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Protective Use of Antivirals Cuts New HIV Cases

In a study of gay men who did not have HIV who were given antiviral drugs protectively, the number of new HIV infections fell from 295 cases in the year before the program rollout to 221 cases the

Study: Skin Creams May Be OK During Radiation

Contrary to the usual advice, a new study has found that, unless applied very heavily, skin creams did not raise the radiation dose to the skin during cancer treatment.

3-Drug Therapy Might Be Cystic Fibrosis Advance

In what researchers call “a breakthrough,” two clinical trials have found that two different three-drug treatment plans could help 90 percent of people with cystic fibrosis. “It’s not a cure,” said

Self-Control Key to Weight Loss, Brain Scans Show

Brain scans reveal that people who are better at losing weight have more activity in regions of the brain associated with self-control, a small new study reports.
FDA Panel OKs Stronger Opioid Despite Concerns

FDA Panel OKs Stronger Opioid Despite Concerns

The company says there's a need for opioid pain medicines that don't require swallowing, because some patients have difficulty taking oral medication and may not have access to IV opioids. The FDA had

Experts Sound Warning About 'Baby Boxes'

There's no proof that cardboard baby reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and they may pose other risks, British researchers said this week, concerns that are shared by the American

Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia Later

Women with a history of preeclampsia were 3.4 times more likely to suffer from vascular dementia later in life, researchers have found. This form of dementia is triggered by impaired blood flow in the

Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help

New research appears to challenge longstanding wisdom that those who struggle with rosacea should avoid both caffeine and hot drinks of any kind.
Report: Burger Chains' Antibiotics Plans Flawed

Report: Burger Chains' Antibiotics Plans Flawed

Only two burger chains in the U.S. earn top marks for avoiding ground beef pumped full of antibiotics, according to a new report issued by a group of environmental and consumer groups. Shake Shack and
Drug-resistant Salmonella Hits Dozens Across U.S.

Drug-resistant Salmonella Hits Dozens Across U.S.

The agency is not yet advising consumers to stop eating chicken but urges anyone who does to make sure it is properly cooked. Illnesses began in January, and the most recent case was confirmed in

WebMD Infographic: Missing the Signs

Do you know if your child is stressed? View this chart to learn more about the signs.
In Pregnancy, Doctors' Focus is on Baby, Not Mom

In Pregnancy, Doctors' Focus is on Baby, Not Mom

Experts say there has long been concern that obstetrics has focused on babies’ well-being almost to the exclusion or certainly to the detriment of moms, and many hope and believe that tide is starting

Number of Autism Genes Now Tops 100

Researchers say that we now know of 102 genes that are associated with autism.

Post-surgery pounds can predict health problems

In a study of pounds regained after weight-loss surgery, the percentage of pounds put back on helped predict serious health problems, researchers said.

U.S. Birth Rates Still Dropping, Moms Still Older

Fewer babies are being born in the United States, and women are generally older when they have their first child, according to a new government report.

Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aid May Help Aging Brain

Researchers studying cognitive health related to hearing and vision found that the rate of mental decline was halved after cataract surgery and was 75 percent lower after people got a hearing aid.

Bigger Family, Lower Cancer Risk?

Researchers who analyzed data from 178 countries found that people from larger families were less likely to get cancer than those from smaller families.

CDC Warns of Polio-Like Virus Striking More Kids

The CDC on Tuesday reported 127 cases of a rare but devastating polio-like virus, partially paralyzing hundreds of children in 22 states. It’s the third wave of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) to hit the
Feds and Pharma Spar Over Drug Costs in TV Ads

Feds and Pharma Spar Over Drug Costs in TV Ads

The Trump administration first mentioned requiring drug prices in ads in May, as part of the government's American Patients First plan to lower drug costs. In August, it began officially reviewing a

Obesity Surgery May Cut Diabetics' Heart Risk

Severely obese patients who had weight-loss surgery were 40 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke over five years, versus those on standard diabetes care, according to a new study.