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Otters offering different form of therapy
At a California animal sanctuary, otters and children are swimming together. But this isn't just a cute romp in the pool, it's a form of therapy. Chris Martinez explains. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pill could reduce HIV risk by 86%
A drug that reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will be given to NHS patients in England. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Statins NEWS: Millions taking controversial heart drug UNNECESSARILY report confirms
STATINS might not be worth suffering the side effects as it's revealed millions are taking the controversial heart drug unnecessarily. What are statins and the new updated research and news explained. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For Trauma Use -- Dried Blood Powder, Just Add Water For Trauma Use -- Dried Blood Powder, Just Add Water
It may be a decade before it becomes a reality, but artificial blood cells could be life-saving on the battlefield and for trauma victims.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Insurers ’ Flawed Directories Leave Patients Scrambling for In-Network Doctors
Those shopping for coverage find that many doctors listed are not participating in the network, are not taking new patients or charge extra fees. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JAY HANCOCK Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Source Type: news

Novartis says 82 percent of leukemia patients in remission after CAR-T
(Reuters) - An experimental cancer therapy being developed by Novartis AG eliminated an aggressive form of blood cancer in 82 percent of children and young adults treated with modified immune cells in a mid-stage trial, the company said on Saturday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

HIV 'game-changer' now on NHS
A drug that dramatically reduces the risk of being infected with HIV will now be given to patients by the NHS in England. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named
Many parents and teachers report that schools won't use the word dyslexia. Why might this be? And what is the Department of Education doing about it? (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gabrielle Emanuel Source Type: news

Immune System, Unleashed by Cancer Therapies, Can Attack Organs
Immunotherapy drugs have been hailed as a breakthrough in cancer treatment, but doctors are finding that what makes them effective is also what poses serious risks. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MATT RICHTEL Tags: Immune System Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Cancer Melanomas Clinical Trials Source Type: news

Revalued: Inner Peace in the Palm of Your Hand, for a Price
The company behind Headspace, an app that offers meditation techniques to the frazzled, is finding an audience. But some worry about a conflict between profit and science. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DAVID GELLES Tags: Headspace Puddicombe, Andy Pierson, Richard Meditation Source Type: news

Lung cancer treatment NEWS: Breakthrough drug given green light for use on NHS
LUNG cancer sufferers will now have access to a potentially life-saving new drug pembrolizumab, also known as Keytruda, after NICE recommends it for routine NHS use. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morning Rounds: Combating Zika, impact of psilocybin, and more
CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula join "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the first possible case of locally transmitted Zika in Texas, the impact of psilocybin, a hallucinogenic drug used on cancer patients dealing with anxiety and depression, and more. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wales' top-paid locum doctor paid £183,000 in 2015-16
Wales' top-earning locum doctor was paid £183,000 in 2015-16, with the amount spent on temporary workers across Wales doubling in three years. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whitehorse artist turns off 'dark, winter blues' with new light sculpture
Emma Barr opens up her biggest art exhibit to date and unveils her newest art invention that can be used to help combat depression. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes NEWS: Incurable condition Charcot foot explained
TYPE 2 diabetes can be managed with a healthy diet and exercise, however if it is not well managed it also comes with a number of serious complications such as foot amputations. Signs and symptoms of Charcot foot explained. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Can Coconut Oil Help Treat Psoriasis?
What is psoriasis and what causes it? Learn about coconut oil, if it can be used to treat psoriasis, and other treatments that are available. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eczema / Psoriasis Source Type: news

'B' And 'D' Learning Process Debunks Dyslexia Jumbled-Letters Myth
Many believe dyslexia is about jumbled letters, but experts say that's not quite right. This story explores what's happening in the brain that causes those backward letters. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gabrielle Emanuel Source Type: news

Three bizarre (and potentially brilliant) ideas about music and health from TEDMED
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Walking around TEDMED 2016, I couldn't help but think of The Lonely Island song “Incredible Thoughts.” You know, the faux-philosophical rap that pokes fun at the world of Silicon Valley and big ideas with lines like “A Milk Dud sitting in the acid rain,” “Imagine if a fish could play guitar,” and “What if […]Related:White, rural drug users lack needle exchange programs to prevent HIV infectionsZika surfaces in Texas, likely to be first local transmissionMany LASIK patients may wind up with glare, halos or other visual symptoms, study suggests (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Minnesota woman with rare illness develops allergies to everything — including her husband
For someone battling a life-threatening illness, being surrounded by loved ones can be a source of strength and recovery. But for Johanna Watkins, a Minnesota woman locked in a desperate struggle for survival, being close to others is not an option. Watkins suffers from a particularly brutal strain of mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), a […]Related:Three bizarre (and potentially brilliant) ideas about music and health from TEDMEDThree cancer patients explain how a psychedelic drug eased their fearsWhite, rural drug users lack needle exchange programs to prevent HIV infections (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ottawa discusses a national drug plan and a large HIV vaccine trial gets underway: CBC's Health Newsletter
Second Opinion is a vital dose of the week's news in health and medicine, from reporter Kelly Crowe and CBC Health. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

600 clinicians report seeing threats, intimidation in Canadian operating rooms
More than 600 surgeons, nurses and other operating room clinicians reported witnessing or experiencing bullying behaviour in Canadian operating rooms in the past year, according to a new study by researcher at the University of Manitoba. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Manitoba Source Type: news

