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Nearly one-quarter of antibiotic prescriptions is not needed, study says

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Nearly 25 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are given for conditions they aren't meant to treat, a new study finds.

Dangerous increases in patients mixing opioids, benzodiazepines or Z-drugs

2 hours ago from Science Daily

The number of Americans taking a dangerous combination of both opioids and benzodiazepines -- a group of drugs commonly prescribed for pain, insomnia and anxiety -- increased by 250 percent...

HPV vaccination rates remain critically low among younger adolescents in the U.S.

2 hours ago from Science Daily

Only about 16 percent of U.S. adolescents have been fully vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) by the time they turn 13, despite national recommendations that call for vaccination at 11...

Soft drinks + hard work + hot weather = possible kidney disease risk

2 hours ago from Science Daily

New research suggests that drinking sugary, caffeinated soft drinks while exercising in hot weather may increase the risk of kidney disease.

New risk score far more effective for diabetes diagnosis

2 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a new risk score which takes into account detailed genetic information known to increase the chances of type 1 diabetes. This could be used to help identity...

New hope for stem cell approach to treating diabetes

2 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers have tweaked the recipe for coaxing human stem cells into insulin-secreting beta cells and shown that the resulting cells are more responsive to fluctuating glucose levels in the blood.

U.S. youth suicides more prevalent in states with higher gun ownership, study finds

2 hours ago from Science Daily

A new study finds that states with higher levels of household gun ownership also have higher overall youth suicide rates, with every 10 percentage-point increase in household gun ownership associated...

Risk for developing more than one mental health disorder revealed

2 hours ago from Science Daily

A new study has revealed the risks behind developing a seconds mental health disorder after an initial diagnosis in the largest and most comprehensive study of comorbidity to date.

Multiple sclerosis treatments delay progression of the disease

2 hours ago from Science Daily

A new study finds multiple sclerosis treatments have long-term benefits, and that early treatment is important. The study is the first to provide evidence that the currently available therapies can...

Engineered immune cells target broad range of pediatric solid tumors in mice

2 hours ago from Science Daily

Immune cells engineered to attack childhood cancers were able to eradicate different types of pediatric tumors in mice, according to a new study.

Stress fracture? Your foot hitting pavement wasn't the main problem

2 hours ago from Science Daily

It starts as a persistent and irritating pain in the foot or lower leg, then it gets more intense, maybe with swelling, and soon a runner knows she's being sidelined...

Blocking hormone uptake burns more fat

2 hours ago from Science Daily

A newly discovered regulatory mechanism helps the body control the rate of fat metabolism, according to a new study. The finding may lead to new drugs to help burn stored...

Combination therapy treats leishmaniasis, HIV patients

2 hours ago from Science Daily

Coinfection with visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been observed in at least 35 countries on four continents and requires special case management. Currently, the World Health...

World Trade Center responders at increased risk for head and neck cancers

3 hours ago from Science Daily

A new study has found a significant increase in head and neck cancers among workers and volunteers who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC),...

Gene therapy blocks peripheral nerve damage in mice

3 hours ago from Science Daily

Scientists have developed a gene therapy that blocks axonal degeneration, preventing axon destruction in mice and suggesting a therapeutic strategy that could help prevent the loss of peripheral nerves in...

Nearly a quarter of antibiotic prescriptions for children and adults may be unnecessary

4 hours ago from Science Daily

One in 10 children and about one in six adults with private insurance received antibiotics they didn't need at least once in 2016, a new Michigan Medicine study suggests.

Stem cell therapy shows early promise against macular degeneration

4 hours ago from UPI

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in seniors, and existing treatments are few, but experiments suggest stem cell therapy may help curb at least one form...

Unintended side effects: Antibiotic disruption of the gut microbiome dysregulates skeletal health

4 hours ago from Science Daily

Diet and exercise regulate the accrual of bone mass, but some evidence suggests the microbiome may also play a role. Researchers examined how the gut microbiome impacts skeletal health and...

Common gene disorder causes serious 'stealth' disease, but could be easily treated

4 hours ago from Science Daily

The western world's most common genetic disorder is a 'stealth condition' that causes far higher levels of serious disease and disability than previously thought, despite being easy to detect and...

Scientists connect dots between colitis and colon cancer

5 hours ago from Science Daily

Lingering inflammation in the colon is a known risk factor for colorectal cancer and now scientists report one way it resets the stage to enable this common and often deadly...

A new hope in treating neurodegenerative disease

5 hours ago from Science Daily

Korean researchers have identified the inhibition of autophagy in microglia, brain immune cells. It is expected to help develop treatments for Alzheimer's diseases which occur due to the inhibition of...

F.D.A. Panel Splits on Whether to Approve New Diabetes Drug

5 hours ago from NY Times Health

The advisory committee voted 8-8 on approving the drug, to be called Zynquista, which would be the first oral medication for people with Type 1 diabetes.

New findings on eye-signal blending

5 hours ago from Science Daily

Knowing precisely where the signals meet and the brain processes them is vital to treating amblyopia, or reduced vision in one eye because the brain and eye aren't working together...

New test to detect disease and infection

6 hours ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a highly innovative new enzyme biomarker test that has the potential to indicate diseases and bacterial contamination saving time, money and possibly lives.

Blister fluid could help diagnose burn severity

6 hours ago from Science Daily

Severe burns can leave physical and psychological scars, especially in children. When a burn patient enters the clinic, doctors use factors such as the depth and size of the burn,...

Study: Americans increasingly mixing opioids, sedatives

6 hours ago from UPI

As if the opioid crisis wasn't already bad enough, new research shows a sharp rise in the number of Americans taking dangerous combinations of opioids and sedatives.

The cytoskeleton of neurons has been found to be involved in Alzheimer's disease

6 hours ago from Science Daily

A researcher has participated in a study describing what it is during the early stages of Alzheimer's that triggers the loss of dynamics and subsequent impairment of the dendritic spines,...

New screening could accurately predict type 1 diabetes risk in babies

7 hours ago from UPI

A new screening may forecast type 1 diabetes risk in babies, a new study says.