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Patient CKD App Ratings Do Correlate With Those of Nephrologists

Patient ratings of chronic kidney disease (CKD) apps are not directly linked with nephrologist ratings or consumer ratings, according to a study published online March 21 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Karandeep Singh, M.D., from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, and colleagues identified apps targeting...

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Common Diabetes Test, Hb A1C, May Often Miss the Mark

A commonly used diabetes test may not spot the disease as well as an older test does, a new study suggests. The researchers said the newer test -- called hemoglobin A1C -- didn't catch three-quarters of the diabetes diagnoses found by the older test -- called an oral glucose tolerance test. "Diabetes is a global epidemic. Since the incorporation of...

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'Male Contraceptive Pill' Makes Another Advance

A male contraceptive pill, long a goal of men -- and women -- everywhere, may be one step closer to reality, U.S. researchers report. They say their experimental pill appears to be safe while reducing levels of hormones key to sperm production. "Our results suggest that this pill, which combines two hormonal activities in one, will decrease sperm...

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Many Patients Still Employ Strategies to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

The number of adults reporting the use of strategies, such as requesting a lower-cost medication or not using medication as prescribed, to reduce prescription drug costs remained stable in 2015 to 2017, according to a March data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. Robin A. Cohen,...

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AHA News: Which Diet Keeps Your Heart Healthy?

Diet doesn't have to be a four-letter word. Most of the time, a diet implies weight loss and comes loaded with restrictions and perhaps even plans that aren't very healthy. But new recommendations released recently by a team of health experts refer to diet with a different goal in mind: preventing heart disease and stroke. "We see a lot about diets...

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Race Affects Health Care of Even the Smallest and Youngest

Racial segregation starts early in a child's life, with vulnerable black "preemies" receiving worse hospital care in the United States than white, Hispanic or Asian infants, a new investigation finds. Researchers looked at segregation and the quality of care at more than 700 neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), focusing on babies born very prematurely...

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Medicaid Coverage for Lung Cancer Screening All Over the Map

State Medicaid programs must do more to make sure that people at high risk for lung cancer are screened for the deadly disease, a new American Lung Association report says. Medicaid is the public assistance program offering health care coverage for low-income Americans. Medicaid coverage for screening high-risk people varies widely between states:...

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A Good Spring Clean Can Help Tame Seasonal Allergies

When it's finally time to store away your winter coats and boots, it's also a good time to rid your home of the allergens that accumulated over the winter, an allergist suggests. "If you aren't someone who regularly undertakes spring cleaning, consider tackling it this year," said Dr. Todd Mahr, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma...

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Colorado Sees Spike in ER Visits After Pot Made Legal

If Colorado is any indication, the legalization of marijuana comes with a downside. Researchers reported that emergency departments across the state saw a sharp spike in marijuana-related visits after recreational use of pot products was made legal. For the study, the researchers analyzed data on almost 10,000 patients seen at the UCHealth University...

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For One Woman, Popular Red Yeast Supplement Brought on Liver Damage

She thought red yeast supplements would be a natural way to lower her cholesterol. What could be easier? Instead, the 64-year-old woman landed in the hospital with acute liver damage that her doctors say was likely caused by taking the over-the-counter product. "Many people are cautious to use [prescription] medications because of potential side effects,...

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Just How Did Cancer-causing Nitrosamines End Up in Our Medications?

If you take medication for blood pressure or heart failure, chances are you have been affected by, or at least heard of, the recent recall of over 75 different generics of valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan and their combinations. 75 different generics? But how can so many different manufacturers be affected when the FDA strictly oversees […]

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HIV and the Hope of Becoming HIV-Free

Many people believe HIV started sometime in the 1980s in the United States. But this is not true. In fact, the first acquisition of HIV most likely happened in the 1920s, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, as a result of an adaption of the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) that was able […]

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Recognizing the Dangers of Vaccination Misinformation

Becoming a parent is a wonderful, amazing experience. But it can also be a confusing and overwhelming one too. Firstly, there’s constant worry over whether your baby is sleeping, feeding, or pooping enough or too much. Secondly, there’s a whole range of never-heard-of-before conditions to deal with such as baby acne, colic, cradle cap, diaper […]

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