Health & Fitness

  • Reuters: Health 17 hours 56 min ago
    • REUTERS/Christian Hartmann The bill, from Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California, would reverse the Obama administration's "Deeming Rule" which deems ecigarettes to be tobacco products, subject to the same strict regulations governing traditional cigarettes.
    • The bill adds momentum to a series of legal and legislative efforts by tobacco and vaping companies to derail the FDA rule, though it is unclear how much support it will garner.
    • Hunter's bill would go further, bringing the entire regulatory process to a halt.
    • "We believe that regulation should promote innovation of potentially less risky tobacco products," said David Sutton, a spokesman for Altria.
    • Opponents fear that ecigarettes are dangerous products that could be used by tobacco companies to addict a new generation of children to nicotine, and, they fear, to cigarettes.
  • WebMD Health 19 hours 20 min ago
    • Lower back pain doesn't respond to the programs, which embrace meditation, heightened selfawareness and exercise, according to a review of seven prior studies.
    • Although shortterm improvements were reported, "no clinical significance" was found in terms of overall pain or disability when mindfulness was compared to standard treatment, said study lead author Dennis Anheyer.
    • Because no surefire treatment of back pain exists, many patients try complementary therapies such as mindfulness.
    • Mindfulness programs, which are growing in popularity in the West, derive from the Buddhist spiritual tradition and are used to treat pain.
    • The seven studies that were reviewed involved close to 900 patients who had lower back pain for at least three months.
  • WebMD Health 19 hours 20 min ago
    • It's a leading cause of premature delivery and low birth weight in the United States, the task force explained.
    • "Preeclampsia can progress quickly and lead to severe complications for both the mother and infant," said task force member Dr.
    • After reviewing existing evidence, the task force concluded that blood pressure screenings are a safe and effective way to help prevent serious complications that can stem from preeclampsia.
    • "If a pregnant woman has high blood pressure during a clinical visit, she should receive further testing and evaluation," said task force vice chair Dr.
    • "Several high blood pressure measurements are needed to diagnose preeclampsia."
  • WebMD Health 19 hours 20 min ago
    • TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) Steering clear of salty foods might not be as helpful for your heart health as previously thought, a new study claims.
    • Participants in a longrange heart study did not appear to derive any health advantage from a lowsalt diet, said lead researcher Lynn Moore.
    • "Higher intakes of potassium were strongly associated with both a lower blood pressure and a lower risk of heart disease," Moore said.
    • Moore said her results show that Americans' average sodium intake around 3,000 to 3,500 milligrams (mg) a day should be healthy, particularly if they also get enough potassium and magnesium.
    • "I think the average American is probably doing OK in terms of sodium, but almost all Americans need to increase their intake of potassium."
  • Reuters: Health 20 hours 18 min ago
    • A pregnant woman touches her stomach as people practice yoga on the morning of the summer solstice in New York's Times Square June 20, 2012.
    • The screening recommendations, published on Tuesday in JAMA, apply to women without a history of preeclampsia or high blood pressure.
    • Separate guidelines advise lowdose aspirin after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy for women with a history of elevated blood pressure. (bit.ly/2oIwP5B) Preeclampsia can progress quickly, and typically develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
    • Blood pressure screening earlier in pregnancy can show normal results for women who go on to develop preeclampsia.
    • In addition to elevated blood pressure, women with preeclampsia may also have excess amounts of protein in their urine, as well as swelling in the feet, legs and hands.
  • Reuters: Health 21 hours 19 min ago
    • With BAF312, Baselbased Novartis aims to join its rival Roche in developing a lucrative new drug to treat MS. Novartis plans to file BAF312 for approval with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the first half of 2018 for patients with relapsing/remitting MS (RRMS), a form of the disease where patients suffer clearly defined attacks.
    • The drugmaker previously said it would seek regulatory approval in 2019 for the drug to treat secondary progressive MS (SPMS) in patients whose RRMS enters a new phase of progressive worsening of function, irrespective of relapses.
    • Novartis said this change approach was appropriate because SPMS was a continuation of RRMS, in a disease area that defies strict diagnostic categories.
    • Vas Narasimhan, the firm's chief drug developer, said he would seek to convince the FDA to take into account characteristics of SPMS patients involved in the Novartis trial when the regulator decides how and to whom to prescribe BAF312.
    • Last month, Roche secured FDA approval for its Ocrevus drug to be used against both RRMS and primary progressive MS (PPMS) in which patients' neurological function deteriorates steadily.
  • Reuters: Health 21 hours 55 min ago
    • Colonoscopy is the most commonly used screening test for colorectal cancers, but it’s invasive, costly and inconvenient.
    • Positive FIT results require a followup colonoscopy to find any tumors and assess their severity.
    • For the study, researchers examined data on how long more than 70,000 patients with positive FIT results waited to get followup colonoscopies.
    • But when patients got colonoscopies 10 to 12 months after positive FIT results, there were 49 cases of cancer confirmed for every 1,000 colonoscopies, or 48 percent higher odds than waiting no more than one month.
    • The study isn’t a randomized experiment designed to prove whether or how the time between FIT results and a colonoscopy directly influences the risk of cancer or of advanced tumors, the authors note.
  • Reuters: Health 21 hours 55 min ago
    • "We're investing heavily in the growth drivers," Jimenez said on a call with reporters.
    • Meanwhile, Gleevec's sales fell by a third to $544 million, largely in line with expectations.
    • The group's firstquarter sales fell 1 percent to $11.54 billion, just short of the average of analysts' forecasts of $11.6 billion.
    • While surgical equipment sales have yet to resume growth, products including Alcon's contact lenses and solutions made up the difference.
    • "The Alcon growth plan is on track," wrote David Evans, an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux.
  • WebMD Health 23 hours 20 min ago
    • TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) Soothing your kids with food may stop the tears in the shortterm.
    • Parents who are "emotional feeders" can encourage "emotional eating" a habit linked to weight gain and eating disorders, the NorwegianBritish study found.
    • Relying on junk food, desserts and sugary foods for comfort can lead to overeating, and later problems such as bulimia and bingeeating, said study lead author Silje Steinsbekk and colleagues.
    • For the new study, the researchers looked at the feeding and eating habits of more than 800 children in Norway, starting at age 4.
    • Kids offered food for comfort at ages 4 and 6 displayed more emotional eating at ages 8 and 10, the study found.
  • Reuters: Health 1 day 29 min ago
    • FILE PHOTO: The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on medication packages in a pharmacy in London April 28, 2014.
    • REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo Investment in Cambridge, where AstraZeneca is building a strategic R&D; center and global corporate headquarters, is now expected to be more than 500 million pounds ($640 million), the drugmaker said on Tuesday.
    • Staff are set to start moving into the new building from 2018, with the site fully operational in 2019.
    • Back in 2013, when the scheme was first unveiled, the cost was put at 330 million pounds and the aim was to establish the center by 2016.
    • Speaking at a "topping out" ceremony to mark completion of the new building's concrete frame, Soriot said the site "embodies AstraZeneca's innovationled transformation".