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Two-Drug Inhaler Could Reduce Asthma Attacks

Two-Drug Inhaler Could Reduce Asthma AttacksTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Two drugs are better than one when it comes to stopping asthma attacks in progress, a new clinical trial has found.The study, of more than 3,100 asthma patients, found that a two-drug "rescue" inhaler worked better than a standard inhaler in thwarting severe asthma exacerbations -- helping some patients avoid trips to the hospital.The inhaler, which is not yet approved, contains two long-used asthma medications: albuterol and budesonide.Budesonide is a corticosteroid that controls the airway inflammation underlying asthma; people with the disease commonly use a daily inhaler containing a corticosteroid (one brand is Pulmicort) to prevent attacks of wheezing, coughing and breathlessness.That's in contrast to standard rescue inhalers, which are...

AHA News: Falls Can Be a Serious, Poorly Understood...

19 May 2022
AHA News: Falls Can Be a Serious, Poorly Understood Threat to People With Heart DiseaseTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (American Heart Association News) -- Falls pose a major risk to people with heart problems, and health experts need to do more to understand and prevent the danger, a new report says."Falls are very common," said Dr. Sarah Goodlin, senior author of the scientific statement from the American Heart Association. They are associated with serious injuries, and just the fear of falling can limit a person's quality of life."And falls are particularly common in adults with cardiovascular disease," said Goodlin, medical director of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the VA Portland Health Care System in Oregon. "Yet they're very underrecognized."The report, published Thursday in the AHA journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, said basic information is...

U.S. Hospitals Are Facing Shortage of Dye Needed for...

19 May 2022
U.S. Hospitals Are Facing Shortage of Dye Needed for Life-Saving ScansTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals are running low on contrast dye injected into patients undergoing enhanced X-rays, CT scans and MRIs.The fluid, which makes the routine but potentially life-saving scans readable, helps doctors identify clots in the heart and brain. The shortage is expected to last until at least June 30, the American Hospital Association (AHA) says.It's a result of COVID-19 pandemic-related factory closures in Shanghai, China, where most of the world's supply is made, according to CBS News.GE Healthcare is the main U.S. supplier of contrast fluid, called Omnipaque. The AHA has asked the company for more information on the shortage, saying hospitals rely on a consistent supply to diagnose and treat a wide range of patients, including those with...

U.S. Cases of Acute Hepatitis in Kids Keep Rising: CDC

19 May 2022
U.S. Cases of Acute Hepatitis in Kids Keep Rising: CDCTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American children affected by acute hepatitis of unknown cause continues to grow, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.So far, the agency's investigation has spotted 180 pediatric cases in 36 states and territories over the past seven months. That's an increase of 71 from the last time numbers were released on May 5.However, the CDC stressed in a statement that many of the new domestic cases are "retrospective" — meaning they were cases that are now being counted but which happened as far back as October 2021. There have been no reported deaths since February, the agency added, and the number of children requiring liver transplants is 9% of cases, after the additionally discovered cases were...

1 in 3 Americans Now Live in Areas Where Indoor Masks Advised, CDC Says

19 May 2022
1 in 3 Americans Now Live in Areas Where Indoor Masks Advised, CDC SaysTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Masks may not be required, but Americans should consider wearing one anyway if they live in an area where COVID-19 case numbers are high, federal health officials said Wednesday. That advice currently applies to about one-third of Americans, all of whom now live in areas with high levels of community transmission, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of those areas are in the Northeast. In those regions, "we urge local leaders to encourage the use of prevention strategies like masking in public indoor settings, and increasing access to testing and treatment for individuals," said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, The New York Times reported. She spoke at the first pandemic-focused White House COVID briefing...

Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant Formula

19 May 2022
Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant FormulaTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Faced with mounting pressure to help desperate parents, President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the power of the wartime Defense Production Act to get more of the precious product into American homes. Under the new powers, the federal government can use commercial aircraft or air cargo planes owned by the Defense Department to transport infant formula from countries abroad and fly it into the United States, getting it more rapidly onto store shelves. The move comes two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was also expediting the approvals process, so that foreign suppliers of baby formula could quickly get their products into the United States. "I know parents all across the country are worried about finding...

Massachusetts Man Has Monkeypox, Following Clusters in Europe

19 May 2022
Massachusetts Man Has Monkeypox, Following Clusters in EuropeTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The first U.S. case this year of a rare and potentially fatal virus known as monkeypox has been diagnosed in a man in Massachusetts who recently traveled to Canada, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.The illness does occasionally arise in the United States, but the Massachusetts case comes on the heels of unusual outbreaks over the past few weeks of monkeypox in Britain, Canada, Portugal and Spain — countries that typically don't see such cases because monkeypox is largely endemic to Africa. "It's not clear how people in those clusters were exposed to monkeypox but cases include individuals who self-identify as men who have sex with men," the agency said in a statement. "CDC is urging health care...

Obesity Stigma Keeps Many From Life-Saving Cancer Screening: Study

19 May 2022
Obesity Stigma Keeps Many From Life-Saving Cancer Screening: StudyTHURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Many people who are overweight or obese avoid cancer screening for fear of stigma and judgment about their weight, British researchers report.In a review of 10 published studies, researchers found that many doctors around the world don't look kindly on patients with obesity, an attitude that can affect treatment and screening for breast, cervical and colon cancers."Obesity stigma needs to be challenged and tackled, especially in health care settings," said lead researcher Yitka Graham. She is head of the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom."The fear of being stigmatized may prevent people living with obesity from accessing cancer screening services, which are vital to early...

Frail, But Living at Home: Program Helps Elderly Stay Strong

THURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It’s never too late to start exercising -- and the right activities might help you stay independent in your home.While building healthy habits at an...

A Lover's Embrace May Calm Women More Than Men

THURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Is an upcoming final exam or big-time job interview stressing you out?Hug your honey.That's the takeaway from new research that showed how embracing your...
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