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23 Mar

Animal Study of Male Birth Control Pill Shows Promise

A new, non-hormonal male birth control pill is highly effective in mice and could begin human trials in 2022, researchers say.

03 Mar

HealthDay Now: Are Apps the Future of Chronic Condition Care?

  • HealthDay’s Mabel Jong is joined by Dr. David W. Bates, an internationally renowned expert in patient safety and health care technology, to discuss the current landscape of health apps and how these tools can be used to improve the management and treatment of chronic conditions.

23 Feb

Exercising After COVID or Flu Shot May Boost Immune Response

90 minutes of light-to-moderate exercise after COVID or flu vaccination may help you produce more antibodies, researchers say.

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04 Jul
U.S. Maternal Deaths Spiked Upwards During Pandemic

U.S. Maternal Deaths Spiked Upwards During Pandemic

Death rates for U.S. pregnant women or those who had just delivered jumped sharply during the first year of the pandemic, new research shows.

While U.S. death rates increased overall by 16% in 2020, for pregnant and early postpartum women it was officially even higher, ...

01 Jul
U.S.-Wide Abortion Ban Could Cause Big Uptick in Deaths to Moms

U.S.-Wide Abortion Ban Could Cause Big Uptick in Deaths to Moms

If a national abortion ban follows a Supreme Court ruling overturning the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision, U.S. maternal deaths would likely increase by 24%, new research suggest...

29 Jun
Demand for Abortion Pills, Info Has Been Surging for Weeks

Demand for Abortion Pills, Info Has Been Surging for Weeks

Shortly after news broke in May that Roe v. Wade was in danger of being overturned by the Supreme Court, internet searches for abortion pills surged, a new study shows.

On M...

29 Jun
Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack Access

Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack Access

Even though Black people may be more likely to live near a hospital with a certified stroke center, those who need...

28 Jun
Why Do Black Women Have More Delays for Lifesaving Breast Biopsies?

Why Do Black Women Have More Delays for Lifesaving Breast Biopsies?

Women of color may face delays in getting a biopsy after a screening mammogram suggests they might have breast cancer, a large, new study finds.

Rese...

27 Jun
Just 1 in 4 Patients Get Rehab After Heart Attack, Cardiac Surgery

Just 1 in 4 Patients Get Rehab After Heart Attack, Cardiac Surgery

Medically supervised exercise programs can do heart patients a lot of good, but few people of color take part in them -- regardless of income, new research finds.

The study, of more than 100,000 U.S. patients, found that while all were eligible for

27 Jun
Ob-Gyns Call Bans on Abortion Devastating for Women's Health

Ob-Gyns Call Bans on Abortion Devastating for Women's Health

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a woman's right to have an abortion marks a "very dark day in health care" that will leave patients at risk and doctors afraid to act, lea...

27 Jun
Race, Gender Matter in Receiving Timely Heart Attack Care

Race, Gender Matter in Receiving Timely Heart Attack Care

Despite improvements in treatment for heart attacks, care lags behind for women.

Women are still less likely to receive timely care, according to a new study that reviewed 45...

16 Jun
Obamacare May Have Helped Lower Suicide Rates

Obamacare May Have Helped Lower Suicide Rates

Suicide rates are rising more slowly in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study finds.

“Suicide is a public health problem, and our findings indicate ...

14 Jun
Life Span of Native Americans Fell by Almost 5 Years During Pandemic

Life Span of Native Americans Fell by Almost 5 Years During Pandemic

In yet another sign that the pandemic has exacerbated disparities in health care, researchers report that the life expectancy of Native Americans plummeted by nearly five years as the new coronavirus raged across the country.

The loss in

08 Jun
4 in 10 U.S. Adults Who Need Mental Health Care Can't Get It: Survey

4 in 10 U.S. Adults Who Need Mental Health Care Can't Get It: Survey

There is a "staggering" gap between the number of Americans who need care for anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions and those who can actually get it, a new survey shows.

In all, 42% of U.S. adults who needed care in the previous 12 months did not get it...

