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Posted today in Medical

Does Your Sunscreen Work for You?

Sunscreen is a real key to protecting your skin from the sun and preventing skin cancer, but are you using it correctly? Santa Monica-based dermatologist Dr. Tanya Kormeili thinks not. A recent American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) found "only about a third of Americans are reapplying their sunscreen every two hours while outside. Since sunscreen wears...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Piqray (alpelisib) as First PI3K Inhibitor for Breast Cancer

 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Piqray (alpelisib) tablets, to be used in combination with the FDA-approved endocrine therapy fulvestrant, to treat postmenopausal women, and men, with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, PIK3CA-mutated, advanced or metastatic breast cancer...

Posted 3 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Medication Nonadherence Common in Patients With T2DM

Routine urine samples can be used to test for medication adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the June issue of Diabetes Care. Prashanth Patel, M.B.B.S., from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in the United Kingdom, and colleagues used liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis to measure...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Got Knee Pain? What You Need to Know About Alternatives to Surgery

Arthritis in the knees can strike people as young as 45, with symptoms severe enough to limit activities and harm quality of life. What can be done about it? First, know that inactivity isn't the answer. You need to move, so try low-impact exercises like walking and swimming. Researchers are also looking at possible benefits from interval training...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

High-Deductible Health Plans Can Harm COPD Patients: Study

As a rule, high-deductible health plans carry lower premiums than low-deductible plans. But that might not be such a great deal for patients struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests. Such plans may be impacting the quality of health care for those with the progressive lung disease, researchers report. The...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Can the Bacteria in Your Belly Ease Your Worrying Mind?

It seems an unlikely way to ease anxiety, but new research suggests that regulating the bacteria in your gut might help. How? By eating the right foods and using supplements when appropriate, the researchers said. As many as one-third of people suffer anxiety symptoms during their lives, including irrational fears, agitation, fatigue or panic attacks....

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Infant Pain Heightened After Opioid Exposure in Womb

Newborns who were exposed to opioids in the womb have stronger-than-normal reactions to pain and may require special care sooner than previously thought, researchers report. Opioids include prescription pain medications and illegal drugs such as heroin. The study included 22 newborns who were exposed to opioids in the womb and 15 who were not exposed....

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Highlights: May 24, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: WHO Releases Snake Bite Strategy The World Health Organization's first worldwide strategy on snake bites seeks to halve the number of people killed or disabled by snakes by 2030. Increased access to anti-venom and other treatments are among the...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

AHA News: Many With High Blood Pressure Aren't Worried. Should They Be?

High blood pressure is known as the "silent killer" because there are no obvious warning signs. That might explain why nearly half of people diagnosed with it aren't worried about having a heart attack or stroke, according to a new survey. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, greatly increases the chances of having a heart attack or stroke. "Even...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Roundup Linked to Human Liver Damage: Study

The popular weed killer Roundup might be linked to liver disease, a new study suggests. A group of patients suffering from liver disease had elevated urine levels of glyphosate, the primary weed-killing ingredient in Roundup, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). "We found those patients who had more severe disease...

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Your Medicine Is Polluting Our Environment

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy. We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant […]

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Green Gold

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill by Trump in December last year paved the way for a more widespread (yet still restricted) cultivation of hemp and a more regulated cannabidiol (CBD) market. And that market is currently booming, with a forecasted revenue of over 22 million by 2022. But there is still a lot […]

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Worshipping The Wine (or Beer) God or Godess

For many Americans, alcohol is a big part of their life. No matter the occasion, from weddings to birthday parties, family gatherings to date nights, most assume alcohol will be available. In fact, more than 50% of people say they would enjoy a major event less if alcohol was prohibited. But at what point does […]

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