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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, to...

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

THURSDAY, Nov. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- 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, calle...

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 surge...

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, res...

28 Oct
Cheap Antidepressant Might Help Keep COVID Patients Out of Hospital

Cheap Antidepressant Might Help Keep COVID Patients Out of Hospital

A cheap and widely available antidepressant drug called fluvoxamine may reduce COVID-19 patients' risk of serious illness requiring hospitalization, according to a new study.

The trial included almost 1,500 unvaccinated outpatients in Brazil. All of the patients tested p...

27 Oct
Shorter Course of Post-Op Radiation May Work Well for Prostate Cancer Patients

Shorter Course of Post-Op Radiation May Work Well for Prostate Cancer Patients

After prostate cancer surgery, men can safely undergo fewer radiation treatments at higher doses, a new clinical trial shows.

Researchers found that the shorter regimen — given over five weeks, instead of seven — did not raise patients' odds of lasting side effects.<...

26 Oct
Targeted High-Dose Radiation Helps Fight Advanced Lung Cancer

Targeted High-Dose Radiation Helps Fight Advanced Lung Cancer

High-dose radiation therapy may stall tumor growth in patients with advanced lung cancer who are not fully responding to drug therapies, a preliminary study suggests.

The study involved patients whose lung cancer was considered "oligoprogressive." That means the cancer h...

21 Oct
Moving Monoclonal Antibody Treatments for COVID From Hospital to Home

Moving Monoclonal Antibody Treatments for COVID From Hospital to Home

Antibody infusions help keep high-risk COVID-19 patients out of the hospital, but getting the therapy can be a challenge. One U.S. health system has found a creative way to address the problem: home infusions administered by paramedics.

Researchers found that the tactic ...

21 Oct
Ten Years On, Gene Therapy Still Beating Most Cases of 'Bubble Boy' Immune Disease

Ten Years On, Gene Therapy Still Beating Most Cases of 'Bubble Boy' Immune Disease

Nine of 10 patients with so-called "bubble boy" immune disease who received gene therapy about a decade ago are still disease-free, researchers report.

The gene therapy was developed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to treat the rare and deadly immune...

20 Oct
U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

The number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety and depression has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating what a leading medical association terms a "mental health tsunami."

That's the key takeaway from a nationwide survey of psychologists by the American P...

20 Oct
Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

Gender-Affirming Mastectomies Give Boost to Patients' Mental Health

Gender-affirming breast removal (mastectomy) can greatly enhance a patients' mental well-being, a new study finds.

Gender-affirming mastectomy is the most common type of gender-confirming surgery, but there's "not a lot of information out there about how exactly these ty...

19 Oct
Still Too Few Women in Stroke Treatment Clinical Trials

Still Too Few Women in Stroke Treatment Clinical Trials

Men still outnumber women in stroke therapy clinical trials, which means women may end up receiving less effective treatment, researchers say.

For the new study, investigators analyzed 281 stroke trials that included at least 100 patients each and were conducted between ...

14 Oct
'Feel Good' Hormone Won't Help Ease Kids' Autism, Study Finds

'Feel Good' Hormone Won't Help Ease Kids' Autism, Study Finds

Despite hints of promise from early research, a new clinical trial finds no evidence that kids with autism benefit from nasal sprays containing the "love" hormone oxytocin.

Researchers called the findings disappointing.

But they said the study also offers important...

14 Oct
Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?

Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?

The coronavirus pandemic forced a significant shift to telemedicine treatment for addiction, but it's not clear whether that approach is better than in-person care, a new study finds.

Before the pandemic, addiction treatment services in the United States had many restric...

12 Oct
Clot-Busting Drugs Safe in Stroke Patients When Brain Aneurysm Hasn't Ruptured

Clot-Busting Drugs Safe in Stroke Patients When Brain Aneurysm Hasn't Ruptured

Clot-busting drugs may be safe for certain stroke patients with brain aneurysms that haven't ruptured, researchers say.

An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of a blood vessel. In the new study, patients had suffered an ischemic stroke, which is caused by blocked blood flow...

07 Oct
1 in 7 Cancer Patients Worldwide Missed a Surgery Due to Pandemic

1 in 7 Cancer Patients Worldwide Missed a Surgery Due to Pandemic

In yet another illustration of how the pandemic wreaked havoc on medical care, a new report shows that 15% of adult cancer patients worldwide didn't get potentially lifesaving surgery due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

"Our research reveals the collateral impact of lockdowns on ...

