cholesterol, " still have dangerously high levels in their blood. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chemotherapy demand will rise 50% by 2040, study says
By 2040, the number of people worldwide who will need chemotherapy to treat cancer could grow to 15 million. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins may reduce death risk from colorectal cancer
People who already used statins before receiving a colorectal cancer diagnosis had an 18 percent lower risk of dying from cancer (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Childhood inflammatory bowel disease raises cancer risk in adulthood
People had a 2.5 times higher risk of developing cancer if they had ulcerative colitis before they turned 18, new research shows. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Revised guidelines improve survival rates for traumatic brain injury patients
People suffering severe traumatic brain injury may have a better chance of surviving under revised guidelines for emergency medical responders, new findings show. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood test may help identify Alzheimer's disease, lead to new treatments
Researchers have found the number of fatty molecules in the blood may contribute to the build-up of the amyloid peptide in the brain (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes hospitalizations spike among young adults in U.S.
The hospitalization rate for diabetic ketoacidosis rose by 90 percent among teenagers in the United States entering adulthood, with researchers suggesting the availability of health insurance may have some effect. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Obamacare patients have more trouble getting mental health care
About 12 percent of people who signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act's exchange had trouble getting an appointment with a mental health care provider, a new study shows. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

First-time marathon training may 'reverse' blood vessel aging
After finished a marathon, the average runner's aortic vessels were four years younger than before they began training for the event (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Open heart surgery better than stents for multivessel disease, study says
People with multiple blocked arteries of the heart have a better chance for survival if they receive coronary grafting surgery, rather than stents, new findings show. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study suggests Alzheimer's is a double-prion disorder, may lead to new treatments
Two proteins central to Alzheimer's disease -- amyloid beta and tau -- act as self-propagating prions, with higher levels linked to early-onset forms of the disease in younger people, researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Walnuts may lower blood pressure, risk for heart disease
People who switched out 5 percent of saturated fat in their diets for walnuts had lower central diastolic blood pressure readings than those who didn't make the change. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes patients 40 percent more likely to be readmitted to hospital
Diabetes patients with blood sugar levels below 100 milligrams had higher 30-day readmission rates than those with normal levels. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Viagra-like drug slowed, reversed heart failure in sheep
An erectile dysfunction drug may be able to treat heart failure, a new study says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves sale of new electronic tobacco product
A new electronic tobacco device has been given the green light to enter the U.S. market, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday, adding that this does not mean it is either safe or FDA approved. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news