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Statin medications reduce liver cancer risk

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

According to a new study, statins may be lower the risk of liver cancer, even in patients who have diabetes or hepatitis B risk factors. Statins are generally prescribed for reducing cholesterol levels.
The study was led by Katherine A. McGlynn, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. She said, “We found that statin [...]

FDA approves new insulin injection

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new once-daily insulin injection, intended for diabetes patients, called Toujeo by Sanofi.
Toujeo has a lower risk of hypoglycemia than its predecessor, Lantus. However, this lower risk is not indicated on its product label, with a warning of the risk still indicated on the label.
The medication [...]

Recession triggers more suicides among middle-aged adults

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

According to a new study, the rate of suicides among middle-aged adults has increased significant in the recent years, and this may have been due to legal or economic issues triggered by the recession.
Angelos Halaris, MD, PhD, a Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist, said that this study could increase suicide awareness. He said, “The best [...]

Bariatric surgery beneficial in ways to women who get pregnant

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

A study found that bariatric surgery was tied to certain benefits for women who got pregnant later on, such a lower risk of gestational diabetes and overweight babies. However, it was also linked to certain negative effects. For instance, bariatric surgery was linked to a greater risk of underweight babies.
The study was led by Kari [...]

Exercise and diet key to preventing and decreasing knee pain

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

According to a new study, exercise and diet may be able to reduce or prevent knee pain in older adults who are diabetic or overweight.
The authors of this study said, “We found an intensive intervention program of weight loss and exercise reduced the short-term risk for developing knee pain among overweight adults with type 2 [...]

Active surveillance best for intermediate-risk prostate cancer

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

According to a new study, active surveillance may be a better option for intermediate-risk prostate cancer patients with a life expectancy of at least 10 years, rather than aggressive treatment.
Doctors grade prostate cancer according to risk, based on a number of factors such as the size and type of cancer and where in the body [...]

Multiple sclerosis patients may have less antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Women suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) may have fewer antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in their body than women without MS, according to a new study.
The study was led by Sandra D. Cassard, ScD, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, who said, “Since MS is a chronic inflammatory disorder, having enough nutrients [...]

Radiation therapy more common for prostate cancer treatment

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

A new study has found that radiation therapy was more common for treating prostate cancer than active surveillance or surgery, indicating that these two other treatment options may be underused.
Radiation therapy is known to come with certain side effects, and some cases of prostate cancer can be treated with less aggressive treatments too.
The study was [...]

Compounded hormone therapy used often without informing patients of risks

Friday, February 20th, 2015

According to a new study, women undergoing compounded hormone therapy (CPT) for menopause were often not made aware of the potential risks of these medications and that the fact they have not yet been proven effective and safe.
The study was conducted by JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and Nanette [...]

New dietary recommendations published in the US

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

New dietary recommendations have been published with the report for the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services in the US. These recommendations may, in turn, result in changes to the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to be published later in 2015.
The new recommendations cover coffee and sugar consumption, cholesterol levels and much more, [...]

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