04 Oct
'Personalized' Brain Zaps May Ease Tough-to-Treat Depression

'Personalized' Brain Zaps May Ease Tough-to-Treat Depression

Imagine battling debilitating depression for years, trying everything but finding little or no relief.

That's what Sarah, 36, lived with most of her adult life.

"I had exhausted all possible treatment options," recalled Sarah, who did not want her last name used. "...

01 Oct
Merck to Ask FDA for Emergency Approval of Its New Antiviral Pill for COVID

Merck to Ask FDA for Emergency Approval of Its New Antiviral Pill for COVID

Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. said Friday that it will seek federal approval for emergency use of its new antiviral pill molnupiravir, after a clinical trial showed the drug halved the risk of hospitalization or death when given to high-risk people shortly after infection w...

28 Sep
Tough Choices: Chemo That Can Save Kids With Cancer Can Also Damage Hearing

Tough Choices: Chemo That Can Save Kids With Cancer Can Also Damage Hearing

The cancer drug cisplatin can save children's lives, but often with the side effect of hearing loss. Now a new study shows that young children are especially vulnerable, and the hearing damage may begin early in the course of treatment.

The researchers said the find...

24 Sep
Saline Spray Could Slow COVID's Spread in the Lungs: Study

Saline Spray Could Slow COVID's Spread in the Lungs: Study

A saltwater solution may help stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus in its tracks, Brazilian researchers report.

However, although saline may keep the virus from replicating, it does not offer full protection against infection or a cure for COVID-19.

"It's not a single soluti...

17 Sep
Drug Might Stop Heart Trouble Linked to Sickle Cell Anemia

Drug Might Stop Heart Trouble Linked to Sickle Cell Anemia

Treating sickle cell anemia with the drug hydroxyurea may also reverse related heart abnormalities, a new study suggests.

Heart issues are common among people with sickle cell disease. Among them are enlargement of the heart and an impaired ability to relax heart muscles...

16 Sep
Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

As severe cases of COVID-19 rise and demand surges for monoclonal antibody treatments, the U.S. government is ordering more from two key suppliers.

Monoclonal antibodies, which are lab-engineered immune system proteins, can help trigger a healthy immune response against ...

30 Aug
Prescriptions Rise for Veterinary Drug for COVID Patients, Even Though It Won't Help

Prescriptions Rise for Veterinary Drug for COVID Patients, Even Though It Won't Help

Despite studies showing that it doesn't work against COVID-19, prescriptions for the anti-parasite drug ivermectin have climbed sharply in recent weeks as COVID-19 cases surge nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Prescriptions for what wa...

30 Aug
Monoclonal Antibody Combo Keeps High-Risk COVID Patients Out of Hospital

Monoclonal Antibody Combo Keeps High-Risk COVID Patients Out of Hospital

Treatment with two monoclonal antibodies lowers the odds of hospitalization for high-risk COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate illness, according to a new study.

"Our conclusion overall at this point is that monoclonal antibodies are an important option in treatment t...

27 Aug
FDA Approves First Nerve-Stimulation Device to Aid Stroke Recovery

FDA Approves First Nerve-Stimulation Device to Aid Stroke Recovery

A first-of-a-kind nerve stimulation treatment for people who have problems moving their arms after a stroke has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"People who have lost mobility in their hands and arms due to ischemic stroke are often limited in thei...

26 Aug
Could Electrode 'Pulses' Cut Back, Leg Pain Without Drugs?

Could Electrode 'Pulses' Cut Back, Leg Pain Without Drugs?

A new approach to spinal cord stimulation may drastically reduce chronic back pain, a small pilot study suggests.

The study, of 20 patients with stubborn low back pain, tested the effects of implanting electrodes near the spinal cord to stimulate it with "ultra-low" freq...

23 Aug
Age Can Impair a Man's Odds for Fatherhood: Study

Age Can Impair a Man's Odds for Fatherhood: Study

It's no surprise to hear that women's fertility wanes as their biological clock ticks away.

But do men have a biological clock, too?

New research shows it's not exactly the same, but their likelihood of fathering a child does appear to decline, even with assisted r...

20 Aug
Acupuncture May Help Ease Prostate-Linked Pain in Men: Study

Acupuncture May Help Ease Prostate-Linked Pain in Men: Study

Men with chronic pain from prostate inflammation may get lasting relief from acupuncture, a new clinical trial finds.

At issue is a condition known as chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, in which the prostate gland becomes inflamed and nerves supplying the ...

20 Aug
Survivors' Plasma Won't Help Fight COVID in Patients With Early Symptoms

Survivors' Plasma Won't Help Fight COVID in Patients With Early Symptoms

Early treatment with COVID-19 survivors' blood plasma doesn't prevent disease progression in people who have mild COVID-19 symptoms but are at risk for more severe illness, a new clinical trial finds.

