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Health News for 06/03/13

June 03, 2013

Health Tip: Is Your Asthma Getting Worse?

Taking medications as prescribed and avoiding triggers can help keep asthma under control, but you should look for warning signs that your asthma may be worsening.
Health Tip: Finding Fungal Infections

Fungal conditions are relatively common in people with diabetes, and may cause an uncomfortable, itchy rash.
Website All About Child Health -- in Spanish

Language difficulties may prevent Hispanic parents living in the United States from learning all they can about child health. Now they have a new option: a Spanish-language website launched by a leading group of pediatricians.
Skipping Meds May Raise Odds of ER Visits for Certain Medicare Patients

Disabled Medicare patients under 65 who don't take their medications as prescribed because they're too expensive are more likely to end up in the emergency room, according to a new study.
Experimental Drug Shows Benefits Against Melanoma in Early Study

A new drug called lambrolizumab appears to improve outcomes in patients with advanced melanoma, according to the results of a phase 1 trial.
New Drug May Slow Advanced Ovarian Cancer

Women with advanced ovarian cancer stayed in remission almost six months longer when they were treated with the targeted drug pazopanib (Votrient), new German research says.
More Kids Being Poisoned by Prescription Drugs: Study

As the number of adults taking prescription drugs has grown, so has the number of children being accidentally poisoned by them, a new study finds.
Immune-Based Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Melanoma

Nearly one-third of patients with advanced melanomas who received nivolumab, a new immune-based drug, experienced reductions in the size of their tumors, a preliminary study reveals.
Avastin May Boost Survival in Advanced Cervical Cancer: Study

The cancer drug Avastin may extend the lives a bit of women with advanced cervical cancer, a new study says.
Many Black Women Prone to Gene-Driven Breast Cancer: Study

In an attempt to better understand the genetics of breast cancer, new research suggests that about 20 percent of black women with the disease have an abnormality on at least one of 18 genes previously linked to breast cancer vulnerability.
New Drug May Help Fight Certain Advanced Lung Cancers

For patients struggling with a common and deadly form of lung cancer, adding the drug ganetespib to a standard chemotherapy drug may boost survival, new research suggests.
Whooping Cough Cases Rise as Parents Opt Out of Vaccine

Parents who opt out of vaccinating their children are putting their own kids and others around them at risk of serious illness, finds a study conducted in New York.
More Proof Healthy Living, Not Smoking Pay Off

A new study adds to the growing body of evidence that a healthy lifestyle will not only protect your heart health but also reduce your risk of death.
Drug May Work Against Advanced Thyroid Cancer

A drug already used for advanced kidney and liver cancers may help slow the progression of thyroid cancers that do not respond to standard treatment, a new clinical trial finds.
U.S. Cancer Patients Suffering From Drug Shortages

Four out of five U.S. cancer doctors encountered shortages of essential drugs between March and September of 2012, which affected the quality of care they provided and increased treatment costs, new research shows.
Fine-Tuning Breast Cancer Treatments: What Works Better?

Two common schedules used for the chemotherapy paclitaxel (Taxol) are equally effective at controlling breast cancer, but fewer side effects are found with the weekly regimen rather than every two weeks, according to a new study.
Health Highlights: June 3, 2013

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Michael Douglas Blames His Throat Cancer on Oral Sex

Hollywood star Michael Douglas says oral sex caused his recent bout with throat cancer.



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