Costs Block Prescription Access for Millions: Study
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Costs Block Prescription Access for Millions: Study

Dec. 3, 2021 — As Senate Democrats debate the Build Back Better Act, which includes measures that would lower prescription drug costs for consumers, a new Urban Institute study finds that 12.8 million adults delayed getting or didn’t get needed prescription drugs because of cost. The people who deferred or went without these prescription drugs…

Black Americans Less Likely to Lose Hearing as They Age
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Black Americans Less Likely to Lose Hearing as They Age

By Robert PreidtHealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Older Black Americans are much more likely to have good hearing than white Americans, and the difference is especially notable among men, a new study shows. “We found that among males, non-Hispanic Black Americans have a prevalence of hearing loss that is similar to non-Hispanic…

When Grief Doesn’t Go Away
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When Grief Doesn’t Go Away

Anne Murray Mozingo of York, ME, was a new mother, still nursing her 17-month-old son in the spring of 2000, when she woke one morning to find her husband, Bill, on the bathroom floor. He had died at 42 in the early morning hours from a brain aneurysm. She lost her life partner and best…

Breast Cancer: Test Reveals Who Can Skip Chemo After Surgery
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Breast Cancer: Test Reveals Who Can Skip Chemo After Surgery

By Robert Preidt and Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporters FRIDAY, Dec. 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A genetic test can identify older breast cancer patients who can forgo chemotherapy after surgery, even if the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, a large international clinical trial shows. “For decades, women with breast cancer that had spread…

How to Know What Medical Information to Trust
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How to Know What Medical Information to Trust

Misinformation bombards us every day, coming from multiple directions at a pace that is downright dizzying. We can fight back against misinformation and regain control. The News Literacy Project ,, a nonpartisan national educational nonprofit, can help with this. NLP, a leader in news literacy education, was founded in 2008, and offers programs and resources…

First Malaria Vaccine a Major Milestone Despite Hurdles Ahead
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First Malaria Vaccine a Major Milestone Despite Hurdles Ahead

Dec. 2, 2021 — The parasite that causes malaria can kill a person within 24 hours of symptoms appearing. The symptoms of malaria are similar to flu, with fever, headaches, and chills. All it takes is a microscopic poke. When a malaria-infected mosquito inserts her needle-like mouth into human skin, it releases the immature parasites…

New HIV and AIDS Strategy Calls Racism a Public Health Crisis
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New HIV and AIDS Strategy Calls Racism a Public Health Crisis

Dec. 2, 2021 – Can we end the HIV epidemic in America? Promising to take “aggressive action” to end HIV in the U.S., President Joe Biden on Worlds Aids Day on Wednesday announced a 3-year roadmap to help reduce new HIV transmissions in the U.S. by 90% by 2030. He was the first U.S. President…

FRONT PAGES: Data Shows An Increase In Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence
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FRONT PAGES: Data Shows An Increase In Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence

Newswise — Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) researchers, as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) network, report an increase in the number of children in Tennessee with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).The researchers published their findings in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report series on Dec. 2.The…

FRONT PAGE: Teens, Isolation And COVID
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FRONT PAGE: Teens, Isolation And COVID

Newswise — As the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic have eased, and in-person school and social activities resume, renewed interaction with friends and classmates is widely seen as an emotional boost for most teenagers, a group that reported increased anxiety and depression during the period of isolation.But it may be a different story for…

FRONT PAGES: Unlocking The Causes Of UTI-Induced Delusions
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FRONT PAGES: Unlocking The Causes Of UTI-Induced Delusions

Newswise — Los Angeles (December 2, 2021). –“Up to one-third of elderly patients hospitalized with UTIs can experience some degree of confusion and reduced awareness of their surroundings,” said Shouri Lahiri, MD, director of the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit and Neurocritical Care Research at Cedars-Sinai and senior author of the study. “Delirium affects millions of patients a…

FRONT PAGES: HPV-Associated Head And Neck Cancer Blood Test Shows Promise As A Test To Replace Tissue Biopsy
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FRONT PAGES: HPV-Associated Head And Neck Cancer Blood Test Shows Promise As A Test To Replace Tissue Biopsy

Newswise — Researchers at Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General Hospital have developed a blood test, or liquid biopsy, for head and neck cancer associated with the human papilloma virus (HPV) that was shown in a new study to be more accurate, faster and cheaper than conventional testing methods.In the study, published December 2…

FRONT Page: A Mouse Study Has Proven That Manipulating Certain Nerve Cells Could Help Restore Lost Heart Muscle
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FRONT Page: A Mouse Study Has Proven That Manipulating Certain Nerve Cells Could Help Restore Lost Heart Muscle

Newswise — Human heart muscle cells cease to multiply after birth, making any heart injury later in life a permanent one, reducing function and leading to heart failure. Now, however, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have new evidence from mouse experiments that manipulating certain nerve cells or the genes that control them might trigger…

HEALTH: Beating HIV Stigma: Undetectable Equals Untransmittable
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HEALTH: Beating HIV Stigma: Undetectable Equals Untransmittable

CommentaryBy Karl SchmidEarlier this year, GLAAD–in partnership with the Gilead COMPASS Initiative–conducted a survey titled, “The 2021 State of HIV Stigma Study.” Its task was to measure American attitudes towards HIV and people like myself living with HIV. The results of the study were disheartening, to say the very least: Americans, after 40 years, still…

HEALTH: World AIDS Day: Progress Seen, but Inequities Persist
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HEALTH: World AIDS Day: Progress Seen, but Inequities Persist

By Robert PreidtHealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Some progress has been made in the U.S. fight against HIV, with new infections falling among white gay and bisexual men over the past decade. Officials say that their Hispanic and Black counterparts didn’t see the same progress. The continuing inequities show up in a…

HEALTH: Vaping May Raise Risk for Impotence
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HEALTH: Vaping May Raise Risk for Impotence

By Alan Mozes HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Vaping can be tough on the lungs, but new research warns of another possible danger to men: It may more than double the risk for erectile dysfunction. After tracking erectile dysfunction (ED) risk among nearly 25,000 men aged 20 and older, investigators found that…

HEALTH: First Omicron Variant Case Identified in U.S.
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HEALTH: First Omicron Variant Case Identified in U.S.

Dec. 1, 2021 — The first case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the United States was confirmed by officials today in an individual in California who had recently traveled to South Africa. He or she was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and experienced only “mild symptoms that are improving,” officials with the CDC…

HEALTH: Supreme Court Receptive to Case That Could Overturn Roe v Wade
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HEALTH: Supreme Court Receptive to Case That Could Overturn Roe v Wade

Dec. 1, 2021 — A majority of U.S. Supreme Court Justices on Wednesday seemed receptive to the idea that there is no constitutional right to abortion, or, at a minimum, that states are able to determine when a pregnancy can be terminated. The justices heard from lawyers arguing for and against a 2018 Mississippi law…

HEALTH: Nation’s First Overdose Prevention Centers Open in NYC
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HEALTH: Nation’s First Overdose Prevention Centers Open in NYC

By Robert Preidt and Robin FosterHealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Dec. 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The United States’ first overdose prevention centers have opened in New York City in the Manhattan neighborhoods of East Harlem and Washington Heights. People will be able to bring their drugs and use them under the supervision of trained staff members who…

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