3-parent-baby procedure replaces faulty mitochondrial DNA
A new therapeutic technology designed to prevent women from passing on debilitating disorders to their babies has worked successfully in a small, proof-of-concept experiment. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: White wine may raise melanoma risk
New study suggests alcohol intake should be considered a risk factor for melanoma, after finding white wine may be independently linked to the skin cancer. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Community groups keep us mentally sharp as we age
Staying involved in civic groups throughout adult life could help stave off cognitive decline, according to a new, large-scale longitudinal study. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Seniors / Aging Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Bipolar Psychosis: Symptoms, Treatment, and Outlook
What is bipolar disorder and what is psychosis? Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar psychosis as well as other symptoms and complications. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bipolar Source Type: news

Lung cancer treatment approved: Breakthrough drug given green light for use on NHS
LUNG cancer sufferers will now have access to a potentially life-saving new drug pembrolizumab, also known as Keytruda, after NICE recommends it for routine NHS use. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experimental drug being tested for Lewy body dementia
The treatment is the first ever drug developed to treat the disease, which is less common than Alzheimer's but often just as devastating (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Huddersfield scientists have finally worked out exactly how probiotics work
Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have managed to shed light inside the black box of probiotics to uncover the mechanism by which live bacteria boost the gut's defenses. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Americans split on organic, genetically modified foods
Attitudes about organic and GM foods aren't tied to political views, level of education or income, Pew researchers found (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VA dental patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis
Nearly 600 patients who received dental care at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs medical center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and C and now face an anxious wait to find out if they were infected. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

G.O.P. Plans Immediate Repeal of Health Law, Then a Delay
Congressional Republicans plan to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they are also likely to delay the effective date. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR, JENNIFER STEINHAUER and THOMAS KAPLAN Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Republican Party Law and Legislation Health Insurance and Managed Care United States Politics and Government Source Type: news

Drug being tested for Lewy body dementia
Less well known than Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia causes memory loss, hallucinations and other symptoms in about 1.5 million Americans, including the late Robin Williams. Now researchers are testing the first drug that could help. Stephanie Stahl reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New data on risk vs benefit for potent CAR-T cancer drugs
(Reuters) - A promising but risky new group of customized cancer drugs will be in focus this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), where clinical trial results will help clarify their potential for doctors and investors. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

24-hour work shifts can wreak havoc on the heart
A small study found lack of sleep affected blood pressure and heart rate in healthy volunteers (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors: Rethink advice to “drink plenty of fluids" when sick
In certain cases, over-hydrating can be just as dangerous as not drinking enough liquids, experts warn (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. pushes to close lead testing gaps, echoing Reuters report
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. states must do more to ensure that all children enrolled in the Medicaid health care program are tested for lead poisoning, a U.S. Government agency said this week, acknowledging major gaps in screening that were highlighted in a recent Reuters investigation. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Another Miami Neighborhood Now Zika-Free
Only one area in South Miami Beach still considered an active zone for local transmission of the virus, officials say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hampshire mother's joy as her sons who were born at 23 weeks
Born at just 23 weeks, triplets Alfie, Dylan and Connor from Havant, Hampshire, collectively weighed less than 3lb — little more than a bag of sugar and doctors warned of serious health issues. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Testosterone treatment to cure sexual dysfunction 'raises risk of blood clots by 63%'
In the first six months after starting testosterone, men have a 63 percent higher risk of clots in the legs and lungs than they did before beginning treatment, the German study found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can a jab of stem cells repair damage caused by a heart attack?
Owen Palmer, 54, a father of four and a software manager from South-East London, became one of the first to try the new treatment, which involved a small cup of stem cells from his bone marrow. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Globe: Braintree Father Builds Drug Company To Battle Son ’ s Cancer
BOSTON (CBS) – A Braintree father whose son was battling neuroblastoma, an especially dangerous form of childhood cancer, teamed with a doctor and some high-powered help to create a drug company dedicated to saving the lives of children. In 2004, Pat and Dina Lacey’s six-month-old baby Will was discovered to have a tumor the size of a baseball in his chest. When Will relapsed at the age of two, the Laceys were told to focus on his quality of life. “Quality of life means how do you want your child to die?” Pat Lacey said in an interview with The Boston Globe. But the Laceys were not going to give up hope. T...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Boston Globe Cancer Paula Ebben Will Lacey Source Type: news

Wisdom teeth removal: When is it necessary?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thalidomide: Research advances in cancer and other conditions
Thalidomide is infamous for the birth defects it caused. So why are doctors still prescribing it? (Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - December 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The New Old Age: Older Adults Are Still Skipping Vaccinations
People once vigilant about immunizing their children aren ’ t nearly as careful about protecting themselves as they age. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PAULA SPAN Tags: Shingles (Disease) Vaccination and Immunization Elderly Influenza Health Insurance and Managed Care Source Type: news

Saturated fat is good for you according to University of Bergen study
In a study by the University of Bergen, volunteers' 'good' cholesterol levels increased only on when they were on a very-high-fat diet. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Higher blood clot risk after starting testosterone treatment
(Reuters Health) - - Men may have an increased risk of blood clots after they start taking testosterone to treat sexual dysfunction, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sandy Hook PSA warns of subtle signs of gun violence
Evan finally bumped into the girl he'd been searching for over the entire school year. They had been leaving each other notes on a desk, neither knowing the identity of their mysterious pen pal. But the much-awaited encounter was cut short when a single gunman appeared behind them at the school's gym entrance. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Electric Blue Polar Cloud Season Came Early This Year
Noctilucent clouds, high-altitude clouds that appear to glow in the sky at night, usually show up in the Southern Hemisphere summer. Satellite images showed them covering Antarctica in early November. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Americans Don't Trust Scientists' Take On Food Issues
A new survey finds strong public support for organic food, and suspicion of GMOs — regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic. Also, people don't trust scientists much at all. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news