Health Tip: Do I Need the Meningococcal Vaccine?
(HealthDay News) -- The meningococcal vaccine helps prevent
meningitis and sepsis (infection of the blood), which can lead to
severe illness and death. People aged 16 through 21 are most likely
to acquire meningococcal disease, the U.S. Centers for Disease
Health Tip: When Your Knee is Unstable
(HealthDay News) -- Your thighbone has a v-shaped notch that
accommodates your kneecap. If the groove is too narrow or shallow,
the knee cap can become unstable and dislocate.
Statins May Help Prevent Irregular Heartbeat in Elderly
WEDNESDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- The widely used class of
cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins may help elderly
patients with high blood pressure avoid developing atrial
fibrillation, a heart rhythm abnormality tied to stroke.
New Weight-Loss Drug Shows Promise in Trial
THURSDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- A new weight-loss drug that
is awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
showed promising results in a recent international trial,
Strides Made in Diagnosing, Treating Lupus
THURSDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes it takes years
for people to get diagnosed with lupus. That wasn't the case for
Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana, who had so many of the classic systemic
lupus erythematosus symptoms -- such as a butterfly-shaped rash on
her face, a daily fever and achy joints -- that her doctor knew
right away that the 23-year-old had the illness.
Many Women Still Smoke During Pregnancy
THURSDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Too many American women
still smoke during their pregnancies, a new report finds, and rates
of such smoking vary widely depending on race.
Induced Labor Late in Pregnancy Has Pros, Cons
THURSDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Inducing labor after a
woman has been pregnant for more than 37 weeks can reduce an
infant's risk of death before, during or shortly after birth
without increasing the need for cesarean delivery, a new study
Fitness in Middle Age Lowers Medical Costs Later: Study
THURSDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Subsidizing exercise and
fitness-related lifestyles in middle age could significantly reduce
the ballooning cost of health care in later years, a new study of
more than 20,000 people suggests.
FDA Issues Warning on Controversial MS Treatment
THURSDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors and patients need
to be aware of the potential risk of injuries and death associated
with an experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis called
liberation therapy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in
an alert issued Thursday.
Many Young Adults at Risk of Skin Cancer: CDC
THURSDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- Despite warnings about the
dangers of excess sun exposure, young adults in the United States
still get sunburned or use indoor tanning beds, federal health
officials said Thursday.
FDA Panel Gives Blessing to New Weight-Loss Drug
THURSDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- An advisory panel to the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended approval
of the weight-loss medication lorcaserin, even though concerns
remain about cardiovascular side effects.
FDA Advisers Back Pill to Help Prevent HIV Infection
THURSDAY, May 10 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug
Administration advisers on Thursday endorsed the use of the drug
Truvada as a means to help prevent HIV infection in healthy people
at high risk of contracting the AIDS-causing virus.