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'How Can I Prevent Heart Disease?' Docs Give Different Answers to Men, Women

Doctors give men and women different advice to head off heart disease, even though guidelines for both are the same.

Men were 20% more likely to be prescribed statins to lower blood levels of bad cholesterol compared with women, a new study found.

Women, meanwhile, were 27% more likely to be advised to lose weight or reduce their salt intake, and 38% more likely to receive recommen...

Cost of Epilepsy Meds Continues to Soar

Costs for epilepsy medications in the United States are skyrocketing, outpacing inflation and straining federal insurers Medicare and Medicaid, according to new research.

Spending on antiseizure medications more than doubled in eight years for the government insurers, largely because of third-generation and brand-name drugs, the study found.

"While it's very important that Medicare ...

On World AIDS Day, White House Announces Plan to End Epidemic by 2030

The United States will renew its focus on ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, with new funding and a five-year strategy, the White House said Thursday.

The Biden administration announced its ambitious p...

The 'Great Resignation' Is Taking a Toll on U.S. Health Care

The nationwide shortage of health care professionals -- a so-called "Great Resignation" of providers -- is impacting patient care in ways large and small, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows.

One in four Americans (25%) have noticed or personally experienced the impact of staffing shortages in health care, second only to staff shortages in the retail sector (35%), the poll found.

Black Patients Fare Worse Than White Patients After Angioplasty, Stents

Black adults who undergo a common procedure to open up clogged arteries are readmitted to the hospital more often than their white peers. They're also more likely to die in the years after treatment, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at how patients fared following balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting -- "one of the most common cardiovascular procedures performed in the U.S....

A Gene Therapy for Hemophilia That Costs $3.5 Million Gets FDA Approval

People with one form of the genetic blood disorder hemophilia now have a one-time treatment with a $3.5 million price tag.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new gene therapy Hemgenix on Nov. 22. Soon after, drugmaker CSL Behring revealed its cost.

The company said its drug would ultimately reduce health care costs because patients with the genetic disorder would ne...

HDL 'Good' Cholesterol's Role in Heart Health Under Scrutiny

Blood levels of HDL, the famously "good" kind of cholesterol, may not make a big difference to heart health after all -- particularly for Black people, a large new study suggests.

The study, of nearly 24,000 U.S. adults, found that low HDL levels were tied to a somewhat higher risk of heart attack among white people. That was not the case for Black adults, however.

Meanwhile, high H...

As Segregation Rises in Communities, So Do Cancer Death Rates

Whether you survive a bout with cancer may depend, in part, on where you live.

Researchers at the American Cancer Society and Clemson University in South Carolina found a 20% higher death rate for all cancer types in the communities with the most racial and economic segregation.

For lung cancer, the death rate was 50% higher in the most segregated counties.

"Many people livin...

California's Plan to Make Low-Priced Insulin Could Be Example for Nation

California's plan to manufacture its own insulin could be a huge money-saver for state residents with diabetes -- and possibly be a model for other states, according to experts.

Earlier this year, California announced an initiative to bring its own insulin products to market, in response to the steep costs of the lifesaving drug in the United States.

And if it's successful, it will ...

More Teens Are Getting Weight Loss Surgery, If Families Can Afford It

A growing number of U.S. teenagers are undergoing weight-loss surgery, but the figures suggest many still lack access to the procedures -- especially underinsured Black and Hispanic kids.

That's the conclusion of a new study charting trends in bariatric (weight-loss) surgery among U.S. teens. Researchers found that between 2010 and 2017, the annual rate of the procedures doubled among kid...

U.S. Immigrants' Premiums, Taxes Exceed Health Care Expenditures: Study

In a finding that challenges the notion that immigrants are freeloaders in the American health care system, a new study shows they are paying a lot more through health care premiums and related taxes than they actually use in care.

In fact, the amount that immigrants pay in makes up for some of the amount of health care that non-immigrants use in excess of what they pay.

“Some p...

Telemedicine's Popularity Has Risen During Pandemic

Telemedicine became widespread during the pandemic, and that may have shifted patient views about using technology as way to communicate with their doctors, a new study suggests.

