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The ads say ‘Get your flu shot today,’ but it might be wiser to wait

The ads say ‘Get your flu shot today,’ but it might be wiser to wait

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News The pharmacy chain pitches started in August: Come in and get your flu shot. Convenience is touted. So are incentives: CVS offers a 20-percent-off shopping pass for everyone who gets a shot, while Walgreens donates toward international vaccination efforts. The start of flu season is still weeks — if not […]

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Watch bacteria mutate and become able to resist an antibiotic

Watch bacteria mutate and become able to resist an antibiotic

By Ekaterina Pesheva Harvard Medical School A time-lapsed video reveals how bacteria develop resistance to increasingly higher doses of antibiotics in a matter of days. In a creative stroke inspired by Hollywood wizardry, scientists from Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have designed a simple way to observe how bacteria move as they […]

September 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
TV news stories about birth control quote politicians and priests more often than medical experts

TV news stories about birth control quote politicians and priests more often than medical experts

By Elizabeth W. Patton, clinical lecturer, and Michelle Moniz, assistant professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan From TheConversation.com Ninety-nine percent of reproductive age U.S. women who have ever had sex have used contraception at some point in their lives. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, more people have access to contraception than ever before. As […]

September 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drop in teen pregnancies due to more contraception, not less sex

Drop in teen pregnancies due to more contraception, not less sex

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Teen pregnancy is way down. And a study suggests that the reason is increased, and increasingly effective, use of contraceptives. From 2007 to 2013, births to teens age 15 to 19 dropped by 36 percent; pregnancies fell by 25 percent from 2007 to 2011, according to federal data. But […]

September 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
FDA warns against the use of opioids with anti-anxiety drugs

FDA warns against the use of opioids with anti-anxiety drugs

From the US Food and Drug Administration A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review has found that the growing combined use of opioid medicines with benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS) has resulted in serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing and deaths. Opioids are used to treat […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Nurses step in to boost treatment for opioid addiction

Nurses step in to boost treatment for opioid addiction

By Christine Vestal Stateline BOSTON — As the opioid epidemic advances, public health officials nationwide are calling on doctors to help stanch overdose deaths and salvage shattered lives by prescribing medications that have proven highly effective at keeping people away from drugs. So far, though, not enough doctors are signing up, and less than half of the […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Did Ohio’s abortion law hurt or help?

Did Ohio’s abortion law hurt or help?

Did It Hurt Or Help? Researchers Analyze Ohio’s 2011 Abortion Law By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Did a law regulating drug-induced abortions keep women safe or block them from access to this procedure? A study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine suggests an Ohio law limiting how women can obtain medical abortions may […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alcohol, medicines and aging

Alcohol, medicines and aging

From the National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus You’ve probably seen warnings on medicines about mixing them with alcohol. Doing so can cause nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, or loss of coordination. You can be at risk for internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulty breathing. Alcohol can make a medication less effective or even useless, […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
HPV vaccination rate rises for teens especially boys

HPV vaccination rate rises for teens especially boys

By Michael Ollove Stateline The share of teenage boys getting the vaccine to prevent the cancer-causing human papillomavirus climbed significantly last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vaccination rate among girls rose as well, but not as steeply. The CDC report says that 28.1 percent of boys between ages 13 […]

August 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
‘America’s other drug problem’: Copious prescriptions for hospitalized elderly

‘America’s other drug problem’: Copious prescriptions for hospitalized elderly

By Anna Gorman / Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Dominick Bailey sat at his computer, scrutinizing the medication lists of patients in the geriatric unit. A doctor had prescribed blood pressure medication for a 99-year-old woman at a dose that could cause her to faint or fall. An 84-year-old […]

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