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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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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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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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Tyson Recalls 69,000 Pounds of Chicken Strip Products

More than 69,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products have been recalled by Tyson Foods because they may contain pieces of metal. The products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, and shipped across the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said. The problem was discovered through two...

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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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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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ENDO: Diabetes Underestimated With HbA1c Criteria

The prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) is underestimated and normal glucose tolerance (NGT) is overestimated using hemoglobin A1c (A1c) criteria, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of The Endocrine Society, held from March 23 to 26 in New Orleans. Maria Mercedes Chang Villacreses, M.D., from the City of Hope National Medical Center...

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Avocados Recalled by California Company

Possible listeria contamination has led to a recall of avocados by Henry Avocado, a grower and distributor based near San Diego. The recall is for conventional and organic avocados that were grown and packed in California and sold in bulk across California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and New Hampshire, the Associated Press reported. The...

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Mumps Outbreak at Temple University Reaches 74 Cases

A mumps outbreak that began last month at Temple University in Philadelphia has reached 15 confirmed and 59 probable cases. Forty-six cases were identified in the previous eight days, Mark Denys, director of student and employee health services, said last Thursday, CNN reported. The university and local health department are working together to combat...

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Health Tip: Keeping Teeth and Gums Healthy

-- From helping you chew to helping you talk, teeth serve a variety of functions. A healthy set of teeth is a great asset, so taking care of your smile is important, says the Oral Health Foundation. Simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy are: Brushing teeth, morning and night. Cleaning with floss daily. Minimizing consumption of sugar. Having...

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Don’t Assume

Colorectal Cancer (CRC) comes in third a lot. It’s the third most common cancer in both men and women and also the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. But it is also one of the most preventable cancers. Which could make you a winner. Sure, there’s some ick when it comes to CRC screening. Tests […]

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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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