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24 May
COVID Can 'Rebound' After Treatment With Paxlovid, CDC Says

COVID Can 'Rebound' After Treatment With Paxlovid, CDC Says

COVID-19 can make a comeback after an infected person has gone through a round of Paxlovid, the antiviral used to minimize a bout with the coronavirus, according to an advisory issued Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Recent case reports do...

24 May
Cancer Patients Have Even Greater Need for COVID Boosters: Study

Cancer Patients Have Even Greater Need for COVID Boosters: Study

Cancer patients continue to face more risk from COVID-19, even if they've been vaccinated.

Although vaccination is effective for most people who have cancer (even though they're immunocompromised by the disease and their cancer treatments), its effectiveness wanes...

09 May
It's Getting Tougher to Find Spanish-Language Mental Health Services in U.S.

It's Getting Tougher to Find Spanish-Language Mental Health Services in U.S.

Mental health has become a hot topic during the pandemic, but some groups have been burdened by having too few services available even before the challenges of these past two years.

A new study found that while the Hispanic population in the United States grew by almost ...

06 May
COVID Drug Paxlovid Might Also Fight Long COVID

COVID Drug Paxlovid Might Also Fight Long COVID

An antiviral drug used to treat high-risk COVID-19 patients may also benefit patients with long COVID, researchers say.

Paxlovid has U.S.

02 May
Could Asthma Treatment Raise Your Odds for Obesity?

Could Asthma Treatment Raise Your Odds for Obesity?

Adults who suffer from asthma often need to take corticosteroids to open up their airways, but the medications may have an unintended side effect: New research shows the treatment, particularly when taken in pil...

02 May
Therapies That Can Help Ease Long COVID Breathlessness, Fatigue

Therapies That Can Help Ease Long COVID Breathlessness, Fatigue

Occupational therapy or low-impact exercise might be the key to relieving long-haul COVID symptoms like extreme fatigue, breathlessness and brain fog, a pair of new studies from Ireland suggest.

The studies reflect two different — in some ways, opposite — approaches ...

22 Apr
More DNA Errors Seen in Brain Cells of Alzheimer's Patients

More DNA Errors Seen in Brain Cells of Alzheimer's Patients

Genetic mutations build up faster in the brain cells of Alzheimer's disease patients than in other people, new research reveals.

The discovery could point the way to new Alzheimer's t...

20 Apr
Mesh Plug a New Option for Treating Tricky Aneurysms

Mesh Plug a New Option for Treating Tricky Aneurysms

A mesh plug normally used to treat one type of brain aneurysm is also effective when dealing with another type, a new study says.

Aneurysms are bulges in blood vessels that can cause a life-threatening rupture. They typically occur where a blood vessel forks into two bra...

12 Apr
How the 'Magic Mushroom' Drug May Tweak the Brain to Ease Depression

How the 'Magic Mushroom' Drug May Tweak the Brain to Ease Depression

Psilocybin — the active component in "magic mushrooms" — may help rewire the brains of people with depression.

Psychedelics including psilocybin have shown promise in treating many mental health disorders in recent years, and a

11 Apr
Sitting Tai Chi Helps Stroke Survivors Recover

Sitting Tai Chi Helps Stroke Survivors Recover

Sitting tai chi provides stroke survivors with recovery benefits similar to those achieved with standard rehabilitation, a new study finds.

04 Feb
More Destructive Variant of HIV Spotted in the Netherlands

More Destructive Variant of HIV Spotted in the Netherlands

If the pandemic taught the world nothing else, it's that viruses can mutate, potentially giving rise to new and more harmful variants.

Now, new research reveals that's exactly what has happened with HIV, the virus that c...

03 Feb
Could the 'Love Hormone' Help Drive Sex Addiction in Men?

Could the 'Love Hormone' Help Drive Sex Addiction in Men?

Men compelled to find myriad new partners and ways to have sex may be driven by high levels of the so-called "love hormone," oxytocin, new research suggests.

Oxytocin, which is produced by the...

03 Feb
Exercise Might Boost Outcomes for People Battling Esophageal Cancer

Exercise Might Boost Outcomes for People Battling Esophageal Cancer

Alan Holman didn't stop exercising when told he had cancer, and he's glad of it, now that U.K. researchers say moderate exercise may improve chemotherapy outcomes in esophageal cancer patients.

Holman, 70, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December 2016, shortly a...

