Just before her father died of colon cancer, Lynne Milliron, then age 40, made him a solemn promise: She would get herself screened for the disease. Two months later, Milliron had that colonoscopy—and is profoundly grateful she did. “The doctor removed a large, precancerous polyp,” she says. “That test probably saved my life.” Milliron, of Lancaster, Pa., benefited from an idea that took hold as early as the mid-1940s. In the town of Oxford, Mass., U.S. Public Health Service workers decided to look for signs of diabetes in people. To do that, they tested the urine and blood glucose of almost three-quarters of the town’s 4,983 residents. One goal was to show that early detection of diabetes through mass screening could prevent such life-altering complications as heart disease and nerve damage. Within a few years, diabetes screening was being done across the U.S., and similar tests for other diseases quickly followed. More Headlines Consumer … [Read more...] about Consumer Reports: Medical screening tests you do and don’t need
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Health Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by the New Old Age The elderly are particularly vulnerable to “post-hospital syndrome,” some experts believe, and that may be why so many patients return. ByPaula Span Aug. 3, 2018 When she moved from Michigan to be near her daughter in Cary, N.C., Bernadine Lewandoski insisted on renting an apartment five minutes away. Her daughter, Dona Jones, would have welcomed her mother into her own home, but “she’s always been very independent,” Ms. Jones said. Like most people in their 80s, Ms. Lewandoski contended with several chronic illnesses and took medication for osteoporosis, heart failure and pulmonary disease. Increasingly forgetful, she had been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. She used a cane for support as she walked around her apartment complex. Still, … [Read more...] about The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse.
Researchers have found a potential new treatment for hair loss using a drug originally intended for osteoporosis. But there are still many hurdles to clear before it's an option for patients hoping to fight balding. Currently, there are only two FDA-approved drugs on the market for treatment of androgenetic alopecia, or pattern balding: minoxidil (for men and women) and finasteride (for men only). However, both treatments can have side effects and often lead to disappointing results. The only other medical option is to get hair transplantation surgery. To try to develop new strategies to promote human hair growth, researchers from the University of Manchester's Center for Dermatology Research conducted lab tests with samples containing scalp hair follicles from more than 40 male hair-transplant patients. The results were published in the journal PLOS Biology. At first, the researchers looked at an old immunosuppressive drug called Cyclosporine A (CsA), which has been used since the … [Read more...] about Researchers say experimental drug could lead to treatment for baldness
Researchers say the drug boosted growth from human hair follicles in just two days. (iStock) Shampooing with a drug designed to treat brittle bones could help cure baldness within days, research suggests. Scientists found the therapy promotes speedy sprouting of hair in lab tests. It works by blocking a naturally-occurring protein that kills off growth and plays a key role in male baldness. Experts are “optimistic” the treatment, known as WAY-316606, could one day help millions of men. Researchers found the drug – originally developed for osteoporosis — boosted growth from human hair follicles in just two days. They now hope to carry out clinical trials on blokes with thinning patches. Lead researcher Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, from Manchester University, said: “The fact this new agent, which had never even been considered in a hair loss context, promotes human hair growth is exciting because of its translational potential: it could one day make a … [Read more...] about Shampoo containing brittle bones drug allegedly ‘triggers hair growth’
Last Updated Sep 10, 2009 5:52 PM EDT Number of Uninsured Rises - According to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people without insurance coverage rose from 45.7 million in 2007 to 46.3 million in 2008. Despite that increase, the percentage of uninsured in the population remained unchanged at 15.4 percent. But with growing unemployment, it's likely that it jumped again this year. [Source: U.S. Census Bureau] Good Try, Medicare, But No Cigar - A new study in Health Affairs concludes that CMS' decision to stop paying for hospital-acquired conditions, such as infections and bedsores, will reduce program costs very little. Based on California data, the researchers estimated that Medicare would save less than $3 million per year. This is pretty amazing, considering that each year, about 1.7 million people catch infections in the hospital and that 99,000 of them die as a result. [Source: Wall Street Journal] Hospitals Look at Cost Cutting - As you'll recall, … [Read more...] about Healthcare Roundup: More Uninsured, Less Medicare Savings, Hospital Cost Cutting, Retail Clinics Do Chronic Care, and More