Life Expectancy Gap Between Rich And Poor Widening

Researchers at Imperial College London’s School of Public Health has just released a study that shows the gap in life expectancy between rich and poor in England continues to widen. The poor are dying nearly ten years younger than the rich. The study was published in Lancet Public Health. For the study, the researchers analyzed […]

Antimicrobial Resistance Rising Around The World

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem around the world. According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), some countries are already spending an average of 10 percent of their healthcare budgets on treating antimicrobial-resistant infections. Drug-resistant bacteria killed more than 33,000 people in Europe in 2015. Roughly 29,500 persons […]

More Parents Choosing To Not Vaccinate Their Children

According to recently released federal health data, more parents in the United States are choosing to exempt their children from recommended vaccinations. Children in the US are routinely vaccinated against 14 potentially serious illnesses. However, a recent upswing in vaccine skepticism seems to be convincing more parents to forego these vaccinations. The percentage of children […]

Scientists Find Genetic Connection To CTE Development

Researchers at Boston University’s CTE Center say that that a new study shows that the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) may be associated with the genes of a person. The results of the study have been published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica Communications. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is an Alzheimer’s-like disease associated with repeated hits […]

New Opioid Approved By FDA Is Stronger Than Fentanyl

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new opioid to manage acute pain in adults. The drug is new form of a synthetic opioid called sufentanil that has historically been used intravenously and in epidurals. The drug will be marketed under the name Dsuvia by AcelRx. The drug is likely to hit the market […]

62 Cases Of Mystery Illness Confirmed In 22 States

A mysterious illness causing paralysis in children has been sweeping across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 22 states across the nation this year. The CDC is now investigating hundreds of possible cases in multiple states. AFM is a condition that […]

Southern Diet Linked To Racial Disparities In Hypertension

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently conducted a study to explore racial disparities in incidences of hypertension. They were surprised to learn southern-style diets may be the main reason African-Americans were more likely to suffer from hypertension, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. The results of the study […]

US Kids Eating More Fast Food, Choosing Unhealthy Options

In the past few years, consumer advocacy groups have pressed restaurant chains to offer healthier kids’ meals and more nutritious side options. Fast food chains have responded by replacing sugary soft drinks and greasy French fries with healthier options like fruit and yogurt, 100-percent juice, low-fat milk, and water. Is it making much of a […]

Cancer Deaths Estimated At 10 Million For 2018

The number of people around the world who have cancer is growing rapidly. Researchers estimate that there will be 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million deaths from the disease in 2018, according to a new report. This was up from 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million deaths in 2012, the last […]

Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Updated

Updated guidelines for cervical cancer screening from a government-appointed panel of experts are giving women new options. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said the new guidelines “focus on ensuring that women receive adequate screening, regardless of which strategy is used.” The new guidelines are published in the journal JAMA. It is now recommended […]

US Embassy Worker Attacks May Be From Microwave Weapons

Microwave strikes may have been responsible for the sonic delusions and real brain damage suffered by embassy staff and family members in Cuba and China. Starting in late 2016, more than three dozen American diplomats and family members have reported the baffling symptoms and ailments. The State Department says its investigation had yet to identify […]

Study Says No Safe Level Of Alcohol Consumption

A new study published in the journal The Lancet is claiming that the harms of alcohol greatly outweigh any potential benefits from consumption. The authors of the study found that the risk of developing health issues steadily increased with the number of alcoholic drinks consumed each day. The researchers determined that considering the risks, there […]

Famous Brazilian Plastic Surgeon Charged With Murder

Prominent Brazilian plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado, also known as “Dr. Bumbum,” has been charged with murder after a patient died following a butt enhancement procedure. Furtado is accused of giving Lilian Calixto a fatal injection of polymethylmethacrylate in his Rio de Janeiro apartment in July. Calixto, 46, fell ill during the procedure and […]

Monsanto Ordered To Pay $289 million In Roundup Cancer Case

A San Francisco jury has ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million in a case claiming that its popular Roundup weed killer causes cancer. School groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages. Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the […]

Rise Of ‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’ Alarming Medical Professionals

Medical professionals are expressing alarm at the rising number of people requesting surgical procedures to make them look more like their social media photos. The vast array of filters and editing options available today are helping people change their appearance to a more idealized version of themselves and then they want to also look that […]

‘Medicare for All’ Plan Estimated To Cost More Than $32 Trillion

A “Medicare for all” plan to provide universal health coverage to all Americans has been projected to cost the government $32.6 trillion over 10 years. The proposal has been studied by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia, which released its analysis this week. However, some backers of the plan are suspicious of […]

Generic Viagra Study Stopped After Eleven Babies Die

A study being conducted in the Netherlands has been halted after nearly a dozen babies succumbed to a serious lung ailment. Dutch doctors were trying to answer whether the active ingredient in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra could be used to help a particular group of at-risk babies. The study was being headed by Amsterdam […]

Bayer Ending Sales Of Essure Birth Control Device

Bayer said that it will stop selling the Essure birth control implant device in the U.S. at the end of the year due to weak sales. The United States was the only country where the device was still being sold. The company has already ended sales of the device in England, Brazil, Canada, France and […]

More Than 100 Sickened By Honey Smacks Cereal

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 people have gotten sick from recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. The multistate outbreak of salmonella illness linked to the cereal has now reached 33 states. Florida and Colorado are the latest states to report illnesses as part of the outbreak. People have […]

Over 200 Sickened By Del Monte Vegetable Trays

Del Monte-branded pre-packaged vegetable trays have been linked to a parasite that has sickened more than 200 people across the Midwest. Those affected have been diagnosed with cyclosporiasis, an intestinal infection caused by the cyclospora parasite. The earliest reported symptoms in this outbreak began on May 14 and the outbreak was first tracked by the […]

Outdoor Air Pollution Linked To Increased Diabetes Risk

New research links outdoor air pollution to an increased risk of diabetes globally. The findings, published June 29 in The Lancet Planetary Health, examined the relationship between particulate matter and diabetes. The researchers found that air pollution was a major cause of as many as 3.2 million cases of diabetes a year. Diabetes is one […]

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 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 […]