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Red Sox recall catcher Leon, designate Swihart for assignment

1 week ago from UPI

The Boston Red Sox have recalled catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Pawtucket, designating catcher Blake Swihart for assignment.

Study: Half of people on statins don't hit healthy cholesterol levels

1 week ago from UPI

After two years of treatment with statins, about half of patients in primary care still don't hit healthy cholesterol levels.

Comic-style brochure may help surgical patients understand their procedure

1 week ago from UPI

A new comic-style brochure helped patients reduce stress by explaining cardiac catheterization, a procedure that inserts a stent to open a narrowed artery to increase blood flow.

Telemedicine and walk-in clinics have future of family doctor in flux

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Telemedicine and walk-in clinics are attracting people because of their convenience. Primary care practices are shifting as patients visit elsewhere.

F.D.A. Halts U.S. Sales of Pelvic Mesh, Citing Safety Concerns for Women

1 week ago from NY Times Health

Boston Scientific and Coloplast were the last two companies selling the controversial devices used to repair pelvic organ prolapse. Companies have paid out billions in settlements to women suffering from...

Bacteria use viruses to differentiate themselves from their competitors

1 week ago from UPI

New research suggests a viral infection can offer bacteria some benefits -- chiefly, the ability to distinguish friend from foe.

Large multi-ethnic genome-wide association study of asthma identifies novel associations

1 week ago from Science Daily

A large, multi-ethnic genome-wide association study (GWAS) of asthma identified novel associations with potential relevance for asthma susceptibility in older adults of diverse racial backgrounds.

Smart antioxidant-containing polymer responds to body chemistry, environment

1 week ago from Science Daily

Oxidants found within living organisms are byproducts of metabolism and are essential to wound-healing and immunity. However, when their concentrations become too high, inflammation and tissue damage can occur. Engineers...

Smart antioxidant-containing polymer responds to body chemistry, environment

1 week ago from Physorg

Oxidants found within living organisms are byproducts of metabolism and are essential to wound-healing and immunity. However, when their concentrations become too high, inflammation and tissue damage can occur. University...

Health Canada says ultrasound no longer mandatory before Mifegymiso prescribed for abortion

1 week ago from CBC: Health

An ultrasound is no longer automatically required before a woman is prescribed Mifegymiso to medically terminate a pregnancy, Health Canada says.

Sleep Apnea: Oral appliance could help you (and your partner) sleep better

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers measured a novel treatment for sleep apnea and found positive results. By measuring patients lying down flat, the researchers stimulated sleep conditions and measured the patient's airways using 3D...

Child welfare: Uninformed, overwhelmed clients; unrealistic agency expectations

1 week ago from Science Daily

Contracted private agencies provide approximately 33 percent of foster care placement services and 59 percent of family preservation services. State child welfare agencies are increasingly turning to them for a...

Why comic-style information is better at preparing patients for cardiac catheterization

1 week ago from Science Daily

Before undergoing surgery, patients must be fully informed about what the procedure entails. The complex nature of the information involved means that patients often feel overwhelmed rather than well informed....

PCV10 pneumococcal vaccine has big impact in Kenya, even among unvaccinated individuals

1 week ago from Science Daily

A vaccine against Streptococcus pneumoniae, a major cause of childhood illness and mortality in the developing world, sharply reduced the incidence of serious pneumococcal disease among children in a large...

Probing the mystery of drug resistance: New hope for leukemia's toughest cases

1 week ago from Science Daily

A medical researcher has made it his mission to figure out why leukemia treatments cure some patients but not others. He and his team report progress on two important fronts:...

2017 pneumonic plague outbreak in Madagascar characterized by scientists

1 week ago from Science Daily

Plague is an endemic disease in Madagascar. Each year there is a seasonal upsurge between September and April, especially in the Central Highlands, which stand at an elevation of more...

Magic mouthwash effective treatment for mouth sore pain caused by radiation therapy

1 week ago from Science Daily

'Magic mouthwash,' an oral rinse containing diphenhydramine, lidocaine and antacids, significantly reduced pain from oral mucositis, mouth sores, in patients receiving radiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck...

Fantasy Football: RB Ronald Jones impressing new coaching staff

1 week ago from UPI

Running back Ronald Jones only appeared in eight games in 2018, but he is the player who has most impressed Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaches this off-season.

Philadelphia to host the 2026 MLB All-Star Game

1 week ago from UPI

Philadelphia has been picked as host city for the 2026 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Mindful body awareness training during treatment for drug addiction helps prevent relapse

1 week ago from Science Daily

A novel type of body awareness training helps women recover from drug addiction, according to new research. People in the study made marked improvement, and many improvements lasted for a...

Oxytocin could help treat alcohol use disorder

1 week ago from Science Daily

The neuropeptide oxytocin blocks enhanced drinking in alcohol-dependent rats, according to a new study.

Additional routine ultrasounds benefit mothers and babies, and could be cost saving, study finds

1 week ago from Science Daily

Offering universal late pregnancy ultrasounds at 36 weeks' gestation eliminates undiagnosed breech presentation of babies, lowers the rate of emergency caesarean sections, and improves the health of mothers and babies.

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov likely to miss game after fight

1 week ago from UPI

Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov is likely to miss the game four playoff with Washington after being placed in concussion protocol.

Public health spending cut in Ontario called 'huge step backwards'

1 week ago from CBC: Health

A cut of $200 million to public health units in Ontario annually would be a "huge step backwards" to frontline services that help to keep communities healthy, says the head...

‘Added sugar’ food labels may prevent heart disease and diabetes

1 week ago from Sciencenews.org

Nutrition labeling changes that highlight sugar added to food or drink may have large benefits for public health, researchers say.

Atlanta meteorologist responds to death threats after Masters interruption

1 week ago from UPI

An Atlanta meteorologist went on air to address alleged death threats she received after her news station broke into coverage of the 2019 Masters Tournament.

Yankees place first basemen Greg Bird on injured list

1 week ago from UPI

The New York Yankees have placed first basemen Greg Bird to the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday.

Scientists 'reverse engineer' brain cancer cells to find new targets for treatment

1 week ago from Science Daily

Glioblastoma is one of the most devastating forms of cancer, with few existing treatment options. It is also a leading cause of cancer-related death in children and young adults. Scientists...