Certain groups, including Black patients and those with lower education levels, became especially more apt to use it.

"Our findings suggest that more Americans are becoming comfortable with telehealth and u...

How the Pandemic Affected Americans' Blood Pressure

Although blood pressure levels among Americans rose during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research suggests things could have been far worse.

"We expected blood pressure control to be worse due to decreased physical activity, stress, poor sleep and other cardiovascular disease risk factors that worsened during the pandemic," said study leader

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  • November 3, 2022
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  • Black, Hispanic COVID Patients Less Likely to Get Antiviral Paxlovid

    Black and Hispanic patients are less likely to be given antiviral drugs such as Paxlovid to help battle a bout of COVID-19 than white patients are, a new government report shows.

    In a st...

    Black Americans Less Likely to Receive Lifesaving CPR: Study

    When someone collapses in front of witnesses, the chances of receiving potentially lifesaving CPR may partly depend on the color of their skin, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that when Black and Hispanic Americans suffer cardiac arrest, they are up to 37% less likely than white people to receive bystander CPR in public places and at home.

    The reasons for the disparity are ...

    Too Often, Women Aren't Told of Sexual Side Effects of Cancer Treatments

    When a man has cancer in an area that affects sexual function, his doctor is likely to discuss it with him.

    But the same is not true for a woman who has cancer in a sex organ, according to new research. Investigators found 9 in 10 men were asked about their sexual health, yet only 1 in 10 women received the same care.

    "There seems to be a big disparity in the way we approach sexual...

    Black Americans Less Likely to Get Lifesaving Heart Treatments

    A person with advanced heart failure may often need a heart transplant or a mechanical heart pump to survive.

    But white patients are twice as likely as Black patients to get this critically important care, a new study finds, and racial bias may be the reason why.

    There's a Push to Expand Medicare's Coverage of Dental Issues

    Dental coverage under Medicare could soon start expanding for seniors under a new proposal from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

    Still, the proposed rules would not provide full coverage for regular dental care, which has been explicitly excluded from Medicare since...

    Over a Million Americans Are Rationing Insulin Due to High Cost

    More than 1 million Americans with diabetes have to ration lifesaving insulin because they can't afford it, a new study shows.

    Many people delayed picking up their insulin prescription, while others took lower doses than they needed, researchers found.

    Exp...

    What's Keeping Some Hispanic Americans From Getting the COVID Shot?

    While a large number of Hispanic Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at this point, a new study suggests barriers may still stand in the way for those who might want to get shots.

    Researchers identified four key barriers to vaccination: a...

    Telehealth Boosts Odds That Patients Show Up for Post-Surgery Care

    Telehealth became a common way for doctors to see patients during the early days of the pandemic.

    New research suggests that surgical patients offered virtual care are far more likely to keep appointments before and after their operation than those who rely on in-per...

    7 Million U.S. Women Live in Maternity Care 'Deserts': Report

    Pregnancy can be safer and healthier for both mom and baby with good access to quality maternity care.

    Yet, the United States is still among one of the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially in rural areas and communities of color, according to a new March of Dimes repo...

    U.S. Breast Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall

    Breast cancer researchers and clinicians have made tremendous progress in reducing death rates in the past three decades, yet a racial gap persists in the United States.

    Even with the lower numbers of actual disease compared to white patients, Black women are still much more likely to die from the disease.

    The American Cancer Society highlights these disparities in a new report.

    U.S. Will Spend $266 Million to Bolster Public Health Programs

    The U.S. government will invest $266 million to shore up the community and public health workforce using American Rescue Plan funding.

    About $225.5 million will go to 83 recipients to support training and apprenticeship for 13,000 new community health workers, CNN reported before Friday's announcement...

    More Americans With Heart Disease Are Also Becoming 'Food Insecure'

    Many Americans with heart disease also have limited access to food, and this dangerous combination is growing rapidly, a new study finds.

    "Food insecurity is a common problem...

