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Delivery Mode Tied to Pelvic Floor Disorder Risk Post-Childbirth

After childbirth, the risk for pelvic floor disorders varies by delivery mode, according to a study published in the Dec. 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Joan L. Blomquist, M.D., from the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and colleagues annually followed 1,528 women after their first delivery at a community hospital for...

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Take High Blood Pressure Meds? Exercise Might Work Just as Well

If you have high blood pressure, hitting the gym may be as helpful as taking drugs to lower your numbers, researchers say. There's "compelling evidence that combining endurance and dynamic resistance training was effective in reducing [blood pressure]," according to the authors of a new report. The British researchers stressed that it's still too early...

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Vapers Exposed to Fewer Toxins Than Conventional Smokers: Study

Electronic cigarette users take in lower levels of potentially harmful compounds than smokers, a new study shows. But e-cigarette users are exposed to much higher levels of these compounds than people who don't use the devices and don't smoke. "The findings are striking, because we now have solid evidence that e-cigarettes -- while they still expose...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Motegrity (prucalopride) for Adults with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC)

Cambridge, Mass. – December 17, 2018 – Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Motegrity™ (prucalopride), a once-daily, oral treatment option for adults with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC).1 Motegrity, a selective serotonin-4 (5-HT4) receptor agonist, provides...

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Hospitalizations Up for Homeless From 2007 to 2013

From 2007 to 2013, hospitalizations among homeless individuals increased and were most frequently for mental illness and substance use disorder, according to a study published in the January issue of Medical Care. Rishi K. Wadhera, M.D., from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues compared 185,292 hospitalizations...

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Exercise Linked to Reduced Mortality for Patients With Cancer

For patients with cancer, participation in prediagnosis and postdiagnosis recreational physical activity is associated with reduced mortality, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in Cancer Causes & Control. Rikki A. Cannioto, Ph.D., from the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York, and colleagues classified 5,807...

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Health Tip: Go Green For the Holidays

-- You can make green choices in everyday life, including during the holiday season, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Simple activities such as recycling, reusing, walking, biking and conserving water are easy ways to make green decisions. Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans throw out 25 percent more trash than...

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'Aggressive Steps' Needed to Stop Adolescent Use of E-Cigarettes

"Aggressive steps" must be taken by parents, teachers, health providers, and government officials to prevent children and teens from using electronic cigarettes, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., said in an advisory. For young people, "nicotine is dangerous and it can have negative health effects," Adams told the Associated Press. "It...

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Opioids Offer Small Improvement in Pain, Physical Function

Opioid use is associated with small improvements in pain and physical functioning in patients with chronic noncancer pain, according to research published in the Dec. 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Jason W. Busse, Ph.D., from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues conducted a systematic review...

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Health Tip: How Alcohol May Raise Cancer Risk

-- Alcohol use has been associated with cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast, the American Cancer Society says. The society describes how alcohol can affect the body, noting that the more you drink, the higher your risk: Alcohol can damage bodily tissues. Alcohol can make it easier for harmful irritants,...

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How do I get my doctor to listen to me?

Doctors are busy, we all know that. But what happens when you go to a doctor about something that is bothering you but leave feeling like you haven’t been heard properly or the doctor has completely dismissed your concerns? Surveys have shown that most people don’t have a problem with their doctor’s actual care, but […]

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Reclaiming your life from pain

If you live with pain on a day to day basis, you will know how much it can take over your life. You plan your days around your pain, avoiding activities that aggravate it in favor of a more sedentary existence that usually involves the couch. Things that you once enjoyed doing fall by the […]

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Is a cure for peanut allergy in sight?

If you or your child has a serious peanut allergy, you know how stressful it can be. The passive approach of trying to avoid contact with peanuts isn’t easy. While keeping your home nut-free is reasonably achievable, you have little control over how friends and family keep theirs. Not to mention the challenges faced by […]

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