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U.S. Officials Confirm Superbug Resistant to All Antibiotics
U.S. Officials Confirm Superbug Resistant to All Antibiotics FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. researchers have identified the nation's first patient with an infection resistant to all existing antibiotics. Scientists have warned for years the day could come when "superbugs" resisted all last-resort antibiotics. This new case, involving a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman, suggests that day may soon be here. "It is the end of the road for antibiotics unless we act urgently," Dr. Tom Frieden, di...
Urine Protein (Dipstick)
Urine Protein (Dipstick) Does this test have other names? Reagent strip urinalysis, urine albumin What is this test? This test checks the amount of protein in your urine. Your urine normally has a small amount of protein. Much of this protein is the type called albumin, but more than 200 other types of protein may be found in urine. When your body loses large amounts of protein in the urine, it can be because of dehydration, strenuous exercise, fever, or exposure to cold temperatures. Extra protein in t...
Urine Cytology Does this test have other names? Urine examination with microscope What is this test? This test looks at a sample of your urine to see if it contains abnormal cells. The test is used to diagnose cancers of the urinary tract. These include cancers of the kidney, bladder, ureter, and urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the bladder when you urinate. A specially trained healthcare provider called a pathologist looks at the cells from your urine sample under a microscope. Cancer cells...
Uric Acid (Urine)
Uric Acid (Urine) Does this test have other names? Urinalysis, 24-hour urinalysis What is this test? This test looks for uric acid in your urine. Uric acid is a normal bodily waste product. It forms when chemicals called purines break down. Purines are a natural substance found in the body and are also found in many foods such as liver, shellfish, and alcohol. They can also be formed in the body when DNA is broken down. When purines are broken down to uric acid in the blood, the body gets rid of it when...
Uric Acid (Synovial Fluid)
Uric Acid (Synovial Fluid) Does this test have other names? Synovial fluid analysis What is this test? The uric acid test measures levels of uric acid that can collect in joint fluid. Uric acid is a normal bodily waste product. It forms when chemicals called purines break down. Purines are a natural substance found in the body and are also found in many foods such as liver, shellfish, and alcohol. They can also be formed in the body when DNA is broken down. When purines are broken down to uric acid in t...
Uric Acid (Blood)
Uric Acid (Blood) Does this test have other names? Serum uric acid What is this test? This test measures the amount of uric acid in your blood. Uric acid is a normal bodily waste product. It forms when chemicals called purines break down. Purines are a natural substance found in the body and are also found in many foods such as liver, shellfish, and alcohol. They can also be formed in the body when DNA is broken down. When purines are broken down to uric acid in the blood, the body gets rid of it when y...
Urea Nitrogen Clearance (Urine)
Urea Nitrogen Clearance (Urine) Does this test have other names? Urine urea nitrogen, 24-hour urine test What is this test? This test measures the amount of urea nitrogen in your urine. Urea nitrogen is a waste product made when your liver breaks down protein. It's carried in your blood, filtered out by your kidneys, and removed from your body in your urine. If your liver isn't healthy, it may not break down proteins the way it should. And if your kidneys aren't healthy, they may not properly filter ure...
Uniparental Disomy Does this test have other names? Genetic testing for Angelman syndrome, genetic testing for Prader-Willi syndrome What is this test? This is a blood test used to see if your child has certain chromosome changes. Normally, people have 23 pairs of chromosomes in their cells. In each pair, one chromosome comes from their father and one from their mother. These chromosomes contain genes. Sometimes people will inherit two copies of a chromosome or a part of a chromosome from their mother o...
Uterine Prolapse What is uterine prolapse? Uterine prolapse occurs when the muscles and tissue in your pelvis weaken. The weakness allows your uterus drop down into your vagina. Sometimes, it comes out through your vaginal opening. Nearly half of all women between ages 50 and 79 have this condition. What causes uterine prolapse? Uterine prolapse is caused when the muscles and tissue of the pelvic floor are weakened and can’t support the weight of the uterus. This allows it to drop into your vagina. What...
Urinary Agent Elixir
Urinary Agent Elixir What is this medicine? ATROPINE; HYOSCYAMINE; PHENOBARBITAL; SCOPOLAMINE (A troe peen; hye oh SYE a meen; fee noe BAR bi tal; skoe POL a meen) is used to treat different bowel problems including irritable bowel syndrome, acute enterocolitis, or duodenal ulcer. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household ...
