SUNDAY, Sept. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- After the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented in 2014, more Hispanic women received breast cancer treatment and enrolled in clinical trials at a California cancer center, a new study finds.
"Our study shows that with the implementation of the ACA in California, our cancer center's Hispanic breast cancer patient population increased significantly," Chloe Lalonde said in a news release from the...Read more
SATURDAY, Sept. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially serious drug interactions are a daily threat to older people who take multiple medications and supplements, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
One drug can affect the effectiveness of other drugs and how your body uses them. For example, your kidney and liver may not work as well, which affects how drugs are broken down and leave your...Read more
FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers in Denmark have identified a new form of the superbug known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that they suspect may be spread through eating contaminated poultry.
People who raise livestock are known to face a higher risk for MRSA, the researchers said. But, the new strain infected 10 urban-dwelling people who hadn't been working on a farm and had no direct...Read more
FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aerial spraying of insecticides seems to be stopping the spread of the Zika virus in south Florida, health officials said Friday.
Seventy-four confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne infection that causes devastating birth defects have been reported in the state, the only state in the nation to report any local infections.
A combination of insecticides was needed to beat back the Aedes aegypti...Read more
FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Letting kids help with gardening may sow the seeds of a lifelong healthy eating habit, according to new research.
College students who gardened as a kid, or were currently gardeners, ate more fruits and vegetables than their peers without a green thumb, researchers at the University of Florida found.
"This finding is particularly relevant, given the recent popularity of school gardens and farm-to-school...Read more
FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cities that promote walking, bicycling and public transportation can expect a drop in chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, a new study suggests.
The finding stems from an international study led by the University of Melbourne in Australia and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
The goal: To see how city design -- including street layout and access to shopping...Read more
FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who eat right may gain less weight later on, researchers report.
Encouraging more young people to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins and whole grains while limiting sugar, red meat and processed foods could have a positive long-term effect on obesity rates, investigators found.
The University of Minnesota researchers tracked the diet and weight of more...Read more
FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with unsightly scars from cancer surgeries may benefit from "medical tattoos" that can help restore some of the skin's natural appearance, Dutch researchers report.
The researchers surveyed 56 patients who got medical tattoos on their head and neck, and found they were pleased with the results.
"The mystery until now was how well patients appreciated the technique," said study co-author Dr....Read more