Health

Rare Case Of Plague Diagnosed In Idaho

Idaho state health officials have announced that a child in the state has a confirmed diagnosis of bubonic plague. The child became ill late last month and has now received antibiotic treatment and is recovering. The Central District Health Department did not reveal the child’s name, age or gender. Health officials say that this was […]

Canada Pays Half As Much For Drugs As U.S., Get Similar Results

A new study is showing what many people in the United States already believed. Americans routinely pay more for health care than people in other countries, but the added costs don’t equal better outcomes. In fact, the new study shows that Americans paid twice as much as Canadians for cancer treatments, but lived for about […]

Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Eggs Sickens Dozens In 9 States

A salmonella outbreak tied to Rose Acre Farms has now sickened nearly three dozen people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 35 people have been sickened by Salmonella braenderup, resulting in 11 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported. The outbreak has mainly affected people in states along the East Coast. Salmonella is […]

Drug Distributors Grilled About Opioids On Capitol Hill

The heads of major pharmaceutical distributors testified during a hearing on Capitol Hill about their companies’ roles in the opioid epidemic currently sweeping the nation. The pharmaceutical distributors are accused of flooding small U.S. towns with prescription painkillers. “We want to know what these companies knew about the rise of the opioid epidemic, when they […]

Tainted Synthetic Pot Blamed For Illinois Deaths

Severe side effects that caused two deaths and dozens of illnesses in Illinois have been tentatively linked to tainted synthetic pot. The horrific side effects included internal bleeding, severe bloody noses, and bleeding gums. The incidents occurred in the Chicago area and central Illinois in the past month. Investigators believe that the synthetic pot was […]

Lead Exposure Linked To Cardiovascular Disease Deaths

A new study suggests that lead exposure may be a significant, overlooked risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It has been estimated that lead exposure may contribute to more than 400,000 deaths of adults each year in the United States. This would mean that lead exposure could be responsible for nearly 10 times more deaths nationwide […]

Autism Blood Test Is 90% Accurate

A team from the University of Warwick and the University of Bologna have created an experimental blood test that could help detect autism in children. The tests look for damage to certain proteins that have been shown to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The new research was recently published in the journal […]

4/20 Marijuana Holiday Puts Drivers At Increased Risk

A recently conducted study has found that U.S. drivers are 12 percent more likely to get into a fatal crash on April 20, even if they aren’t cannabis consumers. That date is the unofficial holiday devoted to celebrating marijuana. The researchers looked at data from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, specifically at 25 […]

Vaping May Be As Bad As Smoking For Your DNA

A new study is claiming that vaping can be just as bad for your health as picking up a real cigarette. The study, conducted by scientists at the University of Connecticut, concluded that the nicotine liquid-filled devices can cause as much damage to human DNA as standard tobacco products. Karteek Kadimisetty, a chemist at the […]

Benefits Of Calcium And Vitamin D Supplements Questionable

A new study has found that taking calcium and vitamin D supplements may not provide the health benefits expected. Researchers are saying that there is little evidence in the medical literature showing that the pills help prevent bone fractures. The researchers based their findings on clinical trials, systematic reviews and other reports published over the […]

CVS Makes $69 Billion Bid For Aetna

CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) has announced it has reached a deal to purchase Aetna (NYSE:AET) for about $69 billion. Under the terms of the deal, CVS will pay about $207 a share for the insurer. Roughly $145 a share of that would be in cash, with the remainder in newly issued CVS stock. Aetna stockholders will […]

Toxic New Delhi Air Prompts United Airlines Flight Cancellations

United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) has canceled flights to New Delhi until further notice citing the toxic smog surrounding the city. Travel to New Delhi is suspended through at least Tuesday (Nov. 14), according to an advisory posted on United’s website. The company’s statement said, “United has temporarily suspended our Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality […]

Anthem Moves To Create Own Pharmacy Benefit Manager

Anthem Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) has announced a partnership with CVS Health Corp. to launch a new pharmacy benefit management company called IngenioRx. According to a statement regarding the new initiative, the partnership involves a five-year agreement to “combine its member and provider engagement initiatives and market leading pricing.” IngenioRx will handle “sales, marketing, account management, and […]

