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What is the DASH Diet and Why Is It a Top Choice among Experts?

The DASH Diet is highly recommended for overall health and heart disease prevention. Find out how it works.

1 in 8 Older Americans May Be 'Junk Food Addicts,' Poll Finds

1 in 8 Older Americans May Be 'Junk Food Addicts,' Poll Finds

It may be that as many as 13% of older adults are addicted to highly processed comfort foods, a new survey finds.

Craving cookies, chips, packaged snacks and soda was seen in adults aged 50 to 80, according to new data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

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  • January 30, 2023
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Medicare Will Save U.S. Billions Negotiating Drug Prices

Medicare Will Save U.S. Billions Negotiating Drug Prices

The U.S. government could save billions every year once Medicare begins negotiating drug prices in 2026, new research suggests.

The Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress last year allows Medicare to bargain with drug companies on the prices of 10 of the highest-priced drugs in 2026 before adding 15 more in 2027, 15 more in 2028 and 20...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 30, 2023
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U.S. Parents Face Big Disparities in Access to Autism Care Services

U.S. Parents Face Big Disparities in Access to Autism Care Services

Autism services are harder to find in many of the places where Black, Hispanic and Native American families live, new research shows.

It's known that there are racial disparities in U.S. families' receipt of autism services — ranging from diagnosis and behavioral therapy to school and community programs.

The new study high...

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  • January 30, 2023
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Troubling Signs TB Is Gaining Resistance Against Combo Antibiotics

Troubling Signs TB Is Gaining Resistance Against Combo Antibiotics

New drugs may be needed to fight the deadliest form of tuberculosis, because it may no longer respond to current treatments.

An animal study by Johns Hopkins University researchers found that an approved antibiotic regimen may not work for TB meningitis due to multidrug-resistant strains. Small human studies have also provided evidence tha...

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  • January 30, 2023
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Fear of Public Spaces Is Common in People With Epilepsy

Fear of Public Spaces Is Common in People With Epilepsy

Many adults with epilepsy have agoraphobia, or a fear of public places, new research suggests.

That impacts quality of life and is something doctors should include in other screening that looks for anxiety or depression, the investigators said.

"We know that agoraphobia can lead to delays in patient care because of a reluctance to g...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 30, 2023
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Gum Disease Treatments Lose Their Punch in Heavy Smokers

Gum Disease Treatments Lose Their Punch in Heavy Smokers

Treatments for gum disease may have little benefit for heavy smokers, new research shows.

The study findings suggest the need to rethink treatment of the common gum disease periodontitis, according to researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark.

“To our surprise, we could see that the disease had actually grown worse in some para...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 30, 2023
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Silent Killer: Shield Your Family From Carbon Monoxide

Silent Killer: Shield Your Family From Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a silent, odorless killer, but even during winter heating season, it's possible to stay safe.

This dangerous gas is produced when fuels burn incompletely.

This can happen in furnaces, both gas- and wood-burning fireplaces, space heaters and vehicles that burn fossil fuel. It’s also possible in water heaters, gas ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 29, 2023
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What Is Heartworm and How Can You Protect Your Pet From It?

What Is Heartworm and How Can You Protect Your Pet From It?

It’s possible to prevent heartworms in many of your furry friends — dogs, cats and ferrets, specifically.

Heading off a severe and sometimes deadly illness simply requires regular, year-round preventive treatment through a pill, injection or topical medication, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Heartworms are pa...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 28, 2023
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Yes, Kids Ward Off COVID More Easily. But Their Immune System Pays a Price

Yes, Kids Ward Off COVID More Easily. But Their Immune System Pays a Price

Children’s amped-up immune systems allow them to beat back COVID-19 easily, producing a strong initial response that quickly slaps away the virus.

But there might be a price to be paid for that sharp reaction, a new study from Australia says.

Because the initial response provides such a swift takedown, kids’ immune systems don’...

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  • January 27, 2023
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FDA Could Ease Blood Donation Rules for Gay Men

FDA Could Ease Blood Donation Rules for Gay Men

Longstanding restrictions on blood donations from gay or bisexual men could soon shift towards a more nuanced policy, where such men are asked about sexual partners and practices instead, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

Specifically, gay men who are in monogamous relationships will no longer be required to abstain f...

