(NEW YORK) -- A new hepatitis drug that can be taken in pill form once per day was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday.
The drug is called Sovaldi and is meant to be taken with other existing drugs to treat the main forms of hepatitis C. The new drug works faster and is much simpler to take, HealthDay News says.
About 3.2 million Americans suffer from hepatitis C, which can destroy the liver if left untreated. HealthDay News says that people born between 1945 and 1965 are five times as likely to have hepatitis C.
Current treatments involve weekly injections and can take a year to gain significant ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- Many political observers divide the nation into red states and blue states, but a new study focuses on an entirely different measurement and ranks the 50 states based on how frequently their residents curse.
A study by the technology company The Marchex Institute shows that of all Americans, Ohioans curse the most, at least when they’re on the phone. Maryland took a close second, followed by New Jersey, Louisiana, and Illinois.
Researchers scanned for the frequency of F-bombs and other popular curse words in more than 600,000 phone conversations over one year, and found that Ohioans swore around once ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania believe that they have found a method of fighting leukemia.
The researchers presented their findings at the American Society of Hematology this weekend, and say that they have cured 18 of 21 pediatric leukemia patients and 12 out of 37 adult leukemia patients. To do so, the researchers removed specific white blood cells from patients and altered them to contain a gene that attacks cancer.
The new treatment, gene therapy, could be a new weapon in the fight against cancer. While the reported success rate is strikingly high, the size of the study leaves many ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- People with a lower variety of bacteria in their intestines may be linked to increased risk of colorectal cancer.
A study conducted by Dr. Jiyoung Ahn at the New York University School of Medicine, involved analysis of 141 individuals, 47 who suffered from colorectal cancer and 94 who did not. Researchers studied the diversity of bacteria in their gut and found that decreased diversity showed some link to the prevalence of cancer, according to HealthDay News.
The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Many of the colorectal cancer patients in the study had lower levels ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- The United States is experiencing a spike in measles cases this year, with 175 cases reported so far, according to public health officials.
About 60 measles cases are typically reported in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With another four weeks left in 2013, this year has already seen nearly triple that number.
"A measles outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a statement. "The steady arrival of measles in the United States is a constant reminder that deadly diseases are testing our health security every day. "
(NEW YORK) -- If you're looking to eat healthier, it may only cost you an extra $1.50 a day.
New research comparing costs of common foods that were categorized as healthier and less healthy shows a difference adding up to about $550 a year.
Researchers analyzed 27 existing studies from 10 high-income countries that included price data for individual foods. Healthier diet patterns, such as those rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts cost significantly more than unhealthy diets, like processed foods and meats, but on average, a day's worth cost $1.50 more.
The cost may be an issue for lower-income households, according ...Read more
(BOSTON) -- The HIV virus returned in two Boston patients who were free from infection, researchers reported.
The men were virus-free after undergoing bone marrow transplants, raising hope that a cure might be found for HIV.
Though the findings show the virus can hide in hard-to-find places in the human body, Dr.Timothy Henrich of Brigham and Women's Hospital told the Boston Globe the research team has obtained clues for "next-generation treatments."
Prior to the news, scientists believed an immune reaction called the graft-versus-host disease could have helped in eliminating HIV in the patients. In July, researchers ...Read more
(ATLANTA) -- Federal health officials have put out a warning against the "cannibal sandwich," a raw meat on a cracker concoction that is a popular holiday treat in Wisconsin.
The not so festive sandwich, which consists of ground beef topped with onions and served on crackers, was linked to a 2012 E. coli outbreak in the state, which is suspected of sickening 17 people and sending eight to the hospital.
This year the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning residents to avoid making the dish.
"We want everyone to have a wonderful holiday season and don't want anyone to be sick," said Abbey Canon, an epidemic intelligent ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- It's likely you've seen a child that's too young to speak in complete sentences operating his mom's iPhone better than, well, his mom. But what about a product that's geared specifically toward babies -- like an infant seat -- that comes with an iPad holder?
The Newborn-to-Toddler Apptivity Seat by Fisher Price is just that. It features, in addition to the iPad holder, bat-at toys on the removable bar and a mirror that reflects the baby's image when the iPad is removed. But it's that iPad holder feature that has got moms up in arms.
"Babies should be entertained by looking around and by their family ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- A woman who is happy with her body is more able to maintain a happy relationship. That’s the conclusion of a new study that also finds that women who are satisfied with their current relationship tend to be okay with their weight and body image.
“The link between relationship satisfaction and one's body image is strong and works both ways,” said study author Sabina Vatter, a postgraduate student at Tallinn University in Estonia.
Vatter surveyed 250 women between 20 and 45 years old who were in a relationship. About 71 percent of the women surveyed were living with their partner, and 29 percent ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- For years, low levels of vitamin D have been viewed as a potential cause of diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes. But now, an extensive review of hundreds of studies reveals it's actually the other way around: Low levels of vitamin D are more likely a consequence, not a cause, of illness.
Many Americans began taking vitamin D supplements after research found low levels of D in a number of illnesses, including heart disease, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cancer and Parkinson's disease. Now, in a review of almost 500 studies, researchers found conflicting results about what vitamin D can do.
Observational studies, ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- There’s a fashion update to the mood ring of the 1970s -- the mood sweater.
Embedded with sensors, the GER Mood Sweater, from the design lab Sensoree, features LEDs around the collar that change with the wearer’s emotions.
Sensoree says the sweater uses technology that is based on the lie detector test, which uses a Galvanic Skin Response, or GSR for short. Hand sensors connected to the sweater measure excitement levels and translate that info into various colors on the collar.
Blue means calm or peaceful, pink means excited, yellow means ecstatic, and red means nervous or in love.
(NEW YORK) -- On the 50th anniversary of the measles vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published an article in JAMA Pediatrics updating the effort to completely eradicate the disease.
CDC director Tom Frieden appeared at a briefing on Thursday, where he said measles has been effectively eliminated in the United States thanks to an effective, a three-pronged measles control program using vaccines.
"First dose coverage has to be early, high and sustained. You have to get that first dose in," Frieden said. "The second is that everyone needs a second dose and this is something we learned with ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- On Dec. 5, 1933, the United States ratified the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending more than a decade of Prohibition. Federal law still bans the distilling of spirits in the home with numerous licensing requirements. In the 80 years since, there are still concerns about its use, but here are several fun facts about alcohol and health you may not know.
You Don't Hallucinate on Absinthe
Absinthe may make the heart grow fonder, but it does not cause hallucinations, epileptic attacks or madness. The herbal liqueur absinthe rose to popularity as an alcoholic drink in late 19th century France, gaining ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- Can science make someone want to overcome their greatest challenge?
Scientists believe they may have found a way to inspire the "will to persevere" in people as long as they don't mind a few electrodes in the brain.
In a study published in the journal Neuron, scientists found that when a part of the brain called the anterior midcingulate cortex was electrically stimulated, patients reported strong feelings "to persevere" through obstacles. The anterior midcingulate cortex is thought to play a role in emotions, pain and ...Read more