07 Jun
Technology Helped Kids With Type 1 Diabetes During Pandemic

Technology Helped Kids With Type 1 Diabetes During Pandemic

High-tech devices and communication helped ease the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on children with type 1 diabetes, researchers said in a new study.

Pandemic shutdowns caused significant disruptions in health care, and previous studies have shown that diabetes patients ha...

25 May
U.S. Doctors Already Face Big Hurdles Accessing Abortion Pill

U.S. Doctors Already Face Big Hurdles Accessing Abortion Pill

Even with Roe v. Wade still the law of the land, primary care doctors in the United States have difficulty prescribing U.S. federally approved abortion pills, a new study finds.

Getting in the way is a complex combination of state and federal regulations, insufficient tr...

24 May
Colon Cancer Death Rates Are Falling Among the Young — But Only for Whites

Colon Cancer Death Rates Are Falling Among the Young — But Only for Whites

Race and ethnicity matter when battling colon cancer, with young white patients facing notably better odds than Black, Hispanic or Asian patients, new research warns.

A look at colon cancer survival among Americans younger than 50 turned up a glaring discrepancy: Surviva...

23 May
U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Women Hardest

U.S. Maternal Mortality Crisis Hits Black Women Hardest

With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and nearly half of all American states ready to practically ban abortion if the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stands, the realities of giving birth in this country are being put under a microscope, and for good reason.
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23 May
The High Cost of Living With Sickle Cell Disease

The High Cost of Living With Sickle Cell Disease

Americans with sickle cell disease who have private insurance face average out-of-pocket costs of $1,300 a year and a lifetime total of $44,000, new research reveals.

That means that their out-of-pocket expenses are nearly four times higher compared to people without the...

19 May
Good News, Bad News on Black Americans and Cancer

Good News, Bad News on Black Americans and Cancer

A new report on how Black Americans are faring against cancer offers up a decidedly mixed picture.

The risk that a Black man or woman in America will die from cancer has steadily declined over the last two decades, the

17 May
If Roe v. Wade Falls, Women Will Travel Much Farther for Abortion Care

If Roe v. Wade Falls, Women Will Travel Much Farther for Abortion Care

Tens of millions of American women will have to journey much farther for abortion care if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade as expected, researchers say.

Dozens of states would make abortion illegal in the wake of such a ruling, which would force about 24 mill...

16 May
Hispanics Wait Half-Hour Longer in ER When Chest Pain Strikes

Hispanics Wait Half-Hour Longer in ER When Chest Pain Strikes

When Hispanic Americans arrive in the emergency room with chest pain, they have to wait longer for care than other people with the same symptoms, a preliminary study finds.

Chest pain, a potential sign of heart attack, is one of the leading reasons people end up in an ER...

13 May
Is Telemedicine Closing the 'Race Gap' in Primary Care?

Is Telemedicine Closing the 'Race Gap' in Primary Care?

Here's one way in which the pandemic did not exacerbate health care disparities: A new study shows that telemedicine has closed the gap in access to prim...

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
Uterine Cancer Rates Have Been Rising, and New Study Suggests Why

Uterine Cancer Rates Have Been Rising, and New Study Suggests Why

Uterine cancer deaths have been increasing in the United States, particularly among Black women. Now, research appears to pinpoint a cause.

A rare but aggressive type of cancer known as Type 2 endometrial cancer is more difficult to treat and was responsible for 20% of ...

04 May
Women, Black Patients Wait Longer in ERs When Chest Pain Strikes

Women, Black Patients Wait Longer in ERs When Chest Pain Strikes

Women and people of color with chest pain — the most common symptom signaling a heart attack — face longer waits in U.S. emergency departments than men and white people do, new research reveals...

03 May
Black Patients With A-Fib Less Likely to Get Blood Thinners

Black Patients With A-Fib Less Likely to Get Blood Thinners

Patients with atrial fibrillation usually receive blood thinners to reduce their stroke risk, but these drugs are under-prescribed to Black Americans, a new study reveals.

When they leave the hospital, Black patients are 25% less likely than whites to be prescribed

02 May
Black Patients Less Likely to Get High-Tech Prostate Cancer Therapy

Black Patients Less Likely to Get High-Tech Prostate Cancer Therapy

Use of a high-tech radiation cancer treatment called proton beam therapy (P...

