Low-Fat Diet vs. Low-Carb: And the Winner Is …

Tweet Blood tests to track insulin levels also failed to identify any underlying metabolic predisposition towards weight loss or gain while dieting. That said, when comparing the low-carb group and the low-fat group, the team found very similar results. On average, weight loss among the low-carb participants was 13 pounds by the end of the year. Among low-fat dieters, that figure was 12 pounds. The...
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Newer Breast MRI May Be More Accurate and Easier

Tweet TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that doesn’t use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what’s really cancer and what’s likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report. In a study in Germany, the new technique reduced false-positive findings by 70 percent. The scan was also able to detect 98 percent of breast...
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The High Cost of Surviving Rabies

Tweet Tamara Davis, needed rabies treatment, Rome, GA. Mike Gallagher, had high bills from his wife’s rabies treatment, tk tk MD. Crystal Edwards, had high bills from rabies treatment, Advance, NC. Rodney Willoughby, MD, pediatrician; infectious disease specialist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Anna Kaltenboeck, program director, Drug Pricing Lab, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer...
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Kidney Stones on the Rise Among Women

Tweet TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Kidney stones are becoming more common, especially in women, new research has found. Better diagnostic tools could be part of the reason for the steady rise in diagnoses, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. By using CT scans, “we are now diagnosing symptomatic kidney stones that previously would have gone undiagnosed because they would...
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Yes, It’s True: We’re Hungrier After Losing Weight

Tweet But at both the one and two-year marks all the patients also reported feeling increasing hunger following their weight loss. Why? On the one hand, as weight went down, ghrelin levels went up and stayed up. On the other, as the participants’ weight dropped their energy needs for basic functions — such as breathing, sleeping, walking and eating — also dropped. And the result...
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Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma an Advantage

Tweet THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obese men with advanced melanoma skin cancer seem to have a survival benefit over their slimmer peers, a new study suggests. Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with a healthy body weight, researchers found. For women, however, weight did not affect...
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Researchers Probe Mystery of Illnesses in U.S. Cuba Embassy Personnel

Tweet THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — They described hearing loud, unusual noises in either their homes or hotel rooms. Afterwards, they experienced concussion-like symptoms such as memory and thinking problems, headaches, dizziness and balance issues. But the exact nature of what harmed more than 20 U.S. government personnel stationed in Havana, Cuba, last year remains mysterious,...
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Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Lots of New Meds

Tweet THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. National Institutes of Health spent more than $100 billion on research that led to 210 new medicines gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval over six years, a new study shows. Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development of 84 first-in-class drugs that use new biological mechanisms or targets. The study is the...
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FDA Warning: Euthanasia Drug Found in Wet Dog Food

Tweet Feb. 16, 2018 — The FDA on Friday warned pet owners that several popular brands of dog food has been found to include small amounts of a drug used to euthanize animals.  The agency says it is investigating how pentobarbital wound up in certain shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned wet dog food “The FDA’s preliminary evaluation of the testing...
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How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

Tweet FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You’ve caught the flu, but you have to go to work and you can’t desert your family. What do you do? Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness — even if you can’t avoid being around other people. It sounds like a tall order during this brutal flu season, with 48 U.S. states reporting...
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