BRCA Breast Cancer Gene Doesn't Affect Patient Survival: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young breast cancer patients with a BRCA gene mutation have the same chances of survival after treatment as those without the mutation, a new study finds. BRCA mutations are inherited and increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Between 45 percent and 90 percent of women with…

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Pregnant Women Still Getting UTI Meds Linked to Birth Defects

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be problematic for pregnant women and their babies, but so can two antibiotics used to treat these infections, U.S. health officials warn. The antibiotics — trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) and nitrofurantoin (Macrobid) — have been linked to a small risk for birth defects in pregnant…

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FDA Approves First Drug for Tumors Tied to Breast Cancer Genes

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first drug aimed at treating metastatic breast cancers linked to the BRCA gene mutation. These mutated genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2, first came to prominence in 2013 when actress and director Angelina Jolie announced she’d undergone a preventive…

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Old Age Alone Not to Blame for Surgical Complications

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Various factors can increase a senior’s chances of experiencing complications after surgery, but age apparently isn’t one of them. A review of 44 studies that included more than 12,000 people aged 60 and older found that frailty, mental impairment, depressive symptoms and smoking increased the risk for complications…

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Asthma in America Carries $82 Billion Price Tag

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The economic cost of asthma in the United States is nearly $82 billion a year, federal health officials report. That figure includes medical expenses and costs associated with work and school absences and deaths. However, the true cost of asthma is probably underestimated because the U.S. Centers for…

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Is It a Cold or Flu? Here's How to Tell

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With a severe flu season now widespread across 46 states, do symptoms you or a loved one have point to the dreaded illness? Amid the sniffles, coughing and fever, “it’s sometimes difficult to determine whether you have the common cold or the flu,” said Dr. Boris Khodorkovsky. He’s…

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Readjusting Calorie Consumption as You Lose Weight

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you find that your weekly weight loss is slowing down, maybe it’s time to readjust your calorie intake. First, some calorie math. Your calorie baseline is the number of calories you need to maintain your weight. Most diets are based on reducing that number by 1,000 calories…

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Raw Meat Not the Safest Choice for Your Dog … or You

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While your dog or cat might love the taste of raw meat, a steady diet of it might be a bad idea, a new study warns. Raw meat diets for pets have become increasingly popular, but there is no evidence that they are healthier than typical pet foods,…

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As CHIP Money Runs Out, Millions of U.S. Kids May Lose Health Care

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Time is running out for millions of American kids covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Stopgap funding for the federal program for these kids will expire Jan. 19. Soon thereafter, states will begin to cut kids’ coverage as the money runs dry, experts say. Nearly 1.7…

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Tobacco's Grip on U.S. Veterans

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 40 percent of U.S. military veterans smoke or use some form of tobacco. Data from 2010-2015 revealed that 21.6 percent of veterans reported current use (within the past 30 days) of cigarettes, 6.2 percent used cigars, 5.2 percent used smokeless tobacco, 3 percent used roll-your-own tobacco, and…

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Having Too Little of This Nutrient Could Harm a Woman's Fertility

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Nearly half of U.S. women have at least a mild deficiency in the nutrient iodine, and new research suggests it could impair their fertility. Iodine — a mineral that helps regulate metabolism — is found in seafood, iodized salt, dairy products, and some fruits and vegetables. But in…

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FDA Bans Use of Opioid-Containing Cough Meds by Kids

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Trying to put a dent in the ongoing opioid addiction crisis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday slapped strict new restrictions on the use of opioid-containing cold and cough products by kids. These prescription medicines involve any that include codeine or oxycodone, the FDA said. “After…

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