    Clinic Brings Free Health Care to Homeless Youth -- and Their Beloved Pets

    Five years back, “Nugget” the Jack-A-Poo was in serious need of some tender loving veterinary care.

    “He needed vaccinations and a few other things,” Seattle native Grace Stroklund recalled of her sidekick, a Jack Russell Terrier/Toy Poodle mix. “But I was just not in the wheelhouse financially to do any of that.”

    At 23, Stroklund was struggling with her own challenges. H...

    U.S. Prisoners Face Higher Odds of Dying From Cancer

    Here's another reason to stay out of jail: New research shows the risk of dying from cancer is sharply higher among those who are behind bars or have been recently released.

    In Connecticut prisons, where the data for this study were gathered, the average age for a cancer diagnosis was 5...

    Medical Debt Can Crush Even the Insured, Study Shows

    Weeks after a stay in the hospital, your bill arrives and you can barely believe the amount due. How is this even possible if you have good health insurance and, more importantly, how will you pay it?

    Unfortunately, you're not alone. More than one in 10 American adults and nearly one in five U.S. households have

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 19, 2022
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  • Deadly Form of High Cholesterol Can Catch Black Americans by Surprise

    Chad Gradney underwent quadruple bypass open-heart surgery at age 27, and afterward spent eight fruitless years battling extremely high cholesterol levels.

    Then in 2012 he found himself back in an emergency room, again suffering from chest pain.

    "That's when I found out three of the four bypasses basically had failed again," recalls Gradney, now 44 and living in Baton Rouge, La.

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    Out-of-Pocket Costs for Cancer Care Keep Climbing

    Cancer patients already have a lot to deal with emotionally and physically. But research shows that insured patients under 65 are also paying more for their treatments out-of-pocket than ever before.

    The study highlights the "growing financial burden for non-elderly patients with cancer with pri...

    Hunger, Poor Diet More Likely for Women With Disabilities

    Researchers working to better understand the diets of younger women with disabilities found this group was more likely to report a poor diet and food insecurity.

    "Eating a nutritious diet is central to preventing many chronic diseases. For women of reproductive age, a healthy diet can also...

    Forehead Thermometers May Miss Fevers in Black Patients

    Thermometers that read body temperature via the forehead have become a common sight throughout the pandemic, but whether they always spot a fever may depend on the color of someone's skin.

    In a new study, researchers found that, similar to problems seen with

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • September 8, 2022
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  • There's More MS in Northern Countries. Now, Researchers Find New Reason Why

    Vitamin D exposure, or lack of it, has long been thought to influence the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) because the disease is diagnosed more often in people in northern countries.

    However, new research suggests there might be an additional reas...

    Too Few Psychiatric Beds: Psychiatrists' Group Takes Aim at Ongoing Crisis

    Amid a stark shortage of psychiatric beds that only worsened for millions suffering from mental illnesses during the pandemic, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is rolling out a new model that can help communities determine exactly how many beds they need.

    Having enough in-patient beds would cut down on overcrowding in emergency departments and early release from needed care, th...

    U.S. Nursing Homes Are Understaffed, But Minority Communities Have It Worst

    Staffing shortages at nursing homes across the United States are severe in disadvantaged areas where needs may be greatest, researchers say.

    The study — recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society — looked at staffing before the COVID-19 pandemic. It f...

    Scotland Becomes 1st Country to Provide Free Period Products

    On Monday Scotland became the world's first country to help its residents with what activists supporting the move call "period poverty."

    The country now offers free period products for anyone who needs them, a decision first made in November 2020 by unanimous approval in Scottish Parliament, according to CBS News.

    Making these products available is "fundamental to equality ...

    Here's How New Federal Legislation Might Cut Your Drug Costs

    The Inflation Reduction Act is expected to bring out-of-pocket drug costs down for many U.S. seniors, but most of its benefits aren't immediate.

    Under the law, Medicare will now be allowed to negotiate the cost of some drugs. That should eventually bring down out-of-pocket costs for seniors with Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, according to John Clark, a clinical associate profess...

