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What to know about the GGT test

What to know about the GGT test

Doctors use the GGT test to diagnose liver problems. Doctors will measure GGT if they suspect damage to the liver or bile ducts, chronic alcohol abuse, or certain bone diseases. In the GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase) test, a healthcare professional measures the levels of GGT in a sample of blood. High levels of GGT in the […]

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Type 1 diabetes: New pancreatic cell transplant system shows promise

Type 1 diabetes: New pancreatic cell transplant system shows promise

Scientists have developed a way to increase the effectiveness of pancreatic islet transplantation, a promising therapy for type 1 diabetes. New findings could make pancreatic islet cell transplants more effective. Immune rejection by the recipient is a major barrier to pancreatic islet transplants from donors becoming routinely available for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. […]

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More women risking heart health through lack of exercise

More women risking heart health through lack of exercise

A new study finds that the number of women in the United States with cardiovascular disease who are not doing enough physical activity is on the rise. Women between 40 and 64 years of age are getting less and less exercise, new research shows. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women in […]

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How much coffee is too much for the heart?

How much coffee is too much for the heart?

For many people, coffee is the magical brew that kickstarts the day, a much-needed pick-me-up in the afternoon, and sometimes even a well-appreciated digestive after dinner. However, how much coffee is too much? A large new study claims to hold the answer. How much coffee might increase habitual drinkers’ cardiovascular risk? “What on earth could […]

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Red Cross Needs Type O Blood to Ease Shortage

Red Cross Needs Type O Blood to Ease Shortage

Latest Prevention & Wellness News THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There’s a severe nationwide shortage of Type O blood, and the American Red Cross has issued an urgent appeal for donations. The current supply of Type O blood is critically low: Six units are available for every 100,000 people in the United States, […]

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Lipitor (atorvastatin) vs. Vytorin (simvastatin and ezetimibe)

Lipitor (atorvastatin) vs. Vytorin (simvastatin and ezetimibe)

What drugs interact with Lipitor and Vytorin? Lipitor Decreased elimination of Lipitor could increase levels of Lipitor in the body and increase the risk of muscle toxicity from Lipitor. Therefore, Lipitor should not be combined with drugs that decrease its elimination. Examples of such drugs includes: Large quantities of grape fruit juice (>1.2 liters daily) […]

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Pool Chemicals Harm Thousands Every Summer

Pool Chemicals Harm Thousands Every Summer

Latest Prevention & Wellness News THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Swimming pools are one of the great joys of summer, but U.S. health officials warn that the chemicals that keep the water pristine can land you in the ER. Between 2008 and 2017, there were more than 4,500 pool chemical-related injuries reported each […]

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Hailey-Hailey Disease (Familial Benign Pemphigus)

Hailey-Hailey Disease (Familial Benign Pemphigus)

Treatment There is no specific treatment for Hailey-Hailey disease and management generally focuses on the specific symptoms and severity in each person. People with Hailey-Hailey disease are encouraged to avoid “triggers” such as sunburn, sweating, and friction, and to keep the affected areas dry. Sunscreen, loose clothing, moisturizing creams, and avoiding excessive heat may help […]

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Heroin ODs Have Started Declining in Some States

Heroin ODs Have Started Declining in Some States

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter Latest Mental Health News THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — After years of steady increases, the number of Americans showing up in emergency departments with heroin overdoses is on a downswing, at least in some states. Between 2017 and 2018, many states saw a dramatic drop in the number of […]

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Less Pain, More Car Crashes: Legalized Marijuana a Mixed Bag

Less Pain, More Car Crashes: Legalized Marijuana a Mixed Bag

Latest Chronic Pain News THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If Colorado is any indication, the legalization of marijuana does not come without health hazards. New research shows that while it led to a decline in hospitalizations for chronic pain, there were increases in traffic crashes, alcohol abuse and drug overdoses in the state. […]