New Treatments Tackling Tough Lung Cancer

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Medical advances have led to “enormous” progress in treatments for the leading type of lung cancer, a new report shows. Lung cancer kills about 1.6 million people worldwide each year. The type known as non-small cell lung cancer accounts for about 85 percent of lung cancer cases. “Progress…

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Only Smoke 1 Cigarette a Day? It Can Still Kill You

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you think having just one cigarette a day won’t do any harm, you’re wrong. British researchers say lighting up just once a day was linked to a much higher risk of heart disease and stroke than might be expected. The bottom line: “No safe level of smoking…

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Some Smart Ways to Jumpstart Your Recycling Program

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Working toward a healthier environment involves more than separating glass and plastic. Try a new take on the three “R’s” — recycle, reduce and reuse — to save money, energy and natural resources. Start in your pantry. Donate packaged foods you know you’re not going to eat to…

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Many Stroke Survivors Don't Improve Health Habits

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While you might think most people would try to change unhealthy behaviors after a major health scare like a stroke, new research suggests most people don’t. They may even pick up worse habits. Fewer than 1 in 100 stroke survivors met all seven heart-health goals identified by the…

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More Bad News on Flu: It's Tied to Higher Heart Attack Risk

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A bad case of the flu can trigger a short-lived, but substantial, spike in some people’s heart attack risk, new research suggests. Among 332 heart attack patients, the complication was six times more likely to strike following a bout of the flu, researchers reported. The findings come in…

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U.S. Efforts to Help Fight Global HIV Are Paying Off

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A U.S. government program to prevent, treat and care for people with HIV/AIDS in poor countries has been highly effective and should continue, experts say. Since 2003, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has provided drug therapy to more than 13 million men, women and children,…

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Seizure Drug May Help Ease Symptoms of Major Form of Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A drug normally used to treat seizures may help ease some symptoms that occur with a type of dementia known as Lewy body dementia, researchers are reporting. The drug is called zonisamide (Zonegran). When added to treatment with the drug levodopa, zonisamide helped to control Parkinson’s disease-like movement…

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Are Stroke Patients Skipping Rehab?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Rehabilitation plays a crucial role in stroke recovery, but many patients could be missing out on it, a small study suggests. For the study, researchers contacted 369 North Carolina stroke patients who were referred to rehabilitation either when they left the hospital or at a follow-up visit within…

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Troubling Stroke Trend Among U.S. Moms-to-Be

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A rare type of stroke is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study finds. This type of stroke is called spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage. It’s potentially life-threatening and occurs when blood vessels on the surface of the brain rupture. It may occur at…

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More Americans Got Surgeries Sooner Under Obamacare

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has led to more timely surgeries for patients, a new study suggests. “In this study of nearly 300,000 patients in 42 states, we found that expansion of Medicaid coverage was linked to increased insurance coverage for these patients,” said study author…

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Progress on 'Universal' Vaccine Against Leading Flu Strain

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The United States is in the grip of a tough flu season, and the current influenza vaccine is only partially effective. However, scientists say they’re getting closer to a “universal” flu shot for the leading strain of the illness — a vaccine that wouldn’t need to be redeveloped…

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First Monkeys Cloned From Process That Created 'Dolly' the Sheep

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The world’s first genetically identical monkey clones have been created by Chinese scientists, who say they’ve broken barriers to human cloning. But both the scientists and other experts say it’s highly unlikely this advance will result in human clones in the foreseeable future. The researchers, instead, are touting…

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