25 Apr
White Women Tend to Get Better Pain Management After Childbirth

White Women Tend to Get Better Pain Management After Childbirth

After childbirth, some women who received an epidural for pain will develop a debilitating headache. But minority women are less likely than white moms to receive the treatment that can provide relief, according to a new study.

Researchers also found that even when women...

25 Apr
Among Minority Women, Low Vitamin D May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Among Minority Women, Low Vitamin D May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Insufficient vitamin D may play a role in breast cancer, especially among minority women, new research indicates.

Black and Hispanic American women with low vitamin D levels have...

20 Apr
Race Plays Huge Role in Dementia Risk

Race Plays Huge Role in Dementia Risk

Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans have an increased risk of being diagnosed with dementia as they age -- for reasons that are not entirely understood, a large new study finds.

The study, of nearly 1.9 million older U.S. veterans, found that compared with their white co...

13 Apr
Black Patients Less Likely to Get Into Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials

Black Patients Less Likely to Get Into Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials

Black Americans are far less likely to be included in clinical trials of pancreatic cancer drugs than white Americans, and eligibility criteria are a significant factor in that gap, according to a new study.

"The standard of care in cancer treatment is informed by studie...

07 Apr
Report Says Nursing Home Industry Needs an Overhaul

Report Says Nursing Home Industry Needs an Overhaul

THURSDAY, April 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) --The nursing home industry is awash in ineffective care and staffing shortages, claims a new report that calls for sweeping changes in an industry whose failures have only been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Experts from the Nation...

31 Mar
Lung Cancer CT Scans Have Already Saved More Than 10,000 U.S. Lives

Lung Cancer CT Scans Have Already Saved More Than 10,000 U.S. Lives

More than 10,000 American lives have been saved since lung cancer screening was introduced for high-risk people who are over 55 and have a history of smoking, a new study shows.

But many poor people and those in ethnic/racial minority groups are still missing out on the ...

28 Mar
Out-of-Network Costs Raise Medical Bills for Special Needs Kids

Out-of-Network Costs Raise Medical Bills for Special Needs Kids

Special needs children often require out-of-network care from specialists, which means more out-of-pocket costs and extra stress for families, a new study finds.

"In the U.S., the reality is that the more health care needs you have, especially from specialists, the great...

24 Mar
Can't Afford the Dentist? Try a Dental Therapist

Can't Afford the Dentist? Try a Dental Therapist

Nearly 60 million Americans live in "dental deserts," while many more can't afford basic dental care even if it is available.

Enter dental therapis...

23 Mar
COVID Hospital Stays Leave Some Survivors With Big Medical Bills

COVID Hospital Stays Leave Some Survivors With Big Medical Bills

Severe COVID can inflict heavy physical damage on patients, but many recovering from their infection also take a financial hit, a new study finds.

Up to 10% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are billed $2,000 or more six months after leaving the hospital, even when...

21 Mar
Excess Weight in Midlife Means a Sicker Old Age: Study

Excess Weight in Midlife Means a Sicker Old Age: Study

Here's a compelling reason to shed those extra pounds: A new study finds that middle-aged people who are obese, or even simply overweight, may face more health problems down the road.

The study, of nearly 30,000 men and women, found that the more people weighed around ag...

18 Mar
Major Credit Agencies Will Drop Most Medical Debt From Reports

Major Credit Agencies Will Drop Most Medical Debt From Reports

Most medical debt will be dropped from Americans' credit reports as of this summer, the top three credit reporting agencies said Friday.

The announcement by Equifax, Experian and TransUnion comes as

16 Mar
How You Can Help Ease the Health Crisis in Ukraine

How You Can Help Ease the Health Crisis in Ukraine

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has become a humanitarian crisis.

More than 3 million people have fled as refugees into neighboring countries, while thousands of civilians who remain in Ukraine have been injured by Russian shelling and missile attacks.

In response, re...

