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Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

The most common electronically sent and received types of patient health information (PHI) include laboratory results and medication lists, according to a report published Aug. 15 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Using data from the 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey, Ninee S....

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Health Highlights: Sept. 19, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: California Sues Drug Maker AbbVie for Allegedly Paying Doctors to Prescribe Humira A lawsuit filed Tuesday in California claims that pharmaceutical company AbbVie used cash, gifts and services to induce doctors to overprescribe the widely used drug...

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Acupuncture: A New Look at an Ancient Remedy

Widely practiced in Asia for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Yet it's still viewed with some skepticism in the Western world. And for the squeamish, just the idea of needles can be a turnoff. But, depending on what ails you, it might bear trying. Acupuncture uses very thin needles inserted...

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Many RA Patients' Pain Related to Central Nervous System

Centralized pain pathways may coexist with more established peripheral inflammation-driven pathways in some patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published in the July issue of Arthritis & Rheumatology. Neil Basu, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom, and colleagues performed an 11-minute functional...

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Health Tip: Identifying Signs of Tickborne Illness

-- A dangerous tickborne illness may be difficult for doctors to diagnose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. So what can you do to protect yourself? Ticks are more active during the warmer months of April through September, so the CDC suggests avoiding areas that may be infested with ticks, treating clothing and exposed skin with...

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30 Million Americans Now Have Diabetes

1 in 7 Americans has diabetes, and many don't even know they have the blood sugar disease, a new report shows. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 percent of U.S adults have diabetes -- 10 percent know it and more than 4 percent are undiagnosed. "Diabetes remains a chronic health problem in this country, affecting...

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As More U.S. Women Delay Childbirth, Multiple Births May Rise

More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it's not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows. Since the 1980s, the number of multiple births has jumped from roughly 20 sets per 1,000 live births to almost 35 sets per 1,000 live births, the study found. To determine whether...

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Health Tip: Traveling by Air

-- Crowded airports and planes can seem daunting to parents travelling with small children, especially when the unpredictability of air travel is factored in. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to make air travel less stressful: Get to the airport early, especially when traveling with a younger child -- to give your family extra time...

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Why Eczema Is Tougher to Treat for Black Patients

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can be very difficult to control in some people. But the skin condition, which leads to dry, itchy and inflamed skin, is particularly problematic for black people, according to new research. Scientists who examined patients' skin on a molecular level found that compared to Americans of European ancestry, African Americans...

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AHA: For Hispanics, Neighborhood May Be Key Factor in Heart Disease Risk

Hispanic adults who live in counties with high concentrations of their ethnic peers are about 60 percent more likely than those who don't to die from heart disease and stroke, a new study shows. As a group, Hispanics have lower death rates from heart disease and stroke than white and black adults – despite having high rates of uncontrolled high blood...

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The importance of a plan B

We all know that things don’t always go to plan. You missed out on the top sports team, your scholarship application wasn’t successful, your dream job went to Sandy from Marketing, or the condom broke. If your desire is NOT to have a baby, and you don’t take a regular form of contraception, then you […]

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Boxed warnings: How worried should you be?

You’ve just received a new medicine. Hopefully, this will help you to feel better or improve your body’s response to a disease. But your doctor mentioned during your consultation that it has a boxed warning….actually, she called it a black box warning, which sounded absolutely terrifying! Boxed warnings are a special type of warning issued […]

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The Importance of Sleep

How well do you sleep? For over 40% of us, sleep doesn’t come easy. But a persistent lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of numerous medical conditions including diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, and obesity. It can worsen ADHD, depress our mood, and weaken our immune system. Along with […]

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