Posted by
Hepatitis C Cases Cluster in States Hit Hard by Opioids

Hepatitis C Cases Cluster in States Hit Hard by Opioids

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Digestion News FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More than half of Americans with hepatitis C are living in just nine U.S. states — five of those in a region hit hard by the opioid epidemic, a new study shows. The findings offer the latest look at the fallout […]

Posted by
Some Diabetes Drugs Linked to Higher Heart Risks

Some Diabetes Drugs Linked to Higher Heart Risks

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Diabetes News FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Two common classes of type 2 diabetes drugs may lower blood sugar levels, but new research suggests those same drugs might boost the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure. The drug classes in question are sulfonylureas and basal insulin. […]

Posted by
Flu Has Arrived for the Holidays, CDC Head Says

Flu Has Arrived for the Holidays, CDC Head Says

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Cold and Flu News FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The flu has ramped up in time for Christmas, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Just last week, the CDC said the flu season was off to a slow start, but all […]

Posted by
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Lung Cancer Surgery

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Lung Cancer Surgery

Latest Cancer News FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery for lung cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City on Friday. “Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital […]

Posted by
Heart Risks High in Older Cancer Patients <i>Before</i> Diagnosis

Heart Risks High in Older Cancer Patients Before Diagnosis

Latest Cancer News FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s a significant rise in the risk of heart attack and stroke in older people in the months before they’re diagnosed with cancer, a new study finds. “Our data show there is an associated risk of ischemic stroke and heart attack that begins to increase […]

Posted by
Gold nanoparticles could destroy prostate cancer

Gold nanoparticles could destroy prostate cancer

In an ongoing clinical trial, researchers are using gold nanoparticles to target prostate cancer cells. So far, the results are promising, and side effects are relatively minimal. Nanotechnology may help improve prostate cancer treatment and reduce side effects. Prostate cancer affects around 1 in 9 men in the United States. Due to its high prevalence, […]

Posted by
Reversing hearing loss by regrowing hairs

Reversing hearing loss by regrowing hairs

Humans are unable to reverse the effects of hearing loss, but a biological process found in other animal species may hold the key to reversing this widespread problem. Reversing hearing loss is currently impossible. How the brain interprets sounds is a relatively simple process. First, a sound enters the ear via soundwaves. It then moves […]

Posted by
What to know about acanthosis nigricans

What to know about acanthosis nigricans

Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition that causes the skin to become darker and thicker. It most often appears in the skin folds around the neck, groin, and armpits. Other symptoms include itching and an odor. Acanthosis nigricans has links with obesity and diabetes, and treatment involves addressing the underlying disorder. In rare cases, a […]

Posted by
What is fibrocystic breast disease?

What is fibrocystic breast disease?

Fibrocystic breast disease is a name for healthy breast tissue that feels lumpy and may be painful at times. It is not a true disease and is not harmful. The medical community sometimes refers to the condition as fibrocystic changes. Fibrocystic breast disease is very common. Some experts estimate that about 50 percent of women […]

Posted by
How to treat paronychia (an infected nail)

How to treat paronychia (an infected nail)

Paronychia is a skin infection that develops around the nail. It occurs when bacteria or fungi get under the skin. Paronychia can result from biting or chewing the nails, but it is more common when working conditions require the hands to be frequently wet or exposed to chemicals. Most cases of paronychia are not serious, […]