14 Mar
Cost of Having Baby Puts Many U.S. Families at 'Financial Risk'

Cost of Having Baby Puts Many U.S. Families at 'Financial Risk'

Bringing home a baby should be an exciting and blissful time, but for many new parents, colossal out-of-pocket costs for pregnancy and delivery take the joy out of this milestone.

Some low-income families spend close to 20% of their annual income on medical costs during ...

14 Mar
When Will Americans With Diabetes Get Relief From High Insulin Prices?

When Will Americans With Diabetes Get Relief From High Insulin Prices?

Katherine Stewart, 16, must take six to 10 insulin shots a day to properly manage her type 1 diabetes.

Her Highland, Utah, family pays $500 a month out of pocket for her insulin. Before they meet their insurance's deductible, they shell out the cash price of nearly $2,00...

10 Mar
Trouble Paying Bills Could Mean Worse Outcomes After Heart Attack

Trouble Paying Bills Could Mean Worse Outcomes After Heart Attack

A healthy bank account pays dividends after a heart attack, with new research indicating severe financial strain increases survivors' risk of death.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 3,000 people, 75 and older, whose health was tracked after they suffered a

08 Mar
Good End-of-Life Care Out of Reach for Many Black Nursing Home Residents

Good End-of-Life Care Out of Reach for Many Black Nursing Home Residents

Palliative care can be a godsend in the final days of one's life, but new research shows that Black and Hispanic nursing home residents are far less likely to receive it than their white peers are.

Overall, nursing homes in the Northeast provided the most

07 Mar
Apps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll Finds

Apps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll Finds

Health and fitness apps are growing in popularity, but not among the people who might benefit most from them seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

Nearly two out of three American adults are living with a chronic health problem like heart diseas...

04 Mar
Are Health Care Apps in Your Future?

Are Health Care Apps in Your Future?

Are you managing a chronic health problem, be it obesity or diabetes or heart disease or asthma?

There's likely an app for that.

Health apps are becoming more and more sop...

19 Feb
These Simple Steps Can Help Seniors Manage Their Health Care

These Simple Steps Can Help Seniors Manage Their Health Care

Navigating the health care system can be challenging, but an expert urges older people not to try to go it alone.

"It's common for someone who hasn't had any health problems suddenly to be faced with their own issues and the need to navigate the health care system," said...

16 Feb
Many Who Postponed Health Care During COVID Are Still Waiting

Many Who Postponed Health Care During COVID Are Still Waiting

In a sign that the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on routine health care, many of the nearly one-third of older Americans who had a medical procedure, primary care visit or dental appointment canceled or postponed due to COVID still haven't received that care, a new poll fi...

10 Feb
CDC Issues Proposed Changes to Opioid Painkiller Guidelines

CDC Issues Proposed Changes to Opioid Painkiller Guidelines

Proposed changes to voluntary federal guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers emphasize that doctors should first try other treatments for acute and chronic pain.

The non-opioid treatment options suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention incl...

10 Feb
How Healthy Is Your State? New Federal Data Ranks Each

How Healthy Is Your State? New Federal Data Ranks Each

To live healthier and longer in the United States, it helps to have money and education -- and if you live in Hawaii or California, your odds are even better, according to a new government report.

Life expectancy varies dramatically from state to state, health offic...

04 Feb
Crowdfunding for Medical Costs Almost Always Fails

Crowdfunding for Medical Costs Almost Always Fails

You have almost certainly seen the pleas while scrolling through social media: Called crowdfunding, folks try to raise money to pay for their sick loved one's mounting medical bills.

But new research sh...

01 Feb
Blood Pressure Crises Sending More Americans to the ER

Blood Pressure Crises Sending More Americans to the ER

Hospitalizations for dangerously high blood pressure more than doubled in the United States from 2002 to 2014, new research shows.

This jump in hospitalizations for what's called a "

24 Jan
COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Falling Faster Among Black Americans Than Whites

COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Falling Faster Among Black Americans Than Whites

While it appears that Black Americans were more hesitant than white Americans to roll up their sleeves when the COVID-19 vaccines launched last year, that unwillingness has lessened.

Following 1,200 U.S. adults through much of the pandemic, researchers found Black people...

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