Get Ready For Flu Season With An Annual Flu Shot

Some health experts are predicting a bad flu season ahead. Cases of the flu are already being diagnosed across the country. Last year’s flu season peaked in December and then again in February. This year’s flu season appears to be starting even earlier. One of the best ways to avoid contracting the flu is to […]

New Drug Found For Fight Against Cardiovascular Disease

A drug that fights inflammation called canakinumab has been found in a study to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people who have already had one. Canakinumab is already marketed under the brand name Ilaris and has been approved to treat a type of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and other rare disorders. The […]

No U.S. County Will Be Without An ACA Insurer In 2018

It is official that Affordable Care Act plans will be sold in every part of the U.S. next year. About 20 Ohio counties could have been left without ACA coverage in 2018, according to the state, causing about 11,000 people to lose their coverage. The state’s insurance regulators have now found insurers to cover every […]

Mountaintop Mining Health Risk Review Halted By Interior Department

A scientific study into the public health risks of mountaintop-removal coal mining has been halted by the Interior Department. Officials in West Virginia asked the Obama administration to look into the health effects of mountaintop mining last year. Mountaintop mining has occurred on at least 500 Appalachian mountains. Mountaintop mining is a technique used to […]

Approvals for New Drugs Drop to Low of Six Years

Last year was disappointing for new drug approvals as the United States Food and Drug Administration cleared only 22 new medications to be sold, the lowest number for the past six years and a sharp decrease from the 45 approved in 2015. The European Medicines Agency approved 81 new products that require prescriptions against 93 […]

GNP Co. Recalling Over 27 Tons of its Chicken

GNP Co. the parent company for Gold’n Plump chicken is blaming tampering in-house for the recall of 27 tons of its chicken during the weekend after contaminants had been detected in certain packages of the product that had been distributed for the most part to institutional and food service outlets. The recall that involved Just […]

United Nations: Coffee Not Considered Carcinogen

The World Health Organization’s arm of research downgraded the classification it has for coffee from a possible carcinogen to there is not sufficient proof to show any link to cancer. However, the IARC or International Agency for Research on Cancer announced as well in a published report on Wednesday that drinking beverages that are very […]

Johnson & Johnson To Appeal $72M Jury Verdict (NYSE:JNJ)

Johnson & Johnson is reportedly planning to appeal a verdict by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. The Alabama woman, Jackie Fox, died from ovarian cancer allegedly caused by using the company’s Baby Powder and other products that contained talc […]

GlaxoSmithKline Fined by UK Watchdog for Pay for Delay Deals

Britain’s watchdog for competition had fined pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline £37.5 million or $54.4 million due to market abuse. The watchdog said GSK entered into deals that called for the delay of launching inexpensive generic copies of Seroxat its former antidepressant blockbuster. The generic drug companies that were involved, including Merck based in Germany, were fined […]

White House Announces $1.1 Billion Budget Proposal To Address Growing Opioid Abuse

It is no big secret that illicit drug use continues to plague communities throughout the United States. But while we move towards a better understanding of things like marijuana—which has been decriminalized all over the country—it appears that many more are struggling with opiate addiction. Of course, this has much to with the increase in […]

Theranos Inc Under Investigation for Device Deficiencies, Walgreens Partnership Could be In Jeopardy

Theranos Inc is a Silicon-Valley medical startup known mostly for its development of a simple, practical, painless blood tests that require only a finger price of blood to conduct various tests. They recently partnered with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc to develop blood-drawing stations at Walgreens “wellness centers” across California and Arizona (for now). So far […]

Playing Catch-Up With Your Sleep Might Actually Pay Off

Good news for all you weekend sleepers! An intriguing new sleep study suggests that using your two consecutive days off to catch up on sleep could reverse the increased risk for diabetes which you might accrue during your sleep-deprived work week. According to lead study author and University of Chicago associate professor of medicine, Esra […]

Are We on the Verge of True HIV Treatment ?