01 Feb
'Dr. Chimp Will See You Now'? Primates Use Medicine, Study Suggests

'Dr. Chimp Will See You Now'? Primates Use Medicine, Study Suggests

Chimpanzees aren't monkeying around when they catch insects and place them on open wounds, researchers report.

An ongoing study of about 45 chimps in Loango National Park in Gabon is the first to document via video that such "healing" behavior is occurring, according to ...

28 Jan
Pre-Op Treatment May Be Advance Against Deadly Liver Cancers

Pre-Op Treatment May Be Advance Against Deadly Liver Cancers

When delivering a liver cancer diagnosis, Dr. Thomas Marron pulls no punches: "Liver cancer is one of the deadliest cancers," he tells patients.

Jeffrey Foster heard a similar message loud and clear when he was first diagnosed by another doctor with hepatocellular carcin...

28 Jan
In a First, a Robot Performs Laparoscopic Surgery on Pig Without Human Help

In a First, a Robot Performs Laparoscopic Surgery on Pig Without Human Help

A robot performed challenging keyhole surgery on pigs without any human help in what could be a major step toward fully automated surgery on people.

"Our findings show that we can automate one of the most intricate and delicate tasks in surgery: the reconnection of two e...

26 Jan
Saline IV Drip Just as Good as Pricier Options in Hospital ICUs: Study

Saline IV Drip Just as Good as Pricier Options in Hospital ICUs: Study

Saline intravenous (IV) fluids are as effective as more costly solutions in treating intensive care patients and keeping them alive, Australian researchers report.

"Just about every patient admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) will receive intravenous fluids for res...

24 Jan
Some Patients With Macular Degeneration Could Stop Monthly Eye Injections

Some Patients With Macular Degeneration Could Stop Monthly Eye Injections

Injection medications can save the vision of older people with macular degeneration, but the ongoing regimen is taxing. Now a preliminary study raises the possibility that some patients can safely be "weaned off" the treatment.

Researchers found that of just over 100 pat...

21 Jan
After Heart Attack, Cardiac Rehab Begins Road to Recovery

After Heart Attack, Cardiac Rehab Begins Road to Recovery

Your heart is in an incredibly vulnerable state if you've suffered a heart attack or are fighting heart failure, and cardiac rehabilitation could be an important part of your recovery.

Unfortunately, not enough older folks appear to be taking advantage of this life-savin...

21 Jan
Few Countries Do Well Caring for the Dying

Few Countries Do Well Caring for the Dying

Americans don't like to dwell on dying, so maybe it isn't surprising that compared to other nations, the United States does just a middling job of providing a good death.

The United States ranked in the middle of 81 countries rated on how well their health care systems p...

18 Jan
COVID-19 Treatments: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 Treatments: What You Need to Know

Two years into the pandemic, coronavirus treatments like monoclonal antibodies and antiviral pills have been approved to treat COVID-19, but it's hard to keep track of which ones still work, experts say.

For example, the monoclonal

14 Jan
For Transgender People, Starting Hormone Therapy in Teens Helps Mental Health

For Transgender People, Starting Hormone Therapy in Teens Helps Mental Health

Transgender people get greater mental health benefits if they start gender-affirming hormone treatment when they're teens instead of waiting until they're adults, a new study finds.

"This study is particularly relevant now because many state legislatures are introducing ...

13 Jan
Immune-Based Drug Fights Advanced Endometrial Cancer: Study

Immune-Based Drug Fights Advanced Endometrial Cancer: Study

A drug used to treat several types of cancer is also an effective treatment for aggressive forms of endometrial cancer, the second most common cancer in women worldwide, a new clinical trial shows. The endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus.

"These findings sugges...

22 Dec
FDA OKs Pfizer Pill as First At-Home COVID Treatment

FDA OKs Pfizer Pill as First At-Home COVID Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the emergency use of Pfizer's new antiviral pill Paxlovid in people who are at high risk for severe COVID-19. It's the first approved treatment for COVID-19 meant to be taken at home.

"Today's authorization in...

22 Dec
NYC's Overdose Prevention Centers Already Saving Lives

NYC's Overdose Prevention Centers Already Saving Lives

At least 59 overdoses were prevented in the first three weeks that two overdose prevention centers have been open in New York City, the city's health department said Tuesday.

During that time, there were more than 2,000 visits to the centers that are operated by OnPoint ...

