Another Reason To Diet: Experts Find Additional Evidence Of Obesity-Cancer Link

There may be plenty of room for debate about whether some aspects of everyday life cause cancer — whether it’s drinking too much coffee, eating too much sugar or talking too much on a cell phone. But the opposite seems to be true regarding the causal link with obesity, according to a scientific review by …

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Growing Older, Getting Happier

Photo Older people tend to be happier than younger people, and their happiness increases with age, a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reports. Researchers contacted 1,546 people ages 21 to 99 via random telephone calls and found that older age was, not surprisingly, tied to declines in physical and cognitive function. But it …

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Some Like It Hotter

By MARISA MELTZER August 24, 2016 Tippi Clark, a 24-year-old nutritionist who lives in Manhattan was describing a mission that tested her endurance. “You reach the peak,” she said, “And it’s like, ‘Oh, my gosh, can I make it through the last 20 minutes?’” She was not talking about scaling the summit of a mountain but withstanding …

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Viewpoints: Public Option Would Boost Obamacare; Disturbing Trend Of Diagnosing Clinton And Trump’s Physical And Mental Health

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The New York Times: A Public Option Would Greatly Improve ObamacareThe Affordable Care Act is certainly sustainable. In fact, it has performed far better than expected. Even as health costs have grown at historically low rates, the law has reduced the number of Americans …

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Perspectives On Drug Costs: The Role Of Patents; EpiPen Outrage Just One Example Of Pricing Problems

Recent commentaries about drug-cost issues. Bloomberg: The Real Reason Drugs Cost Too Much The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Patent Office together give new drugs monopoly rights that last anywhere from eight and a half to 15-plus years. This helps explain why brand-name drugs account for 72 percent of drug spending in the U.S. …

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High Cost Of Risky Cancer Therapies Force Patients, Doctors To Make Tough Calls

News outlets report on more stories related to pharmaceutical drug pricing. Stat: Cancer Therapy Holds Great Promise — But At Great Cost(Karen) Koehler was undergoing a promising — and terrifying — experimental therapy that her oncologists hoped could rid her body of cancer entirely. It’s called CAR-T therapy, and it works by engineering the patient’s …

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Drugmakers’ Patents And Unique Role In Setting U.S. Prices Contributes To Soaring Costs, Study Finds

Researchers examine thousands of studies to determine why prices for medications have climbed and what might be done about it. Boston Globe: Drug Prices Inflated By Exclusivity Rights, JAMA Article SaysThe doctors are seeking to influence the growing debate on how to contain the surging costs of prescription therapies. Many drug industry critics have proposed …

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State Highlights: Calif. Weighs Experimental Drugs; Conn. Privatization Of Group Homes Worries Parents Of Kids With Disabilities

Outlets report on health news from California, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio and Maryland. Los Angeles Times: Gov. Jerry Brown To Again Weigh Access To Experimental Drugs For The Terminally IllFor the second consecutive year, Gov. Jerry Brown will have to decide on a measure that would allow gravely ill …

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Public Health Roundup: Growing Number Of Young Stroke Victims; Roadblocks In Mental Health Care

News outlets also report on parents’ attitude toward the HPV vaccine, how job satisfaction impacts health later in life, the connection between online devices and sleep quality as well as the latest on two transplant procedures. Kaiser Health News: Hidden Stroke Victims: The Young[Jamie] Hancock is among a growing number of younger adults who’ve had …

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‘It’s Unethical. It’s Borderline Criminal:’ Addiction Treatment Centers Use Aggressive Tactics To Lure Away Clients

In other news on the substance abuse epidemic, a mother’s raw and emotional Facebook post breaks taboos on openly discussing drug issues. And news outlets cover developments in Texas and North Carolina. The New York Times: How Staten Island’s Drug Problem Made It A Target For Poaching PatientsAt drug treatment centers on Staten Island, the …

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CDC Declares That Sepsis Should Be Treated As A Medical Emergency

Doctors and nurses miss opportunities to catch the fast-moving disease, the agency warns. Meanwhile, at Massachusetts hospitals, preventable medical errors jumped 60 percent last year. The Washington Post: Sepsis Is A Medical Emergency, CDC Says. It Can Be Stopped If Caught In Time.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared sepsis a medical emergency, …

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Limit Children’s Sugar Intake To Six Teaspoons A Day, American Heart Association Advises

Daily diets for those aged 2 to 18 should not exceed six teaspoons of added sugar — the equivalent to about 100 calories or 25 grams. In related news, Berkeley, California’s soda tax appears to be achieving its goal of cutting sugar consumption. Reuters: U.S. Heart Group Sets Limit On Sugar For Kids And TeensThe …

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No Uptick In Hysterectomy Complications Since Power Morcellator Use Declined

In pharmaceutical industry news, Pfizer acquires AstraZeneca’s antibiotics business and the pay package of Valeant’s new CFO is revealed. The Wall Street Journal: No Rise Seen In Hysterectomy Complications After Morcellator Use DeclinesThe use of power morcellators dramatically declined after federal warnings that the device could spread cancer, but the drop hasn’t caused an uptick …

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Alabama Lottery Bill To Fund Medicaid Misses Deadline For November Ballot

If the legislature, which is meeting in a special session, eventually goes forward with the proposal favored by the governor, the vote will have to take place in a special election. Also in Medicaid news, Arkansas officials report that more than 300,000 people are signed up for the state’s expanded Medicaid program. AL.com: Alabama Lottery …

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California Court Helps Kids By Healing Parents’ Addictions

At 10 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, a line of parents pushing strollers filed into a conference room at the Sacramento County Courthouse. They sat at rows of narrow plastic tables, shushing their babies and gazing up at a man in a black robe. Hearing Officer Jim Teal sounded his gavel. “This is the time and …

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As The For-Profit World Moves Into An Elder Care Program, Some Worry

PACE, a program to help keep older people out of nursing homes, allows Vivian Malveaux, 81, to live at home in Denver. InnovAge, which runs her program, converted to a for-profit company last year. (Nick Cote for The New York Times and KHN) DENVER — Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial …

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How to Start Running

Running is a great way to get fit, feel better and even form new relationships with other runners. Starting a new running habit doesn’t have to be hard — all it takes is a comfortable pair of shoes and a willingness to move a little or a lot, all at your own pace. The Well …

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