As U.S. measles outbreaks spread, why does ‘anti-vax’ movement persist?

(HealthDay)—Measles outbreaks across the United States—including one in Washington state where 50 cases have now been identified—have again shone the spotlight on parents who resist getting kids vaccinated. These outbreaks are a clear sign of the fraying of “herd immunity,” the overall protection found when a large majority of a population has become immune to a disease, said Dr. Paul […]

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As Opioid Crisis Continues, More Donor Organs Carry Hepatitis C

THURSDAY, Jan. 24, 2019 — Add another hardship to the many already triggered by the opioid epidemic: More donated organs infected with the hepatitis C virus. “The ongoing U.S. opioid crisis has resulted in an increase in drug overdose deaths and acute hepatitis C virus infections, with young persons (who might be eligible organ donors) most affected,” explained a team […]

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Depression and anxiety as unhealthy as Smoking and Obesity?

A new study suggests that increased psychological problems and the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and Arthritis to a similar degree, such as obesity and Smoking. The health check unhealthy behavior such as Smoking or a high body weight in General. A question that might be equally important, is: "Are you depressed or do you suffer from feelings […]

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Washington University will open second proton center for cancer treatment as others shut down

Proton beam therapy, which has struggled to live up to its promise for treating cancer, is poised for a resurgence in St. Louis. As several other proton centers across the country shut down or file for bankruptcy, Siteman Cancer Center has doubled down on the technology. Its second machine is set to open in 2020. Mercy Hospital St. Louis has […]

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Black women have worse breast cancer outcomes despite receiving similar treatment as white women

Even with equivalent treatments in women with hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer, black women had significantly higher breast cancer recurrence and increased overall mortality compared to white women in a large phase III clinical trial, TAILORx, according to data presented at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 4-8. “Our findings are consistent with prior studies indicating that […]

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Breast implant injuries hidden as patients’ questions mount

To all the world, it looked like breast implants were safe. From 2008 to 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration publicly reported 200 or so complaints annually—a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of implant surgeries performed each year. Then last fall, something strange happened: Thousands of problems with breast implants flooded the FDA’s system. More than 4,000 […]

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New research questions role of gut parasite in intestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome

New University of Kent-led research on the way a common gut parasite behaves could help lead to a better understanding of its role in the development of intestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome. A team at the University of Kent, working with researchers from other universities, found that the microbe Blastocystis, commonly found in the guts of both humans […]

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5 common ailments to be aware of as you get older

Decreased mobility is something many of us expect to experience during old ageCredit:iStock Growing older may come with greater wisdom, but it unfortunately also paves the way for an increased number of life-threatening health concerns. While every individual is prone to a unique set of potential health risks depending on genetics, diet and lifestyle, these are five common medical issues […]

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Home BP of 130/80 mm Hg ID’d as Threshold for Stage 1 HTN

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 — A home blood pressure (BP) reading of 130/80 mm Hg should be considered the threshold for stage 1 hypertension, according to a study published online Oct. 29 in Hypertension. Wanpen Vongpatanasin, M.D., from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and colleagues used a regression-based approach to identify home BP thresholds for stage […]

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