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Shortage of research on where there's too much healthcare
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There's little doubt that the United States wastes a lot of money on unnecessary healthcare. But pinning down the worst offenders isn't easy, as a fresh analysis of the scientific literature finds. More

Millions now manage aging parents' care from afar
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As lifespans lengthen and the number of seniors rapidly grows, more Americans find themselves struggling to care for an ailing loved one from hundreds or thousands of miles away. The National Institute on Aging estimates around 7 million Americans are long-distance caregivers. More

Consumer groups fear watered-down rule on health plan summaries
The Washingston Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the most popular provisions of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul — consumer-friendly summaries of what your insurance plan covers — suddenly seems to be at risk. Consumer groups say it's not Republican opposition they're worried about, but a White House that doesn't want to be seen, in an election year, as churning out costly new regulations. More

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Will positive breast cancer studies get Avastin reapproved?
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Is Avastin back in the running for breast cancer treatment? The Food and Drug Administration revoked Avastin's approval for treating breast cancer, saying the drug didn't extend life and could cause dangerous side effects. But two new studies show the drug made tumors disappear in women with early stages of breast cancer. More

Study: FDA drug warnings often ineffective
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The Food and Drug Administration's communications to physicians and patients about dangers of approved medications often miss the mark, said a systematic review of 49 studies covering 16 medicines. Researchers examined cases from 1990 to 2010 in which the FDA added warnings to labels, issued public health advisories or wrote letters to physicians and other prescribers to inform them of unanticipated drug risks. More

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Study: 7 percent of teens, adults carry HPV in mouths
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An estimated 7 percent of American teens and adults carry the human papilloma virus in their mouths, an infection that puts them at heightened risk of developing cancer of the mouth and throat, researchers said. Their study, the first to assess the prevalence of oral HPV infection in the U.S. population, may help health experts understand why rates of a type of head and neck cancer have skyrocketed in recent years. More

US cancer screening lags behind for Asians, Hispanics
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Americans aren't getting screened for cancer as regularly as the U.S. government would like, with Asians and Hispanics leaving themselves most vulnerable to the second-leading cause of death nationwide, a study found. Colorectal cancer screening is particularly underutilized, with 58.6 percent getting one of three recommended tests for the malignancy that kills more than 50,000 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute. More

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CDC: Diabetic amputations have dropped dramatically
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Foot and leg amputations were once a fairly common fate for diabetics, but new government research shows a dramatic decline in limbs lost to the disease, probably due to better treatments. The rate has fallen by more than half since the mid-1990s, according to what is being called the most comprehensive study of the trend. More

More fruits, vegetables in US school lunch rules
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U.S. schoolchildren, accustomed to a steady diet of pizza and french fries, will find more fruits, vegetables and whole grains on their cafeteria trays under new government school lunch rules. The new U.S. Department of Agriculture rules aim to boost the nutritional quality of the federally subsidized meals consumed by roughly 32 million U.S. schoolchildren daily. More

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Stem cell research is now bearing fruit
The Economist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fourteen years ago James Thomson of the University of Wisconsin isolated stem cells from human embryos. The ability of such cells to morph into any other sort of cell suggested worn-out or damaged tissues might be repaired, and diseases thus treated — a technique now known as regenerative medicine. Since then progress has been erratic and controversial. But, as two new papers prove, there has been progress. More

Researchers report gain using gene therapy to battle blindness
The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
University of Pennsylvania researchers are making progress with a form of blindness, retinitis pigmentosa, which strikes many thousands. The scientists reported success in treating four dogs with forms of the disease. And they are optimistic that their findings will, like an earlier study, translate to humans. More

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Mystery illness: More girls develop Tourette's-like tics
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VideoBriefThe mystery surrounding the strange illness that has struck a group of teenage girls in upstate New York deepened as more teens developed the same Tourette's-like symptoms. Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, the neurologist who has seen and is treating 10 of the 12 girls originally struck by the puzzling illness said more girls recently reached out to him. More

Can low birth rate raise autism risk?
HealthDay News via MSN    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After studying data on more than 3,700 pairs of identical twins, researchers from Northwestern University found low birth weight was associated with more than triple the risk for autism spectrum disorder among twins in which autism only affected one of the children. The study, to be published in the journal Psychological Medicine, used data from the Swedish Twin Registry's Child and Adolescent Twin Study. More

"An estimated 25.6 million Americans age 20 years or older have diabetes, according the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services."

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