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Gyms Are Fertile Ground for Germs

Gyms Are Fertile Ground for Germs

Latest Infectious Disease News SUNDAY, Jan. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Going to the gym is supposed to improve your health, but it can also be a hotbed of cold and flu bugs, an expert warns. “The biggest thing about the gym is there are a lot of areas where germs, viruses and fungus can […]

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Hemoglobin vs. Hematocrit

Hemoglobin vs. Hematocrit

What is the difference between hemoglobin and hematocrit? Hemoglobin is the iron-based molecule type that gives blood its red color and ferries oxygen to the rest of the body. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells and hematocrit is a measurement of the amount of red blood cells as related to total blood cell […]

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Health Tip: Preparing for an Ultrasound

Latest Heart News (HealthDay News) — Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of your body, says the University of California, San Francisco. To prepare for an ultrasound, UCSF encourages patients to: Inform the provider if you have any allergies or need interpreting services. Leave valuables […]

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Two More Heartburn Meds Recalled Due to Possible Carcinogen

Two More Heartburn Meds Recalled Due to Possible Carcinogen

Latest Digestion News FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is adding to a list of recalled lots of popular heartburn medications — including generic forms of Zantac — because the pills might contain small amounts of a suspected carcinogen. The substance, called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), is an environmental contaminant […]

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Ayvakit Approved to Treat GIST With PDGFRA Exon 18 Mutation

Ayvakit Approved to Treat GIST With PDGFRA Exon 18 Mutation

Latest Cancer News FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The kinase inhibitor Ayvakit (avapritinib) has been approved to treat adults with unresectable or metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) with a platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) exon 18 mutation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. The approval includes GISTs harboring a PDGFRA […]

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Targeted Ultrasound Destroys Cancer Without Harming Healthy Cells: Study

Targeted Ultrasound Destroys Cancer Without Harming Healthy Cells: Study

Latest Cancer News FRIDAY, Jan. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The research is still in its early stages, but scientists say they’ve developed a low-intensity ultrasound technique that kills cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. Focused ultrasound is already used to destroy tumors, with most approaches using either high-intensity beams to heat and destroy cells […]

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA)

What are juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) symptoms and signs, and how are the different types of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) diagnosed? The International League of Associations of Rheumatology has classified JRA into six distinct patterns that vary by clinical presentation and evolution of symptoms, laboratory implications, potential complications, and therapeutic options. While some similarities exist […]

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Flu vaccines may shrink tumors and boost cancer treatment

Flu vaccines may shrink tumors and boost cancer treatment

Recent experiments in mouse models have shown that injecting an inactivated flu virus into cancer tumors makes them shrink and boosts the effectiveness of immunotherapy. When it comes to cancer tumors, many factors influence whether or not they will respond to treatment. One of these is whether the tumors are “hot” or “cold.” What does […]

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7 causes of anal bumps

7 causes of anal bumps

A variety of factors can cause one or more bumps to form on the anus. The anus is the endpoint of the gastrointestinal, or GI, tract. It is where stool exits the body. A person may wish to better understand their symptoms by touching the anus and surrounding area. It is crucial to wash the […]