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Apples most popular among US youth

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

According to a recent survey of US teenagers and children, apples are the most popular fruit, especially among children in the age group of 6-11 years.
The study was led by Kirsten Herrick, of the Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys at the National Center for Health Statistics, who said, “Fruits and vegetables are important [...]

USPSTF releases cigarette smoking healthcare guidelines

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released its latest cigarette smoking healthcare guidelines. The new guidelines call for doctors to screen all pregnant women and adults and to advice smokers to quit their habit using proven interventions.
For these guidelines, the USPSTF reviewers looked at 114 articles on smoking cessation and tobacco usage, and [...]

Hypertension medication lowers type 2 diabetes risk

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Two new Spanish studies have found that hypertension medications taken in the evening could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes significantly.
Lead author Ramón C. Hermida, a cardiologist and epidemiologist at the University of Vigo, said, “In hypertensive patients without diabetes, ingestion of the entire daily dose of one or more blood pressure-lowering medications at [...]

Beta blockers could help heart attack patients in low doses

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

A new study has found that beta blockers, even in low doses, could help in treating heart attack patients. Dosing of this class of medications remains controversial.
The study was led by Jeffrey Goldberger, a professor of cardiology at Northwestern University, and it found that the dosage of beta blockers could be reduced significantly without impacting [...]

Alcohol use linked to lack of parental supervision of early teen girls

Friday, September 25th, 2015

According to a new study by the Florida Atlantic University (FAU), lack of supervision of early-maturing teenage girls could be linked to a greater risk of alcohol abuse.
Without parental supervision, interactions with older teenagers could result in younger teenage girls imitating alcohol-linked behaviors that are beyond their current levels of maturity.
The study was led by [...]

Multiple chronic conditions raises dementia risk

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

According to a new study, multiple chronic conditions like heart disease and chronic conditions in older adults could raise the risk of dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Men have a greater risk than women.
The study was led by Rosebud Roberts, a professor of epidemiology and neurology at the Mayo Clinic, who said, “Our findings [...]

National Drug Take-Back program takes place

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

A National Prescription Drug Take-Back program is being held in the US on 26 September 2015, marking the second year of the program after it successfully collected 309 tons of unused drugs in 2014.
The event is scheduled for 10am to 2pm local time in every US state except for Delaware and Pennsylvania, both of which [...]

FDA approves two new diabetes treatments

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ryzodeg 70/30 (insulin degludec/insulin aspart injection) and Tresiba (insulin degludec injection), two new diabetes treatment medications by pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk.
Both medications are long-acting insulin drugs that are recommended to be injected just one or two times per day.  They have been approved for treating type [...]

LTRAs could prevent asthma attacks

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Leukotriene-receptor antagonists (LTRAs) could prevent asthma attacks in teenagers and adults, according to a new study.
The study found that LTRAs could improve asthma control and prevent asthma attacks. This class of drugs have been thought to be less effective in asthma treatment than inhaled corticosteroids.
The study was led by Michael Miligkos, of the University [...]

Hispanics may be more prone to cancer

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

A new report by the American Cancer Society (ACS) has found that cancer was the largest cause of death among the nation’s Hispanic population.
Lung cancer was the deadliest cancer, followed by colorectal cancer and then liver cancer. The report’s lead author was Rebecca Siegel, director of surveillance information for the ACS. She said, “The growth [...]

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