Study: Opioid overdose 14 times more likely in general public than cancer survivors
Cancer survivors have a lower risk for a fatal opioid overdose -- from prescription pain medications or illegal drugs -- than those without the disease, an analysis published Thursday by JAMA Oncology shows. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain model links herpes virus to development of Alzheimer's disease
Bio-engineered models of the human brain infected with herpes simplex virus-1 develop many of the same characteristics found in Alzheimer's disease, according to a new analysis published by Science Advances. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. ICUs could still be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, analysis says
Communities across the U.S. still need to expand hospital capacity to manage new COVID-19 cases, even as some states loosen social distancing restrictions, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Network Open says. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Face-aging app increases sunscreen use among teens by 50%, study finds
A face-aging app could encourage young people to protect their skin from harmful UV rays and lessen their risk for skin cancer, a study published Wednesday by JAMA Dermatology has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: 40% of U.S. teens are sexually active
The CDC estimates that 40 percent of U.S. teens are sexually active -- 42 percent of females and 38 percent of males 15 and 19 years of age -- numbers that have dropped significantly since 1988. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. rural areas soon might be on front lines in COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has left a path of destruction in urban centers throughout the northeastern United States, but the next outbreak hotspots could have even deadlier effects in rural areas. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: ACE inhibitors, ARBs don't increase risk for COVID-19
Certain high blood pressure medications may be linked with more serious illness from COVID-19, but they don't increase a person's risk for getting the disease, a new study published Tuesday by JAMA Cardiology reports. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

British researchers evaluate asthma, COPD drug for COVID-19
Interferon beta, a drug originally developed to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is being explored as a possible cure for the severe lung infections caused by COVID-19, media reports confirmed Monday (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patient portals need proxy options for better privacy protection, study finds
More patient portals and electronic health records should enable users to create " proxy " accounts for nurses and home aids to prevent unintentional sharing of personal health details, researchers said Monday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers discover microbe that could control spread of malaria
A microbe found in mosquitoes that appears to block malaria could be used to control spread of the disease in humans, according to researchers in Kenya and Britain. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Analysis suggests states need to plan for second wave of COVID-19
Leaders across the United States should plan for a worst-case scenario, second wave to the COVID-19 pandemic, including no vaccine availability or herd immunity, say experts at the University of Minnesota. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves remdesivir to treat COVID-19
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted emergency use authorization to the antiviral remdesivir to treat COVID-19. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: Nearly 5,000 workers at meat processing plants diagnosed with COVID-19
Nearly 5,000 workers in 115 meat processing workers across 19 states have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood test may effectively spot multiple cancers
A new blood-test approach for cancer screening was able to identify 26 previously undetected cases of the disease, according to the findings of a new study published Friday by the journal Science. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicide risk high in first year after brain cancer diagnosis
People with brain cancer are at increased risk for suicide compared to the general population, particularly within the first year following diagnosis, a new analysis has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood clots, skin lesions among newly identified possible COVID-19 symptoms
Blood clots, skin rashes and other lesions might be among the symptoms some people experience with COVID-19, according to new research released Thursday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poverty, lack of insurance can make heart failure prognosis worse, AHA says
Poverty and poor or non-existent health insurance coverage might worsen the effects of heart failure, the American Heart Association said Thursday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Foodborne illnesses rise 15% in U.S. in 2019, CDC says
Infections caused by contaminated food are up 15 percent across the United States, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer patients on Medicaid might not benefit from experimental treatments, study finds
Cancer patients on Medicaid or who don't have insurance benefit less from experimental treatments, even if they get into clinical trials, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Monoclonal antibody used for arthritis may help severe COVID-19, study suggests
Tocilizumab, a drug used to treat some forms of arthritis, might be an effective treatment for those with severe cases of COVID-19, according to the preliminary findings of a study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cigarettes, vaping cause similar damage to blood vessels, study finds
E-cigarette users experience similar damage to their arteries and blood vessels as smokers of traditional cigarettes, an analysis published Wednesday by the Journal of the American Heart Association has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA might grant emergency approval of remdesivir for COVID-19
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration might grant emergency approval for the antiviral drug remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19 following new clinical trial results that suggest the drug could help some patients. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Google searches for malaria drug spiked after Trump, Musk endorsements
Google search activity for the malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine increased 442 percent and 1,389 percent following high-profile claims that the malaria drugs were effective against COVID-19. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cancer may double risk for serious illness, death with COVID-19, study finds
A multi-national team of researchers has determined that cancer patients were nearly twice as likely to experience severe symptoms from COVID-19 and twice as likely to die as a result of infection. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Limiting COVID-19 spread in prisons benefits inmates, surrounding communities
Prisons are designed to keep criminals away from the general public, but if inmates become infected with COVID-19 they face serious potential health consequences -- and walls and barbed wire won't contain the virus. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Improved economic status doesn't always bring better heart health, study finds
Upwardly mobile adults, those with lower incomes earlier in life who rose up the socioeconomic ladder, had significantly less stress and depression than those less fortunate, but had a higher risk for metabolic syndrome. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

