|Thursday, February 23, 2017

Health

Many US cancer patients struggle to afford life-saving medications

(Reuters Health) – As cancer drug costs rise, U.S. cancer patients are more likely than other medical patients to struggle with paying for prescription medications, according to a recent study. The financial burdens are especially high for patients under age 65 who cannot access Medicare, the government insurance program for the elderly, and for people with multiple medical conditions, ...Full Article

Same-sex marriage laws tied to fewer teen suicide attempts

(Reuters Health) – Enacting policies that promote equality, like same-sex marriage laws, may ease the mental burdens on lesbian, gay and bisexual young people, a new U.S. study suggests. ...Full Article

Many pacemaker recipients can safely get non-chest MRIs

(Reuters Health) – It might be possible for people with an older pacemaker to safely get an MRI after all. A new study suggests that avoiding a scan of ...Full Article

Women’s life expectancy on track to hit 90 in some nations

PARIS, Feb 22: By 2030 life expectancy for South Korean women could top nine decades, an average lifespan long thought to be out of reach, researchers said Wednesday (Feb 22). ...Full Article

US judge blocks Texas plan to cut Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 22: A U.S. judge in Austin issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday halting Texas’ plan to cut Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, saying the state did not ...Full Article

Men more at risk of cognitive impairment, death after hip fracture

REUTERS, Feb 22: After a hip fracture, men are more cognitively impaired – and therefore, more at risk of death – than women, researchers in Baltimore say. By 2025, the ...Full Article

Fructose tied to advanced liver disease in children and teens

REUTERS, Feb 22: Obese youth who have some buildup of fats in their livers and a diet high in fructose may be more likely to develop serious chronic liver damage ...Full Article

First Gamma Knife Centre to benefit more than 40,000 patients

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21: The first Gamma Knife Centre, a non-invasive neurosurgical procedure which uses powerful doses of radiation to target and treat diseased brain tissue will benefit more than ...Full Article

‘Fasting-mimicking’ diet said to reduce risk factors for aging

(Reuters Health) – Following a diet that mimics fasting may reduce risk factors for disease in generally healthy people, according to a small study. Dr. Min Wei of UCLA’s ...Full Article

Going from low- to intermediate-fitness may prolong life

(Reuters Health) – Improving cardiovascular fitness over time may prolong life, suggests a new study. Patients who started with low fitness levels but were able to improve to intermediate ...Full Article
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