22 Dec
Program Aims to Get Lifesaving Drugs to Kids With Cancer in Poorer Countries

Program Aims to Get Lifesaving Drugs to Kids With Cancer in Poorer Countries

A new program to boost the supply of cancer medicines for children in low- and middle-income countries has been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The hospital is making a six-year, $200 million investment to launc...

15 Dec
Drug Combo May Fight a Tough Form of Breast Cancer

Drug Combo May Fight a Tough Form of Breast Cancer

An experimental drug, added to chemotherapy, may benefit women with an aggressive form of breast cancer, suggests an early study offering much-needed good news.

The study involved women with "triple-negative" breast cancer, which accounts for about 15% to 20% of breast c...

15 Dec
Too Many Fertility Specialists Still Use a Painful, Useless Procedure: Study

Too Many Fertility Specialists Still Use a Painful, Useless Procedure: Study

Couples struggling to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF) sometimes are offered an often-painful procedure known as "scratching the womb" as a desperate last hope to get pregnant.

As many as one-third of IVF clinics offer the practice in Australia, New ...

14 Dec
Online Programs, Phone Apps Can Help Treat Depression

Online Programs, Phone Apps Can Help Treat Depression

People with depression symptoms might find some help from online programs or smartphone apps -- but the human component remains key, a new research review suggests.

Not everyone with depress...

14 Dec
Drug Can Keep Leukemia in Remission for Years in Younger Patients

Drug Can Keep Leukemia in Remission for Years in Younger Patients

For certain leukemia patients, some welcome findings: New research confirms long remissions after treatment with the drug ibrutinib and chemotherapy.

The study involved 85 patients with chr...

13 Dec
Could Gene Therapy Help Cure Sickle Cell Disease?

Could Gene Therapy Help Cure Sickle Cell Disease?

A gene therapy that could provide a permanent cure for sickle cell disease continues to show success through a third wave of patients, researchers report.

The therapy, LentiGlobin, restored normal blood function in 35 sickle cell patients who had the one-time procedure, ...

07 Dec
New Hormonal Pill May Boost Outcomes for Older Breast Cancer Patients

New Hormonal Pill May Boost Outcomes for Older Breast Cancer Patients

An experimental hormone therapy pill can effectively stall the progression of breast cancer, even in older patients whose tumors have mutated to make such therapy less effective, new trial results show.

The drug elacestrant reduced the risk of breast cancer progression a...

07 Dec
What's Behind Unexplained Epilepsy in Kids? A Gene Test May Tell

What's Behind Unexplained Epilepsy in Kids? A Gene Test May Tell

Genetic testing can help guide management and treatment of unexplained epilepsy in children, new research suggests.

"A genetic diagnosis impacted medical management for nearly three out of four children in our study," said study author Dr. Isabel Haviland. She's a postdo...

06 Dec
'Magic Mushroom' Drug Edges Toward Mainstream Therapy

'Magic Mushroom' Drug Edges Toward Mainstream Therapy

Tony Head was depressed and fearing death from stage 4 prostate cancer when, as part of a supervised scientific trial, he took a large dose of the psychedelic agent in "magic mushrooms," psilocybin.

Head donned a mask and headphones to shut out the world around him, and...

03 Dec
Do Immune-Based Cancer Drugs Work Better in Men?

Do Immune-Based Cancer Drugs Work Better in Men?

Women are two times more likely than men to die after receiving a combination of cancer immunotherapy drugs called checkpoint inhibitors, but it's not clear if that difference is due to side effects or because the treatment isn't working, researchers say.

This new class ...

29 Nov
FDA Approves Imaging Drug That Can Help Surgeons Spot Ovarian Cancers

FDA Approves Imaging Drug That Can Help Surgeons Spot Ovarian Cancers

Early detection of ovarian cancer helps boost a woman's survival, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new imaging drug that can help spot tumors during surgery.

The drug, Cytalux (pafolacianine), is meant to improve a surgeon's ability to detec...

29 Nov
New Insights Into What Might Drive Parkinson's Disease

New Insights Into What Might Drive Parkinson's Disease

A defect in the blood-brain barrier may play a role in Parkinson's disease, a groundbreaking research study suggests.

The blood-brain barrier acts as a filter to keep out toxins while still allowing the passage of nutrients to nourish the brain. This

24 Nov
Abortion Remains Medically Safe for U.S. Women

Abortion Remains Medically Safe for U.S. Women

Debate rages over access to abortion, but experts say the collected medical evidence makes one thing clear -- it is a fundamentally safe procedure for women.