On-the-job stress raises risk for peripheral artery disease, study finds
Stress on the job may increase a person's risk for peripheral artery disease, according a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Later school openings allow teens to get needed sleep, study finds
An analysis found that adolescents and teens at two high schools that delayed the school day by an hour or so had around 40 minutes more sleep per night and needed less extra sleep on the weekends. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

App may help clinicians adjust to new ventilators for COVID-19 treatment
Researchers and caregivers at the Cleveland Clinic have developed a mobile app designed to help their colleagues across the country understand how to use different types of ventilators. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rising prices push up out-of-pocket drug costs for arthritis patients on Medicare
While reforms to Medicare in the 2010s closed the " donut hole " coverage gap for many beneficiaries, leading to reductions to out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications, those savings have started to disappear. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smart contact lens accurately monitors blood sugar in rabbits, human tests next
An international team of researchers has found that a remotely operated, smart contact lens was able to effectively monitor blood sugar, or glucose, levels while also controlling drug delivery for diabetic retinopathy. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

20% of children on lockdown in China suffer depression, anxiety, study finds
One in five children in China confined to their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic have depression and anxiety, suggests data published Friday, and experts say socioeconomic differences in the U.S. may make it worse. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA issues warning on heart-related side effects of malaria drug for COVID-19
The FDA on Friday issued a warning about serious and life-threatening side effects of chloroquine and it's sister drug hydroxychloroquine, including heart rhythm problems seen in multiple clinical trials. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, CDC says
Nearly half of all American adults have high blood pressure, according to new figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 count revisions in China suggest it's more contagious than thought
Studies published this week provide a clearer picture of the scope of the COVID-19 outbreak in China, suggesting that the virus is more contagious than thought -- but that social distancing can work to limit its spread. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Remdesivir doesn't help COVID-19 patients, leaked study suggests
The antiviral drug remdesivir -- touted as a potential treatment for COVID-19 since early March -- did not improve symptoms or prevent death in patients with the disease, according to the results of a trial in China. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

33% of cancer survivors, partners trapped in jobs for health insurance
In a report published by JAMA Oncology, researchers found that just under 20 percent of cancer survivors, and nearly 11 percent of spouses or partners of cancer survivors, remained with an employer for health insurance. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicide attempts, deaths up sharply over last decade
A rising number of Americans has attempted suicide in recent years -- and increasing numbers have died -- according to a new analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Psychiatry has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Young people at lower risk for COVID-19, can still transmit the virus
Children and adolescents infected with the new coronavirus tend to suffer from mild COVID-19 symptoms, but their role in disease transmission remains unclear, new research findings released Wednesday reveal. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Number of Americans with high cholesterol declines by 30%, CDC reports
New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday suggests that the number of Americans with high cholesterol may be declining. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC to implement contact tracing initiative to bolster COVID-19 response
The Trump administration has announced plans to send teams working under the direction of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to all 50 states to conduct COVID-19 contact tracing. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves at-home COVID-19 test
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved a new test for COVID-19 that allows users to collect their own samples for evaluation, and is expected to be available in the next few weeks. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

64% of FDA-approved meds pass through streamlined processes
Two-thirds of drugs approved in recent years by the FDA have passed through " fast-track " programs, according to an analysis published Tuesday, making new drugs available faster but with less rigorous testing. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New York ramps up COVID-19 antibody tests to gauge scope of outbreak, immunity
New York started collecting blood samples Monday from 3,000 randomly selected people for antibody testing as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poison control calls for cleansers, disinfectants up 20% during pandemic
Calls to poison control centers across the United States " increased sharply " at the beginning of March, likely as a result of the increased use of disinfectants and cleaning products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study: Less screen time, more play may could reduce autism-like symptoms as kids age
Spending more time playing -- and limiting their screen time -- may help reduce risk for developing autism-like symptoms as they age, a new study has found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental health issues 66% more likely in kids if mother had pre-eclampsia
Pre-eclampsia and other high blood pressure disorders experienced during pregnancy may increase a child's risk for mental health disorders later in childhood, a study published in the journal Hypertension suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women receive fewer medications than men after heart attack
Women receive fewer medications after a heart attack and are more likely to die than men, a study by the European Society of Cardiology said on Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UCSF test for COVID-19 may provide results in under 45 minutes
A 30- to 45-minute test to identify and diagnose the COVID-19 virus is under development, University of California at San Francisco scientists announced. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adjusting a key brain receptor could control binge drinking
Deactivation of a stress-signaling system in the brain, the opioid receptor system, can decrease binge drinking, scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina report in a new study with mice. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news