"As physicians, we wanted this to make a big difference in reducing se...

18 Aug
Texas Governor Has Breakthrough COVID Infection

Texas Governor Has Breakthrough COVID Infection

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has tested positive for COVID-19 but has not experienced any symptoms, his office announced Tuesday.

Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, is being treated with Regeneron's monoclonal antibodies in an effort to shorten the duration of the infection,...

17 Aug
Dexamethasone Can Help the Sickest COVID Patients Survive. So Why Are Too Few Getting It?

Dexamethasone Can Help the Sickest COVID Patients Survive. So Why Are Too Few Getting It?

There's strong evidence that the steroid drug dexamethasone can significantly lower hospitalized patients' risk of dying from COVID-19, but many who might benefit from it the most aren't getting it.

"Dexamethasone is a steroid that is used for the treatment of arthritis,...

17 Aug
RSV Respiratory Illnesses Rising for Babies, Experts Warn

RSV Respiratory Illnesses Rising for Babies, Experts Warn

While the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the United States has been dominating the news, an old viral enemy has been making a quieter comeback.

In late spring, U.S. pediatric hospitals began reporting an unexpected rise in serious infections caused by respiratory syncyt...

13 Aug
Keep Asthma Under Control to Avoid Worse COVID Outcomes: Study

Keep Asthma Under Control to Avoid Worse COVID Outcomes: Study

Uncontrolled asthma increases the risk of severe COVID-19, researchers warn.

"This study focused on how COVID-19 outcomes might change for asthma patients depending on their level of asthma control," said study author Anny Xiang, a senior research scientist at Kaiser Per...

09 Aug
New Drug Might Be Non-Surgical Option for Common Skin Cancers

New Drug Might Be Non-Surgical Option for Common Skin Cancers

An experimental gel has shown early promise in treating the most common form of skin cancer -- hinting at a potential alternative to surgery in the future.

Researchers tested the gel in 30 patients with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), a skin cancer diagnosed in more than 3 m...

29 Jul
Type 2 Diabetes in Teens Can Bring Dangerous Complications in 20s

Type 2 Diabetes in Teens Can Bring Dangerous Complications in 20s

Children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes face a high likelihood of developing complications before age 30, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that among 500 children and teenagers with type 2 diabetes, 60% developed at least one complication over the next 15 years --...

25 Jul
It's Tick Season: Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease

It's Tick Season: Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease

When you're heading outdoors this summer, keep an eye out for ticks during and after your outing, health experts say.

These common parasites can transmit Lyme disease, a potentially serious illness.

Lyme disease is transmitted to people through the bite of an infec...

23 Jul
Drug Shows Promise in Easing Dementia-Linked Psychosis

Drug Shows Promise in Easing Dementia-Linked Psychosis

A drug that eases hallucinations in people with Parkinson's disease may be able to do the same for those with dementia, a new clinical trial finds.

The medication, called Nuplazid (pimavanserin), is already approved in the United States for treating hallucinations and de...

23 Jul
PTSD Common After Sexual Assault, But Eases for Most

PTSD Common After Sexual Assault, But Eases for Most

Most sexual assault survivors have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) immediately after the attack, but it tends to lessen over the following months, a new study finds.

"One of the main takeaways is that the majority of recovery from post-traumatic stress happens in t...

20 Jul
One-Dose Blood Thinner Could Slash Blood Clot Risk After Knee Replacement

One-Dose Blood Thinner Could Slash Blood Clot Risk After Knee Replacement

Anyone who's ever undergone knee replacement understands the real and troubling risk of post-op blood clots. Many patients are told take a daily blood thinner pill long after their procedure.

But a new study finds that a one-time injection of an experimental blood thinn...

19 Jul
Long Distance to Care Can Mean Worse Outcomes for Young Cancer Patients

Long Distance to Care Can Mean Worse Outcomes for Young Cancer Patients

Teens and young adults with cancer who live in rural areas or far from the hospital where they were diagnosed are more likely to have advanced cancer and more likely to die, new research shows.

"A number of studies have indicated that place of residence can influence can...

14 Jul
Busted Ankle? What's Better, a Cast or Brace?

Busted Ankle? What's Better, a Cast or Brace?

Modern, flexible boots may be just as good as old-school plaster casts when it comes to treating broken ankles, new research suggests.

Often related to sports, traffic accidents or falls, broken ankles can be simple breaks in one bone or more complicated fractures that i...

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