HIV is nothing new to the medical community. Most people, at least in America, probably even know at least one person who is infected. In fact, your neighbor or co-worker, or even a relative, might be infected and you don’t even know it. After all, nobody really walks around broadcasting their HIV status. But for […]

Facebook Founder Shares Daughter’s Vaccination, Sparks More Commentary

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in the news again this week, but it has nothing to do with Oculus Rift virtual reality headset or the global networking project known simply as Internet.org. No, today, Zuckerberg is making headlines for something a little more relatable, if not controversial: childhood vaccinations. On Friday, the Facebook chief executive […]

PPI Study Warns of Association with Chronic Kidney Disease

Digestive health has become an increasingly more common discussion between patients and doctors over the past decade or more. Many of these discussions are exchanges of information about heartburn and indigestion, which has led to more diagnoses of conditions like acid reflux, or Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease (GERD). GERD is a condition characterize by excess stomach […]

Novartis Forges Impressive Partnership With Surface Oncology

Cancer research continues to break new ground and with that you can easily expect to find many new partnerships. As specialty research firms make new strides, for example, they may need more backing from major pharmaceutical companies to help get products to market. Accordingly, Novartis AG has just announced a new $170 million partnership with […]

Happy Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Healthier

A new study observed one million women in middle age over a period of ten years to find that what we believe about happiness—that it makes you live a long and better life—may not actually be true. “Illness makes you unhappy, but unhappiness itself doesn’t make you ill. We found no direct effect of unhappiness […]

Accidental Discovery Identifies New Type of Brain Wave Triggered by Texting

Electroencephalography has been a useful technology for roughly one hundred years but it can, apparently, still offer scientists some new insights in terms of brain waves. Indeed, researchers in Philadelphia has used this not-yet-archaic technology to detect a new brain waveform during the act of texting. Actually, EEG technicians at two separate academic medical centers […]

New Research Says Early Tooth Decay Can Be Reversed, Without A Drill

Researchers out of Australia have recently revealed the results of a study which suggests that early tooth decay can be stopped if found and treated early; in fact, tooth decay could even be reversed, and all without the use of a drill. This technique is called the “Caries Management System,” and it is technically a […]

Study: Association Between Common Prostate Cancer Therapy and Alzheimer’s Risk

One of the great complications of medical studies is that getting a good idea about the long term of effects of a drug or treatment takes, of course, many years. And so, while Alzheimer’s and cancer researchers have made major breakthroughs over the past decade or so, they are also learning that some of the […]

Toxic Link Found Between E-Cigarettes and Microwave Popcorn

Electronic cigarettes may be growing in popularity but the jury is still out on the long term effects of these devices. For example, a new study has only now revealed that e-cigarettes flavoring compounds can contain dangerous ingredients that might have been known to cause, for example, respiratory problems. Scientists at the Harvard University T.H. […]

New Finnish Study Examines Link Between Epilepsy, Premature Brain Aging

A new study has more closely examined the link between epilepsy and aging. Unfortunately epilepsy is growing quickly among the elderly population; a population which already faces many health concerns. Four studies have recently concluded to share the exploration of the effects of epilepsy on brain function. Basically, the studies showed that, using MRI scans, […]

Study: Children Can Show Dangerous Symptoms of Depression,High Cholesterol

A new study warns that doctors should be screening children as young as 9 for things that we normally associate with adults. As a matter of fact, a leading group of US pediatricians has now altered guidelines to say that older children should be screened for cholesterol, depression, and even HIV. Furthermore, the American Academy […]

Cryotherapy Under Increased Scrutiny After Death

In recent years, cryotherapy has been increasing in popularity. The treatments have been used worldwide but are relatively new in the United States. The machines used for cryotherapy subject users to subzero temperatures. The treatments generally consist of two- to four-minute exposures to temperatures ranging from minus 166 to minus 319 degrees in a small […]

Expectant Mothers Get More Good News On Coffee Consumption

Coffee consumption during pregnancy has long been the subject of debate. Avoiding coffee has often been on the long list of items for expectant mothers to take under consideration for the health and well-being of the child growing inside her. Now, a recent study conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio has found that […]

Obesity Continues to Climb in America With Women Overtaking Men

Americans are getting fatter with no end in sight. Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get people to watch their weight, and women have now overtaken men in the obese category, new government research shows. For the past several years, experts thought […]