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Patients Report Poorer Dialysis Service in Certain Settings

Patient-reported experiences at dialysis facilities vary by patient, facility, and geographic characteristics, according to a study published online Sept. 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Brian M. Brady, M.D., from Stanford University in California, and colleagues linked results from the In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers...

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Health Tip: Maintain Healthy Cholesterol

-- If you have high cholesterol, you are at greater risk of developing a number of health problems, such as heart disease and stroke, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. High cholesterol often lacks symptoms, so cholesterol should be checked early in life, between ages 9 and 12, between ages 17 and 19, and at least every five...

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Bells, Whistles and Home Exercise Equipment

Exercising on a budget can be as simple as buying a good pair of walking shoes. But when you want to make an investment in fitness equipment, new options can make your workouts interactive as well as high-energy. Look for exercise bikes, treadmills and ellipticals that offer pre-set workouts, often with incline adjustments and/or increases in tension,...

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FDA Approves Copiktra (duvelisib) Capsules for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma and Follicular Lymphoma

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 24, 2018-- Verastem, Inc. (Nasdaq:VSTM) (Verastem Oncology or the Company), focused on developing and commercializing medicines to improve the survival and quality of life of cancer patients, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Copiktra, an oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K),...

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Dozens of Medical Groups Join Forces to Improve Diagnoses

Every nine minutes, a patient in a U.S. hospital dies because a diagnosis was wrong or delayed -- resulting in 80,000 deaths a year. That sobering estimate comes from the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). To help remedy this situation, more than 40 health care and patient advocacy groups have joined forces to improve the quality of diagnoses,...

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Health Tip: Make the Right Breakfast Choices

-- Skipping breakfast should not be an option for kids, no matter how tired they are, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Regular meals help growing bodies and developing brains. The ideal breakfast should be a healthy balance of fruits and vegetables, proteins, grains and dairy. The FDA suggests how to make the most of your breakfast: Don't...

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Milk Straight From Breast Best for Baby's Weight

Breast milk from the bottle may not have as many benefits for a baby's weight as feeding straight from the breast, a new study suggests. The researchers found what many others have: Overall, breastfed babies tended to have a healthier weight than those who were formula-fed. However, babies given pumped breast milk did not benefit as much as those...

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Health Highlights: Sept. 24, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Device Might Be 'Game Changer' for Patients With Severe Heart Failure A tiny clip may be a big advance for millions of Americans battling severe heart failure, new research announced on Sunday suggests. Researchers say a device, called a mitral...

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More Needs to be Done to Keep Teen Drivers Safe, Pediatricians Say

Following years of decline, fatal car accidents involving teen drivers have accelerated in the United States, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns. New research also reveals that teenage drivers are more likely to be involved in a serious or deadly crash than any other age group, notes the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group has updated...

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If Mom Smokes Pot, Kids May Try It Sooner

If Mom partakes of pot, her kids may be more likely to try it themselves at an earlier age. That's the contention of a new study, though it doesn't prove that one causes the other. Still, "early initiation is one of the strongest predictors of the likelihood of experiencing health consequences from marijuana use," said lead investigator Natasha Sokol,...

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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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