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Many New Cancer Patients Unaware of Their Hepatitis Status

A substantial proportion of patients with newly diagnosed cancer and concurrent hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection are unaware of their viral infection at the time of cancer diagnosis, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in JAMA Oncology. Scott D. Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D., from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center...

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Health Highlights: Jan. 22, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Chinese Researcher Who Edited Babies' Genes Acted on His Own: Officials A Chinese scientist who said he edited the genes of twins to protect them against HIV acted on his own and could face punishment, according to investigators in the southern...

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Blood Test Might Yield Early Warning of Alzheimer's

Leaky blood vessels in the brain may be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease, researchers say. They followed 161 older adults for five years and found that those with the most severe memory declines had the greatest leakage in their brain's blood vessels, regardless of whether the Alzheimer's-related proteins amyloid and tau were present. The findings...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Ontruzant (trastuzumab-dttb), a Biosimilar to Herceptin

INCHEON, KOREA – January 21, 2019 – Samsung Bioepis Co., Ltd. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ontruzant (trastuzumab-dttb), a biosimilar referencing Herceptin®i (trastuzumab), across all eligible indications, namely adjuvant treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer, metastatic breast...

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Eating Before Bedtime Won't Send Blood Sugar Levels Soaring

Avoiding food before bedtime probably won't help your blood sugar levels and health, a new study suggests. Some experts say not eating for two hours before going to bed helps prevent high blood sugar (glucose) levels and related health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. But there is no clear evidence to support this theory. In search of...

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4 Exercises for a Better Back

To strengthen your back -- the most commonly injured part of the body -- it's important to condition both the muscles in it and the ones that support it, notably the abs. Here are four moves to boost back fitness: For the bird dog, start on your hands and knees. Tighten your abs and simultaneously lift your right arm and your left leg until they're...

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HPV Vaccine Even Helps Women Who Didn't Get It: Study

The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) is highly effective in young women -- and may even offer some protection to those who don't get it, a new study suggests. Researchers said the findings add to evidence that the vaccine -- which ultimately cuts the risk of several cancers -- is a boon to public health. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection...

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How to Fight Norovirus, the 'Cruise Ship' Germ

Whether it's infiltrating a cruise ship, a restaurant or a college dorm, the norovirus is often in the news. It's the leading cause of illness from contaminated food in the United States. While food can be tainted at its source, food workers who acquire the infection can unintentionally cause outbreaks as well, often by touching food with bare hands...

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Health Tip: Control Your Blood Pressure

-- Uncontrolled high blood pressure is dangerous and could even lead to death, the American Heart Association says. The AHA offers these suggestions for controlling high blood pressure: Know your numbers and identity your target blood pressure range. Work with your doctor to develop a plan to lower your pressure. Make lifestyle changes -- such...

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Will Healthy Seniors Benefit From Daily Aspirin?

Daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for heart attack survivors or people at increased risk, but up to now experts have discouraged the practice for aging individuals in good health. Now, a new evidence review suggests that some healthy seniors and middle-aged adults might gain a bit of benefit from taking daily aspirin. Low-dose aspirin decreases...

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Trying to Tame the Cluster Headache Beast

We should take our hats off to the people diagnosed with cluster headache. Not only do they experience pain so excruciating that their condition has earned a reputation as being the most painful disorder known to mankind, but the lack of effective treatments means little can be done to relieve each agonizing episode. Cluster headaches […]

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No Easy Fix To The Opioid Crisis

Despite numerous law changes and restrictions on prescribing, the number of people dying from opioid-related drug overdoses continues to increase. Today, and every day after this one, 130 Americans on average will die from taking an opioid. But can anything more be done about reversing these shocking statistics? Yes, it could, but will it? Current […]

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A Baby Boomer’s Least Desirable Trait: HCV

If you were born between 1946 and 1964, then you are in good company. Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey are just some of the iconic figures that make up this influential generation, not to mention the numerous notable actors, politicians, and sports stars. But baby boomers are also notorious for another, not so […]

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