Abortion is safer than childbirth and it's also safer than a host of other common procedures -- colonoscopy, tons...

22 Nov
People on Immune-Suppressing Meds Fare Equally Well With Severe COVID

People on Immune-Suppressing Meds Fare Equally Well With Severe COVID

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who take medications that suppress the immune system don't have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 than those with normal immune systems, a new study finds.

Early in the pandemic, it was feared that people taking immunosuppressive drugs were ...

19 Nov
Neurologists' Group Issues New Treatment Guidelines for Early Parkinson's

Neurologists' Group Issues New Treatment Guidelines for Early Parkinson's

Guidelines for treating movement problems in people in the early stages of Parkinson's disease have been updated.

The new treatment recommendations from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) focus on dopaminergic medications, which increase dopamine levels or mimic dop...

18 Nov
Gene Therapy Could Be Big Advance Against Hemophilia

Gene Therapy Could Be Big Advance Against Hemophilia

Gene therapy shows promise in reducing, and even halting, potentially life-threatening bleeding events in people with hemophilia, researchers report.

Hemophilia A is the most common inherited bleeding disorder, affecting one in 5,000 males worldwide. It's caused by a mis...

18 Nov
Gene Therapy May Reverse Hurler Syndrome, a Rare and Severe Illness in Kids

Gene Therapy May Reverse Hurler Syndrome, a Rare and Severe Illness in Kids

Gene therapy might soon offer a new option for children with a rare genetic disorder that damages tissues throughout the body, researchers are reporting.

In a study of eight children with the condition, called Hurler syndrome, researchers found that the gene therapy was ...

16 Nov
Pfizer COVID Pill to Be Made, Sold Cheaply in 95 Poor Countries

Pfizer COVID Pill to Be Made, Sold Cheaply in 95 Poor Countries

Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement for its promising COVID-19 antiviral pill to be made and sold cheaply in 95 developing nations.

The countries included in the licensing deal are mostly in Africa and Asia, and they account for more than half ...

16 Nov
Study Suggests a Better Blood Thinner Could Be Near

Study Suggests a Better Blood Thinner Could Be Near

For decades, doctors have struggled with the fact that the benefit of any blood-thinning pill came with the added risk of excess bleeding.

Now, an experimental anti-clotting pill called milvexian has been found to be effective in patients who had knee replacement surgery...

12 Nov
Exercise Helps Ease Arm, Shoulder Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

Exercise Helps Ease Arm, Shoulder Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

Arm and shoulder pain are common for women after breast cancer surgery, and beginning a supervised exercise program soon afterwards can go a long way to easing the discomfort, new research suggests.

As the team of British investigators explained, restricted shoulder move...

11 Nov
50 Years On, Real Progress in War Against Cancer

50 Years On, Real Progress in War Against Cancer

Since 1971, when the U.S. government made defeating cancer a goal and put major funding behind it, death rates for many cancers have plummeted, but some are increasing, according to a new American Cancer Society report.

Death rates for all cancers combined have decl...

11 Nov
Vibration Therapy May Help Body, Mind in People With MS

Vibration Therapy May Help Body, Mind in People With MS

Multiple sclerosis patients might be able to think more clearly and move more easily if they regularly undergo whole-body vibration training, a new pilot study reports.

A small group of MS patients who experienced vibration training showed improvements in decision making...

09 Nov
Ultra-Low Dose of Rituximab Safely Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis Over Long Term: Study

Ultra-Low Dose of Rituximab Safely Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis Over Long Term: Study

"Ultra-low" doses of the drug rituximab may be enough to keep some patients' rheumatoid arthritis under control for several years, a new, preliminary study suggests.

Researchers found that among 118 patients, low doses of the drug were comparable to standard ones in cont...

02 Nov
More Lung Cancer Patients Are Surviving, Thriving

More Lung Cancer Patients Are Surviving, Thriving

Mike Smith is beating the odds.

Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer back in 2016, the 56-year-old South Carolina resident says there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic as the "narrative of lung cancer changes from being a horrific, terminal disease to a chronic disease...

02 Nov
Almost 1 in 3 U.S. Seniors Now Sees at Least 5 Doctors Per Year

Almost 1 in 3 U.S. Seniors Now Sees at Least 5 Doctors Per Year

Nearly one-third of older U.S. adults visit at least five different doctors each year -- reflecting the growing role of specialists in Americans' health care, a new study finds.

Over the past 20 years, Americans on Medicare have been increasingly seeing specialists, rese...

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