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Health Tip: The Benefits of Oxygen Therapy

-- Oxygen therapy provides extra oxygen if you have a health condition that prevents you from getting enough. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions these potential benefits: Improved shortness of breath. Improved sleep, if you're bothered by a breathing disorder during slumber. Improved quality of life and lifespan for some people with...

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Health Tip: Get the Facts on Iodine

-- If you're dwelling on the subject of getting enough minerals, then calcium, iron and potassium may be more on your mind than iodine. But don't neglect the latter, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. Your body doesn't produce iodine, so you have to get it through diet. It's essential for thyroid hormone production. Iodine deficiency can...

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Teens More Cautious About Sex When Parents Set Rules, Study Finds

A new analysis suggests that parents who set rules and keep tabs on their teenagers may have kids who are more cautious about sex. "Parents really matter, and they're influential," said report co-author Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health at New York University's Silver School of Social Work. At issue:...

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Health Highlights: Nov. 30, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Study Discovers How Alzheimer's Destroys Brain Cell Connections Scientists who discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease say their findings could lead to new treatments for the condition...

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Obamacare Boosting Breast Cancer Screening Among Poor: Study

More poor women are being screened for breast cancer due to expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a new study finds. States now have the option to expand Medicaid coverage of breast cancer screening to people younger than 65 whose income is up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. So far, 23 states...

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Weight Loss May Spare Knee Cartilage, Study Finds

Losing a large amount of weight slows the loss of knee cartilage in obese people, a new study shows. Obesity is a major risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that often leads to joint replacement surgery. The new study included just over 500 overweight and obese Americans who either had mild to moderate osteoarthritis or...

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Long-Distance Running Takes Toll on Joints, But It May Be Temporary

Runners who run very long distances suffer cartilage damage in their lower joints -- but the cartilage can regenerate, a small study suggests. The researchers also found that the runners had lost about 6 percent of their brain's gray matter by the end of the race. But eight months later, their gray matter volume had returned to normal. The study included...

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After Concussion Symptoms Fade, Slowed Blood Flow in Brain May Persist

Young football players who suffer a concussion can show signs of reduced blood flow in the brain, even after their symptoms have subsided, a new, preliminary study suggests. Using an advanced form of MRI, researchers found that concussed football players typically showed lower blood flow in the brain eight days after the injury. That was despite the...

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Fitness in Youth Can Pay Off Decades Later: Study

Hitting the gym or playing field in your 20s may bring health benefits that last a lifetime, new research suggests. The study of nearly 5,000 young adults found that those with good heart/lung fitness had a lower risk of heart disease and death later in life. One cardiologist who reviewed the study wasn't surprised by the finding. "Despite all the remarkable...

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Empliciti Approved for Multiple Myeloma

Empliciti (elotuzumab), in combination with two other drugs, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat the blood cancer multiple myeloma. The drug is only approved for patients who have already been given one-to-three prior therapies for the disease. Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that affects germ-fighting white blood...

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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Have you had a medication that you could not afford lately?

If you answered yes, you probably are not alone. The cost of certain prescriptions, like those for hepatitis C, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, have skyrocketed. Many of these special drugs cannot be accessed from a regular retail pharmacy. The patient must acquire the treatment from a “specialty pharmacy”, that may not even be in their […]

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