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Eating Small Amounts Of Meats Increase Risk Of Death

A new study out of Loma Linda University Health suggests that eating red and processed meats even in small amounts may increase the risk of death from all causes, especially cardiovascular disease. Alshahrani, lead author of the study and a doctoral student at Loma Linda University School of Public Health; said the research fills an important gap…

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Rise In Cannabis Use Among Canadian Youth

National discussions on cannabis legalization, along with increased access to medical marijuana, may have encouraged more high school students to consume the drug years before it became legal in Canada. A recent study using data from more than 230,000 questionnaires by Canadian high school students in grades 9 to 12 found that almost 10% reported…

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Eating Leafy Green Vegetables Help Maintain Muscle Strength

Popeye was on to something. Eating just one cup of leafy green vegetables like spinach each day may help maintain muscle strength and mobility into old age. Researchers from Edith Cowan University tracked the diets of 1420 West Australian women aged over 70 and found that those who ate more nitrate-rich vegetables like spinach; rocket…

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Health’ Surprise Medical Bills Is Harder Than It Looks

Surprise medical bills when patients receive an unexpected bill from a health provider not in their insurance network are among the few problems in health care just about everyone wants to solve. But it turns out that no one in the health industry wants to take responsibility for paying those bills. That could complicate efforts…

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FDA Chief Calls For Stricter Scrutiny Of Electronic Health

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday called for tighter scrutiny of electronic health records systems, which have prompted thousands of reports of patient injuries and other safety problems over the past decade. “What we really need is a much more tailored approach; so that we have appropriate oversight of EHRs when they’re…

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Vaccination With MMR Does Not Increase Autism Risk

Vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) does not increase the risk for autism or trigger autism in susceptible children, according to a new cohort study published in the March 5 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. “Our study is by far the largest single study to date and adds significantly to our knowledge on the issue, in that it allows…

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Lilly To Sell Cheaper Version Of Top Selling Insulin Humalog

Eli Lilly is offering a half-price version of a top selling insulin to ease the financial strain for some patients; but an advocacy group says much bigger changes are needed. The drugmaker said Monday it will introduce a version of the diabetes treatment Humalog that will be called Insulin Lispro and come with an initial…

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Study Links Electronic Cigarettes And Wheezing In Adults

Electronic cigarette use (“vaping”) is associated with wheezing in adults, according to a new study published in the journal Tobacco Control. People who vaped were nearly twice as likely to experience wheezing compared to people who didn’t regularly use tobacco products. Wheezing; which is caused by narrowed or abnormal airways, is often a precursor to other…

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KHN’s ‘What The Health ‘Medicare For All’ Debate

House Democrats, led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), have formally introduced their “Medicare for all” legislation. The bill, which would ensure coverage for almost every medical service most people need; did not come with any suggestions for financing. But it will likely reflect the far-left end of the Democratic debate in progress. Pharmaceutical companies Meanwhile,…

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Many Antibiotic Courses For Common Infections

Many antibiotic courses prescribed for common infections treated in English primary care (general practices and community services) exceed the recommended guidelines, reveals a study in The BMJ today. Treatment courses were 1.3 million days beyond the durations recommended by guidelines; with most excess days due to treatment for respiratory conditions. Side effects Previous studies have found significant…

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Health Effects Of Alcohol Consumption May Underestimate The Risks

Studies of health effects of alcohol consumption may underestimate the risks of imbibing, particularly for younger people, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The research demonstrates that although cohort studies the type of observational investigations typically used to study health benefits and risks sometimes show benefits from moderate…

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First Pocket-Size Device Revolutionize Personal Healthcare

At age 16, Chang Hun Lee was obese. In fact, at 185 pounds, he had already been diagnosed as prediabetic. Fortunately for Lee, he got his health back on track before it was too late. Now the senior at the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business wants to make sure others can be proactive…