Urokinase Solution for injection
Urokinase Solution for injection What is this medicine? UROKINASE (yoor uh KAHY neys) breaks-up blood clots. It is used to treat large blood clots formed in the lungs. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine? Side effects that you shou...
Uterine Artery Embolization
Uterine Artery Embolization What is uterine artery embolization? Uterine artery embolization is a procedure to get rid of noncancerous tumors in the uterus (uterine fibroids). It does not use major surgery, so you may recover faster. You also may not need to stay in the hospital. Uterine artery embolization shrinks fibroids by blocking off their blood supply. The doctor injects very small particles into the arteries that supply the fibroids. The particles stick to the vessel wall. This causes a clot to ...
Ultrafast CT Scan
Ultrafast CT Scan What is an ultrafast CT scan? An ultrafast CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to look at your heart. The scan takes pictures very quickly. It gives your healthcare provider many details about your heart that other imaging tests cannot. Standard X-rays use a small amount of radiation to create images of your bones and internal organs. Standard X-rays are useful to help diagnose illness. But many details about internal organs and other structures cannot be seen. I...
Urine Flow Test
Urine Flow Test What is a urine flow test? A urine flow test calculates the speed of urine flow over time. It may be used to check how the bladder and sphincter are working. The bladder is part of the urinary tract. It’s a hollow muscular organ that relaxes and expands to store urine. It then contracts and flattens to empty urine through the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body (urethra). The sphincter muscle is a circular muscle. It closes tightly, like a rubber band, around the bla...
Upper GI Endoscopy
Upper GI Endoscopy What is an upper GI endoscopy? An upper GI endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in your upper GI tract (gastrointestinal tract). The upper GI tract includes your food pipe (esophagus), stomach, and the first part of your small intestine (the duodenum). This procedure is done using a long, flexible tube called an endoscope. The tube has a tiny light and video camera on one end. The tube is put into your mouth and throat. Then it is...
Upper Gastrointestinal Series
Upper Gastrointestinal Series What is an upper gastrointestinal series? An upper gastrointestinal series is an imaging test of your esophagus, stomach, and first part of your small intestine (duodenum). The test is done with X-rays after you swallow a special beverage. The beverage contains either contrast or a powder called barium. A test of just the back of your mouth and throat (pharynx) and esophagus is called a swallow . It is called a barium swallow if barium is used. It is called a Gastrografin s...
Ureterocele and Ureteral Duplication
Ureterocele and Ureteral Duplication What is a ureterocele? A ureterocele involves the kidney, ureter, and bladder. A normal ureter is one that transports urine from the kidney to the bladder. When a child has a ureterocele, the portion of the ureter closest to the bladder becomes enlarged because the ureter opening is very tiny and obstructs urine outflow. As the urine flow is obstructed, urine backs up in the ureter tube. What is ureteral duplication? Children who have a ureterocele may also have an u...
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Urinary Tract Infections What are urinary tract infections (UTIs)? Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria along the urinary tract. The urinary tract is made up of 2 kidneys that remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine. Narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The urine is stored in the bladder. When the bladder is emptied, the urine travels through a tube called the urethra and passes outside the body. Who is affected by urinary tract infections? ...
Urinary Incontinence in Children
Urinary Incontinence in Children (Enuresis) What is urinary incontinence (enuresis)? Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. In children under age 3, it’s normal to not have full bladder control. As children get older, they become more able to control their bladder. When wetting happens in a child who is old enough to control his or her bladder, it’s known as enuresis. Enuresis can happen during the day or at night. Enuresis can be frustrating. But it’s important to be patient and remember ...
Undescended Testes (Cryptorchidism)
Undescended Testes (Cryptorchidism) What is cryptorchidism (undescended testes)? Cryptorchidism (or undescended testes) is a condition seen in newborns when one or both of the male testes have not passed down into the scrotal sac. About 10% of cases involve both testes. Cryptorchidism is more commonly seen in premature males because the testes do not descend from the abdomen to the scrotal sac until the seventh month of fetal development. What causes undescended testes? Undescended testes may occur for ...
Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)
Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold) What is an upper respiratory infection (URI)? An upper respiratory infection (URI), also known as the common cold, is one of the most common illnesses, leading to more health care provider visits and absences from school and work than any other illness every year. It is estimated that during a 1-year period, people in the U.S. will suffer 1 billion colds. Caused by a virus that inflames the membranes in the lining of the nose and throat, colds can be the ...
Umbilical Cord Care
Umbilical Cord Care The umbilical cord is the baby's lifeline to the mother during pregnancy. However, it is no longer needed once the baby is born. Within a few minutes after birth, the cord is clamped and cut close to the navel. The clamp helps stop bleeding from the blood vessels in the umbilical cord. A medication is sometimes applied to the cord as part of a baby's first care. This may be a purple dye or another type of antiseptic. However, this practice has been replaced by dry cord care in most U...
Ultrasound in Pregnancy
Ultrasound in Pregnancy What is an ultrasound? An ultrasound scan is a diagnostic technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the internal organs. A screening ultrasound is sometimes done during the course of a pregnancy to monitor normal fetal growth and verify the due date. Results of ultrasounds from the first 14 weeks are most accurate in establishing or confirming due dates. Ultrasounds may be done at various times throughout pregnancy for different reasons: In the first tr...
Urinary Tract and Kidney Infections
Urinary Tract and Kidney Infections in Pregnancy A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a very common medical complication of pregnancy. Untreated, a UTI can cause serious problems in pregnancy. Normal urine is sterile. It contains fluids, salts, and waste products, but is free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The tissues of the bladder are isolated from urine and toxic substances by a coating that discourages bacteria from attaching and growing on the bladder wall. The main parts of the urinary tract are: ...
Uniparental Disomy: Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome
Uniparental Disomy: Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome What is uniparental disomy? Normally, you inherit 1 copy of each chromosome pair from your biological mother, and the other copy of the chromosome pair from your biological father. Uniparental disomy refers to the situation in which 2 copies of a chromosome come from the same parent, instead of 1 copy coming from the mother, and 1 copy coming from the father. Angelman syndrome (AS) and Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) are examples of disorders that...
Ulcerative Colitis in Children
Ulcerative Colitis in Children What is ulcerative colitis? Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In this condition, the inner lining of your child’s large intestine (colon or bowel) and rectum gets inflamed. This inflammation often starts in the rectum and lower (sigmoid) intestine. Then it spreads to the whole colon. This causes diarrhea or frequent emptying of the colon. As cells on the surface of the lining of the colon die and fall off, open sores (ulcers) form. This causes pus,...
Ultrafast/Electron Beam CT Scan
Ultrafast/Electron Beam CT Scan What is an ultrafast/electron beam CT (computed tomography) scan? In standard X-rays, a beam of energy is aimed at the body part being studied. A plate behind the body part captures the variations of the energy beam after it passes through skin, bone, muscle, and other tissue. While much information can be obtained from a regular X-ray, specific detail about internal organs and other structures is not available. With computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scan), the X...
Urticaria (Hives) in Children
Urticaria (Hives) in Children What is urticaria in children? Urticaria, or hives, is a problem in which red, itchy, and swollen areas show up on the skin. It usually happens as an allergic reaction from eating certain foods or taking certain medicines. Though, sometimes the cause may be unknown. Hives can vary in size from one-half inch to several inches in size. Hives can show up all over the body or just on one part of the body. What causes urticaria? Causes of urticaria in children include food, medi...
Ulcerative Colitis What is ulcerative colitis? Ulcerative colitis is part of a group of diseases called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is when the lining of your large intestine (the colon or large bowel) and your rectum become red and swollen or inflamed. In most cases the inflammation begins in your rectum and lower intestine and moves up to the whole colon. Ulcerative colitis does not normally affect the small intestine. But it can affect the lower section of your small intestine (the ileum). T...
Understanding Atherosclerosis When the walls of blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body become thickened due to plaque buildup and inflammation, it is called atherosclerosis. This can lead to stiffening and narrowing of the arteries. The condition can start as early as childhood. It can lead to many health problems, including heart disease and stroke. How does it happen? Atherosclerosis is a disease that develops slowly over time. Excess cholesterol and other matter in the ...