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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You Can Prevent Sports Overuse Injuries

You Can Prevent Sports Overuse Injuries

“Move it or lose it” the saying goes, but too much exercise or playing sports can lead to overuse injuries.

These injuries include damage to bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles due to repetitive actions, such running, throwing, biking, lifting and swimming, to name a few.

An overuse injury can be the result of poor training te...

  • Melissa R.B. Connor RDN HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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In a First, Medicaid Extends Coverage to Prison Inmates

In a First, Medicaid Extends Coverage to Prison Inmates

Some inmates in California could begin getting certain limited health services, including substance abuse treatment and mental health diagnoses, using Medicaid funds.

Typically, inmates lose Medicaid coverage while in the prison, jail or juvenile justice system.

This change will be the first time ever that Medicaid has provided some...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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AHA News: Researchers Take a Closer Look at What COVID-19 Does to the Heart

AHA News: Researchers Take a Closer Look at What COVID-19 Does to the Heart

People hospitalized with COVID-19 may have an increased risk for heart damage, but not so much the type of inflammation previous research suggested, according to a new study.

Early in the pandemic, several studies suggested many COVID-19 survivors experienced heart damage even if they didn't have underlying heart disease and weren't sick e...

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  • January 27, 2023
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Is Your Gas Stove Making You Sick? Experts Weigh In

Is Your Gas Stove Making You Sick? Experts Weigh In

Natural gas stoves have become the latest flashpoint in America’s increasingly volatile political culture, after a top federal regulator publicly mulled over banning the appliances.

"This is a hidden hazard," the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) commissioner, Richard Trumka Jr., said in an interview. "Any option is on the t...

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  • January 27, 2023
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FDA Says No to Regulating CBD Products as Supplements

FDA Says No to Regulating CBD Products as Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it can't regulate CBD supplements because there isn't enough evidence on their safety. The agency also called on Congress to create new rules for what has become a burgeoning industry.

"The use of CBD raises various safety concerns, especially with long-term use," FDA Deputy Commissioner ...

  • Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • January 27, 2023
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Updated Booster Shots, Not Original COVID Vaccines, Should Be Standard: FDA Panel

Updated Booster Shots, Not Original COVID Vaccines, Should Be Standard: FDA Panel

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel on Thursday voted unanimously to recommend that the agency phase out original versions of COVID vaccines for use in the unvaccinated, in favor of updated bivalent booster shots.

Committee members also weighed a proposal to streamline the dosing schedule for COVID vaccines by tu...

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  • January 27, 2023
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Risks for Heart Failure Rise in Rural America

Risks for Heart Failure Rise in Rural America

Adults who live in rural areas, and Black men in particular, are at much higher risk for developing heart failure.

Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition that develops when the heart fails to pump enough blood for the body’s needs.

Researchers from the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Vanderbilt...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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Got an Extra Chromosome? It Could Harm You

Got an Extra Chromosome? It Could Harm You

Researchers have uncovered a serious risk for folks who have an extra X or Y chromosome.

Those with the genetic condition known as supernumerary sex chromosome aneuploidy have a risk for blood clots in a deep vein or lung that’s four or five times higher than usual, a new study shows.

“An additional X or Y chromosome is more comm...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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Breast Pain Doesn't Always Mean Cancer: When to Get a Mammogram

Breast Pain Doesn't Always Mean Cancer: When to Get a Mammogram

While anyone can experience breast pain, don't panic: It’s rarely cancer.

Penn State Health offers some reassurance about what might cause the pain and when it might be time to have a mammogram.

“We see a lot of patients who come looking for answers that have widespread, cyclical breast pain,” said Dr. Alison Chetlen, a staff p...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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Wintertime Wandering: A Real Danger for People With Alzheimer's

Wintertime Wandering: A Real Danger for People With Alzheimer's

Winter weather can add a layer of danger to the wandering behavior common in people with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) offers some suggestions to help prevent wandering and prepare folks to react quickly if it occurs.

“During the winter, it’s especially important for families living in areas affected by ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 27, 2023
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