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Routine Vaccination Helps Curb Children’s Pneumonia Risk

Keeping children up-to-date with recommended vaccinations for influenza, measles, and whooping cough can make them less likely to develop pneumonia. A large U.S. study found that two-thirds of pneumonia cases among children were caused by viruses alone – a major change from decades ago when bacteria were the main cause. “Pneumonia puts thousands of young […]

New, At-Home Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Not a Substitute for Colonoscopy

As health officials nationwide praise a new stool-based colorectal screening test that can be completed at home, they are also reminding the public that current practice guidelines for colorectal cancer screening have not changed. The new test – called Cologuard – detects the presence of red blood cells and DNA mutations that may indicate the […]

Heart Attack Patients May Have Undiagnosed Diabetes

At least 10 percent of the people who have a heart attack may have diabetes but are unaware of it, according to new research. “Diagnosing diabetes in patients who have had a heart attack is important because of the role diabetes plays in heart disease,” said Dr. Suzanne V. Arnold, the study’s lead author. Diabetes […]

Screenings Credited for Drop in Colon Cancer Rates

In the last 10 years, colon cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent nationwide among adults 50 and older, primarily due to colonoscopy. The largest decrease was seen in people over the age of 65. Colonoscopy use has nearly tripled among adults ages 50 to 75, from 19 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in […]

Many Young People Unaware of HIV Infection, Report Shows

A new federal report shows that 60 percent of young people infected with HIV are unaware of their medical status. In fact, despite recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for routine HIV testing, only 35 percent of young people from the ages of 18 to 24 […]

CDC Urges All Baby Boomers Get Tested for Hepatitis C

In an effort to save thousands of lives, federal health officials are urging all U.S. baby boomers to be tested at least once in their life for the hepatitis C virus. That’s because one in 30 baby boomers – people born between 1945 and 1965 – is infected with the virus, which causes liver diseases […]

Study: Retinopathy May Signal Memory Problems

New research shows that people with mild vascular disease, which causes damage to the retina, may also have trouble with thinking and memory skills, according to a press release from the American Academy of Neurology. The study, published in the medical journal Neurology, showed that women who had retinopathy had lower scores on cognitive tests. […]

CDC: Too Many Women Skip Health Screening

Many sexually active women are skipping an important health screening, according to a new federal report. Although health authorities recommend all sexually active women ages 25 and under should be checked by their doctor annually for chlamydia, only 38 percent were screened last year, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. […]

Know Family History of Colorectal Cancer

Although colorectal cancer rates have dropped for both men and women over the last 20 years, nearly half of the U.S. population is not meeting screening guidelines for colon cancer. To encourage more people to get tested for the disease, the American Cancer Society has launched a campaign that focuses on the importance of knowing […]

Milk: A Smart Choice

Feeling a little sluggish mentally? A new study published in the International Dairy Journal found that adults who drink milk scored better on memory and brain function tests than those who drank little or no milk. Researchers at the University of Maine say those who had at least one glass of milk daily had an […]