Uterine Sarcoma: Introduction
Uterine Sarcoma: Introduction What is cancer? Cancer is when cells in the body change and grow out of control. To help you understand what happens when you have cancer, let’s look at how your body works normally. Your body is made up of tiny building blocks called cells. Normal cells grow when your body needs them, and die when your body does not need them any longer. Cancer is made up of abnormal cells that grow even though your body doesn’t need them. In most cancers, the abnormal cells grow to form a...
Uterine Sarcoma: Risk Factors
Uterine Sarcoma: Risk Factors What is a risk factor? A risk factor is anything that may increase your chance of having a disease. Risk factors for a certain type of cancer might include smoking, diet, family history, or many other things. The exact cause of someone’s cancer may not be known. But risk factors can make it more likely for a person to have cancer. Things you should know about risk factors for cancer: Risk factors can increase a person's risk, but they do not necessarily cause the disease. S...
Uterine Sarcoma: Statistics
Uterine Sarcoma: Statistics What are statistics? Statistics are numbers that are used to measure certain things. Some people use statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of recovery. Because no two people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They don’t take into account a person's own risk factors. These may include family history, behaviors,...
Uterine Sarcoma: Sympatoms
Uterine Sarcoma: Symptoms What are the symptoms of uterine sarcoma? The main symptom you may notice is unusual vaginal bleeding or other vaginal discharge. After menopause, it’s not normal for any amount of vaginal bleeding to occur. Report this to your doctor right away. Finding uterine sarcoma while it’s small and hasn’t spread makes it easier to treat. Other rare but possible symptoms include: Pain or a feeling of fullness in the pelvic area or lower abdomen A mass or tumor that can be felt When to s...
Uterine Sarcoma: Your Chances for Recovery (Prognosis)
Uterine Sarcoma: Your Chances for Recovery (Prognosis) What is a prognosis? Prognosis is the word your healthcare team may use to describe your chances of recovering from cancer. Or it may mean your likely outcome from cancer and cancer treatment. A prognosis is a calculated guess. It’s a question many people have when they learn they have cancer. Making a choice The decision to ask about your prognosis is a personal one. It’s up to you to decide how much you want to know. Some people find it easier to ...
Uterine Sarcoma: Grades and Stages
Uterine Sarcoma: Grades and Stages Once your healthcare provider knows you have cancer, the next step is to find out the grade and stage of the cancer. Stage is a way to note the size of the tumor, and if it has spread. Grade is a way to note how abnormal the cancer cells look under a microscope. Staging and grading of cancer is important for deciding how to treat it, and how curable it is. Grades of uterine sarcoma The grade refers to how the cancer cells look when compared to normal breast cells. The ...
Uterine Sarcoma: Newly Diagnosed
Uterine Sarcoma: Newly Diagnosed Being told you have uterine sarcoma can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help. Coping with fear It’s normal to feel afraid. Learning about your cancer and about the treatment options you have can make you feel less afraid. This also helps you work with your healthcare team and make the best choices for your treatment. You can also ask to speak with a counselor. Working with your healthcare team Your healthcare team...
Understanding the Provisions of Your Managed Care Plan
Understanding the Provisions of Your Managed Care Plan The type of plan you have can affect who directs your medical plan of care (the healthcare provider), where that care can be delivered (the facility providing services), the length of time certain services can be administered (precertification/predetermination), and any additional cost of treatment to you (coinsurance). Managed care, by definition, is a comprehensive method of managing and coordinating medical care you receive. The goal of case mana...
Understanding the Late Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment
Understanding the Late Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment More people are surviving cancer than ever before. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 13.7 million Americans have a history of cancer, many of whom are survivors of childhood cancers. Over half of the people diagnosed with cancer are alive 5 years later, many of them cured. As more and more people survive longer, we are seeing new problems develop from the cancer or its treatment. These problems are called late effects. What cau...
Understanding Cancer Statistics
Understanding Cancer Statistics Statistics are often used in news reports or in talking about someone's risk for getting cancer or whether a treatment will work. These statistics can be confusing or misleading if you do not understand how they are used. Statistics are collected and analyzed to help people better understand what is being observed. There are many examples of how statistics are used in our daily life. This includes average temperature and median house price. In addition, statistics are use...