    When Adults Sign Up for Medicaid, Kids Can Benefit

    Some adults who sign up for Medicaid also bring their unenrolled but eligible kids into the system, a new study reports.

    For every nine adults who gained access to Medicaid in Oregon due to a special enrollment lottery, one previously eligible child was added to the rolls as well, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Their study called this an examp...

    Rural Americans With Early Alzheimer's Find It Tough to See Specialists

    Rural Americans with early-onset Alzheimer's disease are less likely than city dwellers to see a specialist and undergo tests that can help them and their families manage, new research reveals.

    While most Alzheimer's patients are over 65, about 6% develop the disease between the ages of 30 and 65. Typically, their mental decline is faster and more pronounced than that of older folks.

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    8/8 -- Inflation Has Many Americans Cutting Back on Health Care, Poll Finds

    Inflation is putting Americans' health at risk, with nearly 2 in 5 struggling to pay for the care they need, according to a new West Health-Gallup poll.

    About 38% -- which translates to an estimated 98 million Americans -- said rising health care prices had caused them to skip treatments, delay buying prescription drugs or pay for their care by borrowing money or cutting back on driving, ...

    Neighborhood May Affect a Couple's Odds of Conceiving

    Where you live may affect your fertility, a new study suggests.

    People who live in economically deprived neighborhoods are about 20% less likely to conceive, compared to people from areas with more resources, researchers said.

    Investments in deprived neighbo...

    Race Plays Role in How Soon Babies With Cystic Fibrosis Get Care

    Babies who are white appear to get diagnostic appointments for cystic fibrosis earlier than babies of several other races and ethnicities, new research shows.

    This can cause gaps in care and outcomes.

    While it is recommended that infants who have an initial positive screening for cystic fibrosis be furt...

    Black, Hispanic Patients Less Likely to Get Crucial Care After Heart Attack

    When they suffer a heart attack, Black and Hispanic patients in the United States receive subpar care compared with white patients, new research reveals.

    The study of more than 87,000 insured heart attack patients found that Blac...

    Texas Court Case Could Threaten Americans' Health Care Nationwide

    A federal lawsuit out of Texas could end access to free lifesaving preventive health care services for nearly 168 million people in the United States with private insurance, a new report suggests.

    Kelley v. Becerra seeks to overturn the

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  • July 27, 2022
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  • Childbirth Now Costs Nearly $3,000 for Insured Americans

    Better have some savings stored up before you rush to the delivery room: A new analysis shows the average out-of-pocket expense for delivering a child in the United States is nearly $3,000, even if you're insured.

    Other studies have looked at the costs for specific services, such as Cesarean sections versus vagina...

    Common Lung Function Test Often Misses Emphysema in Black Patients

    The most common test of lung function, spirometry, probably is not detecting signs of emphysema in some people with the lung ailment, a new study says.

    In particular, Black men are at greater risk of suffering from undiagnosed emphysema, since the way spirometry results are interpreted ap...

    Fatal Drug ODs Are Soaring, Especially Among Minorities: CDC

    The nation's opioid epidemic is hitting minority groups the hardest, with the latest government study reporting the steepest increases in overdose deaths among Black Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives.

    While overdose deaths climbed 24% among whites in 2020, still an historic high, they jumped 44% ...

    Fewer Americans Are Dying of Heart Disease Than a Decade Ago

    Deaths from heart-related causes have dropped over the past 20 years, though differences persist by race and ethnicity as well as where people live and their access to care.

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), which partially funded the research, detailed the results of three papers. The findings were published July 18 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation

    Cancer in Uninsured Often Diagnosed at More Advanced, Lethal Stage

    Not having health insurance can be deadly if cancer strikes: A new study shows that people without it are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers and face lower survival rates than their insured peers.

    The difference was particularly marked for six cance...

    Common, Crucial Medical Device Often Gives Wrong Readings for Black Patients

    Early in the pandemic, scores of Americans bought pulse oximeters to help determine how sick they were while infected with COVID-19, but new research finds the devices often miss dangerously low blood oxygen levels in Black veterans.

    This is not the first time such inaccuracies...

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