Category Archives: Medical

Can a $1000 a Pill Hepatitis C Drug Really Save Prisons Money?

With over 3 million cases of Hepatitis C in the US alone, it comes as no surprise pharmaceutical companies put great resources into testing new medications to help fight the disease. Gilead Sciences of Foster City received approval for a … Continue reading

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Ebola Not a Top Five Concern for Americans While Ebola Scams Proliferate

While Ebola is on the radar of Americans, it’s not a top five concern for most. During the week of October 12th, the Gallup polling organization determined that Ebola was one of Americans’ top 10 concerns, yet trailed behind 5 … Continue reading

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Can a Chemical Found in Broccoli Help Treat Autism?

Researchers have found a chemical in certain vegetables reduces autism symptoms in those treated with it. Sulforaphane is found in cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower and has been shown to help adults and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), otherwise known … Continue reading

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Sofas Present Deadly Threat to Sleeping Infants

Sleeping on sofas increases the likelihood of SIDS, according to a study published in the online journal, Pediatrics. Reviewing almost 8,000 SIDS deaths, researchers found that approximately 12 percent of them were related to sleeping on a sofa. SIDS is … Continue reading

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Frozen Poop Capsules Allow for Oral Fecal Transplants to Stop Gut Infections

  A new study shows that a capsule with a single, surprising ingredient may help fight off the infection caused by Clostridium difficile. Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital froze healthy stool, encapsulated it, and administered the tablets to 20 people … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Single-Dose $1125 a Pill Hepatitis C Cure as Breakthrough Drug

A new drug called Harvoni, to treat chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 1 infection (HCV), has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but it comes with a hefty cost, at $1125 per pill . That means that … Continue reading

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Stem Cell Breakthrough Could Eventually Cure Type I Diabetes, Help with Type II

Promising his diabetic children he would find a cure, Harvard Researcher Doug Melton is very close to keeping that promise. Using both stem cells from human embryos and human skin cells, Melton has found a way to make cells produce … Continue reading

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500 Sick, Four Dead and Suspected Paralysis Due to Enterovirus D68

Three children and one adult with enterovirus D68 have died thus far this year, with the most recent death being that of a 10-year-old Rhode Island girl last week. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) and Rhode Island … Continue reading

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Losing Your Smell May Indicate Death Is Just around the Corner

Your sense of smell indicates more about your health than you think. Typically, aging symptoms include loss of memory and weakened flexibility and physical strength. However, recent studies have proven that the inability to identify certain scents may be a … Continue reading

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Extreme Exercise May Be Ruining Your Teeth

Vigorous exercise is promoted almost unanimously across the health industry, but that might be about to change in the field of dentistry. Research uncovered this week that exercise can be bad for our teeth. It might sound a little ludicrous, … Continue reading

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The Growth Rate of Type 2 Diabetes Finally Stabilizes in Americans

Americans have a lot of preventable diseases, with diabetes being one of them. After nearly twenty years of constant increase, the growth rate of type two diabetes has finally leveled off in American adults. This news comes from a study … Continue reading

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Only 1% of Men Take the 5 Steps Required to Reduce Heart Disease by 80%

More than half a million Americans lost their life to heart disease last year, and it remains the leading cause of death in the US for both men and women. New research suggests that for the vast majority of the … Continue reading

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Five Simple Steps Men Can Take to Reduce Heart Disease by 80%, but Don’t

Choosing to follow five simple diet and lifestyle rules could allow American men to avoid nearly 80% of heart attacks, and the medical bills associated with them. This news comes according to the results of a study of 20,721 Swedish … Continue reading

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CDC Recommends Flu Vaccinations to All 6 Months and Older as Flu Season Nears

Last year the flu took the lives over over 100 children in the US. Many of these deaths could have been prevented by a flu shot. Public Health Departments have made getting vaccinated possible with affordable flu shots now available … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street Strike Debt Retires Nearly $4 Million of Student Loan Debt

One of the offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement which has had a direct impact on individual lives is Strike Debt. This arm of the movement had a unique idea which has actually worked. The movement formed an entity … Continue reading

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Doctors Over Prescribing Antibiotics to Kids Helps Cause Antibiotic Resistence

A new study has recently been published which should have doctors double-checking their diagnoses. Between 2001 and 2011, over 11.4 million unnecessary courses of antibiotics were prescribed to children with respiratory conditions like sore throat, ear ache and sinusitis. The … Continue reading

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Is Your Artificial Sweetener Contributing to Diabetes?

The diet soda saga continues with new research published this week in the Journal Nature. This most recent discovery says that rather than being a way to fight weight gain, diet soda actually alters our gut microbes, which puts some … Continue reading

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Misfit Flash Is a $50 Wearable Fitness Band That Links to Your Phone

Wearable technology expert, Misfit, has come out with a new fitness band to attract newcomers to the world of wearable tech. The Flash fitness band is only $50. It has a long battery life and a series of biometric tracking … Continue reading

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Gilead Sciences Strikes Deal to Discount Hepatitis C Drug in Developing Countries

Some welcome news came yesterday for sufferers of Hepatitis C that live in developing countries. Hep C is a liver disease that can cause cirrhosis and death. It has been proven tricky to cure, with pharmaceutical companies investing decades of … Continue reading

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Apple’s HealthKit to Begin Medical Trials at Duke and Stanford Universities

Apple’s new HealthKit, packaged in with their new iPhone 6 and iOS 8 releases has some rather ambitious goals. Currently focused on fitness, Apple believes that HealthKit’s full potential can be realized to help long-term health treatment for people. Since … Continue reading

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