Uterine Sarcoma: Tests After Diagnosis
Uterine Sarcoma: Tests After Diagnosis What tests might I have after being diagnosed? After a diagnosis of uterine sarcoma, you will likely have other tests. These tests help your healthcare providers learn more about the cancer. They can help show if the cancer has grown into nearby areas or spread to other parts of your body. The test results help your healthcare providers decide the best ways to treat the cancer. If you have any questions about these or other tests, be sure to talk with your healthca...
Uterine Sarcoma: Diagnosis
Uterine Sarcoma: Diagnosis If your healthcare provider thinks you might have uterine cancer, you will need certain exams and tests. Diagnosis starts with your healthcare provider asking you questions. Your doctor will ask you questions about: Symptoms such as unusual vaginal bleeding or pelvic pain Your health history, including if you've ever had pelvic radiation Your reproductive history, such as when you had your first period, if you've ever used birth control pills, how many times you’ve been pregna...
Understanding Genetic Testing for Cancer
Understanding Genetic Testing for Cancer Cancer is a disease of the genes. Most cancers develop as a result of genetic damage or a mutation that happens sometime during a person's lifetime. These are called sporadic cancers (occurs by chance). These types of mutations only affect the cells that grow from the original mutated cell. Cancers that result from DNA damage that is passed on is called hereditary cancers. These cancers tend to run in families. They cause hereditary cancer syndromes, but overall ...
Understanding Your Stage of Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer: Stages What does stage of cancer mean? The stage of a cancer is how much and how far the cancer has spread in your body. Your healthcare provider uses exams and tests to find out the size of the cancer and where it is. He or she can also see if the cancer has grown into nearby areas, and if it has spread to other parts of your body. The stage of a cancer is one of the most important things to know when deciding how to treat the cancer. What are the stages of colorectal cancer? Colorec...
Updated Macaroni and Cheese
Updated Macaroni and Cheese Nearly 1 in 5 American children is at increased risk for serious health problems because of obesity. To help your kids maintain a healthy weight, keep them active and try some new low-calorie, kid-friendly recipes, like this lower-fat version of a true classic kids love. Ingredients 2 cups macaroni Nonstick cooking spray (as needed) 2 cups onions, chopped 2 cups evaporated fat-free milk 1 egg, beaten 1/4 tsp. black pepper 11/4 cups low-fat cheddar cheese, finely shredded Dire...
Updated Heart Failure Treatment Guidelines Issued
Updated Heart Failure Treatment Guidelines Issued FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An updated guideline adds two new types of drugs to the list of treatment options for heart failure. In people with the condition, the heart can't pump enough blood throughout the body. The two new treatments in the updated guidelines are an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (valsartan/sacubitril), sold as Entresto, and a sinoatrial node modulator (ivabradine), sold as Corlanor, according to the American C...
U.S. Motorcycle Deaths Up 10 Percent in Last Year
U.S. Motorcycle Deaths Up 10 Percent in Last Year THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Motorcyclist deaths in the United States topped 5,000 last year -- a 10 percent increase from 2014, according to a new report. "These sobering findings provide a stark reminder of how susceptible motorcyclists are to fatal and life-threatening injuries," said Richard Retting, co-author of the report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. "The risk of motorcycle crashes and fatalities is compounded by fac...
U.S. Health Report Card Finds Racial, Ethnic Disparities Persist
U.S. Health Report Card Finds Racial, Ethnic Disparities Persist WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A report card on Americans' health finds that racial and ethnic disparities persist, with significant gaps in obesity, cesarean births and dental care. But advances have been made in some important areas, including infant death rates, women smokers and numbers of uninsured, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "We have seen important improvements in s...
U.S. Suicide Rate Up 24 Percent Since 1999: CDC
U.S. Suicide Rate Up 24 Percent Since 1999: CDC FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide rates in the United States rose 24 percent between 1999 and 2014, with young girls and middle-aged men accounting for the largest increases, federal health officials reported Friday. By 2014, the total suicide rate reached 13 per 100,000 people, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. The greatest annual increases occurred after 200...
U.S. Health Experts Debate Advice to Women Once Zika Virus Arrives
U.S. Health Experts Debate Advice to Women Once Zika Virus Arrives FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Following U.S. health officials' announcement earlier this week that the Zika virus can definitely cause birth defects, many of those same experts are now locked in an unprecedented debate. Should government health-care officials recommend that American women delay getting pregnant in regions of the country once the mosquito-borne virus becomes active there? So far, the virus in U.S. territories...
