THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 -- The Great Recession continues to take a grim toll: Since 2009, a growing number of Americans have died from liver disease and liver cancer.
The increase among 25- to 34-year-olds is especially troubling because the deaths are due to cirrhosis, a disease caused by excessive drinking, the authors of a new study said. The researchers suspect the economic downturn in 2008 prompted people to comfort themselves with alcohol.
THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 -- Using sulfonylurea drugs with or instead of metformin to control blood sugar increases type 2 diabetics' risk of serious complications, a new study finds.
Metformin is a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, meaning it is the first drug that will be tried. But sulfonylureas are the most often-used second-line treatment, commonly along with metformin.
THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 -- After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that certain brands of blood pressure medicines contained a carcinogen and were being recalled, many patients may wonder what's next for their cardiovascular care.
The FDA said it mandated the recall because valsartan medicines from a Chinese manufacturer, Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, were found to contain N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), "a probable human carcinogen."
THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 -- Over the last four decades, more American teenagers have decided to say no to drugs and alcohol, a new report shows.
"There has been a steady increase in the proportion of students graduating high school who report never having tried alcohol, marijuana, tobacco or any other drugs," said study author Dr. Sharon Levy. She directs the adolescent substance use and addiction program at Boston Children's Hospital.
THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 -- Many family members of intensive care unit (ICU) patients are reluctant to tell medical staff of worries about their loved one's care, a new study finds.
"Speaking up is a key component of safety culture, yet our study -- the first to our knowledge to address this issue -- revealed substantial challenges for patients and families speaking up during an ICU stay," said study co-author Dr. Sigall Bell. She's director of patient safety and discovery at OpenNotes at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 -- People with curable cancers who try "complementary therapy" often refuse some part of standard care. And they may die as a result, researchers say.
U.S. cancer patients increasingly use complementary medicine -- a combination of standard care along with therapies that fall outside of mainstream medicine (such as acupuncture or massage). But little is known about the long-term results, according to researchers at Yale University.