Underweight or Obese Women Who Drink and Smoke May Have Higher Asthma Risk
Underweight or Obese Women Who Drink and Smoke May Have Higher Asthma Risk SATURDAY, April 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have pinpointed several factors that increase asthma risk in women and -- to a lesser extent -- in men. They analyzed data from about 175,000 people between the ages of 18 and 44 in 51 countries. They found that underweight or obese women who drank and smoked were twice as likely to have asthma as those with a healthy weight who didn't drink or smoke. Underweight or...
U.S. Moving Money From Ebola Fund to Help Fight Zika
U.S. Moving Money From Ebola Fund to Help Fight Zika WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration is shifting $589 million in funding to prepare for likely outbreaks of Zika virus in the United States during the upcoming mosquito season, senior officials announced Wednesday. The money includes $510 million originally intended for fighting the Ebola virus, which officials said remains a global health threat. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said the...
U.S. Autism Rate Unchanged at 1 in 68 Kids: CDC
U.S. Autism Rate Unchanged at 1 in 68 Kids: CDC THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The autism rate among school-aged children in the United States has held steady in recent years, but it's too early to determine whether rates are stabilizing, according to a federal government report released Thursday. The autism rate was 1 in 68 children in 2012, the same as it was in 2010, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC gets its numbers from moni...
U.S. Heart Disease Deaths Shifting South
U.S. Heart Disease Deaths Shifting South MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer Americans are dying from heart disease compared with 40 years ago, but not all parts of the country are showing the same downward trend, a new federal government study finds. Researchers say the nation's heart-disease hotbeds have largely migrated south. In the 1970s, U.S. counties with the highest death rates from heart disease were clustered in the Northeast; now they are concentrated in Southern states, especial...
Uninsured Parents Often Unaware Kids Could Be Covered
Uninsured Parents Often Unaware Kids Could Be Covered TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents of minority children in the United States are unaware that their youngsters qualify for government health insurance, a new study reveals. "Our findings indicate an urgent need for better parental education about Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)," said study author Dr. Glenn Flores. He is chair of health policy research for the Medica Research Institute in Minnetonka, ...
U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall
U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overall rates of cancer and deaths from cancer in the United States continue to decline, a newly released report says. However, an increase in liver cancer deaths is cause for concern, the report authors noted. An increase in hepatitis C infections is likely a major reason for the increase, they said. "The latest data show many cancer prevention programs are working and saving lives," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U...
U.S. Pediatricians to Add Poverty to Well-Visit Checklist
U.S. Pediatricians to Add Poverty to Well-Visit Checklist WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians in the United States already ask parents about their child's sleep, diet and developmental milestones. Soon, they'll add poverty to the well-visit checklist. Poverty can significantly harm a child's health, according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement. The group says pediatricians can identify children at risk by asking parents a single question: "Do you have difficu...
Urinary Incontinence Risk Rises Slightly After Vaginal Birth, Study Finds
Urinary Incontinence Risk Rises Slightly After Vaginal Birth, Study Finds FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who give birth vaginally are slightly more likely to develop urinary incontinence afterward compared to women who have cesarean sections, according to Finnish researchers. However, experts in the United States stressed that C-section deliveries come with their own risks, so the choice of how to deliver a child must be made between a woman and her doctor. Urinary incontinence is a com...
U.S. Action on Climate Change Could Save Nearly 300,000 Lives by 2030: Study
U.S. Action on Climate Change Could Save Nearly 300,000 Lives by 2030: Study MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of thousands of premature deaths could be prevented if the United States takes tough action on climate change in line with the Paris Agreement signed last December, a new study contends. Researchers estimate that 295,000 premature deaths from heart and lung disease could be prevented by 2030, and about 36,000 every year after that -- if the nation markedly cuts back on power pl...
U.S. Travelers Seek More Zika Details
U.S. Travelers Seek More Zika Details THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus outbreak isn't stopping Americans from visiting other countries, but many travelers want more information about the virus, a new survey finds. The online survey of 300 U.S. citizens who made international trips in the past five years found that about one-quarter of them planned to travel to other countries within three months. More than 90 percent of those with such plans said they will keep them, and 44 per...
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